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Garnett lifts Timberwolves

Minnesota dunks Sacramento in OT

SACRAMENTO -- When Kevin Garnett's MVP mettle was tested, The Kid played like a man.

Garnett scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a fallaway jumper to beat the shot clock with 10.9 seconds left in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 114-113 victory over the Kings in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series last night.

With several clutch baskets, Garnett saved Minnesota from a disheartening loss and reclaimed home-court advantage in the series. When Peja Stojakovic's final shot fell short, Garnett also led the Timberwolves' joyous charge off the court.

With their third win this season at Arco Arena, the Timberwolves took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Sacramento.

Led by a sensational game from Stojakovic, who scored 22 of his 29 points after the third quarter, the Kings erased a 14-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation, then forced OT by swarming Garnett at the buzzer. The comeback even bested Minnesota's rally from a 10-point deficit in Game 2.

Stojakovic traded scores with Garnett in an unbearably tense overtime. But after Latrell Sprewell hit a jumper with 59 seconds left to claim a one-point lead for Minnesota, Chris Webber made a turnover.

Minnesota nearly ran out of time for a shot, but Garnett jumped backward and dropped a difficult jumper.

Stojakovic hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, and Garnett was called for traveling two seconds later. Sacramento got the ball to Stojakovic, but he failed to draw a foul on an awkward jumper shortly before time expired.

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