Wolves beat Pistons in final tuneup

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Detroit Pistons 102-95 Friday night in the final preseason game for both teams.

Troy Hudson, in his first game action since March 29, sparked Minnesota with nine second-half points. The Timberwolves' backup point guard is recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle.

Fred Hoiberg and Eddie Griffin added 15 points each for Minnesota (4-4), which starts the regular season Wednesday night at home against New York.

Richard Hamilton had 21 points and nine assists for Detroit (3-5), which had 24 turnovers. The defending NBA champion Pistons will host Houston and Tracy McGrady on Tuesday night.


Ben Wallace had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace added 15 points for Detroit.

Minnesota started the second half with a 14-2 run, and when Hudson scored his eighth straight point on a running one-hander, the Timberwolves led 65-55.

Rasheed Wallace received a technical foul at the start of the run for arguing a call with referee Derrick Stafford. Later, Hamilton was ejected by Stafford for receiving two straight technical fouls with 3:12 left in the game.

Minnesota's Sam Cassell sat out with flu-like symptoms, and Latrell Sprewell missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle.

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