Wolves edge NBA champs

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Michael Olowokandi had 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 76-70 victory over the Detroit Pistons in a preseason game Sunday.

Detroit was missing two starters -- Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace -- while Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell sat out the game for Minnesota.

Wally Szczerbiak led Minnesota with 14 points while Blake Stepp added 11.

Smush Parker paced the Pistons with 13 and rookie Carlos Delfino added 12.

The Pistons led 36-32 after a sloppy first half. The teams combined for 30 turnovers in the first two quarters and made just 25 field goals.


Kevin Garnett, who did not score in the first half, had nine points in the third quarter to help Minnesota move ahead. Neither team cracked the 50-point mark until Stepp's jumper put the Timberwolves up 51-48 with 1:31 left in the period.

Minnesota led 54-49 going into the fourth, but Detroit's reserves started the final period with a 10-2 run to go up by three.

The lead only lasted a few moments, then two Pistons turnovers led to three Minnesota layups in 32 seconds.

Kasib Powell's baseline jumper broke a 70-all tie with 1:14 left, and after Tayshaun Prince missed a dunk, Olowokandi's layup over Darko Milicic put the game away.

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