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Wolves Blow Out Wizards in Garnett's Return

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Wolves dominate the final three quarters against a Wizards team in disarray to make Kevin Garnett's return a happy one. A 97-77 win was highlighted by the Wolves best FG% defense of the season.

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Key Dae will have a full recap coming later, but wow. It started like this:

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And then the first quarter was something out of a nightmare. The Wolves could not hit anything, turned it over six times, and found themselves down at one point 18-3. They limped to the end of the quarter trailing 20-11, setting a season low for points in a quarter in the process.

And then it got good. The bench helped staunch the bleeding early in the 2nd quarter, and then Kevin Martin took over and got the Wolves going offensively. Kevin Garnett finally got his first basket on a 2nd quarter jumper. Then blocked a shot at the end of the quarter to send it to halftime tied at 42.

The 2nd half was all Wolves as the Wizards visibly deflated and the Wolves energy on both ends took control of the game.

But Key will have the details. The story tonight was Garnett and his energy and defensive presence. He finished with 5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists in 19 minutes, but his impact was real. His team defense is something we haven't seen in Minnesota since, well, 2007, and it was a real factor in taking the Wizards out of what they wanted to do. His ability to defend pick and rolls is awesome, and given how poorly the Wolves have done that this season, it was a real pleasure to watch.

The Wizards shot 37.9% from the field, which is a season low for a Wolves opponent. That wasn't all Garnett, but it wasn't a coincidence either.

KG is back. Awesome.

Enjoy it.