The Celtics Escape From Minnesota With a 85-82 Victory.

Pierce, Celtics outlast Timberwolves

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Sports Writer
      MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Paul Pierce had 23 points and seven rebounds,
and the Boston Celtics nearly gave away another huge lead in an
85-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
      Kevin Garnett had 13 points, 13 rebounds and thousands of fans
who turned out to cheer for the former face of the Timberwolves
franchise. The Celtics led by 25 early in the second quarter, but
trailed by two midway through the fourth before Pierce lifted them
to the victory.
      Michael Beasley had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the
Timberwolves, who were missing All-Star Kevin Love for the third
straight game because of a strained left groin.
      
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