HOUSTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Kevin Garnett had 37 points and 12 rebounds, but missed two crucial shots in the final minute and Terrell Brandon hit a clutch jumper with two seconds left to lift Minnesota to a 90-88 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Houston could not handle Garnett, who made 16 of 30 shots from the floor and all five of his free throws. But the All-Star forward missed two jump shots that would have given the Timberwolves a four-point lead in the final minute.
Minnesota could not get the ball to Garnett on its final possession and Brandon wound up hitting a 15-foot fadeaway over Mobley with two seconds left. It was the only basket of the second half for Brandon, who scored eight of his 12 points in the first quarter.
The Timberwolves improved to 3-0 after Houston's Glen Rice barely missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Rockets suffered their first loss after opening the season with consecutive overtime victories.
Mobley scored 24 points and Francis had 20, 10 assists and seven rebounds. First-round pick Eddie Griffin contributed 11 points and Kevin Willis had eight points and 17 rebounds off the bench.