Skip to comments.Timberwolves Fan Storms Court for Szczerbiak
Posted on 04/05/2004 8:41:23 AM PDT by martin_fierro
T'wolves Fan Storms Court for Szczerbiak
Sat Apr 3,10:14 PM ET
By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - The Timberwolves' otherwise uneventful 91-73 win over the Washington Wizards (news) on Friday night was livened up in the final minute, when a young woman emerged from the corner of the court, tried to block Gary Trent's shot, ran around for a little bit and then raced toward heart-throb Wally Szczerbiak.
The star-struck fan lunged at him, and Szczerbiak avoided contact and scurried away before security guards finally nabbed the intruder.
"I wasn't taking a charge on that play," Szczerbiak said, smiling rather sheepishly.
Szczerbiak scored 20 points in the win.
Sam Cassell, who had 13 points and seven assists, got a huge kick out of it scampering over to Szczerbiak and planting a mock hug on his grinning teammate as the crowd chanted "Wally! Wally!"
"World should've given her a hug," Cassell joked. "Lady got arrested for nothing."
Yes, the Timberwolves (53-24) had plenty to smile about after winning for the seventh time in nine games. Kevin Garnett scored 22 points, Szczerbiak led Minnesota's bench to a season-high 50, and Minnesota stayed right behind Sacramento (52-23) and the Los Angeles Lakers (news) (53-23) in the race for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak runs from a woman who went onto the court and lunged at him during the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves' game against the Washington Wizards in Minneapolis on Friday, April 2, 2004. A Minneapolis police officer said the woman was arrested. The Timberwolves won 91-73. (AP Photo/Andy King)
* sniffle *
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