Boston Celtics defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-78

MINNEAPOLIS - The Celtics are getting back to their blowout ways.

But they made things difficult for a half before routing the Timberwolves, 95-78, in Kevin Garnett's homecoming game last night.

The Celtics (12-2) fell behind, 39-36, then nearly matched that output with a 35-10 third quarter. And, as in their 98-80 win over Detroit Thursday, the starters took the final quarter off.

Garnett (17 points) attempted to downplay his first game at the Target Center in a ...