BOSTON (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak allowed 41 points in his matchup with Paul Pierce a year ago. This time, he held his own.
Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Terrell Brandon added 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves ended their four-game losing streak with a 98-95 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
But it was Szczerbiak, who scored 19 points and held Pierce to 22, who was the difference.
"I felt like a punching bag out there chasing him around all night and him coming at me every time down the floor," said Szczerbiak, who along with Pierce was selected to the All-Star game this season. "I was just able to keep him in front of me and make him work for his shots. It wasn't anything flashy I did defensively."
Minnesota won for the fourth straight time at the FleetCenter, while the Celtics lost their third straight for their first three-game losing streak since Nov. 17-24. Boston hasn't beaten the Timberwolves since Jan. 2, 1998.
"Any time you're in a slump, it's always nice to get a win," Garnett said. "We're trying to get the monkey off our backs and we really needed this one badly."
Garnett had a chance to win in regulation, but missed a 15-footer as time expired. Brandon and Chauncey Billups each made layups to give Minnesota a 89-85 lead in overtime before Pierce's three-point play cut it to 89-88.
Szczerbiak sank a wide-open 3-pointer and hit a turnaround from the foul line, giving Minnesota a six-point advantage.
Tony Battie hit a basket inside to make it 94-90, but Brandon sank four free throws down the stretch to seal it.
Pierce also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kenny Anderson added 16 and Antoine Walker finished with 13 on 4-of-20 shooting.
"It's a tough loss," Pierce said. "We worked so hard to put ourselves in a position to win the game. Then we made mistakes in crucial moments and that's the ballgame."
Billups gave Minnesota its first lead since the second quarter when he sank a 3-pointer with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter to make it 80-78.
Erick Strickland missed an open 3-pointer, but Garnett was called for a foul under the basket, and Battie made one of two free throws with 35.5 seconds left to tie it at 83-83.
Garnett made a pair of foul shots to put Minnesota back up by two points, but Boston tied it again when Pierce drove to the hoop and found Battie for a dunk with 8.1 seconds left.
Notes: Minnesota activated forward Gary Trent (left ankle sprain) and placed guard Maurice Evans on the injured list with tendinitis in his left knee. Trent, who missed 10 games, is averaging 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. ... Former Celtics forward Kevin McHale, Minnesota's vice president of basketball operations, was in attendance. ... Pierce and Walker will be the first Celtics duo to appear in the All-Star game since 1991 when McHale and Robert Parish were both selected. ... Vitaly Potapenko tied his season high with two assists. ... Celtics rookie G Joe Johnson did not play (coach's decision).
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