The Minnesota Timberwolves know that in the end their big three are usually too much for opponents to handle.
The trio combined for 75 points to lead the Timberwolves to their third straight victory, a 113-100 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.
Garnett led the way with 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Cassell added 20 points and 10 assists. Sprewell finished with 25 points and seven assists.
Cassell, who was named to his first All-Star team earlier Tuesday, helped key an 18-6 run midway through the fourth quarter as Minnesota put the game away.
“We’re going to find a way,” Cassell said. “It’s a heavyweight fight. You’re not going to knock them out in the first round.”
His first All-Star selection was not the only milestone Cassell reached Tuesday. He hit his 500th career 3-pointer in the third quarter, and he extended his consecutive free throws streak to 56 by making both of his attempts.
“Individual honors are good,” Cassell said. “But I need to thank my teammates for helping me get that honor.”
The Hawks, who had no players chosen to the All-Star game, have dropped two of their last three, including a 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
Stephen Jackson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim each scored 20 points, but the Hawks again failed to win consecutive games. Atlanta, which beat the Milwaukee Bucks 93-83 on Saturday, is 0-15 in games following a victory.
Afterward, while reporters talked with Jason Terry, Jackson began spouting off to no one in particular.
“Why don’t you guys just watch the game and answer your own questions?” Jackson said. “We say the same thing every night.”