Garnett's Celtics seize first place

03-31-2012, 04h45

Kevin Garnett returned to Minnesota and scored a game-high 24 points as the Boston Celtics grabbed first place in the Atlantic Division with a 100-79 win over the Timberwolves Friday.

Former all-star Garnett also had 10 rebounds for the Celtics who moved a game ahead of Philadelphia atop the division standings.

Paul Pierce added 21 points and Rajon Rondo had six points and 17 assists, as the Celtics won their fourth straight National Basketball Association game.

Kevin Love shot five-of-18 from the field and finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who trailed by double digits the entire third quarter and 79-67 heading into the fourth. Love also made 10 of 11 free throws.

Garnett spent a dozen seasons with Minnesota before being traded to the Celtics in 2007. He helped lead Boston to an NBA title in his first season with the Celtics.