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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 21 28 28 32 109 MINNESOTA 21 37 30 29 117 FINAL


LA CLIPPERS (109) AT MINNESOTA (117)

LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MURRAY F 31 6-10 8-9 3 5 8 1 1 0 2 21 ROGERS F 45 11-23 0-2 4 3 7 4 3 1 2 24 VRANKOVIC C 13 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 6 BARRY G 30 3-10 4-4 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 11 MARTIN G 30 4-11 3-3 0 2 2 6 2 3 3 12 CLOSS 12 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 ROBINSON 18 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 2 2 5 PIATKOWSKI 18 5-9 3-4 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 17 TAYLOR 21 3-10 1-2 4 2 6 1 5 1 2 7 WRIGHT 22 3-7 0-0 2 6 8 1 3 1 0 6 COLLINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION RICHARDSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-92 19-24 15 27 42 21 27 9 14 109 (.435) (.792) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

K GARNETT F 34 8-17 4-6 2 5 7 1 1 3 0 20 GUGLIOTTA F 37 7-14 5-8 4 4 8 9 2 2 1 19 ROBERTS C 16 2-3 0-1 2 4 6 0 2 0 3 4 CARR G 25 4-13 4-4 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 13 MARBURY G 39 9-16 1-2 1 3 4 12 1 0 5 20 PARKS 29 4-7 1-2 3 5 8 2 4 0 1 9 MITCHELL 24 2-6 3-6 2 5 7 1 2 2 3 7 JORDAN 4 1-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 PORTER 19 3-6 3-4 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 10 WEST 8 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 HAMMONDS 3 1-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 2 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3

TOTALS 240 43-87 28-43 17 29 46 30 16 9 17 117 (.494) (.651) TEAM REBS: 19 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 21 28 28 32 - 109 MINNESOTA 21 37 30 29 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - BARRY 2, PIATKOWSKI 2, ROGERS, TAYLOR. MINNESOTA - ROBERTS 4, CARR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 10-24 (.417), MURRAY 1-1, ROGERS 2-6, BARRY 1-3, MARTIN 1-5, ROBINSON 1-4, PIATKOWSKI 4-5. MINNESOTA 3-8 (.375), CARR 1-4, MARBURY 1-1, PORTER 1-3. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - VRANKOVIC, ROBINSON, HEAD COACH FITCH 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, STEVE JAVIE, DAVID JONES. A - 18,712. T - 2:12.


LA CLIPPERS (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 31 6-10 8-9 3-8 1 1 21 Rogers 45 11-23 0-2 4-7 4 3 24 Vrankovic 13 3-4 0-0 0-3 0 5 6 Barry 30 3-10 4-4 0-1 2 2 11 Martin 30 4-11 3-3 0-2 6 2 12 Closs 12 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Robinson 18 2-6 0-0 0-1 6 1 5 Piatkowski 18 5-9 3-4 1-2 0 3 17 Taylor 21 3-10 1-2 4-6 1 5 7 Wright 22 3-7 0-0 2-8 1 3 6 Collins DNP - coach's decision Richardson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-92 19-24 15-42 21 27 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Murray 1-1, Rogers 2-6, Barry 1-3, Martin 1-5, Robinson 1-4, Piatkowski 4-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Barry 2, Piatkowski 2, Rogers, Taylor). Turnovers: 17 (Martin 3, Barry 2, Murray 2, Robinson 2, Rogers 2, Taylor 2, Piatkowski). Steals: 9 (Martin 3, Robinson 2, Barry, Rogers, Taylor, Wright).

MINNESOTA (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 34 8-17 4-6 2-7 1 1 20 Gugliotta 37 7-14 5-8 4-8 9 2 19 Roberts 16 2-3 0-1 2-6 0 2 4 Carr 25 4-13 4-4 1-3 2 2 13 Marbury 39 9-16 1-2 1-4 12 1 20 Parks 29 4-7 1-2 3-8 2 4 9 Mitchell 24 2-6 3-6 2-7 1 2 7 Jordan 4 1-1 1-2 1-1 0 0 3 Porter 19 3-6 3-4 0-0 3 0 10 West 8 1-2 3-4 0-1 0 1 5 Hammonds 3 1-1 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 Williams 2 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-87 28-43 17-46 30 16 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.651. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Carr 1-4, Marbury 1-1, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 19. Blocked shots: 5 (Roberts 4, Carr). Turnovers: 17 (Marbury 5, Mitchell 3, Roberts 3, Williams 2, Gugliotta, Hammonds, Parks, Porter). Steals: 9 (K Garnett 3, Gugliotta 2, Mitchell 2, Carr, Jordan). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 21 28 28 32 - 109 Minnesota 21 37 30 29 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 4 (Vrankovic, 7:16 3rd; Robinson, 5:59 4th; Head Coach Fitch 2 (ejected), 5:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,712. T: 2:12. Officials: Bill Spooner, Steve Javie, David Jones.


GAME RECAP

Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves extend their franchise-record winning streak to six games with a 117-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Minnesota, in third place in the Midwest Division, improved to 22-16, also a franchise mark for most games above .500. Last season, when the Timberwolves made the playoffs for the first time, they did not win their 22nd game until February 2nd.

Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Tom Gugliotta 19 and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who have won five consecutive games against the Clippers.

"We were prepared going in that it was going to be a game that would go down to the end," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We didn't shoot free throws very well. If we did shoot them well, it probably wouldn't have been as close in the fourth quarter."

Minnesota shot just 65 percent from the line, missing 15 of 43 attempts.

Rodney Rogers scored 24 points and Lamond Murray added 21 and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which suffered its sixth loss in seven games and dropped to 4-20 on the road. Over their last nine games, during which they have gone 2-7, the Clippers have surrendered an average of 111.7 points per game.

The Timberwolves outshot the Clippers from the field, 49 percent (43-for-87) to 44 percent (40-for-92), and held a 46-42 advantage in rebounds. The Clippers did shoot 42 percent (10-for-24) from three-point range, with Eric Piatkowski connecting on 4-of-5 and scoring 17 points.

"Even though the Clippers are 10-30, they are a team that is always in games," Saunders said. "They are used to playing from behind and they never give up. Any time you get a team that shoots 24 threes in a game, and they start making some, they are going to make a run at you."

The game was tied 21-21 after one quarter, with Rogers scoring six points and Marbury eight.

After Piatkowski hit a fast-break jumper at the 10:53 mark of the second quarter to give the Clippers a 26-23 lead, Minnesota reeled off a 9-0 spurt. A driving layup by Terry Porter gave Minnesota the lead for good, 27-26, and a free throw by Reggie Jordan capped the run at 7:45, giving the Timberwolves a 32-26 lead.

Later in the quarter, Minnesota put together a 12-2 burst, with Garnett contributing seven points and capping it off with a three-point play on a fast-break layup that made it 48-34 with 2:55 left in the half.

Minnesota built its lead to double digits late in the third quarter, but the Clippers battled back to get the deficit to five points twice in the fourth quarter. The second time was following a short jumper by Rogers that made it 94-89 with 6:47 remaining.

The Timberwolves regained control with an 8-0 spurt over the next 47 seconds on a three-point play by Garnett, a baseline jumper by Gugliotta and three free throws by Porter, resulting from a double technical foul and ejection of Los Angeles coach Bill Fitch and a technical foul on James Robinson.

"Night in and night out the refereeing has been pretty good. I would have been kicked out from many more games had they all been called like today's game," said Fitch. "The Wolves shot the ball well and we did not. They had that run in the second half that made the difference. You can't fall behind on the road and try to come back. It's difficult.

"This is the first time all year that we've dressed 12 healthy guys. Robinson and Piatkowski played very well for us off the bench. They helped keep us in the game and provided us with a spark."

Two free throws by Tom Hammonds gave Minnesota its biggest lead at 111-93 with 2:50 remaining. The closest the Clippers came down the stretch was 116-109 on Murray's dunk with 23 seconds to go.

"We're playing well right now," Gugliotta said. "Everybody is getting the idea of how to play at the level we need to play. When that happens, we look a lot better. Everybody is very upbeat and confident. As the winning streak goes on, it's nice to hear guys talk about six more wins, instead of being happy with what we have."

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