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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 23 17 30 23 93 MINNESOTA 29 26 25 20 100 FINAL


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MIAMI (93) AT MINNESOTA (100)

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

ASKINS F 16 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 BROWN F 35 7-9 2-6 3 5 8 3 2 2 2 16 MOURNING C 43 9-15 10-16 2 10 12 2 4 0 6 28 HARDAWAY G 36 5-17 3-3 0 0 0 8 4 0 1 14 MAJERLE G 42 2-5 0-0 0 6 6 5 5 1 1 5 PORTER 32 5-9 8-8 1 5 6 2 3 2 3 21 STRICKLAND 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 WALTERS 13 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 17 2-5 3-5 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 7 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-65 26-38 7 28 35 26 23 9 13 93 (.477) (.684) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 30 8-15 3-4 3 4 7 2 5 0 2 19 MITCHELL F 43 6-16 5-6 2 2 4 3 2 0 2 17 CURLEY C 21 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 1 0 8 BRANDON G 43 6-13 1-3 1 4 5 11 1 1 1 14 SCOTT G 24 2-8 3-4 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 8 D GARRETT 26 3-4 7-8 4 5 9 0 4 1 0 13 HAMMONDS 16 3-6 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 2 7 JACKSON 14 2-6 2-3 2 2 4 3 0 1 1 6 JORDAN 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 PATTERSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 ROBINSON 19 2-4 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 2 2 6 SMITH DNP - SEPARATED LEFT RIB

TOTALS 240 36-79 24-32 16 24 40 24 25 6 11 100 (.456) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

MIAMI 23 17 30 23 - 93 MINNESOTA 29 26 25 20 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MAJERLE, MOURNING, WEATHERSPOON. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, PATTERSON, D GARRETT, CURLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-14 (.357), ASKINS 0-1, HARDAWAY 1-5, MAJERLE 1-4, PORTER 3-4. MINNESOTA 4-9 (.444), MITCHELL 0-1, BRANDON 1-1, SCOTT 1-4, ROBINSON 2-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MOURNING, MINNESOTA - JORDAN. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,006. T - 2:24.


Box Score

MIAMI (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 16 0-2 0-0 0-0 5 2 0 Brown 35 7-9 2-6 3-8 3 2 16 Mourning 43 9-15 10-16 2-12 2 4 28 Hardaway 36 5-17 3-3 0-0 8 4 14 Majerle 42 2-5 0-0 0-6 5 5 5 Porter 32 5-9 8-8 1-6 2 3 21 Strickland 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Walters 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Weatherspoon 17 2-5 3-5 1-3 0 2 7 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Edwards DNP - coach's decision Mills DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-65 26-38 7-35 26 23 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Askins 0-1, Hardaway 1-5, Majerle 1-4, Porter 3-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Majerle, Mourning, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 13 (Mourning 6, Porter 3, Brown 2, Hardaway, Majerle). Steals: 9 (Walters 3, Brown 2, Porter 2, Majerle, Weatherspoon).

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 30 8-15 3-4 3-7 2 5 19 Mitchell 43 6-16 5-6 2-4 3 2 17 Curley 21 4-7 0-0 1-2 0 5 8 Brandon 43 6-13 1-3 1-5 11 1 14 Scott 24 2-8 3-4 0-0 2 1 8 D Garrett 26 3-4 7-8 4-9 0 4 13 Hammonds 16 3-6 1-2 1-3 1 4 7 Jackson 14 2-6 2-3 2-4 3 0 6 Jordan 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Patterson 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Robinson 19 2-4 0-0 2-5 1 1 6 Smith DNP - separated left rib _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 24-32 16-40 24 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Mitchell 0-1, Brandon 1-1, Scott 1-4, Robinson 2-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 2, Patterson, D Garrett, Curley). Turnovers: 11 (Hammonds 2, K Garnett 2, Mitchell 2, Robinson 2, Brandon, Jackson, Scott). Steals: 6 (Robinson 2, Brandon, Curley, D Garrett, Jackson). ____________________________________________ Miami 23 17 30 23 - 93 Minnesota 29 26 25 20 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Mourning, 0:40 2nd). Minnesota 1 (Jordan, 0:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:24. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- After Kevin Garnett carried them in the first half, the Minnesota Timberwolves were nearly haunted by former teammate Terry Porter.

Garnett scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half when the Timberwolves built a 15-point lead and then held off the Miami Heat, 100-93.

With Joe Smith out with a rib injury and Garnett hampered by foul trouble in the second half, the Timberwolves received strong performances from Sam Mitchell, Terrell Brandon and Dean Garrett.

"It says a lot about us to win without Joe, and with K.G. in foul trouble," said Brandon.

Mitchell had 17 points, Brandon collected 14 points and 11 assists and Garrett added 13 points and nine rebounds.

"This game was kind of a benchmark statement game," said Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders. "You talk about winning as a team, and tonight was truly a team effort. The play we had from Dean Garrett off the bench...by far probably one of his best games."

Even James Robinson, who was signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day, contributed a pair of 3-pointers.

"Hollywood (Robinson) yesterday is fishing for catfish in a reservoir at four o'clock in the afternoon and today he's hitting two big threes and playing really good defense down the stretch," Saunders added.

Porter, who left the Timberwolves and signed as a free agent with Miami during the offseason, scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a comeback by the Heat. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and converted four free throws in a 17-7 run to help Miami pull within 89-87 with 5:56 left.

But Miami failed to cash in on four opportunities to tie the game or take the lead.

"We had our chances in the last four minutes to tie or go ahead," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We couldn't get the shots to fall. We had good looks."

The first opportunity came when P.J. Brown missed a pair of free throws with 4:28 left. A tip-in by Garnett increased Miami's lead to 91-87 with 3:55 remaining.

Porter answered with a running jumper in the lane with 3:39 left, but missed a 3-point attempt which would have given Miami the lead with 2:50 remaining. Bill Curley then scored on a layup to move Minnesota's advantage back to four with 2:33 left.

A baseline drive by Alonzo Mourning, who finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, again pulled Miami within two with 2:16 remaining. But Brown hit the rim on a corner jumper and Tim Hardaway missed a turnaround jumper as the Heat again squandered opportunities to tie the game. Hardaway hit just 5-of-17 shots and finished with 14 points.

The Timberwolves converted 7-of-8 free throws in the final 34 seconds to seal the win.

"They wanted it a little bit more than we did," Mourning said. "We didn't really feel any sense of urgency until the second half. I think if we had gotten up into them defensively, like we did in the second half, if we'd have started the game that way, it would have been a different outcome."

Despite their third loss in four games, the Heat (19-8) remained in first place in the Atlantic Division, percentage points ahead of Orlando (20-9), which lost to Charlotte.

Garnett scored 10 points in the first quarter to help the Timberwolves build a 29-23 lead.

A 9-2 run in the second quarter gave Minnesota its biggest lead at 53-37 with 56 seconds left in the half. Robinson hit a 3-pointer to start the spurt and Mitchell capped it with a 19-foot jumper.

"We dug ourselves a hole, and allowed them to get good looks," Porter said. "They were making their shots and built a big lead. They shot the ball really well in the first half. That was the key."

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