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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 21 26 20 89 LA LAKERS 23 27 23 23 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TOM HAMMONDS 22, SAM MITCHELL 18, KEVIN GARNETT 16 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 25, GLEN RICE 25, KOBE BRYANT 18


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (89) AT LA LAKERS (96)

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

K GARNETT F 42 5-21 6-9 6 10 16 2 6 1 3 16 MITCHELL F 35 8-13 2-3 2 2 4 2 1 1 2 18 D GARRETT C 26 3-5 0-0 3 3 6 2 3 0 0 6 JACKSON G 31 4-12 2-3 1 3 4 8 1 1 2 10 SEALY G 33 2-8 4-4 0 3 3 2 5 0 1 9 CURLEY 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 HAMMONDS 27 9-16 4-5 4 1 5 1 3 1 1 22 JORDAN 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PATTERSON 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROBINSON 17 1-7 0-2 0 1 1 4 2 2 2 3 SCOTT 18 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 5 SMITH DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 34-91 18-26 16 25 41 21 25 8 11 89 (.374) (.692) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

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

RICE F 41 9-19 4-4 0 3 3 5 1 0 3 25 RODMAN F 25 0-1 0-0 3 6 9 0 3 0 2 0 ONEAL C 38 11-19 3-8 5 10 15 2 1 0 3 25 BRYANT G 37 7-14 3-4 2 1 3 7 2 1 1 18 HARPER G 26 1-8 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 2 1 5 FISHER 13 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 3 5 FOX 19 2-6 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 0 2 4 HORRY 21 5-5 3-4 4 3 7 2 4 2 3 13 LUE 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 REID 11 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 17-26 14 33 47 22 20 6 18 96 (.474) (.654) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 21 26 20 - 89 LA LAKERS 23 27 23 23 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ROBINSON 2, K GARNETT, D GARRETT. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-7 (.429), K GARNETT 0-1, SEALY 1-1, ROBINSON 1-2, SCOTT 1-3. LA LAKERS 5-13 (.385), RICE 3-6, BRYANT 1-3, HARPER 0-1, FISHER 1-2, FOX 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM KINSEY, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 17,505. T - 2:22.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 5-21 6-9 6-16 2 6 16 Mitchell 35 8-13 2-3 2-4 2 1 18 D Garrett 26 3-5 0-0 3-6 2 3 6 Jackson 31 4-12 2-3 1-4 8 1 10 Sealy 33 2-8 4-4 0-3 2 5 9 Curley 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Hammonds 27 9-16 4-5 4-5 1 3 22 Jordan 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Patterson 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Robinson 17 1-7 0-2 0-1 4 2 3 Scott 18 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 Smith DNP - not with team - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-91 18-26 16-41 21 25 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.374, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (K Garnett 0-1, Sealy 1-1, Robinson 1-2, Scott 1-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson 2, K Garnett, D Garrett). Turnovers: 11 (K Garnett 3, Jackson 2, Mitchell 2, Robinson 2, Hammonds, Sealy). Steals: 8 (Robinson 2, Curley, Hammonds, Jackson, K Garnett, Mitchell, Scott).

LA LAKERS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 41 9-19 4-4 0-3 5 1 25 Rodman 25 0-1 0-0 3-9 0 3 0 Oneal 38 11-19 3-8 5-15 2 1 25 Bryant 37 7-14 3-4 2-3 7 2 18 Harper 26 1-8 3-4 0-2 1 3 5 Fisher 13 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 1 5 Fox 19 2-6 0-0 0-5 1 1 4 Horry 21 5-5 3-4 4-7 2 4 13 Lue 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Reid 11 0-1 1-2 0-1 1 2 1 Patterson DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 17-26 14-47 22 20 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Rice 3-6, Bryant 1-3, Harper 0-1, Fisher 1-2, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Oneal 3, Horry). Turnovers: 18 (Fisher 3, Horry 3, Oneal 3, Rice 3, Fox 2, Rodman 2, Bryant, Harper). Steals: 6 (Harper 2, Horry 2, Bryant, Fisher). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 22 21 26 20 - 89 La Lakers 23 27 23 23 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Kinsey, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves do not love LA.

Shaquille O'Neal and Glen Rice each scored 25 points as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Timberwolves their 10th straight loss at the Great Western Forum, 96-89, completing a nightmarish two-day swing through the City of Angels.

Minnesota, which suffered a humiliating 99-91 loss against the league-worst Clippers on Thursday, have not won at the Forum since December 5, 1993. The Timberwolves are only 2-17 all-time in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Minnesota is also responsible for two of the Clippers' four wins.

"How we played last night against the Clippers and coming here and how we played, I can't fault our effort," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "If we play like that the next 13 or 14 games then we're gonna win some games and be OK when the playoffs start. So that's one positive if there is one."

Tom Hammonds led Minnesota with 22 points off the bench, including a 14-footer that forged an 84-84 tie with 2:32 to play.

J.R. Reid made the first of two free throws and O'Neal hit a short follow shot on the miss to put the Lakers ahead for good, 87-84, with 1:58 remaining.

O'Neal, who was 11-of-19 from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds, hit an eight-footer on Los Angeles' ensuing possession to stretch the lead to five with 1:38 left.

"I was just trying to play good team ball," said O'Neal. "It wasn't pretty but it was a win. We'll take it. In order for us to get to the next level, we have to play smart and play smart all of the time."

Kobe Bryant scored 18 points and Robert Horry added 13 off the bench for the Lakers, who have won six of their last eight games to move into fourth-place in the Western Conference, one-half game ahead of Houston.

Sam Mitchell scored 18 points and Kevin Garnett added 16 and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost three in a row.

Bobby Jackson, starting for injured point guard Terrell Brandon, scored 10 points and handed out eight assists for the Timberwolves, who shot 37 percent (34-of-91) and were outrebounded, 47-41.

"This is our third team," said Garnett. "We've had our Marbury team, our Brandon team and now we have our Bobby Jackson team."

Minnesota was also without forward Joe Smith, who was not with the team due to the death of his father.

Dennis Rodman grabbed nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which yielded 17 points off 18 turnovers. More importantly, Rodman held Garnett to 5-of-16 shooting.

"Some nights I am great at defense and some nights I am good and some nights I am bad," said Rodman. "I am the smallest (power forward) in the league, so I just have to go out there and use my determination and try to frustrate these guys."

The Lakers shot 47 percent (37-of-78).

Rick Fox hit a 21-footer to give Los Angeles a 71-61 cushion with 2:07 left in the third quarter. But Hammonds converted a three-point play, Dennis Scott drained a 3-pointer and Jackson made an 18-footer to cut the deficit to four entering the fourth quarter.

"Down the stretch we didn't play smart," said Hammonds. "That's what cost us the game. You can never find anything gratifying in a loss, although what we can take from the game is that we came out and played hard and put all the aspects of the game together."

Jackson gave Minnesota a 79-78 lead with 7:15 to play on a driving layup. He added a free throw before Horry knotted the game at 80-80 on a tip-in with 7:01 remaining.

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