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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 20 22 19 83 HOUSTON 26 21 27 26 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, TERRELL BRANDON 17, JOE SMITH 11 HOU - MICHAEL DICKERSON 31, CUTTINO MOBLEY 18, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 17

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - DEAN GARRETT 8, JOE SMITH 7 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 13, CHARLES BARKLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, JAMES ROBINSON 4 HOU - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, CHARLES BARKLEY 6

ATT: 16,285


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (83) AT HOUSTON (100)

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

K GARNETT F 35 8-16 2-2 2 4 6 2 1 0 3 18 SMITH F 19 5-7 1-3 3 4 7 0 4 0 2 11 MITCHELL C 24 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 5 BRANDON G 34 8-19 1-1 2 2 4 9 2 2 1 17 PEELER G 28 0-1 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 2 5 2 D GARRETT 19 3-5 0-0 3 5 8 0 1 0 2 6 HAMMONDS 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 PATTERSON 24 1-5 6-8 3 2 5 0 0 1 0 8 ROBINSON 9 0-4 2-2 0 2 2 4 0 0 3 2 SEALY 22 4-8 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 8 NESTEROVIC 12 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 JACKSON 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0

TOTALS 240 33-79 16-20 16 28 44 17 17 5 19 83 (.418) (.800) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

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

BARKLEY F 34 6-11 0-2 4 4 8 6 3 2 3 12 PIPPEN F 38 2-6 0-0 0 5 5 8 2 1 1 4 OLAJUWON C 32 7-12 3-3 1 12 13 3 2 3 5 17 DICKERSON G 39 10-18 5-5 0 3 3 5 1 1 1 31 MOBLEY G 33 6-10 2-4 0 2 2 4 0 0 1 18 CARR 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 DREW 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MACK 14 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 11 PRICE 15 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 5 2 2 0 3 ROBERTS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 HARRINGTON 19 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 2 BULLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 10-14 7 31 38 32 16 11 15 100 (.500) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 20 22 19 - 83 HOUSTON 26 21 27 26 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, PATTERSON, SMITH, HAMMONDS. HOUSTON - DICKERSON 2, OLAJUWON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-5 (.200), MITCHELL 1-1, BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 0-1, ROBINSON 0-1, JACKSON 0-1. HOUSTON 12-24 (.500), BARKLEY 0-1, PIPPEN 0-3, DICKERSON 6-8, MOBLEY 4-6, MACK 1-4, PRICE 1-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - MITCHELL, PEELER, HOUSTON - HARRINGTON. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, KEN MAUER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 16,285. T - 2:07.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 35 8-16 2-2 2-6 2 1 18 Smith 19 5-7 1-3 3-7 0 4 11 Mitchell 24 2-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 5 Brandon 34 8-19 1-1 2-4 9 2 17 Peeler 28 0-1 2-2 0-3 1 2 2 D Garrett 19 3-5 0-0 3-8 0 1 6 Hammonds 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Patterson 24 1-5 6-8 3-5 0 0 8 Robinson 9 0-4 2-2 0-2 4 0 2 Sealy 22 4-8 0-0 2-2 0 1 8 Nesterovic 12 1-4 2-2 0-2 0 1 4 Jackson 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 16-20 16-44 17 17 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Mitchell 1-1, Brandon 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (K Garnett 4, Patterson, Smith, Hammonds). Turnovers: 19 (Peeler 5, K Garnett 3, Robinson 3, D Garrett 2, Jackson 2, Smith 2, Brandon, Hammonds). Steals: 5 (Brandon 2, Peeler 2, Patterson).

HOUSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 34 6-11 0-2 4-8 6 3 12 Pippen 38 2-6 0-0 0-5 8 2 4 Olajuwon 32 7-12 3-3 1-13 3 2 17 Dickerson 39 10-18 5-5 0-3 5 1 31 Mobley 33 6-10 2-4 0-2 4 0 18 Carr 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Drew 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mack 14 5-8 0-0 0-2 0 0 11 Price 15 1-3 0-0 1-2 5 2 3 Roberts 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Harrington 19 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Bullard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 10-14 7-38 32 16 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 12-24, .500 (Barkley 0-1, Pippen 0-3, Dickerson 6-8, Mobley 4-6, Mack 1-4, Price 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Dickerson 2, Olajuwon). Turnovers: 17 (Olajuwon 5, Barkley 3, Mack 2, Carr, Dickerson, Harrington, Mobley, Pippen). Steals: 11 (Olajuwon 3, Barkley 2, Mack 2, Price 2, Dickerson, Pippen). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 22 20 22 19 - 83 Houston 26 21 27 26 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Mitchell, 8:46 1st; Peeler, 8:46 1st). Houston 1 (Harrington, 1:32 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:07. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Rookie Michael Dickerson scored a season-high 31 points as the Houston Rockets kept alive their hopes of earning home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 100-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Houston (30-19) moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers, their first-round opponent, for fourth place in the Western Conference. But for the Rockets, who lost the season series to the Lakers, to secure home court for the opening round, they will need to win at Denver on Wednesday while Los Angeles loses to Portland.

"We've got to win the game. We can't worry about the Lakers," said Rockets forward Charles Barkley. "We're gonna play each other regardless of what happens. When we play well, we can win anywhere. If we don't get the home court, we can't whine and complain about it because we blew it ourselves."

Dickerson buried six 3-pointers and Houston went 12-of-24 from beyond the arc. Minnesota made only 1-of-5 3-pointers.

"The double-downs put us in a great position to shoot open shots," Dickerson said. "My confidence is flowing now. I've been tentative at times this year and sometimes, coach has to tell me shoot the ball."

Dickerson hit three times from beyond the arc and collected 16 points in the third quarter, when the Rockets turned a three-point lead into a 74-64 cushion. Charles Barkley scored half of his 12 points in a 17-3 run early in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.

Rookie Cuttino Mobley contributed 18 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 17 and 13 rebounds as Houston posted its second straight blowout victory after losing five of six. The Rockets coasted to a 110-84 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Despite remaining in eighth place in the Western Conference and falling one game behind Phoenix and Sacramento, Minnesota can still finish as high as sixth. The Timberwolves visit Phoenix on Wednesday in their regular season finale and a victory will give them a 2-1 edge in the season series. That would push them to the seventh spot, and if Sacramento loses at home to Vancouver, they will take sixth place.

"That's our goal, to move into the sixth spot if we can," said Timberwolves guard Terrell Brandon. "It's a big game for both teams. We just beat Phoenix a few games ago, so we know they're gonna be ready for us. We have to prove we can win on the road."

Kevin Garnett scored 18 points and Brandon added 17 and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Olajuwon had a pair of layups to spark a 9-2 spurt early in the third and Dickerson converted a three-point play for a 56-46 lead with 9:06 left. After Minnesota pulled within six, Dickerson dunked and drained a 3-pointer for a 61-50 cushion. Dickerson's 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining made it 74-64.

"He (Dickerson) hit some tough shots. We gave him some open looks and he gained some confidence," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "I told Rudy after the game, at least we gave their rookies some confidence heading into the playoffs."

A 20-footer by Brandon had the Timberwolves within 76-68, but Barkley answered with a follow lay-in and short jumper to trigger the decisive run. Barkley fed Dickerson for a baseline jumper that capped it, building a 93-71 lead with 6:04 to go.

"I thought it would be a much closer game," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "I'm very pleased with the way we responded. We just have to do it one more time."

Barkley added eight boards and six assists, while Scottie Pippen handed out eight assists and scored just four points.

Garnett and fellow starting forward Joe Smith, who scored 11 points, combined to shoot 13-of-23 (57 percent) from the field but the rest of the Timberwolves hit just 20-of-56 (36 percent).

"Obviously, Phoenix is ahead of us and a win can give us an advantage," Smith said. "But we're not going to win if we play like we did tonight."

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