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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 26 37 20 25 108 DALLAS 24 32 22 26 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 27, TERRELL BRANDON 20, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 26, HUBERT DAVIS 25, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 14


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (108) AT DALLAS (104)

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

K GARNETT F 40 11-18 4-6 2 12 14 5 4 2 7 27 SZCZERBIAK F 42 6-11 6-6 3 7 10 3 4 0 0 18 NESTEROVIC C 15 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 1 1 2 BRANDON G 36 6-13 7-7 0 4 4 6 2 0 0 20 PEELER G 18 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 8 SEALY 30 5-7 2-4 1 3 4 2 5 0 0 12 HAMMONDS 12 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 4 MITCHELL 27 6-10 1-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 13 PATTERSON 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 JACKSON 12 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 2 AVERY 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 SMITH DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 43-80 20-25 8 33 41 22 27 5 13 108 (.538) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

NOWITZKI F 39 5-10 2-2 0 6 6 0 6 0 1 12 TRENT F 23 5-12 0-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 1 10 BRADLEY C 35 5-13 2-2 5 5 10 3 1 0 0 12 DAVIS G 46 8-16 5-5 1 2 3 2 1 0 3 25 FINLEY G 45 10-19 6-7 1 9 10 7 2 2 4 26 CEBALLOS 32 7-16 0-1 3 4 7 1 6 0 3 14 JONES 17 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 3 HUGHES 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION NASH DNP - RIGHT ANKLE TENDON SPRAIN ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-91 15-19 13 29 42 18 22 3 14 104 (.462) (.789) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

MINNESOTA 26 37 20 25 - 108 DALLAS 24 32 22 26 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SZCZERBIAK, SEALY, PEELER, MITCHELL. DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-4 (.500), K GARNETT 1-2, BRANDON 1-1, AVERY 0-1. DALLAS 5-15 (.333), TRENT 0-1, DAVIS 4-7, FINLEY 0-2, CEBALLOS 0-1, JONES 1-4. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON, NOWITZKI, CEBALLOS. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, RASHAN MICHEL, TONY BROTHERS. A - 13,702. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 11-18 4-6 2-14 5 4 27 Szczerbiak 42 6-11 6-6 3-10 3 4 18 Nesterovic 15 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 5 2 Brandon 36 6-13 7-7 0-4 6 2 20 Peeler 18 4-7 0-0 0-0 2 1 8 Sealy 30 5-7 2-4 1-4 2 5 12 Hammonds 12 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 Mitchell 27 6-10 1-2 0-1 1 3 13 Patterson 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Jackson 12 1-3 0-0 1-3 2 1 2 Avery 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Smith DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 20-25 8-41 22 27 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-4, .500 (K Garnett 1-2, Brandon 1-1, Avery 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak, Sealy, Peeler, Mitchell). Turnovers: 14 (K Garnett 7, Avery, Hammonds, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Patterson, Peeler). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, Nesterovic, Patterson, Peeler).

DALLAS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 39 5-10 2-2 0-6 0 6 12 Trent 23 5-12 0-2 2-4 1 4 10 Bradley 35 5-13 2-2 5-10 3 1 12 Davis 46 8-16 5-5 1-3 2 1 25 Finley 45 10-19 6-7 1-10 7 2 26 Ceballos 32 7-16 0-1 3-7 1 6 14 Jones 17 1-4 0-0 0-1 4 1 3 Hughes 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Nash DNP - right ankle tendon sprain Rooks DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-91 15-19 13-42 18 22 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Trent 0-1, Davis 4-7, Finley 0-2, Ceballos 0-1, Jones 1-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Bradley 2, Finley). Turnovers: 14 (Finley 4, Ceballos 3, Davis 3, Hughes, Jones, Nowitzki, Trent). Steals: 3 (Finley 2, Trent). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 26 37 20 25 - 108 Dallas 24 32 22 26 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 5:21 2nd, 8:45 4th). Dallas 3 (Head Coach Nelson, 0:25 2nd; Nowitzki, 0:25 2nd; Ceballos, 1:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,702. T: 2:18. Officials: Luis Grillo, Rashan Michel, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett finally ended the longest losing streak of his NBA career.

Garnett had 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped an eight-game slide with a 108-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

"Just to win, it feels good to break the streak," said Garnett, who made 11-of-18 shots. "At the same time it's not like we're not used to winning. Hopefully this will start a winning streak."

Minnesota improved to just 2-7 on the road as it won in December for the first time. The losing streak was the longest for the Timberwolves since a 10-game skid to end the 1993-94 campaign.

"Going through this losing, that showed who's going to stand in there, who is going to fold, who is going to turn their back," Garnett said. "I think it was a great test of our team, how we stayed together, shows a lot of character on our team."

Garnett, selected fifth overall directly out of high school in 1995, had done all he could to reverse his team's fortunes. He had a triple-double in Tuesday's loss in Atlanta, 20 rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Charlotte and 28 points and 21 boards in Friday's home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I don't mind doing whatever I have to do to help my team win," said Garnett, who played 40 minutes and also had five assists and two blocks. "I would have probably been a lot more miserable if I played 30-35 minutes and we lost. If I'm not dying and my heart's not jumping out of me, leave me out there."

"Our guys have worked hard and it's paid off," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunder said. "We played well in Atlanta, we played well in Charlotte, we played last night against the Lakers. We've been playing well, but we didn't have anything to show for it. Tonight we came in and played well in spurts. Now we got something to show for it."

Michael Finley scored 26 points and Hubert Davis added 25 for the Mavericks, who have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight. During Minnesota's losing streak, it was trounced by Dallas.

Finley and Davis shared point guard duties as Robert Pack joined fellow point guard Steve Nash on the sidelines prior to the game. Both have ankle sprains.

"It's just been one adjustment after another," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "We've learned to play with a point guard (Pack) that goes along for a week, then we start doing pretty well."

The Timberwolves never trailed in the second half but appeared headed for another loss when Finley dunked over the 6-11 Garnett, was fouled and made the free throw to give Dallas a 97-97 tie with 2:58 remaining.

After the teams traded a pair of points, Sam Mitchell gave the Wolves the lead for good at 101-99 with a corner jumper with 2:07 left. Mitchell scored a season-high 13 points.

Garnett rebounded a miss by Finley and Mavs forward Cedric Ceballos was whistled for an offensive foul, his sixth. From the bench at the the other end, Ceballos argued and was hit with a technical foul. Terrell Brandon's free throw pushed the lead to 102-99 with 1:06 to go.

Finley missed a 3-pointer and Malik Sealy answered with a jumper with 28 seconds left. It was at least a two-possession game thereafter.

Brandon scored 20 points, rookie Wally Szczerbiak added 18 and a season-high 10 rebounds and Sealy scored 12 points for the Wolves, who shot 54 percent (43-of-80) from the field and made 20-of-25 free throws.

"It feels good, we don't want to say it doesn't," Brandon said. "We're disappointed that it had to come to something like this. Hopefully at the end of the year, we can go back to this time and kind of laugh about it. It'll strengthen our team, but there's no way we want to go through something like this again."

"We've got to just build on this victory and make sure we know how to close our games like we did," Szczerbiak said. "Once we do that, we can put some games in the win column."

Ceballos scored 16 points and Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Bradley added 12 apiece for the Mavs, who shot 46 percent (42-of-91). Bradley and Finley grabbed 10 rebounds each and Finley handed out seven assists.

Garnett led a balanced first-half attack with 14 points as the Wolves opened a 63-56 lead. Minnesota held an 83-78 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

"This game was lost in the first half," Nelson said. "Our defense's intensity was non-existent. The intensity was better in the second half, we did get back into the game, but the game was lost in the first half. We didn't deserve to win the game the way we came out."

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