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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 21 14 15 78 MIAMI 22 19 29 19 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, TERRELL BRANDON 14, MALIK SEALY 14 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 30, OTIS THORPE 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, JOE SMITH 8 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 6, KEVIN GARNETT 4 MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,200


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (78) AT MIAMI (89)

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

K GARNETT F 42 7-23 2-3 1 8 9 4 2 2 3 16 SZCZERBIAK F 29 6-9 0-0 1 4 5 2 0 1 0 12 NESTEROVIC C 26 2-7 0-0 4 2 6 0 4 0 0 4 BRANDON G 39 5-15 3-3 0 4 4 6 1 4 0 14 SEALY G 34 6-13 1-1 1 5 6 3 3 2 2 14 SMITH 27 1-6 3-4 2 6 8 1 3 0 1 5 MITCHELL 15 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 4 PEELER 12 1-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 AVERY 15 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 5 HAMMONDS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-89 13-15 10 30 40 18 17 10 9 78 (.348) (.867) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

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

BROWN F 33 5-7 0-0 2 8 10 4 1 0 2 10 STRICKLAND F 16 4-6 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 0 0 8 MOURNING C 40 10-21 10-12 2 11 13 2 2 2 5 30 CARTER G 33 4-13 0-0 1 2 3 8 1 0 3 8 MAJERLE G 34 2-7 0-0 0 6 6 4 3 0 2 5 LENARD 32 3-15 2-2 1 3 4 4 2 1 2 10 THORPE 23 6-7 0-0 4 6 10 1 3 0 2 12 WALTERS 15 2-4 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 6 WEATHERSPOON 14 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASHBURN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-82 13-16 13 47 60 25 17 3 17 89 (.439) (.813) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 21 14 15 - 78 MIAMI 22 19 29 19 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, SMITH. MIAMI - MOURNING 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-8 (.375), K GARNETT 0-1, BRANDON 1-1, SEALY 1-2, PEELER 0-1, AVERY 1-3. MIAMI 4-11 (.364), MAJERLE 1-4, LENARD 2-6, WALTERS 1-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TIM DONAGHY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 15,200. T - 1:59.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 7-23 2-3 1-9 4 2 16 Szczerbiak 29 6-9 0-0 1-5 2 0 12 Nesterovic 26 2-7 0-0 4-6 0 4 4 Brandon 39 5-15 3-3 0-4 6 1 14 Sealy 34 6-13 1-1 1-6 3 3 14 Smith 27 1-6 3-4 2-8 1 3 5 Mitchell 15 1-4 2-2 1-2 0 1 4 Peeler 12 1-5 2-2 0-0 1 1 4 Avery 15 2-7 0-0 0-0 1 2 5 Hammonds 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-89 13-15 10-40 18 17 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.348, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (K Garnett 0-1, Brandon 1-1, Sealy 1-2, Peeler 0-1, Avery 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 4, Smith). Turnovers: 9 (K Garnett 3, Sealy 2, Avery, Mitchell, Peeler, Smith). Steals: 10 (Brandon 4, K Garnett 2, Sealy 2, Peeler, Szczerbiak).

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 33 5-7 0-0 2-10 4 1 10 Strickland 16 4-6 0-0 1-7 0 2 8 Mourning 40 10-21 10-12 2-13 2 2 30 Carter 33 4-13 0-0 1-3 8 1 8 Majerle 34 2-7 0-0 0-6 4 3 5 Lenard 32 3-15 2-2 1-4 4 2 10 Thorpe 23 6-7 0-0 4-10 1 3 12 Walters 15 2-4 1-2 1-2 1 2 6 Weatherspoon 14 0-2 0-0 1-5 1 1 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mashburn DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 13-16 13-60 25 17 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Majerle 1-4, Lenard 2-6, Walters 1-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 5). Turnovers: 17 (Mourning 5, Carter 3, Brown 2, Lenard 2, Majerle 2, Thorpe 2, Weatherspoon). Steals: 3 (Mourning 2, Lenard). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 21 14 15 - 78 Miami 22 19 29 19 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:25 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 1:59. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tim Donaghy, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning and his fellow frontcourt men were too much for Kevin Garnett and closed Miami Arena on a winning note.

Mourning, Otis Thorpe and P.J. Brown all had double-doubles as the Miami Heat shut down Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half and posted an 89-78 victory.

The Heat ran their all-time record to 281-213 in the venerable arena, situated in a hardscrabble area of downtown Miami with the smallest seating capacity of any NBA facility. As he walked off the court, Mourning gave a wave to the crowd of 15,200.

"It was a `Thank you' you for all the good times and support in this arena," Mourning said. "Hopefully we'll get these fans and a few more in the new arena."

Having played in Miami Arena since entering the league in 1988, the Heat will move into American Airlines Arena, a glistening new waterfront facility on Biscayne Bay. Miami hosts Orlando on Sunday in its first game in the new arena.

"I had 4 1/2 good years here," Riley said. "Just like moving into a new house, you're excited. We will not forget all the memories here. We're looking forward to the new arena and it couldn't come at a better time."

Mourning collected 30 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as he won his duel with Garnett. Thorpe had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Brown added 10 and 10.

"It's a win; that's all that counts right now," Mourning said. "All I care about is collecting Ws."

Garnett's string of double-doubles ended at eight games with 16 points and nine rebounds. He shot just 7-of-23 from the field.

"He's totally worn down and that was a concern of mine coming into the game," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "He's averaged 46 minutes over the last couple weeks and then we had to come in and play Miami, which is a physical team."

"It can be difficult but it's no excuse for us," Garnett said. "We make shots and a couple stops and we win this game easily. The whole thing about the NBA is execution and we didn't do it."

Minnesota shot just 35 percent (31-of-89) as its season-high five-game winning streak also came to an end. Miami won for the third time in four games without both injured forward Jamal Mashburn and guard Tim Hardaway, their second and third leading scorers.

The Timberwolves led 49-41 at halftime and a basket by Garnett made it 53-45 with 9:56 left in the third quarter. The Heat rattled off 19 of the next 23 points to take the lead for good. Mourning scored eight in the surge and a basket by Thorpe gave Miami a 64-57 lead with 3:41 remaining.

The Heat took a 70-63 lead into the fourth quarter and widened it to 80-66 on a pair of free throws by Voshon Lenard with 7:10 to go. The Wolves responded with a 12-4 run, closing to 84-78 on a 3-pointer by Malik Sealy with 1:57 left.

But Minnesota did not score again. Mourning made two foul shots, Brown hit a corner jumper and Mourning added a free throw with 30 seconds to go to close the scoring.

"I think we ran out of gas," Saunders said. "You have to give them credit. They turned up the heat in the third quarter. We missed a lot of easy shots and had a lot of opportunities. We didn't have the energy that we needed to make that extra push."

Lenard scored 10 points for the Heat, who shot 44 percent (36-of-82) and held a 60-40 rebounding advantage.

"The main thing we tried to emphasize was rebounding," Thorpe said. "Normally when we outrebound we have a better outcome. I wanted to concentrate on rebounding and I did that."

Sealy and Terrell Brandon scored 14 points each for the Wolves, who committed just nine turnovers.

Garnett shot just 4-of-12 in the first half but made his huge presence felt. The 7-footer was his usual active self and helped Minnesota force 13 turnovers. He also had a three-point play late in the second quarter, beating the defensive-minded Mourning with a crossover move.

"The first half was like apple turnovers out there and we did a terrible job," Brown said. "In the second half we focused, made proper passes and executed like we were supposed to."

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