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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 21 29 24 14 88 MINNESOTA 24 18 32 17 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 27, AVERY JOHNSON 17, DAVID ROBINSON 11 MIN - MALIK SEALY 22, KEVIN GARNETT 21, TERRELL BRANDON 18

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, JOE SMITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 5, AVERY JOHNSON 5 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 15,179


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (88) AT MINNESOTA (91)

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

DUNCAN F 43 10-17 7-9 5 14 19 5 1 1 1 27 JACKSON F 28 1-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 2 ROBINSON C 30 3-9 5-6 3 2 5 2 4 1 3 11 ELIE G 32 3-10 2-2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 9 JOHNSON G 41 8-19 1-2 1 1 2 5 2 3 1 17 J KERSEY 16 0-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 PORTER 18 2-6 1-3 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 6 ROSE 18 4-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 1 8 DANIELS 8 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 WALKER 6 1-1 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 4 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-85 18-24 13 29 42 23 19 7 11 88 (.400) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 39 10-21 0-0 3 8 11 5 4 1 6 21 MITCHELL F 35 2-12 4-4 1 2 3 3 1 2 0 8 NESTEROVIC C 25 6-8 2-2 4 4 8 2 6 0 0 14 BRANDON G 45 7-19 3-5 1 3 4 13 2 3 4 18 SEALY G 43 9-11 3-5 3 4 7 5 2 0 3 22 SMITH 25 3-7 0-2 4 6 10 0 2 0 0 6 HAMMONDS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 PEELER 23 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 2 PATTERSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION RILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-84 12-18 16 29 45 30 20 6 13 91 (.452) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 21 29 24 14 - 88 MINNESOTA 24 18 32 17 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, J KERSEY. MINNESOTA - BRANDON 4, SEALY 2, K GARNETT 2, SMITH 2, NESTEROVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-11 (.182), JACKSON 0-6, ELIE 1-3, PORTER 1-2. MINNESOTA 3-6 (.500), K GARNETT 1-1, BRANDON 1-2, SEALY 1-1, PEELER 0-2. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, HEAD COACH SAUNDERS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, ED F RUSH, BILL KENNEDY. A - 15,179. T - 2:13.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 10-17 7-9 5-19 5 1 27 Jackson 28 1-9 0-0 0-1 3 3 2 Robinson 30 3-9 5-6 3-5 2 4 11 Elie 32 3-10 2-2 1-2 2 2 9 Johnson 41 8-19 1-2 1-2 5 2 17 J Kersey 16 0-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Porter 18 2-6 1-3 1-3 2 0 6 Rose 18 4-7 0-0 1-5 1 4 8 Daniels 8 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 4 Walker 6 1-1 2-2 0-3 0 0 4 Brown DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 18-24 13-42 23 19 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Jackson 0-6, Elie 1-3, Porter 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Robinson 4, J Kersey). Turnovers: 12 (Robinson 3, Elie 2, J Kersey 2, Duncan, Jackson, Johnson, Rose). Steals: 7 (Johnson 3, Duncan, Elie, Porter, Robinson).

MINNESOTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 10-21 0-0 3-11 5 4 21 Mitchell 35 2-12 4-4 1-3 3 1 8 Nesterovic 25 6-8 2-2 4-8 2 6 14 Brandon 45 7-19 3-5 1-4 13 2 18 Sealy 43 9-11 3-5 3-7 5 2 22 Smith 25 3-7 0-2 4-10 0 2 6 Hammonds 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Peeler 23 1-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Patterson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Riley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 12-18 16-45 30 20 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (K Garnett 1-1, Brandon 1-2, Sealy 1-1, Peeler 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 11 (Brandon 4, Sealy 2, K Garnett 2, Smith 2, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 13 (K Garnett 6, Brandon 4, Sealy 3). Steals: 6 (Brandon 3, Mitchell 2, K Garnett). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 21 29 24 14 - 88 Minnesota 24 18 32 17 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:43 3rd). Minnesota 3 (K Garnett, 1:28 2nd; Head Coach Saunders, 1:12 2nd; Illegal Defense, 7:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,179. T: 2:13. Officials: Steve Javie, Ed F Rush, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves completed their long climb to .500 by knocking off the kings of the mountain.

Garnett scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter to help erase an eight-point halftime deficit and the Timberwolves outplayed the world champion San Antonio Spurs down the stretch for an impressive 91-88 victory that evened their record at 14-14.

"The third quarter put us in a position to win," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "(Kevin Garnett) took over in the third quarter and we hit some big shots and were able to force some turnovers."

Malik Sealy scored 22 points and knocked down a clutch 17-footer from the right corner with a minute to play that gave Minnesota an 87-84 lead.

Tim Duncan answered with one of his patented turnaround bank shots on the ensuing trip but the Spurs drew no closer as Jaren Jackson missed a pair of potential tying 3-pointer down the stretch.

"We were lucky down the stretch when Jaren Jackson missed two open 3s," Saunders said.

"You guys would've been calling him a hero had (Jackson) made one of them," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "But those were wide-open shots, and those are real tough to turn down."

Considered a Western Conference contender at the start of the season, the Timberwolves had a season-high eight-game skid from December 2-17 to fall six games below the break-even mark. But Minnesota has recovered nicely, winning seven of eight.

"At halftime we talked about what we needed to do to execute our game plan and we were able to do that," Sealy said. "We're looking forward, not back, on our losing streak. We need to win every game, but tonight was a big one for us. Everyone in the league says that they can play with the top teams in the league. Tonight, we were able to show it."

Garnett and Duncan are often mentioned in arguments concerning the game's best player but they have not collided since the Spurs knocked the Timberwolves out of the first round of last season's playoffs en route to their first ever NBA title.

Duncan got the best of the individual battle tonight with 27 points and 19 rebounds, but Garnett won the war by bringing his team back into contention in the third period. The 7-foot power forward also grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 45-42 advantage on the boards.

"It's a very competitive battle," Duncan said. "It's a great game every time we get together. It's a lot of fun to play against (Garnett). He's so talented in so many aspects of the game and he just keeps getting better. It's a lot of fun when we play them."

San Antonio has lost four of seven and is just one-half game ahead of second-place Utah in the Midwest Division. The Wolves pulled within five games of the Spurs.

These teams split four regular-season games a year ago and the Timberwolves handed the Spurs their only home loss of the playoffs before being knocked off in four games.

Avery Johnson scored 17 points and David Robinson added 11 for the Spurs, who shot 40 percent (34-of-85). Jackson started at forward and managed just two points on 1-of-9 shooting, missing all six of his 3-point attempts.

"Early in the game we were getting dominated on the boards and late in the game, we made a lot of mistakes," Robinson said. "And you just can't do that and win road games."

Terrell Brandon collected 18 points and 13 assists and Radoslav Nesterovic added 14 and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who shot 45 percent (38-of-84).

The Spurs outscored the Wolves, 29-18, in the second quarter to take a 50-42 halftime lead. But Garnett would not let Minnesota go down without a fight.

He scored 10 of his team's first 25 points in the third period, helping the Wolves forge a 67-67 tie with 2:56 remaining. After Duncan scored on a follow shot, Garnett gave Minnesota a 70-69 lead by drilling a 25-footer with 1:34 left.

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