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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 27 22 26 21 96 MINNESOTA 20 27 23 28 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 24, STEVE SMITH 20, BRIAN GRANT 15 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 27, MALIK SEALY 27, TERRELL BRANDON 17

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, KEVIN GARNETT 7

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 14, MALIK SEALY 3

ATT: 15,223


Extended Box

PORTLAND (96) AT MINNESOTA (98)

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

B GRANT F 30 5-9 5-7 3 4 7 0 5 0 3 15 PIPPEN F 41 5-10 1-2 2 3 5 7 2 4 5 11 WALLACE C 42 7-10 10-13 2 3 5 0 3 4 3 24 SMITH G 39 7-13 3-6 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 20 STOUDAMIRE G 33 5-10 1-2 0 4 4 6 3 3 4 11 SCHREMPF 18 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 2 0 2 WELLS 16 3-5 1-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 7 ANTHONY 15 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 ONEAL 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION

TOTALS 240 35-65 23-34 9 20 29 17 26 14 18 96 (.538) (.676) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 41 11-18 5-9 2 5 7 1 3 3 3 27 MITCHELL F 30 1-5 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 4 NESTEROVIC C 21 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 2 5 1 1 4 BRANDON G 43 5-11 6-6 1 7 8 14 1 2 4 17 SEALY G 40 11-16 4-5 4 1 5 3 4 0 2 27 SMITH 25 1-6 2-2 1 4 5 2 5 0 3 4 PEELER 27 4-10 1-1 2 1 3 0 3 1 2 9 D GARRETT 8 1-1 2-4 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 AVERY 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-74 22-29 14 23 37 25 28 8 17 98 (.500) (.759) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

PORTLAND 27 22 26 21 - 96 MINNESOTA 20 27 23 28 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - NONE. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, SMITH, NESTEROVIC, MITCHELL, SEALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-8 (.375), PIPPEN 0-2, SMITH 3-6. MINNESOTA 2-11 (.182), MITCHELL 0-1, BRANDON 1-3, SEALY 1-3, PEELER 0-4. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - DELAY OF GAME, WALLACE. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, DON VADEN, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 15,223. T - 2:19.


Box Score

PORTLAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 30 5-9 5-7 3-7 0 5 15 Pippen 41 5-10 1-2 2-5 7 2 11 Wallace 42 7-10 10-13 2-5 0 3 24 Smith 39 7-13 3-6 1-3 1 3 20 Stoudamire 33 5-10 1-2 0-4 6 3 11 Schrempf 18 1-4 0-0 0-3 1 3 2 Wells 16 3-5 1-2 1-1 1 2 7 Anthony 15 1-3 2-2 0-1 1 2 4 Oneal 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - upper respiratory infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-65 23-34 9-29 17 26 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Pippen 0-2, Smith 3-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 19 (Pippen 5, Stoudamire 4, B Grant 3, Wallace 3, Oneal 2, Anthony). Steals: 14 (Pippen 4, Wallace 4, Stoudamire 3, Schrempf 2, Smith).

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 11-18 5-9 2-7 1 3 27 Mitchell 30 1-5 2-2 1-2 2 3 4 Nesterovic 21 2-6 0-0 1-4 2 5 4 Brandon 43 5-11 6-6 1-8 14 1 17 Sealy 40 11-16 4-5 4-5 3 4 27 Smith 25 1-6 2-2 1-5 2 5 4 Peeler 27 4-10 1-1 2-3 0 3 9 D Garrett 8 1-1 2-4 2-3 0 3 4 Avery 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Hammonds DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 22-29 14-37 25 28 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Mitchell 0-1, Brandon 1-3, Sealy 1-3, Peeler 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (K Garnett 3, Smith, Nesterovic, Mitchell, Sealy). Turnovers: 18 (Brandon 4, K Garnett 3, Smith 3, Peeler 2, Sealy 2, Avery, Mitchell, Nesterovic). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler). ____________________________________________ Portland 27 22 26 21 - 96 Minnesota 20 27 23 28 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Delay Of Game, 0:47 3rd; Wallace, 0:16 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,223. T: 2:19. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Don Vaden, Tom Washington.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett beat eight-time All-Defensive Team member Scottie Pippen for the go-ahead basket with 3.3 seconds to go as the Minnesota Timberwolves upended the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-96.

After Malik Sealy capped a strong night with a 17-footer to tie it, Portland's Steve Smith missed a 3-pointer. Without hesitation, Minnesota rushed the ball upcourt and found Garnett low in the left blocks. He spun, used a head fake and ducked under Pippen before lofting an 11-footer off the glass.

"I didn't force things, I waited for my shot," Garnett said. "I knew when to attack but also not to do too much."

The Trail Blazers had a chance to tie after a timeout, but Damon Stoudamire's runner rattled in and out. The loss snapped Portland's season-high six-game winning streak.

"That was one of the options," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He had an opportunity to get the ball up top. There were 3.3 seconds left, plenty of time to get a good shot. He made a good move and had a great look. It was in the basket, it just came out."

Garnett and Sealy scored with 27 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who have won eight of nine and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Blazers.

"I think we had a playoff atmosphere tonight," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "It was a very competitive game, although I told our players I wished they would turn it up earlier in the second half, instead of waiting for down the stretch."

"Tonight was a credit to the hard work we have put in over the last three weeks," Sealy added. "Flip and the rest of the coaches got us to work hard. There is no substitute for hard work. Tonight, we were able to execute at the end."

Rasheed Wallace led Portland with 24 points. All five starters scored in double figures for the Blazers, who shot 54 percent (35-of-65) from the field.

Portland was without starting center Arvydas Sabonis, who missed the contest with an upper respiratory infection.

Wallace led 27-20 after one quarter as Wallace scored nine points on 5-of-6 shooting. Portland pushed the lead to 29-21 just over a minute into the second quarter but Dean Garrett hit a free throw to ignite an 8-0 burst.

The game was tied with 24 seconds to go in the half but Stoudamire hit a running jumper for a 49-47 edge at the break. The game remained deadlocked 2 1/2 minutes into the second half when Portland's Brian Grant sank a 19-footer for a 55-53 lead. The Trail Blazers scored 10 of the next 14 points to open an eight-point cushion with 5:01 to go.

Detlef Schrempf's driving layup with 46 seconds left in the quarter pushed the lead to 75-66 but the Timberwolves scored the final four points of the period. The Trail Blazers still had a 79-74 edge just under two minutes into the final quarter following a dunk by Jermaine O'Neal.

Terrell Brandon got Minnesota within three by burying a 16-footer and Sealy knotted the contest with 9:04 left with a 3-pointer. The game remained tight thereafter but Minnesota's only lead of the quarter came on Garnett's clutch basket.

"Malik was the difference tonight, Smith said. "He's playing well but he hit every open shot, which really made our defense stretch."

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