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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 27 23 32 110 DETROIT 25 26 25 29 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 28, KEVIN GARNETT 22, SAM MITCHELL 20 DET - GRANT HILL 40, JERRY STACKHOUSE 16, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 11


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (110) AT DETROIT (105)

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

K GARNETT F 42 10-15 2-4 5 9 14 8 6 3 9 22 MITCHELL F 39 7-13 5-6 0 5 5 5 3 0 2 20 NESTEROVIC C 18 2-4 2-2 1 1 2 3 6 0 0 6 BRANDON G 42 7-15 14-15 0 2 2 8 4 1 2 28 SEALY G 36 5-13 0-0 0 4 4 1 6 3 0 10 SMITH 23 3-8 1-2 3 5 8 0 6 1 3 7 PEELER 21 3-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 11 AVERY 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 HAMMONDS 12 1-2 0-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 JACKSON 3 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION RILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 30-39 11 31 42 26 34 9 20 110 (.500) (.769) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 21(19 PTS)

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

HILL F 42 12-24 14-17 2 4 6 9 2 1 6 40 LAETTNER F 32 4-12 3-6 2 6 8 1 4 2 3 11 MILLS C 17 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 HUNTER G 29 3-7 0-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 3 8 STACKHOUSE G 36 4-12 8-14 1 3 4 1 2 2 2 16 CURRY 24 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 33 3-5 0-0 2 10 12 0 5 3 1 6 VAUGHT 10 4-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 8 CROTTY 17 2-4 3-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 9 BUECHLER DNP - FLU MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 28-43 8 30 38 15 27 9 15 105 (.449) (.651) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 27 23 32 - 110 DETROIT 25 26 25 29 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - SMITH 2. DETROIT - HILL 2, VAUGHT 2, STACKHOUSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), MITCHELL 1-1, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 1-3. DETROIT 7-15 (.467), HILL 2-4, MILLS 1-1, HUNTER 2-5, STACKHOUSE 0-1, CURRY 0-1, CROTTY 2-3. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH GENTRY, HILL. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, SCOTT FOSTER, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 20,529. T - 2:27.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 10-15 2-4 5-14 8 6 22 Mitchell 39 7-13 5-6 0-5 5 3 20 Nesterovic 18 2-4 2-2 1-2 3 6 6 Brandon 42 7-15 14-15 0-2 8 4 28 Sealy 36 5-13 0-0 0-4 1 6 10 Smith 23 3-8 1-2 3-8 0 6 7 Peeler 21 3-7 4-4 1-4 0 2 11 Avery 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Hammonds 12 1-2 0-4 1-3 0 0 2 Jackson 3 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Riley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 30-39 11-42 26 34 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Mitchell 1-1, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 2 (Smith 2). Turnovers: 21 (K Garnett 9, Smith 3, Brandon 2, Mitchell 2, Avery, Hammonds, Jackson, Peeler). Steals: 9 (K Garnett 3, Sealy 3, Brandon, Jackson, Smith).

DETROIT (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 42 12-24 14-17 2-6 9 2 40 Laettner 32 4-12 3-6 2-8 1 4 11 Mills 17 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 0 5 Hunter 29 3-7 0-2 0-1 2 4 8 Stackhouse 36 4-12 8-14 1-4 1 2 16 Curry 24 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Williams 33 3-5 0-0 2-12 0 5 6 Vaught 10 4-4 0-0 0-3 0 5 8 Crotty 17 2-4 3-4 0-1 2 1 9 Buechler DNP - flu Montross DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 28-43 8-38 15 27 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.651. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Hill 2-4, Mills 1-1, Hunter 2-5, Stackhouse 0-1, Curry 0-1, Crotty 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Hill 2, Vaught 2, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 15 (Hill 6, Hunter 3, Laettner 3, Stackhouse 2, Williams). Steals: 9 (Williams 3, Laettner 2, Stackhouse 2, Hill, Hunter). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 27 23 32 - 110 Detroit 25 26 25 29 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Head Coach Gentry, 5:17 1st; Hill, 5:17 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,529. T: 2:27. Officials: Mike Mathis, Scott Foster, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Grant Hill remained blistering hot but the Detroit Pistons didn't.

Hill scored 40 points for the third time in four games but the Pistons were undone by poor free-throw shooting and a balanced attack from the surging Minnesota Timberwolves, suffering their first loss in seven games, 110-105.

Hill has 155 points over his last four games. He was 12-of-24 from the field, 14-of-17 at the line, handed out nine assists and grabbed six rebounds in 42 minutes. But the Pistons' versatile forward could not overcome his club's season-worst 65 percent (28-of-42) performance from the line.

"I thought it hurt us," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "When you're trying to come back, it is crucial to make your free throws. That way, you cut into their lead and the clock's not running. We're a good free-throw shooting team, it was just one of those nights."

"Minnesota is a good team," Hill added. "It was a situation where you had the two hottest teams in basketball and they played like the hotter team tonight. They executed, we dug ourselves a hole, tried to get back in there but we couldn't. We fought to the end. We committed a few careless mistakes down the stretch. We are one of the top free-throw shooting teams in the league. Tonight, everybody, myself included, missed ones we don't normally (miss)."

Terrell Brandon scored 28 points to lead five players in double figures for the Timberwolves, who have won four in a row and nine of 10 to offset a season-high eight-game losing streak in December.

"All our big guys fouled out but we still gotta play," Brandon said. "Grant Hill is a superstar, you can't stop superstars these days with the hand-check rules. The guy's good. You just can't stop him but you have to try and contain everyone else."

Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 14 rebounds for his 21st double-double of the season and Sam Mitchell added a season-high 20 points, including 10 during a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run that gave Minnesota a 90-80 lead with 7:37 to play.

"Wasn't that incredible?," Garnett asked. "Three big men foul out of the game. Grant Hill is God, though. But we got the win that's all I care about. We tried to contest all their shots along with Grant. We tried to rebound as committee. It was a great win for us tonight."

Garnett, Joe Smith, Malik Sealy and Radoslav Nesterovic each fouled out for Minnesota, which has won the last four meetings with Detroit and posted just its third win in 10 visits to the Motor City.

"Tonight was a good, gutsy performance," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "The guys played the last three minutes without any big guys really. Even though it wasn't pretty down the stretch, we did make some plays. This is a good win for them to get coming off two very emotional games at home. When you beat San Antonio and you beat Portland, you go on the road a lot of times there's a natural letdown."

Pistons forward Jerry Stackhouse scored 16 points but the 80 percent free-throw shooter uncharacteristically missed 6-of-14 from the line. Christian Laettner added 11 points and misfired on half of his six free throws.

"I'm really disappointed with the way I'm shooting free throws," Stackhouse said. "It caught up with us tonight. That really could have made the difference, if we had made our free throws. I guess it's time to put some extra work in on the basics."

Jerome Williams grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench for the Pistons, who yielded 20 points off turnovers and were unable to take advantage of the most disqualifciations in Timberwolves' franchise history.

"I don't think it's every happened with four guys on the same team foul out in regulation," Sealy said. "That's a lot."

Anthony Peeler scored 11 points off the bench and Sealy added 10 for Minnesota, which hit half its 78 shots and held a 42-38 rebounding advantage. The Wolves committed 21 turnovers.

Hill forged an 80-80 tie when he buried an 18-footer with 10:56 to play. Mitchell responded by framing Garnett's follow shot with a 20-footer and a 3-pointer to give the Wolves an 87-80 lead with 8:24 remaining. Brandon's three-point play with 7:37 left made it a 10-point bulge.

Lindsey Hunter's 3-pointer and running jumper helped Detroit close to 101-98 with just over a minute to go. But Stackhouse missed two of three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc and Brandon and Peeler combined to make all four of theirs down the stretch as the Wolves held on for the win.

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