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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 26 19 18 17 80 SAN ANTONIO 35 14 26 17 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, BOBBY JACKSON 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 20, DAVID ROBINSON 19, AVERY JOHNSON 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 12

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 4, BOBBY JACKSON 4 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 8, MARIO ELIE 4

ATT: 15,911


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (80) AT SAN ANTONIO (92)

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

K GARNETT F 39 12-25 2-2 2 6 8 3 2 0 2 26 MITCHELL F 20 4-9 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 8 NESTEROVIC C 23 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 0 BRANDON G 31 3-10 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 1 4 6 SEALY G 26 2-6 2-2 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 6 JACKSON 17 5-5 2-2 1 1 2 4 2 2 1 12 SMITH 24 4-12 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 4 10 PEELER 29 3-9 3-4 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 10 SZCZERBIAK 20 0-4 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 1 0 0 D GARRETT 8 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 HAMMONDS 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 AVERY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 34-84 11-12 10 30 40 17 20 7 15 80 (.405) (.917) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 37 8-19 4-4 4 10 14 3 3 1 1 20 J KERSEY F 19 5-8 4-4 1 3 4 0 0 1 1 14 ROBINSON C 39 6-11 7-10 4 8 12 0 2 1 2 19 ELIE G 24 3-6 0-0 2 2 4 4 0 4 1 7 JOHNSON G 33 8-12 2-2 0 0 0 8 2 2 2 18 DANIELS 16 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 JACKSON 29 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 8 PORTER 20 0-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 ROSE 10 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 1 0 2 SPENCER 2 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 WALKER 9 0-4 0-2 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 S KERR 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 36-84 17-22 17 32 49 20 14 10 11 92 (.429) (.773) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

MINNESOTA 26 19 18 17 - 80 SAN ANTONIO 35 14 26 17 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, SZCZERBIAK, D GARRETT, HAMMONDS. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 5, ROBINSON 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-4 (.250), MITCHELL 0-1, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 3-7 (.429), ELIE 1-3, JACKSON 2-2, PORTER 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DERRICK STAFFORD, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,911. T - 2:03.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 12-25 2-2 2-8 3 2 26 Mitchell 20 4-9 0-0 1-1 1 2 8 Nesterovic 23 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 4 0 Brandon 31 3-10 0-0 1-3 4 2 6 Sealy 26 2-6 2-2 2-4 2 1 6 Jackson 17 5-5 2-2 1-2 4 2 12 Smith 24 4-12 2-2 1-4 1 3 10 Peeler 29 3-9 3-4 0-5 1 3 10 Szczerbiak 20 0-4 0-0 0-6 0 0 0 D Garrett 8 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 Hammonds 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Avery 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 11-12 10-40 17 20 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Mitchell 0-1, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak, D Garrett, Hammonds). Turnovers: 15 (Brandon 4, Smith 4, K Garnett 2, Jackson, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler, Sealy). Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, Brandon, Mitchell, Peeler, Sealy, Szczerbiak).

SAN ANTONIO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 37 8-19 4-4 4-14 3 3 20 J Kersey 19 5-8 4-4 1-4 0 0 14 Robinson 39 6-11 7-10 4-12 0 2 19 Elie 24 3-6 0-0 2-4 4 0 7 Johnson 33 8-12 2-2 0-0 8 2 18 Daniels 16 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 Jackson 29 3-7 0-0 0-3 1 1 8 Porter 20 0-8 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Rose 10 1-5 0-0 1-2 0 4 2 Spencer 2 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 Walker 9 0-4 0-2 2-6 0 0 0 S Kerr 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 17-22 17-49 20 14 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Elie 1-3, Jackson 2-2, Porter 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 5, Robinson 4). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 2, Johnson 2, Porter 2, Robinson 2, Duncan, Elie, J Kersey). Steals: 10 (Elie 4, Johnson 2, Duncan, J Kersey, Robinson, Rose). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 26 19 18 17 - 80 San Antonio 35 14 26 17 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,911. T: 2:03. Officials: Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- While the "Twin Towers" got some help from an unlikely source, Kevin Garnett was left standing alone.

Jerome Kersey scored 10 of his season-high 14 points in the third quarter to complement huge efforts from Tim Duncan and David Robinson as the San Antonio Spurs cooled off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 92-80.

Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks and Robinson collected 19, 12 and four. Although the 7-footers really could not slow down the spectacular Garnett, they received some help from Kersey.

Making just his second start, the 16-year veteran scored as many points in the third period as he had in any game this season. Overall, he made 5-of-8 shots and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes.

"I just tried to be aggressive on both ends of the floor. The opportunity to shoot came to me tonight and I took that opportunity and shot some good shots," Kersey said.

"Jerome was consistent for us," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added. "He gave us a lot at both ends of the court."

Meanwhile, Garnett had 26 points, eight rebounds and four blocks but received no help. Minnesota's other starters combined for only 22 points, including a scoreless game from rookie 7-footer Radoslav Nesterovic.

"We didn't share the ball well," said Garnett, who made 12-of-25 shots. "We only had 12 assists and our high assist guy only had four. You can't win like that when every shot is contested."

It was another showdown between Duncan and Garnett, two of the NBA's brightest young stars. They squared off in the first round of last season's playoffs, when Garnett tried to engage Duncan in a shouting match.

"That's how it might seem, that there is some kind of real rivalry there," Garnett said. "Everybody probably looks at last year's playoff series as the kickoff to that rivalry. But in reality it's really nothing more than the fact that I really enjoy facing the best and squaring up against him. You always like to compete against the best and we have a lot of respect for each other's game."

"They are a very competitive team and he is a very competitive player," Duncan said. "It's fun to play against him. He's a terrific player."

The Spurs avenged a 91-88 road loss to Minnesota on January 4 and ended the Timberwolves' five-game winning streak. Minnesota had won 16 of its previous 19 games.

Kersey, 37, is the fourth Spur to try and fill the void created by the absence of small forward Sean Elliott, who underwent kidney transplant surgery during the offseason and could be cleared to practice soon. He follows Chucky Brown, Mario Elie and Jaren Jackson.

"I need to be ready regardless of whether I start or not," Kersey said. "We seem to be searching for some kind of starting lineup. When I start, I try to help set the tone."

"Jerome played great tonight," Duncan said. "He made great decisions. He drove the ball and got some fouls. He made some great plays defensively."

Kersey also carried the offense for a stretch. The Wolves were within 57-55 on a jumper by Sam Mitchell with 7:33 left in the third quarter, when Kersey scored six points in a 10-2 burst.

He had a pair of jumpers around a dunk by Duncan to push the lead to eight points. Garnett hit a jumper, but so did Jackson before Kersey went in for a fast-break dunk and a 67-57 lead with 3:50 left in the period.

"It felt good. My legs are feeling good," said Kersey, who early in his career was one of the league's best dunkers. "They are in good shape. It was just an opportunity to try and get the crowd riled up a bit."

The Spurs led 75-63 after three quarters and the Wolves got no closer than 10 points in the final period, when Garnett was held to four points.

"Tim did a good job on Garnett," Popovich said. "You're not going to hold him scoreless."

Avery Johnson had 18 points and eight assists for the Spurs, who shot 43 percent (36-of-84) and held a 49-40 rebounding edge. San Antonio allowed only 35 points in the second half.

Reserves Bobby Jackson scored 12 points and Anthony Peeler and Joe Smith added 10 apiece for the Wolves, who shot 40.5 percent (34-of-84) and attempted only 12 free throws.

"Tonight they just had too many answers," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We needed to establish our game early, especially rebounding-wise, and instead they beat us up inside and established their game down low."

Duncan scored 10 points and Robinson eight in a spirited first quarter as San Antonio bolted to a 35-26 lead. Minnesota fought back to a 45-45 tie on a dunk by Garnett with 1:59 remaining in the second quarter, but Jaren Jackson made a 3-pointer and Robinson added a free throw for a 49-45 halftime lead.

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