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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 25 30 25 29 109 BOSTON 26 30 29 21 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 40, MALIK SEALY 24, ANTHONY PEELER 16 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 25, ANTOINE WALKER 22, VITALY POTAPENKO 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, MALIK SEALY 8 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 7, PAUL PIERCE 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 16,606


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (109) AT BOSTON (106)

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

K GARNETT F 43 16-23 8-10 2 6 8 3 4 0 6 40 SZCZERBIAK F 25 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 4 3 2 2 2 D GARRETT C 14 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 4 BRANDON G 33 4-13 0-0 0 2 2 9 4 3 7 9 SEALY G 39 5-10 13-13 3 5 8 4 1 3 2 24 SMITH 26 1-7 4-4 1 6 7 1 4 1 0 6 PEELER 28 7-13 1-2 2 4 6 1 0 2 0 16 NESTEROVIC 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JACKSON 15 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 4 MITCHELL 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HAMMONDS 7 1-2 2-2 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 4 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-81 28-31 13 29 42 22 25 11 17 109 (.481) (.903) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 37 9-14 5-6 1 5 6 2 2 1 3 25 WALKER F 40 9-21 4-8 2 3 5 1 5 1 5 22 POTAPENKO C 31 8-13 2-4 1 6 7 0 2 0 2 18 ANDERSON G 35 5-9 3-4 0 5 5 12 2 4 2 14 CHEANEY G 21 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 BATTIE 18 2-4 1-1 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 5 GRIFFIN 14 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 E WILLIAMS 22 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 5 1 0 7 FORTSON 7 2-2 1-1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 BARROS 13 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 8 OVERTON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-76 20-28 7 26 33 21 27 8 15 106 (.539) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

MINNESOTA 25 30 25 29 - 109 BOSTON 26 30 29 21 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, SMITH. BOSTON - PIERCE, CHEANEY, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-6 (.500), K GARNETT 0-1, BRANDON 1-1, SEALY 1-1, PEELER 1-3. BOSTON 4-8 (.500), PIERCE 2-2, WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 1-1, CHEANEY 0-1, E WILLIAMS 1-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, BOSTON - POTAPENKO. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, SCOTT FOSTER, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 16,606. T - 2:25.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 16-23 8-10 2-8 3 4 40 Szczerbiak 25 1-5 0-0 1-4 4 3 2 D Garrett 14 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 4 Brandon 33 4-13 0-0 0-2 9 4 9 Sealy 39 5-10 13-13 3-8 4 1 24 Smith 26 1-7 4-4 1-7 1 4 6 Peeler 28 7-13 1-2 2-6 1 0 16 Nesterovic 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Jackson 15 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 Mitchell 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hammonds 7 1-2 2-2 3-3 0 3 4 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 28-31 13-42 22 25 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.903. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (K Garnett 0-1, Brandon 1-1, Sealy 1-1, Peeler 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (K Garnett, Smith). Turnovers: 17 (Brandon 7, K Garnett 6, Sealy 2, Szczerbiak 2). Steals: 11 (Brandon 3, Sealy 3, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2, Smith).

BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 37 9-14 5-6 1-6 2 2 25 Walker 40 9-21 4-8 2-5 1 5 22 Potapenko 31 8-13 2-4 1-7 0 2 18 Anderson 35 5-9 3-4 0-5 12 2 14 Cheaney 21 1-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Battie 18 2-4 1-1 2-4 0 4 5 Griffin 14 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 4 0 E Williams 22 2-5 2-2 0-1 0 5 7 Fortson 7 2-2 1-1 1-1 0 2 5 Barros 13 3-4 2-2 0-1 1 0 8 Overton 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-76 20-28 7-33 21 27 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.539, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Pierce 2-2, Walker 0-2, Anderson 1-1, Cheaney 0-1, E Williams 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Cheaney, Battie). Turnovers: 15 (Walker 5, Pierce 3, Anderson 2, Potapenko 2, Barros, Battie, Cheaney). Steals: 8 (Anderson 4, Cheaney, E Williams, Pierce, Walker). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 25 30 25 29 - 109 Boston 26 30 29 21 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (K Garnett, 6:07 3rd). Boston 1 (Potapenko, 6:07 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,606. T: 2:25. Officials: Mike Mathis, Scott Foster, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Anthony Peeler stole the spotlight from Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves stole a win from the Boston Celtics.

Peeler drilled a 3-pointer with three-tenths of a second left after Garnett scored a career-high 40 points, lifting the Timberwolves to a dramatic 109-106 victory over the Celtics.

The contest appeared to be headed to overtime after Paul Pierce stepped back and drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to tie it, 106-106.

Minnesota elected to go without a timeout. Point guard Terrell Brandon pushed the ball upcourt and found Peeler along the left sideline, where he sank the winning shot and sent Boston to another heartbreaking home loss. Earlier this month, Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Toronto a 96-94 victory.

"I just didn't want to go 0-for-3 from 3-point land," Peeler said. "This is awesome. All the hard work before the game, working on 3-point shooting and it pays off like that. I saw TB dribbling upcourt and then I saw Pierce not paying attention to me. I was just hoping TB would see me and it was an awesome pass."

"When they scored I looked at the clock. If we didn't get the ball to Terrell we might've called timeout to set something up," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "They were scrambling and AP got off a good shot."

Peeler's shot gave the Timberwolves the win but it was Garnett that put them in position. He dominated throughout, making 16-of-23 shots from the floor. The 23-year-old superstar scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Garnett surpassed his previous career high of 37 set January 17 against Indiana. Ironically, the Wolves also won that game on a final shot when Malik Sealy banked home a 3-pointer as time expired.

"I'm doing what I have to do to get my team ahead," Garnett said. "I just try to leave everything on the floor. AP's shot was more exciting. The hell with 40, I'll take two points as long as we win."

Sealy added 24 points and Peeler 16 for Minnesota, which has won four in a row and 13 of 16 to move a franchise-record 15 games over .500 at 41-26.

Pierce netted 25 points and Antoine Walker 22 for the Celtics, who dropped 2 1/2 games behind Orlando for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

"Just give them credit. They are a good team that made big shots to win it," Boston coach Rick Pitino said.

It was tight throughout with no team leading by more than seven points. Dano Barros made a driving layup with 9:54 remaining, giving Boston its biggest lead, 89-84.

However, the Wolves used a 15-6 spurt that Garnett capped with jumper for a 99-95 advantage with 3:14 to go. Garnett had eight points in the burst and made 6-of-9 shots in the period.

The Celtics answered with a mini-run of their own and battled back to take a 103-101 lead with 66 seconds to go on Walker's driving layup. Garnett converted a three-point play 20 seconds later, giving Minnesota the lead.

Sealy sank two free throws with 18 seconds left for a 106-103 advantage before Pierce hit his 3-pointer to tie it and set the stage for Peeler's dramatic shot.

"I think we just made huge turnovers and they made big shots at the end," said Celtics point guard Kenny Anderson, who had 14 points and 12 assists. "When they had to get a big play they got one. I turned it over twice late. That shouldn't happen."

Sealy made 5-of-10 shots from the field and converted all 13 of his free throws. He erupted for 13 points in the third quarter.

Slicing his way through the Celtics' trapping defense, Brandon finished with nine assists. He had little trouble setting up Garnett for an array of layups and dunks.

Garnett was equally effective in the first half, making 8-of-11 shots and scoring 20 points as the Wolves trailed 56-55 at intermission.

Minnesota shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and also managed a 42-33 rebounding advantage. Garnett and Sealy had eight boards apiece.

Vitaly Potapenko added 18 points for the Celtics, who lost despite shooting 54 percent (41-of-76).

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