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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 16 20 23 28 14 101 MINNESOTA 23 21 20 23 19 106 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 38, TRACY MCGRADY 21, ANTONIO DAVIS 12 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 34, TERRELL BRANDON 23, ANTHONY PEELER 15

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - VINCE CARTER 7, ANTONIO DAVIS 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, JOE SMITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 8, CHARLES OAKLEY 6 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 11, MALIK SEALY 7

ATT: 19,902


Extended Box

TORONTO (101) AT MINNESOTA (106) - FINAL IN OT

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

CARTER F 44 13-31 12-14 1 6 7 4 3 1 1 38 OAKLEY F 31 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 6 5 1 3 2 DAVIS C 45 4-11 4-7 4 3 7 0 6 5 2 12 CHRISTIE G 32 3-5 0-0 1 5 6 4 1 2 0 6 MCGRADY G 48 7-18 7-9 2 4 6 8 5 1 1 21 BROWN 23 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 2 3 8 K WILLIS 13 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 2 BOGUES 16 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 4 CURRY 13 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 8 STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-89 23-30 10 27 37 30 30 12 12 101 (.416) (.767) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 46 14-21 6-8 0 10 10 2 3 1 4 34 SZCZERBIAK F 30 2-6 0-0 0 5 5 2 6 0 1 4 D GARRETT C 14 2-3 0-0 4 2 6 1 3 0 1 4 BRANDON G 45 8-16 7-8 1 5 6 11 3 4 5 23 SEALY G 34 2-11 3-4 2 3 5 7 4 2 3 7 NESTEROVIC 8 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 PEELER 35 6-11 2-2 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 15 SMITH 35 3-10 6-8 3 5 8 2 4 2 3 12 JACKSON 8 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 MITCHELL 10 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 40-85 25-32 14 38 52 28 28 9 18 106 (.471) (.781) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(14 PTS)

TORONTO 16 20 23 28 14 - 101 MINNESOTA 23 21 20 23 19 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OAKLEY, CARTER, BROWN. MINNESOTA - SMITH 2, K GARNETT, BRANDON, D GARRETT, NESTEROVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 4-14 (.286), CARTER 0-3, MCGRADY 0-1, BROWN 2-6, CURRY 2-4. MINNESOTA 1-8 (.125), SZCZERBIAK 0-2, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 1-5. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - K WILLIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GARY BENSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 19,902. T - 2:58.


Box Score

TORONTO (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 44 13-31 12-14 1-7 4 3 38 Oakley 31 1-4 0-0 0-5 6 5 2 Davis 45 4-11 4-7 4-7 0 6 12 Christie 32 3-5 0-0 1-6 4 1 6 Mcgrady 48 7-18 7-9 2-6 8 5 21 Brown 23 3-9 0-0 0-1 3 3 8 K Willis 13 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 4 2 Bogues 16 2-3 0-0 1-2 4 1 4 Curry 13 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 8 Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-89 23-30 10-37 30 30 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Carter 0-3, Mcgrady 0-1, Brown 2-6, Curry 2-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Oakley, Carter, Brown). Turnovers: 12 (Brown 3, Oakley 3, Davis 2, K Willis 2, Carter, Mcgrady). Steals: 12 (Davis 5, Brown 2, Christie 2, Carter, Mcgrady, Oakley).

MINNESOTA (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 46 14-21 6-8 0-10 2 3 34 Szczerbiak 30 2-6 0-0 0-5 2 6 4 D Garrett 14 2-3 0-0 4-6 1 3 4 Brandon 45 8-16 7-8 1-6 11 3 23 Sealy 34 2-11 3-4 2-5 7 4 7 Nesterovic 8 0-1 0-0 2-4 1 1 0 Peeler 35 6-11 2-2 1-6 1 2 15 Smith 35 3-10 6-8 3-8 2 4 12 Jackson 8 1-1 1-2 0-0 1 1 3 Mitchell 10 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Avery DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-85 25-32 14-52 28 28 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Szczerbiak 0-2, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 1-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Smith 2, K Garnett, Brandon, D Garrett, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 18 (Brandon 5, K Garnett 4, Sealy 3, Smith 3, D Garrett, Peeler, Szczerbiak). Steals: 9 (Brandon 4, Sealy 2, Smith 2, K Garnett). _________________________________________________ Toronto 16 20 23 28 14 - 101 Minnesota 23 21 20 23 19 - 106 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (K Willis, 6:09 2nd; Illegal Defense, 2:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (Oakley, 10:24 4th). Minnesota 1 (Smith, 7:59 4th). A: 19,902. T: 2:58. Officials: Joe Crawford, Gary Benson, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett is the latest superstar to defend his home court upon the arrival of Vince Carter.

Garnett outdueled Carter by scoring nine of his 34 points in overtime and the Minnesota Timberwolves clinched their fourth straight playoff berth with a 106-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

"I was just excited to get a chance to play an old friend," Carter said. "We used to play together (when we were both) in high school. It's just great to see him again."

Garnett made 14-of-21 shots and pulled down 10 rebounds. He was shut out in the final four minutes of regulation, when Toronto rallied to tie the score, but took over with three baskets and three foul shots in the first four minutes of the extra session.

"I think KG is beyond the proving stage," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "He's done what he's done and people know who he is, with his overall game and the things that he does."

Named to the 2000 Olympic team earlier in the day, Carter scored 38 points but needed 31 shots, making 13. He was 12-of-14 from the line and also scored nine points in overtime. But six came after the outcome was decided and there were no late-game heroics.

"Vince got 38 but he had to take 31 shots, so that is a good sign," Saunders said. "I think we made him work for some things, which is what you have to do."

Since his coming-out party at All-Star Weekend, Carter has been phenomenal. During a stretch in which Toronto won 11 of 12 games, Carter scored 51 points against Phoenix, won games at Boston and Los Angeles with 3-pointers at the buzzer and dunked in the final second to beat Houston.

But opponents have somewhat contained him this week. He had poor shooting games against New Jersey and Charlotte around a loss Wednesday in Philadelphia, where he was upstaged by Allen Iverson's 44 points.

"I don't get caught up in individual matchups anymore," Carter said. "I think those things tend to get blown up out of proportion at times. There's too much media hype. I just try to leave that stuff alone."

While the star quality of Garnett and Carter continued to rise, their teams are moving in opposite directions. The Timberwolves (43-26) have won a season-high six straight games while the Raptors (39-30) have lost a season-high four in row.

"Fourth or fifth (place in the Western Conference) is very attainable," Garnett said. "We definitely have goals and we're going to try to reach those goals. You set a standard for yourself and you expect that."

Garnett got a little more help than Carter. Terrell Brandon had 23 points and 11 assists and Anthony Peeler and Joe Smith came off Minnesota's bench to score 15 and 12 points, respectively. The Timberwolves improved to 5-1 in overtime.

"Kevin has done a tremendous job of getting himself prepared to lead this team to their wins and they have a great complementary cast," Carter said.

Carter got a boost from cousin Tracy McGrady, who had 21 points and eight assists. Antonio Davis added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who fell to 0-4 all-time in Minnesota.

Toronto's only lead was 2-0 and Minnesota appeared safe when Brandon hit a jumper for an 86-78 advantage with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter. But the Raptors smothered Garnett and the Wolves scored just one point in the rest of regulation.

Meanwhile, Davis made two free throws, McGrady added one and each had a three-point play in the final minute to tie it with 12.9 seconds to go. Brandon missed a jumper and the Raptors rebounded and called timeout with two seconds left.

Dee Brown, who came off the injured list earlier in the day, sprung wide open on the inbounds pass and had a great look at a 3-pointer. But he was so stunned he was open that he missed the shot.

"I was surprised I was that open," Brown said. "I looked around and no one was around. I was looking for them, instead of looking for the basket. I thought there was going to be some type of pressure so I prepared myself to shoot with some type of pressure ... and I turned around and no one was there.

"I do appreciate Butch (coach Butch Carter) putting me in that situation the first game back. It's good he has confidence in me still and the team does too, so that's good. I wish I would have knocked it down. I've hit them before this year. ... I feel like I let the team down."

Saunders thought the game was over.

"When they passed the ball and Dee Brown got it, I started walking off the court, thinking we missed that one," he said. "We got hung up somehow and he lucked out and was wide open."

Garnett and Carter went back and forth in the first 90 seconds of overtime. Garnett made a basket and two foul shots around a jumper by Carter, who split a pair of free throws on the next trip.

Joe Smith made a lefthanded layup to give Minnesota a 93-90 lead with 3:28 left and Garnett rebounded Carter's miss, then made a layup at the other end. Brown missed a layup and Garnett pulled down the rebound, ran the floor and put home an alley-oop pass to give the Wolves a 97-90 advantage with 1:57 remaining.

After a 3-pointer by Brown, Malik Sealy scored inside and sank two foul shots after a free throw by Garnett, making it 102-93 with 59 seconds to go.

Sealy had seven points and seven assists for the Wolves, who shot 47 percent (40-of-85) and held a 52-37 rebounding edge.

Brown and Dell Curry scored eight points each for the Raptors, who shot 42 percent (37-of-89) and committed just 12 turnovers.

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