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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 28 21 22 19 90 MINNESOTA 35 30 24 33 122 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - WALT WILLIAMS 18, KENNY TH REBOUND: HOU - WALT WILLIAMS 7, KENNY THOMAS 7 MIN - JOE SMITH 10, KEVIN GARNETT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 13, ANTHONY PEELER 6

ATT: 15,009


Extended Box

HOUSTON (90) AT MINNESOTA (122)

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

THOMAS F 32 4-7 8-12 5 2 7 2 1 1 3 16 WILLIAMS F 34 7-11 4-4 0 7 7 1 2 0 3 18 CATO C 26 2-5 5-5 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 9 ANDERSON G 32 2-9 3-4 2 4 6 1 1 1 4 7 FRANCIS G 36 3-10 10-11 1 0 1 4 1 1 2 16 BULLARD 19 1-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 MOBLEY 25 3-9 4-4 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 10 MILLER 5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 NORRIS 18 3-6 4-7 2 1 3 1 3 1 0 10 DREW 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 GRAY 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 ROGERS DNP - POST CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 26-70 38-47 12 23 35 13 14 6 15 90 (.371) (.809) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 36 10-20 5-6 1 8 9 4 1 2 1 25 SZCZERBIAK F 32 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 8 D GARRETT C 12 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 BRANDON G 31 9-14 2-2 1 2 3 13 1 2 3 21 SEALY G 23 6-8 2-2 0 4 4 5 4 4 2 14 PEELER 26 6-8 1-2 0 1 1 6 3 1 1 15 SMITH 25 4-7 0-2 1 9 10 1 4 1 0 8 MITCHELL 18 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 9 JACKSON 17 5-8 2-2 0 2 2 2 5 1 0 14 NESTEROVIC 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 2 HAMMONDS 8 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 2 AVERY 6 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 52-87 12-16 7 34 41 39 31 12 9 122 (.598) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

HOUSTON 28 21 22 19 - 90 MINNESOTA 35 30 24 33 - 122

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - MOBLEY 2, THOMAS. MINNESOTA - SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 0-11 (.000), WILLIAMS 0-1, ANDERSON 0-3, FRANCIS 0-4, BULLARD 0-1, MOBLEY 0-1, DREW 0-1. MINNESOTA 6-12 (.500), SZCZERBIAK 0-2, BRANDON 1-2, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 2-3, MITCHELL 1-1, JACKSON 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 15,009. T - 2:05.


Box Score

HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 32 4-7 8-12 5-7 2 1 16 Williams 34 7-11 4-4 0-7 1 2 18 Cato 26 2-5 5-5 1-1 1 1 9 Anderson 32 2-9 3-4 2-6 1 1 7 Francis 36 3-10 10-11 1-1 4 1 16 Bullard 19 1-8 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Mobley 25 3-9 4-4 0-2 0 1 10 Miller 5 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 Norris 18 3-6 4-7 2-3 1 3 10 Drew 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Gray 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Rogers DNP - post concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-70 38-47 12-35 13 14 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.809. 3-Point Goals: 0-11, .000 (Williams 0-1, Anderson 0-3, Francis 0-4, Bullard 0-1, Mobley 0-1, Drew 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Mobley 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 16 (Anderson 4, Thomas 3, Williams 3, Francis 2, Bullard, Cato, Gray). Steals: 6 (Anderson, Bullard, Francis, Mobley, Norris, Thomas).

MINNESOTA (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 10-20 5-6 1-9 4 1 25 Szczerbiak 32 4-8 0-0 0-2 4 2 8 D Garrett 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 4 0 Brandon 31 9-14 2-2 1-3 13 1 21 Sealy 23 6-8 2-2 0-4 5 4 14 Peeler 26 6-8 1-2 0-1 6 3 15 Smith 25 4-7 0-2 1-10 1 4 8 Mitchell 18 4-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 9 Jackson 17 5-8 2-2 0-2 2 5 14 Nesterovic 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 Hammonds 8 1-2 0-0 2-5 1 2 2 Avery 6 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 52-87 12-16 7-41 39 31 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.598, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Szczerbiak 0-2, Brandon 1-2, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 2-3, Mitchell 1-1, Jackson 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Smith). Turnovers: 9 (Brandon 3, Sealy 2, Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett, Peeler). Steals: 12 (Sealy 4, Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, D Garrett, Jackson, Peeler, Smith). ____________________________________________ Houston 28 21 22 19 - 90 Minnesota 35 30 24 33 - 122 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,009. T: 2:05. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves rebounded from a tough loss in a big way.

Terrell Brandon scored 21 points and handed out 13 assists as the Timberwolves matched the largest win in franchise history with a 122-90 pounding of the Houston Rockets.

Coming off a hearbreaking loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Timberwolves did not waste any time rebounding. They shot a blistering 67 percent (28-of-42) in the first half to open a 65-49 advantage.

Brandon had 16 points in the first half and Kevin Garnett finished with 25 for the Timberwolves, who have won seven of their last eight games.

"We got solid play from a lot of people," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Bobby (Jackson) was great, Terrell was great, KG was his usual ... all the guys, Malik (Sealy) ... right down the line, Sam (Mitchell), Peeler. It was a great game."

Minnesota also won by 32 points against Dallas on January 3, 1993, posting a 103-71 victory.

"Any time you beat somebody in the way of your goal, it's a plus," Garnett said. "We don't just get up because they're a Midwest (Division) team. We want to send a message and push ourselves up the ladder."

The Timberwolves swept all four games from Houston this season, winning by an average of 20.2 points.

Walt Williams netted 18 points to lead Houston, which had won its two previous games by a combined 80 points.

"You can't take anything away from that team. They've had our number all year," Williams said.

In a high-scoring first quarter, the Timberolves went ahead for good, 26-24, with 2:47 left on a driving layup by Brandon. Garnett hit a jumper and Peeler a 3-pointer as Minnesota took a 35-28 lead after one quarter.

Minnesota shot an astounding 71 percent (15-of-21) over the first 12 minutes.

Continuing their hot shooting in the second quarter, the Wolves led 53-44 with 4:35 in the half on a jumper by rookie Wally Szczerbiak. Brandon scored six points in an 11-5 spurt to close the half that opened a 16-point cushion.

Brandon was the catalyst in the first half, making 7-of-9 shots while dishing out nine assists. Garnett finished the half with 13 points.

"They've got a lot of guys that can shoot the ball," Williams said. "You can't just key on one guy on this team. When you go against a guy like Kevin Garnett, who commands so much attention, other guys are going to reap the benefits from that. Terrell has been the beneficiary of that, and he hits his open shots."

Peeler finished with 15 points and Jackson added 14 for the Wolves, who cooled down a bit in the second half but still finished at 60 percent (52-of-87). They had plenty of easy baskets in transition, holding a 31-7 advantage in fast-break points.

The Rockets never were able to get back in the game, trailing by at least 14 points throughout the second half. They were down 18 after three quarters and the final margin was the largest of the contest.

"We thought we could just come out and take the floor," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "They just ran us right off the floor. There was no strategy to come back. We just had to get our butts back on defense."

Thomas and fellow rookie Steve Francis finished with 16 points apiece for the Rockets, who shot 37 percent (26-of-70) and missed all 11 of their 3-pointers. It was the first time in 473 games that Houston did not make a 3-pointer.

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