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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 23 26 25 26 100 MINNESOTA 31 21 17 33 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 36, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 12, JEROME WILLIAMS 11 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, TERRELL BRANDON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 10, GRANT HILL 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, MALIK SEALY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 5, GRANT HILL 4 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, ANTHONY PEELER 5

ATT: 15,374


Extended Box

DETROIT (100) AT MINNESOTA (102)

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

HILL F 39 9-18 17-18 0 7 7 4 4 0 3 36 LAETTNER F 33 4-11 4-4 3 7 10 5 5 0 2 12 MILLS C 22 3-6 2-2 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 9 HUNTER G 33 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 8 STACKHOUSE G 39 2-15 6-10 0 5 5 3 3 1 0 10 M MOORE 11 2-4 1-2 2 0 2 2 6 0 1 5 CURRY 21 2-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 2 2 6 WILLIAMS 26 4-6 3-4 0 5 5 0 4 0 0 11 CROTTY 15 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 MONTROSS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-71 35-42 9 30 39 20 30 3 9 100 (.423) (.833) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 39 6-14 13-15 2 7 9 4 2 1 1 25 SZCZERBIAK F 20 4-9 2-3 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 10 NESTEROVIC C 32 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 1 6 1 0 2 BRANDON G 38 7-15 1-1 2 4 6 9 2 0 0 16 SEALY G 32 3-10 5-6 4 3 7 2 4 0 2 11 MITCHELL 20 3-8 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 0 1 9 SMITH 17 4-5 2-5 1 3 4 1 6 1 2 10 JACKSON 9 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 3 HAMMONDS 7 2-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 PEELER 25 4-11 2-3 1 3 4 5 2 1 1 11 AVERY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-82 28-37 16 26 42 29 30 4 7 102 (.427) (.757) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 7(5 PTS)

DETROIT 23 26 25 26 - 100 MINNESOTA 31 21 17 33 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE 2, M MOORE 2, LAETTNER, CROTTY, HILL. MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 3, SEALY, SMITH, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-13 (.385), HILL 1-1, MILLS 1-3, HUNTER 2-4, STACKHOUSE 0-4, CROTTY 1-1. MINNESOTA 4-11 (.364), SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 1-3, MITCHELL 1-1, JACKSON 1-2, PEELER 1-4. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - LAETTNER, MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SEALY, HEAD COACH SAUNDERS 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, SCOTT FOSTER, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,374. T - 2:35.


Box Score

DETROIT (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 9-18 17-18 0-7 4 4 36 Laettner 33 4-11 4-4 3-10 5 5 12 Mills 22 3-6 2-2 3-5 1 1 9 Hunter 33 3-8 0-0 1-3 2 3 8 Stackhouse 39 2-15 6-10 0-5 3 3 10 M Moore 11 2-4 1-2 2-2 2 6 5 Curry 21 2-2 2-2 0-2 0 4 6 Williams 26 4-6 3-4 0-5 0 4 11 Crotty 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 Montross 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-71 35-42 9-39 20 30 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Hill 1-1, Mills 1-3, Hunter 2-4, Stackhouse 0-4, Crotty 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Stackhouse 2, M Moore 2, Laettner, Crotty, Hill). Turnovers: 10 (Hill 3, Curry 2, Laettner 2, M Moore, Mills). Steals: 3 (Curry 2, Stackhouse).

MINNESOTA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 6-14 13-15 2-9 4 2 25 Szczerbiak 20 4-9 2-3 1-1 3 4 10 Nesterovic 32 1-4 0-0 2-5 1 6 2 Brandon 38 7-15 1-1 2-6 9 2 16 Sealy 32 3-10 5-6 4-7 2 4 11 Mitchell 20 3-8 2-2 0-3 3 2 9 Smith 17 4-5 2-5 1-4 1 6 10 Jackson 9 1-3 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 Hammonds 7 2-3 1-2 1-1 0 0 5 Peeler 25 4-11 2-3 1-4 5 2 11 Avery 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 28-37 16-42 29 30 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 1-3, Mitchell 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Peeler 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Nesterovic 3, Sealy, Smith, K Garnett). Turnovers: 7 (Sealy 2, Smith 2, K Garnett, Mitchell, Peeler). Steals: 4 (K Garnett, Nesterovic, Peeler, Smith). ____________________________________________ Detroit 23 26 25 26 - 100 Minnesota 31 21 17 33 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Laettner, 3:43 4th). Minnesota 4 (Illegal Defense, 9:54 3rd; Sealy, 6:54 3rd; Head Coach Saunders 2 (ejected), 5:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,374. T: 2:35. Officials: Joe Forte, Scott Foster, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Grant Hill left too much time for Kevin Garnett.

Garnett drilled a fadeway jumper at the buzzer as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a big effort by Hill and posted a dramatic 102-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

In a battle of two of the game's biggest stars, Hill and Garnett battled the entire night. Hill looked like he was going to send the game into overtime when he made a driving layup to tie it, 100-100 with six seconds left.

Minnesota called timeout and set up the winning play for its money man. Sam Mitchell found Garnett with a pass above the free throw line. Garnett corralled the pass and hit a jumper from the foul line over the outstretched arm of 6-6 Jerry Stackhouse.

"I was trying to gain some space," Garnett said. "I didn't know if Sam was going to get the ball to me because I had someone in front of me. I saw Grant bite. I had the chance to put the ball on the floor. It was fun hitting the last shot."

"He's so long. He made a great catch," Hill said. "He had the presence of mind of spinning away and getting to the free throw line. And Jerry jumped high, and he shot it over him. It was a great shot ... it was a great shot. He hit a tough shot with someone running at him, and he knocked it in. Tip your hat off to him, congratulate him."

Detroit coach George Irvine just accepted losing to a superstar.

"A great player made a great shot. It was a disappointing loss," he said.

Garnett finished with 25 points and Terrell Brandon had 16 and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who have won four straight and 11 of their last 14 games. Minnesota moved within one game of San Antonio for fifth place in the Western Conference.

"Our guys played well down the stretch," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "They had good execution. It was a helluva pass from Sam. We've had enough close games to prepare for the playoffs. We don't need to keep having games like this."

Hill was even better than Garnett, collecting 36 points and seven rebounds.

Detroit has lost consecutive games following a four-game winning streak but remained seventh in the Eastern Conference, one game in front of Orlando.

Hill, who made 9-of-18 shots, drilled a 17-footer with 8:34 remaining to give the Pistons their biggest lead, 84-75. But Detroit went cold after that basket, going without a field goal for the next 8:31.

The Timberwolves were more than happy to take advantage of the drought, using a 19-2 run that Anthony Peeler capped with a free throw with 3:03 to play for a 93-86 advantage.

Detroit was able to stick around and Terry Mills nailed a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left -- the first basket since Hill's jumper -- to pull the Pistons within 97-96. Garnett hit two free throws before Hill had a dunk with 16 seconds left.

Rookie Wally Szczerbiak made 1-of-2 free throws with 15 seconds left for Minnesota, leaving the Pistons an opportunity that they took advantage of to tie the game on Hill's layup with six seconds to go.

Peeler finished with 11 points and Szczerbiak and Smith had 10 apiece for the Wolves, who shot 43 percent (35-of-82) and held a 42-39 rebounding advantage.

Minnesota had to make its comeback in the fourth quarter without Saunders, who was ejected with 5:39 left in the third period after picking up a pair of technical fouls for arguing.

A running jumper by Brandon with 10:18 left in the third quarter gave the Wolves a 56-50 lead. But Detroit answered with a 13-3 spurt that Stackhouse capped with two free throws, giving the Pistons a 63-59 advantage. Detroit held a 74-69 lead entering the final period.

Former Wolf Christian Laettner added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 42 percent (30-of-71).

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