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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 27 21 32 108 LA LAKERS 30 24 33 28 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 27, KEVIN GARNETT 19, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 15 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 29, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 28, RICK FOX 15

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 16, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 6, ANTHONY PEELER 4 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5, KOBE BRYANT 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (108) AT LA LAKERS (115)

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

K GARNETT F 37 8-18 2-2 0 7 7 0 1 1 5 19 SZCZERBIAK F 32 6-9 1-1 0 5 5 3 4 3 1 15 NESTEROVIC C 26 2-9 2-2 2 3 5 0 4 0 1 6 BILLUPS G 35 3-10 5-5 1 2 3 3 2 1 4 13 BRANDON G 36 10-16 6-6 1 0 1 6 1 0 0 27 PEELER 27 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 2 1 4 ELLIS 23 3-9 1-1 2 4 6 1 5 0 1 7 D GARRETT 12 2-3 1-2 2 4 6 0 2 1 0 5 DAY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 AVERY 3 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 SLATER 2 3-3 1-2 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 7 MITCHELL 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 41-92 19-21 12 27 39 20 21 11 14 108 (.446) (.905) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

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

FOX F 21 6-10 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 0 1 15 GRANT F 24 2-7 2-2 3 2 5 2 0 2 0 6 ONEAL C 38 12-18 4-8 5 11 16 5 3 0 3 28 BRYANT G 38 12-20 4-5 1 3 4 5 2 1 4 29 SHAW G 28 5-9 0-2 0 5 5 4 1 0 1 11 RIDER 24 3-7 3-4 0 3 3 2 2 1 4 10 FOSTER 7 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 4 PENBERTHY 27 2-8 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 2 2 8 HORRY 24 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 0 2 2 GEORGE 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 MADSEN 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 HARPER DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 46-88 15-23 13 35 48 27 20 6 19 115 (.523) (.652) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 27 21 32 - 108 LA LAKERS 30 24 33 28 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - BILLUPS, K GARNETT. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, HORRY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-14 (.500), K GARNETT 1-2, SZCZERBIAK 2-2, BILLUPS 2-4, BRANDON 1-2, PEELER 0-1, ELLIS 0-1, AVERY 1-1, MITCHELL 0-1. LA LAKERS 8-17 (.471), FOX 3-3, BRYANT 1-2, SHAW 1-3, RIDER 1-3, PENBERTHY 2-5, HORRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - BILLUPS. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TED BERNHARDT, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,997. T - 2:13.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 37 8-18 2-2 0-7 0 1 19 Szczerbiak 32 6-9 1-1 0-5 3 4 15 Nesterovic 26 2-9 2-2 2-5 0 4 6 Billups 35 3-10 5-5 1-3 3 2 13 Brandon 36 10-16 6-6 1-1 6 1 27 Peeler 27 2-9 0-0 0-2 4 1 4 Ellis 23 3-9 1-1 2-6 1 5 7 D Garrett 12 2-3 1-2 2-6 0 2 5 Day 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Avery 3 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Slater 2 3-3 1-2 4-4 0 1 7 Mitchell 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-92 19-21 12-39 20 21 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (K Garnett 1-2, Szczerbiak 2-2, Billups 2-4, Brandon 1-2, Peeler 0-1, Ellis 0-1, Avery 1-1, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Billups, K Garnett). Turnovers: 14 (K Garnett 5, Billups 4, Ellis, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler, Szczerbiak). Steals: 11 (Day 3, Szczerbiak 3, Peeler 2, Billups, D Garrett, K Garnett).

LA LAKERS (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 21 6-10 0-0 2-3 2 4 15 Grant 24 2-7 2-2 3-5 2 0 6 Oneal 38 12-18 4-8 5-16 5 3 28 Bryant 38 12-20 4-5 1-4 5 2 29 Shaw 28 5-9 0-2 0-5 4 1 11 Rider 24 3-7 3-4 0-3 2 2 10 Foster 7 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 Penberthy 27 2-8 2-2 0-3 4 4 8 Horry 24 1-4 0-0 1-5 2 3 2 George 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Madsen 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Harper DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-88 15-23 13-48 27 20 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.523, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Fox 3-3, Bryant 1-2, Shaw 1-3, Rider 1-3, Penberthy 2-5, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 4, Horry 2). Turnovers: 19 (Bryant 4, Rider 4, Oneal 3, Horry 2, Penberthy 2, Foster, Fox, George, Shaw). Steals: 6 (Grant 2, Penberthy 2, Bryant, Rider). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 27 21 32 - 108 La Lakers 30 24 33 28 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Billups, 2:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:13. Officials: Hue Hollins, Ted Bernhardt, Scott Wall.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal showed the Minnesota Timberwolves they still have a ways to go.

Bryant scored 29 points and O'Neal had 28 and 16 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Timberwolves' five-game winning streak with a 115-108 victory.

"It was a good game for us," O'Neal said. "Minnesota is a very talented team, and they shot the ball well. We came out with a fabulous third quarter and were able to build a lead and in the fourth quarter we kept our lead going. This is our second pretty good game. I like the way the team is getting focused and starting to play well again."

Rick Fox added a season-high 15 points, connecting on 3-of-3 from three-point range, and Brian Shaw had 11 for the Lakers, who have won seven in a row against Timberwolves and six straight at home overall.

"I think we're playing better as a team," Fox said. "My game in this system has always been to feed off my teammates. The better we play as a team, the more opportunities come my way. We all want to help (Shaq and Kobe). They did a lot of scoring in the first ten games and we weren't really there for them. In the last few games, they're really looking to get us more involved."

Terrell Brandon collected 27 points and six assists and Kevin Garnett had 19 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which fell to 2-20 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves' last victory here came on December 5, 1993, a span of 13 games.

"Shaq and Kobe are the two main guys we needed to focus on. They both average 25-plus points a game and so you know they are going to take a majority of the shots," Brandon said. "They were hitting them tonight."

Brandon gave Minnesota a three-point lead just under two minutes into the third quarter with a running jumper, but Fox tied it at 59-59 with a 3-pointer and Bryant dunked and made an 18-foot jumper.

Garnett answered with a turnaround jumper and Brandon's basket knotted the game for the final time at 63-63 with 8:35 left. But the Lakers went on a 12-4 run, capped by O'Neal's dunk that put them ahead, 75-67, with less than five minutes to go in the period.

"We tightened up our defense, got some steals, got some rebounds and quick outlets, and were able to get out in transition and score some easy baskets," Shaw said. "Once we had them on our heels, we swung the ball around, beat them up inside with Shaq and that opened it up for Rick to step out and hit a couple of threes. Kobe was able to slice and dice and do his thing. But it was our defense that was pretty solid. Horace (Grant) did a great job on Garnett."

LaPhonso Ellis' three-point play got the Timberwolves within 75-72 with 2:52 left. But Los Angeles scored the next eight points.

"They made a run at us in the third quarter and we didn't respond," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We took some quick shots and some ill-advised drives to the basket and just kind of threw it up there instead of playing how we were playing. When you play a world championship team like the Lakers, you need to play at a high level for all 48 minutes."

The Lakers maintained a double-digit advantage throughout most of the fourth quarter, taking their largest lead, 96-78, on a jumper by Bryant with 7:30 left.

Minnesota cut the deficit to 112-106 on William Avery's 3-pointer with 25 seconds left but the outcome was never in doubt as Los Angeles won its third consecutive game.

"It's sad how we could come out and be so aggressive in the first half and then come out in the third quarter and just not be aggressive," Saunders said. "But we didn't quit. Our guys at the end of the game could have really made it interesting if we would have hit one more threes to cut it to four."

Isaiah Rider had 10 points and rookie Mike Penberthy chipped in eight for the Lakers, who shot 52 percent (46-for-88) from the field, including 8-for-17 (47 percent) 3-point range.

Los Angeles played without starting guard Ron Harper, who missed the game to attend his grandfather's funeral in Texas.

Wally Szczerbiak finished with 15 points and Chauncey Billups had 13 for the Timberwolves, who shot 45 percent (41-for-92) and were outrebounded 48-39. They also were outscored in the paint, 50-34.

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