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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 36 21 20 20 97 SACRAMENTO 32 29 19 20 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 21, TERRELL BRANDON 20 SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 24, CHRIS WEBBER 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 SAC - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 13, KEVIN GARNETT 9 SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 7, CHRIS WEBBER 5

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (97) AT SACRAMENTO (100)

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

K GARNETT F 38 10-23 5-6 4 3 7 9 1 1 3 26 SZCZERBIAK F 40 9-14 3-3 3 6 9 2 1 2 2 21 NESTEROVIC C 20 4-6 1-2 0 3 3 0 3 2 1 9 BRANDON G 43 10-19 0-0 2 6 8 13 0 5 3 20 PEELER G 38 5-15 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 2 2 12 D GARRETT 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 BILLUPS 15 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 2 ELLIS 24 2-8 0-0 4 4 8 1 3 0 2 4 MITCHELL 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 SLATER 8 1-4 1-1 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 3 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-93 12-14 17 30 47 26 21 14 15 97 (.441) (.857) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 34 9-13 4-4 2 7 9 2 4 1 2 24 WEBBER F 44 10-22 1-2 1 8 9 5 1 0 2 21 DIVAC C 31 5-6 2-5 2 7 9 4 2 0 3 12 CHRISTIE G 33 4-11 3-4 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 12 WILLIAMS G 35 4-11 0-0 0 0 0 7 0 0 4 8 TURKOGLU 14 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 1 1 8 POLLARD 17 2-4 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 2 1 6 BARRY 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 JACKSON 13 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 2 FUNDERBURKE 4 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-81 14-19 9 30 39 25 15 8 18 100 (.494) (.737) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

MINNESOTA 36 21 20 20 - 97 SACRAMENTO 32 29 19 20 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ELLIS 2, NESTEROVIC. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 3, CHRISTIE 2, POLLARD 2, TURKOGLU, DIVAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-9 (.333), K GARNETT 1-2, BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 2-4, BILLUPS 0-2. SACRAMENTO 6-15 (.400), STOJAKOVIC 2-2, CHRISTIE 1-4, WILLIAMS 0-4, TURKOGLU 2-4, BARRY 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MIKE CALLAHAN, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,317. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 10-23 5-6 4-7 9 1 26 Szczerbiak 40 9-14 3-3 3-9 2 1 21 Nesterovic 20 4-6 1-2 0-3 0 3 9 Brandon 43 10-19 0-0 2-8 13 0 20 Peeler 38 5-15 0-0 2-6 1 1 12 D Garrett 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Billups 15 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 5 2 Ellis 24 2-8 0-0 4-8 1 3 4 Mitchell 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Slater 8 1-4 1-1 2-3 0 3 3 Avery DNP - coach's decision Day DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-93 12-14 17-47 26 21 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (K Garnett 1-2, Brandon 0-1, Peeler 2-4, Billups 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Ellis 2, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 16 (Brandon 3, K Garnett 3, Ellis 2, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, Nesterovic, Slater). Steals: 14 (Brandon 5, Mitchell 2, Nesterovic 2, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett).

SACRAMENTO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 34 9-13 4-4 2-9 2 4 24 Webber 44 10-22 1-2 1-9 5 1 21 Divac 31 5-6 2-5 2-9 4 2 12 Christie 33 4-11 3-4 1-2 3 2 12 Williams 35 4-11 0-0 0-0 7 0 8 Turkoglu 14 2-5 2-2 0-3 1 0 8 Pollard 17 2-4 2-2 2-3 0 1 6 Barry 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 3 Jackson 13 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Funderburke 4 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 4 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 14-19 9-39 25 15 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Stojakovic 2-2, Christie 1-4, Williams 0-4, Turkoglu 2-4, Barry 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Webber 3, Christie 2, Pollard 2, Turkoglu, Divac). Turnovers: 18 (Williams 4, Divac 3, Jackson 3, Christie 2, Stojakovic 2, Webber 2, Pollard, Turkoglu). Steals: 8 (Barry 2, Christie 2, Pollard 2, Stojakovic, Turkoglu). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 36 21 20 20 - 97 Sacramento 32 29 19 20 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:08. Officials: Ed F Rush, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- The showdown between Chris Webber and Kevin Garnett came down to the play of Jason Williams.

Williams made a layup with 20 seconds left as the Sacramento Kings scored the final six points and defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-97.

"This was a good win against a team that has caused us problems," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "Fortunately in the fourth quarter, we got our hands on a lot of balls. We are glad to get the win, probably a litle fortunate to get it, but we will take it."

Minnesota led, 97-94, after Wally Szczerbiak made two free throws with just over a minute to play. Williams then responded with a layup with 51 seconds to go to make it 97-96.

After a shot-clock violation by the Timberwolves, the Kings inbounded to Williams, who went straight to the rim and scored the decisive basket with two defenders on him.

"I am always playing with all the confidence I have," Williams said. "I was just trying to get to the basket. I knew they thought the ball was going to C. Webb so it left the lane for me."

On the next possession, the Wolves went to Garnett but Sacramento was draped all over him. Garnett was forced to swing the ball to Szczerbiak, who turned the ball over. Doug Christie converted two free throws with 1.5 seconds left for the final margin.

"We thought KG was going to shoot it but the defense swarmed him and he couldn't get a shot off," Minnesota guard Terrell Brandon said.

Garnett's heavily contested 3-pointer from the corner was blocked by Christie and Webber at the buzzer as Garnett and other Minnesota players clamored for a foul.

"It could have went both ways," Garnett said. "Obviously, I am going to be biased. But Chris and Christie were there and they contested the shot pretty hard. They weren't making a lot of calls. I am not going to blame that on the officials."

Peja Stojakovic had 24 points and nine rebounds and Webber added 21 and nine. Williams had just eight points but dished out 11 assists as the Kings improved to 2-5 in games decided by three points or fewer.

Minnesota, which won at Phoenix on Sunday, fell to 2-9 in the second of back-to-back games. Garnett scored 26 points while Szczerbiak had 21 in addition to nine rebounds. Brandon scored 20 points and had a season-high 13 assists.

"We don't use back-to-back as an excuse here for our franchise," Brandon said. "We have got to give them a little credit."

The Timberwolves trailed throughout the fourth quarter until LaPhonso Ellis connected on a jumper with 3:03 to play that tied it at 92-92. Garnett made a long 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give Minnesota its first lead of the final period, 95-94, with 2:13 to play.

Sacramento snapped a four-game losing streak to the Timberwolves and broke a string of three straight overtime games.

"If we would have gone overtime, it would have been OK with me as long as we got the win," Williams said.

The last time these teams met was a 99-91 Minnesota victory on November 4. Garnett had the better of the matchup that night, scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while Webber had 15 points and seven boards.

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