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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 21 24 34 19 98 SEATTLE 28 24 19 22 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - ANTHONY PEELER 24, TERRELL BRANDON 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16 SEA - RUBEN PATTERSON 23, DESMOND MASON 22, VIN BAKER 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 SEA - DESMOND MASON 8, RASHARD LEWIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - BRENT BARRY 8, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 6

ATT: 15,515


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (98) AT SEATTLE (93)

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

K GARNETT F 41 6-20 4-5 3 14 17 4 4 2 4 16 SZCZERBIAK F 40 6-11 4-4 1 5 6 4 0 1 1 16 NESTEROVIC C 17 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 4 BRANDON G 39 7-15 7-7 4 2 6 8 3 5 2 21 PEELER G 39 9-17 0-0 2 3 5 4 4 2 1 24 DAY 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 D GARRETT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 ELLIS 24 3-9 1-2 2 2 4 0 6 0 1 7 MITCHELL 10 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 4 SLATER 10 1-3 2-3 1 1 2 0 5 0 1 4 BILLUPS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-83 22-25 14 31 45 24 28 10 11 98 (.422) (.880) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

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

BAKER F 37 4-10 8-12 6 1 7 2 2 1 2 16 LEWIS F 39 5-9 0-0 1 7 8 0 1 1 2 11 EWING C 15 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 3 4 B BARRY G 31 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 8 6 2 3 5 DAVIS G 27 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS 21 4-10 1-1 1 2 3 6 0 0 2 10 PATTERSON 35 8-17 7-11 3 2 5 3 1 3 0 23 MASON 26 9-16 1-2 3 5 8 0 5 1 1 22 MCCOY 9 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 2 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION PAYTON DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 34-78 19-28 14 28 42 21 19 8 15 93 (.436) (.679) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

MINNESOTA 21 24 34 19 - 98 SEATTLE 28 24 19 22 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, D GARRETT. SEATTLE - BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-15 (.400), K GARNETT 0-1, SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 0-2, PEELER 6-9, DAY 0-1, AVERY 0-1. SEATTLE 6-18 (.333), BAKER 0-1, LEWIS 1-3, B BARRY 1-2, DAVIS 0-2, S WILLIAMS 1-4, PATTERSON 0-1, MASON 3-5. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 15,515. T - 2:15.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 6-20 4-5 3-17 4 4 16 Szczerbiak 40 6-11 4-4 1-6 4 0 16 Nesterovic 17 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 4 4 Brandon 39 7-15 7-7 4-6 8 3 21 Peeler 39 9-17 0-0 2-5 4 4 24 Day 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 D Garrett 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Avery 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Ellis 24 3-9 1-2 2-4 0 6 7 Mitchell 10 1-1 2-2 1-3 1 1 4 Slater 10 1-3 2-3 1-2 0 5 4 Billups DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 22-25 14-45 24 28 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (K Garnett 0-1, Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 0-2, Peeler 6-9, Day 0-1, Avery 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 4, D Garrett). Turnovers: 12 (K Garnett 4, Brandon 2, Ellis, Nesterovic, Peeler, Slater, Szczerbiak). Steals: 10 (Brandon 5, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak).

SEATTLE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 4-10 8-12 6-7 2 2 16 Lewis 39 5-9 0-0 1-8 0 1 11 Ewing 15 2-5 0-0 0-4 0 0 4 B Barry 31 1-5 2-2 0-2 8 6 5 Davis 27 0-4 0-0 0-2 2 2 0 S Williams 21 4-10 1-1 1-3 6 0 10 Patterson 35 8-17 7-11 3-5 3 1 23 Mason 26 9-16 1-2 3-8 0 5 22 Mccoy 9 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 2 2 Marks DNP - coach's decision Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision Payton DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 19-28 14-42 21 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Baker 0-1, Lewis 1-3, B Barry 1-2, Davis 0-2, S Williams 1-4, Patterson 0-1, Mason 3-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Baker). Turnovers: 15 (B Barry 3, Ewing 3, Baker 2, Lewis 2, S Williams 2, Davis, Mason, Mccoy). Steals: 8 (Patterson 3, B Barry 2, Baker, Lewis, Mason). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 21 24 34 19 - 98 Seattle 28 24 19 22 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:12 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (Peeler, 3:54 4th). A: 15,515. T: 2:15. Officials: Ron Garretson, Monty Mccutchen, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle SuperSonics played an inspired game without suspended guard Gary Payton. But Terrell Brandon and Anthony Peeler were undeterred.

Brandon scored six key points down the stretch and Peeler scored 24 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves withstood a late rally to post a 98-93 victory over the SuperSonics.

"I told AP (Peeler) that he is our Seattle killer," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "The key was that we moved the ball. We made easy passes and he was open a lot in the corner. He got on a roll and made shots and guys started looking for him and finding him."

Payton was suspended by the team for his confrontations with teammate Ruben Patterson during and after Seattle's 89-80 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday.

"I'm glad he (Payton) wasn't there but it wasn't easy," Brandon said. "I would rather him be here personally because he usually brings out the best in every point guard he plays against, so I'm disappointed."

The Timberwolves took a 90-73 lead with 8:37 remaining on a short jumper by Peeler. Seattle then ran off 15 straight points while holding Minnesota scoreless for a span of seven minutes.

The SuperSonics had a possession to tie or take the lead but rookie Desmond Mason missed one shot and Vin Baker missed two.

Brandon made two free throws for a 92-88 advantage with 1:39 to go. After Baker made two free throws to pull Seattle within two, Brandon made a long jumper to make it 94-90 with 65 seconds to play.

Mason answered with a long jumper but Wally Szczerbiak and Brandon each made a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

"I thought we played well enough to win," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "I think we were surprised that we had a lead and that we did some good things. I don't really know if we really believed we could win this game. We just didn't make the plays when we needed to."

Peeler scored 14 points in the third quarter and connected on six 3-pointers overall. Brandon scored 21 while Kevin Garnett had 15 and 17 rebounds.

Patterson scored 23 points while Mason poured in a season-high 22 for Seattle, which lost at home for the third time in four games. The Sonics shot 44 percent (34-of-78) but were done in by 15 turnovers that the Wolves converted into 18 points.

"I just came out wanting to be relaxed and comfortable," Mason said. "We had guys dishing the ball out well today but I'd much rather have a win. "

Brent Barry, starting in place of Payton, scored just five points but had eight assists before fouling out.

"Ken Griffey's gone, Joey Galloway's outta here, A-Rod's outta here," Garnett said. "Gary's kinda like Seattle's last hope. When you come into KeyArena and not see Gary, not even in the building, it's definitely weird."

"The fact of the matter was Gary wasn't there," McMillan said. "I would expect these guys to execute the offense no matter who's in the game. Gary could be in foul trouble. We had a game to play and it was without Gary and I expect these guys to do the same thing."

The Wolves opened the second half with seven straight points to forge a 52-52 tie. Seattle's Rashard Lewis made a 3-pointer midway through the quarter to give the SuperSonics a 60-59 lead.

An 18-6 run capped by back-to-back baskets by LaPhonso Ellis helped Minnesota build a 77-66 advantage with just over a minute to play in the period.

The Timberwolves shot 42 percent (35-of-82) and made 22-of-25 free throws.

Minnesota improved to 2-0 this season against Seattle, having won 105-92 on January 4.

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