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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 22 24 25 25 96 MINNESOTA 27 16 25 31 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 25, RAY ALLEN 24, TIM THOMAS 18 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 29, TERRELL BRANDON 20, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 12, GLENN ROBINSON 10 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - RAFER ALSTON 8, LINDSEY HUNTER 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 16, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 17,171


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (96) AT MINNESOTA (99)

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

POPE F 16 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 2 ROBINSON F 44 8-20 9-13 3 7 10 2 2 5 1 25 PRZYBILLA C 14 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 0 ALLEN G 37 8-21 8-9 1 3 4 2 1 0 3 24 HUNTER G 34 4-13 4-4 1 1 2 3 4 2 4 14 JOHNSON 34 2-5 0-0 2 10 12 1 4 0 0 4 THOMAS 26 6-13 3-6 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 18 ALSTON 16 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 8 1 1 0 3 S WILLIAMS 19 3-3 0-0 0 5 5 0 5 0 2 6 CAFFEY DNP - SORE LEFT LEG CASSELL DNP - BRONCHITIS KERSEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-82 24-32 11 34 45 17 22 10 11 96 (.402) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 42 13-26 3-7 5 13 18 6 4 1 4 29 SZCZERBIAK F 32 7-14 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 0 2 14 NESTEROVIC C 24 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 1 0 4 BRANDON G 43 8-11 3-3 0 3 3 16 1 2 5 20 PEELER G 26 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 8 DAY 16 2-7 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 7 D GARRETT 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 ELLIS 28 3-7 5-6 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 11 MITCHELL 7 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 AVERY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SLATER 8 2-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 4 BILLUPS 5 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 40-83 14-22 11 35 46 29 25 4 14 99 (.482) (.636) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 22 24 25 25 - 96 MINNESOTA 27 16 25 31 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON, POPE. MINNESOTA - ELLIS 2, NESTEROVIC 2, K GARNETT, DAY, D GARRETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-18 (.333), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 0-4, HUNTER 2-5, THOMAS 3-5, ALSTON 1-1. MINNESOTA 5-12 (.417), BRANDON 1-1, PEELER 2-4, DAY 2-5, AVERY 0-1, BILLUPS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON, MINNESOTA - HEAD COACH SAUNDERS 2 (EJECTED), K GARNETT. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, JOE DEROSA, JIM KINSEY. A - 17,171. T - 2:10.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pope 16 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 1 2 Robinson 44 8-20 9-13 3-10 2 2 25 Przybilla 14 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 Allen 37 8-21 8-9 1-4 2 1 24 Hunter 34 4-13 4-4 1-2 3 4 14 Johnson 34 2-5 0-0 2-12 1 4 4 Thomas 26 6-13 3-6 1-3 1 1 18 Alston 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 8 1 3 S Williams 19 3-3 0-0 0-5 0 5 6 Caffey DNP - sore left leg Cassell DNP - bronchitis Kersey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 24-32 11-45 17 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 0-4, Hunter 2-5, Thomas 3-5, Alston 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Johnson, Pope). Turnovers: 12 (Hunter 4, Allen 3, S Williams 2, Przybilla, Robinson). Steals: 10 (Robinson 5, Hunter 2, Alston, Przybilla, Thomas).

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 13-26 3-7 5-18 6 4 29 Szczerbiak 32 7-14 0-0 1-5 2 4 14 Nesterovic 24 2-5 0-0 1-5 1 2 4 Brandon 43 8-11 3-3 0-3 16 1 20 Peeler 26 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 8 Day 16 2-7 1-2 0-1 1 2 7 D Garrett 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Ellis 28 3-7 5-6 1-4 1 4 11 Mitchell 7 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 Avery 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Slater 8 2-3 0-0 3-5 1 1 4 Billups 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 14-22 11-46 29 25 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Brandon 1-1, Peeler 2-4, Day 2-5, Avery 0-1, Billups 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Ellis 2, Nesterovic 2, K Garnett, Day, D Garrett). Turnovers: 14 (Brandon 5, K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak 2, Day, Mitchell, Slater). Steals: 4 (Brandon 2, K Garnett, Nesterovic). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 22 24 25 25 - 96 Minnesota 27 16 25 31 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Johnson, 0:26 3rd). Minnesota 3 (Head Coach Saunders 2 (ejected), 8:07 1st, 2:33 3rd; K Garnett, 7:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,171. T: 2:10. Officials: Jim Clark, Joe Derosa, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves tied a franchise record with their seventh straight victory, 99-96 over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Minnesota won despite coach Flip Saunders' ejection with 2:33 left in the third quarter. Saunders picked up his second technical for arguing that a blocked shot by Milwaukee's Ervin Johnson should have been a goaltending violation. Assistant Jerry Sichting took over in Saunders' absence.

"I thought our guys showed great character tonight," Saunders said. "(Assistants) Jerry, Greg (Ballard), Z (Don Zierden) and Jimmy (Williams) did a nice job. Those guys kept our guys into the game."

A dunk by Tim Thomas gave Milwaukee its largest lead, 76-68, just 53 seconds into the fourth quarter. But the Timberwolves steadily fought back and forged an 83-83 tie on Wally Szczerbiak's jumper with just under seven minutes to play.

Szczerbiak made another jumper off a feed from Garnett to put Minnesota ahead for good at 97-95 with 71 seconds left. A free throw by Glenn Robinson and two misses at the line by Garnett gave Milwaukee a chance, but Ray Allen missed a jumper.

Two free throws by Terrell Brandon made it 99-96 with 25 seconds to go and set up one final, frantic possesion for Milwaukee. The Bucks got four shots in the last 15 seconds, including a wide-open 3-pointer by Allen with five seconds to play. Thomas missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"Before (Saunders) got kicked out, he said, `If I get kicked out, we should be ourselves,'" Brandon said. "He's not going to do that a lot. Jerry has played before. He knows how to coach and play. We have two assistant coaches (Sichting and Ballard) who have won championships, so they know how to win."

Saunders said later that his ejection was an attempt to fire up his team.

"I just had the feeling things were very chippy," Saunders said. "We dug in defensively, we rebounded and went at it at the other end."

Brandon had 20 points and a season-high 16 assists for Minnesota, which tied the team record for consecutive wins set from January 9-21, 1998. The Timberwolves can break it on Wednesday with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

"As a leader, I want to take the initiative," said Garnett, who had six assists. "The team understands when I get trapped, I'll pass the ball back out. All in all, it was a balanced effort."

Szczerbiak scored 14 points while LaPhonso Ellis had 11 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who shot 48 percent (40-of-83).

Robinson scored 25 points to go with 10 rebounds as Milwaukee lost its second straight on the heels of an eight-game winning streak. Allen finished with 24 points and Thomas had 18 off the bench. The Bucks played without starting point guard Sam Cassell, who was out with bronchitis.

"We shoot 40 percent most of the night and have control of the game against a real good team without Sam Cassell," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "I can't be unhappy. I think we played a hell of a basketball game. It's just kind of demoralizing not to come out with a win."

Milwaukee rookie center Joel Przybilla, a Minnesota native, started and grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes. Perhaps inspired by his homecoming, Pryzbilla also engaged in some early trash talk with Garnett.

"Przybilla ... I hate a fake thug," Garnett said. "(He) shouldn't be yapping about something he's not."

Lindsey Hunter scored 14 points while Johnson had 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 40 percent (33-of-82). Rafer Alston helped pick up the slack in Cassell's absence with eight assists in 16 minutes.

"We knew it was going to be a game like this," Thomas said. "We're playing great basketball right now, and so is Minnesota. We knew it was going to be a dogfight."

Minnesota used an 11-0 run to take its largest lead at 27-16 with a minute to go in the first quarter. The Bucks rallied for a 46-43 halftime edge.

The Timberwolves have won the last four meetings with Milwaukee, including a 103-92 road triumph on November 11.

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