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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 26 29 24 24 8 111 MINNESOTA 25 29 22 27 16 119 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 44, VIN BAKER 16, RUBEN PATTERSON 13 MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 27, KEVIN GARNETT 26, ANTHONY PEELER 24

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - DESMOND MASON 17, GARY PAYTON 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 15, KEVIN GARNETT 9

ATT: 19,006


Extended Box

SEATTLE (111) AT MINNESOTA (119) - FINAL IN OT

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

LEWIS F 29 5-9 0-0 1 4 5 4 1 0 2 10 MCCOY F 23 2-8 3-3 5 1 6 0 2 0 0 7 EWING C 21 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 3 10 MASON G 41 1-8 0-0 6 11 17 3 2 0 2 2 PAYTON G 53 18-30 6-9 0 7 7 9 2 4 1 44 PATTERSON 32 5-10 3-3 0 2 2 2 3 2 2 13 BAKER 33 8-13 0-0 4 2 6 2 5 0 3 16 S WILLIAMS 33 3-10 2-2 1 1 2 4 4 0 4 9 B BARRY DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 46-95 16-19 17 30 47 26 21 6 17 111 (.484) (.842) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 49 11-21 4-4 5 11 16 9 2 0 2 26 SZCZERBIAK F 47 11-16 3-4 1 5 6 3 2 0 5 27 SLATER C 11 0-3 0-2 1 3 4 0 0 1 1 0 BRANDON G 45 8-17 2-3 1 3 4 15 2 4 1 18 PEELER G 36 9-17 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 24 D GARRETT 16 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 2 ELLIS 31 4-8 5-6 4 2 6 3 4 1 2 13 BILLUPS 11 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 2 1 6 MITCHELL 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 AVERY 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 LOPEZ 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NESTEROVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 48-94 16-21 12 31 43 36 21 10 13 119 (.511) (.762) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

SEATTLE 26 29 24 24 8 - 111 MINNESOTA 25 29 22 27 16 - 119

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 2, MCCOY. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, PEELER 2, ELLIS, AVERY, SLATER, LOPEZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 3-9 (.333), MASON 0-1, PAYTON 2-5, S WILLIAMS 1-3. MINNESOTA 7-18 (.389), K GARNETT 0-1, SZCZERBIAK 2-4, BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 4-8, BILLUPS 0-2, AVERY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TONY BROTHERS, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,006. T - 2:23.


Box Score

SEATTLE (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 29 5-9 0-0 1-5 4 1 10 Mccoy 23 2-8 3-3 5-6 0 2 7 Ewing 21 4-7 2-2 0-2 2 2 10 Mason 41 1-8 0-0 6-17 3 2 2 Payton 53 18-30 6-9 0-7 9 2 44 Patterson 32 5-10 3-3 0-2 2 3 13 Baker 33 8-13 0-0 4-6 2 5 16 S Williams 33 3-10 2-2 1-2 4 4 9 B Barry DNP - strained left groin Davis DNP - coach's decision Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 46-95 16-19 17-47 26 21 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Mason 0-1, Payton 2-5, S Williams 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Baker 2, Mccoy). Turnovers: 18 (S Williams 4, Baker 3, Ewing 3, Lewis 2, Mason 2, Patterson 2, Payton). Steals: 6 (Payton 4, Patterson 2).

MINNESOTA (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 49 11-21 4-4 5-16 9 2 26 Szczerbiak 47 11-16 3-4 1-6 3 2 27 Slater 11 0-3 0-2 1-4 0 0 0 Brandon 45 8-17 2-3 1-4 15 2 18 Peeler 36 9-17 2-2 0-3 2 1 24 D Garrett 16 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 3 2 Ellis 31 4-8 5-6 4-6 3 4 13 Billups 11 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 6 Mitchell 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Avery 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 Lopez 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Nesterovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 48-94 16-21 12-43 36 21 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.511, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (K Garnett 0-1, Szczerbiak 2-4, Brandon 0-1, Peeler 4-8, Billups 0-2, Avery 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Ellis, Avery, Slater, Lopez). Turnovers: 13 (Szczerbiak 5, Ellis 2, K Garnett 2, Billups, Brandon, D Garrett, Slater). Steals: 10 (Brandon 4, Billups 2, D Garrett, Ellis, Peeler, Slater). _________________________________________________ Seattle 26 29 24 24 8 - 111 Minnesota 25 29 22 27 16 - 119 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:23. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tony Brothers, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Anthony Peeler had Gary Payton feeling mighty low about a career high.

Peeler negated Payton's 44 points with a 3-pointer that forced overtime and two more in the extra session, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a thrilling 119-111 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Two free throws by Payton gave Seattle a 103-100 lead with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Minnesota passed into the post to Kevin Garnett and he quickly passed out of a double-team into the left corner to Peeler, whose 3-pointer tied it with 16 seconds to go.

"That one was a great feeling," Peeler said. "This team's got confidence in me."

"Tonight, one possession cost us -- the catch by Garnett," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "Everyone was tight, and we let Peeler catch in the corner and he just raised up. Not only does he catch, but he raises up and gets a good look at the three. You have to know time and possession. You make Garnett make a two."

Payton, who went without a basket over the final 11 1/2 minutes, missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

"We just have to focus a little more and basically know the situations we're in," Payton said. "We can't give them up like this. This is a game we just gave up. We gave it to them."

"The three by Peeler happened so quick, they didn't have a chance to foul us," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Once we made the three and we were heading to overtime, I felt pretty good because we had gained the momentum."

Peeler drilled a 3-pointer from the right side to give the Timberwolves a 106-105 lead with 4:05 remaining and trigger a 12-2 burst. He capped it with another 3-pointer from the right corner for a 115-107 advantage with 1:34 left.

Peeler scored 11 of his 24 points in the final six minutes. He made 9-of-17 shots, including 4-of-8 from the arc.

Payton simply was phenomenal. The perennial All-Star played all 53 minutes, made 18-of-30 shots and added nine assists and seven rebounds as he surpassed his previous career high of 43 points vs. against Houston on April 16, 2000.

"I was just in a rhythm," Payton said. "Shots were falling. Nate was calling plays for me. I was just in a rhythm and he saw I was in a rhythm and kept going to me."

"He played great," McMillan said. "They tried to double Gary as much as possible. It was just a hell of an effort by a guy that played the entire game. He just went to work. He carried us and almost won it for us."

However, Payton got very little help and was thwarted down the stretch as Seattle absorbed perhaps its most crushing loss of the season.

"People were starting to watch me," Payton said. "That's why it's difficult to get a player on a hot-hand roll, because your team starts to watch and we don't move as well as we should."

The SuperSonics (31-30) blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and fell 5 1/2 games behind the Timberwolves (36-24), who hold the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Seattle is 0-3 vs. Minnesota and must finish in front of the Wolves to claim the berth.

"We still mathematically have a shot to get into the playoffs," Seattle forward Vin Baker said. "This is a devastating one because they are right in front of us and we could have gained a whole game."

"This is going to hurt us more than it benefits them," Payton said.

Wally Szczerbiak scored a career-high 27 points and Kevin Garnett added 26, 16 rebounds and nine assists for Minnesota, which has won three in a row as it begins a three-game road trip.

An unsung hero was Wolves guard Felipe Lopez. Claimed on waivers three days ago, he entered for the first time with 7:40 left in the fourth quarter and was assigned to Payton. He gave up two quick baskets but just two free throws the rest of the period.

"We put Felipe in when we were down and let him play against Payton," Saunders said. "He blocked that one shot. ... For him to come in and play like that, especially since he hasn't been with the team very long, that's a heckuva statement for him."

"Gary was doing a good job on offense and Felipe came in and locked him up," Peeler said.

Payton's second basket against Lopez gave him 40 points and the Sonics a 93-85 lead with 6:47 left. Seattle still led by five with just over three minutes to go before jumpers by Garnett and Szczerbiak and a dunk by LaPhonso Ellis gave Minnesota a 98-97 lead with 1:52 remaining.

"We knew we needed to lock up on defense and someone was going to have to step up," said Szczerbiak, who made 11-of-16 shots. "Coach showed confidence in me and I was able to hit some big shots."

Ruben Patterson and Ellis traded free throws and Baker made a 21-footer to give the Sonics a 101-100 lead with 40 seconds to play. Garnett missed a 10-foot turnaround jumper and Ellis missed the tip attempt, setting up Payton's free throws at the other end.

Terrell Brandon had 18 points and 15 assists and Ellis scored 13 points off the bench for Minnesota, which shot 51 percent (48-of-94) and had 36 assists.

Baker scored 16 points and rookie guard Desmond Mason grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds for Seattle, which shot 48 percent (46-of-95) and held a 47-43 edge on the boards.

Payton scored 22 points in the first half as Seattle took a 55-54 lead. He added 11 more in the third quarter and the Sonics opened a 79-76 advantage going into the fourth period.

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