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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 21 26 20 25 8 100 SAN ANTONIO 22 25 21 24 14 106 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, TERRELL BRANDON 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 15 SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 30, TIM DUNCAN 23, DAVID ROBINSON 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 20, DAVID ROBINSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, KEVIN GARNETT 8 SAS - TERRY PORTER 5, DANNY FERRY 4

ATT: 35,676


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT SAN ANTONIO (106) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 41 8-20 8-9 2 11 13 8 5 2 4 24 SZCZERBIAK F 45 4-10 7-9 1 4 5 2 2 2 4 15 D GARRETT C 13 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 2 BRANDON G 40 6-13 3-3 1 6 7 10 3 2 2 17 PEELER G 34 5-14 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 2 1 14 SLATER 32 6-11 2-2 5 2 7 0 6 0 1 14 ELLIS 28 4-10 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 8 LOPEZ 16 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 BILLUPS 15 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 MITCHELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESTEROVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 36-88 21-25 12 32 44 28 33 10 15 100 (.409) (.840) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 49 8-14 7-12 3 17 20 2 3 0 7 23 FERRY F 39 5-6 0-0 2 3 5 4 3 1 1 12 ROBINSON C 41 5-10 8-12 1 8 9 1 3 2 0 18 ANDERSON G 45 10-22 9-11 1 7 8 3 4 0 7 30 PORTER G 26 1-6 2-2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 JOHNSON 26 3-3 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 8 WALKER 15 2-6 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 5 DANIELS 23 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 6 NEWBLE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 S ELLIOTT DNP - SORE LEFT I/T BAND S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 36-72 30-43 8 37 45 21 19 4 18 106 (.500) (.698) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

MINNESOTA 21 26 20 25 8 - 100 SAN ANTONIO 22 25 21 24 14 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, PEELER. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, ROBINSON 4, ANDERSON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-13 (.538), SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 2-2, PEELER 4-8, LOPEZ 1-1, BILLUPS 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 4-9 (.444), FERRY 2-3, ANDERSON 1-3, DANIELS 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, JOE DEROSA, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 35,676. T - 2:52.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 8-20 8-9 2-13 8 5 24 Szczerbiak 45 4-10 7-9 1-5 2 2 15 D Garrett 13 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 4 2 Brandon 40 6-13 3-3 1-7 10 3 17 Peeler 34 5-14 0-0 1-3 2 5 14 Slater 32 6-11 2-2 5-7 0 6 14 Ellis 28 4-10 0-0 1-5 1 3 8 Lopez 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 Billups 15 1-3 1-2 0-1 2 3 3 Mitchell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Nesterovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-88 21-25 12-44 28 33 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 2-2, Peeler 4-8, Lopez 1-1, Billups 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 2, Peeler). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak 4, Billups 2, Brandon 2, Ellis, Peeler, Slater). Steals: 10 (Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, Ellis).

SAN ANTONIO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 49 8-14 7-12 3-20 2 3 23 Ferry 39 5-6 0-0 2-5 4 3 12 Robinson 41 5-10 8-12 1-9 1 3 18 Anderson 45 10-22 9-11 1-8 3 4 30 Porter 26 1-6 2-2 0-0 5 0 4 Johnson 26 3-3 2-2 0-0 3 2 8 Walker 15 2-6 1-2 0-1 0 2 5 Daniels 23 2-5 1-2 1-2 3 1 6 Newble 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 S Elliott DNP - sore left i/t band S Kerr DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-72 30-43 8-45 21 19 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.698. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Ferry 2-3, Anderson 1-3, Daniels 1-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 10 (Duncan 4, Robinson 4, Anderson 2). Turnovers: 18 (Anderson 7, Duncan 7, Daniels 2, Ferry, Walker). Steals: 4 (Robinson 2, Ferry, Walker). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 21 26 20 25 8 - 100 San Antonio 22 25 21 24 14 - 106 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 35,676. T: 2:52. Officials: Jim Clark, Joe Derosa, George Toliver.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Derek Anderson scored a season-high 30 points and Tim Duncan added 23 and 20 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight games with a 106-100 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Anderson opened the extra session with a 3-pointer that gave San Antonio a 95-92 lead and the Spurs, who overcame a 3-point assault by Minnesota in the fourth quarter, never trailed again.

"This is the kind of game you play for," Anderson said. "No NBA player wants a blowout. They're no fun. I'd much rather have a competitive game that gets decided down the stretch."

The Timberwolves made all five of their 3-pointers in the fourth period, including four by Anthony Peeler, whose last shot from beyond the arc gave Minnesota a 91-88 lead with 23 seconds left.

"It's just a credit to my teammates," said Peeler, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. "Terrell (Brandon) is a great floor leader and KG (Kevin Garnett) recognized the double-team and they have the confidence in me at the end of the game to shoot the ball."

But Duncan's layup pulled the Spurs within one before Chauncey Billups -- an 86 percent foul shooter -- gave San Antonio an opening by making only 1-of-2 from the line with 8.1 seconds to go.

After a timeout, the Spurs got the ball to David Robinson at the top of the key. He took one dribble and went up and under LaPhonso Ellis for a layup that tied it with 3.7 seconds to go.

"When you have blowouts like we have had, you start expecting teams to fold," Robinson said. "But they didn't go away. They kept playing."

Duncan recorded his 52nd double-double of the season and had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the fourth time.

"This was a great confidence builder and a good game experience for us," Duncan said. "We haven't had a lot of wins in games like this. It was good to be able to grind it out."

The Spurs matched their longest winning streak of the season and held onto the best record in the Western Conference. They also won eight in a row from January 23-February 7.

It was the Spurs' second overtime win during the streak. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 93-89, on Friday.

"It was a heck of a game, just like every time we play each other," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "The guys respect each other and go hard. In the overtime, we made a couple more shots. It was hard fought and could have gone either way."

Garnett, who scored 24 points, had a chance to win it at the end of regulation. But his off-balance jumper from the right wing caromed off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

"There's no such thing as moral victories," Garnett said. "It's very tough. Very tough."

"KG had a great look," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders added. "We just didn't execute in the last 24 seconds when you really need to to beat a good team on their floor."

After the Timberwolves closed to 97-96 on Brandon's jumper with 3:01 left in the extra session, Robinson answered with a three-point play. Ellis' layup brought Minnesota within 100-98 with 1:43 left.

Avery Johnson converted a layup with 25 seconds left and added two foul shots 10 seconds later to give the Spurs a 104-98 lead and keep San Antonio one-half game ahead of second-place Utah in the Midwest Division.

"This victory was huge for us, especially knowing that they are a possible playoff opponent," Duncan said. "It was also big to stay on top of the division and it was great to see so many guys contributing big down the stretch."

Robinson scored 18 points and Danny Ferry added 12 for the Spurs, who have won 10 of their last 11.

Brandon scored 17 points and Peeler and Reggie Slater added 14 apiece for the Timberwolves, who have dropped three of their last four.

"We fought hard," Peeler said. "That's the main thing. We can't get down because it's too late in the season for that. Everybody played great, all the way down the bench."

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