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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 22 22 24 29 97 MINNESOTA 29 24 25 31 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 30, MICHAEL FINLEY 16, JUWAN HOWARD 13 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 28, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 23, SAM MITCHELL 20

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, SAM MITCHELL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - HOWARD EISLEY 6, STEVE NASH 4 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 18,101

Extended Box

DALLAS (97) AT MINNESOTA (109)

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

HOWARD F 29 6-16 1-2 2 3 5 2 3 0 2 13 NOWITZKI F 39 11-20 6-6 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 30 BRADLEY C 16 2-3 2-2 0 7 7 0 2 0 2 7 FINLEY G 38 4-13 7-7 1 3 4 3 2 1 5 16 NASH G 13 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 2 EISLEY 41 4-10 0-0 1 1 2 6 2 3 1 10 NAJERA 14 2-2 0-2 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 4 MAXWELL 21 2-7 2-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 6 BUCKNER 13 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 BOOTH 16 3-5 2-6 4 1 5 1 1 0 0 8 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 21-31 10 24 34 18 16 7 15 97 (.438) (.677) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

MITCHELL F 33 10-18 0-0 2 5 7 3 5 1 0 20 SZCZERBIAK F 43 10-17 2-2 2 3 5 4 3 1 0 23 K GARNETT C 41 14-17 0-0 3 12 15 6 4 0 2 28 BRANDON G 36 2-7 2-3 1 4 5 7 2 0 3 6 PEELER G 36 6-10 2-2 0 2 2 6 3 4 0 17 ELLIS 11 0-4 1-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 LOPEZ 25 5-9 1-2 1 3 4 3 4 1 3 12 SLATER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 BILLUPS 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 2 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESTEROVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 48-85 8-11 10 29 39 32 25 8 11 109 (.565) (.727) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

DALLAS 22 22 24 29 - 97 MINNESOTA 29 24 25 31 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BOOTH 2, FINLEY, HOWARD, MAXWELL, NOWITZKI, EISLEY. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 5, BRANDON 2, SZCZERBIAK 2, LOPEZ 2, PEELER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-15 (.400), NOWITZKI 2-5, BRADLEY 1-1, FINLEY 1-3, NASH 0-1, EISLEY 2-4, MAXWELL 0-1. MINNESOTA 5-9 (.556), MITCHELL 0-1, SZCZERBIAK 1-2, PEELER 3-4, LOPEZ 1-1, BILLUPS 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HOWARD 2 (EJECTED), NAJERA, MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SZCZERBIAK, K GARNETT. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, DAN CRAWFORD, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,101. T - 2:13.

Box Score

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 29 6-16 1-2 2-5 2 3 13 Nowitzki 39 11-20 6-6 2-4 1 1 30 Bradley 16 2-3 2-2 0-7 0 2 7 Finley 38 4-13 7-7 1-4 3 2 16 Nash 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 2 Eisley 41 4-10 0-0 1-2 6 2 10 Najera 14 2-2 0-2 0-5 0 0 4 Maxwell 21 2-7 2-4 0-2 1 1 6 Buckner 13 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 3 1 Booth 16 3-5 2-6 4-5 1 1 8 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 21-31 10-34 18 16 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Nowitzki 2-5, Bradley 1-1, Finley 1-3, Nash 0-1, Eisley 2-4, Maxwell 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 7 (Booth 2, Finley, Howard, Maxwell, Nowitzki, Eisley). Turnovers: 16 (Finley 5, Bradley 2, Buckner 2, Howard 2, Eisley, Maxwell, Nash, Nowitzki). Steals: 7 (Eisley 3, Buckner 2, Finley, Maxwell).

MINNESOTA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mitchell 33 10-18 0-0 2-7 3 5 20 Szczerbiak 43 10-17 2-2 2-5 4 3 23 K Garnett 41 14-17 0-0 3-15 6 4 28 Brandon 36 2-7 2-3 1-5 7 2 6 Peeler 36 6-10 2-2 0-2 6 3 17 Ellis 11 0-4 1-2 1-1 0 2 1 Lopez 25 5-9 1-2 1-4 3 4 12 Slater 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Billups 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Nesterovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-85 8-11 10-39 32 25 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.565, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Mitchell 0-1, Szczerbiak 1-2, Peeler 3-4, Lopez 1-1, Billups 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 12 (K Garnett 5, Brandon 2, Szczerbiak 2, Lopez 2, Peeler). Turnovers: 12 (Brandon 3, Lopez 3, Billups 2, K Garnett 2, Slater). Steals: 8 (Peeler 4, Billups, Lopez, Mitchell, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ Dallas 22 22 24 29 - 97 Minnesota 29 24 25 31 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 3 (Howard 2 (ejected), 11:19 3rd, 8:05 4th; Najera, 3:51 4th). Minnesota 3 (Illegal Defense, 10:16 2nd; Szczerbiak, 8:05 4th; K Garnett, 3:51 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,101. T: 2:13. Officials: Mike Mathis, Dan Crawford, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves finally solved the Dallas Mavericks.

Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and five blocks to help Minnesota exact some revenge on Dallas with a 109-97 victory.

After posting their two worst shooting performances of the season in a pair of 20-point losses to Dallas earlier this season, the Timberwolves shot 57 percent (48-of-85) from the floor led by Garnett, who made 14-of-17 shots.

"Our goal was to be aggressive," Garnett said. "The last few times we played these guys weren't aggressive and we let them do what they wanted. Tonight we concentrated on defense and that turned into offense."

The Timberwolves jumped to a 28-9 lead behind 10 points from Sam Mitchell and eight by Garnett and never were headed. They pulled into a tie with Phoenix for the seventh spot in the Western Conference.

"Touche. They did to us what we did to them," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "They jumped on us early and we never caught up. It's impossible to come back after you get down like that, especially on the road."

The Mavericks climbed back into it and were within striking distance throughout, but Garnett combined with Mitchell and Wally Szczerbiak to keep the Timberwolves in front.

"We jumped on them early, but that's almost a double-edged sword," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "You know at this level it's tough to sustain that type of intensity against playoff teams, which they are."

Mitchell scored a season-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Szczerbiak scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, when Dallas made one last run at the lead.

"When (Mitchell) starts smelling that popcorn of playoff basketball, he starts playing better," Saunders said. "It's kind of like he gets rejuvenated and starts looking ahead to the playoffs. He's done that over the last three years and he's been effective for us coming down the stretch."

Szczerbiak caught fire with eight minutes left following an altercation with Dallas forward Juwan Howard that resulted in both players receiving technicals. It was the second technical for Howard, who was ejected and went after Szczerbiak until he was restrained by teammates.

"We got kind of tangled up and I just pushed his arm off," Szczerbiak said. "He said some words, I said some words. I just held my ground."

Following Howard's ejection, the Timberwolves made their next six shots. Szczerbiak made three of those, including a one-handed dunk and a 3-pointer that gave Minnesota a 99-80 lead with 5:09 to go.

Anthony Peeler collected 17 points and six assists and Felipe Lopez added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Minnesota.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting for Dallas, which shot just 43 percent (35-of-80).

"We knew they were going to come after us and we obviously didn't match their energy at the start," Nowitzki said. "Once we picked it up, it was too late.

All-Star Michael Finley added 16 points, but made just 4-of-13 shots and committed five of Dallas' 15 turnovers.

Steve Nash played just 13 minutes and did not return after he left in the second quarter with a tight hamstring.

"It was a precautionary thing," he said. "It's no fun to sit on the bench and watch your teammates fight for their lives. But the coaches wanted me to look in the future and see we have a lot of games left and not ruin myself before that time comes."

Dallas remained in the sixth spot in the Western Conference and fell one game in back of idle Portland.

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