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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 21 17 25 35 98 SACRAMENTO 24 25 33 28 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 20, KEVIN GARNETT 18, FELIPE LOPEZ 16 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 22, DOUG CHRISTIE 18, SCOT POLLARD 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - FELIPE LOPEZ 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 SAC - SCOT POLLARD 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6, TERRELL BRANDON 6 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 17,317


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MINNESOTA (98) AT SACRAMENTO (110)

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

SZCZERBIAK F 34 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 6 3 2 1 4 K GARNETT F 40 8-19 2-2 1 6 7 3 2 4 5 18 NESTEROVIC C 17 1-2 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 3 LOPEZ G 33 6-15 2-4 3 6 9 2 2 2 5 16 BRANDON G 37 9-19 0-0 1 3 4 6 0 1 3 20 D GARRETT 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 MITCHELL 19 4-9 0-0 2 5 7 1 5 0 0 8 ELLIS 17 2-7 1-2 3 2 5 1 2 2 3 5 BILLUPS 11 1-4 1-1 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 3 JACOBSON 14 6-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 0 12 SLATER 7 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 4 AVERY 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 43-98 7-11 17 31 48 26 28 15 20 98 (.439) (.636) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 41 9-22 4-5 4 0 4 5 3 2 3 22 STOJAKOVIC F 40 5-14 7-8 1 6 7 3 0 3 3 17 DIVAC C 24 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 2 3 6 CHRISTIE G 29 5-9 7-7 1 5 6 3 0 1 4 18 WILLIAMS G 27 5-9 0-0 0 5 5 2 1 1 1 10 TURKOGLU 25 3-9 0-0 0 7 7 1 2 1 2 6 JACKSON 21 2-8 3-4 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 7 POLLARD 25 4-9 10-12 7 6 13 2 3 4 2 18 BARRY 4 0-0 4-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 MARTIN 2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 LONG 2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-84 37-44 15 36 51 20 13 15 19 110 (.429) (.841) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

MINNESOTA 21 17 25 35 - 98 SACRAMENTO 24 25 33 28 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 5, LOPEZ 2, NESTEROVIC. SACRAMENTO - POLLARD 5, WEBBER, DIVAC, CHRISTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-8 (.625), LOPEZ 2-4, BRANDON 2-2, AVERY 1-2. SACRAMENTO 1-12 (.083), STOJAKOVIC 0-3, CHRISTIE 1-3, WILLIAMS 0-3, TURKOGLU 0-3. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, K GARNETT. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, HUE HOLLINS, LEON WOOD. A - 17,317. T - 2:06.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Szczerbiak 34 2-6 0-0 3-5 6 3 4 K Garnett 40 8-19 2-2 1-7 3 2 18 Nesterovic 17 1-2 1-2 1-5 1 3 3 Lopez 33 6-15 2-4 3-9 2 2 16 Brandon 37 9-19 0-0 1-4 6 0 20 D Garrett 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Mitchell 19 4-9 0-0 2-7 1 5 8 Ellis 17 2-7 1-2 3-5 1 2 5 Billups 11 1-4 1-1 0-0 0 4 3 Jacobson 14 6-9 0-0 1-3 1 4 12 Slater 7 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 1 4 Avery 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-98 7-11 17-48 26 28 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Lopez 2-4, Brandon 2-2, Avery 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 8 (K Garnett 5, Lopez 2, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 20 (K Garnett 5, Lopez 5, Brandon 3, Ellis 3, Billups, D Garrett, Nesterovic, Szczerbiak). Steals: 15 (K Garnett 4, Ellis 2, Lopez 2, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, Brandon, D Garrett, Jacobson, Nesterovic).

SACRAMENTO (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 41 9-22 4-5 4-4 5 3 22 Stojakovic 40 5-14 7-8 1-7 3 0 17 Divac 24 3-4 0-0 1-4 2 0 6 Christie 29 5-9 7-7 1-6 3 0 18 Williams 27 5-9 0-0 0-5 2 1 10 Turkoglu 25 3-9 0-0 0-7 1 2 6 Jackson 21 2-8 3-4 1-2 1 2 7 Pollard 25 4-9 10-12 7-13 2 3 18 Barry 4 0-0 4-4 0-1 1 1 4 Martin 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Long 2 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 1 0 Funderburke DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 37-44 15-51 20 13 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.841. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Stojakovic 0-3, Christie 1-3, Williams 0-3, Turkoglu 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Pollard 5, Webber, Divac, Christie). Turnovers: 19 (Christie 4, Divac 3, Stojakovic 3, Webber 3, Pollard 2, Turkoglu 2, Jackson, Williams). Steals: 15 (Pollard 4, Stojakovic 3, Divac 2, Webber 2, Christie, Jackson, Turkoglu, Williams). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 21 17 25 35 - 98 Sacramento 24 25 33 28 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Illegal Defense, 5:32 2nd; K Garnett, 0:52 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:06. Officials: Dan Crawford, Hue Hollins, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- In a battle of the Western Conference's premier power forwards, it was a 6-6 guard and a guy with a weird hairdo that led the Sacramento Kings to a playoff berth.

Doug Christie and Scot Pollard rose to the occasion as the Kings became the second Western Conference team to clinch with a 110-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

With All-Star forwards Kevin Garnett and Chris Webber virtually canceling each other out, it was the supporting casts that would decide the game.

The 6-6 Christie had 18 points and six rebounds while playing a stellar defensive game. Pollard, who has muttonchops, blond streaks and a ponytail, put together one of his best games of the season with 18 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and a season-high five blocks.

Pollard scored eight of his points as the Kings took control for good, snapping a 26-26 tie early in the second with a 23-12 run for a 49-38 halftime lead.

Sacramento scored 10 of the first 14 points of the second half and built up a 59-42 lead less than three minutes into the third period.

The Timberwolves climbed back and got within 71-61 on a jumper by LaPhonso Ellis with 2:46 to go in the third period, but Christie scored nine points during an 11-2 run that gave the Kings a commanding 82-63 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

In the final two minutes of the quarter, he converted a dunk off a turnover by Garnett and sank four free throws.

"Doug was all over the place tonight," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "He finished plays, he was under the basket, he took over by himself and opened it up for us."

Minnesota never recovered and lost its second straight game as its lead for the final playoff spot in the West was reduced to 2 1/2 games.

Webber had 22 points and four rebounds while Garnett had 18 and seven, with each being held down by the other's defense.

Peja Stojakovic scored 17 points and Jason Williams added 10 for the Kings, who have won 10 of their last 13 games.

"We didn't shoot the ball well tonight, but we hustled a lot and played good defense," Stojakovic said. "Every win is important, especially against the teams you might face in the playoffs. As many wins as we can collect will help us."

The Kings remained atop the Pacific Division, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, who defeated Dallas.

Turkish rookie Hidayet Turkoglu had six points and seven rebounds off the bench but left the game with 20 seconds to go after spraining his ankle. He will by re-evaluated Saturday.

"He just really extended it," Pollard said. "He was in a lot of pain but some injuries hurt really bad at first and feel better later. We'll just have to see what the doctors say about it."

Terrell Brandon had 20 points and six assists and Felipe Lopez scored 16 points for Minnesota, which has lost a season-high six in a row on the road.

Sacramento also avenged its worst loss of the season, a 117-88 pasting it suffered in Minnesota on February 7.

"Last time we played them, we were aggressive throughout and tonight we came out sluggish," Garnett said. "Their home crowd was energetic and they were aggressive all-around. I take my hat off to them."

"We took this personally because of what happened in Minnesota," said Sacramento center Vlade Divac, who had six points and four rebounds.

"We wanted to prove we could beat them," Pollard added. "Not that we weren't already confident, because we know we can beat whoever we meet in the playoffs."

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