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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 33 26 22 18 99 PORTLAND 28 34 23 10 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 30, KEVIN GARNETT 16, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 14 POR - STEVE SMITH 25, BONZI WELLS 18, DALE DAVIS 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, LAPHONSO ELLIS 9 POR - BONZI WELLS 11, RASHEED WALLACE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 11, KEVIN GARNETT 7 POR - ROD STRICKLAND 8, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5

ATT: 20,580


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (99) AT PORTLAND (95)

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

K GARNETT F 44 6-14 4-4 6 4 10 7 2 0 2 16 SZCZERBIAK F 41 7-15 0-0 4 3 7 6 2 0 1 14 ELLIS C 35 6-17 0-0 4 5 9 2 3 3 2 12 BRANDON G 47 11-20 8-8 0 4 4 11 0 0 4 30 LOPEZ G 28 6-11 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 1 13 JACOBSON 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 MITCHELL 17 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 8 SLATER 13 1-2 2-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 4 NESTEROVIC 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BILLUPS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 AVERY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-88 14-14 18 23 41 27 19 3 11 99 (.477) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 32 3-9 1-2 0 3 3 5 0 1 2 7 WALLACE F 24 2-6 5-6 4 5 9 2 0 0 1 9 SABONIS C 16 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 3 STOUDAMIRE G 24 3-6 2-3 1 3 4 2 1 0 1 8 WELLS G 33 8-15 0-0 3 8 11 1 3 2 5 18 SMITH 33 9-16 6-6 2 2 4 3 2 0 1 25 DAVIS 32 8-11 0-0 5 2 7 1 2 0 1 16 STRICKLAND 22 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 8 3 1 0 6 KEMP 24 1-7 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 2 1 3 ANTHONY DNP - COACH'S DECISION AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHREMPF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-80 18-23 15 26 41 23 14 6 14 95 (.463) (.783) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

MINNESOTA 33 26 22 18 - 99 PORTLAND 28 34 23 10 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - LOPEZ 2, ELLIS, K GARNETT. PORTLAND - PIPPEN, SMITH, STOUDAMIRE, DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-6 (.167), SZCZERBIAK 0-2, BRANDON 0-1, LOPEZ 1-2, MITCHELL 0-1. PORTLAND 3-11 (.273), PIPPEN 0-3, WALLACE 0-1, WELLS 2-2, SMITH 1-4, STRICKLAND 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, ELLIS, PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, WALLACE 2 (EJECTED), KEMP. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 20,580. T - 2:17.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 44 6-14 4-4 6-10 7 2 16 Szczerbiak 41 7-15 0-0 4-7 6 2 14 Ellis 35 6-17 0-0 4-9 2 3 12 Brandon 47 11-20 8-8 0-4 11 0 30 Lopez 28 6-11 0-0 2-4 1 4 13 Jacobson 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 5 2 Mitchell 17 4-7 0-0 0-2 0 2 8 Slater 13 1-2 2-2 2-4 0 0 4 Nesterovic 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Billups 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Avery 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 14-14 18-41 27 19 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Szczerbiak 0-2, Brandon 0-1, Lopez 1-2, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Lopez 2, Ellis, K Garnett). Turnovers: 12 (Brandon 4, Ellis 2, K Garnett 2, Lopez, Slater, Szczerbiak). Steals: 3 (Ellis 3).

PORTLAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 32 3-9 1-2 0-3 5 0 7 Wallace 24 2-6 5-6 4-9 2 0 9 Sabonis 16 1-5 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 Stoudamire 24 3-6 2-3 1-4 2 1 8 Wells 33 8-15 0-0 3-11 1 3 18 Smith 33 9-16 6-6 2-4 3 2 25 Davis 32 8-11 0-0 5-7 1 2 16 Strickland 22 2-5 2-2 0-0 8 3 6 Kemp 24 1-7 1-2 0-3 0 1 3 Anthony DNP - coach's decision Augmon DNP - coach's decision Schrempf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 18-23 15-41 23 14 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Pippen 0-3, Wallace 0-1, Wells 2-2, Smith 1-4, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Pippen, Smith, Stoudamire, Davis). Turnovers: 15 (Wells 5, Pippen 2, Sabonis 2, Davis, Kemp, Smith, Stoudamire, Wallace). Steals: 6 (Kemp 2, Wells 2, Pippen, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 33 26 22 18 - 99 Portland 28 34 23 10 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 4 (Illegal Defense 3, 3:45 3rd, 2:08 3rd, 10:32 4th; Ellis, 2:14 3rd). Portland 4 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 7:27 1st; Wallace 2 (ejected), 7:29 3rd; Kemp, 4:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,580. T: 2:17. Officials: Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- By ending their longest road losing streak of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves damaged the Portland Trail Blazers' hopes for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Terrell Brandon had 30 points and 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who held the Trail Blazers to one basket over the final 7 1/2 minutes and rallied for a 99-95 victory to end a six-game road skid.

Kevin Garnett shrugged off a hip injury and added 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to help Minnesota climb within two games of seventh-place Phoenix in the Western Conference. The Suns host Milwaukee on Sunday night.

"He probably wouldn't have played last night," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said of Garnett. "He got hit. He had a bad hip. It was bad this morning. It shows you the warrior that he is. He knew that he had to play and gave everything."

"We're trying to catch Phoenix and Dallas for playoff position. This was a big win for us," added Brandon. "Beating a championship team like Portland gives us more confidence as we go down the stretch."

Steve Smith had 25 points off the bench to lead Portland, which had a 92-87 lead with 7:34 remaining but managed just a basket by Smith with just under a minute left the rest of the way. The Blazers shot 21 percent (4-of-19) in the fourth quarter and lost for the second time in six games.

"It was a tough stretch, we just didn't get it done," Portland point guard Rod Strickland said. "We let it go at the end. Everything bogged down in the last five minutes. We didn't have enough movement and things congested and they just got it done."

Portland remained fell one-half game behind the fourth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the West, with the top four teams gaining home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

"It's frustrating. We're not growing as a team," said Blazers forward Scottie Pippen, who seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. "We're not starting to show that you're maturing and getting better."

Portland's Rasheed Wallace broke his own single-season NBA record by picking up his 39th and 40th technical fouls, drawing an ejection in the third quarter.

"It hurt us, no question," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "From where I could see, Rasheed was saying to the one official, `I got undercut down there, you guys have to protect me.' I didn't hear him say anything else, but sometimes the perception from an official's point of view is different.

"Frankly, I don't think he deserved the `T' and perhaps another player that doesn't have his history would not have gotten one."

Regardless, the Blazers still had a five-point cushion 4 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter. But they committed two turnovers and missed their next seven shots as Minnesota took control.

Brandon hit a 16-foot jumper and LaPhonso Ellis dunked to cut the margin to 92-91 with 5:20 to play. Portland's Shawn Kemp was called for a technical 25 seconds later and Brandon made the free throw to tie it.

Kemp briefly stemmed the tide by making 1-of-2 free throws and, after a two-minute scoring drought, Garnett made two from the line to put the Timberwolves ahead for good, 94-93, with 2:51 left. Felipe Lopez drilled a 3-pointer before Smith ended Portland's drought from the field with 59 seconds remaining.

"They hit key shots and they played pretty well defensively," Smith said. "They double-teamed us and we couldn't hit the open man. We didn't get any easy shots and didn't execute at the end. Every shot was at the shot clock buzzer."

Pippen missed a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left and Brandon sealed the win by making two free throws with 5.9 seconds to go.

"Terrell was phenomenal in the things that he did as far as keeping us in the game, playing basically 48 minutes, except for the last five seconds of the first half," Saunders said. "We had guys who made big shots."

Wally Szczerbiak added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Lopez scored 13 points and Ellis chipped in 12 and nine boards for Minnesota, which shot 48 percent (42-of-88) and made all 14 free-throw attempts.

Bonzi Wells was the Blazers' only starter in double figures with 18 points, adding 11 rebounds. Reserve Dale Davis scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and pulled down seven boards in 32 minutes. With Wallace ejected, Portland got only three points from Arvydas Sabonis, who was 1-of-5 from the field.

"It was a tough night for Sabas," Dunleavy said. "We needed somebody to step up. Dale Davis had a good game and Shawn came in and played hard. But if we don't get low-post production, we are just an ordinary team. We don't have a consistent inside-outside game to go to."

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