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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 26 31 18 30 105 LA CLIPPERS 27 28 29 27 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, LAPHONSO ELLIS 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 14 LAC - ERIC PIATKOWSKI 26, LAMAR ODOM 21, COREY MAGGETTE 15

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, TERRELL BRANDON 5 LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 19, DARIUS MILES 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, KEVIN GARNETT 6 LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 6, LAMAR ODOM 5

ATT: 18,964


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (105) AT LA CLIPPERS (111)

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

K GARNETT F 37 6-10 11-12 4 8 12 6 4 1 5 23 SZCZERBIAK F 22 7-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 14 D GARRETT C 11 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 2 BRANDON G 31 5-16 1-1 0 5 5 9 1 1 1 12 PEELER G 30 6-13 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 13 NESTEROVIC 11 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 4 MITCHELL 20 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 2 ELLIS 25 8-11 1-1 2 2 4 0 6 0 0 17 BILLUPS 17 1-6 5-6 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 7 LOPEZ 20 2-6 2-4 0 1 1 0 2 2 3 6 SLATER 16 2-2 1-1 2 1 3 0 4 1 2 5 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-90 21-25 12 26 38 20 27 7 13 105 (.456) (.840) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

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

ODOM F 40 8-13 4-6 1 3 4 5 3 0 4 21 PARKS F 17 5-6 0-0 2 2 4 1 5 1 1 10 OLOWOKANDI C 40 5-17 0-3 8 11 19 1 3 0 1 10 MCINNIS G 34 6-14 2-2 0 4 4 6 3 2 2 14 PIATKOWSKI G 40 9-12 3-3 0 1 1 2 2 1 3 26 MILES 27 2-6 5-12 3 7 10 4 4 1 1 9 MAGGETTE 22 5-9 5-6 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 15 ROOKS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 DOOLING 15 3-8 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 2 6 RICHARDSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-85 19-32 17 29 46 21 26 5 16 111 (.506) (.594) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

MINNESOTA 26 31 18 30 - 105 LA CLIPPERS 27 28 29 27 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, MITCHELL. LA CLIPPERS - MILES, OLOWOKANDI, MAGGETTE, DOOLING, PARKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-13 (.154), SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 1-3, PEELER 1-6, MITCHELL 0-2, BILLUPS 0-1. LA CLIPPERS 6-10 (.600), ODOM 1-2, MCINNIS 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 5-5, MAGGETTE 0-1, DOOLING 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, K GARNETT, LA CLIPPERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, OLOWOKANDI. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, GREG WILLARD, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,964. T - 2:14.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 37 6-10 11-12 4-12 6 4 23 Szczerbiak 22 7-11 0-0 1-4 1 2 14 D Garrett 11 1-4 0-0 2-2 1 0 2 Brandon 31 5-16 1-1 0-5 9 1 12 Peeler 30 6-13 0-0 0-3 0 3 13 Nesterovic 11 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Mitchell 20 1-7 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Ellis 25 8-11 1-1 2-4 0 6 17 Billups 17 1-6 5-6 0-1 1 0 7 Lopez 20 2-6 2-4 0-1 0 2 6 Slater 16 2-2 1-1 2-3 0 4 5 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-90 21-25 12-38 20 27 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 1-3, Peeler 1-6, Mitchell 0-2, Billups 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (K Garnett, Mitchell). Turnovers: 13 (K Garnett 5, Lopez 3, Slater 2, Billups, Brandon, Peeler). Steals: 7 (Lopez 2, Brandon, D Garrett, K Garnett, Slater, Szczerbiak).

LA CLIPPERS (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 40 8-13 4-6 1-4 5 3 21 Parks 17 5-6 0-0 2-4 1 5 10 Olowokandi 40 5-17 0-3 8-19 1 3 10 Mcinnis 34 6-14 2-2 0-4 6 3 14 Piatkowski 40 9-12 3-3 0-1 2 2 26 Miles 27 2-6 5-12 3-10 4 4 9 Maggette 22 5-9 5-6 1-2 1 2 15 Rooks 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Dooling 15 3-8 0-0 2-2 1 2 6 Richardson DNP - coach's decision Skinner DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-85 19-32 17-46 21 26 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.594. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Odom 1-2, Mcinnis 0-1, Piatkowski 5-5, Maggette 0-1, Dooling 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Miles, Olowokandi, Maggette, Dooling, Parks). Turnovers: 17 (Odom 4, Piatkowski 3, Dooling 2, Maggette 2, Mcinnis 2, Miles, Olowokandi, Parks). Steals: 5 (Mcinnis 2, Miles, Parks, Piatkowski). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 26 31 18 30 - 105 La Clippers 27 28 29 27 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Illegal Defense, 7:24 1st; K Garnett, 6:32 4th). La Clippers 2 (Illegal Defense, 7:45 4th; Olowokandi, 6:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,964. T: 2:14. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Greg Willard, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves' second straight night at the Staples Center had the same result as the first one.

Eric Piatkowski scored 26 points as the Los Angeles Clippers built a big lead and hung on for a 111-105 victory over the Timberwolves.

Minnesota, which lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, fell three games behind Phoenix with three games left. The Timberwolves must win all three games and have the Suns lose their final three to gain the seventh seed in the West.

"I thought it was a great win for us against another playoff team," Los Angeles coach Alvin Gentry said. "As I've said, these have got to be our playoff games."

Lamar Odom had four of the Clippers' nine straight points that opened a 36-28 lead with just over nine minutes to go in the second quarter. The Timberwolves fought back and scored the final four points of the half for a 57-55 advantage at intermission.

After Minnesota's Anthony Peeler opened the second half with a jumper, Los Angeles again scored nine straight, capped by a basket by Cherokee Parks with 8:39 left in the third quarter for a 64-59 lead.

Corey Maggette's basket with nine seconds left in the third gave the Clippers an 84-75 lead heading into the fourth.

Los Angeles extended to a 98-81 lead on a basket by Maggette with just over eight minutes remaining. But Minnesota used a 13-1 run, highlighted by six points from Terrell Brandon, to get within 99-94 with 2:48 to go.

Odom responded with a 3-pointer and the Clippers made 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to hang on for the win.

Piatkowski made 9-of-12 shots, including all five 3-pointers, and Odom finished with 21 points for Los Angeles, which shot 51 percent (43-of-85).

"We're playing as well right now as any team going into the playoffs," Piatkowski said. "We are looking forward to being in that position next year. We've beaten some good teams and giving everyone plenty to handle."

The Clippers won for the 12th time in 15 home games -- the best home mark in the West since February 1. Los Angeles improved to 21-19 at home, clinching a winning home record.

"For us, we set a goal of trying to have a winning record at home and I think at the start of the year, everybody thought we were crazy," Gentry said. "In February, when we were 11-17 at home, we talked about having a winning record at home and setting that as a goal and our guys really believed in it."

Michael Olowokandi scored 10 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as Los Angeles held a 46-38 rebounding edge. Maggette scored 15 points while Jeff McInnis finished with 14.

"We're just trying to go out and do it, prove it and make things happen," Odom said. "We have a stable situation with a coach you know is going to be here and players that know they're going to be here. He lets us play and corrects us when we make mistakes."

Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and LaPhonso Ellis chipped in with 17 points before fouling out for the Timberwolves. Garnett took just 10 shots.

"We are giving up way too many points on the road," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "It's always on the road when we give a team opportunities to make runs."

Wally Szczerbiak made 7-of-11 shots for 14 points and Peeler added 13. Minnesota made 21-of-25 free throws, including 11-of-12 by Garnett.

Brandon made just 5-of 16 shots for 12 points but handed out nine assists.

"They are a good team," Brandon said. "But when the playoffs come, it is a different year. We've got a good team. We've displayed that through the course of the year."

The teams split the season series, 2-2.

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