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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 23 19 18 20 80 MIAMI 15 17 16 25 73 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 22, TERRELL BRANDON 19, RASHO NESTEROVIC 16 MIA - LAPHONSO ELLIS 17, EDDIE HOUSE 17, EDDIE JONES 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, RASHO NESTEROVIC 10 MIA - VLADIMIR STEPANIA 12, SEAN MARKS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 5, KEVIN GARNETT 4 MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 6, ROD STRICKLAND 4

ATT: 15,226


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (80) AT MIAMI (73)

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

K GARNETT F 42 5-19 0-0 3 13 16 4 0 3 1 10 SMITH F 35 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 6 0 2 8 NESTEROVIC C 31 8-13 0-0 6 4 10 0 5 1 1 16 BRANDON G 35 7-13 5-5 0 3 3 5 2 2 1 19 SZCZERBIAK G 41 9-16 3-4 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 22 PEELER 22 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 2 TRENT 15 0-5 1-4 3 3 6 0 2 0 2 1 BILLUPS 13 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 WOODS 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 MITCHELL 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-84 9-13 14 30 44 14 17 8 9 80 (.417) (.692) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

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

ELLIS F 37 7-11 2-3 2 1 3 1 2 1 0 17 MARKS F 36 5-12 1-4 5 6 11 1 3 0 1 11 STEPANIA C 31 5-11 1-4 4 8 12 0 2 0 2 11 CARTER G 26 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 JONES G 32 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 1 5 12 GATLING 19 0-3 0-0 1 6 7 0 3 0 2 0 HOUSE 28 7-13 2-3 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 17 STRICKLAND 21 0-3 3-4 1 2 3 4 2 0 2 3 HAMILTON 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 MACK 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOURNING DNP - FOOD POISONING/VIRUS

TOTALS 240 30-74 9-18 14 29 43 16 19 2 16 73 (.405) (.500) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

MINNESOTA 23 19 18 20 - 80 MIAMI 15 17 16 25 - 73

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, SZCZERBIAK, NESTEROVIC. MIAMI - JONES, STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-2 (.500), SZCZERBIAK 1-1, PEELER 0-1. MIAMI 4-10 (.400), ELLIS 1-2, JONES 2-3, HOUSE 1-2, MACK 0-3. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 3, MIAMI - . OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, JOE HENDERSON, DAVID JONES. A - 15,226. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 5-19 0-0 3-16 4 0 10 Smith 35 4-9 0-0 0-1 1 6 8 Nesterovic 31 8-13 0-0 6-10 0 5 16 Brandon 35 7-13 5-5 0-3 5 2 19 Szczerbiak 41 9-16 3-4 1-4 1 2 22 Peeler 22 1-4 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 Trent 15 0-5 1-4 3-6 0 2 1 Billups 13 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Woods 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mitchell 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Lopez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 9-13 14-44 14 17 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 1-2, .500 (Szczerbiak 1-1, Peeler 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett, Szczerbiak, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 9 (Smith 2, Trent 2, Brandon, K Garnett, Nesterovic, Szczerbiak, Woods). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Peeler 2, Nesterovic).

MIAMI (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 37 7-11 2-3 2-3 1 2 17 Marks 36 5-12 1-4 5-11 1 3 11 Stepania 31 5-11 1-4 4-12 0 2 11 Carter 26 0-5 0-0 0-0 6 1 0 Jones 32 5-11 0-0 1-4 2 4 12 Gatling 19 0-3 0-0 1-7 0 3 0 House 28 7-13 2-3 0-1 2 1 17 Strickland 21 0-3 3-4 1-3 4 2 3 Hamilton 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Mack 5 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Allen DNP - coach's decision Mourning DNP - food poisoning/virus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 9-18 14-43 16 19 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Ellis 1-2, Jones 2-3, House 1-2, Mack 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Jones, Stepania). Turnovers: 17 (Jones 5, Gatling 2, House 2, Stepania 2, Strickland 2, Carter, Hamilton, Marks). Steals: 2 (Ellis, Jones). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 23 19 18 20 - 80 Miami 15 17 16 25 - 73 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 3 (Defensive Three 3, 3:13 1st, 9:34 2nd, 9:27 4th). Miami 1 (, 2:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,226. T: 2:08. Officials: Mike Callahan, Joe Henderson, David Jones.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The best start for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the worst for Pat Riley both marched on.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 22 points as the Timberwolves continued the franchise's best opening with an 80-73 victory over Riley's Miami Heat, who have lost six straight games.

Terrell Brandon scored 19 points and Rasho Nesterovic added 16 and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves (9-1), who saw star forward Kevin Garnett limited to 10 points, were held 24 points below their league-leading average and still won rather easily.

That's because the Heat (2-8) are off to their worst start since their expansion season of 1988-89. Their current skid is the longest of Riley's illustrious coaching career, which includes four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and a trip to the 1994 NBA Finals with the New York Knicks.

Former Timberwolf LaPhonso Ellis and Eddie House scored 17 points each for Miami, which has lost six in a row for the first time since March 24-30, 1994, when Kevin Loughery coached the club.

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