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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 29 29 29 18 105 MEMPHIS 22 15 28 15 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 22, KEVIN GARNETT 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14 MEM - PAU GASOL 22, JASON WILLIAMS 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, JOE SMITH 9 MEM - PAU GASOL 11, SHANE BATTIER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 7 MEM - BREVIN KNIGHT 6, JASON WILLIAMS 3

ATT: 12,861


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (105) AT MEMPHIS (80)

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

K GARNETT F 34 9-21 2-2 3 12 15 5 2 0 3 20 SMITH F 30 4-11 1-2 1 8 9 0 4 2 1 9 NESTEROVIC C 31 6-10 2-2 3 4 7 0 1 1 3 14 BRANDON G 32 9-15 4-4 2 0 2 10 0 0 1 22 SZCZERBIAK G 33 6-13 2-4 2 2 4 5 3 2 3 14 PEELER 22 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 7 TRENT 11 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 2 BILLUPS 16 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 7 3 3 0 7 WOODS 15 2-4 2-2 3 5 8 0 1 0 1 6 MITCHELL 7 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 LOPEZ 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 D GARRETT 4 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 45-96 13-16 18 36 54 28 18 10 14 105 (.469) (.813) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

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

BUFORD F 33 3-11 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 0 2 6 GASOL F 42 8-13 6-9 1 10 11 2 2 1 1 22 AUSTIN C 25 2-7 2-2 3 2 5 1 1 1 2 6 BATTIER G 33 3-14 2-2 3 7 10 2 2 1 2 9 WILLIAMS G 27 5-15 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 11 LONG 7 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 SWIFT 25 1-3 7-8 3 3 6 0 2 1 3 9 SOLOMON 16 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 3 7 KNIGHT 25 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 6 2 1 3 4 FOTSIS 7 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 ANDERSON DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 17-21 12 30 42 17 13 8 18 80 (.366) (.810) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

MINNESOTA 29 29 29 18 - 105 MEMPHIS 22 15 28 15 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - BRANDON, K GARNETT, D GARRETT, SMITH. MEMPHIS - SWIFT 4, GASOL 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-6 (.333), K GARNETT 0-1, PEELER 1-2, BILLUPS 1-2, LOPEZ 0-1. MEMPHIS 3-17 (.176), BUFORD 0-2, BATTIER 1-4, WILLIAMS 1-7, SOLOMON 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, JOE CRAWFORD, KEVIN FEHR. A - 12,861. T - 1:59.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 34 9-21 2-2 3-15 5 2 20 Smith 30 4-11 1-2 1-9 0 4 9 Nesterovic 31 6-10 2-2 3-7 0 1 14 Brandon 32 9-15 4-4 2-2 10 0 22 Szczerbiak 33 6-13 2-4 2-4 5 3 14 Peeler 22 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 7 Trent 11 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 4 2 Billups 16 3-6 0-0 1-1 7 3 7 Woods 15 2-4 2-2 3-8 0 1 6 Mitchell 7 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Lopez 5 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Garrett 4 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-96 13-16 18-54 28 18 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (K Garnett 0-1, Peeler 1-2, Billups 1-2, Lopez 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Brandon, K Garnett, D Garrett, Smith). Turnovers: 14 (K Garnett 3, Nesterovic 3, Szczerbiak 3, Brandon, Lopez, Peeler, Smith, Woods). Steals: 10 (Billups 3, Smith 2, Szczerbiak 2, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler).

MEMPHIS (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Buford 33 3-11 0-0 0-5 1 1 6 Gasol 42 8-13 6-9 1-11 2 2 22 Austin 25 2-7 2-2 3-5 1 1 6 Battier 33 3-14 2-2 3-10 2 2 9 Williams 27 5-15 0-0 0-0 3 2 11 Long 7 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Swift 25 1-3 7-8 3-6 0 2 9 Solomon 16 3-9 0-0 0-1 1 0 7 Knight 25 2-5 0-0 0-0 6 2 4 Fotsis 7 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 0 4 Anderson DNP - sprained ankle Massenburg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 17-21 12-42 17 13 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Buford 0-2, Battier 1-4, Williams 1-7, Solomon 1-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Swift 4, Gasol 3). Turnovers: 20 (Knight 3, Solomon 3, Swift 3, Austin 2, Battier 2, Buford 2, Gasol, Long, Williams). Steals: 8 (Austin, Battier, Gasol, Knight, Long, Solomon, Swift, Williams). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 29 29 29 18 - 105 Memphis 22 15 28 15 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,861. T: 1:59. Officials: Luis Grillo, Joe Crawford, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves were struggling on the road, but a trip to wherever the Grizzlies call home usually cures their ills.

Terrell Brandon had 22 points and 10 assists and Kevin Garnett collected 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 105-80 rout of the injury-riddled Memphis Grizzlies.

The Timberwolves have won 10 of 13 road games against the Grizzlies, who squared off with their Midwest Division foes at the Pyramid for the first time since moving from Vancouver.

"We played well in our last home game," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said, referring to Tuesday's 25-point win over Seattle. "We came out and got back to doing some of the things we were doing before (the road swing). We played basic basketball, defended well, rebounded extremely well and pretty much dictated the tempo of the game."

Brandon, who went 9-of-15 from the field, sparked the Timberwolves in the first quarter. He scored 10 points, registered five assists and led Minnesota to a 12-0 edge in fast-break points en route to a 29-22 lead.

"We just played a better team," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said. "They are just a better ballclub. We turned the ball over and they capitalized on it. You can't give them opportunities like that."

Garnett, who recorded his 11th double-double in the last 12 games, contributed six points and five rebounds in the second period. Minnesota shot nearly 61 percent (14-of-23) from the field in the quarter and grabbed a commanding 58-37 halftime advantage.

"We were coming off a win and trying to carry that energy over, and we did that," Garnett said. "We took some things away and turned up the offensive a little bit by playing defense."

Garnett has recorded 14 double-doubles this season, ranking second in the NBA behind San Antonio's Tim Duncan.

Pau Gasol, the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, shined for Memphis. The Spaniard netted 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed 11 boards, but Memphis suffered its 22nd defeat in 26 all-time meetings with the Timberwolves.

The Grizzlies added center Lorenzen Wright to a crowded injured list before the game with a fractured knee. He joined center Bryant Reeves (back) and guard Michael Dickerson (groin) on the shelf.

The Timberwolves pounded the glass, outrebounding the Grizzlies, 50-40, and converting that into a 22-10 edge in second-chance points.

Brandon also led the Timberwolves' defensive effort. Grizzlies point guard Jason Williams had been averaging 14.1 points and 8.5 assists in his 17 previous starts but was held to 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting and just three assists 27 frustrasting minutes.

"Terrell and Jason Williams always have these kind of quiet battles that no one really pays attention to," Garnett said. "But they're really, really energetic battles. From Sacramento to Memphis, they've been having some quiet battles."

The Timberwolves came into the game looking to contain Williams in much the same manner they controlled Seattle's Gary Payton two nights earlier. Payton was held to 15 points and six assists against Minnesota, well below his season averages.

"With the new rules, you've only got eight seconds to bring it across half-court," Saunders said. "If you can get the ball out of the one-guy's hands, especially if their team is dominated by a guy that really ignites their offense, which Jason does, it helps."

Memphis never made a significant dent in the deficit. The Timberwolves enjoyed an 87-65 cushion after 36 minutes as they improved to 11-0 when leading after three quarters.

The Grizzlies floundered late, missing their first nine shots of the final period.

"Minnesota's the best executing team in the NBA. I warned my team of that," Lowe said. "You can't win shooting only 36 percent against a team like this."

Timerwolves rookie Loren Woods took advantage, hitting a 15-foot jumper from the right corner with 3:20 left to give Minnesota its largest lead at 101-72.

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