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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 17 27 23 95 PORTLAND 26 24 21 22 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 27, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 27, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 17 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 26, RUBEN PATTERSON 19, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 19

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 10 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 18,543


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (95) AT PORTLAND (93)

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

K GARNETT F 40 9-15 6-7 2 14 16 6 1 1 4 27 TRENT F 35 4-10 1-2 4 2 6 0 2 0 1 9 NESTEROVIC C 29 4-8 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 BILLUPS G 37 6-8 2-3 0 2 2 10 1 1 2 17 SZCZERBIAK G 39 11-17 2-2 3 7 10 6 3 1 4 27 PEELER 28 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 4 WOODS 9 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY 11 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LOPEZ 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MITCHELL 6 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - RIGHT CALF CONTUSION

TOTALS 240 37-73 12-17 9 31 40 24 12 4 12 95 (.507) (.706) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

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

PATTERSON F 35 9-13 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 2 0 19 WALLACE F 41 11-24 1-2 1 5 6 3 2 0 0 26 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE C 19 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 ANDERSON G 32 6-12 2-4 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 16 STOUDAMIRE G 41 8-19 0-0 2 0 2 13 1 1 3 19 WELLS 16 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 2 7 DUDLEY 15 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 2 KERR 19 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 2 BRUNSON 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 KEMP 13 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 0 2 RANDOLPH 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS DNP - CERVICAL SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 40-83 4-7 8 22 30 32 14 5 6 93 (.482) (.571) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 17 27 23 - 95 PORTLAND 26 24 21 22 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SZCZERBIAK, WOODS. PORTLAND - WALLACE, KEMP. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 9-17 (.529), K GARNETT 3-5, TRENT 0-1, BILLUPS 3-4, SZCZERBIAK 3-3, PEELER 0-2, AVERY 0-2. PORTLAND 9-15 (.600), PATTERSON 0-1, WALLACE 3-3, ANDERSON 2-4, STOUDAMIRE 3-6, WELLS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,543. T - 1:59.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 9-15 6-7 2-16 6 1 27 Trent 35 4-10 1-2 4-6 0 2 9 Nesterovic 29 4-8 0-2 0-0 0 2 8 Billups 37 6-8 2-3 0-2 10 1 17 Szczerbiak 39 11-17 2-2 3-10 6 3 27 Peeler 28 2-8 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 Woods 9 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Avery 11 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lopez 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Mitchell 6 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 3 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - right calf contusion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-73 12-17 9-40 24 12 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (K Garnett 3-5, Trent 0-1, Billups 3-4, Szczerbiak 3-3, Peeler 0-2, Avery 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak, Woods). Turnovers: 12 (K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak 4, Billups 2, Peeler, Trent). Steals: 4 (Billups, K Garnett, Mitchell, Szczerbiak).

PORTLAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Patterson 35 9-13 1-1 0-1 2 1 19 Wallace 41 11-24 1-2 1-6 3 2 26 Boumtje Boumtj 19 0-0 0-0 1-5 1 1 0 Anderson 32 6-12 2-4 0-1 5 2 16 Stoudamire 41 8-19 0-0 2-2 13 1 19 Wells 16 3-5 0-0 0-3 0 1 7 Dudley 15 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 2 2 Kerr 19 1-3 0-0 0-0 5 1 2 Brunson 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 0 0 Kemp 13 1-3 0-0 1-5 1 3 2 Randolph 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis DNP - cervical sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 4-7 8-30 32 14 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Patterson 0-1, Wallace 3-3, Anderson 2-4, Stoudamire 3-6, Wells 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Wallace, Kemp). Turnovers: 7 (Stoudamire 3, Wells 2, Anderson). Steals: 5 (Patterson 2, Anderson, Stoudamire, Wells). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 17 27 23 - 95 Portland 26 24 21 22 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,543. T: 1:59. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Monty Mccutchen, Scott Wall.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak had 27 and 10 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their fourth win in five games, 95-93 over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Garnett made two free throws with 3:37 left to put Minnesota ahead for good, 93-91. Rasheed Wallace was 1-of-2 from the line with 1:41 remaining to pull Portland within a point, but Chauncey Billups hit a jumper for the Timberwolves.

After Derek Anderson made 1-of-2 free throws to slice the Trail Blazers' deficit to two, Wallace missed a 20-foot jumper with five seconds left and Garnett grabbed the rebound.

"I told my teammates that we weren't going to go out like this and we had to pick our heads up," Garnett said. "You try and play the best defense that you can. Wallace is one of the hardest players to guard. I just tried to put a hand in his face and contest the shot."

Minnesota coach Flip Saunders liked what he saw from Garnett and Szczerbiak.

"(They) did a great job as far as carrying our team," he said. "Wally has been playing with an extreme amount of confidence. Our guys look to him. He is not afraid to take big shots."

Billups added 17 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who have won six of the last seven meetings with the Trail Blazers.

Wallace scored 26 points, Ruben Patterson contributed 19 and Damon Stoudamire had 19 and tied a season high with 13 assists. But Portland's losing streak reached a season-high four games. The Blazers have lost nine of 13 games since winning three straight from November 23-30.

"It's another game we let go," Anderson said. "We should have won. We're struggling. We're trying to get a win, but no team probably wants us to get a win on them. We're still keeping our heads up. We know we played great basketball tonight. We did a lot of great things tonight."

"I thought we played well enough to win," Stoudamire added. "I thought we played a good ballgame, but the results weren't there. We came back and played solid defense."

Portland had its chances in a game that featured 17 lead changes and 12 ties. Neither team led by more than eight points.

"If we play like that in all of our games, we will probably win a lot more games," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We would have liked to have the win, but this was a step in the right direction.

"Minnesota is a very good basketball team and this was a high-level game. This is the way you are supposed to play this game; both teams did it. What we have to do is to have that kind of consistency in every quarter in all of our games."

Patterson's dunk gave the Blazers a 22-18 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter. But the Timberwolves replied with a 9-0 spurt, capped by Garnett's 3-pointer with a minute left.

Wallace's bucket with 1:37 left forged a 45-45 tie in the second quarter. Patterson dunked and Wallace nailed a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining, giving Portland a five-point halftime edge.

The Blazers took their largest lead, 56-48, on a 3-pointer by Anderson 90 seconds into the third period. But Minnesota outscored Portland, 17-7, over the next five minutes and went ahead, 65-63, on two free throws by Billups with 5:24 left.

Patterson's basket with 2:58 remaining knotted it at 68-68, but the Timberwolves took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Shawn Kemp put Portland back in front, 87-81, with 7:03 left. Minnesota scored 10 of the next 12 points, a stretch capped by Szczerbiak's 3-pointer with just over four minutes to play. But Wallace's basket tied it at 91-91 with 3:37 remaining.

"We were able to take control of the game and tempo when we went to our zone and fell behind a little bit, and that kind of got us back in the game," Saunders said.

Gary Trent chipped in nine points and six rebounds and Radoslav Nesterovic scored eight for the Wolves, who shot 51 percent (37-for-73) and held a 40-30 rebounding advantage. They made 12-of-17 free throws while Portland went to the line just seven times, making four.

Minnesota played without forward Joe Smith, who has a right calf injury. The Timberwolves have been without point guard Terrell Brandon since December 18 and Billups suffered a chest injury in the first half.

"We had to check whether (Billups) cracked his ribs or strained his ribs," Saunders said. "He played the second half in a lot of pain and couldn't breathe very well. It was a gutsy performance."

Anderson had 16 points and Bonzi Wells seven as the Blazers shot 48 percent and committed just seven turnovers.

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