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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 23 28 17 15 83 SEATTLE 35 10 24 28 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - ANTHONY PEELER 20, KEVIN GARNETT 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 10 SEA - VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 21, GARY PAYTON 18, RASHARD LEWIS 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, MARC JACKSON 8, GARY TRENT 7 SEA - VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 4, WILLIAM AVERY 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 12, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (83) AT SEATTLE (97)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 40 6-14 5-7 2 8 10 2 4 0 4 17 J SMITH F 12 2-4 2-3 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 6 R NESTEROVIC C 14 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 2 C BILLUPS G 29 3-10 1-1 0 2 2 5 1 0 2 8 W SZCZERBIAK G 37 3-13 3-3 2 2 4 4 3 0 3 10 A PEELER 36 7-10 3-3 0 4 4 2 5 0 1 20 M JACKSON 20 3-7 1-1 3 5 8 0 2 1 3 7 W AVERY 22 3-11 0-0 2 2 4 3 0 0 1 6 G TRENT 24 2-4 1-4 4 3 7 2 0 0 1 5 S MITCHELL 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 F LOPEZ 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 16-22 17 30 47 18 16 1 17 83 (.383) (.727) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18 (24 PTS)

SEATTLE

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

R LEWIS F 42 6-15 0-1 1 4 5 2 3 2 0 16 V RADMANOVIC F 41 9-12 0-0 1 8 9 1 2 3 1 21 J JAMES C 20 4-5 0-0 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 8 G PAYTON G 40 6-25 5-8 2 4 6 12 2 3 1 18 S WILLIAMS G 29 3-9 0-1 1 2 3 5 4 0 0 8 P DOBNJAK 16 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 6 A LONG 19 4-5 1-2 5 1 6 0 1 0 2 9 E WATSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 D MASON 29 4-9 3-3 1 4 5 2 4 1 2 11 O OYEDEJI 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B BARRY DNP - STOMACH FLU

TOTALS 240 39-88 9-15 12 29 41 25 23 10 8 97 (.443) (.600) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8 (7 PTS)

MINNESOTA 23 28 17 15 - 83 SEATTLE 35 10 24 28 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, R NESTEROVIC 2. SEATTLE - R LEWIS, J JAMES, A LONG, V RADMANOVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-18 (.278), K GARNETT 0-3, C BILLUPS 1- 1, W SZCZERBIAK 1-4, A PEELER 3-4, W AVERY 0-4, G TRENT 0-1, S MITCHELL 0- 1. SEATTLE 10-30 (.333), R LEWIS 4-7, V RADMANOVIC 3-4, G PAYTON 1- 9, S WILLIAMS 2-7, D MASON 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - A PEELER, DEFENSIVE THREE 3. SEATTLE - G PAYTON. FLAGRANT FOULS: SEATTLE 1 (S WILLIAMS, 0:40 2ND). OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, PAT FRAHER, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,072. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (83)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 6-14 5-7 2-10 2 4 17 J Smith 12 2-4 2-3 3-3 0 1 6 R Nesterovic 14 1-5 0-0 1-4 0 0 2 C Billups 29 3-10 1-1 0-2 5 1 8 W Szczerbiak 37 3-13 3-3 2-4 4 3 10 A Peeler 36 7-10 3-3 0-4 2 5 20 M Jackson 20 3-7 1-1 3-8 0 2 7 W Avery 22 3-11 0-0 2-4 3 0 6 G Trent 24 2-4 1-4 4-7 2 0 5 S Mitchell 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 F Lopez 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 16-22 17-47 18 16 83 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (K Garnett 0-3, C Billups 1-1, W Szczerbiak 1-4, A Peeler 3-4, W Avery 0-4, G Trent 0-1, S Mitchell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:6 (K Garnett 4, R Nesterovic 2). Turnovers:17 (K Garnett 4, W Szczerbiak 3, M Jackson 3, C Billups 2, G Trent, W Avery, R Nesterovic, J Smith, A Peeler). Steals: 1 (M Jackson).

SEATTLE (97)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 42 6-15 0-1 1-5 2 3 16 V Radmanovic 41 9-12 0-0 1-9 1 2 21 J James 20 4-5 0-0 1-6 1 4 8 G Payton 40 6-25 5-8 2-6 12 2 18 S Williams 29 3-9 0-1 1-3 5 4 8 P Dobnjak 16 3-8 0-0 0-1 0 2 6 A Long 19 4-5 1-2 5-6 0 1 9 E Watson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 D Mason 29 4-9 3-3 1-5 2 4 11 O Oyedeji 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Barry DNP - STOMACH FLU

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 9-15 12-41 25 23 97 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 10-30, .333 (R Lewis 4-7, V Radmanovic 3-4, G Payton 1-9, S Williams 2-7, D Mason 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (R Lewis, J James, A Long, V Radmanovic). Turnovers:8 (A Long 2, D Mason 2, G Payton, V Radmanovic, E Watson, J James). Steals: 10 (G Payton 3, V Radmanovic 3, R Lewis 2, D Mason, P Dobnjak).

------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 23 28 17 15 - 83 SEATTLE 35 10 24 28 - 97 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Minnesota - 4 (A Peeler, 0:24 1st; Defensive Three, 6:24 2nd; Defensive Three, 5:10 4th; Defensive Three, 9:42 4th). Seattle - (G Payton, 8:32 1st). Flagrant fouls: Seattle 1 (S Williams, 0:40 2nd). A: 17,072. T: 2:18. Officials: Michael Smith, Pat Fraher, Tom Washington.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Rookie Vladimir Radmanovic scored a season-high 21 points and Rashard Lewis hit two 3-pointers during a decisive late run as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-83.

After Chauncey Billups sank a 3-pointer to get Minnesota within 81-80 with 7:47 left, Seattle scored the next 11 points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Lewis, as part of a 17-3 game-closing run.

Minnesota only made one field goal during the burst, a layup by Sam Mitchell with 79 seconds remaining to bring the Timberwolves within 94-83.

The Timberwolves shot 38 percent overall (31-of-81) while the Sonics converted 44 percent (39-of-88).

Radmanovic made 9-of-12 shots for Seattle, which split its four-game series with Minnesota. The home team won every game in the series.

"I think the guy who gets player of the game honors is Radmanovic," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "It was just a solid defensive effort and he shot the ball extremely well. He really made up the difference with us missing Brent (Barry, who had the flu). You know he was that perimeter guy who carried us basically tonight."

Gary Payton shot just 6-of-25 but finished with 18 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Lewis tallied 16 points for the Sonics, who won for the ninth time in 11 games.

Anthony Peeler led Minnesota with 20 points but was held scoreless in the second half. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, but fellow All-Star Wally Szczerbiak had just 10 on 3-of-13 shooting.

Payton picked up an early technical and was whistled for a double technical with Peeler with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Payton should have been ejected, but after the officials conferred with each other, Payton's second technical was called off.

“Everybody was talking," Payton said. "They wanted to give both of us a tech, and I wasn’t even saying nothing. He just made the right call.” While Garnett and Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders argued against the overturned call, Payton sank a free throw for Peeler's technical to give the Sonics a 34-23 edge.

“I heard him say it was a double T on 44 (Peeler) and 20 (Payton), and Gary said, ‘Hey, if you call that then I’m going to be put out of the game,’ and he overturned the call," Garnett said. "That’s why I was jumping up and down. I told him it was a terrible call and one of the worse calls I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league. I don’t want to talk about the officials, but I know what I heard.”

"Everybody talks about how there is no star treatment -- well?" Saunders said. "What happens is then the player thinks that he's got control of the game. I mean Gary's a heck of a competitor but he's jawing at our guys and he pretty much thinks that he got pretty much free reign to do things. That's what good players do, you gete every inch they can and try and try to take control if you can."

The Sonics jumped out to a 21-5 lead in the first five minutes and took a 35-23 edge into the second quarter. The Timberwolves stormed back to take a 51-45 lead at halftime and scored the first five points in the third quarter to take their biggest advantage.

Seattle took the lead for good at 69-68 on a 3-pointer by Radmanovic to conclude the scoring in the third quarter.

"We made a run and then they made a run in the second quarter and then we made a run and we were able to pull this game out," McMillan said. "It was a slugfest for 48 minutes, both teams played solid `D.' I thought we just played defense a little longer and the team that was defending was scoring on the offensive end."

The Sonics (34-27) are in the eighth playoff spot out West, percentage points behind Utah (35-26) for the seventh position.

The Timberwolves (40-20) dropped two games behind Dallas in the Midwest Division and 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings in the race for the top Western Conference playoff position.

"I thought it was an unbelievable game," McMillan said. "We beat a very good team and we beat that team tonight with solid defense and good execution on the offensive end of the floor. This team has been faced with a lot of obstacles all season long as far as injuries and youth. And again tonight, guys stepped up and played together and beat a very good Minnesota team."

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