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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 30 29 20 19 98 MINNESOTA 35 17 9 24 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - BRAD MILLER 23, JERMAINE O'NEAL 15, REGGIE MILLER 14 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 21, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 11

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JEFF FOSTER 10, JAMAAL TINSLEY 10, BRAD MILLER 8 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 7, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 10, REGGIE MILLER 5, JERMAINE O'NEAL 4 MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 7, ANTHONY PEELER 5, KEVIN GARNETT 3

ATT: 19,143


Extended Box

INDIANA (98) AT MINNESOTA (85)

INDIANA

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

R ARTEST F 28 3-9 0-1 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 7 J O'NEAL F 41 7-14 1-3 2 5 7 4 4 1 2 15 B MILLER C 32 9-12 5-6 4 4 8 2 3 0 1 23 R MILLER G 34 5-15 0-0 1 5 6 5 1 1 3 14 J TINSLEY G 37 4-11 3-4 1 9 10 10 0 1 3 11 J BENDER 19 2-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 J FOSTER 21 2-3 4-4 3 7 10 1 3 0 1 8 K OLLIE 11 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 A CROSHERE 17 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 11 R MERCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 14-20 11 36 47 25 14 5 14 98 (.481) (.700) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (9 PTS)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 40 7-18 9-9 6 6 12 3 5 0 2 24 G TRENT F 20 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 6 R NESTEROVIC C 17 3-6 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 0 0 6 W SZCZERBIAK G 40 9-19 2-2 1 4 5 0 0 1 4 21 C BILLUPS G 40 4-14 1-1 3 3 6 7 2 0 0 11 A PEELER 23 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 0 1 2 M JACKSON 12 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 J SMITH 15 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 W AVERY 8 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 F LOPEZ 5 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 S MITCHELL 11 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 8 L WOODS 9 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 34-92 13-14 18 29 47 20 18 2 9 85 (.370) (.929) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 9 (12 PTS)

INDIANA 30 29 20 19 - 98 MINNESOTA 35 17 9 24 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - R ARTEST 2, J O'NEAL. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, W SZCZERBIAK 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 8-27 (.296), R ARTEST 1-6, B MILLER 0-1, R MILLER 4-10, J TINSLEY 0-4, J BENDER 0-1, J FOSTER 0-1, A CROSHERE 3- 4. MINNESOTA 4-20 (.200), K GARNETT 1-2, W SZCZERBIAK 1-5, C BILLUPS 2- 7, A PEELER 0-4, W AVERY 0-1, F LOPEZ 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, MARK WUNDERLICH, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,143. T - 2:03.


Box Score

INDIANA (98)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 28 3-9 0-1 0-5 1 2 7 J O'Neal 41 7-14 1-3 2-7 4 4 15 B Miller 32 9-12 5-6 4-8 2 3 23 R Miller 34 5-15 0-0 1-6 5 1 14 J Tinsley 37 4-11 3-4 1-10 10 0 11 J Bender 19 2-6 1-2 0-0 0 0 5 J Foster 21 2-3 4-4 3-10 1 3 8 K Ollie 11 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 A Croshere 17 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 11 R Mercer DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 14-20 11-47 25 14 98 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 8-27, .296 (R Artest 1-6, B Miller 0-1, R Miller 4-10, J Tinsley 0-4, J Bender 0-1, J Foster 0-1, A Croshere 3-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (R Artest 2, J O'Neal). Turnovers:14 (R Miller 3, J Tinsley 3, J O'Neal 2, A Croshere 2, K Ollie, B Miller, J Bender, J Foster). Steals: 5 (R Miller, J O'Neal, A Croshere, J Bender, J Tinsley).

MINNESOTA (85)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 7-18 9-9 6-12 3 5 24 G Trent 20 3-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 6 R Nesterovic 17 3-6 0-0 3-7 1 1 6 W Szczerbiak 40 9-19 2-2 1-5 0 0 21 C Billups 40 4-14 1-1 3-6 7 2 11 A Peeler 23 1-7 0-0 0-2 5 4 2 M Jackson 12 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 J Smith 15 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 W Avery 8 0-2 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 F Lopez 5 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 S Mitchell 11 4-7 0-0 1-1 0 1 8 L Woods 9 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 0 2

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-92 13-14 18-47 20 18 85 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (K Garnett 1-2, W Szczerbiak 1-5, C Billups 2-7, A Peeler 0-4, W Avery 0-1, F Lopez 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (K Garnett 3, W Szczerbiak 2). Turnovers:9 (W Szczerbiak 4, K Garnett 2, G Trent, W Avery, A Peeler). Steals: 2 (W Szczerbiak, M Jackson).

------------------------------------------- INDIANA 30 29 20 19 - 98 MINNESOTA 35 17 9 24 - 85 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:57 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,143. T: 2:03. Officials: Bob Delaney, Mark Wunderlich, Scott Wall.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are falling fast in the Western Conference standings.

The Timberwolves suffered their season-high sixth straight loss, a 98-85 setback to the Indiana Pacers, who got a triple-double from rookie point guard Jamaal Tinsley.

Minnesota's skid is its longest since an eight-game slide in December 1999. Before the streak, the Timberwolves (40-25) were contending for the Midwest Division title and one of the top seeds in the West. They are now just one-half game in front of Portland for sixth place.

"Your team is your family when you go through tough times," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "You need them more when you're going through the tough times than when you go through the good times. It's a lot more fun when it's good times, but sometimes in order to appreciate things that are good, you've got to go through some bad times."

The normally sharpshooting Wolves shot just 37 percent (34-of-92) from the field, including 4-of-20 from 3-point range. They scored just 50 points after the first quarter and nine in the third, when the Pacers pulled away.

"Anytime you're a team that's struggling -- and there's no question that's what we're going through -- when things go bad, you have a tendency to tighten up," Saunders said. "In the third quarter, we tightened up and tried to do things too quick."

"We are putting our heads down when things aren't going our way, and that is not helping our team," Wolves forward Wally Szczerbiak said.

Tinsley had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season. He capped surges in the second and third quarters with three-point plays.

"Tinsley was breaking us down," Saunders said. "He was getting in there and making plays and that's one of the things he has the ability to do."

Brad Miller scored 23 points for the Pacers (33-32), who have won three in a row to climb back above .500. While Minnesota is plummeting, Indiana is climbing.

"Just because we're over .500, we can't get ahead of ourselves," Pacers guard Reggie Miller said.

A hook shot by Kevin Garnett gave Minnesota a 47-44 lead with 6:40 left in the second quarter before Indiana took the lead for good with a 15-2 burst. Jermaine O'Neal scored five of the first seven points and Tinsley's three-point play made it 59-49 with 37 seconds to go.

Garnett made a jumper to open the second half, but the Pacers scored the next 14 points. Brad Miller had six and another three-point play by Tinsley extended the advantage to 73-54 midway through the third quarter.

"It's kind of tough playing a team that's lost five in a row, especially at their home," Tinsley said. "I feel good about the game I played, but I still need to make better decisions."

A jumper by Reggie Miller gave Indiana its largest lead at 79-57 with 1:58 left in the period. Minnesota closed to 88-79 with 5:59 remaining, but Reggie Miller drilled a 3-pointer and Brad Miller added a layup, rebuilding the bulge to 14 points.

O'Neal scored 15 points and Reggie Miller added 14 for the Pacers, who shot 48 percent (38-of-79). Garnett had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Szczerbiak scored 21 points for the Wolves.

"Minnesota is a talented enough team to come out of a slump," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "They're just snakebit right now. Every team hits a point in the season where you lose your rhythm. They've lost their rhythm."

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