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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 24 26 28 100 GOLDEN STATE 21 25 23 24 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 21, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 13 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 25, JASON RICHARDSON 21, BOB SURA 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, JOE SMITH 8, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 8 GSW - DANNY FORTSON 12, ANTAWN JAMISON 7, BOB SURA 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 9, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5, ROBERT PACK 2 GSW - BOB SURA 6, GILBERT ARENAS 4, JASON RICHARDSON 3


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT GOLDEN STATE (93)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 37 8-17 6-6 2 10 12 2 2 2 2 22 J SMITH F 27 5-7 2-2 3 5 8 1 1 0 2 12 R NESTEROVIC C 31 5-11 0-0 2 6 8 2 2 1 0 10 W SZCZERBIAK G 39 9-19 2-3 3 3 6 5 0 0 1 21 C BILLUPS G 30 5-9 2-2 1 2 3 9 1 1 2 13 S MITCHELL 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 G TRENT 17 1-5 3-4 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 5 R PACK 18 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 4 M JACKSON 4 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 4 A PEELER 24 2-6 3-3 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 7 F LOPEZ 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-90 18-20 16 35 51 24 16 4 8 100 (.444) (.900) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8 (13 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE

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

D FORTSON F 17 1-3 0-0 4 8 12 2 3 0 1 2 A JAMISON F 40 11-22 1-2 2 5 7 1 4 0 2 25 A FOYLE C 21 1-5 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 4 J RICHARDSON G 40 9-18 0-0 1 3 4 3 3 0 3 21 G ARENAS G 40 4-14 6-8 2 1 3 4 2 4 0 15 E DAMPIER 17 2-4 0-1 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 4 T MURPHY 21 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 B SURA 25 7-15 2-2 2 4 6 6 3 1 3 18 C MILLS 19 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 4 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L HUGHES DNP - COACH'S DECISION D OLIVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-88 11-15 14 29 43 22 23 5 10 93 (.420) (.733) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (8 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 24 26 28 - 100 GOLDEN STATE 21 25 23 24 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, J SMITH, R NESTEROVIC. GOLDEN STATE - E DAMPIER 3, D FORTSON 2, B SURA, A FOYLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), W SZCZERBIAK 1-3, C BILLUPS 1- 2, A PEELER 0-2. GOLDEN STATE 8-21 (.381), A JAMISON 2-4, J RICHARDSON 3- 5, G ARENAS 1-6, B SURA 2-4, C MILLS 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (M JACKSON, 8:07 2ND). OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, JOE FORTE, KEN MAUER. A - 13,261. T - 2:06.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (100)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 37 8-17 6-6 2-12 2 2 22 J Smith 27 5-7 2-2 3-8 1 1 12 R Nesterovic 31 5-11 0-0 2-8 2 2 10 W Szczerbiak 39 9-19 2-3 3-6 5 0 21 C Billups 30 5-9 2-2 1-3 9 1 13 S Mitchell 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 G Trent 17 1-5 3-4 0-4 1 2 5 R Pack 18 2-7 0-0 2-3 2 2 4 M Jackson 4 2-5 0-0 2-3 1 2 4 A Peeler 24 2-6 3-3 1-3 1 2 7 F Lopez 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-90 18-20 16-51 24 16 100 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (W Szczerbiak 1-3, C Billups 1-2, A Peeler 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:4 (K Garnett 2, J Smith, R Nesterovic). Turnovers:8 (J Smith 2, K Garnett 2, C Billups 2, R Pack, W Szczerbiak). Steals: 4 (K Garnett 2, C Billups, R Nesterovic).

GOLDEN STATE (93)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Fortson 17 1-3 0-0 4-12 2 3 2 A Jamison 40 11-22 1-2 2-7 1 4 25 A Foyle 21 1-5 2-2 1-1 1 2 4 J Richardson 40 9-18 0-0 1-4 3 3 21 G Arenas 40 4-14 6-8 2-3 4 2 15 E Dampier 17 2-4 0-1 1-3 2 3 4 T Murphy 21 0-3 0-0 1-3 2 1 0 B Sura 25 7-15 2-2 2-6 6 3 18 C Mills 19 2-4 0-0 0-4 1 2 4 D Garrett DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Hughes DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Oliver DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-88 11-15 14-43 22 23 93 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (A Jamison 2-4, J Richardson 3-5, G Arenas 1-6, B Sura 2-4, C Mills 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (E Dampier 3, D Fortson 2, B Sura, A Foyle). Turnovers:10 (B Sura 3, J Richardson 3, A Jamison 2, D Fortson, A Foyle). Steals: 5 (G Arenas 4, B Sura).

-------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 22 24 26 28 - 100 GOLDEN STATE 21 25 23 24 - 93 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (M Jackson, 8:07 2n). A: 13,261. T: 2:06. Officials: David Jones, Joe Forte, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves opened an important four-game West Coast trip with a 100-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The Timberwolves moved two games ahead of Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference with five games to play.

Minnesota's trek continues Tuesday with a visit to league-leading Sacramento and ends with consecutive games in Los Angeles against the two-time defending champion Lakers and the Clippers.

"I think it's an important win just because of what we're trying to accomplish," Garnett said. "I think we're trying to establish a rhythm and some consistency, so I just think from that standpoint alone it was a good win for us."

Garnett recorded his 55th double-double of the season and is assured of averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to record three straight 20-10-5 seasons.

Wally Szczerbiak contributed 21 points and withstood the taunts of the fans. When the Timberwolves acquired center Marc Jackson from Golden State in February, Szczerbiak said referred to the Warriors as "clowns." During Monday's game, Szczerbiak was portrayed as a clown on the Jumbotron scoreboard.

"The razzing didn't effect me in any way," he said. "You expect to get booed when your on the opponents home court. I just went out there and played my game, it didn't motivate me at all. I was just trying to make plays to help my team win. I really got a chuckle when they put up my picture with the clown on it. Overall, I think it was handled in a good way, but I think that they know I didn't mean any disrespect at all."

Szczerbiak hit two big baskets and had two assists in the fourth quarter, when Minnesota took control.

"Wally is the type of player that plays better when you razz him," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "I think the context was a little different and I know he has a lot of respect for (the Warriors), but he is going to go at them. He doesn't let the crowd get to him."

"I think (booing) is kind of cool," Garnett added. "It lets you know the home team's involved in the game. Half the time when you play teams that don't have a purpose they don't have much of a crowd, but this crowd was into it, so I like that. Boos, yays, it's all part of fan participation."

Jackson made an impression against his former team when he was ejected after a flagrant foul in the second quarter. He hit Bob Sura in the back of the head when the Warriors guard went up for a layup at 8:07.

"Bobby knows I wasn't trying to hurt him," Jackson said. "Everybody on this team knows that. Bobby knew I was going to foul him, but I wasn't trying to hurt him. When I saw it on the videotape, it did look kind of bad. Bobby was a little ticked when I first tried to apologize, but he knows I wasn't trying to hurt him. My coaches knew I was just playing the game.

"The two little refs were just going to give me a flagrant 1 and the other bigger ref came running over saying, `Toss him, toss him.' I was a little surprised, but it's just part of the game."

Chauncey Billups had 13 points and nine assists and Rasho Nesterovic chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wolves, who have won six of their last seven games.

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and rookie Jason Richardson contributed 21, but Golden State lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Again, a zone defense caused trouble for the Warriors. Teams have used it to great effect against them recently.

"Once again, the zone gave us trouble," Golden State coach Brian Winters said. "You have to have the ability to make some perimeter shots. In the fourth quarter, all we saw was a zone. We had some good looks, but we just didn't make them. If we make two or three more perimeter shots, the game goes to the wire."

The Wolves trailed by two points before going on an 8-0 spurt, capped by a driving layup by former Warrior Joe Smith that opened an 80-74 advantage with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter.

"We went to our zone defense, something that we haven't gone to recently," Saunders said. "We worked on it this morning and basically we decided that we wanted to work on that, to get it ready. It helped us get that six- to eight-point spurts. Against the zone, there is only so much that you can do. When you become familiar with an offense, that is when the zone is most effective."

After Jamison cut Golden State's deficit to 86-82 with 5:08 to go, Minnesota scored the next seven points and took its largest lead, 93-82, on Szczerbiak's free throw with 2:38 remaining.

"I think the teams tend to just stay in the zone until we show that we can make some shots," said Warriors rookie guard Gilbert Arenas, who scored 15 points. "If we could hit a few of those shots, I think teams would come out of their zone."

Golden State shot 38 percent (8-of-21) from the field in the final period while Minnesota was 10-of-19 (53 percent) from the floor.

The Wolves found it difficult to shake the Warriors, leading by just one point after the first quarter and settling for a 46-46 halftime deadlock. There were 18 lead changes and 18 ties.

Smith left with 5:55 remaining after a collision under basket.

"I think he's OK," Saunders said. "He took a little bit of a shot. He had 27 minutes, 12 points, eight rebounds but really helped key our defense."

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