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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        24   20   18   18    80   
     INDIANA          17   26   23   21    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KENDALL GILL 14, ROD STRICKLAND 13, TROY
                      HUDSON 13
                IND - BRAD MILLER 22, JERMAINE O'NEAL 21, 
                      JONATHAN BENDER 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 7,
                      LOREN WOODS 5
                IND - BRAD MILLER 16, JERMAINE O'NEAL 14, 
                      JONATHAN BENDER 11

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KENDALL GILL 3, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 3, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                IND - BRAD MILLER 5, JAMAAL TINSLEY 5, RON 
                      ARTEST 4

         ATT:   16,058

Box Score

MINNESOTA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 4-16 4-6 2-10 2 1 12 L Woods 22 1-6 4-4 4-5 0 4 6 R Nesterovic 37 5-10 2-2 4-7 3 6 12 A Peeler 24 2-8 1-1 1-3 2 2 5 T Hudson 31 5-12 2-4 0-3 2 4 13 K Gill 37 5-13 4-4 0-4 3 1 14 G Trent 17 0-2 1-2 1-4 0 1 1 R Strickland 18 6-8 1-2 0-2 1 2 13 M Jackson 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 R Slater 9 1-4 2-2 2-3 0 3 4 W Szczerbiak DNP - DISLOCATED FIFTH METATARS I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-81 21-27 14-42 13 26 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (A Peeler 0-1, T Hudson 1-3, K Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:5 (R Nesterovic 2, L Woods 2, K Gill). Turnovers:12 (T Hudson 4, R Strickland 2, L Woods 2, K Gill, M Jackson, R Nesterovic, A Peeler). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 4, K Gill). INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 24 3-10 0-0 1-4 1 2 6 J O'Neal 41 9-23 3-4 4-14 0 4 21 B Miller 38 5-14 12-13 7-16 5 2 22 R Artest 33 6-12 2-2 0-5 4 4 14 J Tinsley 34 0-7 0-0 1-2 5 4 0 J Bender 30 6-9 2-2 5-11 2 1 15 E Strickland 14 1-4 2-2 0-1 2 0 5 R Mercer 16 2-5 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 J Foster 10 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 4 0 J Brewer DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-86 21-23 20-56 22 22 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.913. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (R Artest 0-1, J Bender 1-2, E Strickland 1-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:10 (B Miller 4, J Bender 3, J O'Neal 2, J Foster). Turnovers:16 (J Bender 4, J O'Neal 3, J Tinsley 3, E Strickland 2, R Mercer, J Foster, B Miller, A Harrington). Steals: 6 (A Harrington 2, R Artest 2, J Bender, J Foster). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 24 20 18 18 - 80 INDIANA 17 26 23 21 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:46 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,058. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, James Capers, Leon Wood.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (80) AT INDIANA (87) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 41 4-16 4-6 2 8 10 2 1 4 0 12 L WOODS F 22 1-6 4-4 4 1 5 0 4 0 2 6 R NESTEROVIC C 37 5-10 2-2 4 3 7 3 6 0 1 12 A PEELER G 24 2-8 1-1 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 5 T HUDSON G 31 5-12 2-4 0 3 3 2 4 0 4 13 K GILL 37 5-13 4-4 0 4 4 3 1 1 1 14 G TRENT 17 0-2 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 1 R STRICKLAND 18 6-8 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 13 M JACKSON 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 R SLATER 9 1-4 2-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 W SZCZERBIAK DNP - DISLOCATED FIFTH METATARS I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-81 21-27 14 28 42 13 26 5 12 80 (.358) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (10 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 24 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 2 1 6 J O'NEAL F 41 9-23 3-4 4 10 14 0 4 0 3 21 B MILLER C 38 5-14 12-13 7 9 16 5 2 0 1 22 R ARTEST G 33 6-12 2-2 0 5 5 4 4 2 0 14 J TINSLEY G 34 0-7 0-0 1 1 2 5 4 0 3 0 J BENDER 30 6-9 2-2 5 6 11 2 1 1 4 15 E STRICKLAND 14 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 5 R MERCER 16 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 4 J FOSTER 10 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 4 1 1 0 J BREWER DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-86 21-23 20 36 56 22 22 6 16 87 (.372) (.913) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS) MINNESOTA 24 20 18 18 - 80 INDIANA 17 26 23 21 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 2, L WOODS 2, K GILL. INDIANA - B MILLER 4, J BENDER 3, J O'NEAL 2, J FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-5 (.200), A PEELER 0-1, T HUDSON 1- 3, K GILL 0-1. INDIANA 2-5 (.400), R ARTEST 0-1, J BENDER 1-2, E STRICKLAND 1- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JAMES CAPERS, LEON WOOD. A - 16,058. T - 2:12.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Brad Miller had 22 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal added 21 and 14 as the Indiana Pacers dominated the glass en route to an 87-80 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pacers were outrebounded handily in Friday's loss at New Jersey but concentrated their game inside against the Timberwolves. Indiana held a 56-42 rebounding edge and grabbed 20 offensive boards led by Miller, who had seven offensive rebounds. "We have enough athletes on this team that rebounding should carry us this year," Miller said. "It made the difference tonight. When you can get 20 offensive rebounds, that just wears another team down." "It seemed like they were playing with 15 guys on the boards at times," Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett said. "Second-chance rebounds killed us. They just hustled and got them." Miller made just 5-of-14 shots from the floor but was 12-of-13 from the line and sank six clutch free throws in the final 3 1/2 minutes. The Timberwolves had a 77-75 lead after Kendall Gill buried a jumper with 6:04 remaining. But Jonathan Bender made two free throws 15 seconds later and Erick Strickland added a pair to give the Pacers the lead for good at 79-77. Miller buried two free throws with 3 1/2 minutes to go and, after the teams traded baskets, Minnesota's Troy Hudson made 1-of-2 from the line to make it 83-80 with 25 seconds left. But Miller was 4-for-4 from the line in the final 16 seconds as Indiana improved to 2-0 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Bender finished with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and Ron Artest scored 14 points for the Pacers, who won despite shooting 37 percent (32-of-86) from the floor. The Timberwolves were held to 36 percent (29-of-81) shooting and scored only one basket and three points in the final six minutes. "It was as fine a defensive effort as I've seen this team play," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "We just did not execute that well in the fourth quarter," Minnesota guard Rod Strickland said. "Our goal was to stay in the game and give ourselves an opportunity to win it in the end, and we did not do that." Gill had 14 points off the bench and Garnett - who recorded a triple-double Friday - added 12 on 4-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds as Minnesota failed in a bid for its second straight 3-0 start. Hudson and Strickland scored 13 points apiece and Rasho Nesterovic added 12 for the Timberwolves, who have lost 11 of 13 all-time visits to Indianapolis. "We had a lot of balance tonight, but that doesn't matter when you get three guys in double figures on the boards," Gill said. "That's where they won the game. We just have to concentrate on blocking out. Their rebounding really impressed me." Minnesota closed the first quarter with eight straight points to take its largest lead at 24-17. But Indiana opened the second period with a 9-2 run fueled by Bender, who made a 3-pointer and a layup during the burst. The Pacers went on a 12-5 run midway through the third quarter to take their largest lead at 57-49 on a 3-pointer by Strickland with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.


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