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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        22   21   30   23    96   
     LA LAKERS        29   24   25   28    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 19, ANTHONY PEELER 
                      15, KEVIN GARNETT 15
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 40, KOBE BRYANT 30, 
                      RICK FOX 13

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 10, 
                      RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 7
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 
                      6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5, 
                      ANTHONY PEELER 3
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, DEREK FISHER 5, SHAQUILLE
                      O'NEAL 4

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 39 3-8 1-2 1-10 5 3 8 K Garnett 41 6-17 3-6 1-10 6 5 15 R Nesterovic 31 9-10 1-1 3-7 0 6 19 A Peeler 32 6-8 0-0 0-5 3 2 15 T Hudson 33 4-12 3-4 0-2 2 4 12 M Wilks 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 4 K Gill 15 2-4 2-2 0-0 2 1 6 M Jackson 15 1-5 5-6 2-3 0 3 7 J Smith 7 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 G Trent 8 3-3 0-0 1-4 0 1 6 I Rakocevic 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 L Woods 1 1-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 15-22 8-43 22 28 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (W Szczerbiak 1-2, K Garnett 0-1, A Peeler 3-3, T Hudson 1-3, K Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:6 (R Nesterovic 3, G Trent, W Szczerbiak, K Garnett). Turnovers:15 (K Garnett 5, W Szczerbiak 3, R Nesterovic 2, J Smith, M Wilks, M Jackson, T Hudson, A Peeler). Steals: 3 (J Smith, K Garnett, L Woods). LA LAKERS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 27 5-13 2-3 3-6 2 3 13 M Madsen 31 5-7 0-0 3-6 2 0 10 S O'Neal 41 16-25 8-14 5-14 4 4 40 K Bryant 43 12-24 4-4 1-4 7 1 30 D Fisher 43 3-14 3-5 1-6 5 3 9 R Horry 16 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 5 0 D George 21 2-6 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 J Pargo 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 S Walker 7 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 3 0 K Rush 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 B Shaw 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-94 17-26 16-45 23 21 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (R Fox 1-3, K Bryant 2-4, D Fisher 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (S O'Neal 5). Turnovers:5 (D George 2, S O'Neal, R Horry, B Shaw). Steals: 9 (K Bryant 3, D Fisher 3, S O'Neal, R Fox, R Horry). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 22 21 30 23 - 96 LA LAKERS 29 24 25 28 - 106 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 2 (COACH Saunders, 3:14 2nd; K Garnett, 1:49 4th). La Lakers - 3 (Defensive Three, 11:28 1st; R Fox, 0:05 3rd; R Horry, 1:49 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:16. Officials: Bill Spooner, Nolan Fine, Ronnie Nunn.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (96) AT LA LAKERS (106) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 39 3-8 1-2 1 9 10 5 3 0 3 8 K GARNETT F 41 6-17 3-6 1 9 10 6 5 1 5 15 R NESTEROVIC C 31 9-10 1-1 3 4 7 0 6 0 2 19 A PEELER G 32 6-8 0-0 0 5 5 3 2 0 1 15 T HUDSON G 33 4-12 3-4 0 2 2 2 4 0 1 12 M WILKS 16 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 K GILL 15 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 M JACKSON 15 1-5 5-6 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 7 J SMITH 7 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 G TRENT 8 3-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 6 I RAKOCEVIC 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 L WOODS 1 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 TOTALS 240 38-75 15-22 8 35 43 22 28 3 15 96 (.507) (.682) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15 (13 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 27 5-13 2-3 3 3 6 2 3 1 0 13 M MADSEN F 31 5-7 0-0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 10 S O'NEAL C 41 16-25 8-14 5 9 14 4 4 1 1 40 K BRYANT G 43 12-24 4-4 1 3 4 7 1 3 0 30 D FISHER G 43 3-14 3-5 1 5 6 5 3 3 0 9 R HORRY 16 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 0 D GEORGE 21 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 4 J PARGO 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 S WALKER 7 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 K RUSH 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 B SHAW 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 43-94 17-26 16 29 45 23 21 9 5 106 (.457) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 5 (6 PTS) MINNESOTA 22 21 30 23 - 96 LA LAKERS 29 24 25 28 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 3, G TRENT, W SZCZERBIAK, K GARNETT. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-10 (.500), W SZCZERBIAK 1-2, K GARNETT 0- 1, A PEELER 3-3, T HUDSON 1-3, K GILL 0-1. LA LAKERS 3-8 (.375), R FOX 1- 3, K BRYANT 2-4, D FISHER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - COACH SAUNDERS, K GARNETT. LA LAKERS - DEFENSIVE THREE, R FOX, R HORRY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, NOLAN FINE, RONNIE NUNN. A - 18,997. T - 2:16.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves had no one to stop Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers found an unlikely player to shut down Kevin Garnett. O'Neal had a season-high 40 points and 14 rebounds and Bryant scored 30 points as the Lakers extended their home winning streak to seven games with a 106-96 victory over the Timberwolves. O'Neal and Bryant combined to make 28-of-49 shots and dominated the second half, scoring 40 of Los Angeles' 52 points. But Garnett struggled and was held to just 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting as he was hounded by Lakers forward Mark Madsen down the stretch. "I haven't really matched up with Garnett that much," Madsen said. "It wasn't going to be an individual effort, it was going to be a team effort. That's what happened tonight, it was a collective team effort to try to slow him down. You can never contain him but you can try to slow him down a bit." "Madsen did a great job," O'Neal said. "His energy boosts up the bench. We like to see him in there. He's spent a lot of time, worked hard, he's going to be our key." Minnesota trailed the entire fourth quarter but pulled within 89-83 on a 3-pointer by former Laker Anthony Peeler with 6:05 remaining. Bryant, who made 12-of-24 shots from the floor, responded with a jumper to spark a decisive 9-0 run. O'Neal had a layup and made 1-of-2 free throws before Bryant sank a pair from the line. O'Neal capped the spurt with another layup for a 98-83 cushion with 3:35 to go. As the Lakers took control, the Timberwolves missed four consecutive shots, including two by Garnett, who was held to just three points in the fourth quarter. Madsen drew an offensive foul on Garnett and played stellar defense on the All-Star forward, who was so frustrated he got into a shoving match with Robert Horry with 1:49 remaining. "Kevin tried the muscle game, but Mark is strong," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "One thing for sure about him is he has the strength to hold the block down there and made it tough." O'Neal had a pair of alley-oop dunks just 47 seconds apart in the final three minutes as the Lakers cruised to their eighth win in nine games. O'Neal had his most dominant performance in a season riddled by injuries. He made 16-of-25 shots and had five blocks and four assists. "I feel pretty good," said O'Neal, who has been plagued by foot and knee problems throughout the season. "My fellows were looking for me today. They really didn't double me. I took the high percentage shots like I usually do." "I'll let him have the points every night," Bryant said. "He's feeling good, we're going to continue to go with him. I haven't seen him this agile in a while. I think we're all reassured by that." Rick Fox scored 13 points and Madsen had a season-high 10 and six rebounds as Los Angeles (34-26) moved a season-high eight games over .500. "I was really (ticked) off that he had 10 points off me," Garnett said of Madsen. "I am a defender that really enjoys to see whoever I am playing not score, so I was really ticked off. "He plays with a lot of energy and I knew that coming into the game, but that still does not take away from the fact that he was scoring, and that isn't going to make me feel any better." The Lakers grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, scored 54 points in the paint and committed a season-low five turnovers. Rasho Nesterovic scored 19 points and Peeler finished with 15 for the Timberwolves, who have lost three straight on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. "We did not play well," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I don't think we came out with the energy we needed to early and once we tried to pick up energy mentally, we didn't do what we needed to do." Minnesota shot 51 percent (38-of-75) from the floor but was just 15-of-22 from the line and turned the ball over 15 times. The Lakers had a 39-36 edge with 4:50 left in the second quarter before reeling off eight straight points. Bryant and Derek Fisher each scored three points during the spurt, which gave Los Angeles a 47-36 cushion at the 2:52 mark. The Lakers had a 53-43 halftime advantage, but the Timberwolves opened the second half with 12 straight points. Nesterovic scored the final eight points of the stretch and blocked O'Neal shot before making a layup for a 55-53 lead. Nesterovic had 10 points in the quarter and buried a jumper to forge a 59-59 tie with 5:05 left. But O'Neal answered with consecutive layups to spark an 8-0 run and give the Lakers the lead for good.


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