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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        24   23   18   27    92   
     DALLAS           11   22   22   28    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 31, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 27, 
                      RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 11
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 37, MICHAEL FINLEY 17, 
                      RAEF LAFRENTZ 9

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, GARY TRENT 6, RADOSLAV
                      NESTEROVIC 6
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, MICHAEL FINLEY 13, 
                      RAEF LAFRENTZ 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - TROY HUDSON 11, KEVIN GARNETT 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                DAL - STEVE NASH 9, NICK VAN EXEL 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   20,049

Box Score

MINNESOTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 43 9-17 6-6 0-2 3 4 27 K Garnett 41 14-20 3-7 3-18 5 2 31 R Nesterovic 37 3-11 5-6 2-6 2 3 11 T Hudson 43 3-8 2-2 0-4 11 0 9 A Peeler 29 1-3 0-0 0-3 3 2 2 K Gill 20 4-7 0-0 1-1 0 2 8 G Trent 12 1-3 0-0 1-6 1 2 2 M Wilks 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 M Jackson 10 0-2 2-2 0-1 0 3 2 J Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 18-23 7-41 26 18 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (W Szczerbiak 3-9, K Garnett 0-1, T Hudson 1-3, A Peeler 0-1, K Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:12 (R Nesterovic 9, K Gill, A Peeler, K Garnett). Turnovers:9 (W Szczerbiak 4, T Hudson 2, M Jackson 2, M Wilks). Steals: 5 (K Garnett, T Hudson, R Nesterovic, W Szczerbiak, M Wilks). DALLAS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Finley 41 7-27 1-2 6-13 2 0 17 D Nowitzki 45 15-33 5-6 5-13 2 6 37 R LaFrentz 19 4-9 1-2 8-9 1 1 9 R Bell 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 S Nash 35 4-13 0-0 3-5 9 2 8 S Bradley 13 0-1 3-4 1-4 2 1 3 E Najera 26 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 6 2 N Van Exel 31 2-10 2-2 2-3 4 0 7 A Griffin 9 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 W Williams 13 0-2 0-0 2-5 0 1 0 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-10 12-16 30-60 22 18 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.320, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-25, .200 (M Finley 2-11, D Nowitzki 2-5, S Nash 0-4, N Van Exel 1-5). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:1 (R Bell). Turnovers:10 (S Nash 4, N Van Exel 2, S Bradley, M Finley, R LaFrentz, W Williams). Steals: 5 (S Bradley, W Williams, N Van Exel, A Griffin, D Nowitzki). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 24 23 18 27 - 92 DALLAS 11 22 22 28 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (Delay Of Game, 4:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (G Trent, 11:02 4th). A: 20,049. T: 2:08. Officials: Dan Crawford, Michael Smith, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (92) AT DALLAS (83) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 43 9-17 6-6 0 2 2 3 4 1 4 27 K GARNETT F 41 14-20 3-7 3 15 18 5 2 1 0 31 R NESTEROVIC C 37 3-11 5-6 2 4 6 2 3 1 0 11 T HUDSON G 43 3-8 2-2 0 4 4 11 0 1 2 9 A PEELER G 29 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 0 0 2 K GILL 20 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 8 G TRENT 12 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 0 2 M WILKS 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 M JACKSON 10 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 2 J SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-73 18-23 7 34 41 26 18 5 9 92 (.479) (.783) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9 (6 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M FINLEY F 41 7-27 1-2 6 7 13 2 0 0 1 17 D NOWITZKI F 45 15-33 5-6 5 8 13 2 6 1 0 37 R LAFRENTZ C 19 4-9 1-2 8 1 9 1 1 0 1 9 R BELL G 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 S NASH G 35 4-13 0-0 3 2 5 9 2 0 4 8 S BRADLEY 13 0-1 3-4 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 3 E NAJERA 26 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 6 0 0 2 N VAN EXEL 31 2-10 2-2 2 1 3 4 0 1 2 7 A GRIFFIN 9 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 W WILLIAMS 13 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 0 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-103 12-16 30 30 60 22 18 5 10 83 (.320) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 24 23 18 27 - 92 DALLAS 11 22 22 28 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 9, K GILL, A PEELER, K GARNETT. DALLAS - R BELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-15 (.267), W SZCZERBIAK 3-9, K GARNETT 0- 1, T HUDSON 1-3, A PEELER 0-1, K GILL 0-1. DALLAS 5-25 (.200), M FINLEY 2- 11, D NOWITZKI 2-5, S NASH 0-4, N VAN EXEL 1-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DELAY OF GAME. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (G TRENT, 11:02 4TH). OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MICHAEL SMITH, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 20,049. T - 2:08.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Wally Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett simply would not let the Dallas Mavericks pull ahead. Szczerbiak and Garnett scored 20 of their team's final 23 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves capped a five-game road trip with an impressive victory over the league-leading Mavericks, 92-83. "We are aggressive," Garnett said. "It's only when we are passive, we let the defense come at us, or we are not going back as hard as they are coming at us - that is the only time I am bothered. When we are playing aggressive, we can play with anybody." Minnesota scored the first eight points of the game and led by double digits for most of the first half. It had an 18-point advantage early in the third quarter and carried a 65-55 edge into the final 12 minutes. But Dallas got hot from the outside and tied it for the first time, 71-71, on a 3-pointer by Michael Finley with 5:20 remaining. Szczerbiak countered 20 seconds later with a shot from the arc before Finley sank a layup to make it 74-73 with 4:29 left. The Mavericks stopped Minnesota and had a chance to take their first lead, but Finley missed a jumper and Szczerbiak nailed another 3-pointer to give the Timberwolves a four-point cushion with 3:32 to play. "They played a lot of zone, and we had problems when we didn't have Wally in the game against the zone," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Wally picked some open seams and our guys found him, and he knocked down some big shots." Garnett took over, scoring six of Minnesota's next seven points to open an 84-77 lead with 1:11 left. Dallas got no closer than five points thereafter. "They have a team that can cut a 12-point lead to single digits in a heartbeat," Garnett said. "I wasn't going to let the defense rest or have the chance to relax a little bit. I just continued to attack even though they were in a zone. I told Wally, (Anthony Peeler) and even Troy (Hudson), 'If they come and double-team, be ready to shoot.'" "It was frustrating and it took the air out of us a little bit," Finley said. That's the way that they have been playing all year. Kevin made big shots down the stretch, Szczerbiak as well. We were unable to make shots." Garnett collected 31 points and 18 rebounds and Szczerbiak scored 27 points for Minnesota, which won the final two games of the road trip after losing the first three. "We have guys with a lot of heart," Szczerbiak said. "It's not easy playing the last game of a five-game road trip, but tonight we banded together like a band of brothers, and said we weren't going to lose. Kevin Garnett was huge again, and I was able to get going in the fourth quarter." Rasho Nesterovic added 11 point and a career-high nine blocks. The Mavericks blocked just one shot. Dirk Nowitzki totaled 37 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas before fouling out in the final minutes. Finley added 17 and 13 but shot just 7-of-27, including 2-of-11 from the arc. "We did everything that we needed to do to win the game except shoot well," Finley said. "Who would have ever thought that a Dallas team would shoot so low? You have to tip your hat to their team. They are playing well and they executed well down the stretch when they needed big buckets." Steve Nash scored only eight points on 4-of-13 shooting for Dallas, which connected at a season-low 32 percent (33-of-103) from the field and allowed Minnesota to shoot 48 percent (35-of-73). "I thought defensively we were really active," Saunders said. "We really contested a lot of shots." The Mavs, who had a season-high 30 offensive rebounds, had won four straight and 10 of the previous 12 games. Minnesota took a 24-11 lead after one period behind 12 points from Garnett. The Timberwolves extended their advantage to 47-33 at the half. "It's been happening a lot to us against the good teams," Mavs guard Nick Van Exel said of their poor start. "We just start off slow and have to fight our way back. It took a lot of energy out of us to get back into the game. (Minnesota played last night (at Phoenix), but they played like they wanted it a little bit more than us down the stretch."


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