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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          30   21   25   23    99   
     MINNESOTA        16   33   25   24    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - PAU GASOL 27, STROMILE SWIFT 14, MIKE 
                      MILLER 13
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 34, KEVIN GARNETT 30, FRED 
                      HOIBERG 10

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - PAU GASOL 6, MIKE MILLER 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 12, BONZI WELLS 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 11, KEVIN GARNETT 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   19,179

Box Score

MEMPHIS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 32 3-7 4-4 0-4 2 2 11 P Gasol 34 11-14 5-8 2-6 1 3 27 L Wright 23 3-6 0-0 1-4 1 3 6 M Miller 27 5-8 2-2 0-5 2 2 13 J Williams 33 5-13 0-0 1-1 12 2 11 B Wells 20 4-9 2-3 0-0 3 2 10 S Swift 17 6-13 2-4 1-4 0 2 14 S Battier 17 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 4 B Outlaw 22 0-1 1-1 0-2 1 2 1 E Watson 15 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 J Tsakalidis DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 16-22 5-30 25 19 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (J Posey 1-3, M Miller 1-3, J Williams 1-7, B Wells 0-1, S Battier 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (B Outlaw, S Swift, M Miller). Turnovers:12 (P Gasol 3, B Wells 2, E Watson 2, B Outlaw, L Wright, S Battier, J Posey, J Williams). Steals: 12 (B Wells 3, J Posey 2, M Miller 2, S Battier 2, B Outlaw, J Williams, P Gasol). MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 37 2-8 0-2 0-5 1 2 4 K Garnett 39 11-22 8-9 4-16 5 3 30 E Johnson 13 2-3 0-0 3-5 1 3 4 T Hassell 31 3-8 2-2 0-3 1 3 8 S Cassell 39 13-18 7-8 0-1 11 1 34 F Hoiberg 29 4-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 10 M Madsen 23 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 D Martin 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 G Trent 11 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 O Miller 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 T Hudson DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE N Ebi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 17-21 10-40 24 19 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (L Sprewell 0-1, T Hassell 0-1, S Cassell 1-1, F Hoiberg 2-2, D Martin 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (O Miller 2, K Garnett 2, E Johnson, S Cassell). Turnovers:18 (S Cassell 6, K Garnett 4, L Sprewell 3, G Trent, T Hassell, F Hoiberg, E Johnson, O Miller). Steals: 9 (S Cassell 2, K Garnett 2, M Madsen 2, E Johnson, F Hoiberg, L Sprewell). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 30 21 25 23 - 99 MINNESOTA 16 33 25 24 - 98 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (Defensive Three, 7:58 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,179. T: 2:14. Officials: Dan Crawford, Gary Benson, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (99) AT MINNESOTA (98) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 32 3-7 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 11 P GASOL F 34 11-14 5-8 2 4 6 1 3 1 3 27 L WRIGHT C 23 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 6 M MILLER G 27 5-8 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 2 0 13 J WILLIAMS G 33 5-13 0-0 1 0 1 12 2 1 1 11 B WELLS 20 4-9 2-3 0 0 0 3 2 3 2 10 S SWIFT 17 6-13 2-4 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 14 S BATTIER 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 4 B OUTLAW 22 0-1 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 E WATSON 15 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 2 J TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-78 16-22 5 25 30 25 19 12 12 99 (.513) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (18 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 37 2-8 0-2 0 5 5 1 2 1 3 4 K GARNETT F 39 11-22 8-9 4 12 16 5 3 2 4 30 E JOHNSON C 13 2-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 1 1 4 T HASSELL G 31 3-8 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 8 S CASSELL G 39 13-18 7-8 0 1 1 11 1 2 6 34 F HOIBERG 29 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 10 M MADSEN 23 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 2 0 2 D MARTIN 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 G TRENT 11 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 4 O MILLER 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 T HUDSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE N EBI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-77 17-21 10 30 40 24 19 9 18 98 (.506) (.810) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (25 PTS) MEMPHIS 30 21 25 23 - 99 MINNESOTA 16 33 25 24 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - B OUTLAW, S SWIFT, M MILLER. MINNESOTA - O MILLER 2, K GARNETT 2, E JOHNSON, S CASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 3-15 (.200), J POSEY 1-3, M MILLER 1-3, J WILLIAMS 1-7, B WELLS 0-1, S BATTIER 0-1. MINNESOTA 3-6 (.500), L SPREWELL 0-1, T HASSELL 0-1, S CASSELL 1-1, F HOIBERG 2-2, D MARTIN 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, GARY BENSON, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,179. T - 2:14.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Hubie Brown picked the right time to call on Shane Battier. Battier hit a jumper from the right baseline with 2.9 seconds remaining as the Memphis Grizzlies established a franchise record for wins in a season with a 99-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. After All-Star Sam Cassell made two free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Timberwolves a 98-97 lead, the Grizzlies (29-22) called a timeout. Brown, who is making a push for Coach of the Year honors, opted to go for offense and inserted Battier into the game for Bo Outlaw. The move paid off as Battier worked off a pick and converted his jumper over the smaller Cassell's outstretched arm. "They subbed me in with 15 seconds left in the game, and we ran a pick-and-roll with Jason (Williams) and I on the wing," Battier explained. "They switched up and Jason made a pretty good pass to get it to me in the corner. It took a long time for the play to develop, and I was worried we weren't going to get a good shoot, so I just took two hard dribbles to the baseline and let it fly. Fortunately, it went in." "The reason we went with Battier at the end was we knew we needed another scorer on the floor," Brown said. "We didn't want to go to Pau (Gasol) against Garnett. Shane had a smaller guy on him, and he made the shot. He is a clutch shooter." With Cassell and fellow All-Star Kevin Garnett on the floor, the Timberwolves went to Mark Madsen for the win. After a timeout, Madsen worked inside on James Posey and took the inbounds pass before missing a uncontested layup as time expired. "That's one of those where you catch and you're not sure, 'Do I have enough time? Don't I? Do I dunk it or not,'" Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I'm sure the poor guy will not sleep all night, knowing the way Mark is." "The play at the end was unfortunate for Madsen," Brown said. "You hate to see plays go bad for someone who fights hard every game. He wears his heart on his sleeve." Gasol scored 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead six players in double figures for the Grizzlies, who won 28 games last season. Cassell matched a season high with 34 points and Garnett collected 30 and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which had its 14-game home winning streak stopped. The Wolves also had a 10-game winning streak against Memphis halted. Cassell tried to carry the Wolves in the fourth quarter, when he scored his team's last eight points. His turnaround jumper with 2:32 remaining gave Minnesota a 94-89 lead. But Mike Miller, who scored 13 points, made two free throws and Gasol had back-to-back baskets, giving the Grizzlies a 95-94 lead. The lead changed hands four times over the last 61 seconds, the last time on Battier's winning shot. "We couldn't have won this game without Pau, and Miller also made some big shots for us," Brown said. Stromile Swift added 14 points, Jason Williams and Posey 11 each and Bonzi Wells 10 for the Grizzlies, who have won four straight and 12 of their last 15 games. Williams also dished out 12 assists. "This has to be (one of the best wins of the year)," Williams said. "They're one of the best teams, if not the best team, in the league." In their latest win, the Grizzlies shot 51 percent (40-of-78). The Wolves also shot 51 percent (39-of-77) and held a commanding 40-24 rebounding advantage. The Timberwolves trailed by as many 16 points in the first quarter, but pulled within 51-49 at intermission behind 17 points from Garnett and 16 by Cassell. "I think they came out and were a lot more aggressive than we were," Timberwolves forward Latrell Sprewell said. "We were down early. A lot of it had to do with not taking care of the ball and not making shots."


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