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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        25   22   20   21    88   
     DETROIT          20   21   21   25    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, SAM CASSELL 16, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 12
                DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 24, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 
                      20, BEN WALLACE 17

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, LATRELL SPREWELL 5, 
                      ERVIN JOHNSON 4
                DET - BEN WALLACE 12, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 10, 
                      TAYSHAUN PRINCE 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 6, KEVIN GARNETT 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 11, RICHARD HAMILTON 6,
                      TAYSHAUN PRINCE 2

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

MINNESOTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 39 4-10 3-6 0-5 3 3 12 K Garnett 40 11-24 3-3 2-13 5 2 25 E Johnson 11 1-1 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 T Hassell 23 3-8 0-0 0-2 2 2 6 S Cassell 32 5-10 6-8 0-2 6 2 16 M Madsen 24 3-4 3-6 3-3 0 1 9 W Szczerbiak 20 3-7 0-0 1-2 1 2 7 T Hudson 16 3-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 7 F Hoiberg 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 G Trent 8 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 3 1 M Olowokandi 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 O Miller 8 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 D Martin DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 16-25 8-37 21 22 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (L Sprewell 1-2, K Garnett 0-1, S Cassell 0-1, W Szczerbiak 1-1, T Hudson 1-4, F Hoiberg 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 4, O Miller, M Madsen, L Sprewell). Turnovers:9 (S Cassell 3, K Garnett 3, L Sprewell 2, G Trent). Steals: 11 (S Cassell 3, K Garnett 2, M Madsen 2, G Trent, T Hassell, F Hoiberg, L Sprewell). DETROIT (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 37 2-8 0-0 2-8 2 1 5 B Wallace 40 8-14 1-5 6-12 0 1 17 M Okur 21 2-5 0-0 3-6 1 2 5 R Hamilton 44 7-16 10-12 2-6 6 4 24 C Billups 44 7-13 4-6 0-10 11 6 20 R Wallace 12 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 M James 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Ham 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 C Williamson 27 5-14 2-2 1-6 0 4 12 T Fowlkes 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 E Campbell DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Milicic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 17-25 15-51 20 22 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (T Prince 1-4, M Okur 1-2, R Hamilton 0-1, C Billups 2-4, R Wallace 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (B Wallace 4, T Prince). Turnovers:16 (R Hamilton 7, C Williamson 2, M Okur 2, D Ham, C Billups, T Fowlkes, T Prince, B Wallace). Steals: 4 (C Williamson, R Hamilton, M Okur, B Wallace). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 25 22 20 21 - 88 DETROIT 20 21 21 25 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:38. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Bill Kennedy, Ted Bernhardt.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (88) AT DETROIT (87) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 39 4-10 3-6 0 5 5 3 3 1 2 12 K GARNETT F 40 11-24 3-3 2 11 13 5 2 2 3 25 E JOHNSON C 11 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 2 T HASSELL G 23 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 6 S CASSELL G 32 5-10 6-8 0 2 2 6 2 3 3 16 M MADSEN 24 3-4 3-6 3 0 3 0 1 2 0 9 W SZCZERBIAK 20 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 7 T HUDSON 16 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 7 F HOIBERG 15 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 G TRENT 8 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 1 M OLOWOKANDI 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 O MILLER 8 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 D MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-77 16-25 8 29 37 21 22 11 9 88 (.442) (.640) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10 (6 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 37 2-8 0-0 2 6 8 2 1 0 1 5 B WALLACE F 40 8-14 1-5 6 6 12 0 1 1 1 17 M OKUR C 21 2-5 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 1 2 5 R HAMILTON G 44 7-16 10-12 2 4 6 6 4 1 7 24 C BILLUPS G 44 7-13 4-6 0 10 10 11 6 0 1 20 R WALLACE 12 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 M JAMES 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D HAM 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 C WILLIAMSON 27 5-14 2-2 1 5 6 0 4 1 2 12 T FOWLKES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 E CAMPBELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION D MILICIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-77 17-25 15 36 51 20 22 4 16 87 (.429) (.680) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS) MINNESOTA 25 22 20 21 - 88 DETROIT 20 21 21 25 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, O MILLER, M MADSEN, L SPREWELL. DETROIT - B WALLACE 4, T PRINCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-10 (.400), L SPREWELL 1-2, K GARNETT 0- 1, S CASSELL 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 1-1, T HUDSON 1-4, F HOIBERG 1-1. DETROIT 4- 12 (.333), T PRINCE 1-4, M OKUR 1-2, R HAMILTON 0-1, C BILLUPS 2-4, R WALLACE 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BILL KENNEDY, TED BERNHARDT. A - 22,076. T - 2:38.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons could have used their new weapons. The Minnesota Timberwolves got by behind one of their old ones. Kevin Garnett collected 25 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks as the Timberwolves survived some shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch and posted an 88-87 triumph over the Pistons. Detroit lost for the seventh time in eight games but may have bigger problems after using newly acquired Rasheed Wallace and Mike James in violation of NBA policy. Wallace logged 12 minutes and James' five in the first half. During intermission, coach Larry Brown was alerted by the league that proper paperwork had not been filed and both players were ineligible for the second half. "Just before I went out, with three minutes to go (I found out)," Brown said. "I wouldn't do anything to disrespect the league and neither would (Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars). I feel bad for my team. I feel bad for the people who were doing the game and I feel bad for the people who came here." The Pistons were within 47-41 at halftime, but Minnesota - which may have been able to protest the game had it lost - built a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before holding on down the stretch. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders was not sure what his options were had his team won. "That's a good question," he said. "I really don't know. I'd have to find out if they got approval from the league or just thought it had gone through." The Pistons are confident they will have both players for Sunday's home game against the Orlando Magic. "I felt like I wasted all of our time," Wallace said. "It definitely hurt." Nursing an 85-81 advantage, the Timberwolves missed 5-of-8 free throws in the final 31 seconds. Sam Cassell, who made 71 straight attempts earlier this season, went 2-of-4 and Latrell Sprewell was 1-of-4. Saunders attributed the poor shooting, particularly Cassell's, to the fact the Timberwolves were playing for the second time in as many nights and Cassell logged 67 minutes over that span. "Sam said he was physically exhausted," Saunders said. "We had a real emotional game last night. We got up 12 and let them back in the game." The poor shooting gave Detroit a chance to win with 1.3 seconds to go, but Darvin Ham's long inbounds pass was tipped by Fred Hoiberg and stolen by Cassell. Cassell finished with 16 points and Sprewell had 12 for Minnesota, which has won five of seven away from home and shares the NBA's top road mark with Indiana at 19-9. "We're in a tough stretch right now, but we've got a lot of personnel who are getting the job done," said Garnett, who has 17 straight double-doubles. "It's not just me or Sam or Spree. We don't have any of the intangibles that will bother us as a team. We're right where we want to be." Chauncey Billups had his second career triple-double with 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against his former team, but Detroit lost for just the ninth time in 29 home games. "We just fell a little short," Billups said. "There aren't any moral victories, especially at home. We feel like we can beat any of these teams, especially when they come to our house. We had a great chance to beat the team with the best record in the league, but they're a very good team and they came away with one." "I thought our effort was great, but I didn't think our execution was great," Brown added. "I kept talking about the same thing - missed shots. We have to be a little bit better organized, but the effort was phenomenal." Minnesota has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the teams.


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