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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          25   22   20   15    82   
     MINNESOTA        19   27   23   21    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - JAMES POSEY 19, PAU GASOL 15, JASON 
                      WILLIAMS 10
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 36, KEVIN GARNETT 14, 
                      MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - BONZI WELLS 7, PAU GASOL 7, JAKE 
                      TSAKALIDIS 6
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 14,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 10, EARL WATSON 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 8, KEVIN GARNETT 5, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   19,068

Box Score

MEMPHIS (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 32 5-8 7-9 0-3 0 2 19 P Gasol 32 5-13 5-6 2-7 0 2 15 J Tsakalidis 19 1-3 1-4 3-6 1 2 3 M Miller 23 4-9 0-0 3-5 2 0 9 J Williams 29 4-11 0-1 0-4 10 2 10 L Wright 15 1-4 2-2 0-0 0 5 4 B Wells 25 4-11 0-0 2-7 1 3 8 S Battier 17 2-6 1-3 1-3 1 1 6 E Watson 19 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 3 B Outlaw 23 2-3 1-2 1-3 2 3 5 S Swift 6 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 T Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 17-27 12-40 20 22 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (J Posey 2-3, M Miller 1-3, J Williams 2-4, S Battier 1-3, E Watson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (B Outlaw 2, J Tsakalidis, P Gasol). Turnovers:11 (B Outlaw 2, J Williams 2, B Wells 2, M Miller 2, L Wright, S Swift, P Gasol). Steals: 5 (J Posey 2, B Wells, E Watson, P Gasol). MINNESOTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 34 4-11 0-0 1-4 1 2 11 K Garnett 39 5-20 4-5 7-22 5 3 14 E Johnson 17 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 3 0 T Hassell 15 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 S Cassell 40 14-24 5-6 1-2 8 1 36 W Szczerbiak 25 3-7 4-4 1-4 1 2 10 M Olowokandi 30 4-11 4-7 7-14 0 3 12 D Martin 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Madsen 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 F Hoiberg 22 2-2 2-2 0-3 0 2 7 G Trent DNP - COACH'S DECISION O Miller DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 19-24 19-54 17 19 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (L Sprewell 3-5, S Cassell 3-5, W Szczerbiak 0-1, D Martin 0-1, F Hoiberg 1-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:6 (K Garnett 4, E Johnson, M Olowokandi). Turnovers:11 (K Garnett 4, S Cassell 3, L Sprewell, D Martin, W Szczerbiak, T Hassell). Steals: 6 (S Cassell 3, F Hoiberg, K Garnett, W Szczerbiak). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 25 22 20 15 - 82 MINNESOTA 19 27 23 21 - 90 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:32 2nd; K Garnett, 0:22 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,068. T: 2:08. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Gary Zielinski, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (82) AT MINNESOTA (90) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 32 5-8 7-9 0 3 3 0 2 2 0 19 P GASOL F 32 5-13 5-6 2 5 7 0 2 1 1 15 J TSAKALIDIS C 19 1-3 1-4 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 3 M MILLER G 23 4-9 0-0 3 2 5 2 0 0 2 9 J WILLIAMS G 29 4-11 0-1 0 4 4 10 2 0 2 10 L WRIGHT 15 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 4 B WELLS 25 4-11 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 1 2 8 S BATTIER 17 2-6 1-3 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 6 E WATSON 19 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 3 B OUTLAW 23 2-3 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 5 S SWIFT 6 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 T SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-75 17-27 12 28 40 20 22 5 11 82 (.387) (.630) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 34 4-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 11 K GARNETT F 39 5-20 4-5 7 15 22 5 3 1 4 14 E JOHNSON C 17 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0 T HASSELL G 15 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 S CASSELL G 40 14-24 5-6 1 1 2 8 1 3 3 36 W SZCZERBIAK 25 3-7 4-4 1 3 4 1 2 1 1 10 M OLOWOKANDI 30 4-11 4-7 7 7 14 0 3 0 0 12 D MARTIN 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 M MADSEN 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 F HOIBERG 22 2-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 7 G TRENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION O MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-81 19-24 19 35 54 17 19 6 11 90 (.395) (.792) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (17 PTS) MEMPHIS 25 22 20 15 - 82 MINNESOTA 19 27 23 21 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - B OUTLAW 2, J TSAKALIDIS, P GASOL. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, E JOHNSON, M OLOWOKANDI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 7-14 (.500), J POSEY 2-3, M MILLER 1-3, J WILLIAMS 2-4, S BATTIER 1-3, E WATSON 1-1. MINNESOTA 7-13 (.538), L SPREWELL 3-5, S CASSELL 3-5, W SZCZERBIAK 0-1, D MARTIN 0-1, F HOIBERG 1- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE, K GARNETT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, GARY ZIELINSKI, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,068. T - 2:08.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Memphis Grizzlies could not contain a red-hot Sam Cassell, and the All-Star guard put an end to their seven-game winning streak. Cassell scored a season-high 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to their fifth straight win, a 90-82 triumph over the Grizzlies. "My teammates got me the ball in good positions on the court, so it's easy to make a shot," Cassell said. "Kevin (Garnett) set some good screens for me, I just did what I had to do." Minnesota (54-24) moved into a virtual tie with Sacramento for first place in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves lead the San Antonio Spurs by 1 1/2 games in the race for the Midwest Division crown. "The West is wide open right now," Cassell said. "Anyone can win. This was a playoff atmosphere. (Memphis) pushed us to the limit. We need to continue what we're doing, enjoy it, but out work is not done." Minnesota trailed 47-46 at the half but seized the lead in the third quarter behind 12 points from Cassell. The game was knotted at 64-64 when the Timberwolves scored five straight points, punctuated by a 3-pointer from Cassell, to take the lead for good. MVP candidate Garnett scored 14 points on just 5-of-20 shooting but grabbed 22 rebounds to lead a strong defensive effort by the Timberwolves. Memphis shot just 39 percent (29-of-75). "Sam had a great game," Garnett said. "Usually, I'm the one that sets the tone offensively, but I wasn't really sharp and he was crisp. We milked him. We're feeling confident, even when we're losing we're a confident team. That's the key to this league, you have to be confident all the time." "I told KG to do the little things and they will add up to big things," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "He had seven offensive rebounds and four blocked shots, he did a lot of little things tonight." The Timberwolves outrebounded the Grizzlies, 54-40. Michael Olowokandi, who has struggled since coming off the injured list in late February, collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Olowokandi also had a big follow shot to increase the lead to 88-81 with 1:35 to play. "The guy in our opinion that changed the game was Olowokandi," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "(He) had seven offensive rebounds and that was really big. He played a great game." James Posey scored 19 points to lead the Grizzlies in scoring for the third straight contest. Memphis (49-27) leads Dallas by one game for fifth place in the Western Conference. "They got stops when they needed to get stops and we weren't able to get good shots," Posey said. "They were able to execute. That's just the experience they have late in the season."


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