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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        28   27   35   17    107  
     MEMPHIS          16   18   29   27    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, LATRELL SPREWELL 20, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 17
                MEM - PAU GASOL 16, JASON WILLIAMS 15, JAMES 
                      POSEY 14

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 9, 
                      MARK MADSEN 8
                MEM - JAMES POSEY 5, PAU GASOL 4, FOUR PLAYERS
                      WITH 3

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 8, TRENTON HASSELL 3, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MEM - EARL WATSON 9, JASON WILLIAMS 7, MIKE 
                      MILLER 3

         ATT:   19,351

Box Score

MINNESOTA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 30 8-13 2-2 0-2 2 0 20 K Garnett 31 9-13 8-8 2-9 2 1 26 E Johnson 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 S Cassell 25 7-9 2-2 0-2 8 2 17 T Hassell 18 2-3 1-2 1-3 3 1 5 M Olowokandi 29 2-7 4-6 3-9 2 6 8 W Szczerbiak 30 7-11 0-0 0-4 2 0 17 G Trent 4 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 D Martin 23 3-9 2-2 0-0 2 2 9 M Madsen 21 0-0 0-0 3-8 1 4 0 F Hoiberg 18 0-1 2-2 0-2 1 2 2 O Miller 4 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-72 22-26 10-42 23 24 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.542, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (L Sprewell 2-5, S Cassell 1-1, W Szczerbiak 3-3, D Martin 1-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (M Olowokandi 3, K Garnett 2, T Hassell). Turnovers:14 (W Szczerbiak 3, L Sprewell 2, F Hoiberg 2, M Olowokandi 2, M Madsen 2, S Cassell, T Hassell, D Martin). Steals: 8 (L Sprewell 2, D Martin 2, S Cassell, T Hassell, M Olowokandi, K Garnett). MEMPHIS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 27 5-12 4-5 3-5 0 0 14 P Gasol 29 4-10 8-10 1-4 1 2 16 L Wright 30 3-7 1-1 2-3 0 2 7 J Williams 25 6-15 2-2 1-3 7 2 15 M Miller 26 4-8 2-2 0-2 3 2 11 S Swift 15 3-7 2-2 1-3 0 2 8 B Wells 19 4-10 0-0 0-3 0 2 8 S Battier 21 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 E Watson 23 1-2 5-5 1-1 9 2 7 B Outlaw 19 0-3 0-2 1-1 0 4 0 R Humphrey 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 T Smith 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 24-29 10-28 20 21 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (J Posey 0-2, J Williams 1-3, M Miller 1-2, S Swift 0-1, R Humphrey 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (P Gasol 3, B Outlaw). Turnovers:10 (J Williams 3, P Gasol 3, B Wells 2, B Outlaw, R Humphrey). Steals: 12 (L Wright 4, J Posey 3, M Miller 2, S Battier, E Watson, P Gasol). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 28 27 35 17 - 107 MEMPHIS 16 18 29 27 - 90 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 2 (K Garnett, 4:08 2nd; Defensive Three, 8:12 2nd). Memphis - 1 (B Wells, 4:08 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,351. T: 2:17. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Kevin Fehr, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (107) AT MEMPHIS (90) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 30 8-13 2-2 0 2 2 2 0 2 2 20 K GARNETT F 31 9-13 8-8 2 7 9 2 1 1 0 26 E JOHNSON C 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 S CASSELL G 25 7-9 2-2 0 2 2 8 2 1 1 17 T HASSELL G 18 2-3 1-2 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 5 M OLOWOKANDI 29 2-7 4-6 3 6 9 2 6 1 2 8 W SZCZERBIAK 30 7-11 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 0 3 17 G TRENT 4 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 D MARTIN 23 3-9 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 9 M MADSEN 21 0-0 0-0 3 5 8 1 4 0 2 0 F HOIBERG 18 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 2 O MILLER 4 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 39-72 22-26 10 32 42 23 24 8 14 107 (.542) (.846) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15 (17 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 27 5-12 4-5 3 2 5 0 0 3 0 14 P GASOL F 29 4-10 8-10 1 3 4 1 2 1 3 16 L WRIGHT C 30 3-7 1-1 2 1 3 0 2 4 0 7 J WILLIAMS G 25 6-15 2-2 1 2 3 7 2 0 3 15 M MILLER G 26 4-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 2 0 11 S SWIFT 15 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 8 B WELLS 19 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 8 S BATTIER 21 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 E WATSON 23 1-2 5-5 1 0 1 9 2 1 0 7 B OUTLAW 19 0-3 0-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 R HUMPHREY 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 T SMITH 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 32-78 24-29 10 18 28 20 21 12 10 90 (.410) (.828) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10 (18 PTS) MINNESOTA 28 27 35 17 - 107 MEMPHIS 16 18 29 27 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 3, K GARNETT 2, T HASSELL. MEMPHIS - P GASOL 3, B OUTLAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-12 (.583), L SPREWELL 2-5, S CASSELL 1- 1, W SZCZERBIAK 3-3, D MARTIN 1-3. MEMPHIS 2-9 (.222), J POSEY 0-2, J WILLIAMS 1-3, M MILLER 1-2, S SWIFT 0-1, R HUMPHREY 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, DEFENSIVE THREE. MEMPHIS - B WELLS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, KEVIN FEHR, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 19,351. T - 2:17.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves appear ready for the responsibilities that come with being the top seed in the Western Conference. Garnett scored 26 points to lead a customary three-pronged attack as the Timberwolves locked up their first Midwest Division title with a 107-90 victory over the slumping Memphis Grizzlies. The favorite for NBA MVP, Garnett led the Timberwolves to a 58-24 mark, one game better than defending champion San Antonio. Minnesota, which closed the season with nine straight wins, will have the home-court edge through at least the conference finals. "Now we have to put ourselves in position to do just that," Garnett said. "It's not to say that we can't adjust to a couple of teams because we will, but for the most part, we'll just play." "We said three weeks ago we were going to start playing every game as a playoff game," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We're ready to go forward, but we know it's not going to be easy." The Wolves and Garnett never have won a playoff series. But the additions of Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell, a pair of playoff-tested veterans, helped Minnesota reach new heights this season and should continue to help in the postseason. "This is a different team," Garnett said. "At this point, we're not intimidated. We're going to go out and play how we know how to play. Our confidence is high." Sprewell, who reached the 1999 NBA Finals with the New York Knicks, opened the game with a 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter as Minnesota bolted to a 28-16 lead. Garnett and Cassell scored eight points each in a 22-2 surge that widened the bulge to 52-27 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter. Cassell, who won NBA titles with Houston in 1994 and 1995, scored 20 points for the Wolves, who will face Denver in the first round. "We just have to maintain what we are doing," Cassell said. "We have veteran guys out there. This is a different team than the previous seven years. We aren't going to promise anything, but I like our chances." Headed to their first postseason appearance, the Grizzlies (50-32) dropped six of the last seven games. Seeded sixth, they will face the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, who have won 11 in a row. "This has been brutal," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "It's our third game in four nights, we've been away for six nights and now we just got told we're playing on Saturday." Pau Gasol scored 16 points for the Grizzlies, who are trying to regain the chemistry that saw them become one of the best teams in the NBA in the second half of the season. "I don't think you can recapture (chemistry) in one practice," forward Shane Battier said. "What you can do is find what made you successful."


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