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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        29   22   14   17    82   
      SAN ANTONIO      26   17   22   31    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 22, KEVIN GARNETT 15, 
                      TROY HUDSON 14
                SAS - EMANUEL GINOBILI 22, TIM DUNCAN 19, TONY
                      PARKER 19

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 12, KEVIN GARNETT 10,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 4
                SAS - TIM DUNCAN 10, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 6, 
                      EMANUEL GINOBILI 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, SAM CASSELL 5, TROY 
                      HUDSON 2
                SAS - BRUCE BOWEN 8, TONY PARKER 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   18,797

Box Score

MINNESOTA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 38 7-12 8-8 1-4 0 1 22 K Garnett 41 4-16 6-8 1-10 9 4 15 M Olowokandi 25 4-8 1-2 5-12 0 5 9 L Sprewell 30 2-8 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 S Cassell 26 2-5 0-0 0-2 5 2 4 M Madsen 8 1-1 1-1 0-1 0 2 3 F Hoiberg 14 1-2 2-2 1-4 0 1 5 T Hudson 22 5-11 1-2 0-3 2 0 14 E Griffin 16 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 T Hassell 15 2-3 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 E Johnson 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 19-23 12-43 16 19 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (K Garnett 1-1, L Sprewell 0-2, S Cassell 0-1, F Hoiberg 1-1, T Hudson 3-5, E Griffin 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (M Olowokandi 2, K Garnett, E Griffin). Turnovers:19 (K Garnett 7, S Cassell 6, T Hudson 2, W Szczerbiak 2, E Johnson, F Hoiberg). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, S Cassell, F Hoiberg). SAN ANTONIO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 36 4-5 0-1 0-4 8 2 9 T Duncan 38 8-23 3-4 4-10 2 1 19 R Nesterovic 28 3-10 0-0 3-6 0 5 6 E Ginobili 35 7-9 4-4 0-5 0 4 22 T Parker 38 8-18 3-3 0-3 8 1 19 M Rose 14 2-4 1-2 2-2 0 2 5 D Brown 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 B Udrih 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 R Horry 16 2-5 4-4 2-4 1 2 8 B Barry 13 1-2 1-1 0-4 2 0 4 T Massenburg DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Wilks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 16-19 11-39 22 19 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (B Bowen 1-1, E Ginobili 4-6, R Horry 0-1, B Barry 1-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (R Nesterovic 3, R Horry, E Ginobili). Turnovers:10 (E Ginobili 3, T Parker 2, M Rose, B Bowen, B Udrih, T Duncan, R Nesterovic). Steals: 11 (E Ginobili 3, R Horry 2, T Parker 2, B Udrih 2, B Bowen, T Duncan). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 29 22 14 17 - 82 SAN ANTONIO 26 17 22 31 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (E Johnson, 3:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,797. T: 2:21. Officials: Jack Nies, Tim Donaghy, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (82) AT SAN ANTONIO (96) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 38 7-12 8-8 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 22 K GARNETT F 41 4-16 6-8 1 9 10 9 4 2 7 15 M OLOWOKANDI C 25 4-8 1-2 5 7 12 0 5 0 0 9 L SPREWELL G 30 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 S CASSELL G 26 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 1 6 4 M MADSEN 8 1-1 1-1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 F HOIBERG 14 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 5 T HUDSON 22 5-11 1-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 14 E GRIFFIN 16 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 T HASSELL 15 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 E JOHNSON 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-71 19-23 12 31 43 16 19 5 19 82 (.408) (.826) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19 (24 PTS) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 36 4-5 0-1 0 4 4 8 2 1 1 9 T DUNCAN F 38 8-23 3-4 4 6 10 2 1 1 1 19 R NESTEROVIC C 28 3-10 0-0 3 3 6 0 5 0 1 6 E GINOBILI G 35 7-9 4-4 0 5 5 0 4 3 3 22 T PARKER G 38 8-18 3-3 0 3 3 8 1 2 2 19 M ROSE 14 2-4 1-2 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 5 D BROWN 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 B UDRIH 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 4 R HORRY 16 2-5 4-4 2 2 4 1 2 2 0 8 B BARRY 13 1-2 1-1 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 4 T MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-81 16-19 11 28 39 22 19 11 10 96 (.457) (.842) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10 (9 PTS) MINNESOTA 29 22 14 17 - 82 SAN ANTONIO 26 17 22 31 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 2, K GARNETT, E GRIFFIN. SAN ANTONIO - R NESTEROVIC 3, R HORRY, E GINOBILI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-13 (.385), K GARNETT 1-1, L SPREWELL 0- 2, S CASSELL 0-1, F HOIBERG 1-1, T HUDSON 3-5, E GRIFFIN 0-3. SAN ANTONIO 6- 10 (.600), B BOWEN 1-1, E GINOBILI 4-6, R HORRY 0-1, B BARRY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - E JOHNSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TIM DONAGHY, TONY BROWN. A - 18,797. T - 2:21.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The role players around Tim Duncan were a lot better than the role players around Kevin Garnett. With the last two NBA Most Valuable Players negating each other, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili fueled a fourth-quarter surge that lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 96-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Spurs used a smothering defensive effort in the second half to improve to a league-best 12-1 at home and deal the Timberwolves their fourth straight road loss. This was the first meeting of the season between Duncan and Garnett, the top two power forwards in the NBA. Neither player was on top of his game - perhaps because he was matched up against the other. "Basically Rasho (Nesterovic) and Tim guard (Garnett)," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "As the game moves along Tim guards him; that's what we always do. It worked well for us. We just don't start out that way to keep Tim from getting into trouble." Duncan, who won the MVP in 2002 and 2003, had 19 points and 10 rebounds. But he made just 8-of-23 shots - missing six in a row at one point - and did not get to the foul line until midway through the fourth quarter. Garnett, the MVP last season, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high nine assists. But he sank just 4-of-16 shots and committed a season-high seven turnovers. "I'm not really pleased with the way I am playing over the last few weeks," Garnett said. "But I'm a student of the game and I will work for perfection." That left the outcome to be decided by others, and Parker and Ginobili came through. Parker repeatedly broke down the defense with penetration and collected 19 points and eight assists. Often on the receiving end was Ginobili, who sank four 3-pointers and scored 22 points. "We have a lot of guys on this team who can carry (Duncan)," Parker said. "Manu had a huge game, Rasho hit some big shots, and I did my part, too." "If you are aggressive and show them physicality, that is when the game started to change," Ginobili said. San Antonio also flashed its league-leading defense in the second half, when Minnesota managed just 10 baskets against nine turnovers and scored just 31 points. "We were back on our heels in the first half but turned it around in the third quarter with some good defensive intensity," Popovich said. "It was a fine team effort. The second half was great. They dug down deep and took control of things." "Our focus, our energy, we just cut down on the mistakes, the intangibles, things you don't see on stats sheets," Duncan said. Wally Szczerbiak scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 12 points in the first half before settling for a 51-43 halftime advantage. But the Spurs scored the first eight points of the third quarter, and the teams went to the final period tied, 65-65. "We lost the game in the first two minutes of the second half," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Instead of controlling the tempo we let them take control of the game and get back in it and they made it difficult to play them. They do what they do. They turned up the heat when they needed to." The Spurs did that in the form of Parker. He penetrated ad found Rasho Nesterovic for a jumper, sank a runner and drained two free throws as San Antonio opened a 72-67 lead. "The last couple of games we've started out slow," Parker said. "We just had to be more in attack mode and not just stand there and watch Timmy." After two foul shots by Szczerbiak, Parker drove and kicked to Ginobili, who drained a 3-pointer for a 75-69 bulge with 8:49 to go. Another 3-pointer by Ginobili made it 87-77 with 4:35 left. Troy Hudson answered with a 3-pointer, but Parker penetrated again and found Bruce Bowen for a 3-pointer and a 90-80 advantage with 3:10 remaining.


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