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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        25   37   26   24    112  
      SEATTLE          18   33   25   31    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 34, KEVIN GARNETT 24, 
                      TROY HUDSON 20
                SEA - RAY ALLEN 25, LUKE RIDNOUR 19, RASHARD 
                      LEWIS 18

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, ERVIN JOHNSON 6, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 6
                SEA - VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 10, THREE PLAYERS 
                      WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 8, KEVIN GARNETT 7, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                SEA - RAY ALLEN 4, ANTONIO DANIELS 4, LUKE 
                      RIDNOUR 3

         ATT:   17,072

Box Score

MINNESOTA (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 10-15 4-4 1-8 7 3 24 L Sprewell 15 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 E Johnson 11 3-3 0-0 4-6 0 2 6 A Carter 13 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 3 0 T Hassell 40 3-6 2-3 1-4 2 5 8 T Hudson 36 8-15 0-0 0-2 1 2 20 W Szczerbiak 39 11-19 10-12 3-6 8 3 34 E Griffin 25 3-5 0-0 0-4 0 2 7 F Hoiberg 23 4-6 0-0 1-2 2 3 11 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Olowokandi DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-74 16-19 10-34 23 24 112 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.581, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 10-17, .588 (L Sprewell 0-2, T Hudson 4-6, W Szczerbiak 2-2, E Griffin 1-3, F Hoiberg 3-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (E Griffin 4, L Sprewell, K Garnett). Turnovers:12 (K Garnett 3, A Carter 3, W Szczerbiak 2, E Johnson, T Hudson, T Hassell, E Griffin). Steals: 1 (T Hassell). SEATTLE (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 17 1-2 2-4 2-3 2 1 4 R Lewis 42 7-19 2-2 4-6 1 3 18 J James 20 5-7 1-3 1-6 0 6 11 R Allen 42 7-23 9-9 3-6 4 1 25 L Ridnour 34 7-8 2-2 0-2 3 1 19 V Radmanovic 32 6-14 0-0 4-10 1 2 15 A Daniels 24 3-5 0-0 0-0 4 0 7 N Collison 10 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 D Fortson 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 R Murray 10 2-3 1-2 0-0 2 0 6 V Potapenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Kutluay DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 17-22 15-35 17 18 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 12-25, .480 (R Lewis 2-7, R Allen 2-7, L Ridnour 3-3, V Radmanovic 3-6, A Daniels 1-1, R Murray 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (V Radmanovic 2, J James). Turnovers:6 (D Fortson 2, V Radmanovic, L Ridnour, N Collison, R Evans). Steals: 4 (R Allen, R Lewis, V Radmanovic, R Murray). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 25 37 26 24 - 112 SEATTLE 18 33 25 31 - 107 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 2 (Defensive Three, 4:56 3rd; Defensive Three, 9:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:11. Officials: Derek Collins, Michael Smith, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (112) AT SEATTLE (107) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 38 10-15 4-4 1 7 8 7 3 0 3 24 L SPREWELL F 15 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 E JOHNSON C 11 3-3 0-0 4 2 6 0 2 0 1 6 A CARTER G 13 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 3 0 T HASSELL G 40 3-6 2-3 1 3 4 2 5 1 1 8 T HUDSON 36 8-15 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 20 W SZCZERBIAK 39 11-19 10-12 3 3 6 8 3 0 2 34 E GRIFFIN 25 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 7 F HOIBERG 23 4-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 11 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M OLOWOKANDI DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE TOTALS 240 43-74 16-19 10 24 34 23 24 1 12 112 (.581) (.842) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (10 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 17 1-2 2-4 2 1 3 2 1 0 1 4 R LEWIS F 42 7-19 2-2 4 2 6 1 3 1 0 18 J JAMES C 20 5-7 1-3 1 5 6 0 6 0 0 11 R ALLEN G 42 7-23 9-9 3 3 6 4 1 1 0 25 L RIDNOUR G 34 7-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 19 V RADMANOVIC 32 6-14 0-0 4 6 10 1 2 1 1 15 A DANIELS 24 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 N COLLISON 10 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 D FORTSON 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 R MURRAY 10 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 6 V POTAPENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION I KUTLUAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-83 17-22 15 20 35 17 18 4 6 107 (.470) (.773) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 6 (6 PTS) MINNESOTA 25 37 26 24 - 112 SEATTLE 18 33 25 31 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 4, L SPREWELL, K GARNETT. SEATTLE - V RADMANOVIC 2, J JAMES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 10-17 (.588), L SPREWELL 0-2, T HUDSON 4- 6, W SZCZERBIAK 2-2, E GRIFFIN 1-3, F HOIBERG 3-4. SEATTLE 12-25 (. 480), R LEWIS 2-7, R ALLEN 2-7, L RIDNOUR 3-3, V RADMANOVIC 3-6, A DANIELS 1- 1, R MURRAY 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, MICHAEL SMITH, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,072. T - 2:11.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves faced a tough test and the danger of falling below .500 for the first time this season. Wally Szczerbiak prevented that from happening. Szczerbiak scored 13 of his season-high 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead the hot-shooting Timberwolves to a 112-107 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. "The big difference was that we came out and played aggressive from the start," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We were all defending threes and we executed. I think over the last 10 days we are starting to play better." In his fifth straight game as a reserve, Szczerbiak led a Minnesota squad that improved to 3-2 since Saunders shuffled his lineup, moving Trenton Hassell into the starting rotation and Szczerbiak to the bench. "He knows he's going to get touches when he comes in the game and he can be aggressive," Saunders said of Szczerbiak. Behind Szczerbiak's 11-of-19 effort, the Timberwolves shot 58 percent (43-of-74), including 10-of-17 from 3-point range. He and his fellow reserves did most of their damage in the first half. "I've been shooting the ball well and shooting a high percentage but just not being aggressive enough," Szczerbiak said. "If you don't go out there and lay it on the line, you're not going to help your team win the way you should." Szczerbiak admitted he prefers the starting role, and he almost returned there when Latrell Sprewell had a touch of the flu before the game. Sprewell did start but played just 15 minutes and scored two points. "I still would love to start," Szczerbiak added. "I feel like I'm a starter in this league, but we are trying something different with this team and it worked out tonight. As long as I get my minutes and I don't feel like I'm standing around out there, I don't mind it." Troy Hudson added 11 of his 20 points in the second quarter and finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range after missing all eight attempts from the arc in Minnesota's previous game. "We talked about being patient on offense and tonight we came out and executed our game plan," said Hudson, who admitted he was not shy about shooting the 3-pointer. "That's my game," he said. "I have to take open shots and I am going to knock down good shots more than I am going to miss them." Minnesota's bench was 8-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half, helping open a 62-51 lead. The reserves scored a staggering 72 points. Szczerbiak scored the Timberwolves' first eight points of the fourth quarter and had a dynamic dunk in transition to put his team on top, 100-85, with 7:28 left. The SuperSonics closed the deficit to four points before Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett slammed the door. Garnett hit a jumper before finding Fred Hoiberg for a 3-pointer and a 109-100 lead with 2:58 left. Garnett added a pair of free throws and Szczerbiak grabbed two big offensive rebounds in the final minute to preserve a four-point edge. "We have an opportunity if we continue to play like this to make a run (at the first place Sonics)," Saunders said. "We are a team that has a tendency to make runs when the end of January comes." Minnesota was 12-3 last January en route to a franchise-best 58-24 record. "That team was picked to win the (Western Conference), let's not kid ourselves," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "And tonight they played like it." Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 19 points for Seattle, which has lost back-to-back games at home for the first time this season. Ray Allen added 25 points but was just 1-of-6 in the fourth quarter. "We are not playing well together on either end of the floor," Sonics guard Antonio Daniels said. "Offensively, everybody is trying to do it on their own and we are not playing together defensively. To win we have to win together." Seattle lost a second straight game for just the second time all season despite shooting 12-of-25 from 3-point range and turning the ball over just six times. "We knew coming in that they were a very underrated team," Daniels said. "They have been struggling. But we can't afford to play records. We can't worry about what they have been doing because when they come in here, it's a completely different game. Now we have a target on our back and when teams come in here, they're going to bring their A game." The Sonics lead the Timberwolves by 7 1/2 games in the Northwest Division.


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