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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        16   20   22   28    86   
      LA CLIPPERS      26   19   19   28    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 
                      15, KEVIN GARNETT 14
                LAC - ELTON BRAND 24, COREY MAGGETTE 23, BOBBY
                      SIMMONS 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 11, KEVIN GARNETT 8, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 6
                LAC - CHRIS KAMAN 10, BOBBY SIMMONS 8, ELTON 
                      BRAND 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - ANTHONY CARTER 6, TROY HUDSON 3, KEVIN 
                      GARNETT 2
                LAC - RICK BRUNSON 10, COREY MAGGETTE 4, 
                      QUINTON ROSS 4

         ATT:   18,569

Box Score

MINNESOTA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 35 8-19 1-3 2-6 0 1 17 K Garnett 32 6-16 2-2 3-8 2 4 14 E Johnson 10 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 T Hassell 18 1-4 2-2 0-1 1 2 4 T Hudson 25 3-8 1-2 0-0 3 2 8 M Olowokandi 32 3-4 2-2 3-11 0 6 8 W Szczerbiak 31 6-8 3-4 0-3 1 5 15 A Carter 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 6 3 0 F Hoiberg 13 0-3 1-1 0-1 1 0 1 E Griffin 12 1-3 1-2 0-2 0 0 3 J Thomas 10 5-5 1-2 2-2 0 1 11 S Cassell 10 2-4 1-2 0-2 1 1 5 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 15-22 11-38 16 26 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (L Sprewell 0-2, T Hudson 1-2, F Hoiberg 0-2, E Griffin 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:8 (M Olowokandi 4, E Griffin 2, S Cassell, K Garnett). Turnovers:16 (M Olowokandi 4, W Szczerbiak 3, S Cassell 2, K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, E Griffin, T Hudson, A Carter, F Hoiberg). Steals: 5 (L Sprewell, S Cassell, F Hoiberg, K Garnett, W Szczerbiak). LA CLIPPERS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 37 6-16 3-5 2-8 3 3 15 E Brand 41 12-24 0-0 3-7 2 3 24 C Kaman 30 5-13 3-6 6-10 2 2 13 C Maggette 38 5-10 13-16 1-6 4 1 23 R Brunson 33 2-2 2-2 0-2 10 0 6 Q Ross 21 0-4 1-2 1-4 4 1 1 L Chalmers 15 3-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 Z Rebraca 16 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 3 2 M Moore 9 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 M Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Wilcox DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Jaric DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT FT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 22-31 16-43 26 15 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 0-2, .000 (B Simmons 0-2). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:5 (E Brand 3, B Simmons, C Kaman). Turnovers:11 (C Maggette 4, B Simmons 2, C Kaman 2, R Brunson, L Chalmers, E Brand). Steals: 7 (M Moore 2, L Chalmers 2, R Brunson, C Kaman, B Simmons). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 16 20 22 28 - 86 LA CLIPPERS 26 19 19 28 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 2 (Defensive Three, 6:38 3rd; K Garnett, 0:32 4th). La Clippers - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:11 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,569. T: 2:19. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jason Phillips, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (86) AT LA CLIPPERS (92) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 35 8-19 1-3 2 4 6 0 1 1 1 17 K GARNETT F 32 6-16 2-2 3 5 8 2 4 1 2 14 E JOHNSON C 10 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 T HASSELL G 18 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 T HUDSON G 25 3-8 1-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 8 M OLOWOKANDI 32 3-4 2-2 3 8 11 0 6 0 4 8 W SZCZERBIAK 31 6-8 3-4 0 3 3 1 5 1 3 15 A CARTER 12 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 6 3 0 1 0 F HOIBERG 13 0-3 1-1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 E GRIFFIN 12 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 J THOMAS 10 5-5 1-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 11 S CASSELL 10 2-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 5 TOTALS 240 35-77 15-22 11 27 38 16 26 5 16 86 (.455) (.682) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (13 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 37 6-16 3-5 2 6 8 3 3 1 2 15 E BRAND F 41 12-24 0-0 3 4 7 2 3 0 1 24 C KAMAN C 30 5-13 3-6 6 4 10 2 2 1 2 13 C MAGGETTE G 38 5-10 13-16 1 5 6 4 1 0 4 23 R BRUNSON G 33 2-2 2-2 0 2 2 10 0 1 1 6 Q ROSS 21 0-4 1-2 1 3 4 4 1 0 0 1 L CHALMERS 15 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 6 Z REBRACA 16 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 2 M MOORE 9 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 M BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILCOX DNP - COACH'S DECISION M JARIC DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT FT TOTALS 240 35-80 22-31 16 27 43 26 15 7 11 92 (.438) (.710) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 13 (9 PTS) MINNESOTA 16 20 22 28 - 86 LA CLIPPERS 26 19 19 28 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 4, E GRIFFIN 2, S CASSELL, K GARNETT. LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 3, B SIMMONS, C KAMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-7 (.143), L SPREWELL 0-2, T HUDSON 1- 2, F HOIBERG 0-2, E GRIFFIN 0-1. LA CLIPPERS 0-2 (.000), B SIMMONS 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE, K GARNETT. LA CLIPPERS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JASON PHILLIPS, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,569. T - 2:19.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Elton Brand and the Los Angeles Clippers are happy to be back home. Brand scored 24 points and Corey Maggette added 23 as the Clippers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 92-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was Los Angeles' first game at the Staples Center since losing the final eight games of a disastrous nine-game road trip, including a 17-point setback to Phoenix on Wednesday. But the Clippers never trailed in this one and extended their home winning streak to five games. "We've definitely been trying to get this monkey off our back and today was a good day to do it," Maggette said. "We came out of a back-to-back and played extremely well." "It was a tough road trip for us," Brand said. "But to come home and beat a team that is directly ahead of us in the playoff race is a good feeling." Leading by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles saw its lead cut to 74-72 on a free throw by Troy Hudson with 3:24 left. Chris Kaman hit a layup on the other end to ignite an 11-4 run over the next three minutes that made it 85-76 with 36 seconds remaining. Maggette made six free throws down the stretch to seal the win. "We fought hard and tried to make a little run at the end," Hudson said. "But we just fell short by a couple plays. It wasn't too big of a hole to come out of, but you have to give them credit because they kept us down by hitting their shots." "It was good to get a close one," Brand said. "They fought back and tried to make it a game, so it was good to get a win after all of that." Brand did most of his damage early, as the Clippers took control with a 16-2 first-quarter burst. After Latrell Sprewell's layup drew Minnesota within 8-6 three minutes into the game, Brand started the spurt with consecutive baskets. He added four more points during the run, which was capped by Bobby Simmons' jumper that made it 24-8 with 2:28 to go. "We started off poorly and just couldn't recover from it," Timberwolves interim coach Kevin McHale said. "We had a sluggish offensive start and with them making shots, we just got down. We kept trying to battle back, but we couldn't get our offense to flow the way we needed it to." Maggette scored eight points in the second period as Los Angeles took a 45-36 lead into the break. The Timberwolves opened the second half with a 13-6 run, cutting the deficit to 51-49 with 5:26 left in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Trenton Hassell. But Brand and Maggette combined for six points in a 10-5 spurt that pushed the Clippers' advantage back to seven three minutes later. Minnesota All-Star Kevin Garnett struggled with foul trouble in the second half and scored just 14 points - eight below his season average - on 6-of-16 shooting. "Thank God K.G. didn't have a good game tonight," Maggette said. "We got him in foul trouble early and he wasn't hitting shots." Sprewell scored 17 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 15 for the Timberwolves, who fell to 2-2 under McHale and lost their fourth straight road game.


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