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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        19   16   22   26    83   
      MEMPHIS          12   29   17   30    88      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 30, LATRELL SPREWELL 11, 
                      TROY HUDSON 11
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 17, LORENZEN WRIGHT 16, 
                      BONZI WELLS 16

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, LATRELL SPREWELL 5, 
                      EDDIE GRIFFIN 5
                MEM - JAMES POSEY 10, LORENZEN WRIGHT 7, BONZI
                      WELLS 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, TROY HUDSON 6, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 5
                MEM - JAMES POSEY 4, JASON WILLIAMS 3, EARL 
                      WATSON 3

         ATT:   18,119

Box Score

MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 33 4-12 2-2 0-5 1 1 11 K Garnett 40 12-17 5-6 3-19 6 4 30 J Thomas 16 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 T Hudson 29 4-8 2-3 0-1 6 2 11 T Hassell 29 1-7 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 A Carter 18 4-6 0-0 0-3 4 1 8 M Olowokandi 23 4-7 0-0 0-3 0 2 8 W Szczerbiak 22 1-6 1-2 1-2 5 0 3 E Griffin 14 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 F Hoiberg 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M Madsen DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 10-13 7-42 22 17 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (L Sprewell 1-3, K Garnett 1-2, T Hudson 1-3, W Szczerbiak 0-1, E Griffin 0-1, F Hoiberg 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:8 (E Griffin 3, K Garnett 2, J Thomas, M Olowokandi, T Hassell). Turnovers:12 (A Carter 3, L Sprewell, F Hoiberg, K Garnett, J Thomas, E Griffin, T Hassell, T Hudson, M Olowokandi, W Szczerbiak). Steals: 6 (M Olowokandi 2, F Hoiberg, W Szczerbiak, A Carter, J Thomas). MEMPHIS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 21 2-8 0-0 2-4 1 1 4 B Cardinal 31 1-9 0-0 3-5 1 1 3 L Wright 38 7-12 2-4 1-7 0 5 16 E Watson 17 2-7 0-0 3-5 3 1 4 M Miller 30 7-12 0-0 0-2 2 1 14 J Posey 40 3-11 5-6 2-10 4 1 12 J Williams 30 6-10 3-5 0-1 3 0 17 B Wells 23 6-10 3-4 1-6 1 5 16 J Tsakalidis 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 S Swift DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE R Humphrey DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Burks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 13-19 12-41 15 16 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (B Cardinal 1-3, L Wright 0-1, E Watson 0-2, M Miller 0-2, J Posey 1-5, J Williams 2-4, B Wells 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (L Wright, B Wells, J Posey, S Battier, E Watson). Turnovers:7 (J Williams 2, B Wells 2, L Wright, B Cardinal, E Watson). Steals: 5 (B Wells 2, B Cardinal, M Miller, S Battier). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 19 16 22 26 - 83 MEMPHIS 12 29 17 30 - 88 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 3 (Defensive Three, 11:49 1st; Defensive Three, 2:05 2nd; Defensive Three, 11:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,119. T: 2:06. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (83) AT MEMPHIS (88) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 33 4-12 2-2 0 5 5 1 1 0 1 11 K GARNETT F 40 12-17 5-6 3 16 19 6 4 0 1 30 J THOMAS C 16 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 2 T HUDSON G 29 4-8 2-3 0 1 1 6 2 0 1 11 T HASSELL G 29 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 A CARTER 18 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 1 3 8 M OLOWOKANDI 23 4-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 2 1 8 W SZCZERBIAK 22 1-6 1-2 1 1 2 5 0 1 1 3 E GRIFFIN 14 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 4 F HOIBERG 16 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 4 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-74 10-13 7 35 42 22 17 6 12 83 (.473) (.769) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 21 2-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 0 4 B CARDINAL F 31 1-9 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 1 1 3 L WRIGHT C 38 7-12 2-4 1 6 7 0 5 0 1 16 E WATSON G 17 2-7 0-0 3 2 5 3 1 0 1 4 M MILLER G 30 7-12 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 14 J POSEY 40 3-11 5-6 2 8 10 4 1 0 0 12 J WILLIAMS 30 6-10 3-5 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 17 B WELLS 23 6-10 3-4 1 5 6 1 5 2 2 16 J TSAKALIDIS 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 S SWIFT DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE R HUMPHREY DNP - COACH'S DECISION A BURKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-81 13-19 12 29 41 15 16 5 7 88 (.432) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 7 (8 PTS) MINNESOTA 19 16 22 26 - 83 MEMPHIS 12 29 17 30 - 88 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 3, K GARNETT 2, J THOMAS, M OLOWOKANDI, T HASSELL. MEMPHIS - L WRIGHT, B WELLS, J POSEY, S BATTIER, E WATSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-11 (.273), L SPREWELL 1-3, K GARNETT 1- 2, T HUDSON 1-3, W SZCZERBIAK 0-1, E GRIFFIN 0-1, F HOIBERG 0-1. MEMPHIS 5- 19 (.263), B CARDINAL 1-3, L WRIGHT 0-1, E WATSON 0-2, M MILLER 0- 2, J POSEY 1-5, J WILLIAMS 2-4, B WELLS 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE 3. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS, KEN MAUER. A - 18,119. T - 2:06.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells returned to the lineup and provided a big lift for the Memphis Grizzlies. Williams scored 17 points and Wells added 16 as the Grizzlies posted an 88-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Memphis led by 12 points in the third quarter, but Minnesota rallied and took a 61-60 lead on Troy Hudson's layup with 10:37 left in the game. Williams, who had missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, found Lorenzen Wright for an easy dunk at the other end to spark a 9-2 spurt that gave the Grizzlies the lead for good. "I felt pretty good out there tonight," Williams said. "Whenever I'm on the floor I want to do whatever I can do to help this team out. The time off was good for me. We buckled down there tonight and got a good win." Activated from the injured list prior to the game, Wells hit a jumper during the burst, which was capped by a 3-pointer from Williams that made it 69-63 with just under eight minutes to go. The Timberwolves cut the deficit to two 90 seconds later before Williams answered with another shot from the arc to push the advantage to 72-67. Minnesota made one final push, drawing within 74-71 on Eddie Griffin's dunk with 4:31 left. But Wells made a 3-pointer and a layup in the next two minutes as Memphis pushed its edge to 81-74. "You got to be able to hit shots and you got to be able to get to the hole," Wells said. "If you can't, then we just have to find someone who can. That's the mind-set of this team. We've been struggling lately with bodies, and I'm just glad I could help out tonight." Kevin Garnett rebounded from a sub-par performance in his last game to record 30 points, 19 rebounds and six assists for the Wolves (33-34), who lost for the third time in their last four contests and dropped 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "This is one of the good teams in the West right now, and when you give them life at home there's no turning back," said Garnett, who scored a season-low 12 on Wednesday. "Every loss hurts, especially when you have them on the ropes. When you don't build on them, that's a lost opportunity." "We can't make any excuses right now," Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "We've got to do what it takes to win games. If we don't, it's a step back every time we lose." The Grizzlies shot a dismal 24 percent (5-of-21) in the first quarter and trailed, 19-12, before Wells provided a boost midway through the second period. He scored five straight points, igniting a 16-6 run that gave Memphis a 41-35 lead at the break. "We got Bonzi back and we welcomed him with open arms," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "He came in and asserted himself. He came into the game blazing, which was key for us." Wells was one of three reserves who scored in double figures for Memphis, which shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and held a 47-27 edge in bench points. "That's big for them," said Szczerbiak, who scored just three points in 22 minutes off the bench. "Usually that's our guys doing that to teams, but tonight we just couldn't match them." "We're an unselfish group, and anytime you time you play an unselfish group they're hard to guard," Memphis guard Mike Miller said. "We're talented all the way down the board. We're at our best when we don't care about anything else but winning." Hudson and Latrell Sprewell contributed 11 points apiece for Minnesota, which dropped the season series to Memphis for the first time.


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