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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        27   25   24   22    98   
      ATLANTA          16   35   25   29    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 31, LATRELL SPREWELL 17, 
                      MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 17
                ATL - TYRONN LUE 23, TONY DELK 18, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 13, KEVIN GARNETT 12,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 4
                ATL - TONY DELK 7, TOM GUGLIOTTA 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, TROY HUDSON 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                ATL - ROYAL IVEY 5, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   17,583

Box Score

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 35 6-16 2-3 1-3 2 3 17 K Garnett 38 8-14 15-15 4-12 7 1 31 M Olowokandi 38 8-13 1-4 1-13 1 1 17 T Hudson 27 3-9 1-2 0-1 6 2 9 T Hassell 33 4-7 1-1 0-0 2 2 9 W Szczerbiak 25 4-7 0-0 1-1 0 2 8 E Griffin 10 1-4 1-2 1-4 1 1 3 S Cassell 21 1-8 0-0 0-4 1 3 2 J Thomas 10 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 1 2 A Carter 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Hoiberg DNP - BACK SPASMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 21-27 10-41 20 16 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Sprewell 3-6, T Hudson 2-3, W Szczerbiak 0-2, E Griffin 0-1, S Cassell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (M Olowokandi 2, E Griffin 2, K Garnett, T Hassell). Turnovers:13 (L Sprewell 2, K Garnett 2, W Szczerbiak 2, M Olowokandi 2, S Cassell, E Griffin, J Thomas, T Hassell, T Hudson). Steals: 6 (L Sprewell 2, S Cassell, K Garnett, J Thomas, T Hudson). ATLANTA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Smith 37 5-13 4-4 0-5 2 3 14 T Gugliotta 18 1-7 0-0 1-6 3 3 2 J Collier 12 5-9 0-0 1-1 0 1 12 T Lue 29 9-12 4-4 1-3 3 0 23 J Childress 31 7-12 0-0 2-4 3 2 14 P Drobnak 32 4-13 0-0 1-5 2 3 8 R Ivey 19 3-4 4-4 1-3 5 1 10 M Stewart 18 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 6 2 T Delk 30 6-10 2-2 0-7 3 2 18 D Smith 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 B Diaw 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-85 14-14 9-39 23 21 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (J Smith 0-1, T Gugliotta 0-1, J Collier 2-3, T Lue 1-1, P Drobnak 0-2, T Delk 4-6). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (J Smith 3, M Stewart 2). Turnovers:10 (T Delk 2, J Collier 2, T Gugliotta, B Diaw, J Smith, P Drobnak, J Childress, M Stewart). Steals: 9 (T Delk 4, T Gugliotta, R Ivey, J Childress, P Drobnak, J Smith). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 27 25 24 22 - 98 ATLANTA 16 35 25 29 - 105 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,583. T: 2:08. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Courtney Kirkland, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (98) AT ATLANTA (105) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 35 6-16 2-3 1 2 3 2 3 2 2 17 K GARNETT F 38 8-14 15-15 4 8 12 7 1 1 2 31 M OLOWOKANDI C 38 8-13 1-4 1 12 13 1 1 0 2 17 T HUDSON G 27 3-9 1-2 0 1 1 6 2 1 1 9 T HASSELL G 33 4-7 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 9 W SZCZERBIAK 25 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 8 E GRIFFIN 10 1-4 1-2 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 3 S CASSELL 21 1-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 2 J THOMAS 10 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 2 A CARTER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION F HOIBERG DNP - BACK SPASMS TOTALS 240 36-79 21-27 10 31 41 20 16 6 13 98 (.456) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (18 PTS) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J SMITH F 37 5-13 4-4 0 5 5 2 3 1 1 14 T GUGLIOTTA F 18 1-7 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 1 1 2 J COLLIER C 12 5-9 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 12 T LUE G 29 9-12 4-4 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 23 J CHILDRESS G 31 7-12 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 1 1 14 P DROBNAK 32 4-13 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 1 1 8 R IVEY 19 3-4 4-4 1 2 3 5 1 1 0 10 M STEWART 18 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 6 0 1 2 T DELK 30 6-10 2-2 0 7 7 3 2 4 2 18 D SMITH 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 B DIAW 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-85 14-14 9 30 39 23 21 9 10 105 (.494) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10 (7 PTS) MINNESOTA 27 25 24 22 - 98 ATLANTA 16 35 25 29 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 2, E GRIFFIN 2, K GARNETT, T HASSELL. ATLANTA - J SMITH 3, M STEWART 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-13 (.385), L SPREWELL 3-6, T HUDSON 2- 3, W SZCZERBIAK 0-2, E GRIFFIN 0-1, S CASSELL 0-1. ATLANTA 7-14 (. 500), J SMITH 0-1, T GUGLIOTTA 0-1, J COLLIER 2-3, T LUE 1-1, P DROBNAK 0- 2, T DELK 4-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, SCOTT WALL. A - 17,583. T - 2:08.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are in serious danger of missing the playoffs. Coach Kevin McHale wanted to make sure they did not miss the bus, too. The Timberwolves moved closer to missing the postseason for the first time in nine years with a crushing 105-98 loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks, who ended a 14-game losing streak. Following Friday's home loss to Denver, the dispirited Timberwolves (40-37) absorbed their worst loss of the season. After posting the best record in the Western Conference and reaching the conference finals a year ago, they are four games behind eighth-place Memphis with five to play. "You can't disrespect the game of basketball like that," McHale said. "You have to go out there and play as a team. And when you don't, it's just ugly." Twenty minutes following the setback, McHale rushed his players onto the bus, cutting short his team's media session. Reigning league MVP Kevin Garnett still managed to have his voice heard. "Who isn't upset in here? There shouldn't be a happy face in this locker room except for you guys, and that's for your own personal reasons," Garnett said. "Who cares what people say? That's our (bleeping) problem, we shouldn't give a (bleep) what people say anyway. We control our own destiny. "I'm at a loss for words. I don't like 'frustrated' because it's not a clear mind. But it's been all year, man, it's been all year. It cost Flip (previous coach Flip Saunders) his job." The Hawks (12-64) had lost 27 of their last 28 games but rode a huge finish from Tyronn Lue, who scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. Lue sank a clutch jumper with 17 seconds remaining that sealed Atlanta's first win since a 116-112 overtime triumph at Toronto on March 11. Lue made a difficult fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line with 3:33 remaining to give Atlanta a 93-89 cushion. Following a three-point play by Minnesota's Michael Olowokandi, the 6-foot Lue made a floater to beat the shot clock and added two free throws on the following possession to give Atlanta a 97-92 lead with 2:18 to go. "With Peja (Drobnjak) being the kind of shooter he is ... he's a great pick-and-pop player," Lue said. "I was able to come off and get some good looks. I was able to knock them down." After Minnesota sliced the deficit to one on a jumper by Trenton Hassell and two free throws by Garnett, Lue responded with back-to-back jumpers, including a pull-up with 17 seconds remaining to preserve the win. "He was in the flow," Garnett said. "He was taking what we were giving him. He came through in the clutch. I've always known Ty to be big, going back to his Laker days." "He was amazing coming down the stretch, knocking down open jump shots," Hawks rookie guard Josh Smith said. "He was relentless." The Hawks, the second-worst free-throw shooting team in the NBA at 70.2 percent, made all 14 of their foul shots, including 10-of-10 in the final period. Atlanta also ended a 12-game home slide and won in regulation for the first time since defeating the Los Angeles Lakers on February 7. "This is a good win for us after losing 14 in a row," Lue said. "Coming back and not giving up and continuing to play hard, we were able to execute down the stretch when we needed to." The same couldn't be said for the Timberwolves, who need a miracle to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996. "Basketball is my love," Garnett said. "It's what flows through me. When it's out of balance like this, it frustrates me." Atlanta trailed by 13 points in the first quarter and 76-67 with under three minutes remaining in the third period before closing the quarter with a 9-0 run. Garnett had 31 points and 12 rebounds, including 15-of-15 from the line. Olowokandi and Latrell Sprewell added 17 points apiece for Minnesota.


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