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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      SAN ANTONIO      15   21   21   16    73   
      MINNESOTA        19   25   31   20    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SAS - GLENN ROBINSON 16, BENO UDRIH 15, NAZR 
                      MOHAMMED 10
                MIN - TRENTON HASSELL 19, NDUDI EBI 18, KEVIN 
                      GARNETT 15

HIGH REBOUND:   SAS - NAZR MOHAMMED 8, TIM DUNCAN 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                MIN - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 14, KEVIN GARNETT 11,
                      NDUDI EBI 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   SAS - GLENN ROBINSON 3, TIM DUNCAN 3, MIKE 
                      WILKS 3
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5, SAM
                      CASSELL 4

         ATT:   18,122

Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 26 3-8 1-2 1-4 0 2 7 T Duncan 23 1-8 1-2 1-6 3 1 3 N Mohammed 24 4-7 2-2 3-8 0 2 10 E Ginobili 22 1-3 0-2 0-4 2 0 3 T Parker 22 2-7 3-3 0-1 2 1 8 G Robinson 27 6-13 4-5 1-3 3 1 16 R Horry 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 B Udrih 23 5-12 3-4 0-0 1 0 15 S Marks 24 1-3 0-0 1-5 2 0 2 M Wilks 21 3-7 0-0 0-2 3 0 8 T Massenburg 20 0-4 1-2 1-5 0 6 1 B Barry DNP - LEFT QUAD CONTUSION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-73 15-22 8-39 17 13 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (E Ginobili 1-1, T Parker 1-2, G Robinson 0-1, B Udrih 2-7, S Marks 0-1, M Wilks 2-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (N Mohammed 3, T Duncan 2, S Marks). Turnovers:14 (B Udrih 3, B Bowen 2, T Duncan 2, T Parker 2, T Massenburg, M Wilks, E Ginobili, N Mohammed, G Robinson). Steals: 7 (M Wilks 3, T Massenburg 2, G Robinson, E Ginobili). MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 20 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 K Garnett 29 6-17 3-3 4-11 5 2 15 M Olowokandi 27 5-11 0-0 6-14 1 4 10 T Hassell 27 8-16 3-3 3-4 2 1 19 S Cassell 22 0-7 0-0 1-3 4 3 0 A Carter 26 6-11 1-1 2-3 2 0 13 W Szczerbiak 21 2-6 0-0 0-2 5 0 6 N Ebi 28 8-14 2-3 2-8 0 5 18 J Thomas 19 2-4 4-4 1-5 0 0 8 E Griffin 21 0-3 2-2 0-5 1 0 2 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Hoiberg DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-93 15-16 19-58 20 17 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.938. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (S Cassell 0-1, A Carter 0-1, W Szczerbiak 2-2, N Ebi 0-1, E Griffin 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (K Garnett 3, J Thomas, M Olowokandi, A Carter, T Hassell, E Griffin). Turnovers:11 (T Hassell 3, K Garnett 2, A Carter 2, E Griffin 2, M Olowokandi, N Ebi). Steals: 9 (S Cassell 2, K Garnett 2, A Carter 2, L Sprewell, M Olowokandi, T Hassell). ------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 15 21 21 16 - 73 MINNESOTA 19 25 31 20 - 95 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,122. T: 1:57. Officials: Dan Crawford, Kevin Fehr, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (73) AT MINNESOTA (95) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 26 3-8 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 2 7 T DUNCAN F 23 1-8 1-2 1 5 6 3 1 0 2 3 N MOHAMMED C 24 4-7 2-2 3 5 8 0 2 0 1 10 E GINOBILI G 22 1-3 0-2 0 4 4 2 0 1 1 3 T PARKER G 22 2-7 3-3 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 8 G ROBINSON 27 6-13 4-5 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 16 R HORRY 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 B UDRIH 23 5-12 3-4 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 15 S MARKS 24 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 2 M WILKS 21 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 3 1 8 T MASSENBURG 20 0-4 1-2 1 4 5 0 6 2 1 1 B BARRY DNP - LEFT QUAD CONTUSION TOTALS 240 26-73 15-22 8 31 39 17 13 7 14 73 (.356) (.682) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (21 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 20 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 4 K GARNETT F 29 6-17 3-3 4 7 11 5 2 2 2 15 M OLOWOKANDI C 27 5-11 0-0 6 8 14 1 4 1 1 10 T HASSELL G 27 8-16 3-3 3 1 4 2 1 1 3 19 S CASSELL G 22 0-7 0-0 1 2 3 4 3 2 0 0 A CARTER 26 6-11 1-1 2 1 3 2 0 2 2 13 W SZCZERBIAK 21 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 6 N EBI 28 8-14 2-3 2 6 8 0 5 0 1 18 J THOMAS 19 2-4 4-4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 8 E GRIFFIN 21 0-3 2-2 0 5 5 1 0 0 2 2 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION F HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-93 15-16 19 39 58 20 17 9 11 95 (.419) (.938) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11 (7 PTS) SAN ANTONIO 15 21 21 16 - 73 MINNESOTA 19 25 31 20 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - N MOHAMMED 3, T DUNCAN 2, S MARKS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, J THOMAS, M OLOWOKANDI, A CARTER, T HASSELL, E GRIFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 6-14 (.429), E GINOBILI 1-1, T PARKER 1- 2, G ROBINSON 0-1, B UDRIH 2-7, S MARKS 0-1, M WILKS 2-2. MINNESOTA 2- 7 (.286), S CASSELL 0-1, A CARTER 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 2-2, N EBI 0-1, E GRIFFIN 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, KEVIN FEHR, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,122. T - 1:57.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett was just a kid the last time he watched the playoffs from home. He can relive his past beginning this weekend. Garnett scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves finish an otherwise disappointing season with an easy 95-73 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The victory was the 11th in the final 15 games for Minnesota but not enough for the club to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. "Knowing how competitive (Garnett) is, I know it kills him not being in the playoffs," said Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who scored just three points in 23 minutes. "He pours his heart and soul into his team and into every game that he plays." The Timberwolves' fate was sealed with a loss to Seattle on Sunday, bringing them from the brink of the NBA Finals a year ago to an early exit this season. Minnesota was the top seed in the Western Conference in 2004 but lost in six games in the conference finals to the Los Angeles Lakers. "This is extremely difficult," Minnesota guard Fred Hoiberg said. "Especially compared to last year, going to the conference finals and seeing how that energized the team and the city." A seven-time All-Star and the reigning NBA MVP, Garnett was a 19-year-old rookie the last time the Timberwolves failed to make the postseason. While he showcased his remarkable skills in another fine campaign, his teammates often looked old, tired and unmotivated. Garnett expressed his frustration with his team's play on more than one occasion but had nothing to say after this win, leaving the Target Center without speaking to reporters. His club did show a sense of desperation down the stretch and gave its fans a glimmer of hope for next season by taking care of the Spurs, who gave their bench big minutes in preparation for the playoffs beginning Sunday. Once considered a potential preview of the Western Conference finals, this game became insignificant. "It's mind-boggling (what happened here in Minnesota)," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Sometimes things just don't work out. We've probably all, as coaches or players, been there. You don't judge it. You just know that it can happen. Thankfully it doesn't happen that often. "I'm sure the Minnesota group will use it as fuel. They're smart, they're competitive. OK, so it didn't work this year. But they'll find a way to use it as fuel and come back with a vengeance." Trenton Hassell scored 19 points and Ndudi Ebi added a career-high 18 in just his second game this season for the Timberwolves. Ebi, a 2003 first-round pick, spent the first 80 games on the injured list. "It was fun seeing the kid (Ebi) out there, working hard and having fun," Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "We were all cheering for him. I know that he will be really energized to come in here next year and do well." San Antonio finished one victory shy of the third 60-win season in franchise history. It opens a best-of-seven series Sunday at home against Denver. Glenn Robinson scored 16 points and rookie Beno Udrih added 15 for the Spurs, who lost three of their last four games. Robinson was signed April 4 and may be relied on for scoring punch against the high-powered Nuggets. "(Robinson) has been a great pickup," Duncan said. "He has come out aggressively. He's very offensive-minded and he adds another weapon to our scoring arsenal."


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