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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 26 17 21 24 88 MINNESOTA 26 25 20 31 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 31, BLUE EDWARDS 11, BRYANT REEVES 10 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, SAM MITCHELL 18, ANTHONY PEELER 17


VANCOUVER (88) AT MINNESOTA (102)

VANCOUVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

ABDUR-RAHIM F 37 13-19 4-4 1 6 7 1 1 0 1 31 SMITH F 31 3-6 2-2 5 7 12 2 2 1 2 8 REEVES C 38 4-12 2-2 3 4 7 2 5 2 1 10 MACK G 24 3-8 1-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 8 MAYBERRY G 32 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 9 2 1 1 6 HURLEY 17 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 6 3 0 2 0 B EDWARDS 24 5-11 1-2 1 3 4 4 0 3 1 11 MASSENBURG 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 LYNCH 16 4-9 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 8 CHILCUTT 15 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 6 DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION NEWBILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 10-12 12 23 35 26 22 9 11 88 (.440) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MITCHELL F 38 7-16 3-4 2 1 3 2 3 0 1 18 K GARNETT F 42 11-18 0-0 2 7 9 4 2 2 2 22 PARKS C 27 4-7 0-0 3 5 8 3 3 1 2 8 MARBURY G 40 6-10 1-2 0 1 1 13 3 0 5 15 PEELER G 39 8-15 0-0 1 5 6 6 1 1 1 17 HAMMONDS 34 3-6 3-6 2 6 8 1 2 1 1 9 PORTER 16 3-7 1-2 1 2 3 4 0 1 3 7 WILLIAMS 1 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 JORDAN 1 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 CURLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WHEAT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROBERTS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 43-81 12-18 11 27 38 33 14 6 15 102 (.531) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

VANCOUVER 26 17 21 24 - 88 MINNESOTA 26 25 20 31 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - REEVES 2. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, PARKS 3, HAMMONDS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 4-12 (.333), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-1, MACK 1-2, MAYBERRY 2-2, B EDWARDS 0-4, CHILCUTT 0-3. MINNESOTA 4-9 (.444), MITCHELL 1-1, MARBURY 2-4, PEELER 1-2, PORTER 0-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TOM WASHINGTON, RODDY MOTT. A - 18,336. T - 2:01.


VANCOUVER (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 37 13-19 4-4 1-7 1 1 31 Smith 31 3-6 2-2 5-12 2 2 8 Reeves 38 4-12 2-2 3-7 2 5 10 Mack 24 3-8 1-2 0-0 1 3 8 Mayberry 32 2-4 0-0 0-1 9 2 6 Hurley 17 0-3 0-0 0-0 6 3 0 B Edwards 24 5-11 1-2 1-4 4 0 11 Massenburg 6 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Lynch 16 4-9 0-0 1-1 0 0 8 Chilcutt 15 3-9 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 Daniels DNP - coach's decision Newbill DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 10-12 12-35 26 22 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Abdur-rahim 1-1, Mack 1-2, Mayberry 2-2, B Edwards 0-4, Chilcutt 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Reeves 2). Turnovers: 12 (Hurley 2, Mack 2, Smith 2, Abdur-rahim, B Edwards, Lynch, Mayberry, Reeves). Steals: 9 (B Edwards 3, Reeves 2, Chilcutt, Lynch, Mayberry, Smith).

MINNESOTA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mitchell 38 7-16 3-4 2-3 2 3 18 K Garnett 42 11-18 0-0 2-9 4 2 22 Parks 27 4-7 0-0 3-8 3 3 8 Marbury 40 6-10 1-2 0-1 13 3 15 Peeler 39 8-15 0-0 1-6 6 1 17 Hammonds 34 3-6 3-6 2-8 1 2 9 Porter 16 3-7 1-2 1-3 4 0 7 Williams 1 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Jordan 1 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 Curley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wheat 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Roberts DNP - sprained left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-81 12-18 11-38 33 14 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.531, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Mitchell 1-1, Marbury 2-4, Peeler 1-2, Porter 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 9 (K Garnett 4, Parks 3, Hammonds 2). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 5, Porter 3, K Garnett 2, Parks 2, Hammonds, Mitchell, Peeler). Steals: 6 (K Garnett 2, Hammonds, Parks, Peeler, Porter). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 26 17 21 24 - 88 Minnesota 26 25 20 31 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:20 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,336. T: 2:01. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tom Washington, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Garnett collected 22 points and nine rebounds and Stephon Marbury contributed 15 points and 13 assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves put together wins for the first time in a month with a 102-88 victory over the reeling Vancouver Grizzlies.

Garnett fueled a late second-quarter burst that gave Minnesota control for good. Marbury had a three-pointer in a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that put away the game.

Sam Mitchell scored 18 points and Anthony Peeler 17 for the Timberwolves, who posted consecutive wins for the first time since February 20th-22nd. Minnesota has won eight straight meetings with Vancouver and is 10-2 in the all-time series.

"Once we got our defense going, I thought we moved the ball well," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Stephon had 13 assists, 15 points and really distributed the basketball. KG, Sam and Peeler were big."

The Wolves had lost four in a row before a 16-point win over lowly Denver on Friday. Holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, they embark on a seven-game road trip that includes stops in Phoenix, Indiana, Chicago and Atlanta.

"We took some pressure off by getting these two wins," Saunders said. "Most people going in would have said that we would have split the two games. At least we didn't disappoint ourselves by not splitting. To be 35-33 takes a little pressure off of getting, at the minimum, the eighth spot to secure the playoffs. We would like to do that sooner than later if we can."

Minnesota reserve forward Tom Hammonds had nine points and eight rebounds and was instrumental in both spurts. The Wolves shot 53 percent (43-of-81) from the field and blocked nine shots, four by Garnett.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 31 points for the Grizzlies, who have been the worst team in the NBA over the last two months. They have lost six in a row, 14 of 15 and 21 of 23 while dropping 12 straight road games.

A 13-footer by Garnett gave Minnesota the lead for good at 38-36 with 6:25 left in the second quarter. George Lynch's drive cut the deficit to 42-41 with 4:22 remaining, but the Wolves rattled off 10 of the next 12 points.

Hammonds had a tip-in and two free throws before Lynch answered with a jumper with 2:58 to go. Garnett drove for a hoop, Peeler tipped in a miss on a fast break and Garnett dunked for a 51-42 lead with 1:36 left in the half.

Vancouver's Michael Smith scored all eight of his points in the third quarter as the Grizzlies closed to 71-64 entering the final period. A free throw by Blue Edwards pared the margin to 75-71 with 9:13 remaining.

But Peeler drilled a 20-footer, starting a 9-0 burst. Marbury made a three-pointer, Mitchell sank a 17-footer and Hammonds had a layup to boost the lead to 84-71 with 5:38 left. Vancouver got no closer than nine points thereafter.

Cherokee Parks totaled eight points and eight rebounds for the Wolves, who played without injured center Stanley Roberts but still held a 38-35 rebounding edge. Parks helped hold Grizzlies center Bryant Reeves, averaging 25.5 points in his previous six games, to 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Tommy Hammonds was great," Marbury said. "He has been consistent for us all year. Cherokee did a good job tonight. Reeves has been playing very aggressive of late. Playing pretty well against him will definitely help Tommy and Chief's confidence."

"Minnesota did a good job defensively on Reeves," Grizzlies coach Brian Hill said. "They made him give up the ball and took away some of his shots."

Abdur-Rahim shot 13-of-19 from the field but got little help. Edwards scored 11 points and Smith, Lynch and Sam Mack added eight apiece for the Grizzlies, who shot 44 percent (37-of-84). Lee Mayberry handed out nine assists.

Abdur-Rahim cooled off a bit after a torrid first quarter. He scored Vancouver's first 14 points and finished with 18 in the period, which ended in a 26-26 tie.

"I just came out feeling it tonight," Abdur-Rahim said. "I was just letting things come to me. I didn;t force anything all night. Things were just coming to me in our offense."

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