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NBA SEATTLE 81 MINNESOTA 83 0:34 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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SEATTLE (84) AT MINNESOTA (85)

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

BAKER F 26 2-6 2-3 3 1 4 1 4 0 4 6 OWENS F 24 4-11 0-2 5 4 9 3 3 0 4 8 POLYNICE C 32 4-9 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 8 HAWKINS G 41 6-12 0-0 2 4 6 6 0 1 1 13 PAYTON G 40 4-16 2-2 1 6 7 10 1 2 2 10 BARRY 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 3 ELLIS 25 5-11 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 14 SCHREMPF 35 6-9 6-6 4 4 8 3 2 0 3 18 WILLIAMS 6 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-82 10-13 17 29 46 25 17 3 15 84 (.415) (.769) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 38 11-21 0-0 8 8 16 6 3 2 4 22 SMITH F 32 5-13 0-0 6 5 11 0 3 0 2 10 D GARRETT C 24 5-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 0 10 MARBURY G 36 5-15 2-2 0 4 4 9 3 1 2 12 PEELER G 25 4-11 0-0 3 5 8 6 0 0 0 9 CURLEY 13 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 HAMMONDS 4 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 JACKSON 15 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 6 MITCHELL 23 1-7 2-4 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 5 SEALY 30 4-9 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 10 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-91 7-10 22 29 51 26 17 5 11 85 (.418) (.700) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

SEATTLE 25 19 20 20 - 84 MINNESOTA 25 19 22 19 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - PAYTON, SCHREMPF, POLYNICE. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, SMITH 2, D GARRETT, MARBURY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 6-19 (.316), HAWKINS 1-6, PAYTON 0-4, BARRY 1-3, ELLIS 4-6. MINNESOTA 2-15 (.133), MARBURY 0-7, PEELER 1-6, MITCHELL 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, KEN MAUER, RODNEY MOTT. A - 17,237. T - 2:14.


Box Score

SEATTLE (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 26 2-6 2-3 3-4 1 4 6 Owens 24 4-11 0-2 5-9 3 3 8 Polynice 32 4-9 0-0 1-6 0 2 8 Hawkins 41 6-12 0-0 2-6 6 0 13 Payton 40 4-16 2-2 1-7 10 1 10 Barry 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 Ellis 25 5-11 0-0 1-5 0 1 14 Schrempf 35 6-9 6-6 4-8 3 2 18 Williams 6 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 10-13 17-46 25 17 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Hawkins 1-6, Payton 0-4, Barry 1-3, Ellis 4-6). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Payton, Schrempf, Polynice). Turnovers: 17 (Baker 4, Owens 4, Schrempf 3, Payton 2, Barry, Hawkins). Steals: 3 (Payton 2, Hawkins).

MINNESOTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 11-21 0-0 8-16 6 3 22 Smith 32 5-13 0-0 6-11 0 3 10 D Garrett 24 5-7 0-0 2-4 1 1 10 Marbury 36 5-15 2-2 0-4 9 3 12 Peeler 25 4-11 0-0 3-8 6 0 9 Curley 13 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Hammonds 4 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 1 1 Jackson 15 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 Mitchell 23 1-7 2-4 2-4 2 3 5 Sealy 30 4-9 2-2 0-1 1 1 10 Carr DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-91 7-10 22-51 26 17 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Marbury 0-7, Peeler 1-6, Mitchell 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (K Garnett 4, Smith 2, D Garrett, Marbury). Turnovers: 12 (K Garnett 4, Marbury 2, Smith 2, Curley, Hammonds, Mitchell). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, D Garrett, Marbury, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Seattle 25 19 20 20 - 84 Minnesota 25 19 22 19 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,237. T: 2:14. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ken Mauer, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Seattle SuperSonics at home, Kevin Garnett was 14 years old.

Garnett punctuated a fourth-quarter double-double with a follow dunk with 18 seconds left, giving the Timberwolves an emotional 85-84 victory over the SuperSonics, their first at home in the series since December 30, 1990.

The 22-year-old Garnett had 22 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. The four-year veteran had 12 points and 11 boards in the final period and rescued the Wolves after they squandered a six-point lead in the final three minutes.

"I don't think there's anyone that stuffs the stat sheet the way he does as far as points, rebounds, assists and steals," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "Kevin plays for the love of the game. He's got that great enthusiasm. He's an entertainer."

"He seemed to be everywhere," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "He's a great young player."

Seattle suffered its fourth straight loss, its longest losing streak since a four-game skid from January 20-25, 1992. It had won 15 straight visits to Minnesota.

The SuperSonics entered this season with a 32-4 all-time mark against the Timberwolves and eliminated them in five tough games in the first round of last year's playoffs. But they suffered an 88-77 home loss to Minnesota on Sunday and have lost twice to them in one season for only the second time.

Seattle's last nine points came via 3-pointers. After Wolves guard Stephon Marbury committed a turnover, a long-range shot by Hersey Hawkins gave the Sonics an 84-83 lead with 38 seconds to go.

Marbury missed a driving layup but Garnett went high and rammed home the rebound with one hand.

"I think Steph was surprised at how open he was," Saunders said. "He missed the last shot and Garnett made a great play."

"We went to the penetration and had three guys on the board," Westphal said. "They missed the shot and he dunked it. It was probably his easiest play of the game. He played sensational."

On the ensuing possession, Billy Owens mishandled Gary Payton's pass and the ball rolled out of bounds as time expired, touching off a celebration by the Wolves that spilled into the courtside seats.

"We wouldn't have won tonight without our crowd," Saunders said. "We have a lot of young players and they feed off the crowd."

"It's great to beat those guys," Marbury said. "It really doesn't matter that it was on national TV. The important thing is that we won. We are letting them know it will be a battle when they play us."

The celebration was a bit much for a regular-season game, which was not lost on some of Seattle's older players.

"I think this is more of a rivalry for them than it is for us," Sonics veteran Dale Ellis said.

Marbury had 12 points and nine assists for Minnesota, which has won four of its last five games overall and improved to 8-1 at home.

Detlef Schrempf scored 18 points and Ellis added 14 for the Sonics, who fell to 3-7 against teams at or above .500. A former Sixth Man Award winner, Schrempf came off the bench in his 1,000th career game as Westphal tried to shake things up.

"He came in and gave us a big lift in both halves," Westphal said. "He worked at both ends of the floor. He just played a super game."

A free throw by Sam Mitchell gave Minnesota an 81-75 lead with 2:27 remaining before Ellis made consecutive 3-pointers to tie it with 1:39 left. Garnett sank a 14-footer as the Wolves regained the lead with 1:22 remaining.

Joe Smith had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Malik Sealy and Dean Garrett added 10 points apiece for the Wolves, who shot 42 percent (38-of-91) and held a 51-46 rebounding edge.

Hawkins scored 13 points and Payton added 10 and 10 assists for the Sonics, who shot 41.5 percent (34-of-82) and committed 17 turnovers.

A 3-pointer by Mitchell gave Minnesota a 25-13 lead with 2:48 left in the first quarter before Seattle closed the period with 12 straight points, including five by Schrempf.

Two straight baskets by Aaron Williams gave the Sonics a 38-30 lead with 7:14 left in the second quarter before consecutive jumpers by Dean Garrett closed the quarter and pulled the Wolves into a 44-44 halftime tie.

Minnesota led by as many as eight points in the third quarter before Seattle closed to 66-64 entering the final period.

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