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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 17 35 27 21 100 MINNESOTA 20 25 21 19 85 FINAL


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LA CLIPPERS (100) AT MINNESOTA (85)

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

NESBY F 21 2-4 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 3 5 TAYLOR F 36 7-15 6-6 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 20 OLOWOKANDI C 25 3-9 0-0 4 12 16 0 2 1 3 6 MARTIN G 47 7-16 5-6 0 5 5 7 3 1 6 22 PIATKOWSKI G 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 MURRAY 32 6-14 6-6 3 3 6 6 0 2 1 19 ROGERS 32 6-10 2-2 6 3 9 7 6 2 0 14 SKINNER 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 SMITH 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WRIGHT 31 5-8 4-5 4 5 9 0 3 1 1 14 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DOUGLAS DNP - STRAINED LEFT QUADRICEP

TOTALS 240 36-79 24-27 18 34 52 23 20 7 18 100 (.456) (.889) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

MITCHELL F 32 6-13 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 12 SMITH F 38 2-7 7-8 4 4 8 3 5 3 1 11 D GARRETT C 20 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 1 2 BRANDON G 38 7-18 0-0 0 4 4 11 1 0 2 14 K GARNETT G 43 12-24 3-7 1 7 8 3 1 3 3 27 CURLEY 9 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 EVANS 5 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 HAMMONDS 7 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 JACKSON 16 2-7 2-2 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 6 PATTERSON 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 SCOTT 25 3-8 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 10 JORDAN DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 33-82 17-23 10 25 35 24 19 11 10 85 (.402) (.739) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(15 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 17 35 27 21 - 100 MINNESOTA 20 25 21 19 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - MARTIN, MURRAY, TAYLOR, OLOWOKANDI. MINNESOTA - SMITH 2, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 4-14 (.286), MARTIN 3-7, PIATKOWSKI 0-2, MURRAY 1-3, ROGERS 0-2. MINNESOTA 2-8 (.250), MITCHELL 0-1, BRANDON 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, SCOTT 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DON VADEN, KEVIN FEHR. A - 15,371. T - 2:03.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 21 2-4 1-2 1-4 0 2 5 Taylor 36 7-15 6-6 0-2 1 3 20 Olowokandi 25 3-9 0-0 4-16 0 2 6 Martin 47 7-16 5-6 0-5 7 3 22 Piatkowski 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Murray 32 6-14 6-6 3-6 6 0 19 Rogers 32 6-10 2-2 6-9 7 6 14 Skinner 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Smith 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Wright 31 5-8 4-5 4-9 0 3 14 Closs DNP - coach's decision Douglas DNP - strained left quadricep _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 24-27 18-52 23 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Martin 3-7, Piatkowski 0-2, Murray 1-3, Rogers 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Martin, Murray, Taylor, Olowokandi). Turnovers: 19 (Martin 6, Nesby 3, Olowokandi 3, Taylor 3, Murray, Piatkowski, Wright). Steals: 7 (Murray 2, Rogers 2, Martin, Olowokandi, Wright).

MINNESOTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mitchell 32 6-13 0-0 2-5 0 2 12 Smith 38 2-7 7-8 4-8 3 5 11 D Garrett 20 1-1 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 Brandon 38 7-18 0-0 0-4 11 1 14 K Garnett 43 12-24 3-7 1-8 3 1 27 Curley 9 0-0 2-2 0-1 2 1 2 Evans 5 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Hammonds 7 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Jackson 16 2-7 2-2 1-3 3 4 6 Patterson 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Scott 25 3-8 2-2 0-0 1 1 10 Jordan DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 17-23 10-35 24 19 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Mitchell 0-1, Brandon 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Scott 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Smith 2, K Garnett). Turnovers: 10 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, D Garrett, Jackson, Mitchell, Scott, Smith). Steals: 11 (K Garnett 3, Smith 3, Curley, D Garrett, Evans, Mitchell, Patterson). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 17 35 27 21 - 100 Minnesota 20 25 21 19 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,371. T: 2:03. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Don Vaden, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It took over a year, but the Los Angeles Clippers finally found a way to win on the road.

The Clippers snapped a 20-game road losing streak and won for just the second time this season as Darrick Martin scored a season-high 22 points in a 100-85 victory over the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves.

Maurice Taylor added 20 points and rookie Michael Olowokandi grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who won on the road for the first time in 13 tries this season and for the first time since since a 107-102 victory in Golden State on March 17, 1998.

Los Angeles (2-22) also snapped a nine-game skid against Minnesota dating to November 10, 1996.

"We were able to match their intensity," Olowokandi said. "We were aggressive and we didn't hang our heads. We need to win three or four games in a row -- and just play basketball -- to regain our confidence. This game was an indication of where we are and what we're capable of doing."

Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and Terrell Brandon netted 14 and 11 assists for Minnesota, which lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

"We got totally dominated today," commented Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "You can try to spin it a lot of different ways, but they got off to a good start. We didn't jump on them right away -- which you want to do with a team that's been on the road and hasn't been able to win. You need to jump on them right away and create your own energy, and we didn't do that."

After a dunk by Garnett with 3:33 left in the second quarter gave the Timberwolves their last lead at 40-39, Los Angeles surprisingly took over.

Lamond Murray converted a layup, fueling a 13-5 surge to close the half. Martin's three-point play gave the Clippers a 52-45 advantage at intermission. Murray had six points in the burst.

Murray scored 19 points off the bench to lead a dominant effort by Clippers reserves, who outscored Minnesota's bench, 47-19. Rodney Rogers and Lorenzen Wright contributed 14 points and nine rebounds apiece for Los Angeles.

Along with Olowokandi on the inside, the Clippers held a healthy 52-35 rebounding edge.

"I feel very good. We went after it today," Los Angeles coach Chris Ford said. "We were very physical on the defensive end. Our big guys pounded the boards, and that was the difference in the game."

"Our big guys are the reason we won tonight," Martin said. "They battled, they rebounded, they played both ends of the floor very well, and they made big plays down the stretch."

The Wolves got within 55-51 early in the third quarter as Brandon nailed a running jumper.

But a thunderous dunk by Murray and a pair of free throws from Taylor triggered a 10-1 spurt that pushed the lead to 65-52 with with 5:42 remaining in the period.

Murray finished 6-of-14 from the floor and also had six rebounds and six assists.

The Clippers held a 79-66 advantage entering the final quarter before Minnesota tried to rally. Bobby Jackson's lay-in brought the Wolves within 82-73 with 8:36 to play.

But Martin drilled a 3-pointer and Rogers made a layup, pushing the lead to 87-73 with 7:16 remaining. Los Angeles led by as many as 17 points in the final minutes.

With Sherman Douglas sidelined with a strained left quadricep, Martin went virtually the entire way at point guard, playing 47 minutes. He connected on 7-of-16 shots and also handed out seven assists.

"Darrick played a great game," added Ford. "He knocked down some big shots and made good decisions."

The Clippers shot 46 percent (36-of-79) while Minnesota finished at 40 percent (33-of-82).

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