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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 23 19 25 20 87 BOSTON 18 16 16 18 68 FINAL


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MINNESOTA (87) AT BOSTON (68)

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

SCOTT F 35 8-17 3-4 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 22 SMITH F 27 4-9 2-6 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 10 MITCHELL C 33 3-10 4-6 1 5 6 1 2 2 0 10 BRANDON G 25 3-9 2-2 0 4 4 6 3 1 0 9 K GARNETT G 35 10-20 2-2 3 11 14 6 0 0 2 22 CURLEY 25 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 0 EVANS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D GARRETT 8 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 HAMMONDS 2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 JACKSON 23 4-8 1-1 0 4 4 3 2 5 1 9 JORDAN 23 1-4 0-4 2 8 10 2 1 2 0 2 PATTERSON 2 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 34-84 15-27 9 41 50 21 17 10 6 87 (.405) (.556) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 6(5 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 36 3-15 0-0 6 5 11 2 3 0 4 6 WALKER F 41 1-14 4-4 2 9 11 2 4 0 2 6 POTAPENKO C 32 2-3 4-4 1 8 9 1 2 0 2 8 ANDERSON G 28 6-11 4-4 1 5 6 3 1 0 1 16 MERCER G 40 6-20 1-1 1 3 4 1 2 0 3 13 BARROS 15 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 9 BATTIE 22 2-3 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 1 4 BOWEN 12 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 GARNETT 5 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 5 MINOR 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 SCHINTZIUS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MCCARTY DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 25-82 16-17 11 40 51 15 18 1 17 68 (.305) (.941) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

MINNESOTA 23 19 25 20 - 87 BOSTON 18 16 16 18 - 68

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - SMITH 2, CURLEY 2, MITCHELL, JORDAN. BOSTON - POTAPENKO 2, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-11 (.364), SCOTT 3-9, BRANDON 1-1, K GARNETT 0-1. BOSTON 2-10 (.200), PIERCE 0-4, WALKER 0-2, BARROS 1-2, BOWEN 0-1, GARNETT 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, DAVID JONES, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,128. T - 1:59.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Scott 35 8-17 3-4 0-5 0 2 22 Smith 27 4-9 2-6 1-2 3 4 10 Mitchell 33 3-10 4-6 1-6 1 2 10 Brandon 25 3-9 2-2 0-4 6 3 9 K Garnett 35 10-20 2-2 3-14 6 0 22 Curley 25 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Evans 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Garrett 8 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 1 Hammonds 2 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Jackson 23 4-8 1-1 0-4 3 2 9 Jordan 23 1-4 0-4 2-10 2 1 2 Patterson 2 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 15-27 9-50 21 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Scott 3-9, Brandon 1-1, K Garnett 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Smith 2, Curley 2, Mitchell, Jordan). Turnovers: 6 (Curley 2, K Garnett 2, Jackson, Smith). Steals: 10 (Jackson 5, Jordan 2, Mitchell 2, Brandon).

BOSTON (68) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 36 3-15 0-0 6-11 2 3 6 Walker 41 1-14 4-4 2-11 2 4 6 Potapenko 32 2-3 4-4 1-9 1 2 8 Anderson 28 6-11 4-4 1-6 3 1 16 Mercer 40 6-20 1-1 1-4 1 2 13 Barros 15 3-6 2-2 0-1 1 1 9 Battie 22 2-3 0-0 0-6 1 2 4 Bowen 12 0-3 1-2 0-2 2 1 1 Garnett 5 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 Minor 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Schintzius 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Mccarty DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-82 16-17 11-51 15 18 68 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.305, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Pierce 0-4, Walker 0-2, Barros 1-2, Bowen 0-1, Garnett 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Potapenko 2, Battie). Turnovers: 18 (Pierce 4, Barros 3, Mercer 3, Potapenko 2, Walker 2, Anderson, Battie, Garnett). Steals: 1 (Bowen). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 23 19 25 20 - 87 Boston 18 16 16 18 - 68 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,128. T: 1:59. Officials: Joe Forte, David Jones, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Imagine how bad the Boston Celtics would have played if coach Rick Pitino had not given them a pregame pep talk.

Booed throughout by the home crowd, the Celtics barely avoided establishing franchise records for fewest points and lowest shooting percentage in an 87-68 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, their fifth straight setback and 10th in 11 games.

One night after a 27-point loss at Cleveland in which Pitino likened his team's defense to that of the Washington Generals, the coach and president of the Celtics tried a positive spin. It did not work.

"I didn't think it could get worse, but it just did," Pitino said. "But our guys tried real hard and had a lot of easy shots, that at this level have to go down but didn't. Unfortunately, when it rains it pours and it's pouring on us right now. I think their self-esteems are about as low as possible."

"My heart bled for him," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I know when the team is not playing well, when you're struggling, things get more tense. We went through it on Sunday (with a loss to the Clippers). He's just going through it right now."

Boston did not score more than 18 points in any period and did not surpass its all-time low of 62 until less than two minutes remained. A late flurry of baskets allowed the Celtics to shoot 30.5 percent (25-of-82) from the field.

Boston was held to 62 points by the Milwaukee Hawks on February 27, 1955, the first season of the shot clock. Its all-time worst shooting game was a 29 percent (35-of-121) performance on October 20, 1973 at the Capital Bullets.

The worst part may have been the apparent apathy. Star forward Antoine Walker was 1-of-14 from the field and is 3-of-29 in his last two home games. Guards Dana Barros and Marlon Garnett repeatedly were stripped of the ball before starting the offense and the Celtics stopped playing defense in the fourth quarter.

"I don't know what's with the crowd," Walker said. "It doesn't affect me. Obviously, they're with us when we win but not when we lose. It's not right and we need the crowd behind us. They want to see good basketball so they're going to boo us until they see it. I'm at a rough point in my career right now, but what bothers me is we're not playing well as a team."

The 6-11 Kevin Garnett again started at guard and collected 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves, who had dropped five of their last six games. Garnett left briefly in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not play in the fourth quarter.

"I rolled my ankle pretty good. It's very sore right now," he said. "I've played in pain before, I think I'll play through this. But we'll see."

Dennis Scott scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half for Minnesota, which breezed past Boston for the fourth time in the last five meetings. The Wolves committed a season-low six turnovers while forcing 18.

"Dennis really opened up the offense for me and the rest of the guys tonight," Garnett said. "He really had his shot going."

Scott came out firing, scoring 13 points in the first quarter as Minnesota grabbed a 23-18 lead. Boston cut the deficit to 42-34 at halftime despite shooting under 30 percent over the first two quarters.

Boston still was within 54-44 after a jumper by Kenny Anderson midway through the third quarter. But Minnesota scored the next seven points as Terrell Brandon made a 3-pointer, Garnett hit a jumper and Sam Mitchell added a basket for a 61-44 lead with just under four minutes to go.

Mitchell and Joe Smith scored 10 points apiece for the Wolves, who shot just 40.5 percent (34-of-84) and missed 12-of-27 free throws.

Anderson scored 16 points and Ron Mercer added 13 for Boston. Walker had six points and 11 rebounds as did rookie forward Paul Pierce, who made just 3-of-15 shots.

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