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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 14 15 21 29 79 MINNESOTA 23 17 20 28 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 27, BISON DELE 14, LINDSEY HUNTER 13 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, JOE SMITH 19, BOBBY JACKSON 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - GRANT HILL 8, LOY VAUGHT 5 MIN - JOE SMITH 17, BOBBY JACKSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 5, GRANT HILL 4 MIN - BOBBY JACKSON 7, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 19,006


Extended Box

DETROIT (79) AT MINNESOTA (88)

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

HILL F 37 8-20 11-13 2 6 8 4 5 0 5 27 REID F 20 2-3 2-2 3 1 4 1 3 1 1 6 DELE C 24 7-11 0-0 0 4 4 1 5 0 2 14 DUMARS G 37 3-13 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 1 0 8 HUNTER G 41 6-14 0-0 2 1 3 5 2 1 4 13 BUECHLER 25 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 5 MONTROSS 18 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 2 OBANNON 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 REEVES 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 VAUGHT 16 1-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 1 0 2 WILLIAMS 15 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 STACKHOUSE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 31-77 13-15 13 24 37 18 23 4 13 79 (.403) (.867) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 36 8-13 4-7 3 3 6 6 5 2 4 20 SMITH F 37 4-13 11-14 7 10 17 3 1 1 1 19 D GARRETT C 13 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 4 JACKSON G 37 7-12 0-0 1 6 7 7 1 2 3 14 SEALY G 30 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 4 HAMMONDS 28 1-7 5-6 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 7 JORDAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MITCHELL 27 6-11 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 12 ROBINSON 11 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 2 SCOTT 20 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6 CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-71 20-27 15 26 41 22 17 7 11 88 (.465) (.741) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

DETROIT 14 15 21 29 - 79 MINNESOTA 23 17 20 28 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - MONTROSS 2, REID. MINNESOTA - SMITH, D GARRETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 4-20 (.200), DUMARS 2-10, HUNTER 1-4, BUECHLER 1-5, OBANNON 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), SEALY 0-1, MITCHELL 0-2, SCOTT 2-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GEORGE TOLIVER, NOLAN FINE. A - 19,006. T - 2:07.


Box Score

DETROIT (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 8-20 11-13 2-8 4 5 27 Reid 20 2-3 2-2 3-4 1 3 6 Dele 24 7-11 0-0 0-4 1 5 14 Dumars 37 3-13 0-0 1-3 2 1 8 Hunter 41 6-14 0-0 2-3 5 2 13 Buechler 25 2-8 0-0 1-3 2 2 5 Montross 18 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 Obannon 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Reeves 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Vaught 16 1-5 0-0 2-5 0 2 2 Williams 15 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Stackhouse DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 13-15 13-37 18 23 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Dumars 2-10, Hunter 1-4, Buechler 1-5, Obannon 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Montross 2, Reid). Turnovers: 13 (Hill 5, Hunter 4, Dele 2, Reeves, Reid). Steals: 4 (Dumars, Hunter, Reid, Vaught).

MINNESOTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 8-13 4-7 3-6 6 5 20 Smith 37 4-13 11-14 7-17 3 1 19 D Garrett 13 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Jackson 37 7-12 0-0 1-7 7 1 14 Sealy 30 2-7 0-0 1-3 1 3 4 Hammonds 28 1-7 5-6 0-1 1 1 7 Jordan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mitchell 27 6-11 0-0 1-3 1 3 12 Robinson 11 1-2 0-0 1-2 2 0 2 Scott 20 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 6 Curley DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-71 20-27 15-41 22 17 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Sealy 0-1, Mitchell 0-2, Scott 2-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Smith, D Garrett). Turnovers: 12 (K Garnett 4, Jackson 3, Robinson, Scott, Sealy, Smith). Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, K Garnett 2, D Garrett, Robinson, Smith). ____________________________________________ Detroit 14 15 21 29 - 79 Minnesota 23 17 20 28 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:07 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:07. Officials: Bernie Fryer, George Toliver, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Joe Smith scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and tied a season high with 17 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped their three-game losing streak by cooling off the Detroit Pistons, 88-79.

The Timberwolves used an 8-1 run late in the third quarter to take a 60-50 lead into the final period and never allowed the Pistons to come closer than eight points over the final 12 minutes.

"Today we had a gutsy performance," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "We came in and won with our defense. I thought we had real good energy throughout the game and the guys played pretty well."

A 3-pointer by Jud Buechler cut Minnesota's advantage to 65-57 with 9:34 remaining, but Smith nailed an 18-footer and followed with two free throws to push the lead to 12 points.

"I felt I was quicker today than whoever was guarding me," said Smith. "I just tried to get to the basket, and today was my day. I try to read the defense. Today, driving to the basket worked. Tomorrow, I may have to look for open jumpers."

Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Bobby Jackson contributed 14 for Minnesota, which avoided tying its longest losing skid of the season, having dropped four straight from March 13-18.

Grant Hill had 27 points and eight rebounds but committed five of Detroit's 13 turnovers.

"You have to deny the wing and the ball," Garnett said of defending Hill. "The intensity I need is different because of his quickness. It's very tough to do."

Bison Dele added 14 points and Lindsey Hunter 13 the Pistons, who fell for just the third time in their last 11 games.

"They (Timberwolves) are a good team," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "This is a team that I think can do some damage in the playoffs. I don't think it was quite so much the way we played, but the way they played. I think they forced us into the way we played, and that's a compliment to them."

Detroit trailed by 11 points at the break before fighting within 52-47 when Hill took advantage of an illegal defense call on the Timberwolves to make a free throw with 4:07 left in the third quarter. But Sam Mitchell drained a 21-footer to begin the key spurt.

Hill connected on the second of two free throws, but Smith hit a short jumper, Mitchell drained a 15-footer and Tom Hammonds connected on a pair of free throws with 1:08 left in the period to give Minnesota a 60-48 lead. Hunter's 21-footer made it a 10-point contest.

"A great individual performance from Joe Smith," added Saunders. "He was all over the place in the second half. We did a nice job defensively."

Mitchell scored 12 points off the bench and Jackson had seven rebounds while dishing out seven assists for Minnesota, which shot 46.5 percent (33-of-71) and held a 41-37 rebounding advantage.

"We have a stretch of big games coming up," Smith added. "We are battling for a playoff spot and these are important games for us."

The Pistons played without guard Jerry Stackhouse, who is sidelined due to a sprained right ankle, and connected on just 40 percent (33-of-71) of their shots, including 4-of-20 from 3-point range.

"We had good looks, good shots, but they were just better than us tonight," said Hill. "They played well, and they did a good job rebounding. We got some good looks and just couldn't capitalize."

Minnesota never trailed but held a precarious 11-10 lead with 4:47 left in the first quarter after a jumper by Loy Vaught. But Garnett scored six points during a 12-2 spurt and gave the Timberwolves a 23-12 advantage by making two free throws with 7.7 seconds left in the first period.

"We never really got into the flow, defensively moreso than everything, because we feed off our defense," Hunter said. "It got to a point where we just couldn't stop them, and they were getting shot after shot and that puts a lot of pressure on our offense."

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