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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 25 15 20 15 75 MINNESOTA 20 19 25 25 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 24, TONY MASSENBURG 18, CHEROKEE PARKS 8 MIN - JOE SMITH 26, SAM MITCHELL 19, JAMES ROBINSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - TONY MASSENBURG 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 MIN - JOE SMITH 12, TOM HAMMONDS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MIN - BOBBY JACKSON 6, SAM MITCHELL 6

ATT: 18,347


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (75) AT MINNESOTA (89)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 10-19 4-6 1 4 5 5 1 0 3 24 PARKS F 28 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 2 3 1 2 8 MASSENBURG C 36 8-11 2-2 5 9 14 1 2 1 2 18 BIBBY G 34 2-12 2-5 1 2 3 7 5 0 4 6 LOPEZ G 10 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 6 CHILCUTT 8 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 3 DEHERE 27 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 1 1 3 HENDERSON 18 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 SMITH 25 0-2 1-4 5 0 5 0 3 1 3 1 WHEAT 13 1-7 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 RHODES DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE NDIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-76 11-19 12 26 38 24 19 5 16 75 (.408) (.579) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

MITCHELL F 36 8-14 3-4 0 3 3 6 4 1 3 19 SMITH F 43 10-23 6-7 4 8 12 3 3 2 1 26 D GARRETT C 14 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 2 JACKSON G 25 1-2 6-8 1 3 4 6 0 0 2 8 SEALY G 22 3-7 1-1 0 3 3 3 2 3 1 7 CURLEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 HAMMONDS 31 0-7 2-4 3 4 7 1 3 0 3 2 JORDAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PATTERSON 13 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 2 ROBINSON 24 5-7 2-2 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 15 SCOTT 26 2-7 3-4 1 2 3 3 3 0 0 8 K GARNETT DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 31-72 23-30 12 31 43 27 23 6 13 89 (.431) (.767) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(6 PTS)

VANCOUVER 25 15 20 15 - 75 MINNESOTA 20 19 25 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - MASSENBURG 2, PARKS, LOPEZ, ABDUR-RAHIM, HENDERSON, SMITH. MINNESOTA - MITCHELL, SMITH, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 2-12 (.167), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-2, BIBBY 0-1, CHILCUTT 1-3, DEHERE 1-4, WHEAT 0-2. MINNESOTA 4-6 (.667), ROBINSON 3-4, SCOTT 1-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, TIM DONAGHY, KEVIN FEHR. A - 18,347. T - 2:14.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 41 10-19 4-6 1-5 5 1 24 Parks 28 4-8 0-0 0-5 2 3 8 Massenburg 36 8-11 2-2 5-14 1 2 18 Bibby 34 2-12 2-5 1-3 7 5 6 Lopez 10 3-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 6 Chilcutt 8 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 3 Dehere 27 1-7 0-0 0-2 5 1 3 Henderson 18 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 Smith 25 0-2 1-4 5-5 0 3 1 Wheat 13 1-7 2-2 0-0 1 0 4 Rhodes DNP - sore right ankle Ndiaye DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-76 11-19 12-38 24 19 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Abdur-rahim 0-2, Bibby 0-1, Chilcutt 1-3, Dehere 1-4, Wheat 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Massenburg 2, Parks, Lopez, Abdur-rahim, Henderson, Smith). Turnovers: 16 (Bibby 4, Abdur-rahim 3, Smith 3, Massenburg 2, Parks 2, Dehere, Henderson). Steals: 5 (Dehere, Lopez, Massenburg, Parks, Smith).

MINNESOTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mitchell 36 8-14 3-4 0-3 6 4 19 Smith 43 10-23 6-7 4-12 3 3 26 D Garrett 14 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 2 Jackson 25 1-2 6-8 1-4 6 0 8 Sealy 22 3-7 1-1 0-3 3 2 7 Curley 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Hammonds 31 0-7 2-4 3-7 1 3 2 Jordan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Patterson 13 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Robinson 24 5-7 2-2 1-5 3 3 15 Scott 26 2-7 3-4 1-3 3 3 8 K Garnett DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 23-30 12-43 27 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Robinson 3-4, Scott 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Mitchell, Smith, Robinson). Turnovers: 13 (Hammonds 3, Mitchell 3, Jackson 2, Robinson 2, Patterson, Sealy, Smith). Steals: 6 (Sealy 3, Smith 2, Mitchell). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 25 15 20 15 - 75 Minnesota 20 19 25 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Abdur-rahim, 1:03 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Vancouver 1 (Massenburg, 11:26 1st). A: 18,347. T: 2:14. Officials: Terry Durham, Tim Donaghy, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Joe Smith scored 26 points and James Robinson keyed a fourth-quarter surge as the Minnesota Timberwolves extended the road woes of the Vancouver Grizzlies with an 89-75 victory.

DeJuan Wheat hit a 21-foot jumper with 9 1/2 minutes remaining, bringing the Grizzlies even at 64-64.

But Robinson and Smith answered with layups, fueling an 11-4 surge. Robinson scored eight of his 15 points in the run, capping it with a 3-pointer with 5:01 left that put the Timberwolves ahead, 75-68. The Grizzlies got no closer than five points therafter.

Smith also had 12 rebounds and Sam Mitchell scored 19 points as the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in their last eight games.

"It was a must-win. We felt we had played hard but not smart the last two games," Smith said. "During crunch time, we couldn't put it together. Tonight was sloppy at first, but we did it. It was physical and we had our ups and downs, but we were able to put it together and do what we had to do."

Minnesota played without leading scorer Kevin Garnett, who missed his third straight game due to flu-like symptoms.

"We had some guys that made some plays down the stretch," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Joe was big, and I thought our bench came in and played extremely well. ... We really don't have a starting lineup now. What we do is play guys that give us energy and are playing well, and tonight was a prime example."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim poured in 24 points and Tony Massenburg had 18 and a season-high 14 rebounds for Vancouver, which suffered its fourth straight loss and has dropped 16 in a row away from home. The Grizzlies are 1-19 on the road.

Despite having the second-worst record in the NBA, the Grizzlies were ahead by five points after one quarter and took their biggest lead at 40-32 with 1:51 left in the first half after rookie Mike Bibby made 1-of-2 free throws.

However, the Wolves scored the final five points of the period to close to 40-39 at intermission.

Smith, who was 10-of-23 from the floor, sank a pair of free throws with 5:43 left in the third quarter to give the Wolves their first lead since the opening quarter at 50-49. Smith finished with 11 points in the period as the Wolves came away with a 64-60 edge.

"We missed defensive schemes in the second half," Vancouver coach Brian Hill said. "We had too many mental errors in the second half. Minnesota played a little harder in the second half, but the main thing was the defensive breakdowns."

Minnesota shot 43 percent (31-of-72) while the Grizzlies connected at 41 percent (31-of-76). The Wolves held a 43-38 rebounding edge.

Abdur-Rahim made 10-of-19 shots but Bibby was non-existent from the outside, going 2-of-12 from the floor.

"I think we got away from doing the things that helped us in the first half," Abdur-Rahim said. "The defense wasn't playing and we didn't have execution on offense."

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