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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 29 16 22 17 84 PORTLAND 30 19 31 20 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 30, JOE SMITH 17, TERRELL BRANDON 13 POR - BRIAN GRANT 24, ISAIAH RIDER 22, RASHEED WALLACE 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 4, JOE SMITH 4 POR - BRIAN GRANT 11, RASHEED WALLACE 11

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 13, ANTHONY PEELER 4 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 20,437


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (84) AT PORTLAND (100)

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

K GARNETT F 43 10-16 9-10 0 4 4 3 4 2 4 30 SMITH F 31 7-13 3-3 2 2 4 0 5 1 1 17 D GARRETT C 21 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 2 BRANDON G 38 6-14 1-1 0 2 2 13 1 1 2 13 PEELER G 27 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 2 3 3 CURLEY 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 HAMMONDS 20 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 2 0 6 JACKSON 4 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 MITCHELL 14 0-4 0-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 PATTERSON 6 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 ROBINSON 10 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 SCOTT 21 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 10

TOTALS 240 32-70 16-20 4 18 22 24 31 11 15 84 (.457) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 36 5-9 2-4 5 6 11 2 4 2 1 13 B GRANT F 41 7-13 10-11 4 7 11 1 2 0 3 24 SABONIS C 17 4-5 0-1 1 4 5 2 4 2 5 8 STOUDAMIRE G 36 4-12 1-2 1 2 3 5 0 0 3 9 RIDER G 29 6-14 8-8 1 2 3 0 3 1 3 22 AUGMON 20 0-2 4-4 0 4 4 0 3 1 0 4 ONEAL 13 1-3 2-2 3 0 3 1 1 0 1 4 JACKSON 22 2-5 4-4 0 6 6 1 1 1 1 9 CATO 9 1-1 0-2 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 2 ANTHONY 17 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 3 5 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 31-38 16 34 50 15 22 7 20 100 (.457) (.816) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(29 PTS)

MINNESOTA 29 16 22 17 - 84 PORTLAND 30 19 31 20 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, D GARRETT 2, SMITH. PORTLAND - CATO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-11 (.364), K GARNETT 1-1, BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 1-3, MITCHELL 0-1, PATTERSON 0-1, SCOTT 2-4. PORTLAND 5-7 (.714), WALLACE 1-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, RIDER 2-2, JACKSON 1-1, ANTHONY 1-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - SABONIS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TOM WASHINGTON, BILL KENNEDY. A - 20,437. T - 2:16.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 10-16 9-10 0-4 3 4 30 Smith 31 7-13 3-3 2-4 0 5 17 D Garrett 21 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 4 2 Brandon 38 6-14 1-1 0-2 13 1 13 Peeler 27 1-7 0-0 0-1 4 4 3 Curley 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Hammonds 20 2-3 2-2 0-2 0 3 6 Jackson 4 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 Mitchell 14 0-4 0-2 0-1 0 3 0 Patterson 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Robinson 10 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 1 1 Scott 21 4-6 0-0 0-3 0 3 10 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 16-20 4-22 24 31 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (K Garnett 1-1, Brandon 0-1, Peeler 1-3, Mitchell 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Scott 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 2, D Garrett 2, Smith). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 4, Peeler 3, Brandon 2, Patterson 2, Scott 2, Robinson, Smith). Steals: 11 (D Garrett 2, Hammonds 2, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Brandon, Robinson, Smith).

PORTLAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 36 5-9 2-4 5-11 2 4 13 B Grant 41 7-13 10-11 4-11 1 2 24 Sabonis 17 4-5 0-1 1-5 2 4 8 Stoudamire 36 4-12 1-2 1-3 5 0 9 Rider 29 6-14 8-8 1-3 0 3 22 Augmon 20 0-2 4-4 0-4 0 3 4 Oneal 13 1-3 2-2 3-3 1 1 4 Jackson 22 2-5 4-4 0-6 1 1 9 Cato 9 1-1 0-2 1-4 1 1 2 Anthony 17 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 31-38 16-50 15 22 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.816. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (Wallace 1-1, Stoudamire 0-1, Rider 2-2, Jackson 1-1, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Cato). Turnovers: 21 (Sabonis 5, Anthony 3, B Grant 3, Rider 3, Stoudamire 3, Jackson, Oneal, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Sabonis 2, Wallace 2, Augmon, Jackson, Rider). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 29 16 22 17 - 84 Portland 30 19 31 20 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Sabonis, 3:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,437. T: 2:16. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tom Washington, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Isaiah Rider scored 17 of his 22 points in the pivotal third quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers used a huge edge on the boards to post a 100-84 bounce-back victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Held to only two points in seven minutes during the first half, Rider exploded in the third quarter and scored seven in a key 11-2 run that broke open a one-point game. He made all eight of his free throws in the period as Portland built an 80-67 lead.

"That's a very, very big quarter. That's above my (game) average," Rider said. "I felt very good. I'm glad it came against the Timberwolves, my old team. It makes it that much sweeter."

Brian Grant and Rasheed Wallace each pulled down 11 rebounds, helping the Blazers to an eye-popping 50-22 advantage on the glass. The 22 rebounds were the fewest ever by a Portland opponent and tied the lowest total in Timberwolves history.

"We controlled the glass. Rebounding was the key to the game," said Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy. "Brian and Rasheed were solid on the boards and J.R. (Rider) really got it going in the third quarter."

"They killed us on the boards, and that was the difference in play," said Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett. "Brian Grant is a workhorse, and what he doesn't get, Rasheed is going to get. And what Rasheed doesn't get falls into (Arvydas) Sabonis' hands."

Grant scored 24 points and Wallace added 13, with each contributing six in the fourth as Portland maintained a lead of no fewer than eight points.

Rider, the Blazers' leading scorer, was held to 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting in Friday's 96-85 loss to Utah in a battle for the league's best record. Portland now trails the Jazz by 1 1/2 games for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Garnett scored 30 points for the stumbling Timberwolves, who have lost four in a row and 10 of their last 12 games. In suffering its eighth straight road loss, Minnesota fell into eighth place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind Sacramento.

With Portland clinging to a 51-50 lead early in the third quarter, Damon Stoudamire fed Wallace for a dunk and hit Arvydas Sabonis for a driving layup to spark the 11-2 tear. Rider followed with two free throws and, after Terrell Brandon answered with a layup, buried a 3-pointer off another assist by Stoudamire. Rider's 21-footer capped the burst, giving Portland a 62-52 lead with 7:12 to play.

"I told our guys at halftime to watch for J.R. (Rider), because he will come out and take it to the rack, and J.R. got 17 in the third quarter," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders.

Brandon fed Garnett for a layup that pulled Minnesota within 62-56, but Stacy Augmon sank two free throws and Rider buried a jumper to bump the lead back to double digits. Later in the period, Rider hit four straight foul shots to make it 74-63. Portland had its highest-scoring third quarter of the season with 31 points.

Grant's layup with 5:08 remaining gave the Blazers their largest lead, 92-76. Dennis Scott responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and Brandon fed Joe Smith for a dunk that cut it to eight.

Shortly thereafter, Wallace rebounded a miss by Brandon and Grant sank two free throws. Rider missed a 13-footer, but Grant got the rebound. Rider again tried from the outside and missed, but Wallace put home a thunderous follow slam that created a 96-84 cushion with 2:02 to play.

"Yeah, we outrebounded them, but it was still a close game all the way down until about five minutes in the fourth," Grant said. "They stuck with it. Our defense is going to have to definitely get better next time we meet up, if we meet up in the playoffs."

Nine players had at least three rebounds for the Blazers, while Garnett and Smith led the Timberwolves with four boards apiece.

"We've always had a problem in the past with Portland's size," Saunders added. "If you don't get bodies on them, they take it to you because they're so long and big."

Minnesota has lost its last 13 trips to Portland since February 2, 1993, and is only 2-18 there all-time. The Blazers are 34-5 in the series, including three wins this season.

Smith scored 17 points and Brandon added 13 and 13 assists for the Timberwolves, who forced 21 turnovers but were unable to overcome the huge deficit on the glass.

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