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NBA LA CLIPPERS AT MINNESOTA NOTE: FINAL BOX RE-SENT TO CHANGE LOS ANGELES' POINTS OFF TURNOVERS.


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LA CLIPPERS (93) AT MINNESOTA (103)

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

NESBY F 27 3-11 2-2 4 3 7 4 4 0 0 9 TAYLOR F 38 7-17 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 15 OLOWOKANDI C 19 4-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 3 8 HUDSON G 46 2-11 2-2 1 3 4 12 2 2 2 6 PIATKOWSKI G 23 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 7 MURRAY 19 4-11 2-3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 10 ROGERS 26 5-10 1-3 0 3 3 2 3 0 3 12 SKINNER 16 4-5 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 8 SMITH 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WRIGHT 23 5-8 8-11 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 18 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DOUGLAS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-81 18-25 11 30 41 25 20 2 13 93 (.444) (.720) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 40 8-20 3-4 6 8 14 5 3 3 3 19 SMITH F 36 8-15 2-3 3 5 8 2 2 1 0 18 MITCHELL C 26 4-9 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 8 BRANDON G 20 4-8 1-1 0 1 1 4 5 0 0 9 PEELER G 32 5-11 2-2 1 4 5 8 2 0 1 14 CURLEY 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 D GARRETT 15 3-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 1 0 6 HAMMONDS 10 1-5 3-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 5 JACKSON 28 2-7 2-2 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 6 PATTERSON 11 3-5 3-4 3 0 3 1 4 3 0 9 ROBINSON 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SEALY 17 3-10 1-1 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 7

TOTALS 240 42-98 17-21 20 27 47 29 23 8 6 103 (.429) (.810) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 7(7 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 21 26 19 27 - 93 MINNESOTA 30 28 27 18 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - WRIGHT 2, ROGERS, TAYLOR, NESBY, SKINNER. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 5, SMITH 3, MITCHELL, BRANDON, D GARRETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 3-11 (.273), NESBY 1-2, HUDSON 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 1-1, MURRAY 0-1, ROGERS 1-6. MINNESOTA 2-6 (.333), PEELER 2-6. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - HEAD COACH FORD, OLOWOKANDI 2 (EJECTED), MINNESOTA - K GARNETT. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, LEROY RICHARDSON, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,203. T - 2:04.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 27 3-11 2-2 4-7 4 4 9 Taylor 38 7-17 1-2 1-3 2 3 15 Olowokandi 19 4-4 0-0 1-4 1 4 8 Hudson 46 2-11 2-2 1-4 12 2 6 Piatkowski 23 2-4 2-2 0-3 3 1 7 Murray 19 4-11 2-3 0-5 0 0 10 Rogers 26 5-10 1-3 0-3 2 3 12 Skinner 16 4-5 0-0 1-6 0 1 8 Smith 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wright 23 5-8 8-11 3-6 1 2 18 Closs DNP - coach's decision Douglas DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 18-25 11-41 25 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Nesby 1-2, Hudson 0-1, Piatkowski 1-1, Murray 0-1, Rogers 1-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Wright 2, Rogers, Taylor, Nesby, Skinner). Turnovers: 13 (Olowokandi 3, Rogers 3, Hudson 2, Piatkowski 2, Taylor 2, Skinner). Steals: 2 (Hudson 2).

MINNESOTA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 8-20 3-4 6-14 5 3 19 Smith 36 8-15 2-3 3-8 2 2 18 Mitchell 26 4-9 0-0 2-3 2 2 8 Brandon 20 4-8 1-1 0-1 4 5 9 Peeler 32 5-11 2-2 1-5 8 2 14 Curley 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 D Garrett 15 3-5 0-0 2-5 0 2 6 Hammonds 10 1-5 3-4 1-2 1 0 5 Jackson 28 2-7 2-2 0-1 4 1 6 Patterson 11 3-5 3-4 3-3 1 4 9 Robinson 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sealy 17 3-10 1-1 2-5 2 1 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-98 17-21 20-47 29 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Peeler 2-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 11 (K Garnett 5, Smith 3, Mitchell, Brandon, D Garrett). Turnovers: 7 (K Garnett 3, Jackson 2, Peeler). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 3, Patterson 3, D Garrett, Smith). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 21 26 19 27 - 93 Minnesota 30 28 27 18 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 3 (Head Coach Ford, 10:41 3rd; Olowokandi 2 (ejected), 9:32 3rd, 4:31 3rd). Minnesota 1 (K Garnett, 9:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,203. T: 2:04. Officials: Steve Javie, Leroy Richardson, Marc Davis.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to victory in their final home game of the regular season, but hope to return to the Target Center a bit later this month.

Kevin Garnett collected 19 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota posted its third straight win -- all at the Target Center -- with an easy 103-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We finally put a couple of wins together at home," Garnett said. "I said before the (three-game) homestand that protecting the home was everything, and we did just that. Now if we can find a way to cross that over to the road, we'll be OK."

The Timberwolves (25-23) completed their home schedule with an 18-7 record and are off the next two days before closing the season with visits to Houston and Phoenix. They must win one of those two games or have the Seattle SuperSonics lose one of their final three contests to clinch their third straight playoff berth.

Minnesota is one-half game in front of Sacramento (24-23) for seventh place in the Western Conference and 1 1/2 games in front of ninth-place Seattle (23-24).

"When we came back home after the road trip (0-3), I said we had to win these three to put pressure on the other teams that are there," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said of the playoff chase. "And we took care of what we had to do, which is important. Now we have two big games on the road."

Garnett helped the Timberwolves coast in the second half by scoring nine points in the third quarter. He also finished with five blocked shots and five assists.

"Kevin Garnett has done a great job. He's a real leader out there," said Clippers coach Chris Ford. "He's worth every penny this organization is paying him. He plays with passion, and he has an enthusiasm for the game. ... He basically does everything."

Lorenzen Wright scored a season-high 18 points for the Clippers, who are 1 1/2 games better than the Vancouver Grizzlies for the league's worst record.

The Timberwolves never trailed and took command in the opening minutes with an 11-2 run. Garnett highlighted that burst with a tip-in and Joe Smith's free throw capped it for a 15-6 lead.

Minnesota held a 30-21 advantage after one quarter and led by at least eight points the rest of the way. Smith scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half, helping the Timberwolves take a 58-47 lead.

Clippers rookie Michael Olowokandi opened the third quarter with a layup, but Minnesota reeled off the next eight points. Terrell Brandon had a runner and free throw and Garnett added a dunk and foul shot before Sam Mitchell sank a jumper for a 66-49 cushion.

Los Angeles got no closer than 14 points until the final 70 seconds, suffering its sixth loss in the last eight games.

"We're just playing for heart, to improve," Wright said. "Everybody tries to come out and give a full effort, but it's real hard when basically you're playing for nothing."

Anthony Peeler contributed 14 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who committed just seven turnovers and scored 18 points off 13 turnovers by the Clippers.

Maurice Taylor scored 15 points and Troy Hudson handed out 12 assists for Los Angeles, which split the four-game season series with Minnesota.

"They had beaten us twice already, and we didn't want to let them beat us three times," Smith said. "We knew how important the game was, and we wanted to come out and try and put them away early, where they wouldn't have any confidence."

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