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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 27 33 18 24 102 MINNESOTA 26 26 27 30 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 33, VERNON MAXWELL 15, VIN BAKER 14 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 30, KEVIN GARNETT 23, JOE SMITH 18

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - HORACE GRANT 11, VIN BAKER 9 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, BRENT BARRY 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 16,773


Extended Box

SEATTLE (102) AT MINNESOTA (109)

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

BAKER F 35 7-15 0-0 3 6 9 2 5 0 0 14 PATTERSON F 26 1-4 3-4 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 6 GRANT C 42 5-11 2-2 0 11 11 2 3 0 1 12 B BARRY G 33 5-9 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 0 5 13 PAYTON G 48 11-27 4-4 1 5 6 8 2 1 2 33 LEWIS 23 3-5 2-4 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 9 MAXWELL 21 6-14 2-5 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 15 FOSTER 12 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 BORRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-87 13-19 9 31 40 19 19 2 9 102 (.437) (.684) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 43 8-19 7-8 5 9 14 6 3 1 3 23 SZCZERBIAK F 22 3-8 0-0 5 3 8 2 3 0 0 6 NESTEROVIC C 20 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 3 2 0 0 2 BRANDON G 48 13-21 2-3 0 7 7 9 4 1 2 30 SEALY G 32 8-15 1-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 17 MITCHELL 21 2-9 2-2 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 6 SMITH 30 6-12 6-8 3 3 6 2 1 0 0 18 PEELER 21 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 6 HAMMONDS 3 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-96 19-25 17 37 54 27 18 2 6 109 (.458) (.760) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 6(8 PTS)

SEATTLE 27 33 18 24 - 102 MINNESOTA 26 26 27 30 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 3, FOSTER 2, PAYTON, PATTERSON, LEWIS, GRANT. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, SMITH 3, BRANDON 2, SEALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 13-26 (.500), PATTERSON 1-1, B BARRY 3-4, PAYTON 7-17, LEWIS 1-2, MAXWELL 1-2. MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), K GARNETT 0-1, SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 2-3, PEELER 0-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - MAXWELL, B BARRY (EJECTED), MINNESOTA - BRANDON, MITCHELL. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, RON OLESIAK, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 16,773. T - 2:08.


Box Score

SEATTLE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 35 7-15 0-0 3-9 2 5 14 Patterson 26 1-4 3-4 1-2 2 2 6 Grant 42 5-11 2-2 0-11 2 3 12 B Barry 33 5-9 0-0 1-5 3 3 13 Payton 48 11-27 4-4 1-6 8 2 33 Lewis 23 3-5 2-4 3-4 1 0 9 Maxwell 21 6-14 2-5 0-2 1 1 15 Foster 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Borrell DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Person DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 13-19 9-40 19 19 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 13-26, .500 (Patterson 1-1, B Barry 3-4, Payton 7-17, Lewis 1-2, Maxwell 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Baker 3, Foster 2, Payton, Patterson, Lewis, Grant). Turnovers: 9 (B Barry 5, Payton 2, Grant, Patterson). Steals: 2 (Patterson, Payton).

MINNESOTA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 8-19 7-8 5-14 6 3 23 Szczerbiak 22 3-8 0-0 5-8 2 3 6 Nesterovic 20 1-3 0-0 1-6 3 2 2 Brandon 48 13-21 2-3 0-7 9 4 30 Sealy 32 8-15 1-2 2-3 1 1 17 Mitchell 21 2-9 2-2 0-5 1 2 6 Smith 30 6-12 6-8 3-6 2 1 18 Peeler 21 3-6 0-0 0-2 3 2 6 Hammonds 3 0-3 1-2 1-3 0 0 1 Avery DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - bruised right knee Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-96 19-25 17-54 27 18 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (K Garnett 0-1, Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 2-3, Peeler 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (K Garnett 4, Smith 3, Brandon 2, Sealy). Turnovers: 6 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Peeler). Steals: 2 (Brandon, K Garnett). ____________________________________________ Seattle 27 33 18 24 - 102 Minnesota 26 26 27 30 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Maxwell, 2:19 3rd; B Barry (ejected), 3:06 4th). Minnesota 2 (Brandon, 2:19 3rd; Mitchell, 3:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,773. T: 2:08. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Ron Olesiak, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon scored a career-high 30 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves survived a 3-point assault to defeat the Seattle SuperSonics, 109-102, for their fourth consecutive victory.

Kevin Garnett added 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were coming off the first sweep of a three-game road trip in team history. He completed a three-point play to put the Timberwolves ahead for good, 88-86, with 7:01 remaining.

"The intensity was like a playoff game," Brandon said. "We were able to keep playing, be professional and keep our poise."

Emotions nearly boiled over as Seattle guard Brent Barry was ejected after getting involved in a shoving match with Minnesota forward Sam Mitchell with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter. Barry, who scored 13 points, had to be held back by teammates after being whistled for an offensive foul on Mitchell.

"After the foul, I just turned around and looked at him," Barry said. "And he must have thought I threw an elbow at him because on the tape it looked like I threw something at him. But I didn't and then Sam just got in my face and wanted to talk about the play."

Barry said he was upset he got an offensive foul and admitted he overreacted.

"I didn't even know what to do in the locker room after I was thrown out," he said. "I've never been thrown out before."

Two weeks ago, Barry angered the Timberwolves by hitting a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in a game that was out of a reach. He tried the shot to give Seattle 110 points and win free Mexican food for all fans in the arena as part of a team promotion.

"The past is the past," said Brandon, whose team had dropped eight straight before the winning streak. "This is the real Timberwolves. This is how we need to play."

"I told our players after the game, from the standpoint of where we were three weeks ago, all we need to do is keep on working," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "It's a credit to our guys that they are continually working."

Gary Payton scored 33 points and made seven of the Seattle's 13 3-pointers. He attempted a team-record 17 shots from beyond the arc.

"Gary Payton is the best point guard in the league," Brandon declared. "I have great respect for him. I don't take individual matchups too seriously, though, because I want to do what is best for the team."

Seattle has lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Sonics were coming off Tuesday's 113-103 defeat at Indiana.

"You know it's going to happen some time. Unfortunately, it happened tonight," said Seattle forward Vin Baker. "We lost to a quality basketball team. We were very aware that we hadn't lost two in a row."

Vernon Maxwell scored 15 points for the Sonics, who fell behind 19-10 in the first quarter. Ruben Patterson's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Seattle a 27-26 lead and the Soncis stretched their advantage to 60-52 on Maxwell's 18-footer with 33 seconds left before halftime.

Minnesota charged out of the gate in the third quarter, pulling into a 71-71 tie on Malik Sealy's jumper with 5:28 to play. The lead went back and forth before the Timberwolves took a 79-78 edge into the final period.

Garnett's three-point play ignited a 10-0 run and the Timberwolves opened built a 95-86 cushion on Joe Smith's 19-footer with 5:14 left.

The Sonics closed within five three times down the stretch, the last at 105-100 on Horace Grant's 18-footer with a minute to play. But Garnett answered with a 10-footer and, after Maxwell made a pair from the line, Smith put away the contest with two foul shots with 23 seconds to go.

"They made some big shots tonight," Grant said. "Terrell played a great game. They were the more aggressive team tonight. We didn't play aggressive defense, we didn't hit the open shots like they did."

Smith had 18 points and Sealy added 17 for the Timberwolves, who shot 46 percent (44-of-96) from the field while holding Seattle to 44 percent (38-of-87).

Grant added 12 points and 11 boards for Seattle, which was outrebounded, 54-40.

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