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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 18 24 18 25 85 MINNESOTA 29 22 32 20 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 17, ANTOINE WALKER 14, DANNY FORTSON 11 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 20, KEVIN GARNETT 19, SAM MITCHELL 15

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, PAUL PIERCE 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, MALIK SEALY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - CALBERT CHEANEY 4, ANTOINE WALKER 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 11, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 14,659


Extended Box

BOSTON (85) AT MINNESOTA (103)

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

MCCARTY F 31 1-7 1-2 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 3 WALKER F 31 6-17 2-2 1 9 10 3 2 1 0 14 POTAPENKO C 16 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 2 4 ANDERSON G 26 4-10 2-3 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 10 PIERCE G 34 5-17 5-6 1 6 7 2 2 1 1 17 FORTSON 16 3-6 5-7 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 11 WILLIAMS 16 2-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 5 BARROS 22 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 8 CHEANEY 16 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 4 BATTIE 19 3-3 3-4 2 3 5 0 1 0 2 9 OVERTON 13 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-83 19-26 13 31 44 17 17 5 12 85 (.373) (.731) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 37 9-15 0-1 1 9 10 6 4 1 5 19 MITCHELL F 32 4-10 6-7 0 5 5 3 2 0 1 15 NESTEROVIC C 17 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 6 BRANDON G 41 8-15 4-4 3 4 7 11 0 1 3 20 SEALY G 27 5-10 2-4 1 7 8 3 1 2 1 12 D GARRETT 17 1-1 2-2 1 3 4 2 5 0 1 4 PEELER 23 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 0 11 SZCZERBIAK 25 6-10 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 14 JACKSON 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 SMITH 13 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 2 AVERY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HAMMONDS 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 42-81 15-19 7 37 44 33 24 6 13 103 (.519) (.789) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

BOSTON 18 24 18 25 - 85 MINNESOTA 29 22 32 20 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MCCARTY. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, D GARRETT 2, SEALY, BRANDON, NESTEROVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-17 (.235), MCCARTY 0-3, WALKER 0-3, PIERCE 2-6, WILLIAMS 0-1, BARROS 2-3, OVERTON 0-1. MINNESOTA 4-9 (.444), K GARNETT 1-1, MITCHELL 1-1, BRANDON 0-2, PEELER 1-3, SZCZERBIAK 1-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ANDERSON, MINNESOTA - K GARNETT. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, RON OLESIAK. A - 14,659. T - 2:04.


Box Score

BOSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 31 1-7 1-2 2-4 2 1 3 Walker 31 6-17 2-2 1-10 3 2 14 Potapenko 16 2-4 0-0 1-4 0 2 4 Anderson 26 4-10 2-3 2-2 1 1 10 Pierce 34 5-17 5-6 1-7 2 2 17 Fortson 16 3-6 5-7 2-5 0 3 11 Williams 16 2-5 1-2 1-3 1 1 5 Barros 22 3-7 0-0 1-3 2 2 8 Cheaney 16 2-2 0-0 0-0 4 2 4 Battie 19 3-3 3-4 2-5 0 1 9 Overton 13 0-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-83 19-26 13-44 17 17 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Mccarty 0-3, Walker 0-3, Pierce 2-6, Williams 0-1, Barros 2-3, Overton 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Mccarty). Turnovers: 13 (Battie 2, Mccarty 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Barros, Cheaney, Overton, Pierce, Williams). Steals: 5 (Barros 2, Overton, Pierce, Walker).

MINNESOTA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 37 9-15 0-1 1-10 6 4 19 Mitchell 32 4-10 6-7 0-5 3 2 15 Nesterovic 17 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 4 6 Brandon 41 8-15 4-4 3-7 11 0 20 Sealy 27 5-10 2-4 1-8 3 1 12 D Garrett 17 1-1 2-2 1-4 2 5 4 Peeler 23 5-10 0-0 0-1 5 1 11 Szczerbiak 25 6-10 1-1 0-2 1 2 14 Jackson 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Smith 13 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 5 2 Avery 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hammonds 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 15-19 7-44 33 24 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (K Garnett 1-1, Mitchell 1-1, Brandon 0-2, Peeler 1-3, Szczerbiak 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (K Garnett 4, D Garrett 2, Sealy, Brandon, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 5, Brandon 3, D Garrett, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Sealy, Szczerbiak). Steals: 6 (Sealy 2, Brandon, K Garnett, Peeler, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ Boston 18 24 18 25 - 85 Minnesota 29 22 32 20 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Anderson, 8:09 3rd). Minnesota 1 (K Garnett, 6:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,659. T: 2:04. Officials: Dan Crawford, George Toliver, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored seven of his 19 points to fuel a big third-quarter run as the Minnesota Timberwolves remained hot, pulling away from the road-weary Boston Celtics for a 103-85 victory.

Garnett finished 9-of-15 from the floor, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out six assists for the Timberwolves, who have won 11 of 13 since a season-high eight-game losing streak.

After Vitaly Potapenko drained an 11-footer to pull the Celtics within 53-46 early in the third period, Garnett made two layups and a 3-pointer during a 17-3 burst that gave Minnesota a 70-49 cushion with 5:16 left.

"We had a great focus," Garnett said. "We know we can finish well. When we were on our losing streak, we found that our first and third quarters had to be more explosive. That's what we've done during the winning streak, we did that again tonight."

Minnesota point guard Terrell Brandon had a stellar all-around game with 20 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. He made 8-of-15 from the field as the Timberwolves shot better than 50 percent for the fifth consecutive game.

"(Kevin Garnett) was playing great and like I said, we are playing in a great flow," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Over the past few weeks, the way we've been running our offense and getting shots and shooting the basketball, we have been doing some positive things."

Paul Pierce scored 17 points for the Celtics, who slipped to 2-14 on the road and fell for the sixth time in seven meetings with the Timberwolves.

"Minnesota outplayed us in every phase of the game," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "They played good defense. Give them credit, they're a much better team than we are. They shots a high percentage and we shot a low percentage. We're an up-and-down basketball team, which is a sign of youth. We haven't played well in back-to-back games all year."

Antoine Walker had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which fell behind 29-18 in the first quarter and never seriously challenged thereafter. The Celtics shot 37 percent (31-of-83) and suffered their third loss in four games.

"We missed a lot of easy shots in the second half," Walker said. "That's the nature of the game. That's the way it goes sometimes, especially when you're on the road."

"We couldn't match their intensity," Pierce added. "When you're on the road, you always have got to play with a high level of intensity. You know the crowd is going to be against you and that was something we couldn't do tonight."

Sam Mitchell scored 15 points and capped the Wolves' third-quarter spurt with a 3-pointer. Rookie Wally Szczerbiak scored 14 points, Malik Sealy added 12 and Anthony Peeler 11 for Minnesota, which shot 52 percent (42-of-81).

Sealy started Minnesota's big run with an eight-footer and Garnett quickly followed with a layup to make it 57-46 with 10:02 left.

Brandon hit a 17-footer and drove in for an uncontested layup after a steal by Sealy before Kenny Anderson answered with a 21-footer to cut the deficit to 61-48 with 8:47 left.

Garnett framed Brandon's technical free throw with a layup and a 26-footer and Mitchell was good from 24 feet to cap the run with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter.

"When they get on a run, they're a tough team to catch," Walker said. "They kind of took our confidence away. We had to momentum going into halftime and they just came out and played good basketball."

Brandon's layup with 8:01 to play gave the Wolves their biggest lead at 90-65.

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