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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 31 22 29 26 108 SAN ANTONIO 29 27 21 25 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, MALIK SEALY 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 24, JAREN JACKSON 18, ANTONIO DANIELS 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, TERRELL BRANDON 8 SAS - SAMAKI WALKER 12, DAVID ROBINSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - MALIK SEALY 8, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 7 SAS - TERRY PORTER 10, JAREN JACKSON 3

ATT: 16,320


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (108) AT SAN ANTONIO (102)

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

K GARNETT F 40 10-18 2-4 5 8 13 6 2 1 3 23 SZCZERBIAK F 36 4-9 0-1 0 3 3 7 2 2 0 8 D GARRETT C 17 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 6 0 0 6 BRANDON G 38 5-12 5-6 2 6 8 6 2 2 2 15 SEALY G 38 9-13 2-2 2 2 4 8 3 0 0 20 NESTEROVIC 14 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 2 PEELER 23 6-9 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 15 SMITH 20 4-9 4-4 4 1 5 1 5 1 1 12 AVERY 10 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 6 HAMMONDS 4 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MITCHELL DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 44-83 14-19 13 27 40 30 29 6 7 108 (.530) (.737) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(12 PTS)

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

J KERSEY F 22 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 0 WALKER F 42 5-13 4-4 5 7 12 1 4 0 0 14 ROBINSON C 35 7-12 10-12 1 4 5 0 5 0 3 24 ELIE G 21 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 JOHNSON G 24 5-6 5-8 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 15 JACKSON 33 6-11 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 1 0 18 DANIELS 24 8-11 1-1 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 18 PORTER 32 2-8 5-6 1 1 2 10 1 1 1 9 SPENCER 7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 DUNCAN DNP - LOWER ABDOMINAL STRAIN S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-69 25-31 10 23 33 18 21 5 10 102 (.507) (.806) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(17 PTS)

MINNESOTA 31 22 29 26 - 108 SAN ANTONIO 29 27 21 25 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, D GARRETT 2, NESTEROVIC, SZCZERBIAK. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 2, JOHNSON 2, SPENCER, J KERSEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-10 (.600), K GARNETT 1-1, BRANDON 0-1, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 3-4, AVERY 2-3. SAN ANTONIO 7-15 (.467), ELIE 0-1, JACKSON 6-9, DANIELS 1-3, PORTER 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, HANK ARMSTRONG, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 16,320. T - 2:19.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 10-18 2-4 5-13 6 2 23 Szczerbiak 36 4-9 0-1 0-3 7 2 8 D Garrett 17 3-7 0-0 0-3 0 6 6 Brandon 38 5-12 5-6 2-8 6 2 15 Sealy 38 9-13 2-2 2-4 8 3 20 Nesterovic 14 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 Peeler 23 6-9 0-0 0-3 1 2 15 Smith 20 4-9 4-4 4-5 1 5 12 Avery 10 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 6 Hammonds 4 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Mitchell DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-83 14-19 13-40 30 29 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (K Garnett 1-1, Brandon 0-1, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 3-4, Avery 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (K Garnett 3, D Garrett 2, Nesterovic, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 7 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Avery, Smith). Steals: 6 (Brandon 2, Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett, Smith).

SAN ANTONIO (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Kersey 22 0-3 0-0 1-3 2 5 0 Walker 42 5-13 4-4 5-12 1 4 14 Robinson 35 7-12 10-12 1-5 0 5 24 Elie 21 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Johnson 24 5-6 5-8 0-2 0 1 15 Jackson 33 6-11 0-0 0-4 3 3 18 Daniels 24 8-11 1-1 1-2 2 0 18 Porter 32 2-8 5-6 1-2 10 1 9 Spencer 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Duncan DNP - lower abdominal strain S Kerr DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 25-31 10-33 18 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Elie 0-1, Jackson 6-9, Daniels 1-3, Porter 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Robinson 2, Johnson 2, Spencer, J Kersey). Turnovers: 10 (J Kersey 3, Robinson 3, Johnson 2, Daniels, Porter). Steals: 5 (Daniels, Elie, Jackson, Johnson, Porter). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 31 22 29 26 - 108 San Antonio 29 27 21 25 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,320. T: 2:19. Officials: Mike Mathis, Hank Armstrong, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-102 victory over the undermanned San Antonio Spurs.

Garnett was able to dominate on the inside with the absence of Spurs frontcourt players Tim Duncan and Malik Rose. Duncan missed his fourth straight game with an abdominal strain and Rose is nursing a sprained right ankle suffered in the Spurs' win over Miami on Tuesday.

The Spurs dropped to 2-2 since Duncan's injury, with both losses coming against Minnesota. Garnett had 29 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in the Timberwolves' 102-98 victory over San Antonio on Sunday.

"Without Tim Duncan, they don't have another big body," Garnett said. "Tim and David (Robinson) together really clog up the paint. Tim is a dominant player. David does all he can to carry this team and he does a good job but Tim is a major component."

San Antonio drew within 101-98 on two foul shots by Terry Porter with 1:34 left. But Joe Smith struck a critical blow by grabbing the offensive rebound off Malik Sealy's 3-pointer and converting a three-point play which pushed the lead to 104-98 with 1:13 left.

"We had really good execution down the stretch," Timberwolves coach Flip Sunders said. "We got the ball in the right guys' hands. We played aggressive and shared the ball. We shot over 50 percent and that is not the first time we have done that lately."

Garnett scored five points during a 15-2 outburst which turned a three-point deficit into a 76-66 advantage with 2:48 left in the third quarter. Minnesota took an 82-76 lead in the final period.

Robinson scored 24 points to lead San Antonio, which fell to 22-6 at the Alamodome. Samaki Walker, starting in place of Duncan, had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs. San Antonio dropped into a first-place tie with the Utah Jazz in the Midwest Division.

"You have to give the guys a lot of credit, they competed hard," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "The guys off the bench had a good game. I'm proud of Samaki. He played a lot of minutes and no one knows that he has an ankle that's bothering him. He played great minutes and I'm thrilled for him."

"We had opportunities," Robinson said. "We have to take advantage of them. I didn't get enough rebounds. As a team, we didn't rebound well. There are little things we have to fix quickly."

Minnesota hit eight of its first 10 shots en route to a 16-4 lead four minutes into the game. Sparked by the bench play of Antonio Daniels and Porter, the Spurs battled back to within 31-29 after 12 minutes, despite 72 percent shooting (13-0f-18) by the Timberwolves. Daniels finished with a season-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

"We came out with a lot of energy early," Saunders said. Defensively, we really got after it. Even with Malik Rose and Tim Duncan not in the lineup, this is still a dangerous team."

Trailing 43-38 midway through the second quarter, Avery Johnson sparked an 11-0 run with six points as San Antonio took a 49-43 advantage with 3:16 remaining. The Spurs led 56-53 at halftime.

Sealy had a fine game with 20 points on 9-of-13 from the floor and eight assists. Terrell Brandon added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which has won five of its last six to move ahead of the Sacramento Kings into seventh place in the Western Conference.

Anthony Peeler scored 15 points and Smith added 12 for the Timberwolves, who shot 53 percent (44-of-83) from the floor, held a 40-33 rebounding edge and committed only seven turnovers.

Jaren Jackson collected 18 points and Avery Johnson added 15 for the Spurs, who lost despite shooting 51 percent (35-of-69), hit 7-of-15 from behind the arc and made 25-of-31 free throws.

"We didn't play badly considering all the circumstances," Johnson said. "The team we had out there in the fourth quarter played hard. If they keep playing like they have been, when we get healthy, our bench is going to be a monster."

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