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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 21 20 20 29 90 MINNESOTA 22 24 23 17 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - TRACY MURRAY 17, MITCH RICHMOND 14, JAHIDI WHITE 13 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 26, ANTHONY PEELER 10

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 9, JUWAN HOWARD 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 7, CHRIS WHITNEY 6 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 11, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 14,227


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (90) AT MINNESOTA (86)

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

HOWARD F 28 3-7 0-2 1 6 7 2 4 0 4 6 KING F 23 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 6 J WHITE C 39 6-10 1-2 2 7 9 2 5 1 2 13 RICHMOND G 20 5-10 2-2 0 6 6 2 4 2 1 14 STRICKLAND G 28 4-8 4-4 0 0 0 7 0 0 2 12 HAMILTON 29 4-10 2-4 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 10 C WHITNEY 20 1-7 1-2 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 4 A WILLIAMS 27 3-5 2-2 1 5 6 1 6 1 1 8 T MURRAY 26 7-12 1-1 1 3 4 0 2 1 2 17 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-75 13-19 7 33 40 24 27 7 14 90 (.480) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 41 9-19 8-12 4 9 13 6 3 1 1 26 SZCZERBIAK F 40 10-14 5-5 0 4 4 1 3 3 2 26 D GARRETT C 24 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 BRANDON G 39 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 11 2 0 4 6 SEALY G 33 4-10 0-0 3 3 6 3 3 1 2 8 AVERY 9 0-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 PEELER 23 4-11 0-0 1 5 6 2 3 1 1 10 SMITH 24 3-8 2-2 1 3 4 2 6 0 3 8 HAMMONDS 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 NESTEROVIC 5 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MITCHELL DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 34-84 15-21 14 27 41 26 22 6 14 86 (.405) (.714) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

WASHINGTON 21 20 20 29 - 90 MINNESOTA 22 24 23 17 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 5, STRICKLAND, KING. MINNESOTA - D GARRETT 3, SMITH, PEELER, SZCZERBIAK, AVERY, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-11 (.455), RICHMOND 2-4, C WHITNEY 1-3, T MURRAY 2-4. MINNESOTA 3-10 (.300), SZCZERBIAK 1-2, BRANDON 0-1, AVERY 0-2, PEELER 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, BILL SPOONER, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 14,227. T - 2:15.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 28 3-7 0-2 1-7 2 4 6 King 23 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 J White 39 6-10 1-2 2-9 2 5 13 Richmond 20 5-10 2-2 0-6 2 4 14 Strickland 28 4-8 4-4 0-0 7 0 12 Hamilton 29 4-10 2-4 1-3 3 2 10 C Whitney 20 1-7 1-2 0-2 6 1 4 A Williams 27 3-5 2-2 1-6 1 6 8 T Murray 26 7-12 1-1 1-4 0 2 17 Austin DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision L Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 13-19 7-40 24 27 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Richmond 2-4, C Whitney 1-3, T Murray 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (J White 5, Strickland, King). Turnovers: 16 (Howard 4, J White 2, Strickland 2, T Murray 2, A Williams, C Whitney, Hamilton, Richmond). Steals: 7 (Richmond 2, A Williams, Hamilton, J White, King, T Murray).

MINNESOTA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 9-19 8-12 4-13 6 3 26 Szczerbiak 40 10-14 5-5 0-4 1 3 26 D Garrett 24 1-6 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Brandon 39 3-9 0-0 1-3 11 2 6 Sealy 33 4-10 0-0 3-6 3 3 8 Avery 9 0-6 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 Peeler 23 4-11 0-0 1-6 2 3 10 Smith 24 3-8 2-2 1-4 2 6 8 Hammonds 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Nesterovic 5 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Mitchell DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 15-21 14-41 26 22 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Szczerbiak 1-2, Brandon 0-1, Avery 0-2, Peeler 2-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 8 (D Garrett 3, Smith, Peeler, Szczerbiak, Avery, K Garnett). Turnovers: 14 (Brandon 4, Smith 3, Sealy 2, Szczerbiak 2, D Garrett, K Garnett, Peeler). Steals: 6 (Szczerbiak 3, K Garnett, Peeler, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Washington 21 20 20 29 - 90 Minnesota 22 24 23 17 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,227. T: 2:15. Officials: Joe Derosa, Bill Spooner, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Tracy Murray scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Washington Wizards rallied for a 90-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Murray scored eight points during a 26-6 run, capping it with a 3-pointer with 4:02 to play as Washington built its biggest lead, 85-75.

Minnesota got within a point and trailed by just a basket in the closing seconds but Anthony Peeler missed a one-handed scoop shot with 2.7 seconds to play.

Mitch Richmond grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws to cap the scoring and seal the Wizards' second straight road win after 15 consecutive losses away from home.

Richmond scored 14 points and Jahidi White added 13, nine rebounds and five blocks for Washington, which has won three of five games but still has the fourth-worst record in the NBA at 19-42.

The Wizards suffered an 87-85 loss at home to Orlando on Monday.

"I challenged the guys after our loss last night to come out and play hard," Walker said. "I told them, `If you lose, go down fighting.' It was just a huge defensive effort in the fourth quarter to hold them to 17 points."

The Timberwolves carried a 69-61 lead into the fourth quarter but dropped to 29-1 when leading after three periods and 8-7 at home against teams with losing records.

"I'm not going to have too many answers tonight," coach Flip Saunders said. "I'd like to say I'm surprised, but we've been here too many times before."

Kevin Garnett scored 26 points and rookie Wally Szczerbiak had a season high-tying 26 for Minnesota, which lost for just the second time in nine games.

The Wolves had their biggest lead at 69-59 before Rod Strickland hit a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left in the third quarter, starting the decisive run.

Washington scored the next nine points to get within 69-68 as Murray and rookie Richard Hamilton hit jumpers before Chris Whitney sank a 3-pointer.

Garnett followed with a jumper to give Minnesota a 71-68 lead but Murray completed a 3-point play to tie it and the Wizards never trailed again.

Washington scored 14 of the next 18 points. Aaron Williams and Hamilton scored four each, White added three and Murray sank a 3-pointer for an 85-75 advantage.

Murray hit 7-of-12 shots in a reserve role for the Wizards, who shot 11-of-20 in the fourth quarter en route to their eighth win in nine games against Minnesota.

"Sometimes you have good success in an arena," said Richmond, whose team is 8-2 all-time in Minnesota. "Any time you have success, you're confident and you try to keep it going."

The Wolves rallied but ran out of time. Garnett and Joe Smith combined for nine points and Szczerbiak came up with a steal and a pair of free throws to cap an 11-2 run and cut the deficit to 87-86 with 15 seconds left.

Minnesota was forced to foul and Whitney followed by hitting 1-of-2 free throws for an 88-86 edge.

The Wolves had a chance to tie but could not get the ball into Garnett's hands. Instead, Peeler dribbled from outside the 3-point stripe, toward the right side and to the basket before missing a scoop shot.

"What we were hoping for, we got," Saunders said. "They switched a 5-10 guy (Whitney) on KG and we couldn't get the ball to him. We thought they'd probably jump out and set that and we'd get the mismatch, which we had, and we didn't deliver."

Garnett added 13 rebounds and six assists but missed a shot in the lane with 27 seconds left that could have gotten Minnesota within a point. The Wolves shot 4-of-18 in final period.

"We never recovered from the beginning of the fourth quarter," Garnett said. "We couldn't get any stops. It's the same old thing."

Terrell Brandon had 11 assists and Peeler 10 points off the bench for Minnesota, which has lost home games this season to the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, New Jersey and Dallas.

"Flip told us that games we lose like this are because of the things we do down the stretch," Smith said. "We need to correct these mental mistakes. That's what really killed us tonight."

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