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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 23 23 23 31 100 DALLAS 21 16 21 21 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, TERRELL BRANDON 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 16 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 26, DIRK NOWITZKI 15, MICHAEL FINLEY 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 8 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 9, DIRK NOWITZKI 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6, TERRELL BRANDON 6 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 13,435


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT DALLAS (79)

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

K GARNETT F 41 11-18 0-0 4 9 13 4 3 2 2 22 SZCZERBIAK F 43 6-11 3-3 3 5 8 6 4 0 3 16 SMITH C 25 6-10 2-2 2 3 5 0 5 2 1 14 BRANDON G 33 7-15 2-2 1 1 2 6 1 1 1 17 SEALY G 29 3-10 0-1 0 4 4 0 2 2 3 6 PEELER 28 5-12 0-0 1 5 6 4 2 2 1 13 JACKSON 15 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 3 0 0 2 3 NESTEROVIC 24 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 6 HAMMONDS 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 AVERY 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MITCHELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-83 9-12 13 30 43 23 21 9 13 100 (.518) (.750) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 44 6-16 2-4 1 3 4 5 2 1 1 14 NOWITZKI F 42 6-15 3-4 3 4 7 1 2 1 2 15 BRADLEY C 34 11-14 4-5 6 3 9 0 4 1 2 26 DAVIS G 30 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 5 2 STRICKLAND G 35 2-7 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 2 2 5 BUCKNER 24 2-3 2-3 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 7 PACK 10 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 ROOKS 13 2-6 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 4 NASH 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 JONES 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 CEBALLOS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FINGER

TOTALS 240 32-73 13-20 13 21 34 10 19 6 15 79 (.438) (.650) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(14 PTS)

MINNESOTA 23 23 23 31 - 100 DALLAS 21 16 21 21 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SMITH 2, SEALY 2, NESTEROVIC, BRANDON, JACKSON. DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, STRICKLAND, NOWITZKI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-12 (.417), SZCZERBIAK 1-2, BRANDON 1-3, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 3-6. DALLAS 2-7 (.286), FINLEY 0-1, NOWITZKI 0-3, BUCKNER 1-1, NASH 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, SCOTT FOSTER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 13,435. T - 2:01.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 11-18 0-0 4-13 4 3 22 Szczerbiak 43 6-11 3-3 3-8 6 4 16 Smith 25 6-10 2-2 2-5 0 5 14 Brandon 33 7-15 2-2 1-2 6 1 17 Sealy 29 3-10 0-1 0-4 0 2 6 Peeler 28 5-12 0-0 1-6 4 2 13 Jackson 15 1-2 1-2 1-2 3 0 3 Nesterovic 24 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 4 6 Hammonds 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Avery 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Mitchell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-83 9-12 13-43 23 21 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Szczerbiak 1-2, Brandon 1-3, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 3-6). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 9 (K Garnett 2, Smith 2, Sealy 2, Nesterovic, Brandon, Jackson). Turnovers: 14 (Sealy 3, Szczerbiak 3, Jackson 2, K Garnett 2, Brandon, Peeler, Smith). Steals: 9 (K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Sealy 2, Smith 2, Brandon).

DALLAS (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 44 6-16 2-4 1-4 5 2 14 Nowitzki 42 6-15 3-4 3-7 1 2 15 Bradley 34 11-14 4-5 6-9 0 4 26 Davis 30 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Strickland 35 2-7 1-2 1-3 0 4 5 Buckner 24 2-3 2-3 0-3 0 3 7 Pack 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Rooks 13 2-6 0-0 2-5 0 2 4 Nash 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Jones 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Ceballos DNP - sprained right finger _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-73 13-20 13-34 10 19 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Finley 0-1, Nowitzki 0-3, Buckner 1-1, Nash 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Bradley 2, Strickland, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 17 (Davis 5, Bradley 2, Nowitzki 2, Strickland 2, Finley, Nash, Pack, Rooks). Steals: 6 (Strickland 2, Bradley, Buckner, Finley, Nowitzki). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 23 23 23 31 - 100 Dallas 21 16 21 21 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,435. T: 2:01. Officials: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks, rid of the distraction of Dennis Rodman's technicolor body, seemed mezmerized by the blue and green of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves streaked to a double-digit lead in the second quarter and kept control for a 100-79 victory over the struggling Mavericks, who lost their sixth straight game.

The Mavericks went 4-9 during Rodman's disruptive tenure with the club, which ended Wednesday when he was waived. Dallas had won seven of eight before the flaky forward was signed, a move impending owner Mark Cuban admitted was motivated at least in part by a desire to boost attendance.

"We just went on with the flow," Mavericks forward Michael Finley said. "The situation was out of our hands. The organization thought this change was needed."

The Mavericks were playing their best basketball of the season when Rodman was signed and Finley admitted that his arrival had a negative effect on the team's continuity and focus.

"It did, but it's nothing to harp on," he said. "When you bring in any player, whether it's Dennis Rodman or anyone else, they have to learn the system on the go. It was hard for Dennis to learn it on the go. He did the best that he could, but he couldn't be expected to learn it right away. He brought fans into the building. He had to go without a training camp. Without the first 20 games to adjust to a guy who's getting part of the minutes, we had to learn it on the go."

But Finley cast a cool eye on Rodman's departure. "It doesn't matter to me," he said.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Terrell Brandon scored 17 points and rookie Wally Szczerbiak added 16, including seven in the run that put the Wolves ahead to stay. Szczerbiak also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists.

The Timberwolves shot 52 percent (43-of-83) from the floor and outrebounded Dallas, 43-34. Minnesota has won eight of its last 10 games and improved to 27-12 since December 18, when it snapped a losing streak of eight games with a 108-104 win in Dallas.

The victory lifted the Timberwolves within one-half game of the Seattle SuperSonics for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Shawn Bradley scored a season-high 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 15 for the Mavericks, who have lost six in a row, their worst since a seven-game slide in February 1999.

Dallas was without forward Cedric Ceballos, who sat out with sprained left pinky. Ceballos is averaging 18.2 points and 7.4 rebounds.

"He's a big plus for us offensively," Mavericks guard Robert Pack said. "He gets it going and gets a lot of baskets that are not counted for or run plays for."

Szczerbiak led the Timberwolves on a 13-4 surge that opened the second quarter and gave them a 36-25 lead with 6:39 to go in the half. He scored seven points on a 3-pointer and a pair of jumpers in the run, which Radoslav Nesterovic closed out with a dunk.

The Mavericks got no closer than seven points thereafter as the Wolves kept them from running any kind of organized offense. Dallas had five assists in the first quarter and just five more thereafter.

Minnesota guard Terrell Brandon said the release of Rodman made the Wolves wary of Dallas.

"Teams (like Dallas) tend to be emotional with what had happened here in the last couple of days," he said. "It's very dangerous when something like that happens. We just made a concerted effort to start defensively, to contest every shot, and when they miss we go to the boards and work on our break a little bit."

Minnesota held onto a double-digit lead for most of the second half, pulling away in the closing moments. The final score was the largest margin.

"It's all about being focused on the present," Garnett said of the Wolves' steady play. "It wasn't necessarily us finishing this team off, but us being aggressive, staying aggressive for 48 minutes. That's what we did tonight."

Bradley scored 12 points in the first quarter, keeping the Mavs close. The Timberwolves took a 23-21 lead when Anthony Peeler stroked a fadeaway jumper with less than a second left in the quarter.

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