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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 16 25 30 25 96 PORTLAND 25 24 19 24 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 25, KEVIN GARNETT 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 21, RASHEED WALLACE 19, STEVE SMITH 19

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 9, JERMAINE ONEAL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, TERRELL BRANDON 6 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 4, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 4

ATT: 2,060


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (96) AT PORTLAND (92)

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

SZCZERBIAK F 36 6-9 2-4 1 5 6 3 6 2 0 16 K GARNETT F 44 8-17 1-4 2 10 12 8 1 2 4 17 D GARRETT C 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 SEALY G 30 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 BRANDON G 40 11-20 3-3 0 2 2 6 2 3 1 25 SMITH 29 5-9 6-6 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 16 PEELER 22 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 10 NESTEROVIC 24 3-6 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 8 JACKSON 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MITCHELL DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 40-80 14-19 3 26 29 27 18 9 8 96 (.500) (.737) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 26 9-10 1-3 1 6 7 1 4 0 4 19 PIPPEN F 37 7-14 7-11 2 6 8 4 0 1 3 21 SABONIS C 37 6-10 2-2 2 7 9 3 5 0 2 15 STOUDAMIRE G 33 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 1 4 9 SMITH G 39 9-17 0-1 1 3 4 3 1 0 0 19 ONEAL 24 1-4 0-0 1 8 9 0 3 0 1 2 WELLS 15 1-5 2-2 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 4 ANTHONY 15 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 SCHREMPF 13 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 0 1 3 HARVEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 12-19 9 32 41 21 20 2 17 92 (.514) (.632) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

MINNESOTA 16 25 30 25 - 96 PORTLAND 25 24 19 24 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC, PEELER. PORTLAND - PIPPEN 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), SZCZERBIAK 2-4, BRANDON 0-2, PEELER 0-1. PORTLAND 4-11 (.364), PIPPEN 0-3, SABONIS 1-1, STOUDAMIRE 1-2, SMITH 1-2, WELLS 0-2, SCHREMPF 1-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, BRUCE ALEXANDER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 20,060. T - 2:14.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Szczerbiak 36 6-9 2-4 1-6 3 6 16 K Garnett 44 8-17 1-4 2-12 8 1 17 D Garrett 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Sealy 30 1-5 0-0 0-3 1 1 2 Brandon 40 11-20 3-3 0-2 6 2 25 Smith 29 5-9 6-6 0-1 3 4 16 Peeler 22 5-11 0-0 0-1 1 0 10 Nesterovic 24 3-6 2-2 0-4 2 2 8 Jackson 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Avery DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision Mitchell DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-80 14-19 3-29 27 18 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Szczerbiak 2-4, Brandon 0-2, Peeler 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Nesterovic, Peeler). Turnovers: 8 (K Garnett 4, Brandon, D Garrett, Nesterovic, Sealy). Steals: 9 (Brandon 3, K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak 2, Peeler, Sealy).

PORTLAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 26 9-10 1-3 1-7 1 4 19 Pippen 37 7-14 7-11 2-8 4 0 21 Sabonis 37 6-10 2-2 2-9 3 5 15 Stoudamire 33 4-10 0-0 0-0 4 1 9 Smith 39 9-17 0-1 1-4 3 1 19 Oneal 24 1-4 0-0 1-9 0 3 2 Wells 15 1-5 2-2 1-2 3 2 4 Anthony 15 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Schrempf 13 1-3 0-0 1-1 2 4 3 Harvey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Augmon DNP - coach's decision G Grant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 12-19 9-41 21 20 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Pippen 0-3, Sabonis 1-1, Stoudamire 1-2, Smith 1-2, Wells 0-2, Schrempf 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Pippen 2). Turnovers: 18 (Stoudamire 4, Wallace 4, Pippen 3, Sabonis 2, Anthony, Oneal, Schrempf, Wells). Steals: 2 (Pippen, Stoudamire). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 16 25 30 25 - 96 Portland 25 24 19 24 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace 2 (ejected), 10:39 3rd, 0:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,060. T: 2:14. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Bruce Alexander, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- It took more than seven years and an unlikely prayer being answered, but the Minnesota Timberwolves won in Portland.

Joe Smith beat the shot clock with a desperation turnaround fling that banked in with 16 seconds remaining, clinching the Timberwolves' first road win against the Portland Trail Blazers in 15 tries, 96-92.

Portland native Terrell Brandon scored 25 points and appeared to put a dagger in the Blazers when he buried a running jumper with 55 seconds to play that gave Minnesota a 91-87 lead.

"We played hard the whole game" Brandon said. "I don't try to put too much emphasis on coming home. I try to be professional about it. After coming back to play once or twice, it's not so glamorous."

But Steve Smith answered with a clutch 13-footer with 40 seconds left to put the pressure back on the Timberwolves to score.

Minnesota did not look like it would get off a shot when Kevin Garnett was stripped in the lane with the shot clock winding down. Smith picked up the loose ball with his back to the basket, spun around to his right and uncorked a high, arching shot that kissed the glass and fell through the net.

"That would have been the game-winner in HORSE," Smith said. "I looked up at the shot clock and tried to get it as close as I could. Fortunately it went in."

"I had the best look," Portland reserve guard Bonzi Wells said of the shot. "I had a front-row seat on the bench for it. It was just one of those shots hoping and his prayers were answered. They got the victory -- that was a good team tonight."

Scottie Pippen, who missed two big free throws down the stretch, committed a turnover on Portland's next trip and Garnett fed Malik Sealy for an uncontested dunk to make it 95-89 with five seconds left.

"We got what we deserved," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Terrell Brandon did an excellent job. He made some big shots and you could tell he wanted to play well coming back to his hometown."

Garnett had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Smith and rookie Wally Szczerbiak added 16 points apiece for the Wolves, who snapped a 14-game losing streak in Portland dating to a 104-91 triumph on February 2, 1993. They improved to just 6-34 all-time in Portland.

"This was a big win for us," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We hadn't beaten Portland in five games and had never won in the Rose Garden. We didn't turn the ball over and we executed in the fourth quarter. We don't really want to play Portland in the playoffs, but I think this gave us confidence that we can beat them, even on their home court."

Pippen had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists but misfired on two from the line with 1:43 left, costing the Blazers a chance to tie. Rasheed Wallace and Smith scored 19 each for Portland (49-17), which had a three-game winning streak snapped and failed to pick up any ground on the league-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers had their NBA season-high 19-game winning streak snapped at Washington but remained four games ahead of the Blazers in the Pacific Division.

"Not only are we trying to catch the Lakers, we have got to shore up the No. 3 spot," Portland guard Greg Anthony said. "Before you know it, Utah (44-20) or San Antonio (41-25) are breathing down your neck trying to acquire that third seed, so we have a lot of work left."

Anthony Peeler scored 10 points for the Wolves, who made half of their 50 shots and committed just eight turnovers. Minnesota lost the battle on the boards, 41-29, and was trailing 25-16 after one quarter before battling back.

Arvydas Sabonis had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 51 percent (38-of-74) and yielded 18 points off turnovers.

Wallace scored 17 first-half points on 8-of-9 shooting to lead Portland to a 49-41 lead at the break, but Garnett shut him down after intermission and the Wolves pulled past the Blazers in the third quarter.

"Portland is the best team in the NBA," Garnett said. "Even though they have the second-best record, they are the best team in the NBA. It was very important for us to win."

Steve Smith's 3-pointer with 9:38 remaining in the third period gave Portland a 54-47 lead. But Szczerbiak hit an 18-footer and Garnett was good from eight feet before Brandon converted a three-point play to forge a 54-54 tie with 7:58 left.

Garnett and Radoslav Nesterovic made back-to-back jumpers to cap the 11-0 run, putting Minnesota ahead, 58-54, with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter.

The game featured five lead changes down the stretch and Pippen got Portland even at 85-85 on a driving layup with 3:52 to play.

Joe Smith made four free throws to put Minnesota in front to stay, 89-85, with 1:24 left.

"It seemed that they didn't miss shots at the end," Steve Smith said. "They hit all the shots in the fourth quarter when it counted. We missed some and then Joe Smith hit that big one and that kind of took our momentum."

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