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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 25 26 12 22 85 INDIANA 23 34 20 32 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 24, KEVIN GARNETT 14, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 12 IND - TRAVIS BEST 27, REGGIE MILLER 26, JALEN ROSE 21

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, JOE SMITH 9 IND - DALE DAVIS 9, SAM PERKINS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 IND - TRAVIS BEST 7, MARK JACKSON 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (85) AT INDIANA (109)

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

K GARNETT F 34 7-21 0-0 5 7 12 3 2 1 5 14 SZCZERBIAK F 33 5-9 2-3 3 3 6 2 0 0 2 12 D GARRETT C 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRANDON G 32 10-17 1-1 0 4 4 5 1 4 1 24 SEALY G 20 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 1 SMITH 23 2-9 4-4 3 6 9 0 2 0 1 8 MITCHELL 20 3-7 1-1 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 7 JACKSON 20 0-9 1-2 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 HAMMONDS 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 PEELER 26 5-8 1-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 2 11 NESTEROVIC 13 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 5 AVERY 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 35-92 12-17 16 30 46 18 18 8 14 85 (.380) (.706) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 21 2-6 1-2 3 6 9 0 2 2 4 5 ROSE F 38 8-13 4-5 0 5 5 3 3 0 2 21 SMITS C 23 6-11 1-2 2 6 8 0 4 0 1 13 JACKSON G 21 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 6 0 3 1 4 MILLER G 35 9-15 4-4 0 3 3 0 1 2 2 26 BEST 27 12-16 1-1 0 3 3 7 2 0 2 27 CROSHERE 25 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 5 PERKINS 21 1-4 0-0 3 6 9 2 1 1 0 3 HARRINGTON 23 1-3 1-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 3 TABAK 4 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 J BENDER 2 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 MCKEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-82 12-16 8 42 50 21 18 9 14 109 (.537) (.750) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

MINNESOTA 25 26 12 22 - 85 INDIANA 23 34 20 32 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC. INDIANA - PERKINS 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-10 (.300), BRANDON 3-5, MITCHELL 0-2, JACKSON 0-1, AVERY 0-2. INDIANA 9-17 (.529), ROSE 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 4-6, BEST 2-3, CROSHERE 1-2, PERKINS 1-2, J BENDER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, LUIS GRILLO, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,345. T - 1:57.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 34 7-21 0-0 5-12 3 2 14 Szczerbiak 33 5-9 2-3 3-6 2 0 12 D Garrett 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brandon 32 10-17 1-1 0-4 5 1 24 Sealy 20 0-2 1-2 1-3 1 2 1 Smith 23 2-9 4-4 3-9 0 2 8 Mitchell 20 3-7 1-1 0-1 0 2 7 Jackson 20 0-9 1-2 1-2 3 2 1 Hammonds 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Peeler 26 5-8 1-2 2-5 2 2 11 Nesterovic 13 2-5 1-2 1-2 1 2 5 Avery 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-92 12-17 16-46 18 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Brandon 3-5, Mitchell 0-2, Jackson 0-1, Avery 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Nesterovic). Turnovers: 14 (K Garnett 5, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2, Brandon, Hammonds, Nesterovic, Sealy, Smith). Steals: 8 (Brandon 4, Mitchell 2, K Garnett, Nesterovic).

INDIANA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 21 2-6 1-2 3-9 0 2 5 Rose 38 8-13 4-5 0-5 3 3 21 Smits 23 6-11 1-2 2-8 0 4 13 Jackson 21 2-5 0-0 0-3 6 0 4 Miller 35 9-15 4-4 0-3 0 1 26 Best 27 12-16 1-1 0-3 7 2 27 Croshere 25 2-5 0-0 0-5 1 2 5 Perkins 21 1-4 0-0 3-9 2 1 3 Harrington 23 1-3 1-2 0-3 2 2 3 Tabak 4 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 J Bender 2 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Mckey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-82 12-16 8-50 21 18 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.537, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (Rose 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Miller 4-6, Best 2-3, Croshere 1-2, Perkins 1-2, J Bender 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Perkins 3). Turnovers: 15 (D Davis 4, Best 2, Miller 2, Rose 2, Croshere, Harrington, Jackson, Smits). Steals: 9 (Jackson 3, D Davis 2, Miller 2, Harrington, Perkins). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 25 26 12 22 - 85 Indiana 23 34 20 32 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 1:57. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, Scott Wall.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Travis Best came off the bench to match a career-high with 27 points and Reggie Miller added 26 as the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-85 rout of the weary Minnesota Timberwolves.

Best scored 16 points in the second quarter, making seven straight shots at one point, and finished the game 12-of-16 from the field.

"I am just trying to be more aggressive, utilize my speed and knock down shots when I have them," Best said. "I had them tonight and they fell."

The Pacers shot 53 percent (43-of-82) and improved their league-best record at home to 32-5, finishing with a perfect 14-0 record against Western Conference teams at Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana reduced its magic number for clinching the Central Division title to three.

Terrell Brandon netted 24 points and Kevin Garnett was held to 14 for the Timberwolves, who were playing their third game in four nights. Minnesota lost for just the second time in its last 10 road contests.

"I never like to blame a loss on anything, but it looked like we were tired in the second half," said Garnett, who went 7-of-21 from the field. "It was just one of those tough nights. I never doubted our team's effort as a result of the back-to-back."

Best's three-point play with 3:35 left in the first half started a 21-10 run spanning the second and third quarters as the Pacers opened up a 12-point lead. His 3-pointer with 44 seconds left in the second period was the seventh straight shot he made and gave Indiana a 55-48 lead.

The Pacers shot 65 percent (13-of-20) in the second quarter and led 57-51.

"Indiana came out with great energy," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I knew they were going to come out strong. We had no energy to fight what they had going. We didn't have any legs left at all."

Jalen Rose's basket with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter allowed Indiana to move out to a 65-53 lead. Rose, who scored 11 points in the third quarter, sank a 3-pointer with 3:14 left to extend Indiana's cushion to 73-58.

Phoenix shot a dismal 14 percent (4-of-28) in the third period and scored only 12 points as the Pistons entered the fourth quarter with a 77-63 advantage.

"They (Timberwolves) were missing shots, but I felt we were attacking the boards, guys were lively and we made shots," Indiana coach Larry Bird said.

Miller scored seven straight points to open the fourth quarter as the Pacers moved out to an 84-63 lead. A three-point play by Rose capped an 11-1 surge as Indiana took its largest lead at 103-75 with 4:45 to play.

"It was just a matter of getting on track, and that is sometimes not easy," said Indiana forward Dale Davis, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since March 12 after a leg injury and had five points and nine rebounds. "We were all on the same page tonight and hope to be from here on out. We earned this. We deserved this."

Rose scored 21 points and Smits added 13 and eight rebounds as Indiana outrebounded the Timberwolves, 50-46. The Pacers drained 9-of-17 3-pointers, led by Miller's four.

Brandon went 10-of-17 from the field and made all three of Minnesota's three 3-pointers. Rookie Wally Szczerbiak scored 12 points and Anthony Peeler added 11 for the Timberwolves, who shot 38 percent (35-of-92).

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