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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 25 13 33 24 95 SACRAMENTO 21 26 20 25 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 30, KEVIN GARNETT 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 17 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 20, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 8 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 12, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 9, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 4

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (95) AT SACRAMENTO (92)

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

K GARNETT F 41 10-21 1-2 4 10 14 5 3 2 3 21 SZCZERBIAK F 35 5-10 6-6 1 5 6 6 3 0 2 17 NESTEROVIC C 23 3-5 0-0 2 6 8 0 5 0 0 6 BRANDON G 40 11-19 6-7 0 3 3 9 2 2 5 30 SEALY G 35 4-9 3-4 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 11 SMITH 19 0-2 2-2 0 6 6 1 5 1 2 2 PEELER 18 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 MITCHELL 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 HAMMONDS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 D GARRETT 9 1-3 0-1 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 2 AVERY 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-81 18-22 8 37 45 24 28 6 14 95 (.457) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

POLLARD F 32 4-7 3-3 5 3 8 0 3 1 1 11 C WILLIAMSON F 19 0-6 3-4 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 DIVAC C 43 8-21 4-6 3 9 12 9 1 1 7 20 STOJAKOVIC G 46 6-20 5-7 0 9 9 4 1 1 0 19 J WILLIAMS G 31 3-7 1-2 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 8 FUNDERBURKE 16 2-7 2-4 3 1 4 0 3 1 1 6 DELK 18 4-10 2-2 1 5 6 0 2 2 1 10 MARTIN 13 3-7 4-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 11 CORBIN 22 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 3 6 3 0 4 ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE WEBBER DNP - STRAINED LEFT CALF WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-90 24-32 14 36 50 21 18 9 13 92 (.356) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

MINNESOTA 25 13 33 24 - 95 SACRAMENTO 21 26 20 25 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - SZCZERBIAK 2, SMITH 2, K GARNETT, BRANDON, MITCHELL, NESTEROVIC. SACRAMENTO - CORBIN, DELK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-8 (.375), SZCZERBIAK 1-3, BRANDON 2-4, PEELER 0-1. SACRAMENTO 4-16 (.250), STOJAKOVIC 2-9, J WILLIAMS 1-4, MARTIN 1-3. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - HEAD COACH ADELMAN. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RON OLESIAK, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,317. T - 2:28.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 10-21 1-2 4-14 5 3 21 Szczerbiak 35 5-10 6-6 1-6 6 3 17 Nesterovic 23 3-5 0-0 2-8 0 5 6 Brandon 40 11-19 6-7 0-3 9 2 30 Sealy 35 4-9 3-4 0-1 1 3 11 Smith 19 0-2 2-2 0-6 1 5 2 Peeler 18 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Mitchell 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Hammonds 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 D Garrett 9 1-3 0-1 1-3 1 3 2 Avery 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 18-22 8-45 24 28 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Szczerbiak 1-3, Brandon 2-4, Peeler 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Szczerbiak 2, Smith 2, K Garnett, Brandon, Mitchell, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 14 (Brandon 5, K Garnett 3, Mitchell 2, Smith 2, Szczerbiak 2). Steals: 6 (Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Sealy, Smith).

SACRAMENTO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pollard 32 4-7 3-3 5-8 0 3 11 C Williamson 19 0-6 3-4 0-2 1 1 3 Divac 43 8-21 4-6 3-12 9 1 20 Stojakovic 46 6-20 5-7 0-9 4 1 19 J Williams 31 3-7 1-2 0-2 2 0 8 Funderburke 16 2-7 2-4 3-4 0 3 6 Delk 18 4-10 2-2 1-6 0 2 10 Martin 13 3-7 4-4 0-1 2 1 11 Corbin 22 2-5 0-0 2-6 3 6 4 Anderson DNP - strained left knee Webber DNP - strained left calf Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-90 24-32 14-50 21 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Stojakovic 2-9, J Williams 1-4, Martin 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Corbin, Delk). Turnovers: 13 (Divac 7, J Williams 2, Delk, Funderburke, Martin, Pollard). Steals: 9 (Corbin 3, Delk 2, Divac, Funderburke, Pollard, Stojakovic). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 25 13 33 24 - 95 Sacramento 21 26 20 25 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Head Coach Adelman, 1:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:28. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ron Olesiak, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon matched a season high with 30 points and Kevin Garnett hit two huge baskets down the stretch to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-92 victory over the injury-riddled Sacramento Kings.

Garnett drained a 15-footer from the left side that gave the Timberwolves an 83-81 lead with 2:46 left and followed a free throw by Vlade Divac with another basket from virtually the same spot pushing the lead to three at the 2:18 mark.

Divac again hit only 1-of-2 from the line and Brandon responded with a 3-pointer from the left side to give the Timberwolves an 88-83 lead with 1:10 left.

Predraig Stojakovic nailed one from behind the arc to bring the Kings with two in the final minute but Sacramento was forced to foul and the Wolves made their free throws to seal the victory.

The Kings had an opportunity to move within one-half game of Minnesota in the Western Conference but were unable to overcome injuries to All-Star forward Chris Webber and shooting guard Nick Anderson.

Minnesota would not have in position to win if not for the effort of Brandon. The veteran point guard collected 14 points during a third quarter in which the Wolves outscored the Kings 33-20 to take a 71-67 lead entering the final period.

"It's extremely crucial for us," said Brandon of the victory. "We talked about it all day how this was a big game. Kevin's an emotional guy, I think we all feed off his emotions. He's such a young player, a great superstar and he's going to be one of the best players of all-time."

Garnett finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which won the season series, 3-1. The Timberwolves moved within one-half game of fifth-place San Antonio in the West.

"Terrell was good at getting me the ball where I wanted and (the shots) started falling," Garnett said. "I started pumping myself up and the rest is history."

Divac collected had 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Sacramento, which holds a one-game lead over eighth-place Seattle.

"We made a lot of mistakes... we had a lot of turnovers and I think I was the reason we lost," said Divac, who committed seven turnovers. "Missing the best player on your team (Webber) is going to do some damage. It was a good effort and we put ourselves in (position) to win but we came up short."

The Kings were plagued by poor shooting throughout yet managed to stay within striking distance till the end.

Sacramento shot only 32 percent (7-of-22) in the first quarter and trailed 25-21. The Timberwolves returned the favor in the next session, scoring only 13 points on 31 percent (5-of-16) shooting, allowing the Kings to take a 47-38 lead at halftime.

Minnesota scored the first eight points in the third quarter to begin a 15-2 run which provided a 53-49 lead at the 8:03 mark. The Wolves led 71-67 entering the final quarter.

Rookie Wally Szczerbiak had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists and Malik Sealy collcted 11 points for Minnesota, which shot 46 percent (37-of-81) and converted 18-of-22 from the line.

"Terrell was big and (Kevin) made big shots down the stretch," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Wally made some big shots. We didn't get a lot out of our bench tonight but our other people did a nice job."

Stojakovic had 19 points and nine assists starting in place of Anderson and Scot Pollard and Darrick Martin added 11 apiece for Sacramento, which shot 36 percent (32-of-90) and hit 24-of-32 free throws.

"I thought our guys played very hard," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They really busted their tails tonight. We had trouble all night trying to find a way to score. We just didn't have enough to win."

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