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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 16 23 24 20 83 SEATTLE 27 27 20 36 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 SEA - GARY PAYTON 29, VERNON MAXWELL 20, RASHARD LEWIS 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - JOE SMITH 10, KEVIN GARNETT 9 SEA - HORACE GRANT 12, LAZARO BORRELL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, TERRELL BRANDON 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 5

ATT: 14,178


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (83) AT SEATTLE (110)

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

K GARNETT F 34 7-14 4-6 2 7 9 5 3 1 4 18 SZCZERBIAK F 23 6-12 2-3 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 14 NESTEROVIC C 23 3-6 1-1 1 4 5 1 3 0 3 7 BRANDON G 30 4-13 0-0 1 3 4 5 4 1 0 8 SEALY G 18 1-8 2-3 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 4 SMITH 28 1-5 5-6 7 3 10 0 5 1 2 7 PEELER 24 3-10 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 8 MITCHELL 25 1-2 2-3 1 5 6 2 3 0 5 5 JACKSON 15 1-6 3-4 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 5 HAMMONDS 7 0-2 1-3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 AVERY 10 2-6 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 6 D GARRETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 29-84 22-33 16 32 48 20 24 4 17 83 (.345) (.667) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

BORRELL F 30 5-14 0-0 3 6 9 2 1 2 2 10 LEWIS F 32 7-13 3-3 3 3 6 1 3 1 1 18 GRANT C 30 1-4 1-4 3 9 12 3 2 0 0 3 PAYTON G 36 11-20 5-6 1 7 8 9 4 1 0 29 WILLIAMS G 23 3-9 1-2 1 2 3 5 3 0 4 8 BAKER 14 0-1 4-4 1 0 1 1 5 1 0 4 PATTERSON 5 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 B BARRY 27 3-6 1-1 1 3 4 3 2 1 1 9 MAXWELL 20 5-10 6-6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 20 MCCOY 17 2-4 1-2 1 4 5 1 5 1 0 5 VINSON 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER 3 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 39-90 22-28 15 37 52 25 27 7 8 110 (.433) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

MINNESOTA 16 23 24 20 - 83 SEATTLE 27 27 20 36 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 3, K GARNETT. SEATTLE - GRANT 2, PAYTON, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-16 (.188), K GARNETT 0-2, PEELER 1-6, MITCHELL 1-1, JACKSON 0-3, AVERY 1-4. SEATTLE 10-25 (.400), BORRELL 0-1, LEWIS 1-3, PAYTON 2-5, WILLIAMS 1-5, B BARRY 2-3, MAXWELL 4-7, VINSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - MITCHELL (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, MARK WUNDERLICH, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 14,178. T - 2:21.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 34 7-14 4-6 2-9 5 3 18 Szczerbiak 23 6-12 2-3 0-1 3 1 14 Nesterovic 23 3-6 1-1 1-5 1 3 7 Brandon 30 4-13 0-0 1-4 5 4 8 Sealy 18 1-8 2-3 2-5 0 1 4 Smith 28 1-5 5-6 7-10 0 5 7 Peeler 24 3-10 1-2 1-3 1 3 8 Mitchell 25 1-2 2-3 1-6 2 3 5 Jackson 15 1-6 3-4 0-2 2 1 5 Hammonds 7 0-2 1-3 1-1 0 0 1 Avery 10 2-6 1-2 0-1 1 0 6 D Garrett 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-84 22-33 16-48 20 24 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.345, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (K Garnett 0-2, Peeler 1-6, Mitchell 1-1, Jackson 0-3, Avery 1-4). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Nesterovic 3, K Garnett). Turnovers: 17 (Mitchell 5, K Garnett 4, Nesterovic 3, Smith 2, Avery, Peeler, Sealy). Steals: 4 (Brandon, K Garnett, Sealy, Smith).

SEATTLE (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Borrell 30 5-14 0-0 3-9 2 1 10 Lewis 32 7-13 3-3 3-6 1 3 18 Grant 30 1-4 1-4 3-12 3 2 3 Payton 36 11-20 5-6 1-8 9 4 29 Williams 23 3-9 1-2 1-3 5 3 8 Baker 14 0-1 4-4 1-1 1 5 4 Patterson 5 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 B Barry 27 3-6 1-1 1-4 3 2 9 Maxwell 20 5-10 6-6 0-0 0 2 20 Mccoy 17 2-4 1-2 1-5 1 5 5 Vinson 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster 3 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-90 22-28 15-52 25 27 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 10-25, .400 (Borrell 0-1, Lewis 1-3, Payton 2-5, Williams 1-5, B Barry 2-3, Maxwell 4-7, Vinson 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant 2, Payton, Mccoy). Turnovers: 8 (Williams 4, Borrell 2, B Barry, Lewis). Steals: 7 (Borrell 2, B Barry, Baker, Lewis, Mccoy, Payton). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 16 23 24 20 - 83 Seattle 27 27 20 36 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Mitchell (ejected), 0:09 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,178. T: 2:21. Officials: Terry Durham, Mark Wunderlich, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The shakeup in the starting lineup woke up the Seattle SuperSonics.

With two new forwards in the lineup, the SuperSonics roared to a 110-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves behind 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds from Gary Payton.

Looking to change the fortunes of his team, which had lost nine of its last 11 games, Seattle coach Paul Westphal started 20-year-old Rashard Lewis and Cuban rookie Lazaro Borrell at forward, replacing Vin Baker and Ruben Patterson.

"We just lost nine out of 11 and I thought we needed to shake things up," Westphal said. "Vin's been taking a lot of criticism and he hasn't been playing up to his expectations, or anybody else's. So sometimes if you change things, it might make a difference and that's what we tried to do."

Lewis, a candidate for Most Improved Player, scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Borrell, who defected at last summer's Tournament of the Americas in Puerto Rico, added a season-high 10 points and nine rebounds.

"I thought Lazaro was outstanding," Westphal said. "That guy has a lot of experience and he's not afraid to make plays. Now that he understands the language a little bit and understands the NBA, he's going to continue to get minutes. We weren't really planning on using him this year, but he did so well in practice and always was ready whenever he got an opportunity and he did it again tonight."

Baker, who has been slumping of late, played just 14 minutes and collected four points and five fouls. Patterson played just five minutes and scored two points.

"I know that the spotlight has been on me because of our play and because of my play," Baker said. "I'm going to come out and bust my (rear) and try and help this team get to the seventh spot. I'm not going to toss this season down the drain by having a bad attitude. I'm not playing as well as I want to play."

Westphal also started Shammond Williams ahead of Brent Barry at shooting guard. About the only constant was Payton, who continued his stellar season with a terrific all-around game. While the new starters were feeling their way, he scored 13 points in the first quarter, when Seattle grabbed the lead for good.

"Gary led them as he usually does," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "They just seemed to have more energy. I don't think we had an edge tonight. In this league, whoever has the most intensity and whoever has that edge is probably going to come out (on top)."

Vernon Maxwell scored 20 points off the bench for the Sonics (43-35), who moved within one-half game of Sacramento in the race for seventh place in the Western Conference.

The Sonics led by as many as 28 points and got caught up in a promotion at the end of the game. With the fans screaming for one more point and free chalupas, Barry committed a foul with 8.5 seconds left, ensuring Seattle of another possession.

Timberwolves forward Sam Mitchell did not take too kindly to the strategy and confronted the players on Seattle's bench. He was whistled for flagrant and technical fouls and was ejected. A free throw by Barry gave the fans what they wanted.

"Every time we come in here, the fans get to eat. I know that for sure," Saunders said. "We've been here twice and they get to eat both times. It's like junior high and high school. Those kids play until the buzzer sounds and they try to score every time. When you're getting beat by 27 and you just start to get mad in the last 10 seconds, you should have been worried about the previous 47 minutes."

Kevin Garnett had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Wolves, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Minnesota (48-30) shot just 34.5 percent (29-of-84) and fell two games behind San Antonio in the race for fifth place in the West.

Payton's big first period gave Seattle a 27-16 lead. The Sonics extended the advantage to 54-39 at halftime before the Wolves cut the deficit to 74-63 entering the final period.

However, Seattle scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter. Maxwell began the burst with a 3-pointer and ended it with two free throws, giving the Sonics an 85-63 lead with 9:33 left.

Barry scored nine points and Horace Grant grabbed 12 rebounds for the Sonics, who shot 43 percent (39-of-90) and held a 52-48 rebounding edge.

The teams split the four-game season series.

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