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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 27 25 16 12 8 16 104 VANCOUVER 21 21 22 16 8 6 94 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 20, TERRELL BRANDON 20 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 27, MICHAEL DICKERSON 22, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 21

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, JOE SMITH 12 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, KEVIN GARNETT 9 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 12, MICHAEL DICKERSON 5

ATT: 17,748


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (104) AT VANCOUVER (94) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

K GARNETT F 52 8-17 4-4 2 10 12 9 0 1 3 20 SZCZERBIAK F 54 9-13 1-2 1 3 4 4 2 3 3 20 NESTEROVIC C 14 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 1 1 0 BRANDON G 45 9-22 0-0 0 5 5 10 1 2 2 20 SEALY G 12 4-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 8 SMITH 44 9-16 1-3 6 6 12 1 5 0 1 19 PEELER 43 4-12 2-2 1 1 2 6 5 0 5 13 JACKSON 13 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 4 MITCHELL 13 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 45-92 8-11 14 35 49 35 16 7 15 104 (.489) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 55 12-28 1-1 7 10 17 1 3 1 0 27 HARRINGTON F 42 8-14 5-7 2 5 7 0 5 1 4 21 REEVES C 17 2-3 1-2 4 2 6 1 1 1 1 5 BIBBY G 54 8-15 1-2 0 3 3 12 0 2 0 19 DICKERSON G 54 9-27 2-2 0 7 7 5 4 1 5 22 SCOTT 27 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 PALACIO 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WEST 27 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 EKEZIE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LOPEZ 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CARR DNP - STRAINED CALF PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 39-97 10-14 13 31 44 22 16 6 10 94 (.402) (.714) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(8 PTS)

MINNESOTA 27 25 16 12 8 16 - 104 VANCOUVER 21 21 22 16 8 6 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, SMITH 3, NESTEROVIC 2, MITCHELL, BRANDON. VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM 3, WEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-15 (.400), K GARNETT 0-1, SZCZERBIAK 1-2, BRANDON 2-3, PEELER 3-8, JACKSON 0-1. VANCOUVER 6-15 (.400), ABDUR-RAHIM 2-3, BIBBY 2-5, DICKERSON 2-4, SCOTT 0-2, WEST 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TED BERNHARDT, MIKE SMITH. A - 17,748. T - 2:34.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 52 8-17 4-4 2-12 9 0 20 Szczerbiak 54 9-13 1-2 1-4 4 2 20 Nesterovic 14 0-1 0-0 1-6 0 1 0 Brandon 45 9-22 0-0 0-5 10 1 20 Sealy 12 4-5 0-0 1-4 2 0 8 Smith 44 9-16 1-3 6-12 1 5 19 Peeler 43 4-12 2-2 1-2 6 5 13 Jackson 13 2-4 0-0 2-2 2 1 4 Mitchell 13 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 45-92 8-11 14-49 35 16 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (K Garnett 0-1, Szczerbiak 1-2, Brandon 2-3, Peeler 3-8, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (K Garnett 3, Smith 3, Nesterovic 2, Mitchell, Brandon). Turnovers: 16 (Peeler 5, K Garnett 3, Szczerbiak 3, Brandon 2, Nesterovic, Smith). Steals: 7 (Szczerbiak 3, Brandon 2, K Garnett, Nesterovic).

VANCOUVER (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 55 12-28 1-1 7-17 1 3 27 Harrington 42 8-14 5-7 2-7 0 5 21 Reeves 17 2-3 1-2 4-6 1 1 5 Bibby 54 8-15 1-2 0-3 12 0 19 Dickerson 54 9-27 2-2 0-7 5 4 22 Scott 27 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Palacio 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 West 27 0-5 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 Ekezie 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lopez 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Carr DNP - strained calf Parks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 39-97 10-14 13-44 22 16 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Abdur-rahim 2-3, Bibby 2-5, Dickerson 2-4, Scott 0-2, West 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdur-rahim 3, West). Turnovers: 13 (Dickerson 5, Harrington 4, Reeves). Steals: 6 (Bibby 2, Abdur-rahim, Dickerson, Harrington, Reeves). ______________________________________________________ Minnesota 27 25 16 12 8 16 - 104 Vancouver 21 21 22 16 8 6 - 94 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,748. T: 2:34. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ted Bernhardt, Mike Smith.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon scored nine of his 20 points in the second overtime to help the Minnesota Timberwolves notch their sixth victory in seven contests, 104-94 over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Minnesota poured in 10 straight points in the second overtime as it opened a 104-92 lead with 38 seconds left. Brandon scored five points in that spurt to help the Timberwolves outscore the Grizzlies, 16-6, over the last five minutes.

Brandon made 4-of-6 shots to help Minnesota hit 5-of-7 in the second overtime while Vancouver connected on just 3-of-8. The Timberwolves improved to 7-1 in overtime this season while the Grizzlies fell to 1-2.

"When you play the overtime game, we just try to stay in the game and hit the big shots," Brandon said. "In double overtime, I tried to step it up and contribute as much as a I could. We have the fourth-best road record in the league (23-16) and that speaks for itself."

"It's not what we had planned considering the overtimes we've had in the past month," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "It seems like we've had one of these about every other night. They made plays and they made us play a little bit out of character."

Wolves All-Star forward Kevin Garnett fell one assist shy of a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Rookie Wally Szczerbiak added 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting as Minnesota nearly wasted a 17-point lead, but extended its lead in the series to 17-3.

"We should have liked to made it a little easier on ourselves," Szczerbiak said. "We came out and got a big lead and blew it. But a win is a win and we need them as we fight for a playoff position."

Vancouver's bench failed to score for the first time in franchise history as it shot 0-for-10 over a combined 68 minutes. Minnesota's bench tallied 36 points as Joe Smith had 19 and 12 rebounds and Anthony Peeler scored 13.

By virtue of Phoenix's victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota can finish no higher than fifth in the Western Conference. The Wolves currently are sixth.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 27 points and 17 rebounds and Michael Dickerson added 22 points for the Grizzlies, who have dropped five straight. Othella Harrington poured in 21 points and Mike Bibby chipped in 19 and 12 assists.

The 17,748 fans, including new owner Michael Heisley, roared throughout in Vancouver's final home game of the season. The Grizzlies (21-58) are rumored to undergo major changes in the offseason, which could include the dismissal of general manager Stu Jackson.

"We don't know what is going to take place. We don't know who is going to be here," Dickerson said. "All of the changes, we just don't know. We wanted to make a statement that we can play together as a team. Our team did a great job considering all of the distractions."

"Though we aren't going anywhere and we've known that for a while, we've continued to battle and step up and be the people that we are and that's good people," said Grizzlies interim coach Lionel Hollins, whose job also may be in jeopardy.

Minnesota used a 13-5 spurt to gain a 48-31 cushion with 4:10 left in the first half. Smith scored seven points in that run and Peeler added six. The Wolves led 52-42 at halftime.

Vancouver scored eight straight to close within 73-72 with 7:57 left in regulation as Harrington scored six in that spurt. The Grizzlies tied it, 80-80, when Bryant Reeves slammed home Bibby's miss with 35 seconds.

Smith scored four points in the first overtime, including a jumper with 32 seconds left to forge an 88-88 tie. Harrington missed a layup for the Grizzlies and Garnett's jumper at the buzzer fell short.

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