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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 17 25 36 23 101 GOLDEN STATE 28 19 22 27 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 21, JOE SMITH 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 GSW - LARRY HUGHES 33, MARK DAVIS 13, VONTEEGO CUMMINGS 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - JOE SMITH 11, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 11 GSW - ADONAL FOYLE 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, KEVIN GARNETT 7 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 8, MARK DAVIS 6

ATT: 11,362


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (101) AT GOLDEN STATE (96)

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

K GARNETT F 36 4-16 5-6 1 9 10 7 2 2 4 13 SZCZERBIAK F 30 5-7 2-2 3 0 3 1 5 0 1 12 NESTEROVIC C 24 1-3 2-2 3 8 11 1 3 0 1 4 BRANDON G 30 8-14 2-2 0 0 0 8 1 2 2 21 SEALY G 35 6-11 1-2 1 3 4 0 4 1 3 13 JACKSON 14 2-4 1-1 2 2 4 2 0 0 1 6 SMITH 27 6-10 2-3 6 5 11 1 5 0 2 14 MITCHELL 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 0 2 HAMMONDS 6 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 3 PEELER 18 1-9 5-5 3 4 7 1 1 3 2 7 AVERY 6 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 6 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-83 21-25 20 34 54 26 26 9 18 101 (.446) (.840) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

DAVIS F 36 6-12 1-3 0 7 7 6 2 2 1 13 FARMER F 32 3-8 5-6 2 2 4 2 3 2 1 11 FOYLE C 39 5-8 0-0 3 5 8 3 5 1 0 10 BLAYLOCK G 39 3-13 1-2 1 5 6 8 2 3 3 7 HUGHES G 48 12-23 8-14 2 5 7 5 4 1 3 33 CURLEY 13 2-3 0-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 V CUMMINGS 18 4-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 12 JACOBSON 15 2-6 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 1 0 6 CAFFEY DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT MIDDLE FINGER MARSHALL DNP - PATELLA TENDINITIS OWENS DNP - INFLAMMATION YOUNG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 17-29 9 26 35 27 22 12 11 96 (.474) (.586) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(19 PTS)

MINNESOTA 17 25 36 23 - 101 GOLDEN STATE 28 19 22 27 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, NESTEROVIC, SEALY. GOLDEN STATE - DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-14 (.429), BRANDON 3-3, SEALY 0-1, JACKSON 1-1, PEELER 0-6, AVERY 2-3. GOLDEN STATE 5-13 (.385), FARMER 0-3, BLAYLOCK 0-3, HUGHES 1-2, V CUMMINGS 4-5. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, GOLDEN STATE - FARMER. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, HUE HOLLINS, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 11,362. T - 2:26.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 4-16 5-6 1-10 7 2 13 Szczerbiak 30 5-7 2-2 3-3 1 5 12 Nesterovic 24 1-3 2-2 3-11 1 3 4 Brandon 30 8-14 2-2 0-0 8 1 21 Sealy 35 6-11 1-2 1-4 0 4 13 Jackson 14 2-4 1-1 2-4 2 0 6 Smith 27 6-10 2-3 6-11 1 5 14 Mitchell 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 3 3 2 Hammonds 6 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 1 3 Peeler 18 1-9 5-5 3-7 1 1 7 Avery 6 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 1 6 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 21-25 20-54 26 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Brandon 3-3, Sealy 0-1, Jackson 1-1, Peeler 0-6, Avery 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett, Nesterovic, Sealy). Turnovers: 18 (K Garnett 4, Sealy 3, Brandon 2, Peeler 2, Smith 2, Avery, Hammonds, Jackson, Nesterovic, Szczerbiak). Steals: 9 (Peeler 3, Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Mitchell, Sealy).

GOLDEN STATE (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Davis 36 6-12 1-3 0-7 6 2 13 Farmer 32 3-8 5-6 2-4 2 3 11 Foyle 39 5-8 0-0 3-8 3 5 10 Blaylock 39 3-13 1-2 1-6 8 2 7 Hughes 48 12-23 8-14 2-7 5 4 33 Curley 13 2-3 0-2 0-2 1 0 4 V Cummings 18 4-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 12 Jacobson 15 2-6 2-2 1-1 1 3 6 Caffey DNP - sprained right middle finger Marshall DNP - patella tendinitis Owens DNP - inflammation Young DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 17-29 9-35 27 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.586. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Farmer 0-3, Blaylock 0-3, Hughes 1-2, V Cummings 4-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Davis). Turnovers: 12 (Blaylock 3, Hughes 3, V Cummings 2, Curley, Davis, Farmer). Steals: 12 (Blaylock 3, Davis 2, Farmer 2, V Cummings 2, Foyle, Hughes, Jacobson). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 17 25 36 23 - 101 Golden State 28 19 22 27 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (K Garnett, 2:51 3rd). Golden State 1 (Farmer, 2:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,362. T: 2:26. Officials: Bill Spooner, Hue Hollins, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon scored 21 points and Joe Smith added 14 and 11 rebounds off the bench as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 15-point deficit to post a 101-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Garnett contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds and Malik Sealy also chipped in 13 points for the Timberwolves, who won when overcoming a double-digit deficit for the 10th time this season and reached 50 victories for the first time.

"Fifty wins means a lot to these guys," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We have a lot of players who were here when we won 20 games. We've all been there. No team in this league has gone 7-13 and then come back and won 50 games. From a personal accomplishment standpoint, it was something that they really wanted."

The Timberwolves lost a chance at the fifth seed in the Western Conference earlier tonight when the San Antonio Spurs defeated Vancouver. They will take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.

"Fifty wins is something a lot of guys on the team haven't experienced," Sealy said. "This is my first time and I've been in the league eight years. It's odd that 50 wins this year gets you sixth place in the West, but it's a great accomplishment, especially for this franchise. With the way we started off the season, a lot of people thought we probably wouldn't make the playoffs."

Larry Hughes poured in 33 points and Mark Davis had 13 for the Warriors, who failed to record their 20th win of the season. They have their last chance on Wednesday against Phoenix.

"There were a lot of nice things out there," observed Golden State coach Garry St. Jean. "I liked a lot of the individual and team efforts out there, and it speaks well for the character of our guys. We have a lot of young, new guys and they played their hearts out."

Hughes' dunk with 4:07 left in the second quarter put the Warriors ahead, 44-29. However, the Timberwolves answered with a 13-3 run to be able to go into the third trailing by just five points.

"The Warriors came out aggressive," Saunders said. "I told our guys that they've been playing really loose and aggressive in the last week. We came out and were not as sharp as we would have liked to have been."

Minnesota started the period with a 10-2 spurt, going ahead 52-49 on a jumper by Brandon with 7:42 left. The Wolves went into the fourth with a nine-point lead but Golden State went on a 16-6 run, capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Vonteego Cummings, that gave the Warriors an 85-85 advantage with 5:46 remaining.

After two ties and several lead changes, Hughes knotted the game for the final time at 93-93 with two free throws with 1:53 left. However, Sealy made a hook shot, Smith a layup and Anthony Peeler made four free throws to give the Wolves a 101-93 advantage with 20 seconds to go.

Cummings hit another 3-pointer -- his fourth of the game -- with 15 seconds left but Minnesota improved to 36-5 when scoring 100 or more points and 40-3 after entering the fourth quarter with the lead, 20-0 on the road.

"That's been our bread and butter," Sealy said. "Any time we come away with a close win it's because we've executed at the end and we did the things defensively to get other teams out of what they wanted to do."

Brandon dished out eight assists, rookie Wally Szczerbiak chipped in 12 points and Radoslav Nesterovic grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wolves, who shot 45 percent (37-of-83) from the field and outrebounded Golden State, 54-35.

Tony Farmer scored 11 points and Adonal Foyle collected 10 and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 47 percent (37-for-78).

"We wanted to go out and try to play to the best of our ability," said Cummings, who scored all his points on 3-pointers while shaking off an injured ankle. "We thought we put up a good fight and that's a loss you can live with because we left everything out on the court. We thought we played well with what we had to go with."

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