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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 23 24 15 12 96 PHILADELPHIA 32 17 19 16 7 91 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, TERRELL BRANDON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 26, THEO RATLIFF 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 PHI - TYRONE HILL 13, THEO RATLIFF 12

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 7, AARON MCKIE 5

ATT: 18,707


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (96) AT PHILADELPHIA (91) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 47 10-23 3-4 4 8 12 7 2 1 1 23 SZCZERBIAK F 34 3-11 0-0 2 2 4 1 6 1 4 7 D GARRETT C 29 4-6 0-0 4 3 7 1 2 1 0 8 BILLUPS G 28 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 6 6 3 0 6 BRANDON G 41 5-17 5-6 1 6 7 6 3 2 2 16 MITCHELL 7 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 PEELER 31 6-13 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 3 3 13 NESTEROVIC 21 6-9 1-2 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 13 ELLIS 20 2-5 4-4 1 5 6 2 3 0 2 8 AVERY 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 DAY 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 40-95 13-18 14 35 49 28 28 11 14 96 (.421) (.722) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 34 4-8 3-4 5 8 13 1 1 1 2 11 LYNCH F 39 4-5 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 0 9 RATLIFF C 47 6-11 2-2 2 10 12 1 4 1 4 14 IVERSON G 47 9-27 7-7 0 4 4 7 2 2 3 26 MAXWELL G 22 3-7 0-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 7 KUKOC 17 0-6 2-4 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 2 MACCULLOCH 21 4-9 3-4 3 2 5 0 2 0 1 11 MCKIE 35 2-7 6-7 1 2 3 5 6 1 5 11 SANCHEZ 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 GEIGER DNP - RIGHT QUADRICEP TENDINITIS JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 32-80 23-30 11 38 49 19 18 6 19 91 (.400) (.767) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 23 24 15 12 - 96 PHILADELPHIA 32 17 19 16 7 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - D GARRETT 3, PEELER 2, NESTEROVIC, K GARNETT. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, IVERSON, MACCULLOCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-7 (.429), SZCZERBIAK 1-3, BRANDON 1-2, PEELER 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 4-13 (.308), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 1-3, MAXWELL 1-4, KUKOC 0-3, MCKIE 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, KEVIN FEHR, JOE DEROSA. A - 18,707. T - 2:28.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 47 10-23 3-4 4-12 7 2 23 Szczerbiak 34 3-11 0-0 2-4 1 6 7 D Garrett 29 4-6 0-0 4-7 1 2 8 Billups 28 3-8 0-0 0-1 6 6 6 Brandon 41 5-17 5-6 1-7 6 3 16 Mitchell 7 1-2 0-2 0-1 0 0 2 Peeler 31 6-13 0-0 0-3 4 3 13 Nesterovic 21 6-9 1-2 2-6 1 3 13 Ellis 20 2-5 4-4 1-6 2 3 8 Avery 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Day 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-95 13-18 14-49 28 28 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Szczerbiak 1-3, Brandon 1-2, Peeler 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (D Garrett 3, Peeler 2, Nesterovic, K Garnett). Turnovers: 14 (Szczerbiak 4, Peeler 3, Brandon 2, Ellis 2, K Garnett, Mitchell, Nesterovic). Steals: 11 (Billups 3, Peeler 3, Brandon 2, D Garrett, K Garnett, Szczerbiak).

PHILADELPHIA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 34 4-8 3-4 5-13 1 1 11 Lynch 39 4-5 0-0 0-6 1 2 9 Ratliff 47 6-11 2-2 2-12 1 4 14 Iverson 47 9-27 7-7 0-4 7 2 26 Maxwell 22 3-7 0-2 0-1 2 0 7 Kukoc 17 0-6 2-4 0-4 2 1 2 Macculloch 21 4-9 3-4 3-5 0 2 11 Mckie 35 2-7 6-7 1-3 5 6 11 Sanchez 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Geiger DNP - right quadricep tendinitis Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 32-80 23-30 11-49 19 18 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 1-3, Maxwell 1-4, Kukoc 0-3, Mckie 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Iverson, Macculloch). Turnovers: 21 (Mckie 5, Ratliff 4, Iverson 3, Hill 2, Kukoc 2, Maxwell 2, Macculloch). Steals: 6 (Iverson 2, Hill, Maxwell, Mckie, Ratliff). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 22 23 24 15 12 - 96 Philadelphia 32 17 19 16 7 - 91 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,707. T: 2:28. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Kevin Fehr, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon scored seven of his 16 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the Philadelphia 76ers their first home loss of the season, 96-91.

Wally Szczerbiak hit a 3-pointer for an 89-86 lead with two minutes left and the Timberwolves never looked back in winning their fourth straight game.

"It was a good challenge to beat a team that hadn't lost at home," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, whose team trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter. "We found a way to grind it out down the stretch."

Brandon tied it at 86-86 with a jumper and hit an 18-footer for a 91-87 lead with 76 seconds to play. He also sank three free throws in the last 24.2 seconds and came up with a game-sealing steal.

Playing their first home game after a 3-2 western road trip, the 76ers started hot before fading. Allen Iverson scored 14 points in the first quarter but had 12 on 4-of-18 shooting the rest of the way.

"I felt like our guards did a great job on him," Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett said. "We held him to 26 points. We were focused on defense. We did that as a team tonight."

The 76ers were the last remaining unbeaten team at home (7-0) and had a share of the NBA's best record with Utah (16-4) before shooting 30 percent over the final 31 minutes and committing 21 turnovers.

"We just got our butts kicked," Iverson said. "We had the game in the first half and we let them stick around. They kicked our butts in the second half and the overtime. It's as simple as that."

Garnett had 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Minnesota, which avenged an 84-82 home loss on November 9 and won for the third time in four road games.

"At the end, it was all about who made the shots and who executed," Garnett said. "There were times when we had chances to put them away and there were times when they had us down. We came out with the win. It was a great game if you're a fan."

Despite their sloppiness, the Sixers seemed to have control, leading 84-79 on a pair of free throws by Iverson with 85 seconds to play.

But Garnett hit a driving bank shot and Anthony Peeler followed a miss by Iverson with a 3-pointer from the top of the key for an 84-84 tie with 35 seconds left.

The Sixers had a chance to take the lead before Dean Garrett blocked Theo Ratliff. However, after racing down the court, the Wolves gave back the ball on a bad pass by Peeler into the low block.

On the final possession of regulation, Philadelphia's Vernon Maxwell missed a 3-pointer from the right wing at the buzzer.

"I rushed it," he said. "I should have known I could run from one end to the other in five seconds. I was thinking the clock was running before the ball even came inbounds."

The teams combined to go just 9-of-29 from the field in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers opened the scoring in overtime, with Aaron McKie hitting a long jumper from the right wing 19 seconds into the extra session. But 19 seconds later, Brandon tied it with a jumper and the Wolves never trailed again.

The teams went 2:22 without a point before Szczerbiak buried a 3-pointer from the left side, making it 89-86. He had only seven points before fouling out.

"Kevin showed great confidence in me and threw a great pass," Szczerbiak said. "I just drilled it. That's something I haven't done.

"I had been struggling all night and Flip showed a lot of confidence keeping me in there. I was trying to work hard and do things to keep the team in the game."

After Tyrone Hill made 1-of-2 free throws for the Sixers, Brandon came off a screen and buried a jump shot, making it 91-87 -- the Wolves' biggest lead to that point.

"Our strength is the ability to knock down 15- to 18-foot jumpers," Saunders said. "We have a lot of confidence. If anyone on our team gets an open shot, they're going to knock those down most of the time."

The Sixers never had a potential tying possession. They were within 95-91 with 10 seconds left when Brandon stripped McKie in the left corner.

"We were taking the easy way out," Ratliff said. "We were taking a lot of jump shots. We weren't getting the ball in positions where we need to get the ball in, like taking the ball to the hoop, getting fouls and making our free throws.

"We just didn't execute. We didn't stick to what got us here. We were rolling, we were doing things, then we stopped executing."

McKie's turnover was one of two in overtime for Philadelphia, which continued to play without point guard Eric Snow. Snow will have surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right ankle on Tuesday and is expected to miss up to two months.

Ratliff had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Hill added 11 and 13 for Philadelphia, which lost for just the second time in 16 home games dating to last season.

McKie and Todd MacCulloch added 11 points apiece for the Sixers, who shot 40 percent from the field (32-of-80). They went 13-of-23 from the free-throw line compared to 13-of-18 for the Wolves.

Peeler and Rasho Nesterovic each scored 13 points for Minnesota, which shot 42 percent (40-of-95).

Iverson had 10 points during a 16-2 run that gave the Sixers a 22-12 lead with 4:07 left in the first quarter. But Garnett and Nesterovic had four points apiece during an 11-2 spurt that got the Wolves within 43-42 with 2:38 left in the half.

"We never blow people out when we have the chance to," Iverson said. "We don't blow people out. We don't put a foot on their neck when they're down and apply pressure. We never do it. We'll get the picture sooner or later."

LaPhonso Ellis closed the 11-2 run with one of the highlights of the game, an emphatic driving dunk over Ratliff, the league leader in blocks.

Philadelphia led by as many as seven points in the third quarter, but Peeler had four in an 8-1 run, helping Minnesota to its first lead since early in the first quarter, 67-66 with 1:32 left.

The Wolves took a 69-68 edge into the final period and led 72-70 with 9:32 to play before the Sixers scored seven straight points. They did not trail again until overtime.

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