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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 24 19 28 28 99 DETROIT 31 16 19 24 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, TERRELL BRANDON 19, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 15 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 29, JOE SMITH 16, DANA BARROS 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 DET - BEN WALLACE 14, MATEEN CLEAVES 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 4 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 5, MATEEN CLEAVES 3

ATT: 13,744


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (99) AT DETROIT (90)

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

K GARNETT F 39 9-20 8-8 2 11 13 10 3 2 2 26 SZCZERBIAK F 38 1-6 4-4 3 5 8 4 3 0 1 6 D GARRETT C 14 1-2 0-0 0 6 6 0 3 0 1 2 BILLUPS G 29 6-10 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 15 BRANDON G 37 8-15 3-4 1 4 5 2 2 2 3 19 PEELER 23 6-13 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 14 NESTEROVIC 24 2-6 3-4 2 5 7 1 5 0 2 7 AVERY 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MITCHELL 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 ELLIS 24 4-7 0-0 2 6 8 1 5 0 3 8 JACOBSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-82 19-22 12 41 53 20 27 6 16 99 (.463) (.864) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

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

CURRY F 14 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 SMITH F 27 6-15 4-5 4 1 5 0 5 1 1 16 B WALLACE C 39 3-6 2-7 6 8 14 1 2 1 3 8 ATKINS G 21 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 5 STACKHOUSE G 38 10-25 9-14 1 4 5 5 1 0 2 29 M MOORE 11 1-3 1-2 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 3 CLEAVES 23 3-5 3-5 0 7 7 3 3 5 3 9 BUECHLER 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 MONTROSS 16 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 BARROS 26 4-11 1-1 1 3 4 1 1 0 3 11 OWENS 18 1-7 0-1 1 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 CARDINAL 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-87 22-37 18 27 45 14 21 9 14 90 (.368) (.595) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

MINNESOTA 24 19 28 28 - 99 DETROIT 31 16 19 24 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ELLIS 2, D GARRETT 2, K GARNETT, SZCZERBIAK. DETROIT - B WALLACE 2, STACKHOUSE, OWENS, MONTROSS, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-8 (.500), BILLUPS 2-3, PEELER 2-3, AVERY 0-1, ELLIS 0-1. DETROIT 4-9 (.444), ATKINS 1-2, STACKHOUSE 0-3, BUECHLER 1-1, BARROS 2-2, OWENS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HEAD COACH SAUNDERS, SZCZERBIAK. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, TIM DONAGHY, SCOTT WALL. A - 13,744. T - 2:13.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 9-20 8-8 2-13 10 3 26 Szczerbiak 38 1-6 4-4 3-8 4 3 6 D Garrett 14 1-2 0-0 0-6 0 3 2 Billups 29 6-10 1-2 1-3 2 2 15 Brandon 37 8-15 3-4 1-5 2 2 19 Peeler 23 6-13 0-0 1-1 0 1 14 Nesterovic 24 2-6 3-4 2-7 1 5 7 Avery 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mitchell 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Ellis 24 4-7 0-0 2-8 1 5 8 Jacobson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 19-22 12-53 20 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Billups 2-3, Peeler 2-3, Avery 0-1, Ellis 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Ellis 2, D Garrett 2, K Garnett, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 17 (Brandon 3, Ellis 3, Billups 2, K Garnett 2, Nesterovic 2, D Garrett, Mitchell, Peeler, Szczerbiak). Steals: 6 (Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2).

DETROIT (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 14 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Smith 27 6-15 4-5 4-5 0 5 16 B Wallace 39 3-6 2-7 6-14 1 2 8 Atkins 21 1-6 2-2 0-1 2 3 5 Stackhouse 38 10-25 9-14 1-5 5 1 29 M Moore 11 1-3 1-2 4-6 0 0 3 Cleaves 23 3-5 3-5 0-7 3 3 9 Buechler 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Montross 16 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Barros 26 4-11 1-1 1-4 1 1 11 Owens 18 1-7 0-1 1-1 1 3 2 Cardinal 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-87 22-37 18-45 14 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.595. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Atkins 1-2, Stackhouse 0-3, Buechler 1-1, Barros 2-2, Owens 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (B Wallace 2, Stackhouse, Owens, Montross, Smith). Turnovers: 14 (B Wallace 3, Barros 3, Cleaves 3, Stackhouse 2, Atkins, Curry, Smith). Steals: 9 (Cleaves 5, Atkins, B Wallace, Owens, Smith). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 24 19 28 28 - 99 Detroit 31 16 19 24 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Head Coach Saunders, 8:22 2nd; Szczerbiak, 9:27 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,744. T: 2:13. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Tim Donaghy, Scott Wall.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett was not about to let his friendship with Joe Smith get in the way of a victory.

Garnett had 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their sixth straight victory over the Detroit Pistons, 99-90.

Garnett and Smith had been teammates for two seasons until an arbitrator ruled in October that Smith had signed a series of illegal contracts with the Timberwolves.

When the dust settled, the Wolves gave up $3.5 million and four first-round picks and Smith gave up his rights under the Larry Bird Exception. He could have re-signed with Minnesota for $611,000 but instead signed with Detroit for $2.25 million.

"Once we got out there and got started, it was just like a normal game," Smith said. "Before the jump ball, you have so much adrenaline running through you. But when they throw up the ball, that kind of goes away."

"I'm just happy for him to have the opportunity to pursue his career in basketball," Garnett said. "It seems like he fits in with the guys over there. Without question, we'd like him back. But who knows? I never thought that Steph(on) Marbury would leave me."

The friends faced each other for the first time as foes and Garnett got the better of it, notching his fifth career triple-double and first since December 14, 1999 against Atlanta. Smith collected 16 points and five rebounds.

"That's why it was such a joy to play with him," Smith said. "I expected that coming into the game. We all know what type of player he is."

"It was fun to see Joe again," said Minnesota guard Chauncey Billups, who spent training camp with him. "I wish he was making the trip back to Minneapolis with us."

Terrell Brandon scored 19 points and Chauncey Billups added 15 for the Wolves, who have not lost to the Pistons since March 21, 1997. Minnesota has won five of its last six games.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 29 points for the Pistons, who shot less than 37 percent (32-of-87) from the field and lost for the third time in four games.

Detroit is 1-10 this season when trailing after three quarters. Minnesota has won 37 of its last 38 games when leading entering the final period.

The Wolves outrebounded the Pistons 28-14 in the second half.

"We came out aggressive and did what we're supposed to do," Garnett said. "We knew we had to stay aggressive for 24 minutes. That's what we did. We were getting killed on the boards (in the first half). Flip (Wolves coach Flip Saunders) made us make a conscious effort to get out and rebound as a group. We did that. Even the little guys like Terrell got some rebounds."

Minnesota grabbed the lead for good at 67-65 on a 3-pointer by Peeler with 1:03 left in the third quarter. Backcourt mates Billups had nine points and Brandon eight in the period, which ended with the Wolves holding a 71-66 lead.

"Having played there for the last couple of years, I knew what Flip might have said to them at halftime," Smith said. "They came out and executed their offense because that's the way Flip runs that team -- put the ball in the point guard's hands."

A dunk by Ben Wallace, who had eight points and 14 rebounds, got Detroit within 79-74 with 7:27 remaining. But Minnesota responded with a 14-6 run to take control.

Garnett had four foul shots around a pass to Peeler for a jumper to push the lead to 85-77 with 6:04 left. He later found Peeler and Brandon for open shots, giving Minnesota a 93-80 bulge with 4:05 to go.

"KG played big for them," Stackhouse said. "When they needed a bucket, he made the play."

The Pistons got no closer than the final margin. Garnett dished out five assists in the final period, including one to Brandon to complete his triple-double with 25 seconds to play.

"Everything (Garnett) does doesn't surprise me one bit," Billups said. "He's a great player. He works so hard on both ends of the court."

Peeler scored 14 points for Minnesota, which shot 46 percent (38-of-82), made 19-of-22 free throws and held a 53-45 edge on the boards.

Dana Barros scored 11 points for Detroit, which shot 22-of-37 from the line.

Stackhouse, second in the league in scoring at better than 28 points per game, scored 16 in the first half, helping Detroit to a 47-43 lead.

He gave everyone in The Palace of Auburn Hills a scare when he went down with a twisted ankle with 7:02 left in the third quarter. However, he spent no more than a minute on the bench.

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