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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 23 21 20 26 90 CLEVELAND 21 18 20 22 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 27, KEVIN GARNETT 18, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 16 CLE - CHRIS GATLING 15, ANDRE MILLER 14, JIMMY JACKSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, LAPHONSO ELLIS 7 CLE - JIMMY JACKSON 7, TRAJAN LANGDON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6, TERRELL BRANDON 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, BIMBO COLES 2

ATT: 13,904


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (90) AT CLEVELAND (81)

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

K GARNETT F 36 6-15 5-6 2 8 10 3 1 2 4 18 SZCZERBIAK F 37 6-10 4-4 0 4 4 3 4 0 4 16 NESTEROVIC C 16 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 0 BILLUPS G 21 3-5 2-3 0 2 2 6 3 0 1 8 BRANDON G 36 8-16 10-11 1 3 4 5 3 6 2 27 DAY 27 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 3 AVERY 12 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 ELLIS 29 4-10 4-4 3 4 7 2 3 2 3 12 SLATER 15 1-3 1-2 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 3 MITCHELL 11 0-4 3-3 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 3 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION PEELER DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 29-72 29-33 11 32 43 21 26 10 19 90 (.403) (.879) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 35 3-12 5-5 1 6 7 0 5 1 3 11 WEATHERSPOON F 31 5-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 2 3 10 MIHM C 18 3-5 1-1 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 7 LANGDON G 39 3-12 1-1 1 6 7 1 2 0 2 7 MILLER G 35 3-10 8-8 2 3 5 7 4 0 2 14 GATLING 28 6-12 2-5 2 2 4 0 5 1 3 15 C HENDERSON 15 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 3 TRAYLOR 19 4-8 2-4 3 3 6 1 1 0 2 10 COLES 20 1-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 4 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MURRAY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 29-76 22-28 12 30 42 12 25 5 17 81 (.382) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

MINNESOTA 23 21 20 26 - 90 CLEVELAND 21 18 20 22 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, ELLIS 2, DAY 2, BRANDON, SZCZERBIAK, NESTEROVIC, SLATER. CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 2, COLES, LANGDON, MILLER, TRAYLOR, C HENDERSON, MIHM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-9 (.333), K GARNETT 1-1, BILLUPS 0-1, BRANDON 1-2, DAY 1-3, ELLIS 0-1, MITCHELL 0-1. CLEVELAND 1-5 (.200), LANGDON 0-4, GATLING 1-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - BILLUPS, CLEVELAND - COLES, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, RON OLESIAK, MIKE SMITH. A - 13,904. T - 2:11.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 6-15 5-6 2-10 3 1 18 Szczerbiak 37 6-10 4-4 0-4 3 4 16 Nesterovic 16 0-1 0-0 1-5 0 3 0 Billups 21 3-5 2-3 0-2 6 3 8 Brandon 36 8-16 10-11 1-4 5 3 27 Day 27 1-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 3 Avery 12 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 Ellis 29 4-10 4-4 3-7 2 3 12 Slater 15 1-3 1-2 2-6 0 2 3 Mitchell 11 0-4 3-3 1-2 0 2 3 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Peeler DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 29-33 11-43 21 26 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.879. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (K Garnett 1-1, Billups 0-1, Brandon 1-2, Day 1-3, Ellis 0-1, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (K Garnett 2, Ellis 2, Day 2, Brandon, Szczerbiak, Nesterovic, Slater). Turnovers: 19 (K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak 4, Ellis 3, Avery 2, Brandon 2, Billups, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Slater). Steals: 10 (Brandon 6, Ellis 2, K Garnett 2).

CLEVELAND (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 35 3-12 5-5 1-7 0 5 11 Weatherspoon 31 5-6 0-0 0-3 1 1 10 Mihm 18 3-5 1-1 2-5 0 3 7 Langdon 39 3-12 1-1 1-7 1 2 7 Miller 35 3-10 8-8 2-5 7 4 14 Gatling 28 6-12 2-5 2-4 0 5 15 C Henderson 15 1-3 1-2 1-4 0 1 3 Traylor 19 4-8 2-4 3-6 1 1 10 Coles 20 1-8 2-2 0-1 2 3 4 Brown DNP - coach's decision A Johnson DNP - coach's decision Murray DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 22-28 12-42 12 25 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Langdon 0-4, Gatling 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Weatherspoon 2, Coles, Langdon, Miller, Traylor, C Henderson, Mihm). Turnovers: 17 (Gatling 3, Jackson 3, Weatherspoon 3, Langdon 2, Miller 2, Traylor 2, Coles, Mihm). Steals: 5 (Weatherspoon 2, Coles, Gatling, Jackson). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 23 21 20 26 - 90 Cleveland 21 18 20 22 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Billups, 1:12 2nd). Cleveland 2 (Coles, 2:43 2nd; Illegal Defense, 10:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,904. T: 2:11. Officials: Joe Forte, Ron Olesiak, Mike Smith.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have won nine straight games and for once could relax a bit down the stretch.

Terrell Brandon tied a season high with 27 points and Kevin Garnett had 18 and 10 rebounds as the Timberwolves extended the best run in club history with a 90-81 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I'm just trying to be consistent and keep playing hard," Brandon said.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who have seen seven of their nine games decided by single digits.

Chris Gatling scored 15 points, Andre Miller had 14 and Jimmy Jackson 11 for the Cavaliers, who have dropped four straight and six of eight.

Minnesota began the fourth quarter with a 64-59 lead and were clinging to a 70-66 edge with 7:34 to go. But Brandon buried a 3-pointer to trigger a 7-0 spurt. Brandon followed his 3-pointer with two free throws and Szczerbiak capped the spurt with a 19-footer with 6:26 left.

Cleveland never got closer than seven down the stretch and the Timberwolves were able to enjoy a double-digit lead in the final minutes.

"I thought our defense was solid. We didn't give them a lot of uncontested shots," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "We had 10 blocks."

Garnett, who put on a dynamic display in Minnesota's record-setting win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, had nine of his points in the opening quarter tonight.

"This is KG's team," Brandon said. "He's our superstar, which a lot of teams don't have."

The Timberwolves pushed the lead to 44-39 at the half and were up by 10 just under two minutes into the third quarter. Cleveland chipped away and were within 51-50 following a layup by Clarence Weatherspoon with 7:16 left in the quarter.

The Cavaliers were still within 55-54 with 5:28 to go in the quarter and the teams traded empty possessions.

"We stayed close but couldn't get the lead," Cavaliers guard Trajan Langdon said. "But we couldn't get over the hump."

Brandon and Gatling traded baskets but Minnesota scored seven of the next eight points to open a 64-57 cushion.

"Brandon was great and I'm sure the people in Cleveland have seen him play like that," Saunders said.

The Timberwolves were able to extend their streak without shooting well from the field (40 percent) or protecting the ball (19 turnovers). Minnesota did make 29-of-33 free throws, led by Brandon, who was 10-of-11 from the line.

"We're just playing good team basketball," Brandon said.

Cleveland, which learned earlier Thursday that center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will likely be lost for the season to a left foot injury, used just nine players.

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