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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 31 28 27 108 TORONTO 22 24 27 32 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 30, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 19, LAPHONSO ELLIS 18 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 25, VINCE CARTER 19, TRACY MURRAY 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, LAPHONSO ELLIS 11 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 13, KEON CLARK 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6 TOR - MARK JACKSON 10, ALVIN WILLIAMS 9

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (108) AT TORONTO (105)

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

K GARNETT F 45 13-22 4-4 2 11 13 5 1 1 3 30 SZCZERBIAK F 38 8-15 3-3 2 1 3 4 0 0 3 19 NESTEROVIC C 6 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 BILLUPS G 35 1-6 2-2 1 3 4 6 5 1 2 4 BRANDON G 44 8-17 1-1 0 2 2 9 0 0 0 17 D GARRETT 11 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 6 MITCHELL 10 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 ELLIS 31 8-10 2-2 7 4 11 3 5 0 2 18 DAY 16 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 10 AVERY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 SLATER 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 PEELER DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 46-85 14-14 13 25 38 28 24 3 13 108 (.541) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 24 3-9 3-4 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 9 PETERSON F 21 2-11 2-2 3 1 4 2 2 2 1 6 A DAVIS C 45 9-16 7-10 5 8 13 2 0 0 0 25 CARTER G 31 7-15 3-5 2 2 4 3 1 0 1 19 JACKSON G 27 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 10 0 0 2 3 CLARK 27 3-5 2-3 0 5 5 0 4 1 1 8 MURRAY 23 5-9 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 14 A WILLIAMS 26 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 9 0 1 0 8 CURRY 16 4-6 5-6 1 1 2 2 4 0 2 13 NDIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILLIAMSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-81 23-32 13 23 36 28 16 4 9 105 (.469) (.719) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(16 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 31 28 27 - 108 TORONTO 22 24 27 32 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ELLIS 3, SZCZERBIAK 2, D GARRETT. TORONTO - CLARK 4, A DAVIS 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), BILLUPS 0-3, DAY 2-4. TORONTO 6-16 (.375), OAKLEY 0-1, PETERSON 0-5, CARTER 2-3, JACKSON 1-1, MURRAY 3-4, A WILLIAMS 0-1, CURRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - CARTER. OFFICIALS: SCOTT WALL, HUGH EVANS, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 19,800. T - 2:05.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 45 13-22 4-4 2-13 5 1 30 Szczerbiak 38 8-15 3-3 2-3 4 0 19 Nesterovic 6 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Billups 35 1-6 2-2 1-4 6 5 4 Brandon 44 8-17 1-1 0-2 9 0 17 D Garrett 11 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 4 6 Mitchell 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Ellis 31 8-10 2-2 7-11 3 5 18 Day 16 3-5 2-2 0-2 0 4 10 Avery 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Slater 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Peeler DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-85 14-14 13-38 28 24 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.541, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Billups 0-3, Day 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Ellis 3, Szczerbiak 2, D Garrett). Turnovers: 13 (K Garnett 3, Szczerbiak 3, Billups 2, Ellis 2, D Garrett, Mitchell, Slater). Steals: 3 (Avery, Billups, K Garnett).

TORONTO (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 24 3-9 3-4 1-3 0 4 9 Peterson 21 2-11 2-2 3-4 2 2 6 A Davis 45 9-16 7-10 5-13 2 0 25 Carter 31 7-15 3-5 2-4 3 1 19 Jackson 27 1-2 0-0 0-2 10 0 3 Clark 27 3-5 2-3 0-5 0 4 8 Murray 23 5-9 1-2 1-2 0 1 14 A Williams 26 4-8 0-0 0-1 9 0 8 Curry 16 4-6 5-6 1-2 2 4 13 Ndiaye DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision C Williamson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 23-32 13-36 28 16 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Oakley 0-1, Peterson 0-5, Carter 2-3, Jackson 1-1, Murray 3-4, A Williams 0-1, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Clark 4, A Davis 3). Turnovers: 10 (Curry 2, Jackson 2, Oakley 2, Carter, Clark, Peterson). Steals: 4 (Peterson 2, A Williams, Clark). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 22 31 28 27 - 108 Toronto 22 24 27 32 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Carter, 3:36 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:05. Officials: Scott Wall, Hugh Evans, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Tracy Murray's best shot of the season came a tenth of a second too late.

Murray's tying 3-pointer was waived off by referee Hugh Evans and allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to hold on for their franchise-record 10th straight win, a thrilling 108-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Murray saw extended time in the fourth quarter for superstar Vince Carter, who started but could not finish due to his strained left knee. The journeyman sharpshooter scored 10 of his 14 points in the final six minutes as the Raptors rallied from a 10-point deficit.

A long jumper by Murray pulled Toronto within 108-105 with 1:03 left and the teams traded misses before Minnesota nearly gave away the game. Wally Szczerbiak's mid-court inbound pass rolled out of bounds as Terrell Brandon tripped over teammate Kevin Garnett's foot, giving the Raptors possession with 16 seconds to go.

"We were up three with the ball and our point guard tripped, so we dodged a bullet," Szczerbiak said.

Alvin Williams drove and kicked to Dell Curry, whose 3-pointer from the left wing missed but was back-tapped to Murray behind the arc. He nailed the shot as the horn sounded and was mobbed by teammates, but Evans said it came after the buzzer, drawing an obscenity from normally mild-mannered Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens.

"When I looked at the tape, the clock above the basket showed 0.1 seconds when the ball was in the air," Wilkens said. "The players are disappointed. You fight all ganme long and lose on a play like that. I'm damn angry."

"I thought the shot was good," Murray said. "I didn't see any light and the ball went in. I knew there was a chance the basket would be taken away. I went from a total high to being very frustrated."

Obviously, the other bench had a different viewpoint.

"It was close but I saw the clock had expired, so I knew it wasn't good," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We were lucky because we shouldn't have been in that situation."

The Timberwolves led the entire second half as they got a huge boost from LaPhonso Ellis. The reserve forward had 18 points and 11 rebounds, including 10 and four in the fourth quarter.

"Fonz is the comeback player of the year and one of the best sixth men in the league," Saunders said. "His production in the fourth quarter has been tremendous all year."

"One of the ways I make a consistent contribution is to go hard to the offensive boards," Ellis said. "I take a lot of pride making my contribution off the bench."

Kevin Garnett had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has not lost since January 15 against Boston. The Wolves have won their last four meetings with the Raptors.

Antonio Davis had a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which nearly ended an opponents' long winning streak for the second time this week. On Tuesday, the Raptors stopped the Philadelphia 76ers' 13-game road run.

"Nothing matters when you look at the overall perspective of what happened today," Davis said. "That's a good team over there and we worked hard to come back, but it was taken away from us."

Minnesota held an 81-73 lead entering the final period and Ellis had a pair of follow shots before his two free throws extended the advantage to 93-83 with 7:34 remaining.

Toronto pulled within 97-92 on a jumper by Williams, but again Ellis converted a follow shot with 4:40 left. A 3-pointer by Murray cut it to 103-101 with 2:36 to play but Todd Day answered with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later.

Keon Clark made two free throws and the teams traded turnovers before Terrell Brandon found Ellis with a no-look pass for a dunk and a 108-103 lead with 1:16 to go.

"A game like this is great for the NBA and even better for the fans who paid to come tonight," Garnett said. "It went back and forth all night."

Szczerbiak scored 18 points, Brandon added 17 and nine assists and Day scored 10 for the Wolves, who shot 54 percent (46-of-85) from the field and made all 14 free throws.

Carter scored 19 points and Curry added 13 for the Raptors, who shot 47 percent (38-of-81) and were 23-of-32 from the line.

Not expected to start, Carter did anyway and played 31 minutes, making 7-of-15 shots. He left with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter and did not return.

"I wanted to cut Vince's minutes. His knee is fine," Wilkens said. "We didn't risk him. he is our star player and he wants to play and we are not doing any damage to his knee."

"I'm smart enough to know not to push it," Carter said. "It is still early in the season."

Davis scored 17 points in the first half but the Wolves closed with a late surge and opened a 53-46 lead. The Raptors inched within 61-60 on Carter's basket with 6:31 to play in the third quarter, but Szczerbiak had six points in a 10-1 run over three minutes that gave the Wolves a 71-61 advantage.

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