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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 18 31 24 18 91 MINNESOTA 18 27 19 21 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, DEREK ANDERSON 21, ANTONIO DANIELS 14 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 31, LAPHONSO ELLIS 11, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 10

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 12, DAVID ROBINSON 9 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, LAPHONSO ELLIS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - ANTONIO DANIELS 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, KEVIN GARNETT 5

ATT: 18,881


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (91) AT MINNESOTA (85)

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

ANDERSON F 36 5-18 9-11 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 21 DUNCAN F 47 7-19 12-16 2 10 12 2 2 0 4 26 ROBINSON C 30 0-4 6-10 2 7 9 3 2 0 1 6 DANIELS G 41 6-9 1-3 0 3 3 4 4 3 0 14 PORTER G 30 5-9 1-2 1 3 4 3 3 0 1 13 FERRY 12 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 JOHNSON 20 2-3 0-3 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 4 WALKER 19 2-3 1-2 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 5 S KERR 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION NEWBLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-68 30-47 7 36 43 16 21 4 8 91 (.412) (.638) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 45 12-24 7-13 2 14 16 5 5 1 4 31 SZCZERBIAK F 36 4-15 2-2 3 5 8 2 0 0 2 10 NESTEROVIC C 12 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 0 BRANDON G 46 4-13 1-2 2 3 5 8 2 0 2 9 PEELER G 28 4-9 1-1 0 2 2 3 3 4 1 9 D GARRETT 9 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 BILLUPS 18 1-5 2-2 2 1 3 2 3 0 1 5 DAY 10 2-6 1-1 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 6 ELLIS 25 3-9 5-8 2 7 9 1 4 1 0 11 MITCHELL 6 2-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 SLATER 5 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-86 19-30 17 37 54 25 31 6 10 85 (.372) (.633) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 18 31 24 18 - 91 MINNESOTA 18 27 19 21 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, ROBINSON, PORTER, ANDERSON. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, ELLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 5-10 (.500), ANDERSON 2-6, DANIELS 1-1, PORTER 2-2, FERRY 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-15 (.133), K GARNETT 0-2, BRANDON 0-2, PEELER 0-1, BILLUPS 1-3, DAY 1-5, ELLIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HEAD COACH SAUNDERS. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, MARK WUNDERLICH, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,881. T - 2:14.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 36 5-18 9-11 0-5 1 2 21 Duncan 47 7-19 12-16 2-12 2 2 26 Robinson 30 0-4 6-10 2-9 3 2 6 Daniels 41 6-9 1-3 0-3 4 4 14 Porter 30 5-9 1-2 1-4 3 3 13 Ferry 12 1-3 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 Johnson 20 2-3 0-3 0-1 2 2 4 Walker 19 2-3 1-2 2-5 0 4 5 S Kerr 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Dial DNP - coach's decision Newble DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-68 30-47 7-43 16 21 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.638. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Anderson 2-6, Daniels 1-1, Porter 2-2, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 2, Robinson, Porter, Anderson). Turnovers: 8 (Duncan 4, Anderson, Johnson, Porter, Robinson). Steals: 4 (Daniels 3, Anderson).

MINNESOTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 45 12-24 7-13 2-16 5 5 31 Szczerbiak 36 4-15 2-2 3-8 2 0 10 Nesterovic 12 0-1 0-0 1-5 1 4 0 Brandon 46 4-13 1-2 2-5 8 2 9 Peeler 28 4-9 1-1 0-2 3 3 9 D Garrett 9 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 0 Billups 18 1-5 2-2 2-3 2 3 5 Day 10 2-6 1-1 0-1 3 3 6 Ellis 25 3-9 5-8 2-9 1 4 11 Mitchell 6 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 3 4 Slater 5 0-0 0-0 3-3 0 2 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-86 19-30 17-54 25 31 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (K Garnett 0-2, Brandon 0-2, Peeler 0-1, Billups 1-3, Day 1-5, Ellis 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 2, Ellis). Turnovers: 10 (K Garnett 4, Brandon 2, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, Peeler). Steals: 6 (Peeler 4, Ellis, K Garnett). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 18 31 24 18 - 91 Minnesota 18 27 19 21 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Head Coach Saunders, 7:41 3rd). Flagrant fouls: San Antonio 1 (Johnson, 7:03 2nd). A: 18,881. T: 2:14. Officials: Hugh Evans, Mark Wunderlich, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett outdueled Tim Duncan but his teammates were outplayed by their counterparts.

Garnett's 31 points, 16 rebounds and five assists were not enough to overcome Duncan and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs, who spread things around in a 91-85 victory over the suddenly slumping Minnesota Timberwolves.

Garnett outplayed Duncan in another showdown of elite Western Conference power forwards. He scored 22 points in the first half to singlehandedly keep Minnesota in it and shut out Duncan in the fourth quarter, when the Timberwolves rallied.

"He is a great player," Duncan admitted. "He's relentless and he can do just about everything on the floor. You always have to have help with him."

Duncan got it from his teammates. Even with All-Star center David Robinson suffering through another off game, the Spurs still had enough to hold on for their 11th win in 12 contests.

Derek Anderson scored 21 points and Antonio Daniels added seven of his 14 in the final period. Terry Porter contributed 13 points for San Antonio (34-16), which moved into sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division.

Despite his poor fourth quarter, Duncan still finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Having struggled from the line over the last two months, he sank 12-of-16 free throws.

"I thought we had some good stretches where we knocked down some shots but our heart and soul is our defense," Duncan said. "That's what we do is defend, rebound the ball and push it back at people. We defended a lot tonight. We did a great job."

The Spurs shut down Garnett's supporting cast. Terrell Brandon, who was instrumental during Minnesota's franchise-record 11-game winning streak, was held to nine points on 4-of-13 shooting. LaPhonso Ellis had 11 but was 3-of-9 from the field. Both missed key opportunities down the stretch.

"We just tried to stay close to (Brandon)," Porter said. "We knew he's been playing real well and has been a key to them lately with their hot streak."

That streak is a distant memory for the Timberwolves, who won their last 11 before the All-Star break but have dropped their first three after it.

"We're vulnerable right now and have to realize that," Garnett said. "People don't care that we won 11 in a row. We're down because we lost three in a row. We have to come out hungry. In tomorrow's practice, we have to get that rage back."

San Antonio took the lead for good in the first quarter and led 49-45 at halftime despite 22 points from Garnett. Duncan paced the Spurs with 18.

Minnesota pulled within 58-57 midway through the third period before Duncan had a pair of dunks around a free throw by Robinson to rebuild the lead to six points.

A 3-pointer by Daniels opened the fourth quarter and gave San Antonio a 76-64 advantage. Two free throws by Robinson -- who had all six of his points from the line -- had San Antonio still holding an 89-81 lead with two minutes to go before Minnesota made a final charge.

Brandon made a 19-footer and Ellis scored inside to halve the deficit. Duncan missed a jumper and Brandon dribbled free on the other end. But his jumper missed and Anderson rebounded and was fouled with 34 seconds left. His free throw opened a 90-85 lead and Garnett missed a layup on the next possession.

"Terrell usually kills us," Robinson said. "He missed a couple of shots tonight. The one shot toward the end that he was wide open, I was a little worried. We got a little lucky on that one."

"Derek Anderson has been great on both ends of the court for us," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Everyone knows he's a great scorer but he takes pride in his passing and has really bought into our defensive system."

The Spurs shot just 41 percent (28-of-68) from the field and were beaten on the boards, 54-43. But they made 30-of-47 free throws while the Timberwolves were 19-of-30.

"We've been trying to become more aggressive," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We have a reputation as a jump-shooting team. Consequently, when you try and get to the basket, you may not get some of those calls."

Wally Szczerbiak scored 10 points and Anthony Peeler added nine for the Wolves, who shot just 37 percent (32-of-86), including 2-of-15 from behind the arc.

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