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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 18 25 27 30 100 INDIANA 30 27 20 33 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 17, TERRELL BRANDON 17 IND - REGGIE MILLER 29, JALEN ROSE 29, ZAN TABAK 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5 IND - ZAN TABAK 10, JALEN ROSE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 13, ANTHONY PEELER 5 IND - DERRICK MCKEY 9, JALEN ROSE 7

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT INDIANA (110)

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

K GARNETT F 44 8-20 7-11 6 8 14 2 1 3 4 23 SZCZERBIAK F 38 8-14 0-0 2 3 5 4 4 2 0 17 SLATER C 11 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 BRANDON G 45 7-18 2-3 0 2 2 13 1 1 1 17 PEELER G 33 4-8 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 3 1 13 NESTEROVIC 10 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 BILLUPS 15 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 7 MITCHELL 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 2 ELLIS 26 4-6 7-8 2 0 2 1 5 1 2 16 D GARRETT 5 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 19-26 13 17 30 28 19 11 8 100 (.474) (.731) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 8(11 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 11 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 ONEAL F 16 1-4 2-2 2 2 4 2 4 0 0 4 TABAK C 35 6-10 1-4 5 5 10 3 4 0 4 13 R MILLER G 40 9-16 4-4 1 4 5 0 1 1 3 29 ROSE G 45 12-19 3-3 1 6 7 7 4 1 5 29 CROSHERE 21 4-5 0-0 1 1 2 4 1 2 2 11 BEST 25 5-10 1-1 0 2 2 1 5 0 2 11 MCKEY 23 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 9 3 0 1 2 PERKINS 19 2-3 2-2 1 2 3 4 1 0 0 8 FOSTER 5 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-71 14-18 13 28 41 30 26 4 17 110 (.577) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

MINNESOTA 18 25 27 30 - 100 INDIANA 30 27 20 33 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, NESTEROVIC 2. INDIANA - TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-15 (.467), SZCZERBIAK 1-3, BRANDON 1-3, PEELER 3-5, BILLUPS 1-2, MITCHELL 0-1, ELLIS 1-1. INDIANA 14-19 (.737), R MILLER 7-11, ROSE 2-2, CROSHERE 3-3, PERKINS 2-3. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - PEELER. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MARK WUNDERLICH, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,345. T - 2:10.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 44 8-20 7-11 6-14 2 1 23 Szczerbiak 38 8-14 0-0 2-5 4 4 17 Slater 11 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Brandon 45 7-18 2-3 0-2 13 1 17 Peeler 33 4-8 2-2 0-2 5 2 13 Nesterovic 10 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Billups 15 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 7 Mitchell 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Ellis 26 4-6 7-8 2-2 1 5 16 D Garrett 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Avery DNP - coach's decision Day DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 19-26 13-30 28 19 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Szczerbiak 1-3, Brandon 1-3, Peeler 3-5, Billups 1-2, Mitchell 0-1, Ellis 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 4, Nesterovic 2). Turnovers: 8 (K Garnett 4, Ellis 2, Brandon, Peeler). Steals: 11 (K Garnett 3, Peeler 3, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, Brandon, Ellis).

INDIANA (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 11 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Oneal 16 1-4 2-2 2-4 2 4 4 Tabak 35 6-10 1-4 5-10 3 4 13 R Miller 40 9-16 4-4 1-5 0 1 29 Rose 45 12-19 3-3 1-7 7 4 29 Croshere 21 4-5 0-0 1-2 4 1 11 Best 25 5-10 1-1 0-2 1 5 11 Mckey 23 1-1 0-0 1-3 9 3 2 Perkins 19 2-3 2-2 1-3 4 1 8 Foster 5 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 2 1 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-71 14-18 13-41 30 26 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.577, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 14-19, .737 (R Miller 7-11, Rose 2-2, Croshere 3-3, Perkins 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Tabak). Turnovers: 20 (Rose 5, Tabak 4, R Miller 3, Best 2, Croshere 2, Mckey). Steals: 4 (Croshere 2, R Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 18 25 27 30 - 100 Indiana 30 27 20 33 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Peeler, 0:59 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:10. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Mark Wunderlich, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The ugly loss to the Charlotte Hornets 12 days ago seems to have awakened the Indiana Pacers.

Behind a franchise record-tying 14 3-pointers, the Pacers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 110-100, for their fourth straight victory.

Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose scored 29 points apiece for Indiana, which made a remarkable 14-of-19 from beyond the arc to match the franchise mark set on March 31, 1998 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Things are falling into place for us," Miller said. "Offensively, things are kind of clicking for us. We're looking for one another. Our offense is probably the best it's been within a two-week time frame."

Miller has elevated his game, averaging 26.5 points during the winning streak.

"His play has been fantastic but what he's given to our young players is belief and hope," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "Through his being steady about his commitment to a winning season and making the playoffs, the younger players have followed him."

After falling behind by 18 points in the second quarter, the Timberwolves cut the deficit to three late in the third period. But the Pacers answered Minnesota's charge by making all six 3-pointers in the final quarter. Miller and Austin Croshere were each 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the period.

The low point of Indiana's season may have come in a 77-66 defeat to the Hornets on February 13. It was the Pacers' worst output in nearly two years and bumped them out of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Since then, Indiana has reeled off wins against Detroit, the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland and Minnesota to open a 2 1/2-game lead over Boston in the battle for the final spot. The Pacers also won four in a row from January 13-21.

"What makes this win streak different is the sense of urgency, trying to make a push toward the playoffs," Miller said. "I think every game means a little bit more."

Kevin Garnett collected 23 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped six of seven games since the All-Star break and remained winless in Indiana since 1993. The Pacers avenged a 113-110 loss at the Target Center on December 16.

The points represented a regulation season high for the Pacers, who surpassed the century mark for only the ninth time. Indiana never trailed and shot 57 percent (41-of-71) from the field, also a season best.

Center Zan Tabak scored 13 points for the Pacers while Croshere and Travis Best added 11 apiece off the bench.

"We are all playing well right now and I think it's because this is the part of the season that we should be knowing each other and picking up each other's mannerisms," Rose said.

The Timberwolves were coming off the most lopsided win in franchise history -- a 122-83 drubbing of Golden State on Friday -- but probably wish they could have saved some of those points.

The Pacers set the tone early, building a 30-18 lead after the first quarter. Indiana shot 62 percent (12-of-19) in the period.

"They killed us in the first quarter," said Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak, who contributed 17 points. "It seemed like they didn't miss. They scored 30 points in that quarter. It looked like it was going to be a long night. We tried to catch up but we couldn't get over the hump."

The Wolves also got killed in the backcourt as Miller and Rose outscored Minnesota's starting guard tandem of Anthony Peeler and Terrell Brandon, 58-30. Garnett off to a slow start, scoring just six points in the first half.

"When you give up 60 points in the backcourt you'll have a tough time winning," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We let them have a comfort level and when you do that, you'll have a tough night."

Miller and Rose had 17 points apiece in the first half, helping the Pacers open a 57-43 lead. The Wolves closed to 73-70 on Brandon's jumper with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.

But Rose hit a 3-pointer and Jeff Foster made 1-of-2 from the line to give Indiana a 77-70 bulge entering the final period. Garnett's jumper made it 82-76 with 9:32 left before the Pacers put it away with a 14-5 spurt. Croshere's 3-pointer made it 96-81 with 6:29 to go.

"This is a league of no excuses," Garnett said. "When you make excuses, other teams make you pay for it and that's what Jalen and Reggie did to us today."

Coming off his second career triple-double, Brandon recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 assists, grabbing two rebounds.

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