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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 27 22 12 18 79 MIAMI 22 23 18 23 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 19, THREE PLAYERS WITH 13 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 22, BRIAN GRANT 16, TIM HARDAWAY 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 8 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, TERRELL BRANDON 5 MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 6, TIM HARDAWAY 6

ATT: 16,500


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (79) AT MIAMI (86)

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

K GARNETT F 39 6-15 1-1 5 8 13 6 3 3 2 13 SZCZERBIAK F 40 7-13 2-2 0 8 8 2 3 2 0 19 SLATER C 22 2-3 4-6 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 8 BRANDON G 39 5-11 3-4 0 2 2 5 1 4 4 13 PEELER G 35 4-12 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 1 10 BILLUPS 18 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 ELLIS 30 6-11 0-0 5 2 7 1 6 2 3 13 MITCHELL 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 D GARRETT 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 AVERY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESTEROVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-72 11-15 10 30 40 20 20 12 16 79 (.431) (.733) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 30 3-7 1-1 1 4 5 1 1 1 2 8 MASON F 40 11-17 0-1 2 8 10 0 3 0 1 22 GRANT C 41 7-14 2-2 1 6 7 1 2 0 0 16 CARTER G 40 5-11 0-0 0 7 7 6 2 3 2 10 HARDAWAY G 37 4-15 6-6 1 2 3 6 2 2 4 14 GREEN 13 1-1 3-6 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 5 MAJERLE 18 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 2 3 HOUSE 19 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 8 CAUSWELL 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 12-16 8 29 37 20 16 8 14 86 (.474) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

MINNESOTA 27 22 12 18 - 79 MIAMI 22 23 18 23 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - SZCZERBIAK 2, K GARNETT, SLATER, D GARRETT. MIAMI - BOWEN, GREEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-14 (.429), SZCZERBIAK 3-4, PEELER 2-7, BILLUPS 0-1, ELLIS 1-1, AVERY 0-1. MIAMI 2-11 (.182), BOWEN 1-3, CARTER 0-1, HARDAWAY 0-5, MAJERLE 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, ED F RUSH, MIKE SMITH. A - 16,500. T - 2:09.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 6-15 1-1 5-13 6 3 13 Szczerbiak 40 7-13 2-2 0-8 2 3 19 Slater 22 2-3 4-6 0-2 1 3 8 Brandon 39 5-11 3-4 0-2 5 1 13 Peeler 35 4-12 0-0 0-4 2 1 10 Billups 18 0-4 1-2 0-2 2 2 1 Ellis 30 6-11 0-0 5-7 1 6 13 Mitchell 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 D Garrett 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Avery 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lopez DNP - coach's decision Nesterovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 11-15 10-40 20 20 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Szczerbiak 3-4, Peeler 2-7, Billups 0-1, Ellis 1-1, Avery 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett, Slater, D Garrett). Turnovers: 16 (Brandon 4, Ellis 3, Billups 2, K Garnett 2, Slater 2, Avery, Mitchell, Peeler). Steals: 12 (Brandon 4, K Garnett 3, Ellis 2, Szczerbiak 2, Billups).

MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 30 3-7 1-1 1-5 1 1 8 Mason 40 11-17 0-1 2-10 0 3 22 Grant 41 7-14 2-2 1-7 1 2 16 Carter 40 5-11 0-0 0-7 6 2 10 Hardaway 37 4-15 6-6 1-3 6 2 14 Green 13 1-1 3-6 2-2 1 2 5 Majerle 18 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 3 House 19 4-8 0-0 1-2 2 2 8 Causwell 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 12-16 8-37 20 16 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Bowen 1-3, Carter 0-1, Hardaway 0-5, Majerle 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Bowen, Green). Turnovers: 14 (Hardaway 4, House 3, Bowen 2, Carter 2, Majerle 2, Mason). Steals: 8 (Carter 3, Hardaway 2, House 2, Bowen). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 27 22 12 18 - 79 Miami 22 23 18 23 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Forte, Ed F Rush, Mike Smith.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves were stuck on 61 for what seemed like forever.

The Timberwolves went scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the second half and saw their four-game winning streak snapped as the Miami Heat rallied for an 86-79 victory.

"That's the best defense anyone has played against us this year," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "They were more aggressive than us."

Anthony Mason scored 22 points and Brian Grant added 16 for the Heat, who scored 18 points while the Timberwolves could not get untracked, turning a seven-point deficit into a 72-61 lead.

"It was not until the second half that we really started to understand how we have to play if we are going to win this game," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It has got to be relentless. We can't just play the game in a `some of the time' way. Some of the time, we will play hard. Some of the time, we will blitz hard. Some of the time, we will pressure hard. We have to do that all time."

"It was not until Bruce (Bowen), Eddie (House), Anthony Carter, A.C. Green and Mason had about nine minutes of a push that changed the complexion of the game. They made big plays and got up in people's faces. When we played like this it was not a coincidence that the Timberwolves started to miss."

From the 5:26 mark of the third quarter until Wally Szczerbiak made a 3-pointer with 7:06 to play, Minnesota missed 13 straight shots and committed eight turnovers.

"They really put on a clinic with their defensive intensity," Szczerbiak said. "They got away with everything they could. They pushed the rules to the limit. You have to give them a lot of credit."

"All the shots that we took we contested shots," Saunders added. "They gave us no open looks."

All-Star forward Kevin Garnett scored 13 points but was held without a point over the final 18-plus minutes as Mason and Grant did a terrific job on the 7-footer. Garnett made just 6-of-15 shots and repeatedly was forced to give up the ball.

"They are really aggressive in attacking the ball," Garnett said. "They're like scattering roaches after a piece of bread. If you drop a piece on the floor, they're all over it."

"In the first half, he was busting us down with offensive rebounds and put-backs," Grant said. "We made a concerted effort to try and converge onto him. We started playing more aggressive in the second half."

Tim Hardaway scored 14 points for the Heat, who won for the sixth time in eight games. Miami improved to 1-1 without star guard Eddie Jones, who has a dislocated left shoulder. Carter and House filled in nicely for Jones, combining for 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

"I tried to come out strong and give us a lot more energy," said Carter, who had 10 points and seven boards. "I need to try and make things happen when I'm out there and getting playing time."

Szczerbiak scored 19 points and Terrell Brandon and LaPhonso Ellis each added 13 for Minnesota, which shot just 43 percent (31-of-72) from the field.

Szczerbiak's 3-pointer pulled the Wolves within 72-64 but they got no closer than five points thereafter. Two free throws by Brandon made it 80-75 with a minute to go but Mason's basket just nine seconds later sealed the win.

The Wolves also stumbled at the end of the first half. They were in total control and held a 49-39 on Garnett's three-point play with 2:06 to go when they got careless and allowed the Heat to close the quarter with three straight baskets, including a pair by Carter.

"Right before the half they went in with pretty big momentum," Garnett said. "They got a steal and a couple baskets."

"The whole tone of the game changed at the end of the first half," Saunders said. "Instead of being up eight to 10 points, we are only up four. Then when they score a couple baskets to start the third quarter, instead of being up by six and them still trying to play catch-up, they're tied."

Nevertheless, Minnesota responded with three straight hoops and eventually opened a 61-54 lead on Reggie Slater's driving layup before the offense disappeared.

The Heat shot 47 percent (36-of-76) and kept the Wolves winless in Miami since March 4, 1997.

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