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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 20 27 12 18 77 MINNESOTA 31 26 19 18 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 24, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 13, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 12 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 17,882


Extended Box

MIAMI (77) AT MINNESOTA (94)

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

BOWEN F 31 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 8 MACLEAN F 16 1-4 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 3 GRANT C 35 11-23 2-2 8 5 13 0 0 1 0 24 MAJERLE G 29 3-8 1-1 0 7 7 3 3 1 1 8 HARDAWAY G 20 1-8 0-0 1 0 1 6 2 0 3 2 GREEN 25 2-5 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 4 CARTER 22 1-8 1-2 2 3 5 3 0 1 2 3 HOUSE 23 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 CEBALLOS 26 8-18 1-1 3 9 12 1 3 0 1 17 DAVIS 13 0-4 3-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 3 CAUSWELL DNP - DISCIPLINARY REASONS MASON DNP - DISCIPLINARY REASONS

TOTALS 240 32-93 9-12 18 34 52 17 18 3 9 77 (.344) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(7 PTS)

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

SZCZERBIAK F 39 4-16 5-6 3 7 10 4 3 0 0 13 K GARNETT F 30 11-19 2-3 5 10 15 4 0 2 2 24 SLATER C 28 2-5 1-3 1 7 8 1 2 3 1 5 PEELER G 34 5-10 0-0 2 1 3 5 2 0 2 12 BRANDON G 30 2-10 1-1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 5 ELLIS 25 3-10 2-2 4 2 6 0 2 0 0 8 BILLUPS 23 6-10 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 0 0 17 MITCHELL 13 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 2 6 LOPEZ 12 0-0 2-4 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 2 AVERY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 NESTEROVIC 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-88 15-21 17 37 54 28 14 5 9 94 (.420) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

MIAMI 20 27 12 18 - 77 MINNESOTA 31 26 19 18 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MAJERLE 2, CEBALLOS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, ELLIS 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 4-17 (.235), BOWEN 2-5, MAJERLE 1-5, HARDAWAY 0-2, HOUSE 1-3, CEBALLOS 0-2. MINNESOTA 5-17 (.294), SZCZERBIAK 0-4, K GARNETT 0-2, PEELER 2-6, BILLUPS 3-4, MITCHELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ASSISTANT COACH S VAN GUNDY, HEAD COACH RILEY, MINNESOTA - DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, HUE HOLLINS, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,882. T - 2:01.


Box Score

MIAMI (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 31 3-7 0-0 0-2 3 2 8 Maclean 16 1-4 1-2 0-1 1 2 3 Grant 35 11-23 2-2 8-13 0 0 24 Majerle 29 3-8 1-1 0-7 3 3 8 Hardaway 20 1-8 0-0 1-1 6 2 2 Green 25 2-5 0-0 3-6 0 4 4 Carter 22 1-8 1-2 2-5 3 0 3 House 23 2-8 0-0 1-2 0 1 5 Ceballos 26 8-18 1-1 3-12 1 3 17 Davis 13 0-4 3-4 0-3 0 1 3 Causwell DNP - disciplinary reasons Mason DNP - disciplinary reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-93 9-12 18-52 17 18 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.344, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Bowen 2-5, Majerle 1-5, Hardaway 0-2, House 1-3, Ceballos 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Majerle 2, Ceballos). Turnovers: 10 (Hardaway 3, Carter 2, Bowen, Ceballos, Maclean, Majerle). Steals: 3 (Carter, Grant, Majerle).

MINNESOTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Szczerbiak 39 4-16 5-6 3-10 4 3 13 K Garnett 30 11-19 2-3 5-15 4 0 24 Slater 28 2-5 1-3 1-8 1 2 5 Peeler 34 5-10 0-0 2-3 5 2 12 Brandon 30 2-10 1-1 0-0 6 0 5 Ellis 25 3-10 2-2 4-6 0 2 8 Billups 23 6-10 2-2 0-2 5 3 17 Mitchell 13 3-7 0-0 1-5 2 1 6 Lopez 12 0-0 2-4 1-4 0 1 2 Avery 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Nesterovic 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 D Garrett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-88 15-21 17-54 28 14 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Szczerbiak 0-4, K Garnett 0-2, Peeler 2-6, Billups 3-4, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (K Garnett 4, Ellis 4). Turnovers: 9 (K Garnett 2, Lopez 2, Mitchell 2, Peeler 2, Slater). Steals: 5 (Slater 3, K Garnett 2). ____________________________________________ Miami 20 27 12 18 - 77 Minnesota 31 26 19 18 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Assistant Coach S Van Gundy, 9:11 3rd; Head Coach Riley, 7:54 3rd). Minnesota 1 (Delay Of Game, 1:06 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,882. T: 2:01. Officials: Jim Capers, Hue Hollins, Marc Davis.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves avenged a loss to the shorthanded Miami Heat with a 94-77 victory.

Garnett tied a career high with his eighth consecutive double-double, helping Minnesota snap a two-game slide and avenge an 86-79 loss at Miami on Friday.

"They were fresh in our mind," sai Garnett, who scored 17 points in the first quarter. "We focused on making the changes we needed to."

"Payback feels good," Wally Szczerbiak added. "It's hard to believe we did lose to them. We learned from the last game what we had to do."

Still without the injured Eddie Jones, Miami did not have Anthony Mason or Duane Causewell, who were disciplined by coach Pat Riley for being tardy to a team meeting.

The Wolves led from start to finish and built an 89-67 lead with under five minutes to play. Garnett started a 15-2 third-quarter run with a 19-foot jumper and capped it with a free throw with 1:14 to play to push the lead to 74-55.

Miami went 1-of-20 from the field in the third quarter before Garnett was called for goaltending on Brian Grant's layup with 53 seconds to play, giving the Heat four points in the final 10 minutes of the period.

They went 3-of-33 from the floor and managed just nine points in a 15-minute span, bridging the final two quarters.

"Tonight is about what I expected from us," Riley said. "This has been going on for a couple of weeks, spotty play, not running offense, taking quick shots. This team needs to get their game back. We can't look over our shoulder, we need to worry about ourselves."

The loss dropped the Heat into a tie with the archrival New York Knicks for third place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Grant had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Cedric Ceballos added 17 and 12 off the bench for Miami, which shot 34 percent from the floor (32-of-93) and scored just 30 second-half points.

"To have a chance we've got to play better defense," Grant said. "They played a good game, but when you shoot 33 percent, you don't have much of a chance. We've got to get turning it around. We've got to work harder in practice. We need to play better, particulary on the defensive end."

Miami cut the lead to six after a 57-47 deficit at the break.

Grant hit a jumper for the Heat's first basket of the quarter, before Garnett matched him. Tim Hardaway knocked down an 11-footer before Grant had a driving dunk to bring the Heat within 59-53 with 9:54 to go. But Garnett hit a jumper to start the run that put away Miami for good.

Garnett had eight straight baskets for Minnesota in the first quarter. The Timberwolves shot 42 percent (37-88) and improved to 8-3 all-time at home against Miami.

Szczerbiak had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Anthony Peeler added 12 points for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves extended their lead over Houston to three games for eighth place in the Western Conference and pulled within percentage points of Phoenix for seventh.

Don MacLean, who started in place of Mason, had his first and only bucket of the game with 2:31 to play. His 16-footer was the first of the team's only consecutive field goals of the fourth quarter. MacLean finished with three points while the starters went just 19-of-50 from the field.

"We need to gather the troops, go home and get ready for Sacramento," Riley said.

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