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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 29 18 14 15 76 MINNESOTA 25 22 30 14 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - WESLEY PERSON 13, ANDRE MILLER 12, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 12 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 21, TERRELL BRANDON 17, LAPHONSO ELLIS 13

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CHRIS GATLING 7, CHRIS MIHM 7 MIN - LAPHONSO ELLIS 12, KEVIN GARNETT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 3 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, TERRELL BRANDON 9

ATT: 18,718


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (76) AT MINNESOTA (91)

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

HARPRING F 26 5-9 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 0 2 10 WEATHERSPOON F 31 5-8 2-2 1 5 6 3 3 0 1 12 MIHM C 31 2-6 2-4 0 7 7 1 2 0 1 6 MILLER G 22 4-11 4-4 1 0 1 6 1 0 2 12 PERSON G 32 5-14 2-2 3 3 6 0 2 2 0 13 COLES 21 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 2 GATLING 27 3-9 2-4 3 4 7 1 1 1 5 8 JACKSON 22 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 3 8 TRAYLOR 7 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 2 MURRAY 12 1-4 0-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 3 A JOHNSON 5 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 LANGDON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-77 12-18 12 26 38 19 17 5 17 76 (.403) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 42 10-23 1-2 2 7 9 9 1 1 2 21 SZCZERBIAK F 31 5-11 0-0 4 4 8 2 2 1 1 10 SLATER C 15 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 1 5 0 2 4 BRANDON G 27 8-15 0-0 0 4 4 9 0 1 2 17 PEELER G 19 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 NESTEROVIC 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 LOPEZ 26 4-10 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 2 1 8 ELLIS 32 5-10 2-2 4 8 12 2 3 4 3 13 MITCHELL 18 2-7 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 5 BILLUPS 21 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 7 AVERY 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 D GARRETT 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 40-91 6-7 15 34 49 28 19 9 15 91 (.440) (.857) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

CLEVELAND 29 18 14 15 - 76 MINNESOTA 25 22 30 14 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MIHM 4, HARPRING. MINNESOTA - SZCZERBIAK 2, ELLIS, K GARNETT, MITCHELL, LOPEZ, PEELER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-10 (.200), MILLER 0-1, PERSON 1-4, GATLING 0-2, JACKSON 0-1, MURRAY 1-2. MINNESOTA 5-15 (.333), K GARNETT 0-1, SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 1-4, PEELER 2-3, ELLIS 1-1, MITCHELL 0-1, BILLUPS 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, DICK BAVETTA, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,718. T - 1:53.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 26 5-9 0-0 3-6 2 2 10 Weatherspoon 31 5-8 2-2 1-6 3 3 12 Mihm 31 2-6 2-4 0-7 1 2 6 Miller 22 4-11 4-4 1-1 6 1 12 Person 32 5-14 2-2 3-6 0 2 13 Coles 21 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Gatling 27 3-9 2-4 3-7 1 1 8 Jackson 22 4-9 0-0 0-1 2 3 8 Traylor 7 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 2 Murray 12 1-4 0-2 0-2 1 0 3 A Johnson 5 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Langdon 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 12-18 12-38 19 17 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Miller 0-1, Person 1-4, Gatling 0-2, Jackson 0-1, Murray 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Mihm 4, Harpring). Turnovers: 17 (Gatling 5, Jackson 3, Coles 2, Harpring 2, Miller 2, A Johnson, Mihm, Weatherspoon). Steals: 5 (Person 2, Coles, Gatling, Murray).

MINNESOTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 10-23 1-2 2-9 9 1 21 Szczerbiak 31 5-11 0-0 4-8 2 2 10 Slater 15 1-2 2-2 1-4 1 5 4 Brandon 27 8-15 0-0 0-4 9 0 17 Peeler 19 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Nesterovic 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Lopez 26 4-10 0-0 2-4 1 3 8 Ellis 32 5-10 2-2 4-12 2 3 13 Mitchell 18 2-7 1-1 0-2 1 2 5 Billups 21 3-6 0-0 1-2 3 1 7 Avery 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Garrett 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-91 6-7 15-49 28 19 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (K Garnett 0-1, Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 1-4, Peeler 2-3, Ellis 1-1, Mitchell 0-1, Billups 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Szczerbiak 2, Ellis, K Garnett, Mitchell, Lopez, Peeler). Turnovers: 15 (Ellis 3, Billups 2, Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Slater 2, Avery, Lopez, Mitchell, Szczerbiak). Steals: 9 (Ellis 4, Lopez 2, Brandon, K Garnett, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 29 18 14 15 - 76 Minnesota 25 22 30 14 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,718. T: 1:53. Officials: Luis Grillo, Dick Bavetta, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett had 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves posted a 91-76 victory over the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers.

Garnett fell just shy of his third triple-double of the season, going to the bench with 1:57 remaining. Just 24 years old, the 7-foot All-Star forward also eclipsed 8,000 career points.

Cleveland managed a 47-47 halftime tie but Minnesota broke it open with a 30-14 third quarter. LaPhonso Ellis hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give Minnesota a 77-61 lead.

"The second half is an example of how we have to be a lot more aggressive than the other team," Garnett said. "We have to make a conscious effort to be more aggressive."

The Timberwolves (39-28) posted their fifth straight home victory and moved one game ahead of idle Houston (38-29) in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

"This is it," Garnett added. "If we don't do anything over the next 15 games, we're at home. That's what I've been thinking about. I've been trying to put myself and the other team in position to get in the playoffs."

"As I told the guys, we're not the `huntee,' we've got to be the hunters," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders added. "Right now, we're vitually tied with Phoenix (for seventh in the West). If we can play like we did in the second half tonight, there's no reason why we couldn't go on a string (of wins)."

Terrell Brandon contributed 17 points for the Wolves, who led by as many as 21 points early in the fourth period. Ellis added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

"I challenged our guys at the start of the second half," said Saunders. "I thought the final two quarters we were very good defensively. We were active, coming up with a lot of steals, scoring off turnover situations."

Wesley Person led Cleveland with just 13 points. The Cavaliers (24-42) have dropped 22 of their last 26 contests and are in danger of not reaching 30 victories for the first time since 1986.

The Cavaliers scored just 29 points in the second half, 14 in the third quarter.

"I thought we took a passive step back, walked through things defensively and took jump shot after jump shot," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "And when you're not making jump shots, you've got to create things to the basket. We did a poor job of that."

Minnesota held Cleveland to just 40 percent shooting (31-of-77) and converted 17 Cavaliers' turnovers into 23 points. The Timberwolves snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in six games.

"When we hold a team under 85 or 90 points, it makes a difference," Ellis said. "When we fronted tonight, we had two or three guys collapsing of their guy, which forced them to make outside shots. And the percentages are against them when they have to shoot those."

Coming off a 103-83 loss in Dallas, Minnesota got off to a sluggish start, falling behind, 25-17, on Clarence Weatherspoon's jumper with 3:29 left in the first quarter.

But the Timberwolves opened a 41-35 lead on a foul shot by Ellis with 6:27 left in the second period before the Cavaliers finished the half with a 12-6 spurt.

"Flip was very disappointed after the second quarter," Brandon said. "The third quarter, we came out and challenged ourselves to play defense. Andre Miller was beating me in the first half. I was able to change that. I got stops and deflections. We were able to feed off KG's energy."

The teams traded baskets in the third quarter until the Wolves put away the contest with a 22-4 burst that extended into the fourth period. Sam Mitchell's 3-point play gave Minnesota an 82-61 cushion with 10:16 to go.

Weatherspoon and Miller scored 12 points each for the Cavs.

"They came out changed the tempo of the game in the third quarter," Weatherspoon said. "They were playing at home and got off to a big start in the third."

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