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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 26 23 27 17 93 SEATTLE 23 27 24 20 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 20, TERRELL BRANDON 16 SEA - GARY PAYTON 23, PATRICK EWING 19, RUBEN PATTERSON 19

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, LAPHONSO ELLIS 7 SEA - PATRICK EWING 10, RASHARD LEWIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 12, KEVIN GARNETT 6 SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, RASHARD LEWIS 4

ATT: 15,916


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (93) AT SEATTLE (94)

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

K GARNETT F 44 10-21 1-1 1 8 9 6 2 2 3 21 SZCZERBIAK F 38 9-13 0-0 0 2 2 3 5 1 2 20 SLATER C 15 3-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 8 BRANDON G 40 7-15 2-2 2 1 3 12 2 2 4 16 LOPEZ G 37 3-8 0-0 1 4 5 4 2 2 0 7 D GARRETT 8 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 BILLUPS 19 4-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 0 1 8 ELLIS 29 5-11 1-5 4 3 7 0 3 1 1 11 MITCHELL 10 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESTEROVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-84 6-10 11 24 35 29 20 8 11 93 (.500) (.600) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 33 3-8 2-2 2 6 8 4 1 2 1 9 MCCOY F 16 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 2 EWING C 32 8-14 3-8 3 7 10 1 5 0 2 19 DAVIS G 27 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 2 7 PAYTON G 45 9-17 4-5 0 4 4 11 1 2 4 23 MASON 19 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 BAKER 21 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 5 1 1 2 B BARRY 24 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 3 PATTERSON 23 7-11 5-8 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 19 OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-71 16-25 9 27 36 21 18 8 13 94 (.521) (.640) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

MINNESOTA 26 23 27 17 - 93 SEATTLE 23 27 24 20 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3. SEATTLE - LEWIS, PATTERSON, MCCOY, EWING, MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-5 (.600), SZCZERBIAK 2-2, LOPEZ 1-1, BILLUPS 0-1, ELLIS 0-1. SEATTLE 4-9 (.444), LEWIS 1-4, DAVIS 1-1, PAYTON 1-2, MASON 0-1, B BARRY 1-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - SLATER, SEATTLE - PAYTON. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TIM DONAGHY, TONY BROTHERS. A - 15,916. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 44 10-21 1-1 1-9 6 2 21 Szczerbiak 38 9-13 0-0 0-2 3 5 20 Slater 15 3-6 2-2 1-3 1 4 8 Brandon 40 7-15 2-2 2-3 12 2 16 Lopez 37 3-8 0-0 1-5 4 2 7 D Garrett 8 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Billups 19 4-6 0-0 1-3 3 0 8 Ellis 29 5-11 1-5 4-7 0 3 11 Mitchell 10 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Jacobson DNP - coach's decision Nesterovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-84 6-10 11-35 29 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (Szczerbiak 2-2, Lopez 1-1, Billups 0-1, Ellis 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 3). Turnovers: 12 (Brandon 4, K Garnett 3, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, Ellis). Steals: 8 (Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Lopez 2, Ellis, Szczerbiak).

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 33 3-8 2-2 2-8 4 1 9 Mccoy 16 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Ewing 32 8-14 3-8 3-10 1 5 19 Davis 27 3-7 0-0 0-4 0 1 7 Payton 45 9-17 4-5 0-4 11 1 23 Mason 19 4-8 2-2 0-1 0 1 10 Baker 21 1-4 0-0 2-2 1 5 2 B Barry 24 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 3 Patterson 23 7-11 5-8 1-2 2 1 19 Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision S Williams DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 16-25 9-36 21 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Lewis 1-4, Davis 1-1, Payton 1-2, Mason 0-1, B Barry 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Lewis, Patterson, Mccoy, Ewing, Mason). Turnovers: 14 (Payton 4, Davis 2, Ewing 2, Patterson 2, Baker, Lewis, Mccoy). Steals: 8 (Lewis 2, Patterson 2, Payton 2, B Barry, Baker). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 26 23 27 17 - 93 Seattle 23 27 24 20 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Slater, 8:06 3rd). Seattle 1 (Payton, 8:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,916. T: 2:08. Officials: Jack Nies, Tim Donaghy, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- After all these years, Patrick Ewing can still be a threat.

Ewing scored six clutch points down the stretch and Ruben Patterson made the go-ahead free throws with 31 seconds left, giving the Seattle SuperSonics a 94-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"I felt good," Ewing said. "This was a game I thought we needed. We came out and tried to play a good game and I thought I played a good game."

The Timberwolves scored just five points in the final 3:46 as they went nearly three minutes without a point, wasting a four-point lead.

"We just got totally rattled and didn't make the plays," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I don't know if we feel more comfortable or we think we have big brothers up in the stands that are gonna help us. We just seem to be a little more aggressive at home than we do on the road."

With Seattle trailing 88-84, Patterson scored four straight points, including an inside power move on which he drew the foul with 3:09 to play. He missed the go-ahead free throw but would avenge it later.

Ewing then took over. He pump-faked three times to get Kevin Garnett off his feet and kissed a shot high off the glass for a 90-88 lead -- Seattle's first since a bucket to start the third quarter -- with 2:08 remaining. The aging center scored six of his season-high 19 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.

"I was tired. I mean, I wasn't accustomed to playing that many minutes," Ewing said. "But I just sucked it up and just kept on working and trying to do the best I can. And if he (Garnett) was going to try and shoot, I was going to try and contest it and make it tough for him."

"He has the heart of a champion," Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "You just cannot underestimate a veteran like that. His back is up against the wall and he wants to make the playoffs."

Patterson added two free throws before the Timberwolves rallied to regain the lead as Szczerbiak hit a 3-pointer and Terrell Brandon made a jumper for a 93-92 edge with 47 seconds remaining.

Patterson, who scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, knocked down a pair of free throws to give Seattle a one-point lead with 31 seconds to go. He missed three of his first four free throws but sank his last four.

On the next possession, Garnett had a clear look at the basket inside the foul line but tried to split defenders and had his short jumper blocked by the 6-5 Patterson.

"It came down to the last shot," Szczerbiak said. "That's what you want to do. You want to be in position at the end of the game.

Ewing grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 15 seconds to play but missed both foul shots.

After a Minnesota timeout, Garnett dribbled within the arc for a straight look at the game-winning jumper but it bounced off the rim and the SuperSonics held on.

"I've already kept my head high," Garnett said. "I looked in the mirror and said, `What more could I have done?'"

Seattle (40-34) climbed within 3 1/2 games of Minnesota (42-29), which holds eighth place in the West. Houston (39-32) is in ninth place.

If the Sonics or Rockets are going to make a move on the Wolves, this is the time. Minnesota plays at Sacramento, Portland in a home-and-home, Phoenix at home and and the Los Angeles Lakers in a home-and-home in its next six games.

Gary Payton had 23 points and 11 assists for Seattle, which shot 52 percent (37-of-71).

Garnett scored 21 points on 10-of-21 shooting, but missed his last eight shots for Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Ewing had a layup and a dunk to pull Seattle within 84-80. He blocked a 3-pointer by LaPhonso Ellis and found Payton, who threw a behind-the-back pass to a Slam Dunk champion Desmond Mason for a two-handed jam. Mason hit a jumper from the right corner to tie it, 84-84, with 4:58 left.

"I had three opportunities to get us ahead ... but he played good," Garnett said of Ewing. "You have to expect that from a veteran like himself. That's what makes him a great player, he's slowed down but he still possesses the knowledge and skills."

Szczerbiak scored 20 points and Brandon had 16 and 12 assists for Minnesota, which fell to 38-4 when leading after three quarters. It shot 50 percent (42-of-84) but went to the line just 10 times, converting six.

The Sonics have won nine of their last 10 games and improved to just 2-28 when trailing after three quarters.

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