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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 32 30 26 16 104 VANCOUVER 20 23 16 32 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 28, KEVIN GARNETT 17, REGGIE SLATER 14 VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 19, DAMON JONES 14, MIKE BIBBY 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, REGGIE SLATER 10 VAN - STROMILE SWIFT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, KEVIN GARNETT 8 VAN - DAMON JONES 13, MIKE BIBBY 6

ATT: 10,430


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (104) AT VANCOUVER (91)

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

K GARNETT F 26 7-10 2-2 2 12 14 8 2 1 2 17 SZCZERBIAK F 32 13-19 0-0 1 1 2 3 4 1 3 28 D GARRETT C 24 1-2 4-4 1 5 6 0 0 1 0 6 BRANDON G 28 4-10 1-1 0 5 5 10 0 3 1 9 LOPEZ G 21 3-6 3-3 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 9 PEELER 29 3-10 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 8 BILLUPS 12 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 0 3 3 SLATER 24 5-6 4-5 5 5 10 1 2 0 2 14 ELLIS 18 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 1 2 4 MITCHELL 15 2-4 1-1 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 5 AVERY 8 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 NESTEROVIC 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 41-82 17-20 14 36 50 29 19 8 17 104 (.500) (.850) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 28 5-13 1-1 3 1 4 2 3 1 4 11 MASSENBURG F 17 1-5 0-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 2 REEVES C 26 3-11 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 1 0 6 BIBBY G 26 5-12 1-2 0 3 3 6 1 1 0 12 DICKERSON G 34 7-13 4-4 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 19 SWIFT 32 3-5 2-3 3 4 7 0 3 0 1 8 JONES 35 6-11 0-0 1 3 4 13 1 3 2 14 LONG 17 2-5 2-4 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 6 M ABDUL-RAUF 9 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 8 EDWARDS 16 2-4 1-2 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 5 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 38-86 11-18 12 25 37 28 17 11 12 91 (.442) (.611) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

MINNESOTA 32 30 26 16 - 104 VANCOUVER 20 23 16 32 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 7, D GARRETT 2, SLATER, LOPEZ. VANCOUVER - REEVES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-12 (.417), K GARNETT 1-1, SZCZERBIAK 2-2, BRANDON 0-2, PEELER 1-3, BILLUPS 1-2, MITCHELL 0-1, AVERY 0-1. VANCOUVER 4-12 (.333), BIBBY 1-3, DICKERSON 1-2, JONES 2-5, LONG 0-1, M ABDUL-RAUF 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - S ABDUR-RAHIM. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, KEVIN FEHR, RON OLESIAK. A - 10,430. T - 2:00.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 26 7-10 2-2 2-14 8 2 17 Szczerbiak 32 13-19 0-0 1-2 3 4 28 D Garrett 24 1-2 4-4 1-6 0 0 6 Brandon 28 4-10 1-1 0-5 10 0 9 Lopez 21 3-6 3-3 1-5 0 2 9 Peeler 29 3-10 1-2 0-2 2 2 8 Billups 12 1-3 0-0 1-1 3 1 3 Slater 24 5-6 4-5 5-10 1 2 14 Ellis 18 2-7 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 Mitchell 15 2-4 1-1 1-1 1 3 5 Avery 8 0-3 1-2 0-0 1 2 1 Nesterovic 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 17-20 14-50 29 19 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (K Garnett 1-1, Szczerbiak 2-2, Brandon 0-2, Peeler 1-3, Billups 1-2, Mitchell 0-1, Avery 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 11 (K Garnett 7, D Garrett 2, Slater, Lopez). Turnovers: 17 (Billups 3, Szczerbiak 3, Avery 2, Ellis 2, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Slater 2, Brandon). Steals: 8 (Brandon 3, Avery, D Garrett, Ellis, K Garnett, Szczerbiak).

VANCOUVER (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 28 5-13 1-1 3-4 2 3 11 Massenburg 17 1-5 0-2 2-3 0 3 2 Reeves 26 3-11 0-0 1-5 1 2 6 Bibby 26 5-12 1-2 0-3 6 1 12 Dickerson 34 7-13 4-4 1-2 2 2 19 Swift 32 3-5 2-3 3-7 0 3 8 Jones 35 6-11 0-0 1-4 13 1 14 Long 17 2-5 2-4 0-5 1 1 6 M Abdul-rauf 9 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 8 Edwards 16 2-4 1-2 1-3 2 0 5 Austin DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - strained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 11-18 12-37 28 17 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Bibby 1-3, Dickerson 1-2, Jones 2-5, Long 0-1, M Abdul-rauf 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Reeves). Turnovers: 12 (S Abdur-rahim 4, Dickerson 3, Edwards 2, Jones 2, Swift). Steals: 11 (Jones 3, M Abdul-rauf 2, Bibby, Dickerson, Edwards, Long, Reeves, S Abdur-rahim). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 32 30 26 16 - 104 Vancouver 20 23 16 32 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (S Abdur-rahim, 7:18 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,430. T: 2:00. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Kevin Fehr, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- At least fans in Vancouver got to see an NBA team clinch a playoff spot before their franchise moves.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 28 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 104-91 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

It is the fifth straight postseason berth for Timberwolves, who moved 4 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the eighth spot in the West with five games left and already have won the season series from the SuperSonics, who have four games remaining.

"It's a heck of an accomplishment with what we went through with the tragedy of Malik (Sealy) and the situation with Joe (Smith)," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "A lot of people pretty much wrote us off. It says a lot about the character of players we have."

Sauders referred to the death of Sealy, who was killed in a car crash on May 20, 2000, and the illegal contract agreement with Smith that cost the franchise four first-round draft picks and $3.5 million.

"We've been through a lot this year so we're very happy to make the playoffs now," Szczerbiak said. "Times like this make you feel good about how hard you've worked. We just have to continue to play at a high level."

The Grizzlies lost the opening game of their final homestand of the season in front of an all-time record-low crowd of 10,430. Vancouver, which earned its first home win against Minnesota on November 5, 1995, has applied for relocation to Memphis, Tennessee for next season.

Szczerbiak scored seven points in the first four minutes as Minnesota jumped out to a 9-0 lead and, after the teams twice traded baskets, the sloppy Grizzlies never got closer than nine points thereafter.

The Timberwolvs built their largest lead of the first half when Garnett capped an 11-3 run that made it 60-39 with 1:06 left in the first half.

Former Grizzlie Felipe Lopez scored eight of his nine points as Minnesota opened the third quarter with a 20-5 spurt for its biggest lead, 84-48, with 4:27 left.

Garnett had 17 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocks as the Timberwolves shot 50 percent (41-of-82) and held a 50-37 rebounding edge.

"I'm happy for the guys that haven't been to playoffs in a while and those guys have never been to the playoffs," Garnett said. "The goal is, for me, to get out of the first round. The goal is to do some damage and really to assert ourselves with the so-called cream of the crop."

"Our first unit was outstanding," Saunders said. "We played with a great amount of energy, moved the ball extremely well and we were active. If we're playing that way, we're usually very good. We lost some of our intensity when we up 34 or 36 but overall, it was a great win."

Terrell Brandon had nine points and 10 assists and Reggie Slater added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which has won four of its last five games.

Vancouver's Michael Dickerson scored 19 points and Damon Jones chipped in 14 for Vancouver, which has lost three straight and still needs one win to set a franchise mark with 23 victories. The Grizzlies never have lost less than 60 games in a full season.

"We couldn't score inside and couldn't score outside," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "We ran into a ballclub that is obviously better than us and wanted it more. We couldn't respond. We started putting our heads down and from there, it just snowballed."

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