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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 28 20 21 37 106 MINNESOTA 29 25 23 34 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 30, GARY PAYTON 25, VIN BAKER 23 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 29, ANTHONY PEELER 26, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 10, VIN BAKER 9 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, GARY TRENT 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 5, BRENT BARRY 5 MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6

ATT: 16,561


Extended Box

SEATTLE (106) AT MINNESOTA (111)

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

BAKER F 41 10-15 3-4 5 4 9 4 4 1 4 23 LEWIS F 40 9-18 9-10 2 8 10 1 2 3 3 30 LONG C 14 2-5 2-2 5 0 5 2 3 1 2 6 B BARRY G 31 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 1 3 7 PAYTON G 45 10-17 3-3 1 3 4 5 3 4 3 25 RADMANOVIC 18 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 WATSON 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 MASON 23 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 JAMES 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS 12 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 5 DROBNJAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 19-21 14 20 34 21 23 10 16 106 (.513) (.905) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 41 11-16 6-7 3 7 10 5 1 2 4 29 TRENT F 33 5-9 4-5 4 3 7 4 5 0 3 14 NESTEROVIC C 15 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 2 0 BILLUPS G 30 6-13 3-3 0 1 1 6 1 0 2 16 SZCZERBIAK G 39 7-17 2-2 5 0 5 6 3 3 2 16 WOODS 17 2-5 1-2 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 5 PEELER 34 8-11 3-4 0 1 1 5 1 2 2 26 LOPEZ 19 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 3 2 2 1 3 MITCHELL 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - BRUISED LEFT CALF

TOTALS 240 41-78 20-25 16 19 35 31 20 9 18 111 (.526) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

SEATTLE 28 20 21 37 - 106 MINNESOTA 29 25 23 34 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - LEWIS 2, B BARRY, JAMES, RADMANOVIC, MASON. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, SZCZERBIAK, WOODS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-17 (.412), LEWIS 3-5, B BARRY 1-4, PAYTON 2-3, RADMANOVIC 0-3, WATSON 0-1, S WILLIAMS 1-1. MINNESOTA 9-20 (.450), K GARNETT 1-3, BILLUPS 1-5, SZCZERBIAK 0-1, PEELER 7-9, LOPEZ 0-1, MITCHELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - LONG, MINNESOTA - TRENT. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, STEVE JAVIE, RODNEY MOTT. A - 16,561. T - 2:09.


Box Score

SEATTLE (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 41 10-15 3-4 5-9 4 4 23 Lewis 40 9-18 9-10 2-10 1 2 30 Long 14 2-5 2-2 5-5 2 3 6 B Barry 31 3-6 0-0 0-2 5 1 7 Payton 45 10-17 3-3 1-4 5 3 25 Radmanovic 18 1-5 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Watson 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Mason 23 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 James 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 S Williams 12 2-3 0-0 1-2 3 1 5 Drobnjak DNP - coach's decision Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 19-21 14-34 21 23 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Lewis 3-5, B Barry 1-4, Payton 2-3, Radmanovic 0-3, Watson 0-1, S Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Lewis 2, B Barry, James, Radmanovic, Mason). Turnovers: 16 (Baker 4, B Barry 3, Lewis 3, Payton 3, Long 2, Mason). Steals: 10 (Payton 4, Lewis 3, B Barry, Baker, Long).

MINNESOTA (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 11-16 6-7 3-10 5 1 29 Trent 33 5-9 4-5 4-7 4 5 14 Nesterovic 15 0-2 0-0 2-4 1 4 0 Billups 30 6-13 3-3 0-1 6 1 16 Szczerbiak 39 7-17 2-2 5-5 6 3 16 Woods 17 2-5 1-2 2-5 0 2 5 Peeler 34 8-11 3-4 0-1 5 1 26 Lopez 19 1-2 1-2 0-2 3 2 3 Mitchell 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - bruised left calf _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-78 20-25 16-35 31 20 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (K Garnett 1-3, Billups 1-5, Szczerbiak 0-1, Peeler 7-9, Lopez 0-1, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak, Woods). Turnovers: 18 (K Garnett 4, Trent 3, Billups 2, Nesterovic 2, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2, Woods 2, Lopez). Steals: 9 (Szczerbiak 3, K Garnett 2, Lopez 2, Peeler 2). ____________________________________________ Seattle 28 20 21 37 - 106 Minnesota 29 25 23 34 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Long, 9:07 3rd). Minnesota 1 (Trent, 7:59 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,561. T: 2:09. Officials: Bill Spooner, Steve Javie, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Anthony Peeler made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 26 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 111-106, for their sixth straight victory.

Peeler was 7-of-9 from the arc to help the Timberwolves match their season-high winning streak. He finished one 3-pointer shy of the franchise record set by Stephon Marbury at Seattle on December 23, 1997.

"We have confidence in everybody," Peeler said. "We see a white shirt in the corner and we don't even look to see who it is, we just pass it because we know he is going to be open. When you make it so easy like that, you are going to have fun."

"AP was on fire -- he was flaming," Wally Szczerbiak said. "We call him `The Flamethrower.' He was hot, so we were milking him."

Minnesota had a 77-69 edge entering the fourth quarter and led by as much as 92-79 on a dunk by rookie Loren Woods with 6:09 left. But Rashard Lewis hit three 3-pointers down the stretch and Seattle trimmed the deficit to 109-106 on a layup by Gary Payton with seven seconds to play.

Szczerbiak iced the game with a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining.

"It's a credit to the team (that) they didn't quit," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "They hung in there and continued to battle, and gave themselves a chance. They executed and knocked down shots, and kept the game close."

"That was good for our team," Payton said. "That's our team: We need to hustle, we need to go out with energy. If we lose without making a good effort at it, it makes it feel worse. Guys should feel good about themselves."

Kevin Garnett added 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead five players in double figures for Minnesota, which has won nine of its last 10 contests.

Lewis led Seattle with 30 points. Payton added 25 and Vin Baker 23 for the SuperSonics, who lost for just the second time in their last 10 games.

"(Peeler) hit 7-of-9 threes. That's huge," Lewis said. "That's what really hurt us. We knew that we had to crowd their shooters. I think we did a good job on Wally, but we forgot about Peeler -- and he was the one that hurt us."

"We've had to double-team Garnett for the most part," said McMillan, whose team fell to 1-2 against Minnesota this season. "When we haven't doubled him, he's been able to score. When we double him, they're rotating, and Peeler's sitting over there in the corner knocking down J's."

The Wolves, who improved to 15-2 at home this season, have won seven straight over the Sonics at the Target Center.

Seattle led by as much as 18-11 after Lewis hit a floater with 4:44 left in the first quarter. But Peeler got going from the outside and tied the game at 25 on his second 3-pointer with 49 seconds to go.

Minnesota took a 29-28 edge into the second period when Szczerbiak hit a 17-footer at the buzzer and grabbed the lead for good at 33-32 on a layup by Sam Mitchell 2:05 into the next period.

"I call (Peeler) Seattle Slew," Saunders said. "He's always done that (against them). They trap a lot, and when we are moving the basketball he is going to be the one open as he buries himself in the corner. The rule is, you leave the farthest guy away from the ball uncovered and you try and chase him. They couldn't get to him quick enough tonight."

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