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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 24 14 23 24 13 98 BOSTON 21 22 23 19 10 95 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 21, TERRELL BRANDON 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 19 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 22, KENNY ANDERSON 16, ERICK STRICKLAND 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, TERRELL BRANDON 9 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 10, ANTOINE WALKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, KEVIN GARNETT 5 BOS - ERIC WILLIAMS 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,624


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (98) AT BOSTON (95) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 46 7-16 6-8 2 13 15 5 3 1 2 21 SMITH F 35 4-7 5-6 1 6 7 1 4 0 3 13 NESTEROVIC C 29 4-11 0-0 3 5 8 0 3 2 3 8 BRANDON G 44 7-13 7-7 1 8 9 9 0 1 4 21 SZCZERBIAK G 45 7-14 2-2 1 4 5 2 3 0 2 19 BILLUPS 22 3-10 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 2 2 7 TRENT 19 3-5 0-2 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 6 PEELER 15 1-8 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 3 D GARRETT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MITCHELL 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 LOPEZ 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 265 36-86 20-25 11 44 55 22 23 7 18 98 (.419) (.800) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

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

WALKER F 46 4-20 4-4 0 9 9 4 6 2 6 13 PIERCE F 44 10-25 1-1 0 10 10 4 2 2 0 22 BATTIE C 36 5-8 1-2 3 4 7 1 1 2 0 11 ANDERSON G 42 7-15 2-2 1 2 3 2 6 2 4 16 E WILLIAMS G 32 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 0 0 5 STRICKLAND 32 4-12 5-6 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 14 POTAPENKO 16 2-5 4-4 4 1 5 2 4 0 0 8 MCCARTY 16 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 6 PALACIO 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 36-95 17-19 9 32 41 22 23 9 10 95 (.379) (.895) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

MINNESOTA 24 14 23 24 13 - 98 BOSTON 21 22 23 19 10 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - SMITH 3, K GARNETT 2, NESTEROVIC. BOSTON - PIERCE 2, STRICKLAND, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-18 (.333), K GARNETT 1-2, SZCZERBIAK 3-4, BILLUPS 1-6, PEELER 1-5, LOPEZ 0-1. BOSTON 6-25 (.240), WALKER 1-5, PIERCE 1-5, ANDERSON 0-2, E WILLIAMS 1-4, STRICKLAND 1-6, MCCARTY 2-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, BENNIE ADAMS, BILL SPOONER. A - 18,624. T - 2:26.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 46 7-16 6-8 2-15 5 3 21 Smith 35 4-7 5-6 1-7 1 4 13 Nesterovic 29 4-11 0-0 3-8 0 3 8 Brandon 44 7-13 7-7 1-9 9 0 21 Szczerbiak 45 7-14 2-2 1-5 2 3 19 Billups 22 3-10 0-0 2-6 2 2 7 Trent 19 3-5 0-2 0-3 0 4 6 Peeler 15 1-8 0-0 1-2 3 1 3 D Garrett 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mitchell 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lopez 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-86 20-25 11-55 22 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (K Garnett 1-2, Szczerbiak 3-4, Billups 1-6, Peeler 1-5, Lopez 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Smith 3, K Garnett 2, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 19 (Brandon 4, Nesterovic 3, Smith 3, Billups 2, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Szczerbiak 2). Steals: 7 (Billups 2, Nesterovic 2, Brandon, K Garnett, Peeler).

BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 46 4-20 4-4 0-9 4 6 13 Pierce 44 10-25 1-1 0-10 4 2 22 Battie 36 5-8 1-2 3-7 1 1 11 Anderson 42 7-15 2-2 1-3 2 6 16 E Williams 32 2-6 0-0 1-2 5 1 5 Strickland 32 4-12 5-6 0-3 3 1 14 Potapenko 16 2-5 4-4 4-5 2 4 8 Mccarty 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 6 Palacio 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Blount DNP - coach's decision Forte DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-95 17-19 9-41 22 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 6-25, .240 (Walker 1-5, Pierce 1-5, Anderson 0-2, E Williams 1-4, Strickland 1-6, Mccarty 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce 2, Strickland, Battie). Turnovers: 10 (Walker 6, Anderson 4). Steals: 9 (Anderson 2, Battie 2, Pierce 2, Walker 2, Strickland). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 24 14 23 24 13 - 98 Boston 21 22 23 19 10 - 95 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 6:17 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:26. Officials: Dan Crawford, Bennie Adams, Bill Spooner.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon scored six of his 21 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for a 98-95 victory over the slumping Boston Celtics.

Kevin Garnett also scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who have won four straight visits to the FleetCenter dating to January 2, 1998. Overall, Minnesota has won seven of its last nine games against Boston.

Brandon scored 51 seconds into the extra session to give the Timberwolves the lead for good, 87-85. The 5-11 guard shot 7-of-13 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws.

"(It was a) big win," said Brandon, who had nine rebounds and nine assists. "They're a very explosive team, particularly with their two All-Stars. But we stayed patient."

Minnesota shot 20-of-25 from the line and was successful on 13-of-14 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"If you put it in Brandon's hands, you're going to have a pretty good chance of making them (free throws)," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said.

"When we get on the line, we knock them down," Minnesota guard Chauncey Billups said.

Boston lost 97-92 in Toronto on Thursday.

All-Star Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Kenny Anderson added 21 for the Celtics, who have lost three in a row for the first time since dropping four straight from November 17-24.

Billups' layup made it 89-85 with 3:34 remaining, but Pierce completed a 3-point play 18 seconds later.

Erick Strickland had a chance to give the Celtics the lead with just under three minutes to play but missed a dunk that bounded to Kenny Anderson at the top of the circle. Anderson missed a jumper and Wally Szczerbiak hit a 3-pointer at the other end, making it 92-88.

Szczerbiak followed just under a minute later with a 15-footer from the right side, giving Minnesota a six-point cushion.

"You just have to turn it on and hit a three and a post-up in overtime," he said. "But that's what I'm paid to do."

Eric Williams hit a 3-pointer with 8:07 left in the third quarter to give the Celtics their biggest lead, 55-44. But the Timberwolves scored 17 of the next 28 points, pulling within 66-61 at the end of the quarter on Brandon's 17-foot jumper with just two seconds left.

Minnesota trailed for most of the fourth quarter until Billups hit a 3-pointer with 3:25 left for an 80-78 lead.

"I saw Erick and someone else looking around at who to pick up," Billups said. "And I was at the top of the key and just shot it."

Boston's Tony Battie had a tying free throw with 35 seconds to go and a dunk that forced overtime with eight seconds left.

"One of the things that we have to work on tomorrow as a team is when we get up on a team, to maintain that lead and then to finish them off at the end," said Boston All-Star forward Antoine Walker, who scored 13 points on just 4-of-20 shooting.

"For some apparent reason in the last three or four ballgames, we haven't been able to close it out," Walker added. "We're not playing 48 minutes of basketball."

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