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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 22 28 25 33 108 MINNESOTA 24 23 28 24 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - DARIUS MILES 20, JEFF MCINNIS 17, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 17 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, JOE SMITH 25, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 18

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - ELTON BRAND 10, SEAN ROOKS 7, DARIUS MILES 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 5, MARC JACKSON 4

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 14, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 8, KEVIN GARNETT 6, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6

ATT: 17,992


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (108) AT MINNESOTA (99)

LA CLIPPERS

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

T FOWLKES F 20 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 2 0 4 E BRAND F 44 6-11 3-5 6 4 10 3 5 1 2 15 M OLOWOKANDI C 25 2-6 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 4 J MCINNIS G 44 5-19 4-4 0 1 1 14 3 0 3 17 E PIATKOWSKI G 20 5-6 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 3 2 14 S ROOKS 26 5-8 3-4 2 5 7 2 3 0 0 13 Q RICHARDSON 28 7-14 0-1 1 0 1 4 1 2 1 17 D MILES 28 8-9 4-5 0 6 6 2 1 0 1 20 O EKEZIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D OVERTON 4 1-1 2-4 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 4 E BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H JAMISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-79 17-25 13 21 34 31 24 9 10 108 (.519) (.680) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13 (11 PTS)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 42 8-12 9-11 1 10 11 6 3 1 7 26 J SMITH F 34 8-11 8-9 2 1 3 1 4 0 0 25 R NESTEROVIC C 31 4-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 5 0 1 8 W SZCZERBIAK G 36 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 6 2 1 2 7 C BILLUPS G 41 7-16 3-4 1 2 3 8 2 1 4 18 A PEELER 20 2-8 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 5 G TRENT 12 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 6 M JACKSON 16 1-3 2-4 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 4 W AVERY 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 F LOPEZ 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 S MITCHELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-67 24-30 7 24 31 27 24 4 19 99 (.522) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20 (30 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 22 28 25 33 - 108 MINNESOTA 24 23 28 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 3, E PIATKOWSKI, S ROOKS, D MILES, J MCINNIS. MINNESOTA - G TRENT, K GARNETT, C BILLUPS, R NESTEROVIC.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 9-18 (.500), J MCINNIS 3-8, E PIATKOWSKI 3- 3, Q RICHARDSON 3-7. MINNESOTA 5-10 (.500), K GARNETT 1-2, J SMITH 1- 1, W SZCZERBIAK 1-1, C BILLUPS 1-3, A PEELER 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - M OLOWOKANDI. MINNESOTA - . FLAGRANT FOULS: LA CLIPPERS 1 (E BRAND, 7:23 3RD). OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, JACK NIES, SEAN CORBIN. A - 17,992. T - 2:12.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (108)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Fowlkes 20 2-5 0-0 2-3 2 3 4 E Brand 44 6-11 3-5 6-10 3 5 15 M Olowokandi 25 2-6 0-0 1-5 0 5 4 J McInnis 44 5-19 4-4 0-1 14 3 17 E Piatkowski 20 5-6 1-2 1-1 1 1 14 S Rooks 26 5-8 3-4 2-7 2 3 13 Q Richardson 28 7-14 0-1 1-1 4 1 17 D Miles 28 8-9 4-5 0-6 2 1 20 O Ekezie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Overton 4 1-1 2-4 0-0 3 1 4 E Boykins DNP - COACH'S DECISION H Jamison DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 17-25 13-34 31 24 108 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (J McInnis 3-8, E Piatkowski 3-3, Q Richardson 3-7). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:7 (E Brand 3, E Piatkowski, S Rooks, D Miles, J McInnis). Turnovers:10 (J McInnis 3, E Piatkowski 2, E Brand 2, M Olowokandi, D Miles, Q Richardson). Steals: 9 (E Piatkowski 3, Q Richardson 2, T Fowlkes 2, D Overton, E Brand).

MINNESOTA (99)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 8-12 9-11 1-11 6 3 26 J Smith 34 8-11 8-9 2-3 1 4 25 R Nesterovic 31 4-5 0-0 0-5 0 5 8 W Szczerbiak 36 2-5 2-2 1-3 6 2 7 C Billups 41 7-16 3-4 1-3 8 2 18 A Peeler 20 2-8 0-0 1-1 2 2 5 G Trent 12 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 4 6 M Jackson 16 1-3 2-4 1-4 1 2 4 W Avery 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 F Lopez 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Mitchell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-67 24-30 7-31 27 24 99 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (K Garnett 1-2, J Smith 1-1, W Szczerbiak 1-1, C Billups 1-3, A Peeler 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:4 (G Trent, K Garnett, C Billups, R Nesterovic). Turnovers:19 (K Garnett 7, C Billups 4, W Szczerbiak 2, W Avery 2, M Jackson 2, F Lopez, R Nesterovic). Steals: 4 (A Peeler, K Garnett, C Billups, W Szczerbiak).

-------------------------------------------- LA CLIPPERS 22 28 25 33 - 108 MINNESOTA 24 23 28 24 - 99 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: La Clippers - 1 (M Olowokandi, 8:20 3rd). Minnesota - (). Flagrant fouls: La Clippers 1 (E Brand, 7:23 3r). A: 17,992. T: 2:12. Officials: Gary Benson, Jack Nies, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Reserves Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson and Sean Rooks combined for 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their season-high fourth straight defeat, 108-99.

Rooks began the fourth quarter with a jumper to give the Clippers the lead for good, 77-75. Los Angeles led, 85-79, before Richardson hit a 3-pointer and a layup and Rooks banked in a jumper in traffic to extend the Clippers lead the lead to 13 with 6 1/2 minutes to go.

Miles led six players in double figures with 20 points. Richardson had 17 points, Jeff McInnis added 17 and 14 assists and Elton Brand chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won three straight and six of seven.

"I think our biggest point is our bench," McInnis said. "We've got Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. They come off the bench, and when they come off the bench, they're coming with a spark that we need. They did it again tonight."

"Q and Darius always do their thing," said Rooks, who had 13 points and seven rebounds. "Coming off the bench, it was just nice to be able to contribute. Our guys got in a little foul trouble. It was good to be able to come in an help."

The Clippers' bench outscored the Timberwolves' reserves, 54-15.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Joe Smith added 25 points and Chauncey Billups 18 in the losing effort.

All-Star Wally Szczerbiak was held to seven points in 36 minutes.

"We wanted Wally Szczerbiak to handle the ball a little bit," McInnis said. "He's always coming off screens shooting, so we wanted to change his role and make him a ballhandler, and make him create off the dribble. We did a great job on him."

Both teams shot the ball well, with each converting 52 percent of its shots. The Clippers sank 41-of-79 attempts and the Timberwolves 35-of-67.

Minnesota had lost three consecutive games on three separate occasions this season. The Timberwolves have the second-best home mark in the league at 23-6, trailing just Sacramento's 30-3.

"As I told our guys afterwards, sometimes you want to win too much," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, who was ejected for picking up back-to-back technicals fouls with 7:51 left in the third quarter and the game tied at 57. "You put too much pressure on yourself. It's like you're in quicksand, and the harder you struggle and try, the quicker you go down."

"We're going through a stretch that is difficult," Garnett said. "At the end of the day, though, you have to find a way to make it happen. I wish I had a bunch of answers, but I don't. We have to keep our confidence and stay together. It's not a time for guys to be scattered and going their separate ways."

Minnesota committed 20 turnovers, which Los Angeles converted into 30 points. The Clippers committed 13, which the Timberwolves turned into just 11 points.

"I had seven turnovers myself," Garnett said. "It starts with myself. I have to quit that. I am trying to find ways to cut that down. Teams are starting to defend us differently. It looks like a lot of guys are running to double-team and forcing you to make passes and make other guys score."

The Clippers led at halftime, 50-47, but the Timberwolves came back to take a 72-67 lead on a hook shot by Gary Trent with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

But Los Angeles closed the quarter on an 8-3 run and began the fourth on a 17-4 burst to take command of the game.

Los Angeles, which is just 12-21 away from the Staples Center, concluded a 3-1 road trip and defeated Minnesota for the second time in three matchups this season.

"Very big win," Brand said. "We beat the Bulls and we beat Cleveland, who have losing records. But to come in here and beat Minnesota, after they have had some time off, is a very big win for us."

"Obviously when you beat a team of that nature ... I mean, these guys right here are trying to play for the best record in the league. They've got the second-best home record in the league. To come in and play -- after we played last night -- as well as we did, it was great."

Los Angeles (33-31) climbed within 1 1/2 games of Utah (34-29) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Clippers had not won three in a row on the road since February 19-22, 2001.

Minnesota (40-23) fell two games behind San Antonio (42-21) for the fourth position.

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