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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 21 29 10 20 80 MINNESOTA 26 29 24 33 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - MORRIS PETERSON 19, KEON CLARK 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 13, KEON CLARK 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MIN - RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 12, JOE SMITH 9, KEVIN GARNETT 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 7, CHRIS CHILDS 4, JERMAINE JACKSON 3 MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 8, ROBERT PACK 5, KEVIN GARNETT 5

ATT: 17,010


Extended Box

TORONTO (80) AT MINNESOTA (112)

TORONTO

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

J WILLIAMS F 15 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 0 A DAVIS F 38 4-12 2-2 1 12 13 1 1 0 4 10 K CLARK C 37 7-14 4-5 1 5 6 1 2 1 1 18 V CARTER G 33 5-14 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 10 A WILLIAMS G 25 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 7 1 1 2 6 C CHILDS 18 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 H OLAJUWON 18 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 2 M PETERSON 25 7-15 5-5 3 2 5 1 3 1 1 19 D CURRY 15 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7 E MONTROSS 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 J JACKSON 5 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 M BRADLEY 5 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4

TOTALS 240 32-83 15-16 9 26 35 21 20 4 12 80 (.386) (.938) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 36 10-14 0-0 1 6 7 5 1 1 1 20 J SMITH F 27 5-9 2-2 2 7 9 1 3 1 0 12 R NESTEROVIC C 35 6-7 2-3 2 10 12 2 1 1 1 14 W SZCZERBIAK G 29 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 3 11 C BILLUPS G 27 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 8 1 1 1 11 R PACK 21 3-9 6-6 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 12 G TRENT 20 2-11 2-2 2 4 6 0 3 1 2 6 M JACKSON 9 2-3 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 6 S MITCHELL 9 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 A PEELER 20 5-9 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 12 L WOODS 3 0-0 3-4 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 F LOPEZ 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 44-82 18-21 8 38 46 30 14 6 9 112 (.537) (.857) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS)

TORONTO 21 29 10 20 - 80 MINNESOTA 26 29 24 33 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - A DAVIS 4, H OLAJUWON, J WILLIAMS, A WILLIAMS, J JACKSON. MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 4, G TRENT, J SMITH, K GARNETT.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 1-6 (.167), V CARTER 0-1, M PETERSON 0- 2, D CURRY 1-3. MINNESOTA 6-8 (.750), W SZCZERBIAK 1-2, C BILLUPS 3- 4, S MITCHELL 1-1, A PEELER 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, HUE HOLLINS. A - 17,010. T - 2:06.


Box Score

TORONTO (80)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Williams 15 0-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 A Davis 38 4-12 2-2 1-13 1 1 10 K Clark 37 7-14 4-5 1-6 1 2 18 V Carter 33 5-14 0-0 1-1 1 3 10 A Williams 25 3-7 0-0 0-2 7 1 6 C Childs 18 0-3 0-0 0-1 4 1 0 H Olajuwon 18 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 M Peterson 25 7-15 5-5 3-5 1 3 19 D Curry 15 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 7 E Montross 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 J Jackson 5 0-1 2-2 0-0 3 0 2 M Bradley 5 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 2 4

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 15-16 9-35 21 20 80 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.938. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (V Carter 0-1, M Peterson 0-2, D Curry 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:8 (A Davis 4, H Olajuwon, J Williams, A Williams, J Jackson). Turnovers:12 (A Davis 4, A Williams 2, H Olajuwon, V Carter, M Bradley, M Peterson, K Clark, J Williams). Steals: 4 (J Williams, A Williams, K Clark, M Peterson).

MINNESOTA (112)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 10-14 0-0 1-7 5 1 20 J Smith 27 5-9 2-2 2-9 1 3 12 R Nesterovic 35 6-7 2-3 2-12 2 1 14 W Szczerbiak 29 5-9 0-0 0-2 3 0 11 C Billups 27 4-9 0-0 0-2 8 1 11 R Pack 21 3-9 6-6 0-0 5 1 12 G Trent 20 2-11 2-2 2-6 0 3 6 M Jackson 9 2-3 2-2 0-4 0 1 6 S Mitchell 9 2-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 5 A Peeler 20 5-9 1-2 0-2 4 2 12 L Woods 3 0-0 3-4 1-1 1 1 3 F Lopez 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-82 18-21 8-46 30 14 112 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.537, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-8, .750 (W Szczerbiak 1-2, C Billups 3-4, S Mitchell 1-1, A Peeler 1-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:7 (R Nesterovic 4, G Trent, J Smith, K Garnett). Turnovers:9 (W Szczerbiak 3, G Trent 2, A Peeler, K Garnett, C Billups, R Nesterovic). Steals: 6 (G Trent, R Pack, J Smith, K Garnett, C Billups, R Nesterovic).

------------------------------------------- TORONTO 21 29 10 20 - 80 MINNESOTA 26 29 24 33 - 112 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,010. T: 2:06. Officials: Greg Willard, Hue Hollins.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves ended their losing streak and they didn't care who was the victim.

Kevin Garnett scored 20 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Timberwolves snapped a season-high seven-game slide with a 112-80 victory over the reeling Toronto Raptors, who have lost 17 of their last 18 games.

The Timberwolves (41-26) were contending for their first Midwest Division title before the skid, which has dumped them in sixth place in the Western Conference. They had shot poorly and played sloppily during the losing streak but snapped out of it in this one, shooting 54 percent (44-of-82) from the field and committing just 10 turnovers.

"We played with a much better rhythm -- good concentration, good momentum, good flow," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We've had two other times this season that we've played worse than these last two weeks. Hopefully, now we'll build off this win for the last 15 games."

"The swagger has always been there, but it's not as noticeable when you lose," Garnett said. "Everybody needed to have the same level of confidence."

Minnesota took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and held a 55-50 halftime edge. Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak scored six points each in a 20-4 run that opened the second half and turned it into a rout.

One of the Wolves in double figures was guard Robert Pack, who was signed Monday for the rest of the season. Pack immediately was inserted as the backup point guard and had 12 points and five assists in 21 minutes as the first player off the bench.

"Robert did a nice job of running the offense and picking his spots," Saunders said. "Pack will play significant minutes. He's a very good on-the-ball defender."

"I have been on teams with losing streaks where guys are blaming each other and hanging their heads," Pack said. "I never felt that coming in here. There was a lot of energy in practice and guys being vocal. You usually have that when you are on a winning streak, but these guys still had it when they had lost seven straight."

As has been the pattern during their slide, the Raptors (30-38) showed very little fight and fell four games behind Charlotte in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

"Once it started to get away from us, I could see the confidence level go down -- way down," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "That's when you have to have some real resolve about yourself."

Once again, one of the prime culprits was superstar Vince Carter, who was held to 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Toronto shot less than 39 percent (32-of-83).

"I'm disappointed and frustrated about a lot of things right now," Carter said. "I just have to breathe and hope it gets better soon -- in the near future, like tomorrow."

A 3-pointer by Chauncey Billups, who had 11 points and eight assists, gave the Wolves the lead for good at 18-15 with 5:46 left in the first quarter. Minnesota held a 26-21 lead after one quarter and a 55-50 advantage at halftime.

Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak scored six points each in the burst that opened the third quarter. A jumper by Garnett made it 75-54 with 3:50 remaining and put the Raptors on their heels.

"Once they saw a breakthrough, their momentum and confidence level increased," Toronto center Hakeem Olajuwon said.

Toronto got no closer than 17 points thereafter. Minnesota led by as many as 34 points late in the game.

"It's good to get a win like this and to get the team back playing at a high level," Szczerbiak said. "We need to keep our guys playing with confidence. When we have that, we're a very good team."

Rasho Nesterovic had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which held a 46-35 edge on the boards. Joe Smith and Anthony Peeler scored 12 points each and Szczerbiak added 11.

Morris Peterson scored 19 points and Keon Clark added 18 for the Raptors.

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