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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        24   25   28   22    99   
     MEMPHIS          22   26   23   24    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 28, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 22, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 12
                MEM - GORDAN GIRICEK 25, DREW GOODEN 18, 
                      STROMILE SWIFT 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - LOREN WOODS 10, KEVIN GARNETT 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                MEM - STROMILE SWIFT 9, PAU GASOL 8, DREW 
                      GOODEN 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - TROY HUDSON 7, KEVIN GARNETT 6, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                MEM - EARL WATSON 4, PAU GASOL 3, GORDAN 
                      GIRICEK 3

         ATT:   14,871

Box Score

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 12-23 4-6 2-8 6 2 28 L Woods 19 1-4 0-0 1-10 1 4 2 R Nesterovic 30 6-10 0-0 2-7 1 4 12 T Hudson 33 4-12 2-2 0-0 7 0 10 W Szczerbiak 38 8-12 5-6 1-2 1 2 22 K Gill 34 3-7 6-7 1-7 0 3 12 G Trent 18 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 6 R Strickland 15 1-3 3-5 0-1 1 0 5 M Jackson 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 A Peeler 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 R Slater DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 20-26 7-38 18 22 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (T Hudson 0-2, W Szczerbiak 1-1, K Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (R Nesterovic 3, K Garnett 2, G Trent, L Woods, K Gill). Turnovers:15 (W Szczerbiak 4, R Strickland 2, K Gill 2, R Nesterovic 2, G Trent, L Woods, A Peeler, M Jackson, K Garnett). Steals: 11 (L Woods 3, K Gill 2, W Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett, M Jackson, T Hudson, R Nesterovic). MEMPHIS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 35 7-17 4-8 5-8 2 3 18 P Gasol 33 2-11 0-0 3-8 3 4 4 S Swift 31 4-10 4-4 3-9 2 2 12 J Williams 28 5-12 0-0 1-3 2 5 11 G Giricek 31 8-13 8-8 1-5 3 3 25 S Battier 16 2-7 4-4 4-5 0 2 8 W Person 17 1-7 2-2 0-3 0 1 5 L Wright 23 3-6 0-2 2-7 1 1 6 C TRYBANSKI 6 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 E Watson 20 3-3 0-0 0-0 4 4 6 B Knight DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE M Batiste DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 22-28 20-50 18 25 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (J Williams 1-5, G Giricek 1-3, S Battier 0-1, W Person 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:4 (P Gasol 2, L Wright, G Giricek). Turnovers:17 (G Giricek 5, S Swift 3, S Battier 3, J Williams 2, W Person, L Wright, E Watson, D Gooden). Steals: 5 (E Watson 2, G Giricek 2, J Williams). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 24 25 28 22 - 99 MEMPHIS 22 26 23 24 - 95 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 2 (K Garnett, 8:01 2nd; M Jackson, 11:11 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,871. T: 2:18. Officials: Greg Willard, Marc Davis, Michael Smith.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (99) AT MEMPHIS (95) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 41 12-23 4-6 2 6 8 6 2 1 1 28 L WOODS F 19 1-4 0-0 1 9 10 1 4 3 1 2 R NESTEROVIC C 30 6-10 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 1 2 12 T HUDSON G 33 4-12 2-2 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 10 W SZCZERBIAK G 38 8-12 5-6 1 1 2 1 2 2 4 22 K GILL 34 3-7 6-7 1 6 7 0 3 2 2 12 G TRENT 18 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 6 R STRICKLAND 15 1-3 3-5 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 M JACKSON 10 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 A PEELER 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 R SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-77 20-26 7 31 38 18 22 11 15 99 (.506) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17 (26 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 35 7-17 4-8 5 3 8 2 3 0 1 18 P GASOL F 33 2-11 0-0 3 5 8 3 4 0 0 4 S SWIFT C 31 4-10 4-4 3 6 9 2 2 0 3 12 J WILLIAMS G 28 5-12 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 1 2 11 G GIRICEK G 31 8-13 8-8 1 4 5 3 3 2 5 25 S BATTIER 16 2-7 4-4 4 1 5 0 2 0 3 8 W PERSON 17 1-7 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 5 L WRIGHT 23 3-6 0-2 2 5 7 1 1 0 1 6 C TRYBANSKI 6 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 E WATSON 20 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 4 2 1 6 B KNIGHT DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE M BATISTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-89 22-28 20 30 50 18 25 5 17 95 (.393) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA 24 25 28 22 - 99 MEMPHIS 22 26 23 24 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 3, K GARNETT 2, G TRENT, L WOODS, K GILL. MEMPHIS - P GASOL 2, L WRIGHT, G GIRICEK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-4 (.250), T HUDSON 0-2, W SZCZERBIAK 1- 1, K GILL 0-1. MEMPHIS 3-12 (.250), J WILLIAMS 1-5, G GIRICEK 1-3, S BATTIER 0-1, W PERSON 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, M JACKSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, MARC DAVIS, MICHAEL SMITH. A - 14,871. T - 2:18.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- In his first game as an NBA coach since 1986, Hubie Brown discovered that players still have to hit shots down the stretch. The Memphis Grizzlies made just one field goal in the final three minutes and remained the league's only winless team with a 99-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. "What hurts are the breakdowns," Brown said. "Am I upset? I'm upset because the game is close and the only time we did not cover the three all night was at the end." Memphis still had a chance to tie after Wally Szczerbiak made 1-of-2 free throws with 21 seconds left, but Jason Williams missed an off-balance 3-pointer and rookie Drew Gooden missed a follow shot before teammate Pau Gasol knocked the ball out of bounds. Kendall Gill iced it with a free throw at the other end with three seconds left. "When you run the stuff and the go-to guys don't get the ball, the wrong guy shoots the ball," Brown said of Williams' shot. Gasol was held under 10 points for the first time this season, scoring four on 2-of-8 shooting. His eight boards helped the Grizzlies outrebound an opponent for the first time, but it was not enough to win Brown's debut in Memphis. "We'll be OK," Memphis forward Lorenzen Wright said. "We've got a new coach and things will change. We are going to be a winning team, for sure." The Grizzlies were unable to stop Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett down the stretch. The dangerous duo scored 10 of Minnesota's 11 points after Gooden put Memphis up 91-88 with three minutes left. "We executed our plays and we played as a team down the stretch," Garnett said. Garnett led all scorers with 28 points and Szczerbiak added 22. Rookie Gordan Giricek led the Grizzlies with 25 points, his best performance since scoring 29 on opening night. "We are playing very different," said Giricek, a Croatian. "We have more energy. (Brown) seems like a European coach." Sidney Lowe resigned Tuesday as Grizzlies coach. Gill and Rasho Nesterovic each had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who shot nearly 51 percent (39-of-77) while keeping New Orleans under 40 percent (35-of-89). The Grizzlies won the battle on the boards, 50-38, and got 18 points and eight rebounds from Gooden.


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