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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        28   22   26   34    110  
     LA LAKERS        29   31   16   31    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, ANTHONY PEELER 17, 
                      TROY HUDSON 16
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 31, KOBE BRYANT 22, 
                      RICK FOX 13

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 8,
                      JOE SMITH 6
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 13, STANISLAV 
                      MEDVEDENKO 6, SOUMAILA SAMAKE 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, ROD STRICKLAND 5, 
                      KENDALL GILL 5
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 11, RICK FOX 4, DEREK FISHER
                      4

Box Score

MINNESOTA (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 8-15 7-9 4-15 6 1 23 G Trent 16 5-9 0-0 1-2 0 2 10 R Nesterovic 31 5-8 0-0 1-8 1 6 10 K Gill 29 2-8 4-6 1-2 5 2 9 T Hudson 28 7-13 0-0 0-0 4 1 16 J Smith 32 3-6 8-12 1-6 3 5 14 R Strickland 20 2-7 4-4 0-3 5 0 8 M Jackson 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 A Peeler 30 7-12 0-0 0-2 0 2 17 L Woods 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 R Slater 9 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 24-33 8-40 25 23 110 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-8, .750 (K Garnett 0-1, K Gill 1-1, T Hudson 2-3, A Peeler 3-3). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:3 (J Smith 2, R Nesterovic). Turnovers:10 (K Gill 2, K Garnett 2, T Hudson 2, R Slater 2, G Trent, R Nesterovic). Steals: 4 (R Strickland, K Garnett, T Hudson, R Slater). LA LAKERS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 31 5-15 2-2 0-5 4 5 13 S Medvedenko 28 5-11 0-0 1-6 3 3 10 S O'Neal 37 11-19 9-13 4-13 3 5 31 K Bryant 41 9-15 3-5 2-5 11 1 22 D Fisher 33 4-11 2-2 0-1 4 1 10 S Samake 11 3-5 0-0 3-6 0 0 6 M Madsen 20 1-4 0-1 1-2 1 5 2 B Shaw 13 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 5 D George 17 4-9 0-0 1-4 0 2 8 K Rush 9 0-1 0-0 1-3 2 0 0 R Horry DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE T Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-95 16-23 13-46 30 26 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (R Fox 1-5, K Bryant 1-3, D Fisher 0-2, B Shaw 1-3, D George 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (S O'Neal 2, K Bryant). Turnovers:8 (K Bryant 5, S O'Neal 3). Steals: 4 (S O'Neal 2, D Fisher, D George). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 28 22 26 34 - 110 LA LAKERS 29 31 16 31 - 107 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:27. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Jess Kersey, Joe Forte.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (110) AT LA LAKERS (107) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 39 8-15 7-9 4 11 15 6 1 1 2 23 G TRENT F 16 5-9 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 10 R NESTEROVIC C 31 5-8 0-0 1 7 8 1 6 0 1 10 K GILL G 29 2-8 4-6 1 1 2 5 2 0 2 9 T HUDSON G 28 7-13 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 1 2 16 J SMITH 32 3-6 8-12 1 5 6 3 5 0 0 14 R STRICKLAND 20 2-7 4-4 0 3 3 5 0 1 0 8 M JACKSON 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 A PEELER 30 7-12 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 17 L WOODS 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 R SLATER 9 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 3 I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-79 24-33 8 32 40 25 23 4 10 110 (.506) (.727) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10 (13 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 31 5-15 2-2 0 5 5 4 5 0 0 13 S MEDVEDENKO F 28 5-11 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 0 0 10 S O'NEAL C 37 11-19 9-13 4 9 13 3 5 2 3 31 K BRYANT G 41 9-15 3-5 2 3 5 11 1 0 5 22 D FISHER G 33 4-11 2-2 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 10 S SAMAKE 11 3-5 0-0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 6 M MADSEN 20 1-4 0-1 1 1 2 1 5 0 0 2 B SHAW 13 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 5 D GEORGE 17 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 8 K RUSH 9 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 R HORRY DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE T MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-95 16-23 13 33 46 30 26 4 8 107 (.463) (.696) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8 (11 PTS) MINNESOTA 28 22 26 34 - 110 LA LAKERS 29 31 16 31 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - J SMITH 2, R NESTEROVIC. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 2, K BRYANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-8 (.750), K GARNETT 0-1, K GILL 1-1, T HUDSON 2-3, A PEELER 3-3. LA LAKERS 3-15 (.200), R FOX 1-5, K BRYANT 1- 3, D FISHER 0-2, B SHAW 1-3, D GEORGE 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, JESS KERSEY, JOE FORTE. A - 18,997. T - 2:27.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers might want to work on their free-throw shooting. In a game that featured numerous missed free throws down the stretch, Kevin Garnett recorded his league-leading 16th double-double as the Timberwolves snapped a 16-game road losing streak against the Lakers, 110-107. Garnett scored 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out six assists. But the Timberwolves nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 41 seconds before holding on for their first road win over the Lakers since December 5, 1993 - when Garnett was a high school junior. "You got to think to yourself that it's going to happen sooner or later," Garnett said. "You try and try for the odds to be in your favor. We put ourselves in a position to win. We've always been in a position to win in the past, but for some reason it never came through." After Garnett made 1-of-2 free throws to extend Minnesota's lead to 105-97, Los Angeles stormed back to climb within 106-105 on a 3-pointer by Kobe Bryant with 10.9 seconds remaining. Kendall Gill made a pair from the line 1.3 seconds later, but Joe Smith fouled Bryant attempting another 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds left. Bryant made the first two free throws but missed the third, and Smith grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 6.3 seconds to play. "The third one didn't fall for me," Bryant said. "It rattled in and just came out, bottom of the rim and just popped out. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. It's like Tiger (Woods) putting and the thing just hits the lip and just rolls off." "We wanted to foul him as soon as he caught it," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We didn't want him to get a 3 off. He made a good play. If we wouldn't have fouled he would have made it." Smith made the first free throw to make it 109-107, but missed the second. Gill grabbed the rebound and was fouled but sank only 1-of-2 from the stripe, giving the Lakers five seconds to tie the game. Bryant dribbled downcourt and attempted a 3-pointer from the right side. But with Gill in his face, Bryant threw up an airball, and the Timberwolves escaped with a victory. "We couldn't sustain the effort," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, whose squad lost for the third time in four games. "I don't think we're ready yet and conditioned as a team to play a full game with the effort necessary to win against a good competition." Anthony Peeler scored a season-high 17 points and Troy Hudson 16 for the Wolves, who have won five of their last seven games. Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points and 13 rebounds and Bryant 22 and 11 assists for the Lakers, who had won their first six matchups with Minnesota at the Staples Center. "We just have to get back on track," O'Neal said. "We made a lot of silly mistakes. We didn't have good help team defense and it's all about us right now, we just have to do some soul searching and everyone has to do their part." The Timberwolves outshot the Lakers, 51 percent (40-of-79) to 46 percent (44-of-95). Minnesota made 6-of-8 shots from the arc, Los Angeles 3-of-15. Los Angeles led, 29-28, after one quarter and 50-48 before closing the half on a 10-2 run. The Lakers led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter and 74-64 after a jumper by Derek Fisher with 4:06 to play in the period. With O'Neal on the bench, the Timberwolves closed with a 12-2 run and opened the final quarter with a 3-pointer by Gill. "I thought he had gotten tired in the third quarter and he couldn't get up and down the court, so he obviously needed to come out of the game," Jackson said of O'Neal. "So I had an oportunity to take him out with four minutes to go in the third quarter and we had had a good run and then went 3-for-13 down the stretch and just couldn't find second shots and chances to get the ball back in the hoop." Minnesota extended its lead to 89-82 on a pair of free throws by Rod Strickland with 8:38 to play. The Lakers scored the next seven points, tying the game on a dunk by O'Neal with 6:12 to go. The teams went back and forth until Minnesota took the lead for good, 94-93, on a jumper by Joe Smith with 4:27 remaining. "We're kinda beating ourselves, shooting ourselves in the foot," said O'Neal, whose team fell to 3-3 since he came off the injured list. "This is just another game that we gave up tonight and it's just about us, we made silly mistakes. Other teams capitalize on our mistakes. We just have to get better." "We do have to keep working on closing a game out a lot better," Smith said. "We played a great game for 47 minutes and that last minute seemed to take forever."


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