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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        25   26   18   19    88   
     LA CLIPPERS      24   28   29   23    104     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, KENDALL GILL 16, TROY 
                      HUDSON 13
                LAC - ELTON BRAND 26, ERIC PIATKOWSKI 19, 
                      TREMAINE FOWLKES 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, JOE SMITH 7, MARC 
                      JACKSON 6
                LAC - ELTON BRAND 17, ERIC PIATKOWSKI 5, 
                      TREMAINE FOWLKES 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - ROD STRICKLAND 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                LAC - ANDRE MILLER 9, ELTON BRAND 5, ERIC 
                      PIATKOWSKI 3

Box Score

MINNESOTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 8-13 3-4 5-14 5 4 19 G Trent 15 3-5 1-2 1-1 0 4 7 R Nesterovic 25 4-10 0-0 1-4 5 2 8 T Hudson 33 5-13 3-4 0-1 5 0 13 K Gill 31 8-12 0-0 0-0 4 2 16 J Smith 29 1-6 2-2 3-7 1 2 4 R Strickland 24 3-9 1-1 1-3 8 4 7 M Jackson 19 5-7 0-0 1-6 0 3 10 A Peeler 23 1-8 1-1 0-4 1 1 4 I Rakocevic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Slater 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Woods 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 11-14 12-40 29 22 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (T Hudson 0-2, K Gill 0-1, R Strickland 0-2, A Peeler 1-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:7 (J Smith 3, K Garnett 3, K Gill). Turnovers:17 (K Garnett 4, R Nesterovic 4, R Strickland 3, K Gill 2, G Trent, J Smith, M Jackson, T Hudson). Steals: 7 (R Strickland 3, T Hudson 2, J Smith, K Garnett). LA CLIPPERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Fowlkes 28 6-11 2-2 1-4 1 4 15 E Brand 46 11-20 4-6 7-17 5 2 26 M Ely 22 2-5 1-1 1-3 0 2 5 A Miller 37 3-10 3-4 0-1 9 3 10 E Piatkowski 40 5-13 5-6 0-5 3 2 19 S Rooks 18 2-3 2-2 0-2 0 1 6 Q Richardson 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Jaric 25 6-14 1-1 2-3 2 3 14 K Dooling 13 3-7 3-3 1-2 1 0 9 C Parks 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 W Zhi-Zhi DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Wilcox DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 21-25 12-38 21 18 104 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (T Fowlkes 1-2, A Miller 1-2, E Piatkowski 4-9, M Jaric 1-4, K Dooling 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (E Brand 3). Turnovers:11 (A Miller 5, Q Richardson 2, E Piatkowski, M Jaric, K Dooling, S Rooks). Steals: 7 (A Miller 2, M Jaric 2, C Parks, T Fowlkes, S Rooks). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 25 26 18 19 - 88 LA CLIPPERS 24 28 29 23 - 104 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Clippers - 1 (COACH Gentry, 8:25 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: N/A. T: N/A. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Bill Spooner, Derek Richardson.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (88) AT LA CLIPPERS (104) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 38 8-13 3-4 5 9 14 5 4 1 4 19 G TRENT F 15 3-5 1-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 7 R NESTEROVIC C 25 4-10 0-0 1 3 4 5 2 0 4 8 T HUDSON G 33 5-13 3-4 0 1 1 5 0 2 1 13 K GILL G 31 8-12 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 16 J SMITH 29 1-6 2-2 3 4 7 1 2 1 1 4 R STRICKLAND 24 3-9 1-1 1 2 3 8 4 3 3 7 M JACKSON 19 5-7 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 0 1 10 A PEELER 23 1-8 1-1 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 4 I RAKOCEVIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R SLATER 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L WOODS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 38-84 11-14 12 28 40 29 22 7 17 88 (.452) (.786) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17 (22 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T FOWLKES F 28 6-11 2-2 1 3 4 1 4 1 0 15 E BRAND F 46 11-20 4-6 7 10 17 5 2 0 0 26 M ELY C 22 2-5 1-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 5 A MILLER G 37 3-10 3-4 0 1 1 9 3 2 5 10 E PIATKOWSKI G 40 5-13 5-6 0 5 5 3 2 0 1 19 S ROOKS 18 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 6 Q RICHARDSON 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 M JARIC 25 6-14 1-1 2 1 3 2 3 2 1 14 K DOOLING 13 3-7 3-3 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 9 C PARKS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 W ZHI-ZHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILCOX DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-84 21-25 12 26 38 21 18 7 11 104 (.452) (.840) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12 (14 PTS) MINNESOTA 25 26 18 19 - 88 LA CLIPPERS 24 28 29 23 - 104 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - J SMITH 3, K GARNETT 3, K GILL. LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-9 (.111), T HUDSON 0-2, K GILL 0-1, R STRICKLAND 0-2, A PEELER 1-4. LA CLIPPERS 7-18 (.389), T FOWLKES 1- 2, A MILLER 1-2, E PIATKOWSKI 4-9, M JARIC 1-4, K DOOLING 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - COACH GENTRY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, BILL SPOONER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - N/A. T - N/A.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Tremaine Fowlkes' assignment during his first start of the season was to guard All-Star Kevin Garnett. His reward was the best game of his career and a win. With his team ravaged by injuries, Fowlkes scored a career-high 15 points, helping the Los Angeles Clippers pull away for a 104-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Elton Brand added a season high-tying 26 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks while Eric Piatkowski chipped in 19 points for the Clippers, who have won consecutive games for just the second time this season. Fowlkes missed 11 of Los Angeles' first 17 games with a sprained knee and was on the floor for only 39 minutes all season before getting the start. He didn't disappoint, going 6-of-11 from the floor while limiting Garnett's production. "The big thing is that I can send Fowlkes out to play after 21 games and he can play great," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "He is a steady guy and he works hard." Fowlkes had to work hard against Garnett, who posted his league-best 19th double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds but was shut out during a decisive run in the third quarter. With the game tied at 61-61 nearing the midway point of the period, rookie Melvin Ely converted a three-point play to give the Clippers the lead for good. It started a 20-8 burst that gave Los Angeles an 81-69 cushion entering the fourth quarter. "Our defense wasn't in tune," Garnett said. "We weren't doing what we were supposed to be doing." After Ely's hook shot and free throw, Brand hit a layup for a five-point lead. Fowlkes followed a dunk by Minnesota's Rasho Nesterovic with a 3-pointer to make it 69-63 with 5:39 left in the third. Fowlkes added four more points during the run. Minnesota got within 72-67 on Kendall Gill's jumper, but Ely jammed and Fowlkes made a pair of free throws and converted Andre Miller's alley-oop pass into a dunk and an 11-point bulge. "I was excited for him," Brand said of Fowlkes, a teammate of Ely's at Fresno State. "I told him to make sure to step up and shoot those shots, and he knocked them down." Fowlkes played 28 minutes, two off a career high. He got the start with forwards Corey Maggette and Lamar Odom on the injured list. "I just want to fill in, because we still have a lot of guys injured, and take advantage of that opportunity until those guys get healthy," said Fowlkes, who made 17 starts as a rookie last season after being promoted from the NBDL. Fowlkes also did a good job smothering Garnett, who was held scoreless during the 20-8 run, eventually being forced to the bench with four fouls and his team within eight. "The defense that Fowlkes played was the best you could do against Kevin Garnett," Gentry said. The Timberwolves closed within 90-84 on a short jumper by Garnett with 6:35 to play, but followed his own miss with a layup and converted another offensive rebound into a basket and a 10-point lead with 5:22 remaining. Brand went 11-of-20 from the field in 46 minutes and added to his league-leading block total. "Elton Brand will make you pay if you don't guard him right," Garnett said. Gill scored 16 points and Troy Hudson added 13 for Minnesota, which fell to 2-2 on a five-game road trip that concludes Monday in Denver. "We didn't get into it today," coach Flip Saunders said. "We weren't totally locked into what we needed to do to win the game." Piatkowski made 4-of-7 3-point attempts for Los Angeles, which went 7-of-18 from beyond the arc. Minnesota was just 1-of-9. Rookie Marko Jaric chipped in 14 points off the bench for the Clippers.


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