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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        22   24   26   19    91   
     TORONTO          28   36   22   19    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, GARY TRENT 14, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 13
                TOR - MORRIS PETERSON 20, ANTONIO DAVIS 17, 
                      JEROME WILLIAMS 17

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - GARY TRENT 7, MARC JACKSON 5, JOE SMITH 
                      4
                TOR - JEROME WILLIAMS 14, MORRIS PETERSON 7, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, KENDALL GILL 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 8, RAFER ALSTON 8, 
                      LINDSEY HUNTER 4

         ATT:   19,800

Box Score

MINNESOTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Smith 20 2-6 3-3 1-4 1 4 7 K Garnett 39 10-14 6-7 1-3 5 2 26 R Nesterovic 16 1-5 0-0 0-3 0 4 2 K Gill 29 1-4 2-2 0-0 3 0 4 T Hudson 33 1-8 4-4 1-3 1 0 7 W Szczerbiak 15 5-8 2-2 0-2 2 1 13 G Trent 22 5-7 4-4 3-7 1 2 14 M Jackson 16 2-5 0-0 1-5 0 2 4 A Peeler 15 2-8 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 R Strickland 19 0-4 6-6 1-2 2 0 6 L Woods 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 I Rakocevic 5 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 29-30 9-31 16 17 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.967. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (J Smith 0-1, T Hudson 1-3, W Szczerbiak 1-1, A Peeler 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:6 (J Smith 2, R Nesterovic 2, M Jackson, L Woods). Turnovers:13 (K Garnett 5, T Hudson 4, G Trent 2, R Strickland, A Peeler). Steals: 7 (A Peeler 2, T Hudson 2, J Smith, W Szczerbiak, K Garnett). TORONTO (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Jefferies 19 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 J Williams 37 7-11 3-4 5-14 1 2 17 A Davis 32 5-8 7-8 0-6 1 2 17 M Peterson 43 8-21 3-3 2-7 1 4 20 A Williams 29 3-6 2-3 0-3 8 4 8 J McCoy 13 4-6 2-2 4-6 0 4 10 L Hunter 24 5-12 0-0 0-0 4 1 13 R Alston 30 5-7 0-0 1-6 8 2 12 A Long 13 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 4 V Lenard DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE V Carter DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE M N'diaye DNP - STRESS FRACTURE HEEL M Bradley DNP - LOWER BACK INJURY N Huffman DNP - SWOLLEN RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 17-20 12-43 26 25 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (M Peterson 1-4, A Williams 0-1, L Hunter 3-6, R Alston 2-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (A Davis, J Williams, C Jefferies). Turnovers:12 (A Davis 3, R Alston 3, M Peterson 2, C Jefferies 2, A Williams, J McCoy). Steals: 8 (L Hunter 2, J Williams 2, A Williams 2, M Peterson 2). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 22 24 26 19 - 91 TORONTO 28 36 22 19 - 105 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 3 (Defensive Three, 9:56 1st; Defensive Three, 5:28 2nd; COACH Saunders, 5:28 2nd). Toronto - 1 (J McCoy, 0:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (J McCoy, 0:09 4th). A: 19,800. T: 2:15. Officials: Bill Spooner, Jason Phillips, Ronnie Nunn.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (91) AT TORONTO (105) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J SMITH F 20 2-6 3-3 1 3 4 1 4 1 0 7 K GARNETT F 39 10-14 6-7 1 2 3 5 2 1 5 26 R NESTEROVIC C 16 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 2 K GILL G 29 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 T HUDSON G 33 1-8 4-4 1 2 3 1 0 2 4 7 W SZCZERBIAK 15 5-8 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 13 G TRENT 22 5-7 4-4 3 4 7 1 2 0 2 14 M JACKSON 16 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 4 A PEELER 15 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 4 R STRICKLAND 19 0-4 6-6 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 6 L WOODS 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 I RAKOCEVIC 5 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 TOTALS 240 30-72 29-30 9 22 31 16 17 7 13 91 (.417) (.967) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13 (16 PTS) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C JEFFERIES F 19 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 4 J WILLIAMS F 37 7-11 3-4 5 9 14 1 2 2 0 17 A DAVIS C 32 5-8 7-8 0 6 6 1 2 0 3 17 M PETERSON G 43 8-21 3-3 2 5 7 1 4 2 2 20 A WILLIAMS G 29 3-6 2-3 0 3 3 8 4 2 1 8 J MCCOY 13 4-6 2-2 4 2 6 0 4 0 1 10 L HUNTER 24 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 13 R ALSTON 30 5-7 0-0 1 5 6 8 2 0 3 12 A LONG 13 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 4 V LENARD DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE V CARTER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE M N'DIAYE DNP - STRESS FRACTURE HEEL M BRADLEY DNP - LOWER BACK INJURY N HUFFMAN DNP - SWOLLEN RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 41-82 17-20 12 31 43 26 25 8 12 105 (.500) (.850) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (12 PTS) MINNESOTA 22 24 26 19 - 91 TORONTO 28 36 22 19 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - J SMITH 2, R NESTEROVIC 2, M JACKSON, L WOODS. TORONTO - A DAVIS, J WILLIAMS, C JEFFERIES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-6 (.333), J SMITH 0-1, T HUDSON 1-3, W SZCZERBIAK 1-1, A PEELER 0-1. TORONTO 6-14 (.429), M PETERSON 1- 4, A WILLIAMS 0-1, L HUNTER 3-6, R ALSTON 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, COACH SAUNDERS. TORONTO - J MCCOY. FLAGRANT FOULS: TORONTO 1 (J MCCOY, 0:09 4TH,). OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JASON PHILLIPS, RONNIE NUNN. A - 19,800. T - 2:15.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Raptors may have lost 12 straight games, but it was only only one with Rafer Alston. Alston provided a spark off the bench by totaling 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists as the Raptors avoided their 13th consecutive loss with a 105-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Signed to a 10-day contract Wednesday to play in a depleted backcourt, Alston led Toronto's transition offense, which took over the game in a dominant second quarter. The Raptors scored a season-high 36 points in the period, finishing with an 11-2 burst. Morris Peterson capped the run with a fast-break layup as Toronto entered the locker room with a 64-46 cushion and a standing ovation. "I didn't see how many points we scored in the second quarter, but it was a bunch," said Alston, whose team shot 50 percent for just the second time this season. "It is good to get out and fast break and get some strengths going out there on the court." The Raptors set a season high for points in the first half and cruised the rest of the way, leading by at least 13 over the final two quarters. They built a season-high 23-point lead at 75-52 with 7:31 left in the third period. "We didn't want to worry about hanging on to the lead," said Jerome Williams, who had 17 points and 14 rebounds. "We just wanted to play, and that was the key coming out of the locker room." Peterson scored 20 points and Antonio Davis added 18 for the Raptors, who avoided their second 13-game losing streak in as many seasons. They had not won since posting a 122-117 overtime victory at Milwaukee on December 17. A crowd of 19,800 - the eighth sellout of the season - waited until the final horn before leaving as the Raptors snapped an eight-game home skid. "It was very big, and this was a start for us," Alston said. "This team was like this last year, and before you knew it, they were in the playoffs. It is never over until the last game. There is a chance we can turn this around, and it's a great start tonight." Kevin Garnett scored 26 points but was limited to three rebounds for the Timberwolves, who failed to build on Friday's 115-109 overtime win over Sacramento. They have not won three straight games this season. "It makes us look (crappy) because we can't take steps back like this," said Garnett, who leads the NBA with 30 double-doubles. "We've got to find a way to carry over good games." "This was pretty unprofessional," added Wally Szczerbiak, who had 13 points off the bench. "It doesn't matter if we're playing the Raptors or Sacramento, we have to play the same, and today we didn't." Minnesota began to fall apart in the first quarter. Alston and Peterson had five points apiece during a 14-4 run that gave Toronto a 28-20 lead with 1:13 left. Alston capped the spurt with a jumper. The Timberwolves went 2-for-11 from the floor with three turnovers during the run. "We didn't come out and play with an edge," Szczerbiak said. "And when you do that in this league, you get your butt kicked." A three-point play by Garnett got Minnesota within 39-33 in the closing eight minutes of the first half, but Lindsey Hunter opened a 12-4 run with a 3-pointer and Williams closed it with a fast-break dunk with 4:37 left off a nifty feed from Alston. "The fast break is one of my strengths, and getting easy baskets was a plus for us," said Alston, a journeyman who was playing in the developmental league before signing with Toronto. With Alston's help, the Raptors outscored Minnesota 25-16 on the break and 53-21 in the backcourt. Toronto came out strong in the second half. Davis had four points during the 11-2 run to close the second quarter and scored the first four points of the third for a 67-46 cushion. Davis also had one block, his franchise-record 360th. Every time the Timberwolves tried making a run, the Raptors answered. Troy Hudson hit a 3-pointer with 7:10 left to get Minnesota within 93-80, but Alston answered with a running prayer at the top of the key. Hunter scored 13 points and Jelani McCoy added 10 for the Raptors, who shot 50 percent (41-of-82) from the field and held a 43-31 advantage on the boards. They were 6-of-14 from 3-point range and 17-of-20 from the line. "I feel real good," coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I thought we played a heck of a game. I thought we played a good team and beat a good team." Gary Trent scored 14 points for the Timberwolves, who shot just 42 percent (30-of-72) while making 29-of-30 foul shots.


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