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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        24   17   24   32    97   
     PORTLAND         16   20   24   18    78      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 25, GARY TRENT 18, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 16
                POR - RASHEED WALLACE 23, BONZI WELLS 14, 
                      DEREK ANDERSON 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 
                      11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5
                POR - RASHEED WALLACE 9, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, 
                      DEREK ANDERSON 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, ANTHONY PEELER 4, MIKE
                      WILKS 4
                POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, JEFF MCINNIS 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   20,169

Box Score

MINNESOTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 8-15 0-0 3-14 12 2 16 W Szczerbiak 39 12-20 0-0 3-5 1 2 25 R Nesterovic 38 6-9 0-0 4-11 1 3 12 A Peeler 28 3-12 2-2 0-3 4 4 9 T Hudson 30 3-9 5-5 0-1 2 3 12 M Wilks 18 1-5 0-0 0-2 4 1 3 J Smith 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 K Gill 10 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 G Trent 20 8-10 2-2 2-5 1 3 18 L Woods 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 I Rakocevic 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 M Jackson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-84 11-11 12-44 28 21 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.488, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (K Garnett 0-1, W Szczerbiak 1-2, A Peeler 1-1, T Hudson 1-2, M Wilks 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (R Nesterovic 2). Turnovers:7 (K Gill, J Smith, A Peeler, K Garnett, T Hudson, R Nesterovic, W Szczerbiak). Steals: 7 (T Hudson 2, W Szczerbiak 2, G Trent, M Wilks, K Garnett). PORTLAND (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Wells 30 6-14 2-4 1-2 2 4 14 R Wallace 40 6-13 8-10 1-9 1 2 23 D Davis 33 4-5 0-0 1-3 2 1 8 D Anderson 38 4-9 1-1 0-4 1 0 12 D Stoudamire 29 2-7 0-0 0-5 5 0 4 A Sabonis 16 2-5 2-2 2-2 1 2 6 Z Randolph 10 1-2 1-2 0-1 0 0 3 R Patterson 14 1-8 0-0 3-3 1 2 2 J McInnis 19 2-5 1-2 0-1 3 2 5 A Daniels 7 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Q Woods 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 R Boumtje Boumtje 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 16-23 9-31 16 14 78 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (B Wells 0-2, R Wallace 3-5, D Anderson 3-7, D Stoudamire 0-1, J McInnis 0-1, A Daniels 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (A Sabonis, R Wallace, D Davis). Turnovers:9 (D Stoudamire 2, D Anderson 2, D Davis, R Patterson, B Wells, Z Randolph, Q Woods). Steals: 6 (A Sabonis 2, D Anderson 2, R Wallace, J McInnis). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 24 17 24 32 - 97 PORTLAND 16 20 24 18 - 78 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Portland - 1 (B Wells, 3:51 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,169. T: 2:02. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dan Crawford, David Jones.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (97) AT PORTLAND (78) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 41 8-15 0-0 3 11 14 12 2 1 1 16 W SZCZERBIAK F 39 12-20 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 2 1 25 R NESTEROVIC C 38 6-9 0-0 4 7 11 1 3 0 1 12 A PEELER G 28 3-12 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 0 1 9 T HUDSON G 30 3-9 5-5 0 1 1 2 3 2 1 12 M WILKS 18 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 3 J SMITH 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 K GILL 10 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 G TRENT 20 8-10 2-2 2 3 5 1 3 1 0 18 L WOODS 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 I RAKOCEVIC 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 M JACKSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 41-84 11-11 12 32 44 28 21 7 7 97 (.488) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8 (10 PTS) PORTLAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B WELLS F 30 6-14 2-4 1 1 2 2 4 0 1 14 R WALLACE F 40 6-13 8-10 1 8 9 1 2 1 0 23 D DAVIS C 33 4-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 8 D ANDERSON G 38 4-9 1-1 0 4 4 1 0 2 2 12 D STOUDAMIRE G 29 2-7 0-0 0 5 5 5 0 0 2 4 A SABONIS 16 2-5 2-2 2 0 2 1 2 2 0 6 Z RANDOLPH 10 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 R PATTERSON 14 1-8 0-0 3 0 3 1 2 0 1 2 J MCINNIS 19 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 5 A DANIELS 7 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 Q WOODS 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 R BOUMTJE BOUMTJ 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 28-70 16-23 9 22 31 16 14 6 9 78 (.400) (.696) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (16 PTS) MINNESOTA 24 17 24 32 - 97 PORTLAND 16 20 24 18 - 78 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 2. PORTLAND - A SABONIS, R WALLACE, D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-9 (.444), K GARNETT 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 1- 2, A PEELER 1-1, T HUDSON 1-2, M WILKS 1-3. PORTLAND 6-17 (.353), B WELLS 0- 2, R WALLACE 3-5, D ANDERSON 3-7, D STOUDAMIRE 0-1, J MCINNIS 0-1, A DANIELS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PORTLAND - B WELLS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DAN CRAWFORD, DAVID JONES. A - 20,169. T - 2:02.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Gary Trent may have given the Minnesota Timberwolves the push that they needed. Trent scored 18 points off the bench and keyed a fourth-quarter surge to lead the Timberwolves to a pivotal 97-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers that may end up determining home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Averaging 5.7 points per game as a reserve power forward, Trent had not played the last two games. But he victimized one of his former teams and was among a handful of Wolves who came up with a big game in perhaps the team's biggest game of the season. "I've been sitting a long time and I've been watching," Trent said. "I got in tonight and I got (in) rhythm and it just worked out for me." Using his powerful low-post game, Trent made his first seven shots, finishing 8-of-10 from the field and grabbing five rebounds in 20 minutes. He scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including three straight baskets that gave Minnesota an 81-71 lead with 6:04 to go. "For him to come up with a performance like that is very professional," Minnesota swingman Wally Szczerbiak said. "That's all pretty much all you can say. He didn't open his mouth. He didn't complain. When he got his time, he was ready. That's a tough thing to do." "I was happy for him," superstar Kevin Garnett said. "I know he can play and I know he can play in this league. He understands his role. He's not disturbing. He's coming out and not being a distraction. He's being professional about the whole thing." Garnett collected his league-leading sixth triple-double and Szczerbiak scored 25 points for the Wolves (48-30), who moved into a virtual tie with the Trail Blazers (47-29) for fourth place in the Western Conference. Minnesota owns the tiebreaker, having won three of four meetings this season. It is headed to the playoffs for the seventh straight year but never has won a series, partially because it never has held the home-court edge. "Sometimes if you are going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I think that in the back of everyone's mind they knew it. There is nothing wrong with saying it if you know it. Call it out. "I think we have got to understand the importance of where the game was really at. If we wanted to have any chance of home court, we had to win today." Although it was not evident in his players, Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said his team knew what was at stake. "Everyone understood how important the game was when we talked before the game, but for some reason we just didn't have the energy that you would expect," Cheeks said. "Minnesota was in control of the game the whole time." "We came out flat," guard Jeff McInnis said. "Minnesota's a good team. They wanted the game more than we did." Garnett had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. He served as the focal point of an offense that shot 49 percent (41-of-84) from the field and committed just eight turnovers. "I told the guys before the game that this is the first game of the playoffs," Garnett said. "If we lose this game, then we're pretty much out of the race for the fourth seed." Szczerbiak made 12-of-20 shots and led five players in double figures. Troy Hudson and Rasho Nesterovic added 12 points each. "We got this one and now we've got to take care of business the rest of the way," Szczerbiak said. "Our job's not done. We still have four games left." Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which went more than six minutes without a basket in the fourth quarter. Overall, the Blazers shot 40 percent (28-of-70) and were outrebounded, 44-31. "We've got to bounce back and keep playing," McInnis said. "We don't want to keep dropping in the standings. We've got to find a way to win some games." At the end of the third quarter, Szczerbiak answered a 3-pointer by Derek Anderson with one of his own, giving Minnesota a 65-60 lead. A follow shot by Ruben Patterson pulled Portland within 69-67 with 10:06 to go before Trent went to work, making two free throws. After two free throws by Wallace made it 75-71 with 8:39 left, Trent scored inside, made a banker off a post-up and knocked down a corner jumper off a pass from Garnett to push the lead to 10 points. "It just happened to fall for me today," Trent said. "Coach called my number. They were double-teaming and they got us a lot of open shots. Either they we're going to give me a 1-on-1 post-up on a smaller defender, or we're going to get a open shot on the perimeter." "Gary was big," Saunders said. "We thought we were going to be able to use him. I thought tonight we could get into a situation were we had a good matchup. We got him. We milked him." Wallace and Bonzi Wells made free throws, but Szczerbiak nailed a 20-footer, Hudson sank three free throws and Garnett had an acrobatic tip-in for an 88-73 advantage with 3:10 remaining. "It was disappointing," Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire said. "We definitely didn't have our A game today. It was probably more at the D-minus level, if there is such a thing as a D-minus." Nesterovic scored 10 points in the first quarter as Minnesota grabbed a 24-16 lead. A jumper by Trent widened it to 41-30 with 1:38 left in the second period before Portland scored the final six points of the first half. A jumper by Anthony Peeler gave the Wolves the lead for good at 49-47 with 5:28 to play in the third quarter.


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