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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        26   29   20   22    97   
     CLEVELAND        21   25   15   22    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 31, KEVIN GARNETT 20, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 14
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 19, RICKY DAVIS 13, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, MARK MADSEN 6, GARY 
                      TRENT 5
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 12, LEBRON JAMES 9, 
                      RICKY DAVIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 6, KEVIN GARNETT 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                CLE - RICKY DAVIS 6, DESAGANA DIOP 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   19,269

Box Score

MINNESOTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 37 11-21 5-5 1-4 2 1 31 K Garnett 41 9-22 2-2 4-15 5 0 20 M Madsen 28 2-5 1-2 5-6 0 2 5 S Cassell 35 7-19 0-0 1-3 6 3 14 T Hassell 25 1-2 0-0 1-4 2 4 2 M Olowokandi 11 1-4 2-2 0-0 0 3 4 K Mcleod 15 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 2 5 F Hoiberg 29 4-6 4-4 0-4 2 2 14 G Trent 17 1-7 0-0 3-5 1 1 2 N Ebi 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Q Lewis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-90 15-16 15-41 19 19 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.938. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (L Sprewell 4-9, S Cassell 0-1, F Hoiberg 2-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (K Garnett 3, T Hassell 2, L Sprewell). Turnovers:8 (S Cassell 4, G Trent, K Garnett, M Olowokandi, L Sprewell). Steals: 7 (L Sprewell 2, S Cassell 2, F Hoiberg, M Madsen, T Hassell). CLEVELAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Miles 27 4-11 0-0 1-3 1 4 9 D Diop 31 3-7 0-0 0-6 3 4 6 Z Ilgauskas 36 4-10 4-6 6-12 1 2 12 L James 36 8-19 3-3 2-9 2 4 19 R Davis 39 5-15 3-4 2-8 6 0 13 C Mihm 23 3-5 3-4 2-2 2 3 9 J Kapono 22 2-5 2-2 1-2 1 3 7 K Ollie 15 3-5 0-0 0-3 1 1 6 I Newble 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 J Bremer 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Boozer DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 15-19 15-46 17 21 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (D Miles 1-2, L James 0-2, J Kapono 1-2, I Newble 0-1, J Bremer 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (D Diop 2, R Davis, C Mihm, D Miles). Turnovers:14 (D Miles 4, Z Ilgauskas 2, K Ollie 2, R Davis 2, C Mihm, J Kapono, J Bremer, L James). Steals: 4 (R Davis, C Mihm, D Miles, L James). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 26 29 20 22 - 97 CLEVELAND 21 25 15 22 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,269. T: 2:12. Officials: Anthony Jordan, Kevin Fehr, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (97) AT CLEVELAND (83) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 37 11-21 5-5 1 3 4 2 1 2 1 31 K GARNETT F 41 9-22 2-2 4 11 15 5 0 0 1 20 M MADSEN C 28 2-5 1-2 5 1 6 0 2 1 0 5 S CASSELL G 35 7-19 0-0 1 2 3 6 3 2 4 14 T HASSELL G 25 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 1 0 2 M OLOWOKANDI 11 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 K MCLEOD 15 2-3 1-1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 F HOIBERG 29 4-6 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 1 0 14 G TRENT 17 1-7 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 2 N EBI 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Q LEWIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-90 15-16 15 26 41 19 19 7 8 97 (.422) (.938) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8 (8 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MILES F 27 4-11 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 4 9 D DIOP F 31 3-7 0-0 0 6 6 3 4 0 0 6 Z ILGAUSKAS C 36 4-10 4-6 6 6 12 1 2 0 2 12 L JAMES G 36 8-19 3-3 2 7 9 2 4 1 1 19 R DAVIS G 39 5-15 3-4 2 6 8 6 0 1 2 13 C MIHM 23 3-5 3-4 2 0 2 2 3 1 1 9 J KAPONO 22 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 7 K OLLIE 15 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 6 I NEWBLE 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 J BREMER 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION C BOOZER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 33-80 15-19 15 31 46 17 21 4 14 83 (.413) (.789) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) MINNESOTA 26 29 20 22 - 97 CLEVELAND 21 25 15 22 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, T HASSELL 2, L SPREWELL. CLEVELAND - D DIOP 2, R DAVIS, C MIHM, D MILES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-13 (.462), L SPREWELL 4-9, S CASSELL 0- 1, F HOIBERG 2-3. CLEVELAND 2-8 (.250), D MILES 1-2, L JAMES 0-2, J KAPONO 1- 2, I NEWBLE 0-1, J BREMER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, KEVIN FEHR, STEVE JAVIE. A - 19,269. T - 2:12.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- In a game hyped as a matchup between former prep stars turned pro, four-year college man Latrell Sprewell proved to be the most productive. Sprewell scored a season-high 31 points to upstage Kevin Garnett and LeBron James and lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "When you are on national television, you don't want to go out and not play well," Sprewell said. "Latrell is one of the premier players," Garnett said. "Because of his past, he gets a knock. But you can't take away his ability." Garnett added 20 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota, which won its fourth straight road game. Garnett started the recent movement of high school players turning pro when he made the jump to the NBA in 1995 and was selected fifth overall. James is the most ballyhooed prodigy as he was selected first overall in this year's draft and signed a $90 million endorsement deal with Nike. "I was no where near LeBron (when I came out of high school)," Garnett said. "LeBron has exceeded the max. He's played a lot of minutes and gets a lot of touches. In the process, expectations have been added to the sky." James led Cleveland with 19 points but 13 came in the fourth quarter, when the game already was decided. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped. Forward Carlos Boozer missed his second straight game with a right ankle injury. "It definitely hurt them not having Boozer," Minnesota coach and Cleveland native Flip Saunders said. "It's a matchup on KG (Garnett), and KG got off to a good start." Sprewell scored 17 points in the first half and Garnett added 14 as Minnesota took a 55-46 lead. The Timberwolves led, 75-61, after three quarters, but Cleveland scored six straight points to open the fourth period. Minnesota responded with its own 6-0 run to build a 81-67 cushion with 8:25 to go. "We didn't bring oout our A game,"James said. "Sometimes it happens like that. There is no reason for us not coming out and competing." Cleveland seemed lethargic throughout and scored only 13 fast-break points. The Cavaliers struggled in their half-court sets, shooting 41 percent (33-of-80). "We seemed slow tonight," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "We didn't seem to have energy, for whatever reason. Our mental approach to the game wasn't very good."


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