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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        27   24   25   26    102  
     MEMPHIS          24   20   28   26    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 25, LATRELL SPREWELL 24, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 21
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 22, MIKE MILLER 20, PAU 
                      GASOL 20

Box Score

MINNESOTA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 41 7-16 10-12 1-6 4 0 24 K Garnett 40 8-15 5-9 2-18 7 3 21 M Olowokandi 18 2-9 2-2 0-0 0 4 6 S Cassell 30 10-14 4-4 1-4 5 3 25 T Hassell 28 3-4 3-3 1-5 0 1 9 K Mcleod 18 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 F Hoiberg 28 2-5 0-0 0-3 3 2 5 G Trent 27 3-7 2-2 1-6 1 5 8 E Johnson 10 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 Q Lewis DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Madsen DNP - BACK SPASMS N Ebi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-75 26-32 7-44 24 22 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (L Sprewell 0-3, S Cassell 1-2, F Hoiberg 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:8 (K Garnett 2, M Olowokandi 2, G Trent, T Hassell, L Sprewell, S Cassell). Turnovers:14 (L Sprewell 3, S Cassell 3, G Trent 2, K Garnett 2, K Mcleod 2, E Johnson, T Hassell). Steals: 7 (S Cassell 2, F Hoiberg 2, E Johnson, K Garnett, K Mcleod). MEMPHIS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 22 1-7 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 P Gasol 39 8-18 4-5 4-12 2 5 20 J Tsakalidis 15 1-3 1-2 3-4 2 2 3 J Williams 37 9-17 4-6 0-2 11 3 24 M Miller 36 7-14 2-2 0-4 4 3 20 S Battier 26 3-7 1-2 3-6 2 4 7 S Swift 22 5-10 1-2 2-5 1 1 11 E Watson 11 0-2 0-0 0-3 2 0 0 W Person 12 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 B Outlaw 20 3-7 3-4 0-1 0 3 9 L Wright DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE D Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-91 16-23 13-42 24 25 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (J Posey 0-2, J Williams 2-7, M Miller 4-5, S Battier 0-2, E Watson 0-1, W Person 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:1 (B Outlaw). Turnovers:10 (M Miller 3, E Watson 2, W Person, J Williams, P Gasol, J Posey, J Tsakalidis). Steals: 7 (J Posey 2, S Swift, M Miller, S Battier, E Watson, P Gasol). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 27 24 25 26 - 102 MEMPHIS 24 20 28 26 - 98 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,741. T: 2:16. Officials: Ken Mauer, Mike Henderson, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (102) AT MEMPHIS (98) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 41 7-16 10-12 1 5 6 4 0 0 3 24 K GARNETT F 40 8-15 5-9 2 16 18 7 3 1 2 21 M OLOWOKANDI C 18 2-9 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 6 S CASSELL G 30 10-14 4-4 1 3 4 5 3 2 3 25 T HASSELL G 28 3-4 3-3 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 9 K MCLEOD 18 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 2 F HOIBERG 28 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 2 0 5 G TRENT 27 3-7 2-2 1 5 6 1 5 0 2 8 E JOHNSON 10 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 2 Q LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M MADSEN DNP - BACK SPASMS N EBI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-75 26-32 7 37 44 24 22 7 14 102 (.493) (.813) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 22 1-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 2 1 2 P GASOL F 39 8-18 4-5 4 8 12 2 5 1 1 20 J TSAKALIDIS C 15 1-3 1-2 3 1 4 2 2 0 1 3 J WILLIAMS G 37 9-17 4-6 0 2 2 11 3 0 1 24 M MILLER G 36 7-14 2-2 0 4 4 4 3 1 3 20 S BATTIER 26 3-7 1-2 3 3 6 2 4 1 0 7 S SWIFT 22 5-10 1-2 2 3 5 1 1 1 0 11 E WATSON 11 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 1 2 0 W PERSON 12 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 B OUTLAW 20 3-7 3-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 9 L WRIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-91 16-23 13 29 42 24 25 7 10 98 (.418) (.696) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA 27 24 25 26 - 102 MEMPHIS 24 20 28 26 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, M OLOWOKANDI 2, G TRENT, T HASSELL, L SPREWELL, S CASSELL. MEMPHIS - B OUTLAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), L SPREWELL 0-3, S CASSELL 1- 2, F HOIBERG 1-2. MEMPHIS 6-19 (.316), J POSEY 0-2, J WILLIAMS 2-7, M MILLER 4-5, S BATTIER 0-2, E WATSON 0-1, W PERSON 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, MIKE HENDERSON, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,741. T - 2:16.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell came to life down the stretch to help the Minnesota Timberwolves avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. Cassell scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 11 in the final five minutes, leading the Timberwolves to a 102-98 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies. With 4:52 left, a 3-pointer by Mike Miller got Memphis within 85-83. But Cassell erupted, scoring seven points in the next three minutes as Minnesota put away the game with a 9-2 run. "We did a good job down the stretch," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We executed down the stretch with more aggression and we attacked the rebounds." Kevin Garnett, who collected 21 points and 18 rebounds, had a key block during that stretch, swatting away a shot by Miller that could have gotten the Grizzlies within two points. Cassell hit a 3-pointer at the other end to make it 90-83 with 3:14 left. "That's Wilt Chamberlain (stuff) right there," Cassell said. "He just flew up and took the ball. I was surprised at how open I was, but I made the shot, just trying to be aggressive." While the Timberwolves were impressed by the block, the Grizzlies felt otherwise. "Evidently, it wasn't goaltending because the refs didn't make the call," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "There's nothing you can do about it except keep playing." The Grizzlies got no closer than five points the rest of the way, capping a fourth quarter in which they shot just 38 percent (8-of-21). "We've got to finish games," Brown said. "We just have to find a way to close the gap." Latrell Sprewell added 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting for Minnesota, doing most of his damage with 12 points in the third quarter. "It was just a matter of time before he got in rhythm," Cassell said. "He took a lot of the blame in our last two performances, but I told him that we can't survive without him." Jason Williams scored 24 points and tied a season high with 11 assists but could not keep the Grizzlies from losing their third straight game. Miller and Pau Gasol added 20 points apiece, with Gasol pulling down 12 rebounds.


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