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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        30   27   30   29    116  
     BOSTON           22   28   19   26    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 27, KEVIN GARNETT 27, GARY 
                      TRENT 14
                BOS - WALTER MCCARTY 17, PAUL PIERCE 15, MIKE 
                      JAMES 13

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, GARY TRENT 9, ERVIN 
                      JOHNSON 4
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, VIN BAKER 5, JIRI WELSCH 
                      3

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 9, KEVIN GARNETT 7, LATRELL 
                      SPREWELL 3
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 11, MIKE JAMES 4, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 2

         ATT:   17,234

Box Score

MINNESOTA (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 31 5-14 4-4 1-4 3 4 14 K Garnett 42 10-17 7-8 0-12 7 0 27 E Johnson 28 2-2 0-0 1-4 1 2 4 S Cassell 36 12-17 2-2 0-3 9 3 27 T Hassell 29 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 4 8 G Trent 23 7-9 0-2 3-9 0 2 14 F Hoiberg 29 5-7 2-2 0-4 3 1 12 K Mcleod 12 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Q Lewis 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 N Ebi 2 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 O Miller 1 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 M Madsen DNP - BACK SPASMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-78 17-20 5-40 27 18 116 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.628, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (L Sprewell 0-1, S Cassell 1-2, T Hassell 0-1, F Hoiberg 0-2, K Mcleod 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (G Trent, O Miller, K Garnett, T Hassell). Turnovers:13 (L Sprewell 3, G Trent 2, S Cassell 2, F Hoiberg 2, E Johnson, K Garnett, T Hassell, K Mcleod). Steals: 9 (L Sprewell 2, S Cassell 2, Q Lewis 2, E Johnson, F Hoiberg, K Garnett). BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp V Baker 30 5-10 2-2 1-5 0 3 12 J Welsch 36 2-5 3-5 1-3 1 0 8 M Blount 29 5-8 2-2 1-2 0 4 12 M James 33 6-16 1-1 0-2 4 2 13 P Pierce 37 6-18 2-4 3-9 11 1 15 W Mccarty 31 6-11 0-0 0-2 2 3 17 J Jones 18 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 M Banks 21 1-7 2-2 0-1 2 3 5 K Perkins 5 2-4 3-3 2-2 0 1 7 M Stewart DNP - NOT WITH TEAM R Davis DNP - NOT WITH TEAM C Mihm DNP - NOT WITH TEAM _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 15-19 8-27 21 18 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 10-27, .370 (J Welsch 1-3, M James 0-5, P Pierce 1-5, W Mccarty 5-8, J Jones 2-3, M Banks 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (M Blount, P Pierce). Turnovers:14 (M Blount 6, W Mccarty 2, M James 2, M Banks 2, J Welsch, P Pierce). Steals: 10 (M Banks 3, P Pierce 3, W Mccarty, J Jones, M Blount, M James). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 30 27 30 29 - 116 BOSTON 22 28 19 26 - 95 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (G Trent, 11:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (G Trent, 10:51 4th). A: 17,234. T: 2:22. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Joe Forte, Rodney Mott.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (116) AT BOSTON (95) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 31 5-14 4-4 1 3 4 3 4 2 3 14 K GARNETT F 42 10-17 7-8 0 12 12 7 0 1 1 27 E JOHNSON C 28 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 1 4 S CASSELL G 36 12-17 2-2 0 3 3 9 3 2 2 27 T HASSELL G 29 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 8 G TRENT 23 7-9 0-2 3 6 9 0 2 0 2 14 F HOIBERG 29 5-7 2-2 0 4 4 3 1 1 2 12 K MCLEOD 12 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 Q LEWIS 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 N EBI 2 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 O MILLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 M MADSEN DNP - BACK SPASMS TOTALS 240 49-78 17-20 5 35 40 27 18 9 13 116 (.628) (.850) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (23 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === V BAKER F 30 5-10 2-2 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 12 J WELSCH F 36 2-5 3-5 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 8 M BLOUNT C 29 5-8 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 1 6 12 M JAMES G 33 6-16 1-1 0 2 2 4 2 1 2 13 P PIERCE G 37 6-18 2-4 3 6 9 11 1 3 1 15 W MCCARTY 31 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 1 2 17 J JONES 18 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 6 M BANKS 21 1-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 3 2 5 K PERKINS 5 2-4 3-3 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 7 M STEWART DNP - NOT WITH TEAM R DAVIS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM C MIHM DNP - NOT WITH TEAM TOTALS 240 35-84 15-19 8 19 27 21 18 10 14 95 (.417) (.789) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (20 PTS) MINNESOTA 30 27 30 29 - 116 BOSTON 22 28 19 26 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - G TRENT, O MILLER, K GARNETT, T HASSELL. BOSTON - M BLOUNT, P PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-7 (.143), L SPREWELL 0-1, S CASSELL 1- 2, T HASSELL 0-1, F HOIBERG 0-2, K MCLEOD 0-1. BOSTON 10-27 (.370), J WELSCH 1-3, M JAMES 0-5, P PIERCE 1-5, W MCCARTY 5-8, J JONES 2- 3, M BANKS 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - G TRENT. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (G TRENT, 10:51 4TH). OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, JOE FORTE, RODNEY MOTT. A - 17,234. T - 2:22.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The shorthanded Boston Celtics were no match for Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett and Sam Cassell each scored 27 points in a 116-95 blowout, snapping the Boston Celtics' five game winning streak. "We knew they went through a trade today, so we wanted to come out with some energy," Garnett said. "We have all been in that situation and understand, and you can be either really up or really down." Boston dressed only nine players due to Monday's trade in which the Celtics acquired controversial swingman Ricky Davis along with centers Chris Mihm and Michael Stewart from Cleveland for center Tony Battie and forwards Kedrick Brown and Eric Williams. "We're trying to take this to a level where we can consistently compete for an Eastern Conference championship and get to the finals," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "Every move we make is directed towards that goal." Walter McCarty led the Celtics with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as Boston had its three-game winning streak against Minnesota halted. Paul Pierce, who scored a season-high 41 points on Saturday, just missed a triple-double with 15 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Celtics. "It was tough tonight," he said. "Whenever you go through a trade, it takes a lot out of you, and I think that was the case for a lot of us tonight." The game was billed as "Cedric Maxwell Night." Boston honored the former Celtic during a halftime ceremony and retired his No. 31. Maxwell spent eight seasons with the Celtics, where he was a member of the 1981 and 1984 NBA championship teams and was named 1981 NBA Finals MVP. Before the game players wore green warmup shirts with No. 31 on the back in honor of Maxwell. But when the game began the Celtics seemed lethargic. Boston committed turnovers in each of its first three possessions as Minnesota built a 12-3 lead with 7:21 remaining in the first period. "We have to come out and play," said Celtics forward Vin Baker, who scored 12 points. "We won five games in a row with the same starting five that's been on the floor." Pierce, suffering from a deep thigh bruise and a bruise on his left shin, nearly missed the game. His poor health showed in his performance as he hit just 6-of-18 shots. "The leg is tender. I was not going to play tonight, but since we were shorthanded I took a couple of pain pills," Pierce said. With Pierce hurting, the Celtics struggled on offense for most of the night and shot 42 percent (35-of-84). The Timberwolves shot a torrid 63 percent (49-of-78). Garnett had his way with the Boston frontcourt as he grabbed 12 rebounds and passed for seven assists. Cassell also proved to be a tough matchup, dishing out nine assists while hitting 12-of-17 shots. "We just came out with that intensity and tried to execute and do what we needed to do on the road," Cassell said. "That's all we did. We didn't do anything spectacular."


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