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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        19   20   22   33    94   
     SACRAMENTO       22   25   22   17    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 29, KEVIN GARNETT 24, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 13
                SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 21, MIKE BIBBY 19, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 9, 
                      SAM CASSELL 6
                SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 11, DOUG CHRISTIE 7, BRAD 
                      MILLER 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, SAM CASSELL 4, LATRELL 
                      SPREWELL 2
                SAC - MIKE BIBBY 7, DOUG CHRISTIE 4, CHRIS 
                      WEBBER 4

         ATT:   17,317

Box Score

MINNESOTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 34 5-12 3-4 1-2 2 1 13 K Garnett 46 10-18 4-6 2-17 5 2 24 E Johnson 16 2-2 0-0 2-4 0 2 4 T Hassell 17 0-4 1-2 0-2 0 2 1 S Cassell 44 13-29 2-2 0-6 4 2 29 M Olowokandi 29 4-10 3-6 7-9 0 6 11 W Szczerbiak 32 5-9 0-0 0-5 1 1 12 D Martin 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 F Hoiberg 13 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 M Madsen 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 G Trent DNP - COACH'S DECISION O Miller DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 13-20 13-48 12 20 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (L Sprewell 0-2, S Cassell 1-5, W Szczerbiak 2-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (K Garnett 2, E Johnson, M Olowokandi, T Hassell). Turnovers:11 (S Cassell 5, T Hassell 3, L Sprewell, K Garnett, M Olowokandi). Steals: 7 (K Garnett 3, S Cassell 2, W Szczerbiak, T Hassell). SACRAMENTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Stojakovic 39 5-15 2-2 0-3 2 1 12 C Webber 44 9-21 2-4 2-11 4 2 21 V Divac 21 1-5 2-3 2-5 1 4 4 D Christie 43 6-11 0-0 2-7 4 3 12 M Bibby 35 8-18 2-4 1-4 7 2 19 B Miller 31 3-5 2-2 1-6 2 6 8 B Jackson 13 4-6 0-1 1-2 0 2 10 A Peeler 14 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 T Massenburg DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Buford DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Songaila DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 10-16 9-40 20 21 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (C Webber 1-1, D Christie 0-2, M Bibby 1-2, B Jackson 2-3, A Peeler 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:1 (B Miller). Turnovers:14 (C Webber 5, D Christie 3, V Divac 2, B Miller 2, M Bibby, P Stojakovic). Steals: 6 (M Bibby 3, D Christie, C Webber, V Divac). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 19 20 22 33 - 94 SACRAMENTO 22 25 22 17 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Sacramento 1 (B Miller, 4:18 4th). A: 17,317. T: 2:27. Officials: James Capers, Joe Crawford, Leroy Richardson.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (94) AT SACRAMENTO (86) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 34 5-12 3-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 13 K GARNETT F 46 10-18 4-6 2 15 17 5 2 3 1 24 E JOHNSON C 16 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 4 T HASSELL G 17 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 3 1 S CASSELL G 44 13-29 2-2 0 6 6 4 2 2 5 29 M OLOWOKANDI 29 4-10 3-6 7 2 9 0 6 0 1 11 W SZCZERBIAK 32 5-9 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 12 D MARTIN 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 F HOIBERG 13 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 M MADSEN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 G TRENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION O MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-85 13-20 13 35 48 12 20 7 11 94 (.459) (.650) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (7 PTS) SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P STOJAKOVIC F 39 5-15 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 12 C WEBBER F 44 9-21 2-4 2 9 11 4 2 1 5 21 V DIVAC C 21 1-5 2-3 2 3 5 1 4 1 2 4 D CHRISTIE G 43 6-11 0-0 2 5 7 4 3 1 3 12 M BIBBY G 35 8-18 2-4 1 3 4 7 2 3 1 19 B MILLER 31 3-5 2-2 1 5 6 2 6 0 2 8 B JACKSON 13 4-6 0-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 10 A PEELER 14 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 T MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION D SONGAILA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-83 10-16 9 31 40 20 21 6 14 86 (.434) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA 19 20 22 33 - 94 SACRAMENTO 22 25 22 17 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, E JOHNSON, M OLOWOKANDI, T HASSELL. SACRAMENTO - B MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-11 (.273), L SPREWELL 0-2, S CASSELL 1- 5, W SZCZERBIAK 2-4. SACRAMENTO 4-9 (.444), C WEBBER 1-1, D CHRISTIE 0- 2, M BIBBY 1-2, B JACKSON 2-3, A PEELER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: SACRAMENTO 1 (B MILLER, 4:18 4TH). OFFICIALS: JAMES CAPERS, JOE CRAWFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 17,317. T - 2:27.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell and Kevin Garnett put the Minnesota Timberwolves in great position to secure home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. Cassell scored 29 points and Garnett added 24 and 17 rebounds as the Timberwolves moved atop the conference standings with a 94-86 come-from-behind win over the Sacramento Kings. Minnesota (55-24), which has won six straight, moved one-half game ahead of Sacramento (54-24) atop the conference. The Timberwolves won three of four meetings with the Kings this season and secure home-court advantage by taking their final three contests. "As a kid, my mom told me it's easy to get to the top, (but) staying on top is the hardest thing to do," Garnett said. "I think that applies now. We're in a position to create our own destiny. What we have to do now is sustain that and stay consistent with our play. And that starts tomorrow night (at Golden State)." "I think they wanted to win and I think they controlled," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They've got the best record in the West and that's what they're trying to accomplish. This is a big win for them, so I'm sure they feel good about it." The Timberwolves trailed by 11 points just over four minutes into the second half and 69-61 heading to the fourth quarter. But Garnett began the period with back-to-back baskets and Wally Szczerbiak nailed a 3-pointer to pull Minnesota within 69-68 with 10:06 left. "I told our guys at the beginning of the fourth quarter that we were in the exact same situation the last time we played here (a 112-109 overtime triumph on December 5)," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We made some key shots, we put a little bit of pressure on, turned up the defense a little bit. And we put us in a situation that you want down the stretch to have a chance to make some plays to win the game." The Timberwolves took the lead for good, 77-75, on a layup by Latrell Sprewell with 5:12 remaining. Cassell hit a jumper with 1:59 left to make it 83-79 before Sacramento's Mike Bibby missed a fast-break layup. "I missed a layup, I just missed it," Bibby said. The Timberwolves took advantage of the miscue, opening a six-point lead on a follow shot by Ervin Johnson with 1:17 to play. Seemingly deflated by the sequence, Sacramento got no closer than four points. "We just hung in there," Cassell said. "We understand that we need to give ourselves a chance to win every night. That's what we did tonight. In the third quarter, they got off to a good run. We cut the lead to four, they brought it back to nine. but that showed signs of our ballclub and the character this team has - to never give up." "Sam was rushing a lot of things (early)," Garnett said. "Once he settled down and we kept it simple and we started to move the ball a little bit, everyone got touches, from Kandi (Michael Olowokandi) to Spree and Sam also. Then it was just a matter of who took the shots and when they took them." The Kings were outrebounded, 48-40, and allowed Olowokandi to grab seven offensive rebounds, including three in the fourth quarter. "It concerns me - we lost - but it happens when you don't rebound the ball," Adelman said. "We got impatient offensively. I know we took tough shots and they turned it up and made some big shots at their end, got the momentum going, but I think for the most part we played hard. We just didn't play well enough." Chris Webber contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds and Bibby added 19 points for the Kings, who hold a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers (53-23) atop the Pacific Division. "Screw it, this game is over - we are already looking to tomorrow's game (at Phoenix)," said Kings forward Brad Miller, who had eight points before fouling out with 4:18 remaining. "We still control our future in the Pacific. We got to make sure we take care of business there." "(Playing tomorrow) helps," said Kings guard Bobby Jackson, who had 10 points in his return from a 24-game absence with an abdominal strain. "Every game counts. We've got to try and end the season with four (wins) in a row."


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