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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        22   33   31   28    114  
      WASHINGTON       33   21   33   30    117     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, LATRELL SPREWELL 19, 
                      EDDIE GRIFFIN 14
                WAS - GILBERT ARENAS 40, LARRY HUGHES 28, 
                      ANTAWN JAMISON 23

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, EDDIE GRIFFIN 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                WAS - LARRY HUGHES 11, ANTAWN JAMISON 10, 
                      BRENDAN HAYWOOD 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, ANTHONY CARTER 6, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 4
                WAS - LARRY HUGHES 8, GILBERT ARENAS 4, JARED 
                      JEFFRIES 2

         ATT:   20,173

Box Score

MINNESOTA (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 35 3-7 0-0 0-1 0 5 6 K Garnett 38 7-18 11-11 5-19 8 3 25 E Johnson 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 L Sprewell 30 6-14 7-8 1-3 1 0 19 T Hudson 25 3-9 0-0 0-1 2 3 8 M Olowokandi 15 5-8 0-0 1-2 0 5 10 A Carter 23 5-9 3-4 2-3 6 4 13 E Griffin 27 6-12 1-2 3-8 1 1 14 T Hassell 29 4-5 2-2 1-2 4 3 10 F Hoiberg 15 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 9 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M Madsen DNP - FRACTURED LEFT THUMB _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 24-27 14-40 23 26 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (K Garnett 0-1, L Sprewell 0-3, T Hudson 2-6, A Carter 0-2, E Griffin 1-2, F Hoiberg 3-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (K Garnett 4, E Griffin). Turnovers:9 (K Garnett 2, W Szczerbiak 2, E Griffin 2, L Sprewell, T Hassell, T Hudson). Steals: 2 (M Olowokandi, E Griffin). WASHINGTON (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Jamison 43 9-22 2-4 3-10 0 2 23 J Jeffries 37 5-6 3-4 1-6 2 4 13 B Haywood 33 2-6 2-4 6-9 1 5 6 L Hughes 43 9-18 8-9 3-11 8 3 28 G Arenas 45 13-26 11-12 1-1 4 4 40 J Hayes 22 2-9 3-3 2-8 1 1 7 A Peeler 8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 M Ruffin 9 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 S Walker DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Profit DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - RIGHT ANKLE STRAIN J Dixon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-88 29-36 18-47 17 21 117 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (A Jamison 3-7, L Hughes 2-4, G Arenas 3-9, J Hayes 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:10 (G Arenas 4, L Hughes 3, A Peeler, M Ruffin, A Jamison). Steals: 4 (G Arenas 2, L Hughes, J Jeffries). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 22 33 31 28 - 114 WASHINGTON 33 21 33 30 - 117 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (M Olowokandi, 8:34 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 2:20. Officials: Greg Willard, Ken Mauer, Orlandis Poole.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (114) AT WASHINGTON (117) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 35 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 2 6 K GARNETT F 38 7-18 11-11 5 14 19 8 3 0 2 25 E JOHNSON C 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 L SPREWELL G 30 6-14 7-8 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 19 T HUDSON G 25 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 8 M OLOWOKANDI 15 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 1 0 10 A CARTER 23 5-9 3-4 2 1 3 6 4 0 0 13 E GRIFFIN 27 6-12 1-2 3 5 8 1 1 1 2 14 T HASSELL 29 4-5 2-2 1 1 2 4 3 0 1 10 F HOIBERG 15 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M MADSEN DNP - FRACTURED LEFT THUMB TOTALS 240 42-88 24-27 14 26 40 23 26 2 9 114 (.477) (.889) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9 (11 PTS) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A JAMISON F 43 9-22 2-4 3 7 10 0 2 0 1 23 J JEFFRIES F 37 5-6 3-4 1 5 6 2 4 1 0 13 B HAYWOOD C 33 2-6 2-4 6 3 9 1 5 0 0 6 L HUGHES G 43 9-18 8-9 3 8 11 8 3 1 3 28 G ARENAS G 45 13-26 11-12 1 0 1 4 4 2 4 40 J HAYES 22 2-9 3-3 2 6 8 1 1 0 0 7 A PEELER 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 M RUFFIN 9 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 S WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION L PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - RIGHT ANKLE STRAIN J DIXON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-88 29-36 18 29 47 17 21 4 10 117 (.455) (.806) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (13 PTS) MINNESOTA 22 33 31 28 - 114 WASHINGTON 33 21 33 30 - 117 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, E GRIFFIN. WASHINGTON - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-18 (.333), K GARNETT 0-1, L SPREWELL 0- 3, T HUDSON 2-6, A CARTER 0-2, E GRIFFIN 1-2, F HOIBERG 3-4. WASHINGTON 8- 21 (.381), A JAMISON 3-7, L HUGHES 2-4, G ARENAS 3-9, J HAYES 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, KEN MAUER, ORLANDIS POOLE. A - 20,173. T - 2:20.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas outdueled Kevin Garnett down the stretch and kept the Minnesota Timberwolves on the skids. Arenas scored eight of his season-high 40 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes as the Washington Wizards rallied for their fourth straight win, a 117-114 victory over the slumping Timberwolves. Washington's winning streak appeared to be over after Garnett made a rainbow jumper to give Minnesota a 112-106 lead with 2:02 to go. But Arenas got a quick layup at the other end, then answered Latrell Sprewell's two free throws with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 114-111 with 1:39 left. "We just had to dig down, make some smart decisions, play some great team defense," Arenas said. Minnesota's Wally Szczerbiak threw away a pass before Antawn Jamison sank two foul shots with 1:12 remaining. Garnett missed a lane jumper and Arenas gave the Wizards the lead for good with a pair from the line with 27 seconds to play. The NBA MVP, Garnett had three more chances to lift his team. He found a cutting Wally Szczerbiak, who missed a layup with 19 seconds to go. After Jamison missed two free throws, Garnett missed a 12-foot baseline turnaround jumper over Jared Jeffries. "We heard that they were really jacked up for this game and we were really jacked up for this game," Garnett said. "I thought Wally had the layup, just like I thought I had the turnaround jumper. It was a tough night. ... It just came down to making plays at the end and we didn't do that." "Jared did a terrific job on Garnett coming down the stretch," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. Jarvis Hayes made two foul shots before Garnett's desperation 40-footer hit the front of the rim at the horn, assuring Minnesota's seventh straight road loss. Arenas made 13-of-26 shots and 11-of-12 free throws as he fell one point shy of his career high set March 23, 2003 with Golden State. He helped the Wizards end a seven-game losing streak against the Timberwolves, including a 109-74 trouncing at Minnesota on December 26. "We had to get them back," Arenas said. "We didn't get them as bad as they got us, but a win is a win." Larry Hughes had 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Jamison had 23 and 10 for Washington, which matched its longest winning streak of the season. "We wanted to get one against those guys," Hughes said. "After what they did to us, we had to show them that we're not going down like that. Respect is big in this league and people need to know that we're coming to fight every night." Garnett had 25 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for Minnesota, which has lost five of six since beating Washington. The only win came Friday at home over Philadelphia, which was without superstar Allen Iverson. Latrell Sprewell scored 19 points and Anthony Carter filled in for the injured Sam Cassell with season highs of 13 and six assists for the Timberwolves, who have not won two in a row since December 8-10. "We did some positive things tonight," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "The disappointing thing was the last minute and 40 seconds. We had some good looks and we did not finish." Garnett scored six straight points around a mervelous block to trigger a 14-5 surge. He capped it with two free throws for a 110-103 lead with 2:44 to go, but Hughes made two free throws and Arenas one to start Washington's comeback. "We were down and we just had a killer instinct," Jordan said. "Our guys want every game and that is the beautiful thing about our group."


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