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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        22   21   19   30    92   
      PORTLAND         19   14   26   24    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18, FRED HOIBERG 15, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 14
                POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 23, RUBEN PATTERSON 19,
                      DARIUS MILES 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, EDDIE GRIFFIN 11, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                POR - JOEL PRZYBILLA 11, THEO RATLIFF 10, 
                      DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - TRENTON HASSELL 6, TROY HUDSON 5, KEVIN 
                      GARNETT 4
                POR - NICK VAN EXEL 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,432

Box Score

MINNESOTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 22 2-7 0-0 0-0 3 1 5 K Garnett 39 6-16 2-2 3-16 4 1 14 E Johnson 20 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 3 4 T Hassell 35 3-7 0-0 1-3 6 3 6 A Carter 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 4 T Hudson 33 3-9 6-6 0-0 5 2 12 W Szczerbiak 28 8-12 1-2 0-1 1 3 18 E Griffin 27 2-7 3-4 2-11 3 0 7 F Hoiberg 15 5-8 4-6 1-2 0 2 15 J Thomas 6 1-3 5-7 2-3 0 3 7 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M Olowokandi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 21-27 11-38 24 18 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (L Sprewell 1-1, T Hudson 0-3, W Szczerbiak 1-3, E Griffin 0-2, F Hoiberg 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (E Griffin 3, E Johnson). Turnovers:11 (E Johnson 3, J Thomas 2, T Hudson 2, A Carter 2, L Sprewell, W Szczerbiak). Steals: 9 (F Hoiberg 3, K Garnett 2, A Carter 2, T Hudson, W Szczerbiak). PORTLAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Patterson 45 8-17 3-8 2-4 3 3 19 T Ratliff 36 4-7 1-2 6-10 0 6 9 J Przybilla 28 2-4 1-2 4-11 2 2 5 N Van Exel 44 4-13 2-2 0-2 8 2 11 D Stoudamire 43 8-19 2-2 0-6 5 4 23 D Miles 24 6-11 0-0 1-5 3 4 12 T Outlaw 6 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 D Anderson 6 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 J Thomas 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 S Telfair 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 R Frahm 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Z Randolph DNP - RIGHT KNEE CONTUSION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 9-16 13-42 23 23 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (R Patterson 0-1, N Van Exel 1-5, D Stoudamire 5-9, D Miles 0-2, D Anderson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (T Ratliff 3, R Patterson 2). Turnovers:18 (N Van Exel 5, D Stoudamire 3, T Ratliff 3, D Anderson 2, R Patterson 2, J Przybilla 2, T Outlaw). Steals: 6 (R Patterson 3, D Stoudamire, D Miles, D Anderson). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 22 21 19 30 - 92 PORTLAND 19 14 26 24 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,432. T: 2:15. Officials: Dan Crawford, Mark Wunderlich, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (92) AT PORTLAND (83) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 22 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 5 K GARNETT F 39 6-16 2-2 3 13 16 4 1 2 0 14 E JOHNSON C 20 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 3 4 T HASSELL G 35 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 6 3 0 0 6 A CARTER G 15 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 4 T HUDSON 33 3-9 6-6 0 0 0 5 2 1 2 12 W SZCZERBIAK 28 8-12 1-2 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 18 E GRIFFIN 27 2-7 3-4 2 9 11 3 0 0 0 7 F HOIBERG 15 5-8 4-6 1 1 2 0 2 3 0 15 J THOMAS 6 1-3 5-7 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 7 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M OLOWOKANDI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-75 21-27 11 27 38 24 18 9 11 92 (.453) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (14 PTS) PORTLAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R PATTERSON F 45 8-17 3-8 2 2 4 3 3 3 2 19 T RATLIFF F 36 4-7 1-2 6 4 10 0 6 0 3 9 J PRZYBILLA C 28 2-4 1-2 4 7 11 2 2 0 2 5 N VAN EXEL G 44 4-13 2-2 0 2 2 8 2 0 5 11 D STOUDAMIRE G 43 8-19 2-2 0 6 6 5 4 1 3 23 D MILES 24 6-11 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 1 0 12 T OUTLAW 6 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 D ANDERSON 6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 J THOMAS 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 S TELFAIR 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 R FRAHM 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Z RANDOLPH DNP - RIGHT KNEE CONTUSION TOTALS 240 34-76 9-16 13 29 42 23 23 6 18 83 (.447) (.563) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19 (23 PTS) MINNESOTA 22 21 19 30 - 92 PORTLAND 19 14 26 24 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 3, E JOHNSON. PORTLAND - T RATLIFF 3, R PATTERSON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-11 (.273), L SPREWELL 1-1, T HUDSON 0- 3, W SZCZERBIAK 1-3, E GRIFFIN 0-2, F HOIBERG 1-2. PORTLAND 6-18 (. 333), R PATTERSON 0-1, N VAN EXEL 1-5, D STOUDAMIRE 5-9, D MILES 0- 2, D ANDERSON 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MARK WUNDERLICH, TONY BROWN. A - 18,432. T - 2:15.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Wally Szczerbiak is saving the Minnesota Timberwolves' season. Szczerbiak scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and fellow reserve Fred Hoiberg added 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves held on for a 92-83 triumph over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers. The Timberwolves could have dropped under .500 with a loss in Seattle on Friday, but Szczerbiak had 34 points and eight assists off the bench to fuel a 112-107 win. In this one, he led the team in scoring for the third time in four games. "Wally's been great," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We've been setting up plays for him, getting him shots. He puts a lot of pressure on the other team." Hoiberg scored in double figures for the second straight game while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and posting three steals. "With Fred, I talked to him after the (Lakers) game that we were going to get him more minutes," Saunders said. "He does too many little things for us down the stretch. He gets his hands on balls, makes free throws, big shots. I thought he was a big reason we had so much success last year." Szczerbiak scored nine consecutive points for Minnesota over the final six minutes of the third quarter to give the Timberwolves a 62-59 edge entering the final period. "I'm just out out there playing," Szczerbiak said. "Playing aggressively and loosing myself in the game. I'm starting to get in a groove off the bench. Getting comfortable in my role and just having fun." In the fourth quarter, Szczerbiak triggered a 9-0 run with a jumper. John Thomas scored four points around a 3-pointer by Hoiberg to give the Timberwolves a 73-63 edge with just over six minutes remaining. "Consistency is what I've been saying we needed to create tonight," said Kevin Garnett, who had just two points in the second half. "I felt like in the fourth quarter we really executed defensively." In five games since moving into a reserve role, Szczerbiak is scoring 19 points per contest while shooting 55 percent from the floor. "Starting or not, players just want to play and things have just been going my way," Szczerbiak said. Garnett had 14 points and 16 rebounds and was the only Minnesota starter to score in double figures. Troy Hudson added 12 points off the bench as the reserves outscored their Trail Blazers counterparts, 59-16. Over the last two games, Minnesota's bench has scored 131 points while shooting 54 percent (45-of-89) from the floor. "59-16, wow," said Szczerbiak. "This is something new for us." "With our bench playing the way it is, you're not in a situation where we're hitting a lot of lulls," Saunders said. "The bench has had the ability to carry us at times." Anthony Carter scored four consective points to give Minnesota its biggest lead, 51-36, with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Damon Stoudamire fueled a 12-0 run over the next three minutes, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and scoring eight of his 23 points. Portland's Darius Miles jumper with 3:07 to play cut Minnesota's lead to 78-75, but Szczerbiak countered with a layup and Portland got no closer. Ruben Patterson scored 19 points and Miles added 12 off the bench in his return from the injured list for Portland. "Certainly it was not our effort (that lost the game)," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "They had guys step up and make big plays. Their bench was unbelievable." Portland has lost six in a row and 10-of-11. "We just got to get that one win man," said Stoudamire. "That one win is what can get us over this hump. Hopefully it comes sooner than later." "It's hard," said Patterson. "We'll just keep on fighting until we get it right."


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