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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        14   30   21   31    96   
      MEMPHIS          29   34   27   18    108     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 19, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 17
                MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 18, STROMILE SWIFT 18, 
                      JASON WILLIAMS 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - EDDIE GRIFFIN 9, KEVIN GARNETT 7, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 6
                MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 12, SHANE BATTIER 5, 
                      DAHNTAY JONES 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - TROY HUDSON 8, ANTHONY CARTER 5, KEVIN 
                      GARNETT 4
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 8, SHANE BATTIER 4, EARL 
                      WATSON 4

         ATT:   16,169

Box Score

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 32 5-13 7-7 2-2 1 4 17 K Garnett 36 9-11 6-7 1-7 4 4 24 M Olowokandi 21 0-2 2-2 2-5 1 2 2 S Cassell 7 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 T Hassell 17 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 4 0 W Szczerbiak 35 9-12 0-0 0-6 2 1 19 A Carter 17 0-0 2-4 0-1 5 2 2 E Griffin 18 5-9 0-0 3-9 0 1 11 F Hoiberg 20 2-4 2-4 0-4 1 3 6 J Thomas 7 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 1 2 T Hudson 30 5-11 0-0 2-2 8 2 13 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-68 19-24 12-41 25 24 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Sprewell 0-1, W Szczerbiak 1-2, E Griffin 1-4, F Hoiberg 0-1, T Hudson 3-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (K Garnett 2, W Szczerbiak 2, M Olowokandi). Turnovers:20 (L Sprewell 4, K Garnett 4, T Hudson 2, W Szczerbiak 2, T Hassell 2, E Griffin 2, M Olowokandi 2, J Thomas, A Carter). Steals: 6 (K Garnett 3, L Sprewell, A Carter, F Hoiberg). MEMPHIS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 38 4-8 4-6 3-5 4 1 14 S Swift 24 9-15 0-2 1-3 0 2 18 L Wright 40 9-11 0-0 8-12 2 4 18 J Williams 27 5-13 2-4 1-2 8 1 15 D Jones 37 4-8 3-4 0-4 3 4 12 M Miller 13 3-4 1-1 1-3 0 4 8 E Watson 19 2-6 0-0 0-2 4 2 5 B Cardinal 24 3-8 7-7 1-2 1 3 14 B Wells 12 1-7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 R Humphrey 4 1-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 2 A Burks 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Tsakalidis DNP - NECK SPASMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 17-27 15-33 22 24 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (S Battier 2-3, S Swift 0-1, J Williams 3-8, D Jones 1-2, M Miller 1-1, E Watson 1-2, B Cardinal 1-2, B Wells 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (S Swift 3, L Wright, S Battier). Turnovers:10 (S Swift 3, S Battier 3, L Wright, D Jones, A Burks, J Williams). Steals: 11 (S Swift 4, L Wright 3, J Williams 2, B Wells, B Cardinal). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 14 30 21 31 - 96 MEMPHIS 29 34 27 18 - 108 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 2 (L Sprewell, 9:34 1st; K Garnett, 12:00 3rd). Memphis - 1 (J Williams, 4:28 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,169. T: 2:13. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jason Phillips, Leroy Richardson.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (96) AT MEMPHIS (108) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 32 5-13 7-7 2 0 2 1 4 1 4 17 K GARNETT F 36 9-11 6-7 1 6 7 4 4 3 4 24 M OLOWOKANDI C 21 0-2 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 0 2 2 S CASSELL G 7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 T HASSELL G 17 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 2 0 W SZCZERBIAK 35 9-12 0-0 0 6 6 2 1 0 2 19 A CARTER 17 0-0 2-4 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 2 E GRIFFIN 18 5-9 0-0 3 6 9 0 1 0 2 11 F HOIBERG 20 2-4 2-4 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 6 J THOMAS 7 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 2 T HUDSON 30 5-11 0-0 2 0 2 8 2 0 2 13 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-68 19-24 12 29 41 25 24 6 20 96 (.529) (.792) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22 (24 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 38 4-8 4-6 3 2 5 4 1 0 3 14 S SWIFT F 24 9-15 0-2 1 2 3 0 2 4 3 18 L WRIGHT C 40 9-11 0-0 8 4 12 2 4 3 1 18 J WILLIAMS G 27 5-13 2-4 1 1 2 8 1 2 1 15 D JONES G 37 4-8 3-4 0 4 4 3 4 0 1 12 M MILLER 13 3-4 1-1 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 8 E WATSON 19 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 5 B CARDINAL 24 3-8 7-7 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 14 B WELLS 12 1-7 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 R HUMPHREY 4 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 A BURKS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 J TSAKALIDIS DNP - NECK SPASMS TOTALS 240 41-82 17-27 15 18 33 22 24 11 10 108 (.500) (.630) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (13 PTS) MINNESOTA 14 30 21 31 - 96 MEMPHIS 29 34 27 18 - 108 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, W SZCZERBIAK 2, M OLOWOKANDI. MEMPHIS - S SWIFT 3, L WRIGHT, S BATTIER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-13 (.385), L SPREWELL 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 1- 2, E GRIFFIN 1-4, F HOIBERG 0-1, T HUDSON 3-5. MEMPHIS 9-21 (.429), S BATTIER 2-3, S SWIFT 0-1, J WILLIAMS 3-8, D JONES 1-2, M MILLER 1- 1, E WATSON 1-2, B CARDINAL 1-2, B WELLS 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - L SPREWELL, K GARNETT. MEMPHIS - J WILLIAMS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JASON PHILLIPS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 16,169. T - 2:13.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- For Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves, the frustration was evident everywhere. The Timberwolves never led and trailed by as many as 29 points in their season-high sixth straight loss, a 108-96 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies. Minnesota (24-25) fell below .500 for the first time this season. It surpassed its loss total from last season, when it had the best record in the Western Conference and came up two wins short of the NBA Finals. The Timberwolves appeared to have turned the corner with a win at Seattle on January 21 that started a five-game winning streak. But they have skidded since and if the playoffs started now would not qualify for the first time since 1996. "The pieces are there, it's just a prime example of nothing's easy," Garnett said. "Creating chemistry, creating flow, I mean one minute you're flying high, the next minute you're not. That's life. But in the hard times, you find out who's down to fight and who's down to win, because the only way for us to win is for everyone to sacrifice. It starts with individuals, and I'm first in line." Minnesota began the game by going scoreless for almost four minutes and without a hoop for nearly five. By the time Garnett drained a jumper at the 7:13 mark, Memphis held an 11-2 lead. During that stretch, Wolves guard Latrell Sprewell picked up a technical foul after committing a turnover, then allowed Dahntay Jones to get to the rim for a follow dunk. "I'm surprised at the lack of energy to start the game," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "You know, we let them wall us right from the beginning." The Wolves trailed, 29-14, after one period but used 3-pointers by Wally Szczerbiak and Troy Hudson to close to 35-26 with seven minutes left. The Grizzlies gave it right back to them as Earl Watson, Brian Cardinal, Jason Williams and Shane Battier drained 3-pointers to rebuild the lead to 57-40. "People are shooting well," Grizzlies guard Mike Miller said. "And when you shoot well it opens up the lanes. Then when people penetrate the lanes, it creates open shots. We are hitting our open shots." Minnesota went into the locker room trailing, 63-44. Garnett showed his frustration by throwing the ball at Jones, drawing a technical foul from referee Bob Delaney. "Everything starts at an individual level, and I just need to make sure I check myself," Garnett said. "Tonight I played (bad), but what am I going to do? I have to keep playing, look myself in the mirror and see what I can do to change it." Minnesota, the league's best ballhandling team at 13 turnovers per game, turned the ball over a season-high 22 times. "The one thing we said we had to do was not turn it over, and tonight we killed ourselves," Saunders said. "You know it's very difficult to shoot the percentage we shot (53 percent, 36-of-68) and get blown out. When that happens, you're usually pretty poor in another area, and tonight we just turned the ball over way too much." The Grizzlies outscored Minnesota 18-2 in the paint in the first quarter and 44-24 for the game. They also topped the Wolves 25-12 in second chance points and 17-7 on the fast break. Lorenzen Wright recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Stromile Swift scored 18 points for the Grizzlies (28-21), who had six players in double figures and won for the fourth time in five games. They beat Minnesota for the first time on their home floor. Garnett scored 24 points and Szczerbiak added 19 for Minnesota. "We're a team, but what makes a team is individuals coming together," Garnett said. "Right now, we're at the bottom of where we want to be at, and the only way to do this, is 'we' have to do it. You know, superman is not going to walk through the door." "We know who we are," Wolves guard Trenton Hassell said. "We know this isn't who we are, by no means. It's just desperate times right now. We need to get a win as quick as we can, no matter how we do it, because time is going to run out on us. We need to start getting these wins, starting tomorrow."


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