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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        24   21   20   23    88   
      MINNESOTA        26   25   15   28    94      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 26, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 24, 
                      JEFF MCINNIS 17
                MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 26, KEVIN GARNETT 20, 
                      FRED HOIBERG 13

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 10, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 9, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 7
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, EDDIE GRIFFIN 10, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 8, JEFF MCINNIS 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIN - ANTHONY CARTER 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 6, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 6

         ATT:   18,122

Box Score

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 41 10-19 5-6 2-7 8 0 26 D Gooden 39 5-17 2-3 2-10 3 2 12 Z Ilgauskas 44 11-20 2-3 3-9 0 4 24 A Pavlovic 22 1-4 1-2 1-2 3 4 3 J McInnis 41 7-13 1-2 0-3 7 2 17 L Harris 19 0-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 R Traylor 13 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 1 2 E Snow 17 1-5 2-2 0-2 2 2 4 D Diop 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Moiso DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Newble DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ACHILLES _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 13-18 11-37 25 17 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L James 1-2, D Gooden 0-1, A Pavlovic 0-2, J McInnis 2-4, L Harris 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (Z Ilgauskas 2, A Pavlovic). Turnovers:8 (Z Ilgauskas 2, L James 2, E Snow, J McInnis, D Diop, D Gooden). Steals: 3 (D Gooden, A Pavlovic, L James). MINNESOTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 32 3-6 1-2 2-6 6 3 7 K Garnett 36 9-19 2-2 4-18 6 3 20 E Johnson 10 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 T Hassell 19 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 T Hudson 28 2-7 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 M Olowokandi 26 2-9 0-0 2-3 1 3 4 W Szczerbiak 29 9-15 7-9 0-1 5 2 26 A Carter 20 1-3 0-0 0-4 7 3 3 F Hoiberg 16 3-5 5-5 0-2 0 1 13 E Griffin 24 4-9 1-2 1-10 0 3 9 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 16-20 10-47 27 21 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (T Hudson 0-2, W Szczerbiak 1-2, A Carter 1-2, F Hoiberg 2-3, E Griffin 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:14 (E Griffin 4, K Garnett 3, M Olowokandi 3, F Hoiberg 2, L Sprewell, A Carter). Turnovers:10 (K Garnett 3, L Sprewell 2, M Olowokandi 2, A Carter 2, T Hudson). Steals: 3 (A Carter 2, E Johnson). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 24 21 20 23 - 88 MINNESOTA 26 25 15 28 - 94 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 1 (Z Ilgauskas, 10:04 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,122. T: 2:18. Officials: Jess Kersey, Joe Derosa, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (88) AT MINNESOTA (94) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 41 10-19 5-6 2 5 7 8 0 1 2 26 D GOODEN F 39 5-17 2-3 2 8 10 3 2 1 1 12 Z ILGAUSKAS C 44 11-20 2-3 3 6 9 0 4 0 2 24 A PAVLOVIC G 22 1-4 1-2 1 1 2 3 4 1 0 3 J MCINNIS G 41 7-13 1-2 0 3 3 7 2 0 1 17 L HARRIS 19 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 R TRAYLOR 13 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 E SNOW 17 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 4 D DIOP 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION I NEWBLE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ACHILLES TOTALS 240 36-85 13-18 11 26 37 25 17 3 8 88 (.424) (.722) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8 (7 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 32 3-6 1-2 2 4 6 6 3 0 2 7 K GARNETT F 36 9-19 2-2 4 14 18 6 3 0 3 20 E JOHNSON C 10 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 4 T HASSELL G 19 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 T HUDSON G 28 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 M OLOWOKANDI 26 2-9 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 2 4 W SZCZERBIAK 29 9-15 7-9 0 1 1 5 2 0 0 26 A CARTER 20 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 7 3 2 2 3 F HOIBERG 16 3-5 5-5 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 13 E GRIFFIN 24 4-9 1-2 1 9 10 0 3 0 0 9 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-80 16-20 10 37 47 27 21 3 10 94 (.463) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (11 PTS) CLEVELAND 24 21 20 23 - 88 MINNESOTA 26 25 15 28 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 2, A PAVLOVIC. MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 4, K GARNETT 3, M OLOWOKANDI 3, F HOIBERG 2, L SPREWELL, A CARTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-10 (.300), L JAMES 1-2, D GOODEN 0- 1, A PAVLOVIC 0-2, J MCINNIS 2-4, L HARRIS 0-1. MINNESOTA 4-10 (.400), T HUDSON 0-2, W SZCZERBIAK 1-2, A CARTER 1-2, F HOIBERG 2-3, E GRIFFIN 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JOE DEROSA, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,122. T - 2:18.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Wally Szczerbiak led a boost from the bench before Kevin Garnett led the Minnesota Timberwolves to victory. Szczerbiak scored 26 points and Garnett had eight of his 20 in the final seven minutes as the Timberwolves held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 94-88. Szczerbiak made 9-of-15 shots to power a huge effort from the reserves, who outscored Cleveland's bench by a staggering 55-6. Fred Hoiberg scored 13 points and Eddie Griffin added nine points and 10 rebounds off Minnesota's bench and overcompensated for a poor night from the starters. "Wally has the hot hand right now," Minnesota coach Kevin McHale said. "I tried to run a set for Spree (Latrell Sprewell), but he said, 'No, no. Wally's hot. Keep going to him.' That's great unselfishness." "Our bench is playing really good right now," Hoiberg said. "It helps to have Wally coming off the bench; he played amazing tonight. But a lot of our bench players are playing with confidence and contributing." Garnett was the only Timberwolves starter to score in double figures and added 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. He saved his best for last, making virtually every big play down the stretch as he outdueled fellow All-Star LeBron James. "I got a phone call from a friend a little while ago," said Garnett, who is nursing a sore knee. "He said that I didn't look like I was having any fun. That bothered me, so I wanted to come out tonight and have fun and play with passion even though I'm banged up a little bit. Garnett had a finger roll and jumper on consecutive possessions, giving Minnesota the lead for good at 83-81 with 3:43 to play. Szczerbiak added a jumper 35 seconds later. James made two free throws, but Sprewell answered with a follow shot, then blocked a shot by Eric Snow. Griffin was fouled and split the free throws. Garnett somehow got the offensive rebound on the miss, then pegged the ball off Cleveland's Drew Gooden to save the possession. That led to Szczerbiak's two free throws for a 90-83 lead at the 1:27 mark. James made a layup and Jeff McInnis sank 1-of-2 foul shots to cut the deficit to 90-86 with 1:08 remaining before Garnett made a short fadeaway jumper with 49 seconds to go. After James made two free throws, Garnett sealed it with a no-look pass between his legs to a cutting Griffin, whose layup provided the final margin. "I bobbled the ball just a little," Garnett said. "When I did, I saw Griffin's legs out of the corner of my eye and dropped if off to him. He made the play. He's my man." Minnesota (27-27) had 14 blocks, including four by Griffin and three by Michael Olowokandi. It improved to 2-1 under McHale and reached .500 heading into the All-Star break. "This was a big win," Garnett said. "Having some momentum going into the break is important. A big part of this win was our interior defense. We're being all lot more aggressive in the paint. If anybody comes in there, we're coming at them like wild dogs." "Kevin has our big men playing like monsters out there," Szczerbiak said. "He's trying to get them to scratch, claw, not give up anything easy." A number of the Wolves players gave credit for the renewed momentum to McHale. "We're running a smaller number of plays and spending more time going at mismatches," Szczerbiak said. "That's allowing guys to use their natural athletic abilities. I like it a lot." "A couple of weeks ago everybody was looking forward to getting away from the game for a while," Hoiberg said. "But now we feel like we've turned it around a little. We're having fun and we've got some swagger back in our step." James had 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won four of their last five games. The 20-year-old phenom went to the locker room with exhaustion in the fourth quarter but later returned. After the game, however, he was unable to talk to the media because he was getting treatment for the flu. "This was a disappointing loss," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "We didn't handle situations well down the stretch. We didn't do the little things like block out on a free throw. But give them credit. They played a very solid all-around game."


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