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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        27   23   22   27    99   
      BOSTON           27   23   23   24    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 20, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 12
                BOS - RICKY DAVIS 22, GARY PAYTON 17, ANTOINE 
                      WALKER 16

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, JOHN THOMAS 8, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 4
                BOS - MARK BLOUNT 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, ANTHONY CARTER 7, WALLY
                      SZCZERBIAK 4
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, GARY PAYTON 6, MARK 
                      BLOUNT 4

         ATT:   17,242

Box Score

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 25 3-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 6 K Garnett 38 9-15 3-5 4-13 9 2 21 J Thomas 37 6-8 0-0 3-8 1 2 12 T Hudson 28 5-10 0-0 0-1 1 2 10 T Hassell 27 6-10 0-0 0-2 2 1 12 A Carter 19 1-4 2-2 0-1 7 1 4 M Madsen 16 1-2 1-1 1-3 1 1 3 W Szczerbiak 28 7-13 6-7 1-4 4 4 20 F Hoiberg 22 4-7 0-0 0-2 0 1 11 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M Olowokandi DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-78 12-15 9-36 28 15 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (L Sprewell 0-1, T Hudson 0-2, A Carter 0-1, W Szczerbiak 0-4, F Hoiberg 3-5). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:2 (J Thomas, W Szczerbiak). Turnovers:11 (K Garnett 3, T Hudson 2, T Hassell 2, L Sprewell, W Szczerbiak, A Carter, M Madsen). Steals: 9 (J Thomas 3, K Garnett 2, T Hudson, W Szczerbiak, M Madsen, T Hassell). BOSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 33 7-9 1-2 0-2 1 2 16 P Pierce 39 6-16 0-0 0-5 9 3 12 R LaFrentz 34 4-7 3-3 0-5 3 3 12 R Davis 46 9-18 3-4 0-2 1 0 22 G Payton 32 8-11 0-0 0-3 6 0 17 D West 19 3-7 0-0 1-5 1 3 6 M Blount 20 5-9 0-0 4-6 4 0 10 A Jefferson 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 M Banks 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 J Reed 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 T Allen DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Perkins DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-79 7-9 7-31 27 14 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (A Walker 1-1, P Pierce 0-1, R LaFrentz 1-3, R Davis 1-3, G Payton 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:7 (A Walker 3, M Blount 2, G Payton, R LaFrentz). Turnovers:12 (A Walker 3, R Davis 3, P Pierce 2, R LaFrentz, A Jefferson, M Blount, M Banks). Steals: 6 (A Walker 3, R Davis, D West, P Pierce). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 27 23 22 27 - 99 BOSTON 27 23 23 24 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,242. T: 2:02. Officials: Michael Smith, Phil Robinson, Ron Garretson.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (99) AT BOSTON (97) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 25 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 6 K GARNETT F 38 9-15 3-5 4 9 13 9 2 2 3 21 J THOMAS C 37 6-8 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 3 0 12 T HUDSON G 28 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 10 T HASSELL G 27 6-10 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 12 A CARTER 19 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 7 1 0 1 4 M MADSEN 16 1-2 1-1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 W SZCZERBIAK 28 7-13 6-7 1 3 4 4 4 1 1 20 F HOIBERG 22 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 11 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M OLOWOKANDI DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 42-78 12-15 9 27 36 28 15 9 11 99 (.538) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (17 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 33 7-9 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 3 3 16 P PIERCE F 39 6-16 0-0 0 5 5 9 3 1 2 12 R LAFRENTZ C 34 4-7 3-3 0 5 5 3 3 0 1 12 R DAVIS G 46 9-18 3-4 0 2 2 1 0 1 3 22 G PAYTON G 32 8-11 0-0 0 3 3 6 0 0 0 17 D WEST 19 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 1 0 6 M BLOUNT 20 5-9 0-0 4 2 6 4 0 0 1 10 A JEFFERSON 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 M BANKS 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 J REED 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 T ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION K PERKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 43-79 7-9 7 24 31 27 14 6 12 97 (.544) (.778) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12 (19 PTS) MINNESOTA 27 23 22 27 - 99 BOSTON 27 23 23 24 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - J THOMAS, W SZCZERBIAK. BOSTON - A WALKER 3, M BLOUNT 2, G PAYTON, R LAFRENTZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-13 (.231), L SPREWELL 0-1, T HUDSON 0- 2, A CARTER 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 0-4, F HOIBERG 3-5. BOSTON 4-9 (.444), A WALKER 1-1, P PIERCE 0-1, R LAFRENTZ 1-3, R DAVIS 1-3, G PAYTON 1- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, PHIL ROBINSON, RON GARRETSON. A - 17,242. T - 2:02.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell re-appeared just in time for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sprewell's tough baseline runner with less than a second left gave the Timberwolves a 99-97 victory over the Boston Celtics, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. The basket by Sprewell was his first since the opening period and ended a seesaw affair that saw both teams lead by at least six points in the fourth quarter. "It does mean something to me personally," said Sprewell, who scored just six points. "No matter how bad you're playing, you have to stay ready and always try to tell yourself you're going to make the next shot. That's the way I've always played throughout my entire career. "I just had to sit there (on the bench), wait and be patient and be a cheerleader, basically. I really didn't expect to go back in but I got an opportunity to go and made good on it." The shot also made a winner of former Celtics Hall of Hame forward Kevin McHale, returning to Boston for the first time as a coach. "Sprewell stayed ready the whole game," McHale said. "The guys were making a good run out there. I told him to stay ready, because we're going to need you. I put him in and he was ready to go. He was standing up cheering; that is the kind of teamwork this team really needs." A jumper by Kevin Garnett - his only basket of the final period - gave Minnesota a 97-96 lead with two minutes to play. Antoine Walker missed the first of two free throws but nailed the second to tie it with 1:43 remaining. Paul Pierce was stripped by Trenton Hassell with 25 seconds left, giving Minnesota possession. Boston's pressure forced the ball into the left corner to Sprewell, who dribbled past Ricky Davis and lofted a runner over Pierce with 0.9 seconds to go. "You know the clock is running down. We didn't start the play until there was 10 seconds to go (on the shot clock)," Sprewell said. A 19-footer by Davis hit the back iron as time expired, ending Boston's longest winning streak of the season. "Things have been going good, and so I actually thought it was going in, more because it was the look he wanted," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He had it coming to his right, he had room, so I was happy with that." Garnett had 21 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points off the bench for the Wolves (30-30), who have won two in a row to climb back to .500 for the first time since February 17. "We've been in this situation a couple of times this year and (shots) haven't fallen our way," Garnett added. "We worked for this one and we got it. If we can build onto this and get some momentum from this, it'll be nothing but a plus." Davis scored 22 points and Gary Payton added 17 for the Celtics, who lost for the first time since trading for Antoine Walker 10 days ago. Boston, which led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, opened an 85-78 advantage with 8:06 left on a layup by rookie Delonte West, who scored all six of his points in the fourth period. Minnesota, which wasted a 12-point second-quarter lead, stormed back behind Szczerbiak. He had a steal and layup, an inside hoop and a driving three-point play to help the Wolves grab a 95-89 lead with 4:04 remaining. A jumper by Pierce and a three-point play and jumper by Davis gave Boston a 96-95 edge with 2:54 left. "We let it slip away," Pierce said. "We were up eight and then we let them back into the game. We could have really extended our lead, but this is a game where we really shot ourselves in the foot. We traded baskets all night and it came down to one possession. We just didn't come up with the defensive stand that we needed." "Bottom line, if you don't play defense, you should lose the game," Rivers said. "I didn't think we dug in deep the entire night. I thought we came out, in the beginning of the game, and showed up like we were the Celtics when McHale played here."


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