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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        24   22   28   16    90   
      MIAMI            24   27   23   33    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, TROY HUDSON 20, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 16
                MIA - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 33, DWYANE WADE 20, 
                      EDDIE JONES 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, TRENTON HASSELL 4, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIA - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 13, UDONIS HASLEM 8, 
                      DWYANE WADE 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, TROY HUDSON 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MIA - DAMON JONES 6, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 3, 
                      DWYANE WADE 3

         ATT:   19,854

Box Score

MINNESOTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 29 3-10 1-1 2-2 2 3 7 K Garnett 39 10-20 2-3 4-19 5 1 22 E Johnson 16 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 T Hassell 31 7-14 2-2 1-4 0 2 16 T Hudson 30 8-13 2-3 0-1 5 3 20 J Thomas 16 0-3 0-2 1-1 0 4 0 W Szczerbiak 22 3-8 4-4 0-3 2 4 10 M Madsen 23 3-4 0-0 2-3 1 4 6 A Carter 17 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 F Hoiberg 17 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 3 S Cassell DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M Olowokandi DNP - HYPEREXTENDED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 11-15 12-36 16 29 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-4, .750 (T Hudson 2-3, F Hoiberg 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (E Johnson). Turnovers:16 (W Szczerbiak 4, L Sprewell 3, K Garnett 2, A Carter 2, M Madsen 2, T Hudson 2, F Hoiberg). Steals: 4 (W Szczerbiak 2, F Hoiberg, T Hudson). MIAMI (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Jones 40 5-9 4-4 1-6 1 2 15 U Haslem 31 5-10 1-2 4-8 1 2 11 S O'Neal 38 10-18 13-18 6-13 3 4 33 D Jones 35 3-6 0-0 0-1 6 2 7 D Wade 40 6-17 8-10 0-7 3 0 20 S Anderson 16 2-5 2-2 0-0 1 1 6 M Doleac 10 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 K Dooling 13 3-4 1-1 0-1 2 0 7 C Laettner 17 2-4 4-4 2-6 1 0 8 S Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Mourning DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Butler DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 33-41 14-43 18 11 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.805. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (E Jones 1-3, D Jones 1-4, S Anderson 0-1, C Laettner 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 3, D Wade 3, D Jones 2). Turnovers:10 (D Wade 4, D Jones 2, S O'Neal, E Jones, K Dooling, C Laettner). Steals: 11 (K Dooling 3, E Jones 2, D Wade 2, U Haslem 2, S O'Neal, S Anderson). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 24 22 28 16 - 90 MIAMI 24 27 23 33 - 107 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (COACH Van Gundy, 10:04 1st; D Wade, 6:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,854. T: 2:21. Officials: Mike Henderson, Scott Foster, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (90) AT MIAMI (107) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 29 3-10 1-1 2 0 2 2 3 0 3 7 K GARNETT F 39 10-20 2-3 4 15 19 5 1 0 2 22 E JOHNSON C 16 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 T HASSELL G 31 7-14 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 16 T HUDSON G 30 8-13 2-3 0 1 1 5 3 1 2 20 J THOMAS 16 0-3 0-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 W SZCZERBIAK 22 3-8 4-4 0 3 3 2 4 2 4 10 M MADSEN 23 3-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 2 6 A CARTER 17 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 2 F HOIBERG 17 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 3 S CASSELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M OLOWOKANDI DNP - HYPEREXTENDED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 38-81 11-15 12 24 36 16 29 4 16 90 (.469) (.733) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (15 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E JONES F 40 5-9 4-4 1 5 6 1 2 2 1 15 U HASLEM F 31 5-10 1-2 4 4 8 1 2 2 0 11 S O'NEAL C 38 10-18 13-18 6 7 13 3 4 1 1 33 D JONES G 35 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 6 2 0 2 7 D WADE G 40 6-17 8-10 0 7 7 3 0 2 4 20 S ANDERSON 16 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 M DOLEAC 10 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 K DOOLING 13 3-4 1-1 0 1 1 2 0 3 1 7 C LAETTNER 17 2-4 4-4 2 4 6 1 0 0 1 8 S SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION A MOURNING DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-75 33-41 14 29 43 18 11 11 10 107 (.480) (.805) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 24 22 28 16 - 90 MIAMI 24 27 23 33 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - E JOHNSON. MIAMI - S O'NEAL 3, D WADE 3, D JONES 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-4 (.750), T HUDSON 2-3, F HOIBERG 1- 1. MIAMI 2-9 (.222), E JONES 1-3, D JONES 1-4, S ANDERSON 0-1, C LAETTNER 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - COACH VAN GUNDY, D WADE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE HENDERSON, SCOTT FOSTER, STEVE JAVIE. A - 19,854. T - 2:21.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves put up a good fight for a while, but in the end, they became the latest team to be overpowered by Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. O'Neal collected 33 points and 13 rebounds and made several key plays down the stretch to help the Heat record their 11th consecutive home victory, 107-90 over the Timberwolves. Miami, which posted its seventh straight win overall, trailed, 74-66, before going on an 18-2 run bridging the final two periods, opening an 84-76 advantage on a driving layup by Dwyane Wade with 8:37 remaining. "It was going south," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said of the Heat's play before the run. "We weren't playing with a lot of intensity but closed out the third strong and then had that unbelievable fourth quarter." Eddie Jones and Keyon Dooling combined to score the final eight points of the third quarter to spark Miami. "Keyon came off the bench and just gave us a huge spark," Van Gundy said. "He was one of the keys for us at that point, no question." Dooling made a driving layup and a free throw with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter to pull the Heat even, 74-74. "I just try to be positive and productive on the court," Dooling said. "I just wanted to go out there and bring some energy to the game." The Heat's edge was 88-84 when O'Neal made a spinning bank shot and a three-point play for a nine-point cushion with 4:51 to play. Van Gundy said O'Neal had an answer for every defensive effort Minnesota tried to throw in his direction. "He just shredded them," Van Gundy said. "He made the plays despite the different coverages on him and that's the sign of a great, great player." O'Neal didn't mind all the attention the Timberwolves gave him in the closing minutes. "It took their heart away," said O'Neal, who scored 12 points, including making 6-of-7 shots from the line, in the fourth quarter. "That's a tricky team. They played really well but we were up to the challenge down the stretch." With just under 3 1/2 minutes left, Minnesota elected to play "Hack-a-Shaq" - or foul O'Neal, a poor free-throw shooter, intentionally - but the All-Star center made 5-of-6 from the line in a 38-second span, and the Timberwolves switched tactics. "Today I was in my rhythm (at the line), and I just have to keep that up when teams try things like that," O'Neal said. "It didn't work against New Jersey (on March 3) and it didn't work tonight." Minnesota head coach Kevin McHale saw the game slipping away and had to try the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. "We tried to foul him for a little bit to see if we could get back into the game that way," McHale said. "At that point, we thought he might miss a couple and we could at least make it interesting." Thanks to O'Neal, who made a surprising 13-of-18 free throws, the Heat went 33-of-41 from the line. The Timberwolves sank just 11-of-15. "I don't really like (the Hack-a-Shaq plan), but when you are trying to win a game, you'd rather put him on the line than let him dunk it," said Minnesota guard Trenton Hassell, who score 16 points. "It was a last-resort plan by us, but he was hitting his free throws, so you have to give him credit." Kevin Garnett contributed 22 points and 19 rebounds and Troy Hudson added 20 points for Minnesota, which had won three straight games. "We didn't finish with aggression," Garnett said. "We had the game tied, but they surged to start the (fourth) quarter, and we didn't answer back."


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