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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        18   21   18   16    73   
      SAN ANTONIO      32   19   22   16    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 
                      20, KEVIN GARNETT 12
                SAS - TIM DUNCAN 25, ROBERT HORRY 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, EDDIE GRIFFIN 11, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 8
                SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, BRUCE BOWEN 5, RADOSLAV 
                      NESTEROVIC 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - TROY HUDSON 4, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 3, 
                      ANTHONY CARTER 3
                SAS - BRENT BARRY 6, TIM DUNCAN 6, TONY PARKER
                      6

         ATT:   18,797

Box Score

MINNESOTA (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 37 7-18 7-7 4-8 1 2 21 K Garnett 33 5-15 2-4 2-11 0 2 12 M Olowokandi 25 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 T Hudson 25 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 2 2 T Hassell 27 2-5 2-2 1-3 1 1 6 W Szczerbiak 28 7-11 6-7 1-6 3 3 20 E Griffin 24 1-7 0-0 3-11 0 4 2 F Hoiberg 18 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 3 S Cassell 11 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 A Carter 12 1-1 1-2 0-0 3 1 3 J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Madsen DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-69 18-22 11-44 14 19 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (L Sprewell 0-2, W Szczerbiak 0-2, E Griffin 0-1, F Hoiberg 1-1, S Cassell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (K Garnett 2, M Olowokandi 2, E Griffin 2). Turnovers:19 (W Szczerbiak 6, T Hudson 4, K Garnett 3, M Olowokandi 3, L Sprewell 2, A Carter). Steals: 8 (F Hoiberg 2, M Olowokandi 2, L Sprewell, A Carter, K Garnett, T Hudson). SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 39 2-8 2-3 2-5 1 1 6 T Duncan 35 10-21 5-8 5-14 6 2 25 R Nesterovic 15 2-2 0-0 3-5 0 4 4 T Parker 37 5-15 0-1 1-4 6 4 11 B Barry 40 5-12 0-0 0-2 6 2 11 N Mohammed 11 0-4 2-2 1-3 0 3 2 D Brown 29 3-4 0-0 0-4 2 0 7 B Udrih 10 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 2 3 R Horry 21 7-12 0-0 0-2 0 1 18 M Wilks 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 T Massenburg DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Ginobili DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 10-16 12-40 21 19 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (T Parker 1-2, B Barry 1-5, D Brown 1-1, B Udrih 0-1, R Horry 4-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:8 (T Duncan 5, R Horry, R Nesterovic, B Udrih). Turnovers:8 (T Parker 3, B Barry 2, R Horry, M Wilks, T Duncan). Steals: 8 (R Horry 2, T Parker 2, B Barry, D Brown, T Duncan, R Nesterovic). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 18 21 18 16 - 73 SAN ANTONIO 32 19 22 16 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (W Szczerbiak, 0:55 3rd). San Antonio - 1 (B Bowen, 0:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: San Antonio 1 (N Mohammed, 1:12 4th). A: 18,797. T: 2:17. Officials: Jess Kersey, Mike Callahan, Zak Zarba.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (73) AT SAN ANTONIO (89) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 37 7-18 7-7 4 4 8 1 2 1 2 21 K GARNETT F 33 5-15 2-4 2 9 11 0 2 1 3 12 M OLOWOKANDI C 25 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 2 3 2 T HUDSON G 25 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 4 2 T HASSELL G 27 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 6 W SZCZERBIAK 28 7-11 6-7 1 5 6 3 3 0 6 20 E GRIFFIN 24 1-7 0-0 3 8 11 0 4 0 0 2 F HOIBERG 18 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 2 0 3 S CASSELL 11 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 A CARTER 12 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 3 J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-69 18-22 11 33 44 14 19 8 19 73 (.391) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20 (10 PTS) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 39 2-8 2-3 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 6 T DUNCAN F 35 10-21 5-8 5 9 14 6 2 1 1 25 R NESTEROVIC C 15 2-2 0-0 3 2 5 0 4 1 0 4 T PARKER G 37 5-15 0-1 1 3 4 6 4 2 3 11 B BARRY G 40 5-12 0-0 0 2 2 6 2 1 2 11 N MOHAMMED 11 0-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 D BROWN 29 3-4 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 1 0 7 B UDRIH 10 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 R HORRY 21 7-12 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 2 1 18 M WILKS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 T MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION E GINOBILI DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN TOTALS 240 36-82 10-16 12 28 40 21 19 8 8 89 (.439) (.625) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8 (6 PTS) MINNESOTA 18 21 18 16 - 73 SAN ANTONIO 32 19 22 16 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, M OLOWOKANDI 2, E GRIFFIN 2. SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 5, R HORRY, R NESTEROVIC, B UDRIH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-8 (.125), L SPREWELL 0-2, W SZCZERBIAK 0- 2, E GRIFFIN 0-1, F HOIBERG 1-1, S CASSELL 0-2. SAN ANTONIO 7-14 (. 500), T PARKER 1-2, B BARRY 1-5, D BROWN 1-1, B UDRIH 0-1, R HORRY 4- 5. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - W SZCZERBIAK. SAN ANTONIO - B BOWEN. FLAGRANT FOULS: SAN ANTONIO 1 (N MOHAMMED, 1:12 4TH). OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, ZAK ZARBA. A - 18,797. T - 2:17.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- With Manu Ginobili again on the sidelines, Robert Horry provided all the energy the San Antonio Spurs needed. Horry scored a season-high 18 points off the bench to lead the Spurs to a relatively easy 89-73 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ginobili, San Antonio's All-Star guard, sat out his third straight game with a groin injury. He normally lifts the Spurs with his endless energy but may not return until Sunday's game at Detroit. The Spurs lost two of three games without Ginobili and needed a spark from someone against the Timberwolves, who were coming off Tuesday's win at Dallas and trying to stay in the Western Conference playoff race. Horry came on five minutes into the contest and scored seven points in a huge first quarter. San Antonio shot 70 percent (14-of-20) from the field and opened a 32-18 lead after one period. "It felt pretty good tonight. I wanted to keep shooting it and I was hoping it would keep falling," Horry said. "It's like every other game - sometimes you have a rhythm and sometimes you won't. I am starting to find my rhythm right now. It is easier to find a rhythm with the schedule the way it is like this - one game on, one day off." Minnesota made a move, closing to 38-33 on a jumper by Wally Szczerbiak with 5:08 left in the second quarter. Horry answered with a 3-pointer to trigger a 9-2 burst that San Antonio parlayed into a 51-39 halftime lead. Horry sank two more 3-pointers in the third quarter to push the lead to 72-55 with 2:23 left. In all, the 13-year veteran made 7-of-12 shots, including 4-of-5 from the arc. Averaging just 5.0 points per game, Horry shattered his previous season high of 13 vs. Toronto on March 2. Known for his clutch shooting in big games, Horry is averaging 10.7 points in seven games this month. "Rob just messed around the whole season until he is ready to play. He thought tonight was a playoff type of game," teammate Tim Duncan said. "He said 'I'll play, I'm ready to play.' It was just about him and when he wants to play." Duncan had 25 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five blocks for the Spurs, who never trailed and committed just eight turnovers as they improved to 30-3 at home. "Three things we wanted to focus on this game - good D, not fouling the shooters and no turnovers," Horry said. "Lately we have been fouling the shooters and committing turnovers. We are getting ready for the homestretch." "It's a good win for us," Duncan said. "I can't wait to get everyone back and healthy on the floor and start getting the rhythm with everyone here. We are piece-mealing it together, getting a lot of guys playing time and getting their confidence up. All in all, we are playing really well." In a matchup of the last two NBA MVPs, Duncan thoroughly outplayed Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, who had 12 points and 11 boards. Garnett made just 5-of-15 shots and did not have an assist. "Coming off a back-to-back is always tough. We got up on them early and it took a lot out of (Garnett) tonight," Duncan said. "It's kind of how the game goes. All in all, I thought we did a good job on him tonight. " "This game shows us on the radar just where we are right now," Garnett said. "The Spurs are the best team in the league. Offensively, they move the ball and play together, and defensively they do the same kind of things. You can't spot the best team in the league that much - 32-18 - then to come out in the third the way we did, you can't win like that." Latrell Sprewell scored 21 points and Szczerbiak added 20 off the bench for the Wolves (33-33), who fell three games behind Denver in their pursuit of the final playoff berth in the West. Minnesota has not missed the postseason since 1996. "Tonight we didn't even belong on the same court as the Spurs," Szczerbiak said. "They gave us a good old fashioned butt-whooping. Now we know what it takes to be the best in the West like last year." Tony Parker and Brent Barry each had 11 points and six assists for San Antonio (49-15), which moved one-half game ahead of Phoenix in the race for the NBA's best record. "It was a big win for us, a lot of people participated," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Tim set a good tone for us, he and Bruce (Bowen) defensively. We moved the ball well. We had really good team defense."


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