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West's best wild on getting to Finals

Judging from the battle scars, the best of the West will do anything to get to the Finals.

Updated: April 15, 2003, 12:30 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

It was the very definition of poignant. There sat Kevin Garnett, exhausted, his backside aching, his ankle throbbing, all alone in a foreign locker room, no coaches, no teammates, no trainers, trying to will himself to face the next challenge, the next battle, knowing that he will have to have more nights like this one if his Minnesota Timberwolves are going to have any chance.

Twenty-five points.

Twenty-four rebounds.

Fifty minutes. On the second night of a back-to-backer.

Loss.

Minutes ...

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