Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/27

Game 1: Friday, December 27th
Game 2: Sunday, April 13th

Bulls 95

(29-52, 3-38 away)

    2:30 PM ET, April 13, 2003

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 25 21 20 2995
    MIN 30 26 37 26119

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Crawford 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Minnesota: W. Szczerbiak 44 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Szczerbiak hits 19 of 26, ties franchise high with 44

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak tied a franchise record with 44 points and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 19 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Chicago Bulls 119-95 Sunday.

    Szczerbiak went 19-for-26 from the field and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to match Tony Campbell's team mark, set Feb. 2, 1990 against the Boston Celtics.

    Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and Jay Williams had 18 to lead the Bulls, who finished 3-38 on the road this season. Their only victories away from the United Center were against Boston, Atlanta and Cleveland.

    Szczerbiak scored 15 points in the opening quarter and was on the receiving end of an impressive alley-oop dunk from Troy Hudson. Szczerbiak had a quiet second quarter, but he scored 22 in the third to help the Timberwolves pull away.

    With his team leading by 10, Szczerbiak hit a 17-footer, a 3-pointer, a runner in the lane and another 3 to give Minnesota a 70-55 lead with 8:04 to go in the third.

    After Rasho Nesterovic dunked to give the Wolves a 74-60 lead, Szczerbiak made another 3-pointer and followed it with a runner before Chicago called timeout. On the way back to the bench, Garnett extended his arms and repeatedly bowed behind Szczerbiak, bringing loud applause from the crowd.

    The Timberwolves began the day in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers, who played each other Sunday. The top four teams in the conference get home-court advantage in the first round.

    Minnesota is looking to secure the home court for the first time in its history, which would be a big step toward advancing past the first round for the first time. The Timberwolves close the regular season Wednesday in Memphis.

    The Bulls had won three of their previous four games, including a 95-86 win over New Jersey on Friday. But their offense looked disorganized in the second half.

    The Bulls held the lead briefly in the second quarter, but the Wolves closed out the half with a 19-4 run to go ahead 56-46.

    Game notes

    The Bulls placed F Donyell Marshall (shoulder) on the injured list before the game and activated G Fred Hoiberg. ... The Wolves' 37-point third quarter was their highest output of the season. ... Minnesota won its seventh straight over the Bulls, dating to the 1997-98 season. ... Bulls F Eddie Robinson missed his second straight game with a migraine.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 119
    FGM-FGA 35-80 (.438) 49-94 (.521)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 9-14 (.643)
    FTM-FTA 20-24 (.833) 12-17 (.706)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-31 14-57
    Assists 20 43
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 7 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 22
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Wally Szczerbiak Szczerbiak
    Points: 44
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0