OK, that settles it. If you love this game, you will never, ever miss an opportunity to watch a
How Does This Keep Happening? Minnesota-Sacramento showdown.
Why? Because five of the season's most fantastic finishes came from Wolves-Kings clashes. Here's a summary of a must-see rivalry, which resumes at 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN with Minnesota holding a 2-1 series lead in the West semifinals:
The Kings erased a 13-point deficit in the final two minutes, capped by Peja Stojakovic's dramatic trey. Latrell Sprewell gave Minnesota the lead for good with 59 seconds to play in OT.
May 10: Wolves 114, Kings 113 (OT)
Sacramento opened the fourth with an 18-5 spurt, but the Wolves won with a 16-1 burst. The teams missed six foul shots in the final 48 seconds.
May 8: Wolves 94, Kings 89
Minnesota entered the fourth with an eight-point deficit, but rallied to take a win that propelled the Wolves toward the West's No. 1 seed.
April 8: Wolves 94, Kings 86
Sprewell scored 37 points, including two clutch jumpers in overtime. It was an NBA-record fourth straight OT game between the teams, dating back to the 2002-03 season.
Dec. 5: Wolves 112, Kings 109 (OT)
Stojakovic scored seven of his 34 points in the final 2:03 of OT and grabbed a huge rebound of a KG miss in the waning seconds.
Nov. 5: Kings 125, Wolves 121 (OT)
May 10, 2004
VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Kevin Garnett, Min.
of plus-42 was a result of his well-rounded stat line: 30 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and three steals.
VIRTUAL GM BEST BUY
Malik Allen, Miami
6-for-9 and matched Indiana super-sub Al Harrington's 13 points as Miami took a
critical 94-87 win
TIME TO TUNE IN
Tuesday on TNT
Pistons at Nets, 8 p.m. ET
Spurs at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET
SPEAK IT, MAN
"This is a perfect example of why I would never coach."
-- TNT analyst Charles Barkley after Monday's wild OT game between the Wolves and Kings.
WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))