With a newfound determination to win, Naruto attacks Gaara with a group of shadow clones. He strikes successfully, damaging Gaara’s defenseless side, but this only increases Gaara’s interest in killing him. Sasuke intervenes, ordering Naruto to free Sakura from Gaara’s prison and escape. Having lost his entire family, Sasuke won’t let his teammates die either, because they are the only precious things he has left. Remembering Haku’s words that strength can be gained by protecting others, Naruto refuses to run, and instead creates a thousand shadow clones to start round two with dignity.