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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 20 21 16 27 84 DENVER 17 19 30 29 95 FINAL


MINNESOTA (84) AT DENVER (95)

MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

K GARNETT F 39 6-15 5-6 2 7 9 2 5 2 4 17 GUGLIOTTA F 33 7-12 4-4 4 8 12 5 4 1 3 18 ROBERTS C 18 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 0 1 2 MARBURY G 41 5-16 6-9 0 1 1 8 4 1 2 16 WEST G 29 5-8 3-3 1 1 2 1 6 0 0 13 PARKS 22 2-3 2-3 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 6 MITCHELL 19 0-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 CARR 17 3-12 3-3 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 10 HAMMONDS 13 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 PORTER 9 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 2 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-76 25-30 10 37 47 17 32 4 14 84 (.382) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

WOLF F 19 2-5 0-0 3 5 8 3 3 0 0 4 L ELLIS F 33 4-14 0-2 0 6 6 1 4 0 0 9 GARRETT C 39 4-9 2-5 6 10 16 0 0 0 1 10 JACKSON G 37 5-14 3-4 3 6 9 5 1 0 2 14 WASHINGTON G 17 2-7 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 FORTSON 27 3-11 6-6 2 2 4 0 5 0 4 12 NEWMAN 35 6-13 18-21 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 31 GOLDWIRE 22 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 8 LAUDERDALE 11 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 2 BATTIE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-81 32-42 15 34 49 12 23 3 7 95 (.370) (.762) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 7(5 PTS)

MINNESOTA 20 21 16 27 - 84 DENVER 17 19 30 29 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ROBERTS 2, K GARNETT, GUGLIOTTA, PARKS, MITCHELL, CARR. DENVER - JACKSON, NEWMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-9 (.111), GUGLIOTTA 0-2, MARBURY 0-2, CARR 1-4, PORTER 0-1. DENVER 3-7 (.429), L ELLIS 1-3, JACKSON 1-1, WASHINGTON 0-1, NEWMAN 1-1, GOLDWIRE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, JOE DEROSA, LEON WOOD. A - 13,628. T - 2:17.


MINNESOTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 6-15 5-6 2-9 2 5 17 Gugliotta 33 7-12 4-4 4-12 5 4 18 Roberts 18 1-3 0-0 1-6 0 3 2 Marbury 41 5-16 6-9 0-1 8 4 16 West 29 5-8 3-3 1-2 1 6 13 Parks 22 2-3 2-3 0-6 0 1 6 Mitchell 19 0-5 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Carr 17 3-12 3-3 1-2 0 4 10 Hammonds 13 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 Porter 9 0-1 2-2 0-2 1 2 2 Jordan DNP - coach's decision Wheat DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 25-30 10-47 17 32 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Gugliotta 0-2, Marbury 0-2, Carr 1-4, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Roberts 2, K Garnett, Gugliotta, Parks, Mitchell, Carr). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 4, Gugliotta 3, Porter 3, Marbury 2, Mitchell, Roberts). Steals: 4 (K Garnett 2, Gugliotta, Marbury).

DENVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wolf 19 2-5 0-0 3-8 3 3 4 L Ellis 33 4-14 0-2 0-6 1 4 9 Garrett 39 4-9 2-5 6-16 0 0 10 Jackson 37 5-14 3-4 3-9 5 1 14 Washington 17 2-7 1-2 0-0 0 4 5 Fortson 27 3-11 6-6 2-4 0 5 12 Newman 35 6-13 18-21 0-1 0 2 31 Goldwire 22 3-6 2-2 0-0 3 2 8 Lauderdale 11 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 2 2 Battie DNP - sprained left foot Garris DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 32-42 15-49 12 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (L Ellis 1-3, Jackson 1-1, Washington 0-1, Newman 1-1, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Jackson, Newman). Turnovers: 7 (Fortson 4, Jackson 2, Garrett). Steals: 3 (Newman 2, Goldwire). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 20 21 16 27 - 84 Denver 17 19 30 29 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Wolf, 5:23 3rd). A: 13,628. T: 2:17. Officials: Terry Durham, Joe Derosa, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets won for the first time in 13 games this season, defeating the erratic Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-84, behind a season-high 31 points from Johnny Newman.

The Nuggets (1-12) became the last NBA team to win and ended the worst start in franchise history. They were five losses shy of Miami's record for season-opening futility set during the 1988-89 campaign.

Newman scored 22 in the second half as the Nuggets turned a 47-41 deficit with 8:57 left in the third quarter into a 66-57 advantage after three quarters. Newman scored nine points in the third.

Tom Gugliotta scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves, who dropped their fifth straight game. They have dropped three straight road games after winning their first four contests away from home.

Kevin Garnett added 17 points and Stephon Marbury contributed 16 and eight assists for Minnesota, which has wins at San Antonio and Phoenix and home losses to Washington and Cleveland.

"I don't want to take anything away from Denver," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "They played hard and deserved to win. They wanted it more than we did. We're playing in a total funk. I told them, I can get 12 guys in the CBA to play better than them."

The Nuggets led only once before LaPhonso Ellis' three-pointer with 5:40 left in the third quarter gave Denver the lead for good at 51-49.

Newman nailed a jumper with 6:40 to play, providing the Nuggets with their biggest lead at 76-63. Denver maintained a double-digit lead until the Wolves went on a 9-4 run, capped by Chris Carr's three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining, to draw within 89-84.

But Newman, who connected on 18-of-21 free-throw attempts, sank six foul shots in the last 40 seconds to seal the win. Denver was 32-of-42 from the line.

"We made plays and went to the basket well, especially in the fourth," Newman said. "I had some good opportunities, and I liked the matchups. They were either up on me or off. I created for myself. I wanted the ball down the stretch. We've been playing hard, and I wanted this one badly."

Denver won despite shooting only 37 percent (30-of-81) from the field. The Timberwolves were not much better, connecting on 38 percent (29-for-76).

"Our defense made the difference," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "We were consistent the whole night on the defensive end. Our offense struggled, so we needed that. Everybody seemed to step up when it counted."

The Timberwolves led 20-17 after one quarter behind nine points from Garnett. They took their biggest lead at 36-29 with 4:37 left in the first half on Garnett's dunk and held a 41-36 edge at halftime.

Denver's Dean Garrett continued his assault on the backboards with 16 rebounds. The former Timberwolf is averaging 18 per game over his last three games.

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