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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 19 23 26 28 96 MINNESOTA 26 20 24 46 116 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (96) AT MINNESOTA (116)

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

GILL F 36 3-12 2-6 2 4 6 1 2 1 3 8 VAN HORN F 39 6-18 2-2 3 7 10 0 2 0 5 14 J WILLIAMS C 15 4-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 8 KITTLES G 35 6-15 0-0 2 4 6 1 4 1 2 16 CASSELL G 33 11-19 7-8 1 2 3 13 6 1 4 31 DOUGLAS 22 4-11 2-4 1 1 2 4 4 1 1 11 BENOIT 15 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 1 3 0 CAGE 26 1-2 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 3 HALEY 7 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 3 MCDANIEL 5 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 EDWARDS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 DARE 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-92 15-24 14 27 41 19 27 7 18 96 (.402) (.625) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 40 7-12 1-2 1 11 12 2 1 4 2 15 GUGLIOTTA F 37 11-17 0-0 3 2 5 6 2 1 2 22 PARKS C 29 4-11 2-2 3 10 13 3 2 0 0 10 CARR G 27 5-13 1-2 1 5 6 4 3 1 2 11 MARBURY G 37 6-14 10-12 0 3 3 11 5 1 4 22 MITCHELL 21 6-11 6-6 2 4 6 2 2 0 2 18 WEST 16 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 HAMMONDS 15 2-2 2-2 1 4 5 4 3 0 0 6 WILLIAMS 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 4 PORTER 8 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 1 2 2 JORDAN 2 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 ROBERTS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 46-93 24-28 14 40 54 37 22 8 16 116 (.495) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 19 23 26 28 - 96 MINNESOTA 26 20 24 46 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - CAGE 4, VAN HORN, BENOIT, DARE. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, PARKS 3, CARR, HAMMONDS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-21 (.333), GILL 0-2, VAN HORN 0-3, KITTLES 4-5, CASSELL 2-6, DOUGLAS 1-2, BENOIT 0-3. MINNESOTA 0-7 (.000), GUGLIOTTA 0-1, CARR 0-2, MARBURY 0-2, PORTER 0-1, JORDAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, DAN CRAWFORD, DEE KANTNER. A - 17,947. T - 2:12.


NEW JERSEY (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 36 3-12 2-6 2-6 1 2 8 Van Horn 39 6-18 2-2 3-10 0 2 14 J Williams 15 4-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 8 Kittles 35 6-15 0-0 2-6 1 4 16 Cassell 33 11-19 7-8 1-3 13 6 31 Douglas 22 4-11 2-4 1-2 4 4 11 Benoit 15 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 5 0 Cage 26 1-2 1-2 1-5 0 2 3 Haley 7 1-3 1-2 1-3 0 1 3 Mcdaniel 5 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Edwards 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dare 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 15-24 14-41 19 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Gill 0-2, Van Horn 0-3, Kittles 4-5, Cassell 2-6, Douglas 1-2, Benoit 0-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Cage 4, Van Horn, Benoit, Dare). Turnovers: 19 (Van Horn 5, Cassell 4, Benoit 3, Gill 3, Kittles 2, Douglas). Steals: 7 (Benoit, Cassell, Douglas, Edwards, Gill, Kittles, Mcdaniel).

MINNESOTA (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 7-12 1-2 1-12 2 1 15 Gugliotta 37 11-17 0-0 3-5 6 2 22 Parks 29 4-11 2-2 3-13 3 2 10 Carr 27 5-13 1-2 1-6 4 3 11 Marbury 37 6-14 10-12 0-3 11 5 22 Mitchell 21 6-11 6-6 2-6 2 2 18 West 16 0-3 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 Hammonds 15 2-2 2-2 1-5 4 3 6 Williams 8 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 4 Porter 8 1-3 0-0 1-2 4 0 2 Jordan 2 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Roberts DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-93 24-28 14-54 37 22 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 0-7, .000 (Gugliotta 0-1, Carr 0-2, Marbury 0-2, Porter 0-1, Jordan 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (K Garnett 4, Parks 3, Carr, Hammonds). Turnovers: 16 (Marbury 4, Carr 2, Gugliotta 2, K Garnett 2, Mitchell 2, Porter 2, Jordan, Williams). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 4, Carr, Gugliotta, Marbury, Porter). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 19 23 26 28 - 96 Minnesota 26 20 24 46 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 11:34 3rd, 3:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,947. T: 2:12. Officials: Luis Grillo, Dan Crawford, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Stephon Marbury and Sam Mitchell each scored 14 points in a record-setting fourth quarter as the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away for their fourth win in five games, a 116-96 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Marbury finished with 22 points and 11 assists and Mitchell scored 18 points for the Timberwolves, who scored 46 points in the final period, breaking open a close game. The total set a club record for the fourth period and tied the team mark for points in any quarter, set April 19th, 1992 in the second period against Charlotte.

"We forced them into some misses," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We rebounded extremely well throughout the whole game, which gave us an opportunity to get our break going. The big key was that we are moving the ball so much better now."

Sam Cassell had 31 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who lost center Jayson Williams to a back injury in the second quarter. New Jersey has lost five of its last six road games.

"We don't make excuses," Nets coach John Calipari said. "Teams that have a culture of losing find ways to build excuses. We are eliminating that culture."

Williams, who is third in the league in rebounding with 13.7 per game, was taken to a hospital for X-rays after getting tangled up with Minnesota forward Tom Hammonds and falling to the floor.

A 19-footer by Cassell gave the Nets their last tie at 73-73 with 10:46 to play. They were still within 82-79 following a free throw by Michael Cage with 7:41 left before the Wolves took control with a 16-0 run.

Mitchell, who moved past Tony Campbell into second place on the club's all-time scoring list, began and ended the burst with three-point plays. In between, Doug West made two free throws before Marbury scored eight straight points.

Outplayed by Cassell to that point, Marbury drew two fouls from the veteran guard, disqualifying him with 5:53 left. He then fed Mitchell for a layup and the ensuing free throw gave the Wolves a 98-79 lead with 5:08 to go.

"What we haven't had, being a young team, is a killer instinct," Saunders said. "We have had a tendency to get up and then maybe relax. Teams are always going to make a run in the fourth quarter. What you have to do is, after they make their run in the fourth quarter, that's when you have to be able to take over the game."

Tom Gugliotta scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett added 15 and 12 rebounds and Cherokee Parks contributed 10 and 13 for Minnesota, which shot 49.5 percent (46-of-93) from the field and held a 54-41 rebounding advantage.

"We just came out and dominated," Gugliotta said. "The way we moved the ball really helped us. The game was close going into the fourth quarter, but we went out and won it."

Kerry Kittles scored 16 points and rookie Keith Van Horn added 14 for the New Jersey, which shot just 40 percent (37-of-92), including 7-of-21 from three-point range. The Wolves missed all seven of their three-pointers.

"Mental toughness is the key," Calipari said. "Fragile players don't win in this league. By that, I mean if you're not mentally tough, you lose. When you are playing poorly, you can't let it affect your mind."

Mitchell passed Campbell, who scored 4,888 points. Mitchell is well behind West, who is the only remaining member of the original 1989-90 team and has 6,152 points.

Gugliotta scored 10 points in the first quarter as Minnesota took a 26-19 lead.

Williams was hurt with 6:54 left in the second quarter. He remained in the game before exiting with the Nets trailing 40-35 at the three-minute mark and was taken to Hennepin Medical Center for X-rays.

"They were hurt a little bit as far as Jayson Williams," said Saunders. "They lost a lot of their depth. I think we wore them down a little bit, too."

Cassell's eight second-quarter points allowed the Nets to pull within 46-42 at halftime. He had nine more in the third period as New Jersey closed to 70-68 entering the fourth quarter.

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