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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 26 22 23 87 MINNESOTA 38 21 18 32 109 FINAL


DENVER (87) AT MINNESOTA (109)

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

H ELLIS F 35 8-10 0-0 5 2 7 0 4 1 1 16 BATTIE F 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 5 2 D GARRETT C 30 3-12 2-2 4 3 7 0 3 0 0 8 JACKSON G 32 5-11 1-2 0 1 1 5 2 2 2 11 NEWMAN G 29 5-13 4-5 0 2 2 1 4 2 3 15 FORTSON 21 2-7 5-7 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 9 L ELLIS 30 5-12 2-2 4 4 8 4 1 1 3 14 WASHINGTON 26 3-9 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 9 GOLDWIRE 18 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 4 5 0 2 2 LAUDERDALE 5 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 17-22 13 19 32 18 29 8 22 87 (.413) (.773) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(31 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 32 4-9 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 10 K GARNETT F 36 6-10 6-6 5 8 13 10 2 2 1 18 PARKS C 20 2-2 4-6 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 8 CARR G 31 7-11 1-4 0 3 3 2 5 0 3 15 MARBURY G 34 5-11 4-5 0 0 0 7 2 2 3 14 MITCHELL 28 6-9 6-6 1 3 4 1 2 2 0 18 PORTER 24 2-5 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 9 WILLIAMS 7 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 4 HAMMONDS 18 3-3 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 1 0 6 JORDAN 3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 ROBERTS 7 2-5 1-2 2 3 5 0 5 0 2 5 WEST DNP - PULLED RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 39-69 29-37 12 27 39 30 23 9 17 109 (.565) (.784) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

DENVER 16 26 22 23 - 87 MINNESOTA 38 21 18 32 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - BATTIE, L ELLIS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, PARKS 2, MARBURY, PORTER, HAMMONDS, ROBERTS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-13 (.308), JACKSON 0-2, NEWMAN 1-2, L ELLIS 2-4, WASHINGTON 1-4, GOLDWIRE 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-8 (.250), CARR 0-2, MARBURY 0-3, MITCHELL 0-1, PORTER 2-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, BLANE REICHELT, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,006. T - 2:07.


DENVER (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp H Ellis 35 8-10 0-0 5-7 0 4 16 Battie 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 D Garrett 30 3-12 2-2 4-7 0 3 8 Jackson 32 5-11 1-2 0-1 5 2 11 Newman 29 5-13 4-5 0-2 1 4 15 Fortson 21 2-7 5-7 0-1 0 3 9 L Ellis 30 5-12 2-2 4-8 4 1 14 Washington 26 3-9 2-2 0-1 2 2 9 Goldwire 18 1-3 0-0 0-2 4 5 2 Lauderdale 5 0-1 1-2 0-1 1 1 1 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 17-22 13-32 18 29 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Jackson 0-2, Newman 1-2, L Ellis 2-4, Washington 1-4, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Battie, L Ellis). Turnovers: 22 (Battie 5, L Ellis 3, Newman 3, Fortson 2, Goldwire 2, Jackson 2, Lauderdale 2, Washington 2, H Ellis). Steals: 8 (Jackson 2, Newman 2, Battie, H Ellis, L Ellis, Washington).

MINNESOTA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 32 4-9 2-2 0-3 2 0 10 K Garnett 36 6-10 6-6 5-13 10 2 18 Parks 20 2-2 4-6 1-3 0 3 8 Carr 31 7-11 1-4 0-3 2 5 15 Marbury 34 5-11 4-5 0-0 7 2 14 Mitchell 28 6-9 6-6 1-4 1 2 18 Porter 24 2-5 3-4 0-1 2 2 9 Williams 7 1-2 2-2 0-1 3 1 4 Hammonds 18 3-3 0-0 2-5 2 1 6 Jordan 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Roberts 7 2-5 1-2 2-5 0 5 5 West DNP - pulled right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-69 29-37 12-39 30 23 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.565, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Carr 0-2, Marbury 0-3, Mitchell 0-1, Porter 2-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (K Garnett 3, Parks 2, Marbury, Porter, Hammonds, Roberts). Turnovers: 17 (Carr 3, Marbury 3, Porter 3, Gugliotta 2, Roberts 2, Williams 2, K Garnett, Parks). Steals: 9 (K Garnett 2, Marbury 2, Mitchell 2, Porter 2, Hammonds). ____________________________________________ Denver 16 26 22 23 - 87 Minnesota 38 21 18 32 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:02 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:07. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Blane Reichelt, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Garnett had the first triple-double in over five years for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who shot 85 percent from the field in the first quarter and roared to a 109-87 victory over the Denver Nuggets, who have lost a season-high 13 straight games.

Garnett collected 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double and the first since Micheal Williams at Golden State on December 19th, 1992. The Timberwolves have four triple-doubles since joining the NBA in 1989.

"I was just trying to help my team out any way I can," Garnett said. "It just so happens tonight that I came up with a triple-double. You always have to have some kind of understanding of who is functional and who is out there with you for every game."

"Kevin had a good game and did a lot of positive things," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "He had a lot of energy."

Sam Mitchell also scored 18 points for the Timberwolves, who quickly recovered from a bad loss at Boston on Friday and won for the fifth time in six games. They also avenged their worst setback of the season, a 95-84 loss at Denver on November 28th which represents half of the Nuggets' win total this season.

"You've got to forget about the one you just played and worry about the one you're playing," Saunders said. "We were one of their two wins, so we knew they were going to come in with confidence against us. I think that's why we were pretty focused to start the game."

Minnesota used bursts of 13-2 and 12-2 as it built a 38-16 lead after one quarter. Garnett led the way with 10 points as the Wolves made 11-of-13 floor shots and added 15-of-18 free throws, taking advantage of sloppiness by the Nuggets. Denver committed 10 fouls and eight turnovers.

CBA call-up Harold Ellis scored 16 points for the Nuggets (2-28), who surpassed their 12-game skid to open the season. Denver has not won since a 100-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on December 7th and remained the NBA's only winless road team at 0-16.

Denver shot 40 percent (8-of-20) and attempted no free throws in the opening period.

"We didn't handle their halfcourt trap," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "We turned the ball over and didn't get good looks. It took us about a quarter to figure out the trap."

Johnny Newman's 21-footer pulled Denver into a 6-6 tie before Garnett and Cherokee Parks scored four points each in a 13-2 burst. A running jumper by Chris Carr capped the run at 19-8 with 4:36 remaining.

"We had a little bit of a let-down last night, but tonight we came out and executed and played together," Carr said.

A layup by rookie Danny Fortson cut the deficit to single digits for the last time before Minnesota rattled off 12 of the next 14 points. Garnett scored four more, as did Stephon Marbury, whose 15-footer built the lead to 31-12 with 1:55 to go.

The Wolves' largest lead was 26 points, the last time at 51-25 on a free throw by Carr with 5:22 left in the second quarter. Newman scored 12 of his 15 points in the period as the Nuggets closed to 59-42 at halftime.

Two free throws by former Wolf Dean Garrett completed a 13-6 run to open the second half and cut Denver's deficit to 65-55 with 6:04 left in the third quarter. But Marbury made a 17-footer and a layup to rebuild the lead to 14 points.

After a 19-footer by LaPhonso Ellis made it 85-70 with 9:01 to play, Marbury and Mitchell scored four points apiece in a 10-3 spree that gave Minnesota a 95-73 lead with 5:53 remaining.

Carr scored 15 points, Marbury 14 and Tom Gugliotta returned from a one-game absence due to the flu to add 10 for the Wolves, who shot 56.5 percent (39-of-69) from the field and held a 39-32 edge on the glass. Marbury added seven assists.

"I anticipated Googs wasn't going to play much tonight so I knew I needed to be a little more aggressive," Garnett said.

LaPhonso Ellis scored 14 points and rookie Bobby Jackson added 11 for the Nuggets, who shot 41 percent (33-of-80) and committed 22 turnovers and 29 fouls.

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