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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 27 33 25 23 108 NEW JERSEY 26 20 34 21 101 FINAL


MINNESOTA (108) AT NEW JERSEY (101)

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

K GARNETT F 40 5-12 4-4 2 8 10 6 2 1 4 14 GUGLIOTTA F 39 8-16 7-8 3 2 5 0 3 0 4 24 ROBERTS C 20 4-6 3-4 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 11 MARBURY G 38 7-14 2-4 2 4 6 7 4 0 2 17 CARR G 17 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 PARKS 16 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 4 PORTER 24 6-8 2-2 1 1 2 6 1 1 2 16 MITCHELL 29 6-14 6-8 4 0 4 0 3 0 1 18 JORDAN 17 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 2 0 0 HAMMONDS DNP - BROKEN NOSE WEST DNP - PULLED RIGHT HAMSTRING WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 24-30 15 25 40 23 20 5 17 108 (.513) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

VAN HORN F 43 9-20 1-1 1 4 5 3 5 1 1 22 GILL F 42 6-15 7-9 2 5 7 0 5 4 0 20 J WILLIAMS C 42 5-12 1-3 11 6 17 2 4 0 2 11 KITTLES G 38 8-17 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 1 3 22 CASSELL G 26 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 7 4 2 4 4 HARRIS 10 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 5 DOUGLAS 24 7-11 1-2 0 0 0 6 4 0 2 15 CAGE 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 BENOIT 9 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 2 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HALEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCDANIEL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-84 15-21 18 24 42 19 29 9 14 101 (.452) (.714) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

MINNESOTA 27 33 25 23 - 108 NEW JERSEY 26 20 34 21 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, PARKS. NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, DOUGLAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-10 (.400), GUGLIOTTA 1-2, MARBURY 1-3, CARR 0-1, PORTER 2-4. NEW JERSEY 10-23 (.435), VAN HORN 3-8, GILL 1-4, KITTLES 5-7, HARRIS 1-2, DOUGLAS 0-1, BENOIT 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - MARBURY, K GARNETT, NEW JERSEY - HEAD COACH CALIPARI, J WILLIAMS, VAN HORN. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DICK BAVETTA, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 20,049. T - 2:15.


MINNESOTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 5-12 4-4 2-10 6 2 14 Gugliotta 39 8-16 7-8 3-5 0 3 24 Roberts 20 4-6 3-4 1-5 0 2 11 Marbury 38 7-14 2-4 2-6 7 4 17 Carr 17 2-3 0-0 1-2 3 1 4 Parks 16 2-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Porter 24 6-8 2-2 1-2 6 1 16 Mitchell 29 6-14 6-8 4-4 0 3 18 Jordan 17 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 Hammonds DNP - broken nose West DNP - pulled right hamstring Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 24-30 15-40 23 20 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Gugliotta 1-2, Marbury 1-3, Carr 0-1, Porter 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 2, Parks). Turnovers: 17 (Gugliotta 4, K Garnett 4, Carr 2, Marbury 2, Parks 2, Porter 2, Mitchell). Steals: 5 (Jordan 2, Carr, K Garnett, Porter).

NEW JERSEY (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Van Horn 43 9-20 1-1 1-5 3 5 22 Gill 42 6-15 7-9 2-7 0 5 20 J Williams 42 5-12 1-3 11-17 2 4 11 Kittles 38 8-17 1-2 1-5 0 2 22 Cassell 26 1-4 2-2 1-2 7 4 4 Harris 10 1-2 2-2 0-0 1 2 5 Douglas 24 7-11 1-2 0-0 6 4 15 Cage 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Benoit 9 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 3 2 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Haley DNP - coach's decision Mcdaniel DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 15-21 18-42 19 29 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (Van Horn 3-8, Gill 1-4, Kittles 5-7, Harris 1-2, Douglas 0-1, Benoit 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Gill 2, Douglas). Turnovers: 15 (Cassell 4, Kittles 3, Douglas 2, J Williams 2, Benoit, Cage, Van Horn). Steals: 9 (Gill 4, Cassell 2, Harris, Kittles, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 27 33 25 23 - 108 New Jersey 26 20 34 21 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Marbury, 3:35 3rd; K Garnett, 6:53 4th). New Jersey 3 (Head Coach Calipari, 9:30 3rd; J Williams, 5:05 3rd; Van Horn, 6:53 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:15. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Dick Bavetta, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Garnett recorded his sixth straight double-double and shattered the New Jersey Nets' comeback bid with a huge follow slam with 25 seconds to play as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 108-101 victory.

Tom Gugliotta sank four crucial free throws in the final two minutes and finished with 24 points and Sam Mitchell scored 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter, when Minnesota took the lead for good.

Kendall Gill, who scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, made two foul shots to pull New Jersey within 103-99 with 44 seconds to go. The Timberwolves missed two shots but were able to grab a pair of offensive rebounds before Garnett followed a miss with a thunderous one-handed dunk over Gill.

"His (Garnett's) thing is the team," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "As long as the team wins, that's all that counts. He does a lot of little things that people don't notice, but coaches do."

Garnett finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which beat New Jersey by 20 points last month and has won four straight overall in this series.

Rookie Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles scored 22 points apiece for the Nets, but that duo combined for just two points in the final period. New Jersey had its four-game home winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in 11 games when scoring 100 points or more.

"We played a good team, we can't expect them to lay down on the road," Kittles said. "We came back in the second half and made a good run, but it wasn't enough."

"This win builds confidence," Garnett said. "Coming into New Jersey, which is a hunky-dory team with Kittles and Van Horn, it's a confidence boost that does a lot for you."

Sherman Douglas, who scored 16 points off the bench, hit a layup to pull the Nets within 92-91 with 4:15 to play. But Gugliotta answered by driving around Jayson Williams on the baseline and making the easy lay-in.

Gill's layup cut the deficit to one less than a minute later but Mitchell sank 1-of-2 from the stripe and Gugliotta hit the next four free throws for a 99-93 edge with 1:12 to go. New Jersey came no closer than four points thereafter.

"Put the loss on everybody, not just one person. It was a well-rounded loss," Nets coach John Calipari said. "We weren't playing with energy."

Van Horn's hook shot put the Nets in front, 32-31, with 10:20 left in the second quarter. That turned out to be New Jersey's last lead of the game, as Minnesota reeled off a 12-2 run.

Mitchell sank two free throws before Garnett and Terry Porter hit back-to-back buckets. Mitchell hit three straight hoops to cap the burst, with his short hook giving the Wolves a 43-34 lead with 6:48 remaining.

Gugliotta's three-pointer with five-tenths of a second left before halftime built the lead to 60-46.

"Expectations are a lot greater than last year. The same record as last year is not good enough for the organization or the players," Gugliotta said. "We have to improve, we have to develop chemistry and trust in each other. In the last 10 to 12 games, we've shown that."

Minnesota's Stephon Marbury, who had 17 points and seven assists, converted a three-point play to make it 73-60 midway through the third period, when the Nets finally answered with an 11-1 spurt.

Williams had 11 points and 17 rebounds and sparked that run with a three-point play. Van Horn had a dunk and hit a free throw when Marbury was whistled for a technical foul to cap the burst, trimming the deficit to 74-71. New Jersey trailed 85-80 after three quarters.

"I just can't explain why we lost this game," Williams said. "The first half killed us, we could never get over that three-or-four-point hump."

The Nets played the entire fourth quarter without starting point guard Sam Cassell, who is suffering from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss Thursday's win over Orlando. He said after the game that the shoulder was bothering him, but regardless, he had been rather ineffective, finishing with just four points, seven assists and four turnovers.

Porter finished with season highs of 16 points and six assists for the Timberwolves, who shot 51 percent (40-of-78) from the field.

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