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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 27 23 38 26 114 LA LAKERS 36 31 21 33 121 FINAL


MINNESOTA (114) AT LA LAKERS (121)

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

K GARNETT F 40 7-16 6-8 2 5 7 4 3 1 3 20 GUGLIOTTA F 16 5-9 6-8 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 16 ROBERTS C 13 3-5 2-3 2 2 4 0 6 0 0 8 WEST G 23 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 1 MARBURY G 44 11-22 7-10 1 3 4 12 5 1 6 35 PARKS 28 2-5 1-2 1 4 5 1 5 0 0 5 MITCHELL 36 5-10 8-9 2 5 7 0 5 0 1 18 PORTER 25 3-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 9 JORDAN 8 0-1 1-2 2 0 2 1 2 1 1 1 HAMMONDS 7 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 35-48 13 23 36 20 35 5 12 114 (.456) (.729) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

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

CAMPBELL F 20 0-2 2-4 0 1 1 2 4 0 4 2 FOX F 41 11-19 5-5 5 4 9 4 4 0 0 30 ONEAL C 39 9-18 8-15 5 12 17 2 5 0 2 26 JONES G 43 6-12 9-11 2 1 3 4 3 1 3 24 FISHER G 30 1-4 2-2 1 4 5 9 3 1 0 4 BLOUNT 21 1-2 3-4 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 5 BRYANT 30 7-16 6-9 2 1 3 7 4 0 4 22 BARRY 15 2-3 3-3 1 1 2 0 4 2 1 8 ROOKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HORRY DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN VAN EXEL DNP - STRAINED LEFT HIP FLEXOR

TOTALS 240 37-76 38-53 17 29 46 28 31 4 16 121 (.487) (.717) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

MINNESOTA 27 23 38 26 - 114 LA LAKERS 36 31 21 33 - 121

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ROBERTS 2, PARKS 2, K GARNETT. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-13 (.538), K GARNETT 0-1, MARBURY 6-9, PORTER 1-3. LA LAKERS 9-18 (.500), FOX 3-8, JONES 3-4, FISHER 0-1, BRYANT 2-3, BARRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - GUGLIOTTA, ROBERTS, LA LAKERS - ONEAL, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 17,505. T - 2:30.


MINNESOTA (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 7-16 6-8 2-7 4 3 20 Gugliotta 16 5-9 6-8 1-2 0 2 16 Roberts 13 3-5 2-3 2-4 0 6 8 West 23 0-4 1-2 0-2 1 3 1 Marbury 44 11-22 7-10 1-4 12 5 35 Parks 28 2-5 1-2 1-5 1 5 5 Mitchell 36 5-10 8-9 2-7 0 5 18 Porter 25 3-6 2-2 1-2 0 3 9 Jordan 8 0-1 1-2 2-2 1 2 1 Hammonds 7 0-1 1-2 1-1 1 1 1 Wheat DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 35-48 13-36 20 35 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.729. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (K Garnett 0-1, Marbury 6-9, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Roberts 2, Parks 2, K Garnett). Turnovers: 12 (Marbury 6, K Garnett 3, Gugliotta, Jordan, Mitchell). Steals: 5 (Gugliotta, Jordan, K Garnett, Marbury, Porter).

LA LAKERS (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Campbell 20 0-2 2-4 0-1 2 4 2 Fox 41 11-19 5-5 5-9 4 4 30 Oneal 39 9-18 8-15 5-17 2 5 26 Jones 43 6-12 9-11 2-3 4 3 24 Fisher 30 1-4 2-2 1-5 9 3 4 Blount 21 1-2 3-4 1-6 0 4 5 Bryant 30 7-16 6-9 2-3 7 4 22 Barry 15 2-3 3-3 1-2 0 4 8 Rooks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bennett DNP - coach's decision Horry DNP - abdominal strain Van Exel DNP - strained left hip flexor _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 38-53 17-46 28 31 121 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.717. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Fox 3-8, Jones 3-4, Fisher 0-1, Bryant 2-3, Barry 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal 2, Jones). Turnovers: 16 (Bryant 4, Campbell 4, Jones 3, Oneal 2, Barry, Blount, Rooks). Steals: 4 (Barry 2, Fisher, Jones). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 27 23 38 26 - 114 La Lakers 36 31 21 33 - 121 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Gugliotta, 7:23 1st; Roberts, 8:03 4th). La Lakers 2 (Oneal, 9:27 3rd; Illegal Defense, 10:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (Gugliotta, 7:23 1st). A: 17,505. T: 2:30. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

All-Star starter Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers turned back the Minnesota Timberwolves, 121-114, in a foul-filled game.

Rick Fox matched a season high with 30 points, including 17 in the first quarter, for Los Angeles, which squandered a 17-point halftime lead before using a 14-4 run in the final period to take control.

"Statistically, I haven't been a big offensive punch lately," admitted Fox. "If I'm going to be judged statistically, that's people who don't know the game are going to criticize. But I know what I'm capable of doing.

Fellow All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Eddie Jones contributed 26 and 24 points, respectively, as the Lakers overcame the absence of All-Star point guard Nick Van Exel and starting forward Robert Horry, both of whom are injured. O'Neal also pulled down 17 rebounds.

Stephon Marbury scored 21 of his 35 points in the third quarter for Minnesota, which lost for just the second time in its last 11 games. The Timberwolves received 16 points from Tom Gugliotta, who was not expected to play due to a knee injury. Gugliotta left early in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury.

Marbury, a guard who was passed over for an All-Star berth, was playing against a Lakers team that has three All-Stars at his position. He has scored 66 points in his last two games and averaged 29 in three games since the All-Star reserves were announced earlier this week.

Marbury was held to three points in the final quarter as Lakers coach Del Harris opted to try and trap Marbury once he got over halfcourt to disrupt Minnesota's offense.

"We were doing so much with our traps and rotations, that everybody had a piece of the action," said Harris. "Certainly, Kobe and Corie (Blount) did their parts. Overall, the team 'D' was excellent down the wire."

The teams combined for 66 fouls and 101 free throws. Los Angeles made 38-of-53 from the foul line, while the Timberwolves were 35-of-48. The Lakers, who have taken all three meetings this season, have won nine straight home games against Minnesota since a 101-99 setback on December 5th, 1993.

The Wolves were able to sustain the momentum of a 38-point third quarter, using a 9-2 run to take a 97-94 lead with 8:16 to play when Terry Porter, who saw increased minutes with starter Chris Carr injured, hit a three-pointer.

After a running seven-footer by Mitchell gave Minnesota a 103-100 lead, the Lakers charged back. O'Neal and Corie Blount each hit two free throws to put Los Angeles ahead, 104-103. Mitchell gave the Wolves their last lead at 105-104 with 5:20 left, but Bryant blew by Porter on the right wing and went underneath the basket along the baseline for a reverse layup.

The teams traded missed shots before Jones buried a three-pointer to give Los Angeles a 109-104 lead with 4:34 to play. Marbury missed a three-pointer before O'Neal and Bryant each made a foul shot around a 10-footer by Porter.

After Porter missed a three-pointer, Fox hit two free throws and O'Neal made the first of two to give Los Angeles a 114-107 lead with 2:34 remaining. Minnesota got no closer than five points down the stretch.

"We had a slow start that hurt us from the standpoint that we fell behind a lot," said Wolves coach Phil Saunders. "Then, when you have to exert so much energy to get back into the game, sometimes you run out of gas, considering that Tommy wasn't able to play the second half."

Fox, who also scored 30 points against Houston on December 12th, was 6-of-7 from the field and hit three three-pointers in the opening quarter as the Lakers grabbed a 36-27 lead. Fox and Jones had six points apiece in a 14-4 tear to end the period.

"I don't think he was in a slump," said Jones about Fox. "Everybody wants to say a guy's in a slump when he doesn't score in double figures. I think the guy hasn't had the shots he wanted. Tonight, the shots were there for him and he took them. Thank God he was hitting shots early on, because no one else could get anything going."

Fox, O'Neal and Jones combined for 54 of the Lakers' 67 first-half points. But Minnesota began its comeback by scoring the first eight points of the third quarter.

Marbury was 6-of-9 from the field, hit four three-pointers and added five free throws in the period as the T-Wolves drew even at 88-88 on his 12-footer in the closing seconds. He finished two points shy of the franchise record for points in a quarter, set by James Robinson, who had 23 points in the fourth period against Cleveland on January 30th, 1996.

"We want every game now," said Marbury, undeterred by the loss. "We want every game because we feel we can get every game. It's a different attitude as far as how far the team was years before and where it is now. We know we can probably beat everybody."

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