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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 22 23 26 99 PHOENIX 25 19 26 27 97 FINAL


MINNESOTA (99) AT PHOENIX (97)

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

K GARNETT F 36 5-18 5-7 1 5 6 4 4 1 4 15 MITCHELL F 34 5-14 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 0 0 11 PARKS C 23 4-4 1-2 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 9 MARBURY G 37 6-8 4-4 1 3 4 10 4 0 4 19 PEELER G 41 8-18 2-4 4 4 8 2 2 3 3 20 HAMMONDS 20 2-5 2-4 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 6 PORTER 19 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 6 JORDAN 15 3-5 1-2 3 2 5 3 3 3 0 7 ROBERTS 15 2-3 2-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 6 CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 17-25 14 27 41 26 22 8 11 99 (.451) (.680) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(6 PTS)

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

MANNING F 34 8-16 2-2 5 7 12 4 4 1 1 18 MCDYESS F 33 4-11 4-4 2 3 5 0 3 1 1 12 WILLIAMS C 16 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 4 KIDD G 36 4-8 2-2 2 4 6 7 2 2 3 11 NASH G 31 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 7 ROBINSON 22 6-12 4-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 2 17 JOHNSON 29 2-10 1-1 0 4 4 7 1 0 3 5 SCOTT 23 6-11 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 16 MCCLOUD 6 2-2 1-1 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 6 BRYANT 10 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 CHAPMAN DNP - PULLED GROIN MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 16-18 11 32 43 25 18 4 14 97 (.451) (.889) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 22 23 26 - 99 PHOENIX 25 19 26 27 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, PARKS 2, PORTER. PHOENIX - WILLIAMS 2, MCDYESS, KIDD, ROBINSON, MCCLOUD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 8-12 (.667), MITCHELL 1-1, MARBURY 3-4, PEELER 2-3, PORTER 2-4. PHOENIX 7-17 (.412), KIDD 1-2, NASH 1-5, ROBINSON 1-1, JOHNSON 0-2, SCOTT 3-6, MCCLOUD 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 19,023. T - 2:07.


MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 5-18 5-7 1-6 4 4 15 Mitchell 34 5-14 0-0 2-5 4 2 11 Parks 23 4-4 1-2 1-5 1 2 9 Marbury 37 6-8 4-4 1-4 10 4 19 Peeler 41 8-18 2-4 4-8 2 2 20 Hammonds 20 2-5 2-4 1-3 0 2 6 Porter 19 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 1 6 Jordan 15 3-5 1-2 3-5 3 3 7 Roberts 15 2-3 2-2 1-3 0 2 6 Curley DNP - coach's decision Wheat DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 17-25 14-41 26 22 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 8-12, .667 (Mitchell 1-1, Marbury 3-4, Peeler 2-3, Porter 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 3, Parks 2, Porter). Turnovers: 11 (K Garnett 4, Marbury 4, Peeler 3). Steals: 8 (Jordan 3, Peeler 3, K Garnett, Roberts).

PHOENIX (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Manning 34 8-16 2-2 5-12 4 4 18 Mcdyess 33 4-11 4-4 2-5 0 3 12 Williams 16 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 Kidd 36 4-8 2-2 2-6 7 2 11 Nash 31 3-9 0-0 0-2 4 1 7 Robinson 22 6-12 4-4 0-5 1 2 17 Johnson 29 2-10 1-1 0-4 7 1 5 Scott 23 6-11 1-2 0-0 1 1 16 Mccloud 6 2-2 1-1 1-3 1 1 6 Bryant 10 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 Chapman DNP - pulled groin Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 16-18 11-43 25 18 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Kidd 1-2, Nash 1-5, Robinson 1-1, Johnson 0-2, Scott 3-6, Mccloud 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Williams 2, Mcdyess, Kidd, Robinson, Mccloud). Turnovers: 15 (Johnson 3, Kidd 3, Robinson 2, Williams 2, Manning, Mccloud, Mcdyess, Nash). Steals: 4 (Kidd 2, Manning, Mcdyess). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 22 23 26 - 99 Phoenix 25 19 26 27 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:07. Officials: Bennie Adams, Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan.


GAME RECAP

Anthony Peeler scored 20 points, including three in the final 14 seconds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off a late rally and hung on to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 99-97, snapping a three-game road losing streak.

With the Timberwolves clinging to a 96-95 lead, Peeler gathered in a long pass from Sam Mitchell and drove for a fast-break dunk with 14 seconds left. Steve Nash hit an uncontested layup with 4.6 seconds remaining to pull the Suns within 98-97.

Peeler was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play. With 2.9 seconds left he made his first attempt but missed the second, with Antonio McDyess pulling down the rebound and giving Phoenix a chance to tie.

George McCloud's inbounds pass for Danny Manning at the foul line sailed high, and after the ball was deflected, Jason Kidd gained possession and took a desperation jumper from the sideline. The ball fell short of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Stephon Marbury had 19 points and 10 assists and Kevin Garnett scored 15 points for the Timberwolves, who have won four of their last five games in Phoenix. Minnesota, after losing its first 25 meetings with Phoenix, has won six of its last eight games against the Suns.

"We got the ball to people we needed to get the ball to and we played well defensively," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We played with good emotion and didn't lose our poise. In the last five minutes some guys fought through and executed some great plays. It's a big win for us from the standpoint of playing a good basketball team and beating them on the road."

Danny Manning had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Cliff Robinson scored 17 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of its last five games. The Suns played without leading scorer Rex Chapman, who strained his left groin in Tuesday's 92-73 loss at Utah. He is expected to miss one week with the injury.

Both teams shot an identical 45 percent (37-for-82) from the field and Phoenix held a slim 43-41 rebounding edge, but the Timberwolves turned 15 Phoenix turnovers into 21 points while the Suns could only convert 11 Minnesota turnovers into six points.

"I think we played a lot better tonight than we did last night," Phoenix coach Danny Ainge said. "We're struggling with our confidence and we're in a little bit of a funk. We played hard, we just didn't hit enough shots. We're playing hard and we're going to get out of this."

A three-pointer by Terry Porter gave Minnesota an 83-75 advantage with 8:17 remaining, but the Suns then used an 8-2 spurt to cut the Timberwolves' lead to 85-83 at the 5:00 mark. The burst was capped by back-to-back layups off steals by Manning and Kidd.

Minnesota appeared in control again after Marbury sank a pair of free throws with 1:27 left to make it 93-85, but Manning converted a three-point play on a follow shot and Kidd hit a drive to pull Phoenix within 93-90 just 36 seconds later.

After Peeler hit a single free throw, Dennis Scott answered for Phoenix with a three-pointer from the left corner, and with 40.7 seconds it was 94-93 Minnesota.

The teams then exchanged baskets, with Marbury hitting a baseline jumper over McDyess and Manning a layup with 18.2 seconds remaining. That set up the final 14 seconds, with Peeler's three points making the difference.

"We didn't play with any motivation in the fourth quarter of our last game (91-87 loss at Dallas on Monday) and we made sure we came out with a lot of poise and energy," Peeler said. "Tonight everyone plugged away until the horn sounded. We came in with a mindset that it was a playoff game and we beat a tough Suns team at home to prove we could win on the road."

Phoenix opened up an 11-3 lead to open the game, but Minnesota reeled off a 10-0 run, capped by consecutive three-pointers by Marbury and Mitchell, to grab the lead at the 5:42 mark of the first quarter.

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