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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 21 26 29 28 104 SACRAMENTO 25 20 21 30 96 FINAL


MINNESOTA (104) AT SACRAMENTO (96)

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

K GARNETT F 40 15-22 2-3 3 11 14 6 3 4 4 32 MITCHELL F 30 5-14 3-4 3 7 10 2 1 0 0 13 PARKS C 30 6-12 3-4 3 6 9 0 2 0 0 15 PEELER G 40 7-14 0-0 1 4 5 4 1 0 1 15 MARBURY G 32 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 10 2 0 3 2 HAMMONDS 4 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 PORTER 27 4-5 2-2 1 1 2 7 1 1 0 11 ROBERTS 18 4-9 3-3 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 11 JORDAN 19 2-2 1-2 0 5 5 1 2 0 2 5 CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-87 14-18 13 39 52 31 17 5 11 104 (.506) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 44 15-27 5-9 2 7 9 1 3 1 1 35 FUNDERBURKE F 26 5-12 0-0 4 3 7 2 1 1 2 10 THORPE C 22 3-9 1-1 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 7 T ABDUL-WAHAD G 25 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 9 JOHNSON G 37 6-15 0-0 4 1 5 6 2 1 0 13 DEHERE 29 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 2 0 6 HENDRICKSON 20 0-3 2-2 1 3 4 4 1 1 0 2 STEWART 26 3-5 5-5 4 5 9 0 2 0 0 11 ROBINSON 11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 OWENS DNP - BRUISED LEFT HEEL RICHMOND DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE POLYNICE DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 39-94 13-17 15 28 43 22 15 7 6 96 (.415) (.765) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 7(9 PTS)

MINNESOTA 21 26 29 28 - 104 SACRAMENTO 25 20 21 30 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, PARKS 2, PEELER, JORDAN. SACRAMENTO - STEWART 2, C WILLIAMSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), PEELER 1-2, MARBURY 0-2, PORTER 1-1. SACRAMENTO 5-14 (.357), T ABDUL-WAHAD 1-3, JOHNSON 1-4, DEHERE 2-5, HENDRICKSON 0-1, ROBINSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, ED MIDDLETON, DEE KANTNER. A - 16,456. T - 1:52.


MINNESOTA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 15-22 2-3 3-14 6 3 32 Mitchell 30 5-14 3-4 3-10 2 1 13 Parks 30 6-12 3-4 3-9 0 2 15 Peeler 40 7-14 0-0 1-5 4 1 15 Marbury 32 1-6 0-0 0-1 10 2 2 Hammonds 4 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 Porter 27 4-5 2-2 1-2 7 1 11 Roberts 18 4-9 3-3 0-2 1 4 11 Jordan 19 2-2 1-2 0-5 1 2 5 Curley DNP - coach's decision Wheat DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-87 14-18 13-52 31 17 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Peeler 1-2, Marbury 0-2, Porter 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 2, Parks 2, Peeler, Jordan). Turnovers: 11 (K Garnett 4, Marbury 3, Jordan 2, Hammonds, Peeler). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 4, Porter).

SACRAMENTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 44 15-27 5-9 2-9 1 3 35 Funderburke 26 5-12 0-0 4-7 2 1 10 Thorpe 22 3-9 1-1 0-4 2 2 7 T Abdul-wahad 25 4-11 0-0 0-3 2 1 9 Johnson 37 6-15 0-0 4-5 6 2 13 Dehere 29 2-9 0-0 0-1 5 2 6 Hendrickson 20 0-3 2-2 1-4 4 1 2 Stewart 26 3-5 5-5 4-9 0 2 11 Robinson 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Owens DNP - bruised left heel Richmond DNP - sore right knee Polynice DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-94 13-17 15-43 22 15 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (T Abdul-wahad 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Dehere 2-5, Hendrickson 0-1, Robinson 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Stewart 2, C Williamson). Turnovers: 7 (Funderburke 2, C Williamson, Robinson, T Abdul-wahad, Thorpe). Steals: 7 (Dehere 2, C Williamson, Funderburke, Hendrickson, Johnson, T Abdul-wahad). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 21 26 29 28 - 104 Sacramento 25 20 21 30 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,456. T: 1:52. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Ed Middleton, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Garnett collected a season-high 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves into sixth place in the Western Conference with a 104-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings, whose 11-game losing streak is their longest in 26 years.

Compensating for a poor performance by Stephon Marbury, Garnett shot 15-of-22 from the field and added six assists. He fueled a third-quarter burst that gave Minnesota control and turned back several second-half rallies by the Kings with clutch baskets and free throws.

"It's been nice to feel like I can't miss," Garnett said. "But I also play the game of basketball and hit the open man. These last few games we've played very consistent. We're trying to set a pace going into the playoffs. I started using my head a little more on when I could help and not help."

"Garnett came up big," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Not only did he score well, but he rebounded well and had four steals."

Cherokee Parks totaled 15 points and nine rebounds and Anthony Peeler also scored 15 points for the Timberwolves (38-34), who moved one-half game ahead of Houston in the West. The sixth-place team avoids a division winner in the opening round of the playoffs.

Corliss Williamson scored 35 points for the Kings, who had just nine players as All-Star guard Mitch Richmond and forward Billy Owens sat out with injuries and center Olden Polynice served the second game of his two-game team-imposed suspension.

"It's still pretty sore," Richmond said. "We'll re-evaluate it this week. I'm not sure if I'll be ready for Milwaukee or not. I should know more (Monday)."

However, Saunders, whose club already is without star forward Tom Gugliotta for the rest of the season and lost forward Tom Hammonds indefinitely with a deep ankle sprain, had no sympathy for the shorthanded Kings.

"No one feels sorry for you when you don't have your players, so you can't feel sorry for them when they don't have theirs," he said. "That's part of this game. It makes it interesting to see how your other players step up. For us, it's been Sam Mitchell. He's been huge since Googs went out and we really needed that from him."

The Kings have lost 11 straight games for the fourth time since a franchise-record 14-game skid in the 1971-72 season, when the team was known as the Cincinnati Royals. The Kings are on the verge of their longest slide since moving from Kansas City in 1985.

Williamson outscored Garnett 18-16 in the first half, but the Wolves held a 47-45 lead. Minnesota began the third quarter with a 12-4 burst as Garnett and Parks scored four points each. A 20-footer by Peeler made it 59-49 with 7:58 left.

"When Kevin gets his game going, it's difficult to stop him," Williamson said.

Garnett scored eight points in the third period, which ended with Minnesota holding a 76-66 lead. The teams traded baskets before a jumper by Garnett, two free throws by Terry Porter and a three-pointer by Peeler gave the Wolves their largest lead at 85-68 with 9:42 remaining.

A jumper by Williamson capped a 7-1 spurt and pulled the Kings within 92-82 with 5:29 left. Tariq Abdul-Wahad's three-pointer made it 96-89 with 2:36 to go, but Garnett responded with two free throws 33 seconds later.

A three-point play by Williamson moved Sacramento within 100-94 with 1:02 remaining, but Garnett dunked to seal the win with 39 seconds left.

"Kevin played great tonight and I just kept feeding him the ball," said Marbury, who scored just two points on 1-of-6 from the field but handed out 10 assists. "I'm trying to get my assists up by getting everybody involved now. I think guys will be more ready and they'll be able to do their thing. And it will be a lot easier for all of us."

Mitchell had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Porter and Stanley Roberts added 11 points apiece for the Wolves, who shot 51 percent (44-of-87) from the field and held a 52-43 rebounding advantage.

Anthony Johnson scored 13 points and Michael Stewart added 11 and nine rebounds for the Kings, who shot just 41.5 percent (39-of-94) while committing only seven turnovers.

"We were a little outmanned tonight," Kings coach Eddie Jordan said. "But I felt we gave a good effort. I like the way Minnesota took it to us. Because they're a playoff team, and our guys have to understand, that that's what playoff teams do."

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