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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 24 14 18 22 78 MINNESOTA 22 30 26 20 98 FINAL


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DALLAS (78) AT MINNESOTA (98)

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

FINLEY F 43 5-15 0-0 1 2 3 5 3 0 6 10 TRENT F 31 5-12 6-13 2 9 11 1 0 0 1 16 ANSTEY C 24 6-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 12 DAVIS G 44 2-9 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 6 NASH G 31 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 10 5 0 2 3 BRADLEY 27 5-8 3-4 3 3 6 0 3 0 2 13 GREEN 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 NOWITZKI 10 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 4 STRICKLAND 8 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 WALKER 17 3-5 3-5 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 9 PACK DNP - TEAR RIGHT HAMSTRING WILLIAMS DNP - STOMACH FLU

TOTALS 240 30-69 17-28 9 22 31 20 16 2 15 78 (.435) (.607) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 31 11-12 0-0 3 6 9 8 4 1 3 22 MITCHELL F 27 5-12 1-2 0 8 8 3 3 3 1 11 CURLEY C 12 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 BRANDON G 31 10-16 0-0 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 22 SCOTT G 29 0-4 4-4 1 2 3 5 1 0 1 4 D GARRETT 29 6-8 0-0 2 5 7 0 1 1 0 12 HAMMONDS 26 7-11 1-2 1 1 2 0 6 1 3 15 JACKSON 22 2-11 0-0 0 1 1 5 4 0 1 4 JORDAN 19 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 1 PATTERSON 14 2-5 1-2 4 3 7 2 4 0 2 5 ROBINSON DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS SMITH DNP - SEPARATED LEFT RIBS

TOTALS 240 44-84 8-12 14 31 45 34 29 7 12 98 (.524) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

DALLAS 24 14 18 22 - 78 MINNESOTA 22 30 26 20 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, ANSTEY 2, WALKER, TRENT. MINNESOTA - MITCHELL, PATTERSON, HAMMONDS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 1-8 (.125), FINLEY 0-1, DAVIS 0-1, NASH 1-3, NOWITZKI 0-1, STRICKLAND 0-2. MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), BRANDON 2-2, SCOTT 0-2, JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,609. T - 2:05.


Box Score

DALLAS (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 43 5-15 0-0 1-3 5 3 10 Trent 31 5-12 6-13 2-11 1 0 16 Anstey 24 6-7 0-0 1-1 0 2 12 Davis 44 2-9 2-2 0-2 4 1 6 Nash 31 1-3 0-0 0-4 10 5 3 Bradley 27 5-8 3-4 3-6 0 3 13 Green 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Nowitzki 10 1-3 2-2 1-1 0 1 4 Strickland 8 1-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Walker 17 3-5 3-5 1-2 0 1 9 Pack DNP - tear right hamstring Williams DNP - stomach flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-69 17-28 9-31 20 16 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Finley 0-1, Davis 0-1, Nash 1-3, Nowitzki 0-1, Strickland 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Bradley 2, Anstey 2, Walker, Trent). Turnovers: 16 (Finley 6, Bradley 2, Nash 2, Anstey, Davis, Nowitzki, Trent, Walker). Steals: 2 (Anstey, Nowitzki).

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 31 11-12 0-0 3-9 8 4 22 Mitchell 27 5-12 1-2 0-8 3 3 11 Curley 12 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 4 2 Brandon 31 10-16 0-0 1-3 6 1 22 Scott 29 0-4 4-4 1-3 5 1 4 D Garrett 29 6-8 0-0 2-7 0 1 12 Hammonds 26 7-11 1-2 1-2 0 6 15 Jackson 22 2-11 0-0 0-1 5 4 4 Jordan 19 0-2 1-2 1-3 5 1 1 Patterson 14 2-5 1-2 4-7 2 4 5 Robinson DNP - lower back spasms Smith DNP - separated left ribs _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-84 8-12 14-45 34 29 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.524, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Brandon 2-2, Scott 0-2, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Mitchell, Patterson, Hammonds). Turnovers: 13 (Hammonds 3, K Garnett 3, Patterson 2, Jackson, Jordan, Mitchell, Scott). Steals: 7 (Mitchell 3, D Garrett, Hammonds, Jordan, K Garnett). ____________________________________________ Dallas 24 14 18 22 - 78 Minnesota 22 30 26 20 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Head Coach Nelson 2 (ejected), 0:04 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,609. T: 2:05. Officials: Ed F Rush, Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon scored 16 of his season-high 22 points in the third quarter and Kevin Garnett came close to a triple-double as the puzzling Minnesota Timberwolves destroyed the Dallas Mavericks, 98-78.

Brandon also handed out six assists and his huge third quarter helped Minnesota build a 78-55 cushion. He hit all seven of his shots from the field in the period, including a long jumper and 3-pointer to close it.

"I took what presented itself," Brandon said. "Coach was disappointed that I only took eight shots in the last game. He wanted me to shoot more. But I love to pass. We have so many good guys, so it's easy for me to pass to them. Tonight, I just started getting good looks."

Garnett collected 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and finished 11-of-12 from the floor, tying a team record for best field-goal percentage with 10 shots or more (.917).

The Timberwolves dominated the second and third quarters. They outscored the Mavericks by a 56-31 margin over those periods while shooting 63 percent (25-of-39) from the field and holding Dallas to 32 percent (11-of-34).

With Gov. Jesse Ventura in attendance, the Wolves won for the fourth time in six games. Included in that stretch is a 15-point home loss to the league-worst Los Angeles Clippers and a 100-93 win over the Miami Heat, among the best teams in the East. Minnesota was coming off Sunday's home loss to Milwaukee.

Gary Trent had 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Mavs, who have dropped eight straight on the road and fell to 2-14 overall away from home.

"I'm disappointed in our defense," said Mavs assistant coach Donn Nelson. "We were just poor. We let them get to the middle too much, and we gave up too many offensive rebounds. They came out with more fire and passion than we did tonight."

Nelson took over the reins for Dallas after his father, coach Don Nelson, was ejected in the waning moments of the first half for arguing with officials.

Tom Hammonds and Dean Garrett both played key roles off the bench for Minnesota, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively. Hammonds and Garrett each had eight points in the second period as Minnesota took command.

With the Timberwolves down 24-22 after one, Garrett opened the second quarter with consecutive jumpers to trigger a 10-0 run. Garnett and Garrett added jumpers before Hammonds capped the burst with a fast-break dunk for a 32-24 lead.

"Dean Garrett energized us by hitting his jump shots and playing well on the defensive end," Brandon added. "We got big minutes from everyone on the bench."

"At shootaround, the big guys worked on their shot in the post," Garrett said. "When I get in the motion...I shoot well. When I don't get in the motion, I can be really bad."

A hook shot by Hammonds sparked a 14-4 tear later in the period. Garnett, Brandon, Sam Mitchell and Garrett all had jumpers and Brandon fed Hammonds for a dunk and a jumper for a 50-36 cushion.

Minnesota went to the half with a 52-38 lead and put the game out of reach with a 9-1 spurt to close the third. Brandon buried a 12-footer and fed Mitchell for a jumper before hitting twice from the outside in the final two minutes.

"He has the ability to do that (take over)," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "As he sees how the game goes, I think he'll get a sense of when he can do that and when he can't. He's still trying to find his niche with our guys."

The Timberwolves led by at least 20 points in the fourth and took their largest lead, 88-60, on a slam by Garnett.

"We came out soft in the first quarter. In the second quarter we picked it up, and that snowballed," Hammonds said. "We jumped on them in the third and that was the game."

Mitchell chipped in 11 points and eight boards, helping the Timberwolves to a 45-31 edge on the glass.

Shawn Bradley scored 13 points and Chris Anstey added 12 for Dallas, but leading scorer Michael Finley was held to 10 on 5-of-15 shooting. Steve Nash dished out 10 assists for the Mavs, who made only 1-of-8 3-pointers and 17-of-28 free throws.

"The key for us tonight, to have a chance to win the game, was to match their intensity," Bradley said. "We didn't do that, bottom line."

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