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NBA AT TOKYO JAPAN

FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 29 17 30 19 95 SACRAMENTO 28 26 24 22 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 34, TERRELL BRANDON 18, ANTHONY PEELER 17 SAC - NICK ANDERSON 17, CHRIS WEBBER 16, VLADE DIVAC 13


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (95) AT SACRAMENTO (100)

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

K GARNETT F 43 12-23 7-8 3 14 17 4 4 3 5 34 SZCZERBIAK F 33 3-8 1-2 1 4 5 1 4 2 1 7 NESTEROVIC C 24 3-9 0-0 3 4 7 0 4 0 0 6 PEELER G 34 7-17 0-0 2 3 5 5 1 1 1 17 BRANDON G 37 8-20 2-3 0 2 2 12 5 3 3 18 SMITH 23 3-10 1-1 3 2 5 0 3 3 3 7 D GARRETT 16 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 2 SEALY 14 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 2 2 HAMMONDS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JACKSON 11 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 0 2 2 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MITCHELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-99 11-14 16 38 54 27 27 12 18 95 (.394) (.786) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 28 5-10 0-0 2 2 4 3 4 2 3 10 WEBBER F 36 7-19 1-2 3 12 15 2 3 0 4 15 DIVAC C 32 4-13 5-6 4 6 10 3 2 2 3 13 ANDERSON G 36 6-12 0-0 1 9 10 5 1 0 1 17 J WILLIAMS G 31 3-10 7-9 0 3 3 6 1 0 4 15 STOJAKOVIC 20 3-10 4-4 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 11 FUNDERBURKE 13 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 6 MARTIN 17 3-11 2-2 0 1 1 5 0 0 2 9 POLLARD 15 1-2 2-2 3 3 6 0 0 2 0 4 BARRY 12 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION DELK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-95 23-27 15 40 55 25 14 7 19 100 (.358) (.852) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

MINNESOTA 29 17 30 19 - 95 SACRAMENTO 28 26 24 22 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 2, K GARNETT, SEALY. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER, DIVAC, POLLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-14 (.429), K GARNETT 3-5, SZCZERBIAK 0-2, PEELER 3-6, JACKSON 0-1. SACRAMENTO 9-24 (.375), WEBBER 0-1, ANDERSON 5-7, J WILLIAMS 2-7, STOJAKOVIC 1-5, MARTIN 1-4. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - BRANDON, SACRAMENTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, JIM CLARK, SEAN CORBIN. A - 32,623. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 12-23 7-8 3-17 4 4 34 Szczerbiak 33 3-8 1-2 1-5 1 4 7 Nesterovic 24 3-9 0-0 3-7 0 4 6 Peeler 34 7-17 0-0 2-5 5 1 17 Brandon 37 8-20 2-3 0-2 12 5 18 Smith 23 3-10 1-1 3-5 0 3 7 D Garrett 16 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 1 2 Sealy 14 1-4 0-0 1-5 1 3 2 Hammonds 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Jackson 11 1-6 0-0 1-3 4 1 2 Avery DNP - coach's decision Mitchell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-99 11-14 16-54 27 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (K Garnett 3-5, Szczerbiak 0-2, Peeler 3-6, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Nesterovic 2, K Garnett, Sealy). Turnovers: 18 (K Garnett 5, Brandon 3, Smith 3, Jackson 2, Sealy 2, D Garrett, Peeler, Szczerbiak). Steals: 12 (Brandon 3, K Garnett 3, Smith 3, Szczerbiak 2, Peeler).

SACRAMENTO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 28 5-10 0-0 2-4 3 4 10 Webber 36 7-19 1-2 3-15 2 3 15 Divac 32 4-13 5-6 4-10 3 2 13 Anderson 36 6-12 0-0 1-10 5 1 17 J Williams 31 3-10 7-9 0-3 6 1 15 Stojakovic 20 3-10 4-4 2-2 0 1 11 Funderburke 13 2-5 2-2 0-2 0 1 6 Martin 17 3-11 2-2 0-1 5 0 9 Pollard 15 1-2 2-2 3-6 0 0 4 Barry 12 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Corbin DNP - coach's decision Delk DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-95 23-27 15-55 25 14 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 9-24, .375 (Webber 0-1, Anderson 5-7, J Williams 2-7, Stojakovic 1-5, Martin 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber, Divac, Pollard). Turnovers: 21 (J Williams 4, Webber 4, C Williamson 3, Divac 3, Martin 2, Anderson, Barry, Stojakovic). Steals: 7 (C Williamson 2, Divac 2, Pollard 2, Stojakovic). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 29 17 30 19 - 95 Sacramento 28 26 24 22 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Brandon, 6:53 3rd). Sacramento 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:07 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 32,623. T: 2:18. Officials: Terry Durham, Jim Clark, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

TOKYO (Ticker) -- A sport invented in America by a Canadian returned to Japan for the first time in three years, and the outcome was decided by a Yugoslavian.

Predrag Stojakovic scored seven points during a fourth-quarter run as the Sacramento Kings won their season opener with a 100-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jason Williams hit four free throws in the final minute for the Kings, who were touted by NBA commissioner David Stern during the offseason as a team whose fast-paced style of play should be emulated by others.

The crowd at the Tokyo Dome, which included Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, certainly seemed excited by the appearance of the Kings and Timberwolves, who meet again on Sunday (Saturday night in the United States).

In an effort to build a global following of a game invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, the NBA made its fifth venture into Japan to open the season. The initial appearance was a two-game series between Phoenix and Utah in 1990 and the most recent was New Jersey against Orlando in a pair of contests in 1996.

Williams hit a pair of free throws to put the Kings ahead 96-92 with 27 seconds left and Minnesota superstar Kevin Garnett cut it to three with 1-of-2 foul shots six seconds later.

Williams was not so reliable with 19 seconds left, missing a pair of free throws. Terrell Brandon hit a jumper for the Timberwolves with 13 seconds left to make it 96-95.

Williams atoned with two foul shots with 12 seconds left. The Wolves looked for the equalizer, but Brandon stepped on the 3-point line before launching a jumper that went in and out in the closing seconds. Stojakovic closed the scoring with two free throws.

Stojakovic scored the final seven points during an 11-2 run as Sacramento opened a 91-80 lead with 4:46 left. He also hit a 3-pointer during that spurt.

The Timberwolves used a 12-3 run to climb within 94-92 with 43 seconds left. Garnett scored five points in that spurt and Anthony Peeler capped it with a 3-pointer.

Nick Anderson led the Kings with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Webber had 15 and 15 and Vlade Divac added 13 and 10. Anderson, acquired in an offseason trade with Orlando, made his debut with Sacramento.

Garnett poured in 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Brandon added 18 points for Minnesota.

Sacramento closed the first half on a 12-5 spurt to open a 54-46 cushion. Webber scored the final four points in that run and finished the half with 10. Garnett led Minnesota with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Radoslav Nesterovic, Minnesota's 1998 first-round pick, scored six points in an 18-10 run that cut the deficit to 78-76 after three quarters.

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