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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 25 19 25 31 100 MINNESOTA 25 29 31 26 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 21, SHAWN MARION 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 MIN - RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 23, TERRELL BRANDON 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - OLIVER MILLER 8, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 7, TOM GUGLIOTTA 4 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 20,003


Extended Box

PHOENIX (100) AT MINNESOTA (111)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 32 4-6 4-4 1 0 1 4 2 0 0 12 MARION F 26 5-12 2-2 2 2 4 2 2 2 1 13 LONGLEY C 12 1-3 2-2 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 4 HARDAWAY G 35 8-14 3-3 0 7 7 3 1 0 5 21 KIDD G 34 5-14 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 1 6 11 CHAPMAN 18 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 4 O MILLER 24 3-6 1-1 4 4 8 1 0 1 1 7 ROGERS 24 3-12 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 2 0 6 ROBINSON 24 4-10 3-4 0 2 2 2 3 1 1 12 LIVINGSTON 9 3-5 4-4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 DAY 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-87 21-22 11 27 38 25 17 9 16 100 (.425) (.955) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 38 8-21 0-1 3 9 12 6 1 2 4 16 SZCZERBIAK F 32 7-13 3-4 1 4 5 1 3 2 2 18 NESTEROVIC C 35 11-12 1-2 3 5 8 4 3 0 1 23 BRANDON G 36 10-17 1-1 0 5 5 9 0 4 3 21 PEELER G 28 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 6 4 0 1 7 SMITH 18 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 SEALY 22 2-5 1-1 1 1 2 2 0 1 2 5 JACKSON 12 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 5 2 1 0 4 D GARRETT 7 2-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 6 MITCHELL 10 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 AVERY 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 HAMMONDS 1 1-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 49-92 11-15 11 36 47 35 16 11 15 111 (.533) (.733) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

PHOENIX 25 19 25 31 - 100 MINNESOTA 25 29 31 26 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA 2, MARION 2, ROGERS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 5-11 (.455), MARION 1-2, HARDAWAY 2-2, KIDD 1-1, ROGERS 0-3, ROBINSON 1-2, LIVINGSTON 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), K GARNETT 0-3, SZCZERBIAK 1-2, PEELER 1-2. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - CHAPMAN. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, BENNIE ADAMS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,003. T - 2:03.


Box Score

PHOENIX (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 32 4-6 4-4 1-1 4 2 12 Marion 26 5-12 2-2 2-4 2 2 13 Longley 12 1-3 2-2 1-5 2 0 4 Hardaway 35 8-14 3-3 0-7 3 1 21 Kidd 34 5-14 0-0 0-4 7 2 11 Chapman 18 1-4 2-2 0-0 2 3 4 O Miller 24 3-6 1-1 4-8 1 0 7 Rogers 24 3-12 0-0 2-6 0 3 6 Robinson 24 4-10 3-4 0-2 2 3 12 Livingston 9 3-5 4-4 0-0 1 0 10 Day 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 21-22 11-38 25 17 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.955. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Marion 1-2, Hardaway 2-2, Kidd 1-1, Rogers 0-3, Robinson 1-2, Livingston 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Gugliotta 2, Marion 2, Rogers). Turnovers: 16 (Kidd 6, Hardaway 5, Chapman 2, Marion, O Miller, Robinson). Steals: 9 (Marion 2, Rogers 2, Day, Kidd, Livingston, O Miller, Robinson).

MINNESOTA (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 8-21 0-1 3-12 6 1 16 Szczerbiak 32 7-13 3-4 1-5 1 3 18 Nesterovic 35 11-12 1-2 3-8 4 3 23 Brandon 36 10-17 1-1 0-5 9 0 21 Peeler 28 3-7 0-0 0-4 6 4 7 Smith 18 1-5 0-0 1-2 2 2 2 Sealy 22 2-5 1-1 1-2 2 0 5 Jackson 12 2-4 0-0 1-4 5 2 4 D Garrett 7 2-2 2-2 0-3 0 1 6 Mitchell 10 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Avery 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Hammonds 1 1-1 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-92 11-15 11-47 35 16 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.533, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (K Garnett 0-3, Szczerbiak 1-2, Peeler 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 4, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 4, Brandon 3, Sealy 2, Szczerbiak 2, Avery, Nesterovic, Peeler, Smith). Steals: 11 (Brandon 4, K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak 2, Jackson, Sealy, Smith). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 25 19 25 31 - 100 Minnesota 25 29 31 26 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Chapman, 7:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,003. T: 2:03. Officials: Jack Nies, Bennie Adams, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- For the first time this season, Kevin Garnett was simply spectacular, while Radoslav Nesterovic was the one who was unstoppable.

Nesterovic missed just one shot and scored eight of his 23 points in a decisive third-quarter burst as the Minnesota Timberwolves raced to their third straight victory, 111-100 over the Phoenix Suns.

Through the first three games, the 6-11 Garnett was unstoppable, averaging league highs of 33.3 points and 14.3 rebounds despite facing constant double-teams. Although he was just 8-of-21 from the field, he had 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks.

"I felt that I had a bad game personally, but the important thing is the other guys stepped up for us and we won," Garnett said. "That tells a lot about the character of our team. My expectations for myself are very high."

"He's playing great," former Timberwolves forward Tom Gugliotta said. "I think he was happy his teammates were chipping in. I don't think he wants that burden of having to score 35 points a night. He's a great player."

The defensive attention given Garnett opened the court for the 7-foot Nesterovic, Minnesota's 1998 first-round pick who played just one game last season. The native of Slovenia was 11-of-12 from the field and added eight rebounds.

"I try to do my best every game," Nesterovic said. "Tonight everything went well. I had a good time playing in front of the crowd. I was more aggressive tonight and things went my way."

"He had a tough training camp, tougher than anyone else," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "That's because we lost all of the big guys (to injuries). He was the only center in training camp and he had to play all the time. ... He's getting rebounds and moving on the floor really well. He's long and can contest shots."

Terrell Brandon had 21 points and nine assists and rookie Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points for Minnesota, which shot 53 percent (49-of-92) from the field and held a 47-38 advantage on the boards.

Penny Hardaway scored 21 points and rookie Shawn Marion added 13 for Phoenix, which shot 42.5 percent (37-of-87) and has lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.

"I sensed a little fatigue tonight," said Suns coach Danny Ainge, whose club committed 16 turnovers. "The last four nights, turnovers have hurt us. Against good teams they hurt us."

The Timberwolves took the lead for good with a 13-2 burst that opened the second quarter. Six players scored in the run, which was capped by Malik Sealy's free throw with 7:31 remaining that provided a 38-27 lead.

Phoenix closed to 54-44 at halftime before Nesterovic took over in the third quarter. He scored eight points in a 17-4 spurt before a jumper by Anthony Peeler gave the Wolves their biggest lead at 77-56 with 5:53 left in the period.

"The guys have been kidding (Nesterovic) about being more aggressive when he gets the ball," Saunders said. "He's going to be a good player."

"He got some rebounds and flashes," Ainge said. "We were concerned about Garnett and probably didn't give him as much respect as we needed to."

Timely shooting by Nesterovic, Szczerbiak, Brandon and Garnett kept the Wolves in control. The Suns got no closer than the final margin.

"I think one of the big keys was when KG is not having one of his monster games he's been having, and they continue to trap him, he finds the open people," Saunders said. "He moved the ball and he got after it defensively. He got the ball to Rasho (Nesterovic) and Wally and a couple of times when we needed it, he got the bucket."

"You can dominate from other places than scoring," Garnett said. "Having six or more steals and some blocks can help out, too. Scottie Pippen has shown that."

Nesterovic's shooting performance tied the single-game club mark shared by Garnett and Gugliotta, who again was booed in a return to Minnesota. He departed as a free agent prior to last season.

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