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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 31 25 24 19 99 GOLDEN STATE 19 26 14 22 81 FINAL


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MINNESOTA (99) AT GOLDEN STATE (81)

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

K GARNETT F 37 8-17 6-8 1 14 15 2 1 3 5 22 MITCHELL F 30 6-12 3-3 2 4 6 5 2 1 1 15 NESTEROVIC C 24 5-8 4-5 5 4 9 0 2 0 1 14 BRANDON G 34 6-11 2-2 0 4 4 9 1 2 3 15 SEALY G 37 4-9 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 1 0 8 SMITH 20 3-6 4-4 0 3 3 1 5 1 1 10 JACKSON 14 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 5 1 3 0 PEELER 24 3-7 0-2 1 4 5 4 1 1 0 7 SZCZERBIAK 8 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 D GARRETT 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 AVERY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 HAMMONDS 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-82 19-24 10 40 50 27 23 10 15 99 (.476) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

CAFFEY F 32 5-10 3-4 3 1 4 2 2 0 4 13 JAMISON F 33 3-15 1-2 2 5 7 2 4 0 4 7 MARSHALL C 20 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 0 1 4 BLAYLOCK G 30 5-11 4-6 0 1 1 4 1 3 1 14 JACOBSEN G 22 2-6 0-1 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 4 V CUMMINGS 32 4-13 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 1 3 10 MACK 26 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 1 0 6 FOYLE 11 3-4 0-1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 6 DAVIS 17 4-8 1-2 0 6 6 0 1 1 1 9 FARMER 13 1-3 2-2 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 4 YOUNG 4 0-3 4-4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 DAMPIER DNP - REHAB LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 31-87 15-22 15 29 44 16 23 8 16 81 (.356) (.682) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

MINNESOTA 31 25 24 19 - 99 GOLDEN STATE 19 26 14 22 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - MITCHELL, K GARNETT, SMITH, NESTEROVIC, D GARRETT. GOLDEN STATE - FARMER, MARSHALL, DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), BRANDON 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, PEELER 1-2. GOLDEN STATE 4-9 (.444), BLAYLOCK 0-1, V CUMMINGS 2-4, MACK 2-3, DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, RON OLESIAK, RODNEY MOTT. A - 11,569. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 37 8-17 6-8 1-15 2 1 22 Mitchell 30 6-12 3-3 2-6 5 2 15 Nesterovic 24 5-8 4-5 5-9 0 2 14 Brandon 34 6-11 2-2 0-4 9 1 15 Sealy 37 4-9 0-0 1-5 2 2 8 Smith 20 3-6 4-4 0-3 1 5 10 Jackson 14 0-4 0-0 0-1 3 5 0 Peeler 24 3-7 0-2 1-5 4 1 7 Szczerbiak 8 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 D Garrett 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Avery 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Hammonds 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 19-24 10-50 27 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Brandon 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Peeler 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Mitchell, K Garnett, Smith, Nesterovic, D Garrett). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 5, Brandon 3, Jackson 3, Avery, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Smith). Steals: 10 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Jackson, Mitchell, Peeler, Sealy, Smith).

GOLDEN STATE (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 32 5-10 3-4 3-4 2 2 13 Jamison 33 3-15 1-2 2-7 2 4 7 Marshall 20 2-7 0-0 2-4 1 2 4 Blaylock 30 5-11 4-6 0-1 4 1 14 Jacobsen 22 2-6 0-1 1-4 1 2 4 V Cummings 32 4-13 0-0 1-3 3 2 10 Mack 26 2-7 0-0 1-5 2 5 6 Foyle 11 3-4 0-1 1-1 0 1 6 Davis 17 4-8 1-2 0-6 0 1 9 Farmer 13 1-3 2-2 2-7 1 3 4 Young 4 0-3 4-4 2-2 0 0 4 Dampier DNP - rehab left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-87 15-22 15-44 16 23 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Blaylock 0-1, V Cummings 2-4, Mack 2-3, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Farmer, Marshall, Davis). Turnovers: 17 (Caffey 4, Jamison 4, V Cummings 3, Blaylock, Davis, Farmer, Foyle, Marshall). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 3, Davis, Farmer, Foyle, Mack, V Cummings). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 31 25 24 19 - 99 Golden State 19 26 14 22 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,569. T: 2:08. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ron Olesiak, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 15 rebounds and shut down Antawn Jamison as the Minnesota Timberwolves remained red-hot with an easy 99-81 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Garnett was 8-of-17 from the floor and limited the Warriors' leading scorer to seven points on 3-of-15 shooting. Jamison, who scored a season-high 37 points in Friday's 115-103 triumph over Cleveland, committed four turnovers in 33 minutes and was continually flustered along the interior by the Timberwolves' 7-foot superstar.

"I didn't do anyting special. I just tried to deny him the ball, mix up the defense a little," Garnett said. "I knew the kid had two 30-plus games and I'm not trying to be a victim of that. I understand that he is probably one of the most explosive players in the league. I got some film on him, I watched him, prepared and came out."

"He's real long," Jamison said of his adversary. "He will make it very difficult to see the basket. He does an excellent job of watching your back. It's hard to head fake him and get him out of his defensive position. He comes in and rolls in on you."

Having won 15 of 18 since a season-high eight-game losing streak, Minnesota has established itself as the hottest team in the highly competitive Western Conference. The Timberwolves have won five in a row on the road, four straight overall and exacted some revenge for a 104-76 home loss to the Warriors on December 11.

"The situation we are in and the way we are playing now are probably a direct result of that game," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said of the disappointing loss to the Warriors. "When you are up 20 (points) and you get beat by almost 30, that is a 50-point swing and there is a lot of soul searching that goes on with a lot of people."

"I think we're playing in a real good flow, unselfish, not turning the ball over and beating ourselves," he added. "It's kind of funny, when you're playing like this you don't have to work at it. You just play and execute and things fall into place."

Sam Mitchell and Terrell Brandon had 15 points apiece for Minnesota, which improved to 10-8 on the road after a 1-7 start away from the Target Center.

"I hope we can play better," said Brandon, who returned after missing three games with a strained right calf. "That's our goal before the All-Star break. We have a tough schedule with Houston, San Antonio, Utah and Sacramento to end the month. They're all good teams. We can't take anyone for granted. We're not that type of a team."

Mookie Blaylock scored 14 points and Jason Caffey 13 for the Warriors, who were denied their second three-game winning streak of the season.

"I'll say this, that was a whoopin'," Golden State coach Garry St. Jean said. "That team is a playoff team and they remember the last time we played out there. Our team had a very strong win up there. I'm sure that was talked about between their players and their staff and they came out and played a terrific basketball game."

Radoslav Nesterovic had 14 points and Joe Smith added 10 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who shot 48 percent (39-of-82) and held a 50-44 advantage on the boards. The Timberwolves scored 17 points off turnovers and established a season-high with 40 defensive rebounds, preventing the poor-shooting Warriors from getting many second chances.

Rookie Vonteego Cummings scored 10 points for Golden State, which took a 2-0 lead on Donyell Marshall's 17-footer less than two minutes into play and never led again.

Caffey's jumper pulled the Warriors within 17-14 on a short jumper with 5:40 remaining in the opening period before the Timberwolves pulled away for good.

Nesterovic made a layup, Malik Sealy knocked down a jumper, Brandon was good from 16 feet, Mitchell hit two free throws and Smith capped a 10-0 spurt with a layup to open a 27-14 bulge with 1:36 left in the first quarter.

"We just came out sluggish and never jumped back into it," Marshall said. "They're a good team. Kevin Garnett is a great player but we got to come out and play well every night."

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