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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 25 14 18 28 85 PHOENIX 27 32 19 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - SAM MITCHELL 16, MALIK SEALY 11, KEVIN GARNETT 10 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 16, JASON KIDD 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, JOE SMITH 8 PHO - LUC LONGLEY 12, SHAWN MARION 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, MALIK SEALY 5 PHO - JASON KIDD 7, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 5

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (85) AT PHOENIX (101)

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

K GARNETT F 35 5-21 0-0 2 11 13 5 3 0 4 10 MITCHELL F 29 6-11 4-4 1 0 1 2 3 2 1 16 NESTEROVIC C 24 4-6 1-2 2 2 4 1 3 1 0 9 JACKSON G 26 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 SEALY G 25 4-7 3-3 2 1 3 5 1 1 1 11 SMITH 19 3-5 0-0 4 4 8 0 3 0 0 6 AVERY 22 3-11 1-2 0 3 3 2 2 2 3 9 PEELER 23 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 6 SZCZERBIAK 19 3-7 1-1 1 3 4 2 3 2 0 8 D GARRETT 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 HAMMONDS 14 2-5 2-3 3 2 5 1 1 3 1 6 BRANDON DNP - LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-89 12-15 16 28 44 22 23 11 15 85 (.393) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 26 4-11 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 10 ROBINSON F 31 5-10 6-6 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 16 LONGLEY C 34 5-9 4-4 3 9 12 0 4 0 0 14 HARDAWAY G 33 6-10 0-0 1 4 5 5 1 3 3 12 KIDD G 36 6-11 3-6 1 3 4 7 2 2 5 16 BLOUNT 13 1-2 0-2 0 3 3 0 1 2 1 2 MARION 17 4-7 6-6 4 4 8 1 0 0 1 14 ROGERS 20 2-7 0-0 0 6 6 4 3 0 2 4 CHAPMAN 11 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 LIVINGSTON 12 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 10 BAILEY 4 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 WEST 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 38-78 24-30 12 35 47 22 14 11 14 101 (.487) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(20 PTS)

MINNESOTA 25 14 18 28 - 85 PHOENIX 27 32 19 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC. PHOENIX - KIDD, ROGERS, MARION, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-9 (.333), K GARNETT 0-1, MITCHELL 0-1, AVERY 2-6, SZCZERBIAK 1-1. PHOENIX 1-6 (.167), ROBINSON 0-1, HARDAWAY 0-1, KIDD 1-2, ROGERS 0-1, CHAPMAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, VIOLET PALMER, JIM CLARK. A - 19,023. T - 2:00.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 35 5-21 0-0 2-13 5 3 10 Mitchell 29 6-11 4-4 1-1 2 3 16 Nesterovic 24 4-6 1-2 2-4 1 3 9 Jackson 26 0-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Sealy 25 4-7 3-3 2-3 5 1 11 Smith 19 3-5 0-0 4-8 0 3 6 Avery 22 3-11 1-2 0-3 2 2 9 Peeler 23 3-8 0-0 1-3 3 1 6 Szczerbiak 19 3-7 1-1 1-4 2 3 8 D Garrett 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Hammonds 14 2-5 2-3 3-5 1 1 6 Brandon DNP - left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 12-15 16-44 22 23 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (K Garnett 0-1, Mitchell 0-1, Avery 2-6, Szczerbiak 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Nesterovic). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 4, Avery 3, Jackson 3, D Garrett, Hammonds, Mitchell, Peeler, Sealy). Steals: 11 (Hammonds 3, Avery 2, Mitchell 2, Szczerbiak 2, Nesterovic, Sealy).

PHOENIX (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 26 4-11 2-2 2-5 0 1 10 Robinson 31 5-10 6-6 0-1 3 0 16 Longley 34 5-9 4-4 3-12 0 4 14 Hardaway 33 6-10 0-0 1-5 5 1 12 Kidd 36 6-11 3-6 1-4 7 2 16 Blount 13 1-2 0-2 0-3 0 1 2 Marion 17 4-7 6-6 4-8 1 0 14 Rogers 20 2-7 0-0 0-6 4 3 4 Chapman 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Livingston 12 4-7 2-2 0-1 2 0 10 Bailey 4 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 West 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 24-30 12-47 22 14 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Robinson 0-1, Hardaway 0-1, Kidd 1-2, Rogers 0-1, Chapman 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Kidd, Rogers, Marion, Longley). Turnovers: 14 (Kidd 5, Hardaway 3, Rogers 2, Blount, Gugliotta, Livingston, Marion). Steals: 11 (Hardaway 3, Blount 2, Kidd 2, Chapman, Gugliotta, Livingston, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 25 14 18 28 - 85 Phoenix 27 32 19 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:00. Officials: Ron Garretson, Violet Palmer, Jim Clark.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Rookie Shawn Marion and Luc Longley keyed a big second-quarter run as the Phoenix Suns handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their second pummeling in as many nights, 101-85.

Marion tallied 10 points and Longley eight in a 26-6 burst to open the second quarter that helped the Suns open a commanding 53-31 advantage with four minutes left in the half.

Cliff Robinson and All-Star Jason Kidd netted 16 points apiece for the Suns, who won their sixth straight home game and improved to 21-5 overall at America West Arena. Phoenix also clinched a winning home mark for the 31st straight season.

"We're playing a lot better," Robinson said. "I think that we're doing a lot better to make sure that guys are coming back and fitting in. Guys are sacrificing their games to make the adjustments."

Longley had 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds and Marion also scored 14 for Phoenix, which enters the All-Star break with a 29-19 record. In last season's lockout-shortened campaign, the Suns went 27-23.

"To be 29-19 in my opinion, as I told the guys, is a great accomplishment from them, considering what they've been through," said Suns coach Scott Skiles. "We're happy with six out of seven, going into the break. We're feeling good about ourselves right now."

Sam Mitchell netted 16 points and Kevin Garnett had a season-low 10 and 13 rebounds for the Wolves, who were coming off Wednesday's 114-81 drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Garnett finished just 5-of-21 from the field but was able to score in double figures for the 176th straight.

"I think these last few games show that when you relax and when you don't come out with that focus or edge, you get beat up pretty bad," Garnett said. "The NBA's crazy like that. You have one night when you're great and one night when you're terrible. The best thing is that tomorrow is another day."

The Timberwolves enter the break with a 27-20 mark after going 25-25 last season.

Mitchell, who made 6-of-11 shots, gave the Wolves their last lead at 25-23 with 31 seconds left in the first period. Phoenix scored the last four points of the quarter and then took control to start the second.

Longley and Marion each scored a basket to trigger the decisive burst that Robinson capped with two free throws with 3:59 to play before intermission that opened a 53-31 bulge.

During the run, the Suns made 11-of-14 shots while Minnesota connected on just 2-of-14 attempts. Phoenix shot 60 percent (25-of-42) in the half while holding the Wolves to 44 percent (17-of-39).

The Suns opened the third quarter like they finished the second, using a 13-4 burst, capped by a jumper from Kidd to take their biggest lead, 72-43, with 7:13 left in the period.

Penny Hardaway (12), Tom Gugliotta (10) and Randy Livingston (10) also scored in double figures for the Suns, who shot 49 percent (38-of-78) and held a 47-44 rebounding edge.

Minnesota, which trailed by at least 15 points the entire second half, shot 39 percent (35-of-89).

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