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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 21 27 18 23 89 NEW YORK 27 16 23 27 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, SAM MITCHELL 13, MALIK SEALY 12 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, KURT THOMAS 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, MALIK SEALY 6 NYK - PATRICK EWING 8, LARRY JOHNSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, CHARLIE WARD 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (89) AT NEW YORK (93)

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

K GARNETT F 40 5-17 13-16 4 9 13 3 4 1 7 23 MITCHELL F 33 5-9 3-3 0 2 2 1 5 0 2 13 NESTEROVIC C 13 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 6 BRANDON G 38 5-9 1-1 0 4 4 10 2 1 3 11 SEALY G 27 6-13 0-0 3 3 6 0 1 0 0 12 D GARRETT 9 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 SZCZERBIAK 12 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 3 6 SMITH 27 2-5 1-4 4 0 4 1 4 2 2 5 JACKSON 10 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 PEELER 25 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 9 HAMMONDS 6 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 4 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 18-24 13 26 39 23 27 4 20 89 (.461) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(20 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 31 1-6 0-0 3 4 7 4 5 0 3 2 SPREWELL F 43 5-13 8-8 1 1 2 4 2 1 0 19 EWING C 36 7-12 1-1 1 7 8 0 3 2 6 15 HOUSTON G 39 6-18 6-10 0 4 4 2 4 2 4 18 WARD G 24 2-4 4-4 0 2 2 5 1 1 0 10 THOMAS 24 6-8 4-4 3 2 5 1 5 1 0 16 DUDLEY 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 CHILDS 27 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 6 1 1 1 6 WALLACE 8 2-3 1-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 5 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-71 24-29 8 27 35 22 24 8 15 93 (.465) (.828) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

MINNESOTA 21 27 18 23 - 89 NEW YORK 27 16 23 27 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, MITCHELL, SMITH, D GARRETT. NEW YORK - EWING 2, WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-9 (.111), K GARNETT 0-3, BRANDON 0-2, SEALY 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, PEELER 1-2. NEW YORK 3-5 (.600), SPREWELL 1-1, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 2-2, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HEAD COACH SAUNDERS, PEELER, NEW YORK - WALLACE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 5-17 13-16 4-13 3 4 23 Mitchell 33 5-9 3-3 0-2 1 5 13 Nesterovic 13 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 3 6 Brandon 38 5-9 1-1 0-4 10 2 11 Sealy 27 6-13 0-0 3-6 0 1 12 D Garrett 9 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Szczerbiak 12 3-5 0-0 2-3 1 2 6 Smith 27 2-5 1-4 4-4 1 4 5 Jackson 10 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 Peeler 25 4-9 0-0 0-1 3 3 9 Hammonds 6 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 18-24 13-39 23 27 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (K Garnett 0-3, Brandon 0-2, Sealy 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Peeler 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (K Garnett, Mitchell, Smith, D Garrett). Turnovers: 20 (K Garnett 7, Brandon 3, Szczerbiak 3, Mitchell 2, Smith 2, Hammonds, Nesterovic, Peeler). Steals: 4 (Smith 2, Brandon, K Garnett).

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 31 1-6 0-0 3-7 4 5 2 Sprewell 43 5-13 8-8 1-2 4 2 19 Ewing 36 7-12 1-1 1-8 0 3 15 Houston 39 6-18 6-10 0-4 2 4 18 Ward 24 2-4 4-4 0-2 5 1 10 Thomas 24 6-8 4-4 3-5 1 5 16 Dudley 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Childs 27 3-5 0-0 0-3 6 1 6 Wallace 8 2-3 1-2 0-4 0 1 5 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-71 24-29 8-35 22 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (Sprewell 1-1, Houston 0-1, Ward 2-2, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing 2, Ward). Turnovers: 15 (Ewing 6, Houston 4, L Johnson 3, Childs, Dudley). Steals: 8 (Ewing 2, Houston 2, Childs, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 21 27 18 23 - 89 New York 27 16 23 27 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Head Coach Saunders, 11:47 2nd; Peeler, 5:33 2nd). New York 1 (Wallace, 8:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Even with some help from Allan Houston, superstar Kevin Garnett remained winless in Madison Square Garden.

Garnett missed a potential tying tip-in in the waning seconds and Houston atoned for two missed free throws by making two and giving the New York Knicks a 93-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Harassed and double-teamed for most of the game, Garnett was unable to find his rhythm until late in the fourth quarter, when the 23-year-old All-Star dueled 37-year-old Patrick Ewing. He made only 5-of-17 shots and committed seven turnovers.

"That's respect," Garnett said. "It's not like it's something I didn't expect, I get double-teamed damn near every night. I probably need to do a better job of getting my teammates the ball and them knocking down shots."

"They are a tough team to guard," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Garnett obviously causes some huge problems, but I thought Larry Johnson did as good a job guarding him as you can do. Larry is a very underrated defender in the post."

However, Garnett still collected 23 points and 13 rebounds and gave the Timberwolves an 86-85 lead with 3:42 remaining with a step-back jumper over Ewing.

Ewing's short jumper over Garnett gave the Knicks the lead for good at 89-87 with 2:09 to go. He partially blocked a shot by Garnett less than a minute later and the Knicks appeared in good shape after two free throws by Latrell Sprewell gave them a 91-87 edge with 18 seconds left.

Garnett made two free throws and Houston -- an 83 percent foul shooter who has had more than his share of late-game troubles from the line -- gave Minnesota life by missing a pair with 13 seconds remaining.

Sam Mitchell drove through the lane and missed an off-balance shot. Garnett went up for the rebound but his follow attempt missed and New York rebounded. Sent to the line again, Houston made a pair to seal the win.

"I was so thankful I had another opportunity, that's all you can ask, to get another chance to do it," Houston said. "The bottom line is that we won and I made the free throws so it kind of wipes out what happened."

Garnett scored 35 points in a 93-90 home win over the Knicks on November 11 but has yet to win in New York in his five-year career. The Timberwolves have not won at Madison Square Garden since January 16, 1991, when Garnett was 14 years old.

"Maybe it's the curse of the Garden, the mecca of basketball, is sometimes like that against the fresher teams," Garnett said.

"We knew he was going to get his shots and make shots. We were just able to limit the makes," Knicks forward Kurt Thomas said. "He seemed frustrated but he kept shooting and that's what it takes to be an All-Star."

Latrell Sprewell scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack for the Knicks, who had four players with at least 15 points. New York bounced back from a 21-point loss at Toronto on Tuesday and has won nine of its last 10 home games.

Already without sparkplug forward Marcus Camby, the Knicks lost guard Charlie Ward for three to four weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his right pinky.

"I really liked how we took some shots," Van Gundy said. "Guys went down with fouls or were hurt and then came back up and played and made some good plays."

Mitchell scored 13 points for the Wolves, who are slumping again. In its last 37 games, Minnesota has lost eight in a row, won 20 of 25 and lost four in a row.

"It was really frustrating, since we had lost eight in a row, we were trying not to lose two in a row," Wolves guard Malik Sealy said. "We have got to stop the bleeding."

A follow shot by Thomas, who scored 16 points, gave the Knicks an 85-79 lead with 4:57 to go, but Mitchell converted a three-point play and Garnett made two free throws before his jumper gave the Wolves the lead.

Sprewell answered with a jumper and Garnett tied it with a free throw before Ewing's jumper. Minnesota had a chance to tie it with 42 seconds left but Joe Smith missed two foul shots.

The Knicks opened a 38-29 lead on a dunk by Chris Dudley with 7:32 remaining in the second quarter and still held a 43-36 advantage after a jumper by Sprewell with 4:43 left before going more than seven minutes without a point.

The Wolves scored the last 12 points of the first half and the first six of the second, capped by a tough jumper by Terrell Brandon that made it 54-43 with 9:50 left in the third quarter.

A jumper by Sealy, who scored 12 points, gave Minnesota a 60-51 lead before Houston scored seven of New York's next nine points. Thomas' dunk closed the period and pulled the Knicks into a 66-66 tie.

"They were parading a little bit we have to take these things personally, we have to take offense," Knicks guard Chris Childs said. "To do something about it because if we don't teams are going to think we are a weak team."

Houston scored 18 points and Ewing added 15 for New York, which shot 46.5 percent (33-of-71) from the field, made 24-of-29 free throws and forced 20 turnovers.

Brandon had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolves, who shot 46 percent (35-of-76) and held a 39-35 rebounding edge.

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