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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 32 12 29 21 94 ATLANTA 22 23 20 19 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 17, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 17 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 21, ALAN HENDERSON 19, JASON TERRY 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, LAPHONSO ELLIS 8 ATL - LARRY ROBINSON 8, ALAN HENDERSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 4, MATT MALONEY 4

ATT: 13,036


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (94) AT ATLANTA (84)

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

K GARNETT F 40 10-15 4-4 1 10 11 5 2 2 3 25 SZCZERBIAK F 39 4-11 9-10 1 4 5 1 5 2 2 17 NESTEROVIC C 11 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 BILLUPS G 34 5-11 6-6 0 0 0 5 3 0 2 17 PEELER G 36 4-9 3-4 0 1 1 0 3 1 4 11 D GARRETT 18 0-1 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 ELLIS 26 4-8 6-6 2 6 8 0 4 1 1 14 DAY 8 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 AVERY 18 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 3 8 MITCHELL 9 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 SLATER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRANDON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 29-62 32-34 5 31 36 12 27 8 17 94 (.468) (.941) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

D JOHNSON F 25 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 7 HENDERSON F 35 9-13 1-2 3 4 7 0 3 2 2 19 MUTOMBO C 32 4-9 2-4 2 3 5 0 3 0 2 10 MALONEY G 27 4-7 1-1 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 9 JACKSON G 38 6-12 8-8 0 2 2 4 2 0 3 21 MOTTOLA 13 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 3 2 TERRY 21 3-8 4-6 1 2 3 2 4 0 3 11 WRIGHT 16 0-8 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 1 CRAWFORD 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ROBINSON 28 1-7 2-2 0 8 8 0 3 4 0 4 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-72 21-27 8 24 32 12 27 7 16 84 (.417) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

MINNESOTA 32 12 29 21 - 94 ATLANTA 22 23 20 19 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ELLIS 2, NESTEROVIC. ATLANTA - D JOHNSON, MUTOMBO, JACKSON, WRIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-10 (.400), K GARNETT 1-1, BILLUPS 1-4, PEELER 0-1, AVERY 2-4. ATLANTA 3-14 (.214), D JOHNSON 1-1, MALONEY 0-3, JACKSON 1-2, TERRY 1-3, WRIGHT 0-1, ROBINSON 0-4. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, JIM CLARK, KEVIN FEHR. A - 13,036. T - 2:21.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 10-15 4-4 1-11 5 2 25 Szczerbiak 39 4-11 9-10 1-5 1 5 17 Nesterovic 11 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 Billups 34 5-11 6-6 0-0 5 3 17 Peeler 36 4-9 3-4 0-1 0 3 11 D Garrett 18 0-1 0-0 0-5 0 2 0 Ellis 26 4-8 6-6 2-8 0 4 14 Day 8 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Avery 18 2-4 2-2 0-2 1 2 8 Mitchell 9 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Slater 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brandon DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-62 32-34 5-36 12 27 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (K Garnett 1-1, Billups 1-4, Peeler 0-1, Avery 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Ellis 2, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 17 (Peeler 4, Avery 3, K Garnett 3, Billups 2, Szczerbiak 2, Day, Ellis, Nesterovic). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak 2, Avery, Ellis, Mitchell, Peeler).

ATLANTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Johnson 25 3-7 0-0 1-3 2 2 7 Henderson 35 9-13 1-2 3-7 0 3 19 Mutombo 32 4-9 2-4 2-5 0 3 10 Maloney 27 4-7 1-1 0-0 4 3 9 Jackson 38 6-12 8-8 0-2 4 2 21 Mottola 13 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 3 2 Terry 21 3-8 4-6 1-3 2 4 11 Wright 16 0-8 1-2 1-3 0 3 1 Crawford 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Robinson 28 1-7 2-2 0-8 0 3 4 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision A Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 21-27 8-32 12 27 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (D Johnson 1-1, Maloney 0-3, Jackson 1-2, Terry 1-3, Wright 0-1, Robinson 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (D Johnson, Mutombo, Jackson, Wright). Turnovers: 17 (Jackson 3, Mottola 3, Terry 3, D Johnson 2, Henderson 2, Mutombo 2, Wright). Steals: 7 (Robinson 4, Henderson 2, Maloney). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 32 12 29 21 - 94 Atlanta 22 23 20 19 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:08 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,036. T: 2:21. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Jim Clark, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett continues to dominate. The Atlanta Hawks continue to be dominated.

Garnett maintained his torrid play of late by scoring 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves extended their winning streak to four games with a 94-84 victory over the woeful Hawks.

The Timberwolves entered the fourth quarter with a 73-65 lead but the Hawks got within 88-84 on a jumper by Alan Henderson with 1:16 remaining.

Garnett, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, responded by draining a jumper with 53 seconds left to put Minnesota up by six.

Garnett has been instrumental during his team's winning streak, collecting at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each game.

"We're 6-4, and with a blink, we could be 9-1," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "When we were 2-4, I said the positive was that after six games, we gave ourselves a chance to win all those games. Eventually, when guys get comfortable with what they're doing, they're going to start winning those games."

Wally Szczerbiak scored 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter and Chauncey Billups, starting in the place of injured point guard Terrell Brandon, also had 16 for Minnesota.

Jimmy Jackson scored 21 points and Henderson contributed 19 for the Hawks (1-10), who are off to their worst one-win start since moving from St. Louis to Atlanta prior to the 1968-69 season.

"We're playing much better basketball now than we were 10 days ago, no question about that," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "The awareness is much better defensively, and our efficiency offensively is much better."

The Timberwolves hit their first nine shots and were 14-of-17 overall in the first quarter as they built a 32-22 lead.

Garnett, who hit his first six shots, gave Minnesota its largest lead at 40-28 with a dunk early in the second quarter. But the Wolves went cold from the field down the stretch as the Hawks closed out the first half on a 17-4 run to take a one-point lead at the half. Minnesota made just 1-of-11 shots over the final six minutes of the second quarter.

Atlanta took its largest lead at 61-55 with 5:35 left in the third quarter on a layup by Henderson, but Minnesota responded with an 18-4 surge to grab an eight-point advantage.

An 18-foot jumper by Szczerbiak with 34 seconds left completed a 9-0 run to end the third quarter.

"We try to execute and play unselfishly, and we kind of got away from that in the second quarter. That's what cost us our lead," Szczerbiak said. "But Flip gave us a good pep talk at halftime and told us to get our acts together. And we did that in the third quarter."

Former Hawk LaPhonso Ellis had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Minnesota shot 47 percent (29-of-62) and outrebounded the Hawks, 36-32. The Wolves were solid from the line, making 32-of-34.

Jason Terry scored 11 points off the bench and Dikembe Mutombo added 10 as the Hawks made 42 percent (30-of-72) of their shots, but were just 3-of-14 from 3-point range.

"This losing thing started last year and it's got to stop," Henderson said. "We just need to keep working hard and do what we can to start getting some wins. It takes its toll on everybody and we need to make sure we keep everybody's spirits up."

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