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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 13 27 25 25 90 MINNESOTA 21 22 25 33 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - GEORGE MCCLOUD 18, ANTONIO MCDYESS 17, VOSHON LENARD 13 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 30, SAM MITCHELL 16, TERRELL BRANDON 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, JAMES POSEY 9 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - GEORGE MCCLOUD 6, VOSHON LENARD 5 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, KEVIN GARNETT 7

ATT: 18,777


Extended Box

DENVER (90) AT MINNESOTA (101)

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

MCDYESS F 37 6-17 5-8 3 10 13 3 5 0 0 17 POSEY F 28 3-8 4-5 1 8 9 2 3 0 0 11 LAFRENTZ C 36 3-8 3-4 2 4 6 1 4 0 0 9 LENARD G 32 4-14 3-4 0 1 1 5 2 2 1 13 VAN EXEL G 27 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 3 6 MCCLOUD 32 4-13 7-8 3 3 6 6 4 0 3 18 WILLIS 20 2-4 2-2 0 6 6 0 4 0 0 6 BOWEN 9 2-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 PACK 19 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 4 1 0 1 6 CHEANEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION GOLDWIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-80 25-35 10 36 46 24 25 2 8 90 (.363) (.714) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 44 12-22 6-6 4 11 15 7 3 0 3 30 SZCZERBIAK F 35 2-8 8-10 2 7 9 5 4 0 1 12 SLATER C 19 2-4 3-4 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 7 BRANDON G 36 4-14 6-6 0 5 5 8 2 3 0 15 PEELER G 7 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BILLUPS 26 3-9 1-4 3 4 7 6 4 1 0 7 MITCHELL 25 7-15 1-2 2 1 3 3 0 1 0 16 ELLIS 27 7-9 0-2 0 4 4 1 6 0 0 14 D GARRETT 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 LOPEZ 17 0-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESTEROVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-90 25-34 14 38 52 33 25 5 4 101 (.411) (.735) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 4(7 PTS)

DENVER 13 27 25 25 - 90 MINNESOTA 21 22 25 33 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 2, LENARD, MCCLOUD. MINNESOTA - ELLIS 3, SZCZERBIAK, BRANDON, SLATER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-21 (.333), POSEY 1-3, LAFRENTZ 0-1, LENARD 2-6, VAN EXEL 0-1, MCCLOUD 3-9, PACK 1-1. MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), K GARNETT 0-1, BRANDON 1-2, BILLUPS 0-1, MITCHELL 1-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - WILLIS, VAN EXEL (EJECTED), MCDYESS, LAFRENTZ, MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, ELLIS. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, SEAN CORBIN, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,777. T - 2:13.


Box Score

DENVER (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 37 6-17 5-8 3-13 3 5 17 Posey 28 3-8 4-5 1-9 2 3 11 Lafrentz 36 3-8 3-4 2-6 1 4 9 Lenard 32 4-14 3-4 0-1 5 2 13 Van Exel 27 3-9 0-0 0-3 3 0 6 Mccloud 32 4-13 7-8 3-6 6 4 18 Willis 20 2-4 2-2 0-6 0 4 6 Bowen 9 2-2 0-2 0-0 0 2 4 Pack 19 2-5 1-2 1-2 4 1 6 Cheaney DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Goldwire DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-80 25-35 10-46 24 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Posey 1-3, Lafrentz 0-1, Lenard 2-6, Van Exel 0-1, Mccloud 3-9, Pack 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcdyess 2, Lenard, Mccloud). Turnovers: 9 (Mccloud 3, Van Exel 3, Lenard, Pack). Steals: 2 (Lenard 2).

MINNESOTA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 44 12-22 6-6 4-15 7 3 30 Szczerbiak 35 2-8 8-10 2-9 5 4 12 Slater 19 2-4 3-4 2-4 0 3 7 Brandon 36 4-14 6-6 0-5 8 2 15 Peeler 7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Billups 26 3-9 1-4 3-7 6 4 7 Mitchell 25 7-15 1-2 2-3 3 0 16 Ellis 27 7-9 0-2 0-4 1 6 14 D Garrett 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Lopez 17 0-5 0-0 1-3 3 2 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Nesterovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-90 25-34 14-52 33 25 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (K Garnett 0-1, Brandon 1-2, Billups 0-1, Mitchell 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Ellis 3, Szczerbiak, Brandon, Slater). Turnovers: 4 (K Garnett 3, Szczerbiak). Steals: 5 (Brandon 3, Billups, Mitchell). ____________________________________________ Denver 13 27 25 25 - 90 Minnesota 21 22 25 33 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 4 (Willis, 0:31 2nd; Van Exel (ejected), 0:29 3rd; Mcdyess, 8:24 4th; Lafrentz, 8:03 4th). Minnesota 2 (Illegal Defense, 0:03 1st; Ellis, 0:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,777. T: 2:13. Officials: Don Vaden, Sean Corbin, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets let Kevin Garnett, and their own frustration, get the better of them.

Garnett had 30 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves posted a 101-90 victory over the Nuggets, who hurt themselves with four costly technical fouls in the final 13 minutes.

Garnett made 12-of-22 shots from the floor and continually beat Denver's own All-Star forward, Antonio McDyess.

"It's amazing to see what he's done against `great' forwards in the league," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "In head-to-head matchups he's unbelievable. He carried us in the first half. If you really think about it, how hard the guy plays and the pressure he accepts, it's really phenomenal."

Despite Garnett's dominance throughout, the game was still tied with 30 seconds left in the third quarter when Denver began to unravel.

After Denver's Voshon Lenard nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game for the first time since the first half, Nuggets point guard Nick Van Exel was whistled for a pair of technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with referee Dee Kantner. He felt he was fouled on a shot attempt prior to Lenard's three.

"I probably deserved to get the two technicals," Van Exel admitted. "But I also deserved to get the foul called. I should have just been quiet and played through it."

"(Van Exel's ejection) hurt, especially down the stretch," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "He's like having a coach on the floor. He brings an attitude to the court and hits a lot of key shots."

Wally Szczerbiak made both technical free throws and Minnesota never trailed thereafter. Szczerbiak had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Two more Denver technicals in the fourth quarter -- on Antonio McDyess and Raef LaFrentz -- helped the Timberwolves extend the lead and roll to their third straight win.

Minnesota helped intself with a 7-0 run midway through the final period that opened its largest lead, 85-73, with 7:27 to go. Sam Mitchell scored 10 of his 16 points in the final 12 minutes and the Timberwolves stayed one-half game behind Phoenix in the final spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

"We're going downhill now," Garnett said. "(Mitchell) has been my teacher. He says to come out and show everyone how hard you can play. He leads by example and I'm trying to."

"Every game is more important now because of playoff implications," Saunders added. "You can see the light at the end of the tunnel and naturally you start running faster."

Terrell Brandon added 15 points and eight assists and LaPhonso Ellis also chipped in 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench for the Timberwolves, who lost guard Anthony Peeler to an ankle injury early in the game.

In his absence, Chauncey Billups collected seven points, seven rebounds and six assists.

"(Peeler) being out hurts," Brandon said. "He's going to be tough to miss. The playoffs are only three weeks away, but we have confidence in Chauncey and Felipe (Lopez) to fill in for him."

Minnesota shot just 41 percent (37-of-90) but limited itself to a franchise-low four turnovers while handing out 33 assists.

Denver itself had just eight turnovers but four in the fourth quarter. It shot 36 percent (29-of-80) and made 7-of-21 from the arc.

McDyess had 17 points and 13 rebounds but made just 6-of-17 shots and was severely outplayed by fellow All-Star Garnett.

George McCloud scored 18 points and Lenard finished with 13 but the duo combined to make just 8-of-27 shots and 5-of-15 from 3-point range. James Posey added 10 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which fell to 8-25 on the road.

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