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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 18 33 16 91 MINNESOTA 38 25 24 18 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 32, JOHNNY NEWMAN 24, AARON WILLIAMS 11 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 34, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18, KEVIN GARNETT 18

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 8, STEPHEN JACKSON 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,006


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (91) AT MINNESOTA (105)

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

NEWMAN F 43 7-16 10-11 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 24 VAN HORN F 12 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 ESCHMEYER C 27 2-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 0 3 4 JACKSON G 26 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 2 1 5 S MARBURY G 43 12-31 5-7 4 5 9 8 3 0 7 32 HARRIS 23 4-9 1-3 2 1 3 0 1 2 0 9 WILLIAMS 40 3-8 5-6 1 5 6 1 5 1 3 11 STEPANIA 14 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 3 OVERTON 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 SAMAKE 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 DOUGLAS DNP - RIGHT THUMB FRACTURE K MARTIN DNP - FRACTURED RIGHT FIBULA

TOTALS 240 32-81 22-29 13 24 37 15 20 6 17 91 (.395) (.759) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 43 6-16 6-10 4 14 18 2 3 1 1 18 SZCZERBIAK F 38 8-13 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 18 SLATER C 22 2-6 3-4 3 2 5 1 4 0 3 7 BRANDON G 46 15-25 2-2 1 4 5 6 1 4 3 34 LOPEZ G 17 4-4 1-2 2 2 4 4 3 2 1 9 BILLUPS 32 3-6 3-4 2 1 3 4 2 2 1 9 ELLIS 26 4-10 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 0 2 8 NESTEROVIC 5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 MITCHELL 10 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 2 JACOBSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-83 17-24 16 31 47 20 22 10 16 105 (.518) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 18 33 16 - 91 MINNESOTA 38 25 24 18 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - WILLIAMS 2, NEWMAN, ESCHMEYER, STEPANIA. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, LOPEZ, BRANDON, ELLIS, MITCHELL, NESTEROVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-19 (.263), NEWMAN 0-5, VAN HORN 1-2, JACKSON 1-1, S MARBURY 3-10, HARRIS 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-5 (.400), K GARNETT 0-1, BRANDON 2-2, BILLUPS 0-1, ELLIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - LOPEZ. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, TOMMY NUNEZ, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,006. T - 2:04.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Newman 43 7-16 10-11 1-2 2 2 24 Van Horn 12 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Eschmeyer 27 2-3 0-0 2-6 0 5 4 Jackson 26 2-4 0-0 1-5 3 1 5 S Marbury 43 12-31 5-7 4-9 8 3 32 Harris 23 4-9 1-3 2-3 0 1 9 Williams 40 3-8 5-6 1-6 1 5 11 Stepania 14 1-4 1-2 2-4 0 2 3 Overton 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Samake 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Douglas DNP - right thumb fracture K Martin DNP - fractured right fibula _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 22-29 13-37 15 20 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Newman 0-5, Van Horn 1-2, Jackson 1-1, S Marbury 3-10, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Williams 2, Newman, Eschmeyer, Stepania). Turnovers: 17 (S Marbury 7, Eschmeyer 3, Williams 3, Jackson, Newman, Overton, Van Horn). Steals: 6 (Harris 2, Jackson 2, Samake, Williams).

MINNESOTA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 6-16 6-10 4-18 2 3 18 Szczerbiak 38 8-13 2-2 2-4 1 2 18 Slater 22 2-6 3-4 3-5 1 4 7 Brandon 46 15-25 2-2 1-5 6 1 34 Lopez 17 4-4 1-2 2-4 4 3 9 Billups 32 3-6 3-4 2-3 4 2 9 Ellis 26 4-10 0-0 1-4 1 5 8 Nesterovic 5 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Mitchell 10 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Jacobson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-83 17-24 16-47 20 22 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (K Garnett 0-1, Brandon 2-2, Billups 0-1, Ellis 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (K Garnett 3, Lopez, Brandon, Ellis, Mitchell, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 16 (Brandon 3, Slater 3, Ellis 2, Mitchell 2, Szczerbiak 2, Billups, K Garnett, Lopez, Nesterovic). Steals: 10 (Brandon 4, Billups 2, Lopez 2, K Garnett, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 24 18 33 16 - 91 Minnesota 38 25 24 18 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Lopez, 8:45 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (Ellis, 1:33 1st). A: 19,006. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Derosa, Tommy Nunez, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury was up for his return to Minnesota. So was Terrell Brandon.

Brandon scored a career-high 34 points and outplayed Marbury as the Minnesota Timberwolves raced to an early lead and cruised to their eighth straight home victory, 105-91 over Marbury and the New Jersey Nets.

"He had a great performance," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "He was extremely aggressive. He ran our offense to perfection. He took good shots, played 46 minutes, but he went after Steph and kept up his aggressiveness -- going at Steph and making him defend him."

In 1999, Marbury and agent David Falk engineered a three-team trade that moved the explosive point guard from Minnesota to New Jersey and packaged Brandon from Milwaukee to Minnesota.

While Brandon has paired with superstar Kevin Garnett to extend Minnesota's streak of postseason appearances to four, Marbury has been unable to turn around New Jersey, which is one defeat from its second straight 50-loss season.

"Anytime guys are traded, people question it," said Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak, who scored 18 points. "Terrell's been in the playoffs every year since he's been here. Stephon hasn't made it since he's been in New Jersey. The team accolades are what's important, not the individual ones. We're going for 50 wins again and Steph never did that here."

Marbury left Minnesota because he did not like playing in the shadow of Garnett and wanted the exposure that playing close to his hometown of New York would give him. Timberwolves fans have not forgotten and have booed him upon each return.

"I know the boos are a love-hate thing. That's why it doesn't bother me," Marbury said.

This one was no different. Marbury was booed nearly every time he touched the ball and was lit up by Brandon for 21 points in the first half, when the Wolves built a 63-42 lead.

"I sure wasn't trying to have it be a 1-on-1 game," Brandon said. "It was just two guys who like to compete. Both want to take what they're given."

"He played extremely well," admitted Marbury, who made just 12-of-31 shots but added nine rebounds and eight assists. "He's a very good in-between shooter and anytime he gets things going, he's very tough to guard."

Marbury only silenced the sellout crowd of 19,006 at the Target Center by scoring 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter and reducing a 23-point deficit to 84-75. But by that time, it was too late.

Brandon made sure, ending the third quarter with a 3-pointer to permanently rebuild the lead to double digits. He made jumpers on consecutive possessions that gave Minnesota a 95-82 advantage with 7:08 to go.

Brandon made 15-of-25 shots as he surpassed his previous career high of 33 vs. Utah on December 22, 1996, when he was with Cleveland.

"Steph's a great player, there's no question about that," said Saunders. "But Brandon's an awfully good player as well. I was personally happy for him that he had that type of game."

"Obviously, he's a good player, but I don't think we were aggressive enough defensively with him," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "We let him go wherever he wanted to go."

Garnett collected 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks for Minnesota, which shot 52 percent (43-of-83) en route to its fourth straight win overall. The Wolves (42-28) moved into a virtual tie with the Phoenix Suns for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Johnny Newman scored 24 points for the injury-prone Nets, who lost forward Keith Van Horn for the second half to a bruised left knee.

On Thursday, Rookie of the Year candidate Kenyon Martin was lost for the season with a broken leg. New Jersey already is without Kerry Kittles, Kendall Gill, Sherman Douglas and Jamie Feick for the remainder of the season.

"It's hard playing shorthanded," Marbury said. "You go to war with pistols, and they have grenades and bombs. They were dropping bombs on us."

The onslaught started right away as Brandon outscored Marbury 13-10 in the first period, helping Minnesota open a 38-24 lead. He added eight points in the second period, including a runner just before the buzzer that gave the Wolves a 63-42 advantage.

A jumper by Szczerbiak made it 77-55 with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter before Marbury caught fire. He scored 15 points in the next four-plus minutes, including two free throws that made it 84-75 with 1:33 to go.

But Brandon answered with his 3-pointer and the Nets never saw a single-digit deficit again.

"I figured they would press me in the second half and try to get the ball out of my hands," Brandon said. "I just tried to get the ball to the wings. When KG and Wally hit their shots, that opened them up for me to get mine."

Aaron Williams scored 11 points for the Nets, who shot 39.5 percent (32-of-81) and were outrebounded, 47-37.

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