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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 29 19 26 26 100 MINNESOTA 23 24 29 31 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 21, DONYELL MARSHALL 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 17, ANTHONY PEELER 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 12, GREG OSTERTAG 9 MIN - REGGIE SLATER 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, KARL MALONE 5 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6

ATT: 17,447


Extended Box

UTAH (100) AT MINNESOTA (107)

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

MALONE F 20 4-9 6-6 1 4 5 5 4 0 1 14 MARSHALL F 41 7-15 4-4 3 9 12 1 1 1 1 18 POLYNICE C 21 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 6 RUSSELL G 33 1-5 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 1 2 5 STOCKTON G 32 9-13 2-3 0 2 2 7 1 0 3 21 VAUGHN 20 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 6 MANNING 28 5-11 3-4 3 3 6 1 3 0 2 14 STARKS 26 2-10 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 6 OSTERTAG 13 2-6 3-6 7 2 9 0 3 0 1 7 D BENOIT 6 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 23-29 16 26 42 21 23 2 13 100 (.439) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 21 8-11 0-1 1 5 6 1 3 1 1 17 SZCZERBIAK F 38 7-15 3-3 1 2 3 6 1 0 2 17 SLATER C 23 3-5 3-4 3 4 7 1 2 1 1 9 BRANDON G 35 3-13 4-4 2 2 4 8 0 2 0 10 LOPEZ G 14 3-7 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 7 PEELER 34 4-10 4-4 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 14 NESTEROVIC 20 3-3 1-3 2 4 6 2 5 1 0 7 ELLIS 23 5-11 0-0 2 1 3 1 5 0 0 10 BILLUPS 13 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 9 MITCHELL 14 3-3 1-1 0 4 4 0 2 1 0 7 D GARRETT 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-84 16-20 13 26 39 27 22 7 8 107 (.512) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(7 PTS)

UTAH 29 19 26 26 - 100 MINNESOTA 23 24 29 31 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - STOCKTON, MARSHALL. MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 2, K GARNETT 2, SZCZERBIAK, LOPEZ, BILLUPS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-14 (.357), MARSHALL 0-1, RUSSELL 1-2, STOCKTON 1-2, VAUGHN 2-4, MANNING 1-2, STARKS 0-3. MINNESOTA 5-11 (.455), K GARNETT 1-2, LOPEZ 1-1, PEELER 2-6, BILLUPS 1-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE 2 (EJECTED), STARKS, MANNING, MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, JOE CRAWFORD, GARY BENSON. A - 17,447. T - 2:29.


Box Score

UTAH (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 20 4-9 6-6 1-5 5 4 14 Marshall 41 7-15 4-4 3-12 1 1 18 Polynice 21 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 3 6 Russell 33 1-5 2-2 0-4 2 1 5 Stockton 32 9-13 2-3 0-2 7 1 21 Vaughn 20 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 6 Manning 28 5-11 3-4 3-6 1 3 14 Starks 26 2-10 2-2 1-2 2 3 6 Ostertag 13 2-6 3-6 7-9 0 3 7 D Benoit 6 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 23-29 16-42 21 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Marshall 0-1, Russell 1-2, Stockton 1-2, Vaughn 2-4, Manning 1-2, Starks 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Stockton, Marshall). Turnovers: 13 (Stockton 3, Manning 2, Russell 2, Vaughn 2, Malone, Marshall, Ostertag, Starks). Steals: 2 (Marshall, Russell).

MINNESOTA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 21 8-11 0-1 1-6 1 3 17 Szczerbiak 38 7-15 3-3 1-3 6 1 17 Slater 23 3-5 3-4 3-7 1 2 9 Brandon 35 3-13 4-4 2-4 8 0 10 Lopez 14 3-7 0-0 1-1 2 1 7 Peeler 34 4-10 4-4 1-3 3 1 14 Nesterovic 20 3-3 1-3 2-6 2 5 7 Ellis 23 5-11 0-0 2-3 1 5 10 Billups 13 4-6 0-0 0-1 3 1 9 Mitchell 14 3-3 1-1 0-4 0 2 7 D Garrett 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-84 16-20 13-39 27 22 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.512, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (K Garnett 1-2, Lopez 1-1, Peeler 2-6, Billups 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Nesterovic 2, K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak, Lopez, Billups). Turnovers: 9 (Billups 2, Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett, Lopez, Peeler, Slater). Steals: 7 (Brandon 2, K Garnett, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler, Slater). ____________________________________________ Utah 29 19 26 26 - 100 Minnesota 23 24 29 31 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 4 (Malone 2 (ejected), 7:52 3rd; Starks, 11:30 4th; Manning, 7:47 4th). Minnesota 2 (K Garnett 2 (ejected), 7:52 3rd, 7:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,447. T: 2:29. Officials: Jim Clark, Joe Crawford, Gary Benson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett's teammates were a little bit better than Karl Malone's teammates.

Both All-Star power forwards were ejected 28 seconds apart in the third quarter, but the Minnesota Timberwolves got a big basket from Sam Mitchell in the final minute for a 107-100 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"Well, that was NBA basketball at its best -- fan-tastic," said a sarcastic Jerry Sloan, the coach of the Jazz.

"It seems weird to have both of them gone," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "The guys started to gear up, and then Garnett goes, too. And that's very unusual."

Early in the third quarter of a nationally televised game, Malone overpowered Garnett for a three-point play but was called for a foul on the next possession as the superstars got tangled up, exchanged shoves and received technical fouls.

It was Malone's fourth foul and earned him a seat on the bench. He continued jawing and was ejected by referee Joey Crawford.

That gave a distinct advantage to the Timberwolves, who kept it for less than a half-minute. At the 7:24 mark, Garnett was called for a foul, argued and was ejected for the first time in his six-year career by referee Jim Clark.

"I was surprised that he got kicked out, but I was more surprised what I got kicked out for," Garnett said. I didn't have a crass conversation with (Clark). He must have been a little bit sensitive. I was aware that I already had one technical. Stockton was set down low. I can't just chuck him or I would get a foul so I stood there. After that I went out to guard (Danny) Manning.

"Then there was a whistle. I said, `Damn, I can't believe he called that.' Apparently, that's when I got the second technical. I turned to Reggie (Slater) and asked if I just got my second technical. Then I went to the official and asked him what I got kicked out for, and he said that he didn't want to talk to me and I should get out of his face. I am the captain of the team, so I should be able to talk to him. I've heard guys say crazier things than that and not get tossed out. I haven't been tossed out of a game since I've been in the league."

Minnesota coach Flip Saunders also was flabbergasted.

"I don't think he said anything," Saunders said. "He was more upset with himself, and he didn't do anything to embarrass an official. Everyone was surprised when he got kicked out. Usually when a guy gets a technical, everyone in the whole place knows what happened. He's got more respect for the NBA, for officials and for what the league is about than any player in the game."

With Malone and Garnett in their respective locker rooms, the game lost a lot of its luster.

"I don't think anyone wanted it," Saunders said. "Jerry Sloan didn't want his guy to get thrown out. I didn't want my guy to get thrown out. The people who were here didn't want those guys to get thrown out and the people (watching) on TV didn't want it. I guess officials feel they have to do what they have to do."

The score was tied, 59-59, when Garnett exited. Minnesota held a 76-74 lead entering the fourth quarter and never relinquished it as it received clutch baskets from a half-dozen players, including Mitchell.

After Utah rallied to cut a 10-point deficit to 101-98 in the final minute, Minnesota had the shot clock winding down before Mitchell took a dribble and hit a runner from 14 feet for a 103-98 advantage with 29 seconds to go.

"We knew they were going to switch to the pick-and-roll," said Mitchell. "Wally got trapped, so when Terrell gave it to me, I know John Stockton. He likes to play the passing lane. He faked at me and ran to Anthony Peeler. I had just come into the game, so that was a smart play. But just from experience, I knew Stockton wasn't going to guard me. I was always taught that late in the game, take the ball to the basket, so I did."

Garnett scored 17 points before his ejection. Wally Szczerbiak also scored 17 and Anthony Peeler added 14 off the bench for the Wolves, who beat the Jazz at home for the first time since April 18, 1999.

Malone scored 14 points before getting tossed. Stockton had 21 points and seven assists and Donyell Marshall added 18 and 12 rebounds for Utah, which dropped to 1-8 vs. playoff-bound teams since March 9.

Utah (52-28) remained fourth in the Western Conference but just one game ahead of Dallas. Minnesota (47-33) is virtually locked into eighth place in the West.

Mitchell scored seven points without missing a shot. He had a three-point play with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter that gave Minnesota the lead for good at 68-66.

Reggie Slater had two free throws and a basket to push the lead to 81-74 with 11:10 to play. A transition layup by Chauncey Billups made it 85-76 and two straight jumpers by Szczerbiak opened the advantage to 92-82 with 6:14 left.

Peeler's jumper made it 99-89 with 3:07 to go, but Danny Manning scored inside, Jacque Vaughn made a 3-pointer and Stockton went back door for a layup, pulling Utah within three with 1:34 left.

After Mitchell's shot, Manning threw away a pass and Brandon hit two free throws to seal it.

Brandon collected 10 points and eight assists and LaPhonso Ellis scored 10 points for Minnesota, which shot 51 percent (43-of-84) and committed just nine turnovers.

Manning scored 14 points off the bench for the Jazz, who shot 44 percent (36-of-82) and made 23-of-29 free throws.

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