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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 14 22 10 28 74 MINNESOTA 34 34 33 26 127 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 15, EDDY CURRY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 MIN - JOE SMITH 17, KEVIN GARNETT 15, TERRELL BRANDON 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - DALIBOR BAGARIC 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 MIN - JOE SMITH 8, KEVIN GARNETT 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 12, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 9

ATT: 15,719


Extended Box

CHICAGO (74) AT MINNESOTA (127)

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

FIZER F 15 1-6 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 3 OAKLEY F 23 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 4 MILLER C 22 2-7 4-5 2 0 2 0 4 4 2 8 ANTHONY G 22 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 2 MERCER G 29 7-14 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 15 CHANDLER 22 3-4 0-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 3 6 HASSELL 23 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 1 0 0 3 6 OLLIE 21 2-6 2-2 2 2 4 3 1 1 2 6 HOIBERG 17 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 CURRY 11 3-5 3-5 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 9 BAGARIC 21 2-7 3-6 2 4 6 3 2 1 3 7 GUYTON 14 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 8

TOTALS 240 29-73 15-24 9 20 29 19 21 7 19 74 (.397) (.625) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(34 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 28 7-9 1-1 0 7 7 6 1 2 1 15 SMITH F 27 7-10 3-4 3 5 8 3 2 1 1 17 NESTEROVIC C 23 6-6 1-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 1 13 BRANDON G 23 5-9 4-4 0 3 3 12 0 4 1 14 SZCZERBIAK G 22 6-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 13 MITCHELL 14 4-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 11 PEELER 17 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 6 WOODS 16 1-1 4-4 0 2 2 1 4 1 0 6 BILLUPS 25 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 9 3 1 1 6 TRENT 19 6-10 1-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 13 D GARRETT 9 3-4 0-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 6 LOPEZ 17 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 7

TOTALS 240 52-81 18-22 7 32 39 39 24 10 9 127 (.642) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

CHICAGO 14 22 10 28 - 74 MINNESOTA 34 34 33 26 - 127

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - CHANDLER 5, FIZER, BAGARIC. MINNESOTA - WOODS 3, NESTEROVIC, TRENT, K GARNETT, D GARRETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 1-7 (.143), ANTHONY 0-2, MERCER 1-4, HOIBERG 0-1. MINNESOTA 5-11 (.455), K GARNETT 0-2, SZCZERBIAK 1-1, MITCHELL 1-2, PEELER 0-1, BILLUPS 2-4, LOPEZ 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEON WOOD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 15,719. T - 2:02.


Box Score

CHICAGO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fizer 15 1-6 1-2 0-2 2 1 3 Oakley 23 2-4 0-0 0-0 3 3 4 Miller 22 2-7 4-5 2-2 0 4 8 Anthony 22 1-7 0-0 0-1 3 2 2 Mercer 29 7-14 0-0 1-3 1 2 15 Chandler 22 3-4 0-2 1-4 0 4 6 Hassell 23 2-4 2-2 1-4 1 0 6 Ollie 21 2-6 2-2 2-4 3 1 6 Hoiberg 17 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Curry 11 3-5 3-5 0-1 0 2 9 Bagaric 21 2-7 3-6 2-6 3 2 7 Guyton 14 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 8 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-73 15-24 9-29 19 21 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Anthony 0-2, Mercer 1-4, Hoiberg 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Chandler 5, Fizer, Bagaric). Turnovers: 21 (Bagaric 3, Chandler 3, Hassell 3, Oakley 3, Miller 2, Ollie 2, Anthony, Fizer, Mercer). Steals: 7 (Miller 4, Bagaric, Mercer, Ollie).

MINNESOTA (127) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 28 7-9 1-1 0-7 6 1 15 Smith 27 7-10 3-4 3-8 3 2 17 Nesterovic 23 6-6 1-2 0-3 2 5 13 Brandon 23 5-9 4-4 0-3 12 0 14 Szczerbiak 22 6-8 0-0 0-2 3 1 13 Mitchell 14 4-5 2-2 0-2 0 0 11 Peeler 17 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 6 Woods 16 1-1 4-4 0-2 1 4 6 Billups 25 2-8 0-0 0-1 9 3 6 Trent 19 6-10 1-2 1-4 1 4 13 D Garrett 9 3-4 0-1 1-3 0 2 6 Lopez 17 2-6 2-2 1-2 1 2 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 52-81 18-22 7-39 39 24 127 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.642, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (K Garnett 0-2, Szczerbiak 1-1, Mitchell 1-2, Peeler 0-1, Billups 2-4, Lopez 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Woods 3, Nesterovic, Trent, K Garnett, D Garrett). Turnovers: 10 (Peeler 2, Billups, Brandon, K Garnett, Lopez, Nesterovic, Smith, Szczerbiak). Steals: 10 (Brandon 4, K Garnett 2, Billups, Peeler, Smith, Woods). ____________________________________________ Chicago 14 22 10 28 - 74 Minnesota 34 34 33 26 - 127 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,719. T: 2:02. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leon Wood, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves found a nice way to punctuate the best start in franchise history.

The Timberwolves had seven players in double figures, led by Joe Smith's 17 points, and embarrassed the Chicago Bulls, 127-74, for the largest victory in team history and the franchise's first 5-0 start.

The 53-point differential also marked the worst loss for the Bulls, who suffered a 115-68 defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic on April 2, 1999. Minnesota shattered its previous biggest victory of 39 points over Golden State on February 23 of last season.

Chicago, which has dropped four straight to Minnesota, was never in this contest, falling behind by 20 points after just 12 minutes and allowing the Timberwolves to make it a laugher with a 33-10 third quarter.

"What you saw out there tonight was pathetic," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "On defense we didn't give enough of ourselves and Minnesota did. Every pass and shot was challenged. The young guys were pathetic and the old guys were pathetic. We couldn't beat a sloppy junior high team tonight."

Terrell Brandon had 14 points and 12 assists and Kevin Garnett collected 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves, who also established a team shooting record at 64.2 percent (52-of-81).

"We don't expect this. We're always having fun, but it's early and we look for the ups and downs of the season," said Brandon. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to go out and focus at all times."

Minnesota scored 19 of the game's first 25 points and the rout was on. A 20-footer by Wally Szczerbiak with just under four minutes to play in the opening quarter made it 23-8 and Rasho Nesterovic made two free throws for a 30-10 advantage with 1:24 left in the period.

"This is a no-mercy league," said Minnesota guard Chauncey Billups, who had nine assists. "We play like this and it's great for everyone. It's a fun style of play."

The 20-point deficit after 12 minutes marked the closest the Bulls would be the rest of the night. Minnesota's bulge grew to as much as 56 points in the waning minutes, by which time most off the 15,719 in attendance had departed the Target Center.

Nesterovic and Szczerbiak had 13 points apiece and Gary Trent came off the bench to net 13 points in 19 minutes for Minnesota, which held a 39-29 advantage on the boards and went 5-of-11 from 3-point range.

The Timberwolves forced 21 turnovers which they turned into 34 points and committed only 10 miscues.

Minnesota collected 39 assists, three off the team record.

"Unselfishness starts with me," said Brandon. "I get people the ball and we as a team build on it."

Ron Mercer was the only player in double figures for Chicago with 15 points. The Bulls shot just 40 percent (29-of-73) from the floor, made only 1-of-7 3-pointers and missed nine free throws.

"They (the Bulls) are going to be good players, but it takes some time for them to develop in this league," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said.

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