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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 20 36 25 17 98 NEW YORK 16 21 12 28 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 25, JOE SMITH 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 NYK - LAVOR POSTELL 18, KURT THOMAS 15, SHANDON ANDERSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, JOE SMITH 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 NYK - KURT THOMAS 6, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 5, SHANDON ANDERSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - ROBERT PACK 5, KEVIN GARNETT 5, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 6, MARK JACKSON 3, HOWARD EISLEY 2

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (98) AT NEW YORK (77)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 32 6-14 0-0 2 13 15 5 1 2 1 12 S MITCHELL F 15 2-4 1-3 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 5 R NESTEROVIC C 21 2-5 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 2 0 6 C BILLUPS G 31 2-8 2-2 1 3 4 5 1 1 2 6 W SZCZERBIAK G 31 9-11 5-6 3 1 4 0 2 3 5 25 A PEELER 28 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 12 J SMITH 17 4-8 5-6 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 13 F LOPEZ 22 1-4 5-6 1 1 2 1 5 0 1 7 R PACK 17 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 0 2 0 G TRENT 14 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 8 L WOODS 6 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 M JACKSON 6 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 4

TOTALS 240 37-77 20-25 15 31 46 19 24 10 16 98 (.481) (.800) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16 (12 PTS)

NEW YORK

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

S ANDERSON F 31 4-8 3-4 0 5 5 0 2 3 6 11 C WEATHERSPOON F 22 2-6 0-0 2 3 5 0 5 0 1 4 K THOMAS C 32 6-10 3-4 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 15 M JACKSON G 22 2-10 4-4 3 1 4 3 0 0 0 9 L SPREWELL G 37 1-8 0-0 0 1 1 6 2 4 3 2 T KNIGHT 18 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 3 4 O HARRINGTON 19 2-4 1-4 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 5 L POSTELL 28 5-11 7-11 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 18 H EISLEY 19 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 1 2 7 F SPENCER 5 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 C WARD 7 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 A HOUSTON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 26-66 22-31 7 24 31 15 23 9 17 77 (.394) (.710) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18 (19 PTS)

MINNESOTA 20 36 25 17 - 98 NEW YORK 16 21 12 28 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, S MITCHELL, R NESTEROVIC, W SZCZERBIAK. NEW YORK - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-9 (.444), K GARNETT 0-2, C BILLUPS 0- 2, W SZCZERBIAK 2-2, A PEELER 2-3. NEW YORK 3-14 (.214), S ANDERSON 0- 3, M JACKSON 1-4, L SPREWELL 0-3, L POSTELL 1-2, H EISLEY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - J SMITH. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE. A - 19,763. T - 2:11.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (98)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 32 6-14 0-0 2-15 5 1 12 S Mitchell 15 2-4 1-3 1-2 1 0 5 R Nesterovic 21 2-5 2-2 1-1 1 3 6 C Billups 31 2-8 2-2 1-4 5 1 6 W Szczerbiak 31 9-11 5-6 3-4 0 2 25 A Peeler 28 5-10 0-0 0-1 0 2 12 J Smith 17 4-8 5-6 3-6 0 2 13 F Lopez 22 1-4 5-6 1-2 1 5 7 R Pack 17 0-1 0-0 0-2 5 4 0 G Trent 14 4-7 0-0 1-3 0 2 8 L Woods 6 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 M Jackson 6 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 4

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 20-25 15-46 19 24 98 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (K Garnett 0-2, C Billups 0-2, W Szczerbiak 2-2, A Peeler 2-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (K Garnett 2, S Mitchell, R Nesterovic, W Szczerbiak). Turnovers:16 (W Szczerbiak 5, R Pack 2, C Billups 2, L Woods 2, G Trent, M Jackson, F Lopez, J Smith, K Garnett). Steals: 10 (W Szczerbiak 3, K Garnett 2, R Nesterovic 2, G Trent, C Billups, A Peeler).

NEW YORK (77)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Anderson 31 4-8 3-4 0-5 0 2 11 C Weatherspoon 22 2-6 0-0 2-5 0 5 4 K Thomas 32 6-10 3-4 1-6 1 4 15 M Jackson 22 2-10 4-4 3-4 3 0 9 L Sprewell 37 1-8 0-0 0-1 6 2 2 T Knight 18 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 4 O Harrington 19 2-4 1-4 0-3 1 3 5 L Postell 28 5-11 7-11 0-3 0 1 18 H Eisley 19 2-4 2-2 1-1 2 2 7 F Spencer 5 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 C Ward 7 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 A Houston DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-66 22-31 7-31 15 23 77 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (S Anderson 0-3, M Jackson 1-4, L Sprewell 0-3, L Postell 1-2, H Eisley 1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:17 (S Anderson 6, L Sprewell 3, T Knight 3, H Eisley 2, C Weatherspoon, K Thomas, F Spencer). Steals: 9 (L Sprewell 4, S Anderson 3, H Eisley, O Harrington).

------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 20 36 25 17 - 98 NEW YORK 16 21 12 28 - 77 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (J Smith, 0:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:11. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Wally Szczerbiak had a nearly perfect homecoming against the New York Knicks.

Szczerbiak, a native of nearby Long Island, scored 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 10-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden with a 98-77 thrashing of the Knicks.

Neither Szczerbiak nor Garnett played in the fourth quarter.

Szczerbiak capped a 17-1 run with a 3-pointer that gave Minnesota a 49-27 advantage with 2:16 remaining in the second quarter. The Timberwolves led, 56-37, at halftime and between 17 and 35 points thereafter.

"We got into a nice rhythm and quite simply we were able to shoot the ball well," Szczerbiak said. "It was a solid victory. The Knicks got a little confused on a couple of sets and because of that their switching wasn't as quick as we're used to seeing from the Knicks, so we took advantage and hit some big shots."

It was just the Wolves' second victory in 13 attempts at the Garden. Minnesota's only prior victory in New York came on January 16, 1991.

"I like playing here," Szczerbiak said. "I've seen my share of Knick games here. It was nice to have the support of my family and friends, but certainly this is not the type of Knick team I'm used to seeing."

Minnesota, which won for just the fourth time in 13 games, shot 48 percent (37-of-77) while limiting New York to 39 percent (26-of-66) with an effective zone defense.

"We don't have the same defensive team we had last year because of personnel," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "That's a big difference. We were known for our good defensive team but we don't have the same players. We lost Larry Johnson, who was probably our best defensive player. We also lost Marcus Camby, our second best."

The Timberwolves manhandled the Knicks on the boards, 46-31, and had more points in the paint (34-24) and second-chance points (16-9).

"They killed us on the boards," Chaney said. "They kept getting second shots. We had a lack of energy and aggression. We've been very inconsistent."

Knicks star Latrell Sprewell was held to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 37 minutes. He did not score until 10 1/2 minutes remained in the contest.

"I didn't feel good out there, but I hate using that as an excuse," Sprewell said. We still had good looks. It just wasn't going down. I just wasn't there defensively. Offensively I just turned the ball over early, nothing went right."

Lavor Postell scored 18 points and Kurt Thomas 15 for New York, which was playing without Allan Houston, who sat out his third straight game with a sprained left ankle.

"I want to give them credit, they played a great game," Postell said. "We didn't play a good defensive game. They had a lot of open looks and made baskets."

"Just knowing the situation that Allan Houston is not playing and from the standpoint that we knew Spree was sick, we knew that might hurt them," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We are coming off where we have actually been playing good the last three or four days. We are starting to play with more confidence."

With the victory, Minnesota moved within a one-half game of Portland for the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"I think we're definitely playing better, but we need to be playing our best come playoff time, and that's what we're moving towards," Minnesota guard Chauncey Billups said.

The Knicks, normally an outstanding home team, fell to 18-19 at the Garden this season. Though the game was officially the team's 428 consecutive sellout, many seats were empty and those who did attend rained boos upon the Knicks for much of the final three quarters.

"I feel bad for everyone, especially when you go through a tough game like that," Sprewell said. "You hate it for the fans, everything -- it was just a poor performance."

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