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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        20   22   28   24    94   
     PHILADELPHIA     29   32   15   23    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 
                      19, ROD STRICKLAND 15
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 41, ERIC SNOW 13, GREG 
                      BUCKNER 11

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, ANTHONY PEELER 8, 
                      RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 7
                PHI - KEITH VAN HORN 10, TODD MACCULLOCH 7, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - ROD STRICKLAND 6, ANTHONY PEELER 6, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 4
                PHI - ERIC SNOW 9, AARON MCKIE 6, GREG BUCKNER
                      3

         ATT:   17,004

Box Score

MINNESOTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 8-17 7-8 7-16 4 3 24 G Trent 8 1-4 2-3 1-2 0 0 4 R Nesterovic 31 9-14 1-1 1-7 1 2 19 T Hudson 36 4-13 2-2 0-1 3 4 10 K Gill 25 1-8 0-0 1-4 2 4 2 J Smith 14 1-5 4-4 1-2 1 0 6 A Peeler 33 2-8 0-0 1-8 6 3 6 R Strickland 34 6-9 3-3 0-3 6 5 15 M Jackson 15 3-3 2-2 0-0 0 2 8 R Slater 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 21-23 12-43 23 24 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.913. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (K Garnett 1-2, T Hudson 0-2, K Gill 0-1, A Peeler 2-7). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (R Nesterovic 5). Turnovers:23 (K Garnett 7, R Strickland 4, R Nesterovic 3, G Trent 2, K Gill 2, T Hudson 2, J Smith, M Jackson, A Peeler). Steals: 6 (R Strickland 4, K Gill, K Garnett). PHILADELPHIA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A McKie 29 3-6 2-2 0-1 6 3 8 K Van Horn 27 2-7 0-0 0-10 1 6 4 T MacCulloch 24 2-7 1-1 1-7 0 5 5 E Snow 36 4-12 5-6 0-3 9 3 13 A Iverson 47 14-29 11-16 0-4 2 1 41 G Buckner 31 5-9 1-2 1-3 3 5 11 D Coleman 24 3-5 3-4 2-5 0 1 9 B Skinner 19 4-7 0-0 4-5 0 1 8 J Salmons 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 E Rentzias DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 23-31 8-38 22 25 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (A McKie 0-1, K Van Horn 0-1, E Snow 0-1, A Iverson 2-4, G Buckner 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:6 (T MacCulloch 4, D Coleman 2). Turnovers:14 (E Snow 3, A Iverson 3, A McKie 2, B Skinner 2, K Van Horn 2, D Coleman, G Buckner). Steals: 17 (G Buckner 5, A Iverson 4, E Snow 2, D Coleman 2, T MacCulloch 2, A McKie, K Van Horn). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 20 22 28 24 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 29 32 15 23 - 99 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (R Strickland, 4:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,004. T: 2:16. Officials: Jess Kersey, Rodney Mott, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (94) AT PHILADELPHIA (99) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 42 8-17 7-8 7 9 16 4 3 1 7 24 G TRENT F 8 1-4 2-3 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 4 R NESTEROVIC C 31 9-14 1-1 1 6 7 1 2 0 3 19 T HUDSON G 36 4-13 2-2 0 1 1 3 4 0 2 10 K GILL G 25 1-8 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 2 J SMITH 14 1-5 4-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 6 A PEELER 33 2-8 0-0 1 7 8 6 3 0 1 6 R STRICKLAND 34 6-9 3-3 0 3 3 6 5 4 4 15 M JACKSON 15 3-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 8 R SLATER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-81 21-23 12 31 43 23 24 6 23 94 (.432) (.913) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 23 (20 PTS) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A MCKIE F 29 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 6 3 1 2 8 K VAN HORN F 27 2-7 0-0 0 10 10 1 6 1 2 4 T MACCULLOCH C 24 2-7 1-1 1 6 7 0 5 2 0 5 E SNOW G 36 4-12 5-6 0 3 3 9 3 2 3 13 A IVERSON G 47 14-29 11-16 0 4 4 2 1 4 3 41 G BUCKNER 31 5-9 1-2 1 2 3 3 5 5 1 11 D COLEMAN 24 3-5 3-4 2 3 5 0 1 2 1 9 B SKINNER 19 4-7 0-0 4 1 5 0 1 0 2 8 J SALMONS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 E RENTZIAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-82 23-31 8 30 38 22 25 17 14 99 (.451) (.742) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15 (19 PTS) MINNESOTA 20 22 28 24 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 29 32 15 23 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 5. PHILADELPHIA - T MACCULLOCH 4, D COLEMAN 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-12 (.250), K GARNETT 1-2, T HUDSON 0- 2, K GILL 0-1, A PEELER 2-7. PHILADELPHIA 2-8 (.250), A MCKIE 0-1, K VAN HORN 0-1, E SNOW 0-1, A IVERSON 2-4, G BUCKNER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - R STRICKLAND. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, RODNEY MOTT, STEVE JAVIE. A - 17,004. T - 2:16.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Just as the Philadelphia 76ers added some scoring help, Allen Iverson showed he may not need it. Iverson scored 26 of his season-high 41 points in the first half, then turned back a rally in the fourth quarter as the 76ers held on for a 99-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although he was second in the NBA in scoring, Iverson had not eclipsed 40 points this season. Some of that has had to do with the offseason addition of scoring forward Keith Van Horn. On Wednesday, the 76ers acquired forward Kenny Thomas from the Houston Rockets, sending journeyman forwards Art Long and Mark Bryant and a future first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team deal. "We're getting a kid (Thomas) that works out with our guys in the summer time and who we would have made a tremendous run at in the free agency," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "Getting a player the caliber of Kenny Thomas, it's just a great day for myself and the franchise," Iverson said. "Hopefully, this is a day we'll all remember and be able to cherish because something special will happen because of it." As news of the trade buzzed through the First Union Center, Iverson was a live wire himself. He made 14-of-29 shots and 11-of-16 free throws and also was disruptive on the defensive end with four steals. It was Iverson's 43rd career 40-point game and first since last March 8 vs. Indiana. The Sixers are 27-16 in those games, having won the last nine. "I rather have a great game and we win than have a great game and lose," Iverson said. "That was just the flow of the game. My teammates were looking for me. They understood that I was hot and they gave me the ball. We milked it." "He was making shots," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "He got the ball out at the top (of the key), where he is very difficult when he is hot. His ability is to break you down when there is nothing there." Eric Snow had 13 points and nine assists and Greg Buckner scored 11 points for the Sixers, who have won two in a row following a five-game slide. Philadelphia is 12-2 at home. Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had won six of their previous eight visits to Philadelphia. Minnesota never led and trailed by as many as 21 points. Iverson scored 15 points in the first quarter as the Sixers raced to a 29-20 lead. He added six during a 12-0 burst early in the second quarter that gave Philadelphia a 41-24 advantage. A steal and layup by Iverson and a tip-in by Brian Skinner gave the Sixers their largest lead at 52-31 with 3:28 left in the first half. "My shot felt good tonight," Iverson said. "Even the ones I missed I felt were going in. I just got the ball in spots where I needed them. My teammates did a great job of setting me up. I just got into a good rhythm tonight and was able to hit shots." Iverson's jumper had Philadelphia in front, 67-51, early in the third period before Minnesota rattled off 13 straight points. Rod Strickland's steal and three-point play cut the deficit to 67-64 with 5:24 remaining. "They came down and made some shots and then we got tight and started deferring to Allen," Brown said. "We stopped running things and tried to hang on." Iverson responded with two free throws and a 3-pointer to rebuild the lead to eight points, and the Sixers took a 76-70 edge into the fourth quarter. "We made some stops, got some run-outs and put ourselves in a situation," Saunders said. "We didn't close out the last 1:50 of that third quarter where we needed a big play." A basket by Rasho Nesterovic, who scored 19 points, opened the final period. Iverson answered with a three-point play off a jumper, and sank another three minutes later to make it 83-74 with 7:31 to go. "He is going to get his baskets," Strickland said. "You are not going to stop him. You just try to make him work as hard as possible." Buckner's jumper and three free throws by Iverson gave the Sixers a 91-78 bulge with 3:35 to play, and the Wolves got no closer than the final margin. Keith Van Horn swept 10 boards before fouling out for the Sixers, who shot 45 percent (37-of-82) and forced 23 turnovers, including seven by Garnett. Strickland scored 15 points and Troy Hudson added 10 for the Wolves, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and held a 43-38 edge on the glass.


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