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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             25   25   34   21    105  
     MINNESOTA        38   18   13   28    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 33, MATT HARPRING 17, ANDREI
                      KIRILENKO 15
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, TROY HUDSON 17, 
                      RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 15

Box Score

UTAH (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Malone 38 11-20 11-11 1-9 4 1 33 M Harpring 36 5-13 6-6 3-8 0 2 17 G Ostertag 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 C Cheaney 28 4-7 0-0 1-4 1 2 9 J Stockton 32 2-9 4-4 1-5 13 2 8 M Jackson 21 0-2 0-0 2-4 8 0 0 A Kirilenko 29 3-5 9-10 0-3 2 3 15 T Massenburg 19 6-8 0-0 1-3 0 3 12 S Padgett 7 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 J Amaechi 19 4-10 1-1 2-3 2 3 9 D Stevenson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Arroyo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 31-32 12-42 30 17 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.969. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (M Harpring 1-2, C Cheaney 1-1, A Kirilenko 0-2, S Padgett 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:1 (J Amaechi). Turnovers:10 (J Amaechi 3, T Massenburg 2, C Cheaney 2, A Kirilenko 2, K Malone). Steals: 5 (K Malone 2, C Cheaney 2, J Amaechi). MINNESOTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 12-24 2-9 3-14 4 4 26 G Trent 17 3-7 0-0 2-5 1 2 6 R Nesterovic 28 7-9 1-3 1-4 4 4 15 K Gill 31 3-8 2-2 1-4 4 1 8 T Hudson 29 6-13 2-2 0-1 2 1 17 J Smith 17 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 4 4 R Strickland 25 3-6 0-0 0-2 11 4 6 A Peeler 30 3-11 0-0 1-3 7 2 7 M Jackson 10 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 R Slater 10 2-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 6 L Woods DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-87 9-18 10-38 33 24 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (K Garnett 0-1, T Hudson 3-6, A Peeler 1-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 4, J Smith, R Nesterovic, M Jackson). Turnovers:9 (R Strickland 3, M Jackson 2, G Trent, J Smith, K Garnett, R Nesterovic). Steals: 7 (K Gill 3, A Peeler 2, G Trent, R Slater). -------------------------------------------- UTAH 25 25 34 21 - 105 MINNESOTA 38 18 13 28 - 97 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 2 (COACH Sloan, 4:31 1st; Defensive Three, 4:19 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (R Slater, 4:03 4th). A: 16,473. T: 2:09. Officials: Marc Davis, Ted Bernhardt, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

UTAH (105) AT MINNESOTA (97) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MALONE F 38 11-20 11-11 1 8 9 4 1 2 1 33 M HARPRING F 36 5-13 6-6 3 5 8 0 2 0 0 17 G OSTERTAG C 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 C CHEANEY G 28 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 2 2 9 J STOCKTON G 32 2-9 4-4 1 4 5 13 2 0 0 8 M JACKSON 21 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 8 0 0 0 0 A KIRILENKO 29 3-5 9-10 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 15 T MASSENBURG 19 6-8 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 12 S PADGETT 7 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 J AMAECHI 19 4-10 1-1 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 9 D STEVENSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C ARROYO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-79 31-32 12 30 42 30 17 5 10 105 (.456) (.969) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (14 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 43 12-24 2-9 3 11 14 4 4 0 1 26 G TRENT F 17 3-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 6 R NESTEROVIC C 28 7-9 1-3 1 3 4 4 4 0 1 15 K GILL G 31 3-8 2-2 1 3 4 4 1 3 0 8 T HUDSON G 29 6-13 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 17 J SMITH 17 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 4 R STRICKLAND 25 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 11 4 0 3 6 A PEELER 30 3-11 0-0 1 2 3 7 2 2 0 7 M JACKSON 10 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 R SLATER 10 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 6 L WOODS DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-87 9-18 10 28 38 33 24 7 9 97 (.483) (.500) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9 (15 PTS) UTAH 25 25 34 21 - 105 MINNESOTA 38 18 13 28 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - J AMAECHI. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, J SMITH, R NESTEROVIC, M JACKSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-7 (.286), M HARPRING 1-2, C CHEANEY 1-1, A KIRILENKO 0-2, S PADGETT 0-2. MINNESOTA 4-11 (.364), K GARNETT 0- 1, T HUDSON 3-6, A PEELER 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - COACH SLOAN, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (R SLATER, 4:03 4TH,). OFFICIALS: MARC DAVIS, TED BERNHARDT, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,473. T - 2:09.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Karl Malone scored 23 of his season-high 33 points in the second half as the Utah Jazz ran their winning streak to four games with a 105-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Malone scored 19 points in the third quarter - six more than Timberwolves - as the Jazz turned a 56-50 halftime deficit into an 84-69 lead. In the third period, Malone made 6-of-8 shots and 7-of-7 free throws while Matt Harpring added seven of his 17 points. Malone credited Utah's big third quarter to his teammates finding the open man and setting screens. "To me, guys are making the game simple," Malone said. "We started out and everybody wanted to do it themselves. Now we allow the game to come to us. If a guy is open, you give him the ball. If you can set a screen, you set a screen - help your teammates out." Harpring, who scored a career-high 33 points vs. Minnesota on November 29, gave Utah the lead for good, 59-57, when he took John Stockton's pass for a driving layup with 10:16 remaining. Malone scored 12 of Utah's next 15 points, helping open a 72-61 advantage with 4:04 to go. Malone capped the spurt with a dunk over Marc Jackson. "They're a third-quarter team," Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett said. "They come in for the knockout punch. The third quarter definitely hurt us and we never regained the momentum." "They do some things differently than other teams do," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "They're the best team in the league at setting screens. We may been trying to avoid a screen coming and played the screen a little too much. As soon as you play it, they burn you. They're in motion all the time away from the ball and keep constant pressure on your weakside defense." Malone was not finished. He drilled a 23-footer just over a minute later and stole the ball from Rasho Nesterovic with 2:12 remaining. But as the fourth quarter started, Malone couldn't get anything going against Garnett, who held him scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the period. Malone missed his first three shots and Utah missed seven of its first eight attempts and committed three turnovers. As Garnett kept Malone in check, the Timberwolves began to chip away. They used an 18-5 run and sliced the deficit to 89-87 on Troy Hudson's foul-line jumper with 5:54 remaining. But as soon as Malone's drought ended, so did Utah's. Malone's only basket of the fourth gave Utah a 95-89 lead with 4:26 remaining. Andrei Kirilenko's two-handed baseline dunk made it 99-89 with 3:12 to go. Garnett had 26 points and 14 rebounds for his league-leading 27th double-double. Playing on back-to-back nights for the eighth time this season, Utah started slowly, falling behind 38-25 through 12 minutes as it allowed the Timberwolves to shoot a sizzling 68 percent (17-of-25). Minnesota, which had been idle since Monday, took its largest lead, 38-23, following Rod Strickland's running jumper with five seconds remaining. But Utah gradually chipped away, pulling within 50-41 when John Amaechi converted a reverse layup with 3:51 left in the second quarter. On Utah's next possession, Stockton drilled a 20-foot jumper to get the Jazz within seven and Malone ended the half with a fadeaway jumper with 20 seconds remaining. "It was nice, especially (after) being down in the first quarter," Harpring said. "They knew we played last night and they tried to jump on us early. But we sustained it. We gave up 38 points in the first quarter and that's a lot. But we kept fighting the whole game." Besides Malone's big night, point guards Stockton and Mark Jackson combined for 21 assists. Kirilenko added 15 points and Tony Massenburg chipped in 12 for Utah, which has scored 75 third-quarter points in its last two games. Hudson scored 17 points and Nesterovic added 15 for Minnesota, which shot 48 percent (42-of-87).


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