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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        31   24   22   20    97   
     UTAH             20   29   31   29    109     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 34, TROY HUDSON 21, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 14
                UTH - KARL MALONE 28, MATT HARPRING 21, JOHN 
                      STOCKTON 18

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6, 
                      MARC JACKSON 5
                UTH - KARL MALONE 9, GREG OSTERTAG 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, TROY HUDSON 6, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 5
                UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 11, KARL MALONE 6, MARK 
                      JACKSON 5

         ATT:   19,370

Box Score

MINNESOTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 40 5-15 4-4 3-6 5 3 14 K Garnett 41 13-22 7-9 4-10 6 3 34 R Nesterovic 33 2-5 2-2 2-4 2 6 6 T Hudson 40 9-16 3-3 0-3 6 2 21 A Peeler 31 2-7 2-2 1-1 0 1 8 K Gill 25 3-11 0-0 1-2 0 3 6 M Wilks 8 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 M Jackson 13 0-1 0-2 2-5 1 2 0 G Trent 8 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 2 I Rakocevic 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Smith DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 20-24 14-33 21 23 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (W Szczerbiak 0-1, K Garnett 1-1, T Hudson 0-3, A Peeler 2-4, K Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (W Szczerbiak 3, K Garnett, M Jackson). Turnovers:12 (K Garnett 4, W Szczerbiak 3, G Trent 2, T Hudson 2, R Nesterovic). Steals: 8 (A Peeler 2, T Hudson 2, K Gill, M Wilks, W Szczerbiak, K Garnett). UTAH (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 34 8-17 4-4 1-5 2 4 21 K Malone 42 10-14 8-9 0-9 6 3 28 G Ostertag 31 2-3 2-3 0-7 1 2 6 J Stockton 30 7-9 3-3 0-0 11 2 18 C Cheaney 26 2-4 0-0 1-4 1 2 4 M Jackson 17 3-6 0-0 1-2 5 2 6 A Kirilenko 32 3-6 3-4 2-5 2 2 10 D Stevenson 9 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 T Massenburg 12 1-3 1-1 0-0 2 0 3 S Padgett 6 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 7 C Arroyo 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-71 21-24 5-35 30 20 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.592, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-4, 1.000 (M Harpring 1-1, J Stockton 1-1, A Kirilenko 1-1, S Padgett 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (G Ostertag 3, A Kirilenko 3). Turnovers:16 (K Malone 3, M Jackson 3, M Harpring 3, J Stockton 2, D Stevenson 2, C Cheaney 2, T Massenburg). Steals: 6 (M Harpring 2, T Massenburg, K Malone, A Kirilenko, G Ostertag). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 31 24 22 20 - 97 UTAH 20 29 31 29 - 109 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 1 (COACH Sloan, 8:18 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,370. T: 2:12. Officials: Monty McCutchen, Ronnie Nunn, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (97) AT UTAH (109) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 40 5-15 4-4 3 3 6 5 3 1 3 14 K GARNETT F 41 13-22 7-9 4 6 10 6 3 1 4 34 R NESTEROVIC C 33 2-5 2-2 2 2 4 2 6 0 1 6 T HUDSON G 40 9-16 3-3 0 3 3 6 2 2 2 21 A PEELER G 31 2-7 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 8 K GILL 25 3-11 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 6 M WILKS 8 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 M JACKSON 13 0-1 0-2 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 0 G TRENT 8 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 2 I RAKOCEVIC 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J SMITH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-82 20-24 14 19 33 21 23 8 12 97 (.451) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (17 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 34 8-17 4-4 1 4 5 2 4 2 3 21 K MALONE F 42 10-14 8-9 0 9 9 6 3 1 3 28 G OSTERTAG C 31 2-3 2-3 0 7 7 1 2 1 0 6 J STOCKTON G 30 7-9 3-3 0 0 0 11 2 0 2 18 C CHEANEY G 26 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 4 M JACKSON 17 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 5 2 0 3 6 A KIRILENKO 32 3-6 3-4 2 3 5 2 2 1 0 10 D STEVENSON 9 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 4 T MASSENBURG 12 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 S PADGETT 6 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 7 C ARROYO 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-71 21-24 5 30 35 30 20 6 16 109 (.592) (.875) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (23 PTS) MINNESOTA 31 24 22 20 - 97 UTAH 20 29 31 29 - 109 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - W SZCZERBIAK 3, K GARNETT, M JACKSON. UTAH - G OSTERTAG 3, A KIRILENKO 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-10 (.300), W SZCZERBIAK 0-1, K GARNETT 1- 1, T HUDSON 0-3, A PEELER 2-4, K GILL 0-1. UTAH 4-4 (1.000), M HARPRING 1- 1, J STOCKTON 1-1, A KIRILENKO 1-1, S PADGETT 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - COACH SLOAN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MONTY MCCUTCHEN, RONNIE NUNN, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,370. T - 2:12.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Karl Malone is not ready to let go of his position as one of the NBA's best power forwards. Malone collected 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 109-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had a six-game winning streak snapped. Although he may be the best power forward of all-time, Malone has been overshadowed in recent seasons by stars like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Webber. But Malone remains a consistent performer in his 18th season and outplayed Garnett down the stretch in this one. Malone made 10-of-14 shots from the floor and 8-of-9 free throws as Utah shot 59 percent (42-of-71)from the floor, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and made 21-of-24 from the line. "It's a great win for us, these guys are playing really well," Malone said. "When you can beat someone in your division, it's a great win. Everyone played well down the stretch." Matt Harpring scored 21 points and John Stockton added 18 and 11 assists for Utah, which has won all three meetings with Minnesota this season. "They are all good wins now," Stockton said. "We're in a tough battle with it seems like everybody." "(Stockton and Malone) are legends and they prove it night in and night out," Garnett said. "That's why they get the accolades. They are still taking it to the best of them." The Jazz had a 91-90 edge before Malone converted a three-point play with 5:48 remaining to spark a 14-3 run. Harpring had a layup and Stockton followed with a basket for a 98-90 edge with 4:13 to go. After Garnett made 1-of-2 free throws, Stockton and Greg Ostertag each sank a pair for a 102-91 cushion. Garnett had a follow dunk with 2:35 left, but the Jazz put away the game with five straight points. Malone sank three free throws and won a jump ball against Garnett in the final 89 seconds as Utah won for the fourth time in five games. Garnett finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists but managed just three points in the final five minutes as Minnesota lost for the 24th time in 30 visits to the Delta Center. Troy Hudson scored 21 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 14 for the Timberwolves, who failed in a bid for their longest winning streak of the season. Minnesota closed the first quarter with a 16-4 burst, taking a 31-20 lead. Garnett buried a jumper from the top of the key to close the period for the Timberwolves, who made 13-of-23 shots in the opening 12 minutes. "You can't play a soft game against a team like this," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "If you kind of waller through it like an exhibition game, you don't have much of a chance. I thought we did play kind of like an exhibition in what I thought was an important game." Minnesota had a 59-49 edge just 61 seconds into the third quarter, but Utah responded with a 22-12 spurt. Malone scored eight straight points during the stretch and Harpring capped it with a pair of free throws, forging a 71-71 tie with 4:02 remaining. "They came out and played extremely physical, and we lost our concentration," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said.


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