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NBA  FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        20   17   23   23   12    95   
     SACRAMENTO       22   18   22   21   13    96      FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 27, TROY HUDSON 16, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 16
                SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 25, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 20, 
                      VLADE DIVAC 16

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 
                      15, JOE SMITH 7
                SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 11, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 11, 
                      VLADE DIVAC 10

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - GARY TRENT 4, KEVIN GARNETT 4, TROY 
                      HUDSON 3
                SAC - MIKE BIBBY 5, VLADE DIVAC 4, CHRIS 
                      WEBBER 3

         ATT:   17,317

Box Score

MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 50 6-17 3-3 2-5 2 5 16 K Garnett 50 11-29 5-6 4-24 4 3 27 R Nesterovic 46 6-14 2-3 4-15 1 4 14 A Peeler 14 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 T Hudson 38 7-19 0-0 3-3 3 5 16 M Wilks 15 1-2 2-2 1-1 0 1 4 K Gill 28 4-10 1-1 3-4 1 1 9 J Smith 8 1-2 2-3 1-7 0 4 4 G Trent 16 2-4 1-2 2-3 4 1 5 M Jackson DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-99 16-20 20-62 17 25 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (W Szczerbiak 1-4, K Garnett 0-1, T Hudson 2-7, M Wilks 0-1, K Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (R Nesterovic 2, J Smith). Turnovers:15 (K Garnett 5, W Szczerbiak 4, K Gill 3, G Trent, R Nesterovic, A Peeler). Steals: 6 (K Gill 2, T Hudson 2, A Peeler, W Szczerbiak). SACRAMENTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Stojakovic 42 4-14 10-10 1-11 2 1 20 C Webber 46 11-31 3-4 4-11 3 4 25 V Divac 45 6-11 4-7 4-10 4 3 16 D Christie 41 5-8 3-4 1-6 1 0 14 M Bibby 37 4-13 3-4 0-0 5 0 11 K Clark 15 0-3 0-0 2-4 1 4 0 B Jackson 20 3-8 1-2 0-4 2 2 9 J Jackson 19 0-3 1-2 1-1 0 3 1 S Pollard DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK L Funderburke DNP - COACH'S DECISION H Turkoglu DNP - COACH'S DECISION G Wallace DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-91 25-33 13-47 18 17 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (P Stojakovic 2-7, D Christie 1-2, M Bibby 0-2, B Jackson 2-5). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:10 (D Christie 3, C Webber 3, V Divac 2, J Jackson, P Stojakovic). Turnovers:9 (C Webber 3, V Divac 3, D Christie, M Bibby, J Jackson). Steals: 7 (D Christie 2, J Jackson, C Webber, V Divac, M Bibby, P Stojakovic). ----------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 20 17 23 23 12 - 95 SACRAMENTO 22 18 22 21 13 - 96 ----------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (K Garnett, 3:26 3rd). Sacramento - 1 (Delay Of Game, 0:03 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:51. Officials: Bob Delaney, Leon Wood, Mark Wunderlich.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (95) AT SACRAMENTO (96) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 50 6-17 3-3 2 3 5 2 5 1 4 16 K GARNETT F 50 11-29 5-6 4 20 24 4 3 0 5 27 R NESTEROVIC C 46 6-14 2-3 4 11 15 1 4 0 1 14 A PEELER G 14 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 T HUDSON G 38 7-19 0-0 3 0 3 3 5 2 0 16 M WILKS 15 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 K GILL 28 4-10 1-1 3 1 4 1 1 2 3 9 J SMITH 8 1-2 2-3 1 6 7 0 4 0 0 4 G TRENT 16 2-4 1-2 2 1 3 4 1 0 1 5 M JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 38-99 16-20 20 42 62 17 25 6 15 95 (.384) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS) SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P STOJAKOVIC F 42 4-14 10-10 1 10 11 2 1 1 0 20 C WEBBER F 46 11-31 3-4 4 7 11 3 4 1 3 25 V DIVAC C 45 6-11 4-7 4 6 10 4 3 1 3 16 D CHRISTIE G 41 5-8 3-4 1 5 6 1 0 2 1 14 M BIBBY G 37 4-13 3-4 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 11 K CLARK 15 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 B JACKSON 20 3-8 1-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 9 J JACKSON 19 0-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 1 S POLLARD DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK L FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION H TURKOGLU DNP - COACH'S DECISION G WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 33-91 25-33 13 34 47 18 17 7 9 96 (.363) (.758) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 10 (4 PTS) MINNESOTA 20 17 23 23 12 - 95 SACRAMENTO 22 18 22 21 13 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 2, J SMITH. SACRAMENTO - D CHRISTIE 3, C WEBBER 3, V DIVAC 2, J JACKSON, P STOJAKOVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-14 (.214), W SZCZERBIAK 1-4, K GARNETT 0- 1, T HUDSON 2-7, M WILKS 0-1, K GILL 0-1. SACRAMENTO 5-16 (.313), P STOJAKOVIC 2- 7, D CHRISTIE 1-2, M BIBBY 0-2, B JACKSON 2-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT. SACRAMENTO - DELAY OF GAME. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, LEON WOOD, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 17,317. T - 2:51.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- In the battle of superstars with aching ankles, Chris Webber was a bit better than Kevin Garnett. Webber scored five of his 25 points in overtime as he outdueled Garnett and lifted the Sacramento Kings to a 96-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "It was fun. I know that he wanted to check me and I wanted to check him," Webber said. "We have a good relationship. I definitely tried to push him to the max and see what he had." "Webb and myself always have huge battles," Garnett said. "The respect is there, the effort, the ambition, everything is there. It's just a classy matchup. We've always had respect for each other. We understand that there can only be one winner and right now, he's got it. At the end of the game, it's two gladiators who respect each other." Through the first three quarters, Garnett had the upper hand on Webber, who aggravated the ankle injury that sidelined him for 10 games last month and went to the locker room for the first part of the fourth quarter. With the score tied, 83-83, in the final minute of regulation, Webber blocked a pair of inside shots by Garnett, who finished with 27 points and a career-high 24 rebounds. The teams went to overtime, where Garnett twisted his right ankle on the opening tap as he landed on the foot of Kings center Vlade Divac. He stayed on the floor for a minute or so and slowly made his way to the bench before shaking it off, returning to the court and nailing a jumper. From there, the game belonged to Webber, who also had 11 rebounds and three blocks. He broke an 87-87 tie with a pair of jump hooks over Garnett. In between, he blocked a layup by Minnesota's Kendall Gill, giving his club a four-point lead with 1:25 to go. Gill responded with a three-point play, but Webber hit Divac with a behind-the-back pass for a layup and a 93-90 lead with 59 seconds left. After Garnett made a pair from the line, Webber sank one free throw with 22 seconds to play. "It's always a treat to watch those two go at each other," Kings guard Bobby Jackson said. "KG's a force, Webb is a force. Both of them came to play tonight, but in the end, Webb got the best of KG. He made some crucial baskets at the end, and that is what we expect from him." "Those two were really going at it like warriors," Wolves forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "It's up to the other guys to step up when your number is called and hit the shots." With a chance to tie, the Timberwolves went to Garnett, who was double-teamed 20 feet from the basket. He was forced to pass to Troy Hudson, whose rushed 3-pointer missed. Peja Stojakovic rebounded and was fouled with 1.7 seconds left. His two free throws sealed Sacramento's sixth straight home win. Stojakovic had 20 points and 11 boards and Divac added 16 and 11 for the Kings, who have won nine of 11 overall. Szczerbiak and Hudson scored 16 points each for the Wolves, who have lost two in a row following a seven-game winning streak. Their grueling six-game road trip continues with a visit to the Los Angeles Lakers. "The game was a very, very physical game, like a playoff atmosphere," Garnett said. "It's just hurts that much more to lose. We need these games, it doesn't get any easier going to LA. The urgency light is definitely on." Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field. Garnett made 11-of-29 shots and Webber was 11-of-31 as both constantly faced double-teams. "They do a lot for their team," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "This was one night where they both shot it poorly but had huge games." "We didn't make shots tonight," Webber said. "I wouldn't consider it ugly, I would consider it a good, hard win tonight." Minnesota trailed, 62-60, entering the fourth quarter but - with Webber sidelined - surged to a 70-64 lead as Rasho Nesterovic put home a miss by Garnett with 9:28 left. A tough inside hoop by Garnett had the Wolves on top, 77-73, with 3:59 left. But Doug Christie's layup and two free throws by Mike Bibby tied it less than 40 seconds later. Two jumpers by Gill around a free throw by Divac gave the Wolves an 81-78 edge with 1:56 remaining. Divac and Szczerbiak traded baskets before Szczerbiak fouled Stojakovic while he was attempting a 3-pointer. The three foul shots tied it again with 1:15 to go. "Wally fell on the three. It was a hustle play," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "When you're up three in that situation, you can't do that." With 25 seconds left, Gill missed a jumper. Bibby slipped and lost control of his dribble with five seconds left. With time running out, Hudson launched a running 35-footer instead of passing ahead to an open Garnett or calling timeout. "We had numerous chances to win the game, but we didn't, from Mike Bibby slipping to Kendall's shot in the corner," Garnett said. Christie scored 14 points and Bibby added 11 for the Kings, who split the season series with the Wolves. Both teams won once in overtime. Nesterovic had 14 points and 15 boards for Minnesota, which held a 62-47 advantage on the glass. "They're a tough team to play against," Divac said. "When I look back, we always have problems with them. Many times we have a chance to win at their place and the same thing for them when they come here. I hope we miss them in the playoffs." "We really think we are a much better team than the Kings," Gill said. "We made some mental mistakes down towards the end and that is what cost us the game. I think we beat ourselves. Hopefully, we'll meet the Kings in the playoffs, the Western Conference finals."


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