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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     CHICAGO          15   32   25   21    93   
     MINNESOTA        31   20   26   21    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHI - KIRK HINRICH 17, EDDY CURRY 16, KENDALL 
                      GILL 15
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 28, LATRELL SPREWELL 27, 
                      SAM CASSELL 21

HIGH REBOUND:   CHI - CORIE BLOUNT 7, ANTONIO DAVIS 7, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, OLIVER MILLER 7, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHI - KIRK HINRICH 10, JAMAL CRAWFORD 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 9, KEVIN GARNETT 7, KEITH 
                      MCLEOD 4

         ATT:   20,092

Box Score

CHICAGO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Gill 39 6-15 3-5 1-6 3 5 15 Je Williams 23 6-10 0-0 2-6 2 2 12 A Davis 28 3-9 1-2 3-7 0 2 7 J Crawford 36 5-18 2-3 1-5 8 2 13 K Hinrich 42 5-15 4-6 2-5 10 4 17 E Curry 24 6-9 4-5 0-6 1 6 16 C Blount 21 0-6 0-0 3-7 3 3 0 C Jefferies 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 E Robinson 24 6-11 1-2 2-2 0 0 13 R Brunson DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Fizer DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-95 15-23 14-44 27 25 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (K Gill 0-3, J Crawford 1-6, K Hinrich 3-8, C Jefferies 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:9 (J Crawford 4, K Gill 2, C Blount, E Curry, K Hinrich). Steals: 13 (C Blount 3, K Gill 3, Je Williams 2, J Crawford 2, E Robinson 2, A Davis). MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 41 11-22 3-3 0-4 3 2 27 K Garnett 40 11-14 6-11 3-15 7 3 28 E Johnson 16 2-3 0-0 1-5 2 3 4 T Hassell 39 4-8 0-0 1-6 3 2 8 S Cassell 40 8-20 4-9 0-1 9 3 21 O Miller 24 0-0 0-0 0-7 0 4 0 F Hoiberg 17 2-6 2-4 0-3 0 2 6 K Mcleod 8 0-2 2-2 0-2 4 2 2 G Trent 12 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 0 2 M Madsen 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Hudson DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE N Ebi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 17-29 6-47 28 21 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.586. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Sprewell 2-3, S Cassell 1-4, F Hoiberg 0-2, K Mcleod 0-1). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:4 (E Johnson 2, O Miller, K Garnett). Turnovers:16 (L Sprewell 4, S Cassell 4, K Garnett 3, T Hassell 2, G Trent, E Johnson, O Miller). Steals: 2 (K Garnett, T Hassell). ------------------------------------------- CHICAGO 15 32 25 21 - 93 MINNESOTA 31 20 26 21 - 98 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Chicago - 2 (COACH Skiles, 3:27 2nd; L Johnson, 2:27 4th). Minnesota - 2 (S Cassell, 3:35 2nd; L Sprewell, 2:27 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,092. T: 2:10. Officials: James Capers, Phil Robinson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett was the middle head of the three-headed monster. Garnett had 28 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their eighth victory in nine games, a 98-93 triumph over the Chicago Bulls. During Minnesota's hot streak, Garnett has referred to himself, swingman Latrell Sprewell and guard Sam Cassell as the "three-headed monster," with each star taking turns serving as the bigger "middle head." In this one, Garnett was the middle head, making 11-of-14 shots, passing smartly out of double-teams and dominating the backboards. "We were playing raggedy basketball at times, and the game kind of got a little out of control," Garnett said. "But we hung in there and made baskets when we had to." "KG is a great player, but it's the two or three other guys they have that really make the difference and made them so difficult to defend," Bulls rookie guard Kirk Hinrich said. Sprewell scored 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting and Cassell added 20 points and nine assists for the Wolves, who never trailed. "They have great players," said Bulls guard Kendall Gill, who played with Minnesota last season. "When you have three All-Stars, that's pretty tough to deal with." Minnesota swept the season series and beat Chicago for the 10th straight time dating to April 3, 1998. It improved to 11-2 in December. "I told the guys we had a great month. We just have to get back to playing consistently," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. A dunk and two free throws from Eddy Curry, who scored 16 points, pulled Chicago within 87-85 with 4:25 to go. Garnett made two from the line, then found former Bull Trenton Hassell for a hoop before Sprewell's runner made it 93-86 with 2:58 left. A jumper by Cassell sealed it at 96-90 with 41 seconds remaining. "We lost games like this before," Cassell said. "As a team, we just got off to a great start. (But) Chicago never gave up." The Timberwolves held a 31-15 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 20 points in the second period before the Bulls fought back within 51-47 at halftime. Hinrich had 17 points and 10 assists.


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