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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW JERSEY       20   12   22   14    68   
     MINNESOTA        12   20   23   26    81      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NJN - KENYON MARTIN 18, JASON KIDD 11, KERRY 
                      KITTLES 11
                MIN - TROY HUDSON 29, KEVIN GARNETT 18, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 14

HIGH REBOUND:   NJN - KENYON MARTIN 12, JASON KIDD 10, RICHARD
                      JEFFERSON 7
                MIN - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 11, KEVIN GARNETT 9, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   NJN - JASON KIDD 7, RICHARD JEFFERSON 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 3, 
                      TROY HUDSON 3

         ATT:   17,232

Box Score

NEW JERSEY (68) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 40 9-15 0-0 2-12 4 4 18 R Jefferson 43 5-19 0-2 1-7 6 1 10 J Collins 34 5-7 0-0 1-4 0 4 10 K Kittles 35 4-11 1-2 0-3 4 0 11 J Kidd 39 5-20 0-0 2-10 7 3 11 L Harris 16 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 A Williams 14 1-1 0-1 0-2 0 3 2 R Rogers 13 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 H Davis 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 B Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Scalabrine DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Planinic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 1-5 8-42 23 18 68 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.200. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (R Jefferson 0-1, K Kittles 2-4, J Kidd 1-5, L Harris 0-1, R Rogers 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:1 (J Collins). Turnovers:12 (J Kidd 3, R Rogers 2, J Collins 2, K Martin 2, L Harris, K Kittles, A Williams). Steals: 6 (H Davis 2, J Kidd 2, K Martin 2). MINNESOTA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 38 1-6 0-0 0-4 3 0 3 K Garnett 39 8-14 2-2 1-9 6 0 18 M Olowokandi 30 1-6 3-6 1-11 2 2 5 T Hassell 22 2-3 0-0 0-5 1 1 4 T Hudson 38 11-19 3-3 0-4 3 1 29 W Szczerbiak 23 5-11 4-4 0-4 0 3 14 O Miller 12 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 0 0 F Hoiberg 23 2-6 2-2 0-3 1 2 8 M Madsen 15 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 G Trent DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Cassell DNP - LEFT ANKLE TENDINITIS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 14-17 3-45 18 10 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (L Sprewell 1-1, T Hudson 4-7, W Szczerbiak 0-1, F Hoiberg 2-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:4 (M Olowokandi 2, F Hoiberg, K Garnett). Turnovers:12 (L Sprewell 3, T Hudson 3, M Madsen 2, O Miller, W Szczerbiak, M Olowokandi, K Garnett). Steals: 5 (L Sprewell, F Hoiberg, T Hudson, W Szczerbiak, T Hassell). ------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 20 12 22 14 - 68 MINNESOTA 12 20 23 26 - 81 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (R Jefferson, 2:30 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,232. T: 1:52. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (68) AT MINNESOTA (81) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MARTIN F 40 9-15 0-0 2 10 12 4 4 2 2 18 R JEFFERSON F 43 5-19 0-2 1 6 7 6 1 0 0 10 J COLLINS C 34 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 2 10 K KITTLES G 35 4-11 1-2 0 3 3 4 0 0 1 11 J KIDD G 39 5-20 0-0 2 8 10 7 3 2 3 11 L HARRIS 16 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 4 A WILLIAMS 14 1-1 0-1 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 2 R ROGERS 13 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 2 H DAVIS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SCALABRINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z PLANINIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-83 1-5 8 34 42 23 18 6 12 68 (.386) (.200) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (11 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 38 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 1 3 3 K GARNETT F 39 8-14 2-2 1 8 9 6 0 0 1 18 M OLOWOKANDI C 30 1-6 3-6 1 10 11 2 2 0 1 5 T HASSELL G 22 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 4 T HUDSON G 38 11-19 3-3 0 4 4 3 1 1 3 29 W SZCZERBIAK 23 5-11 4-4 0 4 4 0 3 1 1 14 O MILLER 12 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 F HOIBERG 23 2-6 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 8 M MADSEN 15 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 G TRENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S CASSELL DNP - LEFT ANKLE TENDINITIS TOTALS 240 30-68 14-17 3 42 45 18 10 5 12 81 (.441) (.824) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 14 (6 PTS) NEW JERSEY 20 12 22 14 - 68 MINNESOTA 12 20 23 26 - 81 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - J COLLINS. MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 2, F HOIBERG, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-12 (.250), R JEFFERSON 0-1, K KITTLES 2- 4, J KIDD 1-5, L HARRIS 0-1, R ROGERS 0-1. MINNESOTA 7-13 (.538), L SPREWELL 1- 1, T HUDSON 4-7, W SZCZERBIAK 0-1, F HOIBERG 2-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - R JEFFERSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, ED MALLOY, KEN MAUER. A - 17,232. T - 1:52.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It wasn't the three-headed monster of the Minnesota Timberwolves that handed New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank his first loss. It was Troy Hudson and Fred Hoiberg. Hudson and Hoiberg shattered Frank's perfect coaching record, combining for Minnesota's first 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves pulled away for an 81-68 victory over the Nets. "Everyone hates losing," Frank said. "Unfortunately, it's a necessary reality of the job. ... I didn't think we were going to go undefeated." New Jersey had a league season-high 14-game winning streak snapped. The last 13 of those came under Frank, an unproven assistant who has sparked the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions with his energy and attention to detail. With one of the best records in the NBA, the Timberwolves figured to be a tough test for the Nets. Their "three-headed monster" of All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell and swingman Latrell Sprewell is the highest-scoring trio in the league. But Cassell sat out with tendinitis in his left ankle and Sprewell struggled all game, leaving a chunk of the offense to Hudson and Hoiberg, a pair of reserves who came up big. Hudson, who had missed most of the season with a sprained ankle, moved into the starting lineup and scored a season-high 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting. He had a pair of six-point bursts in the fourth quarter. "Who would've thunk that Troy would come back to put up those big numbers, Cassell-like numbers?" Wolves center Michael Olowokandi said. "I was just in a groove there," Hudson said. "My teammates were setting great oicks for me and giving me the ball in position to score. When you're wide open, it's easy to knock shots down." Hoiberg came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the final period, draining a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws. "We had one of our big gunners down today in Sam Cassell and we had guys come off the bench and do an excellent job for us," Hudson said. "We're pretty deep." Garnett had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which has won 16 of its last 20 games. The Wolves did a solid job of preventing the Nets from getting their running game in gear. "We knew if we could control the high-flying dunk and the Globetrotter show, we could make them be in a half-court set, which is something they don't want to do," Garnett said. Kenyon Martin had 18 points and 12 boards and Jason Kidd had 11, 10 and seven assists for the Nets. Kidd made just 5-of-20 shots as New Jersey was held below 70 points for the first time since January 23 against Miami - its last loss. "They played tremendous on the defensive end," Frank said. "They did a very good job of limiting our transition buckets." Hoiberg had a 3-pointer and two free throws around a dunk by Richard Jefferson, giving Minnesota a 60-56 lead with 8:29 to go. Kidd made a running banker, but the Nets did not score again for more than four minutes. Hudson hit a jumper off the dribble, then made a phenomenal running layup and a pull-up jumper before Hoiberg drilled another 3-pointer for a 69-58 lead with 6:01 left. "Troy was great," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "He was limping there for a while, but then he hit three jumpers and his limp kind of went away." Jefferson missed two free throws, and Hudson plunged in the dagger with consecutive 3-pointers for a 75-58 bulge with 4:17 remaining. "I'm one of those shooters that, if I knock a couple down, I want to take the third one," Hudson said. The Nets made just 1-of-5 free throws, the second-lowest total made in NBA history. "You're not going to win many games with only five attempts," Martin said.


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