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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             19   13   26   32    90   
     MINNESOTA        23   27   23   31    104     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - CARLOS ARROYO 19, ANDREI KIRILENKO 16, 
                      GORDAN GIRICEK 15
                MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 24, KEVIN GARNETT 21, 
                      SAM CASSELL 18

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - JARRON COLLINS 7, MICHAEL RUFFIN 6, 
                      CARLOS ARROYO 6
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 9, 
                      SAM CASSELL 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - CARLOS ARROYO 7, TOM GUGLIOTTA 5, JARRON
                      COLLINS 4
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 6, DARRICK MARTIN 4, KEVIN 
                      GARNETT 3

         ATT:   18,881

Box Score

UTAH (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 34 4-13 7-8 1-3 2 2 16 T Gugliotta 30 2-7 0-0 1-4 5 2 4 J Collins 27 4-5 5-7 3-7 4 6 13 G Giricek 21 7-8 1-1 0-1 0 2 15 C Arroyo 40 6-15 5-5 2-6 7 3 19 R Bell 24 2-12 7-7 1-3 0 3 11 A Pavlovic 19 2-5 3-4 1-2 0 6 8 R Lopez 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 G Ostertag 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 M Moore 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 M Williams 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 M Ruffin 19 1-4 0-0 2-6 3 2 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 28-32 12-35 22 30 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (A Kirilenko 1-4, T Gugliotta 0-1, C Arroyo 2-6, R Bell 0-4, A Pavlovic 1-1, M Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (A Kirilenko 3, T Gugliotta). Turnovers:10 (G Giricek 6, A Pavlovic 2, R Bell, R Lopez). Steals: 7 (R Bell 2, T Gugliotta, M Ruffin, R Lopez, C Arroyo, A Kirilenko). MINNESOTA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 34 9-16 3-3 1-2 2 3 24 K Garnett 40 6-13 9-11 4-17 3 1 21 E Johnson 11 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 4 1 T Hassell 20 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 S Cassell 36 4-10 10-11 0-4 6 4 18 D Martin 12 1-3 2-2 0-0 4 0 4 M Olowokandi 35 3-5 4-6 3-9 0 5 10 W Szczerbiak 27 4-9 8-10 1-2 0 4 17 F Hoiberg 14 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 M Madsen 9 0-0 2-2 1-2 0 2 2 O Miller 1 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 G Trent 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-62 40-49 10-42 15 24 104 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.816. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (L Sprewell 3-7, D Martin 0-1, W Szczerbiak 1-2, F Hoiberg 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:10 (K Garnett 4, M Olowokandi 4, S Cassell, T Hassell). Turnovers:10 (K Garnett 5, L Sprewell 2, E Johnson, M Olowokandi, S Cassell). Steals: 4 (L Sprewell 2, S Cassell, K Garnett). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 19 13 26 32 - 90 MINNESOTA 23 27 23 31 - 104 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 1 (M Moore, 9:23 2nd). Minnesota - 3 (Defensive Three, 5:10 3rd; O Miller, 0:46 4th; L Sprewell, 6:47 4th). Flagrant fouls: Utah 1 (R Bell, 6:47 4th). A: 18,881. T: 2:15. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Mike Henderson, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

UTAH (90) AT MINNESOTA (104) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A KIRILENKO F 34 4-13 7-8 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 16 T GUGLIOTTA F 30 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 5 2 1 0 4 J COLLINS C 27 4-5 5-7 3 4 7 4 6 0 0 13 G GIRICEK G 21 7-8 1-1 0 1 1 0 2 0 6 15 C ARROYO G 40 6-15 5-5 2 4 6 7 3 1 0 19 R BELL 24 2-12 7-7 1 2 3 0 3 2 1 11 A PAVLOVIC 19 2-5 3-4 1 1 2 0 6 0 2 8 R LOPEZ 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 G OSTERTAG 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 M MOORE 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 M WILLIAMS 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 M RUFFIN 19 1-4 0-0 2 4 6 3 2 1 0 2 TOTALS 240 29-77 28-32 12 23 35 22 30 7 10 90 (.377) (.875) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (12 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 34 9-16 3-3 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 24 K GARNETT F 40 6-13 9-11 4 13 17 3 1 1 5 21 E JOHNSON C 11 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 1 T HASSELL G 20 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 S CASSELL G 36 4-10 10-11 0 4 4 6 4 1 1 18 D MARTIN 12 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 M OLOWOKANDI 35 3-5 4-6 3 6 9 0 5 0 1 10 W SZCZERBIAK 27 4-9 8-10 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 17 F HOIBERG 14 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 M MADSEN 9 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 O MILLER 1 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 G TRENT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 30-62 40-49 10 32 42 15 24 4 10 104 (.484) (.816) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS) UTAH 19 13 26 32 - 90 MINNESOTA 23 27 23 31 - 104 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - A KIRILENKO 3, T GUGLIOTTA. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, M OLOWOKANDI 4, S CASSELL, T HASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-18 (.222), A KIRILENKO 1-4, T GUGLIOTTA 0- 1, C ARROYO 2-6, R BELL 0-4, A PAVLOVIC 1-1, M WILLIAMS 0-2. MINNESOTA 4- 11 (.364), L SPREWELL 3-7, D MARTIN 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 1-2, F HOIBERG 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - M MOORE. MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE, O MILLER, L SPREWELL. FLAGRANT FOULS: UTAH 1 (R BELL, 6:47 4TH). OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MIKE HENDERSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,881. T - 2:15.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are on the brink of clinching the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The scrappy Utah Jazz came up just short of getting there. Garnett posted his 71st double-double of the season with 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to their eighth straight win, 104-90 over the Jazz. Latrell Sprewell scored 24 points and Sam Cassell added 18 for Minnesota (57-24), which will secure first place in the West with a victory at Memphis or a San Antonio loss vs. Denver on Wednesday. "Whatever we deal the cards is whatever we're going to have, and right now we've dealt ourselves a pretty good deck," Garnett said. "We just have to finish the last game off. I think the Grizzlies (contest) is a big game for us, and we have to win and move on." Carlos Arroyo had 19 points to pace Utah (42-39), which was eliminated from playoff contention when Denver beat Sacramento later Monday. Minnesota led by 23 points late in the first quarter but saw Utah climb within 79-71 on a dunk by Michael Ruffin with 8:22 remaining in the fourth. "It's very difficult when you jump out to a lead like that to keep your intensity the entire game," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "You're just waiting for it to end." But Garnett showed why many think he is the league MVP the next time down the floor, blocking an attempted dunk by Ruffin, rebounding the ball and starting a fast break that led to a 3-pointer by Sprewell that opened an 82-71 cushion with 8:17 remaining. "The way that KG has turned out is not a shock to me," former Timberwolves forward Tom Gugliotta said. "I'm happy for him. He is the hardest-working player in the league. He is gifted, but he makes himself better by working hard. He deserves any award he wins." With 6:47 to play, Sprewell was whistled for a technical foul for getting in the face of Utah's Raja Bell after he was shoved while dribbling in the lane. Bell received a flagrant foul and later was leveled by Timberwolves center Oliver Miller in the paint. Minnesota held just a 23-19 lead after one quarter but broke open the game in the second, taking a 50-32 advantage into the break. Utilizing mostly their second unit, the Timberwolves opened up the contest by limiting the Jazz to just three baskets in the period. "I think the second quarter really got us going," said Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak, who had 17 points in 27 minutes off the bench. "We got up 20. We did a good job on offense. We held them to only 13 points in the quarter and extended the lead. We held on to it the rest of the way." Utah coach Jerry Sloan was not pleased with his team's effort in the first half. "I knew going into the shootaround today that we were not ready to play," Sloan said. "Against a team that is as talented as this team, you need to have all your barrels loaded, which we didn't." The Timberwolves' recent resurgence has been driven by their defense, which limited the Jazz to 38 percent from the floor (29-of-77). Minnesota used a variety of defenders against Utah's leading scorer, Andrei Kirilenko, notably designated stopper Trenton Hassell, who helped hold the All-Star to 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting.


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