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NBA   FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        23   24   19   22   4     92   
      DENVER           23   19   25   21   6     94      FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, TRENTON HASSELL 17, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 13
                DEN - ANDRE MILLER 19, CARMELO ANTHONY 19, 
                      KENYON MARTIN 18

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 12,
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 6
                DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 14, KENYON MARTIN 13, 
                      MARCUS CAMBY 10

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, TROY HUDSON 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                DEN - EARL BOYKINS 6, ANDRE MILLER 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

         ATT:   19,099

Box Score

MINNESOTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 22 4-7 0-0 2-6 3 4 10 K Garnett 46 8-17 9-11 1-15 7 5 25 M Olowokandi 36 4-12 0-0 3-12 0 2 8 L Sprewell 43 4-12 5-7 1-6 2 2 13 S Cassell 28 3-14 0-0 1-3 4 3 6 T Hassell 36 8-8 1-3 3-6 4 4 17 T Hudson 25 4-10 0-0 0-0 6 3 9 M Madsen 15 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 F Hoiberg 14 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Griffin DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-82 15-21 11-50 28 24 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (W Szczerbiak 2-2, L Sprewell 0-3, S Cassell 0-1, T Hudson 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:9 (K Garnett 5, L Sprewell, M Olowokandi, M Madsen, T Hassell). Turnovers:14 (K Garnett 5, S Cassell 3, L Sprewell 2, T Hudson 2, M Olowokandi, M Madsen). Steals: 5 (S Cassell 2, L Sprewell, K Garnett, T Hudson). DENVER (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 41 9-14 0-0 6-13 2 6 18 C Anthony 46 5-25 8-10 2-14 4 3 19 M Camby 42 3-7 2-2 2-10 4 4 8 D Johnson 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 A Miller 39 8-21 3-3 4-5 6 3 19 G Buckner 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 F Elson 13 2-3 1-1 3-5 1 2 5 E Boykins 39 5-14 3-5 1-3 6 1 14 R White 18 4-8 0-0 1-1 0 0 9 B Russell DNP - COACH'S DECISION Nene DNP - HAMSTRING INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-97 17-21 19-53 25 22 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (C Anthony 1-5, D Johnson 0-2, G Buckner 0-1, E Boykins 1-5, R White 1-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:6 (M Camby 4, E Boykins 2). Turnovers:11 (K Martin 5, C Anthony 3, E Boykins, R White, A Miller). Steals: 9 (K Martin 3, M Camby 2, R White 2, A Miller, C Anthony). ----------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 23 24 19 22 4 - 92 DENVER 23 19 25 21 6 - 94 ----------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 3 (Team, 8:08 1st; S Cassell (ejected), 3:24 4th; K Garnett, 11:30 4th). Denver - 3 (F Elson, 0:37 3rd; K Martin, 3:24 4th; F Elson (ejected), 11:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,099. T: 2:47. Officials: Anthony Jordan, Ron Garretson, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (92) AT DENVER (94) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 22 4-7 0-0 2 4 6 3 4 0 0 10 K GARNETT F 46 8-17 9-11 1 14 15 7 5 1 5 25 M OLOWOKANDI C 36 4-12 0-0 3 9 12 0 2 0 1 8 L SPREWELL G 43 4-12 5-7 1 5 6 2 2 1 2 13 S CASSELL G 28 3-14 0-0 1 2 3 4 3 2 3 6 T HASSELL 36 8-8 1-3 3 3 6 4 4 0 0 17 T HUDSON 25 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 6 3 1 2 9 M MADSEN 15 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 F HOIBERG 14 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION E GRIFFIN DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE TOTALS 265 37-82 15-21 11 39 50 28 24 5 14 92 (.451) (.714) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16 (14 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MARTIN F 41 9-14 0-0 6 7 13 2 6 3 5 18 C ANTHONY F 46 5-25 8-10 2 12 14 4 3 1 3 19 M CAMBY C 42 3-7 2-2 2 8 10 4 4 2 0 8 D JOHNSON 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 A MILLER G 39 8-21 3-3 4 1 5 6 3 1 1 19 G BUCKNER 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 F ELSON 13 2-3 1-1 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 5 E BOYKINS G 39 5-14 3-5 1 2 3 6 1 0 1 14 R WHITE 18 4-8 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 9 B RUSSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION NENE DNP - HAMSTRING INJURY TOTALS 265 37-97 17-21 19 34 53 25 22 9 11 94 (.381) (.810) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (8 PTS) MINNESOTA 23 24 19 22 4 - 92 DENVER 23 19 25 21 6 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 5, L SPREWELL, M OLOWOKANDI, M MADSEN, T HASSELL. DENVER - M CAMBY 4, E BOYKINS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-9 (.333), W SZCZERBIAK 2-2, L SPREWELL 0- 3, S CASSELL 0-1, T HUDSON 1-3. DENVER 3-14 (.214), C ANTHONY 1-5, D JOHNSON 0-2, G BUCKNER 0-1, E BOYKINS 1-5, R WHITE 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - TEAM, S CASSELL (EJECTED), K GARNETT. DENVER - F ELSON, K MARTIN, F ELSON (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, RON GARRETSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,099. T - 2:47.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Earl Boykins picked an opportune time to hit an outside shot. Boykins drilled a jumper with 6.8 seconds remaining in overtime as the Denver Nuggets posted a wild 94-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the first meeting between the teams since last season's first-round playoff series that was won by Minnesota in five games, there was plenty of intensity left. The contest featured two ejections, six technical fouls and 16 lead changes. "It was a gutty win by our basketball team," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We kept hanging in there. It was a great crowd. They really inspired us." The 5-5 Boykins - the NBA's smallest player - provided the final lead change when he drained his jumper from the left side over 6-1 Troy Hudson. "On that last shot I was due to make one," said Boykins, who went 1-of-9 from the field in Tuesday's season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. "I've been missing those the past two nights but never lost confidence. As a team we can never lose confidence, that's the important thing." With shooting guard Voshon Lenard likely out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the Nuggets struggled the entire night hitting outside shots. Boykins went just 5-of-14 from the field. Following a timeout, the Timberwolves went to NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Garnett, whose turnaround in the lane hit the back rim as time expired. "I had a pretty good look at the hoop," Garnett said. "It felt good when it left my hands, I just missed it." Garnett carried the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter, when he scored his team's final 14 points. He collected 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. "We usually have a good flow to our game," Garnett said. "We didn't really move the ball like I know we can." Late in the third quarter, Garnett also took a hard foul from Francisco Elson, who called him "gay" during last season's playoff series. Elson picked up a technical on the play, then drew an ejection 30 seconds into the fourth after jawing with Garnett. "This is our homecourt," Elson said. "I'm just protecting it, and I got my teammates backing me." With 3:24 left in regulation, Timberwolves point guard Sam Cassell was ejected after picking up two technical fouls. He received the first for shoving Boykins and the second for throwing the ball at Kenyon Martin. "I thought (Tim) Donaghy only called a foul when I fouled Earl," Cassell said. "Then Kenyon, the neighborhood bully did what he does, and I responded. I shouldn't have. We had a minor setback tonight." "Sam pushed a guy and threw a ball," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "I hope there is no suspension involved." Martin collected 18 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out early in overtime. "I'm just protecting my teammates out there," Martin said. "They said it will be a rivalry when we win, so you all have to ask them (Timberwolves) about that." The Nuggets were able to win despite a rough shooting night from Olympian Carmelo Anthony, who went just 5-of-25 from the field. He did chip in on the boards with a career-high 14 rebounds. Anthony had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a jumper as time expired. While Anthony struggled, the Timberwolves received a flawless performance from Trenton Hassell, who made all eight of his shots and scored 17 points. Andre Miller added 19 points and Boykins 14 off the bench for Denver, which shot 38 percent (37-of-97) and made just 3-of-14 3-pointers.


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