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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      WASHINGTON       16   20   23   15    74   
      MINNESOTA        23   24   31   31    109     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - GILBERT ARENAS 21, LARRY HUGHES 13, 
                      ANTAWN JAMISON 8
                MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 23, SAM CASSELL 22, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 18

HIGH REBOUND:   WAS - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 6
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 9, 
                      FRED HOIBERG 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   WAS - LARRY HUGHES 4, KWAME BROWN 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6, 
                      FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   16,433

Box Score

WASHINGTON (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Jamison 32 4-10 0-0 1-6 0 4 8 J Jeffries 17 1-4 0-0 1-6 0 0 2 B Haywood 17 2-6 1-1 1-1 0 3 5 L Hughes 28 6-11 1-2 0-6 4 2 13 G Arenas 36 7-13 5-5 1-5 3 2 21 K Brown 27 1-5 3-6 4-6 4 1 5 J Hayes 25 3-12 0-0 1-2 3 0 7 A Peeler 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 J Dixon 14 3-8 0-0 0-1 0 0 7 M Ruffin 20 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 S Blake 12 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 S Walker 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 10-14 10-38 17 18 74 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (A Jamison 0-2, L Hughes 0-1, G Arenas 2-5, J Hayes 1-4, A Peeler 0-1, J Dixon 1-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (S Walker, B Haywood, J Hayes). Turnovers:20 (G Arenas 5, S Walker 3, L Hughes 3, S Blake 3, K Brown 2, J Jeffries 2, A Jamison, J Dixon). Steals: 2 (L Hughes, J Hayes). MINNESOTA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 38 9-15 4-4 3-9 6 0 23 K Garnett 34 6-12 6-6 6-12 8 2 18 M Olowokandi 24 4-7 0-0 2-4 0 3 8 L Sprewell 23 4-15 2-2 2-5 2 2 11 S Cassell 22 9-11 4-4 0-3 3 4 22 F Hoiberg 27 2-6 2-2 0-7 3 3 7 E Johnson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Griffin 21 3-8 0-0 2-6 3 0 7 A Carter 20 4-8 0-0 0-0 3 1 8 M Madsen 16 0-2 3-4 1-3 0 2 3 T Hudson 7 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 T Hassell 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-90 21-22 16-49 30 18 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.955. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (W Szczerbiak 1-4, L Sprewell 1-3, F Hoiberg 1-5, E Griffin 1-3, T Hudson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 4, F Hoiberg, W Szczerbiak, M Madsen). Turnovers:7 (A Carter 3, W Szczerbiak 2, S Cassell, M Madsen). Steals: 13 (F Hoiberg 4, A Carter 4, E Johnson, K Garnett, W Szczerbiak, T Hudson, L Sprewell). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 16 20 23 15 - 74 MINNESOTA 23 24 31 31 - 109 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (S Cassell, 9:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,433. T: 2:00. Officials: Bennie Adams, Eddie F. Rush, Gary Benson.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (74) AT MINNESOTA (109) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A JAMISON F 32 4-10 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 8 J JEFFRIES F 17 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 0 0 0 2 2 B HAYWOOD 17 2-6 1-1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 5 L HUGHES G 28 6-11 1-2 0 6 6 4 2 1 3 13 G ARENAS G 36 7-13 5-5 1 4 5 3 2 0 5 21 K BROWN 27 1-5 3-6 4 2 6 4 1 0 2 5 J HAYES C 25 3-12 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 7 A PEELER 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 J DIXON 14 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 M RUFFIN 20 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 S BLAKE 12 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 4 S WALKER 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 TOTALS 240 30-78 10-14 10 28 38 17 18 2 20 74 (.385) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20 (26 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 38 9-15 4-4 3 6 9 6 0 1 2 23 K GARNETT F 34 6-12 6-6 6 6 12 8 2 1 0 18 M OLOWOKANDI C 24 4-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 8 L SPREWELL G 23 4-15 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 1 0 11 S CASSELL G 22 9-11 4-4 0 3 3 3 4 0 1 22 F HOIBERG 27 2-6 2-2 0 7 7 3 3 4 0 7 E JOHNSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 E GRIFFIN 21 3-8 0-0 2 4 6 3 0 0 0 7 A CARTER 20 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 4 3 8 M MADSEN 16 0-2 3-4 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 3 T HUDSON 7 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 T HASSELL 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 42-90 21-22 16 33 49 30 18 13 7 109 (.467) (.955) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 7 (10 PTS) WASHINGTON 16 20 23 15 - 74 MINNESOTA 23 24 31 31 - 109 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - S WALKER, B HAYWOOD, J HAYES. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, F HOIBERG, W SZCZERBIAK, M MADSEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-17 (.235), A JAMISON 0-2, L HUGHES 0- 1, G ARENAS 2-5, J HAYES 1-4, A PEELER 0-1, J DIXON 1-4. MINNESOTA 4- 16 (.250), W SZCZERBIAK 1-4, L SPREWELL 1-3, F HOIBERG 1-5, E GRIFFIN 1- 3, T HUDSON 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - S CASSELL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, EDDIE F. RUSH, GARY BENSON. A - 16,433. T - 2:00.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell and the Minnesota Timberwolves played nearly flawless basketball and got a much-needed win. Cassell scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Wally Szczerbiak added 23 as the Timberwolves snapped a two-game losing streak with a 109-74 rout of the Washington Wizards. Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks for Minnesota, which posted the third-largest victory in franchise history and matched their largest this season. "Consistency is our big question mark right now," Garnett said. "We had a bad taste in our mouth from our last couple games, especially at San Antonio. We wanted to turn that around." "He is a dominating player," said Washington guard Gilbert Arenas. "If he really wanted to, he could score 30 points a night. But what makes him so good is that he looks for everyone else and gets them involved." The Wolves turned over the ball just once in the first half to take a 47-36 lead at the break and finished with a season-low seven giveaways against the team that leads the NBA in takeaways. "We knew we had to take care of the ball," guard Fred Hoiberg said. "Sam was fantastic, as usual, and (backup point guard Anthony Carter) came in and gave us a tremendous spark in the second half." They also made more than 95 percent (21-of-22) of their free throws and did not miss from the line until Mark Madsen misfired with less than a minute to play. The Wizards stayed close through most of the first quarter, but Cassell and Szczerbiak combined for six points in an 8-2 run at the end of the period to give the Wolves a 23-16 lead. After a jumper by Juan Dixon drew Washington within 25-21 early in the second, Eddie Griffin came off the bench to spark an 11-2 spurt. Griffin hit a 3-pointer at the 10:23 mark and then assisted on Szczerbiak's basket a minute later. After a dunk by Jarvis Hayes on the other end, Griffin followed a miss by Madsen with a tip-in and converted a fast-break dunk with just over six minutes left in the half. Troy Hudson capped the spurt with a 20-footer that made it 36-23 with 5:09 on the clock. As solid as Minnesota's offense was, the Wolves and Wizards players and coaches credited the Wolves' defense. Gilbert Arenas scored 21 points for Washington, which never got closer than eight thereafter and finished its five-game road trip 2-3. "As a team, we didn't fight," said Arenas. "We didn't help each other and we didn't do the things that have helped us win and have gotten us noticed in the league this year." The Wizards' other big scorers, Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison, combined for just 21 points as Washington was held to 39 percent (30-of-78) shooting. During their two-game slide, the Wolves had been outscored in the paint on both occasions, but held a 48-38 advantage inside in this one. "Tonight we wanted to collapse and make them beat us from the outside," Hoiberg said. "That's what we did." In addition to its domination down low, Minnesota also forced 20 turnovers and outscored Washington, 24-7, on the fast break. "There are no excuses tonight," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "They played hard and played very good defense, but I was unhappy with our effort. We threw the ball away too many times and there were times we didn't get back on defense. I'm not blaming an individual. It was a team effort, or lack thereof."


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