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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        24   16   25   19    84   
      CHARLOTTE        21   22   24   35    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, SAM CASSELL 20, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 13
                CHA - GERALD WALLACE 21, EMEKA OKAFOR 18, 
                      KEITH BOGANS 16

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 8, 
                      MARK MADSEN 5
                CHA - GERALD WALLACE 12, EMEKA OKAFOR 10, 
                      KEITH BOGANS 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 6, KEVIN GARNETT 5, TROY 
                      HUDSON 4
                CHA - BREVIN KNIGHT 8, KAREEM RUSH 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   12,037

Box Score

MINNESOTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 35 5-12 2-2 1-4 1 4 13 K Garnett 37 9-18 5-5 3-20 5 4 23 M Olowokandi 22 3-5 1-2 3-8 2 5 7 S Cassell 33 8-18 3-5 1-4 6 2 20 L Sprewell 26 1-6 2-2 0-0 2 0 4 T Hassell 29 2-7 1-1 1-1 2 2 5 M Madsen 19 1-3 0-0 4-5 0 2 2 F Hoiberg 6 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 E Griffin 15 3-10 0-0 0-3 0 2 8 T Hudson 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 4 2 2 E Johnson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-84 14-17 15-47 22 25 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (W Szczerbiak 1-4, K Garnett 0-1, S Cassell 1-2, L Sprewell 0-1, T Hassell 0-1, F Hoiberg 0-1, E Griffin 2-7, T Hudson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (M Madsen). Turnovers:17 (T Hudson 5, M Olowokandi 3, M Madsen 2, L Sprewell, S Cassell, E Griffin, T Hassell, W Szczerbiak, F Hoiberg, K Garnett). Steals: 1 (L Sprewell). CHARLOTTE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Wallace 36 7-10 6-8 3-12 1 2 21 E Okafor 37 5-16 8-10 3-10 1 3 18 P Brezec 23 2-7 1-2 1-2 1 1 5 B Knight 32 0-4 2-2 0-5 8 2 2 K Rush 24 3-8 4-4 1-3 4 1 11 K Bogans 24 7-13 1-2 2-7 3 1 16 M Ely 24 6-11 0-0 2-2 2 2 12 T Smith 10 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 J Hart 17 5-7 2-2 0-0 3 0 13 J White 10 2-5 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 J Kapono 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 24-30 14-44 23 17 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (G Wallace 1-2, K Rush 1-3, K Bogans 1-4, J Hart 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (E Okafor 3, G Wallace 2). Turnovers:5 (P Brezec 2, G Wallace, K Rush, E Okafor). Steals: 12 (G Wallace 5, J Hart 3, B Knight, E Okafor, K Rush, J White). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 24 16 25 19 - 84 CHARLOTTE 21 22 24 35 - 102 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,037. T: 2:09. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Ron Olesiak, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (84) AT CHARLOTTE (102) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 35 5-12 2-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 13 K GARNETT F 37 9-18 5-5 3 17 20 5 4 0 1 23 M OLOWOKANDI C 22 3-5 1-2 3 5 8 2 5 0 3 7 S CASSELL G 33 8-18 3-5 1 3 4 6 2 0 1 20 L SPREWELL G 26 1-6 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 T HASSELL 29 2-7 1-1 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 5 M MADSEN 19 1-3 0-0 4 1 5 0 2 0 2 2 F HOIBERG 6 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 E GRIFFIN 15 3-10 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 8 T HUDSON 15 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 5 2 E JOHNSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-84 14-17 15 32 47 22 25 1 17 84 (.393) (.824) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (29 PTS) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G WALLACE F 36 7-10 6-8 3 9 12 1 2 5 1 21 E OKAFOR F 37 5-16 8-10 3 7 10 1 3 1 1 18 P BREZEC C 23 2-7 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 5 B KNIGHT G 32 0-4 2-2 0 5 5 8 2 1 0 2 K RUSH G 24 3-8 4-4 1 2 3 4 1 1 1 11 K BOGANS 24 7-13 1-2 2 5 7 3 1 0 0 16 M ELY 24 6-11 0-0 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 12 T SMITH 10 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 J HART 17 5-7 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 13 J WHITE 10 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 4 J KAPONO 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-84 24-30 14 30 44 23 17 12 5 102 (.440) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 6 (4 PTS) MINNESOTA 24 16 25 19 - 84 CHARLOTTE 21 22 24 35 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M MADSEN. CHARLOTTE - E OKAFOR 3, G WALLACE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-19 (.211), W SZCZERBIAK 1-4, K GARNETT 0- 1, S CASSELL 1-2, L SPREWELL 0-1, T HASSELL 0-1, F HOIBERG 0-1, E GRIFFIN 2- 7, T HUDSON 0-2. CHARLOTTE 4-10 (.400), G WALLACE 1-2, K RUSH 1-3, K BOGANS 1-4, J HART 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, RON OLESIAK, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 12,037. T - 2:09.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The struggles of the Minnesota Timberwolves are reaching considerable proportions. Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 12 rebounds and rookie Emeka Okafor added 18 and 10 as the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-84 triumph over the reeling Timberwolves. Following a listless effort in a loss to Phoenix on Wednesday, Minnesota superstar Kevin Garnett implored the team to have a sense of urgency. Almost to a man, the Timberwolves talked about putting together a complete effort. Less than 24 hours later at the Charlotte Coliseum, Minnesota had another questionable effort, allowing the expansion Bobcats to score 22 of the game's final 26 points. The losses apparently are weighing heavily on Garnett, who lashed out at Charlotte's post-victory celebration, then turned his attention to his own leadership abilities. "When other teams beat us, it's a celebration, confetti. It's like the candidacy has been won or some (garbage)," Garnett said. "It's gut-check time and everyone's got to look at themselves in the mirror, including me. I've got to do more and see what the (heck) I'm doing wrong and try to be the leader of this team. It's the only way we're going to get out of this hole." Charlotte (8-21) had lost four straight at home and was just 3-7 against the Western Conference. But Minnesota missed easy shots and committed turnovers down the stretch, enabling the Bobcats to post their largest margin of victory this season. Keith Bogans scored 16 points and fellow reserve Jason Hart added 13 for Charlotte. "We had to get back to playing the way we were at the beginning of the year, that's team ball and playing aggressive and doing all the little things," said Wallace, who came within a point of matching his career high. "We don't have a superstar on this team, no go-to guys. So, we have to do all the little things early in the game and stay consistent and I think we did a great job of that tonight." "(Wallace) did what he had to do tonight," Okafor said. "He gave us a lot of energy. He blocked shots, made steals and finished plays." One night after scoring a franchise-record 47 points, Garnett had 23 and 20 rebounds. But the Timberwolves lost for the fourth straight time overall and sixth consecutive time on the road. "We're finding ways to lose and not win," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "The only thing we can do is get in there and work harder. The only people that can get this thing turned around is us. The guys know what the league's perception is of us." Sam Cassell added 20 points for Minnesota (16-14). Latrell Sprewell continues to struggle, managing just four points on 1-of-6 shooting. "For me, I've got to play better, that's the way I look at," Sprewell said. "I think we know that Kevin is the anchor for this team, but guys like myself, we got to play better, to find a way. I feel like when I have the energy and give us what I know I'm capable of giving us what I know we're a much better team. And some nights it's there and some nights it's not. I've just got to figure out a way to be more consistent." "It's like a bad dream and we've got to wake up pretty soon and figure out a way to get back on track," Szczerbiak said. "We're going to stick together. This team has a lot of character and we're going to fight scratch and claw to get back to where we need to be." Minnesota shot 39 percent (33-of-84), committed 17 turnovers and missed 15-of-19 free throws. "We're not confident right now," Cassell said. "To win in this league you've got to be confident. We're not that confident team that we were last year, but we'll be fine. We've got a lot of veteran leadership on this team and we got to find a way. Right now, it's getting real, real ugly. It's frustrating, but we're going to hang in there together and work it out." The game was deadlocked, 80-80, when Okafor had a layup with 4:03 left to give Charlotte the lead for good. Minnesota's Michael Olowokandi had a free throw, but Melvin Ely and Wallace had baskets five seconds apart as the Bobcats pulled away. "We didn't do nothing that we were supposed to in the fourth quarter," Cassell said. "We're not confident right now."


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