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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ATLANTA          26   21   17   23    87   
      MINNESOTA        21   28   32   23    104     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ATL - AL HARRINGTON 17, ANTOINE WALKER 15, 
                      TYRONN LUE 13
                MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 32, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 
                      18, KEVIN GARNETT 17

HIGH REBOUND:   ATL - AL HARRINGTON 12, JOSH SMITH 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, EDDIE GRIFFIN 9, WALLY
                      SZCZERBIAK 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   ATL - KENNY ANDERSON 5, ANTOINE WALKER 5, 
                      TYRONN LUE 5
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 8, ANTHONY CARTER 6, TROY 
                      HUDSON 5

         ATT:   15,423

Box Score

ATLANTA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 46 7-17 3-4 6-12 0 3 17 A Walker 43 7-18 1-3 3-5 5 2 15 J Collier 11 3-4 0-0 3-4 0 1 6 J Smith 37 2-6 4-5 1-7 3 1 8 T Lue 31 5-12 3-3 0-2 5 1 13 P Drobnak 12 3-7 0-0 2-5 0 0 7 K Anderson 18 1-3 1-2 0-0 5 2 3 J Childress 19 2-4 2-2 1-4 0 1 6 T Delk 20 4-8 1-2 0-1 1 1 12 O Ekezie 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 K Willis DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Diaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 15-21 16-40 19 12 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (A Harrington 0-2, A Walker 0-3, T Lue 0-1, P Drobnak 1-1, T Delk 3-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (T Delk, J Smith). Turnovers:13 (A Walker 4, A Harrington 3, J Childress 2, K Anderson, J Collier, P Drobnak, J Smith). Steals: 4 (A Walker 2, T Lue, J Childress). MINNESOTA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 31 12-18 3-3 0-2 2 3 32 K Garnett 35 8-9 1-1 2-10 4 0 17 E Johnson 8 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 T Hassell 27 2-6 0-0 1-3 1 3 4 A Carter 17 2-6 0-0 2-2 6 2 4 E Griffin 26 3-7 1-2 1-9 2 2 8 T Hudson 16 1-5 0-0 1-2 5 1 2 W Szczerbiak 31 9-15 0-1 0-4 4 1 18 F Hoiberg 18 4-6 2-3 1-1 1 1 13 S Cassell 15 2-5 0-0 0-1 8 3 4 J Thomas 16 0-1 0-0 2-3 1 3 0 M Olowokandi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-79 7-10 11-38 35 20 104 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.557, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (L Sprewell 5-8, T Hassell 0-1, A Carter 0-1, E Griffin 1-3, T Hudson 0-2, W Szczerbiak 0-2, F Hoiberg 3-4, S Cassell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:4 (E Griffin 2, K Garnett, W Szczerbiak). Turnovers:14 (L Sprewell 3, S Cassell 3, W Szczerbiak 3, F Hoiberg, E Griffin, T Hassell, K Garnett, T Hudson). Steals: 9 (T Hassell 4, A Carter 2, S Cassell, F Hoiberg, W Szczerbiak). ------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 26 21 17 23 - 87 MINNESOTA 21 28 32 23 - 104 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Atlanta - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:53 2nd). Minnesota - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,423. T: 2:07. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ed Malloy, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

ATLANTA (87) AT MINNESOTA (104) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 46 7-17 3-4 6 6 12 0 3 0 3 17 A WALKER F 43 7-18 1-3 3 2 5 5 2 2 4 15 J COLLIER C 11 3-4 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 0 1 6 J SMITH G 37 2-6 4-5 1 6 7 3 1 0 1 8 T LUE G 31 5-12 3-3 0 2 2 5 1 1 0 13 P DROBNAK 12 3-7 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 7 K ANDERSON 18 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 5 2 0 1 3 J CHILDRESS 19 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 2 6 T DELK 20 4-8 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 12 O EKEZIE 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION B DIAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-80 15-21 16 24 40 19 12 4 13 87 (.425) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (20 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 31 12-18 3-3 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 32 K GARNETT F 35 8-9 1-1 2 8 10 4 0 0 1 17 E JOHNSON C 8 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 T HASSELL G 27 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 4 1 4 A CARTER G 17 2-6 0-0 2 0 2 6 2 2 0 4 E GRIFFIN 26 3-7 1-2 1 8 9 2 2 0 1 8 T HUDSON 16 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 0 1 2 W SZCZERBIAK 31 9-15 0-1 0 4 4 4 1 1 3 18 F HOIBERG 18 4-6 2-3 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 13 S CASSELL 15 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 8 3 1 3 4 J THOMAS 16 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 M OLOWOKANDI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-79 7-10 11 27 38 35 20 9 14 104 (.557) (.700) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15 (10 PTS) ATLANTA 26 21 17 23 - 87 MINNESOTA 21 28 32 23 - 104 BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - T DELK, J SMITH. MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 2, K GARNETT, W SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-13 (.308), A HARRINGTON 0-2, A WALKER 0- 3, T LUE 0-1, P DROBNAK 1-1, T DELK 3-6. MINNESOTA 9-22 (.409), L SPREWELL 5- 8, T HASSELL 0-1, A CARTER 0-1, E GRIFFIN 1-3, T HUDSON 0-2, W SZCZERBIAK 0- 2, F HOIBERG 3-4, S CASSELL 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: ATLANTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, ED MALLOY, SEAN CORBIN. A - 15,423. T - 2:07.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell made things very easy on Randy Wittman. Sprewell scored a season-high 32 points and Kevin Garnett had 17 and 10 rebounds as Wittman guided the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-87 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders missed the game with the flu and Wittman, his top assistant, stepped in. The one-time coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers drew a favorable matchup, facing one of the league's worst teams. "My job tonight was to come in and be Flip (Saunders)," Wittman said. "We didn't deviate anything from the game plan we set this morning at shootaround." Wittman got to enjoy most of the fourth quarter as his team used a 28-11 third-quarter burst to open a 17-point lead. Sprewell scored 22 points in the period. Sprewell was 8-of-10 from the field in the quarter, sinking three 3-pointers. "The guys did a good job of finding me. Coach called a few plays for me. I had the hot hand," Sprewell said. "Overall the guys knew I had it going so they were finding me." "It's good to see (Sprewell) step up and play well becuase our team elevates so much when he does that," Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "He just knocked down shots and guys were going to the hot man. We kept calling plays for him. That's a big night for him." Hawks coach Mike Woodson was upset at his team's effort against Sprewell. "Once (Sprewell) got going, I like to see guys step up and take the challenge. Somebody's got to play him. We just couldn't stop him," said Woodson. "If we lose playing for 48 minutes, then I can live with that. But I can't live with us playing 32 minutes and taking the other minutes off. That's inexcusable." The Timberwolves (23-19) have won four straight games and improved to just 7-11 against the Eastern Conference. Al Harrington had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Delk scored 12 points off the bench for Atlanta (8-32). Minnesota, which had a season-high 35 assists, got a lift from the return of point guard Sam Cassell, who came off the bench. Cassell had missed the last 10 games with a strained right hamstring. Cassell played 15 minutes, finishing with four points and eight assists. The Hawks opened a 10-point lead late in the first quarter as Peja Drobnjak provided a lift off the bench with seven points in the period. Minnesota fought back and led 49-47 at the break. Szczerbiak made 6-of-7 shots en route to 12 points over the opening 24 minutes. The game was deadlock, 53-53, following a dunk by rookie Josh Smith with 2:16 into the third quarter. But Garnett buried a turnaround 16-footer just under two minutes later to ignite a 23-4 burst. Garnett had six points in the spurt and Sprewell the other 17. "Guys saw me leaking out and running out when we got the ball," Sprewell said. "We did a better job on the boards (in the third quarter) and that allowed us to get some of those transition points." Atlanta never got closer than 11 points thereafter.


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