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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW JERSEY       21   17   12   21    71   
      MINNESOTA        14   26   24   18    82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NJN - VINCE CARTER 32, RON MERCER 18, JASON 
                      KIDD 11
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 17,
                      WALLY SZCZERBIAK 14

HIGH REBOUND:   NJN - NENAD KRSTIC 12, JASON KIDD 9, JASON 
                      COLLINS 7
                MIN - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 12, KEVIN GARNETT 8, 
                      WALLY SZCZERBIAK 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   NJN - JASON KIDD 14, VINCE CARTER 4, JACQUE 
                      VAUGHN 3
                MIN - FRED HOIBERG 7, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5, 
                      ANTHONY CARTER 5

         ATT:   16,299

Box Score

NEW JERSEY (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp V Carter 38 11-26 5-6 1-3 4 4 32 J Collins 24 0-5 1-2 2-7 0 3 1 N Krstic 37 0-8 3-4 7-12 0 3 3 J Vaughn 20 1-4 0-0 1-1 3 1 2 J Kidd 40 4-14 0-0 4-9 14 2 11 R Mercer 30 9-14 0-0 1-6 0 2 18 T Best 20 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 J Smith 18 0-5 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 E Campbell 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Thomas 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Z Planinic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-84 10-14 16-41 22 17 71 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.310, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 9-25, .360 (V Carter 5-9, J Kidd 3-9, R Mercer 0-2, T Best 1-2, B Thomas 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (V Carter 2, J Kidd, E Campbell). Turnovers:7 (J Kidd 3, T Best 2, V Carter, N Krstic). Steals: 7 (J Kidd, T Best, R Mercer, J Vaughn, V Carter, J Collins, N Krstic). MINNESOTA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 31 2-8 5-6 0-7 0 2 9 K Garnett 33 5-16 7-8 3-8 3 2 17 E Johnson 8 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 T Hassell 15 2-5 1-2 0-1 0 4 5 T Hudson 25 2-6 2-2 0-1 3 4 8 W Szczerbiak 33 7-17 0-3 4-8 5 1 14 M Olowokandi 32 7-11 3-3 5-12 0 4 17 A Carter 23 1-5 0-0 0-3 5 1 2 F Hoiberg 20 3-4 0-0 0-5 7 1 8 E Griffin 19 1-4 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 J Thomas 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 18-24 15-52 23 21 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (L Sprewell 0-2, K Garnett 0-1, T Hudson 2-4, W Szczerbiak 0-3, A Carter 0-1, F Hoiberg 2-2, E Griffin 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 2, M Olowokandi 2, E Griffin 2, A Carter). Turnovers:13 (T Hudson 4, L Sprewell 3, K Garnett 2, F Hoiberg, W Szczerbiak, A Carter, E Griffin). Steals: 6 (K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, M Olowokandi, A Carter, E Griffin). ------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 21 17 12 21 - 71 MINNESOTA 14 26 24 18 - 82 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 2 (Defensive Three, 8:37 1st; COACH Frank, 11:39 3rd). Minnesota - 1 (Defensive Three, 0:38 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,299. T: 2:07. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Blane Reichelt, Eric Lewis.


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (71) AT MINNESOTA (82) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === V CARTER F 38 11-26 5-6 1 2 3 4 4 1 1 32 J COLLINS F 24 0-5 1-2 2 5 7 0 3 1 0 1 N KRSTIC C 37 0-8 3-4 7 5 12 0 3 1 1 3 J VAUGHN G 20 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 1 0 2 J KIDD G 40 4-14 0-0 4 5 9 14 2 1 3 11 R MERCER 30 9-14 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 1 0 18 T BEST 20 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 J SMITH 18 0-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 E CAMPBELL 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B THOMAS 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 Z PLANINIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-84 10-14 16 25 41 22 17 7 7 71 (.310) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8 (4 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 31 2-8 5-6 0 7 7 0 2 1 3 9 K GARNETT F 33 5-16 7-8 3 5 8 3 2 2 2 17 E JOHNSON C 8 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 T HASSELL G 15 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 5 T HUDSON G 25 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 3 4 0 4 8 W SZCZERBIAK 33 7-17 0-3 4 4 8 5 1 0 1 14 M OLOWOKANDI 32 7-11 3-3 5 7 12 0 4 1 0 17 A CARTER 23 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 1 1 2 F HOIBERG 20 3-4 0-0 0 5 5 7 1 0 1 8 E GRIFFIN 19 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 1 1 2 J THOMAS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING TOTALS 240 30-76 18-24 15 37 52 23 21 6 13 82 (.395) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) NEW JERSEY 21 17 12 21 - 71 MINNESOTA 14 26 24 18 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - V CARTER 2, J KIDD, E CAMPBELL. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, M OLOWOKANDI 2, E GRIFFIN 2, A CARTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 9-25 (.360), V CARTER 5-9, J KIDD 3- 9, R MERCER 0-2, T BEST 1-2, B THOMAS 0-3. MINNESOTA 4-15 (.267), L SPREWELL 0- 2, K GARNETT 0-1, T HUDSON 2-4, W SZCZERBIAK 0-3, A CARTER 0-1, F HOIBERG 2- 2, E GRIFFIN 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH FRANK. MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BLANE REICHELT, ERIC LEWIS. A - 16,299. T - 2:07.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves were laying the groundwork for another lifeless loss when they got a jolt of energy from an unlikely source. Michael Olowokandi sparked a first-quarter rally that rejuvenated his teammates and gave the Timberwolves a badly needed 82-71 victory over the New Jersey Nets. It was the first win for Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale, who fired coach and friend Flip Saunders on Saturday and watched the underachieving club lose Sunday at home to Chicago for the eighth time in nine games. Under .500 and in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the Timberwolves (26-27) were without injured point guard Sam Cassell and saw superstar Kevin Garnett get off to a slow start. "It was a fire drill in the first quarter, and that was my fault," McHale said. "I put some new stuff in and they were confused and I stuck with it too long." "He drew a couple things up for us tonight, and it wasn't working in the beginning, and he said, 'You know what, fellas? My fault. Let's get back to the things we're comfortable with,'" Garnett said. "He just took control of the team and got us all comfortable." A 3-pointer by Jason Kidd capped a 16-1 surge, gave the Nets a 19-5 lead and had the fans at the Target Center groaning. That's when Olowokandi - who has been a huge disappointment in his 1 1/2 seasons in Minnesota - came alive. The 7-footer had a pair of hoops and a free throw while controlling both backboards as Minnesota pulled within 21-14 after one quarter. He had a tip-in, dunk, short jumper and two free throws in a 16-4 surge that opened the second period and gave the Wolves the lead for good. "I told Michael that the horses have to start carrying the wagons, and he did that tonight," McHale said. "I told him that 7-footers are special. I can walk on the street and find plenty of 5-8 guys, but 7-footers are hard to find. I was happy for him. He did a nice job. I'm happy that he was able to go out there and play well for his teammates." "They threw it into (Olowokandi), he made some shots, he rebounded the ball," Kidd said. "We have to do a better job. When you just concentrate on KG, those other guys can hurt you like that. Kandi stepped up and made some shots, especially in that second quarter. That's when they made their run." Despite no baskets by Garnett and 25 points from New Jersey's Vince Carter, Minnesota still held a 40-38 halftime lead. Garnett came alive in the third quarter with three hoops and two free throws in a 12-2 run that built the lead to 52-40. Consecutive 3-pointers by Troy Hudson and a basket by Wally Szczerbiak made it 64-47 late in the third quarter. The Wolves, who have had trouble closing games, saw a 16-point fourth-quarter lead reduced to 77-71 on two free throws by rookie Nenad Krstic with 1:11 to go. But Latrell Sprewell got loose for a pair of layups to seal the win. "From here on out our backs are against the wall, Wolves guard Fred Hoiberg said. "We are going to play this way (hard) the rest of the year." Olowokandi collected 17 points and 12 rebounds and Garnett added 17 and eight for the Wolves, who did a better job on Carter in the second half and shut down the rest of the Nets. "Now, if you don't score, if you don't play that much, everyone is still upbeat," Olowokandi said. "McHale does a very, very good job at keeping us upbeat. He goes out of his way to address every single player and be positive and encourage them. It's not easy, but he's able to do that. Any player in this league is very lucky to play for Kevin McHale as a GM and now subsequently as a coach." "The beautiful thing about Kevin McHale is that, from a VP standpoint, I've seen him direct, bark, criticize. He's really, really, really hard. He's going to push you to the max," Garnett said. "But as a coach, he is one of the most uplifting guys." Minnesota's Trenton Hassell got into early foul trouble and took a seat, allowing Carter to run wild. But Hassell returned in the second half and surrendered just seven more points to Carter, who was injured in the final minute. "I hit Travis, we ran into each other, got tangled in each other for a minute," Carter said. "That's a scary feeling when you can't feel your fingers. But everything's fine. I'll be ready for tomorrow." Ron Mercer scored 18 points for the Nets, who shot just 31 percent (26-of-84) and were beaten on the boards, 52-41. New Jersey lost for the third time in four games and was held to its lowest total since acquiring Carter in mid-December. "They went out and played good defense," Mercer said. "You've got to give them credit. We have to get better defensively and give a better effort when we're not shooting the ball well."


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