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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        20   28   23   25    96   
      NEW JERSEY       18   17   24   16    75      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 23, KEVIN GARNETT 13, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 13
                NJN - VINCE CARTER 16, JACQUE VAUGHN 15, 
                      RODNEY BUFORD 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 8, 
                      EDDIE GRIFFIN 7
                NJN - JASON KIDD 10, CLIFF ROBINSON 6, NENAD 
                      KRSTIC 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, TROY HUDSON 4, SAM 
                      CASSELL 3
                NJN - JASON KIDD 8, VINCE CARTER 4, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   17,849

Box Score

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 22 4-11 0-0 1-5 2 2 8 K Garnett 31 5-14 3-4 1-8 8 2 13 M Olowokandi 22 5-7 1-3 5-8 1 3 11 T Hassell 29 6-11 0-0 2-3 2 0 12 T Hudson 23 1-2 0-1 0-2 4 1 2 E Griffin 23 3-7 2-2 2-7 2 0 10 W Szczerbiak 29 3-7 7-8 2-5 0 2 13 S Cassell 22 10-13 2-2 1-4 3 1 23 J Thomas 16 1-4 0-1 3-6 1 1 2 F Hoiberg 17 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 A Carter 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Johnson 3 0-2 2-2 2-2 0 1 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 17-23 20-53 24 14 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (L Sprewell 0-2, T Hudson 0-1, E Griffin 2-2, S Cassell 1-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:8 (K Garnett 3, M Olowokandi 2, L Sprewell, E Griffin, J Thomas). Turnovers:16 (K Garnett 5, L Sprewell 4, S Cassell 3, E Johnson, T Hudson, M Olowokandi, W Szczerbiak). Steals: 7 (S Cassell 2, K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, W Szczerbiak, E Griffin). NEW JERSEY (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp V Carter 39 7-17 2-2 0-4 4 1 16 J Collins 31 5-7 1-1 0-1 1 1 11 N Krstic 29 2-9 0-0 4-6 2 5 4 J Vaughn 30 6-13 2-2 0-1 2 3 15 J Kidd 34 3-12 1-1 4-10 8 2 7 C Robinson 19 1-7 0-0 2-6 2 2 2 R Buford 28 4-11 4-4 0-1 2 1 12 T Best 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 B Scalabrine 14 0-4 0-0 3-5 1 0 0 Z Planinic 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 J Smith 3 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 6 B Thomas 3 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-87 12-12 14-36 23 18 75 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.356, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 1-15, .067 (V Carter 0-3, J Vaughn 1-1, J Kidd 0-6, C Robinson 0-2, R Buford 0-2, B Thomas 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:4 (J Collins 3, C Robinson). Turnovers:10 (J Kidd 5, V Carter 2, J Collins, B Scalabrine, N Krstic). Steals: 11 (J Vaughn 2, V Carter 2, J Collins 2, B Scalabrine 2, J Kidd, R Buford, N Krstic). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 20 28 23 25 - 96 NEW JERSEY 18 17 24 16 - 75 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (Defensive Three, 8:19 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,849. T: 1:59. Officials: Dan Crawford, Jess Kersey, Kevin Fehr.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (96) AT NEW JERSEY (75) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 22 4-11 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 1 4 8 K GARNETT F 31 5-14 3-4 1 7 8 8 2 2 5 13 M OLOWOKANDI C 22 5-7 1-3 5 3 8 1 3 0 1 11 T HASSELL G 29 6-11 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 12 T HUDSON G 23 1-2 0-1 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 2 E GRIFFIN 23 3-7 2-2 2 5 7 2 0 1 0 10 W SZCZERBIAK 29 3-7 7-8 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 13 S CASSELL 22 10-13 2-2 1 3 4 3 1 2 3 23 J THOMAS 16 1-4 0-1 3 3 6 1 1 0 0 2 F HOIBERG 17 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 A CARTER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E JOHNSON 3 0-2 2-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 TOTALS 240 38-81 17-23 20 33 53 24 14 7 16 96 (.469) (.739) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17 (19 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === V CARTER F 39 7-17 2-2 0 4 4 4 1 2 2 16 J COLLINS F 31 5-7 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 11 N KRSTIC C 29 2-9 0-0 4 2 6 2 5 1 1 4 J VAUGHN G 30 6-13 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 15 J KIDD G 34 3-12 1-1 4 6 10 8 2 1 5 7 C ROBINSON 19 1-7 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 2 R BUFORD 28 4-11 4-4 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 12 T BEST 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 B SCALABRINE 14 0-4 0-0 3 2 5 1 0 2 1 0 Z PLANINIC 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 J SMITH 3 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 B THOMAS 3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 31-87 12-12 14 22 36 23 18 11 10 75 (.356) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 20 28 23 25 - 96 NEW JERSEY 18 17 24 16 - 75 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, M OLOWOKANDI 2, L SPREWELL, E GRIFFIN, J THOMAS. NEW JERSEY - J COLLINS 3, C ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-6 (.500), L SPREWELL 0-2, T HUDSON 0- 1, E GRIFFIN 2-2, S CASSELL 1-1. NEW JERSEY 1-15 (.067), V CARTER 0- 3, J VAUGHN 1-1, J KIDD 0-6, C ROBINSON 0-2, R BUFORD 0-2, B THOMAS 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JESS KERSEY, KEVIN FEHR. A - 17,849. T - 1:59.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - The New Jersey Nets would prefer to play only Eastern Conference teams for their playoff push. Despite holding superstar Kevin Garnett to just two points in the first half, the Nets were not much of a match for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who cruised to a 96-75 victory in a matinee affair. It was the third straight win for Minnesota, which is chasing Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference playoff race. "We needed that one bad," Minnesota coach Kevin McHale said. "We go home and play again tomorrow (Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers)." The Nets slipped three games behind Philadelphia for the final Eastern Conference postseason spot. They appeared to be on the verge of making a playoff push with five straight wins against East teams, but the charge has been derailed by two teams from the West - Memphis and Minnesota. Memphis posted a 105-96 win over New Jersey, which is 10-19 against West teams, on Thursday night to end the streak. "It's tough to explain that game," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "I don't think anything is fatal. We've still got blood pumping, we're still breathing and we've obviously had our share of highs and lows." New Jersey succeeded in containing Garnett, who finished with just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting, and Latrell Sprewell, who scored only eight. But the Nets didn't get adequate production from their stars - Vince Carter finished with 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting and Jason Kidd made just 3-of-12 shots for seven points. "In these last two games we have gone in reverse," said Kidd, who added 10 rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers. "We have to fix it fast, because we're running out of time. We have (a game) on Monday, and we have to start a winning streak." Garnett missed all seven shots he took in the first half, but the Timberwolves built a 48-35 lead with the help of an 11-0 run in the second quarter while he was on the bench. Sam Cassell sparked the spurt with a pair of jumpers and Eddie Griffin connected on a 3-pointer. "I planned on resting him, but getting too much rest at this point of the season is not an issue," McHale said. "It will make me fresher (for Sunday)," said Garnett, who played 31 minutes. "Minutes are an issue. Thirty-five minutes is less than 40. It makes a big difference." Garnett awoke in the third quarter, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Yet the Nets pulled within 62-55 on a pair of free throws by Carter with 3:55 left. But the Timberwolves bridged the third and fourth quarter with a 19-6 run to open an 81-61 lead. Cassell finished with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting.. A strained right hamstring has kept Cassell out of games and pushed him from the starting lineup. "I'm sure his hamstring is still tight, but he says he can play," McHale said. "I don't like it (coming off the bench)," Cassell said. "But I do what I do for the team. If he (McHale) decides to put me back in the starting lineup, that's fine. But it's not who starts, it's who finishes. If I was healthy, we wouldn't be in the situation we are in, fighting for our lives." Wally Szczerbiak also provided a boost off the bench for Minnesota with 13 points.


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