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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      UTAH             8    25   23   30    86   
      MINNESOTA        31   24   36   20    111     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - MATT HARPRING 14, GORDAN GIRICEK 14, 
                      KIRK SNYDER 12
                MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 20, KEVIN GARNETT 18, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 14

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - CURTIS BORCHARDT 6, GORDAN GIRICEK 6, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 5
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, EDDIE GRIFFIN 10, 
                      MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - RANDY LIVINGSTON 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, TROY HUDSON 6, ANTHONY 
                      CARTER 4

         ATT:   15,022

Box Score

UTAH (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 36 7-12 0-0 3-5 1 2 14 M Okur 18 3-8 5-6 1-2 3 5 11 B Handlogten 19 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 6 G Giricek 34 6-14 2-3 1-6 4 1 14 H Eisley 26 4-9 1-2 0-0 4 2 9 J Collins 22 2-5 0-0 0-2 4 3 4 R Livingston 22 1-6 2-2 0-1 7 2 4 K Humphries 22 4-9 0-1 2-5 1 0 8 K Snyder 23 5-9 1-1 0-0 1 2 12 C Borchardt 18 0-4 4-6 1-6 0 2 4 R Bell DNP - BRUISED RIGHT LEG K McLeod DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT WRIST _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 15-21 9-29 26 21 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 1-3, .333 (G Giricek 0-2, K Snyder 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (M Okur 2, B Handlogten). Turnovers:13 (B Handlogten 4, R Livingston 3, H Eisley 2, M Harpring, J Collins, M Okur, K Snyder). Steals: 9 (M Harpring 2, G Giricek 2, K Humphries 2, H Eisley, K Snyder, B Handlogten). MINNESOTA (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 18 3-5 6-7 1-2 1 3 12 K Garnett 29 7-11 4-4 5-16 6 1 18 M Olowokandi 27 4-8 2-4 2-6 1 3 10 T Hassell 27 6-8 2-2 0-0 3 1 14 T Hudson 26 5-9 0-0 0-3 6 0 13 W Szczerbiak 30 6-13 8-8 1-4 2 1 20 E Griffin 22 2-5 0-0 1-10 3 2 4 S Cassell 10 4-7 0-0 0-0 3 2 9 F Hoiberg 21 3-8 1-1 0-1 2 2 8 J Thomas 11 1-1 0-0 1-4 0 6 2 A Carter 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 E Johnson 7 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-77 24-28 11-47 31 23 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Sprewell 0-1, T Hudson 3-7, W Szczerbiak 0-1, S Cassell 1-1, F Hoiberg 1-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 2, E Griffin 2, E Johnson, M Olowokandi, W Szczerbiak). Turnovers:15 (L Sprewell 3, S Cassell 2, A Carter 2, E Griffin 2, M Olowokandi 2, F Hoiberg, K Garnett, J Thomas, T Hudson). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, T Hudson, W Szczerbiak, T Hassell). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 8 25 23 30 - 86 MINNESOTA 31 24 36 20 - 111 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 4 (COACH Sloan (ejected), 4:44 1st; COACH Sloan, 6:13 1st; J Collins, 0:40 3rd; H Eisley, 0:40 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,022. T: 2:16. Officials: Ken Mauer, Michael Smith, Mike Henderson.


Extended Box

UTAH (86) AT MINNESOTA (111) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 36 7-12 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 2 1 14 M OKUR F 18 3-8 5-6 1 1 2 3 5 0 1 11 B HANDLOGTEN C 19 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 6 G GIRICEK G 34 6-14 2-3 1 5 6 4 1 2 0 14 H EISLEY G 26 4-9 1-2 0 0 0 4 2 1 2 9 J COLLINS 22 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 4 R LIVINGSTON 22 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 7 2 0 3 4 K HUMPHRIES 22 4-9 0-1 2 3 5 1 0 2 0 8 K SNYDER 23 5-9 1-1 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 12 C BORCHARDT 18 0-4 4-6 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 4 R BELL DNP - BRUISED RIGHT LEG K MCLEOD DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT WRIST TOTALS 240 35-81 15-21 9 20 29 26 21 9 13 86 (.432) (.714) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13 (13 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 18 3-5 6-7 1 1 2 1 3 0 3 12 K GARNETT F 29 7-11 4-4 5 11 16 6 1 2 1 18 M OLOWOKANDI C 27 4-8 2-4 2 4 6 1 3 0 2 10 T HASSELL G 27 6-8 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 14 T HUDSON G 26 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 6 0 1 1 13 W SZCZERBIAK 30 6-13 8-8 1 3 4 2 1 1 0 20 E GRIFFIN 22 2-5 0-0 1 9 10 3 2 0 2 4 S CASSELL 10 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 9 F HOIBERG 21 3-8 1-1 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 8 J THOMAS 11 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 0 1 2 A CARTER 12 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 0 E JOHNSON 7 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 TOTALS 240 41-77 24-28 11 36 47 31 23 5 15 111 (.532) (.857) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) UTAH 8 25 23 30 - 86 MINNESOTA 31 24 36 20 - 111 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - M OKUR 2, B HANDLOGTEN. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, E GRIFFIN 2, E JOHNSON, M OLOWOKANDI, W SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-3 (.333), G GIRICEK 0-2, K SNYDER 1-1. MINNESOTA 5- 13 (.385), L SPREWELL 0-1, T HUDSON 3-7, W SZCZERBIAK 0-1, S CASSELL 1- 1, F HOIBERG 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - COACH SLOAN (EJECTED) 2, J COLLINS, H EISLEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, MICHAEL SMITH, MIKE HENDERSON. A - 15,022. T - 2:16.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- All season, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has lamented the lack of effort from his team. On Wednesday, he couldn't bear to watch it anymore. Sloan was ejected less than eight minutes into an awful first quarter by the Jazz, who trailed by as many as 39 points in a 111-86 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who showed their sense of urgency. Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points off the bench to lead six players in double figures for Minnesota (40-35), which remained 2 1/2 games behind Memphis in the race for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Jazz (23-51) began the season with high hopes but are in last place in the Northwest Division and are headed for their worst record under Sloan, the longest-tenured coach in the NBA. He has publicly criticized a handful of his players for everything from not hustling to showboating. "We thought this might be an easy game like last night," Sloan said. "But these guys got into us real hard defensively. They forced us out on the floor and then we started holding the ball. We can't compete that way. We're not talented enough to play 1-on-1 basketball." "Coach has won here (at Utah) with not very much talent," Jazz forward Matt Harpring said. "But to do that, you have to execute. We certainly didn't execute tonight. When we pass, we're good. When we stand around and try to go 1-on-1, we really struggle. Coach Sloan is a fiery guy. He should have been mad at us. He's been saying it all year." The Timberwolves were in the middle of a 19-0 run that virtually ended the game just minutes after it started when Sloan picked up a technical foul for arguing at the 6:13 mark. "It was one of the most enjoyable evenings I've had in a long time," Sloan said sarcastically. "I saw Jarron Collins get attacked by two guys, and he's fouled all over the place - and Jarron ends up with the foul. That was one of the funniest things I've every seen." The deficit was 20-4 when Sloan was ejected with 4:44 left by referee Ken Mauer. Upon leaving, he let loose with a series of expletives toward the referee. While Sloan passed on blaming his ejection on frustration with his team - "I was upset at the officiating," he said - Harpring suspected that Sloan's ejection wasn't solely a response to the referees. "That's a good question. I'm not sure," Harpring said. "That was the worst start we've had in a long time." Szczerbiak made the technical foul shot and a layup before a basket by Kevin Garnett capped the run at 25-4 with 3:45 to go. Minnesota held a 31-8 lead after one quarter, 55-33 at halftime, 91-56 after three quarters and 105-66 on a basket by Szczerbiak with 5:01 to play. The Jazz were held to a season-low total in the first quarter, did not make a 3-pointer until the final period and were outrebounded, 47-29. "Defense won the game tonight," Garnett said. "We knew that they were scrappy and we were going to have to come out strong. Our offense will take care of itself." Garnett had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won six of their last seven games. They have not missed the postseason since 1996. "Four down with six to play," Wolves guard Fred Hoiberg said. "We got ourselves in a hole because we didn't play well earlier in the year. We pretty much have to win out. We're going to have to keep playing like we did tonight."


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