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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        22   26   22   30    100  
      UTAH             27   17   21   19    84      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 17, 
                      SAM CASSELL 14
                UTH - KEITH MCLEOD 20, MATT HARPRING 12, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, EDDIE GRIFFIN 9, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 8
                UTH - MATT HARPRING 8, MEHMET OKUR 8, GORDAN 
                      GIRICEK 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, ANTHONY CARTER 4, THREE
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                UTH - KEITH MCLEOD 5, MEHMET OKUR 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,817

Box Score

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 23 5-13 3-3 0-0 2 2 13 K Garnett 32 8-13 6-7 2-9 5 2 22 M Olowokandi 25 2-7 2-2 3-7 0 5 6 T Hudson 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 0 3 T Hassell 19 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 1 2 E Griffin 23 5-9 0-0 3-9 0 0 10 S Cassell 21 4-11 6-6 0-2 3 4 14 W Szczerbiak 31 5-11 6-8 3-8 3 1 17 F Hoiberg 23 3-6 2-2 0-6 2 2 8 J Thomas 16 2-2 1-2 2-6 0 1 5 A Carter 11 0-0 0-0 0-2 4 0 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 26-31 13-50 22 18 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (L Sprewell 0-2, T Hudson 1-1, T Hassell 0-1, E Griffin 0-2, S Cassell 0-2, W Szczerbiak 1-1, F Hoiberg 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (E Griffin 4, M Olowokandi 2, K Garnett, T Hassell). Turnovers:9 (M Olowokandi 3, S Cassell 2, K Garnett, T Hassell, W Szczerbiak, J Thomas). Steals: 4 (K Garnett 2, J Thomas, W Szczerbiak). UTAH (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 39 6-12 0-0 1-8 1 4 12 M Okur 36 3-11 4-5 3-8 4 4 10 J Collins 31 2-6 0-0 3-6 1 2 4 K McLeod 34 9-14 1-1 1-2 5 4 20 G Giricek 26 2-9 3-4 0-7 3 1 7 K Humphries 15 3-7 0-0 0-0 1 4 6 B Handlogten 13 2-4 0-0 1-4 0 0 4 K Snyder 27 3-14 2-2 2-4 3 2 9 H Eisley 17 5-10 0-0 1-1 1 3 10 R Livingston 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 R Bell DNP - BRUISED RIGHT LEG C Borchardt DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-88 10-12 12-40 19 25 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (K McLeod 1-1, G Giricek 0-1, B Handlogten 0-1, K Snyder 1-2, H Eisley 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:2 (M Okur 2). Turnovers:8 (J Collins 2, M Okur 2, M Harpring, K Snyder, G Giricek, K Humphries). Steals: 3 (K McLeod 2, K Snyder). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 22 26 22 30 - 100 UTAH 27 17 21 19 - 84 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 3 (T Hassell, 6:20 1st; M Olowokandi, 6:21 1st; Delay Of Game, 1:00 2nd). Utah - 1 (M Okur, 8:31 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,817. T: 2:03. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Jim Clark, Orlandis Poole.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT UTAH (84) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 23 5-13 3-3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 13 K GARNETT F 32 8-13 6-7 2 7 9 5 2 2 1 22 M OLOWOKANDI C 25 2-7 2-2 3 4 7 0 5 0 3 6 T HUDSON G 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 3 T HASSELL G 19 1-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 E GRIFFIN 23 5-9 0-0 3 6 9 0 0 0 0 10 S CASSELL 21 4-11 6-6 0 2 2 3 4 0 2 14 W SZCZERBIAK 31 5-11 6-8 3 5 8 3 1 1 1 17 F HOIBERG 23 3-6 2-2 0 6 6 2 2 0 0 8 J THOMAS 16 2-2 1-2 2 4 6 0 1 1 1 5 A CARTER 11 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-77 26-31 13 37 50 22 18 4 9 100 (.468) (.839) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9 (8 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 39 6-12 0-0 1 7 8 1 4 0 1 12 M OKUR F 36 3-11 4-5 3 5 8 4 4 0 2 10 J COLLINS C 31 2-6 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 0 2 4 K MCLEOD G 34 9-14 1-1 1 1 2 5 4 2 0 20 G GIRICEK G 26 2-9 3-4 0 7 7 3 1 0 1 7 K HUMPHRIES 15 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 6 B HANDLOGTEN 13 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 K SNYDER 27 3-14 2-2 2 2 4 3 2 1 1 9 H EISLEY 17 5-10 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 10 R LIVINGSTON 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 R BELL DNP - BRUISED RIGHT LEG C BORCHARDT DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS TOTALS 240 36-88 10-12 12 28 40 19 25 3 8 84 (.409) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 8 (9 PTS) MINNESOTA 22 26 22 30 - 100 UTAH 27 17 21 19 - 84 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 4, M OLOWOKANDI 2, K GARNETT, T HASSELL. UTAH - M OKUR 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-11 (.182), L SPREWELL 0-2, T HUDSON 1- 1, T HASSELL 0-1, E GRIFFIN 0-2, S CASSELL 0-2, W SZCZERBIAK 1-1, F HOIBERG 0- 2. UTAH 2-8 (.250), K MCLEOD 1-1, G GIRICEK 0-1, B HANDLOGTEN 0-1, K SNYDER 1-2, H EISLEY 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - T HASSELL, M OLOWOKANDI, DELAY OF GAME. UTAH - M OKUR. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JIM CLARK, ORLANDIS POOLE. A - 18,817. T - 2:03.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett has not given up on the Minnesota Timberwolves' postseason hopes. Neither have many of the team's reserves. Garnett collected 22 points and nine rebounds while the reserves added a combined 54 points in a 100-84 victory over the lottery-bound Utah Jazz. Minnesota (42-37), which has not missed the playoffs since 1996, moved within two games of Memphis (44-35) with three games remaining. The Grizzlies own the tiebreaker over the Timberwolves. "I'll enjoy the win and sit back and just let it take its course," Garnett said. "I'm very aware of what's what ... but we made our own bed and we've got to sleep in it. So whatever happens is going to happen. I'm not going to be too worried. But everybody's watching, we're all aware of the situation we have." "All we can control is what we can control, and that's to continue to win ballgames," Sam Cassell said. "It's up to Memphis. We've just got to keep winning." Minnesota hosts Seattle and San Antonio with a game at New Orleans in between. Memphis plays a home-and-home with San Antonio before closing the season at home against Dallas. "We dug the hole we're in, so we've got to get out of it," Minnesota coach Kevin McHale said. "What are you going to do - lay down and die, or are you going to fight? That's all, we've just got to keep battling away. We'll practice tomorrow, and play Seattle on Sunday. That's all we can do." "We've got three games left," Garnett said. "There's nothing to talk about; we've got to win, period." Wolves reserves Wally Szczerbiak and Sam Cassell scored 17 and 14 points, respectively. Backup guard Fred Hoiberg scored six of his eight points during a decisive 14-4 burst - with Garnett resting - that gave Minnesota an 84-69 lead with 6:35 remaining. "We really pushed the ball and played good defense," McHale said. "We were running and defending and did a lot of good stuff. It was really nice. We let KG (Garnett) get some rest and we actually extended the lead. It was nice to let him sit there and know we had KG to come in the game rested down the stretch." "We stopped them from scoring," Cassell said. "Freddy (Hoiberg) made some big shots, Wally made some shots. We did what we had to do." The play of his supporting cast comes on the heels of Garnett's criticism of the team's effort following a dispiriting loss at Atlanta on Saturday. "We started to challenge each other," Garnett said. "We knew that if we didn't play any defense, they were going to mop us up and kick our butts and get us out of here." Former Timberwolves guard Keith McLeod scored a career-high 20 points for the Jazz, who shot just 38 percent (25-of-66) after making 11-of-22 in the first quarter. "Well, it looked like we were going to make a little bit of a ballgame out of it," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We got with it in the first half, but in the second half we just totally collapsed." "My night is insignificant if we didn't win," McLeod said. "I'd rather not have 20 points and we won the ballgame. Then I'd have a smile on my face after the game instead of sitting here with my head down."


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