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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 27 24 26 26 103 WASHINGTON 23 27 26 38 114 FINAL


MINNESOTA (103) AT WASHINGTON (114)

MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

K GARNETT F 36 9-14 3-6 1 1 2 3 4 3 4 21 GUGLIOTTA F 38 7-11 10-11 2 9 11 2 3 2 2 24 ROBERTS C 16 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 CARR G 36 5-7 2-4 0 2 2 3 3 0 3 14 MARBURY G 39 11-20 4-5 1 1 2 7 4 1 2 27 PARKS 4 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 MITCHELL 31 2-8 1-2 0 3 3 2 3 1 1 5 JORDAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WHEAT 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 HAMMONDS 18 4-7 0-0 3 2 5 0 3 0 2 8 PORTER 14 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 2 1 2 WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 20-28 9 26 35 18 27 9 16 103 (.513) (.714) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(26 PTS)

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HOWARD F 42 9-15 8-10 3 4 7 3 4 3 2 26 WEBBER F 45 11-19 9-10 1 11 12 4 3 2 2 33 DAVIS C 24 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 CHEANEY G 35 4-13 0-1 2 2 4 3 3 3 1 8 STRICKLAND G 41 5-11 7-7 2 3 5 10 6 1 5 17 HAM 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WALLACE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WHITNEY 7 0-1 6-6 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 6 GRANT 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 EACKLES 13 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 T MURRAY 26 8-12 1-1 0 1 1 3 3 1 2 20 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-77 31-35 10 26 36 26 23 11 14 114 (.506) (.886) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

MINNESOTA 27 24 26 26 - 103 WASHINGTON 23 27 26 38 - 114

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - PORTER, K GARNETT. WASHINGTON - STRICKLAND 2, CHEANEY, WEBBER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-8 (.375), GUGLIOTTA 0-1, CARR 2-2, MARBURY 1-4, PORTER 0-1. WASHINGTON 5-12 (.417), WEBBER 2-5, STRICKLAND 0-1, T MURRAY 3-6. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HAMMONDS, WASHINGTON - DAVIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DERRICK STAFFORD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 20,674. T - 2:08.


MINNESOTA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 9-14 3-6 1-2 3 4 21 Gugliotta 38 7-11 10-11 2-11 2 3 24 Roberts 16 0-3 0-0 0-3 0 2 0 Carr 36 5-7 2-4 0-2 3 3 14 Marbury 39 11-20 4-5 1-2 7 4 27 Parks 4 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Mitchell 31 2-8 1-2 0-3 2 3 5 Jordan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wheat 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 Hammonds 18 4-7 0-0 3-5 0 3 8 Porter 14 1-5 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 20-28 9-35 18 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Gugliotta 0-1, Carr 2-2, Marbury 1-4, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Porter, K Garnett). Turnovers: 16 (K Garnett 4, Carr 3, Gugliotta 2, Hammonds 2, Marbury 2, Mitchell, Porter, Roberts). Steals: 9 (K Garnett 3, Gugliotta 2, Porter 2, Marbury, Mitchell).

WASHINGTON (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 42 9-15 8-10 3-7 3 4 26 Webber 45 11-19 9-10 1-12 4 3 33 Davis 24 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Cheaney 35 4-13 0-1 2-4 3 3 8 Strickland 41 5-11 7-7 2-5 10 6 17 Ham 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wallace 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Whitney 7 0-1 6-6 0-1 1 1 6 Grant 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Eackles 13 1-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 T Murray 26 8-12 1-1 0-1 3 3 20 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 31-35 10-36 26 23 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.886. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Webber 2-5, Strickland 0-1, T Murray 3-6). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Strickland 2, Cheaney, Webber). Turnovers: 14 (Strickland 5, Howard 2, T Murray 2, Webber 2, Cheaney, Eackles, Grant). Steals: 11 (Cheaney 3, Howard 3, Webber 2, Eackles, Strickland, T Murray). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 27 24 26 26 - 103 Washington 23 27 26 38 - 114 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Illegal Defense, 9:29 2nd; Hammonds, 7:52 2nd). Washington 3 (Davis, 7:52 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 0:12 2nd, 6:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:08. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Derrick Stafford, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Chris Webber scored 33 points, Juwan Howard added 26 and the Washington Wizards connected on 31-of-35 free throws, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-103, to remain unbeaten in the MCI Center.

Tracy Murray added 20 points and Rod Strickland 17 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who improved to 3-0 in their new arena. Before moving into the MCI Center on Tuesday, Washington had lost all five games in its previous home, the US Airways Arena.

Webber grabbed 12 rebounds and Howard pulled down seven. The Wizards entered the game making a league-worst 65.6 percent of their free throws. Webber was 9-of-10 from the line, Howard 8-of-10 and Strickland 7-of-7.

"We handled the press well, we got some easy baskets and got the ball to Webber for some mismatches," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "It was good to turn our free-throw shooting around tonight. A lot of the games we've played, that's been the difference. We're making strides and playing pretty consistently and we need to keep that going."

Stephon Marbury had 27 points and seven assists to lead the way for Minnesota, which lost for the seventh time in its last nine games. Tom Gugliotta chipped in 24 points and 11 boards and Kevin Garnett added 21 points but only two rebounds.

"We fought for 42 minutes, not 48. We made some costly mental mistakes in the fourth quarter and they took advantage of that and turned them into points," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We were tired and out of position in the fourth. Webber and Howard were very, very good."

Minnesota owned a 51-50 lead at halftime and took a 77-76 lead in the fourth quarter. But Webber converted a three-point play with a tip-in and free throw to give Washington a 79-77 lead 14 seconds into the period.

Minnesota tied the game a little over a minute later on Tom Hammonds' tip-in, and Sam Mitchell's layup on the Timberwolves' next trip gave them an 81-79 edge.

Murray, who scored 10 points in the final quarter, drilled a three-pointer with 9:38 to play to give Washington the lead for good at 82-81.

Minnesota hung close, pulling to 88-87 when Chris Carr hit a shot in the lane with 6:16 remaining. Washington answered with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes, capped off by Howard's baseline jumper, to push the lead to 97-87. Murray's 30-footer with 2:04 to go gave the Wizards a 104-93 lead.

"That was it. That was the shot that gave them the win," said Saunders. "It was unbelievable."

Chris Whitney hit the last of his six consecutive free throws down the stretch with 22 seconds left, giving the Wizards their biggest lead of the quarter, 114-101. Whitney has connected on all 23 of his foul shots this season.

"Our defense shut them down and that was the difference. We didn't allow them to get any second shots," said Howard. "We have to be proud of ourselves because we usually let these close games slip. Tonight we stepped it up and got the game in the fourth quarter."

The Wizards swpet the season series from the Wolves, having won 91-88 in overtime in Minnesota on November 13th.

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