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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 26 21 31 25 103 NEW YORK 21 25 29 32 107 FINAL


MINNESOTA (103) AT NEW YORK (107)

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

K GARNETT F 40 6-14 3-4 0 5 5 4 4 0 1 15 GUGLIOTTA F 40 7-12 5-6 2 9 11 6 2 0 3 19 ROBERTS C 23 9-14 2-2 3 5 8 0 5 1 2 20 CARR G 31 3-8 4-4 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 11 MARBURY G 41 6-15 8-10 1 3 4 9 2 2 3 22 PARKS 10 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 0 2 0 MITCHELL 15 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 2 HAMMONDS 16 2-2 4-8 2 2 4 0 6 0 1 8 PORTER 17 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 6 WHEAT 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - PULLED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 37-78 26-34 9 34 43 22 32 5 17 103 (.474) (.765) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 33 2-6 4-4 4 6 10 2 5 1 1 8 MILLS F 32 5-12 2-2 2 3 5 4 4 1 3 12 EWING C 43 12-23 10-14 3 9 12 0 3 0 2 34 HOUSTON G 34 6-17 4-4 0 3 3 2 3 1 3 17 WARD G 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 CHILDS 31 2-4 9-10 1 1 2 6 4 3 1 14 B WILLIAMS 20 0-6 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 STARKS 23 4-12 5-6 0 2 2 2 1 1 3 16 DUDLEY 7 0-0 0-2 2 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 36-44 13 26 39 18 27 9 13 107 (.398) (.818) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

MINNESOTA 26 21 31 25 - 103 NEW YORK 21 25 29 32 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, MITCHELL, HAMMONDS. NEW YORK - EWING 3, MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-9 (.333), CARR 1-2, MARBURY 2-5, MITCHELL 0-2. NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), MILLS 0-3, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 0-1, CHILDS 1-1, STARKS 3-8. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HAMMONDS, K GARNETT. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 19,763. T - 2:34.


MINNESOTA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 6-14 3-4 0-5 4 4 15 Gugliotta 40 7-12 5-6 2-11 6 2 19 Roberts 23 9-14 2-2 3-8 0 5 20 Carr 31 3-8 4-4 1-2 1 3 11 Marbury 41 6-15 8-10 1-4 9 2 22 Parks 10 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 3 0 Mitchell 15 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 4 2 Hammonds 16 2-2 4-8 2-4 0 6 8 Porter 17 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 6 Wheat 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Jordan DNP - coach's decision West DNP - pulled left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 26-34 9-43 22 32 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Carr 1-2, Marbury 2-5, Mitchell 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (K Garnett 2, Mitchell, Hammonds). Turnovers: 17 (Gugliotta 3, Marbury 3, Carr 2, Parks 2, Roberts 2, Wheat 2, Hammonds, K Garnett, Porter). Steals: 5 (Marbury 2, Mitchell, Porter, Roberts).

NEW YORK (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 33 2-6 4-4 4-10 2 5 8 Mills 32 5-12 2-2 2-5 4 4 12 Ewing 43 12-23 10-14 3-12 0 3 34 Houston 34 6-17 4-4 0-3 2 3 17 Ward 17 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Childs 31 2-4 9-10 1-2 6 4 14 B Williams 20 0-6 2-2 1-1 1 1 2 Starks 23 4-12 5-6 0-2 2 1 16 Dudley 7 0-0 0-2 2-3 0 4 0 Johnson DNP - sprained right ankle Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 36-44 13-39 18 27 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Mills 0-3, Houston 1-3, Ward 0-1, Childs 1-1, Starks 3-8). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Ewing 3, Mills). Turnovers: 14 (Houston 3, Mills 3, Starks 3, Ewing 2, Childs, Oakley). Steals: 9 (Childs 3, Ward 2, Houston, Mills, Oakley, Starks). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 26 21 31 25 - 103 New York 21 25 29 32 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Hammonds, 9:39 2nd; K Garnett, 7:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Starks, 5:18 3rd). A: 19,763. T: 2:34. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

John Starks and Chris Childs made seven free throws in the final 35 seconds and scored 23 of their 30 points in the fourth quarter as the New York Knicks ended their offensive slump with a 107-103 victory over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves.

Patrick Ewing had 17 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds as New York scored more than 91 points for the first time since November 29th -- a span of six games. Starks had 11 of his 16 points and Childs added 12 of his 14 in the fourth for the Knicks, who won for just the second time in their last six games while extending their home winning streak to seven.

"When you struggle, you start to doubt yourself, especially here in New York," Ewing said. "When you guys (in the media) start to write all that stuff, you tend to believe it and doubt yourself. We can deal with the fans, we've heard them booing before."

After Brooklyn native Stephon Marbury drained a leaning baseline jumper to put Minnesota in front, 101-100, Starks sank two free throws with 35 seconds left to give New York the lead for good. Childs hit a pair of foul shots 14 seconds later and, after Ewing rebounded Marbury's airball, Starks made two more free throws with 11.8 seconds to play.

Kevin Garnett hit a lay-in to cut the deficit to 106-103, but Childs secured the win by hitting 1-of-2 from the stripe with 8.2 seconds to go.

Marbury, playing his first NBA game at Madison Square Garden, had 22 points and nine assists for Minnesota, which has lost nine of its last 11 games and six in a row on the road.

Marbury, attended Lincoln High School, commented on how much it meant to finally play in front of his father, sister, four brothers and more than a dozen friends.

"It means a lot," said Marbury, who missed last season's game in New York due to a sprained right ankle. "I mean, my friends got to see me play, my family, for the first time as a professional. It's a great feeling just to be here, just to be back home."

The game was tight through the second half with neither team leading by more than five points. There were seven ties and 18 lead changes over the final 24 minutes.

New York, which averaged just 85 points in the last five games, shot just 40 percent (33-of-83) from the field but sank 36-of-44 free throws, including a 9-of-10 effort by Childs.

"I think you have guys trying to go up and be assertive," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We weren't double-clutching like we did in Chicago the other night. If you're aggressive going to the basket, you're going to get calls."

"We have to get back to being aggressive," added Childs, who had six assists. "I still think we can take it to another level regarding how hard we play."

Ewing's jumper tied the game with just over 2 1/2 minutes remaining and was New York's last field goal of the game. He hit 1-of-2 from the line before Childs drained a pair of free throws with 1:55 to go for a 100-97 lead.

"We had to keep believing in ourselves," Ewing said. "You have to have confidence. Maybe I had more confidence tonight than I've had in other games."

Marbury fed Terry Porter for a fast-break layup to cut the deficit to one with 1:19 remaining before Marbury's jumper gave Minnesota its last lead 36 seconds later. Starks was sent to the line just seven seconds later on a play away from the ball when he was hacked by Tom Hammonds on a quick call.

"I thought that was the key play of the game. You can't make a call, 35 seconds to go, and it's a one-point game," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders complained. "You know, the last two minutes you can call a foul every possession if you want because both teams are playing hard. To call a foul when a guy is going through basically as a decoy on a play is a (bad) call."

Stanley Roberts scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Tom Gugliotta added 19 and 11 for the Wolves, who have won just once in the last 13 meetings with the Knicks. Minnesota has not won in New York since January 16th, 1991, losing seven straight games there.

The Timberwolves raced to a 15-3 lead as New York made four of its first 26 shots and trailed, 26-21, after one period. Chris Mills scored 10 of his 12 points in the second quarter, helping pull the Knicks within 47-46 at the half.

"I thought it was good that we got down early," Starks said. "We have to understand that teams are coming in to take us out. We have to be able to guard against that."

Allan Houston chipped in 17 points and Charles Oakley had 10 rebounds for New York, which played its eighth straight game without forward Larry Johnson, who is sidelined with a sprained right ankle.

Kevin Garnett scored 15 points and Chris Carr added 11 as the Timberwolves gave up more than 100 points for the fourth time in their last six outings.

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