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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 17 28 23 35 13 116 HOUSTON 26 20 29 28 12 115 FINAL IN 1ST OT


MINNESOTA (116) AT HOUSTON (115) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 42 8-15 1-1 4 3 7 2 2 1 3 17 GUGLIOTTA F 48 16-26 1-2 5 8 13 5 2 4 0 33 ROBERTS C 14 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 3 CARR G 17 0-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 MARBURY G 42 7-18 4-8 0 3 3 7 1 2 4 20 PARKS 34 6-8 5-6 2 5 7 1 6 0 1 17 MITCHELL 21 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 3 PORTER 30 6-9 0-0 0 4 4 10 0 3 2 13 JORDAN 12 2-2 2-4 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 6 WEST 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 HAMMONDS DNP - FRACTURED NOSE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 48-91 17-27 13 26 39 30 20 13 11 116 (.527) (.630) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

BULLARD F 20 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 8 BARKLEY F 40 9-16 11-13 2 7 9 6 3 1 5 29 WILLIS C 47 13-24 1-3 4 9 13 4 4 1 0 27 MALONEY G 38 7-12 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 1 3 17 ELIE G 37 2-7 0-0 2 5 7 5 1 1 2 4 HARRINGTON 19 0-2 2-2 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 2 JOHNSON 34 10-17 0-1 2 0 2 1 0 1 2 24 PRICE 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 2 0 RHODES 11 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 4 DAVIS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPHENS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 46-87 14-19 13 31 44 25 24 6 17 115 (.529) (.737) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

MINNESOTA 17 28 23 35 13 - 116 HOUSTON 26 20 29 28 12 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, GUGLIOTTA, PARKS, JORDAN. HOUSTON - WILLIS 2, BULLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-12 (.250), GUGLIOTTA 0-1, CARR 0-1, MARBURY 2-7, PORTER 1-3. HOUSTON 9-18 (.500), BULLARD 2-2, MALONEY 3-5, ELIE 0-2, JOHNSON 4-7, PRICE 0-1, DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HOUSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON OLESIAK, JIM CLARK, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 16,285. T - 2:32.


MINNESOTA (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 8-15 1-1 4-7 2 2 17 Gugliotta 48 16-26 1-2 5-13 5 2 33 Roberts 14 1-3 1-2 1-3 0 2 3 Carr 17 0-5 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 Marbury 42 7-18 4-8 0-3 7 1 20 Parks 34 6-8 5-6 2-7 1 6 17 Mitchell 21 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 4 3 Porter 30 6-9 0-0 0-4 10 0 13 Jordan 12 2-2 2-4 1-1 2 2 6 West 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Hammonds DNP - fractured nose Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 48-91 17-27 13-39 30 20 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.527, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Gugliotta 0-1, Carr 0-1, Marbury 2-7, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 2, Gugliotta, Parks, Jordan). Turnovers: 11 (Marbury 4, K Garnett 3, Porter 2, Parks, Roberts). Steals: 13 (Gugliotta 4, Porter 3, Marbury 2, Jordan, K Garnett, Mitchell, Roberts).

HOUSTON (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 20 3-4 0-0 0-2 2 2 8 Barkley 40 9-16 11-13 2-9 6 3 29 Willis 47 13-24 1-3 4-13 4 4 27 Maloney 38 7-12 0-0 1-3 3 3 17 Elie 37 2-7 0-0 2-7 5 1 4 Harrington 19 0-2 2-2 1-5 0 5 2 Johnson 34 10-17 0-1 2-2 1 0 24 Price 14 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 3 0 Rhodes 11 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 Davis 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Stephens DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 46-87 14-19 13-44 25 24 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Bullard 2-2, Maloney 3-5, Elie 0-2, Johnson 4-7, Price 0-1, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Willis 2, Bullard). Turnovers: 17 (Barkley 5, Maloney 3, Elie 2, Johnson 2, Price 2, Rhodes 2, Harrington). Steals: 6 (Barkley, Elie, Johnson, Maloney, Price, Willis). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 17 28 23 35 13 - 116 Houston 26 20 29 28 12 - 115 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:55 3rd). Houston 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:53 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:32. Officials: Ron Olesiak, Jim Clark, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

Tom Gugliotta had the winning basket with a half-second left in overtime and finished with a season-high 33 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 116-115 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Eddie Johnson, who scored a season-high 24 points, drained an 18-footer to give Houston a 113-111 lead with just over a minute to go in overtime. Gugliotta came back with a driving layup and was fouled, hitting the free throw to put Minnesota ahead.

Houston recaptured the lead when Charles Barkley made a follow-up basket with 9.3 seconds remaining. Barkley, who had 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists, was covering Stephon Marbury on the ensuing possession when the ball was knocked out of bounds. The referee said Barkley touched the ball last and Minnesota kept possession with 1.7 seconds to go.

Kevin Garnett lobbed the inbounds pass in the lane to Gugliotta, who caught and shot in mid-air, putting the Timberwolves back on top.

"Gugliotta had 33 points, 13 rebounds and no turnovers. That's an All-Star performance," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "He and Kevin made a great read on that last play."

"It was supposed to be a baseline screen, but after the delay, we heard them talking about switching," Gugliotta said. "Flip told us to throw it toward the basket. Kevin made a great pass. I tried to not let my man know it was coming until the last second and I was wide open."

Johnson's three-point heave at the buzzer was well short, and Minnesota tied a team record with its fourth straight win. The Timberwolves (20-16) moved four games above .500 for the first time in franchise history and ahead of Houston into third place in the Midwest Division.

"This is a very big win for us. We were 0-7 against them last year and they killed us in the playoffs," Garnett said. "One of the things we said we were going to do this year was beat them and we did it."

Kevin Willis had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which has lost four of its last five games. The Rockets had won the last seven games against Minnesota, having taken all four regular-season contests and sweeping the Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs last season.

"This loss is no tougher than the others. There have been several tough losses recently," Johnson said. "We knew they were gonna try the lob, they just beat us on the play."

Minnesota trailed 75-68 after three quarters but shot 72 percent (13-of-18) in the final period to force overtime.

Reggie Jordan, who averaged 0.9 points and played only 86 minutes in 18 games before tonight, scored all of his season-high six points in a crucial 9-2 spurt midway through the fourth quarter.

Houston owned an 82-74 lead when Jordan hit a layup and was fouled with 8:51 to go. He missed the free throw, but teammate Terry Porter followed with a layup. After the Rockets' Rodrick Rhodes had a dunk, Jordan hit a layup and two free throws around a foul shot by Cherokee Parks to trim the deficit to 84-83 with 7:04 to play.

The game was tight the rest of the way and Porter, who had 13 points and a season-high 10 assists, drained a three-pointer with 1:33 left to give Minnesota the lead, 102-101. Willis answered with a hook shot before Marbury, who had 20 points and seven assists, was fouled on a drive and hit 1-of-2 from the line to tie the game with 21 seconds remaining.

Barkley's off-balance 15-footer as time expired was not even close, sending the game to overtime.

"I really feel for these guys. Right now, we have a very little margin of error," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We worked so hard to get the lead and then we throw it all away."

Mario Elie, who was held scoreless in regulation, opened the extra session with a pair of inside hoops around a layup by Willis as Houston opened a 109-103 lead. Minnesota got back in it behind Garnett, who converted a three-point play and followed Gugliotta's miss around Marbury's free throw to tie the game at 111-111 with 1:38 left.

"We had plenty of opportunities to win. When you get a six-point lead in overtime, you should win," Barkley said. "They played well to get back in it and their guy made a heckuva shot at the end."

Garnett and Parks each had 17 points and seven boards for Minnesota, which scored 24 points off 17 turnovers by the Rockets.

Matt Maloney scored 17 points for Houston, which had a 44-39 rebounding edge and made 9-of-18 from three-point range.

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