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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 20 26 17 88 MINNESOTA 26 23 31 15 95 FINAL


NEW YORK (88) AT MINNESOTA (95)

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

JOHNSON F 39 5-12 6-8 0 4 4 1 3 0 3 16 OAKLEY F 39 2-9 1-2 3 11 14 3 4 2 2 5 DUDLEY C 8 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 HOUSTON G 40 7-17 5-6 0 2 2 2 4 0 4 20 WARD G 26 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 5 5 2 2 12 CHILDS 26 5-8 4-5 0 2 2 6 4 1 2 16 MILLS 32 4-7 0-0 2 5 7 2 3 1 2 9 STARKS 24 2-9 3-3 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 8 H WILLIAMS 6 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION B WILLIAMS DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 30-70 21-28 6 29 35 20 25 6 16 88 (.429) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

MITCHELL F 37 6-11 1-1 2 6 8 5 3 2 2 13 K GARNETT F 33 6-14 1-1 2 6 8 6 5 1 4 13 ROBERTS C 22 2-3 0-1 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 4 MARBURY G 41 10-21 9-12 0 5 5 10 3 1 2 29 WEST G 30 3-9 0-0 2 2 4 4 5 0 0 6 PORTER 34 5-9 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 2 3 13 HAMMONDS 13 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 3 PARKS 20 5-10 4-4 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 14 JORDAN 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 WHEAT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GUGLIOTTA DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 18-23 8 28 36 31 23 7 14 95 (.481) (.783) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 20 26 17 - 88 MINNESOTA 26 23 31 15 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - OAKLEY 2, MILLS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, ROBERTS, PORTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-17 (.412), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 1-4, WARD 2-3, CHILDS 2-3, MILLS 1-2, STARKS 1-4. MINNESOTA 1-6 (.167), MARBURY 0-2, PORTER 1-4. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - JOHNSON, OAKLEY, MINNESOTA - MARBURY, HAMMONDS. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MIKE SMITH, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 17,228. T - 2:17.


NEW YORK (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 39 5-12 6-8 0-4 1 3 16 Oakley 39 2-9 1-2 3-14 3 4 5 Dudley 8 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Houston 40 7-17 5-6 0-2 2 4 20 Ward 26 4-6 2-2 0-1 5 5 12 Childs 26 5-8 4-5 0-2 6 4 16 Mills 32 4-7 0-0 2-7 2 3 9 Starks 24 2-9 3-3 0-1 1 1 8 H Williams 6 1-2 0-2 0-1 0 1 2 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision B Williams DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-70 21-28 6-35 20 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 1-4, Ward 2-3, Childs 2-3, Mills 1-2, Starks 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Oakley 2, Mills). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 4, Johnson 3, Childs 2, Mills 2, Oakley 2, Ward 2, Starks). Steals: 6 (Oakley 2, Ward 2, Childs, Mills).

MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mitchell 37 6-11 1-1 2-8 5 3 13 K Garnett 33 6-14 1-1 2-8 6 5 13 Roberts 22 2-3 0-1 0-3 1 1 4 Marbury 41 10-21 9-12 0-5 10 3 29 West 30 3-9 0-0 2-4 4 5 6 Porter 34 5-9 2-2 0-0 4 2 13 Hammonds 13 1-1 1-2 0-2 1 1 3 Parks 20 5-10 4-4 2-6 0 2 14 Jordan 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Wheat 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gugliotta DNP - sore right ankle Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 18-23 8-36 31 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Marbury 0-2, Porter 1-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett, Roberts, Porter). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 4, Porter 3, Marbury 2, Mitchell 2, Hammonds, Parks, Roberts). Steals: 7 (Mitchell 2, Porter 2, Jordan, K Garnett, Marbury). ____________________________________________ New York 25 20 26 17 - 88 Minnesota 26 23 31 15 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Johnson, 7:24 1st; Oakley, 3:18 2nd). Minnesota 2 (Marbury, 2:36 1st; Hammonds, 3:18 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,228. T: 2:17. Officials: Jack Nies, Mike Smith, Mark Wunderlich.


GAME RECAP

Stephon Marbury had 29 points and 10 assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves built a 15-point lead late in the fourth quarter and held off the slumping New York Knicks, 95-88.

Cherokee Parks added 14 points and Kevin Garnett chipped in 13 for the Timberwolves, who led 90-75 after Sam Mitchell's 13-foot jump shot with 5:48 to play.

The Knicks responded with a 10-0 spurt to get within five on a three-pointer by Charlie Ward. New York cut the deficit to 91-88 when Larry Johnson connected on 1-of-2 from the line with 32 seconds remaining, but the Knicks threw away the inbounds pass and Mitchell and Terry Porter hit two free throws apiece down the stretch to seal the victory, the Timberwolves first in four games.

"I came out and did what I had to do so we could win tonight," said Marbury. "I know we needed this game more than any game because it keeps us on a high going into the break. Now we don't have to come back saying we just lost four games. We beat a good team tonight. We had to give it all we had."

New York lost despite holding the Timberwolves to just 15 points in the final quarter, Minnesota's lowest output in the period this season.

Allan Houston scored 20 points and Chris Childs added 16 for New York, which lost for the fifth time in six games. The teams entered the game with indentical 25-20 records.

"We are just not playing well now," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We get to a certain point and we can't go any further. Marbury is very good. He broke us down so many times. The kid is very good."

After taking the 15-point lead with 5:48 remaining, Minnesota did not score again until the 2:18 mark when Marbury connected on 1-of-2 from the line.

Chris Mills got the 10-0 spurt started with a lay-in and Ward followed with two from the line. Houston and Ward then hit consecutive three-pointers to bring New York within five.

After Marbury's free throw, Houston hit a layup and Johnson hit his foul shot, but the Knicks self-destructed on the inbounds pass, giving Minnesota just its fourth win in 18 games against New York.

"I was happy to see at least that we were able to finish the game," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "I thought with four minutes left that we might have run out of steam. They kept coming and we had some mental mistakes down the stretch that you don't like to see."

The Knicks shot 43 percent (30-of-70) from the field, were outrebounded 36-35 and committed 16 turnovers which led to 15 Minnesota points.

The Timberwolves hit 48 percent (38-of-79) and committed 15 turnovers that led to 17 points. Garnett, Mitchell and Porter had 13 points apiece for Minnesota, which had 31 assists, the most against the Knicks this season. Garnett and Mitchell had eight rebounds each.

"This was a great time to win," said Porter. "You want to go into the break on somewhat of an upbeat. We played New York tough in New York but lost to them there. We hit a spell were we didn't hit any shots or move the ball as well. But overall the way we moved the ball was pretty good."

The first half was mostly back-and-forth as Minnesota took a 49-45 lead into the break. It used a 7-0 spurt early in the third quarter to open a 56-47 advantage on a layup by Garnett 2:03 early in the quarter.

New York fought back within 61-56 on Childs' three-pointer midway through the period. But the Timberwolves responded with a15-6 outburst, opening a 76-62 lead on Parks' 14-footer with 2:49 to play in the quarter.

"They just beat us," said New York forward Charles Oakley, who had a game-high 14 rebounds. "We are not tired. The Wolves have a good offense. Marbury can break you down, create, make things happen. They played a good game and we got too far behind. We need to execute and make our shots. I don't think the All-Star break comes at a good time for us. We need to play through this."

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