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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 32 26 24 28 110 DENVER 20 25 28 19 92 FINAL


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MINNESOTA (110) AT DENVER (92)

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

K GARNETT F 30 7-22 2-4 2 3 5 3 3 2 2 16 SMITH F 26 10-11 3-3 1 5 6 0 5 1 1 23 D GARRETT C 27 4-6 2-2 2 5 7 1 3 2 0 10 PEELER G 32 5-11 2-2 1 3 4 4 4 2 1 14 MARBURY G 37 8-13 5-5 0 1 1 10 3 1 2 21 MITCHELL 30 3-7 2-2 0 6 6 2 3 1 1 9 SEALY 17 1-5 4-4 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 6 HAMMONDS 13 0-0 1-2 3 1 4 0 1 0 2 1 CURLEY 3 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 JACKSON 12 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 3 0 0 3 5 CARR 7 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 GRANT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 PATTERSON 2 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 JORDAN 2 0-2 0-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 42-88 23-30 15 28 43 25 29 10 12 110 (.477) (.767) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 36 7-15 4-6 3 4 7 2 5 0 3 18 E WILLIAMS F 37 4-12 6-9 2 3 5 0 2 1 2 14 LAFRENTZ C 25 4-7 2-2 2 5 7 0 5 1 1 11 STITH G 29 2-4 0-0 0 6 6 2 0 0 0 5 VAN EXEL G 35 6-15 4-6 1 3 4 10 1 1 4 17 ALEXANDER 24 1-8 4-4 0 1 1 2 3 2 3 6 FORTSON 24 5-13 2-5 6 11 17 0 6 1 2 12 BILLUPS 19 0-4 7-7 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 7 CLARK 11 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEELER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 29-39 16 33 49 17 28 6 19 92 (.366) (.744) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(20 PTS)

MINNESOTA 32 26 24 28 - 110 DENVER 20 25 28 19 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, D GARRETT 3, SMITH, PEELER, MITCHELL, SEALY. DENVER - MCDYESS 3, CLARK 2, STITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-7 (.429), PEELER 2-4, MITCHELL 1-1, CARR 0-2. DENVER 3-17 (.176), LAFRENTZ 1-2, STITH 1-2, VAN EXEL 1-6, ALEXANDER 0-4, FORTSON 0-1, BILLUPS 0-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HAMMONDS. OFFICIALS: ED T RUSH, BILL SPOONER, RODDY MOTT. A - 17,171. T - 2:14.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 30 7-22 2-4 2-5 3 3 16 Smith 26 10-11 3-3 1-6 0 5 23 D Garrett 27 4-6 2-2 2-7 1 3 10 Peeler 32 5-11 2-2 1-4 4 4 14 Marbury 37 8-13 5-5 0-1 10 3 21 Mitchell 30 3-7 2-2 0-6 2 3 9 Sealy 17 1-5 4-4 0-1 1 4 6 Hammonds 13 0-0 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 Curley 3 0-2 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 Jackson 12 2-2 1-2 1-2 3 0 5 Carr 7 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 0 4 Grant 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Patterson 2 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 Jordan 2 0-2 0-2 2-2 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 23-30 15-43 25 29 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Peeler 2-4, Mitchell 1-1, Carr 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (K Garnett 3, D Garrett 3, Smith, Peeler, Mitchell, Sealy). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 3, Hammonds 2, K Garnett 2, Marbury 2, Mitchell, Peeler, Smith). Steals: 10 (D Garrett 2, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Marbury, Mitchell, Sealy, Smith).

DENVER (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 36 7-15 4-6 3-7 2 5 18 E Williams 37 4-12 6-9 2-5 0 2 14 Lafrentz 25 4-7 2-2 2-7 0 5 11 Stith 29 2-4 0-0 0-6 2 0 5 Van Exel 35 6-15 4-6 1-4 10 1 17 Alexander 24 1-8 4-4 0-1 2 3 6 Fortson 24 5-13 2-5 6-17 0 6 12 Billups 19 0-4 7-7 0-0 1 4 7 Clark 11 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 Meyer DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision Wheeler DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 29-39 16-49 17 28 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Lafrentz 1-2, Stith 1-2, Van Exel 1-6, Alexander 0-4, Fortson 0-1, Billups 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 3, Clark 2, Stith). Turnovers: 20 (Billups 4, Van Exel 4, Alexander 3, Mcdyess 3, E Williams 2, Fortson 2, Lafrentz). Steals: 6 (Alexander 2, E Williams, Fortson, Lafrentz, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 32 26 24 28 - 110 Denver 20 25 28 19 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Hammonds, 0:09 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,171. T: 2:14. Officials: Ed T Rush, Bill Spooner, Roddy Mott.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Joe Smith was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves to help offset the departure of All-Star forward Tom Gugliotta. So far, so good.

Smith scored 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting as the Timberwolves withstood a second-half rally and pulled away for a 110-92 season-opening victory over the new-look Denver Nuggets.

Gugliotta spurned the Timberwolves by signing a six-year, $58 million contract with the Phoenix Suns at the conclusion of the lockout. Smith was signed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract and paid immediate dividends.

"We executed our offensive game and made them take tough shots," Smith said. "I felt really comfortable. The guys have made me feel comfortable since I first got here."

Stephon Marbury added 21 points and 10 assists for the Wolves, who put away the contest with a 19-5 run. Minnesota opened a 101-81 bulge on Smith's jumper with 3:31 remaining.

"I was happy," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "We set the tone defensively and took them out of their offense. Joe Smith did what we thought he would do."

"Joe Smith was phenomenal," Marbury added. "He talked about redeeming himself but guys like me and KG (Kevin Garnett), who watched him play in college, know what kind of game he has."

Marbury had 13 points and seven assists in the first half, when the Wolves opened a 58-45 lead. He added six points in the third quarter as the Timberwolves took an 82-73 lead into the final period.

"I called Stephon `Dr. Marbury,'" Saunders said. "In the first half, he took out their gall bladder and in the second half he worked on their heart."

Antonio McDyess, beginning his second stint in Denver, scored 18 points for the Nuggets. Nick Van Exel, acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers, added 17.

Denver's Danny Fortson posted his eighth career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Van Exel recorded his 70th double-double, dishing out 10 assists, the 90th time he has reached double figures in that category.

Trailing 73-57 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Nuggets climbed into the game with a 19-9 burst. Denver pulled within 82-76 with 11:04 remaining on three free throws by Chauncey Billups, another trade acquisition.

But the Nuggets went cold, scoring only five points over the next 7 1/2 minutes and dealing coach Mike D'Antoni a loss in his debut.

After winning just 11 games last season, Denver improved its team with the acquisitions of McDyess and Van Exel. However, the roster includes seven rookies or second-year players. That inexperience may have played a factor down the stretch.

"We weren't much of a team out there tonight," D'Antoni said. "We know we're going to have our ups and downs, but we just can't get down mentally, and I think we did tonight."

"For us to win, we've got to play as a team and execute our offense better," McDyess added. "We panicked too much and one person tried to take over. If we get through the first month, we'll be OK."

The loss was the Nuggets' second-worst in a season opener since joining the NBA. They lost to Milwaukee, 125-99, on October 13, 1979.

"It was terrible," Van Exel said. "We didn't play as a team. We didn't do what the coaches asked us. We got our butts whipped."

Garnett added 16 points for Minnesota, while Anthony Peeler and former Nugget Dean Garrett contributed 14 and 10, respectively.

"Denver had a little nervous energy," Saunders said. "They missed a few easy things. Different people carried us tonight."

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