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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 29 18 20 35 102 MINNESOTA 29 16 33 38 116 FINAL


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HOUSTON (102) AT MINNESOTA (116)

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

PIPPEN F 35 4-7 3-4 0 4 4 4 2 1 4 12 HARRINGTON F 33 7-14 9-9 3 4 7 0 3 1 3 23 OLAJUWON C 32 5-12 4-8 0 7 7 4 2 2 3 14 DICKERSON G 29 4-5 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 11 MALONEY G 16 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 3 MOBLEY 27 1-4 6-7 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 8 BULLARD 26 2-2 2-4 0 1 1 1 3 2 2 7 PRICE 17 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 12 MILLER 13 1-2 1-4 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 3 DREW 7 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 7 JOHNSON 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 ROBERTS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 33-61 29-41 5 21 26 24 22 6 19 102 (.541) (.707) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(28 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 39 11-20 1-2 2 7 9 9 3 0 2 23 SMITH F 32 5-12 1-2 4 3 7 5 2 1 4 11 D GARRETT C 26 4-4 0-2 4 2 6 0 5 1 2 8 PEELER G 27 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 3 4 1 0 2 MARBURY G 40 16-24 8-11 0 4 4 12 1 2 0 40 MITCHELL 21 5-8 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 1 0 12 CURLEY 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 HAMMONDS 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 SEALY 23 4-9 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 10 JACKSON 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CARR 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PATTERSON 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 GRANT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JORDAN 2 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4

TOTALS 240 50-89 16-23 14 23 37 32 29 8 9 116 (.562) (.696) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(18 PTS)

HOUSTON 29 18 20 35 - 102 MINNESOTA 29 16 33 38 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 2. MINNESOTA - SMITH 2, K GARNETT, D GARRETT, SEALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-11 (.636), PIPPEN 1-3, DICKERSON 2-2, MALONEY 0-1, MOBLEY 0-1, BULLARD 1-1, PRICE 2-2, DREW 1-1. MINNESOTA 0-3 (.000), D GARRETT 0-1, PEELER 0-1, MARBURY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TOMMY NUNEZ, GARY BENSON. A - 18,151. T - 2:11.


Box Score

HOUSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 35 4-7 3-4 0-4 4 2 12 Harrington 33 7-14 9-9 3-7 0 3 23 Olajuwon 32 5-12 4-8 0-7 4 2 14 Dickerson 29 4-5 1-2 0-0 2 2 11 Maloney 16 1-3 1-1 0-0 4 1 3 Mobley 27 1-4 6-7 0-1 2 4 8 Bullard 26 2-2 2-4 0-1 1 3 7 Price 17 4-6 2-2 0-1 2 1 12 Miller 13 1-2 1-4 2-5 0 1 3 Drew 7 3-3 0-0 0-0 4 2 7 Johnson 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Roberts DNP - strained right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-61 29-41 5-26 24 22 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.541, FT-.707. 3-Point Goals: 7-11, .636 (Pippen 1-3, Dickerson 2-2, Maloney 0-1, Mobley 0-1, Bullard 1-1, Price 2-2, Drew 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 2 (Olajuwon 2). Turnovers: 20 (Pippen 4, Harrington 3, Olajuwon 3, Bullard 2, Mobley 2, Dickerson, Johnson, Maloney, Miller, Price). Steals: 6 (Bullard 2, Olajuwon 2, Harrington, Pippen).

MINNESOTA (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 11-20 1-2 2-9 9 3 23 Smith 32 5-12 1-2 4-7 5 2 11 D Garrett 26 4-4 0-2 4-6 0 5 8 Peeler 27 1-6 0-0 1-1 3 4 2 Marbury 40 16-24 8-11 0-4 12 1 40 Mitchell 21 5-8 2-2 1-3 2 3 12 Curley 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 5 2 Hammonds 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Sealy 23 4-9 2-2 2-6 1 3 10 Jackson 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Carr 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Patterson 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Grant 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jordan 2 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 50-89 16-23 14-37 32 29 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.562, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 0-3, .000 (D Garrett 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Marbury 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Smith 2, K Garnett, D Garrett, Sealy). Turnovers: 9 (Smith 4, D Garrett 2, K Garnett 2, Jordan). Steals: 8 (Marbury 2, D Garrett, Hammonds, Mitchell, Peeler, Sealy, Smith). ____________________________________________ Houston 29 18 20 35 - 102 Minnesota 29 16 33 38 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 10:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,151. T: 2:11. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tommy Nunez, Gary Benson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury ended his early-season slump with a career-high 40 points, including 12 in the pivotal third quarter, as the Minnesota Timberwolves halted the Houston Rockets' five-game winning streak, 116-102.

Marbury also handed out 12 assists while making 16-of-24 shots to nearly double his previous season high of 21 points. His previous career high was 38 points against Utah on November 24, 1997.

"I think that's the Stephon Marbury you should see every day," he said. "That's what I worked all summer for -- lifting weights, shooting and running -- and I wasn't even giving myself a chance."

After averaging nearly 18 points last season, Marbury was scoring slightly more than 13 per game on 41.5 percent shooting through Minnesota's first six games.

"Not only was it a big win, but it was a big one for me because I haven't been as aggressive as in the past," Marbury added. "Tonight was just my night."

Marbury woke up in this contest and scored eight points in an 18-5 burst late in the third quarter that snapped a 58-58 tie. The first four baskets of that run came off offensive rebounds and the Timberwolves dominated the glass that period by a 12-1 margin.

The Rockets failed to close to single digits the rest of the way and lost for the first time since a season-opening setback to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kevin Garnett registered 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Timberwolves bounced back from Monday's last-second loss at Golden State and improved to 3-0 at home.

"Sometimes when you lose, if you can learn from it, then it benefits you," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I think we learned because the way we executed offensively -- set screens, read the defense -- we were extremely good tonight."

"We got off the plane on Tuesday and went straight to practice," Garnett said. "The loss at Golden State probably hit us (hard). Flip said, `We can't do that. Teams we're supposed to beat, we've got to beat.' That set a time bomb off."

Making his second straight start for the injured Charles Barkley, forward Othella Harrington had another impressive showing with a career-high 23 points for the Rockets.

After nearly posting a triple-double in Tuesday's rout of Phoenix, Scottie Pippen had a quiet game, going for just 12 points, four boards and four assists. He also committed four of Houston's 20 turnovers.

"We didn't get anything established," Pippen said. "Minnesota beat us on the boards. We were back on our heels all night. They took the game to us."

Fellow "Dream Teamer" Hakeem Olajuwon added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who made 7-of-11 3-pointers and shot 54 percent (33-of-61) from the field. Minnesota made 56 percent (50-of-89) and committed just nine turnovers.

Following a tight first quarter, Houston led through much of the second period and took its biggest lead on a jumper by rookie Michael Dickerson that made it 39-31 with 6:05 left before halftime. Minnesota fought back and Garnett fed Marbury for a jumper with 17 seconds left that cut it to 47-45 at intermission.

The game stayed close early in the third quarter until follow shots by Joe Smith and Malik Sealy sparked the decisive run, giving the Timberwolves a 62-58 lead with 5:38 remaining. Dean Garrett followed with a tip-in before Marbury found Sealy for a jumper.

"Marbury did it all tonight, and scored in every way possible," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

After Olajuwon sank two foul shots, Marbury drained two jumpers around a driving layup. He later capped the burst with a 19-footer that built a 76-63 lead with 1:53 left.

"I told Steph what was impressive about his 40 points was we didn't really say, `Go score,'" Saunders said. "He got all of his shots out of the offense. ... I don't know if he took a bad shot all night."

Sam Mitchell scored 12 points and Smith contributed 11, seven rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who owned a 37-26 edge on the glass and held a 19-4 edge in second-chance points.

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