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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 30 31 17 26 9 113 NEW YORK 24 29 31 20 11 115 FINAL IN 1ST OT


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MINNESOTA (113) AT NEW YORK (115) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 45 9-20 7-7 5 9 14 6 5 1 2 25 SMITH F 45 9-18 2-4 9 7 16 5 5 0 2 20 D GARRETT C 29 6-8 1-3 5 5 10 2 2 1 0 13 MARBURY G 44 7-25 6-8 3 6 9 9 3 3 9 20 PEELER G 9 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 CARR 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 CURLEY 7 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 HAMMONDS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 JACKSON 15 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 0 0 6 MITCHELL 27 2-10 6-8 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 10 SEALY 34 5-12 0-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 10 PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 44-106 24-34 25 33 58 29 25 7 14 113 (.415) (.706) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(24 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 42 8-11 5-5 1 5 6 6 3 1 1 22 THOMAS F 22 4-8 1-1 0 6 6 1 4 0 1 9 EWING C 48 7-14 6-9 1 10 11 0 0 2 3 20 HOUSTON G 44 8-16 8-9 0 7 7 3 4 0 4 26 WARD G 45 8-18 0-0 0 1 1 13 3 2 5 18 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 CAMBY 32 1-3 3-5 2 2 4 1 3 1 1 5 CHILDS 17 5-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 4 2 1 10 SCOTT 13 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 43-81 23-29 4 34 38 29 23 8 16 115 (.531) (.793) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

MINNESOTA 30 31 17 26 9 - 113 NEW YORK 24 29 31 20 11 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SMITH. NEW YORK - EWING 6, CAMBY 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-11 (.091), MARBURY 0-4, PEELER 0-1, CARR 1-3, CURLEY 0-1, MITCHELL 0-1, SEALY 0-1. NEW YORK 6-16 (.375), JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 2-4, WARD 2-6, SCOTT 1-4. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - DELAY OF GAME, NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY. OFFICIALS: SCOTT FOSTER, JACK NIES, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,763. T - 2:48.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 45 9-20 7-7 5-14 6 5 25 Smith 45 9-18 2-4 9-16 5 5 20 D Garrett 29 6-8 1-3 5-10 2 2 13 Marbury 44 7-25 6-8 3-9 9 3 20 Peeler 9 1-3 2-2 0-1 2 0 4 Carr 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Curley 7 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Hammonds 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Jackson 15 3-4 0-0 0-2 3 4 6 Mitchell 27 2-10 6-8 2-4 1 1 10 Sealy 34 5-12 0-2 0-1 1 2 10 Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 26544-106 24-34 25-58 29 25 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (Marbury 0-4, Peeler 0-1, Carr 1-3, Curley 0-1, Mitchell 0-1, Sealy 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 2, Smith). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 9, K Garnett 2, Smith 2, Sealy). Steals: 7 (Marbury 3, Curley, D Garrett, K Garnett, Sealy).

NEW YORK (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 42 8-11 5-5 1-6 6 3 22 Thomas 22 4-8 1-1 0-6 1 4 9 Ewing 48 7-14 6-9 1-11 0 0 20 Houston 44 8-16 8-9 0-7 3 4 26 Ward 45 8-18 0-0 0-1 13 3 18 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Camby 32 1-3 3-5 2-4 1 3 5 Childs 17 5-6 0-0 0-3 4 4 10 Scott 13 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 5 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 43-81 23-29 4-38 29 23 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.531, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Johnson 1-2, Houston 2-4, Ward 2-6, Scott 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 11 (Ewing 6, Camby 5). Turnovers: 17 (Ward 5, Houston 4, Ewing 3, Camby, Childs, Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Childs 2, Ewing 2, Ward 2, Camby, Johnson). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 30 31 17 26 9 - 113 New York 24 29 31 20 11 - 115 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Delay Of Game, 9:57 4th). New York 1 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 0:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:48. Officials: Scott Foster, Jack Nies, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston drilled a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the New York Knicks to their fourth straight victory, 115-113 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

There were six lead changes in the final 1:41. A tip-in by Joe Smith gave Minnesota a 113-112 advantage with 27 seconds left.

All five Knicks touched the ball on the ensuing possession with Larry Johnson firing a pass from the inside to Houston, who hit the 3-pointer from the left of the key with one second left on the shot clock.

"I wasn't expecting to get the shot like that, but the ball movement was excellent," Houston said. "We were finding the open man and it was just about execution."

The Timberwolves attempted to set up New York native Stephon Marbury, who forced the overtime with a rainbow jumper from the baseline with 2.2 seconds left in regulation. Marbury took a pass from Kevin Garnett, drove to the basket and had the shot swatted out of bounds by Marcus Camby with seven-tenths of a second left.

"He (Marbury) likes to go left and take that little shot and I was in the right place," Camby said.

On the ensuing inbounds play, Garnett was open in the lane but missed on an attempted quick shot at the basket as the buzzer sounded.

"It was a quick lob because of the time," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "He lost his balance, but he had a good look at it. But somebody hit him and he couldn't get off the shot."

Houston scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime for New York, which began a stretch of five games in six nights. Johnson finished with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Patrick Ewing added 20 points and 11 rebounds for New York.

Garnett had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Smith added 20 and 16 for Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

As is usually the case when Minnesota visits New York, the spotlight fell on the Brooklyn-born Marbury, who can become a free agent at the end of the season. He collected 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but also had nine turnovers and hit just 7-of-25 shots.

"It's nice to play on this court," Marbury said. "Everytime I'm here it's special. It's my hometown and I love New York. Ain't no place in the world like it."

New York's Charlie Ward went head-to-head with Marbury and had 18 points and 13 assists with five turnovers in 45 minutes.

"Having a great game against him isn't on my agenda," Ward said. "I'm just trying to play great defense and help the team win."

Last year, Marbury averaged 25 points and 10 assists in two games against the Knicks, but shot an airball in the final seconds of a 107-103 loss at New York.

With the Timberwolves trailing 104-102 tonight, Marbury drove from the top of the key to the left baseline and knocked down a jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

"We gained some momentum when I hit my shot going into overtime, but that shot really didn't count because we didn't win," Marbury said.

The Knicks attempted to set up Houston for the final shot in regulation but he fumbled the inbounds pass as time expired.

A steal by Marbury set up a dunk by Malik Sealy -- another New York native -- giving Minnesota a 109-108 lead with 1:41 left in overtime.

The Knicks reclaimed the lead when Johnson backed Smith into the lane and flipped in a left-handed shot. But Garnett converted a pair of free throws with 1:10 left to give the Timberwolves a 111-110 advantage.

A 12-foot jumper by Ewing from the left side with the shot clock about to expire gave New York a 112-111 lead with 46 seconds left.

The Knicks entered the game with the NBA's top-rated defense, allowing just 78.8 points per game. The Timberwolves, the second-highest scoring team in the league at 97.4 points, had 61 at halftime.

The Timberwolves controlled the boards, outrebounding the Knicks, 58-38, including an astounding 25-4 off the offensive glass. The Knicks shot 53 percent while the Wolves were at 41.5 percent from the field, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range.

Minnesota led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but a 3-pointer by Johnson with 1.1 seconds left helped the Knicks pull within 61-53 at halftime.

After a basket by Garnett gave the Timberwolves a 71-60 lead with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter, the Knicks turned it around with a 24-7 run. Houston and Ward combined for all of the Knicks' points with Ward capping the spurt on a driving layup to end the quarter, giving the Knicks an 84-78 lead.

New York opened a 92-84 lead with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter on a fallaway jumper by Ewing. Minnesota scored the next seven points to pull within one and tied it, 93-93, on a dunk by Garnett with 6:02 remaining.

Minnesota guard Anthony Peeler left late in the first quarter due to breathing problems and did not return. He was taken to a hospital but returned to the arena by the end of the game and will accompany the team to Toronto for Friday's game.

"In the first quarter, he couldn't breathe," Saunders said. "He had to get oxygen and they took him to the hospital. He checked out OK. He'll go with us to Toronto and we'll see if he's ready."

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