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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 19 15 25 13 72 UTAH 28 17 28 26 99 FINAL


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MINNESOTA (72) AT UTAH (99)

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

K GARNETT F 38 10-23 2-4 6 8 14 2 0 4 3 22 SMITH F 34 3-14 1-2 5 4 9 0 2 0 5 7 D GARRETT C 17 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 2 JACKSON G 21 3-11 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 8 PEELER G 24 2-13 2-2 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 6 BRANDON 27 3-8 2-2 1 3 4 4 3 2 0 8 EVANS 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 HAMMONDS 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 JORDAN 24 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 1 2 2 MITCHELL 21 3-7 3-3 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 9 PATTERSON 18 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 2 3 4

TOTALS 240 30-89 12-15 19 27 46 12 23 13 16 72 (.337) (.800) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

MALONE F 31 10-22 6-8 3 6 9 2 1 1 4 26 RUSSELL F 28 5-7 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 4 2 12 OSTERTAG C 34 3-4 2-4 3 11 14 1 3 0 2 8 HORNACEK G 25 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 7 2 0 0 11 STOCKTON G 22 1-6 2-2 2 2 4 10 1 1 2 4 ANDERSON 23 4-7 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 10 BAILEY 16 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 2 EISLEY 23 4-9 0-1 0 2 2 3 3 1 2 10 FOSTER 12 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 FULLER 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 KEEFE 20 2-6 5-6 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 9 VAUGHN 3 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 5

TOTALS 240 37-82 21-27 14 38 52 27 16 9 14 99 (.451) (.778) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

MINNESOTA 19 15 25 13 - 72 UTAH 28 17 28 26 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - BRANDON 3, SMITH 2, D GARRETT, PATTERSON. UTAH - OSTERTAG 6, KEEFE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 0-6 (.000), JACKSON 0-1, PEELER 0-4, MITCHELL 0-1. UTAH 4-6 (.667), HORNACEK 1-1, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 2-3, VAUGHN 1-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HAMMONDS. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, LEON WOOD. A - 19,911. T - 2:04.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 10-23 2-4 6-14 2 0 22 Smith 34 3-14 1-2 5-9 0 2 7 D Garrett 17 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Jackson 21 3-11 2-2 0-0 3 2 8 Peeler 24 2-13 2-2 2-3 1 3 6 Brandon 27 3-8 2-2 1-4 4 3 8 Evans 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Hammonds 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Jordan 24 1-4 0-0 2-5 1 2 2 Mitchell 21 3-7 3-3 0-3 0 3 9 Patterson 18 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-89 12-15 19-46 12 23 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (Jackson 0-1, Peeler 0-4, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Brandon 3, Smith 2, D Garrett, Patterson). Turnovers: 16 (Smith 5, K Garnett 3, Patterson 3, D Garrett 2, Jordan 2, Jackson). Steals: 13 (K Garnett 4, Brandon 2, Jackson 2, Patterson 2, Evans, Jordan, Mitchell).

UTAH (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 31 10-22 6-8 3-9 2 1 26 Russell 28 5-7 2-2 0-3 1 3 12 Ostertag 34 3-4 2-4 3-14 1 3 8 Hornacek 25 5-9 0-0 1-3 7 2 11 Stockton 22 1-6 2-2 2-4 10 1 4 Anderson 23 4-7 2-2 1-4 0 1 10 Bailey 16 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 0 2 Eisley 23 4-9 0-1 0-2 3 3 10 Foster 12 1-4 0-0 1-4 1 0 2 Fuller 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Keefe 20 2-6 5-6 2-4 1 1 9 Vaughn 3 1-3 2-2 1-1 0 1 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 21-27 14-52 27 16 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Hornacek 1-1, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 2-3, Vaughn 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Ostertag 6, Keefe). Turnovers: 14 (Malone 4, Eisley 2, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Anderson, Keefe). Steals: 9 (Russell 4, Eisley, Keefe, Malone, Stockton, Vaughn). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 19 15 25 13 - 72 Utah 28 17 28 26 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Hammonds, 11:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Crawford, George Toliver, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- A new face in the lineup could not help the weary Minnesota Timberwolves against the league-leading Utah Jazz.

Karl Malone scored 26 points and Greg Ostertag grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds as the Jazz handed the Timberwolves their worst loss of the season, 99-72.

With both teams playing their third game in as many nights, Utah was the fresher team and never trailed. Malone scored 14 points and Jeff Hornacek added all 11 of his in the first half as the Jazz opened an 11-point halftime lead.

"We were able to catch these guys at a good time," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "They came in here on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back just like us, only they were a little disorganized with the new players and all, so it was a good time to catch them."

Stockton handed out 10 assists for the Jazz, who won their fourth straight game en route to their NBA-best 17th victory.

Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which was held to its lowest total since a 113-72 loss at Miami on March 5, 1996.

The Timberwolves were playing their first game with new point guard Terrell Brandon, who was acquired from Milwaukee in a blockbuster three-team trade that sent Stephon Marbury to New Jersey on Thursday. Brandon played 27 minutes off the bench and finished with eight points, four rebounds and four assists.

"We just didn't execute as well as we should have," Brandon said. "You know KG (Kevin Garnett) really played extremely hard and carried us and we didn't give him much help tonight."

Brandon also talked about his first game with his new team.

"I'm just glad to get this first game out of the way," Brandon said. "It's always tough, so I'm just glad to get used to my teammates. I don't have a lot of time. I'm not going to use that as an excuse. I've been around, I'm a veteran in this league and so now I've got the first one under my feet and hopefully Monday I can play a little better and contribute more."

After Sam Mitchell made a layup to bring the Wolves to within 35-28 with 4:40 left in the second quarter, Malone made consecutive baskets to trigger a 7-2 surge that pushed the lead to 42-30 with 2 1/2 minutes to play before intermission. Utah led 45-34 at the half.

Malone made 10-of-22 shots from the floor as the Jazz shot 45 percent (37-of-82) and held a 52-46 rebounding edge. Malone added nine rebounds and Ostertag blocked six shots to lead the interior defense.

"I've changed a few things and I've tried to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor," Ostertag said. "Tonight, I think I was really aggressive as far as rebounding goes and stepping up and changing shots and blocking shots."

The Jazz also started the second half strong, scoring the first six points and taking their biggest lead at 51-34 as Stockton drained a 20-foot jumper at the 10:52 mark.

Minnesota answered with a 9-2 surge, capped by Dean Garrett's jumpe, to close to 53-43 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the period.

However, the Jazz answered Minnesota's run with a 9-2 spurt of their own to open a 62-45 cushion with 6:32 left in the period. Bryon Russell scored six of his 12 points in the burst. The closest the Wolves got the rest of the way was 13 points.

Joe Smith, Anthony Peeler and Bobby Jackson shot a combined 8-of-38 from the floor for the Wolves, who shot 34 percent (30-of-89) from the floor. Garnett made 10-of-23 shots.

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