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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 28 24 16 22 90 MINNESOTA 16 26 21 20 83 FINAL


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UTAH (90) AT MINNESOTA (83)

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

MALONE F 39 6-16 5-12 4 9 13 7 2 0 5 17 RUSSELL F 35 3-10 4-4 1 5 6 2 2 1 1 12 OSTERTAG C 35 3-3 0-2 4 9 13 0 3 0 1 6 HORNACEK G 26 3-8 3-4 0 3 3 3 2 1 4 10 STOCKTON G 26 2-4 4-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 3 8 ANDERSON 18 5-9 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 12 BAILEY 11 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 EISLEY 28 5-9 3-3 0 2 2 4 4 1 3 15 FOSTER 9 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 6 KEEFE 13 0-2 4-6 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 4 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-68 24-37 13 32 45 22 18 4 19 90 (.441) (.649) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 38 4-16 2-2 4 5 9 6 6 1 5 10 SMITH F 41 12-23 2-2 8 9 17 0 3 0 4 26 D GARRETT C 31 0-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 2 0 0 BRANDON G 38 8-16 5-5 0 1 1 6 4 3 2 21 PEELER G 7 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 EVANS 10 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 HAMMONDS 11 0-1 3-4 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 JACKSON 28 6-14 3-3 1 2 3 2 3 1 1 17 JORDAN 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 MITCHELL 20 1-7 1-2 2 2 4 3 3 0 0 3 PATTERSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-87 17-20 19 25 44 19 30 10 14 83 (.368) (.850) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

UTAH 28 24 16 22 - 90 MINNESOTA 16 26 21 20 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, STOCKTON, HORNACEK, FOSTER, BAILEY. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, MITCHELL, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-6 (1.000), RUSSELL 2-2, HORNACEK 1-1, ANDERSON 1-1, EISLEY 2-2. MINNESOTA 2-7 (.286), BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 0-1, JACKSON 2-4, MITCHELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HEAD COACH SAUNDERS. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, LUIS GRILLO, DAVID JONES. A - 18,447. T - 2:16.


Box Score

UTAH (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 6-16 5-12 4-13 7 2 17 Russell 35 3-10 4-4 1-6 2 2 12 Ostertag 35 3-3 0-2 4-13 0 3 6 Hornacek 26 3-8 3-4 0-3 3 2 10 Stockton 26 2-4 4-4 0-1 2 1 8 Anderson 18 5-9 1-2 1-2 1 2 12 Bailey 11 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Eisley 28 5-9 3-3 0-2 4 4 15 Foster 9 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 6 Keefe 13 0-2 4-6 1-2 3 1 4 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 24-37 13-45 22 18 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 6-6, 1.000 (Russell 2-2, Hornacek 1-1, Anderson 1-1, Eisley 2-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 2, Stockton, Hornacek, Foster, Bailey). Turnovers: 19 (Malone 5, Hornacek 4, Eisley 3, Stockton 3, Anderson, Bailey, Ostertag, Russell). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Eisley, Hornacek, Russell).

MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 4-16 2-2 4-9 6 6 10 Smith 41 12-23 2-2 8-17 0 3 26 D Garrett 31 0-5 0-0 2-6 0 4 0 Brandon 38 8-16 5-5 0-1 6 4 21 Peeler 7 1-2 1-2 1-1 0 1 3 Evans 10 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Hammonds 11 0-1 3-4 0-1 1 1 3 Jackson 28 6-14 3-3 1-3 2 3 17 Jordan 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 Mitchell 20 1-7 1-2 2-4 3 3 3 Patterson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-87 17-20 19-44 19 30 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Brandon 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Jackson 2-4, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (K Garnett 2, Mitchell, Smith). Turnovers: 14 (K Garnett 5, Smith 4, Brandon 2, Hammonds 2, Jackson). Steals: 10 (Brandon 3, D Garrett 2, Hammonds, Jackson, Jordan, K Garnett, Peeler). ____________________________________________ Utah 28 24 16 22 - 90 Minnesota 16 26 21 20 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Head Coach Saunders, 7:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,447. T: 2:16. Officials: Joe Forte, Luis Grillo, David Jones.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves had too much to overcome and the Utah Jazz used an all-around effort to maintain the league's best record.

Howard Eisley led a strong effort from the bench and Karl Malone did his usual damage as the Jazz posted a 90-83 victory over the Timberwolves, who watched their best player struggle and lost a starting guard to injury while trying to break in a new point guard.

Eisley scored 15 of 37 points collected by the Jazz's reserves. He sank two free throws that sparked a key 7-0 spurt late in the third period that gave Utah the lead for good. With Minnesota trailing by just five with under a minute left, Eisley buried a short jumper to help seal the victory.

"We're at our best when we get everybody involved," said Jazz starting forward Bryon Russell. "We've got Shandon (Anderson) and Howard and Greg (Foster) coming off the bench doing a great job, and it's been working for us."

Malone contributed a layup and free throw in the third-quarter run, which gave the Jazz a 68-61 lead. He finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds as Utah ran its winning streak to five games and improved its record to 18-4.

Joe Smith notched arguably his best game in a Minnesota uniform with 26 points and 17 rebounds, atoning for an awful effort by fellow starting forward Kevin Garnett. Deemed the Timberwolves' franchise player with the recent trade of star guard Stephon Marbury, Garnett fouled out with just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

Terrell Brandon, playing his first home game since being acquired from Milwaukee on Thursday in the Marbury deal, had 21 points and six assists. But he managed just four points in the second half, during which he saw limited action due to a strained right calf.

"I am not trying to duplicate what Stephon did here," Brandon said. "I want to establish my own identity. My teammates have let me know that I don't have to adjust to them, but they want to adjust to me. That's a great kind of support to have."

"We've got a lot of respect for Brandon, but obviously losing Marbury hurts the Wolves right now," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. "Minnesota played well, considering they haven't had a practice since Brandon has been there."

Starting backcourt mate Anthony Peeler left the game in the first half with a calf injury of his own and did not return.

"We fought back and the guys played hard, considering everything that we have gone through in the past couple of days," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "Losing AP (Peeler) and really being short in our backcourt, we gave ourselves and opportunity and did not capitalize on it."

Five players scored in double figures for the Jazz, who shot an uncharacteristic 24-of-37 from the foul line but connected on all six of their 3-pointers.

Brandon fed Smith for a jumper that tied the game, 61-61, with 4:22 left in the third quarter. After Eisley's free throws, Malone hit a layup and free throw around a jumper by Jeff Hornacek to make it 68-61 with 1:56 remaining.

Minnesota was within 72-68 with 9:08 left in the final period when Utah reeled off six straight points to take command. Eisley found Anderson, who scored 12 points, for a short jumper to trigger that run. Reserve Adam Keefe sank two free throws and Malone drilled a 17-footer off a feed from Eisley to make it 82-72 with 4:55 to go.

"The key tonight was the guys that came off the bench," Sloan added. "They gave us a great lift. It was a complete team effort."

The Timberwolves closed within five points on three occasions down the stretch, but Hornacek and John Stockton each made a pair of foul shots around Eisley's crucial jumper.

Russell scored 12 points, Hornacek added 10 and Greg Ostertag pulled down 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who have opened a five-game lead over the Timberwolves in the Midwest Division.

"We're a team that didn't have a lot of changes over the (offseason) break," Hornacek said. "With the shortened exhibition season, that didn't affect us because we're a veteran team. We figured it would catch up with us, but I think everybody has had an opportunity to play together and be in shape."

Bobby Jackson scored 17 points for Minnesota, which hit just 37 percent (32-of-87) from the field.

Eisley scored eight points in the final 2:40 of the opening quarter, including a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left that gave Utah a 28-16 lead. The Jazz built their largest lead, 47-28, on two free throws by Malone with 3:27 remaining in the second period.

Behind Brandon, the Timberwolves cut the deficit to 52-42 at the half.

"Yesterday, I had a crash course on all of the plays," Brandon added. "Today, I let it all out. In Milwaukee, I looked more to distribute the ball. Here, Flip told me he wants me to also put the ball up. It's nice to be wanted someplace."

A 13-4 burst in the third quarter gave Minnesota a 59-59 tie with 5:03 remaining. Jackson scored the first eight points and Smith had the final five.

But the Timberwolves never took the lead, suffering just their second loss in 10 home games this season.

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