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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 27 23 18 20 88 MINNESOTA 30 22 29 26 107 FINAL


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DENVER (88) AT MINNESOTA (107)

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

MCDYESS F 36 4-10 2-4 3 6 9 3 0 2 5 10 STITH F 22 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 2 0 8 FORTSON C 34 6-11 3-4 3 10 13 0 3 1 2 15 BILLUPS G 38 9-16 5-7 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 30 VAN EXEL G 36 6-18 1-1 0 2 2 6 1 0 6 13 TAYLOR 19 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 WASHINGTON 29 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 1 0 2 E WILLIAMS 26 1-7 4-4 1 1 2 2 4 3 2 6 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-76 15-20 9 25 34 16 13 11 17 88 (.434) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 39 14-23 0-2 3 3 6 7 4 1 1 28 MITCHELL F 34 9-14 2-3 1 3 4 2 0 1 0 21 CURLEY C 13 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 BRANDON G 36 10-20 0-0 0 8 8 15 2 5 5 21 SCOTT G 42 5-10 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 0 1 14 D GARRETT 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 HAMMONDS 30 5-6 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 2 10 JACKSON 19 4-6 0-0 2 1 3 4 6 1 4 8 JORDAN 13 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 PATTERSON 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 ROBINSON DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS SMITH DNP - SEPARATED RIBS

TOTALS 240 49-86 3-7 10 26 36 35 18 10 14 107 (.570) (.429) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

DENVER 27 23 18 20 - 88 MINNESOTA 30 22 29 26 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - WASHINGTON. MINNESOTA - BRANDON, K GARNETT, JORDAN, CURLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-16 (.438), BILLUPS 7-10, VAN EXEL 0-3, TAYLOR 0-1, WASHINGTON 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1. MINNESOTA 6-12 (.500), MITCHELL 1-1, BRANDON 1-6, SCOTT 4-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, KEN MAUER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 15,979. T - 1:52.


Box Score

DENVER (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 36 4-10 2-4 3-9 3 0 10 Stith 22 4-6 0-0 0-2 1 0 8 Fortson 34 6-11 3-4 3-13 0 3 15 Billups 38 9-16 5-7 0-0 3 3 30 Van Exel 36 6-18 1-1 0-2 6 1 13 Taylor 19 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Washington 29 1-4 0-0 1-4 1 1 2 E Williams 26 1-7 4-4 1-2 2 4 6 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Herrera DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 15-20 9-34 16 13 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Billups 7-10, Van Exel 0-3, Taylor 0-1, Washington 0-1, E Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Washington). Turnovers: 18 (Van Exel 6, Mcdyess 5, Billups 2, E Williams 2, Fortson 2). Steals: 11 (E Williams 3, Mcdyess 2, Stith 2, Billups, Fortson, Taylor, Washington).

MINNESOTA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 14-23 0-2 3-6 7 4 28 Mitchell 34 9-14 2-3 1-4 2 0 21 Curley 13 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 Brandon 36 10-20 0-0 0-8 15 2 21 Scott 42 5-10 0-0 1-4 3 1 14 D Garrett 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Hammonds 30 5-6 0-0 2-7 1 2 10 Jackson 19 4-6 0-0 2-3 4 6 8 Jordan 13 1-4 1-2 0-0 2 0 3 Patterson 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Robinson DNP - lower back spasms Smith DNP - separated ribs _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-86 3-7 10-36 35 18 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.570, FT-.429. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Mitchell 1-1, Brandon 1-6, Scott 4-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Brandon, K Garnett, Jordan, Curley). Turnovers: 14 (Brandon 5, Jackson 4, Hammonds 2, D Garrett, K Garnett, Scott). Steals: 10 (Brandon 5, Curley, D Garrett, Jackson, K Garnett, Mitchell). ____________________________________________ Denver 27 23 18 20 - 88 Minnesota 30 22 29 26 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,979. T: 1:52. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ken Mauer, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon is helping Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves forget all about Stephon Marbury.

Brandon had 21 points, a season-high 15 assists, eight rebounds and five steals to lead the Timberwolves to a 107-88 rout of the Denver Nuggets, who remained winless on the road this season.

"I thought Terrell was outstanding," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "You look at the first half, he had 10 assists and four points -- really took what they gave him -- and in the second we told him to be more aggressive and he comes out with 21 points."

Brandon, who came to Minnesota from Milwaukee in a three-team, nine-player deal that sent Marbury to New Jersey just prior to the trade deadline, drained a 3-pointer from the left sideline with four seconds left in the third quarter to give Minnesota a commanding 81-68 lead.

"Terrell is different from Stephon in that he doesn't look like he's explosive," Saunders added. "But what he is, he's extremely smooth. When he gets by people, sometimes you don't even know it. And one thing he is -- Terrell is a great mid-range shooter, anywhere from 16 to 21 feet."

Brandon scored 15 points during the decisive third quarter, in which the Timberwolves outscored the Nuggets, 29-18. Ironically, Brandon collected 16 of his season-high 22 points in the third quarter of Tuesday's 98-78 win over Dallas.

As Marbury suffers through what has been a nightmare season for the last-place Nets, Brandon has helped the Timberwolves climb into the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, 2 1/2 games ahead of seventh-place Seattle.

Garnett was the main beneficiary of Brandon's pinpoint passing, scoring 28 points for the Timberwolves, who held a 52-50 lead at the half before blowing out the Nuggets in the third period.

Joe Smith, who had missed the previous three games due to a rib injury, was not with the team tonight as he traveled home due to the death of his father earlier in the week. Sam Mitchell has filled in admirably for Smith and scored a season-high 21 points for Minnesota, which has won four of its last five games.

"I'm comfortable with my shot and getting all the minutes," said Mitchell. "I know I'll get plenty of opportunities. I know if I miss the first couple shots, I'll still get shots."

"I think everyone contributed to the win tonight," added Brandon. "Sam and Kevin both had great games and helped me a lot. We really picked it up in the second half."

The Wolves completed a three-game season sweep of the Nuggets and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings.

Chauncey Billups, who scored a career-high 32 points in Denver's home win over Seattle on Thursday, collected 30 points tonight.

"Thirty points doesn't mean anything when you lose," Billups said. "Especially when you're trying to get your first win on the road."

Antonio McDyess, the Nuggets' leading scorer and rebounder, was held to 10 points and nine boards as his club fell to 0-16 on the road. Denver has lost 23 in a row away from home dating to a 90-89 win at Washington on March 17, 1998.

"We can't go out there and let guys push us around," McDyess said. "Tonight, they pushed us around."

Danny Fortson had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Nick Van Exel scored 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting after collecting a season-high 31 points against the SuperSonics on Thursday.

Denver shot 43 percent (33-of-76) and committed 18 turnovers.

Dennis Scott scored 14 points and Tom Hammonds added 10 for the Timberwolves, who shot 57 percent (49-of-86) and held a 36-34 advantage on the boards.

"Having Dennis Scott helps," added Mitchell. "You know he can make shots and other teams have to respect that. You can get a lot more good looks. We're passing much better and our spacing is better."

Scott was 4-of-5 from 3-point range as Minnesota sank half of its 12 shots from beyond the arc.

Mitchell hit a 16-foot jumper to snap a 50-50 tie with 17 seconds left in the first half and Minnesota pulled away for good in the opening moments of the third quarter.

Garnett opened the second half with a thunderous dunk off a perfect feed from Brandon, who sank back-to-back 20-footers to stretch the lead to 58-50 with 9:32 left.

"Kevin Garnett is consistent every night at both ends," added Brandon. "He plays with a lot of enthusiasm and he loves to play the game of basketball."

Brandon sank another long jumper and made a driving layup before Garnett slammed to widen the gap to 76-62 with 2:10 left in the third.

"The more you play together, the more comfortable you get with people," Saunders said of his new dynamic duo. "You start to find out where they like the ball, what spots on the floor they really like, where are they more effective --- and that's what (Garnett) and Terrell are doing."

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