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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 12 38 24 96 PHOENIX 22 16 35 27 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, TERRELL BRANDON 16, ANTHONY PEELER 14 PHO - LUC LONGLEY 17, JASON KIDD 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, ANDRAE PATTERSON 7 PHO - LUC LONGLEY 10, TOM GUGLIOTTA 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHO - JASON KIDD 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,773


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (96) AT PHOENIX (100)

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

K GARNETT F 32 9-13 1-1 0 11 11 3 3 1 2 20 SMITH F 27 3-7 2-2 0 5 5 0 2 1 2 8 MITCHELL C 12 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 BRANDON G 29 8-17 0-0 2 4 6 13 4 2 1 16 PEELER G 31 5-11 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 14 D GARRETT 15 3-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 0 2 6 HAMMONDS 16 2-5 2-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 6 JACKSON 7 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 2 NESTEROVIC 18 2-8 0-0 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 4 PATTERSON 24 2-5 0-0 2 5 7 3 1 2 4 4 ROBINSON 12 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 9 SEALY 17 1-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 42-96 5-7 13 39 52 25 30 7 17 96 (.438) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 31 5-11 6-6 3 6 9 1 2 0 1 16 ROBINSON F 41 5-12 5-7 0 5 5 4 0 0 3 16 LONGLEY C 28 5-9 7-8 5 5 10 3 0 1 0 17 CHAPMAN G 32 4-12 1-3 0 2 2 4 0 2 0 9 KIDD G 35 5-12 6-11 2 3 5 6 1 4 2 17 BAILEY 7 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 GARRITY 12 0-0 3-4 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 3 LIVINGSTON 22 5-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 2 1 12 MANNING 25 4-13 1-2 1 5 6 0 4 0 2 9 MORRIS 7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE DNP - BACK SPASMS MCCLOUD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 32-45 11 33 44 22 11 9 11 100 (.418) (.711) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(2 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 12 38 24 - 96 PHOENIX 22 16 35 27 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - BRANDON, ROBINSON. PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA 3, LONGLEY, ROBINSON, MANNING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-22 (.318), K GARNETT 1-1, MITCHELL 1-1, BRANDON 0-4, PEELER 4-8, JACKSON 0-1, ROBINSON 1-6, SEALY 0-1. PHOENIX 2-10 (.200), ROBINSON 1-4, CHAPMAN 0-4, KIDD 1-1, MORRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, SCOTT FOSTER, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,773. T - 2:13.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 32 9-13 1-1 0-11 3 3 20 Smith 27 3-7 2-2 0-5 0 2 8 Mitchell 12 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 5 Brandon 29 8-17 0-0 2-6 13 4 16 Peeler 31 5-11 0-0 1-2 1 3 14 D Garrett 15 3-5 0-0 3-4 0 3 6 Hammonds 16 2-5 2-4 0-5 1 2 6 Jackson 7 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 Nesterovic 18 2-8 0-0 3-6 1 4 4 Patterson 24 2-5 0-0 2-7 3 1 4 Robinson 12 4-9 0-0 1-3 2 5 9 Sealy 17 1-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-96 5-7 13-52 25 30 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (K Garnett 1-1, Mitchell 1-1, Brandon 0-4, Peeler 4-8, Jackson 0-1, Robinson 1-6, Sealy 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Brandon, Robinson). Turnovers: 17 (Patterson 4, Robinson 3, D Garrett 2, K Garnett 2, Smith 2, Brandon, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Sealy). Steals: 7 (Brandon 2, Patterson 2, K Garnett, Peeler, Smith).

PHOENIX (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 31 5-11 6-6 3-9 1 2 16 Robinson 41 5-12 5-7 0-5 4 0 16 Longley 28 5-9 7-8 5-10 3 0 17 Chapman 32 4-12 1-3 0-2 4 0 9 Kidd 35 5-12 6-11 2-5 6 1 17 Bailey 7 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 Garrity 12 0-0 3-4 0-2 0 3 3 Livingston 22 5-8 2-2 0-2 3 1 12 Manning 25 4-13 1-2 1-6 0 4 9 Morris 7 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Kleine DNP - back spasms Mccloud DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 32-45 11-44 22 11 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.711. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Robinson 1-4, Chapman 0-4, Kidd 1-1, Morris 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Gugliotta 3, Longley, Robinson, Manning). Turnovers: 11 (Robinson 3, Garrity 2, Kidd 2, Manning 2, Gugliotta, Livingston). Steals: 9 (Kidd 4, Chapman 2, Livingston 2, Longley). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 22 12 38 24 - 96 Phoenix 22 16 35 27 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,773. T: 2:13. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Scott Foster, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- One week ago, Tom Gugliotta was booed in his old home and had a letdown performance against his former team. His revenge tonight helped the Phoenix Suns drop the Minnesota Timberwolves to the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Gugliotta was the deciding factor in the final minute as the Suns closed their regular season with a key 100-96 victory over the Timberwolves.

The Suns (27-23) avoided an opening-round playoff series with the red-hot San Antonio Spurs, the top seed in the West. Instead, Phoenix will face the Pacific Division champion Portland Trail Blazers in the first round after ending up seventh in the conference.

"We have a tough time matching up against them, but if we play like we expect we can, we'll be fine," Gugliotta said of the upcoming series with Portland.

The Timberwolves (25-25) finished the regular season eighth in the West and will be forced to play the Spurs in the opening round.

"I feel we can beat anybody in the NBA," said Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett. "We just have to stay away from the little mistakes that hurt us."

Gugliotta put the Suns ahead for good, 95-93, with an 18-footer off a feed from Jason Kidd with 42 seconds to play. Gugliotta's defense forced Joe Smith into a tough fallaway on the other end and Cliff Robinson rebounded the miss.

Minnesota sent Kidd to the foul line and he made the first before missing the second, but Gugliotta chased down the rebound. He was fouled with 21 seconds left and hit both free throws for a 98-93 lead.

Following a timeout, Gugliotta grabbed the loose ball off an errant inbounds pass by rookie Andrae Patterson. For good measure, Gugliotta recorded one of his three blocks on a meaningless 3-point attempt by Terrell Brandon at the buzzer.

"It was fun to hit a couple of baskets and get a rebound at the end against my old team," Gugliotta said. "The last game individually, I didn't play as well as I'd like. The main thing is to get the win, but that was nice."

Gugliotta had 16 points and nine rebounds and hit all six of his free throws, leading the Suns' 32-of-45 effort from the line. Minnesota made just 5-of-7 at the stripe.

"I've never seen such a discrepancy as far as foul shots -- 45 to seven," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders.

Having left Minnesota in the offseason to sign as a free agent with Phoenix, Gugliotta was booed in his return to the Target Center on April 28. He scored just nine points and missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 14 seconds left as the Suns lost to the Timberwolves, 97-92.

Kidd scored 17 points and handed out six assists, finishing the regular season as the league leader in that department. He had 539 assists, averaging 10.8 on the season.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which is in the postseason for the third straight year. Phoenix made the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season.

Luc Longley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which has won eight in a row at home. But the Suns will have to travel to Portland on Saturday for Game One of their first-round series.

"I'm just happy the season's over," Kidd said. "I think today we didn't play our best basketball game, but we kept our home streak intact and hopefully we can build on that."

The Timberwolves have lost 10 in a row on the road since a win at Boston on March 24. They will visit San Antonio on Sunday for Game One of their opening-round matchup.

This game involved two of the league's more potent offenses, but both teams struggled in the first half. Phoenix hit just 14-of-40 (35 percent) from the field and Minnesota made 16-of-47 (34 percent). Cliff Robinson, who contributed 16 points, drained a 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 38-34 halftime lead.

"That looked like a game where people were trying not to get hurt rather than playing a game," said Suns coach Danny Ainge. "Maybe that was my fault for saying that I wanted us to be healthy going into the playoffs. I thought we were playing very cautious and not with very much intensity."

The teams woke up in the third quarter, nearly matching their combined total from the first half, with Minnesota holding a 38-35 edge in the period to pull within one.

Kidd fed Gugliotta for a layup with 9:09 left as the Suns took their largest lead, 47-39. Anthony Peeler drained all four of his 3-pointers in the final eight-plus minutes of the quarter, helping Minnesota pull within 73-72.

Terrell Brandon collected 16 points and 13 assists for the Timberwolves, who managed only two points off 11 Phoenix turnovers. The Suns scored 17 points off 17 Minnesota miscues.

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