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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 31 20 23 16 90 MINNESOTA 19 26 21 27 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 29, LATRELL SPREWELL 20, MARCUS CAMBY 18 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 35, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 23, JOE SMITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 11, KURT THOMAS 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, JOE SMITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 6 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, BOBBY JACKSON 5

ATT: 18,397


Extended Box

NEW YORK (90) AT MINNESOTA (93)

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

L JOHNSON F 19 2-6 0-0 4 2 6 2 6 1 1 4 SPREWELL F 41 7-22 6-6 0 5 5 6 1 2 1 20 CAMBY C 37 8-13 2-3 3 8 11 0 4 0 0 18 HOUSTON G 37 10-15 5-7 1 5 6 2 5 0 4 29 WARD G 29 2-10 0-0 1 2 3 7 2 1 0 5 THOMAS 32 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 6 1 1 8 WALLACE 18 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 CHILDS 21 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 0 2 4 DUDLEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-84 13-16 10 32 42 23 28 5 11 90 (.429) (.813) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 46 13-26 7-7 3 11 14 4 0 2 3 35 SZCZERBIAK F 35 8-13 7-7 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 23 NESTEROVIC C 20 1-4 0-2 2 2 4 2 2 0 1 2 BRANDON G 35 4-14 1-2 0 2 2 10 2 2 2 9 PEELER G 35 1-7 0-0 0 4 4 4 3 0 1 2 SMITH 30 3-6 4-5 2 4 6 1 2 0 0 10 SEALY 21 2-5 4-4 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 8 MITCHELL 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON 13 1-2 2-4 0 4 4 5 0 2 0 4 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-78 25-31 8 32 40 28 13 6 9 93 (.423) (.806) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

NEW YORK 31 20 23 16 - 90 MINNESOTA 19 26 21 27 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL 2, WARD, WALLACE, CAMBY. MINNESOTA - BRANDON 2, K GARNETT 2, SZCZERBIAK, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), L JOHNSON 0-1, SPREWELL 0-4, HOUSTON 4-5, WARD 1-4, CHILDS 0-2. MINNESOTA 2-10 (.200), K GARNETT 2-4, SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 0-3, SEALY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TOM WASHINGTON, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 18,397. T - 2:19.


Box Score

NEW YORK (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 19 2-6 0-0 4-6 2 6 4 Sprewell 41 7-22 6-6 0-5 6 1 20 Camby 37 8-13 2-3 3-11 0 4 18 Houston 37 10-15 5-7 1-6 2 5 29 Ward 29 2-10 0-0 1-3 7 2 5 Thomas 32 4-7 0-0 1-7 0 6 8 Wallace 18 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Childs 21 2-8 0-0 0-1 5 2 4 Dudley 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 13-16 10-42 23 28 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (L Johnson 0-1, Sprewell 0-4, Houston 4-5, Ward 1-4, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Sprewell 2, Ward, Wallace, Camby). Turnovers: 12 (Houston 4, Childs 2, Dudley, L Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas, Wallace). Steals: 5 (Sprewell 2, L Johnson, Thomas, Ward).

MINNESOTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 46 13-26 7-7 3-14 4 0 35 Szczerbiak 35 8-13 7-7 0-2 2 2 23 Nesterovic 20 1-4 0-2 2-4 2 2 2 Brandon 35 4-14 1-2 0-2 10 2 9 Peeler 35 1-7 0-0 0-4 4 3 2 Smith 30 3-6 4-5 2-6 1 2 10 Sealy 21 2-5 4-4 1-3 0 2 8 Mitchell 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Jackson 13 1-2 2-4 0-4 5 0 4 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 25-31 8-40 28 13 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (K Garnett 2-4, Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 0-1, Peeler 0-3, Sealy 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Brandon 2, K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak, Smith). Turnovers: 9 (K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Nesterovic, Peeler, Sealy, Szczerbiak). Steals: 6 (Brandon 2, Jackson 2, K Garnett 2). ____________________________________________ New York 31 20 23 16 - 90 Minnesota 19 26 21 27 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 10:06 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,397. T: 2:19. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tom Washington, (michael Smith.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Like Godzilla, Kevin Garnett conquered Japan and tonight he took New York.

Garnett, who averaged 32.5 points and 14.5 rebounds during his season-opening two-game stint in Japan, scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 14 boards as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for a 93-90 victory over the New York Knicks.

New York (4-2) led throughout and opened a 78-66 cushion with 11:06 to play before Garnett took over.

The versatile 6-11 power forward scored 15 points in the final period and put the Timberolves ahead to stay when he displayed the latest addition to his already formidable offensive arsenal.

Garnett capped a 19-6 run when he stepped beyond the arc to bury a 3-pointer with 4:02 remaining, giving Minnesota (2-1) an 85-84 lead it would not surrender.

"It felt good," Garnett said. "We played well tonight. It was important to come in with energy. It's our home court and we have to defend it. Coming back from (12) points down shows a lot of heart."

"I always get back to the (Michael) Jordan thing," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said when asked about Garnett's late-game heroics. "I don't think he wanted it more than anyone else, I just think he was better than most. That guy is a terrific player."

Garnett logged 46 minutes and had four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

"What more can I say about KG?," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "The only problem I had with KG is twice I tried to get him out of the game and he said, `I'm not coming out.' Eventually, I'm going to have to get him some rest."

Trailing by three with time running down, New York swingman Latrell Sprewell took a desperation shot from 26 feet that bounded off the backboard and rim before falling into the hands of Timberwolves forward Malik Sealy as time expired.

"We didn't hit the shots in the second half," Sprewell said. "We need to hit those shots when we have the opportunities. (Garnett) was the reason they came back to win. He carried them."

Rookie Wally Szczerbiak, a Long Island native, scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Minnesota, which split its two-game series with Sacramento in Japan last weekend before electrifying the Target Center tonight.

"I really thought Wally was great tonight," Saunders said. "When we were struggling, he really kept us in the game and he kind of brought us back."

Allan Houston scored 29 points and Sprewell added 20 for the Knicks, who defeated Milwaukee in overtime on Monday after Sprewell buried a tying 3-pointer in the closing moments of regulation.

"We're very disappointed in the loss because we put ourselves in position to win," Houston said. "The kind of season we expect to have, we need to win these. You need to make the plays at the end of a close game."

Houston played most of the fourth quarter with five fouls, while teammates Larry Johnson -- who returned after a two-game absence due to a strained back -- and Kurt Thomas fouled out in the final period.

Marcus Camby continued to fill the void left by injured center Patrick Ewing, collecting 18 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which shot 43 percent (36-of-84) and held a 42-40 advantage on the boards.

Joe Smith had 10 points and six rebounds for Minnesota, which shot 42 percent (33-of-78) and yielded only six points off nine turnovers.

Smith came up big in the closing moments. The 6-10 forward converted a three-point play with 3:27 remaining that gave the Timberwolves an 88-84 lead and sent Johnson to the bench with his sixth foul.

Smith made 1-of-2 at the line to give Minnesota a five-point bulge before Houston knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:23 to play, pulling the Knicks within 89-87.

Houston missed a chance to tie when he misfired on his second free throw with 1:08 to play, leaving New York down by one.

Garnett responded to the late challenge, taking a feed from point guard Terrell Brandon and slicing his way through the lane before burying a six-foot jumper over Camby to make it 91-88 with 25 seconds left.

Camby made a follow shot on the ensuing trip, but Sealy capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with nine seconds to go before Sprewell misfired on the final shot.

"We had a huge comeback down the stretch," Sealy said. "To come back like that will be something big that we can build on in later games. (The Knicks) were in the Finals last year and are very explosive. We can be proud of this game."

"They played good defense and sometimes we had good shots that we didn't make," Van Gundy added. "It was a combination of a lot of things. We just didn't play well enough to finish off the game."

New York took control early and did not appear ready to surrender the lead. Houston's 17-footer with 18 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Knicks a 31-19 cushion.

Minnesota battled back and closed within 51-45 at halftime, but the Knicks again extended their lead, taking a 74-66 advantage into the final period.

Houston opened the fourth quarter by draining consecutive jumpers, building a 78-66 lead for New York before Garnett took control while lighting a fire under the Minnesota crowd.

Garnett made two free throws and added two emphatic slams, a six-foot jumper and a follow shot during a 16-4 run as the Timberwolves forged an 82-82 tie with 4:41 remaining.

"I get jacked up when I'm not satisfied with my play," he said. "The team and I practice really hard for game reasons. If I'm dragging and wheezing, then you can take me out of a game. Otherwise, I want to be there."

Charlie Ward put the Knicks back in front, 84-82, when he sank a 20-footer with 4:19 left. But Garnett brought the Timberwolves faithful to its feet when he received a pass from Anthony Peeler just inside the arc before stepping back and swishing a 26-footer to put Minnesota ahead for good.

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