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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 26 29 22 26 103 MINNESOTA 28 22 20 23 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - CHRIS GATLING 22, CHUCKY ATKINS 18, MONTY WILLIAMS 14 MIN - JOE SMITH 18, KEVIN GARNETT 17, TERRELL BRANDON 16

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - JOHN AMAECHI 10, BO OUTLAW 7 MIN - JOE SMITH 13, KEVIN GARNETT 12

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7, CHUCKY ATKINS 5 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 13,228


Extended Box

ORLANDO (103) AT MINNESOTA (93)

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

WALLACE F 17 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 WILLIAMS F 23 7-13 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 2 14 DOLEAC C 12 5-8 2-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 12 ABDUL-WAHAD G 21 5-11 2-2 0 3 3 0 3 2 1 12 D ARMSTRONG G 25 0-11 2-2 1 1 2 7 1 3 4 2 AMAECHI 27 2-5 3-3 1 9 10 2 3 1 1 7 PARKER 21 2-7 0-2 1 5 6 1 1 2 1 4 ATKINS 25 7-14 4-5 0 2 2 5 3 1 3 18 GATLING 28 9-16 2-4 1 3 4 1 5 2 2 22 OUTLAW 31 2-3 2-4 2 5 7 3 3 2 0 6 GARRITY 10 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 6 MAGGETTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-93 17-24 10 35 45 22 27 14 15 103 (.452) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 38 5-19 5-7 4 8 12 3 2 2 3 17 SMITH F 41 6-14 6-9 6 7 13 2 3 0 4 18 D GARRETT C 12 2-2 1-2 0 5 5 1 1 0 2 5 BRANDON G 30 7-16 2-2 2 1 3 8 0 1 3 16 PEELER G 24 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 4 3 MITCHELL 22 4-9 0-0 2 3 5 3 2 1 1 8 NESTEROVIC 19 0-4 1-2 0 7 7 0 1 0 2 1 JACKSON 18 5-9 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 1 3 12 SEALY 23 3-10 5-5 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 11 HAMMONDS 11 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 2 AVERY 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 SZCZERBIAK DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-89 22-29 17 38 55 22 18 5 22 93 (.382) (.759) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

ORLANDO 26 29 22 26 - 103 MINNESOTA 28 22 20 23 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW 4, PARKER, GATLING. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, D GARRETT 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 2-9 (.222), D ARMSTRONG 0-5, PARKER 0-1, ATKINS 0-1, GATLING 2-2. MINNESOTA 3-12 (.250), K GARNETT 2-3, BRANDON 0-4, PEELER 1-2, MITCHELL 0-1, JACKSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, WILLIAMS, MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, HAMMONDS. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GREG WILLARD, JIM KINSEY. A - 13,228. T - 2:14.


Box Score

ORLANDO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 17 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 Williams 23 7-13 0-0 1-2 2 3 14 Doleac 12 5-8 2-2 2-3 0 2 12 Abdul-wahad 21 5-11 2-2 0-3 0 3 12 D Armstrong 25 0-11 2-2 1-2 7 1 2 Amaechi 27 2-5 3-3 1-10 2 3 7 Parker 21 2-7 0-2 1-6 1 1 4 Atkins 25 7-14 4-5 0-2 5 3 18 Gatling 28 9-16 2-4 1-4 1 5 22 Outlaw 31 2-3 2-4 2-7 3 3 6 Garrity 10 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 6 Maggette DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-93 17-24 10-45 22 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (D Armstrong 0-5, Parker 0-1, Atkins 0-1, Gatling 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Outlaw 4, Parker, Gatling). Turnovers: 15 (D Armstrong 4, Atkins 3, Gatling 2, Williams 2, Abdul-wahad, Amaechi, Garrity, Parker). Steals: 14 (D Armstrong 3, Abdul-wahad 2, Gatling 2, Outlaw 2, Parker 2, Amaechi, Atkins, Wallace).

MINNESOTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 5-19 5-7 4-12 3 2 17 Smith 41 6-14 6-9 6-13 2 3 18 D Garrett 12 2-2 1-2 0-5 1 1 5 Brandon 30 7-16 2-2 2-3 8 0 16 Peeler 24 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 3 Mitchell 22 4-9 0-0 2-5 3 2 8 Nesterovic 19 0-4 1-2 0-7 0 1 1 Jackson 18 5-9 2-2 0-1 1 3 12 Sealy 23 3-10 5-5 0-3 2 3 11 Hammonds 11 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 Avery 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Szczerbiak DNP - sprained right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 22-29 17-55 22 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (K Garnett 2-3, Brandon 0-4, Peeler 1-2, Mitchell 0-1, Jackson 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 4, D Garrett 2). Turnovers: 22 (Peeler 4, Smith 4, Brandon 3, Jackson 3, K Garnett 3, D Garrett 2, Nesterovic 2, Mitchell). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, Brandon, Jackson, Mitchell). ____________________________________________ Orlando 26 29 22 26 - 103 Minnesota 28 22 20 23 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 4 (Illegal Defense 3, 7:12 2nd, 9:09 3rd, 1:32 3rd; Williams, 6:51 3rd). Minnesota 2 (K Garnett, 6:51 3rd; Hammonds, 10:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,228. T: 2:14. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rookie coach Doc Rivers has been like a magician juggling the Orlando Magic's revamped roster early this season.

Eleven players saw at least 10 minutes of action, and that depth proved decisive as the new-look Magic wore down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-93, to climb back to .500.

Chris Gatling scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and rookie Chucky Atkins added a season-high 18 for the Magic, who prevailed despite a poor game from leading scorer Darrell Armstrong.

Armstrong, who entering the game averaging a team-high 19.9 points, was 0-of-11 from the field and did not score until hitting two foul shots with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter for his only points.

"Tonight's game is a testament to our guys," Rivers said. "When Darrell Armstrong goes 0-for-11 and we win, that was big. You tell me that before the game, I'd say you were crazy. This is probably one of the best teams we've beaten."

Orlando outscored the Timberwolves 63-34 off the bench and converted 22 turnovers into 27 points. Minnesota turned 15 Orlando miscues into only nine points.

"(Atkins) didn't bale me out, the team baled me out," Armstrong said. "It's funny. I've mentioned to him that he needed to be more aggressive. It's not just going to the basket, it's pushing the ball."

Joe Smith scored 18 points for the Timberwolves while slumping Kevin Garnett added 17 on 5-of-19 shooting from the field.

Minnesota, which dropped to 4-3 at home, took its last lead at 34-32 with 8:37 remaining in the first half. The Timberwolves were without top draft pick Wally Szczerbiak, who sat out with a sprained right ankle.

"With any piece of the puzzle missing, you'll have difficulties," Garnett said. "As a team, we have have to learn to overcome those adversities."

"Orlando beat us in every phase of the game tonight," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders added. "When you have 22 turnovers and they convert it to 27 points, you're not going to have the opportunity to beat them."

Orlando shot 45 percent (42-of-93) from the field while holding the Timberwolves to 38 percent (34-of-89).

"Somehow, some way, we find a way to stop people on defense," Armstrong said. "We find ways to help each other out. We were clamping down on Garnett tonight. It was tough for him to get a shot off in rhythm."

After leading 55-50 at halftime, the Magic went on a spurt early in the third quarter and built a 65-51 cushion on Michael Doleac's layup with 9:17 remaining in the period.

Minnesota got the deficit down to 71-67 on Bobby Jackson's driving layup with 2:37 left in the third quarter but got no closer.

After taking a 77-70 lead into the final period, Orlando increased the margin to 81-71 on Bo Outlaw's foul shot with 10:57 to go. Gatling hit the second of his two 3-pointers in the qiarter to make it 91-80 with 5:51 remaining.

"We made free throws down the stretch, we didn't turn the ball over and we stayed defensive-minded," Rivers said. "I thought that was the key at the end of the game."

Orlando opened its biggest lead at 103-91 on two free throws by Armstrong in the final minute.

"We needed to get back better in transition," Smith said. "Darrell Armstrong and Chucky Atkins pushed the ball down are throats."

Monty Williams scored 14 points for the Magic while Doleac and Tariq Abdul-Wahad added a dozen apiece.

Smith and Garnett grabbed 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively, helping the Timberwolves maintain a 55-45 edge on the boards. But Minnesota could not take full advantage of 17 offensive rebounds.

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