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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 31 17 18 25 91 UTAH 19 26 18 25 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 31, MALIK SEALY 19, BOBBY JACKSON 18 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 23, KARL MALONE 21, BRYON RUSSELL 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 12, OLDEN POLYNICE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - BOBBY JACKSON 8, KEVIN GARNETT 6 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, KARL MALONE 4

ATT: 19,678


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (91) AT UTAH (88)

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

K GARNETT F 39 15-24 0-0 2 8 10 6 3 2 3 31 MITCHELL F 28 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 2 0 10 NESTEROVIC C 27 2-6 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 4 JACKSON G 38 8-12 2-4 3 0 3 8 4 1 3 18 SEALY G 37 5-13 9-10 1 4 5 1 2 1 0 19 SZCZERBIAK 11 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 SMITH 19 2-4 2-4 2 4 6 1 3 0 0 6 D GARRETT 10 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 PEELER 20 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 AVERY 10 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 HAMMONDS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRANDON DNP - LEFT HAMSTRING AND RIGHT CALF

TOTALS 240 37-81 16-22 10 27 37 20 23 8 7 91 (.457) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

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

MALONE F 35 8-18 5-7 2 6 8 4 2 0 5 21 RUSSELL F 41 5-17 1-2 2 4 6 3 5 3 2 12 POLYNICE C 22 1-2 0-0 1 9 10 0 2 0 0 2 EISLEY G 28 3-7 1-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 7 STOCKTON G 35 9-12 3-4 0 1 1 12 2 0 4 23 VAUGHN 14 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 6 LEWIS 13 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 KEEFE 13 1-2 1-1 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 3 GILLIAM 21 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 8 OSTERTAG 18 1-2 1-4 3 9 12 0 0 0 0 3 HORNACEK DNP - SORE BACK AND KNEE PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 13-21 9 35 44 22 25 3 16 88 (.486) (.619) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

MINNESOTA 31 17 18 25 - 91 UTAH 19 26 18 25 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - SMITH 2. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MALONE, LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-8 (.125), K GARNETT 1-2, MITCHELL 0-2, JACKSON 0-1, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 0-1, AVERY 0-1. UTAH 3-8 (.375), RUSSELL 1-3, EISLEY 0-2, STOCKTON 2-2, VAUGHN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DAVID JONES, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,678. T - 2:06.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 15-24 0-0 2-10 6 3 31 Mitchell 28 4-8 2-2 0-1 3 1 10 Nesterovic 27 2-6 0-0 1-6 0 4 4 Jackson 38 8-12 2-4 3-3 8 4 18 Sealy 37 5-13 9-10 1-5 1 2 19 Szczerbiak 11 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Smith 19 2-4 2-4 2-6 1 3 6 D Garrett 10 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Peeler 20 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Avery 10 0-3 1-2 0-0 1 1 1 Hammonds 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brandon DNP - left hamstring and right calf _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 16-22 10-37 20 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (K Garnett 1-2, Mitchell 0-2, Jackson 0-1, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Avery 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Smith 2). Turnovers: 7 (Jackson 3, K Garnett 3, Avery). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 2, Mitchell 2, Avery, Jackson, Sealy, Szczerbiak).

UTAH (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 35 8-18 5-7 2-8 4 2 21 Russell 41 5-17 1-2 2-6 3 5 12 Polynice 22 1-2 0-0 1-10 0 2 2 Eisley 28 3-7 1-2 0-1 3 3 7 Stockton 35 9-12 3-4 0-1 12 2 23 Vaughn 14 3-6 0-0 0-0 0 3 6 Lewis 13 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 Keefe 13 1-2 1-1 1-4 0 3 3 Gilliam 21 4-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 8 Ostertag 18 1-2 1-4 3-12 0 0 3 Hornacek DNP - sore back and knee Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 13-21 9-44 22 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Russell 1-3, Eisley 0-2, Stockton 2-2, Vaughn 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 3, Malone, Lewis). Turnovers: 16 (Malone 5, Stockton 4, Russell 2, Eisley, Gilliam, Keefe, Lewis, Vaughn). Steals: 3 (Russell 3). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 31 17 18 25 - 91 Utah 19 26 18 25 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,678. T: 2:06. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, David Jones, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- When things go right for the Minnesota Timberwolves, they really go right.

Kevin Garnett remained red-hot with 31 points and Bobby Jackson continued to do a fine job filling in for injured point guard Terrell Brandon as the Timberwolves followed Monday's miracle win with a 91-88 upset of the Utah Jazz.

Matched up against NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, Garnett followed his career-high 37 points on Monday by making 15-of-24 shots, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out six assists.

"Kevin had a good game," Malone said. "I could have played him tougher but I had to respect his ability to get to the basket and he was content to just sit out there and shoot the long ball."

"I went to Karl after the game and told him I don't care how many numbers or statistics that are out there regarding the All-Star votes -- he is the No. 1 power forward in the history of the game, besides my boss Kevin McHale," Garnett said. "I just wanted Karl to know that I respect him as a player and regardless of the numbers he has, he's No. 1."

Jackson had 18 points and eight assists for Minnesota, which has won 13 of its last 16 games since struggling through a season-high eight-game losing streak.

"No. 1, it was a hell of a performance by Bobby Jackson," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "He was unbelievable. You know when you are thrust into the situation where you all of sudden you're a starter and you have to play some extended minutes as he was put into, he was just inspiring."

"It was a real satisfying win," Jackson said. "We wanted to come out and make a statement. It was a statement game so we knew if we came in and won tonight everybody would be pretty much eyeing us up throughout the league."

On Monday, the Wolves defeated the Indiana Pacers, 101-100, as Malik Sealy banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer. They built on Monday's success by not folding down the stretch tonight.

Garnett sank a 20-footer with 91 seconds left to snap a tie and Jackson added driving layups around John Stockton 25 seconds apart to seal the win.

"Coming down the stretch they did a terrific job of executing their offense and getting the shots they wanted," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They made their shots coming down the stretch and we lost the ballgame. I think you have to give them the credit. I said it before, this team is for real."

"It was a big win for a lot of guys, I think this is my first win here in the league," Sealy said. "I can't remember ever winning here. We'll take this one tonight."

Stockton had 23 points and 12 assists and Malone added 21 points.

The game was tied, 79-79, with 2:47 to go following a dunk by Utah reserve Armen Gilliam. Malone sank an 18-footer 21 seconds later to give Utah the lead but Sealy answered with a jumper from the right corner.

Garnett put the Timberwolves on top for good with a 20-footer off a feed from Jackson. After a miss by Malone, Jackson went around Stockton for an 85-81 lead with 61 seconds remaining.

Stockton buried a 3-pointer but Minnesota raced the ball upcourt and Jackson beat Stockton off the dribble for an 87-84 edge. Howard Eisley, playing for an injured Jeff Hornacek, missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 25 seconds left and Sealy hit two free throws.

Minnesota committed just seven turnovers in the contest and saw its starting five combine to shoot 34-of-63 from the field. The Timberwolves have taken two of three meetings from Utah this season.

Greg Ostertag had 12 rebounds and Olden Polynice added 10 for the Jazz, who held a 44-37 rebounding advantage. Utah lost for just the fifth time in 21 games but remained one-half game ahead of San Antonio in the Midwest Division.

Minnesota made 13-of-20 shots over the opening 12 minutes to build a 31-19 lead. Sealy had 12 points in the period. Utah dominated the second quarter, making 11-of-17 shots and holding a 13-4 edge on the boards.

Brandon missed his second straight game with a left hamstring pull and right calf soreness.

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