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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 17 12 28 37 94 MINNESOTA 18 23 25 30 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 35, JEFF HORNACEK 13, JOHN STOCKTON 12 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 29, TERRELL BRANDON 15, ANTHONY PEELER 15

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 13, GREG OSTERTAG 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - MALIK SEALY 7, TERRELL BRANDON 7

ATT: 19,006


Extended Box

UTAH (94) AT MINNESOTA (96)

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

RUSSELL F 34 3-8 3-4 1 4 5 2 5 0 0 10 MALONE F 38 13-26 9-12 4 9 13 2 2 0 1 35 POLYNICE C 28 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 0 4 STOCKTON G 26 4-10 4-5 0 1 1 7 3 0 1 12 HORNACEK G 33 6-13 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 2 1 13 EISLEY 28 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 8 LEWIS 9 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 GILLIAM 10 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 VAUGHN 11 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 OSTERTAG 17 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 0 1 0 3 0 KEEFE 6 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-83 20-25 10 29 39 20 19 2 12 94 (.434) (.800) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 42 12-23 5-6 5 8 13 2 4 1 3 29 MITCHELL F 27 5-7 3-4 2 3 5 3 1 1 0 13 NESTEROVIC C 29 2-8 1-2 5 4 9 0 5 0 3 5 SEALY G 33 5-15 1-2 0 6 6 7 3 2 0 12 BRANDON G 29 5-8 4-4 0 4 4 7 3 2 3 15 JACKSON 19 0-5 1-2 1 2 3 4 3 1 0 1 PEELER 28 6-10 1-2 2 1 3 3 2 0 1 15 SMITH 22 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 6 SZCZERBIAK 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D GARRETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-85 16-22 15 28 43 28 26 8 10 96 (.447) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

UTAH 17 12 28 37 - 94 MINNESOTA 18 23 25 30 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, MALONE, POLYNICE. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SMITH 2, NESTEROVIC 2, SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-7 (.286), RUSSELL 1-2, STOCKTON 0-1, HORNACEK 1-4. MINNESOTA 4-5 (.800), SEALY 1-2, BRANDON 1-1, PEELER 2-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, HEAD COACH SLOAN, MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, BENNETT SALVATORE, SEAN CORBIN. A - 19,006. T - 2:32.


Box Score

UTAH (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 34 3-8 3-4 1-5 2 5 10 Malone 38 13-26 9-12 4-13 2 2 35 Polynice 28 2-5 0-0 1-5 0 5 4 Stockton 26 4-10 4-5 0-1 7 3 12 Hornacek 33 6-13 0-0 0-2 3 1 13 Eisley 28 4-9 0-0 1-3 3 1 8 Lewis 9 0-2 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 Gilliam 10 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 0 4 Vaughn 11 2-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 6 Ostertag 17 0-0 0-0 2-6 0 1 0 Keefe 6 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 20-25 10-39 20 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Russell 1-2, Stockton 0-1, Hornacek 1-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Ostertag 2, Malone, Polynice). Turnovers: 12 (Eisley 3, Ostertag 3, Vaughn 2, Hornacek, Keefe, Malone, Stockton). Steals: 2 (Hornacek 2).

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 12-23 5-6 5-13 2 4 29 Mitchell 27 5-7 3-4 2-5 3 1 13 Nesterovic 29 2-8 1-2 5-9 0 5 5 Sealy 33 5-15 1-2 0-6 7 3 12 Brandon 29 5-8 4-4 0-4 7 3 15 Jackson 19 0-5 1-2 1-3 4 3 1 Peeler 28 6-10 1-2 2-3 3 2 15 Smith 22 3-8 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 Szczerbiak 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Garrett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-85 16-22 15-43 28 26 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-5, .800 (Sealy 1-2, Brandon 1-1, Peeler 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (K Garnett 2, Smith 2, Nesterovic 2, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 10 (Brandon 3, K Garnett 3, Nesterovic 3, Peeler). Steals: 8 (Brandon 2, Sealy 2, Jackson, K Garnett, Mitchell, Smith). ____________________________________________ Utah 17 12 28 37 - 94 Minnesota 18 23 25 30 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Malone, 8:53 3rd; Head Coach Sloan, 4:53 3rd). Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:32. Officials: Jim Clark, Bennett Salvatore, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Karl Malone scored his 30,000th point. Kevin Garnett scored another victory in the battle between two of the NBA's top power forwards.

Malone joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to reach the plateau but Garnett made four clutch free throws down the stretch as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 96-94 victory over the Utah Jazz, who have lost three straight games.

After scoring a season-low 12 points in each of his last two games, Malone collected 35 points and 13 rebounds. He reached the plateau with 8:53 left in the third quarter, following in his own missed layup.

"It's kind of bittersweet," Malone said. "We didn't win the ballgame. This game isn't about individual awards. It's about how you do as a team, and we didn't win. It would have been nice to have a win to go with it."

"He comes every night prepared to play," long-time teammate John Stockton said. "Double-, triple-teams, all the things teams throw at him, he just keeps performing. It's phenonmenal what he has been able to accomplish."

Garnett had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota defeat Utah for the second time in 11 days. On January 19, Garnett outplayed Malone in a 91-88 road win but afterward told Malone that he was the best power forward in NBA history.

"We were talking in a timeout, and (Garnett) said, `Well, if I do this ...'" Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I said, `KG, you're not going to stop him. The guy has scored 30,000 points.' You've just got to make him work."

While Saunders was impressed with Malone, Garnett had Jazz coach Jerry Sloan equally impressed.

"He's a great, great player," Sloan said. "He provides a lot of problems at both ends of the court. He's tough to get shots off against and he's tough to play on the defensive end. You can't get out on the floor to play him. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor. That's one of the most unusual players that big guys have to play."

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, Malone has 30,023 points and is the only non-center to reach the milestone. He is 1,396 points behind Chamberlain and has a ways to go to Abdul-Jabbar, who scored 38,387 points.

"I think while you're playing the game, it doesn't mean a lot right now, because you're playing," said Malone, who has missed just four games in his 15-year career. "When I finish playing, and kind of kick back, I think I'll reflect on it. I'll say, `a kid from Louisiana, who wasn't supposed to be in the league this long ...' I think then it will mean something."

"I'm amazed all the time," Sloan said. "Even today, how he had to reach down and pull us out, as hard as it was a lot of times, without everything going well."

The Timberwolves won for the sixth time in seven games but lost point guard Terrell Brandon early in the fourth quarter with a twisted left ankle. Brandon totaled 15 points and seven assists before the injury.

"He's our leader," reserve point guard Bobby Jackson said. "Without him it may be different. But I have a lot of confidence that I can step in and do what he did."

Minnesota never trailed over the final three quarters and opened an 89-79 lead with 1:35 to go on a jumper by Anthony Peeler, who scored 15 points off the bench.

Utah's Bryon Russell answered with a 3-pointer and the Jazz put the Wolves on the line thereafter. Jackson, Malik Sealy and Sam Mitchell each missed a free throw that were followed by quick baskets by the Jazz, who cut the deficit to 94-92.

Garnett, who made two foul shots with with 1:06 left, was fouled with 6.5 seconds to go. He again made both to seal the win.

"We needed to win this game," Garnett said. "We wanted to play well and right now we're playing very well. We got a little passive at the end, trying to hold the lead."

"They're never really out of it," Saunders said. "They've got great clock management. We gutted things out."

The Wolves took the lead for good at 18-17 on a jumper by Peeler with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. Garnett scored eight points in the second period, when Minnesota held Utah to just 30 percent (6-of-20) shooting and built its lead to 41-29 at halftime.

After Malone's landmark basket, play continued for two minutes until a whistle at the 6:42 mark prompted an announcement and a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 19,006 at the Target Center.

The Wolves led by as many as 13 points on three occasions, the last time at 53-40 on a jumper by Garnett with 7:24 left in the third quarter. Malone scored 11 points in the period as Utah closed to 66-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Mitchell scored 13 points and Sealy added 12 and seven assists for the Wolves, who shot 45 percent (38-of-85) and held a 43-39 rebounding advantage.

Jeff Hornacek scored 13 points and Stockton added 12 and seven assists for the Jazz, who shot 43 percent (36-of-83).

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