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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 21 18 26 93 WASHINGTON 27 27 25 24 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, BOBBY JACKSON 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 19, ROD STRICKLAND 15, JUWAN HOWARD 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 13, JAHIDI WHITE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 3, SAM MITCHELL 3 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 7, ROD STRICKLAND 4

ATT: 14,005


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (93) AT WASHINGTON (103)

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

K GARNETT F 41 11-17 0-0 1 10 11 3 4 2 5 22 MITCHELL F 23 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 4 NESTEROVIC C 28 4-8 1-2 3 2 5 2 1 0 0 9 JACKSON G 38 7-12 6-6 0 4 4 2 3 0 2 21 SEALY G 25 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 0 4 4 SZCZERBIAK 22 6-9 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 12 SMITH 23 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 4 PEELER 27 4-9 3-4 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 12 D GARRETT 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 AVERY 10 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 5 BRANDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-75 12-14 6 24 30 18 24 4 13 93 (.520) (.857) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 43 6-13 2-2 3 10 13 7 2 3 4 14 T MURRAY F 34 6-10 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 13 J WHITE C 24 5-9 1-1 5 2 7 0 2 0 1 11 RICHMOND G 33 8-16 1-3 1 0 1 1 3 2 3 19 STRICKLAND G 36 2-10 11-14 1 5 6 4 2 1 1 15 AUSTIN 17 2-5 1-3 2 3 5 2 1 0 1 5 A WILLIAMS 26 4-5 4-4 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 12 HAMILTON 15 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 7 C WHITNEY 12 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 7 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-78 22-29 13 27 40 20 17 8 12 103 (.487) (.759) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 21 18 26 - 93 WASHINGTON 27 27 25 24 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 3, SZCZERBIAK, K GARNETT. WASHINGTON - AUSTIN 2, A WILLIAMS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-7 (.429), JACKSON 1-3, PEELER 1-2, AVERY 1-2. WASHINGTON 5-12 (.417), T MURRAY 1-3, RICHMOND 2-3, STRICKLAND 0-1, HAMILTON 1-2, C WHITNEY 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, DON VADEN, DEE KANTNER. A - 14,005. T - 2:06.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 11-17 0-0 1-11 3 4 22 Mitchell 23 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 2 4 Nesterovic 28 4-8 1-2 3-5 2 1 9 Jackson 38 7-12 6-6 0-4 2 3 21 Sealy 25 2-6 0-0 1-1 2 4 4 Szczerbiak 22 6-9 0-0 1-2 2 2 12 Smith 23 2-5 0-0 0-5 1 1 4 Peeler 27 4-9 3-4 0-2 1 2 12 D Garrett 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Avery 10 1-2 2-2 0-0 2 3 5 Brandon DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-75 12-14 6-30 18 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.520, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Jackson 1-3, Peeler 1-2, Avery 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Nesterovic 3, Szczerbiak, K Garnett). Turnovers: 13 (K Garnett 5, Sealy 4, Jackson 2, Avery, D Garrett). Steals: 4 (K Garnett 2, Avery, Smith).

WASHINGTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 43 6-13 2-2 3-13 7 2 14 T Murray 34 6-10 0-0 0-1 2 4 13 J White 24 5-9 1-1 5-7 0 2 11 Richmond 33 8-16 1-3 1-1 1 3 19 Strickland 36 2-10 11-14 1-6 4 2 15 Austin 17 2-5 1-3 2-5 2 1 5 A Williams 26 4-5 4-4 0-4 0 2 12 Hamilton 15 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 7 C Whitney 12 2-5 2-2 1-2 2 1 7 Jordan DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision L Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 22-29 13-40 20 17 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (T Murray 1-3, Richmond 2-3, Strickland 0-1, Hamilton 1-2, C Whitney 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Austin 2, A Williams 2). Turnovers: 12 (Howard 4, Richmond 3, Austin, C Whitney, J White, Strickland, T Murray). Steals: 8 (Howard 3, Richmond 2, C Whitney, Strickland, T Murray). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 21 18 26 - 93 Washington 27 27 25 24 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,005. T: 2:06. Officials: Hue Hollins, Don Vaden, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Darrell Walker notched his first win as coach of the Washington Wizards, who used a balanced attack and tough defense down the stretch to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-93.

Walker took over as interim coach on Monday and watched the Wizards lose at Cleveland on Tuesday. He replaced Gar Heard, who was fired Saturday in Michael Jordan's first move since being named president of basketball operations.

"Even last night, it felt a lot more positive," said Wizards guard Rod Strickland, who scored 15 points. "Y'all don't understand how negative it was around here. Now it's just more positive. People feel good about coming in and playing and practicing and everything.

"A good thing about Darrell, he stays on us. There were times before when we didn't do our assignment that we would find out at the end of the game. But Darrell's on us throughout the game, letting us know to pick up some more or to double. He's into the game."

Mitch Richmond came off the injured list to score 19 points and lead six players in double figures for Washington, which has won three straight home games. Richmond had missed the last seven games with a fractured rib.

"It all started with Mitch getting hot," Walker said. "And then Tracy Murray. And then Juwan Howard really got going. And guys came off the bench like Aaron Williams."

Howard scored 14 points and did a solid job on All-Star forward Kevin Garnett. Murray scored 13 points, Williams 12 and Jahidi White 11 for Washington, which held a 40-30 rebounding edge.

The Wizards nearly blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead but held the Timberwolves to one basket during a four-minute span down the stretch. Richmond and Juwan Howard converted steals into easy baskets two seconds apart to cap a decisive 8-2 burst that gave Washington a 98-89 lead with 1:04 remaining.

Garnett had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which had won 18 of 22 overall and nine of 11 on the road.

Washington took an 83-69 lead with 10:43 remaining on Howard's slam over Garnett that aroused the MCI Center crowd of 14,005, which included Jordan in the owners' suite and a handful of celebrities at courtside.

The Wolves (25-18) closed to 90-87 on a 3-pointer by rookie William Avery with 4:31 left but got no closer. Garnett's tough baseline turnaround jumper was Minnesota's only basket until the final seconds.

"I told these guys, `If you want to get your respect back and you want to get some wins, don't fold,'" Walker said. "`Officials or nobody has nothing to do with this. We control this right here. Don't fold. Keep defending. Keep doing what you were doing to get the lead.' And they accepted that and kept playing. They believed in themselves. And that's what I kept telling them. Not me, believe in yourselves."

Howard also grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds, handed out seven assists and forced Garnett into five turnovers.

"We didn't have to double as much as you usually have to on the `Big Ticker.' That's what I call Kevin Garnett," Walker said. "Juwan has been through a lot of stuff with this organization, but he's a class guy. He stepped up, and we're going to need him to step up like that 80 percent of the time for the rest of this season. Tonight, Juwan Howard played like the All-Star that he was a couple years ago. He really did."

"I'm happy for Juwan because he's had a rough time and he's dealt with it like a champ," Strickland said. "I don't know if I could've dealt with it the same way. It would be great to get the fans back on his side and our side as a team. I keep saying that Juwan is a workhorse. He's got the heart of a lion, and we haven't seen him smile like that much this year."

Bobby Jackson scored with 21 points and rookie Wally Szczerbiak and Anthony Peeler each added 12 for the Wolves.

"We shot 53 percent, so our offense was enough," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Kevin was taking what they gave him. Just at the end, we threw the ball away a few times."

Richmond and Williams scored 10 points apiece in the first half as Washington opened a 54-49 lead. Murray scored 10 points in the third period as the Wizards extended the advantage to 79-67 entering the final period.

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