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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 30 26 29 23 8 116 NEW JERSEY 21 27 30 30 7 115 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 38, MALIK SEALY 17, JOE SMITH 17 NJN - KERRY KITTLES 27, STEPHON MARBURY 27, KEITH VAN HORN 17

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 15, JAMIE FEICK 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 9, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 8 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 17,655


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (116) AT NEW JERSEY (115) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 45 15-24 8-9 1 7 8 4 5 2 3 38 SZCZERBIAK F 47 5-10 2-2 3 5 8 8 2 2 2 12 D GARRETT C 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 BRANDON G 45 6-17 2-2 1 5 6 9 3 8 5 14 SEALY G 39 5-11 7-8 5 3 8 4 4 3 2 17 NESTEROVIC 14 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 2 SMITH 30 6-8 5-7 2 1 3 0 2 0 4 17 PEELER 30 5-12 1-2 1 2 3 4 3 1 1 12 JACKSON 8 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 0 0 2 MITCHELL 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 45-89 25-30 13 30 43 32 30 17 17 116 (.506) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

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

GILL F 35 3-8 1-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 4 8 VAN HORN F 34 6-16 5-5 7 8 15 3 3 3 5 17 MCILVAINE C 7 1-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 3 KITTLES G 39 10-15 3-3 3 1 4 3 1 2 1 27 MARBURY G 41 8-20 10-11 2 1 3 10 6 2 8 27 FEICK 26 3-8 0-0 3 5 8 0 2 1 2 6 NEWMAN 19 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 BURRELL 29 3-13 4-4 2 4 6 1 5 1 0 12 ESCHMEYER 9 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 5 0 0 1 HARRIS 14 3-5 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 8 PERRY 12 1-2 2-4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 39-93 29-35 21 26 47 24 29 11 23 115 (.419) (.829) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

MINNESOTA 30 26 29 23 8 - 116 NEW JERSEY 21 27 30 30 7 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 6, NESTEROVIC 2, SMITH 2, SZCZERBIAK. NEW JERSEY - MARBURY, MCILVAINE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-7 (.143), SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 0-1, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 1-4. NEW JERSEY 8-18 (.444), GILL 1-1, VAN HORN 0-1, KITTLES 4-6, MARBURY 1-3, BURRELL 2-6, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, BILL SPOONER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 17,655. T - 2:40.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 45 15-24 8-9 1-8 4 5 38 Szczerbiak 47 5-10 2-2 3-8 8 2 12 D Garrett 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Brandon 45 6-17 2-2 1-6 9 3 14 Sealy 39 5-11 7-8 5-8 4 4 17 Nesterovic 14 1-3 0-0 0-4 1 2 2 Smith 30 6-8 5-7 2-3 0 2 17 Peeler 30 5-12 1-2 1-3 4 3 12 Jackson 8 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 5 2 Mitchell 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 45-89 25-30 13-43 32 30 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 0-1, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 11 (K Garnett 6, Nesterovic 2, Smith 2, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 18 (Brandon 5, Smith 4, K Garnett 3, Sealy 2, Szczerbiak 2, Peeler). Steals: 17 (Brandon 8, Sealy 3, K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak 2, Nesterovic, Peeler).

NEW JERSEY (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 3-8 1-2 0-2 2 3 8 Van Horn 34 6-16 5-5 7-15 3 3 17 Mcilvaine 7 1-3 1-2 2-3 0 1 3 Kittles 39 10-15 3-3 3-4 3 1 27 Marbury 41 8-20 10-11 2-3 10 6 27 Feick 26 3-8 0-0 3-8 0 2 6 Newman 19 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 Burrell 29 3-13 4-4 2-6 1 5 12 Eschmeyer 9 0-1 1-2 1-2 1 5 1 Harris 14 3-5 2-2 1-3 0 1 8 Perry 12 1-2 2-4 0-0 2 0 4 G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-93 29-35 21-47 24 29 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Gill 1-1, Van Horn 0-1, Kittles 4-6, Marbury 1-3, Burrell 2-6, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Marbury, Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 23 (Marbury 8, Van Horn 5, Gill 4, Feick 2, Newman 2, Kittles, Mcilvaine). Steals: 11 (Van Horn 3, Kittles 2, Marbury 2, Newman 2, Burrell, Feick). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 30 26 29 23 8 - 116 New Jersey 21 27 30 30 7 - 115 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,655. T: 2:40. Officials: Don Vaden, Bill Spooner, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Malik Sealy scored the go-ahead basket with 39 seconds left and Kevin Garnett had 38 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a thrilling 116-115 overtime victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Trailing 115-114 in the final minute, Sealy grabbed an airball by Anthony Peeler and hit a layup that put the Timberwolves ahead to stay. Garnett blocked Keith Van Horn's drive out of bounds with 32 seconds to go and Terrell Brandon stole the ensuing inbounds pass.

Brandon missed a 17-footer as the shot clock was running down but rookie Wally Szczerbiak grabbed the rebound and passed outside before the Nets could foul, sealing Minnesota's fifth straight victory.

Sealy made two free throws to give the Timberwolves a 107-106 lead with 7.7 seconds left in regulation. Kerry Kittles missed a short jumper for New Jersey, but Lucious Harris snuck in for the tip-in, putting the Nets on top by a point with 2.2 seconds remaining.

Scott Burrell was called for a deadball foul on Garnett as the two battled for position, but the Timberwolves forward made just one of two free throws for a 108-108 tie. Burrell missed a desperation 3-pointer, sending the game to overtime.

The Nets were unable to contain Garnett, who finished two points shy of his career high, established in his last game. The young superstar, who hit 15-of-24 shots and grabbed eight rebounds, has averaged 35.6 points over his last three games.

"I'm just being a lot more aggressive," Garnett said. "These last two games are very important to us. The sub-.500 teams, we have to beat them. I'm just trying to take it upon myself to step it up a little, trying to do what I've been doing all year and lead."

Garnett gained a measure of revenge in his friendly but intense rivalry with former teammate Stephon Marbury. The Nets defeated the Timberwolves 91-89 on February 20, with Marbury scoring 39 points in his return to Minnesota.

"Were even, 1-1," Garnett said. "It felt good to come in here and see that he's healthy and playing top-notch basketball. It was a good game today, I enjoyed it."

Marbury had 27 points and 10 assists before fouling out for the Nets, who have lost three of four and dropped four games behind Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Kittles also had 27 points and was 4-of-6 from behind the arc.

After the game the Nets focused on what they felt was poor officiating, questioning both the foul on Burell and the non-call on Van Horn's drive.

"I don't think I fouled him at all," Burrell said. "Free ball, it's in the air. I felt like we played an away game. That's the bottom line."

"I'll say it like this... that was the worst (officiating) I've ever seen," Kendall Gill said.

New Jersey has lost consecutive home games for the first time since November 30-December 4, when they lost three straight. The Nets lost to Utah in their previous home outing.

As expected, the Timberwolves had a much different take on the foul called against Burrell in the waning seconds of regulation.

"He was basically pulling Kevin to the floor, Sealy said. "That's a foul, no matter what time of the game."

"I think they don't call it if it's a questionable call, Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "But when a guys' trying to reach for the ball and he's got one arm tied behind his back, it kind of makes it an obvious type call."

The Nets trailed virtually throughout until Kittles' 3-point play tied the score at 95-95 at the 3:22 mark of the fourth quarter. The lead went back and forth in the final minutes, including seven lead changes in the final 1:09 of regulation.

New Jersey took its largest lead, 115-112 on a free throw by Elliot Perry with 1:32 to play. But Garnett rebounded a miss by Sealy and drained a 6-foot hook to bring the Wolves within a point with 1:09 remaining and Sealy won the game 40 second later.

Joe Smith had 17 points, Sealy had 17 and eight rebounds and Brandon added 14 points, nine assists and a career-high eight steals for Minnesota, which shot 51 percent (45-of-89) and set a franchise record with 17 steals.

Van Horn had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 42 percent (39-of-93) and committed 23 turnovers.

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