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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 29 22 29 18 9 107 DENVER 21 35 26 16 11 109 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, TERRELL BRANDON 21, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 19 DEN - VOSHON LENARD 20, RAEF LAFRENTZ 19, GEORGE MCCLOUD 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 10 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 15, KEON CLARK 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 9, KEON CLARK 5

ATT: 10,549


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (107) AT DENVER (109) - FINAL IN OT

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

K GARNETT F 42 9-22 8-12 5 11 16 5 3 1 3 26 SZCZERBIAK F 43 9-14 0-2 2 4 6 3 3 0 1 19 NESTEROVIC C 37 6-10 1-2 6 4 10 2 4 1 3 13 BILLUPS G 42 4-9 3-4 1 3 4 6 3 0 1 14 BRANDON G 43 9-20 2-2 0 4 4 8 3 1 3 21 PEELER 13 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 6 D GARRETT 8 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 ELLIS 19 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 4 MITCHELL 18 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 44-93 14-22 18 29 47 28 25 4 13 107 (.473) (.636) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 23 5-12 1-2 2 2 4 2 4 0 3 11 POSEY F 19 2-5 2-2 2 5 7 2 1 1 2 6 LAFRENTZ C 41 6-12 5-7 6 9 15 0 3 1 0 19 ABDUL-WAHAD G 12 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 VAN EXEL G 37 6-18 3-3 1 2 3 9 0 1 1 15 LENARD 37 7-13 5-7 1 1 2 0 2 2 2 20 CLARK 39 4-10 0-2 3 6 9 5 5 1 1 8 MCCLOUD 34 6-12 4-4 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 16 DAVIS 3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 PACK 20 4-6 2-3 1 2 3 4 1 1 0 10 MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 42-92 22-30 17 31 48 27 20 8 10 109 (.457) (.733) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(6 PTS)

MINNESOTA 29 22 29 18 9 - 107 DENVER 21 35 26 16 11 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 8, SZCZERBIAK 2, K GARNETT 2. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 4, CLARK 3, MCCLOUD, LENARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-9 (.556), SZCZERBIAK 1-1, BILLUPS 3-5, BRANDON 1-2, PEELER 0-1. DENVER 3-16 (.188), POSEY 0-1, LAFRENTZ 2-2, VAN EXEL 0-6, LENARD 1-3, MCCLOUD 0-4. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, DENVER - MCDYESS, HEAD COACH ISSEL. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, RASHAN MICHEL, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 10,549. T - 2:22.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 9-22 8-12 5-16 5 3 26 Szczerbiak 43 9-14 0-2 2-6 3 3 19 Nesterovic 37 6-10 1-2 6-10 2 4 13 Billups 42 4-9 3-4 1-4 6 3 14 Brandon 43 9-20 2-2 0-4 8 3 21 Peeler 13 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 1 6 D Garrett 8 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Ellis 19 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 5 4 Mitchell 18 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Avery DNP - coach's decision Jacobson DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 44-93 14-22 18-47 28 25 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Szczerbiak 1-1, Billups 3-5, Brandon 1-2, Peeler 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 12 (Nesterovic 8, Szczerbiak 2, K Garnett 2). Turnovers: 13 (Brandon 3, K Garnett 3, Nesterovic 3, Billups, Mitchell, Peeler, Szczerbiak). Steals: 4 (Brandon, K Garnett, Nesterovic, Peeler).

DENVER (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 23 5-12 1-2 2-4 2 4 11 Posey 19 2-5 2-2 2-7 2 1 6 Lafrentz 41 6-12 5-7 6-15 0 3 19 Abdul-wahad 12 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Van Exel 37 6-18 3-3 1-3 9 0 15 Lenard 37 7-13 5-7 1-2 0 2 20 Clark 39 4-10 0-2 3-9 5 5 8 Mccloud 34 6-12 4-4 0-3 3 3 16 Davis 3 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 Pack 20 4-6 2-3 1-3 4 1 10 Murray DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 42-92 22-30 17-48 27 20 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Posey 0-1, Lafrentz 2-2, Van Exel 0-6, Lenard 1-3, Mccloud 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Lafrentz 4, Clark 3, Mccloud, Lenard). Turnovers: 10 (Mcdyess 3, Lenard 2, Posey 2, Clark, Mccloud, Van Exel). Steals: 8 (Lenard 2, Clark, Lafrentz, Mccloud, Pack, Posey, Van Exel). _________________________________________________ Minnesota 29 22 29 18 9 - 107 Denver 21 35 26 16 11 - 109 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (K Garnett, 2:41 OT). Denver 2 (Mcdyess, 8:03 3rd; Head Coach Issel, 6:29 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (Mitchell, 4:30 3rd). A: 10,549. T: 2:22. Officials: Joe Crawford, Rashan Michel, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Keon Clark gave the Denver Nuggets exactly what teammate Nick Van Exel was looking for.

Clark's short jumper in the lane with eight-tenths of a second left in overtime gave the Nuggets a much-needed 109-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After a 12-point home loss to Dallas on Monday, in which usually mild-mannered teammate Antonio McDyess was ejected for punching a ball into the stands, Van Exel blasted some of his teammates as "selfish," saying they have the approach of "get your money and you're happy."

"(It was a) huge win for us," Van Exel said. "The bench played well for us after Monday night. Every night, it's going to be tough for us. We have to remember we're the Denver Nuggets."

Tonight he saw an unselfish effort with six players in double figures. That group did not include Clark, who came off the bench to collect eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks and the biggest basket of the young season for Denver.

"This was important tonight for our team," Clark said. "We needed to play together."

"It's great to win and those guys are excited but if the ball bounces the other way, we're sitting here talking at 1-4," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "I didn't get too down when we were 1-3 and I'm not ready to do cartwheels now that we're 2-3."

After Kevin Garnett's two free throws gave Minnesota a 107-107 tie with 22 seconds left, Clark took a pass on the left block, dribbled toward the baseline, turned back into the lane and threw in a jumper over 7-2 Rasho Nesterovic, who blocked eight shots.

"It wasn't designed for me but I got it and I had to shoot it because time was running out," said Clark, who came on when McDyess' bad back acted up. "I'm just glad we came out on top."

"We were trying to get it to Raef (LaFrentz) but it's usually the person that sets the pick that gets open and when Raef dove to the block, Keon was open and he hit a tough shot," Issel said.

The Timberwolves had one more chance but Terrell Brandon's shot from the left corner was short as the horn sounded and LaFrentz touched it.

"I thought our last shot was good good," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "One referee called it goaltending and the other waved it off. He might have had a better look."

Voshon Lenard scored 20 points off the bench and LaFrentz added 19 and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who held a 54-14 edge in bench points. Reserves George McCloud and Robert Pack added 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Kevin Garnett collected 26 points and 16 rebounds and Brandon added 21 and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who had won four of their last five visits to the Pepsi Center. The teams have played three straight overtime games.

The fourth quarter began with Denver holding an 82-80 edge and neither team led by more than three in the final period. A jumper by Wally Szczerbiak, who scored 19 points, gave Minnesota a 98-95 lead with 1:20 to go, but LaFrentz made a free throw 17 seconds later.

Szczerbiak had a shot blocked by Lenard, giving the Nuggets a chance to tie. Clark snaked inside and kicked a pass out to McCloud, who buried the tying jumper with 1.3 seconds to play. Garnett missed a long jumper, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra session, there were three lead changes and three ties. In the final 2:05, Clark and LaFrentz had go-ahead layups that were answered each time by Garnett's free throws.

Van Exel had 15 points and nine assists and McDyess scored 11 points for the Nuggets, who shot 46 percent (42-of-92) from the field but just 3-of-16 from behind the arc.

"Lots of guys stepped up tonight when we needed it," McCloud said. "This is a huge confidence-builder for us."

Chauncey Billups scored 14 points and Nesterovic added 13 and 10 rebounds for the Wolves, who shot 47 percent (44-of-93) but had 13 turnovers that led to 21 points for Denver.

"We make dumb mistakes. We're not doing what we supposed to," Wolves forward Sam Mitchell said.

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