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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 26 20 23 21 90 MINNESOTA 30 32 18 20 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON ARTEST 20, KHALID EL AMIN 15, JAMAL CRAWFORD 13 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 22, TERRELL BRANDON 17

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - DRAGAN TARLAC 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, LAPHONSO ELLIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - KHALID EL AMIN 6, DRAGAN TARLAC 4 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, TERRELL BRANDON 5

ATT: 16,170


Extended Box

CHICAGO (90) AT MINNESOTA (100)

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

ARTEST F 32 6-14 8-11 0 4 4 2 5 2 2 20 FIZER F 34 5-13 1-2 1 4 5 3 4 1 2 11 TARLAC C 31 3-4 4-6 1 6 7 4 2 1 0 10 C BENJAMIN G 42 3-15 1-3 5 1 6 2 5 2 4 7 EL AMIN G 33 7-15 0-0 2 2 4 6 2 3 1 15 CRAWFORD 29 6-13 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 2 3 13 VOSKUHL 12 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 6 RUFFIN 20 4-4 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 2 8 BAGARIC 7 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 BRAND DNP - HYPER-EXTENDED LEFT KNEE HOIBERG DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MERCER DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 37-86 14-22 15 27 42 19 27 11 14 90 (.430) (.636) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 35 7-15 11-13 2 6 8 5 0 2 1 25 SZCZERBIAK F 29 4-7 7-9 1 1 2 2 5 1 0 15 NESTEROVIC C 31 4-6 1-1 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 9 BILLUPS G 41 8-14 5-6 1 5 6 3 3 1 5 22 BRANDON G 37 8-16 1-2 0 5 5 5 1 2 4 17 PEELER 17 1-4 3-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 5 MITCHELL 18 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 ELLIS 26 3-5 1-1 1 7 8 0 5 2 1 7 D GARRETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAY 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAMMONDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-70 29-36 5 30 35 20 20 8 13 100 (.500) (.806) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(22 PTS)

CHICAGO 26 20 23 21 - 90 MINNESOTA 30 32 18 20 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - TARLAC, C BENJAMIN, ARTEST, RUFFIN. MINNESOTA - ELLIS 5, K GARNETT 2, NESTEROVIC, BRANDON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-10 (.200), FIZER 0-1, C BENJAMIN 0-2, EL AMIN 1-3, CRAWFORD 1-4. MINNESOTA 1-7 (.143), K GARNETT 0-1, BILLUPS 1-3, BRANDON 0-1, PEELER 0-1, DAY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, RASHAN MICHEL, NOLAN FINE. A - 16,170. T - 2:08.


Box Score

CHICAGO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 32 6-14 8-11 0-4 2 5 20 Fizer 34 5-13 1-2 1-5 3 4 11 Tarlac 31 3-4 4-6 1-7 4 2 10 C Benjamin 42 3-15 1-3 5-6 2 5 7 El Amin 33 7-15 0-0 2-4 6 2 15 Crawford 29 6-13 0-0 1-3 2 3 13 Voskuhl 12 3-6 0-0 1-5 0 2 6 Ruffin 20 4-4 0-0 3-6 0 4 8 Bagaric 7 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Brand DNP - hyper-extended left knee Hoiberg DNP - sprained left ankle Mercer DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 14-22 15-42 19 27 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Fizer 0-1, C Benjamin 0-2, El Amin 1-3, Crawford 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Tarlac, C Benjamin, Artest, Ruffin). Turnovers: 16 (C Benjamin 4, Crawford 3, Artest 2, Fizer 2, Ruffin 2, El Amin). Steals: 11 (El Amin 3, Artest 2, C Benjamin 2, Crawford 2, Fizer, Tarlac).

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 35 7-15 11-13 2-8 5 0 25 Szczerbiak 29 4-7 7-9 1-2 2 5 15 Nesterovic 31 4-6 1-1 0-3 2 4 9 Billups 41 8-14 5-6 1-6 3 3 22 Brandon 37 8-16 1-2 0-5 5 1 17 Peeler 17 1-4 3-4 0-1 1 0 5 Mitchell 18 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Ellis 26 3-5 1-1 1-8 0 5 7 D Garrett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Day 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision Hammonds DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-70 29-36 5-35 20 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (K Garnett 0-1, Billups 1-3, Brandon 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Day 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (Ellis 5, K Garnett 2, Nesterovic, Brandon). Turnovers: 14 (Billups 5, Brandon 4, Ellis, K Garnett, Nesterovic, Peeler). Steals: 8 (Brandon 2, Ellis 2, K Garnett 2, Billups, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ Chicago 26 20 23 21 - 90 Minnesota 30 32 18 20 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,170. T: 2:08. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Rashan Michel, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Playing without their best player, the Chicago Bulls have looked worse. But they were not better than Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Garnett scored 25 points as the Timberwolves grabbed an early lead and maintained it for a 100-90 victory over the Bulls, who were surprisingly competitive without star forward Elton Brand.

"Sometimes you don't always have your best players playing," Garnett said. "There are never any bad players in this league, just bad teams."

The anticipated showdown between the lean Garnett and burly Brand never materialized as Brand sat out with a hyperextended left knee suffered in Friday's loss to New York. He leads the Bulls with 18.8 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.

When Minnesota defeated Chicago 96-76 on November 28, Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Brand collected 16 and 13. Tonight, Garnett had less resistance and plenty of help.

Chauncey Billups scored 22 points and backcourt mate Terrell Brandon added 17 for the Timberwolves, who shot 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field.

"We used our experience to win this game," Brandon said. "We put a run together when we needed it. There can be a tendency to take a team lightly when they don't have their star players."

Rookie Marcus Fizer started for Brand and scored 11 points in 34 minutes. Ron Artest scored 20 points for Chicago, which also was without flu-ridden guard Ron Mercer and fell to an NBA-worst 2-15.

"It was a great experience being out there against Garnett," Fizer said. "His game is tremendous. He's a 4 (power forward) that you would like to pattern your game after."

"It was very difficult playing without Ron and Elton," Bulls rookie guard Khalid El-Amin said. "We haven't even tried to think of that happening."

Working against rookies, Garnett and Brandon scored eight points each in the first quarter, when Minnesota took the lead for good.

Billups scored eight points in a 17-7 surge that opened the second period. A jumper by Wally Szczerbiak capped the burst and gave the Wolves a 47-33 lead midway through the quarter.

The Bulls trailed by as many as 20 points late in the first half but battled back in the second half. El-Amin's 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining began a 9-0 surge that cut the deficit to 80-73 with 10:51 left.

But Garnett made a pair of jumpers around one by Billups. A layup by Szczerbiak completed an 8-0 run that gave Minnesota an 88-73 lead with 8:34 to go and Chicago got no closer than the final margin.

Szczerbiak scored 15 points for the Wolves, who shot 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field and made 29-of-36 free throws.

"One of the positive things was our offense, but our defense was kind of our Achilles' heel tonight," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We turned it up when we wanted to but when we have the opportunity to put a game away, we've got to go out there and do that."

El-Amin scored 15 points and rookie Jamal Crawford added 13 for the Bulls, who shot 43 percent (37-of-86) and made 14-of-22 from the line. Chicago held a 42-35 rebounding edge.

"It was very difficult playing without Ron and Elton," El-Amin said.

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