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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 19 29 35 25 108 PHOENIX 17 23 21 27 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - ANTHONY PEELER 28, TERRELL BRANDON 19, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 13 PHO - JASON KIDD 20, TONY DELK 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - ANTHONY PEELER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9 PHO - JAKE TSAKALIDIS 8, SHAWN MARION 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, ANTHONY PEELER 6 PHO - TONY DELK 5, JASON KIDD 4

ATT: 17,531


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (108) AT PHOENIX (88)

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

K GARNETT F 39 5-17 1-1 1 8 9 7 2 2 5 11 SZCZERBIAK F 37 6-9 1-1 0 4 4 4 4 0 2 13 NESTEROVIC C 11 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 2 BRANDON G 38 9-15 0-0 1 3 4 5 2 6 3 19 PEELER G 33 11-16 2-3 1 9 10 6 3 2 5 28 BILLUPS 21 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 1 9 D GARRETT 22 4-8 0-0 4 5 9 0 1 1 4 8 ELLIS 14 2-5 1-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 5 MITCHELL 11 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 5 SLATER 10 2-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 2 0 6 AVERY 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 DAY 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 46-87 9-11 12 35 47 29 25 14 22 108 (.529) (.818) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(23 PTS)

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

MARION F 33 3-8 1-2 3 4 7 3 2 2 1 7 ROBINSON F 23 1-7 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 2 1 4 DUDLEY C 10 1-2 1-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 HARDAWAY G 24 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 9 KIDD G 35 6-14 5-5 0 1 1 4 2 4 10 20 TSAKALIDIS 26 4-7 2-4 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 10 DELK 31 5-12 5-5 1 3 4 5 3 2 0 17 GUGLIOTTA 26 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 3 10 ROGERS 17 3-6 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 7 MCPHERSON 15 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 17-26 9 24 33 18 18 13 19 88 (.416) (.654) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

MINNESOTA 19 29 35 25 - 108 PHOENIX 17 23 21 27 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, PEELER, BRANDON, NESTEROVIC. PHOENIX - TSAKALIDIS 2, MCPHERSON, KIDD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 7-15 (.467), SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 1-1, PEELER 4-7, BILLUPS 1-3, MITCHELL 1-2, DAY 0-1. PHOENIX 7-14 (.500), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 1-3, HARDAWAY 1-1, KIDD 3-5, DELK 2-3, ROGERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 17,531. T - 2:03.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 5-17 1-1 1-9 7 2 11 Szczerbiak 37 6-9 1-1 0-4 4 4 13 Nesterovic 11 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 4 2 Brandon 38 9-15 0-0 1-4 5 2 19 Peeler 33 11-16 2-3 1-10 6 3 28 Billups 21 3-7 2-2 0-1 5 3 9 D Garrett 22 4-8 0-0 4-9 0 1 8 Ellis 14 2-5 1-2 2-4 0 3 5 Mitchell 11 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 5 Slater 10 2-3 2-2 1-2 0 2 6 Avery 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Day 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-87 9-11 12-47 29 25 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 1-1, Peeler 4-7, Billups 1-3, Mitchell 1-2, Day 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 3, Peeler, Brandon, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 22 (K Garnett 5, Peeler 5, D Garrett 4, Brandon 3, Szczerbiak 2, Avery, Billups, Ellis). Steals: 14 (Brandon 6, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Slater 2, D Garrett, Nesterovic).

PHOENIX (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 33 3-8 1-2 3-7 3 2 7 Robinson 23 1-7 1-2 0-2 0 4 4 Dudley 10 1-2 1-4 1-3 0 0 3 Hardaway 24 4-10 0-0 0-3 3 1 9 Kidd 35 6-14 5-5 0-1 4 2 20 Tsakalidis 26 4-7 2-4 3-8 1 2 10 Delk 31 5-12 5-5 1-4 5 3 17 Gugliotta 26 5-8 0-0 1-2 0 1 10 Rogers 17 3-6 1-2 0-1 0 2 7 Mcpherson 15 0-3 1-2 0-2 2 1 1 Blount DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 17-26 9-33 18 18 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 1-3, Hardaway 1-1, Kidd 3-5, Delk 2-3, Rogers 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Tsakalidis 2, Mcpherson, Kidd). Turnovers: 19 (Kidd 10, Gugliotta 3, Rogers 2, Hardaway, Marion, Robinson, Tsakalidis). Steals: 13 (Kidd 4, Delk 2, Marion 2, Robinson 2, Gugliotta, Hardaway, Rogers). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 19 29 35 25 - 108 Phoenix 17 23 21 27 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,531. T: 2:03. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Monty Mccutchen, (michael Smith.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves used a familiar formula to spoil Penny Hardaway's return to the Phoenix Suns.

Guards Anthony Peeler and Terrell Brandon again picked up the slack for a slumping Kevin Garnett as the Timberwolves gave coach Flip Saunders his 200th win, 108-88 over the Suns.

Hardaway made his season debut after missing 31 games with a left knee injury. He scored nine points of 4-of-10 shooting, adding three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.

"It felt great, no pain. But I was extremely tired," Hardaway said. "I played 24 minutes, it felt like 74 minutes. I knew I'd be winded but not to that extent. The biggest thing was getting out there and not having any pain."

Garnett struggled for the second straight game, needing a basket with 2:17 remaining to extend his streak of double-digit scoring to 245 games. He made just 5-of-17 shots and finished with 11 points, three nights after scoring 13 on 4-of-16 shooting in a 105-92 home win over Seattle.

Like they did against the SuperSonics, Peeler and Brandon more than made up for Garnett's poor production. Peeler led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and had 10 rebounds and six assists. Brandon chipped in 19 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds.

"They told me to be aggressive. I was," Peeler said. "It seemed pretty easy tonight. Everybody has their eyes and I've been ball-watching KG. We have to be patient. We wait for him to pass to us and take up the slack for him. That's what we've been doing lately."

On Thursday night, Peeler and Brandon combined for 43 points.

"It's not really a big deal, just trying to be a good teammate. And when someone is struggling, we have each other's back," Brandon said. "I know I've struggled, I hope someone has my back. He's our superstar, he's not going to struggle very much."

Wally Szczerbiak added 13 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a three-game road losing streak and have won five of their last seven overall.

Asked about the milestone, Saunders said, "I didn't even know it. It shows I've been around awhile."

Jason Kidd scored 20 points but committed 10 turnovers and was the only starter in double figures for Phoenix, which had a three-game home winning streak stopped.

"I didn't take care of the ball tonight," Kidd said. "We had our opportunities and we let it get away in the third quarter, and the better team won tonight."

"I don't know what else to say. If anyone can honestly look at that tape tomorrow and say they played hard, they are kidding themselves," added Suns coach Scott Skiles. "Nothing surprises me in this league anymore."

The Timberwolves never trailed after Peeler's basket made it 31-30 with 6:44 left in the second quarter.

Two free throws by Tony Delk got Phoenix within 33-32 less than a minute later, but Sam Mitchell, Reggie Slater and Peeler made baskets during a 6-0 run and Peeler's 3-pointer capped a 5-0 burst later in the period as Minnesota took a 48-40 halftime lead.

The Wolves blew it open in the third quarter, when they shot 61 percent (11-of-18) and closed with a 21-8 run.

"They owned us, for sure," Skiles said. "Their two guys dominated our backcourt. We just didn't show up. I think we are all guilty of making excuses that enable the players in the league right now to cop out. The bottom line is this -- you get paid a lot of money to show up and perform."

Suns forward Shawn Marion suffered a right knee injury early in the fourth quarter and did not return. He will undergo an MRI on Monday, although team officials said he did not sustain any ligament damage.

"I think I tried to block a shot," Marion said. "I came down and his knee came on his side or the back of mine, and it hurts."

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