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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 21 14 17 21 73 MINNESOTA 13 26 18 25 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 18, SHAWN MARION 14, ELLIOT PERRY 10 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 26, KEVIN GARNETT 14, LAPHONSO ELLIS 9

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 12, TONY DELK 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 6, ELLIOT PERRY 5 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 7, KEVIN GARNETT 5

ATT: 19,677


Extended Box

PHOENIX (73) AT MINNESOTA (82)

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

MARION F 42 5-16 4-5 3 9 12 4 2 1 2 14 ROBINSON F 36 3-14 0-2 1 4 5 2 1 2 5 6 TSAKALIDIS C 21 2-6 0-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 4 ELIE G 30 2-3 5-6 1 3 4 3 1 1 3 9 PERRY G 29 5-10 0-0 2 0 2 5 2 1 1 10 DUDLEY 8 2-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 4 DELK 26 4-11 0-0 1 6 7 3 2 1 1 8 ROGERS 35 8-18 1-1 1 5 6 6 2 6 3 18 BLOUNT 13 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 GUGLIOTTA DNP - PERSONAL REASONS KIDD DNP - PERSONAL REASONS MCPHERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-80 10-17 12 29 41 23 14 13 19 73 (.388) (.588) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(14 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 40 6-17 2-4 3 10 13 5 0 3 4 14 SZCZERBIAK F 32 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 0 2 8 NESTEROVIC C 16 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 0 1 4 BRANDON G 38 12-16 2-3 0 3 3 7 1 2 5 26 PEELER G 27 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 3 1 4 D GARRETT 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 ELLIS 27 2-6 5-6 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 9 DAY 21 2-7 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 1 2 8 MITCHELL 16 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 2 1 4 AVERY 10 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 2 SLATER 6 1-1 1-3 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 BILLUPS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 33-71 14-20 6 34 40 24 19 12 20 82 (.465) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(17 PTS)

PHOENIX 21 14 17 21 - 73 MINNESOTA 13 26 18 25 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MARION 3, ROGERS, TSAKALIDIS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, AVERY 2, D GARRETT 2, BRANDON, ELLIS, NESTEROVIC, SZCZERBIAK, DAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 1-8 (.125), ROBINSON 0-1, ELIE 0-1, DELK 0-2, ROGERS 1-4. MINNESOTA 2-8 (.250), K GARNETT 0-1, PEELER 0-1, DAY 2-5, MITCHELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, MARC DAVIS. A - 19,677. T - 2:05.


Box Score

PHOENIX (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 42 5-16 4-5 3-12 4 2 14 Robinson 36 3-14 0-2 1-5 2 1 6 Tsakalidis 21 2-6 0-2 0-1 0 2 4 Elie 30 2-3 5-6 1-4 3 1 9 Perry 29 5-10 0-0 2-2 5 2 10 Dudley 8 2-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 4 Delk 26 4-11 0-0 1-7 3 2 8 Rogers 35 8-18 1-1 1-6 6 2 18 Blount 13 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 2 0 Gugliotta DNP - personal reasons Kidd DNP - personal reasons Mcpherson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 10-17 12-41 23 14 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Robinson 0-1, Elie 0-1, Delk 0-2, Rogers 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Marion 3, Rogers, Tsakalidis). Turnovers: 19 (Robinson 5, Elie 3, Rogers 3, Marion 2, Tsakalidis 2, Blount, Delk, Dudley, Perry). Steals: 13 (Rogers 6, Robinson 2, Blount, Delk, Elie, Marion, Perry).

MINNESOTA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 6-17 2-4 3-13 5 0 14 Szczerbiak 32 4-7 0-0 0-4 3 2 8 Nesterovic 16 2-5 0-0 2-3 2 3 4 Brandon 38 12-16 2-3 0-3 7 1 26 Peeler 27 2-7 0-0 0-4 1 3 4 D Garrett 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Ellis 27 2-6 5-6 0-1 2 4 9 Day 21 2-7 2-2 1-4 0 2 8 Mitchell 16 2-3 0-0 0-4 0 2 4 Avery 10 0-1 2-2 0-0 3 1 2 Slater 6 1-1 1-3 0-2 1 1 3 Billups DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-71 14-20 6-40 24 19 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (K Garnett 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Day 2-5, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 11 (K Garnett 2, Avery 2, D Garrett 2, Brandon, Ellis, Nesterovic, Szczerbiak, Day). Turnovers: 22 (Brandon 5, K Garnett 4, Avery 2, Day 2, Szczerbiak 2, D Garrett, Ellis, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler). Steals: 12 (K Garnett 3, Peeler 3, Brandon 2, Mitchell 2, Day, Ellis). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 21 14 17 21 - 73 Minnesota 13 26 18 25 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Robinson, 9:18 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,677. T: 2:05. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Marc Davis.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns certainly miss Jason Kidd's offense. They may miss his defense even more.

Terrell Brandon sank back-to-back jumpers in the final 1:28 and finished with 26 points on 12-of-26 shooting to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 82-73 win over the depleted Suns.

"He had his way with us in Phoenix not too long ago," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "It carried over into tonight."

Brandon made 12-of-16 shots as he took advantage of the absence of Kidd, an NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection last year.

Phoenix has lost three straight games since Kidd said he would not take part in the team's five-game road trip in order to mend his relationship with his wife, Joumana. He was arrested on Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge and admitted to striking his wife.

Kevin Garnett struggled for three quarters but came alive down the stretch and finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which won its fourth straight game.

Garnett, who usually struggles against Robinson, was just 4-of-12 in the first three quarters but made key shots down the stretch.

"I can get fueled off of blocks, rebounds, steals, when (Brandon) hits a shot," Garnett said. "It doesn't just have to be offense."

Garnett also shut down Robinson, who scored just six points on 3-of-14 shooting and commited five turnovers.

"He is still the man on their team," Suns forward Rodney Rogers said. "Tonight he did it on both ends."

The Timberwolves led 65-56 with 9:05 remaining but the Suns responded with a 13-2 run and took a 69-67 lead on a basket by Rogers with 4:52 to go.

Garnett sank 1-of-2 from the line to bring Minnesota within one and followed a turnover by Phoenix with a 17-foot jumper to put the Timberwolves ahead.

After Shawn Marion gave the lead back to the Suns, Garnett missed a short hook shot but got his own rebound and passed to Brandon, who nailed an 18-foot jumper to give Minnesota the lead for good with 3:22 remaining.

The Suns blew a chance to take the lead on the next possession. Corie Blount missed the first of two free throws and had the second negated when Rogers was called for a lane violation.

After Wally Szczerbiak and Robinson traded jumpers, Garnett hit another shot to put the Timberwolves ahead, 76-73, with 2:03 left.

LaPhonso Ellis and Garnett both set up the clutch jumpers by Brandon by blocking shots on consecutive Phoenix possessions.

Minnesota scored the game's last eight points and improved to 14-7 at the Target Center.

"We came out flat in the third quarter but we also held them down," Szczerbiak said. "We were confident we would get it together in the fourth quarter."

Rogers led Phoenix with 18 points and Marion added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who shot just 39 percent (31-of-80).

"We got all the shots we needed," Rogers said. "It's a matter of putting them in the basket. We just didn't make any."

Phoenix also played without forward Tom Gugliotta and guard Penny Hardaway. Gugliotta missed his second straight game to be with his ill mother in New York and Hardaway is out for the remainder of the season with chronic knee problems.

"We're playing depleted right now," Robinson said. "The only thing we can really ask ourselves is to go out and play hard and give ourselves a chance to win."

The Suns were held to their lowest point total of the season and were kept under 80 points for just the second time.

After their worst first quarter of the season, the Timberwolves opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run and pulled within 21-20 on Garnett's tip-in with 8:51 left. They took their first lead of the quarter at 30-29 on Todd Day's free throws with 4:46 to go.

Phoenix tied the game twice in the quarter but Brandon nailed two jumpers in the final three seconds to give Minnesota a 39-35 lead at halftime.

"He made some tough J's with guys contesting his shots," said Robinson. "He's a good shooter off the dribble, you have to expect him to make some of those."

Brandon sank a pull-up jumper with 2.4 seconds reamining and, after Phoenix's inbounds pass sailed out of bounds without being touched, he beat the second-quarter buzzer with a fadeaway jumper from the baseline.

Brandon also beat the third-quarter buzzer when he made a runner for a 57-52 lead.

The Suns used a 13-2 run to build a 21-13 lead after one quarter as Minnesota looked like it was playing without its point guard. The Wolves committed seven turnovers and Kidd's replacement, Elliot Perry, lit up Brandon for eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.

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