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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        29   24   28   28    109  
     DALLAS           30   16   37   29    112     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 31, TROY HUDSON 31, JOE 
                      SMITH 18
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 32, STEVE NASH 25, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 17

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, JOE SMITH 11, RADOSLAV
                      NESTEROVIC 6
                DAL - RAEF LAFRENTZ 15, DIRK NOWITZKI 10, 
                      STEVE NASH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, TROY HUDSON 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                DAL - STEVE NASH 8, NICK VAN EXEL 7, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 5

         ATT:   19,874

Box Score

MINNESOTA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 46 14-24 3-6 3-17 8 3 31 J Smith 38 8-13 2-2 4-11 2 4 18 R Nesterovic 24 4-8 1-2 2-6 3 3 9 W Szczerbiak 37 6-12 1-2 1-3 1 3 14 T Hudson 41 12-23 2-2 1-3 6 1 31 I Rakocevic 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 M Jackson 7 1-3 0-0 1-4 0 0 2 K Gill 15 0-4 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 G Trent 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 A Peeler 19 1-5 0-0 1-2 2 2 2 R Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-94 9-14 14-48 28 18 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (W Szczerbiak 1-2, T Hudson 5-9, A Peeler 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (K Garnett 2, J Smith). Turnovers:9 (W Szczerbiak 2, I Rakocevic 2, G Trent, K Gill, J Smith, K Garnett, T Hudson). Steals: 2 (T Hudson 2). DALLAS (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 13 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 D Nowitzki 42 12-19 6-7 1-10 3 3 32 S Bradley 15 1-2 0-2 1-4 0 1 2 M Finley 43 6-17 2-2 1-4 5 2 17 S Nash 37 11-18 3-3 2-5 8 0 25 R LaFrentz 40 5-14 2-3 7-15 2 3 13 N Van Exel 39 6-16 2-4 1-3 7 3 15 W Williams 11 2-4 1-2 1-2 0 1 6 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Bell DNP - LEFT THIGH CONTUSION A Rigaudeau DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-91 16-23 15-44 25 15 112 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (D Nowitzki 2-5, M Finley 3-5, S Nash 0-1, R LaFrentz 1-1, N Van Exel 1-6, W Williams 1-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:7 (D Nowitzki 3, R LaFrentz 2, W Williams, M Finley). Turnovers:5 (D Nowitzki 2, S Nash, M Finley, R LaFrentz). Steals: 6 (M Finley 2, N Van Exel, S Nash, A Griffin, R LaFrentz). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 29 24 28 28 - 109 DALLAS 30 16 37 29 - 112 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (K Garnett, 0:01 3rd). Dallas - 1 (M Finley, 0:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (K Garnett, 0:01 3rd). A: 19,874. T: 2:19. Officials: Don Vaden, Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (109) AT DALLAS (112) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 46 14-24 3-6 3 14 17 8 3 0 1 31 J SMITH F 38 8-13 2-2 4 7 11 2 4 0 1 18 R NESTEROVIC C 24 4-8 1-2 2 4 6 3 3 0 0 9 W SZCZERBIAK G 37 6-12 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 0 2 14 T HUDSON G 41 12-23 2-2 1 2 3 6 1 2 1 31 I RAKOCEVIC 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 M JACKSON 7 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 K GILL 15 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 G TRENT 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 A PEELER 19 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 2 R STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 47-94 9-14 14 34 48 28 18 2 9 109 (.500) (.643) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11 (16 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 13 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 2 D NOWITZKI F 42 12-19 6-7 1 9 10 3 3 0 2 32 S BRADLEY C 15 1-2 0-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 M FINLEY G 43 6-17 2-2 1 3 4 5 2 2 1 17 S NASH G 37 11-18 3-3 2 3 5 8 0 1 1 25 R LAFRENTZ 40 5-14 2-3 7 8 15 2 3 1 1 13 N VAN EXEL 39 6-16 2-4 1 2 3 7 3 1 0 15 W WILLIAMS 11 2-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 6 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BELL DNP - LEFT THIGH CONTUSION A RIGAUDEAU DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-91 16-23 15 29 44 25 15 6 5 112 (.484) (.696) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 5 (6 PTS) MINNESOTA 29 24 28 28 - 109 DALLAS 30 16 37 29 - 112 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, J SMITH. DALLAS - D NOWITZKI 3, R LAFRENTZ 2, W WILLIAMS, M FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-14 (.429), W SZCZERBIAK 1-2, T HUDSON 5- 9, A PEELER 0-3. DALLAS 8-19 (.421), D NOWITZKI 2-5, M FINLEY 3-5, S NASH 0-1, R LAFRENTZ 1-1, N VAN EXEL 1-6, W WILLIAMS 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT. DALLAS - M FINLEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (K GARNETT, 0:01 3RD). OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,874. T - 2:19.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The biggest difference between Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett is the caliber of their teammates. Nowitzki had 32 points and 10 rebounds and fellow All-Star Steve Nash added 25 points and eight assists as the Dallas Mavericks rallied for a 112-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who got another dominant effort from Garnett. Nowitzki and Garnett are unquestionably two of the best players in the league and both will represent the Western Conference at the All-Star Game. But while Nowitzki is surrounded by a deep and talented roster, Garnett continues to carry the load for Minnesota, which had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped. Garnett was nearly unstoppable, with 31 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, but had little help down the stretch as the Nowitzki and Nash took over. "Some people, some nights, efforts are bigger than others," Garnett said. "If you're a good team then supposedly you've got to prove that. Everybody here has that mindset and can go out and play at that intense level. For the most part, we did that. No one in here would ever let you know that they had a 'We're outmanned' attitude." The Mavericks scored 17 of the game's final 25 points, including 11 by Nowitzki, who made a pair of free throws and jumper to spark the burst. Nowitzki buried a 3-pointer with 2:04 remaining and forged a 104-104 tie on an alley-oop from Nash 34 seconds later. He stripped Garnett at the other end before Nash buried a runner at the foul line to give Dallas the lead with 49 seconds left. "We showed some courage down the stretch," Nowitzki said. "We made some key stops and were able to get some scores. Steve gave me the ball. I just went to work. I'm just glad it worked out for us." "He made some incredible plays for us," Nash said. "That's why he's one of the best players in the world." Garnett made a reverse layup for a 106-106 tie 10 seconds later, but Nowitzki hit a turnaround jumper over Anthony Peeler to give Dallas the lead for good with 22 seconds to go. "We were a stop away or one bucket," Saunders said. "They made some great defensive plays on us. Nowitzki and Nash hit every shot coming down the stretch. We made them beat us down the stretch and they hit shots." Raef LaFrentz and Nash each buried a pair of free throws in the final seven seconds and the Mavericks won for the fifth time in six games. Nowitzki, who will backup Garnett at the All-Star Game, and Nash combined to make 23-of-37 shots for the precise Dallas offense, which scored 21 fast-break points and committed only five turnovers. LaFrentz had 13 and a season-high 15 rebounds and fellow reserve Nick Van Exel added 15 points and seven assists as the Mavericks bench outscored its counterparts, 34-6. Minnesota's Troy Hudson scored 23 of his season-high 31 points in the second half but was held to just one 3-pointer in the final five minutes. "Whenever you can't pull out a victory, the good game that you had doesn't mean anything," he said. "It would have been great if we had won. I could have celebrated a great game, but we have another game tomorrow and I need to look forward to doing what I have to do to help the team win." Joe Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak added 14 points for the Timberwolves, who shot 50 percent (42-of-84) from the floor. Minnesota led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, but Dallas rallied with a 19-1 run. Tempers flared midway through the burst when Nowitzki was hit in the back of the head and neck by Garnett while driving to the basket. "I've been watching some film on Dirk. I know he likes to tuck the ball behind his head and dunk," Garnett said. "I was just trying to anticipate him putting the ball behind his head and it turned into a hard foul. I wasn't trying to do it deliberately." Garnett was called for a flagrant foul and was confronted by Finley before both were given technical fouls. Minnesota responded to Dallas' run with an 18-3 spurt and had a 99-93 lead after a dunk by Garnett with 5:05 remaining.


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