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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        29   24   33   14    100  
     ORLANDO          20   17   23   11    71      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, KEVIN GARNETT 21, 
                      FRED HOIBERG 12
                ORL - TYRONN LUE 25, DREW GOODEN 14, JUWAN 
                      HOWARD 13

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, MARK MADSEN 7, GARY 
                      TRENT 6
                ORL - DREW GOODEN 7, KEITH BOGANS 7, TRACY 
                      MCGRADY 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 9, KEVIN GARNETT 5, LATRELL 
                      SPREWELL 4
                ORL - TYRONN LUE 7, TRACY MCGRADY 3, DREW 
                      GOODEN 3

         ATT:   16,074

Box Score

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Madsen 25 5-6 1-2 5-7 0 4 11 K Garnett 39 10-25 1-2 3-17 5 1 21 M Olowokandi 20 2-5 1-2 1-3 0 3 5 L Sprewell 32 7-15 6-6 0-3 4 2 22 S Cassell 24 5-9 1-2 0-0 9 4 11 T Hassell 20 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 3 0 K Mcleod 24 2-5 2-2 0-3 3 1 6 F Hoiberg 28 4-7 1-2 1-5 0 2 12 G Trent 15 4-5 0-0 0-6 1 3 8 Q Lewis 5 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 E Johnson 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 N Ebi 4 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-90 13-18 14-50 23 24 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (L Sprewell 2-4, S Cassell 0-1, F Hoiberg 3-5). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:2 (K Garnett, N Ebi). Turnovers:8 (S Cassell 2, K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, K Mcleod, M Madsen, F Hoiberg). Steals: 7 (F Hoiberg 2, G Trent, K Garnett, K Mcleod, T Hassell, S Cassell). ORLANDO (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Howard 34 5-12 3-5 1-2 1 2 13 D Gooden 31 6-10 2-5 1-7 3 2 14 S Hunter 18 1-3 2-2 1-5 0 2 4 T McGrady 27 2-10 0-0 3-6 3 3 4 T Lue 31 9-15 3-4 0-3 7 3 25 P Garrity 17 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Z Pachulia 16 0-3 2-2 0-2 1 0 2 K Bogans 24 1-3 1-6 1-7 1 2 3 S Williams 26 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 4 4 R Gaines 16 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 A DeClercq DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Harvey DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-67 14-26 7-34 17 22 71 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (T McGrady 0-3, T Lue 4-8, K Bogans 0-2, S Williams 1-2, R Gaines 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (D Gooden 2, J Howard, K Bogans, Z Pachulia, R Gaines). Turnovers:15 (J Howard 4, T McGrady 3, S Williams 3, K Bogans 2, T Lue, R Gaines, D Gooden). Steals: 2 (K Bogans 2). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 29 24 33 14 - 100 ORLANDO 20 17 23 11 - 71 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 3 (Defensive Three, 4:23 2nd; Defensive Three, 2:31 3rd; K Mcleod, 2:22 4th). Orlando - 2 (Defensive Three, 3:51 3rd; S Williams, 2:22 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,074. T: 2:26. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Joe Forte, Luis Grillo.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT ORLANDO (71) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M MADSEN F 25 5-6 1-2 5 2 7 0 4 0 1 11 K GARNETT F 39 10-25 1-2 3 14 17 5 1 1 2 21 M OLOWOKANDI C 20 2-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 5 L SPREWELL G 32 7-15 6-6 0 3 3 4 2 0 1 22 S CASSELL G 24 5-9 1-2 0 0 0 9 4 1 2 11 T HASSELL 20 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 1 0 0 K MCLEOD 24 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 6 F HOIBERG 28 4-7 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 2 1 12 G TRENT 15 4-5 0-0 0 6 6 1 3 1 0 8 Q LEWIS 5 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 E JOHNSON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 N EBI 4 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 41-90 13-18 14 36 50 23 24 7 8 100 (.456) (.722) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 9 (11 PTS) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J HOWARD F 34 5-12 3-5 1 1 2 1 2 0 4 13 D GOODEN F 31 6-10 2-5 1 6 7 3 2 0 1 14 S HUNTER C 18 1-3 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 4 T MCGRADY G 27 2-10 0-0 3 3 6 3 3 0 3 4 T LUE G 31 9-15 3-4 0 3 3 7 3 0 1 25 P GARRITY 17 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 Z PACHULIA 16 0-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 K BOGANS 24 1-3 1-6 1 6 7 1 2 2 2 3 S WILLIAMS 26 1-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 3 4 R GAINES 16 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 A DECLERCQ DNP - COACH'S DECISION D HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-67 14-26 7 27 34 17 22 2 15 71 (.388) (.538) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA 29 24 33 14 - 100 ORLANDO 20 17 23 11 - 71 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, N EBI. ORLANDO - D GOODEN 2, J HOWARD, K BOGANS, Z PACHULIA, R GAINES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-10 (.500), L SPREWELL 2-4, S CASSELL 0- 1, F HOIBERG 3-5. ORLANDO 5-17 (.294), T MCGRADY 0-3, T LUE 4-8, K BOGANS 0- 2, S WILLIAMS 1-2, R GAINES 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, K MCLEOD. ORLANDO - DEFENSIVE THREE, S WILLIAMS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, JOE FORTE, LUIS GRILLO. A - 16,074. T - 2:26.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady worked some magic - he made himself invisible. McGrady endured a nightmarish game while Kevin Garnett was his usual self as the Orlando Magic were whipped by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-71. The NBA's reigning scoring champion, McGrady has been flustered and frustrated by zone defenses this season. The Magic's star guard complained after Wednesday's loss to Chicago that the league needed to take the zone out of the game. While he concentrates on eliminating the zone, McGrady never got going against the Timberwolves. McGrady was held scoreless in the opening half for the first time in 234 games with the Magic and managed just four points on 2-of-10 shooting before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. He had his string of double-digit scoring stopped at 116 games and matched his lowest point total since joining Orlando as a free agent in 2000. "I'm glad this is happening, I'm glad I'm struggling right now," McGrady said. "I'm glad all this is going on because great things have been happening for me the last three years I've been here. And now that I'm struggling, I realize that there's going to be bad times, it's just how I'm going to overcome this." Magic coach Doc Rivers thinks McGrady clearly has been affected by the zone. "I thought in the first half he convinced himself that the zone defense is this big, bad, evil guy," Rivers said. "We're just going to keep working on him and keep convincing him that the zone and man is really no different." McGrady also thought he was not as agrressive as he should haven been. "There are bad shots, but there can't be a bad shot right now," McGrady said. "I'm going to have to stay aggressive, just shoot the basketball, coach is not going to remind me of that. He don't care if I go 0-of-20, as long as I'm aggressive. But 2-of-10, I didn't shoot the ball that much, then we've got a problem." Garnett thought the Wolves' defense was the key. "This (Orlando) team struggles for some reason with the zone," Garnett said. "T-Mac came out and said it. First thing (coach Flip Saunders) did was try to work on our 3-2 and different schemes." McGrady had just four of his 23 points after halftime. Garnett, the Timberwolves' star forward, had no such problems. He led his team's best effort of the season by totaling 21 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who never trailed and led by as many as 30 points in the second half. Tyronn Lue contributed 25 points for Orlando, which concluded an 0-5 homestand. Garnett displayed his all-around talent in the first quarter with five points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Wolves built a 29-20 lead. Lue was one of few bright spots for the Magic. He tried to put a dent in the Wolves' zone, making 5-of-7 shots and scoring 13 points. But with McGrady cold, a free throw by Sprewell capped the Wolves' 11-1 run in the second quarter and opened a 47-28 advantage with 3:37 left in the half. Garnett highlighted the surge with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Sam Cassell. Cassell was under control all night, making 5-of-9 shots and finishing with 11 points and nine assists. Fred Hoiberg contributed 12 points and Mark Madsen 11 for the Wolves, who shot 46 percent (41-of-90) and held a commanding 50-34 rebounding advantage. McGrady took just four shots in the first half and also was hampered by three fouls as the Magic trailed, 53-37. He finally scored on a tip-in with 6:47 left in the third quarter, but the Magic were behind, 69-48. Orlando was unable to get the deficit below 20 points the rest of the way. "We didn't allow (McGrady) to get going," Cassell said. "We kept him scoreless in the first half, so we thought he would come out in the second half gunning ... but he didn't." Sprewell also was surprised by McGrady's struggles. "Never like that," Sprewell said. "It's not really fair to him because he didn't play that much in the second half. In the first half, he only took like four or five shots. It was a situation where he didn't really shoot the ball." Drew Gooden added 14 points and Juwan Howard 13 for Orlando, which shot just 39 percent (26-of-67) and committed 15 turnovers.


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