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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        21   19   28   20    88   
     MIAMI            24   17   16   22    79      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, SAM CASSELL 23, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 15
                MIA - EDDIE JONES 21, DWYANE WADE 19, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                MIA - UDONIS HASLEM 11, BRIAN GRANT 10, LAMAR 
                      ODOM 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - SAM CASSELL 6, KEVIN GARNETT 4, TRENTON 
                      HASSELL 3
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 5, EDDIE JONES 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   14,645

Box Score

MINNESOTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Madsen 29 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 K Garnett 36 10-19 5-7 1-17 4 2 25 M Olowokandi 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 S Cassell 39 8-21 7-8 0-5 6 3 23 L Sprewell 39 6-13 0-1 1-5 1 0 15 T Hassell 22 1-2 0-0 1-3 3 4 2 G Trent 27 4-8 3-3 3-5 1 2 11 E Johnson 12 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 F Hoiberg 16 3-4 2-2 0-2 1 1 10 K Mcleod 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Q Lewis DNP - COACH'S DECISION N Ebi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 17-21 7-45 17 20 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (S Cassell 0-2, L Sprewell 3-6, F Hoiberg 2-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 5, G Trent 2). Turnovers:15 (S Cassell 6, G Trent 2, F Hoiberg 2, M Olowokandi 2, L Sprewell, M Madsen, T Hassell). Steals: 1 (K Mcleod). MIAMI (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Odom 28 4-14 0-0 2-7 2 4 9 U Haslem 38 2-5 3-4 4-11 2 6 7 B Grant 35 3-9 3-4 4-10 2 5 9 D Wade 41 8-21 2-4 0-3 5 3 19 E Jones 42 5-18 7-8 1-3 4 1 21 C Butler 31 4-10 1-1 0-1 0 1 9 L Woods 11 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 R Alston 12 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 T Hill 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Coles DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Wallace DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Beasley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-82 16-21 12-40 15 25 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (L Odom 1-3, D Wade 1-2, E Jones 4-8, C Butler 0-1, R Alston 1-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (T Hill, D Wade, U Haslem, C Butler). Turnovers:11 (U Haslem 4, D Wade 3, B Grant, T Hill, L Odom, L Woods). Steals: 6 (U Haslem 2, E Jones, L Woods, C Butler, D Wade). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 21 19 28 20 - 88 MIAMI 24 17 16 22 - 79 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,645. T: 2:16. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Gary Zielinski, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (88) AT MIAMI (79) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M MADSEN F 29 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 2 K GARNETT F 36 10-19 5-7 1 16 17 4 2 0 0 25 M OLOWOKANDI C 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 S CASSELL G 39 8-21 7-8 0 5 5 6 3 0 6 23 L SPREWELL G 39 6-13 0-1 1 4 5 1 0 0 1 15 T HASSELL 22 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 2 G TRENT 27 4-8 3-3 3 2 5 1 2 0 2 11 E JOHNSON 12 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 F HOIBERG 16 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 10 K MCLEOD 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 Q LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION N EBI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-72 17-21 7 38 45 17 20 1 15 88 (.458) (.810) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16 (13 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L ODOM F 28 4-14 0-0 2 5 7 2 4 0 1 9 U HASLEM F 38 2-5 3-4 4 7 11 2 6 2 4 7 B GRANT C 35 3-9 3-4 4 6 10 2 5 0 1 9 D WADE G 41 8-21 2-4 0 3 3 5 3 1 3 19 E JONES G 42 5-18 7-8 1 2 3 4 1 1 0 21 C BUTLER 31 4-10 1-1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 9 L WOODS 11 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 2 R ALSTON 12 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 T HILL 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 B COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BEASLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-82 16-21 12 28 40 15 25 6 11 79 (.341) (.762) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) MINNESOTA 21 19 28 20 - 88 MIAMI 24 17 16 22 - 79 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 5, G TRENT 2. MIAMI - T HILL, D WADE, U HASLEM, C BUTLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 5-11 (.455), S CASSELL 0-2, L SPREWELL 3- 6, F HOIBERG 2-3. MIAMI 7-16 (.438), L ODOM 1-3, D WADE 1-2, E JONES 4- 8, C BUTLER 0-1, R ALSTON 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, GARY ZIELINSKI, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 14,645. T - 2:16.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett was determined to make sure Stan Van Gundy's first career coaching win would not come at the expense of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett collected 25 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks as the Timberwolves held off the Miami Heat, 88-79, dropping Van Gundy's record to 0-6. With the Cleveland defeating Washington, the Heat are the only winless team in the NBA. "It is time now," said Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, who is still looking for his first career win. "We have enough people back, and tonight was a game that was winnable. I am tired of going into practice and showing film on lack of effort. I should be showing film on adjustments we need to make or things we need to do different offensively and defensively. I am tired of it. Playing time is the only way you can hold players accountable in this league." Sam Cassell added 23 points and Latrell Sprewell 15 for Minnesota, which has had a successful couple of days in Florida. The Timberwolves routed the Orlando Magic on Friday, 100-71, and held the Heat to just 34 percent shooting (28-of-82) in this one. "We've played now seven games in seven different cities," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "You go back-to-back on the road, and to win two playing how we played, we did some things right. We did some positive things on this trip." Minnesota trailed, 41-40, at the half but opened the third quarter on a 15-4 run and took a 68-57 edge into the final 12 minutes. Garnett scored nine points in the quarter. "Young teams never have the energy because the young guys do not know how to play hard for long enough," Van Gundy said. "That is something that these guys have to learn, and that is what this game came down to. (Minnesota) just had a lot more energy than us in the second half." The Timberwolves opened a 78-59 advantage on a jumper by Sprewell with 7:20 left before the Heat pulled within 80-74 with 1:47 to play on a jumper by rookie Dwyane Wade, who scored 19 points. "He's going through a tough time, but he's going to be a big-time player in this league," Garnett said. "I thought he did a good job out there. He's young and learning a system, but he's got all the skills." But after a timeout, Garnett found Fred Hoiberg open at the top of the arc, and the journeyman guard nailed a 3-pointer 16 seconds later to stop Miami's momentum. Saunders was pleased with Garnett's consistently high production. "He had five blocks tonight, and a good all-around game - 25 points, 17 rebounds, four assists. Kind of usual game for him." Eddie Jones scored 21 points to pace the Heat, who are off to their worst start since dropping the first 17 games in their inaugural 1988-89 season. Each of Miami's first six opponents was a playoff team last season. "We're just not prepared to go out and win games," Jones said. "This league is all about going out and playing hard night in and night out, and we're not doing that. We're talented, but you also need to be efficient and focused." Seeing his first action of the season after undergoing offseason left knee surgery, Heat forward Caron Butler scored nine points in 31 minutes. "I felt OK out there," Butler said. "I was trying to get a rhythm and get adjusted, but once I got in the flow, I thought I played well. Once I get a few games in, I'll be all right." Miami scored the first seven points and opened an early 14-4 edge, but Minnesota pulled within 24-21 after one quarter and one point at the half. "Losing is always tough," said center Brian Grant, who had nine points and 10 rebounds. "This is probably the toughest because we played 24 minutes of good basketball and then they put it to us." Lamar Odom, the Heat's prized offseason acquisition, had nine points on 4-of-14 shooting. "We just have to pick it up in all aspects of our game," Odom said. "We're just not going out there with th intensity and going the things we need to do as a team."


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