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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     SACRAMENTO       16   18   26   15    75   
     MINNESOTA        23   20   20   29    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 15, DARIUS SONGAILA 
                      12, MIKE BIBBY 11
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, SAM CASSELL 18, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 13

HIGH REBOUND:   SAC - VLADE DIVAC 8, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 5, 
                      DOUG CHRISTIE 4
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, GARY TRENT 8, LATRELL 
                      SPREWELL 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   SAC - MIKE BIBBY 7, VLADE DIVAC 6, PREDRAG 
                      STOJAKOVIC 3
                MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, SAM CASSELL 5, KEVIN
                      GARNETT 4

         ATT:   18,667

Box Score

SACRAMENTO (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Stojakovic 37 5-15 3-5 1-5 3 0 15 D Songaila 32 5-10 2-2 2-3 1 6 12 V Divac 34 5-13 0-2 3-8 6 2 10 D Christie 31 3-7 1-1 0-4 2 0 7 M Bibby 35 4-14 2-2 0-3 7 2 11 B Jackson 19 2-14 0-0 1-3 1 1 4 A Peeler 16 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 T Massenburg 14 4-5 0-0 1-2 0 5 8 J Smith 16 1-4 4-4 1-2 1 2 6 G Wallace 6 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 C Webber DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE B Miller DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-89 12-16 11-34 22 19 75 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (P Stojakovic 2-3, M Bibby 1-5, B Jackson 0-3, A Peeler 0-3, J Smith 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:1 (V Divac). Turnovers:6 (V Divac 2, D Christie, P Stojakovic, G Wallace, T Massenburg). Steals: 10 (P Stojakovic 4, D Christie 3, M Bibby, G Wallace, D Songaila). MINNESOTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 39 5-14 2-2 3-7 5 1 13 K Garnett 34 8-19 6-7 2-24 4 2 22 E Johnson 17 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 3 0 T Hassell 33 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 3 2 S Cassell 35 7-18 3-4 1-2 5 2 18 O Miller 13 4-5 1-1 1-2 0 2 9 F Hoiberg 7 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 G Trent 19 2-3 2-2 4-8 1 3 6 T Hudson 13 3-6 3-4 0-2 3 1 10 W Szczerbiak 16 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 6 M Madsen 13 1-2 2-4 3-5 0 3 4 D Martin 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 19-24 14-60 21 22 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Sprewell 1-3, S Cassell 1-5, T Hudson 1-1, W Szczerbiak 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (E Johnson, K Garnett, M Madsen, T Hassell). Turnovers:16 (K Garnett 5, S Cassell 4, L Sprewell 3, O Miller 2, E Johnson, T Hudson). Steals: 2 (E Johnson, T Hudson). ------------------------------------------- SACRAMENTO 16 18 26 15 - 75 MINNESOTA 23 20 20 29 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,667. T: 2:15. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Kevin Fehr, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (75) AT MINNESOTA (92) SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P STOJAKOVIC F 37 5-15 3-5 1 4 5 3 0 4 1 15 D SONGAILA F 32 5-10 2-2 2 1 3 1 6 1 0 12 V DIVAC C 34 5-13 0-2 3 5 8 6 2 0 2 10 D CHRISTIE G 31 3-7 1-1 0 4 4 2 0 3 1 7 M BIBBY G 35 4-14 2-2 0 3 3 7 2 1 0 11 B JACKSON 19 2-14 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 4 A PEELER 16 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 T MASSENBURG 14 4-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 0 1 8 J SMITH 16 1-4 4-4 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 6 G WALLACE 6 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 C WEBBER DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE B MILLER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT TOTALS 240 30-89 12-16 11 23 34 22 19 10 6 75 (.337) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 6 (6 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 39 5-14 2-2 3 4 7 5 1 0 3 13 K GARNETT F 34 8-19 6-7 2 22 24 4 2 0 5 22 E JOHNSON C 17 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 1 1 0 T HASSELL G 33 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 2 S CASSELL G 35 7-18 3-4 1 1 2 5 2 0 4 18 O MILLER 13 4-5 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 9 F HOIBERG 7 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 G TRENT 19 2-3 2-2 4 4 8 1 3 0 0 6 T HUDSON 13 3-6 3-4 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 10 W SZCZERBIAK 16 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 6 M MADSEN 13 1-2 2-4 3 2 5 0 3 0 0 4 D MARTIN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 35-77 19-24 14 46 60 21 22 2 16 92 (.455) (.792) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (10 PTS) SACRAMENTO 16 18 26 15 - 75 MINNESOTA 23 20 20 29 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - V DIVAC. MINNESOTA - E JOHNSON, K GARNETT, M MADSEN, T HASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 3-15 (.200), P STOJAKOVIC 2-3, M BIBBY 1- 5, B JACKSON 0-3, A PEELER 0-3, J SMITH 0-1. MINNESOTA 3-10 (.300), L SPREWELL 1-3, S CASSELL 1-5, T HUDSON 1-1, W SZCZERBIAK 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, KEVIN FEHR, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,667. T - 2:15.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- There were two distinct sounds at the Target Center - the uncharacteristic clanging of shots by the Sacramento Kings and the chants of "MVP" for Kevin Garnett. Garnett collected 22 points and 24 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves welcomed back Wally Szczerbiak and defeated the Kings, 92-75, to move into a virtual tie for the best record in the NBA. Last year's MVP runner-up to Tim Duncan and again among the leading candidates, Garnett posted his 16th straight double-double and sixth 20-20 game of the season. The NBA's rebounding leader gave Minnesota an overwhelming 60-34 advantage on the glass. "I just wanted to come out aggressive," Garnett said. "When you're in the flow, it can be a defensive flow, an offensive flow, or it can be a rebounding flow. I was in a flow that I saw every rebound and where it was going, and just wanted it and went and got it." Garnett's presence in the paint also rattled the Kings, who lead the NBA in scoring and shooting. They missed a half-dozen layups and all eight 3-pointers in the first half, falling into a 43-34 hole. Szczerbiak, a sweet-shooting swingman, missed the first 53 games of the season with a strained plantar fascia tendon in his left foot. He came off the bench in the second quarter and had a pair of buckets. "The first three possessions, it was boom-boom, boom-boom," Szczerbiak said. "I was like, `Wow, this is moving pretty fast.' But after that, I was fine. I got my wind, and it felt really good in the second half." Szczerbiak also had a layup with 7:21 left that gave Minnesota a 74-68 lead and began a decisive 11-2 run. Amid chants of "MVP," Garnett capped the surge by finding Sam Cassell for a 3-pointer, making a short bank shot and sinking two free throws for an 83-70 bulge with 4:18 to go. Cassell scored 18 points for the Timberwolves (39-15), who moved within percentage points of the Kings (38-14) for the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. "They're a team that shoots 48-49 percent from the field and averages 105 a game," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "When you hold a team 30 points below their average, you know you're doing something right." All-Star Peja Stojakovic scored a pedestrian 15 points for Sacramento, which shot under 34 percent (30-of-89) and was held to its lowest total of the season. It had a four-game winning streak snapped. "When you shoot 33 percent, the other team is going to get a lot more rebounds than you, especially when you're not a great offensive rebounding team to begin with," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. The teams had gone to overtime their last four meetings, an NBA record. But the Wolves never trailed in this one, shooting 45.5 percent (35-of-77) overall and holding the Kings to 15 points in the fourth quarter.


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