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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           23   39   16   19    97   
     MINNESOTA        34   33   30   24    121     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - MARQUIS DANIELS 16, MICHAEL FINLEY 16, 
                      DIRK NOWITZKI 15
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 28, TROY HUDSON 22, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 20

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DANNY FORTSON 10, SHAWN BRADLEY 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, LATRELL SPREWELL 7, 
                      GARY TRENT 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - MARQUIS DANIELS 8, MICHAEL FINLEY 5, 
                      DIRK NOWITZKI 4
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 10, TROY HUDSON 7, LATRELL 
                      SPREWELL 5

         ATT:   19,006

Box Score

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Nowitzki 28 5-13 5-5 0-3 4 3 15 A Walker 27 4-12 2-3 2-4 3 1 11 S Williams 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Finley 27 6-15 4-4 2-5 5 0 16 J Howard 21 2-7 0-0 4-7 2 0 4 S Bradley 18 6-13 0-0 4-8 0 2 12 M Daniels 42 7-21 1-2 3-7 8 1 16 A Jamison 23 4-11 1-1 3-5 2 1 9 D Fortson 22 3-5 1-2 3-10 0 4 7 E Najera 17 2-6 3-4 2-2 1 1 7 T Delk 10 0-4 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 S Nash DNP - STOMACH VIRUS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-10 17-21 24-53 26 14 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (D Nowitzki 0-3, A Walker 1-3, M Finley 0-3, M Daniels 1-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (S Bradley, D Fortson, A Jamison). Turnovers:8 (A Walker 3, D Fortson 2, S Bradley, M Finley, S Williams). Steals: 5 (D Nowitzki 2, D Fortson, M Finley, E Najera). MINNESOTA (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 39 8-17 0-0 1-7 5 1 20 K Garnett 36 11-15 4-4 1-19 4 0 28 M Olowokandi 24 6-7 2-2 1-5 2 4 14 T Hassell 30 1-5 0-0 0-2 4 2 2 S Cassell 24 4-10 0-0 0-2 10 2 8 T Hudson 29 9-19 0-0 0-4 7 1 22 W Szczerbiak 20 4-7 1-2 1-2 0 1 10 M Madsen 16 2-2 2-4 2-4 0 2 6 G Trent 16 2-3 4-4 3-6 0 2 8 O Miller 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 E Johnson 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 F Hoiberg DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-87 14-18 9-52 33 15 121 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.552, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (L Sprewell 4-7, K Garnett 2-2, S Cassell 0-1, T Hudson 4-9, W Szczerbiak 1-1, E Johnson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:5 (M Olowokandi 4, K Garnett). Turnovers:9 (K Garnett 3, L Sprewell 2, T Hudson 2, G Trent, W Szczerbiak). Steals: 4 (L Sprewell, K Garnett, M Olowokandi, W Szczerbiak). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 23 39 16 19 - 97 MINNESOTA 34 33 30 24 - 121 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 3 (Defensive Three, 9:33 1st; Defensive Three, 6:21 2nd; L Sprewell, 8:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:00. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Gary Benson, Ted Bernhardt.


Extended Box

DALLAS (97) AT MINNESOTA (121) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D NOWITZKI F 28 5-13 5-5 0 3 3 4 3 2 0 15 A WALKER F 27 4-12 2-3 2 2 4 3 1 0 3 11 S WILLIAMS C 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 M FINLEY G 27 6-15 4-4 2 3 5 5 0 1 1 16 J HOWARD G 21 2-7 0-0 4 3 7 2 0 0 0 4 S BRADLEY 18 6-13 0-0 4 4 8 0 2 0 1 12 M DANIELS 42 7-21 1-2 3 4 7 8 1 0 0 16 A JAMISON 23 4-11 1-1 3 2 5 2 1 0 0 9 D FORTSON 22 3-5 1-2 3 7 10 0 4 1 2 7 E NAJERA 17 2-6 3-4 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 7 T DELK 10 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 S NASH DNP - STOMACH VIRUS TOTALS 240 39-108 17-21 24 29 53 26 14 5 8 97 (.361) (.810) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 8 (6 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 39 8-17 0-0 1 6 7 5 1 1 2 20 K GARNETT F 36 11-15 4-4 1 18 19 4 0 1 3 28 M OLOWOKANDI C 24 6-7 2-2 1 4 5 2 4 1 0 14 T HASSELL G 30 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 2 S CASSELL G 24 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 10 2 0 0 8 T HUDSON 29 9-19 0-0 0 4 4 7 1 0 2 22 W SZCZERBIAK 20 4-7 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 10 M MADSEN 16 2-2 2-4 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 6 G TRENT 16 2-3 4-4 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 8 O MILLER 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 E JOHNSON 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 F HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 48-87 14-18 9 43 52 33 15 4 9 121 (.552) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10 (8 PTS) DALLAS 23 39 16 19 - 97 MINNESOTA 34 33 30 24 - 121 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY, D FORTSON, A JAMISON. MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 4, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 2-10 (.200), D NOWITZKI 0-3, A WALKER 1- 3, M FINLEY 0-3, M DANIELS 1-1. MINNESOTA 11-21 (.524), L SPREWELL 4- 7, K GARNETT 2-2, S CASSELL 0-1, T HUDSON 4-9, W SZCZERBIAK 1-1, E JOHNSON 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, L SPREWELL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GARY BENSON, TED BERNHARDT. A - 19,006. T - 2:00.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett was the latest player to expose the Dallas Mavericks' inability to defend the interior. Garnett collected 28 points and 19 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves made a resounding statement in the Midwest Division with a 121-97 rout of the Mavericks, who had a six-game winning streak stopped. The Mavericks boast as much offensive talent as any NBA team but always have been vulnerable to defending big men. The 7-foot Garnett, the leading candidate for Most Valuable Player, exposed the Mavericks' biggest weakness. Garnett had little trouble getting inside and made 11-of-15 shots en route to his 53rd double-double of the season. "He (coach Flip Saunders) really stressed to us, even in practice yesterday, to pound the ball inside, pound the ball inside," Garnett said. "And that's what we did." "It's kind of hard to win that game if we don't play any defense," Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "They had almost 70 points at the half. That puts a lot of strain on your offense when they come down and score every time - getting dunks and layups." Garnett drew praise from Mavericks forward Antawn Jamison. "I don't think it's any secret. The guy is the best player in the league," Jamison said. "He's the MVP and it's well deserved. I thought he should've gotten it last year." Troy Hudson added 22 points and Latrell Sprewell added 20 for the Timberwolves, who moved 4 1/2 games ahead of third-place Dallas in the Midwest Division. "I think this is a message, not just to Dallas but to whoever watched the game tonight," Garnett said. "Whoever watches our games and anticipates playing us, we're a hungry team." "This was a big game," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "They were up 2-1 on us this year. This was big in terms of the tiebreaker. Now they go 4 1/2 behind us, and down four in the loss column. Anytime you have a game against a Western Conference team, or a division team, it's a huge game." Minnesota turned the game into a rout in the second half, when it outscored Dallas, 54-35. Michael Finley and rookie Marquis Daniels each scored 16 points for Dallas, again played without point guard Steve Nash and shot just 36 percent (39-of-108). Nash missed his second game in as many nights with a stomach virus. Garnett scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Michael Olowokandi netted 14 while making all six of his shots in a high-paced first half that ended with the Timberwolves holding a 67-62 lead. Minnesota shot a blistering 65 percent (28-of-43) in the half. It shot percent (14-of-19) in the opening quarter. "It's one of those games you want to be part of," said Olowokandi, who totaled 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks. "You know the game is going to be up-tempo. You get the ball, kick the ball out and you're off to the races." Sprewell helped turn the game in the third quarter as he made three 3-pointers in a 15-6 surge that gave Minnesota an 86-70 cushion with 4:51 left in the period. He scored 13 points in the quarter than ended with Minnesota holding a 97-78 advantage. "Kandi (Olowokandi) and Kevin had us early in the game, and I was able to knock down shots for us in the third and push the lead up," Sprewell said. "It was a good quarter."


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