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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        29   21   19   28    97   
      PHOENIX          29   17   24   23    93      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, LATRELL SPREWELL 22, 
                      SAM CASSELL 19
                PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 28, STEVE NASH 22, 
                      SHAWN MARION 21

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, EDDIE GRIFFIN 14, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 7
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 18, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 11, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, SAM CASSELL 5, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                PHO - STEVE NASH 8, JOE JOHNSON 4, AMARE 
                      STOUDEMIRE 2

         ATT:   16,915

Box Score

MINNESOTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 32 5-14 3-6 2-4 1 1 14 K Garnett 44 11-25 1-3 11-19 8 3 23 M Madsen 11 1-1 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 S Cassell 36 9-19 0-0 0-4 5 2 19 L Sprewell 33 8-15 2-2 0-7 0 0 22 M Olowokandi 14 2-6 0-2 2-4 0 1 4 T Hudson 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 T Hassell 18 1-2 2-2 1-3 1 5 4 F Hoiberg 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 3 E Griffin 26 2-8 1-1 4-14 1 4 6 A Carter 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-95 9-18 22-59 17 20 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (W Szczerbiak 1-5, S Cassell 1-3, L Sprewell 4-5, T Hudson 0-1, F Hoiberg 1-2, E Griffin 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:9 (T Hassell 3, M Olowokandi 2, S Cassell, E Griffin, F Hoiberg, K Garnett). Turnovers:18 (K Garnett 6, L Sprewell 3, S Cassell 3, W Szczerbiak 2, T Hudson, M Olowokandi, T Hassell, E Griffin). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 3, E Griffin 2, S Cassell, T Hassell, F Hoiberg). PHOENIX (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 38 5-16 0-0 1-11 0 2 12 S Marion 42 9-21 3-4 8-18 1 4 21 A Stoudemire 37 11-21 6-7 1-4 2 4 28 S Nash 37 9-17 4-4 1-3 8 3 22 J Johnson 42 2-11 0-0 1-4 4 3 4 J Voskuhl 6 0-1 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 L Barbosa 11 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 4 C Jacobsen 16 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 3 0 B Outlaw 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Hunter 7 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 J Vroman DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Lampe DNP - LIKE SYMPTOMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 17-21 14-47 16 20 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-18, .111 (Q Richardson 2-6, S Marion 0-4, S Nash 0-3, J Johnson 0-3, L Barbosa 0-1, C Jacobsen 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (S Hunter 2, B Outlaw, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:14 (S Nash 3, A Stoudemire 3, L Barbosa 3, J Voskuhl 2, S Marion, Q Richardson, J Johnson). Steals: 6 (S Marion 2, Q Richardson 2, J Johnson, L Barbosa). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 29 21 19 28 - 97 PHOENIX 29 17 24 23 - 93 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,915. T: 2:08. Officials: Anthony Jordan, Steve Javie, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (97) AT PHOENIX (93) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 32 5-14 3-6 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 14 K GARNETT F 44 11-25 1-3 11 8 19 8 3 3 6 23 M MADSEN C 11 1-1 0-2 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 S CASSELL G 36 9-19 0-0 0 4 4 5 2 1 3 19 L SPREWELL G 33 8-15 2-2 0 7 7 0 0 0 3 22 M OLOWOKANDI 14 2-6 0-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 4 T HUDSON 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 T HASSELL 18 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 1 5 1 1 4 F HOIBERG 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 3 E GRIFFIN 26 2-8 1-1 4 10 14 1 4 2 1 6 A CARTER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-95 9-18 22 37 59 17 20 8 18 97 (.421) (.500) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19 (18 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 38 5-16 0-0 1 10 11 0 2 2 1 12 S MARION F 42 9-21 3-4 8 10 18 1 4 2 1 21 A STOUDEMIRE C 37 11-21 6-7 1 3 4 2 4 0 3 28 S NASH G 37 9-17 4-4 1 2 3 8 3 0 3 22 J JOHNSON G 42 2-11 0-0 1 3 4 4 3 1 1 4 J VOSKUHL 6 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 L BARBOSA 11 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 4 C JACOBSEN 16 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0 B OUTLAW 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S HUNTER 7 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 J VROMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION M LAMPE DNP - LIKE SYMPTOMS TOTALS 240 37-92 17-21 14 33 47 16 20 6 14 93 (.402) (.810) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 29 21 19 28 - 97 PHOENIX 29 17 24 23 - 93 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - T HASSELL 3, M OLOWOKANDI 2, S CASSELL, E GRIFFIN, F HOIBERG, K GARNETT. PHOENIX - S HUNTER 2, B OUTLAW, A STOUDEMIRE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 8-19 (.421), W SZCZERBIAK 1-5, S CASSELL 1- 3, L SPREWELL 4-5, T HUDSON 0-1, F HOIBERG 1-2, E GRIFFIN 1-3. PHOENIX 2- 18 (.111), Q RICHARDSON 2-6, S MARION 0-4, S NASH 0-3, J JOHNSON 0- 3, L BARBOSA 0-1, C JACOBSEN 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, STEVE JAVIE, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,915. T - 2:08.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves showed they intend to be a factor in the Western Conference. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 19 rebounds and Latrell Sprewell added 22 points as the Timberwolves continued their impressive road trip with a 97-93 triumph over the red-hot Phoenix Suns. The Timberwolves had the best record in the West last season and reached the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. However, they got off to a slow 6-5 start this season. Minnesota posted an easy home victory over Memphis before embarking on a four-game trip that started with impressive wins at Sacramento and Golden State. In this one, they sent a message to the league's top team. Entering with a nine-game winning streak, the Suns knew they were in for a battle after ending the first quarter in a 29-29 tie. "I told our guys I was ready to hyperventilate during those first six minutes, watching both teams run up and down the court," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Then I thought we got better defensively as the game progressed. We contested more shots and rebounded very well." After Minnesota carried a four-point lead into intermission, Phoenix used a 19-6 run in the third quarter to take a 65-59 lead with 2:34 remaining in the period. The Suns opened the fourth quarter with six straight points for their biggest lead of the game, 76-69, but Sam Cassell sank three consecutive baskets to draw the Timberwolves within a point. "We just wanted to be in the game late in the fourth quarter, up four or down four," Cassell said. "We like our chances against any team in the league in that situation." After Steven Hunter's free throw with 7:41 remaining gave Phoenix a 79-77 edge, Minnesota went on an 8-0 run to move ahead for good. "I don't think we played extra well in the fourth quarter," Garnett said. "We did make some key stops. We could have played better on offense, but defense is what wins games, and it did tonight." Cassell scored 19 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 14 for the Timberwolves, who conclude their road trip Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers. "You've got to give it up to them because they came in and hit some big shots tonight," Suns forward Shawn Marion said. "They killed us on the offensive glass and our rebounding wasn't where it needs to be tonight. ... We weren't knocking down shots we normally hit and that was a big part of it, but other than that, we played good defense and we let this one slip through our hands." Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points and Marion recorded his 12th double-double with 21 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Suns (13-3), who have been handed two of their three losses this season at home. "I could say they did us in on the boards," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We missed shots. We were 2-of-18 from the 3-point line and it looked like we ran out of gas a bit near the end." "It's a learning process," Stoudemire added. "Down the stretch, we learned a couple of things about taking care of the ball and executing. We missed a lot of easy baskets, but it is good that we are experiencing this early in the season so that if we have another tough game like this, we will be prepared for it." Quentin Richardson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, whose 93 points were a season low. "We feel like we definitely could have won," Richardson said. "They made big shots down the stretch and we didn't, and that was the difference. ... We didn't get a chance to run as much as we like to and at the same time, we weren't really making a lot of shots. The combination of those two hurt us." While improving to 6-1 on the road against Western Conference opponents, Minnesota posted its ninth win in 10 meetings with Phoenix.


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