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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      PHOENIX          38   27   30   27    122  
      MINNESOTA        33   25   22   35    115     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 34, SHAWN MARION 28, 
                      STEVE NASH 20
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 47, SAM CASSELL 24, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 20

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 8, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 8, 
                      QUENTIN RICHARDSON 6
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, MARK MADSEN 7, TRENTON
                      HASSELL 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEVE NASH 16, JOE JOHNSON 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 9, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 5

         ATT:   18,132

Box Score

PHOENIX (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 39 5-22 2-2 2-6 2 0 16 S Marion 41 11-17 2-3 2-8 2 4 28 A Stoudemire 34 15-19 4-5 4-8 2 2 34 S Nash 37 6-11 7-7 0-3 16 3 20 J Johnson 41 5-10 1-2 2-4 5 1 11 C Jacobsen 17 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 S Hunter 23 4-5 0-1 1-1 1 6 8 B Outlaw 6 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 J Vroman 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Voskuhl 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Barbosa DNP - CHICKEN POX M Lampe DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-89 16-21 11-32 28 17 122 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.539, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 10-33, .303 (Q Richardson 4-17, S Marion 4-7, S Nash 1-2, J Johnson 0-4, C Jacobsen 1-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:7 (S Hunter 2, A Stoudemire 2, B Outlaw, Q Richardson, J Johnson). Turnovers:9 (S Nash 3, J Johnson 2, C Jacobsen 2, S Marion, S Hunter). Steals: 5 (S Nash 2, S Marion 2, A Stoudemire). MINNESOTA (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 35 7-10 3-3 1-3 6 5 20 K Garnett 42 19-28 9-11 3-17 4 2 47 M Olowokandi 11 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 L Sprewell 33 3-9 0-0 0-3 4 1 6 S Cassell 33 11-15 2-2 0-2 9 3 24 M Madsen 22 2-3 1-2 4-7 0 2 5 T Hassell 25 1-4 0-0 1-5 5 3 2 E Griffin 15 3-11 0-0 2-3 1 0 8 F Hoiberg 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Hudson 15 1-3 0-0 1-1 2 1 3 A Carter 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-86 15-18 12-41 32 21 115 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.547, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (W Szczerbiak 3-6, K Garnett 0-1, E Griffin 2-5, T Hudson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (S Cassell 2). Turnovers:16 (K Garnett 3, W Szczerbiak 3, L Sprewell 2, E Griffin 2, S Cassell 2, F Hoiberg, T Hudson, T Hassell, M Olowokandi). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, F Hoiberg, M Olowokandi, W Szczerbiak). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 38 27 30 27 - 122 MINNESOTA 33 25 22 35 - 115 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 2 (A Stoudemire (ejected), 5:09 4th; A Stoudemire, 5:46 4th). Minnesota - 3 (COACH Saunders, 2:49 2nd; L Sprewell, 5:09 4th; K Garnett, 7:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (S Cassell, 5:13 3rd). A: 18,132. T: 2:05. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Leroy Richardson, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (122) AT MINNESOTA (115) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 39 5-22 2-2 2 4 6 2 0 0 0 16 S MARION F 41 11-17 2-3 2 6 8 2 4 2 1 28 A STOUDEMIRE C 34 15-19 4-5 4 4 8 2 2 1 0 34 S NASH G 37 6-11 7-7 0 3 3 16 3 2 3 20 J JOHNSON G 41 5-10 1-2 2 2 4 5 1 0 2 11 C JACOBSEN 17 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 5 S HUNTER 23 4-5 0-1 1 0 1 1 6 0 1 8 B OUTLAW 6 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 J VROMAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J VOSKUHL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L BARBOSA DNP - CHICKEN POX M LAMPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 48-89 16-21 11 21 32 28 17 5 9 122 (.539) (.762) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 35 7-10 3-3 1 2 3 6 5 1 3 20 K GARNETT F 42 19-28 9-11 3 14 17 4 2 2 3 47 M OLOWOKANDI C 11 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 L SPREWELL G 33 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 0 2 6 S CASSELL G 33 11-15 2-2 0 2 2 9 3 0 2 24 M MADSEN 22 2-3 1-2 4 3 7 0 2 0 0 5 T HASSELL 25 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 5 3 0 1 2 E GRIFFIN 15 3-11 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 0 2 8 F HOIBERG 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 T HUDSON 15 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 3 A CARTER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 47-86 15-18 12 29 41 32 21 5 16 115 (.547) (.833) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) PHOENIX 38 27 30 27 - 122 MINNESOTA 33 25 22 35 - 115 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S HUNTER 2, A STOUDEMIRE 2, B OUTLAW, Q RICHARDSON, J JOHNSON. MINNESOTA - S CASSELL 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 10-33 (.303), Q RICHARDSON 4-17, S MARION 4- 7, S NASH 1-2, J JOHNSON 0-4, C JACOBSEN 1-3. MINNESOTA 6-13 (.462), W SZCZERBIAK 3-6, K GARNETT 0-1, E GRIFFIN 2-5, T HUDSON 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE (EJECTED) 2. MINNESOTA - COACH SAUNDERS, L SPREWELL, K GARNETT. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (S CASSELL, 5:13 3RD). OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, LEROY RICHARDSON, STEVE JAVIE. A - 18,132. T - 2:05.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns' remarkable start to the season now includes overcoming the most dominant night of Kevin Garnett's career. Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points and Steve Nash had 20 and 16 assists as the Suns continued their roll with a 122-115 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota's third straight loss offset a record-setting performance by Garnett, who scored a team-record 47 points and had 17 rebounds in the loss. Garnett's previous career high was 40 and the Timberwolves' record was 44, set by Tony Campbell and matched by Wally Szczerbiak. "I am not a person who gets (excited) about individual stats," Garnett said. "I was just trying to be aggressive. I focus on us and what we have to do to get out of this hole. Phoenix is supposed to be the best team in the league right now, and everyone was charged for that. We have to keep our heads up, keep fighting and keep working." Minnesota guard Troy Hudson felt that Garnett played with a chip on his shoulder. "(Garnett) is the MVP," Hudson said. "He has a lot of pride. Guys were talking mess to him. He is the type of person that you don't start jawing at. He came out tonight, played aggressive, grabbed rebounds for us and just carried us on his back." Even with Garnett's huge effort, Minnesota (16-13) was out of the game most of the night. Phoenix led by 21 points in the third quarter and only a late run by the Timberwolves made the score respectable. "In this league they say everyone one makes runs," Nash said. "They made a run, but it was a little too late. We had already done our work." "I told the guys we had great energy for the last six minutes," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We need to have that for 48. ... There's a reason they are 27-4. They spread the floor. Nash has the ball in his hands almost all of the time, and he makes great plays." The win was the third straight for the Suns (27-4), who own the best record in the sport. "It is a quality win for us to beat one of the NBA's most experienced teams and we learned some lessons," Nash said. "I thought we played with even more intensity than we have recently." Stoudemire, who has a 50-point game this season, was ejected following a skirmish with Latrell Sprewell with 5:09 left in the contest. Phoenix is 11-1 this season when its young star scores 30 in a game. "We came out ready to play," Stoudemire said. "Steve had an incredible game. This was a fun game. They're one of the elite teams in the league, and have been for a while. It's the most entertaining game we've played this year." "Amare is turning into a monster around the basket," Saunders added. "He is very difficult to defend." Phoenix avenged one of its four losses this season as the Timberwolves posted a 97-93 road triumph on December 3. In one of the two home losses the Suns have endured this season, Minnesota held a 59-47 edge on the boards. "The guys responded," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We did all the dirty work. We kept them off the offensive rebounds - or at least negated that big hole we had the first game - and put up a lot of points on the board."


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