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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHICAGO          28   21   20   18    87   
      MINNESOTA        21   20   22   20    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHI - BEN GORDON 21, EDDY CURRY 17, KIRK 
                      HINRICH 15
                MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 26, KEVIN GARNETT 23, 
                      TROY HUDSON 9

HIGH REBOUND:   CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 11, BEN GORDON 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 8, 
                      ERVIN JOHNSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHI - KIRK HINRICH 5, CHRIS DUHON 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIN - TROY HUDSON 7, KEVIN GARNETT 5, LATRELL 
                      SPREWELL 4

         ATT:   19,420

Box Score

CHICAGO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Deng 28 4-11 0-0 2-4 3 1 8 O Harrington 31 3-10 6-6 5-6 1 2 12 E Curry 33 7-9 3-4 2-6 0 1 17 K Hinrich 37 6-15 2-3 0-5 5 3 15 C Duhon 28 4-8 1-1 0-1 5 1 10 T Chandler 31 0-4 0-0 4-11 1 3 0 B Gordon 27 7-18 5-6 1-8 3 2 21 A Nocioni 15 2-5 0-0 1-4 2 1 4 J Reiner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Piatkowski 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Griffin 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 17-20 16-47 20 14 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (L Deng 0-2, K Hinrich 1-2, C Duhon 1-3, B Gordon 2-6, E Piatkowski 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (T Chandler 2, O Harrington). Turnovers:11 (O Harrington 2, E Curry 2, L Deng 2, C Duhon 2, T Chandler, K Hinrich, A Nocioni). Steals: 4 (O Harrington, K Hinrich, B Gordon, L Deng). MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 44 11-25 2-2 2-3 4 1 26 K Garnett 34 11-22 1-1 2-14 5 1 23 E Johnson 21 3-3 0-0 4-6 0 2 6 T Hassell 29 3-10 0-0 2-5 2 2 6 T Hudson 34 3-10 2-2 1-1 7 2 9 E Griffin 15 0-8 0-2 3-5 1 1 0 F Hoiberg 15 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 3 M Olowokandi 26 2-6 0-0 3-8 0 6 4 A Carter 22 2-4 2-2 0-2 2 5 6 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION W Szczerbiak DNP - FLU _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 7-9 18-46 21 20 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (L Sprewell 2-3, T Hassell 0-1, T Hudson 1-2, E Griffin 0-2, F Hoiberg 1-1, A Carter 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:5 (E Griffin 2, L Sprewell, K Garnett, A Carter). Turnovers:9 (M Olowokandi 2, A Carter 2, E Johnson, F Hoiberg, T Hassell, K Garnett, T Hudson). Steals: 4 (K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, A Carter). ------------------------------------------- CHICAGO 28 21 20 18 - 87 MINNESOTA 21 20 22 20 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,420. T: 2:06. Officials: Derek Collins, Dick Bavetta, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

CHICAGO (87) AT MINNESOTA (83) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L DENG F 28 4-11 0-0 2 2 4 3 1 1 2 8 O HARRINGTON F 31 3-10 6-6 5 1 6 1 2 1 2 12 E CURRY C 33 7-9 3-4 2 4 6 0 1 0 2 17 K HINRICH G 37 6-15 2-3 0 5 5 5 3 1 1 15 C DUHON G 28 4-8 1-1 0 1 1 5 1 0 2 10 T CHANDLER 31 0-4 0-0 4 7 11 1 3 0 1 0 B GORDON 27 7-18 5-6 1 7 8 3 2 1 0 21 A NOCIONI 15 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 1 4 J REINER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E PIATKOWSKI 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A GRIFFIN 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-82 17-20 16 31 47 20 14 4 11 87 (.402) (.850) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 44 11-25 2-2 2 1 3 4 1 1 0 26 K GARNETT F 34 11-22 1-1 2 12 14 5 1 2 1 23 E JOHNSON C 21 3-3 0-0 4 2 6 0 2 0 1 6 T HASSELL G 29 3-10 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 6 T HUDSON G 34 3-10 2-2 1 0 1 7 2 0 1 9 E GRIFFIN 15 0-8 0-2 3 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 F HOIBERG 15 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 M OLOWOKANDI 26 2-6 0-0 3 5 8 0 6 0 2 4 A CARTER 22 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 2 5 1 2 6 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION W SZCZERBIAK DNP - FLU TOTALS 240 36-90 7-9 18 28 46 21 20 4 9 83 (.400) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9 (11 PTS) CHICAGO 28 21 20 18 - 87 MINNESOTA 21 20 22 20 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - T CHANDLER 2, O HARRINGTON. MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 2, L SPREWELL, K GARNETT, A CARTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-14 (.286), L DENG 0-2, K HINRICH 1-2, C DUHON 1-3, B GORDON 2-6, E PIATKOWSKI 0-1. MINNESOTA 4-10 (.400), L SPREWELL 2-3, T HASSELL 0-1, T HUDSON 1-2, E GRIFFIN 0-2, F HOIBERG 1- 1, A CARTER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, DICK BAVETTA, KEN MAUER. A - 19,420. T - 2:06.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It will take more than one game for Kevin McHale to straighten out the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves missed their final nine shots, including three by Kevin Garnett in the last minute, as the Chicago Bulls spoiled McHale's coaching debut with an 87-83 victory. The Bulls won at the Target Center for the first time since 1997 as they withstood the anticipated emotional boost the Timberwolves would have. "This is just a big road win for us," said Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who scored 15 points. "We always kind of worry about that (a coaching change) when you have a new guy running things, a new voice. Guys usually step up their effort, and they played hard, that's for sure. We were just fortunate enough to win by coming up with some big plays." McHale, the team's vice president of basketball operations, took over the coaching duties Saturday after firing long-time ally Flip Saunders. But the Timberwolves lost for the eighth time in nine games and dropped further under .500 (25-27). "Once the game started, I felt very comfortable," McHale said. "I slept two hours last night wondering about what I would do out there. It's the same game that I have played my whole life." The McHale era started well as the Timberwolves opened a 15-9 lead. But the Bulls closed the first period with an 11-0 spurt to grab a 28-21 lead. The Timberwolves rallied from a 60-47 deficit early in the third quarter behind Latrell Sprewell, who scored 12 of his 26 points in the final period. But Minnesota was held without a basket after grabbing an 81-80 lead on Anthony Carter's driving layup with 3:02 left. Rookie Ben Gordon, who scored 21 points, followed in his own miss over Garnett to put the Bulls ahead to stay, 82-81, with 2:10 remaining. "KG came out, so I wasn't really concentrating on making the shot," Gordon said. "I just tried to get (the first shot) up over him. I just followed the line of the ball and was able to put (it) back." Garnett had 23 points and 14 rebounds but did not score in the fourth quarter. After Gordon's shot put the Bulls ahead, Garnett missed a dunk after rebounding his own miss with 36 seconds left. "I misjudged it," Garnett said. "A lot of times, time sort of slows down for me. The last couple of weeks I haven't had that feeling. I knew once I let the rim go. I could see it before it even happened. It just popped out." Hinrich grabbed the miss, raced the length of the court and drew a foul, hitting 1-of-2 from the line with 33 seconds left. Garnett missed a turnaround jumper on the Timberwolves' next possession with 22 seconds to go. Troy Hudson made two free throws to pull the Timberwolves within 85-83 with 13 seconds remaining, but Othella Harrington converted two foul shots moments to clinch the win. "We came out and fought hard and did some good things offensively and defensively, but we came up short again," McHale said. "We have a long way to go. We have to keep working hard to get better. There's lots of stuff we have to work on." "Everyone needs to check themselves and look at themselves in the mirror, and try to figure out what they can do to help turn this thing around," Garnett added. "Superman is not walking through that door." Minnesota attempted ust nine free throws, two in the fourth quarter. "It was just kind of an odd game," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "It seemed like we'd have a burst of energy, then it looked like we were out of gas, then they'd get back into it. But it seemed like we wanted it more at the end. That's a good win. I'm proud of the way our guys played there at the end." Chicago completed its first sweep of Minnesota in eight seasons. The Bulls snapped a 10-game losing against the Timberwolves with a 99-88 win in Chicago on December 11. "That's a quality club, whatever their record is," Skiles added "We're fortunate enough to go 2-0 against them this year. We've got to take that, be happy about it and get out of here before they take it away from us."


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