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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHARLOTTE        27   26   14   30    97   
      MINNESOTA        17   25   31   29    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHA - PRIMOZ BREZEC 20, JASON KAPONO 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 30, LATRELL SPREWELL 21, 
                      WALLY SZCZERBIAK 15

HIGH REBOUND:   CHA - PRIMOZ BREZEC 12, EMEKA OKAFOR 11, 
                      GERALD WALLACE 9
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, MARK MADSEN 6, FRED 
                      HOIBERG 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHA - JASON HART 10, GERALD WALLACE 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIN - ANTHONY CARTER 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 4, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   16,333

Box Score

CHARLOTTE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Wallace 35 4-10 3-7 4-9 4 2 11 E Okafor 37 5-11 3-4 5-11 0 2 13 P Brezec 35 7-8 6-8 4-12 3 2 20 J Hart 37 5-15 4-5 0-1 10 3 14 K Bogans 23 6-14 0-0 1-3 3 2 14 M Ely 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Kapono 18 6-9 1-2 0-4 0 1 15 T Smith 13 0-2 0-0 2-5 1 1 0 M Allen 14 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 4 6 C Alexander 11 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 M Carroll 9 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 B Knight DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 17-26 16-48 22 21 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (G Wallace 0-2, J Hart 0-1, K Bogans 2-4, J Kapono 2-2, C Alexander 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (G Wallace 4, J Kapono). Turnovers:14 (P Brezec 3, K Bogans 3, E Okafor 3, J Kapono 2, J Hart, M Ely, T Smith). Steals: 4 (J Hart, G Wallace, M Allen, E Okafor). MINNESOTA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 37 9-19 2-2 1-4 4 1 21 K Garnett 38 12-25 6-6 4-15 3 3 30 J Thomas 17 1-2 2-2 0-1 2 4 4 T Hassell 24 3-7 2-3 1-1 3 1 8 T Hudson 20 1-7 0-0 1-3 3 2 2 M Madsen 32 1-1 0-2 1-6 0 5 2 W Szczerbiak 26 2-8 11-11 0-4 2 1 15 A Carter 27 3-6 1-1 0-0 9 5 7 F Hoiberg 17 3-4 2-2 0-5 1 2 9 E Johnson 2 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 S Cassell DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M Olowokandi DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 26-29 8-39 27 24 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (L Sprewell 1-3, T Hudson 0-3, W Szczerbiak 0-1, A Carter 0-1, F Hoiberg 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (K Garnett 4, A Carter 2). Turnovers:10 (K Garnett 4, L Sprewell 2, W Szczerbiak 2, T Hudson, A Carter). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 3, A Carter 2, L Sprewell, M Madsen, J Thomas). ------------------------------------------- CHARLOTTE 27 26 14 30 - 97 MINNESOTA 17 25 31 29 - 102 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Charlotte - 3 (G Wallace, 3:29 4th; K Bogans, 7:50 4th; COACH Bickerstaff, 7:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,333. T: 2:15. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ken Mauer, Pat Fraher.


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (97) AT MINNESOTA (102) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G WALLACE F 35 4-10 3-7 4 5 9 4 2 1 0 11 E OKAFOR F 37 5-11 3-4 5 6 11 0 2 1 3 13 P BREZEC C 35 7-8 6-8 4 8 12 3 2 0 3 20 J HART G 37 5-15 4-5 0 1 1 10 3 1 1 14 K BOGANS G 23 6-14 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 3 14 M ELY 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 J KAPONO 18 6-9 1-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 2 15 T SMITH 13 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 0 M ALLEN 14 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 6 C ALEXANDER 11 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 M CARROLL 9 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 B KNIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 38-86 17-26 16 32 48 22 21 4 14 97 (.442) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14 (12 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 37 9-19 2-2 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 21 K GARNETT F 38 12-25 6-6 4 11 15 3 3 3 4 30 J THOMAS C 17 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 0 4 T HASSELL G 24 3-7 2-3 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 8 T HUDSON G 20 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 2 M MADSEN 32 1-1 0-2 1 5 6 0 5 1 0 2 W SZCZERBIAK 26 2-8 11-11 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 15 A CARTER 27 3-6 1-1 0 0 0 9 5 2 1 7 F HOIBERG 17 3-4 2-2 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 9 E JOHNSON 2 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 S CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING M OLOWOKANDI DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 37-81 26-29 8 31 39 27 24 8 10 102 (.457) (.897) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (14 PTS) CHARLOTTE 27 26 14 30 - 97 MINNESOTA 17 25 31 29 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - G WALLACE 4, J KAPONO. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, A CARTER 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 4-10 (.400), G WALLACE 0-2, J HART 0- 1, K BOGANS 2-4, J KAPONO 2-2, C ALEXANDER 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-9 (.222), L SPREWELL 1-3, T HUDSON 0-3, W SZCZERBIAK 0-1, A CARTER 0-1, F HOIBERG 1- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHARLOTTE - G WALLACE, K BOGANS, COACH BICKERSTAFF. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, KEN MAUER, PAT FRAHER. A - 16,333. T - 2:15.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Another strong effort from Kevin Garnett assured the Minnesota Timberwolves of just their third three-game winning streak this season. Garnett scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for his league-leading 52nd double-double, leading the Timberwolves to a 102-97 triumph over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. The win avenged Minnesota's 102-84 loss at Charlotte on January 5. "(The Bobcats) came out really aggressive, just like the last time we played," Timberwolves forward Mark Madsen said. "We thought we could go down there and beat them, but they cleaned our clock." Winners of their previous two games, the Timberwolves were seeking their first three-game run since winning five straight from January 21-28. They also won five in a row from November 26-December 4. Things did not start off well for Minnesota. Charlotte put together a 16-0 run capped by seven straight points from Jason Kapono to grab a 25-11 advantage. "The first quarter was tough for us," said Garnett, who also blocked four shots. "We couldn't buy a basket. We had to run up the street to the hardware store to buy a couple of baskets, but they didn't deliver them until the third quarter." "We started really strong in the first half," said Bobcats center Primoz Brezec, who scored 11 points over the first two quarters. "We had a lot of energy and played good defense." The Bobcats took a 53-42 edge into the break, leading to an animated intermission by Timberwolves interim coach Kevin McHale. "Kevin really gave us a tongue-lashing at the half," Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "He was intense. If you keep making the same mistake over and over, he's going to let you know about it." "Kev challenges us on a nightly basis," Garnett said. "That's pretty much what he does. He usually doesn't say too much to people if he doesn't think they'll respond to it, but tonight he let it be known that we need to accept these challenges." The halftime speech worked as the Timberwolves came out with a vengeance in the third period, outscoring the Bobcats, 31-14. "In the third quarter, we came out with great energy," McHale said. "We played hard in the third quarter. That's how we need to start games - with that type of energy and aggression." Garnett, who scored just eight points in the first half, contributed 16 as Minnesota closed the period with a 23-8 burst and a 73-67 cushion. The 30-point performance was the All-Star's sixth of the season and second since a 47-point effort against Phoenix on January 4. "We did a pretty good job (on Garnett) in the first quarter," Brezec said. "We contained all his shots, and he just got hot in the second half. He's the MVP of the league, so he's going to get his points and his rebounds." "He made some great shots, but then that's why he's Garnett," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff added. "That's why he's an All-Star and that's why he is probably one of the best players in the league. ... That's a helluva guy to be able to get the ball to." Latrell Sprewell scored 21 points and Szczerbiak added 15 for the Timberwolves (31-30), who improved to 6-4 under McHale and climbed above .500 for the first time since February 3. Minnesota shot 90 percent (26-of-29) from the foul line, including an 11-of-11 performance by Szczerbiak. "(We) did a good job of getting to the free-throw line," he said. "We were being aggressive and taking the ball to the basket, and made our free throws." "Wally got to the line 11 times," McHale said. "That's what we need in these types of games - kind of muck it up and get to the line." Brezec had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Kapono scored 15 points and Jason Hart added 14 and 10 assists for Charlotte, which has lost four straight and 14 of 16.


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