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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        27   21   17   35    100  
      DALLAS           18   17   25   31    91      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, SAM CASSELL 15, TROY 
                      HUDSON 14
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 21, JASON TERRY 18, KEITH 
                      VAN HORN 14

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 9, 
                      EDDIE GRIFFIN 8
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 15, ALAN HENDERSON 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, SAM CASSELL 3, TROY 
                      HUDSON 3
                DAL - JASON TERRY 7, DIRK NOWITZKI 4, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 1

         ATT:   20,434

Box Score

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 20 2-8 1-3 0-2 0 3 5 K Garnett 40 8-23 9-10 3-12 7 2 25 M Madsen 23 0-2 2-4 3-4 0 3 2 T Hudson 23 6-9 1-1 2-5 3 2 14 T Hassell 28 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 8 M Olowokandi 18 3-9 2-2 4-9 0 2 8 W Szczerbiak 28 4-9 0-0 1-6 1 1 9 S Cassell 24 5-13 4-4 0-1 3 5 15 F Hoiberg 21 3-3 4-4 1-4 0 2 11 E Griffin 15 1-4 1-2 2-8 1 6 3 J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 24-30 17-54 16 28 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (T Hudson 1-2, W Szczerbiak 1-1, S Cassell 1-3, F Hoiberg 1-1, E Griffin 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (S Cassell 2, K Garnett 2, L Sprewell, M Olowokandi). Turnovers:16 (K Garnett 4, T Hudson 2, T Hassell 2, E Griffin 2, W Szczerbiak 2, L Sprewell, M Madsen, S Cassell, F Hoiberg). Steals: 4 (K Garnett 2, F Hoiberg, T Hassell). DALLAS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Howard 38 4-10 2-4 0-4 0 2 10 D Nowitzki 46 6-19 9-10 4-15 4 5 21 A Henderson 27 4-5 0-0 4-6 0 5 8 M Finley 33 3-7 1-2 0-4 1 1 8 J Terry 37 7-18 3-3 1-1 7 5 18 S Bradley 3 0-1 0-2 1-1 0 1 0 K Van Horn 27 4-10 5-6 1-5 0 4 14 M Daniels 25 3-9 5-6 1-5 0 2 11 D Harris 4 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 D Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Podkolzin DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Mbenga DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 26-35 12-41 12 26 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (J Howard 0-2, D Nowitzki 0-1, M Finley 1-3, J Terry 1-4, K Van Horn 1-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:11 (J Howard 6, D Nowitzki 2, A Henderson, K Van Horn, D Harris). Turnovers:13 (J Terry 5, M Daniels 3, J Howard 2, D Nowitzki 2, M Finley). Steals: 8 (A Henderson 2, K Van Horn 2, J Howard, M Daniels, D Nowitzki, M Finley). -------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 27 21 17 35 - 100 DALLAS 18 17 25 31 - 91 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (K Garnett, 7:37 4th). Dallas - 1 (D Nowitzki, 7:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,434. T: 2:16. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Derek Richardson, Marc Davis.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (100) AT DALLAS (91) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 20 2-8 1-3 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 5 K GARNETT F 40 8-23 9-10 3 9 12 7 2 2 4 25 M MADSEN 23 0-2 2-4 3 1 4 0 3 0 1 2 T HUDSON G 23 6-9 1-1 2 3 5 3 2 0 2 14 T HASSELL G 28 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 8 M OLOWOKANDI 18 3-9 2-2 4 5 9 0 2 0 0 8 W SZCZERBIAK 28 4-9 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 0 2 9 S CASSELL 24 5-13 4-4 0 1 1 3 5 0 1 15 F HOIBERG 21 3-3 4-4 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 11 E GRIFFIN 15 1-4 1-2 2 6 8 1 6 0 2 3 J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-87 24-30 17 37 54 16 28 4 16 100 (.414) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (20 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J HOWARD F 38 4-10 2-4 0 4 4 0 2 1 2 10 D NOWITZKI F 46 6-19 9-10 4 11 15 4 5 1 2 21 A HENDERSON C 27 4-5 0-0 4 2 6 0 5 2 0 8 M FINLEY G 33 3-7 1-2 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 8 J TERRY G 37 7-18 3-3 1 0 1 7 5 0 5 18 S BRADLEY 3 0-1 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 K VAN HORN 27 4-10 5-6 1 4 5 0 4 2 0 14 M DANIELS 25 3-9 5-6 1 4 5 0 2 1 3 11 D HARRIS 4 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 D ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION P PODKOLZIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION D MBENGA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-80 26-35 12 29 41 12 26 8 13 91 (.388) (.743) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 27 21 17 35 - 100 DALLAS 18 17 25 31 - 91 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - S CASSELL 2, K GARNETT 2, L SPREWELL, M OLOWOKANDI. DALLAS - J HOWARD 6, D NOWITZKI 2, A HENDERSON, K VAN HORN, D HARRIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-8 (.500), T HUDSON 1-2, W SZCZERBIAK 1- 1, S CASSELL 1-3, F HOIBERG 1-1, E GRIFFIN 0-1. DALLAS 3-13 (.231), J HOWARD 0-2, D NOWITZKI 0-1, M FINLEY 1-3, J TERRY 1-4, K VAN HORN 1- 3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT. DALLAS - D NOWITZKI. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DEREK RICHARDSON, MARC DAVIS. A - 20,434. T - 2:16.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- After Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki tangled late in a close contest, Garnett was the first to shrug it off, lifting his club down the stretch. Garnett scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 100-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The two All-Star forwards both struggled through the first three quarters and were mired in a tight battle in the fourth when Nowitzki fouled Garnett under the hoop. On his way toward the foul line, Garnett exchanged quick shoves and a few words with Nowitzki before teammates stepped in. Both players were whistled for technical fouls, but Garnett calmly hit both free throws to kick off a personal 6-0 run, bumping the Timberwolves' lead to 83-73 midway through the period. While his intensity seemingly was raised, Garnett played off the bump with Nowitzki. "We just got tangled up a little bit. When I play a 40-minute game, I don't bookmark little incidents," Garnett said. "I get into incidents without it being called. It's not like it stands out in my mind." Garnett later added a three-point play and, after Nowitzki's jumper cut the deficit to 91-87 with 2:33 left, he found Sam Cassell for a damaging 3-pointer and a seven-point lead. "The fourth quarter was just simplified," Garnett said. "We were just trying to find spots, trying to find where they were trapping from and stuff like that. At the end of the game, we kept the pressure on, we hit shots and we won the game." "(Garnett) only had 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter. He just stepped up and showed how an MVP is supposed to win a game," Mavericks forward Josh Howard said. Cassell's shot quieted a raucous crowd, and Dallas never got closer than five points thereafter. "I can still hit big shots," Cassell said. "We're in a desperate situation right now. I know if I was healthy, we definitely wouldn't be in this predicament right now. I know what I mean to this ballclub. I think when I'm out there, there's a belief that I'm going to make the right decisions down the stretch." Cassell had missed seven straight games and 12 of 15 with a strained right hamstring but came back strong for Minnesota, scoring nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. "I had a lot of discomfort, but I just knew we had to have it," Cassell said. "I just gutted it out. It was a game we had to have, and we got it." The Timberwolves (33-32) moved back above .500, avenged a home loss to the Mavericks on Sunday and moved within one-half game of the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Minnesota never trailed and led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter. Behind Garnett's 12 rebounds and nine from Michael Olowokandi, who had missed nine straight games with a right knee strain, the Timberwolves posted a 54-41 advantage on the boards. "I knew when I got in, I wouldn't be in for long, so whatever time I had I was really trying to assert myself," Olowokandi said. "And I wanted to make it known to those (Dallas players) out there that you will have to battle to do anything in the interior." "He's a 7-footer, that's what he's supposed to do," said Mavericks center Alan Henderson, who had eight points and six rebounds. "He's supposed to get rebounds. He got some key offensive rebounds and had a few of them in a row. He kind of stopped a run that we were making. He played well for them. I'm sure they are happy to have him back." Nowitzki scored 21 points on just 6-of-19 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have lost four of their last seven home games and are 20-12 at American Airlines Center. They were an NBA-best 36-5 at home last season. "Tonight wasn't a good performance by us," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We need to play better. We shot under 40 percent and missed tons of free throws. We didn't have a lot of energy." The Mavericks shot just 31 percent (11-of-36) in the first half and trailed, 48-35, heading into the locker room. They were 11-of-18 (61 percent) from the line before halftime. The teams split the four-game season series, with the road team taking each contest.


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