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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MINNESOTA        23   26   20   29    98   
      PHOENIX          30   16   28   33    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18, KEVIN GARNETT 15, 
                      TRENTON HASSELL 15
                PHO - STEVE NASH 28, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 22, 
                      QUENTIN RICHARDSON 18

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 15, EDDIE GRIFFIN 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 16, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 9, 
                      QUENTIN RICHARDSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3
                PHO - STEVE NASH 11, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 5, 
                      QUENTIN RICHARDSON 3

         ATT:   18,422

Box Score

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 21 2-8 1-2 2-7 1 1 5 K Garnett 34 7-13 1-2 5-15 3 5 15 M Olowokandi 19 4-10 1-2 2-6 1 2 9 T Hudson 18 3-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 8 T Hassell 42 4-10 7-9 2-5 3 4 15 S Cassell 30 5-13 2-4 1-5 3 4 12 W Szczerbiak 32 8-18 2-3 2-7 3 4 18 E Griffin 27 4-9 3-7 4-15 1 2 12 F Hoiberg 17 1-3 1-1 0-3 2 3 4 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-88 18-30 18-63 19 26 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (T Hudson 2-3, T Hassell 0-1, S Cassell 0-4, W Szczerbiak 0-5, E Griffin 1-4, F Hoiberg 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (S Cassell, K Garnett, E Griffin). Turnovers:15 (K Garnett 6, M Olowokandi 3, W Szczerbiak 2, L Sprewell, T Hudson, T Hassell, E Griffin). Steals: 5 (K Garnett 2, S Cassell, W Szczerbiak, F Hoiberg). PHOENIX (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 35 6-13 1-2 1-7 3 3 18 S Marion 41 5-22 3-5 5-16 2 3 14 A Stoudemire 39 8-17 6-13 4-9 5 4 22 S Nash 36 10-15 4-4 0-2 11 2 28 J Johnson 36 6-15 0-0 2-4 1 4 15 J Jackson 26 1-7 0-0 0-6 0 2 3 L Barbosa 12 1-3 1-1 0-1 1 1 3 S Hunter 15 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 B Outlaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION W Mccarty DNP - PERSONAL REASONS J Voskuhl DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-94 15-25 13-48 23 20 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 14-30, .467 (Q Richardson 5-11, S Marion 1-3, S Nash 4-5, J Johnson 3-7, J Jackson 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (S Marion 2, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:7 (S Nash 3, J Jackson, S Marion, A Stoudemire, L Barbosa). Steals: 6 (S Marion 3, Q Richardson, J Johnson, A Stoudemire). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 23 26 20 29 - 98 PHOENIX 30 16 28 33 - 107 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (Defensive Three, 7:44 1st). Phoenix - 1 (Defensive Three, 8:15 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,422. T: 2:13. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Pat Fraher, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (98) AT PHOENIX (107) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 21 2-8 1-2 2 5 7 1 1 0 1 5 K GARNETT F 34 7-13 1-2 5 10 15 3 5 2 6 15 M OLOWOKANDI C 19 4-10 1-2 2 4 6 1 2 0 3 9 T HUDSON G 18 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 8 T HASSELL G 42 4-10 7-9 2 3 5 3 4 0 1 15 S CASSELL 30 5-13 2-4 1 4 5 3 4 1 0 12 W SZCZERBIAK 32 8-18 2-3 2 5 7 3 4 1 2 18 E GRIFFIN 27 4-9 3-7 4 11 15 1 2 0 1 12 F HOIBERG 17 1-3 1-1 0 3 3 2 3 1 0 4 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION J THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-88 18-30 18 45 63 19 26 5 15 98 (.432) (.600) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 35 6-13 1-2 1 6 7 3 3 1 0 18 S MARION F 41 5-22 3-5 5 11 16 2 3 3 1 14 A STOUDEMIRE C 39 8-17 6-13 4 5 9 5 4 1 1 22 S NASH G 36 10-15 4-4 0 2 2 11 2 0 3 28 J JOHNSON G 36 6-15 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 1 0 15 J JACKSON 26 1-7 0-0 0 6 6 0 2 0 1 3 L BARBOSA 12 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 3 S HUNTER 15 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 4 B OUTLAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION W MCCARTY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS J VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-94 15-25 13 35 48 23 20 6 7 107 (.415) (.600) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 7 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 23 26 20 29 - 98 PHOENIX 30 16 28 33 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - S CASSELL, K GARNETT, E GRIFFIN. PHOENIX - S MARION 2, A STOUDEMIRE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-20 (.200), T HUDSON 2-3, T HASSELL 0- 1, S CASSELL 0-4, W SZCZERBIAK 0-5, E GRIFFIN 1-4, F HOIBERG 1-3. PHOENIX 14- 30 (.467), Q RICHARDSON 5-11, S MARION 1-3, S NASH 4-5, J JOHNSON 3- 7, J JACKSON 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, PAT FRAHER, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,422. T - 2:13.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- All season, Steve Nash has been the trigger for the high-powered offense of the Phoenix Suns. On Friday, he was the ammunition. Nash scored 10 of his 28 points in the final nine minutes as the Suns used a late surge for a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, whose playoff hopes took a hit. The runaway league leader in assists at 11.5 per game, Nash has turned fellow starters Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson into potent scorers. But the point guard does average 16.1 points and can score when he has to. "Steve is a playmaker," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "There is always a fine line when you have to be aggressive or a playmaker. He is probably the best at straddling that line and always being a threat and trying to find somebody." With the Timberwolves holding an 84-81 lead with eight minutes to go, Nash became more aggressive on offense. He made a pair of jumpers and a foul shot to help the Suns reclaim an 88-85 edge with 6:29 left. After Eddie Griffin's 3-pointer gave Minnesota a 92-91 lead, Nash drilled a 3-pointer with 4:26 to play that gave Phoenix the lead for good. "Sometimes I get too pass-oriented," Nash said. "We went on a long stretch where we could not make a shot, but we cannot put our heads down and lose confidence. So I felt like I really wanted to lead by example and keep being aggressive. Hopefully that pushed us over the hump." A 3-pointer by Richardson extended the lead to 98-94. Griffin made a free throw, but Johnson beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer for a 101-95 advantage with 1:51 to go. Phoenix was 14-of-30 from the arc. Nash reverted to passer, finding Marion with his 11th assist for an alley-oop dunk. Marion's ensuing free throw sealed it at 104-95 with 1:30 left. "He shot the ball well and got assists," Minnesota coach Kevin McHale said. "He had the ball in his hands a lot and he played very well." Stoudemire scored 22 points, Richardson added 18, Johnson 15 and Marion 14 with 16 rebounds for the Suns (55-17), who maintained the best record in the NBA with their fourth straight win. Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points off the bench and Kevin Garnett added 15 and 15 boards for the Timberwolves (38-35), who had a five-game winning streak snapped. They fell four games in the loss column behind both Memphis and Denver, which hold the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference. "We thought this was a game we could win. It was just that down the stretch they made the plays," said Wolves guard Trent Hassell, who also scored 15 points. "Yes, we are down and it does hurt, but we have to get ready for (Sacramento) because we can't lose another one on this road trip. We can't afford to lose another one." The Suns opened a 41-29 lead midway through the second quarter before the Wolves went on an 18-0 run. Phoenix missed 10 straight shots during that stretch. "In the second quarter we just missed a lot of easy shots," said Stoudemire, who returned after missing the last two games with an inflamed left ankle. "In the fourth quarter, we were pretty much on and defended well. We just got into it mentally tonight when we had to step it up."


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