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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 13 27 12 25 77 CLEVELAND 14 21 21 16 72 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (77) AT CLEVELAND (72)

NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GILL F 35 3-12 5-6 2 5 7 5 2 1 2 11 CAGE F 28 1-2 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 1 1 2 J WILLIAMS C 38 2-12 0-2 8 8 16 2 3 1 2 4 DOUGLAS G 38 10-19 2-4 2 1 3 5 2 1 1 25 KITTLES G 44 8-23 7-8 3 4 7 4 3 1 1 23 BENOIT 10 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 3 MCDANIEL 20 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 HALEY 10 1-1 4-6 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 6 CASSELL 17 0-7 3-4 1 0 1 4 5 1 1 3 EDWARDS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN GATLING DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE DARE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-81 21-30 20 27 47 22 26 7 10 77 (.321) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

PERSON F 42 6-12 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 2 14 KEMP F 30 5-11 4-8 2 9 11 0 5 1 3 14 ILGAUSKAS C 32 4-9 5-6 3 7 10 1 3 0 2 13 KNIGHT G 34 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 8 4 2 1 4 ANDERSON G 41 2-8 4-4 1 4 5 4 5 1 3 8 POTAPENKO 19 3-5 4-4 1 6 7 1 3 0 4 10 FERRY 15 1-3 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 SURA 14 1-4 2-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 5 HENDERSON 6 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 BUTLER 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-61 21-29 9 33 42 18 25 5 19 72 (.410) (.724) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 13 27 12 25 - 77 CLEVELAND 14 21 21 16 - 72

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - NONE. CLEVELAND - KEMP 3, ILGAUSKAS 3, KNIGHT, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-11 (.364), GILL 0-2, DOUGLAS 3-3, KITTLES 0-3, BENOIT 1-3. CLEVELAND 1-9 (.111), PERSON 0-5, ANDERSON 0-2, SURA 1-1, HENDERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, ED F RUSH, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 12,860. T - 2:17.


NEW JERSEY (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 3-12 5-6 2-7 5 2 11 Cage 28 1-2 0-0 2-6 1 3 2 J Williams 38 2-12 0-2 8-16 2 3 4 Douglas 38 10-19 2-4 2-3 5 2 25 Kittles 44 8-23 7-8 3-7 4 3 23 Benoit 10 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 3 Mcdaniel 20 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 4 0 Haley 10 1-1 4-6 1-2 0 3 6 Cassell 17 0-7 3-4 1-1 4 5 3 Edwards DNP - strained right groin Gatling DNP - sprained right ankle Dare DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-81 21-30 20-47 22 26 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.321, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Gill 0-2, Douglas 3-3, Kittles 0-3, Benoit 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 11 (Benoit 2, Gill 2, J Williams 2, Cage, Cassell, Douglas, Kittles). Steals: 7 (Cage, Cassell, Douglas, Gill, J Williams, Kittles, Mcdaniel).

CLEVELAND (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Person 42 6-12 2-2 1-4 0 1 14 Kemp 30 5-11 4-8 2-11 0 5 14 Ilgauskas 32 4-9 5-6 3-10 1 3 13 Knight 34 2-5 0-0 0-2 8 4 4 Anderson 41 2-8 4-4 1-5 4 5 8 Potapenko 19 3-5 4-4 1-7 1 3 10 Ferry 15 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 0 2 Sura 14 1-4 2-4 0-1 1 1 5 Henderson 6 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 1 0 Butler 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 James DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-61 21-29 9-42 18 25 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Person 0-5, Anderson 0-2, Sura 1-1, Henderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Kemp 3, Ilgauskas 3, Knight, Potapenko). Turnovers: 19 (Potapenko 4, Anderson 3, Kemp 3, Sura 3, Ilgauskas 2, Person 2, Henderson, Knight). Steals: 5 (Knight 2, Anderson, Kemp, Person). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 13 27 12 25 - 77 Cleveland 14 21 21 16 - 72 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 1:13 2nd, 7:10 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,860. T: 2:17. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Ed F Rush, Scott Foster.


GAME RECAP

Sherman Douglas scored a season-high 25 points and Kerry Kittles had 12 of his 23 in the fourth quarter as the shorthanded New Jersey Nets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time in seven games, 77-72.

Douglas, signed hours before the season opener, shattered his previous high of 11. He was briefly with the Cavaliers during the off-season but was dealt to Denver and subsequently waived before signing with New Jersey.

Kittles, playing just his second game since returning from a hamstring injury, keyed a pivotal burst, then gave the Nets the lead for good with just under six minutes to play. New Jersey held on and beat Cleveland for the first time since December 9th, 1995.

"What we have to find with this team is the will to win when it's close," Nets coach John Calipari said. "We will be in about 60 games that it will be about five minutes to go and anybody's ballgame. Then we find out who has the courage to make the shot or free throws to win."

Kendall Gill added 11 points for the Nets, who matched the best defensive effort in franchise history. They allowed Milwaukee just 72 points on January 2nd, 1996.

New Jersey received a rare roster exemption from the league on Saturday to add forward Xavier McDaniel. They have the maximum three players on the injured list and a handful of others unable to play. Guard Sam Cassell, originally scheduled to sit out with the flu, played anyway and sank three clutch free throws in the final seconds.

"They gave me enough (intravenous) fluids to get me up and get me moving," Cassell said. "Hopefully, this is the last day. (Calipari) knew my energy level wasn't going to be that high. He told me to go in there and just try to spark them."

"Nobody's gonna feel sorry for you in this league," Douglas said. "You have to go out there and play. Cleveland's looking at us like, 'Hey, they're down. Let's get them down and let's go out there and knock them out.'"

Wesley Person and Shawn Kemp scored 14 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who won at New Jersey on Thursday. Cleveland, which promised a new up-tempo offense this season, has scored 80 points or less in four of its nine games.

"We're out of sync right now," Cavs coach Mike Fratello said. "It's only nine games into the season but we have to correct it before the snowball gets bigger and bigger and it's not correctable."

The Cavs took a 56-52 lead into the fourth quarter, but Kittles scored six points in a 10-5 stretch that gave the Nets a 62-61 lead with 6:50 remaining. His runner with 5:58 to go gave New Jersey the lead for good at 64-62.

A layup by Kemp cut the deficit to 66-64 with 4:10 left, but a three-pointer by Douglas gave the Nets a five-point bulge with 3:44 to play.

In the final minute, the Cavs trailed 73-70 with the ball, but rookie Derek Anderson threw away a pass and Cassell made three free throws in the final 18 seconds to ice it.

"Turnovers are basically what is killing us," Anderson said. "We are playing hard but just spurts at certain times really hurt us. The Nets were hitting some crucial shots when the clock was running down, but we were giving them that second opportunity. I think we are rushing too much."

"We hung in there and got the job done at the end," Douglas said. "The key to the game was creating and getting a lot of open shots for Kittles and Gill and get them some easy baskets."

Jayson Williams grabbed 16 rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 32 percent (26-of-81) from the field. Cassell was 0-of-7 and Williams 2-of-12. New Jersey committed just 10 turnovers and forced 19.

"I did a Willis Reed today," Williams said. "My leg bothers me because there's a deep bruise there. I had no ups, no rise. I couldn't jump at all. I could have taken the night off but I can't do that. We had a meeting where we discussed that when you're hurting, you play. If you're injured, you don't play."

Kemp pulled down 11 rebounds and seven-footer Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which shot 41 percent (25-of-61) but was beaten on the boards, 47-42. The Cavs were 1-of-9 from three-point range.

After a lethargic first quarter, Douglas scored eight points in the second period to give the Nets a 40-35 halftime lead. But New Jersey went cold in the third quarter and Cleveland took advantage.

The Cavs shot 64 percent (7-of-11) while holding the Nets to 21 percent (5-of-24). Cleveland opened its largest lead at 49-42 on a basket by Kemp with 3:42 left and took a four-point lead into the final 12 minutes.

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