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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 17 31 18 31 97 MIAMI 31 22 23 29 105 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (97) AT MIAMI (105)

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

GILL F 37 6-15 4-4 3 4 7 3 5 2 0 17 VAN HORN F 39 7-14 2-4 2 4 6 2 2 1 1 16 J WILLIAMS C 32 3-8 2-2 6 5 11 0 2 0 1 8 KITTLES G 33 5-12 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 12 CASSELL G 37 6-16 6-8 2 1 3 6 5 1 6 19 BENOIT 11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 3 EDWARDS 10 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 GATLING 20 6-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 0 12 DOUGLAS 17 2-5 4-6 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 8 CAGE 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 DARE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCDANIEL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 19-26 15 22 37 18 24 7 10 97 (.440) (.731) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

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

MASHBURN F 41 4-13 5-6 3 6 9 6 1 0 6 13 BROWN F 26 3-6 1-2 2 5 7 1 5 0 0 7 AUSTIN C 38 6-14 5-6 6 7 13 1 5 0 2 17 LENARD G 30 6-8 1-2 2 5 7 2 1 1 1 17 HARDAWAY G 42 10-23 0-0 2 2 4 9 3 2 1 23 STRICKLAND 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 MAJERLE 14 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 4 MURDOCK 21 4-8 8-8 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 16 MILLS 25 3-5 1-1 1 2 3 1 4 2 0 8 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-81 22-27 16 30 46 23 25 6 12 105 (.457) (.815) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 17 31 18 31 - 97 MIAMI 31 22 23 29 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, J WILLIAMS, KITTLES. MIAMI - AUSTIN 3, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-14 (.286), GILL 1-4, VAN HORN 0-3, KITTLES 1-2, CASSELL 1-2, BENOIT 1-2, DOUGLAS 0-1. MIAMI 9-23 (.391), MASHBURN 0-3, LENARD 4-5, HARDAWAY 3-7, MAJERLE 1-3, MURDOCK 0-2, MILLS 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TERRY DURHAM, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 14,387. T - 2:15.


NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 37 6-15 4-4 3-7 3 5 17 Van Horn 39 7-14 2-4 2-6 2 2 16 J Williams 32 3-8 2-2 6-11 0 2 8 Kittles 33 5-12 1-2 1-2 1 2 12 Cassell 37 6-16 6-8 2-3 6 5 19 Benoit 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 3 Edwards 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Gatling 20 6-7 0-0 1-5 2 1 12 Douglas 17 2-5 4-6 0-1 3 4 8 Cage 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dare DNP - coach's decision Mcdaniel DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 19-26 15-37 18 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Gill 1-4, Van Horn 0-3, Kittles 1-2, Cassell 1-2, Benoit 1-2, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Gill 2, J Williams, Kittles). Turnovers: 10 (Cassell 6, Kittles 2, J Williams, Van Horn). Steals: 7 (Gill 2, Benoit, Cage, Cassell, Douglas, Van Horn).

MIAMI (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 41 4-13 5-6 3-9 6 1 13 Brown 26 3-6 1-2 2-7 1 5 7 Austin 38 6-14 5-6 6-13 1 5 17 Lenard 30 6-8 1-2 2-7 2 1 17 Hardaway 42 10-23 0-0 2-4 9 3 23 Strickland 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Majerle 14 1-4 1-2 0-2 1 0 4 Murdock 21 4-8 8-8 0-1 2 5 16 Mills 25 3-5 1-1 1-3 1 4 8 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 22-27 16-46 23 25 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Mashburn 0-3, Lenard 4-5, Hardaway 3-7, Majerle 1-3, Murdock 0-2, Mills 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Austin 3, Brown). Turnovers: 13 (Mashburn 6, Austin 2, Hardaway, Lenard, Majerle, Strickland). Steals: 6 (Hardaway 2, Mills 2, Lenard, Majerle). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 17 31 18 31 - 97 Miami 31 22 23 29 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,387. T: 2:15. Officials: Ron Garretson, Terry Durham, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

Tim Hardaway scored 14 of his 23 points in the first quarter as the Miami Heat raced to a 20-point lead after just nine minutes and never trailed, holding off the New Jersey Nets, 105-97.

Miami, which won for the sixth time in seven games, avenged an earlier loss to New Jersey and leads the third-place Nets by 2 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division.

The Heat, which held an opponent under 100 points for the sixth consecutive game, improved to 10-2 at home. On Tuesday, they play at Atlanta to begin a stretch of 15 of 20 games on the road.

"It was a hotly contested game," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "It was good to win against New Jersey, they are very difficult to defend. They crept back in the game with layups and shots and they made a lot of plays in the second half."

Sam Cassell had 19 points and Kendall Gill added 17 for the Nets, who lost for the third time in four games. Rookie Keith Van Horn, playing in just his second game, scored 16.

"We got off to a bad start and spent too much time trying to get back," Van Horn said. "It worked well and it would have been nice not to have to press. We didn't have the energy to sustain (it). I'm trying to get back in game shape, I haven't played 5-on-5 for six weeks. The adjustment from college hasn't been too difficult for me."

Miami led by just four, 70-66, late in the third quarter but took command with a 9-0 run over a two-minute span. Voshon Lenard started the spurt with a layup and Hardaway followed with a short jump shot. After another jumper by Eric Murdock, Terry Mills capped the outburst with a three-pointer that provided a 79-66 advantage.

"This is a good win for us considering we are about to go on the road," said Lenard. "They made a nice run in the second and third quarter, but we kept the peddle down."

After scoring just 17 points in the first quarter, New Jersey rallied to come within three, 65-62, with 4:42 to play in the second quarter. It was the closest they would come in the game, however, as the Heat took a 53-48 lead at the intermission.

Miami's biggest lead of the game came with 5:28 to play in the fourth quarter, 93-76, on a three-pointer by Dan Majerle. The Heat would not score another field goal again in the game, instead hitting 15-of-17 from the foul line down the stretch. They finished 22-of-27 (81 percent) from the line.

The Heat, who outrebounded New Jersey, 46-37, shot 46 percent (37-of-81) from the field but committed 25 turnovers to allow the Nets to remain close. Isaac Austin, who continues to play well in place of the injured Alonzo Mourning, pulled down 13 rebounds, six of which were offensive.

"Their energy, aggressiveness and mental toughness was higher than ours," said Nets coach John Calipari. "This is a learning curve, we've got talented players but we're not where they are. I'll talk about Miami till they want to choke me. They're who we have to shoot for. It's taken three years for them to get where they are. We're not there yet but we're getting better."

Jayson Williams, who entered the night second in the NBA in rebounding at 13.2 per game, pulled down 11 for New Jersey. The Nets were dominated in second chance points with Miami holding a 22-10 advantage.

"Pat Riley had them ready," said Williams. "They were all over us. We couldn't get over the hump. According to Cal (Calipari), they were tougher than us. We need to regroup and come back again against Washington (on Tuesday night)."

New Jersey was held under 100 points for the fourth time in five games.

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