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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 20 25 18 32 95 NEW JERSEY 29 40 34 30 133 FINAL


DENVER (95) AT NEW JERSEY (133)

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

BATTIE F 25 4-11 1-2 1 1 2 2 6 1 2 9 L ELLIS F 17 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 0 D GARRETT C 29 2-7 0-0 5 8 13 1 2 0 2 4 JACKSON G 33 7-13 4-4 1 3 4 4 5 4 4 18 WASHINGTON G 33 3-8 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 0 2 8 NEWMAN 31 7-12 7-9 2 0 2 1 4 3 6 21 FORTSON 32 5-9 5-6 4 2 6 1 4 0 2 15 GOLDWIRE 26 6-9 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 14 LAUDERDALE 8 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 2 K GARRIS 4 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 WOLF 2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 19-23 15 22 37 13 26 8 24 95 (.474) (.826) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 26(40 PTS)

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

GILL F 28 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 4 0 10 VAN HORN F 32 8-11 11-15 2 2 4 1 5 4 3 30 J WILLIAMS C 34 8-15 2-2 13 9 22 2 2 1 2 18 DOUGLAS G 28 9-14 1-3 3 1 4 8 2 1 1 19 KITTLES G 27 5-13 2-4 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 13 CASSELL 20 5-13 4-5 3 1 4 9 4 2 7 15 BENOIT 23 5-9 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 12 CAGE 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 EDWARDS 21 4-7 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 3 0 10 DARE 14 1-5 0-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 2 MCDANIEL 10 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 4 1 0 0 2 GATLING DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT LEG

TOTALS 240 52-101 22-33 28 28 56 32 21 16 15 133 (.515) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

DENVER 20 25 18 32 - 95 NEW JERSEY 29 40 34 30 - 133

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - BATTIE 3, FORTSON 2, D GARRETT. NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, J WILLIAMS, DARE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-5 (.400), BATTIE 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, GOLDWIRE 2-3. NEW JERSEY 7-20 (.350), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 3-4, DOUGLAS 0-1, KITTLES 1-5, CASSELL 1-2, BENOIT 2-5, EDWARDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: DENVER - BATTIE, ASSISTANT COACH HANZLIK 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, NOLAN FINE, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 15,248. T - 1:57.


DENVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 25 4-11 1-2 1-2 2 6 9 L Ellis 17 0-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 D Garrett 29 2-7 0-0 5-13 1 2 4 Jackson 33 7-13 4-4 1-4 4 5 18 Washington 33 3-8 2-2 1-1 1 3 8 Newman 31 7-12 7-9 2-2 1 4 21 Fortson 32 5-9 5-6 4-6 1 4 15 Goldwire 26 6-9 0-0 1-1 0 0 14 Lauderdale 8 1-1 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 K Garris 4 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 Wolf 2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 19-23 15-37 13 26 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Battie 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Goldwire 2-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Fortson 2, D Garrett). Turnovers: 26 (Newman 6, Jackson 4, Goldwire 3, L Ellis 3, Battie 2, D Garrett 2, Fortson 2, Washington 2). Steals: 8 (Jackson 4, Newman 3, Battie).

NEW JERSEY (133) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 28 5-9 0-0 0-4 4 1 10 Van Horn 32 8-11 11-15 2-4 1 5 30 J Williams 34 8-15 2-2 13-22 2 2 18 Douglas 28 9-14 1-3 3-4 8 2 19 Kittles 27 5-13 2-4 0-2 3 1 13 Cassell 20 5-13 4-5 3-4 9 4 15 Benoit 23 5-9 0-0 2-5 0 3 12 Cage 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Edwards 21 4-7 2-2 1-3 1 0 10 Dare 14 1-5 0-2 2-4 0 2 2 Mcdaniel 10 1-4 0-0 2-4 4 1 2 Gatling DNP - stress fracture right leg _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24052-101 22-33 28-56 32 21 133 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 3-4, Douglas 0-1, Kittles 1-5, Cassell 1-2, Benoit 2-5, Edwards 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Gill 2, J Williams, Dare). Turnovers: 15 (Cassell 7, Van Horn 3, J Williams 2, Benoit, Dare, Douglas). Steals: 16 (Gill 4, Van Horn 4, Edwards 3, Cassell 2, Douglas, J Williams, Kittles). ____________________________________________ Denver 20 25 18 32 - 95 New Jersey 29 40 34 30 - 133 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 3 (Battie, 5:19 2nd; Assistant Coach Hanzlik 2 (ejected), 2:57 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Newman, 2:57 3rd). A: 15,248. T: 1:57. Officials: Joe Crawford, Nolan Fine, Tommie Wood.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Keith Van Horn scored a season high for the third straight game, finishing with 30 points in just three quarters as the New Jersey Nets demolished the Denver Nuggets, 133-95, for their biggest victory margin and most points this season.

Van Horn, who played just 32 minutes, shot 8-of-11 from the field. He scored seven of his 13 second-quarter points in a key 15-4 run. The Nets led 35-27 early in the period when Van Horn hit his third three-pointer to spark the spurt with 8:58 left.

"I'm never satisfied with where I'm at," said Van Horn, the second pick in the draft who missed the first 17 games with an ankle injury. "Tonight was the first night the ankle didn't bother me at all. Defensively I played well, certain things I still have to improve."

Sam Cassell, who had 15 points and nine assists off the bench, and David Benoit followed with three-pointers before a fast-break layup by Kendall Gill created a 50-31 cushion.

"We got our intensity back with a win here tonight, but we still have to beat a good team," Cassell said.

A 9-2 spurt built New Jersey's lead to 65-41 with 1:37 left in the second period. Jayson Williams hit a layup before Sherman Douglas scored five of the next seven points for the Nets, who snapped their season-worst three-game losing streak.

Douglas had 19 points and Williams finished with 18 and 22 rebounds for New Jersey, which had eight players score in double figures. The Nets, who turned 26 Denver turnovers into 40 points, owned a 69-45 halftime lead and led by at least 22 points thereafter.

"We're right there, we're on the verge of coming together as a team," Van Horn said. "We played like we were supposed to play. We had a lot of fun, we went in confident."

Johnny Newman scored 21 points and rookie Bobby Jackson added 18 for the Nuggets (2-19), who remained winless on the road at 0-12 and suffered their worst loss of the season. Denver is 0-10 against Eastern Conference foes this season and has not won in New Jersey since February 17th, 1990 -- a span of eight games.

"We have to stick together and step up and play together for us to get any better," Newman said. "We have to be honest with ourselves, we're not playing good basketball right now."

The 69 first-half points and 133 total were season highs for the Nets and the most allowed by Denver. New Jersey, which improved to 7-0 when scoring 100 points or more, shot a season-best 51.5 percent while setting season highs with 52 baskets and 101 shots.

"We shot the ball well, we played unselfishly," Nets coach John Calipari said. "I feel bad for them (Denver), we were there a year ago. They have talented, young players but it takes time."

Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik was ejected in the third quarter for arguing a flagrant foul call.

When asked if he wanted to get tossed from the game, Hanzlik responded, "I did. That was the best thing that happened to me all night. I said, 'Get me out of here, this is ridiculous.'"

The Nuggets trailed 103-63 after three quarters and were down by as many as 47 points when Douglas hit a layup with 7:46 to play, building a 115-68 bulge.

"If I've got one comment about this game, it would be one word -- ugly," Hanzlik concluded.

Denver's only lead of the game was 2-0 on a dunk by rookie Tony Battie. New Jersey scored 15 of the next 19 points to take control. Van Horn, who made a season-high four steals, drained two three-pointers and Williams capped the spurt with a tip-in.

Van Horn had eight points in the opening period and Williams added six and eight boards as the Nets grabbed a 29-20 lead.

Kerry Kittles scored 13 points, Benoit tied a season high with 12 and Gill and Kevin Edwards chipped in 10 apiece.

Dean Garrett pulled down 13 rebounds but the Nuggets were still dominated on the glass, 56-37.

"It's obvious we have to get some help in here," Garrett said.

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