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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 34 22 19 16 91 NEW JERSEY 24 35 24 16 99 FINAL


WASHINGTON (91) AT NEW JERSEY (99)

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

HOWARD F 39 6-13 8-12 2 6 8 2 3 5 4 20 WEBBER F 33 8-15 5-6 1 4 5 1 6 2 1 22 DAVIS C 23 3-4 2-4 3 3 6 0 2 1 1 8 CHEANEY G 26 3-9 1-2 2 1 3 1 3 1 3 7 STRICKLAND G 42 7-15 1-4 2 4 6 10 3 0 6 15 T MURRAY 20 0-7 3-4 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 3 WALLACE 14 3-5 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 6 WHITNEY 15 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 2 1 4 EACKLES 15 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 HAM 10 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 5 1 0 2 GRANT 3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 22-34 15 25 40 17 30 13 17 91 (.425) (.647) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

GILL F 24 5-7 2-4 0 2 2 3 4 2 2 12 VAN HORN F 41 10-19 10-10 1 9 10 1 4 2 1 32 J WILLIAMS C 41 7-12 5-7 10 12 22 0 5 1 2 19 KITTLES G 40 1-11 5-8 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 7 CASSELL G 41 4-14 10-11 0 4 4 9 6 2 6 19 BENOIT 16 2-3 1-1 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 6 CAGE 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 EDWARDS 16 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 4 MCDANIEL 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HALEY 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DARE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-77 33-41 13 33 46 16 27 9 18 99 (.403) (.805) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 19(27 PTS)

WASHINGTON 34 22 19 16 - 91 NEW JERSEY 24 35 24 16 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER 3, HOWARD. NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS 2, VAN HORN, CASSELL, GILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-12 (.083), WEBBER 1-4, STRICKLAND 0-1, T MURRAY 0-5, WHITNEY 0-1, EACKLES 0-1. NEW JERSEY 4-14 (.286), VAN HORN 2-7, KITTLES 0-2, CASSELL 1-2, BENOIT 1-1, DOUGLAS 0-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, DAVID JONES, GARY BENSON. A - 17,172. T - 2:16.


WASHINGTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 39 6-13 8-12 2-8 2 3 20 Webber 33 8-15 5-6 1-5 1 6 22 Davis 23 3-4 2-4 3-6 0 2 8 Cheaney 26 3-9 1-2 2-3 1 3 7 Strickland 42 7-15 1-4 2-6 10 3 15 T Murray 20 0-7 3-4 0-1 0 1 3 Wallace 14 3-5 0-0 3-5 0 2 6 Whitney 15 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 Eackles 15 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Ham 10 1-4 0-0 2-2 1 5 2 Grant 3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 22-34 15-40 17 30 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Webber 1-4, Strickland 0-1, T Murray 0-5, Whitney 0-1, Eackles 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Webber 3, Howard). Turnovers: 18 (Strickland 6, Howard 4, Cheaney 3, Davis, T Murray, Webber, Whitney). Steals: 13 (Howard 5, Webber 2, Whitney 2, Cheaney, Davis, Ham, T Murray).

NEW JERSEY (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 24 5-7 2-4 0-2 3 4 12 Van Horn 41 10-19 10-10 1-10 1 4 32 J Williams 41 7-12 5-7 10-22 0 5 19 Kittles 40 1-11 5-8 0-2 1 1 7 Cassell 41 4-14 10-11 0-4 9 6 19 Benoit 16 2-3 1-1 0-2 1 5 6 Cage 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Douglas 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Edwards 16 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 Mcdaniel 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Haley 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dare DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 33-41 13-46 16 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.805. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Van Horn 2-7, Kittles 0-2, Cassell 1-2, Benoit 1-1, Douglas 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (J Williams 2, Van Horn, Cassell, Gill). Turnovers: 19 (Cassell 6, Douglas 2, Edwards 2, Gill 2, J Williams 2, Kittles 2, Benoit, Van Horn). Steals: 9 (Cassell 2, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Benoit, J Williams, Kittles). ____________________________________________ Washington 34 22 19 16 - 91 New Jersey 24 35 24 16 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 2:39 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,172. T: 2:16. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, David Jones, Gary Benson.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Keith Van Horn scored 12 of his season-high 32 points in a second-quarter surge and the New Jersey Nets held on for a 99-91 victory over the Washington Wizards, avenging their worst loss of the season.

Van Horn matched San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan for the highest-scoring game by a rookie this season. Working against All-Stars Juwan Howard and Chris Webber, he shot 10-of-19 from the field and added 10 free throws and 10 rebounds as he surpassed his previous high of 30, set December 13th against Denver. The second pick in the 1997 draft has scored in double figures in each of his 11 games.

"I don't think it was one of those games where I was really in the zone," Van Horn said. "I started off a little slow. I just took the opportunities that were given to me. Sammy (Cassell) was able to penetrate and dish off, as were the rest of our guards. When they're able to get in the paint it makes it easy for me to spot up and ask for the ball."

"He's a very, very good basketball player who's still learning," Nets coach John Calipari said. "His maturity is incredible and he's got the temperament. Like Sammy says, I want him to shoot the ball late in the game."

Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff was impressed -- to a point.

"He's a rookie. He's got potential," Bickerstaff said. "I would surmise that he was in the Hall-of-Fame tonight."

Jayson Williams added 19 points and 22 rebounds for the Nets, who made just two baskets in the fourth quarter but survived for their fifth win in their last six home games. Sam Cassell sank 10-of-11 from the line and finished with 19 points and nine assists before fouling out.

Webber scored 22 points before fouling out and Howard added 20 for the Wizards, who beat the Nets 120-99 on December 9th. Washington went 3-2 on its five-game road swing.

Van Horn scored eight points in the first quarter, but had his troubles with Howard, who scored 11 points to give the Wizards a 34-24 lead. Webber added nine points as Washington shot 63 percent (12-of-19).

"We got a little comfortable with our home situation," Williams said. "They jumped all over us and realized we didn't respect them at all."

The Wizards led by 14 points on three occasions, the last time at 46-32 following a fast-break layup by Rod Strickland with 7:20 to go in the second quarter. But Van Horn returned from a brief rest and led a stunning surge that saw the Nets score 27 points in the final 6:19 of the half and take a 59-56 lead.

"I thought we got a little ouf of sync against the press at the end of the second quarter and they kept playing like they normally do," Bickerstaff said. "When the opportunities were there we didn't make the shots. A lot of credit has to go to New Jersey."

Van Horn had a layup and consecutive three-pointers that cut the deficit to 50-42 with 4:18 remaining. A rare four-point play by David Benoit pulled New Jersey within 52-49 with 2:23 left.

Two free throws by Williams and four more by Cassell gave the Nets a 57-56 lead and Van Horn closed the half with a 14-foot running jumper. During the surge, Van Horn scored 12 points and the Wizards committed four turnovers and five fouls.

"I think I just talked about scrambling and we got to pick it up a little," Calipari said. "I don't believe I was screaming and yelling, and then we made a couple of plays in a row. We made that blitzkrieg."

Washington pulled within one point early in the third quarter but a fast-break dunk and two free throws by Van Horn and a jumper by Kendall Gill rebuilt the lead to 69-61 with 9:30 to play. New Jersey took its largest lead at 81-69 on two free throws by Kerry Kittles with 1:35 remaining before settling for an 83-75 edge entering the final 12 minutes.

The Nets went cold in the fourth quarter and the Wizards closed to 84-83 on a follow dunk by Darvin Ham with 8:10 to go. But New Jersey scored the next seven points, all on free throws, to open an eight-point bulge with 5:50 left.

A drive by Gill was the Nets' first basket of the quarter and gave them a 95-87 lead with 2:24 remaining. A free throw by Howard cut the deficit to 95-91, but Williams' three-point play sealed it at 98-91 with 58 seconds left.

Gill scored 12 points for the Nets, who shot just 40 percent (31-of-77) from the field but made 33-of-41 free throws and held a 46-40 rebounding advantage.

Strickland had 15 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) and made 22-of-34 free throws. Sixth man Tracy Murray missed all seven of his shots.

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