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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 20 25 10 26 81 NEW JERSEY 18 26 23 30 97 FINAL


ATLANTA (81) AT NEW JERSEY (97)

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

LAETTNER F 41 2-9 5-5 3 9 12 4 4 0 2 9 BROWN F 26 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 10 MUTOMBO C 38 4-7 4-6 2 9 11 0 3 1 1 12 SMITH G 47 4-15 8-12 1 5 6 0 3 1 1 17 RECASNER G 44 5-13 2-2 1 4 5 4 3 1 5 12 CRAWFORD 12 3-6 2-2 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 8 HENDERSON 28 4-10 5-6 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 13 ANDERSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MILLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CORBIN DNP - SORE BACK LIVINGSTON DNP - SLIGHT HAMSTRING INJURY

TOTALS 240 27-69 26-33 11 30 41 9 20 3 12 81 (.391) (.788) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

GILL F 39 7-19 1-2 1 6 7 2 2 2 2 17 VAN HORN F 44 8-17 6-7 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 23 J WILLIAMS C 44 5-18 5-6 13 10 23 3 2 0 1 15 DOUGLAS G 42 8-14 1-2 1 4 5 10 2 2 0 18 KITTLES G 42 7-14 5-6 2 4 6 1 4 1 2 19 BENOIT 13 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 3 HARRIS 12 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 CAGE 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 CASSELL DNP - NECK AND SHOULDER SPASMS EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HALEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCDANIEL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-91 18-23 20 29 49 19 20 6 5 97 (.407) (.783) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 5(6 PTS)

ATLANTA 20 25 10 26 - 81 NEW JERSEY 18 26 23 30 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4, HENDERSON 2. NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN 2, CAGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-6 (.167), LAETTNER 0-1, SMITH 1-4, RECASNER 0-1. NEW JERSEY 5-11 (.455), GILL 2-3, VAN HORN 1-4, DOUGLAS 1-1, KITTLES 0-1, BENOIT 1-2. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO, NEW JERSEY - DOUGLAS, J WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DEE KANTNER, DAVID JONES. A - 20,049. T - 2:04.


ATLANTA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Laettner 41 2-9 5-5 3-12 4 4 9 Brown 26 5-9 0-0 0-1 0 2 10 Mutombo 38 4-7 4-6 2-11 0 3 12 Smith 47 4-15 8-12 1-6 0 3 17 Recasner 44 5-13 2-2 1-5 4 3 12 Crawford 12 3-6 2-2 3-3 0 3 8 Henderson 28 4-10 5-6 1-3 1 2 13 Anderson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Miller 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Corbin DNP - sore back Livingston DNP - slight hamstring injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-69 26-33 11-41 9 20 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Laettner 0-1, Smith 1-4, Recasner 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 4, Henderson 2). Turnovers: 12 (Recasner 5, Henderson 2, Laettner 2, Brown, Mutombo, Smith). Steals: 3 (Mutombo, Recasner, Smith).

NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 39 7-19 1-2 1-7 2 2 17 Van Horn 44 8-17 6-7 1-2 2 4 23 J Williams 44 5-18 5-6 13-23 3 2 15 Douglas 42 8-14 1-2 1-5 10 2 18 Kittles 42 7-14 5-6 2-6 1 4 19 Benoit 13 1-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 3 Harris 12 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 3 2 Cage 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Cassell DNP - neck and shoulder spasms Edwards DNP - coach's decision Haley DNP - coach's decision Mcdaniel DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-91 18-23 20-49 19 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Gill 2-3, Van Horn 1-4, Douglas 1-1, Kittles 0-1, Benoit 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Van Horn 2, Cage). Turnovers: 5 (Gill 2, Kittles 2, J Williams). Steals: 6 (Douglas 2, Gill 2, Kittles, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 20 25 10 26 - 81 New Jersey 18 26 23 30 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Mutombo, 1:22 3rd). New Jersey 2 (Douglas, 4:33 2nd; J Williams, 8:49 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:04. Officials: Bob Delaney, Dee Kantner, David Jones.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Keith Van Horn scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets handed the Atlanta Hawks their first loss in seven games, 97-81.

Atlanta trailed by 12 points heading into the final period but pulled within 79-71 on a bucket by Alan Henderson with just under six minutes to play.

Van Horn answered with a follow shot and, after a free throw by Steve Smith, sank two foul shots and another basket to create an 85-72 cushion with 4:19 remaining. New Jersey cruised from there, rebounding from an embarassing 119-116 home loss to the lowly Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

"We had a great shootaround and a great practice. We've got a bunch of good guys on this team, and they'll always bounce back up when they need to," Nets coach John Calipari said.

"If we can keep playing defense like this, where we're scrambling, we're helping out each other, we're active, the sky's the limit," Van Horn said. "We D'd it up tonight from start to finish, that's what won the game."

Kerry Kittles scored 19 points and Sherman Douglas had seven of his 18 in the third quarter, when the Nets took the lead for good with a 17-4 run. Jayson Williams grabbed 23 rebounds to go with his 15 points and Douglas had 10 assists for New Jersey, which tied a franchise low with five turnovers.

"Tonight we made a promise to each and every one of us to come out and play with energy all game," Williams said. "For the first time in my career, Cal (Calipari) said take the day off tomorrow. And I said, we better come in. We don't do well when we take the day off."

"Jayson had a big game rebounding," Smith said. "Every time you miss a shot and he gets a rebound, it kind of takes the spirit out of you."

Smith finished with 17 points, but shot just 4-of-15 from the field and failed to reach 20 for the first time in nine games. Atlanta, which had dropped seven straight before its six-game winning streak, had won its last three road contests.

The Hawks led 45-44 at the half, but Van Horn hit a 13-footer to open the third period, putting New Jersey ahead to stay.

"I thought he (Van Horn) was a good player when I saw him in college," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I think he's going to be a fine player in this league. I've always felt that. With experience, he'll get even better."

Kendall Gill followed with a three-pointer before Douglas hit a driving layup to build the lead to 51-45. Eldridge Recasner fed Chucky Brown for back-to-back fast-break baskets to trim the deficit to two, but the Nets scored the next 10 points.

Douglas fed Williams for a dunk and a driving layup to increase the advantage to 55-49 before Kittles drained a jumper with 5:13 to go. Williams hit a free throw and Douglas drilled a three-pointer with 3:14 left to cap the burst, building a 61-49 edge.

"We have overcome a lot of injuries and a lot of new players," said Douglas, who is starting in place of the injured Sam Cassell. "We've got guys committed to winning. They're tired of losing here and we're playing well right now."

Smith finally ended the Hawks' drought with a pair of free throws, but Douglas answered with a driving layup and Gill buried a three-pointer to make it 66-53.

Gill finished with 17 points and seven boards for the Nets, who held Atlanta to just 39 percent shooting (27-of-69) from the field and had a 49-41 rebounding edge.

Hawks starting forward Tyrone Corbin missed the game with a sore back and reserve guard Randy Livingston sat out with a hamstring problem. The Hawks were definitely shorthanded, already playing without starting point guard Mookie Blaylock and rookie guard Ed Gray, both of whom are on the injured list.

The first half was tight throughout, but Atlanta took a 43-37 lead with 1:32 left in the second quarter on a pair of free throws by Dikembe Mutombo. Van Horn responded with a dunk and a three-pointer, helping bring the Nets within 45-44 at the half.

Henderson scored 13 points off the bench and Mutombo contributed 12, 11 boards and four blocks as Atlanta lost for just the second time in the last 12 meetings of this series. Recasner finished with 12 points but also committed five of the Hawks' 12 turnovers, which resulted in 16 points for New Jersey.

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