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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 17 21 20 26 84 NEW JERSEY 21 26 22 26 95 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (84) AT NEW JERSEY (95)

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

ELLIOTT F 16 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 0 DUNCAN F 44 10-17 4-7 8 9 17 4 2 1 7 24 ROBINSON C 38 5-12 3-6 1 7 8 3 2 0 3 13 JACKSON G 21 3-9 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 6 JOHNSON G 37 4-9 3-3 0 0 0 5 3 0 2 11 M WILLIAMS 17 1-2 4-4 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 6 C PERSON 21 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 DEL NEGRO 27 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 6 W PERDUE 7 4-4 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 9 GEARY 8 1-1 2-2 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 5 ALEXANDER 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 HERRERA 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 33-70 17-24 13 32 45 19 18 3 18 84 (.471) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

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

GILL F 28 4-12 1-2 2 1 3 2 4 1 0 9 VAN HORN F 44 7-30 4-4 3 7 10 0 2 0 1 21 J WILLIAMS C 34 4-7 2-4 9 9 18 0 4 1 0 10 KITTLES G 36 7-20 4-4 3 2 5 1 1 3 1 19 CASSELL G 30 5-11 4-4 0 0 0 8 4 3 1 14 CAGE 12 1-3 0-0 6 2 8 2 1 1 0 2 BENOIT 23 4-7 1-2 5 4 9 1 4 0 0 10 DOUGLAS 19 2-7 1-2 0 0 0 5 0 2 1 5 HARRIS 12 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 HALEY 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCDANIEL 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-101 17-22 30 25 55 19 22 11 5 95 (.356) (.773) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 17 21 20 26 - 84 NEW JERSEY 21 26 22 26 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, ROBINSON 2, W PERDUE 2, DEL NEGRO, JACKSON. NEW JERSEY - GILL, VAN HORN, J WILLIAMS, KITTLES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 1-7 (.143), JACKSON 0-3, C PERSON 0-2, DEL NEGRO 0-1, GEARY 1-1. NEW JERSEY 6-17 (.353), VAN HORN 3-10, KITTLES 1-2, BENOIT 1-3, HARRIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, GREG WILLARD, LEON WOOD. A - 16,565. T - 2:01.


SAN ANTONIO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elliott 16 0-4 0-0 1-3 1 3 0 Duncan 44 10-17 4-7 8-17 4 2 24 Robinson 38 5-12 3-6 1-8 3 2 13 Jackson 21 3-9 0-0 0-5 0 1 6 Johnson 37 4-9 3-3 0-0 5 3 11 M Williams 17 1-2 4-4 0-2 1 0 6 C Person 21 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Del Negro 27 3-6 0-0 0-3 1 1 6 W Perdue 7 4-4 1-2 0-3 0 2 9 Geary 8 1-1 2-2 2-2 1 3 5 Alexander 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Herrera 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 17-24 13-45 19 18 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Jackson 0-3, C Person 0-2, Del Negro 0-1, Geary 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 3, Robinson 2, W Perdue 2, Del Negro, Jackson). Turnovers: 19 (Duncan 7, C Person 3, Robinson 3, Johnson 2, Del Negro, Elliott, Geary). Steals: 3 (Del Negro, Duncan, Herrera).

NEW JERSEY (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 28 4-12 1-2 2-3 2 4 9 Van Horn 44 7-30 4-4 3-10 0 2 21 J Williams 34 4-7 2-4 9-18 0 4 10 Kittles 36 7-20 4-4 3-5 1 1 19 Cassell 30 5-11 4-4 0-0 8 4 14 Cage 12 1-3 0-0 6-8 2 1 2 Benoit 23 4-7 1-2 5-9 1 4 10 Douglas 19 2-7 1-2 0-0 5 0 5 Harris 12 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 5 Haley 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mcdaniel 1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Edwards DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24036-101 17-22 30-55 19 22 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Van Horn 3-10, Kittles 1-2, Benoit 1-3, Harris 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Gill, Van Horn, J Williams, Kittles). Turnovers: 7 (Cassell, Douglas, Kittles, Mcdaniel, Van Horn). Steals: 11 (Cassell 3, Kittles 3, Douglas 2, Cage, Gill, J Williams). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 17 21 20 26 - 84 New Jersey 21 26 22 26 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,565. T: 2:01. Officials: Terry Durham, Greg Willard, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Keith Van Horn lost his rookie battle with Tim Duncan but still led the New Jersey Nets to a 95-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Van Horn, the second overall pick in the draft, had 21 points and 10 rebounds, although he shot just 7-of-30 from the field. He did make three three-pointers during a second-quarter burst that gave the Nets control.

"He's a hell of a player," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He can play inside and outside. Those players don't come along that often."

"I really didn't think of the matchup with him that much," said Duncan. "He got some open shots in the first half and was able to hit them. He's a tough player to guard because he can do so many things."

Duncan, the top pick and the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, collected 24 points and 17 boards, his 25th double-double of the season. He shot 10-of-17 from the field but had little help from his teammates as All-Star center David Robinson was held to 13 points.

"Me and Tim are friends," Van Horn said. "We talked before the game but I really wasn't thinking of the matchup. We've played each other before and we'll meet again."

"It was a good battle between two young guys. My guy's better," boasted Nets coach John Calipari.

Kerry Kittles added 19 points and Jayson Williams grabbed 18 rebounds for the Nets (22-17), who climbed five games above .500 for the first time since November 30th. New Jersey, which pulled down 30 offensive rebounds, has won five of its last seven meetings with San Antonio.

"I think it's a big win for our club," Van Horn said. "We've been trying to get five games above .500 and now we have reached that point. Hopefully we can build on this win."

Avery Johnson added 11 points for the Spurs, who had won 10 of their last 11 overall, including the first four of their five-game road trip.

"They played well. We didn't," Duncan said. "We knew coming in that they were a good rebounding team and they got 30 offensive rebounds tonight."

Van Horn came out shooting but was just 2-of-8 in the first quarter. But a pair of bad passes by Duncan, who had seven points and eight rebounds in the period, led to a tip-in by David Benoit and a layup by Michael Cage, capping an 8-0 run that gave the Nets the lead for good at 21-17 after 12 minutes.

A layup by Duncan cut the deficit to 21-19 before Van Horn took over, fueling a 14-4 run. He made a pair of three-pointers around Vinny Del Negro's jumper to extend the lead to six points.

Two free throws by Johnson made it 27-23 before Van Horn made another three-pointer, Sherman Douglas scored on a drive and Lucious Harris buried a three-pointer, giving the Nets a 35-23 bulge with 7:07 left in the second quarter.

Robinson scored eight points in the remainder of the period as the Spurs closed to 47-38 at halftime.

Duncan had a jumper and two dunks in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter as San Antonio pulled within 51-44. Kittles answered with three free throws after being fouled shooting a three-pointer and added a three-point play to rebuild the lead to 59-46 with 6:12 left in the period.

Duncan had 13 points and four rebounds in the third quarter and Van Horn missed all seven of his shots. But the undersized Williams continued to outbattle the 7-foot Robinson in the low post and the Nets took a 69-58 lead into the final period.

"I don't think I ever took that many shots or missed that many shots in a game," Van Horn said. "It's like they were about to drop and they'd come out."

"I told him to shoot the ball, so he did what I wanted him to do," Calipari said. "He's paid to shoot the ball, not to pass. That's just the way it is."

Van Horn regained his scoring touch in the fourth quarter. He had an eight-footer jumper and a hook shot before his two free throws gave the Nets their largest lead at 89-72 with 2:55 to go. Duncan was limited to two points in the period.

You saw the future of the NBA," Williams said. "Two good guys. They're great players."

Sam Cassell returned from a four-game absence with shoulder and neck spasms to contribute 14 points and eight assists and Benoit and Williams added 10 points apiece for the Nets, who shot under 36 percent (36-of-101) from the field but held a 55-45 edge on the boards.

"I thought New Jersey played great," Popovich said. "They were quicker to the ball tonight and that was evident by their 30 offensive rebounds. I thgought that we guarded well, they just got to a lot of loose balls."

Will Perdue scored nine points for the Spurs, who shot 47 percent (33-of-70) and committed 19 turnovers while forcing just seven.

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