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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 36 14 31 23 8 112 NEW JERSEY 28 30 23 23 13 117 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CLYDE DREXLER 28, KEVIN WILLIS 20, MATT MALONEY 18 NJN - JAYSON WILLIAMS 25, KEITH VAN HORN 19, KENDALL GILL 17


HOUSTON (112) AT NEW JERSEY (117) - FINAL IN OT

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

BARKLEY F 42 5-10 2-3 1 11 12 7 3 1 1 12 RHODES F 31 7-10 2-4 1 1 2 6 5 2 1 16 WILLIS C 40 8-12 3-3 4 9 13 3 4 1 1 20 DREXLER G 43 12-26 3-4 2 5 7 6 4 1 5 28 MALONEY G 41 6-13 3-3 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 18 ELIE 22 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 HARRINGTON 16 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 2 PRICE 5 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 3 JOHNSON 16 2-6 2-3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 7 BULLARD 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 45-88 15-21 9 32 41 25 26 9 13 112 (.511) (.714) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

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

GILL F 37 4-10 8-11 2 7 9 3 5 1 1 17 VAN HORN F 46 8-17 2-2 1 4 5 5 1 1 3 19 J WILLIAMS C 47 11-16 3-6 12 7 19 1 4 1 3 25 CASSELL G 37 6-16 4-5 0 1 1 7 2 1 2 17 KITTLES G 37 3-13 3-4 2 3 5 1 4 1 3 10 HARRIS 15 1-4 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 4 DOUGLAS 25 5-9 1-3 1 1 2 7 1 1 2 11 BENOIT 15 6-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 14 CAGE 6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HALEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCDANIEL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 44-93 23-33 20 31 51 24 18 7 14 117 (.473) (.697) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

HOUSTON 36 14 31 23 8 - 112 NEW JERSEY 28 30 23 23 13 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - BARKLEY 2, WILLIS, HARRINGTON. NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN 2, CASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-21 (.333), BARKLEY 0-2, WILLIS 1-1, DREXLER 1-6, MALONEY 3-8, ELIE 0-1, PRICE 1-1, JOHNSON 1-2. NEW JERSEY 6-14 (.429), GILL 1-2, VAN HORN 1-4, J WILLIAMS 0-1, CASSELL 1-1, KITTLES 1-3, BENOIT 2-3. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 6. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, BERNIE FRYER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 17,328. T - 2:22.


HOUSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 42 5-10 2-3 1-12 7 3 12 Rhodes 31 7-10 2-4 1-2 6 5 16 Willis 40 8-12 3-3 4-13 3 4 20 Drexler 43 12-26 3-4 2-7 6 4 28 Maloney 41 6-13 3-3 0-0 1 2 18 Elie 22 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Harrington 16 1-5 0-0 1-5 0 5 2 Price 5 1-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 3 Johnson 16 2-6 2-3 0-1 1 1 7 Bullard 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 45-88 15-21 9-41 25 26 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.511, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Barkley 0-2, Willis 1-1, Drexler 1-6, Maloney 3-8, Elie 0-1, Price 1-1, Johnson 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Barkley 2, Willis, Harrington). Turnovers: 14 (Drexler 5, Maloney 2, Price 2, Barkley, Harrington, Rhodes, Willis). Steals: 9 (Maloney 2, Rhodes 2, Barkley, Drexler, Elie, Johnson, Willis).

NEW JERSEY (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 37 4-10 8-11 2-9 3 5 17 Van Horn 46 8-17 2-2 1-5 5 1 19 J Williams 47 11-16 3-6 12-19 1 4 25 Cassell 37 6-16 4-5 0-1 7 2 17 Kittles 37 3-13 3-4 2-5 1 4 10 Harris 15 1-4 2-2 0-4 0 1 4 Douglas 25 5-9 1-3 1-2 7 1 11 Benoit 15 6-8 0-0 1-2 0 0 14 Cage 6 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Haley DNP - coach's decision Mcdaniel DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 44-93 23-33 20-51 24 18 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Gill 1-2, Van Horn 1-4, J Williams 0-1, Cassell 1-1, Kittles 1-3, Benoit 2-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Van Horn 2, Cassell). Turnovers: 14 (J Williams 3, Kittles 3, Van Horn 3, Cassell 2, Douglas 2, Gill). Steals: 7 (Cassell, Douglas, Gill, Harris, J Williams, Kittles, Van Horn). _________________________________________________ Houston 36 14 31 23 8 - 112 New Jersey 28 30 23 23 13 - 117 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 6 (Illegal Defense 6, 0:23 1st, 10:48 2nd, 7:05 2nd, 7:56 3rd, 3:46 4th, 4:00 OT). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,328. T: 2:22. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Bernie Fryer, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Jayson Williams had 25 points and 19 rebounds and hit two free throws to cap the decisive run in overtime as the New Jersey Nets snapped a nine-game losing steak against the struggling Houston Rockets with a 117-112 victory.

The game was knotted, 109-109, when New Jersey reeled off seven straight points to secure the victory. Sherman Douglas drilled the go-ahead jumper before Kendall Gill made a free throw, Sam Cassell made a wild runner in the lane and Williams sank a pair of foul shots with 12 seconds remaining.

"We played a good team, they're a little banged up, but we had more energy," Williams said. "We came in today and we knew we had to get this one. This franchise is over the hump."

Rookie Keith Van Horn, who scored 19 points, drained a jumper and three-pointer to give the Nets a 104-102 lead with 1:43 left in regulation. Houston rookie Rodrick Rhodes answered with a jumper 18 seconds later to tie it.

Clyde Drexler had a chance to put the Rockets in front in the final seconds but his three-pointer was off the mark. Williams attempted a desperation heave from his own foul line, but his shot bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer.

Gill and Cassell contributed 17 points apiece for the Nets, who have won three straight games and beat Houston for the first time since January 24th, 1993.

"I'm happy that the guys made good plays down the stretch," Nets coach John Calipari said. "It was a great win for our ball club. We could have given it away."

Drexler was activated from the injured list before the game after missing six contests with a shoulder problem. He finished with 28 points. Kevin Willis contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games.

"They (the Nets) hit some good shots on us tonight," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Our margin of error was so small and that is what makes it tough for us to lose this one."

David Benoit drained a three-pointer with 5:21 remaining in regulation to give New Jersey a 95-91 edge. But Eddie Johnson drilled a three-pointer of his own to spark a 9-2 spurt for the Rockets, who took a 100-97 lead on Willis' dunk with 2:57 to go.

After the teams traded buckets, Van Horn scored five straight to put the Nets in front before Rhodes' tying jumper. Van Horn had a chance to give the Nets the lead down the stretch when he was wide open along the sideline, but he stepped out of bounds as he attempted a three-pointer with 13 seconds left.

"We're finally getting to the point where in the fourth quarter of close games, we feel like we're going to win," Van Horn said. "The team chemistry is building and the confidence is skyrocketing. We're feeling really good about ourselves."

Van Horn was held scoreless in the extra session, but did contribute a career-high five assists and five rebounds as New Jersey notched its longest winning streak since opening the season with four consecutive victories.

Benoit added a season-high 14 points off the bench and the Nets had seven players score in double figures. Gill pulled down a season-best nine rebounds while Cassell and Douglas handed out seven assists apiece.

Matt Maloney scored 13 of his 19 points in the first quarter, helping Houston to a 36-28 lead. But Williams racked up 17 points and 11 boards in the first half to lead the Nets to a 58-50 edge.

Rhodes, who grew up in New Jersey, set season highs with 16 points and six assists.

Charles Barkley registered 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Rockets (18-19), who fell below .500 for the first time since they were 4-5 on November 18th. They have not had a losing record this late in the season since they were 40-41 on April 20th, 1990.

Barkley felt trade rumors regarding Toronto Raptors guard Damon Stoudamire had an extremely negative effect on his team.

"It has been a really, really horrible day for us. It just needs to end," Barkley said. "I feel bad for everybody (involved) and it is unfortunate. They (Rockets management) have to do something before the game tomorrow because it was like a morgue in here tonight."

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