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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 21 23 29 32 105 PHILADELPHIA 30 24 19 25 98 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (105) AT PHILADELPHIA (98)

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

GILL F 27 2-9 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 2 1 7 VAN HORN F 33 5-19 5-5 3 3 6 2 4 2 1 16 J WILLIAMS C 41 7-13 3-4 11 13 24 2 3 1 1 17 CASSELL G 39 14-25 2-2 1 2 3 11 4 1 4 30 KITTLES G 37 7-19 5-5 1 2 3 2 0 3 0 22 GATLING 15 2-7 2-6 2 3 5 0 2 1 0 6 BENOIT 18 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 HARRIS 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 DOUGLAS 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 0 2 2 CAGE 7 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-102 18-24 21 29 50 22 23 10 10 105 (.392) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 37 10-16 5-5 1 5 6 0 3 1 2 27 COLEMAN F 42 6-17 6-8 6 10 16 4 2 1 3 18 RATLIFF C 33 2-7 2-2 1 6 7 0 3 0 4 6 JACKSON G 37 5-13 0-0 2 2 4 7 1 1 4 11 IVERSON G 38 9-16 7-10 1 2 3 7 1 2 4 26 WEATHERSPOON 19 0-5 5-6 5 5 10 2 1 0 2 5 MCKIE 15 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 DAVIS 5 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 SNOW 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 2 WILLIAMS 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 CUMMINGS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 26-33 17 32 49 21 16 8 19 98 (.420) (.788) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 21 23 29 32 - 105 PHILADELPHIA 30 24 19 25 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, GATLING 2, VAN HORN. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 7, COLEMAN 3, WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-17 (.412), GILL 2-2, VAN HORN 1-3, KITTLES 3-8, BENOIT 1-4. PHILADELPHIA 4-15 (.267), THOMAS 2-4, COLEMAN 0-2, JACKSON 1-6, IVERSON 1-1, DAVIS 0-1, SNOW 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - HEAD COACH CALIPARI, PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, DAN CRAWFORD, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,404. T - 2:18.


NEW JERSEY (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 27 2-9 1-2 1-4 1 3 7 Van Horn 33 5-19 5-5 3-6 2 4 16 J Williams 41 7-13 3-4 11-24 2 3 17 Cassell 39 14-25 2-2 1-3 11 4 30 Kittles 37 7-19 5-5 1-3 2 0 22 Gatling 15 2-7 2-6 2-5 0 2 6 Benoit 18 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Harris 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Douglas 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 4 3 2 Cage 7 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Edwards DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24040-102 18-24 21-50 22 23 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Gill 2-2, Van Horn 1-3, Kittles 3-8, Benoit 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Gill 2, Gatling 2, Van Horn). Turnovers: 11 (Cassell 4, Douglas 2, Gill, Harris, J Williams, Van Horn). Steals: 10 (Kittles 3, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Cassell, Gatling, J Williams).

PHILADELPHIA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 37 10-16 5-5 1-6 0 3 27 Coleman 42 6-17 6-8 6-16 4 2 18 Ratliff 33 2-7 2-2 1-7 0 3 6 Jackson 37 5-13 0-0 2-4 7 1 11 Iverson 38 9-16 7-10 1-3 7 1 26 Weatherspoon 19 0-5 5-6 5-10 2 1 5 Mckie 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Davis 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Snow 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Williams 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Cummings DNP - coach's decision Parker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 26-33 17-49 21 16 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Thomas 2-4, Coleman 0-2, Jackson 1-6, Iverson 1-1, Davis 0-1, Snow 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 11 (Ratliff 7, Coleman 3, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 19 (Iverson 4, Jackson 4, Ratliff 4, Coleman 3, Thomas 2, Weatherspoon 2). Steals: 8 (Iverson 2, Snow 2, Coleman, Jackson, Mckie, Thomas). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 21 23 29 32 - 105 Philadelphia 30 24 19 25 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Head Coach Calipari, 0:32 1st). Philadelphia 2 (Iverson 2 (ejected), 3:24 2nd, 0:16 4th). Flagrant fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Snow, 3:39 4th). A: 18,404. T: 2:18. Officials: Terry Durham, Dan Crawford, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Sam Cassell sank a seven-foot leaner from the left baseline with 24 seconds left and Kerry Kittles added 11 points in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets rallied for a 105-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cassell finished with 30 points and Kittles had 22 for the Nets, who have won four straight and moved nine games over .500 for the first time this season. Jayson Williams added 17 and 24 rebounds -- the 10th time this season he has eclipsed the 20-rebound plateau.

"It was a nice win," said Nets coach John Calipari. "It was a grind it out game. We're a disruptive team defensively. We were able to get them out of what they wanted to do offensively and confuse them. We also made big plays down the stretch. The good news is that for coaches and players we go into every game believing we could win every game."

"We're just trying to win as many games as possible," said Cassell. "Calipari keeps talking about winning the division. I just want to take it one game at a time. If the division is within our sight, so be it."

Rookie Tim Thomas led Philadelphia with a career-high 27 points and Allen Iverson had 26 before being ejected in the final minute. Former Net Derrick Coleman added 18 and 16 rebounds for the 76ers.

"They made big shots and we didn't," said 76ers coach Larry Brown. "We made some big mistakes at critical times and they took advantage of it."

"It was nice but I would rather have the win," said Thomas of his performance. "I would rather score five points, cause when you lose it's tougher to enjoy the performance."

Iverson opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to put the 76ers on top 76-73 but Kittles buried a three-pointer, Michael Cage had a tip and Kittles sank an 11-footer. Chris Gatling followed with a dunk to push the lead to 82-76 with 9:13 left.

Philadelphia took its final lead of the game on two free throws by Thomas with with five minutes left. But Kittles buried a 13-footer, Kendall Gill drained a three-pointer and rookie Keith Van Horn added two free throws for a 96-91 lead with 3:39 to go.

A free throw by Coleman cut the deficit to four but Cassell answered with a 12-footer. Thomas hit a driving layup off a turnover and Coleman added another free throw to draw the 76ers within 98-95 with 49 seconds left.

New Jersey ran some clock but Kittles threw up a wild three-point attempt. The ball bounced off the left side of the backboard and out of bounds near the left sideline. The Nets took possession with four seconds left on the shot clock. Cassell took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the low post and hit the pivotal leaner.

Philadelphia attempted a long three-pointer on their next possession but the rebound bounced out of bounds. Iverson protested the call, was hit with his second technical and was ejected. Van Horn hit the ensuing free throw to seal the victory.

Cassell's driving layup with just under two minutes left in the first quarter got New Jersey within 21-20. But the 76ers closed the quarter with a 9-1 run. Iverson had 11 in the period as Philadelphia made 11-of-19 shots from the field.

The 76ers opened the second quarter with a basket to push the lead to 11 but New Jersey whittled the deficit to 36-32 with 6:33 left in the half. But Philadelphia scored 10 straight points, including four by Theo Ratliff to open their biggest lead of the game.

Philadelphia still maintained an 67-56 edge with with 5:22 left in the third when New Jersey began their comeback. They closed the quarter with a 17-6 burst, led by Cassell and Kittles, who had six points apiece.

"We made some defensive stops in the third quarter," said Van Horn. "Kerry made a few big shots down the stretch. We made a few big steals here. It wasn't one thing, it was several things for us."

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