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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 17 28 22 91 PHILADELPHIA 20 23 22 21 86 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (91) AT PHILADELPHIA (86)

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

GILL F 29 3-9 2-2 0 4 4 2 5 1 0 8 VAN HORN F 38 12-23 5-6 2 2 4 3 4 1 4 31 J WILLIAMS C 40 3-3 5-10 7 8 15 3 4 2 2 11 KITTLES G 41 10-18 5-7 2 3 5 5 1 4 2 28 CASSELL G 36 3-11 1-2 0 3 3 8 3 1 5 7 DOUGLAS 12 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 0 GATLING 17 2-6 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 2 2 4 SEIKALY 17 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 HARRIS 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 CAGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EVANS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 18-27 15 22 37 24 22 13 19 91 (.447) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(18 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 34 4-11 2-2 1 1 2 1 5 1 1 10 COLEMAN F 42 7-16 10-11 4 13 17 5 3 0 6 24 RATLIFF C 17 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 4 MCKIE G 21 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 2 4 0 IVERSON G 38 8-20 1-1 2 0 2 1 6 2 3 17 SMITH 24 6-9 2-2 2 2 4 1 3 1 5 14 SHAW 27 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 5 S WILLIAMS 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 SNOW 15 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 6 BENJAMIN 11 2-2 0-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 DAVIS 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-73 15-18 13 25 38 18 25 11 24 86 (.479) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 25(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 17 28 22 - 91 PHILADELPHIA 20 23 22 21 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - SEIKALY 2, KITTLES, CASSELL, J WILLIAMS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, COLEMAN, BENJAMIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-15 (.333), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 2-6, KITTLES 3-6, CASSELL 0-1, HARRIS 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 1-7 (.143), COLEMAN 0-3, IVERSON 0-3, SHAW 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, BILL OAKES, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 14,739. T - 2:13.


NEW JERSEY (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 29 3-9 2-2 0-4 2 5 8 Van Horn 38 12-23 5-6 2-4 3 4 31 J Williams 40 3-3 5-10 7-15 3 4 11 Kittles 41 10-18 5-7 2-5 5 1 28 Cassell 36 3-11 1-2 0-3 8 3 7 Douglas 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 1 0 Gatling 17 2-6 0-0 3-4 0 1 4 Seikaly 17 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Harris 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Cage 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Evans 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 18-27 15-37 24 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 2-6, Kittles 3-6, Cassell 0-1, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Seikaly 2, Kittles, Cassell, J Williams). Turnovers: 20 (Cassell 5, Van Horn 4, Douglas 2, Gatling 2, J Williams 2, Kittles 2, Seikaly 2). Steals: 13 (Kittles 4, Gatling 2, J Williams 2, Cassell, Douglas, Gill, Harris, Van Horn).

PHILADELPHIA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 34 4-11 2-2 1-2 1 5 10 Coleman 42 7-16 10-11 4-17 5 3 24 Ratliff 17 2-3 0-0 1-4 1 1 4 Mckie 21 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 0 0 Iverson 38 8-20 1-1 2-2 1 6 17 Smith 24 6-9 2-2 2-4 1 3 14 Shaw 27 2-4 0-0 0-1 3 2 5 S Williams 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Snow 15 3-4 0-0 1-2 3 3 6 Benjamin 11 2-2 0-2 1-2 0 1 4 Davis 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Parker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 15-18 13-38 18 25 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Coleman 0-3, Iverson 0-3, Shaw 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Coleman, Benjamin). Turnovers: 25 (Coleman 6, Smith 5, Mckie 4, Iverson 3, Snow 3, Ratliff, Shaw, Thomas). Steals: 11 (Snow 3, Iverson 2, Mckie 2, Benjamin, Shaw, Smith, Thomas). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 24 17 28 22 - 91 Philadelphia 20 23 22 21 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 9:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,739. T: 2:13. Officials: Jim Capers, Bill Oakes, Tom Washington.


GAME RECAP

Keith Van Horn scored 31 points and won a crucial jump ball with 22 seconds left as the New Jersey Nets moved into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 91-86 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers.

Van Horn reinjured his broken toe but shook it off to shoot 12-of-23 from the field as he fell one point shy of his career high, set December 29th against Washington. But his biggest play came with the Nets clinging to an 87-84 lead.

He beat Joe Smith to the toss and the ball bounced to teammate Sam Cassell. He passed to Kerry Kittles, who was fouled with 17 seconds to go and made both free throws to seal the win, just the second for New Jersey in its last nine road games.

"We needed to win, injury or no injury," said Van Horn, who left with the injury late in the third quarter but returned early in the final period. "Everyone had to contribute and everyone had to play their best.

"What I was doing is that I wanted to get some ice on it and numb it up a little bit. So when I went back on the court, it wasn't bothering me as much. Hopefully I can get back into the flow of the game and try to forget about it. It bothered me a little bit out there, so I'm going to rest it (Thursday) and I'll be good for Friday."

Kittles scored 28 points and Jayson Williams added 12 and 15 rebounds for the Nets (36-34), who tied Washington for eighth place in the East. New Jersey, which has not made the playoffs since 1994, and Washington are one game ahead of 10th-place Orlando.

"Last night, me, Keith and Kendall went to get some Chinese food and we said this is our team and we're going to have to take responsibility," Williams said. "I told Keith after the talk that I felt he was going to have a big night and he came out and did that. We said we have to step up and let everybody else follow by example. And all these guys did step up tonight."

"Kerry was outstanding," Nets coach John Calipari said. "Kerry's on his late-season kick again. He did this last year. He was at his best the last 15, 20 games of the season."

Former Net Derrick Coleman had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Allen Iverson added 17 points for the 76ers, who have lost four in a row overall and dropped three of four in the season series against the Nets.

A steal and layup by Iverson pulled Philadelphia into a 71-71 tie with 10:08 remaining. But nine seconds later, Iverson was whistled for his fourth foul. He argued the call and was hit with a technical foul, and Kittles' free throw gave New Jersey the lead for good. Kittles added a jumper with 9:28 remaining, pushing the lead to 74-71.

"It's frustrating to play like that," said Iverson, who had just one assist. "We're trying to win games and it is tough when the referees are like that. ... It has been that way all year."

"We had three calls changed tonight by one ref," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I don't think we've had three calls changed all year. Allen had 20 shots and only went to the line once. I think he has a legitimate gripe."

A dunk by Kendall Gill gave the Nets an 85-79 cushion with 3:34 to go, but Brian Shaw's three-pointer cut the deficit in half just over a minute later.

The teams went scoreless until the 6-2 Cassell blocked a layup by the 6-10 Coleman from behind and made a 10-footer at the other end to push the lead to 87-82 with 58 seconds remaining. Iverson responded with a drive, setting up Van Horn's big play.

"It is terrible," Coleman said. "I'm not going to complain about it now, it's been going on all year. Saying something on the court won't change anything. You just try to keep playing through it."

"I've tried hard not to draw attention to officials, but how many star players in the league wouldn't get the call like Derrick did at the end?" Brown said.

Gill scored eight points and Cassell added seven and eight assists for the Nets, who shot 45 percent (34-of-76) from the field and forced 25 turnovers, overcoming 20 of their own.

Smith scored 14 points and Tim Thomas added 10 for the Sixers, who shot 48 percent (35-of-73) and held a 38-37 rebounding edge. Coleman committed six turnovers and Smith five.

"You can't win a game with 25 turnovers," lamented Brown.

A layup by Chris Gatling gave the Nets a 24-18 lead with 2:09 left in the first quarter before Coleman scored four points in a 10-0 burst that gave the Sixers a 28-24 advantage with 9:02 to play in the second quarter.

Coleman's 14 points helped Philadelphia to a 43-41 lead at halftime, but New Jersey opened the second half with a 12-2 burst. Van Horn scored six points, including a jumper that made it 53-45 with 8:44 to go in the third quarter.

"We were tentative in the first half," Calipari said. "I think sometimes when you're tentative, you seem to play without the emotion or passion you need to be playing with. That's all we talked about at halftime."

Kittles scored 12 in the period, including his team's last nine, as the Nets held a 69-65 lead entering the final quarter.

Sixers reserve center Scott Williams suffered a bruised left knee midway through the second quarter and did not return. He was taken to Methodist Hospital for X-rays.

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