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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 20 14 23 17 74 NEW YORK 19 18 21 24 82 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (74) AT NEW YORK (82)

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

GILL F 33 6-14 4-5 2 5 7 1 3 2 1 16 VAN HORN F 40 5-17 3-4 0 13 13 2 2 2 2 13 J WILLIAMS C 28 0-5 1-2 6 1 7 1 5 3 2 1 CASSELL G 33 5-14 8-8 0 2 2 5 3 1 5 18 KITTLES G 41 5-21 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 1 1 12 BURRELL 18 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 6 GATLING 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 2 0 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCILVAINE 20 1-4 0-0 4 0 4 0 4 3 1 2 MURDOCK 18 1-5 4-4 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 6 EVANS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-86 22-25 15 29 44 13 26 13 14 74 (.291) (.880) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 36 5-8 2-2 1 10 11 2 3 0 2 13 THOMAS F 28 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 4 EWING C 38 8-21 4-10 4 7 11 3 2 0 5 20 HOUSTON G 35 4-11 4-4 1 4 5 2 1 0 7 14 WARD G 38 4-7 1-2 0 9 9 5 2 5 3 10 BRUNSON 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 CAMBY 20 4-7 1-2 2 2 4 0 5 1 1 9 CHILDS 27 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 5 5 0 2 11 DUDLEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 SCOTT 12 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-69 15-24 9 36 45 19 21 7 23 82 (.449) (.625) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 20 14 23 17 - 74 NEW YORK 19 18 21 24 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS 2, MCILVAINE 2, GILL. NEW YORK - EWING 7, WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 2-7 (.286), CASSELL 0-1, KITTLES 2-5, BURRELL 0-1. NEW YORK 5-9 (.556), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-1, SCOTT 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, GEORGE TOLIVER, NOLAN FINE. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 33 6-14 4-5 2-7 1 3 16 Van Horn 40 5-17 3-4 0-13 2 2 13 J Williams 28 0-5 1-2 6-7 1 5 1 Cassell 33 5-14 8-8 0-2 5 3 18 Kittles 41 5-21 0-0 2-5 2 2 12 Burrell 18 2-5 2-2 0-1 1 1 6 Gatling 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 5 0 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mcilvaine 20 1-4 0-0 4-4 0 4 2 Murdock 18 1-5 4-4 1-3 1 1 6 Evans DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-86 22-25 15-44 13 26 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.291, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Cassell 0-1, Kittles 2-5, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (J Williams 2, Mcilvaine 2, Gill). Turnovers: 15 (Cassell 5, Gatling 2, J Williams 2, Van Horn 2, Gill, Kittles, Mcilvaine). Steals: 13 (J Williams 3, Mcilvaine 3, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Cassell, Kittles, Murdock).

NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 36 5-8 2-2 1-11 2 3 13 Thomas 28 2-6 0-0 1-3 2 3 4 Ewing 38 8-21 4-10 4-11 3 2 20 Houston 35 4-11 4-4 1-5 2 1 14 Ward 38 4-7 1-2 0-9 5 2 10 Brunson 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Camby 20 4-7 1-2 2-4 0 5 9 Childs 27 4-6 2-2 0-1 5 5 11 Dudley 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 15-24 9-45 19 21 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 2-3, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-1, Scott 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Ewing 7, Ward). Turnovers: 23 (Houston 7, Ewing 5, Ward 3, Childs 2, Johnson 2, Thomas 2, Camby, Scott). Steals: 7 (Ward 5, Camby, Dudley). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 20 14 23 17 - 74 New York 19 18 21 24 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Hue Hollins, George Toliver, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Just when things looked like they could not get any worse for the New Jersey Nets, they crossed the river.

Shooting just 26 percent, New Jersey could never grab control and dropped an 82-74 verdict to the New York Knicks. The Nets made just 25-of-86 shots and the Knicks did just enough to post their fifth straight home victory.

Patrick Ewing had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks for New York, which has won seven of eight games since losing swingman Latrell Sprewell to a fractured heel. Point guard Charlie Ward added 10 points and a career-high nine rebounds for the Knicks.

"I think our defense will take things over until our offense gets going," Ewing said. "It was a team effort. We didn't want them to make baskets. Our offense hasn't caught up to our defense."

"That is a good win for us," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Especially with the quality of opposition we played tonight."

Sam Cassell, still battling a nagging right ankle injury, scored 18 points for New Jersey. The Nets (2-8) have lost six of their last seven games and are in last place in the Atlantic Division.

"We shot a bad percentage but we played pretty good defense and created a lot of turnovers," Nets coach John Calipari said. "We've got to make the open shots. We have to stay positive. We have to shoot better. We can't win like that."

The game marked the first regular season meeting between labor rivals Ewing and Nets center Jayson Williams. The outspoken Williams was one of union president Ewing's harshest critics as the lockout wore on.

Ewing clearly got the better of a battered Williams, who was held to one point and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. Williams, who signed a six-year, $86 million contract just prior to the season, is playing with a broken nose, sore right foot, swollen right thumb and strained left shoulder.

"We wanted to get off to a better start," Williams lamented. "We didn't want to be in last place. A part of it is games we lost to injury. We are better than 2-8. Pat handed it to me. I'm glad we play them three more times."

New Jersey made 9-of-21 shots to open the contest and led 20-19 after the first quarter. But in the second quarter things got ugly as the Nets made just 3-of-24 shots and trailed 37-34 at the half.

Despite the horrendous shooting, New Jersey was within 64-63 with 6:36 left. Ewing hit a fadeaway but Van Horn countered with a hook shot in the lane with 5:25 to go.

Ward buried a 3-pointer 20 seconds later and Kendall Gill made a layup. Ward hit a free throw with 3:49 remaining for a 70-67 lead before Allan Houston converted a long 3-pointer 73 seconds later for a six-point bulge.

New York won despite committing 23 turnovers and making just 15-of-24 free throws. It has won 11 of the last 17 meetings between the Hudson River rivals.

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