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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 20 15 25 16 76 MIAMI 25 25 29 23 102 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (76) AT MIAMI (102)

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

GILL F 27 3-11 5-6 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 11 VAN HORN F 39 6-16 3-4 4 8 12 3 3 1 6 15 J WILLIAMS C 27 0-5 2-2 3 9 12 1 6 2 2 2 KITTLES G 36 4-10 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 12 MARBURY G 39 9-15 2-3 0 1 1 5 3 0 5 21 BURRELL 22 1-8 3-4 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 5 CARR 7 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 HARRIS 12 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 MCILVAINE 22 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 6 0 1 2 OVERTON 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 PERRY 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 28-78 19-23 13 32 45 16 24 5 18 76 (.359) (.826) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

ASKINS F 20 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 BROWN F 33 3-10 1-3 2 9 11 3 1 3 1 7 MOURNING C 31 10-17 5-7 3 8 11 0 1 1 2 25 HARDAWAY G 32 7-18 4-5 0 1 1 8 1 3 1 20 MAJERLE G 30 5-9 1-1 0 2 2 3 0 2 0 11 CAUSWELL 5 2-3 0-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 4 CONLON 5 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 EDWARDS 11 2-5 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 PORTER 23 5-5 3-3 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 14 STRICKLAND 16 1-6 0-0 2 6 8 1 1 0 0 2 WALTERS 16 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 2 WEATHERSPOON 18 4-5 1-2 2 7 9 1 4 0 3 9

TOTALS 240 41-91 16-23 12 39 51 24 17 10 9 102 (.451) (.696) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(6 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 20 15 25 16 - 76 MIAMI 25 25 29 23 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN 4, MCILVAINE 3, J WILLIAMS 2, KITTLES. MIAMI - MOURNING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 1-13 (.077), KITTLES 0-4, MARBURY 1-3, BURRELL 0-1, CARR 0-3, HARRIS 0-1, PERRY 0-1. MIAMI 4-15 (.267), ASKINS 1-3, HARDAWAY 2-7, MAJERLE 0-3, PORTER 1-1, WALTERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TOMMIE WOOD, HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE. A - 15,036. T - 2:16.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 27 3-11 5-6 1-5 2 0 11 Van Horn 39 6-16 3-4 4-12 3 3 15 J Williams 27 0-5 2-2 3-12 1 6 2 Kittles 36 4-10 4-4 0-4 2 2 12 Marbury 39 9-15 2-3 0-1 5 3 21 Burrell 22 1-8 3-4 2-4 1 2 5 Carr 7 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Harris 12 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Mcilvaine 22 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 6 2 Overton 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Perry 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-78 19-23 13-45 16 24 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 1-13, .077 (Kittles 0-4, Marbury 1-3, Burrell 0-1, Carr 0-3, Harris 0-1, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Van Horn 4, Mcilvaine 3, J Williams 2, Kittles). Turnovers: 18 (Van Horn 6, Marbury 5, J Williams 2, Burrell, Carr, Kittles, Mcilvaine, Perry). Steals: 5 (J Williams 2, Burrell, Kittles, Van Horn).

MIAMI (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 20 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 3 Brown 33 3-10 1-3 2-11 3 1 7 Mourning 31 10-17 5-7 3-11 0 1 25 Hardaway 32 7-18 4-5 0-1 8 1 20 Majerle 30 5-9 1-1 0-2 3 0 11 Causwell 5 2-3 0-1 1-2 0 2 4 Conlon 5 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 Edwards 11 2-5 1-1 0-0 1 0 5 Porter 23 5-5 3-3 0-1 3 1 14 Strickland 16 1-6 0-0 2-8 1 1 2 Walters 16 1-7 0-0 1-3 3 2 2 Weatherspoon 18 4-5 1-2 2-9 1 4 9 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-91 16-23 12-51 24 17 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Askins 1-3, Hardaway 2-7, Majerle 0-3, Porter 1-1, Walters 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Mourning 2). Turnovers: 10 (Weatherspoon 3, Mourning 2, Brown, Hardaway, Porter, Walters). Steals: 10 (Brown 3, Hardaway 3, Majerle 2, Mourning, Walters). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 20 15 25 16 - 76 Miami 25 25 29 23 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:08 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,036. T: 2:16. Officials: Tommie Wood, Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets have a $123 million backcourt and a .150 winning percentage.

The Nets spent the previous three days acquiring Stephon Marbury and signing him and Kerry Kittles to six-year contract extensions worth a combined $123 million. But neither Marbury, who scored 21 points, nor Kittles, who added 12, could help the Nets in their 102-76 loss to the Miami Heat.

New Jersey fell to 3-17 during a season in which it was expected to secure an Eastern Conference plyoff spot and contend for the Atlantic Division title. Since this season is just 50 games, the Nets virtually have assured themselves of missing the playoffs. They have the second-worst record in the NBA, having lost seven in a row and 13 of 14.

After the game, Nets coach John Calipari had a 34-minute closed-door meeting with owner Lewis Katz and CEO Finn Wentworth. By the time he emerged, the Nets were on the bus. Katz spent limited time in the meeting and was expected to meet with Calipari again tonight.

"The only thing we discussed is where do we go and what plans do I have to get us out of this," a noticeably worn-out Calipari said. "There was nothing said in the meeting which would make me think anything different. It's part of this business. I'm going to take care of the things I've got control over. All I've done my whole career is build up organizations that are down. This is different. I'm zapped of energy."

Marbury was optimistic before putting on a Nets uniform, but his first taste of game action with his new mates left him sour.

"We got embarrassed and we got humiliated," he said. "Our defense was bad. We had no weakside help. We're just out there playing.

"John didn't have much to say, I guess he was as disgusted as us. I didn't expect to lose like this. This is really bad. We have to have a better idea of what we're doing."

Alonzo Mourning registered 25 points and 11 rebounds and Tim Hardaway had 20 and eight assists for Miami, which has surpassed preseason billing and improved to 16-5 with its 10th straight home victory. The longest home winning streak in Heat history is 12, set from February 15-March 26, 1993.

Miami has won four in a row and eight of nine and is 15-2 since a 1-3 start. It is 12-2 in its last 14 games against the Nets and remains a half-game ahead of the Indiana Pacers for the best record in the East.

"It was the best game that we've played from wire to wire," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "Our guys were highly motivated. Zo and Tim were on top of their game."

"This was the biggest halftime lead (15 points) we've had all year and I think this was the best team game we've had all year," Miami forward P.J. Brown said. "We didn't have a lot of miscues (nine turnovers) and just played good team basketball for 48 minutes."

Miami put away the game early. The Nets had a four-point lead with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter when Mourning keyed a 13-2 burst with six points, giving the Heat a 23-16 advantage with 1:23 left.

New Jersey was within three points with 4:17 remaining in the second quarter but Hardaway scored six points and Terry Porter five in a 12-2 explosion that opened a 46-33 bulge 99 seconds before the intermission.

Miami scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to open its biggest lead, 88-60, with 9:35 to play. Calipari kept his starters in the game despite the lopsided score but they failed to cut into the deficit.

The Heat's starters did not play in the final period.

"In the fourth quarter, its a rarity for me and the first five to sit and watch the others play," said Hardaway, who spoke with Marbury as the pair walked off the court.

"Timmy just told me to keep my head up and stay focused," said Marbury. "I think this is a great situation, it's just going to take some time. Nothing is going to happen right away."

Nets center Jayson Williams is having trouble with his patience but said he is not ready to quit on Calipari.

"I have no idea what to do," the usually colorful Williams admitted. "I'm not making any excuses. I was the one who said at the beginning of the year we'd win a lot of games. ... I'm not in the business of making a man lose his livelihood. I'm the most loyal man in the world. We're all in the hole together, Cal included. We've got to quit letting them throw dirt on us."

Porter made all five of his shots in a 14-point effort as Miami shot 45 percent (41-of-91). Brown added 11 rebounds and the Heat controlled the boards, 51-45. Marty Conlon was the only Miami player that failed to score.

Marbury had five assists and was 9-of-15 from the field but the Nets shot just 36 percent (28-of-78). Aside from Marbury, New Jersey's other starters were 12-of-42 (29 percent).

"We're trying to figure out where Stephon fits in," Calipari said. "You can't count on him to do evertything, but he can make things easier for the rest of us. ... We didn't see any fight today."

Keith Van Horn added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Kendall Gill scored 11 points and Williams grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets, who were 19-of-23 from the line.

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