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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 25 20 30 22 97 WASHINGTON 23 25 26 19 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 29, KEITH VAN HORN 26, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 27, CALBERT CHEANEY 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 13, JAMIE FEICK 10 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 7, OTIS THORPE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 14, JUWAN HOWARD 6

ATT: 13,101


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (97) AT WASHINGTON (93)

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

GILL F 39 4-10 3-4 0 5 5 2 1 5 2 11 VAN HORN F 35 10-22 6-7 4 9 13 1 2 1 1 26 CUNNINGHAM C 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KITTLES G 34 4-12 2-2 2 2 4 2 2 1 0 12 MARBURY G 40 11-23 5-6 1 3 4 6 4 0 7 29 CARR 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 FEICK 39 3-3 6-6 5 5 10 1 2 2 1 12 HARRIS 14 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 HENDRICKSON 15 1-3 1-2 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 3 PERRY 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 BURRELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SEIKALY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS

TOTALS 240 35-81 23-27 14 30 44 12 13 10 14 97 (.432) (.852) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 42 13-19 1-1 2 5 7 6 4 2 3 27 THORPE F 32 3-8 0-0 2 5 7 4 4 0 0 6 DAVIS C 11 3-4 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 8 RICHMOND G 40 5-17 1-2 0 6 6 1 4 1 6 14 STRICKLAND G 40 7-17 0-0 2 2 4 14 5 4 3 14 CHEANEY 27 8-12 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 16 LEGLER 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 2 MCINNIS 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 2 1 2 WALLACE 27 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 1 0 4 COKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WHITNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-86 4-5 9 28 37 33 23 10 15 93 (.500) (.800) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 25 20 30 22 - 97 WASHINGTON 23 25 26 19 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - FEICK, HARRIS. WASHINGTON - WALLACE 5, THORPE 2, HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-12 (.333), KITTLES 2-4, MARBURY 2-5, CARR 0-2, HARRIS 0-1. WASHINGTON 3-13 (.231), RICHMOND 3-9, STRICKLAND 0-3, MCINNIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, TED BERNHARDT, VIOLET PALMER. A - 13,101. T - 2:06.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 39 4-10 3-4 0-5 2 1 11 Van Horn 35 10-22 6-7 4-13 1 2 26 Cunningham 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Kittles 34 4-12 2-2 2-4 2 2 12 Marbury 40 11-23 5-6 1-4 6 4 29 Carr 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Feick 39 3-3 6-6 5-10 1 2 12 Harris 14 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Hendrickson 15 1-3 1-2 1-6 0 0 3 Perry 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Burrell DNP - sprained right ankle Seikaly DNP - plantar fasciatis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 23-27 14-44 12 13 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Kittles 2-4, Marbury 2-5, Carr 0-2, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Feick, Harris). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 7, Carr 2, Gill 2, Feick, Perry, Van Horn). Steals: 10 (Gill 5, Feick 2, Harris, Kittles, Van Horn).

WASHINGTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 42 13-19 1-1 2-7 6 4 27 Thorpe 32 3-8 0-0 2-7 4 4 6 Davis 11 3-4 2-2 1-3 1 0 8 Richmond 40 5-17 1-2 0-6 1 4 14 Strickland 40 7-17 0-0 2-4 14 5 14 Cheaney 27 8-12 0-0 0-2 1 2 16 Legler 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 3 0 2 Mcinnis 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 2 Wallace 27 2-4 0-0 2-6 1 1 4 Coker DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision C Whitney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-86 4-5 9-37 33 23 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Richmond 3-9, Strickland 0-3, Mcinnis 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 8 (Wallace 5, Thorpe 2, Howard). Turnovers: 16 (Richmond 6, Howard 3, Strickland 3, Cheaney, Legler, Mcinnis). Steals: 10 (Strickland 4, Howard 2, Mcinnis 2, Richmond, Wallace). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 25 20 30 22 - 97 Washington 23 25 26 19 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 5:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: New Jersey 1 (Cunningham, 10:17 3rd). A: 13,101. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Forte, Ted Bernhardt, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Don Casey knows exactly how Jim Brovelli feels.

In a meeting of teams guided by interim coaches, Casey's New Jersey Nets held Brovelli's Washington Wizards scoreless for more than three minutes down the stretch of a 97-93 victory, their season-high fourth straight triumph.

Brovelli was named interim coach Monday, when Bernie Bickerstaff was fired after guiding the enigmatic Wizards to a 13-19 mark. He stood in for a flu-ridden Bickerstaff for two games earlier this season but this was his first NBA game as the head man.

"I'm still learning," Brovelli said. "I just have to keep these guys on the right track and try to get some wins."

Brovelli may not get the chance. General manager Wes Unseld interviewed Philadelphia 76ers assistant Maurice Cheeks this afternoon before watching his team fall seven games under .500 (13-20) for the first time since March 29, 1996 (32-39).

Casey took over the Nets on March 16, when John Calipari was fired following an awful 3-17 start. After a rough beginning, he has benefited from the acquisition of point guard Stephon Marbury and guided New Jersey to a respectable 6-7 mark.

"It's certainly awkward for him right now," Casey said. "Bernie brought him in and now he has to do this alone. His biggest problem is lack of practice. What he has to do now is his own thing, do what he wants to do. I wish him the best."

Marbury scored 29 points and Keith Van Horn added 26 and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who won in a building other than their Continental Airlines Arena or the FleetCenter in Boston for the first time this season.

"We were aggressive all night," Marbury said. "We are on a tear right now. This game becomes a lot easier when you win."

Juwan Howard scored 27 points and Rod Strickland added 14 and 14 assists for Washington, which shot just five free throws, making four. The NBA record for fewest foul shots in a game is two.

"When you're playing at home and you only go to the line five times, you are not going to win," said Howard, who was 13-of-19 from the field. "We just didn't get the calls. Right now, we just have to think positively. It's really frustrating for me right now. We should have took advantage of that team."

"I never fault the officials," Brovelli said. "They're doing their best job, so I don't see a problem. Until we get over the hump and make plays, we are going to be frustrated."

A jumper by Strickland gave the Wizards an 87-87 tie with 4:18 to go but they did not score again for another 3:12. Marbury gave the Nets the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 3:53 left.

The teams went scoreless for two-plus minutes until New Jersey's Mark Hendrickson made a free throw with 1:45 remaining. Kerry Kittles hit a runner 24 seconds later to push the lead to 93-87.

"We made the key plays in the end," Casey said. "We played good defense in that stretch."

Calbert Cheaney, who scored 16 points, ended the drought with a jumper with 1:06 to go and Strickland added a layup with 20 seconds left, cutting the defuicit to two. But Van Horn and Kittles made two free throws each to seal it.

"We don't feel the pressure," said Van Horn, who shook off a right Achilles tendon injury in the fourth quarter. "We know what we have to do. This just gives us even more confidence."

Kittles and Jamie Feick scored 12 points each and Kendall Gill added 11 for the Nets, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81) from the field and made 23-of-27 free throws. New Jersey held a 44-37 edge on the glass.

Feick also grabbed 10 rebounds. Gill made five steals and has 23 in his last three games.

Mitch Richmond scored 14 points on just 5-of-17 shooting for the Wizards, who shot 50 percent (43-of-86).

"This was a bad night all around," Richmond said. "This was our worst performance of the year."

Howard scored 10 points and Richmond and Cheaney added eight each as Washington grabbed a 48-45 halftime lead. Van Horn scored 13 and Marbury 12 in the third quarter, which ended with New Jersey holding a 75-74 edge.

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