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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 17 29 22 19 87 NEW JERSEY 29 24 22 37 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 14, ROD STRICKLAND 10, JUWAN HOWARD 10 NJN - JOHNNY NEWMAN 25, KEITH VAN HORN 23, KENDALL GILL 19

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 9, AARON WILLIAMS 6 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 18, JAMIE FEICK 16

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 8, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 4

ATT: 14,686


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (87) AT NEW JERSEY (112)

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

HOWARD F 30 4-12 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 4 10 SMITH F 24 3-3 0-3 4 5 9 3 3 0 1 6 AUSTIN C 18 2-7 4-6 1 4 5 3 5 0 1 8 RICHMOND G 20 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 2 3 9 STRICKLAND G 33 4-9 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 0 4 10 J WHITE 21 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 8 HAMILTON 22 5-12 4-4 1 1 2 0 3 2 4 14 A WILLIAMS 13 2-6 0-1 3 3 6 1 1 2 0 4 C WHITNEY 18 2-9 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 2 5 T MURRAY 19 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 8 PROFIT 11 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 KING 11 1-4 3-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 5

TOTALS 240 35-86 14-22 16 30 46 13 32 8 21 87 (.407) (.636) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(27 PTS)

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

BURRELL F 29 5-11 3-3 2 3 5 1 3 2 1 17 VAN HORN F 37 8-20 7-7 7 11 18 3 3 1 4 23 FEICK C 30 1-3 1-2 5 11 16 2 5 2 1 3 GILL G 26 8-13 3-3 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 19 MARBURY G 40 4-17 2-4 0 2 2 8 3 1 7 10 HARRIS 14 0-2 2-3 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 2 G MURESAN 9 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 3 NEWMAN 24 7-11 7-8 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 25 DOUGLAS 14 2-2 1-2 1 0 1 4 1 2 1 5 MCILVAINE 14 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 PERRY 3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-89 27-34 17 33 50 22 27 11 16 112 (.427) (.794) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

WASHINGTON 17 29 22 19 - 87 NEW JERSEY 29 24 22 37 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 4, AUSTIN, HAMILTON, A WILLIAMS, PROFIT, KING. NEW JERSEY - G MURESAN 3, BURRELL, VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-12 (.250), AUSTIN 0-1, RICHMOND 1-2, STRICKLAND 1-1, C WHITNEY 1-4, T MURRAY 0-2, PROFIT 0-2. NEW JERSEY 9-15 (.600), BURRELL 4-5, VAN HORN 0-1, MARBURY 0-2, NEWMAN 4-6, PERRY 1-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD, HEAD COACH HEARD. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GREG WILLARD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 14,686. T - 2:09.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 30 4-12 2-2 1-5 0 4 10 Smith 24 3-3 0-3 4-9 3 3 6 Austin 18 2-7 4-6 1-5 3 5 8 Richmond 20 4-6 0-0 0-1 0 4 9 Strickland 33 4-9 1-2 0-3 3 2 10 J White 21 4-7 0-0 2-5 0 1 8 Hamilton 22 5-12 4-4 1-2 0 3 14 A Williams 13 2-6 0-1 3-6 1 1 4 C Whitney 18 2-9 0-0 1-2 0 3 5 T Murray 19 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 3 8 Profit 11 0-4 0-0 1-3 2 2 0 King 11 1-4 3-4 1-2 0 1 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-86 14-22 16-46 13 32 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Austin 0-1, Richmond 1-2, Strickland 1-1, C Whitney 1-4, T Murray 0-2, Profit 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (J White 4, Austin, Hamilton, A Williams, Profit, King). Turnovers: 21 (Hamilton 4, Howard 4, Strickland 4, Richmond 3, C Whitney 2, Austin, J White, Smith, T Murray). Steals: 8 (A Williams 2, Hamilton 2, Richmond 2, C Whitney, J White).

NEW JERSEY (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 29 5-11 3-3 2-5 1 3 17 Van Horn 37 8-20 7-7 7-18 3 3 23 Feick 30 1-3 1-2 5-16 2 5 3 Gill 26 8-13 3-3 0-2 1 2 19 Marbury 40 4-17 2-4 0-2 8 3 10 Harris 14 0-2 2-3 0-2 1 1 2 G Muresan 9 1-5 1-2 1-3 0 4 3 Newman 24 7-11 7-8 0-0 0 2 25 Douglas 14 2-2 1-2 1-1 4 1 5 Mcilvaine 14 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 3 2 Perry 3 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Cage DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-89 27-34 17-50 22 27 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Burrell 4-5, Van Horn 0-1, Marbury 0-2, Newman 4-6, Perry 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (G Muresan 3, Burrell, Van Horn). Turnovers: 16 (Marbury 7, Van Horn 4, Burrell, Douglas, Feick, G Muresan, Gill). Steals: 11 (Burrell 2, Douglas 2, Feick 2, Gill 2, Harris, Marbury, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Washington 17 29 22 19 - 87 New Jersey 29 24 22 37 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Howard, 4:54 3rd; Head Coach Heard, 9:25 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,686. T: 2:09. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Kendall Gill ignited and capped a pivotal third-quarter run and Keith Van Horn had 23 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the New Jersey Nets won for the first time this season, a 112-87 triumph over the Washington Wizards.

The Nets, who looked hapless in losing their first three games, broke open a tight game with a 10-0 burst 6 1/2 minutes into the second half. Gill sparked the run with a three-point play and finished it with a breakaway dunk that left New Jersey with a 71-59 bulge with 3:33 to go.

After a strong preseason, Van Horn has struggled in the regular season, shooting just 36 percent from the field and grabbing only 22 rebounds in 112 minutes. Tonight, he made 8-of-20 shots and seven of his rebounds came on the offensive end.

"My shot really wasn't going down tonight so I really tried to focus in on going to the offensive boards, trying to help the team out scoring that way," Van Horn said. "That is what you have to do sometimes because your shot isn't always going to be there."

Stephon Marbury, who had led New Jersey in scoring in each of its first three games despite shooting just 37 percent from the field, had another tough game, making just 4-of-17 shots and committing seven turnovers.

"We had a lot of movement and we were getting easy baskets tonight," Marbury said. "I didn't care if I scored. It doesn't matter who plays big."

Johnny Newman led the Nets with 25 points. Gill added 19, Scott Burrell 17 and Marbury collected eight of his 10 in the opening period.

Rookie Richard Hamilton scored 14 points for the Wizards, who have dropped three straight since winning on opening night. They shot just 40 percent (35-of-86) and committed 21 turnovers.

"We really haven't played well since the Atlanta game (opening night)," Wizards coach Gar Heard said. "We have to cut this out right away. I don't mind getting beat, but we got our butts kicked tonight. I will play the kids who want to go out and hustle."

New Jersey built a 12-point lead by scoring the final 11 points in the first quarter. Burrell had nine points in the period as New Jersey capitalized on eight Washington turnovers.

Burrell had a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter and finished 4-of-5 from behind the arc. He is 10-of-17 from 3-point range this season.

New Jersey's halftime lead was 53-46 but Washington scored the first nine points of the second half to take the lead. Rod Strickland had five of his 10 points during the spurt and gave the Wizards a 55-53 edge 2:15 into the quarter by burying a 3-pointer.

The Nets were clinging to a 61-59 lead when Gill's three-point play pushed the lead to five. Washington's Juwan Howard was whistled for a foul on Van Horn and hit with a technical foul for arguing. Van Horn made all three foul shots for a 67-59 advantage with just under five minutes remaining.

Gill buried a 20-footer off a feed from Marbury and Marbury found him again for the dunk that capped the burst. The Wizards got within 72-66 with 61 seconds left in the period but Newman drained a 3-pointer 13 seconds later and the fourth quarter quickly became garbage time.

"There was a little frustration and it seemed like everything was going the Nets way," said Wizards reserve forward Aaron Williams. "It started snowballing in the third quarter, they got on a run and we couldn't stop them."

Newman played all 12 minutes in the final quarter, scoring 14 points. New Jersey led by as many as 30 points and shot 11-of-20 in the period while Washington was 6-of-21.

"We passed the ball around and it started early before I entered the game," Newman said. "I had been staying positive and working hard. I felt like I played well during the preseason and that I deserved some minutes."

New Jersey has won three of the last four meetings between the teams.

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