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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 22 22 17 22 83 NEW JERSEY 23 22 25 19 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - JOHN WALLACE 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 NJN - KENDALL GILL 23, KERRY KITTLES 21, STEPHON MARBURY 16

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 16, LARRY JOHNSON 9 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 3, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 13, KERRY KITTLES 2

ATT: 20,049


Extended Box

NEW YORK (83) AT NEW JERSEY (89)

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

L JOHNSON F 42 3-6 4-6 1 8 9 1 4 0 0 11 SPREWELL F 46 4-16 0-0 1 5 6 3 1 0 1 8 EWING C 34 3-12 3-6 3 13 16 1 4 1 2 9 CHILDS G 23 4-8 2-2 1 0 1 2 4 2 4 11 HOUSTON G 45 6-18 4-4 0 4 4 2 1 1 4 19 WALLACE 31 8-11 4-5 2 2 4 1 4 0 4 20 DUDLEY 17 2-7 1-2 6 1 7 0 2 0 0 5 TURKCAN 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 CAMBY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE WARD DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 30-79 18-25 14 34 48 10 20 4 15 83 (.380) (.720) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

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

BURRELL F 40 3-6 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 3 0 8 GILL F 45 9-21 3-4 1 6 7 1 3 1 0 23 MCILVAINE C 22 2-6 3-4 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 7 KITTLES G 39 9-17 0-0 1 5 6 2 2 2 0 21 MARBURY G 40 5-17 6-6 0 3 3 13 4 4 6 16 FEICK 31 1-6 3-4 4 13 17 0 4 0 1 5 NEWMAN 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 HARRIS 17 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAN HORN DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 33-80 17-20 11 36 47 18 21 10 9 89 (.413) (.850) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 10(7 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 22 17 22 - 83 NEW JERSEY 23 22 25 19 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL, EWING. NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 4, GILL 2, BURRELL, FEICK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-13 (.385), L JOHNSON 1-2, SPREWELL 0-2, CHILDS 1-1, HOUSTON 3-8. NEW JERSEY 6-15 (.400), BURRELL 0-1, GILL 2-4, KITTLES 3-5, MARBURY 0-3, NEWMAN 0-1, HARRIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JASON PHILLIPS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 20,049. T - 2:07.


Box Score

NEW YORK (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 42 3-6 4-6 1-9 1 4 11 Sprewell 46 4-16 0-0 1-6 3 1 8 Ewing 34 3-12 3-6 3-16 1 4 9 Childs 23 4-8 2-2 1-1 2 4 11 Houston 45 6-18 4-4 0-4 2 1 19 Wallace 31 8-11 4-5 2-4 1 4 20 Dudley 17 2-7 1-2 6-7 0 2 5 Turkcan 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Camby DNP - sprained left ankle Lang DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - suspended by league Ward DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-79 18-25 14-48 10 20 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Johnson 1-2, Sprewell 0-2, Childs 1-1, Houston 3-8). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Sprewell, Ewing). Turnovers: 15 (Childs 4, Houston 4, Wallace 4, Ewing 2, Sprewell). Steals: 4 (Childs 2, Ewing, Houston).

NEW JERSEY (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 40 3-6 2-2 2-7 1 2 8 Gill 45 9-21 3-4 1-7 1 3 23 Mcilvaine 22 2-6 3-4 3-6 0 2 7 Kittles 39 9-17 0-0 1-6 2 2 21 Marbury 40 5-17 6-6 0-3 13 4 16 Feick 31 1-6 3-4 4-17 0 4 5 Newman 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Harris 17 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 7 Cage DNP - coach's decision Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision Van Horn DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 17-20 11-47 18 21 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Burrell 0-1, Gill 2-4, Kittles 3-5, Marbury 0-3, Newman 0-1, Harris 1-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcilvaine 4, Gill 2, Burrell, Feick). Turnovers: 10 (Marbury 6, Feick, Harris, Mcilvaine). Steals: 10 (Marbury 4, Burrell 3, Kittles 2, Gill). ____________________________________________ New York 22 22 17 22 - 83 New Jersey 23 22 25 19 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 1:00 2nd, 6:18 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:07. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Jason Phillips, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets shoveled some more dirt out of their early-season hole.

Stephon Marbury had 16 points and 13 assists and Kerry Kittles added 21 points as the Nets took another step toward erasing their dismal start with an 89-83 victory over the punchless New York Knicks.

With their worst basketball seemingly behind them, the Nets continued moving forward with their seventh win in nine games overall and eighth straight at home, tying a franchise record last accomplished during the 1993-94 season.

Leading 62-61 with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter, the Nets pulled away for good when Scott Burrell drained back-to-back jumpers and Kittles hit a 21-footer to make it 70-61 with less than a minute left in the period.

"It's important for us to establish as a team at home and this month we have," Kittles said. "Winning a lot of games at home this month has been very important. We have been focused, aggressive and we have played hard and good things have happened. Right now, we have more team confidence. It's a big win."

Kendall Gill scored a season-high 23 points for the Nets, who managed their first win in five meetings against their rivals from across the Hudson River. New Jersey won despite the absence of second-leading scorer Keith Van Horn, the forward who was sent home with the flu prior to the game.

"The crosstown rivalry is good for the psyche, good for my psyche anyway," Nets coach Don Casey said.

The Knicks were without injured forward Marcus Camby (ankle) and forward Kurt Thomas, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for punching Indiana guard Jalen Rose on Christmas. Allan Houston scored 19 points and Latrell Sprewell was held to eight as New York's top two offensive weapons were held scoreless over the final 12 minutes.

New York's John Wallace scored a season-high 20 points off the bench just two days after being jailed for driving with a suspended license. The Knicks have lost back-to-back games for the first time since November 17-19.

"New Jersey did a good job. We played poorly, but give them the credit," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "They played well and deserved to win. We had our chances. Everybody struggles. We just don't want to make excuses. We got outplayed tonight. That's the bottom line."

New York was also without point guard Charlie Ward (flu), but his backup, former Net Chris Childs, had 11 points for New York. Sprewell had a dreadful game, missing 12-of-16 shots from the floor without a single trip to the line.

"They did a lot better job than we did," Sprewell said. "Marcus, Charlie Ward and Kurt Thomas are a big part of our offense. To have those three guys missing is taking a hit. In the second half, Kerry Kittles got on a roll for them and carried them a lot."

Houston shot 6-of-13 through three quarters, but missed all five attempts in the final period as the Knicks shot a dismal 38 percent (30-of-79) and yielded 20 points off turnovers.

"To hold them to 38 percent, the defense is superb," Casey said. "Like I said after (today's) shootaround, the guys stepped up. Kittles got into a little zone. I thought (the Knicks) did a good defensive job on Stephon. They had a couple of guys out too, not that it neutralizes (Van Horn), but guys stepped up."

Patrick Ewing had nine points and 16 rebounds to help New York to a 48-47 advantage on the boards, but was dismayed at his team's overall performance.

"They kicked our butts," Ewing said. "We didn't play particularly well, we couldn't hit any shots, we didn't play well on defense to win the ballgame. They outplayed us. We felt that even with those guys out, we still had enough to win. We didn't get the job done."

Jamie Feick grabbed 17 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 41 percent (33-of-80) and yielded just seven points off turnovers.

"It feels good because we are such great rivals," Feick said. "We had confidence coming into the game and we were ready to go. When you lose a scorer like Keith, somehow you have to rally together and I thought Gill and Kittles did a terrific job in picking up the scoring."

The game featured 15 lead changes and 13 ties before Marbury put the Nets in front to stay.

He hit a 22-footer, fed Jim McIlvaine for a layup before making one himself and then sank a pair of free throws to turn a three-point deficit into a 56-51 lead with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

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