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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 14 24 27 89 NEW YORK 20 23 27 20 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 23, KEITH VAN HORN 16, SCOTT BURRELL 14 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 17, LATRELL SPREWELL 17

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 NYK - PATRICK EWING 14, MARCUS CAMBY 11

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 10, KERRY KITTLES 4 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (89) AT NEW YORK (90)

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

GILL F 38 4-14 5-7 3 5 8 2 3 2 2 13 VAN HORN F 33 4-12 6-6 2 7 9 1 2 1 2 16 MCILVAINE C 31 3-5 0-0 5 3 8 0 4 2 1 6 KITTLES G 35 4-13 0-0 0 6 6 4 1 3 0 10 MARBURY G 43 9-20 4-4 0 5 5 10 3 0 5 23 FEICK 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 BURRELL 20 5-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 14 HARRIS 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 NEWMAN 13 2-6 1-1 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 5 ESCHMEYER 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-82 16-18 14 28 42 18 20 8 11 89 (.390) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 4-7 2-4 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 10 SPREWELL F 41 5-12 7-8 1 4 5 5 0 1 2 17 EWING C 32 6-14 0-0 3 11 14 1 2 0 4 12 HOUSTON G 41 7-17 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 2 3 17 WARD G 35 8-11 0-0 2 2 4 7 6 2 0 19 CAMBY 25 3-7 1-2 4 7 11 0 4 1 2 7 THOMAS 16 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 4 CHILDS 13 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 4 5 0 0 4 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-76 10-14 12 32 44 20 22 6 13 90 (.487) (.714) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 14 24 27 - 89 NEW YORK 20 23 27 20 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 5. NEW YORK - EWING 2, HOUSTON, WARD, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 9-21 (.429), VAN HORN 2-4, KITTLES 2-4, MARBURY 1-4, BURRELL 4-6, HARRIS 0-1, NEWMAN 0-2. NEW YORK 6-13 (.462), L JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 3-6, WARD 3-6. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, NOLAN FINE, LEON WOOD. A - 19,763. T - 2:15.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 38 4-14 5-7 3-8 2 3 13 Van Horn 33 4-12 6-6 2-9 1 2 16 Mcilvaine 31 3-5 0-0 5-8 0 4 6 Kittles 35 4-13 0-0 0-6 4 1 10 Marbury 43 9-20 4-4 0-5 10 3 23 Feick 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Burrell 20 5-7 0-0 2-4 0 2 14 Harris 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Newman 13 2-6 1-1 1-1 0 3 5 Eschmeyer 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Cage DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-82 16-18 14-42 18 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Van Horn 2-4, Kittles 2-4, Marbury 1-4, Burrell 4-6, Harris 0-1, Newman 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcilvaine 5). Turnovers: 12 (Marbury 5, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Mcilvaine, Newman). Steals: 8 (Kittles 3, Gill 2, Mcilvaine 2, Van Horn).

NEW YORK (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 4-7 2-4 0-4 0 1 10 Sprewell 41 5-12 7-8 1-5 5 0 17 Ewing 32 6-14 0-0 3-14 1 2 12 Houston 41 7-17 0-0 0-1 2 1 17 Ward 35 8-11 0-0 2-4 7 6 19 Camby 25 3-7 1-2 4-11 0 4 7 Thomas 16 2-5 0-0 1-4 1 3 4 Childs 13 2-3 0-0 1-1 4 5 4 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 10-14 12-44 20 22 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (L Johnson 0-1, Houston 3-6, Ward 3-6). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Ewing 2, Houston, Ward, Camby). Turnovers: 13 (Ewing 4, Houston 3, Camby 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2). Steals: 6 (Houston 2, Ward 2, Camby, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 24 14 24 27 - 89 New York 20 23 27 20 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:15. Officials: Hugh Evans, Nolan Fine, Leon Wood.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- New York native Stephon Marbury's first visit to Madison Square Garden with the New Jersey Nets ended in embarrassing fashion.

With the ball in his hands and time winding down, Marbury ignored an open teammate, drove into double coverage and flung up an awful over-the-shoulder airball as the Nets suffered a 90-89 loss to the New York Knicks.

"I was trying to just get to the basket," Marbury said before refusing further comment on the final shot.

Marbury, who won a New York City title in this building as a senior at Lincoln High School, finished with 23 points and 10 assists despite being greeted with scattered boos. But he could not prevent New Jersey from suffering its fifth straight loss at the Garden since March 16, 1997.

"I really wasn't paying any attention to (the crowd)," Marbury said. "We play to win. We're not playing to go out and be in ballgame. We're trying to win games. I am not happy with a comeback unless we win."

The Nets have lost 10 of their last 11 visits here and fell to 1-2 against the Knicks this season.

"At the end we took it to the basket to try and get a score or get a foul," Nets coach Don Casey said. "They played great perimeter defense. They kept us out of sync all night. They have the uncanny knack of knowing how to win games. You have to give them credit for that.

"I will evaluate the (last) play on the tapes," he added. "(Marbury) got bumped on the way to the basket but you have to have respect for what you think is the interpretation of the hand-check. The rule is supposed to be enforced from the top of the circle on in."

New York point guard Charlie Ward, whom Marbury trashed last season while still with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals without a turnover in 35 minutes before fouling out late in the final period. Ward was 8-of-11 from the floor and made half his six 3-point attempts.

Patrick Ewing had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New York, which has won 10 of its last 12 home games. Ewing hit a turnaround jumper with 1:14 to play that capped the scoring.

"Charlie had a big game," Ewing said. "He knocked down some big 3s and made plays. He has been playing well all year. Marbury is one of the best players in the league. When you are playing the best, you want to play at your best."

Kendall Gill and Keith Van Horn both missed jumpers on New Jersey's ensuing possession but the Nets got a final chance when Ewing missed another turnaround with 14 seconds left.

AFter a timeout, Marbury received the ensuing inbounds pass and dribbed down the lane, ignoring forward Johnny Newman open along the left sideline. He took an ill-advised drive before the buzzer sounded with his off-balance attempt falling several feet to the left of the basket.

"We knew (Marbury) was going to get (the last shot)," Ewing said. "We tried to double-team him and stop him from getting the ball. He is so explosive and was able to get it. The guys did a good job in making him take a tough shot."

"The hard thing is that when you have a great, great creative point guard like Marbury, who is so good at getting in the lane, you have to make a commitment and our commitment was to try and stop the ball," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "That is going to leave you vulnerable as it did for some 3s."

Van Horn scored 16 points for the Nets, who have dropped three in a row.

Scott Burrell scored 14 points off the bench for New Jersey. He drained a 3-pointer with 2:11 remaining that gave the Nets their first lead of the second half, 87-86.

New York's Latrell Sprewell responded with a pair of free throws but Kendall Gill sank a 17-footer on New Jersey's next trip to make it 89-88.

Gill scored 13 points and Kerry Kittles added 10 but the two combined to make just 8-of-27 shots and New Jersey finished 39 percent (32-of-82) from the field.

Sprewell and Allan Houston had 17 points apiece for New York, which shot 49 percent (37-of-76) and held a 44-42 advantage on the boards.

"We found a way to win," Houston said. "The bottom line was getting one stop against a very talented player and team. We found a way to do it. The guys did a great job."

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