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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 21 20 27 29 97 NEW JERSEY 29 25 20 15 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 25, ALAN HENDERSON 22, JIMMY JACKSON 18 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 28, STEPHON MARBURY 15, KENDALL GILL 14

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 16, ALAN HENDERSON 8 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 16, KEITH VAN HORN 10

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 10, KERRY KITTLES 4

ATT: 15,640


Extended Box

ATLANTA (97) AT NEW JERSEY (89)

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

HENDERSON F 37 9-19 4-6 5 3 8 3 3 0 0 22 JACKSON F 42 7-14 2-3 3 4 7 3 2 0 2 18 MUTOMBO C 42 3-9 7-8 2 14 16 4 3 0 1 13 COLES G 23 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 1 1 6 RIDER G 43 10-20 5-7 2 3 5 4 3 0 4 25 CRAWFORD 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 TERRY 7 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 ELLIS 17 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 8 JOHNSON 19 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 4 2 3 0 4 WRIGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 23-30 12 33 45 25 20 7 9 97 (.456) (.767) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

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

GILL F 39 7-14 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 14 VAN HORN F 36 9-19 8-8 4 6 10 2 5 0 2 28 MCILVAINE C 8 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 KITTLES G 25 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 7 MARBURY G 39 5-16 3-5 0 4 4 10 4 2 8 15 FEICK 37 1-6 0-0 5 11 16 1 3 0 1 2 BURRELL 23 5-10 0-1 2 0 2 2 3 1 1 11 HARRIS 19 4-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 10 NEWMAN 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 PERRY 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-83 11-14 13 27 40 24 28 5 15 89 (.422) (.786) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(11 PTS)

ATLANTA 21 20 27 29 - 97 NEW JERSEY 29 25 20 15 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - HENDERSON 3, MUTOMBO 2, ELLIS. NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, VAN HORN 2, BURRELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 2-2 (1.000), JACKSON 2-2. NEW JERSEY 8-23 (.348), GILL 0-4, VAN HORN 2-4, KITTLES 1-3, MARBURY 2-3, BURRELL 1-5, HARRIS 2-2, NEWMAN 0-1, PERRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - MARBURY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, BILL KENNEDY. A - 15,640. T - 2:02.


Box Score

ATLANTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 37 9-19 4-6 5-8 3 3 22 Jackson 42 7-14 2-3 3-7 3 2 18 Mutombo 42 3-9 7-8 2-16 4 3 13 Coles 23 3-6 0-0 0-2 4 4 6 Rider 43 10-20 5-7 2-5 4 3 25 Crawford 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Terry 7 0-2 1-2 0-0 2 0 1 Ellis 17 3-4 2-2 0-2 1 2 8 Johnson 19 1-4 2-2 0-3 4 2 4 Wright 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 23-30 12-45 25 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 2-2, 1.000 (Jackson 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Henderson 3, Mutombo 2, Ellis). Turnovers: 10 (Rider 4, Jackson 2, Coles, Mutombo, Terry). Steals: 7 (Johnson 3, Terry 2, Coles, Ellis).

NEW JERSEY (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 39 7-14 0-0 0-3 2 4 14 Van Horn 36 9-19 8-8 4-10 2 5 28 Mcilvaine 8 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 4 0 Kittles 25 3-8 0-0 0-1 4 1 7 Marbury 39 5-16 3-5 0-4 10 4 15 Feick 37 1-6 0-0 5-16 1 3 2 Burrell 23 5-10 0-1 2-2 2 3 11 Harris 19 4-6 0-0 1-2 1 2 10 Newman 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Perry 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 11-14 13-40 24 28 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Gill 0-4, Van Horn 2-4, Kittles 1-3, Marbury 2-3, Burrell 1-5, Harris 2-2, Newman 0-1, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Burrell). Turnovers: 16 (Marbury 8, Van Horn 2, Burrell, Feick, Harris, Mcilvaine, Perry). Steals: 5 (Marbury 2, Burrell, Kittles, Newman). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 21 20 27 29 - 97 New Jersey 29 25 20 15 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Marbury, 3:34 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,640. T: 2:02. Officials: Joe Crawford, Monty Mccutchen, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The fourth quarter once again spelled doom for the New Jersey Nets.

Isaiah Rider could not have displayed his star quality at a better time for the Atlanta Hawks, who rallied for a 97-89 victory over the Nets.

Returning home following a winless four-game road trip that included a pair of losses at the buzzer, the Nets led by as many 13 points in the third quarter before revisiting their losing ways over the final 12 minutes.

Rider, who has had plenty of problems off the court throughout his career and this season, scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, when Atlanta outscored New Jersey, 29-15.

"He made some good decisions offensively," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Everything wasn't outside. It was inside and outside. That's what you have to with his talent, put the onus on the officials."

Alan Henderson scored 22 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 16 and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which improved to just 4-17 on the road.

Keith Van Horn scored 28 points for the Nets but disappeared in the fourth quarter. He scored just two points in the final period, making just 1-of-6 shots.

"He's a tough player," said Henderson, who guarded Van Horn most of the night. "He's going to get his points. We tried to make his looks a little more difficult at the end."

New Jersey suffered its fifth straight loss overall but just its third in its last 13 home contests.

"It was like a bad aura out there," Nets coach Don Casey said. "The karma was bad. Our margin of error is miniscule. Maybe if we had a 50-point lead we'd work from there. A 15-point lead is not good enough."

The Nets led virtually the entire way and were in front, 78-70, with 9:51 remaining on a running jumper by Kendall Gill. But as has been the trend of late, New Jersey began to unravel.

Rider, who made just 10-of-43 shots in his last two games, had two straight baskets and LaPhonso Ellis dunked to slice the deficit to two.

"I won't say I'm pressing but I know I can play better basketball than I have been," said Rider, who made 10-of-20 shots. "I have good numbers but I don't like the way the last month has gone for me ... up-and-down, two good games, one bad game."

Scott Burrell buried a jumper for the Nets before Jim Jackson scored five straight points, giving Atlanta an 81-80 lead with 6:50 to go. It was the first lead for the Hawks since Mutombo scored the game's first two points.

Van Horn's only basket of the fourth quarter gave the Nets their last lead at 84-83 with 4:44 left. Anthony Johnson made a layup 21 seconds later, putting Atlanta in front for good, and Rider made a pair of foul shots.

The Hawks were still in front by one with just over two minutes left before putting away the game with seven straight points for a 95-87 lead with 18 seconds to play. Rider made three free throws, Mutombo two and former Net Jackson hit a jumper in the spurt.

Atlanta shot 57 percent (9-of-16) in the fourth quarter while holding New Jersey to just 35 percent (7-of-20).

"It was one of our best fourth quarters of the year," Rider said. "We played really solid defense and executed on offense. That's something we haven't done all year, execute on offense and defense, so it feels good to get this win."

Van Horn had a big first half, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds to help the Nets open a 54-41 advantage. He scored 14 points in the third quarter but Atlanta closed to 74-68.

"I think there is some lack of enthusiasm when we have these leads," Van Horn said. "I don't see us having that extra something where they have no chance to come back. We need that."

Stephon Marbury added 15 points and 10 assists and Jamie Feick collected 16 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 42 percent (35-of-83).

Jackson finished with 18 points for Atlanta, which shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and held a 45-40 rebounding advantage.

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