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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 23 30 21 39 113 NEW JERSEY 46 28 21 36 131 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 27, PAUL PIERCE 17, KENNY ANDERSON 16 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 30, STEPHON MARBURY 30, KENDALL GILL 19

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 11, ANTOINE WALKER 9 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 9, JAMIE FEICK 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, WALTER MCCARTY 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 15,836


Extended Box

BOSTON (113) AT NEW JERSEY (131)

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

PIERCE F 36 4-13 9-10 4 7 11 9 2 2 0 17 WALKER F 32 12-28 3-3 7 2 9 2 6 2 2 27 POTAPENKO C 13 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 3 8 ANDERSON G 32 6-10 3-3 3 0 3 1 4 3 2 16 GRIFFIN G 32 1-7 5-5 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 7 BATTIE 15 3-6 4-4 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 10 CHEANEY 20 2-3 1-1 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 5 BARROS 11 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 3 5 FORTSON 15 3-4 4-4 3 3 6 1 4 0 3 10 MCCARTY 28 1-5 4-4 1 2 3 4 0 0 2 6 OVERTON 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 ELLISON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-89 33-34 23 23 46 19 26 9 19 113 (.438) (.971) TEAM REBS: 1 TOTAL TO: 19(31 PTS)

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

GILL F 37 7-15 4-4 0 3 3 5 3 5 0 19 VAN HORN F 32 9-16 9-11 2 7 9 3 4 0 8 30 MCILVAINE C 15 3-3 2-3 2 3 5 0 6 0 1 8 KITTLES G 39 7-12 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 16 MARBURY G 33 10-12 10-11 0 1 1 10 1 4 0 30 FEICK 30 4-6 1-1 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 9 BURRELL 16 3-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 0 2 7 NEWMAN 20 2-5 3-3 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 7 PERRY 15 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 2 ESCHMEYER 3 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 HARRIS DNP - SORE RIGHT HAMSTRING G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-81 30-35 10 26 36 28 26 13 14 131 (.580) (.857) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

BOSTON 23 30 21 39 - 113 NEW JERSEY 46 28 21 36 - 131

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MCCARTY, BARROS. NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 3, VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-11 (.182), PIERCE 0-2, WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 1-2, BARROS 1-2, MCCARTY 0-3. NEW JERSEY 7-15 (.467), GILL 1-1, VAN HORN 3-6, KITTLES 2-3, MARBURY 0-1, BURRELL 1-2, NEWMAN 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: (EDDIE F. RUSH, TOM WASHINGTON, KEVIN FEHR. A - 15,836. T - 2:07.


Box Score

BOSTON (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 36 4-13 9-10 4-11 9 2 17 Walker 32 12-28 3-3 7-9 2 6 27 Potapenko 13 4-7 0-0 1-1 0 3 8 Anderson 32 6-10 3-3 3-3 1 4 16 Griffin 32 1-7 5-5 1-3 1 1 7 Battie 15 3-6 4-4 2-4 0 4 10 Cheaney 20 2-3 1-1 1-4 0 2 5 Barros 11 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 5 Fortson 15 3-4 4-4 3-6 1 4 10 Mccarty 28 1-5 4-4 1-3 4 0 6 Overton 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Ellison 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-89 33-34 23-46 19 26 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.971. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Pierce 0-2, Walker 0-2, Anderson 1-2, Barros 1-2, Mccarty 0-3). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 2 (Mccarty, Barros). Turnovers: 19 (Barros 3, Fortson 3, Potapenko 3, Anderson 2, Mccarty 2, Walker 2, Battie, Cheaney, Griffin, Overton). Steals: 9 (Anderson 3, Griffin 2, Pierce 2, Walker 2).

NEW JERSEY (131) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 37 7-15 4-4 0-3 5 3 19 Van Horn 32 9-16 9-11 2-9 3 4 30 Mcilvaine 15 3-3 2-3 2-5 0 6 8 Kittles 39 7-12 0-0 1-4 3 2 16 Marbury 33 10-12 10-11 0-1 10 1 30 Feick 30 4-6 1-1 3-8 1 2 9 Burrell 16 3-6 0-0 2-3 0 4 7 Newman 20 2-5 3-3 0-2 1 2 7 Perry 15 1-5 0-0 0-0 5 0 2 Eschmeyer 3 1-1 1-2 0-1 0 2 3 Harris DNP - sore right hamstring G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-81 30-35 10-36 28 26 131 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.580, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Gill 1-1, Van Horn 3-6, Kittles 2-3, Marbury 0-1, Burrell 1-2, Newman 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcilvaine 3, Van Horn). Turnovers: 15 (Van Horn 8, Burrell 2, Newman 2, Feick, Mcilvaine). Steals: 13 (Gill 5, Marbury 4, Perry 3, Kittles). ____________________________________________ Boston 23 30 21 39 - 113 New Jersey 46 28 21 36 - 131 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Walker 2 (ejected), 5:02 4th, 2:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,836. T: 2:07. Officials: (eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- It took 12 minutes for Stephon Marbury and the New Jersey Nets to avenge a pair of bitter losses to the Boston Celtics.

Marbury scored 14 of his 30 points during a team-record first-quarter explosion as the Nets made up for a pair of late-game collapses by taking care of matters early, rolling to a 131-113 rout of the Celtics.

Marbury did it all in the opening period, burying all five of his shots, going 4-of-4 at the line and handing out five assists as the Nets opened a 46-23 lead. He finished with 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting and made 10-of-11 free throws while handing out 10 assists for his 19th double-double of the season.

"It was a quiet determination," Nets coach Don Casey said of his club's first-quarter performance. "The first quarter was indicative of their mind-set. That's the buffer we always talk about."

Keith Van Horn and Kendall Gill added 11 points apiece in the first quarter as New Jersey shot 71 percent (17-of-24) and scored 15 points off turnovers during the quarter.

"Stephon Marbury and Keith Van Horn were brilliant tonight," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We didn't have the ability to stop them with our man-to-man defense. Last game we made up our mind to play defense with our life on the line and tonight we played defense like the Washington Generals trying out for the next Harlem Globetrotters game. Our guys would all get starring roles. They were fighting over who would get the leading role in the next Washington Generals movie. I have nine great candidates."

The Nets had previously scored 43 first-quarter points on two occasions, the last coming on January 13, 1997 against the Orlando Magic. They fell just two points shy of their highest point total in any quarter, which came on March 9, 1980 when they scored 48 in the fourth period against Detroit.

Van Horn scored a season-high 30 points, Gill added 19 and Kerry Kittles 16 as the Nets posted their highest total since a 133-95 victory over Denver on December 13, 1997. New Jersey finished a season-high 58 percent (47-of-81) from the floor and went 30-of-35 at the line.

"We shouldn't have given up those leads (to the Celtics)," Van Horn said. "Now we're finishing off teams like we should. It was a great win. We obviously gave that one away in Boston. We talked about it and I think it inspired us."

The Nets avoided a season sweep against the Celtics, having lost the previous three meetings between the clubs. The Nets squandered a 17-point third-quarter lead at Boston on Friday and watched Antoine Walker score the last seven points in a 99-96 setback here on January 15.

"We just concentrated on playing the we played," Gill said. "It was embarrasing for us to lose here, then lose up there with a 17-point lead. We were conscious of our lead. When we got back out there at halftime, we didn't want it to slip away. I think those two wins they got were flukes. I think we were the much better team."

"That was in our minds," Marbury said of the loss in Boston. "That was tough for us coming home that night. It was embarrassing and we held together this time. We have to keep playing basketball the way we know how to. We have to come out with the same intensity as tonight."

The Nets shot 67 percent (28-of-42) in the first half, opening a 74-53 lead. That left them seven points shy of the franchise mark for points in a half, established December 11, 1983 against Denver.

Walker scored 27 points for Boston, which has dropped five straight road games and is a dismal 4-19 overall away from the FleetCenter. The Celtics last yielded 46 first-quarter points on March 9, 1979 at Phoenix.

The Nets opened the game with a 14-2 run capped by Van Horn's three-point play with 9:42 remaining. Boston pulled within 26-19 on Walker's driving dunk with 4:56 remaining but would get no closer.

Gill made two free throws and a 3-pointer, Marbury buried a 16-footer and Gill was good again from 17 feet to open a 35-19 bulge.

Boston's Tony Battie made a layup before Marbury answered with one of his own and two free throws. Jamie Feick added a three-point play and Gill turned a steal into a dunk to make it 44-21 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.

"They were very aggressive in the beginning of the game," Walker said. "And they basically controlled the whole onset of the game. They took it personally that we beat them three times this year and they came out and really handed it to us."

Marbury made two from the line with four seconds left to close the period. The 6-2 point guard had a season-high four steals and did not commit a turnover in 33 minutes.

The Celtics actually outscored the Nets, 90-85, the rest of the way but never seriously threatened. Marbury put an exclamation mark on the blowout when he stripped Kenny Anderson and cruised in for a windmill dunk with 7:54 to play, giving the Nets a 106-85 advantage.

"(The Celtics) did close in a little bit but we were more organized down at this end," Casey said. "I thought Stephon and Elliot (Perry) did a very good job and so did Kittles in calling sets and getting into an offense."

Paul Pierce had 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine assists for Boston, which shot 44 percent (39-of-89) and held a 46-36 advantage on the boards. Boston surrendered 31 points off turnovers.

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