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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 26 20 30 15 91 MINNESOTA 24 18 23 24 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 39, LUCIOUS HARRIS 14, KENDALL GILL 13 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 27, MALIK SEALY 16, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 14

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KERRY KITTLES 8, LUCIOUS HARRIS 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, JOE SMITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 5, KENDALL GILL 3 MIN - BOBBY JACKSON 7, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 19,449


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (91) AT MINNESOTA (89)

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

GILL F 37 5-12 3-4 0 4 4 3 2 4 1 13 VAN HORN F 22 4-8 2-2 0 5 5 1 4 1 4 12 MCILVAINE C 27 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 2 6 0 1 0 KITTLES G 32 2-9 1-2 2 6 8 1 1 2 0 5 MARBURY G 40 12-20 13-16 0 5 5 5 2 1 2 39 BURRELL 26 1-7 2-2 1 4 5 2 0 0 1 4 FEICK 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HARRIS 24 5-8 3-4 1 5 6 1 0 0 1 14 ESCHMEYER 16 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 1 0 0 NEWMAN 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 4 G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 24-32 6 32 38 15 23 9 12 91 (.443) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 46 9-33 8-12 4 14 18 6 1 1 3 27 SZCZERBIAK F 40 6-9 0-0 2 5 7 2 2 1 0 14 NESTEROVIC C 15 3-7 0-0 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 6 BRANDON G 24 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 5 6 0 2 6 SEALY G 36 7-11 2-3 4 1 5 3 1 2 1 16 SMITH 26 4-10 4-4 6 2 8 0 4 0 2 12 JACKSON 22 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 7 5 0 3 2 PEELER 28 2-9 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 0 1 6 HAMMONDS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MITCHELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-94 14-19 22 29 51 24 23 4 13 89 (.372) (.737) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 26 20 30 15 - 91 MINNESOTA 24 18 23 24 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 3, VAN HORN 2, GILL, ESCHMEYER. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-19 (.263), VAN HORN 2-3, KITTLES 0-4, MARBURY 2-5, BURRELL 0-5, HARRIS 1-2. MINNESOTA 5-15 (.333), K GARNETT 1-2, SZCZERBIAK 2-3, BRANDON 0-1, SEALY 0-1, PEELER 2-8. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GARY BENSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,449. T - 2:34.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 37 5-12 3-4 0-4 3 2 13 Van Horn 22 4-8 2-2 0-5 1 4 12 Mcilvaine 27 0-0 0-2 1-1 2 6 0 Kittles 32 2-9 1-2 2-8 1 1 5 Marbury 40 12-20 13-16 0-5 5 2 39 Burrell 26 1-7 2-2 1-5 2 0 4 Feick 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Harris 24 5-8 3-4 1-6 1 0 14 Eschmeyer 16 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 4 0 Newman 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 G Muresan DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 24-32 6-38 15 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Van Horn 2-3, Kittles 0-4, Marbury 2-5, Burrell 0-5, Harris 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcilvaine 3, Van Horn 2, Gill, Eschmeyer). Turnovers: 12 (Van Horn 4, Marbury 2, Newman 2, Burrell, Gill, Harris, Mcilvaine). Steals: 9 (Gill 4, Kittles 2, Eschmeyer, Marbury, Van Horn).

MINNESOTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 46 9-33 8-12 4-18 6 1 27 Szczerbiak 40 6-9 0-0 2-7 2 2 14 Nesterovic 15 3-7 0-0 3-3 0 1 6 Brandon 24 3-9 0-0 0-1 5 6 6 Sealy 36 7-11 2-3 4-5 3 1 16 Smith 26 4-10 4-4 6-8 0 4 12 Jackson 22 1-6 0-0 0-3 7 5 2 Peeler 28 2-9 0-0 3-5 1 2 6 Hammonds 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Mitchell DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-94 14-19 22-51 24 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (K Garnett 1-2, Szczerbiak 2-3, Brandon 0-1, Sealy 0-1, Peeler 2-8). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (K Garnett 3, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 14 (Jackson 3, K Garnett 3, Brandon 2, Smith 2, Nesterovic, Peeler, Sealy). Steals: 4 (Sealy 2, K Garnett, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 26 20 30 15 - 91 Minnesota 24 18 23 24 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,449. T: 2:34. Officials: Joe Crawford, Gary Benson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It was quite a return to Minnesota for Stephon Marbury.

In his first game back since being traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, Marbury scored 12 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets held on for a 91-89 victory.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Marbury was 12-of-20 from the field and sank 13-of-16 free throws as he fell three points shy of his career high, set on January 27 against Vancouver. He also had five rebounds and five assists.

"The best. It doesn't get any better than this," Marbury said. "Tonight I had it going and the guys knew I had it going, and they rode on me."

Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 27 points in the final period but was only 9-of-33 from the field. He missed a potential tying basket in the lane with four seconds left, and Malik Sealy missed the tip-in.

"I thought it was a foul," Garnett said of his last shot. "He (rookie Evan Eschmeyer) hit me kind of hard and I threw it up trying to get a 1-and-1. Then I just looked around for the foul."

Although outrebounded, 51-38, the Nets snapped a nine-game road losing streak and four-game skid against Minnesota. But New Jersey has won two in a row overall and four of its last six contests.

New Jersey led 76-65 after three quarters, but like so many times over the past month appeared headed for a fourth-quarter collapse.

Garnett, who was 7-of-22 over the first three quarters, spearheaded a rally with just over four minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one. He scored seven points in a 9-1 run, including a 3-pointer with 2:48 left that made it 88-87.

"It was not until the inevitable, when we were down 11 or 12 points with six or seven minutes left, that we decided to turn up the heat and play with emotion," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We put ourselves in a situation where they were much more aggressive than us. They worked well offensively and defensively and were able to make big plays."

Marbury answered with a 19-footer to give the Nets a three-point lead, but a driving layup by Sealy with 1:46 to play kept Minnesota within one.

Marbury made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:31 left. Garnett was fouled on the Timberwolves' next possession but missed two crucial free throws with 1:15 remaining.

After a missed layup by Marbury, Minnesota committed a 24-second violation with 32 seconds to go. Marbury failed on a 3-point attempt with nine seconds remaining, giving the Timberwolves a chance to tie or win.

"We played as long and as hard as we possibly could," Nets coach Don Casey said. "This is the consistency we were looking for at the end of the game. That's why we set up in the half-court."

Lucious Harris scored 14 points off the bench and Kendall Gill added 13 for New Jersey, which shot over 44 percent (31-of-70), including 5-of-19 from 3-point range.

Booed throughout, Marbury scored five of his 13 third-quarter points in a 10-0 run as the Nets opened a 66-54 lead with 5:35 remaining. New Jersey shot 56 percent (10-of-18) to build an 11-point advantage.

"That didn't bother me at all because I know how the fans really feel," said Marbury, who played nearly 2 1/2 seasons with Minnesota before being dealt to New Jersey on March 11 as part of a three-team deal. "It was an uncomfortable situation. Without the help of my teammates, I don't think I could have played the way I did."

New Jersey took a 26-24 lead after the first quarter as Marbury had nine points. The Timberwolves shot 29 percent (7-of-24) in the second quarter as the Nets extended to a 46-42 halftime lead.

Sealy scored 16 points and rookie Wally Szczerbiak contributed 14 for Minnesota, which made 37 percent (35-of-94) of its shots.

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