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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 22 20 14 85 MIAMI 27 32 24 16 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KERRY KITTLES 24, STEPHON MARBURY 21, KEITH VAN HORN 16 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 43, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 16, PJ BROWN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,235


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (85) AT MIAMI (99)

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

GILL F 39 5-16 0-1 3 3 6 1 4 2 1 10 VAN HORN F 34 7-20 2-3 4 7 11 2 2 0 2 16 MCILVAINE C 22 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 1 1 0 KITTLES G 43 9-16 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 24 MARBURY G 43 8-21 5-6 0 6 6 7 3 3 3 21 ESCHMEYER 8 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 FEICK 19 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 4 BURRELL 17 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 8 HARRIS 8 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 NEWMAN 7 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-94 11-14 14 31 45 13 24 7 10 85 (.372) (.786) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(8 PTS)

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

BROWN F 24 4-10 1-2 4 4 8 1 2 0 2 9 MASHBURN F 36 4-14 1-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 3 9 MOURNING C 33 13-14 17-24 7 9 16 0 2 0 2 43 HARDAWAY G 26 1-8 1-1 0 2 2 7 3 0 4 4 MAJERLE G 33 1-5 0-0 1 6 7 3 2 1 1 2 LENARD 27 2-8 2-2 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 7 WEATHERSPOON 24 7-9 0-2 1 4 5 3 2 1 1 14 CARTER 22 1-4 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 2 0 3 THORPE 15 4-8 0-0 3 4 7 1 0 0 0 8 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION BOWEN DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 37-80 23-35 16 40 56 23 15 5 13 99 (.463) (.657) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 22 20 14 - 85 MIAMI 27 32 24 16 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, VAN HORN, FEICK, MCILVAINE. MIAMI - MOURNING 5, WEATHERSPOON 2, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-17 (.235), GILL 0-3, VAN HORN 0-1, KITTLES 2-3, MARBURY 0-3, BURRELL 2-6, NEWMAN 0-1. MIAMI 2-13 (.154), MASHBURN 0-3, HARDAWAY 1-3, MAJERLE 0-3, LENARD 1-3, CARTER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - HEAD COACH DON CASEY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TIM DONAGHY, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 16,235. T - 2:08.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 39 5-16 0-1 3-6 1 4 10 Van Horn 34 7-20 2-3 4-11 2 2 16 Mcilvaine 22 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 4 0 Kittles 43 9-16 4-4 0-4 2 2 24 Marbury 43 8-21 5-6 0-6 7 3 21 Eschmeyer 8 0-3 0-0 2-2 0 5 0 Feick 19 2-5 0-0 2-6 0 1 4 Burrell 17 3-7 0-0 1-3 1 3 8 Harris 8 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Newman 7 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 G Muresan DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-94 11-14 14-45 13 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Gill 0-3, Van Horn 0-1, Kittles 2-3, Marbury 0-3, Burrell 2-6, Newman 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Gill 2, Van Horn, Feick, Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 10 (Marbury 3, Van Horn 2, Burrell, Eschmeyer, Gill, Kittles, Mcilvaine). Steals: 7 (Marbury 3, Gill 2, Kittles, Mcilvaine).

MIAMI (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 24 4-10 1-2 4-8 1 2 9 Mashburn 36 4-14 1-2 0-5 2 2 9 Mourning 33 13-14 17-24 7-16 0 2 43 Hardaway 26 1-8 1-1 0-2 7 3 4 Majerle 33 1-5 0-0 1-7 3 2 2 Lenard 27 2-8 2-2 0-3 3 0 7 Weatherspoon 24 7-9 0-2 1-5 3 2 14 Carter 22 1-4 1-2 0-3 3 2 3 Thorpe 15 4-8 0-0 3-7 1 0 8 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Bowen DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 23-35 16-56 23 15 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.657. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Mashburn 0-3, Hardaway 1-3, Majerle 0-3, Lenard 1-3, Carter 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 5, Weatherspoon 2, Brown). Turnovers: 13 (Hardaway 4, Mashburn 3, Brown 2, Mourning 2, Majerle, Weatherspoon). Steals: 5 (Carter 2, Majerle, Mashburn, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 29 22 20 14 - 85 Miami 27 32 24 16 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Head Coach Don Casey, 6:49 1st). Flagrant fouls: New Jersey 1 (Marbury, 5:25 3rd). Miami 1 (Hardaway, 7:43 3rd). A: 16,235. T: 2:08. Officials: Steve Javie, Tim Donaghy, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets were better off fouling Alonzo Mourning. At least he was missing from there.

Mourning made his first 13 floor shots and overpowered the Nets with 43 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks as the Miami Heat muscled their way back into first place in the Atlantic Division with a 99-85 victory.

Playing with a broken nose but refusing to wear protection other than a bandage, the 6-10 Mourning had the Nets ducking for cover. He made every shot he took until missing a short jumper from the left corner with less than a minute to go.

"I wasn't paying any attention, really, at all," Mourning said. "My intentions were to try and get to the basket, and fortunately my teammates gave me the ball in the right spots and I was able to put the ball in the basket at the right times."

"I never had a broken nose before, but I need to get one, if it can get me 43, 16 and five," Heat forward P.J. Brown said. "I never had anything broken but maybe I should think about it. Alonzo played a great game, it was one of the top two or three performances I've seen."

In the past, Mourning has worn masks to protect facial injuries but opted against one this time.

"I just try and ignore it and keep my mind focused," he said of the injury. "I still have my legs, arms and heart. That's pretty much all I need to get out there and get things done for this team."

Unable to stop Mourning, Nets centers Jim McIlvaine and Jamie Feick resorted to putting him on the line, where he was slightly less effective. The All-Star center made 17-of-24 free throws.

"This guy is a warrior," Nets coach Don Casey said. "If he gets hit again, he gets hit again. He will stick his nose in there, it didn't deter him. He got fouled and he made his foul shots. We ran three guys at him, but they were running downcourt too fast."

Mourning became the fifth player in franchise history to eclipse 40 points. He fell seven points shy of his career high, set on March 29, 1996 against Washington -- another matchup against McIlvaine.

It was the seventh-best performance in the NBA this season and Mourning also established a career high for foul shots attempted and a team record for free throws made in a half (12).

Clarence Weatherspoon scored 14 points for the Heat (33-20), who matched last season's win total and vaulted past the New York Knicks into first place. Miami had led for most of the season before dropping three of its previous four games.

"I know for a fact that we are a better team than the New Jersey Nets, we just haven't shown that at all," Mourning said. "That goes back to the approach we have against Chicago, the Nets and Vancouver. Tonight we came in with a sense of urgency, we need to play that way all the time."

McIlvaine had zero points, five rebounds and four fouls in 22 minutes. Feick had four points and six boards in 19 minutes. Rookie Evan Eschmeyer also took a turn, collecting five fouls in eight minutes.

"He's one of the best players ever, right now in the league," Eschmeyer said. "He was on fire and I played horrible. He kicked my butt from start to finish."

One night after being pushed around by Shaquille O'Neal, the Nets shot 37 percent (35-of-94) and were outrebounded 56-45 as they lot to the Heat for the first time in three meetings this season.

"It was the best performance I have seen in a long time," Nets guard Kendall Gill said. "I thought Shaq was awesome last night, but I thought Zo did him one better tonight."

Mourning erupted for 17 points in the first quarter but the Nets stood tough and held a 29-27 lead. Miami took the lead for good at 35-33 with 9:11 left in the second quarter on a 3-pointer by rookie Anthony Carter, his only basket of the game.

A basket by Keith Van Horn, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, pulled the Nets within 47-41 with 4:03 remaining. Mourning answered with a jumper, Tim Hardaway made a 3-pointer for his only basket of the game and P.J. Brown dunked to extend the lead to 54-41 with 2:53 to play.

New Jersey closed to 59-51 at halftime but Mourning poured in 14 more in the third quarter as Miami rebuilt the lead to 83-71 entering the final period. The Nets got no closer than eight points thereafter and a dunk by Mourning became a three-point play and sealed it at 99-85 with 1:25 left.

"Zo was absolutely awesome tonight and very committed and very focused on what he was doing," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He made the correct plays on the double-teams.

Brown and Jamal Mashburn scored nine points apiece for the Heat, who shot 46 percent (37-of-80) and made 23-of-35 free throws.

Kerry Kittles scored 24 points and Stephon Marbury added 21 for the Nets, who were 11-of-14 from the line.

"I'm not happy, because I hate losing, but I know we played hard," Marbury said. "It's just that Alonzo Mourning had an unbelievable game. He was pretty much perfect."

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