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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 25 30 24 103 DALLAS 30 24 30 18 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 25, KEITH VAN HORN 23, JOHNNY NEWMAN 23 DAL - ERICK STRICKLAND 31, DIRK NOWITZKI 21, MICHAEL FINLEY 21

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DAL - DENNIS RODMAN 21, MICHAEL FINLEY 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 11, KERRY KITTLES 2 DAL - ROBERT PACK 9, MICHAEL FINLEY 7

ATT: 13,757


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (103) AT DALLAS (102)

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

GILL F 22 5-12 1-2 3 1 4 0 2 0 2 11 VAN HORN F 34 10-16 1-2 2 9 11 1 2 1 2 23 MCILVAINE C 26 0-2 0-0 4 3 7 0 1 0 1 0 KITTLES G 23 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 1 1 6 MARBURY G 38 10-23 3-6 0 3 3 11 2 1 2 25 HARRIS 25 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 NEWMAN 26 9-14 1-4 3 2 5 1 0 0 1 23 BURRELL 22 1-4 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 2 0 3 FEICK 14 2-3 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 0 4 PERRY 10 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-91 6-14 15 34 49 19 12 5 10 103 (.484) (.429) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

RODMAN F 33 2-6 0-0 7 14 21 0 0 0 1 4 STRICKLAND F 42 12-20 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 1 2 31 NOWITZKI C 42 9-16 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 0 1 21 FINLEY G 45 10-24 0-0 5 5 10 7 2 0 2 21 PACK G 24 3-9 3-3 0 2 2 9 1 3 4 9 CEBALLOS 26 4-16 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 1 0 8 NASH 17 2-3 1-1 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 6 DAVIS 9 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 ROOKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUCKNER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRADLEY DNP - FLU JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-98 6-6 17 36 53 24 13 5 12 102 (.439) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 25 30 24 - 103 DALLAS 30 24 30 18 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 5, MARBURY 2, FEICK, VAN HORN, KITTLES. DALLAS - NOWITZKI 3, FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 9-23 (.391), VAN HORN 2-4, KITTLES 0-2, MARBURY 2-5, HARRIS 0-2, NEWMAN 4-6, BURRELL 1-3, PERRY 0-1. DALLAS 10-19 (.526), STRICKLAND 5-6, NOWITZKI 3-3, FINLEY 1-2, PACK 0-1, CEBALLOS 0-4, NASH 1-2, DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 13,757. T - 1:59.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 22 5-12 1-2 3-4 0 2 11 Van Horn 34 10-16 1-2 2-11 1 2 23 Mcilvaine 26 0-2 0-0 4-7 0 1 0 Kittles 23 3-7 0-0 1-4 2 0 6 Marbury 38 10-23 3-6 0-3 11 2 25 Harris 25 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Newman 26 9-14 1-4 3-5 1 0 23 Burrell 22 1-4 0-0 2-7 1 2 3 Feick 14 2-3 0-0 0-6 1 2 4 Perry 10 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-91 6-14 15-49 19 12 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.429. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Van Horn 2-4, Kittles 0-2, Marbury 2-5, Harris 0-2, Newman 4-6, Burrell 1-3, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Mcilvaine 5, Marbury 2, Feick, Van Horn, Kittles). Turnovers: 11 (Gill 2, Marbury 2, Van Horn 2, Kittles, Mcilvaine, Newman, Perry). Steals: 5 (Burrell 2, Kittles, Marbury, Van Horn).

DALLAS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 33 2-6 0-0 7-21 0 0 4 Strickland 42 12-20 2-2 2-7 1 2 31 Nowitzki 42 9-16 0-0 1-5 3 3 21 Finley 45 10-24 0-0 5-10 7 2 21 Pack 24 3-9 3-3 0-2 9 1 9 Ceballos 26 4-16 0-0 2-5 1 2 8 Nash 17 2-3 1-1 0-1 2 2 6 Davis 9 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Rooks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buckner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bradley DNP - flu Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-98 6-6 17-53 24 13 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Strickland 5-6, Nowitzki 3-3, Finley 1-2, Pack 0-1, Ceballos 0-4, Nash 1-2, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4 (Nowitzki 3, Finley). Turnovers: 12 (Pack 4, Finley 2, Nash 2, Strickland 2, Nowitzki, Rodman). Steals: 5 (Pack 3, Ceballos, Strickland). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 24 25 30 24 - 103 Dallas 30 24 30 18 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,757. T: 1:59. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- For a change, the New Jersey Nets won a game at the final horn.

Keith Van Horn's 18-footer at the buzzer helped the Nets erase a four-point deficit in the final 30 seconds and gave them a 103-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

"What comes around goes around," Nets guard Stephon Marbury said. "We've been in that situation. We know how it feels. We got lucky. That's luck, but luck happens through preparation and hard work."

In games at Seattle on January 26, at Vancouver the following night and at Philadelphia on February 9, New Jersey was beaten on last-second shots by Chuck Person, Michael Dickerson and Larry Hughes, respectively.

The Nets appeared on their way to another tough setback when a follow shot by Dennis Rodman gave Dallas a 102-98 lead with 37 seconds to go. Rodman grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds.

Scott Burrell answered with a 3-pointer seven seconds later, his only basket of the game. Mavericks guard Erick Strickland threw away a pass with 6.9 seconds to go, then intentionally fouled Stephon Marbury with 2.2 seconds remaining, forcing the Nets to inbound again.

Van Horn took the inbounds pass, dribbled once and drilled his game-winner over Rodman as the buzzer sounded. He made 10-of-16 shots and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

"I think he did a great job playing defense," Van Horn said. "He put his hand up and tried to contest my normal shot. I just had to move to the side and throw up a prayer. Luckily it was answered."

"It's one of those deals where it's a 50-50 chance that he makes it and if he had missed it we still would have been disappointed because we didn't play well," Rodman said.

Nets coach Don Casey was happy to finally win one at the buzzer.

"Yes, Virginia, we do have a last-game play," Casey said. "That was a great play. The basketball player took over and made the big shot. I was happy for him. He had Rodman all over him and he shot it with authority."

Marbury had 25 points and 11 assists for the Nets, who improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip and are four games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We have definitely been chipping away at things," Van Horn said. "It hasn't been a smooth flowing river; we have had our rocks in the middle of the water. But we are playing better and not giving up at all. We are giving teams a battle every night. Tonight is evidence. We didn't give up. We came out slow but we fought back."

New Jersey has won two in a row on the road after losing nine of 10 away from home.

"We showed a lot of heart and a lot of character tonight," Marbury said. "We could have easily folded but we didn't."

Strickland scored a career-high 31 points and Michael Finley added 21 and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have lost two in a row and six of 10 since Rodman joined the team.

"I can't believe it. We had it," Strickland said. "We had a little bit of miscommunication on that last play."

"I'm not used to this. This is very difficult for me," said Rodman, who has won five NBA titles in his career. "People here are really tired of losing. I'm not used to losing. I'm out there busting my (butt). I'm 39 years old. I shouldn't even be out there doing that crap. Guys need to look at themselves and go out there and dig deep and say, `Hey, I'm not out there doing this, I had better do something about this.''

The Nets trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half but took a 94-91 lead on consecutive baskets by Lucious Harris and Johnny Newman midway through the period. Finley responded with a basket and the Mavericks regained the lead at 96-94 with 4:27 remaining on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 23 points.

After a drought by both teams, Harris hit a jumper to tie it with 2:57 to go. Strickland and Van Horn traded baskets before Strickland made two free throws to give Dallas a 100-98 lead with 1:15 to play.

Marbury missed a drive and Strickland fired an airball from the left corner that Rodman put home for a four-point lead.

Newman scored 23 points and Kendall Gill added 11 for the Nets, who shot 48 percent (44-of-91) from the field but just 43 percent (6-of-14) from the line. Jim McIlvaine had five of New Jersey's 10 blocked shots.

"I felt the presence of Jimmy McIlvaine really helped us return their drives," Van Horn said. "When they started driving and he wasn't in there, it really hurt us."

Robert Pack had nine points and nine assists for the Mavs, who shot 44 percent (43-of-98) and attempted just six foul shots, making them all.

"It was a hard loss for us," said Mavericks assistant Donn Nelson, who stood in for his flu-ridden father, Don. "I thought we competed well. Our energy was good. They posed some matchup problems for us. We threw everything and the kitchen sink at them and couldn't come up with a solution."

Strickland scored 12 points in the first quarter as Dallas opened a 30-24 lead. The Mavs led 54-49 at halftime and Strickland added 11 more in the third period, keeping the margin at 84-79 entering the final period.

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