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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 18 22 23 92 CHICAGO 16 17 23 26 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 33, KENDALL GILL 18, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 11 CHI - ELTON BRAND 20, RON MERCER 10, BRYCE DREW 10

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - EVAN ESCHMEYER 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 CHI - ELTON BRAND 11, MICHAEL RUFFIN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - KENDALL GILL 7, STEPHON MARBURY 4 CHI - RON MERCER 6, KHALID EL AMIN 3

ATT: 21,908


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (92) AT CHICAGO (82)

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

JACKSON F 29 3-12 1-3 1 2 3 2 4 2 3 7 K MARTIN F 28 3-6 0-0 3 1 4 3 5 0 1 6 ESCHMEYER C 32 2-4 2-4 5 8 13 0 5 2 1 6 GILL G 40 6-14 6-8 1 6 7 7 2 3 0 18 S MARBURY G 33 13-22 6-10 2 2 4 4 2 1 5 33 NEWMAN 27 2-8 3-4 0 3 3 0 2 1 1 7 WILLIAMS 18 1-5 2-2 2 5 7 0 5 0 1 4 DOUGLAS 15 3-7 5-7 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 11 MCILVAINE 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 SAMAKE 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HARRIS DNP - HERNIA OLLIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 25-38 14 31 45 18 28 12 13 92 (.418) (.658) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(20 PTS)

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

FIZER F 22 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 4 HOIBERG F 30 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 0 6 BRAND C 37 8-19 4-9 2 9 11 2 4 1 4 20 EL AMIN G 8 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 4 MERCER G 39 4-11 2-2 0 2 2 6 2 2 1 10 GUYTON 21 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 6 ARTEST 23 2-7 3-4 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 8 RUFFIN 9 0-0 3-6 3 3 6 0 2 1 1 3 CRAWFORD 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 TARLAC 12 0-3 3-4 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 3 MILLER 20 2-3 2-4 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 6 DREW 11 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 2 3 10

TOTALS 240 29-71 21-33 9 32 41 21 29 6 18 82 (.408) (.636) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 18 22 23 - 92 CHICAGO 16 17 23 26 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 3, WILLIAMS, ESCHMEYER. CHICAGO - BRAND 2, HOIBERG, MILLER, CRAWFORD, GUYTON, ARTEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 1-4 (.250), S MARBURY 1-1, NEWMAN 0-2, DOUGLAS 0-1. CHICAGO 3-11 (.273), FIZER 0-1, HOIBERG 0-1, GUYTON 0-2, ARTEST 1-3, CRAWFORD 0-1, DREW 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, KEVIN FEHR. A - 21,908. T - 2:07.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 29 3-12 1-3 1-3 2 4 7 K Martin 28 3-6 0-0 3-4 3 5 6 Eschmeyer 32 2-4 2-4 5-13 0 5 6 Gill 40 6-14 6-8 1-7 7 2 18 S Marbury 33 13-22 6-10 2-4 4 2 33 Newman 27 2-8 3-4 0-3 0 2 7 Williams 18 1-5 2-2 2-7 0 5 4 Douglas 15 3-7 5-7 0-2 1 1 11 Mcilvaine 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Samake 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Harris DNP - hernia Ollie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 25-38 14-45 18 28 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.658. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (S Marbury 1-1, Newman 0-2, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (K Martin 3, Williams, Eschmeyer). Turnovers: 14 (S Marbury 5, Jackson 3, Eschmeyer, K Martin, Mcilvaine, Newman, Williams). Steals: 12 (Gill 3, Douglas 2, Eschmeyer 2, Jackson 2, Mcilvaine, Newman, S Marbury).

CHICAGO (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fizer 22 2-6 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 Hoiberg 30 2-4 2-2 0-3 2 5 6 Brand 37 8-19 4-9 2-11 2 4 20 El Amin 8 2-2 0-0 1-2 3 4 4 Mercer 39 4-11 2-2 0-2 6 2 10 Guyton 21 3-7 0-0 0-0 1 3 6 Artest 23 2-7 3-4 1-5 1 1 8 Ruffin 9 0-0 3-6 3-6 0 2 3 Crawford 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Tarlac 12 0-3 3-4 1-5 0 2 3 Miller 20 2-3 2-4 0-4 1 2 6 Drew 11 3-6 2-2 0-0 2 1 10 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 21-33 9-41 21 29 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Fizer 0-1, Hoiberg 0-1, Guyton 0-2, Artest 1-3, Crawford 0-1, Drew 2-3). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 7 (Brand 2, Hoiberg, Miller, Crawford, Guyton, Artest). Turnovers: 20 (Brand 4, Drew 3, Fizer 2, Miller 2, Artest, Crawford, El Amin, Guyton, Mercer, Ruffin, Tarlac). Steals: 6 (Drew 2, Mercer 2, Brand, Ruffin). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 29 18 22 23 - 92 Chicago 16 17 23 26 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,908. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Khalid El-Amin and A.J. Guyton may someday become solid NBA point guards. Stephon Marbury showed them how far they have to go.

Marbury blistered the rookies with 33 points as the New Jersey Nets rolled to their first win of the season, a 92-82 victory over the young and inexperienced Chicago Bulls.

El-Amin and Guyton were two of Chicago's three second-round draft picks and surprised some observers by making the Bulls. However, the slow El-Amin and the slight Guyton had no answer for Marbury, an All-NBA third team selection last season and the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

"This is definitely more the type of game I expect of myself," Marbury said. "I was angry with myself after the first game and my last few days of practice, I've concentrated on being the aggressive player that I know I am."

Marbury started with El-Amin, scoring 10 points in the opening period as the Nets bolted to a 29-16 advantage. In the third quarter, he drew a quick fourth foul on El-Amin. That brought on Guyton, who was torched for 15 points in the period.

"Covering up Marbury was not easy tonight," El-Amin said. "He basically seemed like a man on a mission."

"All rookies struggle in this league," said Marbury, who did not struggle as a rookie with Minnesota in the 1996-97 season. "It's very difficult when you first start but he's going to be all right. He just needs some experience."

Kendall Gill added 18 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a season-opening loss to Cleveland and won in Chicago for the first time in 11 visits since December 5, 1994.

"If Steph and I played better the other night, we'd now be 2-0," Gill said. "We came out and made a concerted effort to play well tonight. The fact that we had lost 10 in a row here also helped us come out and play hard."

Marbury scored just nine points against Cleveland but exploded tonight. In 33 minutes, he made 13-of-22 shots and 6-of-10 free throws.

"That was the Spehon Marbury I've been waiting four weeks to see," said Nets coach Byron Scott, who notched his first win. "All through the preseason and the first game, he struggled. He really seemed focused this morning. He was serious and came out that way tonight."

"He was outstanding," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "In short minutes, he took the ball where he wanted, when he wanted. He could have scored 50."

Elton Brand had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who shuffled their lineup after a 19-point loss to Sacramento in their season opener. Out were second-year frontcourt players Ron Artest and Michael Ruffin. In were Fred Hoiberg, who scored six points, and rookie Marcus Fizer, who had four.

"We'll experiment with combinations until we find the right group," said Floyd, whose team committed 20 turnovers. "We said that in the preseason."

El-Amin already was on the bench with two fouls when Guyton hit a 20-footer, giving Chicago a 16-15 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter. New Jersey responded with the final 14 points of the period, including six by Gill.

The Nets widened the lead to 17 points in the second quarter before settling for a 47-33 halftime lead. Marbury took over in the third period, scoring 15 of New Jersey's first 17 points.

The Nets led 69-56 entering the final period and by at least 10 points therafter as Gill and Sherman Douglas scored six points each in the fourth quarter.

Douglas scored 11 points and Northwestern alumnus Evan Eschmeyer grabbed 13 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 42 percent (33-of-79) from the field and held a 45-41 rebounding edge.

Ron Mercer and Bryce Drew scored 10 points each for the Bulls, who shot 41 percent (29-of-71) and trailed by as many as 21 points.

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