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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 17 22 23 29 91 NEW JERSEY 27 18 21 27 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 26, ANTHONY MASON 20, BRIAN GRANT 13 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 31, AARON WILLIAMS 17, STEPHEN JACKSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 14, BRIAN GRANT 8 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, AARON WILLIAMS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 8, TIM HARDAWAY 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, KENYON MARTIN 4

ATT: 13,504


Extended Box

MIAMI (91) AT NEW JERSEY (93)

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

GRANT F 34 2-14 9-14 5 3 8 3 5 0 4 13 MASON F 43 7-15 6-8 7 7 14 3 3 1 2 20 CAUSWELL C 18 4-6 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 8 BOWEN G 38 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 2 2 9 HARDAWAY G 43 10-23 2-2 0 4 4 4 5 2 2 26 CARTER 26 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 8 0 0 3 6 ROBINSON 10 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 0 2 GREEN 15 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 HOUSE 9 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 5 FULLER 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 JONES DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT CALF MACLEAN DNP - SURGERY RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 33-85 17-24 21 27 48 20 23 6 15 91 (.388) (.708) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 42 4-13 2-4 2 2 4 3 3 2 3 13 K MARTIN F 28 2-7 0-0 0 5 5 4 6 0 3 4 ESCHMEYER C 26 1-4 2-2 3 3 6 1 3 1 3 4 GILL G 30 5-9 1-3 0 1 1 3 1 4 2 11 S MARBURY G 43 10-17 8-10 0 9 9 9 2 2 2 31 WILLIAMS 25 7-9 3-5 5 4 9 0 5 0 2 17 NEWMAN 15 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 HARRIS 21 4-6 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 10 MCILVAINE 4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 OLLIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-70 18-28 10 29 39 23 27 11 16 93 (.486) (.643) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

MIAMI 17 22 23 29 - 91 NEW JERSEY 27 18 21 27 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - HARDAWAY, GRANT, FULLER. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 4, ESCHMEYER, DOUGLAS, MCILVAINE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 8-22 (.364), BOWEN 3-6, HARDAWAY 4-13, CARTER 0-1, ROBINSON 0-1, HOUSE 1-1. NEW JERSEY 7-12 (.583), JACKSON 3-5, S MARBURY 3-3, NEWMAN 0-2, HARRIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, VIOLET PALMER. A - 13,504. T - 2:25.


Box Score

MIAMI (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 34 2-14 9-14 5-8 3 5 13 Mason 43 7-15 6-8 7-14 3 3 20 Causwell 18 4-6 0-0 2-6 0 2 8 Bowen 38 3-7 0-0 1-3 2 3 9 Hardaway 43 10-23 2-2 0-4 4 5 26 Carter 26 3-8 0-0 1-4 8 0 6 Robinson 10 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 1 2 Green 15 0-1 0-0 2-5 0 1 0 House 9 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 5 Fuller 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Jones DNP - sprained right calf Maclean DNP - surgery right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 17-24 21-48 20 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Bowen 3-6, Hardaway 4-13, Carter 0-1, Robinson 0-1, House 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Hardaway, Grant, Fuller). Turnovers: 16 (Grant 4, Carter 3, Bowen 2, Hardaway 2, Mason 2, Causwell, House). Steals: 6 (Bowen 2, Hardaway 2, Mason, Robinson).

NEW JERSEY (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 42 4-13 2-4 2-4 3 3 13 K Martin 28 2-7 0-0 0-5 4 6 4 Eschmeyer 26 1-4 2-2 3-6 1 3 4 Gill 30 5-9 1-3 0-1 3 1 11 S Marbury 43 10-17 8-10 0-9 9 2 31 Williams 25 7-9 3-5 5-9 0 5 17 Newman 15 0-4 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 Douglas 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Harris 21 4-6 1-2 0-2 2 2 10 Mcilvaine 4 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Ollie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Samake DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 18-28 10-39 23 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Jackson 3-5, S Marbury 3-3, Newman 0-2, Harris 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (K Martin 4, Eschmeyer, Douglas, Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 17 (Eschmeyer 3, Jackson 3, K Martin 3, Gill 2, S Marbury 2, Williams 2, Mcilvaine). Steals: 11 (Gill 4, Harris 2, Jackson 2, S Marbury 2, Eschmeyer). ____________________________________________ Miami 17 22 23 29 - 91 New Jersey 27 18 21 27 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,504. T: 2:25. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- As a player, Byron Scott helped Pat Riley win three NBA championships. Tonight, as a first-year NBA coach, Scott was not interested in helping his mentor win anything.

Stephon Marbury shredded the league's top defense for 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Nets held off the Heat, 93-91, giving Scott temporary bragging rights over Riley, his surefire Hall of Fame counterpart.

Scott was part of Riley's "Showtime" Lakers, winning titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988. The sharpshooting guard often mimicked his coach in practice and also thanked him for teaching him the finer points of the game when he accepted the job with New Jersey.

Tonight, thanks mostly to Marbury and a late surge from Aaron Williams, Scott earned his fourth win behind the bench, leaving him 999 victories shy of Riley.

"It's a great win for us against a very good team in our division," Scott said. "Pat said, `Great job,' and gave me a hug. For me, it's great satisfaction because we did a great job against a great coach and we played the style of basketball that we wanted to play. (But) I don't take any more satisfaction in beating the Heat than any other game."

"This was a tough loss," Riley said. "We got beat by a great player tonight. We did everything we could to win the game and Marbury made some incredible plays in the fourth quarter."

The reigning NBA Player of the Week and the league's top scorer entering tonight, Marbury made 10-of-17 shots, 8-of-10 free throws and came up with a key layup down the stretch that helped the Nets hold on.

"I just go out with the same mind-set every night. I'm trying to win basketball games, that's it," Marbury said.

Williams scored 11 of his 17 points in the final period and was 7-of-9 from the floor with nine rebounds for the Nets, who have alternated wins and losses in the season's first eight games.

"A-Train (Williams) has been fantastic," Scott said. "He's everything we thought he could be. We knew he could rebound and defend. We thought when we got him, he was a player we could go to in crunch time. He's our best low-post presence right now."

Tim Hardaway scored 26 points for Miami but was unable to hold off Marbury down the stretch as the Heat slipped to 1-3 on the road.

"Those guys, they played well," Hardaway said. "They have a lot of discipline. They are playing with a lot of control. They are letting Stephon Marbury do everything out there on the court and everyone else is feeding off him."

Brian Grant had a rough shooting night for the Heat, misfiring on 12-of-14 attempts. Miami also was without starting guard Eddie Jones due to a strained right calf.

Anthony Mason had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who were allowing just 81.8 points per game prior to Marbury's stellar performance tonight.

Arguably the best point guard in the Eastern Conference, Marbury was at his best when New Jersey needed him most. After Williams snapped a 74-74 tie by converting a three-point play, Marbury fed him for a driving dunk before hitting a free throw to give the Nets an 80-76 lead with 4:33 to play.

"I wanted to play tough throughout the game," Williams said. "I just like to stay inside in the post and take it to the basket."

Hardaway's 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 89-87 but Marbury fearlessly drove the lane on the ensuing trip, taking on a pair of defenders and throwing up a layup that rolled around the rim before dropping in for a four-point lead.

"I drove and shot the ball off the backboard and it went in," Marbury said. "It wasn't a called play. It just happened instinctively."

Mason answered with a layup with 22 seconds to go but Marbury made two free throws with 19 seconds left, sealing the win for Scott.

Rookie Stephen Jackson scored 11 of his 13 points in the first quarter to give New Jersey a 37-27 lead entering the second period. Marbury had 14 points at the half as the Nets held a 45-39 advantage.

Miami came out smoking in the third period. Bruce Bowen hit a 3-pointer and Duane Causwell made an eight-foot hook and a five-foot turnaround jumper to put the Heat in front, 46-45.

Unfazed by the run, Marbury responded immediately. The 6-2 point guard drilled three consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 13-5 run as New Jersey took back the lead, 58-50, with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Bowen hit another 3-pointer just before the end of the third period, sparking a 12-3 burst that Hardaway capped with a 3-pointer, giving Miami a 71-69 advantage with 9:16 to play.

The teams battled back and forth over the next three minutes until Williams' three-point play put the Nets ahead to stay.

"(Williams) was big," Marbury said. "His back has been bothering him, his Achilles has been bothering him, but he's a strong, tough guy."

Grant finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which shot 39 percent (33-of-85) and held a 48-39 rebounding advantage.

Kendall Gill scored 11 points and Lucious Harris added 10 for the Nets, who shot 49 percent (34-of-70) and yielded 21 points off turnovers.

New Jersey improved to just 6-16 against Miami since the 1995-96 season but have taken three of the last five meetings.

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