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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 35 27 29 29 120 ORLANDO 19 25 25 41 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 30, KENYON MARTIN 25, KENDALL GILL 20 ORL - TROY HUDSON 30, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 17, TRACY MCGRADY 17

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 12, KENDALL GILL 8 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 9, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 6, STEPHEN JACKSON 4 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 3, SIX PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 14,442


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (120) AT ORLANDO (110)

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

JACKSON F 32 5-6 5-6 0 3 3 4 4 1 2 16 K MARTIN F 43 10-16 5-9 4 2 6 2 4 1 2 25 WILLIAMS C 39 5-14 0-0 4 8 12 1 3 0 0 10 GILL G 35 8-14 4-5 3 5 8 3 4 2 4 20 S MARBURY G 37 9-18 10-11 0 2 2 6 4 3 4 30 HARRIS 21 2-6 2-2 2 2 4 2 5 0 1 7 NEWMAN 13 3-3 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 8 DOUGLAS 20 2-3 0-1 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 4 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCILVAINE DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-80 28-36 14 24 38 20 31 7 15 120 (.550) (.778) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

AMAECHI F 16 0-4 4-4 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 MCGRADY F 33 7-17 3-8 2 7 9 2 2 1 2 17 DECLERCQ C 13 2-5 0-0 4 1 5 0 3 1 1 4 ARMSTRONG G 38 6-18 4-4 2 6 8 3 2 0 5 17 MILLER G 28 3-7 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 10 GARRITY 24 3-12 4-5 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 11 OUTLAW 29 4-4 0-0 3 3 6 2 4 0 0 8 HUDSON 25 12-18 4-4 3 1 4 2 5 2 2 30 WILLIAMS 15 1-2 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 3 DOLEAC 19 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 6 REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-94 22-28 19 24 43 16 26 4 13 110 (.436) (.786) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 35 27 29 29 - 120 ORLANDO 19 25 25 41 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 4, WILLIAMS. ORLANDO - OUTLAW, WILLIAMS, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-10 (.400), JACKSON 1-1, GILL 0-1, S MARBURY 2-5, HARRIS 1-3. ORLANDO 6-24 (.250), MCGRADY 0-1, ARMSTRONG 1-7, MILLER 2-4, GARRITY 1-6, HUDSON 2-6. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - DOUGLAS, ORLANDO - HEAD COACH RIVERS. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, LEROY RICHARDSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 14,442. T - 2:13.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 32 5-6 5-6 0-3 4 4 16 K Martin 43 10-16 5-9 4-6 2 4 25 Williams 39 5-14 0-0 4-12 1 3 10 Gill 35 8-14 4-5 3-8 3 4 20 S Marbury 37 9-18 10-11 0-2 6 4 30 Harris 21 2-6 2-2 2-4 2 5 7 Newman 13 3-3 2-2 1-2 1 3 8 Douglas 20 2-3 0-1 0-1 1 4 4 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision Mcilvaine DNP - strained lower back Samake DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-80 28-36 14-38 20 31 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.550, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Jackson 1-1, Gill 0-1, S Marbury 2-5, Harris 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (K Martin 4, Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Gill 4, S Marbury 4, Jackson 2, K Martin 2, Douglas, Harris, Newman). Steals: 7 (S Marbury 3, Gill 2, Jackson, K Martin).

ORLANDO (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Amaechi 16 0-4 4-4 0-0 2 1 4 Mcgrady 33 7-17 3-8 2-9 2 2 17 Declercq 13 2-5 0-0 4-5 0 3 4 Armstrong 38 6-18 4-4 2-8 3 2 17 Miller 28 3-7 2-2 2-3 2 2 10 Garrity 24 3-12 4-5 1-2 2 2 11 Outlaw 29 4-4 0-0 3-6 2 4 8 Hudson 25 12-18 4-4 3-4 2 5 30 Williams 15 1-2 1-1 1-2 0 2 3 Doleac 19 3-7 0-0 1-4 1 3 6 Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-94 22-28 19-43 16 26 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Mcgrady 0-1, Armstrong 1-7, Miller 2-4, Garrity 1-6, Hudson 2-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Outlaw, Williams, Declercq). Turnovers: 13 (Armstrong 5, Hudson 2, Mcgrady 2, Amaechi, Declercq, Garrity, Williams). Steals: 4 (Hudson 2, Declercq, Mcgrady). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 35 27 29 29 - 120 Orlando 19 25 25 41 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Douglas, 6:56 2nd). Orlando 1 (Head Coach Rivers, 2:32 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,442. T: 2:13. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Leroy Richardson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Even though they tried, the New Jersey Nets could not find a way to lose this one.

The Nets nearly squandered a 22-point fourth-quarter lead but regrouped in time to hold on for a 120-110 victory over the Orlando Magic, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

"I'm glad that we pulled it out," Nets guard Kendall Gill said. "Things have been going not that well for us this year and we needed this one."

Stephon Marbury scored 30 points and rookie Kenyon Martin added a season-high 25 for the Nets, who never trailed but almost added another memorable setback to a season of unforgivable and unforgettable losses.

During its skid, New Jersey lost at Milwaukee on a buzzer shot by Ray Allen; at home to lowly Atlanta; to Boston after holding a four-point lead with four seconds left; and at woeful Chicago.

"I thought that (we were going to lose) but I think things need to start falling our way," Gill said. "The law of averages was on our side tonight because we've had enough bad luck this year, especially in close games."

This one appeared headed in a similar direction when the Magic stormed within 106-102 with over four minutes to play. But Martin hit a pair of big baskets, Gill added a crucial hoop and the Nets kept their composure and the lead.

"This is a big game we won on the road," Marbury said. "We are playing with a new energy, a new attitude. If we can play like this every night, we can give ourselves a chance every night."

Troy Hudson scored a career-high 30 points and Darrell Armstrong and Tracy McGrady added 17 for the Magic, who had won five of their last seven games but lost to the Nets for the first time in three meetings this season.

New Jersey led by 25 points in the third quarter before taking a 91-69 lead into the final period. But Hudson scored 20 points and Pat Garrity collected all 11 of his in the final period, when Orlando scored 41 points and staged a furious rally.

Hudson scored the first six points in an 8-0 burst that opened the period. Attacking the basket, Hudson added two free throws that cut the deficit to 95-86 with 7:42 remaining.

"After I had hit a couple, I knew I had room to miss a couple more," Hudson said. "So I just kept taking the shot and it fell for me."

Hudson made a jumper, two 3-pointers and another jumper before Garrity sank three foul shots to make it 104-99 with 4:58 to play. Garrity's 3-pointer pulled Orlando within 106-102 with 4:13 to go.

"The guy just put on a show," McGrady said.

"He was hitting everything," Scott said. "This was a case of a guy who made everything he threw up. I called timeout to see if we could cool him and he came right out and hit another three. He was really on a roll."

Martin answered with a jumper and, after Armstrong sank two free throws, hit another jumper for a 110-104 lead with 3:08 left.

"I knew he (Hudson) wasn't going to make those shots the rest of the game," Martin said. "He got hot and we just had to come down and score, too."

Gill added two free throws and a 19-footer to extend the lead to 116-107 with 1:29 remaining.

Gill scored 20 points, rookie Stephen Jackson added 16 and Aaron Williams 10 and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 55 percent (44-of-80) from the field and had all five starters in double figures.

"They just hit incredible shots," Williams said. "The momentum changed a little bit but we hung tough and pulled it out."

The Magic shot 44 percent (41-of-94), including just 6-of-24 from 3-point range. The Nets did a good job on McGrady (7-of-17) and Armstrong (6-of-18), who combined to make just 13-of-35 shots.

"We took McGrady out of the game he usually has," Gill said. "We pressured the ball, we did the defensive things we needed to do."

Marbury scored seven points in a 9-0 run that opened the game. Jackson had six in a 10-0 burst that closed the first quarter and gave New Jersey a 35-19 lead.

"I thought what really hurt early on was that we missed wide-open shots for the first four minutes and then we stopped taking those shots," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "Then I thought we hung our heads."

A 3-pointer by Lucious Harris made it 40-21 early in the second quarter before the Nets settled for a 62-44 halftime lead after shooting 61 percent (25-of-41) while holding the Magic to just 35 percent (16-of-46).

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