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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 21 18 18 27 84 NEW JERSEY 26 24 21 19 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - DERMARR JOHNSON 13, JASON TERRY 13, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 23, STEPHON MARBURY 16, JOHNNY NEWMAN 11

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 11, LORENZEN WRIGHT 10 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 12, AARON WILLIAMS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - MATT MALONEY 7, BREVIN KNIGHT 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, KENYON MARTIN 4

ATT: 12,339


Extended Box

ATLANTA (84) AT NEW JERSEY (90)

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

D JOHNSON F 27 4-8 3-4 0 3 3 3 3 1 5 13 WRIGHT F 29 2-6 3-3 2 8 10 0 4 1 6 7 MUTOMBO C 32 4-7 4-4 4 7 11 3 4 0 3 12 KNIGHT G 22 2-6 3-4 1 1 2 4 3 1 3 7 TERRY G 29 6-16 0-2 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 13 CRAWFORD 16 0-4 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 2 2 MALONEY 26 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 7 1 0 2 5 HENDERSON 12 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 MCLEOD 17 3-5 3-5 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 9 MOTTOLA 23 3-6 2-2 0 6 6 0 4 1 2 8 GLOVER 7 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 6 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-72 22-28 13 36 49 18 29 7 27 84 (.403) (.786) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 27(27 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 38 4-11 2-4 1 4 5 4 4 3 4 10 VAN HORN F 46 7-21 7-7 4 8 12 2 5 4 4 23 ESCHMEYER C 15 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 6 0 2 4 HARRIS G 30 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 9 S MARBURY G 36 5-10 6-9 1 4 5 9 3 1 3 16 WILLIAMS 32 2-8 4-4 3 4 7 0 6 2 0 8 NEWMAN 15 2-6 6-7 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 11 JACKSON 16 3-7 1-1 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 7 DOUGLAS 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 SAMAKE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-79 26-32 12 25 37 19 30 13 16 90 (.380) (.813) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

ATLANTA 21 18 18 27 - 84 NEW JERSEY 26 24 21 19 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, WRIGHT. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 4, WILLIAMS 2, ESCHMEYER 2, HARRIS, NEWMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-12 (.333), D JOHNSON 2-4, TERRY 1-3, MALONEY 1-4, MCLEOD 0-1. NEW JERSEY 4-11 (.364), K MARTIN 0-1, VAN HORN 2-3, HARRIS 1-1, NEWMAN 1-4, JACKSON 0-1, DOUGLAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, KNIGHT, NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, TED BERNHARDT, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 12,339. T - 2:19.


Box Score

ATLANTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Johnson 27 4-8 3-4 0-3 3 3 13 Wright 29 2-6 3-3 2-10 0 4 7 Mutombo 32 4-7 4-4 4-11 3 4 12 Knight 22 2-6 3-4 1-2 4 3 7 Terry 29 6-16 0-2 2-4 0 2 13 Crawford 16 0-4 2-2 1-4 0 3 2 Maloney 26 2-5 0-0 2-5 7 1 5 Henderson 12 1-6 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Mcleod 17 3-5 3-5 0-1 1 2 9 Mottola 23 3-6 2-2 0-6 0 4 8 Glover 7 2-3 2-2 0-0 0 3 6 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 22-28 13-49 18 29 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (D Johnson 2-4, Terry 1-3, Maloney 1-4, Mcleod 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 3, Wright). Turnovers: 27 (Wright 6, D Johnson 5, Knight 3, Mutombo 3, Crawford 2, Glover 2, Maloney 2, Mcleod 2, Mottola 2). Steals: 7 (D Johnson, Glover, Knight, Mcleod, Mottola, Terry, Wright).

NEW JERSEY (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 38 4-11 2-4 1-5 4 4 10 Van Horn 46 7-21 7-7 4-12 2 5 23 Eschmeyer 15 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 6 4 Harris 30 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 1 9 S Marbury 36 5-10 6-9 1-5 9 3 16 Williams 32 2-8 4-4 3-7 0 6 8 Newman 15 2-6 6-7 0-0 1 0 11 Jackson 16 3-7 1-1 1-2 1 4 7 Douglas 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Samake 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-79 26-32 12-37 19 30 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (K Martin 0-1, Van Horn 2-3, Harris 1-1, Newman 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (K Martin 4, Williams 2, Eschmeyer 2, Harris, Newman). Turnovers: 16 (K Martin 4, Van Horn 4, S Marbury 3, Eschmeyer 2, Douglas, Jackson, Newman). Steals: 13 (Van Horn 4, K Martin 3, Williams 2, Harris, Jackson, Newman, S Marbury). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 21 18 18 27 - 84 New Jersey 26 24 21 19 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 4 (Illegal Defense 3, 5:27 2nd, 8:14 4th, 3:23 4th; Knight, 9:36 3rd). New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Atlanta 1 (Glover, 4:38 2nd). New Jersey 1 (Van Horn, 2:18 3rd). A: 12,339. T: 2:19. Officials: Luis Grillo, Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets did not have enough time to blow this one.

Keith Van Horn scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds as New Jersey held on for a 90-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in a game that had the potential to join a long list Nets collapses this season.

Coming off Sunday's surprising 96-89 victory over league-leading Philadelphia, the Nets looked eager to take it to an opponent closer to their own skill level. They built a 69-47 lead with just over four minutes left in the third quarter before getting a serious scare.

Just over a week removed from squandering a 23-point advantage in a loss to Vancouver -- the Western Conference's worst team -- New Jersey watched almost helplessly as Atlanta went on a 23-9 burst, shaving the deficit to 76-70 with 5:26 to play.

"We had a pretty good-sized lead and then all of a sudden the guys got a little complacent and let the team come back," Nets coach Byron Scott said.

But Lucious Harris came off the bench and knocked down a 3-pointer and the Nets managed to hold on thereafter, posting back-to-back wins for the first time since January 15-17, a run that began with an 84-78 triumph at Atlanta.

"They just came out in the fourth quarter and made a run," said Harris. "Matt Maloney hit a tough three toward the end of the third quarter and that carried them into the fourth. And we didn't respond the way we should have responded."

The Nets had another scare in the final minute. Rookie DerMarr Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to get the Hawks within 87-81 and stole the ball on New Jersey's ensuing trip. Leading a 3-on-1 break, Johnson decided to pull up for another shot from beyond the arc but misfired.

Stephon Marbury grabbed the rebound, dribbled out some valuable seconds and made 1-of-2 free throws with 14 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"A win is a win and we're going to take them any way we can get them," Scott said. "Obviously, we didn't play with the same intensity as we did against Philly and I think it's a natural letdown when you're playing against a team that's down at the bottom with you."

"It feels really nice," Van Horn said. "I think we didn't play our best basketball tonight but we got the win and that's what matters."

Johnson and Jason Terry scored 13 points apiece for Atlanta, which has lost four in a row overall and three of four meetings with New Jersey this season.

Marbury had 16 points and nine assists, Johnny Newman added 11 points and rookie Kenyon Martin 10 for the Nets, who shot just 38 percent (30-of-79) but forced 27 turnovers.

"We just didn't want the game to get out of control," Newman said. "We wanted to just pin them down and do what we're supposed to do. They made some shots but we still had control of the game."

"It was an ugly game," Martin admitted. "It was going well in the first half but it got ugly in the third quarter. We can't relax. We can't let our guard down."

Van Horn tied a season high in rebounds to go with a career-high four steals but New Jersey lost the battle on the boards, 49-37.

Dikembe Mutombo had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who shot 40 percent (29-of-72).

"We had a tough time getting anything going for the longest," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "Obviously, the group in there late did a nice job of getting it back within reach, but New Jersey pretty much had control of it."

Atlanta appeared to fall out of contention when the Nets went on a 17-6 run in the third quarter. Marbury had consecutive driving layups before Aaron Williams made a pair of free throws to cap the burst, giving New Jersey a comfortable 69-47 lead with 4:01 remaining in the period.

Mutombo made four free throws, Dion Glover hit a 20-footer and two from the line and Maloney's 22-footer drew the Hawks within 71-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Roshown McLeod and rookie Hanno Mottola began the final period by burying back-to-back jumpers and McLeod's ensuing 18-footer cut the margin to 71-63 with 9:24 to play.

"We got it down to eight and I guess we started to make a run," McLeod said. "Then we started doing a couple of things that impeded our progress, like offensive fouls and not making the extra pass."

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