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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 23 23 23 24 93 WASHINGTON 22 17 24 19 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - JASON KIDD 30, KERRY KITTLES 20, KEITH VAN HORN 17 WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 16, RICHARD HAMILTON 15, HUBERT DAVIS 12

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 WAS - POPEYE JONES 12, JAHIDI WHITE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - JASON KIDD 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 6, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 3

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (93) AT WASHINGTON (82)

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

K MARTIN F 32 0-6 4-4 1 6 7 1 4 1 0 4 VAN HORN F 29 7-14 0-0 1 7 8 1 0 0 1 17 MACCULLOCH C 7 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 KIDD G 39 13-25 2-2 1 6 7 8 2 2 4 30 KITTLES G 34 7-12 5-6 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 20 COLLINS 25 0-1 1-2 4 1 5 0 3 0 2 1 JEFFERSON 28 4-5 2-2 0 3 3 3 4 1 3 11 HARRIS 22 3-10 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 6 WILLIAMS 22 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 0 3 0 JOHNSON 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 SCALABRINE 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 14-16 12 30 42 20 18 6 16 93 (.456) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

P JONES F 32 5-12 0-0 5 7 12 0 5 0 2 10 JORDAN F 37 7-17 2-2 0 5 5 6 2 3 4 16 J WHITE C 19 3-5 2-2 3 5 8 0 1 0 2 8 R HAMILTON G 32 5-13 5-5 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 15 C WHITNEY G 31 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 8 NESBY 28 2-7 0-0 3 2 5 2 1 3 0 4 DAVIS 22 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 12 LUE 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 HAYWOOD 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 LAETTNER 21 2-5 3-4 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 7 THOMAS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 12-13 12 29 41 16 18 9 15 82 (.418) (.923) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 23 23 23 24 - 93 WASHINGTON 22 17 24 19 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - WILLIAMS 2, JEFFERSON, KITTLES, KIDD, K MARTIN, COLLINS. WASHINGTON - NESBY, C WHITNEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-15 (.467), K MARTIN 0-1, VAN HORN 3-6, KIDD 2-5, KITTLES 1-1, JEFFERSON 1-1, HARRIS 0-1. WASHINGTON 4-10 (.400), JORDAN 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-7, DAVIS 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: SCOTT FOSTER, SCOTT WALL, GREG WILLARD. A - 20,674. T - 1:56.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 32 0-6 4-4 1-7 1 4 4 Van Horn 29 7-14 0-0 1-8 1 0 17 Macculloch 7 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Kidd 39 13-25 2-2 1-7 8 2 30 Kittles 34 7-12 5-6 0-2 3 2 20 Collins 25 0-1 1-2 4-5 0 3 1 Jefferson 28 4-5 2-2 0-3 3 4 11 Harris 22 3-10 0-0 2-3 2 1 6 Williams 22 0-1 0-0 1-5 2 2 0 Johnson 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Scalabrine 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Armstrong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 14-16 12-42 20 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (K Martin 0-1, Van Horn 3-6, Kidd 2-5, Kittles 1-1, Jefferson 1-1, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Williams 2, Jefferson, Kittles, Kidd, K Martin, Collins). Turnovers: 16 (Kidd 4, Jefferson 3, Williams 3, Collins 2, Harris 2, Kittles, Van Horn). Steals: 6 (Kidd 2, Harris, Jefferson, K Martin, Kittles).

WASHINGTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Jones 32 5-12 0-0 5-12 0 5 10 Jordan 37 7-17 2-2 0-5 6 2 16 J White 19 3-5 2-2 3-8 0 1 8 R Hamilton 32 5-13 5-5 0-2 2 0 15 C Whitney 31 3-8 0-0 0-2 2 3 8 Nesby 28 2-7 0-0 3-5 2 1 4 Davis 22 5-9 0-0 0-1 1 0 12 Lue 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Haywood 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Laettner 21 2-5 3-4 1-3 3 3 7 Thomas 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 12-13 12-41 16 18 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Jordan 0-1, C Whitney 2-7, Davis 2-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Nesby, C Whitney). Turnovers: 16 (Jordan 4, J White 2, P Jones 2, Thomas 2, C Whitney, Davis, Laettner, Lue, R Hamilton). Steals: 9 (Jordan 3, Nesby 3, Haywood, Laettner, Lue). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 23 23 23 24 - 93 Washington 22 17 24 19 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 1:56. Officials: Scott Foster, Scott Wall, Greg Willard.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd decided to remain a shooter on the same night Michael Jordan chose to be a decoy.

Kidd scored 30 points on an uncharacteristic 25 shots as the New Jersey Nets pulled away for a 93-82 victory over the Washington Wizards, who watched Jordan take no shots in the fourth quarter.

Kidd is known for his passing an unselfish play, which has lifted New Jersey to the top of the Eastern Conference and made him a leading candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player.

However, Kidd has shown at times that he can score if he shoots and has done so the last two games. He scored 26 points on 17 shots in Tuesday's win over Golden State and continued to fire away against the Wizards.

"The ball was going in for me tonight," Kidd said. "I missed some shots early and got down on myself, and coach and my teammates told me to just keep shooting it."

Kidd made 13-of-25 shots, including a running 40-foot banker that closed the third quarter and gave the Nets a 69-63 lead. He opened the final period by scoring nine points in a 12-2 surge that gave New Jersey an 81-65 lead.

"He took over the game," Nets guard Kerry Kittles said. "He hit huge shot after huge shot. He's a superstar and that's what we expect him to do. He can score when he wants to score, but his job is to make others better."

Jordan also is a leading MVP candidate, lifting the Wizards into playoff contention with his scoring. After sitting out Wednesday's loss to Detroit with a bruised knee, he scored 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting but inexplicably did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter.

"You lose your lack of mobility and you limit your game to jump shots," Jordan said of the injury. "When my game becomes limited to one option, I'm easy to guard. I think's it's going to take a couple days to get my rhythm back and get my strength back."

Kerry Kittles scored 20 points and Keith Van Horn added 17 for the Nets (36-17), who have won four in a row and are running away with the East. No other team is more than eight games above .500.

Among those fading teams is the Wizards (27-26), who have lost five of six and are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot.

"Our rhythm is not quite there," Jordan said. "We've gotten out of our roles, in terms of fulfilling our roles like when we were winning. I just think we've got to grind our way back into our roles so that we can play better basketball, so we can play in sync."

The Nets are 2-1 against the Wizards this season.

Washington never led in the second half. Two free throws by Richard Hamilton pulled the Wizards within 64-63 with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, but Kidd fed Lucious Harris for a jumper, then launched his long 3-pointer that rattled in at the horn.

"That's why my percentage is so low -- because I take those shots," Kidd said. "But I like taking those shots, because if you don't take them you don't know if they might go."

"That little segment at the end of the third quarter just killed us," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "Just like that, the lead went from one to six and it was a really deflating play for us."

Kidd opened the fourth quarter with an 18-footer, 3-pointer and layup, extending the lead to 76-65. He found Van Horn for a 3-pointer, then added another layup to make it 81-65 with 9:38 remaining.

"I got a couple shooter's rolls," Kidd said. "I don't know how because I'm not a shooter, so I don't have one of those, but I got some to go down."

With Jordan surprisingly quiet, the Wizards got no closer than seven points thereafter. Jordan sat down with 2:45 to go.

Rookie Richard Jefferson scored 11 points off the bench for the Nets, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and withstood a pair of poor games from their frontcourt players.

Center Todd MacCulloch tried to play through a foot injury but left after just seven minutes and did not return. Forward Kenyon Martin, who was unnerved by facing Jordan in a previous meeting, shot 0-of-6 and scored just four points.

MacCulloch will be further evaluated Friday. He said his left foot is very sore and he does not know when he may return.

Hamilton scored 15 points and Popeye Jones collected 10 and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who shot 42 percent (33-of-79).

A jumper by Jefferson gave the Nets the lead for good at 28-26 with 9:40 left in the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Kittles closed the first half and gave New Jersey a 46-39 advantage.

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