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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 19 25 15 18 77 ATLANTA 23 36 21 23 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 21, KEITH VAN HORN 11, JASON KIDD 10 ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 18, JACQUE VAUGHN 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 7, RICHARD JEFFERSON 7, TODD MACCULLOCH 6 ATL - DERMARR JOHNSON 10, TONI KUKOC 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - KERRY KITTLES 4, JASON KIDD 3, JASON COLLINS 2 ATL - JACQUE VAUGHN 9, TONI KUKOC 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 10,405


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (77) AT ATLANTA (103)

NEW JERSEY

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

R JEFFERSON F 38 7-11 6-10 2 5 7 1 5 1 3 21 K VAN HORN F 24 4-10 2-2 2 5 7 0 2 1 2 11 T MACCULLOCH C 22 4-5 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 1 2 8 J KIDD G 27 3-11 3-4 0 3 3 3 1 3 6 10 K KITTLES G 32 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 0 5 6 J COLLINS 24 2-5 3-5 0 5 5 2 3 1 1 7 A WILLIAMS 20 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 2 4 A JOHNSON 25 3-8 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 6 D MARSHALL 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 B SCALABRINE 12 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 4 B ARMSTRONG 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 K MARTIN DNP - LEAGUE SUSPENSION

TOTALS 240 29-72 16-23 10 28 38 13 21 10 24 77 (.403) (.696) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 25 (26 PTS)

ATLANTA

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

D JOHNSON F 22 4-10 1-2 2 8 10 0 2 2 2 11 S ABDUR-RAHIM F 30 7-12 3-3 1 2 3 3 4 1 2 18 N MOHAMMED C 21 2-3 3-4 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 7 J TERRY G 34 5-15 3-3 0 3 3 1 1 2 3 13 I NEWBLE G 25 3-6 3-3 0 2 2 0 4 2 2 9 J VAUGHN 38 7-8 4-4 2 2 4 9 2 3 3 18 T KUKOC 20 5-10 0-0 0 5 5 4 2 1 2 13 A HENDERSON 21 6-9 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 0 3 12 H MOTTOLA 17 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 1 0 0 M STRICKLAND 5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 C BOWDLER 4 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 L SMITH 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 D GLOVER DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RT

TOTALS 240 40-80 17-19 9 31 40 22 20 14 17 103 (.500) (.895) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 18 (4 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 19 25 15 18 - 77 ATLANTA 23 36 21 23 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - T MACCULLOCH 2, J KIDD, R JEFFERSON, B SCALABRINE, J COLLINS, A WILLIAMS. ATLANTA - D JOHNSON 2, A HENDERSON, S ABDUR- RAHIM, N MOHAMMED. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-10 (.300), R JEFFERSON 1-1, K VAN HORN 1- 3, J KIDD 1-3, K KITTLES 0-2, A JOHNSON 0-1. ATLANTA 6-14 (.429), D JOHNSON 2- 3, S ABDUR-RAHIM 1-1, J TERRY 0-5, T KUKOC 3-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE. ATLANTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, GARY BENSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 10,405. T - 2:03.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (77)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Jefferson 38 7-11 6-10 2-7 1 5 21 K Van Horn 24 4-10 2-2 2-7 0 2 11 T MacCulloch 22 4-5 0-0 2-6 1 1 8 J Kidd 27 3-11 3-4 0-3 3 1 10 K Kittles 32 3-10 0-0 1-4 4 2 6 J Collins 24 2-5 3-5 0-5 2 3 7 A Williams 20 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 4 A Johnson 25 3-8 0-0 1-1 0 3 6 D Marshall 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 B Scalabrine 12 1-4 2-2 0-1 1 1 4 B Armstrong 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 K Martin DNP - LEAGUE SUSPENSION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 16-23 10-38 13 21 77 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (R Jefferson 1-1, K Van Horn 1-3, J Kidd 1-3, K Kittles 0-2, A Johnson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:7 (T MacCulloch 2, J Kidd, R Jefferson, B Scalabrine, J Collins, A Williams). Turnovers:24 (J Kidd 6, K Kittles 5, R Jefferson 3, B Scalabrine 3, A Williams 2, K Van Horn 2, T MacCulloch 2, J Collins). Steals: 10 (J Kidd 3, A Williams, A Johnson, K Van Horn, T MacCulloch, R Jefferson, B Armstrong, J Collins).

ATLANTA (103)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Johnson 22 4-10 1-2 2-10 0 2 11 S Abdur-Rahim 30 7-12 3-3 1-3 3 4 18 N Mohammed 21 2-3 3-4 0-3 0 1 7 J Terry 34 5-15 3-3 0-3 1 1 13 I Newble 25 3-6 3-3 0-2 0 4 9 J Vaughn 38 7-8 4-4 2-4 9 2 18 T Kukoc 20 5-10 0-0 0-5 4 2 13 A Henderson 21 6-9 0-0 2-4 2 1 12 H Mottola 17 0-0 0-0 0-3 3 3 0 M Strickland 5 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 C Bowdler 4 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 L Smith 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 D Glover DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RT

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-80 17-19 9-40 22 20 103 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (D Johnson 2-3, S Abdur-Rahim 1-1, J Terry 0-5, T Kukoc 3-5). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:5 (D Johnson 2, A Henderson, S Abdur-Rahim, N Mohammed). Turnovers:17 (A Henderson 3, J Vaughn 3, J Terry 3, T Kukoc 2, S Abdur-Rahim 2, D Johnson 2, I Newble 2). Steals: 14 (J Vaughn 3, J Terry 2, D Johnson 2, I Newble 2, T Kukoc, H Mottola, M Strickland, N Mohammed, S Abdur-Rahim).

------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 19 25 15 18 - 77 ATLANTA 23 36 21 23 - 103 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (Defensive Three, 4:35 3rd). Atlanta - 1 (Defensive Three, 7:46 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,405. T: 2:03. Officials: Bob Delaney, Gary Benson, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- With a playoff spot already secured, the New Jersey Nets did not seem very interested in winning.

Jacque Vaughn tied a career high with 18 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim also scored 18 as the Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 103-77 victory over the Nets, who suffered their worst lost of the season less than 24 hours after earning a playoff berth.

New Jersey became the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a trip to the playoffs when the Miami Heat lost on Monday night. The Nets took a three-game winning streak into Philips Arena but played as if their work for the season was finished.

"If (clinching a playoff spot) had anything to do with it, then weíre in very big trouble once the playoffs starts, Iíll tell you that right now," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "We got beat in every facet in the game. I have no way of knowing why that would happen, to be honest with you. They should be very embarrassed. That was a horse(bleep) of a game, the way we played."

New Jersey shot only 40 percent (29-of-72) from the field and committed 25 turnovers leading to 26 points for Atlanta, which shot 50 percent (40-of-80) from the floor and made 6-of-14 3-pointers.

The Hawks took over in the second quarter, when they made 16-of-24 shots. Atlanta's bench scored 30 points in the period while New Jersey only managed 25 as a team.

"(Atlanta) shot the heck out of the ball in the first half,"

Scott said. "They got to go wherever they wanted to go and do whatever they wanted to do. We didnít put up a fight. That is what is most disturbing to me. It was a terrible display of basketball."

The game was tied, 31-31, with 7:26 remaining in the second before the Hawks went on a 17-4 run. Alan Henderson scored eight of his 12 points and fellow reserve Toni Kukoc added five of his 13 during the spurt, which gave Atlanta a 48-35 cushion with 3:31 left.

Jason Kidd capped a 6-0 run to bring the Nets within 63-53 with 8:13 remaining in the third, but Hawks swingman Ira Newble scored five consecutive points and New Jersey never got closer than 13 thereafter.

Atlanta had its largest lead, 101-73, after a jumper by DerMarr Johnson with 2:02 remaining and cruised to its sixth straight victory at Philips Arena.

"To win, and win convincingly against a team of that magnitude is a big confidence booster for us," said Abdur-Rahim, who made 7-of-12 shots. "Weíre trying to get where they are. It builds confidence and lets us know how good we can be if we come out and focus that way and play that way every night."

Jason Terry scored 13 points and Johnson added 11 and tied a season high with 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who saw their reserves outscore the Nets' bench, 45-21.

"We got a lot of good help from the bench," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "We got good contributions from a lot of the guys.

We felt really good about that. A very solid 48 minutes. It was as consistently as weíve played all year."

Although the playoffs seem out of the picture, the Hawks have won seven of their last nine games and are six games behind the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 12 games remaining.

Rookie Richard Jefferson had 21 points and seven rebounds and Keith Van Horn added 11 and seven for the Nets, who are just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"Itís a very disappointing loss," Van Horn said. "We canít come out with that lack of energy on the road. We arenít going to win many games doing that. There was a serious lack of energy.

For whatever reason, collectively as a team, no one really came out with the fire we should have. They were playing like they were the first place team."

Kidd had just 10 points and three assists while committing six turnovers. He was bothered by flu-like symptoms and did not play in the fourth quarter.

New Jersey played without starting forward Kenyon Martin, who served the first of a two-game suspension for picking up his eighth flagrant foul of the season in the opener of the home-and-home series Sunday.

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