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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 15 29 31 99 NEW YORK 23 20 29 22 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 13 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 32, KURT THOMAS 20, MARK JACKSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 8, JASON COLLINS 5, BRIAN SCALABRINE 5 NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 17, KURT THOMAS 15, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - JASON KIDD 5, ANTHONY JOHNSON 4, BRIAN SCALABRINE 4 NYK - MARK JACKSON 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (99) AT NEW YORK (94)

NEW JERSEY

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

K MARTIN F 21 4-5 4-7 0 3 3 3 1 0 1 13 K VAN HORN F 21 4-8 4-5 1 7 8 1 5 1 3 13 A WILLIAMS C 19 3-4 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 8 J KIDD G 22 5-10 0-0 0 4 4 5 0 0 3 11 K KITTLES G 24 3-10 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 3 0 6 J COLLINS 29 3-9 6-6 2 3 5 3 2 0 0 12 R JEFFERSON 21 3-8 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 8 A JOHNSON 26 5-10 3-3 2 2 4 4 1 2 0 13 B SCALABRINE 24 0-5 2-4 2 3 5 4 1 2 2 2 B ARMSTRONG 21 5-11 1-2 1 0 1 1 4 2 1 13 D MARSHALL 12 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 L HARRIS DNP - SORE HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 35-82 24-33 11 27 38 22 15 12 10 99 (.427) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10 (14 PTS)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL F 34 4-12 0-0 1 1 2 5 5 2 1 8 C WEATHERSPOON F 40 4-11 0-0 7 10 17 1 3 0 1 8 K THOMAS C 40 8-16 4-4 6 9 15 2 5 0 3 20 A HOUSTON G 39 12-26 4-4 0 3 3 2 3 1 5 32 M JACKSON G 24 5-10 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 1 0 11 S ANDERSON 22 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 1 3 1 3 0 O HARRINGTON 16 1-4 2-2 2 5 7 1 4 0 3 4 C WARD 18 3-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 H EISLEY 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-86 12-12 16 35 51 21 25 5 20 94 (.442) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20 (25 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 15 29 31 - 99 NEW YORK 23 20 29 22 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - A WILLIAMS, K VAN HORN, K MARTIN. NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON, O HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-18 (.278), K MARTIN 1-1, K VAN HORN 1- 3, J KIDD 1-4, K KITTLES 0-3, R JEFFERSON 0-2, A JOHNSON 0-2, B ARMSTRONG 2- 2, D MARSHALL 0-1. NEW YORK 6-24 (.250), L SPREWELL 0-3, A HOUSTON 4- 12, M JACKSON 1-6, C WARD 1-1, H EISLEY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, PAT FRAHER, STEVE JAVIE. A - 19,763. T - 2:01.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (99)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 21 4-5 4-7 0-3 3 1 13 K Van Horn 21 4-8 4-5 1-8 1 5 13 A Williams 19 3-4 2-2 1-3 1 0 8 J Kidd 22 5-10 0-0 0-4 5 0 11 K Kittles 24 3-10 0-0 2-3 0 0 6 J Collins 29 3-9 6-6 2-5 3 2 12 R Jefferson 21 3-8 2-4 0-1 0 0 8 A Johnson 26 5-10 3-3 2-4 4 1 13 B Scalabrine 24 0-5 2-4 2-5 4 1 2 B Armstrong 21 5-11 1-2 1-1 1 4 13 D Marshall 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 L Harris DNP - SORE HAMSTRING

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 24-33 11-38 22 15 99 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (K Martin 1-1, K Van Horn 1-3, J Kidd 1-4, K Kittles 0-3, R Jefferson 0-2, A Johnson 0-2, B Armstrong 2-2, D Marshall 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (A Williams, K Van Horn, K Martin). Turnovers:10 (J Kidd 3, K Van Horn 3, B Scalabrine 2, K Martin, B Armstrong). Steals: 12 (K Kittles 3, A Johnson 2, B Scalabrine 2, B Armstrong 2, A Williams, K Van Horn, R Jefferson).

NEW YORK (94)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 34 4-12 0-0 1-2 5 5 8 C Weatherspoon 40 4-11 0-0 7-17 1 3 8 K Thomas 40 8-16 4-4 6-15 2 5 20 A Houston 39 12-26 4-4 0-3 2 3 32 M Jackson 24 5-10 0-0 0-2 7 0 11 S Anderson 22 0-0 0-0 0-5 1 3 0 O Harrington 16 1-4 2-2 2-7 1 4 4 C Ward 18 3-4 2-2 0-0 1 1 9 H Eisley 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Robinson DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 12-12 16-51 21 25 94 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (L Sprewell 0-3, A Houston 4-12, M Jackson 1-6, C Ward 1-1, H Eisley 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (C Weatherspoon, O Harrington). Turnovers:20 (A Houston 5, C Ward 3, O Harrington 3, K Thomas 3, S Anderson 3, C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell, H Eisley). Steals: 5 (L Sprewell 2, A Houston, M Jackson, S Anderson).

------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 24 15 29 31 - 99 NEW YORK 23 20 29 22 - 94 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: New York - 1 (C Weatherspoon, 11:09 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:01. Officials: Michael Smith, Pat Fraher, Steve Javie.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The balance of power in New York basketball clearly has shifted across the Hudson River.

The playoff-bound New Jersey Nets completed their first season series sweep of the lottery-bound New York Knicks in 17 years with a 99-94 victory in the regular-season finale.

"When I came in here, I set a mission and it got completed tonight," said Nets guard Jason Kidd, an NBA MVP candidate. "We're the best team in the area and we showed it this season and I hope we can keep the tradition of showing the city who's the best team."

"I've been here through the ups and down with the Nets, and it feels good to be the best team in the area," guard Kerry Kittles said.

Anthony Johnson and rookie Brandon Armstrong scored 13 points apiece for the Nets (52-30), who are headed to the playoffs for the first time in four years as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face Indiana in the first round beginning this weekend.

Despite resting most of its regulars, New Jersey still was too much for New York (30-52), which has dominated New York-area basketball for a generation but will miss the postseason for the first time since 1987.

Kenyon Martin and Keith Van Horn also scored 13 points each for the Nets, who won all four games from the Knicks to sweep the series for the first time since the 1984-85 season. After that season, New York went on to win the draft lottery and selected Patrick Ewing.

"I'm very happy for this team tonight," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They came and did what they wanted to do, which was to sweep the Knicks."

"We weren't going to let this one slip away because you never know when you're going to be able to sweep the Knicks again," forward Keith Van Horn added.

Allan Houston scored 32 points and Kurt Thomas added 20 and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who ended the season with six losses in seven games. They went 20-43 under coach Don Chaney, who replaced Jeff Van Gundy in December.

Latrell Sprewell scored eight points in 34 minutes in what could have been his last game with the Knicks. Sprewell was fined one game's pay -- approximately $125,000 -- for missing a shootaround Sunday in Miami. He intends to contest the fine through the Players Association.

Perhaps the Knicks' best all-around player, Sprewell arrived in New York in 1999 amid a swirl of controversy. Acquired in a trade while suspended for choking his coach in Golden State, the swingman could be departing under similar circumstances. He has called for the team to improve itself, but that may be hard to do given salary cap restrictions.

"I can't speculate on coming back, and I want to come back, but you know this is a business, and management will take care of it," Sprewell said. "I know management will work 100 percent on getting this team better this year because playing in New York, you always have to perform.

"I will miss this place if I don't come back. I like playing here, but I hope I do come back."

The Knicks once again blew a double-digit lead, giving away an 11-point advantage. Johnson scored seven straight points for New Jersey before a layup by rookie Richard Jefferson gave the Nets the lead for good at 77-76 with 9:38 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Houston pulled New York within 96-94 with 55 seconds left, but Brian Scalabrine found fellow rookie Jason Collins for a dunk 10 seconds later. After a turnover by the Knicks, Scalabrine made 1-of-2 free throws with 20 seconds remaining to seal it.

Collins scored 12 points and Kidd added 11 for the Nets, who shot 43 percent (35-of-82) from the field and committed just 10 turnovers.

"We came in and did what we wanted to do, which was to win and sweep the Knicks," Nets forward Kenyon Martin said. "This goes to show the people of the area who the top team is."

Mark Jackson scored 11 points and Clarence Weatherspoon grabbed 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 44 percent (38-of-86) and held a 51-38 edge on the glass but had 20 turnovers.

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