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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 15 22 21 29 87 WASHINGTON 28 25 27 24 104 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (87) AT WASHINGTON (104)

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

GILL F 29 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 6 3 1 0 2 VAN HORN F 27 3-12 1-1 2 2 4 0 4 2 4 7 J WILLIAMS C 34 5-8 5-7 3 8 11 1 4 0 2 15 KITTLES G 30 9-11 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 4 21 CASSELL G 23 5-11 3-4 0 1 1 5 3 2 3 13 EDWARDS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GATLING 18 1-10 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 3 BENOIT 18 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 7 DOUGLAS 16 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 5 CAGE 18 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 2 HARRIS 19 4-8 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 1 0 10 HALEY 4 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 33-75 16-22 9 22 31 18 29 9 19 87 (.440) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(29 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 44 8-17 5-6 2 8 10 8 2 3 5 22 HOWARD F 44 8-16 4-4 4 2 6 3 3 0 5 20 DAVIS C 23 1-1 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 1 0 2 CHEANEY G 30 4-9 6-10 2 3 5 1 5 1 2 14 STRICKLAND G 36 5-10 1-2 2 5 7 11 5 4 4 11 WALLACE 16 1-3 2-4 4 1 5 0 2 0 3 4 T MURRAY 24 7-13 6-7 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 22 WHITNEY 13 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 2 2 5 GRANT 9 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 HAM 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EACKLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEGLER DNP - PULLED RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 38-78 24-33 16 29 45 29 26 11 22 104 (.487) (.727) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 15 22 21 29 - 87 WASHINGTON 28 25 27 24 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - BENOIT, KITTLES. WASHINGTON - WEBBER 3, HOWARD, WALLACE, CHEANEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-15 (.333), VAN HORN 0-1, KITTLES 3-4, CASSELL 0-2, BENOIT 1-5, HARRIS 1-3. WASHINGTON 4-11 (.364), WEBBER 1-4, T MURRAY 2-4, WHITNEY 1-3. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD. OFFICIALS: RODDY MOTT, LUIS GRILLO, HUGH EVANS. A - 20,674. T - 2:07.


NEW JERSEY (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 29 1-3 0-0 0-2 6 3 2 Van Horn 27 3-12 1-1 2-4 0 4 7 J Williams 34 5-8 5-7 3-11 1 4 15 Kittles 30 9-11 0-0 0-2 1 2 21 Cassell 23 5-11 3-4 0-1 5 3 13 Edwards 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gatling 18 1-10 1-2 0-0 0 2 3 Benoit 18 2-6 2-2 1-2 2 3 7 Douglas 16 2-4 1-2 0-1 1 4 5 Cage 18 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Harris 19 4-8 1-2 1-4 1 3 10 Haley 4 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 16-22 9-31 18 29 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Van Horn 0-1, Kittles 3-4, Cassell 0-2, Benoit 1-5, Harris 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Benoit, Kittles). Turnovers: 21 (Kittles 4, Van Horn 4, Cassell 3, Gatling 3, Douglas 2, J Williams 2, Benoit). Steals: 9 (Cassell 2, Van Horn 2, Cage, Gatling, Gill, Harris, Kittles).

WASHINGTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 44 8-17 5-6 2-10 8 2 22 Howard 44 8-16 4-4 4-6 3 3 20 Davis 23 1-1 0-0 1-6 0 2 2 Cheaney 30 4-9 6-10 2-5 1 5 14 Strickland 36 5-10 1-2 2-7 11 5 11 Wallace 16 1-3 2-4 4-5 0 2 4 T Murray 24 7-13 6-7 1-3 3 2 22 Whitney 13 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 3 5 Grant 9 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Ham 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Eackles DNP - coach's decision Legler DNP - pulled right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 24-33 16-45 29 26 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Webber 1-4, T Murray 2-4, Whitney 1-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Webber 3, Howard, Wallace, Cheaney). Turnovers: 22 (Howard 5, Webber 5, Strickland 4, Wallace 3, Cheaney 2, Whitney 2, T Murray). Steals: 11 (Strickland 4, Webber 3, Whitney 2, Cheaney, Davis). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 15 22 21 29 - 87 Washington 28 25 27 24 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 5:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:07. Officials: Roddy Mott, Luis Grillo, Hugh Evans.


GAME RECAP

Chris Webber scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out eight assists as the Washington Wizards cruised to a 104-87 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Tracy Murray also finished with 22 points and Juwan Howard added 20 for Washington, which has won three of its last four games overall and four in a row at home against the Nets.

Webber, who scored 20 or more for the 14th straight game, made a three-pointer to spark an 18-0 burst late in the first period that gave the Wizards a 24-11 lead. Webber also converted a three-point play during the run and scored 10 in the quarter, helping Washington to a 28-15 cushion.

"We didn't have to play catch-up tonight and make that comeback run," said Webber, who met with NBA officials Friday regarding his arrest earlier this week. "We were able to turn up the intensity tonight full throttle. We've done this before, and now we have to make sure we keep it up."

"He's (Webber) taking the ball more to the basket and no one can stop him when he's doing that," Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "He's playing very, very well."

The Nets got no closer than 12 points thereafter and the Wizards built their biggest lead, 88-65, with 7:40 left in the game on a jumper by Rod Strickland, who had 11 points, 11 assists and seven boards.

Kerry Kittles scored 21 points and Jayson Williams contributed 15 and 11 rebounds for New Jersey, which was unable to rebound from Friday's heartbreaking 100-98 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.

"With these back-to-back games, all we want to do is stay in the game and try to steal it at the end," Nets coach John Calipari said. "We have a lot of tired players. Right now, we're in a crawling stage. When we get to where we want to be, we will be able to pull this game out."

Washington owned a 45-31 edge on the boards and improved to 13-4 at the MCI Center.

Williams scored the game's first five points and New Jersey held an 11-6 lead in the early going before Washington went on the decisive run. Webber's three-point play and a jumper by Calbert Cheaney capped the burst before Murray's two free throws built the lead to 28-12 with under a minute left.

"We were winning and feeling good, and then the bottom just fell out on us," Williams said. "We can't continue to play these types of games."

Murray scored nine points in the second quarter, including six straight for the Wizards to build a 36-21 advantage. His 13 first-half points helped Washington to a 53-37 lead.

"We've been playing hard, tonight we played with purpose," Bickerstaff said. "We got good shots tonight and were able to control the game early."

A layup by rookie Keith Van Horn pulled New Jersey within 53-41 with 10:40 left in the third period, but the Nets were unable to further cut the deficit and trailed 80-58 entering the fourth quarter.

Van Horn averaged 27.5 points in the first two games against Washington this season, but was limited to just seven on 3-of-12 shooting.

"The key of the game was we contained a lot of their players, Van Horn, (Sam) Cassell, we shut them down," Howard said. "We kept them away from the boards and were able to control the whole game. We took away their nucleus, which is something we need to keep doing to win in this league."

Cheaney chipped in 14 points for the Wizards, who shot 49 percent (38-of-78) from the field and recorded 29 assists to the Nets' 18.

Cassell scored 13 points for New Jersey, which hit 44 percent (33-of-75) from the floor.

Nets forward Chris Gatling returned to action after missing the last six weeks with a fractured right leg. His first game back was an ugly one, finishing with just two points on 1-of-10 shooting, no rebounds and three turnovers in 18 minutes off the bench.

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