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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 32 29 28 27 116 VANCOUVER 27 29 23 27 106 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (116) AT VANCOUVER (106)

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

GILL F 27 2-8 5-6 3 3 6 4 1 1 0 9 VAN HORN F 31 8-21 0-0 4 3 7 1 5 1 4 17 J WILLIAMS C 34 7-9 2-3 5 4 9 0 4 0 2 16 KITTLES G 31 4-13 1-2 3 2 5 3 1 2 0 11 CASSELL G 32 10-17 5-6 3 5 8 6 2 2 1 26 BENOIT 24 2-9 4-4 3 2 5 2 4 0 0 9 DOUGLAS 16 5-8 4-5 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 14 HARRIS 15 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 4 CAGE 14 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 2 GATLING 16 2-8 4-6 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 8 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-96 27-34 26 24 50 21 22 11 9 116 (.438) (.794) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 35 9-21 7-7 3 4 7 1 4 1 2 26 THORPE F 37 7-12 3-4 8 12 20 6 2 0 4 17 REEVES C 35 9-14 4-7 1 1 2 1 5 0 0 22 MACK G 28 2-10 1-1 1 1 2 6 2 0 1 6 DANIELS G 25 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 5 3 1 5 4 MAYBERRY 23 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 2 CHILCUTT 21 6-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 15 B EDWARDS 20 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 4 LYNCH 16 3-3 4-5 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 10 NEWBILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASSENBURG DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE

TOTALS 240 41-81 19-24 14 28 42 27 25 4 17 106 (.506) (.792) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 32 29 28 27 - 116 VANCOUVER 27 29 23 27 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, CAGE. VANCOUVER - B EDWARDS 2, LYNCH, ABDUR-RAHIM, THORPE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-23 (.217), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 1-7, KITTLES 2-5, CASSELL 1-4, BENOIT 1-5, DOUGLAS 0-1. VANCOUVER 5-11 (.455), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, MACK 1-4, MAYBERRY 0-1, CHILCUTT 3-3, B EDWARDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, ED MIDDLETON, RODDY MOTT. A - 17,094. T - 2:14.


NEW JERSEY (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 27 2-8 5-6 3-6 4 1 9 Van Horn 31 8-21 0-0 4-7 1 5 17 J Williams 34 7-9 2-3 5-9 0 4 16 Kittles 31 4-13 1-2 3-5 3 1 11 Cassell 32 10-17 5-6 3-8 6 2 26 Benoit 24 2-9 4-4 3-5 2 4 9 Douglas 16 5-8 4-5 1-2 2 2 14 Harris 15 2-3 0-0 1-1 3 0 4 Cage 14 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 1 2 Gatling 16 2-8 4-6 2-4 0 2 8 Edwards DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-96 27-34 26-50 21 22 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 5-23, .217 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 1-7, Kittles 2-5, Cassell 1-4, Benoit 1-5, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Gill 2, Cage). Turnovers: 9 (Van Horn 4, J Williams 2, Cassell, Douglas, Harris). Steals: 11 (Cage 2, Cassell 2, Harris 2, Kittles 2, Douglas, Gill, Van Horn).

VANCOUVER (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 35 9-21 7-7 3-7 1 4 26 Thorpe 37 7-12 3-4 8-20 6 2 17 Reeves 35 9-14 4-7 1-2 1 5 22 Mack 28 2-10 1-1 1-2 6 2 6 Daniels 25 2-5 0-0 1-2 5 3 4 Mayberry 23 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Chilcutt 21 6-7 0-0 0-4 1 4 15 B Edwards 20 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Lynch 16 3-3 4-5 0-2 4 1 10 Newbill DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision Massenburg DNP - sprained ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-81 19-24 14-42 27 25 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Abdur-rahim 1-2, Mack 1-4, Mayberry 0-1, Chilcutt 3-3, B Edwards 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (B Edwards 2, Lynch, Abdur-rahim, Thorpe). Turnovers: 18 (Daniels 5, Thorpe 4, B Edwards 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Chilcutt 2, Mack). Steals: 4 (Abdur-rahim, B Edwards, Daniels, Lynch). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 32 29 28 27 - 116 Vancouver 27 29 23 27 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,094. T: 2:14. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ed Middleton, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Sam Cassell scored half of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, dominating rookie point guard Antonio Daniels, as the New Jersey Nets matched their victory total for all of last season with a 116-106 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

The Nets improved to 26-19, tying their win total for last season, when they finished 26-56. New Jersey also improved to 11-13 on the road with its third straight road win, matching its longest road streak since November 25th-28th and surpassing last season's road win total.

Cassell was on fire in the fourth quarter, at one point scoring nine straight Nets points, giving them a 102-95 lead with 4:29 to go. Cassell hit 10-of-17 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists while holding Daniels -- who committed five turnovers -- to just four points.

"Tonight my teammates got me open," said Cassell. "Jayson (Williams) gave me two screens and Keith (Van Horn) made a hell of a screen one time that got me open, and I just got looks. I finished the plays and that's all I did tonight."

The rest of New Jersey's backcourt followed Cassell's lead, as the Nets' guards outscored Vancouver's by a combined score of 55-16. Reserve Sherman Douglas scored 15 points and Kerry Kittles contributed 11 to lead New Jersey's back-line players while Sam Mack led the Grizzlies' guards with just six points.

The Nets, who took the lead for good early in the first quarter, grabbed a nine-point lead with 3:49 left when Cassell's penetration and kickout pass led to a jumper by rookie Keith Van Horn, who scored 17 points.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim netted 26 points, Bryant Reeves 22 and Otis Thorpe 17 and a franchise-record 20 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who fell to 0-5 all-time against New Jersey.

"They are very active on the boards, active hands and active bodies," said Thorpe. "They beat us to all the loose balls and did basically what they wanted to do."

The Nets improved to 3-0 on their six-game Western road swing going into Seattle and Portland. New Jersey, which went 3-2 on an earlier five-game trip out west, assured itself of two winning West-Coast swings in one season for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976.

Coincidentally, the Grizzlies (13-33) are also one game away from equaling their victory total of last season. They get another chance Monday at Dallas.

The Nets enlarged a 61-56 halftime lead by getting off to a quick start in the third quarter. They scored 10 of the first 14 points, taking a 71-60 advantage on a 17-footer by Van Horn with 8:43 remaining.

Vancouver fought back and sliced the margin to 99-95 on George Lynch's free throw before Cassell delivered the deciding blow with a three-pointer that gave the Nets a seven-point lead which held firm.

"In the second half we took it up a notch," said Nets coach John Calipari. "In the end we went to the guy I like to go to late in close games, Sam Cassell."

Williams, New Jersey's lone All-Star Game representative, collected 16 points and nine rebounds as the Nets shot just 44 percent (42-of-96), but committed only nine turnovers. They grabbed 26 offensive boards while holding a 50-42 rebounding edge.

"We knew it was going to be a tough contest," Williams said. "Everybody came with a lot of energy tonight. We knew they were a lot bigger than us, so we had to be quicker than them and beat them to the loose balls."

Pete Chilcutt had a season-high 15 points and Lynch added 10 for the Grizzlies, who have lost three in a row and 15 of their last 18 games. Vancouver shot 51 percent (41-of-81) from the floor but committed 18 turnovers which led to 21 points for New Jersey.

"Something needs to be said," stated a dejected Lynch. "There's a big smoke screen going around. If I were the fans, I would be booing us. We are a better team and we could give them a better effort. If I were the fans, I wouldn't be getting season tickets."

The Nets, who have won six of their last eight contests, went ahead for good, 8-6, on a dunk by Williams with 3:18 gone in the first quarter.

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