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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 26 24 23 24 97 PORTLAND 25 31 24 18 98 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (97) AT PORTLAND (98)

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

KITTLES F 34 9-13 3-6 0 1 1 3 2 0 2 24 VAN HORN F 38 8-22 4-4 4 2 6 4 3 4 1 21 J WILLIAMS C 30 2-5 3-4 3 7 10 1 2 0 1 7 GILL G 36 6-11 2-2 0 6 6 3 4 3 0 14 CASSELL G 33 5-11 6-7 0 0 0 8 4 2 6 16 GATLING 15 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 0 5 1 1 6 CAGE 13 0-1 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 BENOIT 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 21 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 6 HARRIS 9 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 21-27 11 21 32 23 28 11 15 97 (.462) (.778) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 41 10-16 3-4 4 6 10 3 4 1 4 23 ASKEW F 35 2-4 0-0 2 3 5 6 3 1 2 4 SABONIS C 36 8-16 8-10 2 9 11 2 5 0 3 24 WILLIAMS G 33 3-6 3-4 1 1 2 4 3 1 1 9 ANDERSON G 36 6-11 3-5 0 1 1 3 2 2 3 18 RIDER 26 5-14 3-4 3 1 4 2 1 1 0 14 TRENT 18 1-6 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 1 4 2 ONEAL 8 1-1 2-3 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 4 AUGMON 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CATO 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 22-30 15 27 42 23 22 7 19 98 (.486) (.733) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 26 24 23 24 - 97 PORTLAND 25 31 24 18 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - KITTLES, VAN HORN, J WILLIAMS, GILL. PORTLAND - ASKEW, SABONIS, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-14 (.286), KITTLES 3-4, VAN HORN 1-5, GILL 0-2, BENOIT 0-2, HARRIS 0-1. PORTLAND 4-8 (.500), ANDERSON 3-4, RIDER 1-4. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, BENNIE ADAMS, JOE DEROSA. A - 20,527. T - 2:31.


NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kittles 34 9-13 3-6 0-1 3 2 24 Van Horn 38 8-22 4-4 4-6 4 3 21 J Williams 30 2-5 3-4 3-10 1 2 7 Gill 36 6-11 2-2 0-6 3 4 14 Cassell 33 5-11 6-7 0-0 8 4 16 Gatling 15 2-5 2-2 1-3 0 5 6 Cage 13 0-1 0-0 3-4 1 1 0 Benoit 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Douglas 21 3-6 0-0 0-2 3 2 6 Harris 9 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Edwards DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 21-27 11-32 23 28 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Kittles 3-4, Van Horn 1-5, Gill 0-2, Benoit 0-2, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Kittles, Van Horn, J Williams, Gill). Turnovers: 15 (Cassell 6, Douglas 2, Kittles 2, Cage, Gatling, Harris, J Williams, Van Horn). Steals: 11 (Van Horn 4, Gill 3, Cassell 2, Gatling, Harris).

PORTLAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 41 10-16 3-4 4-10 3 4 23 Askew 35 2-4 0-0 2-5 6 3 4 Sabonis 36 8-16 8-10 2-11 2 5 24 Williams 33 3-6 3-4 1-2 4 3 9 Anderson 36 6-11 3-5 0-1 3 2 18 Rider 26 5-14 3-4 3-4 2 1 14 Trent 18 1-6 0-0 1-5 3 1 2 Oneal 8 1-1 2-3 2-2 0 1 4 Augmon 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cato 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lister DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 22-30 15-42 23 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Anderson 3-4, Rider 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Askew, Sabonis, Oneal). Turnovers: 20 (Trent 4, Wallace 4, Anderson 3, Sabonis 3, Askew 2, Oneal 2, Williams). Steals: 7 (Anderson 2, Askew, Rider, Trent, Wallace, Williams). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 26 24 23 24 - 97 Portland 25 31 24 18 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 4:02 1st; Williams, 8:21 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,527. T: 2:31. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams, Joe Derosa.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Alvin Williams hit a free throw with 6.5 seconds left to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to their seventh win in 10 games, 98-97 over the New Jersey Nets.

The game took several strange twists after Williams' free throw. Sam Cassell was fouled and hit one of two foul shots with 2.8 seconds left to pull the Nets within 98-97. After Cassell missed his second attempt, the ball went out of bounds off Portland's Arvydas Sabonis with 1.4 seconds remaining.

Sherman Douglas bounced the inbounds pass off the back of the Blazers' Vincent Askew, caught the ball and put in an easy layup. But Douglas was ruled out of bounds while catching the ball, nullifying the go-ahead basket.

Portland inbounded at midcourt and Askew tried to pass to Rasheed Wallace, who was called for a loose ball foul for going over the back of New Jersey's Kerry Kittles. The Nets took possession with 1.4 seconds still remaining. Douglas inbounded to Kendall Gill, who misfired on a long jumper at the buzzer.

Nets coach John Calipari complained that Kittles should have been awarded two free throws after he was fouled.

"On their inbounds play, Kerry touched the ball," Calipari explained. "It makes it a loose ball foul. We shoot two and we leave here with a different feeling. We did not play well enough to win this game. I saw the tape and the official missed it. If it is possible to protest, believe me, we will protest."

"Sherm was innovative," Gill said. "It was a great move. It was designed to go to myself or Keith (Van Horn), but the guy's back was to him and he made a great play. We knew we should've won this game."

Sabonis had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Wallace added 23 and 10 for Portland, which has won four of its last five meetings with New Jersey.

Kittles had 24 points, including 13 in the third quarter, and Van Horn scored 21 for the Nets, who completed a 3-3 road trip.

The Trail Blazers used an 8-2 run at the end of the third quarter to grab an 80-73 lead. A free throw by Kenny Anderson capped the spurt with 41 seconds left in the quarter.

Just under four minutes into the fourth quarter, Isaiah Rider hit a three-pointer to give Portland its biggest lead of the second half, 89-77.

Over the next 4:50, New Jersey climbed back into the game with a 14-2 spurt, capped by Gill's jumper that tied the score, 91-91, with 3:15 remaining.

Sabonis coverted a three-point play on a drive, putting the Blazers ahead 97-93 with 2:13 remaining. New Jersey cut the deficit back to one point with 38 seconds left when Cassell turned a shot in the lane into a three-point play.

Each team then failed to score on its next possession, leading to the free throw by Williams and setting up the bizarre final seconds of the game.

"That (Douglas' play) was pure New York playground," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We were going to go big with Kelvin (Cato), but then I saw they were going small and we tried to go small. I was worried about the switches, but I'm sure nobody expected the play Douglas tried to make. I haven't seen it in a long time but it's not as if I've never seen it. In fact, I remember doing it once myself."

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