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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 25 19 21 16 81 NEW JERSEY 20 27 22 21 90 FINAL


DALLAS (81) AT NEW JERSEY (90)

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

SCOTT F 42 1-4 2-3 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 5 FINLEY F 46 13-21 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 3 1 26 BRADLEY C 35 4-10 2-2 6 10 16 0 4 1 2 10 STRICKLAND G 44 7-15 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 2 2 14 REEVES G 43 9-15 6-6 0 1 1 2 4 2 4 24 GREEN 23 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 2 ANSTEY 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 DAVIS DNP - FLU MUURSEPP DNP - COACH'S DECISION RILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-69 10-11 12 17 29 6 19 9 13 81 (.507) (.909) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

VAN HORN F 38 6-14 5-5 4 5 9 2 2 1 1 17 GILL F 34 4-13 1-2 5 0 5 5 2 2 4 9 J WILLIAMS C 37 7-10 1-1 6 7 13 0 3 2 1 15 KITTLES G 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 3 5 CASSELL G 43 12-18 2-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 2 26 HARRIS 18 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 DOUGLAS 28 2-7 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 2 1 6 GATLING 7 1-2 3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 CAGE 7 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 0 BENOIT 8 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 14-16 19 21 40 15 16 10 13 90 (.474) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

DALLAS 25 19 21 16 - 81 NEW JERSEY 20 27 22 21 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 6, ANSTEY. NEW JERSEY - CASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 1-8 (.125), SCOTT 1-2, FINLEY 0-2, STRICKLAND 0-2, REEVES 0-2. NEW JERSEY 2-9 (.222), VAN HORN 0-2, GILL 0-2, KITTLES 1-2, DOUGLAS 0-1, BENOIT 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, JOE FORTE, TIM DONAGHY. A - 15,260. T - 1:48.


DALLAS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Scott 42 1-4 2-3 1-2 1 2 5 Finley 46 13-21 0-0 2-3 2 1 26 Bradley 35 4-10 2-2 6-16 0 4 10 Strickland 44 7-15 0-0 0-2 1 5 14 Reeves 43 9-15 6-6 0-1 2 4 24 Green 23 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 1 2 Anstey 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Davis DNP - flu Muursepp DNP - coach's decision Riley DNP - coach's decision Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 10-11 12-29 6 19 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Scott 1-2, Finley 0-2, Strickland 0-2, Reeves 0-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 7 (Bradley 6, Anstey). Turnovers: 14 (Reeves 4, Bradley 2, Scott 2, Strickland 2, Anstey, Finley, Green). Steals: 9 (Finley 3, Reeves 2, Strickland 2, Bradley, Scott).

NEW JERSEY (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Van Horn 38 6-14 5-5 4-9 2 2 17 Gill 34 4-13 1-2 5-5 5 2 9 J Williams 37 7-10 1-1 6-13 0 3 15 Kittles 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 5 Cassell 43 12-18 2-2 0-1 5 3 26 Harris 18 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Douglas 28 2-7 2-2 1-3 3 3 6 Gatling 7 1-2 3-4 0-0 0 0 5 Cage 7 0-0 0-0 2-4 0 0 0 Benoit 8 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 3 Edwards DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 14-16 19-40 15 16 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Van Horn 0-2, Gill 0-2, Kittles 1-2, Douglas 0-1, Benoit 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Cassell). Turnovers: 13 (Gill 4, Kittles 3, Cassell 2, Douglas, Gatling, J Williams, Van Horn). Steals: 10 (Douglas 2, Gill 2, J Williams 2, Benoit, Cage, Kittles, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Dallas 25 19 21 16 - 81 New Jersey 20 27 22 21 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,260. T: 1:48. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Joe Forte, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

Sam Cassell connected on 12-of-18 shots and scored 26 points, leading the New Jersey Nets to their fifth win in their last six home games, 90-81 over the Dallas Mavericks, who dropped their 21st consecutive road game.

Keith Van Horn contributed 17 points and nine rebounds and All-Star Jayson Williams 15 and 13 for the Nets, who improved to 17-6 at home.

"It was a game we had to have," Cassell said. "I told the fellas if there's no one else, give me the ball and I'll get it done for us. I'll bail us out this time. That's what happened."

The game featured four players from the blockbuster nine-player trade that Dallas and New Jersey swung last February 17th. Ex-Nets playing for Dallas were Khalid Reeves and Shawn Bradley. Ex-Mavericks Cassell and Chris Gatling suited up for the Nets.

"You guys in the media can evaluate the trade, we liked it very much as a piece for our future," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "Bradley is a solid piece and I am sure the Nets would love to have him here with the players they have now.

"There were several players we didn't want to lose in the deal, but had to, because of the trade and the salary cap. Sam and Gatty are those guys you want to keep, but you can't have your cake and eat it too."

Finley shot 13-for-21 and scored 26 points and Reeves -- playing in place of Hubert Davis, who was a pregame scratch with the flu -- added 24 for the Mavericks, who have lost 21 of 23 road games this season and are 0-9 on the road against Eastern Conference teams. Dallas has not won away from home since November 1st at Seattle.

Bradley added 16 points, 16 boards and six blocks.

"We want to get back to winning and we want to find some way to get better," Bradley said. "We want to know how to play under coach Nelson. I am happy in Dallas. It might be better if we were winning, but I enjoy playing for the Mavericks. The Nets have shown they can win and they have proven that they are a good ballclub."

The Nets owned a 40-29 rebounding advantage but the Mavericks were more successful shooting from the field, outshooting New Jersey 51 percent (35-for-69) to 47 percent (37-for-78).

Both teams were cold from three-point range, with the Mavericks misfiring on 7-of-8 attempts and the Nets 7-of-9. Dallas managed just six assists, setting an opponent all-time low against New Jersey.

"It was a good win for us," New Jersey coach John Calipari said. "You have to be prepared physically and mentally to play. Sammy was Sammy. You know how I feel about him. He comes to play, and when he does that, I think that he is as good as any other guy in the league. We proved that we can play defense on everyone. Look at their assists. I'd say that's good defense."

The Mavericks pulled into a 65-65 tie following a 21-foot jumper by Finley with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter. Baskets by Cassell and Lucious Harris closed the period to give the Nets a 69-65 advantage.

After Erick Strickland nailed a jumper 39 seconds into the fourth quarter to draw Dallas within 69-67, the Nets ripped off seven quick points to open a nine-point lead.

Van Horn started the spurt with a hook shot, Cassell followed with a layup and Van Horn finished it off by turning a driving layup into a three-point play, making it 76-67 with 8:49 left.

"It's very difficult to play against Dallas because they isolate on every play," Cassell said. "Michael Finley had an outrageous game and Strickland made some shots. It set us back a bit, but we hit our stride in the second half. We're not trying to worry about what our opponents do; we try to worry about what we do."

Dallas cut the lead to 78-73 at 6:03 on Finley's jumper, but the Nets put away the game by answering with an 8-0 run, capped off by a foul-line jumper by Williams, giving New Jersey its biggest lead of the second half, 86-73.

Finley had 10 points in the first quarter to help the Mavericks open a 25-20 lead. Dallas opened a 34-25 bulge with 7:40 left in the first half on a driving layup by Reeves, but the Nets reeled off a 22-10 run to close the half and take a 47-44 lead. Sherman Douglas contributed six points in the burst.

Nets reserve center Michael Cage played in his 706th straight game, tying Dolph Schayes for fourth place on the all-time list. Mavs forward A.C. Green is the all-time leader with 944 straight games.

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