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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 32 25 20 22 99 NEW JERSEY 28 24 24 26 102 FINAL


SACRAMENTO (99) AT NEW JERSEY (102)

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

OWENS F 35 5-9 3-4 2 4 6 4 6 0 2 14 C WILLIAMSON F 38 12-18 6-8 2 3 5 2 5 1 2 30 STEWART C 25 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 1 0 2 RICHMOND G 41 9-19 2-3 1 4 5 6 0 0 4 23 JOHNSON G 35 0-9 0-0 1 0 1 7 2 2 1 0 THORPE 23 3-5 4-6 3 7 10 1 5 0 5 10 HENDRICKSON 19 2-4 2-2 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 6 DEHERE 21 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 1 0 10 FUNDERBURKE 3 2-2 0-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 T ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLYNICE DNP - BRUISED LEFT SHIN ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-76 17-24 9 30 39 25 26 5 15 99 (.513) (.708) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

GILL F 25 4-11 2-4 2 1 3 3 4 2 1 10 VAN HORN F 37 6-17 3-4 3 4 7 0 5 1 3 16 J WILLIAMS C 42 5-10 10-11 5 11 16 3 6 0 2 20 CASSELL G 35 9-18 7-7 2 3 5 10 2 3 2 25 KITTLES G 38 6-11 2-3 3 1 4 1 1 4 2 15 EVANS 17 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 7 MACLEAN 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 14 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 4 GATLING 9 1-7 0-0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 HARRIS 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 CAGE 9 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 SEIKALY DNP - BONE CONTUSION RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 37-90 25-31 22 26 48 21 24 11 12 102 (.411) (.806) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(19 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 32 25 20 22 - 99 NEW JERSEY 28 24 24 26 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - STEWART, RICHMOND, C WILLIAMSON, HENDRICKSON. NEW JERSEY - KITTLES 2, J WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 4-9 (.444), OWENS 1-2, RICHMOND 3-7. NEW JERSEY 3-9 (.333), VAN HORN 1-3, CASSELL 0-1, KITTLES 1-2, EVANS 1-2, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - JOHNSON, NEW JERSEY - DOUGLAS. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 14,118. T - 2:21.


SACRAMENTO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 35 5-9 3-4 2-6 4 6 14 C Williamson 38 12-18 6-8 2-5 2 5 30 Stewart 25 1-1 0-0 0-4 1 4 2 Richmond 41 9-19 2-3 1-5 6 0 23 Johnson 35 0-9 0-0 1-1 7 2 0 Thorpe 23 3-5 4-6 3-10 1 5 10 Hendrickson 19 2-4 2-2 0-5 1 0 6 Dehere 21 5-9 0-0 0-2 3 4 10 Funderburke 3 2-2 0-1 0-1 0 0 4 T Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Polynice DNP - bruised left shin Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 17-24 9-39 25 26 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Owens 1-2, Richmond 3-7). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Stewart, Richmond, C Williamson, Hendrickson). Turnovers: 17 (Thorpe 5, Richmond 4, C Williamson 2, Owens 2, Funderburke, Johnson). Steals: 5 (Johnson 2, C Williamson, Dehere, Stewart).

NEW JERSEY (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 25 4-11 2-4 2-3 3 4 10 Van Horn 37 6-17 3-4 3-7 0 5 16 J Williams 42 5-10 10-11 5-16 3 6 20 Cassell 35 9-18 7-7 2-5 10 2 25 Kittles 38 6-11 2-3 3-4 1 1 15 Evans 17 3-7 0-0 1-5 1 4 7 Maclean 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Douglas 14 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Gatling 9 1-7 0-0 4-4 0 0 2 Harris 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Cage 9 0-0 1-2 1-2 2 1 1 Seikaly DNP - bone contusion right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-90 25-31 22-48 21 24 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Van Horn 1-3, Cassell 0-1, Kittles 1-2, Evans 1-2, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Kittles 2, J Williams). Turnovers: 12 (Van Horn 3, Cassell 2, Douglas 2, J Williams 2, Kittles 2, Gill). Steals: 11 (Kittles 4, Cassell 3, Gill 2, Harris, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 32 25 20 22 - 99 New Jersey 28 24 24 26 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Johnson, 0:24 4th). New Jersey 1 (Douglas, 8:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,118. T: 2:21. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ron Olesiak, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Sam Cassell sank two crucial free throws with four seconds to play and finished with 25 points and 10 assists as the New Jersey Nets edged the struggling Sacramento Kings, 102-99.

A long jumper by Mitch Richmond, who scored 23 points, pulled the Kings within 100-99 with five seconds left. But Cassell calmly hit a pair of foul shots one second later, and Richmond's desperation heave from halfcourt bounced off the backboard as time expired.

Jayson Williams had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets, who have won back-to-back games following a three-game losing streak. Kerry Kittles, who chipped in 15 points, hit a follow shot with 47 seconds remaining to give New Jersey the lead for good, 95-93.

"We're having a good time," Williams said. "Guys think we can win again. We made some big shots tonight."

Corliss Williamson scored a career-high 30 points for Sacramento, which shot 51 percent (39-of-76) from the field but was outrebounded, 48-39. The Kings suffered their fifth straight defeat and fell to 0-4 on their road trip, which concludes Saturday at Chicago.

New Jersey trailed by one point heading into the final period but took an 85-79 lead with 8:23 left on a follow shot by Chris Gatling. But just four seconds later, the Nets' Sherman Douglas was called for a technical foul for arguing a call, and Richmond hit the free throw to start a 9-2 spurt.

Williamson had a layup and two free throws before Billy Owens hit a driving lay-in and Richmond buried a three-pointer for an 89-87 edge with 4:43 to play. The game was back-and-forth from there, but a pivotal sequence in the final minute may have cost the Kings.

After Kendall Gill hit a free throw to put the Nets ahead 96-93, Sacramento had a chance to reclaim the lead with four free throws. But Richmond and Otis Thorpe each hit just 1-of-2 from the line. Williamson grabbed the rebound after Thorpe missed his second attempt but was called for fouling Michael Cage. Kings coach Eddie Jordan exploded at the official and was whistled for a technical foul.

Cassell hit the foul shot and Cage made 1-of-2 for a 98-95 lead. Richmond answered with a layup, but Keith Van Horn came back to make two from the line with 11 seconds to go, pushing the lead back to three.

"We weren't lucky tonight. As much as they deserved to win the game, that shows how well we played," Cassell said. "We made a great effort to come back. It was a great game. Keith made some big free throws, I made some big free throws."

Van Horn had a sub-par shooting night, hitting 6-of-17 from the field, but finished with 16 points and seven boards. He had been shooting just under 30 percent (32-for-107) from the field in the previous seven games.

"They (Kings) had a big loss last night at Boston, so they came out running and gunning, which surprised me a little bit," Van Horn said. "But we regrouped and got another win out of it."

Williams made 10-of-11 free throws and Cassell hit all seven of his attempts as the Nets connected on 25-for-31 (81 percent) from the line. Kendall Gill added 10 points for New Jersey, which shot 41 percent (37-for-90) from the floor.

Anthony Johnson had three straight assists as Sacramento scored the first six points of the third quarter to open a 63-52 lead. Cassell answered for the Nets with a long jumper, sparking a 19-3 run. Williams scored all nine of his third-quarter points in that spurt, including a tip-in that capped it for a 71-66 lead with 4:15 to go.

But the Kings fought back, and Williamson's short jumper with five-tenths of a second left put his team back in front, 77-76.

Williamson scored 12 points in the opening period before Richmond's 17-footer with 18 seconds left gave Sacramento a 32-28 lead. That basket sparked the Kings' 18-2 burst.

After Otis Thorpe opened the second quarter with a layup, Terry Dehere drained three consecutive long jumpers to build a 40-28 lead. Thorpe and Dehere, who scored all 10 of his points in the period, each had one more basket on the run before Mark Hendrickson hit the next two hoops to create a 48-30 cushion with 7:01 remaining.

"It was there for us," Thorpe said. "This was there for us but it just didn't work out. We should have had it."

Three minutes later, the Nets trailed 54-37 when Kittles drained a 16-footer to spark a 15-1 run. He later highlighted the burst with a three-point play before Cassell hit a driving layup and fed Brian Evans for a fast-break lay-in. Williams capped it with two free throws with 26 seconds left, but Williamson annswered with a running jumper to give the Kings a 57-52 advantage at halftime.

Billy Owens fouled out with 14 points and Thorpe contributed 10 and 10 boards for Sacramento. Johnson handed out seven assists, but was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting.

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