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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 30 28 19 13 12 102 NEW JERSEY 25 19 27 19 10 100 FINAL IN 1ST OT


WASHINGTON (102) AT NEW JERSEY (100) - FINAL IN OT

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

WEBBER F 47 10-24 4-9 6 2 8 4 5 3 1 25 HOWARD F 47 5-19 5-8 7 7 14 2 6 2 1 15 DAVIS C 19 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 1 0 2 CHEANEY G 43 10-15 1-2 3 3 6 2 2 1 3 21 STRICKLAND G 50 5-15 9-12 0 3 3 6 4 1 2 19 WALLACE 30 3-4 3-4 2 5 7 1 4 1 1 9 T MURRAY 22 4-9 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 2 9 WHITNEY 4 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 GRANT 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EACKLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAMMGOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-88 24-37 20 25 45 15 29 10 11 102 (.432) (.649) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

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

GILL F 28 3-5 6-6 2 6 8 2 5 3 0 12 VAN HORN F 46 12-24 4-4 2 1 3 4 4 0 3 29 J WILLIAMS C 39 7-14 1-4 9 8 17 0 6 0 0 15 KITTLES G 45 7-17 4-4 0 6 6 4 2 1 2 21 CASSELL G 41 1-8 5-5 1 2 3 7 5 0 3 7 SEIKALY 36 2-10 4-6 5 5 10 3 5 0 4 8 GATLING 7 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 EVANS 3 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 DOUGLAS 16 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 6 HARRIS 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 CAGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-86 26-32 22 30 52 21 31 4 16 100 (.407) (.813) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

WASHINGTON 30 28 19 13 12 - 102 NEW JERSEY 25 19 27 19 10 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER, DAVIS, CHEANEY, WALLACE, GRANT. NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, VAN HORN, CASSELL, SEIKALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-8 (.250), WEBBER 1-3, STRICKLAND 0-1, T MURRAY 1-4. NEW JERSEY 4-11 (.364), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 1-4, KITTLES 3-6. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK, TONY BROTHERS. A - 20,049. T - 2:52.


WASHINGTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 47 10-24 4-9 6-8 4 5 25 Howard 47 5-19 5-8 7-14 2 6 15 Davis 19 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 4 2 Cheaney 43 10-15 1-2 3-6 2 2 21 Strickland 50 5-15 9-12 0-3 6 4 19 Wallace 30 3-4 3-4 2-7 1 4 9 T Murray 22 4-9 0-0 0-4 0 1 9 Whitney 4 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Grant 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eackles DNP - coach's decision Ham DNP - coach's decision Shammgod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-88 24-37 20-45 15 29 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Webber 1-3, Strickland 0-1, T Murray 1-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Webber, Davis, Cheaney, Wallace, Grant). Turnovers: 12 (Cheaney 3, Strickland 2, T Murray 2, Howard, Wallace, Webber, Whitney). Steals: 10 (Webber 3, Howard 2, Cheaney, Davis, Strickland, T Murray, Wallace).

NEW JERSEY (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 28 3-5 6-6 2-8 2 5 12 Van Horn 46 12-24 4-4 2-3 4 4 29 J Williams 39 7-14 1-4 9-17 0 6 15 Kittles 45 7-17 4-4 0-6 4 2 21 Cassell 41 1-8 5-5 1-3 7 5 7 Seikaly 36 2-10 4-6 5-10 3 5 8 Gatling 7 0-0 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 Evans 3 0-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 Douglas 16 3-5 0-0 1-3 0 3 6 Harris 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Cage 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-86 26-32 22-52 21 31 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 1-4, Kittles 3-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Gill 2, Van Horn, Cassell, Seikaly). Turnovers: 16 (Seikaly 4, Cassell 3, Gatling 3, Van Horn 3, Kittles 2, Douglas). Steals: 4 (Gill 3, Kittles). _________________________________________________ Washington 30 28 19 13 12 - 102 New Jersey 25 19 27 19 10 - 100 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:31 1st, 10:07 2nd). New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:52. Officials: Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak, Tony Brothers.


GAME RECAP

Chris Webber had a key three-point play in the final minute of overtime and Chris Whitney added a pair of free throws as the Washington Wizards squandered an 18-point lead before holding on for a 102-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

The win moved Washington into a tie with Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, one-half game ahead of New Jersey, which has dropped 10 of its last 12 games.

After two free throws by Keith Van Horn gave the Nets a 98-96 lead with 32 seconds remaining in overtime, Webber drove on Rony Seikaly and was fouled as he laid in a shot off the glass. Webber made the free throw, giving Washington a one-point lead with 28 seconds to go.

"When coach called the play, I needed to get open and I was looking to drive to the basket because I knew that the defesne was going to be moving," Webber said.

On the ensuing possession, Van Horn took a pass from Kerry Kittles but was called for traveling. Whitney, a 91 percent free-throw shooter, was fouled by Kittles and made both shots for his only points of the game as the Wizards gained a 101-98 lead.

"I have to give credit to the little guy," Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We put him in there to shoot free throws and he wanted the basketball. He got free and he went to the line and knocked both of them down."

After Kittles hit two free throws to draw New Jersey within one, Rod Strickland nailed one of two free throws to cap the scoring. Van Horn has a chance to give the Nets the win, but fired an airball from the left side at the buzzer.

"I got hit on the last shot attempt. I got elbowed in the head," Van Horn said. "It is very disappointing, especially with what this game meant. This game was a dogfight. If we won, we would have had a slight cushion, but now every game is a must win. I have confidence we will make the playoffs."

Webber finished with 25 points to lead four Washington players in double figures. Calbert Cheaney added 21, Juwan Howard had 15 and 14 rebounds before fouling out in overtime and Strickland chipped in 19 points and six assists.

"The one thing I have been consistent in saying about the Eastern Conference, is that this race for the playoffs could go down to the wire," Bickerstaff said. "There was a lot of stress on both sides. This was a playoff atmosphere game and it was a great basketball game at that."

Van Horn paced the Nets with 29 points and Jason Williams added 15 and 17 rebounds.

"This one was a tough one to swallow, especially with the way it ended. But I guess over a period of time, they balance out," New Jersey coach John Calipari said. "This team does not give up. They fight and they claw and they put themselves in a position to win, They have done it before. But it's playoff time and we can not put ourselves in that position."

A pair of free throws by Van Horn tied the score, 14-14, with 4:50 left in the first quarter. But Ben Wallace followed with a dunk, Howard added a free throw and Webber drained his only three-pointer of the game as the Wizards took a six-point lead with 3:49 left in the quarter.

A free throw by Sam Cassell and a driving layup by Kittles cut the deficit to three, but that was as close as the Nets would get in the first half.

The Nets trailed 53-44 with 57 seconds remanining in the half. But Tracy Murray hit a three-pointer and added a 19-footer to give the Wizards a 58-44 lead at halftime.

Washington hit 52 percent from the floor in the first half (25-of-48) while limiting New Jersey to just 38 percent (15-of-40).

A layup by Howard with 9:08 left in the third quarter gave Washington its largest lead, 64-46. But Kittles' three-pointer with 3:44 remaining capped a 20-5 run that drew the Nets within 69-66. Kittles and Williams each scored eight points during the run.

The Nets trailed 77-71 after three quarters, but Sherman Douglas hit a jumper, Williams added a tip-in and Douglas followed with another jumper, tying the score with 9:18 to play in regulation.

A layup by Webber gave the Wizards an 89-86 lead with 2:11 remaining. But he failed to extend the lead when he missed two free throws with 1:46 left.

After Van Horn hit a driving layup to make it a one-point game, Williams fouled out and Howard knocked down 1-of-2 free throws. Howard then fouled Kittles and he hit both shots from the line to forge a 90-90 tie with 9.3 seconds left in regulation.

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