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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 33 27 31 33 124 MILWAUKEE 30 31 33 23 117 FINAL


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (124) AT MILWAUKEE (117)

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

GILL F 28 6-13 4-4 1 3 4 0 5 1 1 16 VAN HORN F 37 7-10 5-6 0 4 4 4 2 1 5 20 CAGE C 33 3-4 0-0 3 7 10 0 4 0 0 6 CASSELL G 36 11-15 7-8 0 4 4 13 4 1 3 29 KITTLES G 35 9-14 4-4 0 4 4 1 1 2 3 25 EVANS 20 1-4 0-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 3 GATLING 23 5-9 5-6 2 1 3 3 4 3 3 15 DOUGLAS 16 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 6 VAUGHN 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 HARRIS 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 SEIKALY DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT J WILLIAMS DNP - BROKEN RIGHT THUMB

TOTALS 240 47-77 25-30 8 28 36 25 23 9 17 124 (.610) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(29 PTS)

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

CURRY F 35 1-5 3-4 1 0 1 2 4 1 2 5 GILLIAM F 43 11-17 5-7 0 5 5 2 2 0 3 27 JOHNSON C 39 10-11 4-10 9 6 15 1 4 4 0 24 ALLEN G 45 6-17 5-6 1 5 6 7 3 1 1 20 BRANDON G 39 9-16 4-4 0 3 3 11 4 1 5 23 PERRY 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 HONEYCUTT 20 5-9 2-3 0 1 1 2 4 1 3 14 FEICK 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 GREEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION HILL DNP - STRAINED LEFT QUAD LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION PIERCE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-82 23-34 11 20 31 27 24 9 15 117 (.537) (.676) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 33 27 31 33 - 124 MILWAUKEE 30 31 33 23 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL, CAGE, CASSELL. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 2, CURRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-9 (.556), VAN HORN 1-1, CASSELL 0-1, KITTLES 3-4, EVANS 1-3. MILWAUKEE 6-15 (.400), ALLEN 3-7, BRANDON 1-2, HONEYCUTT 2-6. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, DAN CRAWFORD, DEE KANTNER. A - 16,375. T - 2:05.


Agate Box Score

NEW JERSEY (124) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 28 6-13 4-4 1-4 0 5 16 Van Horn 37 7-10 5-6 0-4 4 2 20 Cage 33 3-4 0-0 3-10 0 4 6 Cassell 36 11-15 7-8 0-4 13 4 29 Kittles 35 9-14 4-4 0-4 1 1 25 Evans 20 1-4 0-2 0-3 2 2 3 Gatling 23 5-9 5-6 2-3 3 4 15 Douglas 16 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 0 6 Vaughn 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Harris 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Seikaly DNP - sore right foot J Williams DNP - broken right thumb _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-77 25-30 8-36 25 23 124 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.610, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Van Horn 1-1, Cassell 0-1, Kittles 3-4, Evans 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Gill, Cage, Cassell). Turnovers: 17 (Van Horn 5, Cassell 3, Gatling 3, Kittles 3, Evans, Gill, Vaughn). Steals: 9 (Gatling 3, Kittles 2, Cassell, Evans, Gill, Van Horn).

MILWAUKEE (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 35 1-5 3-4 1-1 2 4 5 Gilliam 43 11-17 5-7 0-5 2 2 27 Johnson 39 10-11 4-10 9-15 1 4 24 Allen 45 6-17 5-6 1-6 7 3 20 Brandon 39 9-16 4-4 0-3 11 4 23 Perry 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Honeycutt 20 5-9 2-3 0-1 2 4 14 Feick 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Green DNP - coach's decision Hill DNP - strained left quad Lang DNP - coach's decision Pierce DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-82 23-34 11-31 27 24 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.537, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Allen 3-7, Brandon 1-2, Honeycutt 2-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Johnson 2, Curry). Turnovers: 16 (Brandon 5, Gilliam 3, Honeycutt 3, Curry 2, Allen, Perry). Steals: 9 (Johnson 4, Allen, Brandon, Curry, Feick, Honeycutt). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 33 27 31 33 - 124 Milwaukee 30 31 33 23 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 2:49 2nd, 6:31 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,375. T: 2:05. Officials: Luis Grillo, Dan Crawford, Dee Kantner.


Game Recap

Red-hot Sam Cassell hit 11-of-15 shots and had 29 points and 13 assists and the New Jersey Nets shot 61 percent from the field to rally for their fourth consecutive win, 124-117 over the Milwaukee Bucks.

New Jersey (41-36) won for the fifth time in six games and pulled within one-half game of idle New York (42-36) for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Nets, who last qualified for the playoffs in 1994, also opened a three-game lead over Orlando (39-40) for the final playoff spot in the East.

Cassell has led the Nets in scoring in each of their four wins during the streak, averaging 30.8 points over that stretch.

"This was an important game. We executed when we needed to and made our shots," Cassell said. "A couple of weeks ago we were flat as a team, but now we're back to that groove we were in earlier this season. Our guys will be ready Sunday. We can't have Toronto sneak up on us."

Kerry Kittles added 25 points, Keith Van Horn 20 and Michael Cage grabbed 10 rebounds for the Nets, who made 47-of-77 shots and completed their first four-game season sweep of Milwaukee since the 1992-93 season.

"I thought Milwaukee played a great game," New Jersey coach John Calipari said. "Chris (Ford) had his guys playing well and we have to give them credit. Down the stretch we thought they would just go away, but they made the plays to stay in it. We were just taking better shots and executing well. It was a big-time win for us."

Former Net Armon Gilliam scored 27 points for Milwaukee, which shot 54 percent (44-for-82) and lost for just the second time in seven games. Ervin Johnson added 24 points and 15 rebounds and Terrell Brandon had 23 points and 11 assists for the Bucks.

"It was a heck of a shootout and both teams were red-hot," Milwaukee coach Chris Ford said. "There were some outstanding individual performances. New Jersey has a lot of offensive weapons, Sam Cassell especially. Tonight our defensive rotations hurt us."

New Jersey trailed 96-91 after Gilliam made the first basket of the fourth quarter, but the Nets grabbed the lead when Van Horn converted an alley-oop pass from Cassell to make it 106-105 with 5:50 remaining.

Ray Allen, who finished with 20 points, and Kittles traded three-pointers before Allen hit another shot from behind the arc to give the Bucks their last lead, 111-109, with 4:18 left.

A driving layup by Cassell and a dunk by Kendall Gill gave New Jersey a brief 113-111 edge, but Brandon made a pair of free throws at 3:05 to pull the Bucks into their final tie.

New Jersey put together a 7-0 run to gain control, as Kittles hit his third three-pointer, Van Horn scored off a spinning drive and Cassell sank a corner jumper to give the Nets a 120-113 advantage with 1:19 left.

A basket by Brandon nine seconds later pulled the Bucks within five points, but that was as close as Milwaukee got down the stretch.

"We didn't have control of the game, but it remained close," Gilliam said. "We missed our rotations on defense but it is still disappointing to lose. We hung in there and had a chance to win, but our offense hurt us."

New Jersey jumped out to a 29-19 advantage with 2:34 left in the first quarter after a three-pointer by Kittles. Milwaukee regained the lead in the second quarter with a 10-0 run, capped by a basket by Gilliam. The Bucks held a 61-60 lead at the half.

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