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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 26 32 29 116 TORONTO 20 31 27 31 109 FINAL


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (116) AT TORONTO (109)

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

GILL F 31 5-9 3-6 3 2 5 3 6 1 1 13 VAN HORN F 40 13-21 7-8 2 5 7 2 3 0 0 33 CAGE C 33 1-3 0-0 3 6 9 3 2 0 0 2 CASSELL G 41 8-17 11-11 2 0 2 11 2 2 7 27 KITTLES G 41 12-24 5-6 1 4 5 2 2 4 0 31 VAUGHN 10 1-1 3-4 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 5 EVANS 18 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 GATLING 12 2-6 1-2 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 5 DOUGLAS 14 0-3 0-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SEIKALY DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT J WILLIAMS DNP - BROKEN RIGHT THUMB

TOTALS 240 42-86 30-39 15 26 41 25 23 7 10 116 (.488) (.769) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

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

MCGRADY F 35 9-13 2-2 4 3 7 6 2 3 3 20 SLATER F 28 1-8 4-5 5 3 8 1 4 1 1 6 CAMBY C 27 5-14 1-6 8 3 11 4 4 0 1 11 CHRISTIE G 42 8-18 5-8 5 3 8 3 3 4 4 21 BILLUPS G 11 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 WILLIAMS 14 2-4 1-2 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 6 WALLACE 18 1-9 0-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 2 THOMAS 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 BROWN 29 12-19 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 2 30 GARNER 14 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 3 MILLER 12 2-2 0-0 0 5 5 3 2 0 0 4 TRENT DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN

TOTALS 240 43-95 15-27 25 22 47 29 26 8 14 109 (.453) (.556) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(10 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 26 32 29 - 116 TORONTO 20 31 27 31 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - KITTLES. TORONTO - CAMBY 8, MILLER 3, MCGRADY, CHRISTIE, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 2-11 (.182), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 0-1, CASSELL 0-1, KITTLES 2-6, EVANS 0-1, DOUGLAS 0-1. TORONTO 8-14 (.571), WILLIAMS 1-2, BROWN 6-11, GARNER 1-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - HEAD COACH CARTER. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, BLANE REICHELT, JIM CAPERS. A - 14,088. T - 2:13.


Agate Box Score

NEW JERSEY (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 31 5-9 3-6 3-5 3 6 13 Van Horn 40 13-21 7-8 2-7 2 3 33 Cage 33 1-3 0-0 3-9 3 2 2 Cassell 41 8-17 11-11 2-2 11 2 27 Kittles 41 12-24 5-6 1-5 2 2 31 Vaughn 10 1-1 3-4 2-4 0 3 5 Evans 18 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Gatling 12 2-6 1-2 2-6 1 1 5 Douglas 14 0-3 0-2 0-1 2 2 0 Harris DNP - coach's decision Seikaly DNP - sore right foot J Williams DNP - broken right thumb _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-86 30-39 15-41 25 23 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 0-1, Cassell 0-1, Kittles 2-6, Evans 0-1, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 1 (Kittles). Turnovers: 11 (Cassell 7, Gatling, Gill, Vaughn). Steals: 7 (Kittles 4, Cassell 2, Gill).

TORONTO (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 35 9-13 2-2 4-7 6 2 20 Slater 28 1-8 4-5 5-8 1 4 6 Camby 27 5-14 1-6 8-11 4 4 11 Christie 42 8-18 5-8 5-8 3 3 21 Billups 11 1-4 2-2 0-0 1 0 4 Williams 14 2-4 1-2 1-2 2 2 6 Wallace 18 1-9 0-2 2-4 0 3 2 Thomas 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Brown 29 12-19 0-0 0-2 4 1 30 Garner 14 1-2 0-0 0-0 5 3 3 Miller 12 2-2 0-0 0-5 3 2 4 Trent DNP - abdominal strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-95 15-27 25-47 29 26 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Williams 1-2, Brown 6-11, Garner 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 14 (Camby 8, Miller 3, Mcgrady, Christie, Wallace). Turnovers: 14 (Christie 4, Mcgrady 3, Billups 2, Brown 2, Camby, Slater, Williams). Steals: 8 (Christie 4, Mcgrady 3, Slater). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 29 26 32 29 - 116 Toronto 20 31 27 31 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Head Coach Carter, 1:22 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,088. T: 2:13. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Blane Reichelt, Jim Capers.


Game Recap

Keith Van Horn scored six of his career-high 33 points in the final 85 seconds as the New Jersey Nets climbed into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with their season-high fifth straight win, a 116-109 victory over the lowly Toronto Raptors.

Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 31 points and Sam Cassell added 27 and 11 assists for New Jersey, which completed a 3-0 road trip and is on the brink of its first playoff berth since 1994.

The Nets (42-36) moved percentage points into seventh place in the East when the New York Knicks (42-37) lost at Miami earlier in the day. They opened a half-game lead with their win over the Raptors, who have lost 13 straight games.

"If they want to be in seventh, it's in their hands," Nets coach John Calipari said. "That's what I've told them."

If the Nets finish seventh, they would face the Miami Heat. If they finish eighth, they would face the two-time defending champion Chicago Bulls. New Jersey was 1-3 against Miami and 0-4 against Chicago.

"We'd rather face the Heat than play Chicago. That's no secret," Cassell said.

The only way the Nets can miss the playoffs is if both they and the New York Knicks lose all of their remaining games and the Washington Wizards win all of their games.

"It's not secure," Van Horn said. "We need to win the rest of the games."

Van Horn, who suffered an arm injury in the first quarter, was 13-of-21 from the field as he eclipsed his previous high of 32 against Washington on December 29th.

"He said down the stretch to the guys, 'It's sore. Try and find someone else,'" Calipari said. "But he hit all the shots."

Kittles, who scored 31 points at Toronto on January 12th, made 12-of-24 shots. Cassell is averaging 30 points and 10.2 assists during the winning streak.

"It has been a big week for our team, not just me," Cassell said. "Our team's playing well and it's a total team effort. We control our own destiny and we don't worry about other teams, just the one we're playing that night."

Dee Brown made six three-pointers and scored 30 points for the Raptors, who have lost eight straight home games. Toronto, which lost 17 straight games earlier this season, is just 4-23 since the All-Star break, with all of the wins in overtime.

"The most important part is who's going to be consistent," said Raptors coach Butch Carter. "I can really feel for the young point guards. My expectations are very high for them. They need to be consistent."

Brown scored seven points in an 11-4 run, including a layup that cut the deficit to 96-94 with 4:41 to play. The teams traded points for 2 1/2 minutes, with another layup by Brown making it 104-102 with 1:45 remaining.

But Van Horn took over. He made consecutive jumpers to give the Nets a 108-102 cushion with 1:03 left, then added two foul shots 18 seconds later. Kittles added two free throws with 35 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"I tried to make a conscious effort to get into the paint," Van Horn said. "With my arm hurting, I knew I wouldn't be able to hit from outside. The guys found me and I was able to hit my shots."

Kendall Gill scored 13 points and Michael Cage pulled down nine rebounds for the Nets, who shot 49 percent (42-of-86) from the field and committed 11 turnovers, seven by Cassell. New Jersey made 30-of-39 free throws.

Doug Christie scored 21 points and teenager Tracy McGrady added 20, seven rebounds and six assists for the Raptors, who shot 45 percent (43-of-95) and held a 47-41 rebounding edge. Toronto was 8-of-14 from three-point range but 15-of-27 from the line.

"When Dee's making shots, I need to get him off the ball," said Carter. "This is as bad as we have shot free throws. I need somebody who's going to be my extension on the floor. I can't call timeouts just to put in plays."

Van Horn and Cassell scored nine points apiece in the opening quarter as the Nets raced to a 29-20 lead. Van Horn went down hard but shook it off and remained in the game.

"I nearly had a heart attack," Calipari said. "I thought it was broken. He told me he was OK and wanted to stay in. He's a tough kid and a great player."

The Raptors rallied in the second quarter, but the Nets took the lead for good at 47-46 with 3:13 left before halftime on Cage's only basket of the game. Van Horn had eight more in the period and New Jersey took a 55-51 lead to intermission.

A dunk by Christie pulled the Raptors within 59-57 with 9:50 to go in the third quarter, but Van Horn and Cassell scored four points apiece in a 13-4 burst. A three-pointer by Kittles capped it at 72-61 with 6:42 left and New Jersey took an 87-78 lead into the final 12 minutes.

Raptors center Marcus Camby had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks.

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