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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 21 28 31 109 ORLANDO 35 28 32 26 121 FINAL


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (109) AT ORLANDO (121)

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

GILL F 35 7-16 1-3 1 1 2 0 6 0 1 15 VAN HORN F 31 7-13 6-7 2 1 3 5 3 4 0 21 VAUGHN C 14 0-1 2-2 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 2 KITTLES G 37 5-15 2-2 3 1 4 2 5 2 4 13 CASSELL G 34 7-14 13-15 0 0 0 6 3 3 2 27 GATLING 40 7-12 2-2 5 4 9 2 1 0 1 16 EVANS 17 3-8 0-0 3 1 4 1 4 1 2 6 HARRIS 16 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 2 2 HALEY 2 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 14 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 7 CAGE DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING SEIKALY DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 40-87 26-33 18 14 32 19 32 11 14 109 (.460) (.788) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 46 10-11 5-8 2 11 13 10 3 0 1 25 GRANT F 34 4-9 5-5 3 3 6 5 4 0 3 13 SCHAYES C 10 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 ANDERSON G 40 12-18 3-5 4 2 6 6 3 3 5 29 D HARPER G 18 2-5 3-4 0 0 0 4 5 1 1 8 STRONG 34 8-11 3-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 0 19 PRICE 24 3-6 3-4 1 1 2 5 3 2 6 11 WILKINS 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 TAYLOR 20 4-5 1-1 0 3 3 1 4 0 2 10 OLLIE 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 BENOIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 46-71 23-31 11 25 36 34 29 6 21 121 (.648) (.742) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 21 28 31 - 109 ORLANDO 35 28 32 26 - 121

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - KITTLES, GATLING. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 5, STRONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-10 (.300), VAN HORN 1-3, KITTLES 1-2, EVANS 0-2, HARRIS 0-1, DOUGLAS 1-2. ORLANDO 6-11 (.545), ANDERSON 2-4, D HARPER 1-2, PRICE 2-3, WILKINS 0-1, TAYLOR 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - CASSELL, GILL 2 (EJECTED), GATLING, ORLANDO - D HARPER, OUTLAW, HEAD COACH DALY. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GARY BENSON, SEAN CORBIN. A - 17,248. T - 2:22.


Agate Box Score

NEW JERSEY (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 7-16 1-3 1-2 0 6 15 Van Horn 31 7-13 6-7 2-3 5 3 21 Vaughn 14 0-1 2-2 2-5 0 3 2 Kittles 37 5-15 2-2 3-4 2 5 13 Cassell 34 7-14 13-15 0-0 6 3 27 Gatling 40 7-12 2-2 5-9 2 1 16 Evans 17 3-8 0-0 3-4 1 4 6 Harris 16 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 5 2 Haley 2 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 1 0 Douglas 14 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 1 7 Cage DNP - strained left hamstring Seikaly DNP - sore right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 26-33 18-32 19 32 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Van Horn 1-3, Kittles 1-2, Evans 0-2, Harris 0-1, Douglas 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Kittles, Gatling). Turnovers: 14 (Kittles 4, Cassell 2, Evans 2, Harris 2, Douglas, Gatling, Gill, Vaughn). Steals: 11 (Van Horn 4, Cassell 3, Kittles 2, Douglas, Evans).

ORLANDO (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 46 10-11 5-8 2-13 10 3 25 Grant 34 4-9 5-5 3-6 5 4 13 Schayes 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Anderson 40 12-18 3-5 4-6 6 3 29 D Harper 18 2-5 3-4 0-0 4 5 8 Strong 34 8-11 3-4 1-5 2 3 19 Price 24 3-6 3-4 1-2 5 3 11 Wilkins 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Taylor 20 4-5 1-1 0-3 1 4 10 Ollie 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Benoit DNP - coach's decision Lawson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-71 23-31 11-36 34 29 121 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.648, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Anderson 2-4, D Harper 1-2, Price 2-3, Wilkins 0-1, Taylor 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Outlaw 5, Strong). Turnovers: 22 (Price 6, Anderson 5, Grant 3, Ollie 3, Taylor 2, D Harper, Outlaw). Steals: 6 (Anderson 3, Price 2, D Harper). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 29 21 28 31 - 109 Orlando 35 28 32 26 - 121 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 4 (Cassell, 8:33 3rd; Gill 2 (ejected), 8:33 3rd, 3:36 4th; Gatling, 4:21 3rd). Orlando 3 (D Harper, 8:33 3rd; Outlaw, 8:33 3rd; Head Coach Daly, 11:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Gary Benson, Sean Corbin.


Game Recap

The New Jersey Nets failed to clinch a playoff berth for the third straight game, suffering a 121-109 loss to the Orlando Magic, who got 29 points from Nick Anderson and a triple-double from Bo Outlaw.

The loss by the Nets (42-39) allowed the New York Knicks to wrap up seventh place in the Eastern Conference. It also pushed the Nets into a possible win-or-else situation Sunday, when they host Detroit.

"There were so many breakdowns that bothered me," Nets coach John Calipari said. "What are we doing out here? Why are we not thinking basketball? We are talking defense, which is effort. ... It's not what anybody says or fans screaming or officials call or I yell, it has nothing to do with that. It is concentration and effort. "

The Washington Wizards trail the Nets by one game and host the Boston Celtics on Saturday. If the Wizards lose, the Nets go to the playoffs for the first time since 1994. If Washington wins, the Nets must beat Detroit to reach the postseason.

"We have got to get Detroit, we got them at home," Calipari said. "Like I told them, let's figure it out and let's get it done."

Nets players felt the same way.

"The ball is in our park," guard Kerry Kittles said. "We are at home. Hopefully we will get the support."

"Now we are going to see who is ready to play and who is not," forward Keith Van Horn said.

Sam Cassell scored 27 points for New Jersey, which has dropped three in a row following a season-high five-game winning streak. Cassell left early in the fourth quarter with a contusion of the lower back and did not return.

"I don't know if I can play on Sunday," Cassell said. "If the game was Saturday, I don't think I would be in the lineup. I am in a lot of pain right now. Hopefully the trainer doesn't have any plans right now because he is going to be with me."

Anderson made 12-of-18 shots overall and scored 19 points in the first half, when Orlando opened a 63-50 lead. Outlaw had 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in his first career triple-double. He shot 10-of-11 and added five steals.

"It was an accident," Outalw said. "I was just playing the game. I was just out there trying to help my team get the win."

"Bo outlaw was the MVP this year for the Orlando Magic," Magic guard Derek Harper said. "I sincerely mean that."

Orlando reached a season high in points as it averted a sweep in the four-game season series for the first time in history.

Anderson scored 12 points and Outlaw nine in the first period as Orlando opened a 35-29 lead. A dunk by Chris Gatling had the Nets within 51-45 with 4:57 left in the second quarter, but the Magic went on a 12-4 burst as Anderson scored eight points.

Orlando shot 67 percent (24-of-36) in the first half while holding New Jersey to 43.5 percent (20-of-46).

Trailing by 13 points at halftime, the Nets cut the deficit to 69-58 on a dunk by Van Horn with 9:03 to play in the third quarter. But the Magic scored 26 of the next 39 points, with a jumper by Anderson giving Orlando its largest lead at 95-71 with 1:27 left.

Anderson scored eight points and Outlaw six in the third period, which ended with the Magic holding a 95-78 lead. The Nets got no closer than nine points thereafter.

Derek Strong scored 19 points and Horace Grant added 13 for the Magic, who shot 65 percent (46-of-71) and held a 36-32 edge in rebounds. Orlando overcame 22 turnovers.

Van Horn scored 21 points and Gatling added 16 and nine boards for the Nets, who shot 46 percent (40-of-87), including 3-of-10 from three-point range.

Orlando guard Mark Price, who performed in a church choir as a youngster, belted out the national anthem before the game.

"It went all right, I thought it went pretty good," he said. "I don;t know, I'd have to listen to it. I was just trying to get through it when I was out there. Once I started singing, it wasn't too bad. I practiced a lot lthe last couple of days, trying to remember the words. I didn't want to get on SportsCenter, messing up the anthem."

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