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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 17 14 17 72 MIAMI 16 31 22 26 95 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (72) AT MIAMI (95)

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

BURRELL F 21 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 2 VAN HORN F 32 7-16 4-4 4 2 6 0 2 0 0 19 J WILLIAMS C 31 5-9 0-0 5 4 9 0 3 0 2 10 GILL G 31 4-14 1-2 3 6 9 2 3 5 2 9 KITTLES G 35 1-13 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 3 0 5 MURDOCK 26 2-8 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 5 GATLING 14 3-8 0-2 2 1 3 0 3 1 3 6 SEIKALY 21 3-5 1-2 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 7 JONES 17 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 2 MCILVAINE 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 EVANS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 BOYKINS 4 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 3 CASSELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE HARRIS DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 30-88 9-14 18 22 40 10 29 11 10 72 (.341) (.643) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

MAJERLE F 24 0-5 1-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 1 BROWN F 27 5-10 2-5 2 7 9 0 5 0 3 12 MOURNING C 42 12-18 10-18 6 11 17 0 3 1 3 34 WALTERS G 30 4-7 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 9 HARDAWAY G 32 3-6 2-2 0 4 4 3 1 1 2 9 STRICKLAND 11 1-1 4-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 6 PORTER 29 2-9 3-4 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 8 WEATHERSPOON 27 1-5 9-10 4 3 7 2 3 2 3 11 WATSON 14 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 CONLON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EDWARDS 2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-66 31-45 14 36 50 14 18 4 15 95 (.455) (.689) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 17 14 17 - 72 MIAMI 16 31 22 26 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - SEIKALY 3, BURRELL. MIAMI - MOURNING 7, BROWN 2, WEATHERSPOON 2, PORTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-12 (.250), BURRELL 0-2, VAN HORN 1-2, KITTLES 1-2, MURDOCK 0-2, JONES 0-3, BOYKINS 1-1. MIAMI 4-13 (.308), MAJERLE 0-4, WALTERS 1-2, HARDAWAY 1-3, PORTER 1-3, EDWARDS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, LEON WOOD, NOLAN FINE. A - 15,200. T - 2:14.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 21 1-5 0-0 0-0 2 5 2 Van Horn 32 7-16 4-4 4-6 0 2 19 J Williams 31 5-9 0-0 5-9 0 3 10 Gill 31 4-14 1-2 3-9 2 3 9 Kittles 35 1-13 2-2 1-2 2 1 5 Murdock 26 2-8 1-2 0-2 0 2 5 Gatling 14 3-8 0-2 2-3 0 3 6 Seikaly 21 3-5 1-2 1-6 1 4 7 Jones 17 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Mcilvaine 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 Evans 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Boykins 4 1-1 0-0 1-2 2 0 3 Cassell DNP - sprained right ankle Harris DNP - strained lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-88 9-14 18-40 10 29 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Burrell 0-2, Van Horn 1-2, Kittles 1-2, Murdock 0-2, Jones 0-3, Boykins 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Seikaly 3, Burrell). Turnovers: 11 (Gatling 3, Gill 2, J Williams 2, Burrell, Murdock, Seikaly). Steals: 11 (Gill 5, Kittles 3, Gatling, Jones, Murdock).

MIAMI (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 24 0-5 1-2 0-2 3 1 1 Brown 27 5-10 2-5 2-9 0 5 12 Mourning 42 12-18 10-18 6-17 0 3 34 Walters 30 4-7 0-0 0-3 1 4 9 Hardaway 32 3-6 2-2 0-4 3 1 9 Strickland 11 1-1 4-4 1-3 0 0 6 Porter 29 2-9 3-4 0-3 3 1 8 Weatherspoon 27 1-5 9-10 4-7 2 3 11 Watson 14 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Conlon 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Edwards 2 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 3 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-66 31-45 14-50 14 18 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.689. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Majerle 0-4, Walters 1-2, Hardaway 1-3, Porter 1-3, Edwards 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 12 (Mourning 7, Brown 2, Weatherspoon 2, Porter). Turnovers: 15 (Brown 3, Mourning 3, Weatherspoon 3, Hardaway 2, Porter 2, Strickland, Walters). Steals: 4 (Weatherspoon 2, Hardaway, Mourning). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 24 17 14 17 - 72 Miami 16 31 22 26 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:14. Officials: Jack Nies, Leon Wood, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning flexed his muscles and the New Jersey Nets did not fight back.

Mourning had 34 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks as the Miami Heat overpowered the Nets, 95-72, for the fifth time in the last six meetings of the developing rivalry.

Working against the smaller Jayson Williams and the debuting Rony Seikaly, Mourning dominated inside and outside. He hit a handful of mid-range jumpers and also pushed around the Nets in the post, flexing his bicep after one dunk.

"When Zo gets 34 points, there isn't much my teammates can do," Williams said. "He beat my (butt) tonight. I wish we could play it over again."

"He's an All-Star and he should have games like this," Nets forward Keith Van Horn said. "He was in a mind-set that he couldn't be stopped."

Mourning made 12-of-18 shots and 10-of-18 free throws while the Nets settled for perimeter shots and were just 9-of-14 from the line.

"I'm used to the banging," Mourning said. "After seven years, I've got bruises all over my body."

"Zo got more respect from the officials tonight," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He gets hammered on every foul, but every time he went to the line he had more confidence."

However, the 6-10 center did most of his damage on defense.

"From a defensive standpoint, Zo was absolutely a one-man wrecking crew," Riley said. "Anytime there was penetration to the basket, he was coming over quickly and intelligently."

"Zo's seven blocks tells you everything you need to know," Heat forward P.J. Brown said.

Former Net Rex Walters helped fuel a decisive second-quarter run for the Heat, who began a stretch of three games in three nights with their second straight win.

Last season, Miami won three of four meetings with New Jersey, including back-to-back contests February 28 and March 1 that featured last-second heroics and a brawl. There was no rough stuff tonight, although Miami's Tim Hardaway and Van Horn both took inadvertent shots to the eye.

"There are still guys who aren't in good shape and maybe I'm playing some guys too long," Nets coach John Calipari admitted. "When they got physical, we got tired."

Van Horn scored 19 points and Williams added 10 for the Nets, who shot just 34 percent (30-of-88) from the field and had 12 shots blocked. Miami tied team records for blocks in a quarter (six) and half (nine) as it dealt New Jersey its third straight loss.

"It's the growing pains of trying to get an organization to another level," Calipari said. "You have ups and downs. But we're two steps down now. The question is how do we respond and how do I respond. There's no fun going through this."

Van Horn scored eight points in the first quarter as New Jersey jumped to a 24-16 lead. The Nets still led 32-26 on a jumper by Scott Burrell with 7:30 left in the second quarter and Hardaway went to the bench after he was scratched on his right eye.

"When Tim went out, we made a defensive move," Riley said. "Guys sort of sensed the fact that Tim wasn't there and tried harder."

Seven players scored in a 20-6 burst that gave Miami the lead for good. Walters scored five points and a free throw by Terry Porter capped the run at 46-38 with 1:43 remaining.

Miami led 47-41 at halftime and scored the first nine points of the third quarter to take control. Mourning had a free throw and jumper and Brown had a jumper and free throw around a 3-pointer by Hardaway, building the lead to 56-41 with 9:09 to go in the period.

"Guys are out of synch effort-wise and shot-wise," Williams said. "The lockout has affected us."

The Nets never mounted a rally and a 40-footer at the buzzer by recent free agent signee Blue Edwards gave Miami its largest lead.

Clarence Weatherspoon scored 11 points and Hardaway and Walters added nine apiece for the Heat, who shot 45.5 percent (30-of-66) and made 31-of-45 free throws.

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