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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 23 23 19 29 94 CHICAGO 30 20 30 24 104 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (95) AT CHICAGO (104)

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

GILL F 32 2-8 3-4 3 7 10 0 5 2 4 7 VAN HORN F 36 6-17 3-4 0 4 4 0 3 1 1 15 J WILLIAMS C 31 4-6 2-2 7 8 15 3 5 1 1 10 KITTLES G 38 8-14 0-1 1 1 2 4 2 1 2 20 MARBURY G 37 7-24 8-12 2 0 2 10 4 1 5 24 BURRELL 22 3-6 2-2 4 3 7 2 3 2 0 10 HARRIS 18 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 2 OVERTON 7 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 PERRY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 SEIKALY 15 0-2 3-4 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 3 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-86 21-29 18 24 42 21 24 11 16 95 (.384) (.724) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

BARRY F 35 5-10 2-2 3 4 7 6 3 2 1 15 KUKOC F 38 7-16 6-9 2 9 11 7 1 1 3 21 SIMPKINS C 35 7-12 3-6 4 3 7 1 2 0 1 17 BROWN G 35 5-9 2-2 0 2 2 7 2 1 4 12 HARPER G 32 7-13 4-5 2 3 5 6 3 2 2 18 BOOTH 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRYANT 23 3-9 1-2 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 7 CARR 11 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 3 DAVID 18 1-2 5-5 0 6 6 2 4 0 0 7 LARUE 12 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 1 2 4 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 25-33 15 31 46 32 21 8 15 104 (.474) (.758) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 23 23 19 30 - 95 CHICAGO 30 20 30 24 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS 2, BURRELL 2, SEIKALY 2, VAN HORN. CHICAGO - BROWN 2, HARPER 2, KUKOC, BARRY, BRYANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 8-19 (.421), VAN HORN 0-2, KITTLES 4-7, MARBURY 2-6, BURRELL 2-3, HARRIS 0-1. CHICAGO 5-13 (.385), BARRY 3-5, KUKOC 1-3, HARPER 0-3, CARR 1-1, DAVID 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - SIMPKINS. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, LEROY RICHARDSON, JIM KINSEY. A - 22,211. T - 2:09.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 32 2-8 3-4 3-10 0 5 7 Van Horn 36 6-17 3-4 0-4 0 3 15 J Williams 31 4-6 2-2 7-15 3 5 10 Kittles 38 8-14 0-1 1-2 4 2 20 Marbury 37 7-24 8-12 2-2 10 4 24 Burrell 22 3-6 2-2 4-7 2 3 10 Harris 18 1-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Overton 7 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Perry 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Seikaly 15 0-2 3-4 0-0 0 2 3 Carr DNP - coach's decision Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-86 21-29 18-42 21 24 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Van Horn 0-2, Kittles 4-7, Marbury 2-6, Burrell 2-3, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (J Williams 2, Burrell 2, Seikaly 2, Van Horn). Turnovers: 16 (Marbury 5, Gill 4, Kittles 2, Seikaly 2, J Williams, Perry, Van Horn). Steals: 11 (Burrell 2, Gill 2, Seikaly 2, Harris, J Williams, Kittles, Marbury, Van Horn).

CHICAGO (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barry 35 5-10 2-2 3-7 6 3 15 Kukoc 38 7-16 6-9 2-11 7 1 21 Simpkins 35 7-12 3-6 4-7 1 2 17 Brown 35 5-9 2-2 0-2 7 2 12 Harper 32 7-13 4-5 2-5 6 3 18 Booth 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bryant 23 3-9 1-2 2-3 1 3 7 Carr 11 1-4 0-0 1-3 2 0 3 David 18 1-2 5-5 0-6 2 4 7 Larue 12 1-3 2-2 1-2 0 3 4 Jones DNP - coach's decision Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 25-33 15-46 32 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Barry 3-5, Kukoc 1-3, Harper 0-3, Carr 1-1, David 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Brown 2, Harper 2, Kukoc, Barry, Bryant). Turnovers: 18 (Brown 4, Kukoc 3, Bryant 2, Harper 2, Larue 2, Barry, Simpkins). Steals: 8 (Barry 2, Harper 2, Brown, Bryant, Kukoc, Larue). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 23 23 19 30 - 95 Chicago 30 20 30 24 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Simpkins, 6:49 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,211. T: 2:09. Officials: Ed F Rush, Leroy Richardson, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- One night after getting treated to a pizza party, the New Jersey Nets helped treat Chicago Bulls' fans to a taco fest for the second time in nine days.

The Bulls reached the century mark for the second time this season -- both against New Jersey -- and again easily defeated the worst team in the Eastern Conference, 104-95.

Chicago had not broken the 100-point barrier all season until March 9, when it scored a season-high 103 in a 16-point blowout of the Nets at the United Center. A local promotion entitles all Bulls' fans to a coupon for a free taco if they stay for the end of a game in which the team scores at least 100 points.

The fans were "running for the border" following this contest after New Jersey again allowed the Bulls, the league's lowest-scoring team at less than 83 points per game, to post their highest point total of the season. The Nets were playing their third game in as many nights.

When asked if he knew of the promotion, Bulls coach Tim Floyd said, "Tonight, I was aware. The crowd has a great way of making you aware. Many crowds cheer as you approach 100 points, but this crowd really rises to the occasion."

This contest came 24 hours after Stephon Marbury bought pizzas for his new teammates after New Jersey ended an eight-game losing streak with a home win over Dallas.

"We have to find a way to get the job done," Marbury said. "As a team tonight, we didn't do it. But last night, we communicated."

Since the last meeting with Chicago, the Nets acquired Marbury in a blockbuster three-team deal and replaced coach John Calipari with former assistant Don Casey. Marbury had 24 points and 10 assists but shot a dismal 7-of-24 from the field and committed five turnovers as Casey fell to 1-2.

"It's an unfortunate situation we fell into," Marbury added. "But it's hard to play without a coach."

"We have no long-term goals," Casey added. "We're day by day, and have gotten away from hour by hour. I think our confidence factor is just not there yet."

Toni Kukoc collected 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Chicago, which has won eight straight at home against New Jersey since December 5, 1994.

Bulls guard Randy Brown, who had 12 points and seven assists, talked about his team's success this season against the Nets.

"I think it is because of the style of play," he said. "They are real aggressive on the offensive end and they like to run it up and down the court. It is a good thing we matched that intensity."

The Bulls seemed to take control early on, using a 14-0 run late in the opening period to grab a 30-18 lead. But the Nets scored the next 11 points to get back in it, pulling within 30-29 with 8:34 left in the second quarter when Marbury fed former Bull Scott Burrell for a layup.

Kerry Kittles scored eight of his 20 points in a 10-1 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap it, giving New Jersey a 46-40 lead with 2:12 remaining. The Nets went scoreless over the rest of the period, however, as Chicago closed the half with 10 straight points to take the lead for good.

Brent Barry highlighted that spurt with a 3-pointer and scored nine of his 15 points in the first half, after which the Bulls owned a 50-46 advantage.

Chicago started making it a blowout late in the third period, taking their largest lead on Ron Harper's jumper with 49 seconds left. That basket gave Chicago an 80-65 edge heading into the fourth quarter, which New Jersey opened with nine straight points, including four free throws by Marbury.

But the Bulls put away the game by scoring the next seven points, including five by Kukoc, grabbing an 87-74 cushion with 6:55 to go on a free throw by Dickey Simpkins.

"We came to play tonight and we have to do this every night," Simpkins said. "We have to finish the fourth quarter like we did today."

Harper scored 18 points and Simpkins added 17 for Chicago, which shot 47 percent (37-of-78) from the floor while holding New Jersey to 38 percent (33-of-86).

Keith Van Horn scored 15 points and Jayson Williams grabbed 15 rebounds as the Nets fell to 4-19 and dropped three games behind the Bulls (7-16) for the worst record in the East.

Asked about his team's poor shooting, Williams said, "I just think the ball is too big and the rim is too small. That's the problem, not confidence."

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