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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 29 20 14 22 85 NEW JERSEY 20 19 29 22 90 FINAL


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ATLANTA (85) AT NEW JERSEY (90)

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

CRAWFORD F 30 5-10 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 10 HENDERSON F 28 4-9 2-2 4 3 7 0 1 0 2 10 MUTOMBO C 40 4-7 6-10 3 14 17 0 1 0 1 14 BLAYLOCK G 39 6-13 2-2 1 2 3 5 1 5 3 14 SMITH G 16 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 9 CORBIN 23 2-6 2-2 0 4 4 0 0 1 3 6 GRAY 9 1-3 4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 JOHNSON 20 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 4 LONG 23 2-12 6-6 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 10 MCLEOD 5 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 WEST 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SHEPPARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-75 24-30 12 28 40 9 11 8 13 85 (.400) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

GILL F 38 6-12 0-0 3 5 8 5 5 4 1 12 VAN HORN F 42 11-17 2-2 5 4 9 1 5 2 3 24 J WILLIAMS C 39 5-11 1-2 6 4 10 1 1 0 2 11 KITTLES G 40 2-15 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 1 1 4 MARBURY G 42 11-24 1-2 2 5 7 6 1 0 3 27 CARR 14 2-4 3-4 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 7 CUNNINGHAM 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 FEICK 13 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 2 PERRY 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 SEIKALY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDRICKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-87 7-10 18 28 46 18 26 8 13 90 (.448) (.700) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

ATLANTA 29 20 14 22 - 85 NEW JERSEY 20 19 29 22 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4, CRAWFORD, CORBIN. NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, KITTLES 2, VAN HORN 2, J WILLIAMS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-10 (.100), BLAYLOCK 0-3, SMITH 1-2, CORBIN 0-1, GRAY 0-1, JOHNSON 0-2, LONG 0-1. NEW JERSEY 5-13 (.385), KITTLES 0-3, MARBURY 4-7, CARR 0-1, PERRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, DICK BAVETTA, BILL KENNEDY. A - 14,348. T - 2:14.


Box Score

ATLANTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Crawford 30 5-10 0-0 2-3 0 2 10 Henderson 28 4-9 2-2 4-7 0 1 10 Mutombo 40 4-7 6-10 3-17 0 1 14 Blaylock 39 6-13 2-2 1-3 5 1 14 Smith 16 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 0 9 Corbin 23 2-6 2-2 0-4 0 0 6 Gray 9 1-3 4-4 0-0 0 0 6 Johnson 20 1-5 2-2 0-1 2 3 4 Long 23 2-12 6-6 2-5 1 2 10 Mcleod 5 1-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 2 West 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sheppard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 24-30 12-40 9 11 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Blaylock 0-3, Smith 1-2, Corbin 0-1, Gray 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Long 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 4, Crawford, Corbin). Turnovers: 13 (Blaylock 3, Corbin 3, Henderson 2, Gray, Johnson, Mcleod, Mutombo, Smith). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 5, Corbin, Johnson, Smith).

NEW JERSEY (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 38 6-12 0-0 3-8 5 5 12 Van Horn 42 11-17 2-2 5-9 1 5 24 J Williams 39 5-11 1-2 6-10 1 1 11 Kittles 40 2-15 0-0 1-6 3 3 4 Marbury 42 11-24 1-2 2-7 6 1 27 Carr 14 2-4 3-4 0-2 1 2 7 Cunningham 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Feick 13 1-1 0-0 1-4 1 4 2 Perry 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 3 Seikaly DNP - plantar fasciatis Harris DNP - coach's decision Hendrickson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-87 7-10 18-46 18 26 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Kittles 0-3, Marbury 4-7, Carr 0-1, Perry 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Gill 2, Kittles 2, Van Horn 2, J Williams 2). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 3, Van Horn 3, J Williams 2, Perry 2, Feick, Gill, Kittles). Steals: 8 (Gill 4, Van Horn 2, Carr, Kittles). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 29 20 14 22 - 85 New Jersey 20 19 29 22 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,348. T: 2:14. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Dick Bavetta, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Even when they win, matters keep getting worse for the New Jersey Nets.

Stephon Marbury scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter but also was part of a collision that resulted in a scary knee injury to teammate Jayson Williams in a 90-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

In the final minute, Marbury drove the lane. With the defense collapsing, Williams came in from the right wing. As Marbury fell to the floor, Williams' knee struck Marbury's head. Both players were down for several minutes, with Williams getting the worst of the collision.

While Marbury's tearful mother went to the court to hug her son, Williams laid on the floor, grasping his knee. He eventually was helped off by a pair of teammates and was placed in a wheelchair to be taken to the locker room. Williams finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"Jayson could be a big loss for us," said Nets coach Don Casey. "I don't know his status. He will be evaluated and we will go from there. We have to take what we gained tonight and build on this effort."

"We have faced adversity all year," said Nets guard Kerry Kittles. "Now with Jayson's injury, it's another chapter. ... He's our emotional leader."

The injury to Williams came in the same game that saw the return of leading scorer Keith Van Horn, who had 24 points and nine rebounds after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle.

"You never want to see a player of Jayson's caliber go down with an injury," Van Horn said. "I hope it's not as severe as it looks. He has fought through a lot this year."

The Nets halted a four-game losing streak and improved their record to 6-24, worst in the Eastern Conference.

The injury bug also hit the Hawks, who lost leading scorer Steve Smith to a left knee injury in the third quarter. Smith said after the game the injury was not serious and he did not expect to miss any further action.

Dikembe Mutombo had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Atlanta, which blew its chance to move within one-half game of the Indiana Pacers for first place in the Central Division. The Hawks' five-game winning streak ended Tuesday with a loss to Detroit.

"We have a long way to go to make the playoffs, even though we're sitting in fourth place," Smith said. "We were starting to make a move on Indiana, but we've slipped a little over the last couple of games."

Marbury drained a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth to help New Jersey grab a 75-67 lead. The Hawks stormed back midway through the period with strong free throw shooting, as Ed Gray sank four in a row and Grant Long followed with a pair from the line to tie the game, 77-77. Mutombo, hitting just 68 percent from the line this season, buried a pair to put the Hawks in front with 5:14 remaining.

Kendall Gill drilled an 18-footer and Marbury put the Nets ahead for good with a driving layup, making it 81-79 with 3:21 to go. Marbury's running jumper gave New Jersey an 87-83 lead with 51 seconds left, but Mutombo answered with two foul shots and an offensive foul by Van Horn gave Atlanta a chance to tie.

With their top clutch player in Smith out of action, the Hawks opted to go to Long, who scored eight of his 10 points in the final period. Long posted Van Horn on the left side of the lane and ended up forcing a tough shot that bounced off the back of the rim, with Chris Carr of the Nets grabbing the rebound.

"We won this game with defensive stops and a strong effort," Van Horn added. "We really stepped up our effort. You create your own luck, and the defensive stops were a key for us tonight."

An inbounds pass by Gill went off Carr's fingertips and into the arms of Mookie Blaylock for a wide-open layup, but the basket was nullified as Anthony Johnson was called for holding Carr. Carr sank two free throws with 6.4 seconds left and added one more in the waning moments as the Nets sealed the victory and won the season series from the Hawks, 2-1.

Smith scored all nine of his points in the opening quarter, helping Atlanta take a 29-20 lead. The Hawks continued to control the game in the second period and took a 49-39 advantage into halftime.

"It's frustrating to lose, because we started out and played well," Smith said. "But then we lost a little as the game went on. We should've won, but they played really well after a slow start."

A driving layup by Blaylock, who scored 14 points, gave Atlanta its largest lead, 55-41, with 10:14 left in the third quarter. But the Hawks were limited to eight points the rest of the period as the Nets took control.

Marbury sparked a quarter-closing 10-0 spurt, which included a 3-pointer and follow slam by Van Horn. To end the third, Marbury fed Jamie Feick for a layup -- his only points of the game -- that extended the Nets lead to 68-63.

"We let the game get away," Mutombo said. "We became impatient at the end of the third quarter and we gave them the momentum. You can't panic, which we did. We have to remain in control. This game's going to hurt us."

Gill had 12 points, eight boards, five assists and four steals, and Marbury contributed seven rebounds and six assists while hitting 4-of-7 3-pointers.

Blaylock had five of Atlanta's nine assists, which tied a season low, and five of his team's eight steals. The Hawks, who had a four-game road winning streak snapped, made 24-of-30 free throw but hit only 1-of-10 3-pointers.

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