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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 26 28 21 16 91 BOSTON 18 23 27 11 79 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (91) AT BOSTON (79)

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

GILL F 43 8-15 3-4 0 4 4 5 3 7 1 19 VAN HORN F 39 6-19 13-13 2 4 6 5 3 2 2 25 CUNNINGHAM C 16 0-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 KITTLES G 33 6-12 1-1 2 6 8 0 1 4 2 13 MARBURY G 37 8-17 4-4 0 2 2 8 4 0 5 20 CARR 5 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FEICK 27 2-4 0-0 3 9 12 0 3 1 1 4 HARRIS 15 5-6 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 10 HENDRICKSON 14 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 PERRY 11 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 SEIKALY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS J WILLIAMS DNP - FRACTURED RIGHT LEG

TOTALS 240 35-87 21-22 12 29 41 19 18 15 12 91 (.402) (.955) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 32 1-10 1-2 2 9 11 1 3 1 4 4 WALKER F 40 10-18 12-13 3 8 11 2 3 5 6 32 POTAPENKO C 33 6-14 0-0 6 3 9 2 2 0 1 12 ANDERSON G 31 5-10 3-3 2 2 4 3 2 0 3 13 MERCER G 41 4-12 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 5 8 BARROS 13 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 3 BATTIE 12 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 4 GARNETT 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MCCARTY 15 1-4 1-2 2 4 6 1 2 0 1 3 MINOR 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 RILEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-80 17-20 17 32 49 12 19 8 23 79 (.375) (.850) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 23(24 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 26 28 21 16 - 91 BOSTON 18 23 27 11 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL, VAN HORN, FEICK, HARRIS. BOSTON - POTAPENKO 3, BATTIE 2, MERCER, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 0-9 (.000), GILL 0-2, KITTLES 0-3, MARBURY 0-2, HARRIS 0-1, PERRY 0-1. BOSTON 2-12 (.167), PIERCE 1-5, WALKER 0-1, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 1-3, GARNETT 0-1, MCCARTY 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, SEAN CORBIN, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,339. T - 2:00.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 43 8-15 3-4 0-4 5 3 19 Van Horn 39 6-19 13-13 2-6 5 3 25 Cunningham 16 0-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 0 Kittles 33 6-12 1-1 2-8 0 1 13 Marbury 37 8-17 4-4 0-2 8 4 20 Carr 5 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Feick 27 2-4 0-0 3-12 0 3 4 Harris 15 5-6 0-0 2-4 0 0 10 Hendrickson 14 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Perry 11 0-5 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Seikaly DNP - plantar fasciatis J Williams DNP - fractured right leg _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 21-22 12-41 19 18 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.955. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (Gill 0-2, Kittles 0-3, Marbury 0-2, Harris 0-1, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Gill, Van Horn, Feick, Harris). Turnovers: 14 (Marbury 5, Kittles 2, Van Horn 2, Feick, Gill, Perry). Steals: 15 (Gill 7, Kittles 4, Van Horn 2, Feick, Perry).

BOSTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 32 1-10 1-2 2-11 1 3 4 Walker 40 10-18 12-13 3-11 2 3 32 Potapenko 33 6-14 0-0 6-9 2 2 12 Anderson 31 5-10 3-3 2-4 3 2 13 Mercer 41 4-12 0-0 0-2 1 0 8 Barros 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 Battie 12 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 4 4 Garnett 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mccarty 15 1-4 1-2 2-6 1 2 3 Minor 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Riley 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 17-20 17-49 12 19 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Pierce 1-5, Walker 0-1, Mercer 0-1, Barros 1-3, Garnett 0-1, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Potapenko 3, Battie 2, Mercer, Walker). Turnovers: 23 (Walker 6, Mercer 5, Pierce 4, Anderson 3, Barros, Battie, Garnett, Mccarty, Potapenko). Steals: 8 (Walker 5, Mercer, Minor, Pierce). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 26 28 21 16 - 91 Boston 18 23 27 11 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:11 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,339. T: 2:00. Officials: Jess Kersey, Sean Corbin, Scott Wall.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets may not be the worst team in the Atlantic Division after all.

One day after tying an NBA record with 11 steals, Kendall Gill totaled seven with 19 points and five assists as last-place New Jersey pulled away for a 91-79 wire-to-wire victory over the reeling Boston Celtics.

Keith Van Horn scored 25 points and Stephon Marbury added 20 and eight assists for the Nets, who have won a season-high three in a row after a 5-24 start. They are 2-15 on the road, with both wins coming here.

"We know our chances of making the playoffs are slim," Marbury said. "But maybe if we play defense like this the rest of the way, we'll win the rest of our games."

New Jersey forced the Celtics into 23 turnovers and scored 20 fast-break points.

"The energy we're displaying at the defensive end is as good as any team in the league," Nets interim coach Don Casey said. "It's a collective effort, it's wonderful."

Boston is 2 1/2 games ahead of New Jersey in the Atlantic but has lost three in a row and six straight at the FleetCenter, one shy of the longest home skid in franchise history, last done in February 1997.

"I thought we had good effort tonight," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino, whose team has dropped nine of 11. "There have been nights where I have been disappointed."

Antoine Walker scored a season-high 32 points for the Celtics, who were within 75-68 to start the fourth quarter before allowing 10 consecutive points. Former Net Kenny Anderson broke the drought with a layup 7:22 into the period, but Boston still trailed, 85-70.

Gill teamed with Marbury for eight of the 10 points to start the fourth and capped the run with a steal and reverse dunk, giving New Jersey a 17-point lead with eight minutes left.

"If our defense plays well we can open up our style of game," Gill said. "The defense we're playing right now helps us on the offensive end."

Gill recorded his second career triple-double Saturday with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 steals in an 88-77 victory over Miami.

"I felt they stole a couple of steals away from me (today)," he said. "I thought I had 10."

The Celtics trimmed a 56-41 deficit to four points on four occasions in the third quarter but could not get any closer. After getting within 71-67 in the final minute of the period, they missed their next nine shots.

"I think we were there in the fourth quarter, making a run, but then we ran out of gas," Anderson said. "They are one of the best teams in steals in the league and they got us tonight."

"We made some crucial mistakes, gave them too many fast breaks and layups on too many turnovers," Celtics rookie Paul Pierce added.

Boston totaled only 11 points in the fourth quarter and shot 37 percent (30-of-80) overall. Pierce was 1-of-10, with the bench going 4-of-16.

Kerry Kittles totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals for New Jersey, which shot 40 percent (35-of-87), missing all nine of its 3-pointers.

Playing their second game without injured star center Jayson Williams, who is out for the season with a broken leg, the Nets were outrebounded, 49-41. Jamie Feick grabbed 12 boards off the bench.

Walker and Pierce had 11 rebounds each. Vitaly Potapenko added 12 points and nine boards for Boston.

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