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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 24 27 31 25 107 NEW JERSEY 20 37 26 32 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 22, TIM THOMAS 16, SAM CASSELL 16 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 41, MARK HENDRICKSON 19, KENDALL GILL 19

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - TIM THOMAS 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 5, RAY ALLEN 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,764


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (107) AT NEW JERSEY (115)

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

GILLIAM F 28 6-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 12 THOMAS F 28 7-11 1-2 2 5 7 2 4 1 1 16 TRAYLOR C 14 2-2 0-1 1 3 4 1 5 1 3 4 R ALLEN G 38 9-24 3-3 0 5 5 4 0 2 1 22 WORKMAN G 33 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 2 4 7 CASSELL 28 5-10 6-6 1 2 3 5 4 0 2 16 M CURRY 29 5-8 4-5 1 3 4 2 2 2 0 14 GATLING 20 5-8 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 10 GRANT 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 JOHNSON 21 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 4 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-81 14-17 7 28 35 17 27 10 14 107 (.556) (.824) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 14(25 PTS)

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

GILL F 42 7-15 4-6 1 4 5 1 5 3 2 19 HENDRICKSON F 40 4-7 11-12 2 3 5 2 3 1 4 19 FEICK C 38 3-6 0-0 5 12 17 2 0 1 2 6 HARRIS G 34 7-12 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 16 MARBURY G 46 13-24 11-14 1 1 2 11 1 0 1 41 CARR 6 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 9 CUNNINGHAM 17 0-2 0-2 3 2 5 0 3 0 1 0 G MURESAN 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 PERRY 16 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 2 0 5 BURRELL DNP - RECOVERY FROM KNEE SURGERY KITTLES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE SEIKALY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS

TOTALS 240 39-77 26-34 12 27 39 22 18 8 13 115 (.506) (.765) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 24 27 31 25 - 107 NEW JERSEY 20 37 26 32 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON. NEW JERSEY - HARRIS, CUNNINGHAM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 3-13 (.231), THOMAS 1-1, R ALLEN 1-8, WORKMAN 1-1, CASSELL 0-1, M CURRY 0-2. NEW JERSEY 11-20 (.550), GILL 1-1, HARRIS 2-3, MARBURY 4-10, CARR 3-4, PERRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, GEORGE TOLIVER, HUGH EVANS. A - 15,764. T - 2:03.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gilliam 28 6-9 0-0 0-1 1 3 12 Thomas 28 7-11 1-2 2-7 2 4 16 Traylor 14 2-2 0-1 1-4 1 5 4 R Allen 38 9-24 3-3 0-5 4 0 22 Workman 33 3-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 7 Cassell 28 5-10 6-6 1-3 5 4 16 M Curry 29 5-8 4-5 1-4 2 2 14 Gatling 20 5-8 0-0 0-5 1 2 10 Grant 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Johnson 21 2-5 0-0 2-5 0 3 4 Williams DNP - coach's decision J Allen DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-81 14-17 7-35 17 27 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.556, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Thomas 1-1, R Allen 1-8, Workman 1-1, Cassell 0-1, M Curry 0-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 1 (Johnson). Turnovers: 14 (Workman 4, Traylor 3, Cassell 2, Gilliam 2, Gatling, R Allen, Thomas). Steals: 10 (M Curry 2, R Allen 2, Workman 2, Gatling, Gilliam, Thomas, Traylor).

NEW JERSEY (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 42 7-15 4-6 1-5 1 5 19 Hendrickson 40 4-7 11-12 2-5 2 3 19 Feick 38 3-6 0-0 5-17 2 0 6 Harris 34 7-12 0-0 0-1 3 3 16 Marbury 46 13-24 11-14 1-2 11 1 41 Carr 6 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 9 Cunningham 17 0-2 0-2 3-5 0 3 0 G Muresan 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Perry 16 2-6 0-0 0-2 3 2 5 Burrell DNP - recovery from knee surgery Kittles DNP - sore right knee Seikaly DNP - plantar fasciatis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 26-34 12-39 22 18 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 11-20, .550 (Gill 1-1, Harris 2-3, Marbury 4-10, Carr 3-4, Perry 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Harris, Cunningham). Turnovers: 15 (Hendrickson 4, Feick 2, Gill 2, Carr, Cunningham, G Muresan, Harris, Marbury). Steals: 8 (Gill 3, Perry 2, Feick, Harris, Hendrickson). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 24 27 31 25 - 107 New Jersey 20 37 26 32 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,764. T: 2:03. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, George Toliver, Hugh Evans.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury showed the Milwaukee Bucks why he was the focus of the blockbuster trade involving the teams earlier this season.

Marbury scored a season-high 41 points and added 11 assists as the New Jersey Nets finally found a team as banged up as them, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-107, in their season finale.

"I went out tonight like it was Game Seven of the playoffs," Marbury said. "I let it all hang out. Now that the season's over, I'm going to go out and work on things to make myself one of the best that I can be."

Marbury made 13-of-24 shots and 11-of-14 free throws as he surpassed his previous career high of 40, set February 17, when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Marbury had a real big game," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We weren't good on Marbury. He was great. We don't have a defender that can guard him. We didn't have any comfort zone against him."

The 6-2 guard collected 10 points and four assists in the fourth quarter, when New Jersey turned a one-point game into an easy win. He averaged 36.5 points over his last four games.

The New York native wanted out of Minnesota and was dealt to New Jersey on March 11 in a three-team, nine-player trade also involving Milwaukee. He signed a $71 million contract extension several days later and has played well, although his team has not.

"I'm encouraged about next year and I feel that I can flourish as a player and the Nets can flourish as a team," Marbury said. "Being here for the last couple months, the players know how I think and feel on the floor, and I know how they are on the court. That will be a big help for us next year."

Ironically, it was the second time the Bucks had been involved in a trade for Marbury. Milwaukee drafted him fourth overall in 1996 and dealt him for guard Ray Allen, whom Minnesota selected fifth.

Allen scored 22 points to lead Milwaukee (28-22), which finished seventh in the Eastern Conference and will face second-seeded Indiana in its first playoff appearance since 1991.

"It's not the way we wanted to end our season," Allen said. "We had some bad habits from the start and we didn't change them. Marbury did everything. He had a great night. You can get into a habit of thinking it will be easy when a team is down, but just because we're in the playoffs, we still have to go out and play."

The Bucks were without leading scorer Glenn Robinson and guards Dell Curry and Vinny Del Negro, all of whom are on the injured list but are expected to play in the postseason.

Victimized by injuries all season, New Jersey finished 16-34. The Nets were 13-17 under interim coach Don Casey, who replaced the fired John Calipari in mid-March and likely will not be retained.

"We have a terrific group of guys here and I'm really proud of them," Casey said. "There were some difficult times this year but they stuck together and worked through it. They worked very hard and they never gave up. If the job is offered to me, I will take it."

Gheorghe Muresan, the 7-7 center who had missed most of the last two seasons recovering from back surgery necessitated by a bone growth disorder, came on in the final minute for the Nets. He missed his only shot, then struggled in the low post before dribbling out the clock before getting a shot.

Kendall Gill and Mark Hendrickson scored 19 points apiece and Lucious Harris added 16 for the Nets, who shot 51 percent (39-of-77) from the field, including a season-best 11-of-20 from 3-point range. Hendrickson's points were a career high.

Jamie Feick grabbed 17 rebounds for New Jersey, which held a 39-35 rebounding edge.

Sam Cassell and Tim Thomas each scored 16 points for the Bucks, who shot 56 percent (45-of-81) but just 3-of-13 from behind the arc. Cassell began the season with New Jersey but was sent to Milwaukee in the three-team trade. Thomas began the season in Philadelphia and returned to his home state.

"It was great to play well at home," Thomas said. "I just wish the outcome was different."

Marbury's 13 second-quarter points vaulted the Nets to a 57-51 halftime lead. New Jersey held an 83-75 advantage late in the third quarter until Allen had two free throws, a steal and a dunk for a three-point play to cut the deficit to 83-82 entering the final period.

Harris had two 3-pointers and Marbury added a 14-footer and three assists in a 17-4 burst that opened the fourth quarter and gave the Nets a 100-86 lead with 7:37 to go. The Bucks got no closer than the final margin.

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