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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 25 15 36 20 96 BOSTON 29 22 30 28 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 26, KEITH VAN HORN 16, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 14 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 25, PAUL PIERCE 17, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 16

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 13, JAMIE FEICK 7 BOS - ADRIAN GRIFFIN 11, TONY BATTIE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - KENDALL GILL 6, STEPHON MARBURY 5 BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 15,201


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (96) AT BOSTON (109)

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

GILL F 30 4-11 0-0 3 3 6 6 2 4 2 8 VAN HORN F 43 6-14 3-5 4 9 13 1 3 0 5 16 MCILVAINE C 10 1-3 1-2 2 0 2 1 4 0 1 3 HARRIS G 28 5-13 2-3 1 2 3 2 1 4 1 12 MARBURY G 38 9-21 4-4 0 0 0 5 3 1 2 26 FEICK 33 3-5 3-6 3 4 7 0 1 0 1 9 BURRELL 10 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 NEWMAN 24 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 6 PERRY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 G MURESAN 6 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 2 DOUGLAS 13 6-8 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 14 KITTLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-88 17-24 16 23 39 18 21 10 16 96 (.420) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 42 7-10 2-4 4 7 11 5 2 3 4 16 WALKER F 33 9-17 7-9 3 4 7 5 4 1 3 25 POTAPENKO C 21 4-8 2-2 4 4 8 0 1 2 2 10 ANDERSON G 25 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 1 4 9 PIERCE G 36 6-10 4-6 3 5 8 5 5 2 1 17 WILLIAMS 15 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 6 BATTIE 27 4-6 2-2 2 7 9 2 2 1 0 10 BARROS 12 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 5 MCCARTY 18 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 5 OVERTON 11 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 CHEANEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-86 17-23 16 33 49 26 26 13 17 109 (.500) (.739) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 25 15 36 20 - 96 BOSTON 29 22 30 28 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - GILL 2, MCILVAINE, FEICK. BOSTON - BATTIE 4, WALKER, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-19 (.263), VAN HORN 1-3, HARRIS 0-2, MARBURY 4-9, BURRELL 0-1, NEWMAN 0-3, DOUGLAS 0-1. BOSTON 6-15 (.400), WALKER 0-1, ANDERSON 3-5, PIERCE 1-2, BARROS 1-5, MCCARTY 1-1, OVERTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, TIM DONAGHY, KEVIN FEHR. A - 15,201. T - 2:04.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 30 4-11 0-0 3-6 6 2 8 Van Horn 43 6-14 3-5 4-13 1 3 16 Mcilvaine 10 1-3 1-2 2-2 1 4 3 Harris 28 5-13 2-3 1-3 2 1 12 Marbury 38 9-21 4-4 0-0 5 3 26 Feick 33 3-5 3-6 3-7 0 1 9 Burrell 10 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 0 0 Newman 24 2-8 2-2 0-1 0 3 6 Perry 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 G Muresan 6 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 Douglas 13 6-8 2-2 1-1 2 2 14 Kittles DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-88 17-24 16-39 18 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Van Horn 1-3, Harris 0-2, Marbury 4-9, Burrell 0-1, Newman 0-3, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Gill 2, Mcilvaine, Feick). Turnovers: 16 (Van Horn 5, Gill 2, Marbury 2, Douglas, Feick, G Muresan, Harris, Mcilvaine, Newman, Perry). Steals: 10 (Gill 4, Harris 4, Douglas, Marbury).

BOSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 42 7-10 2-4 4-11 5 2 16 Walker 33 9-17 7-9 3-7 5 4 25 Potapenko 21 4-8 2-2 4-8 0 1 10 Anderson 25 3-9 0-0 0-2 4 2 9 Pierce 36 6-10 4-6 3-8 5 5 17 Williams 15 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 Battie 27 4-6 2-2 2-9 2 2 10 Barros 12 2-8 0-0 0-1 1 3 5 Mccarty 18 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 5 Overton 11 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 6 Cheaney DNP - coach's decision Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-86 17-23 16-49 26 26 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Walker 0-1, Anderson 3-5, Pierce 1-2, Barros 1-5, Mccarty 1-1, Overton 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 4, Walker, Potapenko). Turnovers: 18 (Anderson 4, Griffin 4, Walker 3, Potapenko 2, Williams 2, Mccarty, Pierce). Steals: 13 (Griffin 3, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Battie, Mccarty, Overton, Walker, Williams). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 25 15 36 20 - 96 Boston 29 22 30 28 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,201. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Derosa, Tim Donaghy, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- New Jersey coach Don Casey might not make it to 3-17.

Antoine Walker scored 25 points and the Boston Celtics continued their surprising start by controlling the fourth quarter of a 109-96 victory over the woeful Nets.

Boston led by just five points entering the fourth quarter but started the period with a 13-1 spurt that opened a 94-77 advantage. The Nets did not get their first basket of the period until there was 6:38 remaining.

Rookie Adrian Griffin had another big game with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who have won six of their first nine games after stumbling to a 19-31 record in last season's lockout-shortened campaign.

Stephon Marbury scored 26 points and Keith Van Horn collected 16 and 13 rebounds for New Jersey (1-8), which has dropped five straight games and is tied with Houston for the most losses in the league.

Last season, the Nets lost 17 of their first 20 games which resulted in coach John Calipari being fired and replaced by Casey. Speculation has begun to swirl that Casey's job could be in jeopardy following the dismal start.

"There were actually some bright spots tonight. We gave up 16 offensive rebounds in the first half and in the second half, we gave up none," Casey said. "We just didn't come up with the defensive stops. That was the problem."

To make matters worse, the Nets also lost two players with injuries in the third quarter. Forward Scott Burrell suffered a left knee injury and guard Lucious Harris left with a twisted left ankle.

After Jamie Feick sank 1-of-2 free throws to bring the Nets within 82-77 with 11:08 left, the Celtics began the decisive run with their second unit.

Griffin, an undrafted rookie, drilled a 17-footer and Tony Battie hit a jumper. Doug Overton followed with two baskets sandwiched around a basket by Eric Williams. Battie capped the surge with two free throws with 6:56 remaining, making it 94-77.

"Our second unit has been a little non-existent for us, but tonight we got a big lift with it," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "That unit made good decisions on offense."

The Nets, who shot 42 percent (37-of-88) got their first field goal of the period at the 6:38 mark on Sherman Douglas' layup. But New Jersey never to cut the deficit under double digits.

Paul Pierce added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Boston, which shot 50 percent (43-of-86) and held a 49-39 rebounding edge.

Walker scored 12 points and Pierce 11 in the opening half, helping the Celtics to a 51-40 advantage. The Nets shot just 37 percent (17-of-46) over the first 24 minutes.

"I tried to go to the basket very strong tonight and got a few easy buckets," said Walker, who hit 9-of-17 shots.

Sparked by Marbury, the Nets were able to cut the deficit to five entering the fourth quarter. He scored 14 of his 26 points, including making three 3-pointer's, in the third quarter.

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