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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 21 18 21 9 69 CHICAGO 22 19 15 15 71 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 19, STEPHON MARBURY 18, KERRY KITTLES 17 CHI - ELTON BRAND 16, RON ARTEST 14, COREY BENJAMIN 11

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 11, JAMIE FEICK 10 CHI - ELTON BRAND 14, RON ARTEST 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 CHI - RON ARTEST 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 22,112


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (69) AT CHICAGO (71)

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

GILL F 23 2-9 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 5 VAN HORN F 33 9-18 0-0 3 8 11 1 4 0 3 19 MCILVAINE C 24 0-1 1-4 1 4 5 2 2 1 0 1 KITTLES G 38 6-10 3-4 0 4 4 2 2 2 2 17 MARBURY G 38 7-20 3-6 0 3 3 9 5 0 4 18 FEICK 26 0-1 0-0 1 9 10 0 5 2 1 0 BURRELL 13 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 HARRIS 10 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 3 DOUGLAS 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 NEWMAN 25 1-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 4 G MURESAN DNP - TORN MENISCUS IN LEFT KNEE PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-72 10-17 7 31 38 16 25 6 14 69 (.375) (.588) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 38 5-12 2-2 1 7 8 7 3 2 3 14 BRAND F 32 6-19 4-8 6 8 14 0 3 1 3 16 PERDUE C 14 2-5 0-2 3 3 6 1 0 0 1 4 BROWN G 34 2-6 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 1 3 6 ARMSTRONG G 14 0-5 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 C BENJAMIN 23 5-10 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 1 2 11 SIMPKINS 19 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 1 5 0 1 2 RUFFIN 19 2-4 0-2 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 4 WILLOUGHBY 25 3-7 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 0 2 8 DAVID 13 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 4 ANSTEY 9 0-2 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 1 HAWKINS DNP - LEFT CALF STRAIN

TOTALS 240 27-75 14-24 17 37 54 16 24 6 16 71 (.360) (.583) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 21 18 21 9 - 69 CHICAGO 22 19 15 15 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 4, HARRIS, NEWMAN. CHICAGO - BRAND 2, RUFFIN, PERDUE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-15 (.333), VAN HORN 1-2, KITTLES 2-3, MARBURY 1-6, BURRELL 0-2, HARRIS 1-2. CHICAGO 3-11 (.273), ARTEST 2-7, C BENJAMIN 1-1, WILLOUGHBY 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, LEON WOOD, TONY BROTHERS. A - 22,112. T - 2:15.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 23 2-9 1-1 0-1 0 3 5 Van Horn 33 9-18 0-0 3-11 1 4 19 Mcilvaine 24 0-1 1-4 1-5 2 2 1 Kittles 38 6-10 3-4 0-4 2 2 17 Marbury 38 7-20 3-6 0-3 9 5 18 Feick 26 0-1 0-0 1-10 0 5 0 Burrell 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Harris 10 1-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 3 Douglas 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Newman 25 1-1 2-2 1-2 0 2 4 G Muresan DNP - torn meniscus in left knee Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-72 10-17 7-38 16 25 69 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Van Horn 1-2, Kittles 2-3, Marbury 1-6, Burrell 0-2, Harris 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcilvaine 4, Harris, Newman). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 4, Newman 3, Van Horn 3, Kittles 2, Feick, Harris). Steals: 6 (Feick 2, Kittles 2, Harris, Mcilvaine).

CHICAGO (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 38 5-12 2-2 1-8 7 3 14 Brand 32 6-19 4-8 6-14 0 3 16 Perdue 14 2-5 0-2 3-6 1 0 4 Brown 34 2-6 2-2 1-4 2 2 6 Armstrong 14 0-5 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 C Benjamin 23 5-10 0-0 2-2 1 3 11 Simpkins 19 1-3 0-0 2-6 1 5 2 Ruffin 19 2-4 0-2 1-2 1 3 4 Willoughby 25 3-7 2-2 1-4 2 3 8 David 13 1-2 2-2 0-3 0 0 4 Anstey 9 0-2 1-2 0-3 0 2 1 Hawkins DNP - left calf strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-75 14-24 17-54 16 24 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Artest 2-7, C Benjamin 1-1, Willoughby 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Brand 2, Ruffin, Perdue). Turnovers: 17 (Artest 3, Brand 3, Brown 3, C Benjamin 2, Willoughby 2, David, Perdue, Simpkins). Steals: 6 (Artest 2, Brand, Brown, C Benjamin, Ruffin). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 21 18 21 9 - 69 Chicago 22 19 15 15 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,112. T: 2:15. Officials: Ron Garretson, Leon Wood, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- A promising week for the New Jersey Nets ended in embarrassing fashion, with a loss to the downtrodden Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls ended their 10-game losing streak while handing the Nets their 11th straight loss at the United Center by surviving a dreadful fourth quarter for a 71-69 victory.

"It was a nice win for us," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "We've talked a great deal during the stretch about not giving up any cheap baskets during the transition. And we didn't see the same type of mistakes coming down the stretch that we did in the past."

Rookie Elton Brand scored 15 points, including a jumper in the lane with 30 seconds to play that gave Chicago the lead for good at 69-67. It was the Bulls' fourth and last basket of the final 12 minutes.

New Jersey managed just seven points during the final period.

Keith Van Horn netted 19 points and Stephon Marbury contributed 18 for the Nets, who had won two straight games. But Marbury was awful down the stretch. He missed a turnaround jumper, picked up an offensive foul and misfired on a potential tying 3-pointer with 11 seconds left.

"They are an NBA team with NBA players and we knew they were not going to lay down," Marbury said. "They were more aggressive and came out and played harder in the fourth quarter than us. We had poor execution and they just wanted the game more than us."

Chicago (2-15) won for the first time since beating Boston, 92-91, on November 13.

"We wanted to come out real strong," Bulls guard Corey Benjamin said. "This game, we came out with all we had and got the victory."

The Nets, who recorded impressive victories over Sacramento and Milwaukee earlier this week, lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 1-7 on the road this season.

"For us, coming in here off winning two in a row, this is obviously a major disappointment and a big speed bump in the road for us," Nets coach Don Casey said. "We just didn't get any good offense going tonight."

New Jersey led 60-56 after three quarters but went without a point for 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth period as Chicago scored five straight points, taking the lead on two free throws by Kornel David with 7:49 left.

Van Horn finally broke the drought with a 3-pointer and Marbury's runner gave the Nets a 65-61 lead, but the Bulls tied it on two free throws and a jumper by Brown with 4:06 remaining.

Van Horn's driving layup was answered by Brand's short jumper. From there the game became a comedy of errors.

Chicago rookie Ron Artest was called for an offensive foul, but Van Horn misfired badly on a jumper. Brand, who grabbed 14 rebounds, could not connect on a baseline jumper and Marbury missed his turnaround.

After a timeout, Brand's quick jumper in lane put Chicago on top.

"I didn't celebrate it this time because I remember last time I made the same shot we ended up losing," said Brand, who missed the last game with a hip pointer. "So, I knew I had to come down on defense. It was encouraging for my confidence."

Marbury was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing possession and Brand made the first of two free throws to give the Bulls a 70-67 lead with 17 seconds left. Marbury misfired from the left wing moments later and B.J. Armstrong went 1-of-2 from the line with 6.8 seconds to go to seal it.

"We played hard, fought for rebounds, got the charge call and put out a good effort," Armstrong said.

The Bulls, who shot 36 percent (27-of-75), played without guard Hersey Hawkins, who missed his first game in seven years because of a calf injury suffered Wednesday against Cleveland. Hawkins' streak of 527 consecutive games was the second-longest active streak in the NBA behind A.C. Green of the Los Angeles Lakers, who has played in a league-record 1,048 straight games.

New Jersey shot just 37.5 percent (27-of-72) and made 10-of-17 from the foul line.

"We knew they had a lot of scrappers and good guys coming off the bench that would get after the ball," New Jersey forward Jamie Feick said. "We knew they'd hustle. Our offense just struggled today."

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