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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 24 32 17 15 88 NEW JERSEY 30 24 19 23 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 20, JIMMY JACKSON 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 20, JAMIE FEICK 16, KENDALL GILL 15

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 13, ALAN HENDERSON 11 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 13, KEITH VAN HORN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 11, KENDALL GILL 5

ATT: 11,990


Extended Box

ATLANTA (88) AT NEW JERSEY (96)

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

JACKSON F 36 6-12 0-0 0 6 6 1 1 0 3 15 HENDERSON F 36 6-13 1-2 6 5 11 3 4 0 3 13 MUTOMBO C 35 1-2 2-4 3 10 13 2 3 0 4 4 RIDER G 40 8-19 3-4 1 3 4 3 0 3 4 20 COLES G 27 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 3 4 CRAWFORD 25 4-11 5-5 4 4 8 0 3 0 0 13 TERRY 21 5-9 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 12 JOHNSON 20 2-4 3-4 2 2 4 1 1 1 0 7 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - FLU WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WRIGHT DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 34-77 16-21 18 31 49 13 15 5 20 88 (.442) (.762) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

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

GILL F 31 6-13 1-2 0 0 0 5 2 2 2 15 VAN HORN F 36 9-21 0-2 1 7 8 0 1 1 0 20 MCILVAINE C 18 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 2 KITTLES G 33 6-14 1-1 3 4 7 3 1 1 0 14 MARBURY G 38 5-13 2-4 3 2 5 11 2 1 4 12 HARRIS 15 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 0 FEICK 33 8-13 0-0 4 9 13 1 2 0 0 16 BURRELL 9 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 5 NEWMAN 17 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 8 DOUGLAS 10 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 4 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-89 4-9 14 27 41 24 17 7 9 96 (.472) (.444) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

ATLANTA 24 32 17 15 - 88 NEW JERSEY 30 24 19 23 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - HENDERSON 3, MUTOMBO 2, CRAWFORD. NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 5, GILL, VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-7 (.571), JACKSON 3-5, RIDER 1-2. NEW JERSEY 8-20 (.400), GILL 2-5, VAN HORN 2-3, KITTLES 1-5, MARBURY 0-1, BURRELL 1-2, NEWMAN 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, JACK NIES, SCOTT WALL. A - 11,990. T - 1:57.


Box Score

ATLANTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 36 6-12 0-0 0-6 1 1 15 Henderson 36 6-13 1-2 6-11 3 4 13 Mutombo 35 1-2 2-4 3-13 2 3 4 Rider 40 8-19 3-4 1-4 3 0 20 Coles 27 2-7 0-0 1-2 3 1 4 Crawford 25 4-11 5-5 4-8 0 3 13 Terry 21 5-9 2-2 1-1 0 2 12 Johnson 20 2-4 3-4 2-4 1 1 7 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - flu Williams DNP - coach's decision Wright DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 16-21 18-49 13 15 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Jackson 3-5, Rider 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Henderson 3, Mutombo 2, Crawford). Turnovers: 20 (Mutombo 4, Rider 4, Coles 3, Henderson 3, Jackson 3, Terry 3). Steals: 5 (Rider 3, Coles, Johnson).

NEW JERSEY (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 31 6-13 1-2 0-0 5 2 15 Van Horn 36 9-21 0-2 1-8 0 1 20 Mcilvaine 18 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Kittles 33 6-14 1-1 3-7 3 1 14 Marbury 38 5-13 2-4 3-5 11 2 12 Harris 15 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Feick 33 8-13 0-0 4-13 1 2 16 Burrell 9 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 5 Newman 17 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 8 Douglas 10 2-4 0-0 1-1 2 0 4 Cage DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-89 4-9 14-41 24 17 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.444. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Gill 2-5, Van Horn 2-3, Kittles 1-5, Marbury 0-1, Burrell 1-2, Newman 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcilvaine 5, Gill, Van Horn). Turnovers: 10 (Marbury 4, Gill 2, Douglas, Harris, Mcilvaine). Steals: 7 (Gill 2, Douglas, Harris, Kittles, Marbury, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 24 32 17 15 - 88 New Jersey 30 24 19 23 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,990. T: 1:57. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Jack Nies, Scott Wall.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets are discovering new ways to win. With defense, for example.

The Nets held the Atlanta Hawks without a basket for nearly five minutes of the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 96-88 victory, their sixth in eight games.

"Defense for us was at the right place at the right time," Nets coach Don Casey said. "We rotated well and that was the difference."

Keith Van Horn scored 20 points and Jamie Feick contributed a season-high 16 and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who have discovered a balanced offensive attack and better defense during their hot streak.

High-scoring point guard Stephon Marbury has become more of a distributor, collecting 11 assists and just 12 points. Also, New Jersey allowed at least 100 points 10 times as it sputtered to a 2-15 start, but just twice in eight games since.

"We're playing defense, we're playing tough," Marbury said. "We're hitting people and we're getting loose balls. I think that's the key to our success right now."

The Nets blew an early 14-point lead but recovered for their fifth straight home win and kept the Hawks reeling. Atlanta has lost five of six overall, fell to 2-9 on the road and remained winless in New Jersey since January 3, 1997.

"The thing I liked is that when we had a lead, we lost the lead and we got it back. We won a close game," Casey said. "I have nothing but good feelings and praise for our players. They're feeling confident and finding each other."

"This is the first time this year winning on back-to-back days," Nets swingman Kendall Gill said. "We're getting better with each game. We learned a lot about ourselves tonight."

Isaiah Rider scored 20 points but just two in the final period, when Atlanta shot 6-of-16 and committed three turnovers. After three quarters, the Hawks had outshot and outrebounded the Nets but played poorly down the stretch.

Worse yet, Atlanta's players don't seem to be on the same page as coach Lenny Wilkens.

"I think sometimes because we haven't been playing well, everyone wants to do it it by themselves, whereas we come down and try to make it happen," Wilkens said. "So you have no real flow and you wind up turning the ball over."

"If it takes from me to go out and score 100, that's what I'm gonna do," Rider said. "We have to get on the winning side of the column here, especially (against) a team like the Nets."

The fourth quarter began in a 73-73 tie and a lane jumper by Anthony Johnson had the Hawks within 79-77 with 8:01 remaining. Sherman Douglas and Feick made jumpers around a pair of free throws by Hawks rookie Jason Terry, extending the lead to 83-79 with 5:44 to go.

Gill, who scored 15 points, had a layup and jumper around a foul shot by Atlanta center Dikembe Mutombo before a layup by Kerry Kittles pushed the advantage to 89-80 with 3:19 left.

Terry's jumper ended the basket drought 14 seconds later but Van Horn scored on New Jersey's next two possessions and Atlanta never made another push, losing their sixth straight visit to Continental Airlines Arena.

The Nets (8-17) shot 48 percent (11-of-23) with one turnover in the fourth quarter and 48 percent (42-of-89) overall as they overcame season lows of free throws attempted (nine) and made (four). New Jersey committed just 10 turnovers.

"We just need to chip away game by game and continue to play the way we've been playing," Van Horn said. "Hopefully by the All-Star break we'll be in good position."

Jimmy Jackson scored 15 points and Alan Henderson and Chris Crawford added 13 apiece for the Hawks, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77) and held a 49-41 edge on the glass. Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 13 boards and Henderson 11.

Van Horn got off to a quick start and his 3-pointer gave the Nets a 28-14 lead with 2:29 left in the first quarter. But a pair of 3-pointers by former Net Jackson helped the Hawks close to 30-24 after one period, and Henderson scored nine points in the second quarter, giving Atlanta a 56-54 halftime edge.

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