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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 30 16 28 26 100 TORONTO 22 28 23 20 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KENDALL GILL 24, STEPHON MARBURY 18, KEITH VAN HORN 17 TOR - VINCE CARTER 23, TRACY MCGRADY 22, ANTONIO DAVIS 12

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 9, LUCIOUS HARRIS 8 TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 12, ANTONIO DAVIS 12

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, KENDALL GILL 5 TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 7, TRACY MCGRADY 4

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (100) AT TORONTO (93)

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

GILL F 34 10-19 4-6 2 1 3 5 4 1 0 24 VAN HORN F 35 7-13 1-2 1 8 9 2 0 1 0 17 MCILVAINE C 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 KITTLES G 10 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 8 MARBURY G 37 8-17 2-5 0 1 1 7 1 4 1 18 FEICK 22 2-3 2-2 0 5 5 1 3 1 0 6 HARRIS 23 0-3 0-0 1 7 8 0 2 0 0 0 NEWMAN 29 6-10 2-3 1 1 2 2 4 1 1 14 BURRELL 13 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 1 3 3 PERRY 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 ESCHMEYER 18 4-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 8 G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-83 11-18 6 31 37 23 24 11 6 100 (.506) (.611) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 6(6 PTS)

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

CARTER F 40 5-18 11-13 2 6 8 3 5 1 3 23 OAKLEY F 28 2-6 0-0 1 8 9 2 3 0 3 5 DAVIS C 35 3-8 6-8 6 6 12 2 1 0 3 12 CHRISTIE G 34 5-10 0-0 2 3 5 7 2 1 1 11 MCGRADY G 39 8-18 6-6 7 5 12 4 1 1 3 22 K WILLIS 17 4-7 0-0 3 4 7 1 0 0 0 8 CURRY 25 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 5 BOGUES 22 3-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 7 STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-86 23-27 21 34 55 22 15 4 13 93 (.372) (.852) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 30 16 28 26 - 100 TORONTO 22 28 23 20 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - FEICK 2, KITTLES, MCILVAINE, GILL, HARRIS. TORONTO - DAVIS 3, CARTER 2, OAKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-17 (.294), VAN HORN 2-3, KITTLES 2-3, MARBURY 0-3, HARRIS 0-1, NEWMAN 0-2, BURRELL 1-5. TORONTO 6-20 (.300), CARTER 2-8, OAKLEY 1-1, CHRISTIE 1-4, MCGRADY 0-1, CURRY 1-4, BOGUES 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, BENNIE ADAMS, GREG WILLARD. A - 19,800. T - 2:07.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 34 10-19 4-6 2-3 5 4 24 Van Horn 35 7-13 1-2 1-9 2 0 17 Mcilvaine 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Kittles 10 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 8 Marbury 37 8-17 2-5 0-1 7 1 18 Feick 22 2-3 2-2 0-5 1 3 6 Harris 23 0-3 0-0 1-8 0 2 0 Newman 29 6-10 2-3 1-2 2 4 14 Burrell 13 1-6 0-0 0-3 0 3 3 Perry 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 Eschmeyer 18 4-4 0-0 1-5 0 4 8 G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-83 11-18 6-37 23 24 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Van Horn 2-3, Kittles 2-3, Marbury 0-3, Harris 0-1, Newman 0-2, Burrell 1-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Feick 2, Kittles, Mcilvaine, Gill, Harris). Turnovers: 6 (Burrell 3, Marbury, Newman, Perry). Steals: 11 (Marbury 4, Mcilvaine 2, Burrell, Feick, Gill, Newman, Van Horn).

TORONTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 40 5-18 11-13 2-8 3 5 23 Oakley 28 2-6 0-0 1-9 2 3 5 Davis 35 3-8 6-8 6-12 2 1 12 Christie 34 5-10 0-0 2-5 7 2 11 Mcgrady 39 8-18 6-6 7-12 4 1 22 K Willis 17 4-7 0-0 3-7 1 0 8 Curry 25 2-9 0-0 0-1 3 0 5 Bogues 22 3-10 0-0 0-1 0 3 7 Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-86 23-27 21-55 22 15 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Carter 2-8, Oakley 1-1, Christie 1-4, Mcgrady 0-1, Curry 1-4, Bogues 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Davis 3, Carter 2, Oakley). Turnovers: 13 (Carter 3, Davis 3, Mcgrady 3, Oakley 3, Christie). Steals: 4 (Bogues, Carter, Christie, Mcgrady). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 30 16 28 26 - 100 Toronto 22 28 23 20 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:07. Officials: Hugh Evans, Bennie Adams, Greg Willard.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- There were no last-minute heroics from the Toronto Raptors' young star, just a couple of solid performances from the New Jersey Nets' graying veterans.

Johnny Newman scored seven of his 14 points in a fourth-quarter surge and Kendall Gill scored 24 points for the Nets, who kept their playoff hopes alive with a 100-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Newman, a 14-year veteran, almost singlehandedly brought the Nets back in the fourth quarter, briefly strutting the offensive skills he was known for early in his career.

Gill had the primary responsibility for guarding Toronto's Vince Carter, who scored 23 points but hit just 5-of-18 from the floor. Carter may have been troubled by a sore left wrist after a spill under the basket in second quarter, but his game was hurt more by Gill's harassing defense.

"Kendall Gill did a tremendous job influencing Vince Carter," New Jersey coach Don Casey said.

"I strive to be be No. 1 on defense and I play this way regardless of who I'm matched up with," Gill said. "Things were working for me tonight and everybody was hitting their shots."

Toronto, which is jockeying for playoff position and currently is fourth in the Eastern Conference, had won 11 of its last 12 and had blown out New Jersey by an average of 24.5 points in two previous meetings this season. The Nets are in 11th place, two games behind Orlando for the eighth and final playoff berth.

"We're trying to stay in the playoff race and that's our main focus," Gill said.

The Nets, who could not hold onto a 10-point first-half lead, opened an 84-75 advantage with 7:28 left in the game. Newman led the 10-2 surge, scoring seven points on a three-point play, a pull-up jumper and a driving bank shot.

"We've got guys who come off the bench ready to play," Newman said. "I've been a starter for a lot of years, so when I come off the bench I want to step up, and tonight I was able to do that."

The Raptors got no closer than four points the rest of the way as the Nets found an answer for every challenge. New Jersey guard Stephon Marbury scored seven of his 18 points in the final five minutes.

Tracy McGrady added 22 points and 12 rebounds and Antonio Davis had 12 and 12 for the Raptors, but Carter was unable to provide the last minute heroics.

"Just one of those nights," Carter said. "They made shots and we were missing shots. It's over and the important thing is to bounce back. I wasn't hitting shots and as a team we were out of sync. My wrist was sore."

Toronto coach Butch Carter had some words of warning for his playoff-bound team, who might have wanted to look at the Nets' physical defense as an aberration.

"It was Eastern Conference clutch, grab, bump and hold-ya defense," Carter said. "This is what's coming for us. It's inevitable, so we better get ready. We're used to playing against West Coast teams. We did not weather the storm tonight."

Gill hit 10-of-19 from the floor and added five assists. Marbury backed Gill and Newman with seven assists and Keith Van Horn had 14 points and nine boards.

The Nets opened a 29-19 lead late in the first quarter with Toronto going 8-of-22 from the floor. Gill scored 10 points and Kerry Kittles eight in the period.

The Nets went cold at the start of the second quarter and the Raptors stormed back, going on a 16-4 charge over a 4:20 stretch to take a 38-36 lead. Carter, McGrady and Kevin Willis scored four points apiece in the run and Doug Christie made two steals.

Gill continued to have the hot hand in the third, scoring nine points, but the Nets could not contain the Raptors' balanced attack. The two teams traded baskets much of the quarter, which ended with New Jersey up, 74-73.

Nets guard Kerry Kittles left the game in the first quarter after Van Horn's elbow hit him in the temple. Kittles came back briefly in the second quarter but did not return in the second half, complaining of dizziness.

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