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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 18 20 28 15 81 NEW JERSEY 19 16 22 19 76 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - LORENZEN WRIGHT 24, JASON TERRY 18, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12 NJN - STEPHEN JACKSON 25, STEPHON MARBURY 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 28, LORENZEN WRIGHT 10 NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 19, KENYON MARTIN 5

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - ROSHOWN MCLEOD 6, MATT MALONEY 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, KENDALL GILL 4

ATT: 11,709


Extended Box

ATLANTA (81) AT NEW JERSEY (76)

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

MCLEOD F 29 4-8 1-1 1 5 6 6 1 1 1 9 WRIGHT F 43 10-19 4-4 4 6 10 1 2 1 3 24 MUTOMBO C 41 2-8 8-8 11 17 28 0 3 1 2 12 MALONEY G 32 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 0 2 4 TERRY G 43 6-22 5-7 0 3 3 3 3 0 3 18 MOTTOLA 11 0-1 3-4 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 JACKSON 23 2-8 2-2 2 5 7 3 2 0 3 7 A JOHNSON 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 ROBINSON 5 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 BOWDLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-79 25-28 18 40 58 18 19 3 17 81 (.342) (.893) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 40 9-18 4-6 0 3 3 0 4 0 1 25 K MARTIN F 31 4-11 1-2 2 3 5 0 3 4 3 9 WILLIAMS C 40 2-10 5-6 8 11 19 1 4 3 2 9 GILL G 22 1-8 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 1 0 2 S MARBURY G 42 7-18 4-4 0 4 4 9 4 0 2 19 HARRIS 20 3-8 0-1 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 7 NEWMAN 19 0-7 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 DOUGLAS 13 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 1 0 3 STEPANIA 9 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 ESCHMEYER 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-88 16-21 15 30 45 20 25 10 10 76 (.307) (.762) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

ATLANTA 18 20 28 15 - 81 NEW JERSEY 19 16 22 19 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 5, WRIGHT. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 2, DOUGLAS, WILLIAMS, GILL, STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 2-9 (.222), MALONEY 0-3, TERRY 1-3, JACKSON 1-1, ROBINSON 0-2. NEW JERSEY 6-16 (.375), JACKSON 3-7, S MARBURY 1-5, HARRIS 1-2, NEWMAN 0-1, DOUGLAS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, MIKE CALLAHAN, LEON WOOD. A - 11,709. T - 2:16.


Box Score

ATLANTA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcleod 29 4-8 1-1 1-6 6 1 9 Wright 43 10-19 4-4 4-10 1 2 24 Mutombo 41 2-8 8-8 11-28 0 3 12 Maloney 32 2-8 0-0 0-3 4 1 4 Terry 43 6-22 5-7 0-3 3 3 18 Mottola 11 0-1 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 Jackson 23 2-8 2-2 2-7 3 2 7 A Johnson 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Robinson 5 0-2 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 Bowdler 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Glover DNP - coach's decision D Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-79 25-28 18-58 18 19 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.342, FT-.893. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Maloney 0-3, Terry 1-3, Jackson 1-1, Robinson 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 5, Wright). Turnovers: 18 (Jackson 3, Mottola 3, Terry 3, Wright 3, Maloney 2, Mutombo 2, Mcleod). Steals: 3 (Mcleod, Mutombo, Wright).

NEW JERSEY (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 40 9-18 4-6 0-3 0 4 25 K Martin 31 4-11 1-2 2-5 0 3 9 Williams 40 2-10 5-6 8-19 1 4 9 Gill 22 1-8 0-0 1-4 4 2 2 S Marbury 42 7-18 4-4 0-4 9 4 19 Harris 20 3-8 0-1 2-4 1 0 7 Newman 19 0-7 2-2 0-0 2 2 2 Douglas 13 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 3 3 Stepania 9 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Eschmeyer 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision Samake DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-88 16-21 15-45 20 25 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.307, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Jackson 3-7, S Marbury 1-5, Harris 1-2, Newman 0-1, Douglas 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (K Martin 2, Douglas, Williams, Gill, Stepania). Turnovers: 10 (K Martin 3, S Marbury 2, Williams 2, Eschmeyer, Jackson, Newman). Steals: 10 (K Martin 4, Williams 3, Douglas, Gill, Newman). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 18 20 28 15 - 81 New Jersey 19 16 22 19 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,709. T: 2:16. Officials: Don Vaden, Mike Callahan, Leon Wood.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Facing one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo took advantage.

Mutombo grabbed 28 rebounds to go along with 12 points and five blocked shots as the surging Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight game, 81-76 over the reeling New Jersey Nets.

"(He's) unbelievable," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "He has been doing that over the past couple weeks. As he has fully recoverd (from malaria), his play has continued to go up."

Jason Terry converted a three-point play to give the Hawks the lead for good with 2:27 to play and Atlanta survived as Stephon Marbury airballed a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left.

Atlanta took a 66-57 lead into the final quarter but New Jersey rallied with a 13-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Stephen Jackson, to grab a two-point advantage. Marbury's coast-to-coast layup gave the Nets their last lead at 72-70.

"When you go on the road, you expect that to happen," Kruger said. "You try to avoid it but New Jersey made a good run after we widened it out in the third. When they took the lead, I was really proud of our guys' response to that in fighting to get the lead right back."

After Terry's three-point play put Atlanta up 73-72, Mutombo made four straight free throws for a five-point bulge. The Nets cut it to one on Jackson's 3-pointer with 11 seconds to play but Terry responded with two free throws to make it 79-76.

That set the stage for New Jersey to tie. But Marbury missed everything on his attempt from the top of the key. Terry added two free throws for the final margin.

"We have to be aggressive but that one shot doesn't decide the game," Marbury said. "If we hit our shots before that, we wouldn't be put in that situation. We stunk the whole game."

Lorenzen Wright led Atlanta with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Terry scored 18 points.

"It shows how much character we have on this team," Wright said. "We are really building to have something here. Once everybody learns how to play the game on this team, it will be scary."

Jackson had a career-high 25 points for New Jersey, which shot 31 percent (27-of-68) against a defense led by Mutombo. Aaron Williams grabbed 19 rebounds and Marbury finished with 19 points and nine assists.

"(Mutombo) is a big factor," Wright said. "It is great when you are out there and you can make a mistake and you know that Dikembe is going to be right behind you cleaning it up."

Rookie Kenyon Martin, Kendall Gill and Williams combined for 20 points on 7-of-29 shooting for New Jersey. Martin, the top pick in this year's draft, had just five rebounds.

"Somewhere down the line, guys have to take responsibility for themselves and their actions," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "Guys have to step up. You can't depend on Stephon to win every game."

The Nets have lost five straight and 15 of their last 18 games. Their last victory was an 89-83 triumph over the Hawks on December 16 as Marbury had 23 points and seven assists in his second game back from a sprained ankle.

"We are not a team that is good at comebacks," Scott said. "We need to get the lead early and not play from behind. It is all about getting it done and we are not getting it done."

The first half was a tight affair that featured six lead changes and eight ties. Wright had 14 points at the half for the Hawks while Jackson had 10 for the Nets.

New Jersey made just 6-of-18 3-pointers as Johnny Newman and Sherman Douglas combined to make just 1-of-12.

Atlanta's Jim Jackson, who has been hampered by a sprained right knee since late November, was activated from the injured list today for the second time in two weeks. He played 23 minutes and scored seven points.

The Hawks opened a roster spot by placing forward Chris Crawford on the injured list with a sprained left ankle and big right toe.

Atlanta had not put together four straight wins since November 30-December 8, 1999. While shooting just 34 percent (27-of-79) from the flooor, the Hawks made 25-of-28 free throws, with Mutombo converting all eight of his attempts.

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