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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 22 13 9 26 70 MIAMI 25 19 18 13 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - JOHNNY NEWMAN 17, AARON WILLIAMS 10, STEPHON MARBURY 10 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 21, ANTHONY MASON 17, EDDIE JONES 16

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 11, KENYON MARTIN 7 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, SIX PLAYERS WITH 1 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, EDDIE JONES 3

ATT: 16,500


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (70) AT MIAMI (75)

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

K MARTIN F 31 3-10 1-2 0 7 7 1 2 1 2 7 VAN HORN F 32 4-12 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 2 9 ESCHMEYER C 17 1-1 1-2 3 3 6 0 5 0 1 3 HARRIS G 29 2-8 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 7 S MARBURY G 33 3-12 4-4 0 0 0 9 1 1 2 10 WILLIAMS 31 4-7 2-2 3 8 11 1 3 2 0 10 NEWMAN 26 7-14 2-3 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 17 DOUGLAS 20 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 JACKSON 10 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 2 SAMAKE 11 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 FEICK DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-71 13-17 8 32 40 15 22 6 10 70 (.380) (.765) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 32 0-5 2-4 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 MASON F 40 6-9 5-6 2 8 10 1 4 1 3 17 GRANT C 37 8-18 5-7 4 5 9 0 3 0 0 21 HARDAWAY G 38 1-13 1-2 0 4 4 7 2 0 3 4 JONES G 38 5-13 4-4 4 5 9 3 2 0 2 16 GREEN 18 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 4 CARTER 16 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 6 MAJERLE 21 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 2 2 5 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-74 17-23 12 28 40 14 17 4 13 75 (.365) (.739) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 22 13 9 26 - 70 MIAMI 25 19 18 13 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - ESCHMEYER 2, K MARTIN. MIAMI - GRANT 2, BOWEN, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-19 (.158), K MARTIN 0-2, VAN HORN 1-5, HARRIS 1-2, S MARBURY 0-4, WILLIAMS 0-1, NEWMAN 1-4, JACKSON 0-1. MIAMI 4-17 (.235), BOWEN 0-4, HARDAWAY 1-6, JONES 2-3, MAJERLE 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, MIKE CALLAHAN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 16,500. T - 2:11.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 31 3-10 1-2 0-7 1 2 7 Van Horn 32 4-12 0-0 1-5 1 4 9 Eschmeyer 17 1-1 1-2 3-6 0 5 3 Harris 29 2-8 2-2 0-3 1 2 7 S Marbury 33 3-12 4-4 0-0 9 1 10 Williams 31 4-7 2-2 3-11 1 3 10 Newman 26 7-14 2-3 0-2 0 3 17 Douglas 20 2-3 1-2 0-0 1 1 5 Jackson 10 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 Samake 11 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 Feick DNP - sore left achilles Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-71 13-17 8-40 15 22 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-19, .158 (K Martin 0-2, Van Horn 1-5, Harris 1-2, S Marbury 0-4, Williams 0-1, Newman 1-4, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Eschmeyer 2, K Martin). Turnovers: 12 (K Martin 2, S Marbury 2, Van Horn 2, Eschmeyer, Harris, Jackson, Newman). Steals: 6 (Williams 2, Harris, Jackson, K Martin, S Marbury).

MIAMI (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 32 0-5 2-4 0-2 1 3 2 Mason 40 6-9 5-6 2-10 1 4 17 Grant 37 8-18 5-7 4-9 0 3 21 Hardaway 38 1-13 1-2 0-4 7 2 4 Jones 38 5-13 4-4 4-9 3 2 16 Green 18 2-5 0-0 1-1 1 1 4 Carter 16 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 Majerle 21 2-6 0-0 1-4 0 0 5 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Ceballos DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-74 17-23 12-40 14 17 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Bowen 0-4, Hardaway 1-6, Jones 2-3, Majerle 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant 2, Bowen, Jones). Turnovers: 13 (Hardaway 3, Mason 3, Green 2, Jones 2, Majerle 2, Bowen). Steals: 4 (Majerle 2, Carter, Mason). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 22 13 9 26 - 70 Miami 25 19 18 13 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:11. Officials: Joe Derosa, Mike Callahan, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Brian Grant scored 21 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 6 1/2-minute drought at the start of the fourth quarter and held off the New Jersey Nets, 75-70, to snap a three-game losing streak.

Grant scored five of Miami's 13 points in the final period, including a dunk that gave the Heat a 71-61 lead with 1:26 remaining.

Down 18 points, the Nets started the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run, closing to 62-56 on Stephon Marbury's jumper with 5:40 to play.

"This is one of those games where you have the win, but you're kind of disappointed the way things ended up," Grant said.

"We lost the focus and the commitment to work the game," Miami coach Pat Riley added. "We start standing around and the ball began to stick. We turned it over two or three times and they got back into it."

Former Net Anthony Mason, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, got Miami's first basket of the period on a reverse layup with 5:20 left before Grant made two free throws to get the lead back up to 10 with 4:15 to go.

The Heat avoided matching their season-high four-game losing streak from November 22-28.

"Could we have done things better? Yeah, but you can do things better when you win by 50," Mason said. "They made a push. We made some mistakes. But once again, you go back to the beginning of the year when we give up these games. This team's shown composure that even if a team makes a run, we know how to finish."

Johnny Newman scored 17 points for the Nets, who suffered their ninth straight road loss. Marbury was held to 10 points by the physical Heat after averaging 32 in his previous three games.

"He's more frustrated than anybody," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "He's a young player and he has to learn that teams are going to do this to him. He has to rely on other guys to make shots. He has to roll with the punches and stretch the defense to get other guys open shots."

Trailing 44-35 at halftime, New Jersey scored only nine points in the third period to fall behind, 62-44.

"You have to play and compete for 48 minutes, and we didn't," Scott said. "They played hard for 48 solid minutes of basketball. They're going to bang you and bump you. They were more aggressive and we just weren't."

But the Nets made it interesting down the stretch, getting within 72-68 on Keith Van Horn's 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left. After Bruce Bowen made 1-of-2 from the line, Aaron Williams' tip pulled New Jersey within three with 6.2 seconds to go.

"To finish a game, you have to finish a game," Riley said. "You can't play the score. I sensed at the top of the fourth quarter that they looked up at the score and saw we were up 18 points and figured it was over."

Eddie Jones, who added 16 points, clinched the win with a pair from the line. But fellow guard Tim Hardaway scored only four points on 1-of-13 shooting, and Riley directed some pointed comments at his starting backcourt.

"They have to find a way to get it back and get it back quick," Riley said. "That's where our game starts. It begins and ends with our backcourt even though our big guys are formidable. We have to have better guard play than that."

"The last couple games have been atrocious," Hardaway admitted. "I think what he's (Riley) saying is that I have to pick the team's energy up. I understand where he's coming from and I'll starting making shots. Starting on Tuesday, I'll start making shots. If he's going to put it on us, we have to respond."

Neither team shot 40 percent from the field. Miami finished at 37.5 percent (27-of-74), including 4-of-17 from 3-point range.

New Jersey was slightly better at 38 percent (27-of-71) but made just 3-of-19 from beyond the arc. The Nets scored only 13 points in the second quarter.

"We just had two quarters where we just were not scoring," Van Horn said. "Thirteen and nine points in back-to-back quarters is just not going to cut it, no matter how good a defense you play."

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