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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 17 20 24 18 79 MILWAUKEE 30 24 26 15 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 15, JASON KIDD 14, TODD MACCULLOCH 13 MIL - SAM CASSELL 28, RAY ALLEN 21, GLENN ROBINSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - TODD MACCULLOCH 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 18, ANTHONY MASON 12

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - JASON KIDD 6, KENYON MARTIN 4 MIL - ANTHONY MASON 7, SAM CASSELL 6

ATT: 18,717


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (79) AT MILWAUKEE (95)

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

MARTIN F 33 3-8 2-2 3 2 5 4 2 3 1 8 VAN HORN F 24 6-15 2-2 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 15 MACCULLOCH C 28 5-12 3-7 2 5 7 1 0 1 0 13 KIDD G 29 6-14 0-0 1 1 2 6 2 1 4 14 KITTLES G 24 1-7 3-4 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 5 JEFFERSON 29 0-8 1-4 1 5 6 1 0 0 1 1 HARRIS 20 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 3 1 12 WILLIAMS 12 0-2 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 2 DIAL 17 1-8 1-1 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 3 COLLINS 10 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 2 GOODRICH 8 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 ARMSTRONG 6 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2

TOTALS 240 30-90 14-22 15 28 43 20 12 10 8 79 (.333) (.636) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 8(11 PTS)

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

MASON F 29 2-6 0-0 2 10 12 7 1 0 3 4 ROBINSON F 28 5-12 3-3 1 4 5 2 0 1 2 13 PRZYBILLA C 17 1-2 0-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 2 2 ALLEN G 33 8-13 1-2 2 6 8 2 4 1 2 21 CASSELL G 33 13-21 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 1 3 28 JOHNSON 26 2-8 0-0 6 12 18 0 2 0 0 4 THOMAS 28 5-12 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 12 REDD 22 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 HAM 18 1-2 0-2 0 5 5 2 1 1 2 2 ALSTON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 POPE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAFFEY DNP - STRAINED LEFT HIP FLEXOR

TOTALS 240 41-84 6-11 13 44 57 24 16 6 17 95 (.488) (.545) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 17 20 24 18 - 79 MILWAUKEE 30 24 26 15 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MARTIN 2, WILLIAMS. MILWAUKEE - PRZYBILLA 3, HAM, JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-17 (.294), VAN HORN 1-5, KIDD 2-6, KITTLES 0-2, JEFFERSON 0-1, HARRIS 2-3. MILWAUKEE 7-15 (.467), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 4-5, CASSELL 2-3, THOMAS 0-2, REDD 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK. A - 18,717. T - 1:51.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Martin 33 3-8 2-2 3-5 4 2 8 Van Horn 24 6-15 2-2 2-6 0 3 15 Macculloch 28 5-12 3-7 2-7 1 0 13 Kidd 29 6-14 0-0 1-2 6 2 14 Kittles 24 1-7 3-4 0-2 1 2 5 Jefferson 29 0-8 1-4 1-6 1 0 1 Harris 20 5-8 0-0 0-1 1 0 12 Williams 12 0-2 2-2 2-5 1 2 2 Dial 17 1-8 1-1 2-3 3 0 3 Collins 10 1-3 0-0 2-4 1 0 2 Goodrich 8 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Armstrong 6 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-90 14-22 15-43 20 12 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Van Horn 1-5, Kidd 2-6, Kittles 0-2, Jefferson 0-1, Harris 2-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Martin 2, Williams). Turnovers: 8 (Kidd 4, Collins, Harris, Jefferson, Martin). Steals: 10 (Harris 3, Martin 3, Armstrong, Kidd, Kittles, Macculloch).

MILWAUKEE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 29 2-6 0-0 2-12 7 1 4 Robinson 28 5-12 3-3 1-5 2 0 13 Przybilla 17 1-2 0-2 2-5 1 4 2 Allen 33 8-13 1-2 2-8 2 4 21 Cassell 33 13-21 0-0 0-1 6 1 28 Johnson 26 2-8 0-0 6-18 0 2 4 Thomas 28 5-12 2-2 0-3 3 3 12 Redd 22 4-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 9 Ham 18 1-2 0-2 0-5 2 1 2 Alston 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Pope 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Caffey DNP - strained left hip flexor _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-84 6-11 13-57 24 16 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 4-5, Cassell 2-3, Thomas 0-2, Redd 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Przybilla 3, Ham, Johnson). Turnovers: 19 (Cassell 3, Mason 3, Allen 2, Ham 2, Przybilla 2, Robinson 2, Alston, Redd, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Allen, Cassell, Ham, Redd, Robinson, Thomas). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 17 20 24 18 - 79 Milwaukee 30 24 26 15 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 1:51. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell scored 11 of his 26 points in the opening 12 minutes against his former team as the Milwaukee Bucks rode a hot first quarter to a 95-79 rout of the New Jersey Nets.

Cassell spent just over a season with New Jersey before getting traded to the Bucks early in the 1998-99 campaign. He torched his former team from the start, making 5-of-9 shot in the first quarter, when Milwaukee shot 58 percent (14-of-24) and built a 30-17 cushion.

"My teammates did a nice job of getting me open and getting me the ball," said Cassell, who made 13-of-21 shots overall, including 2-of-3 3-pointers.

"He's been a great leader fos us," assistant coach Terry Stotts said. "(Coach George Karl) always says `as he goes, so we go.' I think there's some truth to that. He played a very complete game, not just his shooting."

Stotts is on the sidelines in place of Geroge Karl, who is not with the team due to the death of his father.

The Bucks trailed by a basket before closing the first quarter on 24-9 run led by Cassell, who collected nine points and two assists during the stretch.

The Nets were held to 28 percent (7-of-25) shooting in the opening period and never recovered, suffering their third consecutive road loss.

"This is another thing to learn from," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "This the type of test we need against one of the best teams in the East, we are nowhere near (the Bucks)."

Ray Allen had 21 points and eight rebounds and Glenn Robinson added 13 for the Bucks, who had a commanding 57-43 rebouding advantage. Ervin Johnson grabbed a season-high 18 boards and Anthony Mason -- another ex-Net -- pulled down 14.

"We rebounded well tonight and got the ball upcourt," Stotts said. "It was good to see Ray get in there and get eight rebounds, we want our guards to start rebounding better."

Milwaukee finished shooting 49 percent (41-of-84) and made 7-of-15 3-pointers. Allen made 8-of-13 shots, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

"We shot the ball well and that was the difference," Cassell said. "You can run 100 different plays but if you don't hit shots it doesn't matter. When we shoot the ball well it gets out whole team going. We just didn't force shots and when we had open looks we knocked them down."

The Bucks had a 54-37 halftime advantage and had their largest lead, 69-48, on a jumper by Cassell with 6:53 left in the third.

New Jersey responded with a 13-4 run to close the gap, but Milwaukee scored the final seven points of the quarter capped by a 3-pointer by Cassell with three seconds left.

The Nets never got closer than 15 in the final 12 minutes and lost for the fourth time in seven games since opening the season 9-3.

New Jersey shot just 33 percent (30-of-90) from the floor, made 5-of-17 3-pointers and just 14-of-22 free throws.

"They really didn't pressure us or anything like that, they just played harder than we did," Scott said. "We got into a jump shooting game and took too many quick shots."

Keith Van Horn scored 15 points and Jason Kidd added 14 and six assists. The duo combined to make just 12-of-29 shots, including 3-of-11 from 3-point range.

Todd MacCulloch scored 13 points and Lucious Harris chipped in 12 off the bench for the Nets, who have lost the last six meetings with Milwaukee.

"We didn't play well at all," Scott said. "The one thing I told our guys is that we are a pretty good team and every team is going to come out after us the way they did tonight."

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