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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 23 29 20 17 89 NEW JERSEY 28 30 27 23 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 14, ELTON BRAND 13, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 12 NJN - KERRY KITTLES 18, TODD MACCULLOCH 17, RICHARD JEFFERSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - ELTON BRAND 11, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 10 NJN - JASON COLLINS 11, JASON KIDD 9

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 6, JEFF MCINNIS 3 NJN - JASON KIDD 11, RICHARD JEFFERSON 4

ATT: 15,039


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (89) AT NEW JERSEY (108)

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

BRAND F 34 4-10 5-6 5 6 11 2 3 0 1 13 ODOM F 33 6-15 1-3 0 4 4 6 4 1 2 14 OLOWOKANDI C 32 6-12 0-0 2 8 10 0 1 0 3 12 MCINNIS G 28 5-11 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 11 PIATKOWSKI G 14 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 MAGGETTE 12 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 5 MILES 23 3-5 1-4 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 7 RICHARDSON 23 3-11 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 1 8 RECASNER 8 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 BOYKINS 14 3-7 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 6 ROOKS 13 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 EKEZIE 6 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 36-83 11-18 8 27 35 17 18 4 14 89 (.434) (.611) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

MARTIN F 28 5-13 2-2 3 2 5 3 3 0 4 12 VAN HORN F 18 4-11 0-1 2 1 3 1 4 1 0 8 MACCULLOCH C 22 7-8 3-4 3 2 5 0 4 0 1 17 KIDD G 28 3-6 0-0 1 8 9 11 1 2 0 7 KITTLES G 32 7-12 1-2 0 4 4 2 1 1 2 18 JEFFERSON 23 4-6 5-6 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 13 HARRIS 25 3-10 0-0 0 6 6 3 0 2 1 6 WILLIAMS 22 5-9 2-2 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 12 COLLINS 29 5-9 2-2 2 9 11 1 4 0 2 12 JOHNSON 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 MARSHALL 2 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 ARMSTRONG 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 44-88 15-19 12 40 52 25 20 7 13 108 (.500) (.789) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 23 29 20 17 - 89 NEW JERSEY 28 30 27 23 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - BRAND 3, ODOM, OLOWOKANDI, EKEZIE. NEW JERSEY - JEFFERSON 4, MARTIN, VAN HORN, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 6-14 (.429), ODOM 1-4, MCINNIS 1-2, PIATKOWSKI 1-1, MAGGETTE 1-2, RICHARDSON 2-5. NEW JERSEY 5-13 (.385), MARTIN 0-2, VAN HORN 0-1, KIDD 1-3, KITTLES 3-3, HARRIS 0-3, ARMSTRONG 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, DAN CRAWFORD, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,039. T - 1:57.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 34 4-10 5-6 5-11 2 3 13 Odom 33 6-15 1-3 0-4 6 4 14 Olowokandi 32 6-12 0-0 2-10 0 1 12 Mcinnis 28 5-11 0-0 0-0 3 1 11 Piatkowski 14 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 Maggette 12 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 5 Miles 23 3-5 1-4 0-2 2 0 7 Richardson 23 3-11 0-0 0-2 2 1 8 Recasner 8 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 3 3 Boykins 14 3-7 0-0 1-1 1 1 6 Rooks 13 1-4 2-2 0-1 0 2 4 Ekezie 6 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 11-18 8-35 17 18 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Odom 1-4, Mcinnis 1-2, Piatkowski 1-1, Maggette 1-2, Richardson 2-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Brand 3, Odom, Olowokandi, Ekezie). Turnovers: 14 (Olowokandi 3, Mcinnis 2, Miles 2, Odom 2, Boykins, Brand, Piatkowski, Recasner, Richardson). Steals: 4 (Richardson 2, Maggette, Odom).

NEW JERSEY (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Martin 28 5-13 2-2 3-5 3 3 12 Van Horn 18 4-11 0-1 2-3 1 4 8 Macculloch 22 7-8 3-4 3-5 0 4 17 Kidd 28 3-6 0-0 1-9 11 1 7 Kittles 32 7-12 1-2 0-4 2 1 18 Jefferson 23 4-6 5-6 0-1 4 1 13 Harris 25 3-10 0-0 0-6 3 0 6 Williams 22 5-9 2-2 0-5 0 1 12 Collins 29 5-9 2-2 2-11 1 4 12 Johnson 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Marshall 2 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Armstrong 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-88 15-19 12-52 25 20 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Martin 0-2, Van Horn 0-1, Kidd 1-3, Kittles 3-3, Harris 0-3, Armstrong 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Jefferson 4, Martin, Van Horn, Williams). Turnovers: 13 (Martin 4, Collins 2, Johnson 2, Kittles 2, Harris, Jefferson, Macculloch). Steals: 7 (Harris 2, Kidd 2, Johnson, Kittles, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 23 29 20 17 - 89 New Jersey 28 30 27 23 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,039. T: 1:57. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Dan Crawford, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The chance of Byron Scott coaching the Eastern Conference in next month's NBA All-Star Game is becoming more and more of a reality.

Kerry Kittles scored 16 of his 18 points in the third quarter as the New Jersey Nets moved 12 games over .500 with a 108-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

New Jersey pulled away in the second half to post its third straight win, and moved three games ahead of the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the East.

The team with the best record at the break sends its coach to the All-Star Game. New Jersey has 11 games remaining, including seven at Continental Airlines Arena.

At 23-11, the Nets are just three wins shy of matching last season's total (26-56).

"It was a good win for our guys," Scott said. "I didn't think we were playing with fire in the first half. That is what I told them at halftime. We were letting them do whatever they wanted offensively and we really soft.

"I think our guys did a heck of a job in the second half defending and rebounding, and Kerry got extremely hot. After that, it was all over."

Kittles, who missed all of last season following knee surgery, scored 5.4 points above his season average. The Nets are 13-1 when he scored 15 points or more.

"I've been working hard on my game and just trying to get my rhythm back," Kittles said. "After being out for a while, you just want to come back to the gym against the best guys in the world. I just consider myself working hard at the gym and now it's just paying off and I'm making shots."

"I think he has exceeded mine and everyone's expectations in the organization," Scott said. "He has had some gritty performances with ankle problems, especially in the last week. He has played extremely well all season and he seems to be getting better and better."

The Clippers (18-18) also have been one of the league's biggest surprises this season, but they have not been able to solve their road woes. Los Angeles dropped to 0-3 on its six-game road swing and fell to 2-11 overall away from the Staples Center.

"Our energy right now isn't where it should be as a team," forward Lamar Odom. "It's been showing up in the scores. It's just the way we lost this game. When you play hard and you lose, it doesn't matter. But we didn't play up to our ability tonight."

The Clippers pulled within 60-59 on a 3-pointer by Eric Piatkowski with 10:10 left in the third period, but New Jersey took control with an 8-0 run, opening a 68-59 lead on Kittles' 3-pointer with 8:24 left in the period.

Todd MacCulloch added 17 points for the Nets, who stretched their lead to 85-72 after the third period and led by as many as 21 in the final quarter.

After trailing, 58-52, at the intermission, Los Angeles scored just 37 points in the second half. Odom led the Clippers with 14.

"I don't want to take anything away from the Nets," Los Angeles coach Alvin Gentry said. "They are playing great. We as a team are not playing anywhere like I thought we would on this trip. We are not playing with the intensity that I like to see us play with."

The Nets surpassed the century mark despite getting only eight points from leading scorer Keith Van Horn. Jason Kidd scored only seven points but dished out 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds.

Keynon Martin returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension and contributed 12 points for the Nets.

A balanced attack has been one of the keys for the Nets and it was again Thursday as six players reached double figures. Richard Jefferson scored 13 points and fellow rookie Jason Collins and Aaron Williams added 12 apiece.

"We've been executing our offense very well," MacCulloch said. "We just didn't play very good defense in the first half. We let them shoot over 50 percent and we let the Heat shoot over 50 percent (in the last game), so we have to tighten the defense a little bit, but our offense is really coming together."

The Nets dominated the boards with a 52-35 advantage and shot 50 percent (44-of-88) from the field while holding the Clippers to 43 percent (36-of-83).

"We have a group of guys that love to play with each other and love to have fun," Kidd said. "When the job is fun, a lot of good things can happen."

Los Angeles jumped to a 10-4 lead on Odom's jumper with 9:05 left in the first quarter, but the Nets grabbed the lead for good, 16-15, on Martin's jumper with 5:07 to play in the opening period.

Elton Brand collected 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers while Michael Olowokandi contributed 12 and 10.

Los Angeles matched a season high with its fourth three-game losing streak.

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