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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 24 28 20 18 90 NEW JERSEY 27 20 30 22 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 23, KENNY THOMAS 21, CUTTINO MOBLEY 16 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 22, KERRY KITTLES 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 NJN - JASON KIDD 7, AARON WILLIAMS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 6, CUTTINO MOBLEY 2 NJN - JASON KIDD 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,061


Extended Box

HOUSTON (90) AT NEW JERSEY (99)

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

THOMAS F 42 8-18 5-5 4 6 10 1 2 1 3 21 GRIFFIN F 37 2-8 1-2 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 6 CATO C 22 1-3 3-8 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 5 NORRIS G 42 10-20 0-0 1 7 8 6 0 1 2 23 MOBLEY G 45 6-18 3-4 2 0 2 2 2 0 2 16 MORRIS 29 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 2 1 9 BROWN 6 3-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 TORRES 17 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FRANCIS DNP - MIGRAINE HEADACHE K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 13-21 12 29 41 10 11 5 10 90 (.438) (.619) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

VAN HORN F 29 9-15 2-2 1 4 5 2 2 1 0 22 K MARTIN F 29 5-13 1-1 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 11 MACCULLOCH C 17 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 6 KITTLES G 43 9-11 2-2 1 4 5 3 1 2 0 21 KIDD G 36 5-14 0-0 2 5 7 10 2 2 3 10 WILLIAMS 13 5-6 1-1 2 4 6 3 2 0 1 11 HARRIS 26 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 4 JEFFERSON 27 4-11 2-2 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 10 COLLINS 20 1-1 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 0 4 ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D MARSHALL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-85 12-12 11 26 37 27 16 6 9 99 (.494) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

HOUSTON 24 28 20 18 - 90 NEW JERSEY 27 20 30 22 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - GRIFFIN 2, CATO 2, MORRIS. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 2, MACCULLOCH 2, JEFFERSON 2, VAN HORN, COLLINS, HARRIS, KIDD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-20 (.350), GRIFFIN 1-2, NORRIS 3-8, MOBLEY 1-6, MORRIS 1-2, TORRES 1-2. NEW JERSEY 3-8 (.375), VAN HORN 2-3, KITTLES 1-1, KIDD 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, SCOTT WALL, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 15,061. T - 1:51.


Box Score

HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 42 8-18 5-5 4-10 1 2 21 Griffin 37 2-8 1-2 3-8 1 2 6 Cato 22 1-3 3-8 1-4 0 3 5 Norris 42 10-20 0-0 1-8 6 0 23 Mobley 45 6-18 3-4 2-2 2 2 16 Morris 29 4-7 0-0 1-7 0 2 9 Brown 6 3-3 1-2 0-1 0 0 7 Torres 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Collier DNP - coach's decision Francis DNP - migraine headache K Willis DNP - coach's decision Langhi DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 13-21 12-41 10 11 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Griffin 1-2, Norris 3-8, Mobley 1-6, Morris 1-2, Torres 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Griffin 2, Cato 2, Morris). Turnovers: 15 (Thomas 3, Mobley 2, Norris 2, Brown, Griffin, Morris). Steals: 5 (Morris 2, Norris, Thomas, Torres).

NEW JERSEY (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Van Horn 29 9-15 2-2 1-5 2 2 22 K Martin 29 5-13 1-1 0-1 2 2 11 Macculloch 17 2-5 2-2 1-2 1 3 6 Kittles 43 9-11 2-2 1-5 3 1 21 Kidd 36 5-14 0-0 2-7 10 2 10 Williams 13 5-6 1-1 2-6 3 2 11 Harris 26 2-9 0-0 0-2 2 0 4 Jefferson 27 4-11 2-2 2-4 2 2 10 Collins 20 1-1 2-2 2-5 2 2 4 Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision D Marshall DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-85 12-12 11-37 27 16 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Van Horn 2-3, Kittles 1-1, Kidd 0-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 10 (K Martin 2, Macculloch 2, Jefferson 2, Van Horn, Collins, Harris, Kidd). Turnovers: 9 (Kidd 3, K Martin 2, Macculloch 2, Harris, Williams). Steals: 6 (Kidd 2, Kittles 2, K Martin, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Houston 24 28 20 18 - 90 New Jersey 27 20 30 22 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,061. T: 1:51. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Scott Wall, Tom Washington.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson saved their scoring for the fourth quarter.

Kidd and Jefferson combined for 14 points in the final period as the New Jersey Nets turned back the Houston Rockets, 99-90, for their seventh win in eight games.

Both Kidd, a perennial All-Star point guard, and Jefferson, a rookie swingman, were quiet on offense through the first 36 minutes. The shorthanded Rockets held a 70-66 lead late in the third quarter before the Nets put together a decisive 15-4 run that carried into the final period.

Kidd scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter and Jefferson added six of his 10 as the Nets allowed the Rockets no closer than five points.

"I was just trying to get into the offense," Jefferson said. "When you bring it on, you still play with the same principles of the offense. You play with certain understandings where people move. That's all I was trying to do."

The 6-7 Jefferson played most of the fourth quarter at power forward to counter Houston's smaller, quicker lineup.

"He just brings that type of energy off the bench," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "Right now he is just really understanding what we need from him when he comes off the bench. He is doing a great job."

Keith Van Horn scored 22 points and Kerry Kittles added 21 for the Nets, who have won five straight home games and bounced back from a loss at Toronto on Friday. The best team in the Eastern Conference embarks on a four-game road trip that includes the "Texas Triangle."

"I thought it was a gutsy win for our guys after last night, especially the second half," Scott said. "I thought it was a perfect way to end this homestand to get ready for this road trip."

"I think last night we struggled a little bit," Jefferson said. "Tonight we also struggled, but we were able to grit it out. That's what you have to do night in and night out when you get these types of (games), where you don't play great but find ways to win. That's what we've been doing all year."

Moochie Norris started for the ailing Steve Francis and scored 23 points for the Rockets, who have alternated wins and losses in their last 13 games. Francis sat out for the second time in three games with migraine headaches.

"My main concern was for him," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He was going to give it a shot ... If you're not alert, you're flying in there, you can take a tumble -- you just gotta be careful. And he's competitive as hell."

A jumper by Kenny Thomas, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, gave Houston a 70-66 lead with 4:47 left in the third quarter. Van Horn made a 3-pointer and Jefferson tied it, 71-71, with a pair of free throws with 2:20 to go.

A driving layup and two foul shots by rookie Jason Collins and two more from the line by Van Horn gave the Nets a 77-72 lead entering the final period. Jefferson and Kittles made jumpers for an 81-74 bulge with 9:10 left.

Norris made a runner for Houston's first basket in nearly eight minutes, but the Rockets got no closer as Kidd had a pair of hoops. Jefferson had a jumper and layup around a short jumper by Kidd, widening the lead to 93-82 with 3:56 remaining.

"We went with three guards and Richard Jefferson at power forward," Kidd said. "That was good because they are a perimeter team and they are a lot smaller. We kind of made our adjustments to them."

Kidd also had 10 assists and seven rebounds while making just 5-of-14 shots, four in the final 8 1/2 minutes. Jefferson made just 4-of-11 shots, three in the last 15 minutes.

"Jason Kidd is just amazing," Tomjanovich said. "I mean, this guy is such a winner. You could put him on just about any team and the efficiency level goes up. It's not only basketball, it's just the way he is. ... You guys are blessed to have him here."

Kenyon Martin and Aaron Williams scored 11 points each for the Nets, who shot 49 percent (42-of-85) and made 12-of-12 free throws. New Jersey held a 17-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Cuttino Mobley scored 16 points for the Rockets, who shot 44 percent (35-of-80) and made 13-of-21 from the line.

Rockets rookie Eddie Griffin, who played his lone collegiate season at Seton Hall in New Jersey and was drafted by the Nets before being traded, had just six points and eight rebounds. He had been playing very well of late.

Houston scored the game's first eight points before New Jersey rallied for a 27-24 lead after one quarter. Rookie Terrence Morris scored seven of his nine points in the second period as the Rockets reclaimed a 52-47 lead at halftime.

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