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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 33 22 28 20 103 HOUSTON 27 19 26 26 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KENYON MARTIN 28, KERRY KITTLES 20, RICHARD JEFFERSON 13 HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 41, STEVE FRANCIS 23, KELVIN CATO 17

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - TODD MACCULLOCH 10, KEITH VAN HORN 7 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 12, KELVIN CATO 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - JASON KIDD 7, KERRY KITTLES 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 10,357


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (103) AT HOUSTON (98)

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

K MARTIN F 38 13-17 2-6 2 4 6 4 2 1 2 28 VAN HORN F 28 3-8 4-4 2 5 7 1 2 2 0 10 MACCULLOCH C 30 5-12 1-1 5 5 10 0 1 0 1 11 KIDD G 35 2-11 2-2 0 4 4 7 4 3 4 7 KITTLES G 38 8-16 4-5 1 4 5 5 2 2 2 20 HARRIS 23 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 0 1 5 JEFFERSON 22 5-9 3-4 2 0 2 3 2 1 1 13 WILLIAMS 18 3-4 3-4 1 3 4 1 6 0 0 9 COLLINS 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D MARSHALL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-83 19-26 15 28 43 23 23 9 11 103 (.494) (.731) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 31 2-9 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 2 4 MORRIS F 37 1-6 0-0 2 6 8 2 4 0 1 2 CATO C 43 7-8 3-5 5 5 10 0 3 3 3 17 FRANCIS G 37 6-23 10-12 5 7 12 11 4 0 2 23 MOBLEY G 46 13-24 12-12 0 3 3 2 4 2 3 41 NORRIS 30 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 8 TORRES 6 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 K WILLIS 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 LANGHI 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 33-79 28-33 13 27 40 17 20 6 13 98 (.418) (.848) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 33 22 28 20 - 103 HOUSTON 27 19 26 26 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 2, MACCULLOCH 2, JEFFERSON, KITTLES. HOUSTON - CATO 4, MORRIS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 2-10 (.200), K MARTIN 0-1, KIDD 1-4, KITTLES 0-2, HARRIS 1-2, JEFFERSON 0-1. HOUSTON 4-16 (.250), GRIFFIN 0-4, MORRIS 0-4, FRANCIS 1-3, MOBLEY 3-4, LANGHI 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, NOLAN FINE, ED F RUSH. A - 10,357. T - 2:14.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 38 13-17 2-6 2-6 4 2 28 Van Horn 28 3-8 4-4 2-7 1 2 10 Macculloch 30 5-12 1-1 5-10 0 1 11 Kidd 35 2-11 2-2 0-4 7 4 7 Kittles 38 8-16 4-5 1-5 5 2 20 Harris 23 2-5 0-0 1-4 2 3 5 Jefferson 22 5-9 3-4 2-2 3 2 13 Williams 18 3-4 3-4 1-4 1 6 9 Collins 8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision D Marshall DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-83 19-26 15-43 23 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (K Martin 0-1, Kidd 1-4, Kittles 0-2, Harris 1-2, Jefferson 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (K Martin 2, Macculloch 2, Jefferson, Kittles). Turnovers: 11 (Kidd 4, K Martin 2, Kittles 2, Harris, Jefferson, Macculloch). Steals: 9 (Kidd 3, Kittles 2, Van Horn 2, Jefferson, K Martin).

HOUSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 31 2-9 0-0 0-5 0 2 4 Morris 37 1-6 0-0 2-8 2 4 2 Cato 43 7-8 3-5 5-10 0 3 17 Francis 37 6-23 10-12 5-12 11 4 23 Mobley 46 13-24 12-12 0-3 2 4 41 Norris 30 3-5 2-2 0-1 1 1 8 Torres 6 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 1 1 K Willis 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Langhi 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Brown DNP - coach's decision Collier DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 28-33 13-40 17 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.848. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Griffin 0-4, Morris 0-4, Francis 1-3, Mobley 3-4, Langhi 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Cato 4, Morris 2). Turnovers: 14 (Cato 3, Mobley 3, Francis 2, Griffin 2, Norris 2, Morris). Steals: 6 (Cato 3, Mobley 2, Norris). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 33 22 28 20 - 103 Houston 27 19 26 26 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,357. T: 2:14. Officials: Jess Kersey, Nolan Fine, Ed F Rush.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Kerry Kittles hit the go-ahead basket in the final minute and added two clutch free throws with 18 seconds to go as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Houston Rockets on the road for the first time in more than a decade, 103-98.

It was New Jersey's first win in Houston since December 8, 1989, snapping a 10-game losing streak. Coupled with a 99-90 home win over the Rockets last Saturday, the Nets swept the season series for the first time since the 1983-84 campaign.

New Jersey led by 90-83 midway through the fourth quarter, but Cuttino Mobley -- who matched his career high with 41 points -- bookended an 8-0 burst with pairs of free throws to give Houston a one-point lead with 4:26 left.

The Nets scored the next five points, but the Rockets countered with five themselves, taking a 96-95 lead on two free throws by Moochie Norris with 1:07 left.

Kittles corraled an errant pass, gathered himself and sank a 15-foot banker to give New Jersey the lead for good.

Kenyon Martin scored on a jump hook with 26 seconds remaining to give the Nets a 99-96 edge. After rookie Terence Morris scored on a follow of Mobley's miss, Kittles hit his pair at the line.

"My teammates did a good job of finding me," Kittles said. "I worked as hard as I could to get open. They put a little pressure on us late in the game, but we responded well."

Mobley front-rimmed a long 3-pointer, and Jason Kidd closed the scoring with a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left.

"I got in the middle of the offense and the ball kept coming to me," Mobley said. "But the points don't matter when we're struggling like this. Sooner or later we've gotta start winning these games."

Houston has lost four in a row and six of seven.

Martin scored 28 points and Kittles added 20 for New Jersey, which improved to 2-1 on its four-game road trip.

"I was just trying to stay aggressive and get the ball on the block and work our offense," said Martin, who made 13-of-17 shots. "My teammates were getting me the ball where I could do something with it."

"That man has a hook shot that's almost unstoppable," said Houston cnter Kelvin Cato, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. "He jumps up and shoots down to the basket and I've never seen that before. It's hard to block his shot. He's strong, he's a beast out there."

Paced by Martin's inside game, the Nets outscored the Rockets in the paint, 54-30.

Kidd had his second lousy shooting performance in three games, making just 2-of-11 for seven points.

"We always kept our composure tonight, which is good for a young team. We got behind by one and just kept playing."

Steve Francis had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double in four games and fifth career for Houston, which lost to New Jersey for just the fifth time in the last 22 matchups.

"It was just a good game, but we lost," Francis said. "We played good enough to win this game but we faltered at the end. We were right there at the last 2-3 minutes but at the final buzzer we're not the winning team. It's very hard."

New Jersey made 49 percent of their shots (41-of-83) while limiting Houston to 42 percent (33-of-79). But neither team shot well from the arc, with the Nets making just 2-of-10 and the Rockets 4-of-16.

The Nets led by as much as 49-30 on a jumper by Martin with 5:27 left in the second quarter. New Jersey led by 55-46 at halftime behind Martin's 17 points. Mobley had 20 through two quarters for Houston.

"We went to (Martin) early in the post to get a post-up presence, and he kept delivering," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said.

Martin added eight points in the third quarter, which ended with New Jersey ahead, 83-72.

"The young guy was really awesome," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said of Martin. "We finally got the double-teams down on him, but he was a bull inside. He had a tremendous game."

Scott will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars because the Nets (29-13) are assured the conference's best record through January 27. Scott, who never was an All-Star in a 14-year career as a player, earned the honor when Milwaukee lost to Seattle earlier Thursday.

"We did it on all on our own," Scott said. "We didn't fall into this. I just get some of the dividends of what they've done. This is something I've never dreamed about. I'm going to coach Michael Jordan."

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