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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 25 16 20 77 NEW JERSEY 22 29 27 20 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 14, VOSHON LENARD 14, GEORGE MCCLOUD 12 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 17, KENYON MARTIN 15, TODD MACCULLOCH 14

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ZENDON HAMILTON 12, SCOTT WILLIAMS 5 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - AVERY JOHNSON 4, KENNY SATTERFIELD 4 NJN - JASON KIDD 10, KERRY KITTLES 5

ATT: 12,866


Extended Box

DENVER (77) AT NEW JERSEY (98)

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

CHEANEY F 20 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 2 HAMILTON F 28 1-6 3-4 3 9 12 1 2 2 3 5 LAFRENTZ C 20 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 6 JOHNSON G 30 4-14 2-3 1 3 4 4 2 1 0 10 POSEY G 29 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 10 ABDUL-WAHAD 24 5-10 4-4 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 14 G MCCLOUD 28 4-8 2-3 0 0 0 2 3 2 2 12 WILLIAMS 14 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 2 LENARD 30 7-15 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 14 SATTERFIELD 17 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 4 3 1 1 2 BOWEN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE VAN EXEL DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT ELBOW

TOTALS 240 31-83 11-14 10 25 35 17 23 8 13 77 (.373) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 32 7-15 1-4 2 6 8 2 1 0 1 15 VAN HORN F 26 4-12 8-8 4 8 12 1 1 0 0 17 MACCULLOCH C 20 7-11 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 14 KIDD G 32 4-10 2-4 2 6 8 10 2 1 0 11 KITTLES G 27 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 3 0 2 4 COLLINS 18 1-2 4-6 2 1 3 2 1 0 5 6 JEFFERSON 24 3-6 5-5 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 11 HARRIS 22 6-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 3 1 12 SCALABRINE 15 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 0 WILLIAMS 10 1-2 1-1 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 3 JOHNSON 9 2-3 1-1 0 2 2 1 0 2 0 5 ARMSTRONG 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-78 22-29 15 34 49 25 19 8 16 98 (.474) (.759) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

DENVER 16 25 16 20 - 77 NEW JERSEY 22 29 27 20 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - HAMILTON 2, LAFRENTZ 2, G MCCLOUD, CHEANEY, POSEY. NEW JERSEY - MACCULLOCH 3, JEFFERSON 2, K MARTIN, SCALABRINE, KITTLES, COLLINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-14 (.286), LAFRENTZ 0-2, POSEY 2-6, G MCCLOUD 2-3, LENARD 0-3. NEW JERSEY 2-9 (.222), K MARTIN 0-1, VAN HORN 1-4, KIDD 1-2, KITTLES 0-1, JEFFERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - KIDD. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, KEVIN FEHR, BILL SPOONER. A - 12,866. T - 1:58.


Box Score

DENVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 20 1-7 0-0 1-2 2 2 2 Hamilton 28 1-6 3-4 3-12 1 2 5 Lafrentz 20 3-7 0-0 1-2 0 4 6 Johnson 30 4-14 2-3 1-4 4 2 10 Posey 29 4-10 0-0 0-3 2 2 10 Abdul-wahad 24 5-10 4-4 1-4 0 1 14 G Mccloud 28 4-8 2-3 0-0 2 3 12 Williams 14 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Lenard 30 7-15 0-0 0-1 2 1 14 Satterfield 17 1-2 0-0 1-2 4 3 2 Bowen DNP - sprained left ankle Van Exel DNP - inflammed left elbow _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-83 11-14 10-35 17 23 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Lafrentz 0-2, Posey 2-6, G Mccloud 2-3, Lenard 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Hamilton 2, Lafrentz 2, G Mccloud, Cheaney, Posey). Turnovers: 13 (Hamilton 3, G Mccloud 2, Lafrentz 2, Lenard 2, Abdul-wahad, Posey, Satterfield, Williams). Steals: 8 (G Mccloud 2, Hamilton 2, Cheaney, Johnson, Lenard, Satterfield).

NEW JERSEY (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 32 7-15 1-4 2-8 2 1 15 Van Horn 26 4-12 8-8 4-12 1 1 17 Macculloch 20 7-11 0-0 0-3 0 1 14 Kidd 32 4-10 2-4 2-8 10 2 11 Kittles 27 2-6 0-0 0-3 5 3 4 Collins 18 1-2 4-6 2-3 2 1 6 Jefferson 24 3-6 5-5 1-1 0 4 11 Harris 22 6-8 0-0 1-4 1 0 12 Scalabrine 15 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 2 0 Williams 10 1-2 1-1 2-3 1 3 3 Johnson 9 2-3 1-1 0-2 1 0 5 Armstrong 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 22-29 15-49 25 19 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (K Martin 0-1, Van Horn 1-4, Kidd 1-2, Kittles 0-1, Jefferson 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 9 (Macculloch 3, Jefferson 2, K Martin, Scalabrine, Kittles, Collins). Turnovers: 16 (Collins 5, Jefferson 2, Kittles 2, Scalabrine 2, Williams 2, Harris, K Martin, Macculloch). Steals: 8 (Harris 3, Johnson 2, Kidd, Macculloch, Williams). ____________________________________________ Denver 16 25 16 20 - 77 New Jersey 22 29 27 20 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Kidd, 9:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,866. T: 1:58. Officials: Joe Derosa, Kevin Fehr, Bill Spooner.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets continue to show just how new of a team they are.

Keith Van Horn scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Nets recorded their second straight decisive victory with a 98-77 rout of the Denver Nuggets.

A perennial doormat, the Nets have been the NBA's biggest surprise this season and boast the Eastern Conference's best record (34-17).

After losing a season-high three straight games, the Nets quickly ended any notion that they were going to return to their old ways with a 106-81 rout at Chicago two days ago.

On Sunday, the Nets were even better as they never trailed and led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter. Van Horn had all his points in three quarters as New Jersey opened a 78-57 cushion.

Despite the lopsided wins, Nets coach Byron Scott is not convinced his club's woes have been cured.

"I tried to use this illustration today. You go to the doctors, he tells you what you have," Scott said. "Take this medicine until you're done and you take it for three or four days, until you are better. The next thing you know, it kind of comes back. We're not all the way there."

Kenyon Martin, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a bruised forearm, added 15 points for New Jersey, which beat the Nuggets for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings at Continental Airlines Arena.

Jason Kidd also was his normal self for New Jersey, falling two rebounds shy of his 44th career triple-double. The electric All-Star point guard finished with 11 points, 10 assists and eight boards.

Tariq Abdul-Wahad and Voshon Lenard each scored 14 points for the Nuggets, who were coming off consecutive road wins over Memphis and Minnesota.

"I don't think we played like we have been playing the last couple of games," Denver coach Mike Evans said. "I don't think the effort was as good as I would've like it to been today. We played hard, but we can play a lot harder than we did today."

Despite never trailing, the Nets struggled in their half-court offense at times and did not take control of the contest until the third quarter, when everything seemed to come together.

Van Horn split a pair of foul shots with 5:47 left in the period and Todd MacCulloch followed with a layup, giving the Nets a 65-50 advantage.

Kidd converted 1-of-2 foul shots on the next two trips down before he made his presence felt in the open court. He found Martin with a pass off the backboard for an alley-oop dunk, fed MacCulloch for a layup and drilled a pass to Martin that resulted in another dunk for a 72-52 advantage with 2:38 left.

Scott, who saw a similar dunk at last Sunday's All-Star Game, when Toronto's Tracy McGrady tossed the ball off the backboard and followed with a scintillating jam, compared the two.

"It's a close one. I have to go with Kenyon's. Not that I'm bias," he said.

Sparked by those easy baskets, the Nets made 11-of-18 shots in the quarter to open a commanding lead entering the final period. New Jersey shot 47 percent (37-of-78) and made 22-of-29 foul shots.

The Nets continued to pour it on in the final period, taking their biggest lead at 88-61 with 6:07 remaining on a jumper by Lucious Harris, who finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

MaCulloch scored 14 points and rookie Richard Jefferson 11 for New Jersey, which avoided its third straight home loss.

Playing their third straight game without leading scorer Nick Van Exel due to inflammation in his left elbow, the Nuggets did not look anything like they did in their previous two contests.

In the fourth quarter, the Nuggets went over six minutes without a basket until rookie Kenny Satterfield made an 18-footer with 5:43 remaining and the contest already decided.

James Posey and Avery Johnson each scored 10 points for Denver, which shot just 37 percent (31-of-83) and was outrebounded, 49-35.

"We ran into a very good team, a well-coached team that has been playing well this year," Johnson said. "They beat us up and down the floor. You have to give them a ton of credit."

Van Horn did most of his damage early on, scoring eight points in the opening quarter and 13 by halftime to help New Jersey to a 51-41 lead. He finished just 4-of-12 from the field but made all eight foul shots.

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