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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 20 32 20 21 93 NEW JERSEY 34 31 25 25 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 30, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10, SHANDON ANDERSON 10 NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 22, KERRY KITTLES 20, JASON KIDD 17

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 6 NJN - JASON KIDD 7, KEITH VAN HORN 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 4 NJN - JASON KIDD 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 20,049


Extended Box

NEW YORK (93) AT NEW JERSEY (115)

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

HARRINGTON F 28 5-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 1 1 10 SPREWELL F 35 10-17 6-7 0 6 6 4 3 0 6 30 THOMAS C 26 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 1 2 8 HOUSTON G 35 2-9 2-3 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 6 JACKSON G 18 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 0 2 7 WEATHERSPOON 19 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 6 WARD 12 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 1 2 1 ANDERSON 28 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 2 10 EISLEY 17 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 2 6 KNIGHT 14 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 4 POSTELL 6 2-2 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 SPENCER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-71 12-15 5 29 34 19 25 5 20 93 (.521) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(28 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 26 5-11 2-5 2 1 3 3 3 1 0 12 VAN HORN F 24 6-15 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 1 2 16 COLLINS C 29 1-5 1-2 4 2 6 1 2 2 1 3 KIDD G 33 7-14 2-2 1 6 7 11 0 4 4 17 KITTLES G 26 8-12 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 20 JEFFERSON 22 8-10 3-4 2 1 3 2 3 2 0 22 WILLIAMS 18 1-2 4-4 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 6 HARRIS 21 5-8 0-1 1 3 4 3 2 1 1 11 SCALABRINE 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 1 2 4 JOHNSON 12 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 D MARSHALL 5 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ARMSTRONG 4 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 44-89 17-24 14 23 37 30 19 13 11 115 (.494) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

NEW YORK 20 32 20 21 - 93 NEW JERSEY 34 31 25 25 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - HARRINGTON 3, WEATHERSPOON, THOMAS. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 2, WILLIAMS 2, VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-16 (.438), SPREWELL 4-5, JACKSON 1-2, WARD 0-1, ANDERSON 2-6, EISLEY 0-2. NEW JERSEY 10-19 (.526), VAN HORN 2-4, KIDD 1-4, KITTLES 2-4, JEFFERSON 3-3, HARRIS 1-1, SCALABRINE 0-1, ARMSTRONG 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DAN CRAWFORD, TIM DONAGHY. A - 20,049. T - 2:00.


Box Score

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 28 5-6 0-0 1-4 0 6 10 Sprewell 35 10-17 6-7 0-6 4 3 30 Thomas 26 4-7 0-0 1-7 0 4 8 Houston 35 2-9 2-3 0-3 2 1 6 Jackson 18 3-4 0-0 1-2 5 1 7 Weatherspoon 19 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 1 6 Ward 12 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 4 1 Anderson 28 4-8 0-0 0-3 1 2 10 Eisley 17 2-6 2-2 0-2 3 1 6 Knight 14 2-5 0-0 1-3 2 2 4 Postell 6 2-2 1-1 0-1 0 0 5 Spencer 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 12-15 5-34 19 25 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Sprewell 4-5, Jackson 1-2, Ward 0-1, Anderson 2-6, Eisley 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Harrington 3, Weatherspoon, Thomas). Turnovers: 21 (Sprewell 6, Anderson 2, Eisley 2, Houston 2, Jackson 2, Thomas 2, Ward 2, Harrington, Knight). Steals: 5 (Eisley, Harrington, Thomas, Ward, Weatherspoon).

NEW JERSEY (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 26 5-11 2-5 2-3 3 3 12 Van Horn 24 6-15 2-2 2-7 1 2 16 Collins 29 1-5 1-2 4-6 1 2 3 Kidd 33 7-14 2-2 1-7 11 0 17 Kittles 26 8-12 2-2 0-2 3 1 20 Jefferson 22 8-10 3-4 2-3 2 3 22 Williams 18 1-2 4-4 2-3 2 2 6 Harris 21 5-8 0-1 1-4 3 2 11 Scalabrine 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 0 4 Johnson 12 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 D Marshall 5 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Armstrong 4 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-89 17-24 14-37 30 19 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Van Horn 2-4, Kidd 1-4, Kittles 2-4, Jefferson 3-3, Harris 1-1, Scalabrine 0-1, Armstrong 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (K Martin 2, Williams 2, Van Horn). Turnovers: 11 (Kidd 4, Scalabrine 2, Van Horn 2, Collins, Harris, Williams). Steals: 13 (Kidd 4, Collins 2, Jefferson 2, Harris, K Martin, Kittles, Scalabrine, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ New York 20 32 20 21 - 93 New Jersey 34 31 25 25 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Thomas, 9:20 3rd). New Jersey 1 (Defensive Three, 7:48 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:00. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dan Crawford, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The balance of power has clearly shifted in the rivalry between the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.

Jason Kidd collected 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds and rookie Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 22 points as the Nets routed the struggling Knicks, 115-93.

With the two teams playing less than 15 miles apart, New Jersey and New York are geographical rivals. But the Knicks had dominated the series in recent seasons, winning 18 of the previous 27 meetings entering the 2001-02 campaign.

New Jersey had posted a pair of wins over the Knicks by a total of 44 points in the first six weeks of the season and won the season series for the first time since 1993-94 with another dominant performance Friday.

"We are just a bettter ball team," Nets forward Kenyon Martin said. "They have been the team in this area for so long and we realize that. We just go out and put extra emphasis on these games. I think we wanted everybody to realize that we are a better team than they are."

"We understand the tradition and the reputation the Knicks have, for years they have been so dominant" Kidd said. "We want to fill those shoes. We just have to come out and play at a high level and that's what we did tonight."

The Nets led by as many as 29 in the second quarter but were holding on to a 65-59 lead less than two minutes into the third quarter before Kidd reeled off seven straight points to spark a 17-6 run.

The All-Star point guard sank a jumper, converted a three-point play and made a driving layup before tossing an alley-oop to Kerry Kittles. Kidd also added assists on a jumper and 3-pointer by Kittles, who scored nine of his 20 points during the burst.

The spurt gave the Nets an 84-65 cushion and the Knicks never got closer than 14 thereafter, suffering their fifth consecutive loss to the Nets, who are 20 games over .500 for the first time in team history.

Keith Van Horn scored 16 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter and Martin added 12 for New Jersey, which shot 49 percent (44-of-89) and made 10-of-19 3-pointers.

New York shot 52 percent (37-of-71) from the floor but committed 21 turnovers leading to 28 points for the Nets.

Othella Harrington and Shandon Anderson scored 10 points, but Allan Houston was held to six points on 2-of-9 shooting as the Knicks lost for the seventh time in nine games.

"Right now we're not playing well over the course of a game," Houston said. "It is what it is. There's no sugarcoating it."

New Jersey made 16-of-24 shots in the first quarter and jumped out to a 34-20 lead. Kittles and Van Horn each scored nine points in the opening period.

The Nets scored 17 of the first 19 points in the second quarter, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Jefferson. Lucious Harris capped the burst with a layup to give New Jersey a 51-22 advantage with 8:12 left in the first half.

"Our guys really came out with a lot of energy," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "Our effort was fantastic. I thought we might have exerted too much energy in the first 10 mintes of the game, but once again these guys found a way to get it done."

"They got up on us early, it's tough to come back from that type of deficit," Sprewell said. "It took us a while to adjust to what they were doing."

The Knicks, who shot 59 percent (10-of-17) in the second quarter, closed the first half on a 30-14 run, with all but nine points coming from Sprewell.

"Sprewell was the only guy who was clicking," Chaney said. "He's not going to shoot that way the whole game."

New Jersey had 63-45 cushion with 1:34 left before Sprewell nailed a 3-pointer and two free throws. After a dunk by Van Horn, Howard Eisley sank a jumper to bring New York within 65-52 at halftime.

Sprewell opened the second half with a 3-pointer and Harrington followed with consecutive baskets to close within 65-59 at 10:03 before Kidd and Kittles took over.

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