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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 21 27 22 20 90 SEATTLE 25 24 21 26 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 21, KERRY KITTLES 19, LUCIOUS HARRIS 12 SEA - GARY PAYTON 21, DESMOND MASON 21, RASHARD LEWIS 20

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KENYON MARTIN 7, JASON KIDD 6, KEITH VAN HORN 6 SEA - BRENT BARRY 10, JEROME JAMES 8, RASHARD LEWIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - JASON KIDD 10, KENYON MARTIN 5, JASON COLLINS 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, BRENT BARRY 7, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 6

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (90) AT SEATTLE (96)

NEW JERSEY

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

K MARTIN F 36 4-14 0-2 2 5 7 5 5 0 1 8 K VAN HORN F 37 9-19 2-3 3 3 6 2 3 0 0 21 A WILLIAMS C 16 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 1 1 6 J KIDD G 39 3-10 1-1 2 4 6 10 1 4 2 8 K KITTLES G 36 8-17 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 19 R JEFFERSON 23 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 6 L HARRIS 21 5-10 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 0 1 12 J COLLINS 32 2-6 6-10 4 1 5 4 4 0 2 10 D MARSHALL DNP - COACH'S DECISION A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SCALABRINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-90 9-16 13 24 37 26 23 7 8 90 (.411) (.563) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 8 (6 PTS)

SEATTLE

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

R LEWIS F 38 7-12 4-5 2 5 7 0 1 2 2 20 A LONG F 29 3-4 1-2 2 2 4 2 5 1 0 7 J JAMES C 24 1-7 4-4 3 5 8 2 3 0 4 6 B BARRY G 41 4-9 2-2 0 10 10 7 3 1 1 11 G PAYTON G 35 9-20 3-4 0 6 6 8 2 1 3 21 D MASON 33 8-11 4-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 21 P DOBNJAK 20 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 8 S WILLIAMS 20 0-6 2-2 0 1 1 6 1 1 0 2 O OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION V RADMANOVIC DNP - SPRAINED TOE RIGHT R LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 22-25 7 36 43 26 19 6 12 96 (.467) (.880) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12 (10 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 21 27 22 20 - 90 SEATTLE 25 24 21 26 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - J COLLINS 2, K MARTIN, R JEFFERSON. SEATTLE - J JAMES 2, G PAYTON, A LONG, D MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-18 (.389), K MARTIN 0-1, K VAN HORN 1- 7, J KIDD 1-2, K KITTLES 3-4, R JEFFERSON 0-1, L HARRIS 2-3. SEATTLE 4- 15 (.267), R LEWIS 2-4, B BARRY 1-5, G PAYTON 0-3, D MASON 1-1, S WILLIAMS 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - R LEWIS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, GARY ZIELINSKI, LEON WOOD. A - 17,072. T - 2:08.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (90)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 36 4-14 0-2 2-7 5 5 8 K Van Horn 37 9-19 2-3 3-6 2 3 21 A Williams 16 3-7 0-0 1-5 0 4 6 J Kidd 39 3-10 1-1 2-6 10 1 8 K Kittles 36 8-17 0-0 0-0 1 2 19 R Jefferson 23 3-7 0-0 0-3 2 2 6 L Harris 21 5-10 0-0 1-5 2 2 12 J Collins 32 2-6 6-10 4-5 4 4 10 D Marshall DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Scalabrine DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-90 9-16 13-37 26 23 90 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (K Martin 0-1, K Van Horn 1-7, J Kidd 1-2, K Kittles 3-4, R Jefferson 0-1, L Harris 2-3). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:4 (J Collins 2, K Martin, R Jefferson). Turnovers:8 (J Kidd 2, J Collins 2, L Harris, K Kittles, A Williams, K Martin). Steals: 7 (J Kidd 4, K Kittles 2, A Williams).

SEATTLE (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 38 7-12 4-5 2-7 0 1 20 A Long 29 3-4 1-2 2-4 2 5 7 J James 24 1-7 4-4 3-8 2 3 6 B Barry 41 4-9 2-2 0-10 7 3 11 G Payton 35 9-20 3-4 0-6 8 2 21 D Mason 33 8-11 4-4 0-5 1 2 21 P Dobnjak 20 3-6 2-2 0-2 0 2 8 S Williams 20 0-6 2-2 0-1 6 1 2 O Oyedeji DNP - COACH'S DECISION V Radmanovic DNP - SPRAINED TOE RIGHT R Livingston DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 22-25 7-43 26 19 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (R Lewis 2-4, B Barry 1-5, G Payton 0-3, D Mason 1-1, S Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (J James 2, G Payton, A Long, D Mason). Turnovers:12 (J James 4, G Payton 3, R Lewis 2, B Barry, D Mason, P Dobnjak). Steals: 6 (R Lewis 2, B Barry, G Payton, A Long, S Williams).

------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 21 27 22 20 - 90 SEATTLE 25 24 21 26 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Seattle - (R Lewis, 1:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:08. Officials: Bill Spooner, Gary Zielinski, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton won his duel with Jason Kidd and helped keep the New Jersey Nets winless on their four-game western road trip.

Payton had 21 points and eight assists as the Seattle SuperSonics extended their winning streak to four games with a 96-90 victory over the slumping Nets.

"That's a good team and everybody's just stepping up," Payton said. "We're in a good rhythm and everybody's playing good basketball, so we just have to take one game at a time and hopefully we can keep getting wins the way we've been getting them."

Kidd dished out 10 assists but scored just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting as New Jersey's losing streak reached a season-high four games. Keith Van Horn dunked to give the Nets a 90-89 lead with 1:09 to play, but they did not score again while Seattle converted its free throws.

"There was a couple of games on this trip that we had the opportunity to win," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "Matter of fact, all four games, and we blew it. The bottom line is we blew it, we blew opportunities to win games. It was a bad trip ... simple as that, very bad trip."

Rashard Lewis put the SuperSonics ahead, 91-90, with a pair of free throws with 62 seconds left and Payton made a driving layup. Seattle's All-Star guard hit 1-of-2 free throws and set up Desmond Mason for an alley-oop dunk with six seconds to play.

"Once again, these guys stepped up and fill in for one another and just play together and work hard," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "They got that feeling of believing that they can win and they're just working together. The chemistry has been right and these guys are just working together and working hard and playing very unselfish basketball and playing some very good basketball."

Meanwhile, Van Horn and Kidd both hit the rim with 3-point attempts in the final minute.

"(Sixty-nine seconds) is a long time in this league," said Van Horn, who scored 21 points. "We didn't shoot the ball in the last minute particularly well. We didn't do a great job defensively. We missed two key shots."

"We had a good opportunity and we didn't get stops when we had to," Kidd added. "We had great looks, and that's part of the game. On the road with two minutes left, and that's how the whole road trip has gone for us. We had great looks and for some odd reason the ball isn't going in for us. We are the only ones that can get ourselves out of this, so we aren't going to panic."

Mason scored 21 points and Lewis contributed 20 and seven rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have won 11 of their last 13 games overall and four in a row at home. Seattle moved one game ahead of eighth-place Utah in the Western Conference.

"I think it's just paying off with the hard work we put in," Lewis said. "We've been playing hard and practicing hard from the first day, but now we're learning the game together and it's just paying off towards the end of the year."

The Nets used a 12-4 run to erase a six-point deficit. Kenyon Martin snapped an 86-86 tie with an alley-oop dunk with 2:15 to go.

Seattle had its largest lead with 5:42 left in the first quarter after outscoring New Jersey, 17-7, to start the game. But the Sonics allowed the Nets to rally in the second period as New Jersey took its first lead, 44-43, on Aaron Williams' dunk with 1:37 left.

However, Seattle regained the lead with two free throws by Jerome James and did not trail again until the fourth quarter.

In the third, the Sonics went on a 10-4 spurt to go ahead, 70-64, but the Nets scored the final six points of the period to go into the fourth tied at 70-70.

Brent Barry contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Predrag Drobnjak chipped in eight points for Seattle, which shot 47 percent (35-of-75) but owned a 43-37 rebounding edge.

Kerry Kittles scored 19 points, Lucious Harris added 12 and Jason Collins 10, but the Nets shot 41 percent (37-of-90) and made just 16 trips to the free-throw line, converting nine.

"I thought the referees were awful, to put it bluntly," Scott said. "I don't know if they were afraid because they were in a hostile environment, but there were two phantom calls. I didn't understand it and I never will."

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