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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 25 32 26 19 102 NEW JERSEY 28 27 29 32 116 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 30, JASON TERRY 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 NJN - JASON KIDD 22, KERRY KITTLES 22, KENYON MARTIN 16

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - NAZR MOHAMMED 10, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4 NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 9, AARON WILLIAMS 6, KENYON MARTIN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JASON TERRY 9, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 NJN - JASON KIDD 15, KENYON MARTIN 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,522


Extended Box

ATLANTA (102) AT NEW JERSEY (116)

ATLANTA

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 42 12-21 6-7 2 5 7 8 3 2 6 30 I NEWBLE F 30 4-7 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 10 N MOHAMMED C 25 5-11 2-4 7 3 10 0 3 1 4 12 D JOHNSON G 27 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 0 1 3 J TERRY G 42 4-16 6-7 1 3 4 9 1 4 2 17 A HENDERSON 18 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 2 T KUKOC 24 4-9 2-2 0 4 4 3 4 1 0 13 J VAUGHN 21 6-10 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 13 H MOTTOLA 11 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 M STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION C BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION L SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-82 18-22 15 23 38 26 17 8 16 102 (.463) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16 (20 PTS)

NEW JERSEY

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

K VAN HORN F 23 6-11 0-0 3 2 5 2 3 3 1 15 K MARTIN F 42 8-14 0-0 1 5 6 5 4 3 2 16 A WILLIAMS C 28 6-9 2-2 1 5 6 1 2 1 1 14 K KITTLES G 43 9-15 4-4 1 4 5 4 1 2 1 22 J KIDD G 43 9-20 1-1 1 3 4 15 4 1 5 22 R JEFFERSON 24 4-5 2-2 1 8 9 4 1 1 1 10 A JOHNSON 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 T MACCULLOCH 17 4-5 2-5 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 10 J COLLINS 8 2-3 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 B ARMSTRONG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B SCALABRINE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D MARSHALL 1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 49-85 12-15 10 29 39 34 20 11 13 116 (.576) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13 (23 PTS)

ATLANTA 25 32 26 19 - 102 NEW JERSEY 28 27 29 32 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - D JOHNSON 4, N MOHAMMED. NEW JERSEY - A WILLIAMS 3, T MACCULLOCH 3, K MARTIN 2, K VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 8-19 (.421), S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, D JOHNSON 1- 3, J TERRY 3-9, T KUKOC 3-5, J VAUGHN 1-1. NEW JERSEY 6-18 (.333), K VAN HORN 3-4, K MARTIN 0-2, K KITTLES 0-4, J KIDD 3-7, D MARSHALL 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NEW JERSEY 1 (K MARTIN, 9:06 4TH). A - 15,522. T - 1:58.


Box Score

ATLANTA (102)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-Rahim 42 12-21 6-7 2-7 8 3 30 I Newble 30 4-7 2-2 1-2 2 1 10 N Mohammed 25 5-11 2-4 7-10 0 3 12 D Johnson 27 1-4 0-0 0-4 3 2 3 J Terry 42 4-16 6-7 1-4 9 1 17 A Henderson 18 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 T Kukoc 24 4-9 2-2 0-4 3 4 13 J Vaughn 21 6-10 0-0 1-2 1 2 13 H Mottola 11 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 M Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Bowdler DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 18-22 15-38 26 17 102 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (S Abdur-Rahim 0-1, D Johnson 1-3, J Terry 3-9, T Kukoc 3-5, J Vaughn 1-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (D Johnson 4, N Mohammed). Turnovers:16 (S Abdur-Rahim 6, N Mohammed 4, J Vaughn 2, J Terry 2, D Johnson, I Newble). Steals: 8 (J Terry 4, S Abdur-Rahim 2, T Kukoc, N Mohammed).

NEW JERSEY (116)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Van Horn 23 6-11 0-0 3-5 2 3 15 K Martin 42 8-14 0-0 1-6 5 4 16 A Williams 28 6-9 2-2 1-6 1 2 14 K Kittles 43 9-15 4-4 1-5 4 1 22 J Kidd 43 9-20 1-1 1-4 15 4 22 R Jefferson 24 4-5 2-2 1-9 4 1 10 A Johnson 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 T MacCulloch 17 4-5 2-5 1-1 1 2 10 J Collins 8 2-3 1-1 1-1 0 0 5 B Armstrong 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Scalabrine 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Marshall 1 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 0

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-85 12-15 10-39 34 20 116 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.576, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (K Van Horn 3-4, K Martin 0-2, K Kittles 0-4, J Kidd 3-7, D Marshall 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:9 (A Williams 3, T MacCulloch 3, K Martin 2, K Van Horn). Turnovers:13 (J Kidd 5, K Martin 2, K Kittles, A Williams, R Jefferson, A Johnson, K Van Horn, T MacCulloch). Steals: 11 (K Van Horn 3, K Martin 3, K Kittles 2, J Kidd, A Williams, R Jefferson).

-------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 25 32 26 19 - 102 NEW JERSEY 28 27 29 32 - 116 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New Jersey 1 (K Martin, 9:06 4th). A: 15,522. T: 1:58.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd had 22 points and 15 assists as the New Jersey Nets moved closer to their first playoff berth in four years with a 116-102 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks.

The win, coupled with Washington's loss at Toronto, reduced New Jersey's magic number for its first playoff berth since 1998 to one.

Kidd's brilliance has vaulted the Nets to the top of the Eastern Conference. He was acquired from Phoenix for fellow point guard Stephon Marbury on July 18 and he has helped the Nets turn things around by getting teammates involved in the offense and showing a young team how to win.

The Nets can clinch a playoff berth with their next win or Miami's next loss. Miami hosts Boston on Monday and New Jersey visits Atlanta on Tuesday.

Kidd has done that all season and Sunday was no different as seven players reached double figures. Kerry Kittles, who has the longest tenure on the Nets, scored 22 points. Kenyon Martin added 16, Keith Van Horn had 15, Aaron Williams chipped in 14 while Todd MacCulloch and rookie Richard Jefferson scored 10 apiece.

Kidd scored 10 points in the fourth period. His 3-pointer with 8:39 left gave the Nets the lead for good, 93-91. He hit another 3-pointer on New Jersey's next possession and the Nets never looked back, outscoring the Hawks 20-11 over the final 7:52 and setting a franchise record with their 10th consecutive home victory.

The Hawks had taken a 91-90 lead 24 seconds earlier on a hook shot by Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who had made two foul shots after Martin committed a flagrant-1 foul.

Martin was whistled for elbowing Abdur-Rahim in the face.

"We felt that he lifted his elbow as if to throw it at the defensive player," referee Dick Bavetta said. "From my position, I did not see contact made. However, after a discussion with my two partners, we decided that contact in fact was made, based on their opinions. And therefore, we decided to call a flagrant foul penalty one."

New Jersey coach Byron Scott felt differently and thought that Abdur-Rahim was going to be called for a technical foul.

"I know that I saw him turn," Scott said. "He had both hands on the ball. I thought Dick was going to call a technical foul on him. Leroy (referee Leroy Richardson) told me that himself and James (referee James Capers) both had a flagrant. They were just trying to decide if it were a flagrant-1 or 2. Either way it goes, it hurts because he is going to miss two games. It is something we have to talk about again because it is something he has to get a grip of. He can't continue to react this way.

"I have to get him to understand that he can't react negatively to things that are going on on the court. If he thinks he getting fouled that is not the way to react. We have to get a better understanding so this does not happen again."

The foul ran Martin's flagrant point total to eight. Should it not be overturned by the NBA, Martin would be subject to a two-game suspension. He already has served a pair of one-game bans for exceeding the limit of five.

Martin had met with the league last week to discuss his actions. But after his latest incident, Martin likely will miss Tuesday's contest and Wednesday's game at Philadelphia.

"I think everyone talked to him," Kidd said. "He met with coach, (Nets president) Rod Thorn and the NBA. That's enough people that need to talk to him. As teammates we need to support him. We don't want him to stop playing at a high level. He will understand what is right and what is wrong.

"Everybody understands that he is a marked man. He has to understand that, too."

Coming off Friday's win over Milwaukee, the Nets came out sluggish but only trailed 57-55 at halftime. Kidd was 1-of-11 at halftime, but he rebounded to shoot 8-of-9 in the second half.

The Nets trailed 79-72 with 3:30 left in the third period after a 3-pointer by Toni Kukoc. But Kidd and Kittles scored New Jersey's next 12 points and the Nets led 84-83 after three quarters.

"I don't want to take away from the win," Scott said. "The thing we did in the first half was a bit like the Milwaukee game and my message to our guys is we can't go out and play 24 minutes and expect to come back and win every game. It is not going to happen. We have to get more consistent in our effort in the first half. We didn't do that in the first half. They did everything they wanted.

"To me that is a bad sign and something that can't continue to do. I am happy with the win, but we have to continue at this point to try and get better and be more consistent."

New Jersey did the same thing in its last meeting with Atlanta and wound up losing, 105-103. In that game, the Nets squandered a 10-point lead in the third quarter.

"We came out a little flat defensively," Kidd said. "Atlanta is playing extremely well. They played hard and we kind of got lucky in the second half and found some energy. These are the type of games that can hurt you when you are trying to achieve your goal."

Atlanta played well for most of the game and was led by Abdur-Rahim, who missed Saturday's win against Chicago to be with his wife, who was delivering their first child. He came back and scored 30 points on 12-of-21 shooting.

"We had the game, especially throughout the third," Abdur-Rahim said. "We really had the game in a good situation. In the first two or three minutes of the fourth quarter they came out and really jumped on us and we did not respond well to that."

Abdur-Rahim had just one basket after the Nets took the lead for good. He also had a shot blocked and committed a costly turnover with the Hawks trailing 104-97 at the 3:40 mark.

Jefferson stole the ball and converted a layup. The Hawks' next basket was a meaningless 3-pointer by Jason Terry at the buzzer.

"They are really good in transition," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said. "Kidd took the game over and he is such a terrific player. He scores and makes plays for others. They are most effective when they get it going up and down like that."

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