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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     ATLANTA          22   18   25   29    94   
     NEW JERSEY       31   20   26   28    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ATL - GLENN ROBINSON 34, JASON TERRY 21, IRA 
                      NEWBLE 11
                NJN - JASON KIDD 16, KENYON MARTIN 15, RICHARD
                      JEFFERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND:   ATL - GLENN ROBINSON 10, ALAN HENDERSON 7, 
                      THEO RATLIFF 6
                NJN - KENYON MARTIN 11, JASON KIDD 8, DIKEMBE 
                      MUTOMBO 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   ATL - GLENN ROBINSON 8, JASON TERRY 5, IRA 
                      NEWBLE 3
                NJN - JASON KIDD 12, RODNEY ROGERS 3, KERRY 
                      KITTLES 3

         ATT:   16,324

Box Score

ATLANTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Robinson 42 12-26 9-9 3-10 8 2 34 A Henderson 42 2-4 0-2 2-7 0 5 4 T Ratliff 21 5-10 0-2 1-6 1 4 10 I Newble 37 5-11 0-0 2-3 3 2 11 J Terry 41 7-20 4-4 1-3 5 1 21 D Ham 23 2-4 2-4 1-1 0 2 6 A Harvey 10 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 4 2 E Davis 17 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 D Dickau 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 15-21 11-34 19 23 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (G Robinson 1-5, I Newble 1-2, J Terry 3-7, D Ham 0-1, E Davis 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:13 (T Ratliff 5, A Henderson 4, G Robinson 2, D Ham, A Harvey). Turnovers:19 (G Robinson 7, J Terry 3, A Henderson 2, I Newble 2, D Dickau 2, E Davis 2, T Ratliff). Steals: 14 (G Robinson 5, J Terry 5, D Ham 2, A Henderson, T Ratliff). NEW JERSEY (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Jefferson 31 6-13 2-2 0-2 2 2 15 K Martin 34 6-14 3-4 2-11 1 3 15 D Mutombo 26 4-10 5-6 4-6 0 2 13 K Kittles 30 4-9 4-6 3-4 3 1 13 J Kidd 36 8-13 0-0 1-8 12 3 16 L Harris 20 5-7 3-4 1-4 0 1 13 R Rogers 21 2-6 2-2 1-2 3 4 7 A Williams 19 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 T Slay 9 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 J Collins 14 1-4 3-4 4-5 0 0 5 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 22-28 17-47 22 19 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (R Jefferson 1-1, K Kittles 1-3, J Kidd 0-2, R Rogers 1-1, T Slay 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:13 (A Williams 4, D Mutombo 3, K Martin 2, J Kidd, R Rogers, R Jefferson, T Slay). Turnovers:18 (J Kidd 6, K Martin 3, L Harris 2, K Kittles 2, D Mutombo, R Rogers, R Jefferson, J Collins, T Slay). Steals: 9 (J Kidd 4, K Kittles 3, L Harris, K Martin). ------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 22 18 25 29 - 94 NEW JERSEY 31 20 26 28 - 105 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:14 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,324. T: 2:09. Officials: Hue Hollins, Joe Derosa, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

ATLANTA (94) AT NEW JERSEY (105) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G ROBINSON F 42 12-26 9-9 3 7 10 8 2 5 7 34 A HENDERSON F 42 2-4 0-2 2 5 7 0 5 1 2 4 T RATLIFF C 21 5-10 0-2 1 5 6 1 4 1 1 10 I NEWBLE G 37 5-11 0-0 2 1 3 3 2 0 2 11 J TERRY G 41 7-20 4-4 1 2 3 5 1 5 3 21 D HAM 23 2-4 2-4 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 6 A HARVEY 10 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 E DAVIS 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 4 D DICKAU 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 2 TOTALS 240 37-84 15-21 11 23 34 19 23 14 19 94 (.440) (.714) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 22 (20 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R JEFFERSON F 31 6-13 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 15 K MARTIN F 34 6-14 3-4 2 9 11 1 3 1 3 15 D MUTOMBO C 26 4-10 5-6 4 2 6 0 2 0 1 13 K KITTLES G 30 4-9 4-6 3 1 4 3 1 3 2 13 J KIDD G 36 8-13 0-0 1 7 8 12 3 4 6 16 L HARRIS 20 5-7 3-4 1 3 4 0 1 1 2 13 R ROGERS 21 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 7 A WILLIAMS 19 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 6 T SLAY 9 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 J COLLINS 14 1-4 3-4 4 1 5 0 0 0 1 5 TOTALS 240 40-87 22-28 17 30 47 22 19 9 18 105 (.460) (.786) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19 (24 PTS) ATLANTA 22 18 25 29 - 94 NEW JERSEY 31 20 26 28 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - T RATLIFF 5, A HENDERSON 4, G ROBINSON 2, D HAM, A HARVEY. NEW JERSEY - A WILLIAMS 4, D MUTOMBO 3, K MARTIN 2, J KIDD, R ROGERS, R JEFFERSON, T SLAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 5-16 (.313), G ROBINSON 1-5, I NEWBLE 1- 2, J TERRY 3-7, D HAM 0-1, E DAVIS 0-1. NEW JERSEY 3-9 (.333), R JEFFERSON 1- 1, K KITTLES 1-3, J KIDD 0-2, R ROGERS 1-1, T SLAY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, JOE DEROSA, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,324. T - 2:09.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets raised a pair of banners and raced to a big lead before the Atlanta Hawks nearly erased it. Jason Kidd had 16 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced attack as the Nets withstood a furious comeback by the Hawks to open the season with a 105-94 victory. "I would say for about 30, may be 40 minutes we played excellent basketball," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "We have to give them a lot of credit. We had a little bit of a lull there in the fourth quarter. We came back, but that is a much-improved basketball team over there." New Jersey celebrated last season's run to the NBA Finals by hanging banners for winning the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Nets never trailed after the game's first six minutes and built an 88-69 lead on two free throws by Rodney Rogers with 7:14 left. But Atlanta roared back with a 17-2 spurt. Alan Henderson's follow shot cut the deficit to 90-86 with just over four minutes remaining. Nets newcomer Dikembe Mutombo made 1-of-2 at the line and Kidd followed with a big defensive play. Caught in a mismatch guarding the 6-8 Glenn Robinson, the 6-4 Kidd tipped away a pass by Jason Terry and went the distance for a layup and a 93-86 lead. "Jason was great," Scott said. "When the game was on the line, the cream rises to the top. He is the best in the league at his position." A long jumper by Robinson pulled the Hawks within 96-92 with 1:47 to go. Rather than walk the ball up, Kidd pushed it and fed Kenyon Martin for an easy basket 12 seconds later. He added a basket with 63 seconds left for a 100-92 edge. Martin and Richard Jefferson each scored 15 points as New Jersey placed six players in double figures. Mutombo, Kerry Kittles and reserve Lucious Harris each added 13. "The chemistry has been pretty good so far," Kittles said. "I really like the way we played tonight. I like the way Dikembe and Kenyon played. We have guys on our team who are very unselfish." Robinson had a strong debut with Atlanta after spending the first eight years of his career with Milwaukee. He just missed a triple-double with 34 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. "They got off to a quick start on us," Robinson said. "From that point, the game was pretty much even until we made that run. We have to learn to start the games off a little better than what we did." Kidd also narrowly missed a triple-double by grabbing eight boards. Martin led New Jersey with 11 and Mutombo added six as the Nets held a commanding 47-34 edge on the glass. Although the Nets appeared in the Finals a year ago and have clearly established themselves locally over the high-profile New York Knicks, a disappointing less-than-capacity crowd of 16,324 fans attended the opener. Last season, New Jersey drew 8,749 for the opener. "The crowd was great for us tonight," Kidd said. "They gave us a lot of energy and enabled us to get off to a good start. We had a breakdown in the fourth quarter which shouldn't have happened. I was to blame for that." The Nets traded Keith Van Horn in the offseason to open up a starting spot for Jefferson, who made 6-of-13 shots. He also drained his only 3-point attempt, an area that is considered his biggest weakness. Reserve forward Aaron Williams blocked four shots and Mutombo added three as the Nets' frontcourt - considered one of the best in the East - contributed to a defense that blocked 14 shots and forced 22 turnovers. "We didn't feel like we played particularly well at all," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "Jersey does a good job with transition. We didn't take care of that priority at all." New Jersey got its running game going with a 12-1 run for a 27-15 advantage with 2:17 left in the opening quarter. Martin and Kidd started the spurt with layups and Harris capped it with a jumper. The Nets shot 67 percent (14-of-21) in the period for a 31-22 lead. Terry netted 21 points and Ira Newble added 11 for Atlanta, which shot 44 percent (37-of-84). Robinson and Terry each had five steals and Theo Ratliff finished with 10 points and five blocks. The Hawks played without Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who did not travel due to a stiff back. Reserve center Nazr Mohammed is out with a bone bruise in his right foot.


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