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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW JERSEY       26   32   30   23    111  
      CLEVELAND        23   17   26   14    80      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NJN - VINCE CARTER 27, NENAD KRSTIC 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 13
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 24, DREW GOODEN 16, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 8

HIGH REBOUND:   NJN - BRIAN SCALABRINE 9, TRAVIS BEST 6, VINCE
                      CARTER 6
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 9, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 6, 
                      ANDERSON VAREJAO 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NJN - JASON KIDD 12, TRAVIS BEST 8, VINCE 
                      CARTER 8
                CLE - IRA NEWBLE 6, ERIC SNOW 4, LEBRON JAMES 
                      4

         ATT:   18,668

Box Score

NEW JERSEY (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Scalabrine 37 5-9 0-0 2-9 1 1 12 J Collins 25 6-9 0-0 1-3 2 4 13 N Krstic 35 8-18 2-2 3-5 1 3 18 J Kidd 35 5-8 0-0 1-2 12 1 13 V Carter 37 11-18 2-2 3-6 8 1 27 T Best 23 2-3 0-0 2-6 8 0 4 B Thomas 4 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 C Robinson 24 5-9 0-0 1-2 1 2 12 Z Planinic 13 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 6 J Smith 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 R Buford 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 J Vaughn DNP - BROKEN RIGHT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-82 4-4 13-37 34 16 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.573, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 13-23, .565 (B Scalabrine 2-2, J Collins 1-2, J Kidd 3-6, V Carter 3-5, C Robinson 2-4, Z Planinic 2-3, R Buford 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:4 (C Robinson, V Carter, B Scalabrine, N Krstic). Turnovers:12 (J Collins 4, C Robinson 2, J Kidd 2, Z Planinic 2, V Carter, N Krstic). Steals: 8 (J Kidd 2, V Carter 2, B Scalabrine 2, B Thomas, Z Planinic). CLEVELAND (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 40 9-19 3-6 2-9 4 2 24 D Gooden 19 8-11 0-0 0-0 0 3 16 Z Ilgauskas 22 3-7 2-2 3-6 1 1 8 E Snow 18 1-4 0-0 0-2 4 0 2 I Newble 32 3-6 0-0 1-3 6 2 6 A Varejao 23 1-5 5-8 4-6 1 1 7 R Traylor 18 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 2 A Pavlovic 26 1-6 1-1 0-0 2 1 4 L Harris 18 1-2 1-1 0-0 2 2 3 J Welsch 16 2-6 2-2 2-3 1 0 6 D Diop 8 1-3 0-2 1-1 1 0 2 J McInnis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 14-22 14-32 23 14 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (L James 3-6, D Gooden 0-1, I Newble 0-1, A Pavlovic 1-3, L Harris 0-1, J Welsch 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (L James 2, E Snow, Z Ilgauskas, I Newble). Turnovers:18 (L James 6, Z Ilgauskas 4, D Gooden 2, J Welsch 2, R Traylor, D Diop, A Varejao, A Pavlovic). Steals: 5 (D Gooden 2, L James 2, R Traylor). -------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 26 32 30 23 - 111 CLEVELAND 23 17 26 14 - 80 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 3 (Defensive Three, 8:48 2nd; Defensive Three, 6:37 4th; Defensive Three, 11:22 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,668. T: 1:59. Officials: Bennie Adams, Jim Clark, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (111) AT CLEVELAND (80) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SCALABRINE F 37 5-9 0-0 2 7 9 1 1 2 0 12 J COLLINS F 25 6-9 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 4 13 N KRSTIC C 35 8-18 2-2 3 2 5 1 3 0 1 18 J KIDD G 35 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 12 1 2 2 13 V CARTER G 37 11-18 2-2 3 3 6 8 1 2 1 27 T BEST 23 2-3 0-0 2 4 6 8 0 0 0 4 B THOMAS 4 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 C ROBINSON 24 5-9 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 12 Z PLANINIC 13 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 2 6 J SMITH 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 R BUFORD 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 J VAUGHN DNP - BROKEN RIGHT FOOT TOTALS 240 47-82 4-4 13 24 37 34 16 8 12 111 (.573) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (8 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 40 9-19 3-6 2 7 9 4 2 2 6 24 D GOODEN F 19 8-11 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 16 Z ILGAUSKAS C 22 3-7 2-2 3 3 6 1 1 0 4 8 E SNOW G 18 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 2 I NEWBLE G 32 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 6 2 0 0 6 A VAREJAO 23 1-5 5-8 4 2 6 1 1 0 1 7 R TRAYLOR 18 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 A PAVLOVIC 26 1-6 1-1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 L HARRIS 18 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 J WELSCH 16 2-6 2-2 2 1 3 1 0 0 2 6 D DIOP 8 1-3 0-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 J MCINNIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-73 14-22 14 18 32 23 14 5 18 80 (.425) (.636) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19 (25 PTS) NEW JERSEY 26 32 30 23 - 111 CLEVELAND 23 17 26 14 - 80 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - C ROBINSON, V CARTER, B SCALABRINE, N KRSTIC. CLEVELAND - L JAMES 2, E SNOW, Z ILGAUSKAS, I NEWBLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 13-23 (.565), B SCALABRINE 2-2, J COLLINS 1- 2, J KIDD 3-6, V CARTER 3-5, C ROBINSON 2-4, Z PLANINIC 2-3, R BUFORD 0- 1. CLEVELAND 4-13 (.308), L JAMES 3-6, D GOODEN 0-1, I NEWBLE 0-1, A PAVLOVIC 1-3, L HARRIS 0-1, J WELSCH 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE 3. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, JIM CLARK, TONY BROWN. A - 18,668. T - 1:59.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets were bombing away. The Cleveland Cavaliers are bombing out. The Nets continued their postseason push as they made 13 3-pointers in a 111-80 rout of the dispirited Cavaliers, who continued their slide in the Eastern Conference standings. Vince Carter made three 3-pointers and scored 27 points for New Jersey (36-39), which shot a season-high 57 percent (47-of-82) from the field and bounced back nicely from Saturday's discouraging home loss to Orlando to win for the fourth time in five games. "It was a great response from our team," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We shot the ball extremely well. But defensively, our guys did a good job of changing up defenses, giving some different looks. It was a complete team win." Seemingly out of it less than four weeks ago, the Nets have won nine of 12 to climb within a game of Philadelphia for the final playoff berth in the East. They have just seven games left and need some help but are doing all they can to help themselves. "We're still on the outside looking in, so we know it's an 82-game season," Frank added. "It's extremely important for us to try to win every game we play." "It's always been realistic for us (to make the playoffs)," Nets star Jason Kidd said. "We've felt if we could put a nice streak together we could make the playoffs." New Jersey was 8-of-12 from the arc in the first half, when it opened a 58-40 lead. Carter made three 3-pointers and scored 15 points and reserve Cliff Robinson sank two and tallied 12. "Vince puts immense pressure on the defense," Frank said. "Anytime you come and help, as a result, someone is going to be left open and, with good ball movement, the ball finds the open shooter." "We shot the same amount (of 3-pointers) against Orlando (in a loss)," said Kidd, who had 13 points and 12 assists. "We just have to continue to take wide-open shots." The Cavaliers scored the first six points of the second half before Kidd made a pair from the arc to rebuild the lead to 18 points, signifying the beginning of the end. A telltale sign came when 6-11 Jason Collins - who had not made a 3-pointer since his 2001-02 rookie season - beat the shot clock by banking in one from the top of the arc for an 82-57 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter. "I just threw it up and held the follow-through," Collins said. "You can't explain that one," said Carter, who was teasing Collins afterward. The Nets cruised thereafter and won the season series, 3-1, giving them the tiebreaker over the Cavaliers. When told the Nets had won their last five road games, Carter wishfully forecasted, "We should be OK in the first round of the playoffs." Two days after ending a two-game skid with an erratic home win over Dallas, Cleveland (38-35) suffered its worst home loss since March 20, 2001, and fell one game behind sixth-place Indiana in the East. "I'm going to take the full hit for this loss because we gave up too many open shots," Cavaliers interim coach Brendan Malone said. "What we were doing was coming off Jason Kidd and hoping that there would be rotation, but the rotation wasn't there." All the blame may not be on Malone. After the game, rumors were circulating that general manager Jim Paxson's job was in jeopardy. "I don't think it makes sense for us to comment on the truth or inaccuracy or rumors related to key positions in our organization," new Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement." LeBron James scored 24 meaningless points for the Cavaliers, who have lost 14 of their last 21 games, changing coaches and point guards during that stretch. "There is no reason why we should be losing like this on our home court," James said. Cavaliers All-star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas sprained his right ring finger and is doubtful for Wednesday's game at Indiana. Forward Drew Gooden injured his left shoulder and is probable.


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