Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/31

Game 1: Friday, January 31st
Hornets72Final
Nets89
Game 2: Sunday, March 9th
Nets102Final
Hornets92
Game 3: Wednesday, April 2nd
Nets97Final
Hornets106
Game 4: Monday, April 14th
Hornets87Final
Nets74

Hornets 87

(46-35, 18-23 away)

Nets 74

 

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2003

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 18 25 23 2187
    NJ 19 19 25 1174

    Top Performers

    NO: B. Davis 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    NJ: K. Martin 23 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Nets out of running for top seed after defeat

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Baron Davis scored 19 points and New Orleans Hornets limited New Jersey to 11 fourth-quarter points in keeping the Nets from clinching a second straight Atlantic Division title with an 87-74 victory Monday night.

    New Jersey's loss, coupled with Detroit's victory over Cleveland, gave the Pistons the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

    Jamal Mashburn added 17 points and P.J. Brown had 14 as the Hornets won their fourth straight and kept alive their hopes of gaining homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

    New Orleans (46-35) is a half-game behind Indiana (46-34) and could catch Philadelphia (47-33) if the Sixers lose both of their remaining games and the Hornets defeat Atlanta in their regular-seaosn finale Wednesday.

    Kenyon Martin had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, who can win the division with a win at Indiana on Wednesday or a loss by the 76ers in one of their final two games. Richard Jefferson added 21 points and Jason Kidd had 14.

    The Hornets never trailed after George Lynch hit a 3-pointer late in the third quarter to snap a 66-66 tie.

    A jumper by Lucious Harris got New Jersey within a point in the opening seconds of the final quarter, but the Hornets went on a 12-4 run to take an 81-69 lead.

    Davis started the spurt with a layup, hit an off-balance shot in the middle of the run and basically put the game out of reach with an offensive rebound and a 3-pointer.

    New Jersey was 4-for-13 from the field in the quarter and turned the ball over seven times. Davis had nine points in the quarter.

    The game was played in spurts for most of the final three quarters.

    The Hornets used a 15-2 spurt spanning the end of the second quarter and the start of the third to take a 49-38 lead, a run that forced Nets coach Byron Scott to take a timeout.

    While his teammates sat on the bench, Martin clapped his hands and screamed ``right now,'' attempting to remind the Nets that the division title and the No. 1 seed were on the line.

    The little speech seemed to work as New Jersey came out and scored 13 straight points to take a 51-49 lead with 7:14 left in the quarter.

    New Orleans came right back with an 11-3 spurt that featured three free throws by Davis and an assist on a fast-break dunk by Brown, who also had four points in the run that put the Hornets ahead 60-54.

    New Jersey tied the game at 66 on a steal and slam by Martin before Lynch hit his 3-pointer to put the Hornets ahead for good.

    Game notes


    Nets backup C Dikembe Mutombo missed the game for personal reasons. ... Jamaal Magloire's streak of five straight double-doubles ended with a foul-plagued four points and six rebounds. ... Kidd got fooled by the scoreboard in the second quarter. The board had the Nets for only three team fouls with 3:14 to go, and he gave a foul when David Wesley started getting a step on him. The board was wrong and Wesley got two free throws, leaving Kidd shaking his head. ....Martin was hit with a flagrant foul for pushing Lynch on a rebound.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NO
    NJ
    Points 87 74
    FGM-FGA 33-75 (.440) 25-74 (.338)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 2-11 (.182)
    FTM-FTA 18-25 (.720) 22-26 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-46 7-36
    Assists 20 16
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 23 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    New Jersey
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 19
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 23
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0