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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 23 24 27 97 CHARLOTTE 17 21 26 21 85 FINAL


NEW YORK (97) AT CHARLOTTE (85)

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

JOHNSON F 33 9-12 4-6 2 4 6 1 5 0 1 22 OAKLEY F 29 2-3 0-0 1 7 8 2 5 1 2 4 EWING C 34 9-13 5-10 0 5 5 0 4 0 4 23 HOUSTON G 29 2-9 3-5 0 3 3 5 5 1 3 7 WARD G 26 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 8 1 1 0 2 STARKS 27 5-13 8-8 1 2 3 5 3 1 2 20 MILLS 13 2-3 2-4 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 6 CHILDS 22 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 2 7 DUDLEY 14 2-3 0-1 1 1 2 0 5 0 1 4 B WILLIAMS 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 2 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-69 22-34 6 31 37 27 38 5 17 97 (.522) (.647) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(12 PTS)

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

FARMER F 7 0-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 2 MASON F 40 7-13 7-14 5 7 12 0 1 0 1 21 DIVAC C 26 3-6 1-2 1 6 7 1 6 0 0 7 WESLEY G 43 3-12 4-7 0 3 3 7 3 1 4 11 RICE G 41 3-13 5-6 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 11 CURRY 34 4-11 4-4 1 2 3 2 6 2 6 14 GEIGER 26 5-9 6-7 3 5 8 3 3 1 2 16 REID 11 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 DELK 12 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 4 0 2 1 BECK DNP - COACH'S DECISION BOGUES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PHILLS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 26-70 30-44 13 29 42 16 32 4 17 85 (.371) (.682) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 23 24 27 - 97 CHARLOTTE 17 21 26 21 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 4, HOUSTON, WARD. CHARLOTTE - DIVAC, GEIGER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 0-1, STARKS 2-5, CHILDS 1-2. CHARLOTTE 3-13 (.231), FARMER 0-1, WESLEY 1-6, RICE 0-1, CURRY 2-5. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - GEIGER. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, LEROY RICHARDSON, BOB DELANEY. A - 24,042. T - 2:30.


NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 33 9-12 4-6 2-6 1 5 22 Oakley 29 2-3 0-0 1-8 2 5 4 Ewing 34 9-13 5-10 0-5 0 4 23 Houston 29 2-9 3-5 0-3 5 5 7 Ward 26 1-3 0-0 0-3 8 1 2 Starks 27 5-13 8-8 1-3 5 3 20 Mills 13 2-3 2-4 1-5 1 3 6 Childs 22 3-7 0-0 0-1 5 2 7 Dudley 14 2-3 0-1 1-2 0 5 4 B Williams 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 5 2 Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-69 22-34 6-37 27 38 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 0-1, Ward 0-1, Starks 2-5, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 4, Houston, Ward). Turnovers: 17 (Ewing 4, Houston 3, Childs 2, Oakley 2, Starks 2, B Williams, Dudley, Johnson, Mills). Steals: 5 (Childs, Houston, Oakley, Starks, Ward).

CHARLOTTE (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Farmer 7 0-3 2-2 1-2 0 3 2 Mason 40 7-13 7-14 5-12 0 1 21 Divac 26 3-6 1-2 1-7 1 6 7 Wesley 43 3-12 4-7 0-3 7 3 11 Rice 41 3-13 5-6 1-4 1 3 11 Curry 34 4-11 4-4 1-3 2 6 14 Geiger 26 5-9 6-7 3-8 3 3 16 Reid 11 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Delk 12 0-0 1-2 0-0 2 4 1 Beck DNP - coach's decision Bogues DNP - coach's decision Phills DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-70 30-44 13-42 16 32 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Farmer 0-1, Wesley 1-6, Rice 0-1, Curry 2-5). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 2 (Divac, Geiger). Turnovers: 18 (Curry 6, Wesley 4, Delk 2, Geiger 2, Farmer, Mason, Rice). Steals: 4 (Curry 2, Geiger, Wesley). ____________________________________________ New York 23 23 24 27 - 97 Charlotte 17 21 26 21 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Geiger, 5:20 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,042. T: 2:30. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson, Bob Delaney.


GAME RECAP

Patrick Ewing scored 23 points and Larry Johnson added 22 as the hot-shooting New York Knicks won their sixth straight season opener with a 97-85 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

The Knicks shot 52 percent from the field and won their fourth straight meeting with the Hornets. They swept Charlotte in the first round of last season's Eastern Conference playoffs.

"Everybody contributed," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. said. "I always thought that LJ was a good defender. He is also an efficient scorer. He knows how good of a scorer he is and he is looking to shoot the ball more. It was a very good road win against a very good team."

Former Knick Anthony Mason had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets. Matt Geiger added 16 points and Dell Curry 14, but Charlotte's starting backcourt of Glen Rice and David Wesley shot a combined 6-of-25 from the field, each finishing with 11 points. Rice averaged nearly 27 points per game last season.

The Knicks led 70-64 entering the fourth quarter, but the Hornets scored 10 of the first 11 points of the period, taking their only lead at 74-73 on a spinning layup by Mason midway through the period.

But the Knicks went on a 11-5 run to take command. After Ewing hit a baseline jumper to give the Knicks the lead, he added two free throws for a three-point advantage. He had been 1-of-6 from the line to that point.

"We are the kind of veteran team that knows what to do in certain situations," said Ewing. "We knew that we had to come out with a lot more energy in order to win the game. We were able to shut them down defensively and were able to get into the groove offensively."

After free throws by Mason and Johnson, John Starks made a floater for an 80-75 edge. The Hornets trailed 84-79 when Dell Curry was called for charging with 3:16 to play, and Johnson made two free throws and Ewing hit a jumper for an 88-79 bulge with 1:58 to play.

New York was dominant defensively in the first half and opened a 46-38 lead. Its biggest lead came with 1:58 left in the second quarter at 46-32, before Charlotte closed the period with a 6-0 spurt.

"We did a good job of taking care of the ball early," Knicks guard Allan Houston said. "Patrick, Charles (Oakley) and Larry did a good job of defense tonight. Patrick had four of our team's six blocks. He has always been that type of defensive player."

The teams combined for 70 personal fouls and poor free-throw shooting. The Knicks shot 65 percent (22-of-34) while the Hornets were 68 percent (30-of-44). Mason had 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which held a 42-37 edge on the boards.

"It was an ugly game," said Hornets coach Dave Cowens, who along with his staff wore tuxedos. "We couldn't make a shot for a long time. New York did us a favor in the first half by missing free throws but then we started missing free throws later on. Our guys played hard, but if you can't make shots, it's difficult to win."

The Hornets made just 37 percent (26-of-70) from the field.

"It wasn't a terrible, terrible game but we have to hit the jumper when we have it," added Wesley. "There was a lot of positives in the game and if we shot better, the outcome may have been different."

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