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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 27 34 23 21 105 PHOENIX 14 21 20 20 75 FINAL


NEW YORK (105) AT PHOENIX (75)

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

JOHNSON F 35 3-11 1-2 3 4 7 0 0 0 2 7 OAKLEY F 30 5-10 3-3 3 6 9 2 3 1 0 13 EWING C 26 8-18 3-4 2 10 12 2 2 0 1 19 WARD G 18 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 6 4 0 2 2 HOUSTON G 32 6-14 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 1 2 14 DUDLEY 18 1-4 2-3 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 4 CHILDS 30 5-9 1-1 1 4 5 2 4 1 1 13 STARKS 23 8-10 0-0 0 2 2 7 2 3 0 19 MILLS 22 5-9 2-3 0 4 4 5 2 1 1 12 MYERS 6 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 B WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-89 12-16 12 40 52 28 24 7 10 105 (.483) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

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

CEBALLOS F 24 3-7 2-2 0 4 4 0 3 1 1 8 MCDYESS F 29 7-14 5-8 5 3 8 0 1 0 1 19 ROBINSON C 25 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 1 2 2 KIDD G 28 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 6 JOHNSON G 27 2-10 4-5 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 8 CHAPMAN 17 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 4 WILLIAMS 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MANNING 26 7-12 2-4 1 7 8 2 2 1 1 16 BRYANT 14 1-2 1-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 3 NASH 27 0-8 4-4 1 2 3 5 0 1 1 4 MCCLOUD 15 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 3 LLAMAS 6 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 28-79 18-25 7 30 37 16 20 5 11 75 (.354) (.720) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 27 34 23 21 - 105 PHOENIX 14 21 20 20 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING, MILLS, DUDLEY. PHOENIX - MCDYESS, MANNING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-10 (.700), HOUSTON 2-3, CHILDS 2-2, STARKS 3-4, MILLS 0-1. PHOENIX 1-14 (.071), ROBINSON 0-2, KIDD 0-2, JOHNSON 0-2, CHAPMAN 0-2, NASH 0-3, MCCLOUD 1-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PHOENIX - ROBINSON. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, BENNIE ADAMS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 19,023. T - 2:04.


NEW YORK (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 35 3-11 1-2 3-7 0 0 7 Oakley 30 5-10 3-3 3-9 2 3 13 Ewing 26 8-18 3-4 2-12 2 2 19 Ward 18 1-2 0-0 0-2 6 4 2 Houston 32 6-14 0-0 1-3 3 3 14 Dudley 18 1-4 2-3 1-5 1 3 4 Childs 30 5-9 1-1 1-5 2 4 13 Starks 23 8-10 0-0 0-2 7 2 19 Mills 22 5-9 2-3 0-4 5 2 12 Myers 6 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 B Williams DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-89 12-16 12-52 28 24 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-10, .700 (Houston 2-3, Childs 2-2, Starks 3-4, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing, Mills, Dudley). Turnovers: 11 (Houston 2, Johnson 2, Ward 2, Childs, Dudley, Ewing, Mills). Steals: 7 (Starks 3, Childs, Houston, Mills, Oakley).

PHOENIX (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 24 3-7 2-2 0-4 0 3 8 Mcdyess 29 7-14 5-8 5-8 0 1 19 Robinson 25 1-4 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 Kidd 28 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 Johnson 27 2-10 4-5 0-1 3 1 8 Chapman 17 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 3 4 Williams 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Manning 26 7-12 2-4 1-8 2 2 16 Bryant 14 1-2 1-2 0-4 1 2 3 Nash 27 0-8 4-4 1-3 5 0 4 Mccloud 15 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Llamas 6 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-79 18-25 7-37 16 20 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 1-14, .071 (Robinson 0-2, Kidd 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Chapman 0-2, Nash 0-3, Mccloud 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Mcdyess, Manning). Turnovers: 11 (Chapman 2, Kidd 2, Robinson 2, Ceballos, Johnson, Manning, Mcdyess, Nash). Steals: 5 (Ceballos, Manning, Mccloud, Nash, Robinson). ____________________________________________ New York 27 34 23 21 - 105 Phoenix 14 21 20 20 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:30 2nd). Phoenix 1 (Robinson, 4:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:04. Officials: Hugh Evans, Bennie Adams, Tom Washington.


GAME RECAP

Patrick Ewing had 19 points and 12 rebounds in just three quarters, leading the New York Knicks to a 105-75 romp over the Phoenix Suns.

Allan Houston scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half, helping the Knicks to a 61-35 lead. New York led by at least 26 points throughout the second half and snapped a seven-game losing streak in Phoenix, last winning there on December 2nd, 1989.

Ewing scored eight points in a 19-6 run that gave the Knicks the lead for good, 20-8, with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter. Houston drained back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 10-0 spurt late in the second quarter, during which New York made 14-of-21 shots from the field (67 percent) and limited Phoenix to 7-of-18 (39 percent).

"We didn't get complacent when we had a big lead. We came out aggressive and stayed aggressive," Ewing said. "It was good to come out and blow them out."

Antonio McDyess scored 19 points and Danny Manning added 16 for the Suns, who suffered their first loss of the season after opening with two home victories.

"They (New York) gave us a good tape to watch on how the game of basketball is supposed to be played," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "I don't think I've seen a team play as intense and as physical as they did from start to finish, maybe ever."

John Starks made 8-of-10 shots from the field and finished with 19 points and seven assists off th ebench. He made three three-pointers as New York connected on 7-of-10 from behind the arc. Phoenix made just 1-of-14 from three-point range.

"They're (Phoenix) a type of team that can blow teams out. But when we're kicking on all cylinders, it's tough for teams to beat us," Starks said.

Ewing scored nine points and Houston added six in the first quarter as the Knicks opened a 27-14 bulge. A three-pointer by Chris Childs capped a 13-4 burst early in the second period, building New York's lead to 42-22 with 6:14 left.

Kevin Johnson sank a free throw to pull Phoenix within 46-30 with 3:36 remaining before the Knicks reeled off the next 10 points.

"They took our hit early and never recovered," Houston said. "We really came out with a purpose. We stepped it up defensively and when that happens, we may not win by 30, but we will be a tough team."

The Knicks controlled the second half, allowing most of the starters to sit for the majority of the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 37 points in the second half.

"Great game, although we did have seven second-half turnovers," joked Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "It's not so much how we played, but I like the fact we were ready and came out in the second half and didn't let up. In the past, we may have let them back in it."

The Suns were just one point better than their previous franchise low at America West Arena -- 74 points against Cleveland on January 14, 1996. Their 30-point defeat was one shy of the team's worst ever at America West Arena -- a 124-93 loss to New Jersey on March 13, 1993.

"I think we just clearly got our butts kicked," said Suns guard Jason Kidd, who had just six points and two assists. "And for us to be a good team in this league, even when you have bad nights, you've gotta pick it up somewhere."

The Suns shot just 35 percent (28-of-79) from the field. Johnson was 2-of-10 and finished with eight points and Steve Nash went 0-for-8 with four points off the bench.

"We really got outplayed in every facet of the game. They beat us early and really set the tone," Johnson said. "I don't look at it as a setback, it's just unfortunate that we got beat the way we did."

Childs and Charles Oakley chipped in 13 points apiece as New York shot 48 percent (43-for-89). Oakley pulled down nine boards to help the Knicks to a 52-37 advantage on the boards.

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