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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 24 23 20 23 90 NEW YORK 21 29 27 16 93 FINAL


DENVER (90) AT NEW YORK (93)

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

BATTIE F 32 7-11 2-3 2 9 11 0 1 0 3 16 NEWMAN F 34 6-13 1-1 0 3 3 4 2 0 3 13 GARRETT C 34 5-8 2-2 2 5 7 0 3 2 0 12 STITH G 39 7-15 3-4 3 2 5 2 1 3 2 18 JACKSON G 32 5-11 3-3 0 0 0 4 1 0 6 14 FORTSON 20 1-8 3-3 5 3 8 2 3 1 3 5 WASHINGTON 13 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 LAUDERDALE 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 GOLDWIRE 26 1-4 3-4 1 1 2 5 1 2 0 6 WOLF 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 WILLIAMS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 17-20 13 23 36 17 20 9 19 90 (.449) (.850) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 26 4-9 2-2 3 1 4 5 4 2 2 10 OAKLEY F 37 3-9 1-3 2 4 6 3 3 3 2 7 EWING C 35 11-16 6-6 3 8 11 1 1 1 5 28 HOUSTON G 34 5-13 0-1 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 10 WARD G 19 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 3 2 5 STARKS 21 5-11 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 15 CHILDS 29 4-6 2-4 1 4 5 11 2 2 3 12 DUDLEY 17 0-2 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 2 MILLS 22 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 2 4 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION B WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 16-22 12 27 39 28 21 13 19 93 (.486) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

DENVER 24 23 20 23 - 90 NEW YORK 21 29 27 16 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - GARRETT. NEW YORK - EWING 2, MILLS 2, OAKLEY, HOUSTON, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 3-9 (.333), BATTIE 0-1, NEWMAN 0-1, STITH 1-3, JACKSON 1-1, WASHINGTON 0-2, GOLDWIRE 1-1. NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 1-2, STARKS 2-5, CHILDS 2-4, MILLS 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - FORTSON. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, DON VADEN, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,763. T - 2:10.


DENVER (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 32 7-11 2-3 2-11 0 1 16 Newman 34 6-13 1-1 0-3 4 2 13 Garrett 34 5-8 2-2 2-7 0 3 12 Stith 39 7-15 3-4 3-5 2 1 18 Jackson 32 5-11 3-3 0-0 4 1 14 Fortson 20 1-8 3-3 5-8 2 3 5 Washington 13 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 Lauderdale 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Goldwire 26 1-4 3-4 1-2 5 1 6 Wolf 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Williams DNP - not with team Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 17-20 13-36 17 20 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Battie 0-1, Newman 0-1, Stith 1-3, Jackson 1-1, Washington 0-2, Goldwire 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Garrett). Turnovers: 20 (Jackson 6, Battie 3, Fortson 3, Newman 3, Stith 2, Lauderdale, Washington). Steals: 9 (Stith 3, Garrett 2, Goldwire 2, Fortson, Wolf).

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 26 4-9 2-2 3-4 5 4 10 Oakley 37 3-9 1-3 2-6 3 3 7 Ewing 35 11-16 6-6 3-11 1 1 28 Houston 34 5-13 0-1 0-1 3 3 10 Ward 19 2-3 0-0 0-3 3 1 5 Starks 21 5-11 3-4 0-1 2 2 15 Childs 29 4-6 2-4 1-5 11 2 12 Dudley 17 0-2 2-2 2-4 0 3 2 Mills 22 2-5 0-0 1-4 0 2 4 Myers DNP - coach's decision B Williams DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 16-22 12-39 28 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 0-3, Ward 1-2, Starks 2-5, Childs 2-4, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Ewing 2, Mills 2, Oakley, Houston, Dudley). Turnovers: 19 (Ewing 5, Childs 3, Johnson 2, Mills 2, Oakley 2, Starks 2, Ward 2, Houston). Steals: 13 (Oakley 3, Ward 3, Childs 2, Johnson 2, Ewing, Houston, Mills). ____________________________________________ Denver 24 23 20 23 - 90 New York 21 29 27 16 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Fortson, 0:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:10. Officials: Bill Oakes, Don Vaden, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Patrick Ewing scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the New York Knicks nearly blew another fourth-quarter lead but survived for a 93-90 victory over the winless Denver Nuggets.

The Knicks, who blew fourth-quarter leads in losses to the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, scored just 16 points while nearly losing to another winless team.

The Nuggets trailed 77-67 after three periods before creeping back into the game. Ewing, who scored 18 points in the first half, pulled down an offensive rebound and hit an off-balance runner in the lane to repel the Nuggets' first burst. His shot extended the lead to 89-84 with just under two minutes left.

But Denver was not finished, closing to 90-88 with 35 seconds left on a three-pointer by rookie Bobby Jackson. Allan Houston answered with a 15-footer 16 seconds later, but Bryant Stith hit a pair from the line with 15 seconds remaining.

"When the opportunities come, I feel I'm always ready for them," said Houston. "We moved the ball around pretty well and the shot was there for me to take. I expect to hit those most of the time."

Chris Childs was intentionally fouled with 12.2 seconds to go and split a pair of free throws, giving the Knicks a 93-90 lead. Jackson chose to drive after being triple-teamed at the arc but was unable to get off a shot.

"We fought back at the end, we didn't quit," said Jackson. "We battled all the way. Things will get better for us. "The big guy came out. I knew time was running out, it was a tough situation."

"I knew they needed a three, so I just stepped out of the lane," Ewing explained. "He's pretty quick, so I just wanted to block his space."

Stith had 18 points and rookie Tony Battie added 16 and 11 rebounds for Denver (0-5), which remained winless along with Philadelphia and Golden State.

Battie scored eight points as the Nuggets charged out to a 18-8 advantage over the first 7 1/2 minutes, but New York used an 11-4 spurt to close within 22-19.

Leading 50-47 at halftime, New York used a 21-11 third-quarter run to build its biggest lead, 71-58, on Charlie Ward's three-pointer with 3:25 left. Ewing and Larry Johnson had six points apiece in the deciding burst, which put the Knicks ahead for good.

John Starks scored all 15 of his points in the first half and Chris Childs added 12 and 11 assists as the Knicks continued their home dominance over Denver with their seventh win in their last eight meetings at Madison Square Garden.

Starks, who had made all 14 of his free throws, went 3-for-4 from the stripe. Houston and Johnson added 10 points each.

"I'm not happy with the way we're playing," Childs remarked. "I don't think anybody in this room is. We're the more experienced team, we should be better than them in the fourth quarter. Then we let them back in the game."

"A win is a win," Houston said. "I don't think Denver was expected to come in here and beat us. But in this league, you don't apologize for any win."

It was the Nuggets' first game without leading scorer Eric Williams, who suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament against the Utah Jazz that likely ended his season. Williams is scheduled for surgery Wednesday, and the Nuggets are expected to activate forward LaPhonso Ellis from the injured list.

The Knicks shot 49 percent (36-of-74) from the field while holding Denver to 45 percent (35-of-78).

New York was the first stop on a four-game road trip that also takes Denver to Boston, Orlando and Miami.

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