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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 20 16 27 21 84 ORLANDO 23 21 11 24 79 FINAL


NEW YORK (84) AT ORLANDO (79)

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

JOHNSON F 42 10-16 4-4 0 4 4 2 3 2 2 26 OAKLEY F 18 1-6 0-0 0 5 5 1 5 1 2 2 B WILLIAMS C 34 1-4 1-2 5 5 10 0 2 1 3 3 HOUSTON G 33 4-12 7-8 0 2 2 6 5 0 3 16 WARD G 20 4-6 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 1 2 9 MILLS 22 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 6 CHILDS 27 3-8 0-0 2 2 4 3 5 1 0 6 DUDLEY 14 0-1 0-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 STARKS 29 7-12 1-3 0 6 6 6 2 5 1 16 H WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-71 13-21 10 27 37 24 27 11 17 84 (.465) (.619) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 29 3-5 3-6 3 2 5 0 5 0 2 9 GRANT F 42 5-12 0-0 3 5 8 2 1 1 1 10 SEIKALY C 34 2-6 5-6 3 5 8 2 3 0 5 9 D HARPER G 33 6-13 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 15 PRICE G 26 3-10 4-4 1 0 1 4 2 0 3 10 WILKINS 14 1-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 EVANS 31 5-12 5-6 1 7 8 1 3 2 4 16 ARMSTRONG 23 0-5 6-7 0 3 3 5 2 1 2 6 SCHAYES 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 ROYAL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-69 25-31 12 23 35 16 22 5 19 79 (.362) (.806) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

NEW YORK 20 16 27 21 - 84 ORLANDO 23 21 11 24 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD 2, B WILLIAMS 2, DUDLEY. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 3, SEIKALY, D HARPER, EVANS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-8 (.625), JOHNSON 2-2, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-2, STARKS 1-2. ORLANDO 4-17 (.235), SEIKALY 0-1, D HARPER 3-7, PRICE 0-2, WILKINS 0-1, EVANS 1-3, ARMSTRONG 0-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DUDLEY, MILLS, ORLANDO - OUTLAW, PRICE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, BLANE REICHELT, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,248. T - 2:30.


NEW YORK (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 42 10-16 4-4 0-4 2 3 26 Oakley 18 1-6 0-0 0-5 1 5 2 B Williams 34 1-4 1-2 5-10 0 2 3 Houston 33 4-12 7-8 0-2 6 5 16 Ward 20 4-6 0-0 1-2 4 0 9 Mills 22 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 Childs 27 3-8 0-0 2-4 3 5 6 Dudley 14 0-1 0-2 2-3 0 3 0 Starks 29 7-12 1-3 0-6 6 2 16 H Williams 1 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Grandison DNP - coach's decision Myers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-71 13-21 10-37 24 27 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Johnson 2-2, Houston 1-2, Ward 1-2, Starks 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Ward 2, B Williams 2, Dudley). Turnovers: 19 (B Williams 3, Houston 3, Mills 3, Johnson 2, Oakley 2, Ward 2, Dudley, Starks). Steals: 11 (Starks 5, Johnson 2, B Williams, Childs, Oakley, Ward).

ORLANDO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 29 3-5 3-6 3-5 0 5 9 Grant 42 5-12 0-0 3-8 2 1 10 Seikaly 34 2-6 5-6 3-8 2 3 9 D Harper 33 6-13 0-0 1-2 2 2 15 Price 26 3-10 4-4 1-1 4 2 10 Wilkins 14 1-5 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 Evans 31 5-12 5-6 1-8 1 3 16 Armstrong 23 0-5 6-7 0-3 5 2 6 Schayes 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Royal 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Lawson DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-69 25-31 12-35 16 22 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.362, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Seikaly 0-1, D Harper 3-7, Price 0-2, Wilkins 0-1, Evans 1-3, Armstrong 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Outlaw 3, Seikaly, D Harper, Evans). Turnovers: 19 (Seikaly 5, Evans 4, Price 3, Armstrong 2, Outlaw 2, D Harper, Grant, Royal). Steals: 5 (Evans 2, Armstrong, D Harper, Grant). ____________________________________________ New York 20 16 27 21 - 84 Orlando 23 21 11 24 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Illegal Defense, 11:49 4th; Dudley, 7:52 4th; Mills, 7:43 4th). Orlando 2 (Outlaw, 8:39 3rd; Price, 7:07 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Orlando 1 (D Harper, 7:52 4th). A: 17,248. T: 2:30. Officials: Jim Clark, Blane Reichelt, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Larry Johnson scored 26 points and combined with Allan Houston on 10 of the final 12 to lead the New York Knicks to an 84-79 victory over the slumping Orlando Magic.

Johnson had 15 points in the second half as the Knicks held Orlando to a season-low 11 points in the third quarter and took control with an 11-3 run.

After the Magic reeled off 10 straight points to pull within 72-69 with 5:31 remaining, Johnson and Houston each scored five points to end the threat.

Ironically, the Knicks avoided their penchant for fourth-quarter collapses without their best player, center Patrick Ewing, who is out for the season with torn ligaments in his wrist.

"I thought everyone played really, really hard," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "This is what we really need to do. We want to win some more on the road."

Houston netted 16 points and Buck Williams had 10 rebounds and controlled Miami center Rony Seikaly, holding him to nine points on 2-of-6 shooting. New York had won just one of its last eight games on the road.

"This is a sign of the times and we are just going to have to keep fighting through it," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "If we get that one guy offensively on a given night, we have a shot to win. When Rony gets six shots and nine points our offense is really struggling."

Rookie Brian Evans established season highs with 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals and former Knick Derek Harper added 15 points for Orlando, which meets the Knicks again on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Mark Price scored eight of his 10 points in the first quarter to pace the Magic to a 23-20 lead. Johnson, who came within a point of tying his season high set back on November 12th, kept New York in it with 11 points.

Johnson was shut out in the second quarter as the Magic opened a 44-36 halftime lead. Chris Childs, who voiced his displeasure after being pulled in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Toronto, had six points at the break.

"He (Johnson) got us off to a pretty good start," said Van Gundy. "Then we sort of lost track of him. Then I thought they made a conscious effort getting him the ball."

"We knew it was going to be a tight, hard-fought game," said Price. "Anytime you play New York it is. We played well in the first half. They got the momentum in the second half and we never seemed to really get it back."

Johnson jump-started the Knicks in the third quarter, sinking a jumper to open the second half. Houston followed with a dunk to slice the margin to four before Orlando's Bo Outlaw bumped it back to six with a dunk of his own. Johnson then drilled a 20-footer to spark a 6-0 run that forged a 46-46 tie with 7:10 left in the period.

"I thought we played pretty good in the third quarter," Van Gundy said. "I thought Charlie (Ward) did a good job; I thought Buck did good throughout the whole game. We came out with great energy. Our guys did really good, they rebounded, they competed they were terrific."

The Magic pulled ahead once again, but John Starks sank a nine-footer that pulled New York even at 51-51 and ignited an 11-3 burst. Ward capped the surge with a bucket with 35 seconds left in the third, putting the Knicks ahead 63-55 after three quarters. Johnson, who hit 10-of-16 shots from the field, had six points in the go-ahead burst.

Starks contributed 16 points, six rebounds and six assists off the bench for the Knicks, who shot 46 percent (33-of-71) from the field but sank just 13-of-21 from the line.

"I wanted to come out there and play with a lot of energy," Starks said. "That is my game and I didn't think I had that in the first half. I just tried to pick it up and everything started to flow."

New York took its biggest lead, 70-56, on a bucket by Chris Mills with nine minutes left, but the Magic were not done. Harper touched off a 10-0 run by burying a three-pointer, then mixed it up with New York center Chris Dudley.

Swinging at the ball after Dudley grabbed a rebound, Harper inadvertently connected with Dudley's nose, breaking it. He was charged with a flagrant foul, but Dudley apparently retaliated and earned a technical of his own.

New York missed its foul shot but Evans hit the technical to pull Orlando within 72-63. When Horace Grant hit a layup and Evans and Darrell Armstrong sank buckets to close the gap to 72-69, it looked like the Knicks were following a familiar pattern of blowing fourth-quarter leads.

But Johnson and Houston answered by scoring all of their fourth-quarter points to turn away the Magic, who managed just 35 points in the second half.

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