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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 30 30 28 25 113 NEW YORK 19 24 30 33 106 FINAL


WASHINGTON (113) AT NEW YORK (106)

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

WEBBER F 44 10-18 5-7 1 10 11 7 4 1 1 26 HOWARD F 44 10-17 6-7 1 3 4 4 4 1 4 26 DAVIS C 34 3-5 2-2 2 7 9 1 2 2 0 8 CHEANEY G 43 8-10 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 2 0 16 STRICKLAND G 33 7-13 7-14 1 1 2 6 4 2 3 21 WHITNEY 15 2-3 4-6 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 9 T MURRAY 22 3-7 0-1 3 2 5 3 1 1 0 7 WALLACE 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LEGLER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EACKLES DNP - NOT WITH TEAM GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-74 24-37 9 29 38 28 21 9 8 113 (.581) (.649) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 41 10-19 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 22 OAKLEY F 28 2-8 0-0 3 5 8 2 3 0 1 4 B WILLIAMS C 28 5-6 5-7 2 5 7 0 1 0 3 15 HOUSTON G 33 4-9 3-4 1 4 5 3 2 0 2 11 WARD G 18 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 1 2 6 STARKS 25 8-14 4-5 0 1 1 4 3 0 2 24 MILLS 32 5-11 4-4 2 5 7 1 6 1 0 15 CHILDS 31 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 9 6 0 1 9 DUDLEY 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-80 18-24 9 26 35 25 26 2 13 106 (.500) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

WASHINGTON 30 30 28 25 - 113 NEW YORK 19 24 30 33 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER 2, WHITNEY. NEW YORK - MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-8 (.375), WEBBER 1-5, WHITNEY 1-2, T MURRAY 1-1. NEW YORK 8-19 (.421), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 1-4, STARKS 4-6, MILLS 1-3, CHILDS 1-3. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER, NEW YORK - DELAY, STARKS. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,763. T - 2:18.


WASHINGTON (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 44 10-18 5-7 1-11 7 4 26 Howard 44 10-17 6-7 1-4 4 4 26 Davis 34 3-5 2-2 2-9 1 2 8 Cheaney 43 8-10 0-0 1-5 4 4 16 Strickland 33 7-13 7-14 1-2 6 4 21 Whitney 15 2-3 4-6 0-1 3 1 9 T Murray 22 3-7 0-1 3-5 3 1 7 Wallace 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Legler 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eackles DNP - not with team Grant DNP - coach's decision Ham DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-74 24-37 9-38 28 21 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.581, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Webber 1-5, Whitney 1-2, T Murray 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber 2, Whitney). Turnovers: 10 (Howard 4, Strickland 3, Webber). Steals: 9 (Cheaney 2, Davis 2, Strickland 2, Howard, T Murray, Webber).

NEW YORK (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 41 10-19 1-2 1-3 2 2 22 Oakley 28 2-8 0-0 3-8 2 3 4 B Williams 28 5-6 5-7 2-7 0 1 15 Houston 33 4-9 3-4 1-5 3 2 11 Ward 18 2-5 1-2 0-2 4 2 6 Starks 25 8-14 4-5 0-1 4 3 24 Mills 32 5-11 4-4 2-7 1 6 15 Childs 31 4-8 0-0 0-1 9 6 9 Dudley 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Grandison DNP - coach's decision Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-80 18-24 9-35 25 26 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 0-2, Ward 1-4, Starks 4-6, Mills 1-3, Childs 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Mills). Turnovers: 13 (B Williams 3, Houston 2, Starks 2, Ward 2, Childs, Dudley, Johnson, Oakley). Steals: 2 (Mills, Ward). ____________________________________________ Washington 30 30 28 25 - 113 New York 19 24 30 33 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Webber, 3:05 4th). New York 2 (Delay, 2:58 3rd; Starks, 2:16 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:18. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Chris Webber and Juwan Howard scored 26 points apiece as the Washington Wizards built a 20-point lead and held on for a 113-106 victory over the New York Knicks, their first at Madison Square Garden in nearly seven years.

Webber added 11 rebounds and seven assists. He scored 17 points in the first half, when Washington shot 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from the field and opened a 60-43 lead. Webber has led the team in scoring in five of its last six games.

"It was a very satisfying win," Webber said. "It's a small part of our goal. We want to be a very good team. And it's a start to beat teams like New York. It's just another step."

Former Knick Rod Strickland added 21 points for the Wizards, who ended a 14-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden dating to January 31st, 1991. Washington had lost six in a row and 21 of 22 overall to New York.

"We have been playing well," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff, whose club has won nine of 12 to move above .500 (18-17). "Anytime you win on the road, and especially in the Garden, it is supreme. Our guys did a guys job and I hope it serves as an incentive to keep rolling."

John Starks scored 24 points and Larry Johnson added 22 for the Knicks, who pulled within three points in the final minute but fell to 3-3 without injured All-Star center Patrick Ewing, who is out for the season. New York lost for the first time in 10 games when scoring 100 points and allowed a season high.

"Mentally, it put the people at ease, not having Ewing there," Webber said. "But you still have to be cautious, because they're very talented. You know these guys can light up at any time."

The Wizards held a 19-17 lead with 4:26 to play in the opening period before Strickland and Calbert Cheaney scored four points each in an 11-2 spurt that closed the quarter and opened a 30-19 lead. Webber scored eight points in the period.

Two free throws by Buck Williams cut the deficit to 42-34 with 6:06 left in the second quarter before Washington scored seven points in under a minute. Webber had a three-point play and Cheaney made a jumper to boost the advantage to 49-34 with 5:08 remaining.

"We have to come out and initiate, be the aggressor and come out and jump on teams early," Knicks guard Chris Childs said. "We can't spot teams 14- and 15-point leads. With the depth and height they have, once our big guys got in foul trouble, we were fighting an uphill battle."

The Knicks shot just 39 percent (14-of-36) and trailed 60-43 at halftime. It got worse in the third quarter, as Howard's hoop midway through the period built the lead to 76-56.

New York trailed 88-73 after three quarters but began the fourth period with a 13-6 burst. Starks made two three-pointers, the second cutting the deficit to 94-86 with 6:58 to play.

Washington scored nine of the next 12 points, rebuilding the lead to 103-89 on a banker by Strickland with 4:39 to go. But Starks, Johnson and Childs scored five points apiece in a 17-6 surge that pulled New York within 109-106 with 28 seconds left.

After Strickland missed two free throws and Childs made a jumper to cap the run and make it a three-point game, the Knicks nearly forced a backcourt violation. But Howard was fouled and made a pair, and Chris Whitney added two more after Starks missed badly on a three-pointer.

"We came out and played hard and matched their intensity," said Strickland said. "We also knew they would make a run, so we had to keep our composure. We are a confident team and I think that this was a big win, because we are trying to improve and get better and get some games over .500."

Cheaney scored 16 points and Whitney added nine for the Wizards, who shot 58 percent (43-of-74) overall to overcome 13 missed free throws in 37 attempts. Strickland was just 7-of-14 from the line. Washington is one of five teams making less than 70 percent of its foul shots.

Williams and Chris Mills scored 15 points each and Allan Houston added 11 for the Knicks, who shot 50 percent (40-of-80) and were outrebounded, 38-35. Childs had nine points and nine assists.

"We gave them too many early looks," Williams said. "We were not playing as aggressive as we are capable of playing. The game was there. We played one good half and it almost was good enough to win the basketball game. They made shots I haven't seen them make in a while."

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