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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 31 18 9 6 88 NEW YORK 28 14 21 19 7 89 FINAL IN 1ST OT


NEW JERSEY (88) AT NEW YORK (89) - FINAL IN OT

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

VAN HORN F 46 4-14 2-3 1 8 9 2 3 0 2 12 GILL F 40 2-11 4-4 0 4 4 1 3 5 2 8 J WILLIAMS C 36 1-2 7-8 4 8 12 0 4 1 0 9 CASSELL G 42 11-26 11-14 2 2 4 4 5 2 6 34 KITTLES G 46 4-19 2-2 3 3 6 3 0 3 1 12 BENOIT 13 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 2 DOUGLAS 21 4-9 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 10 EDWARDS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 CAGE 17 0-1 1-2 3 5 8 2 2 0 0 1 DARE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 27-86 29-35 16 34 50 12 20 13 12 88 (.314) (.829) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

MILLS F 36 3-14 4-4 2 5 7 2 2 0 0 10 JOHNSON F 37 9-19 6-9 4 6 10 3 6 2 3 24 OAKLEY C 28 3-7 0-0 3 7 10 0 2 1 1 6 HOUSTON G 48 7-19 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 1 4 16 WARD G 41 4-7 1-2 1 7 8 5 6 1 5 11 CHILDS 30 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 1 6 6 STARKS 17 4-9 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 9 B WILLIAMS 28 2-5 3-4 4 5 9 0 4 0 0 7 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 265 35-86 15-21 17 40 57 17 27 6 19 89 (.407) (.714) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(12 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 31 18 9 6 - 88 NEW YORK 28 14 21 19 7 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - CAGE 2, CASSELL, KITTLES. NEW YORK - B WILLIAMS 2, WARD 2, HOUSTON, OAKLEY, JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-15 (.333), VAN HORN 2-3, GILL 0-4, CASSELL 1-5, KITTLES 2-3. NEW YORK 4-16 (.250), MILLS 0-2, JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 2-4, CHILDS 0-2, STARKS 0-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - B WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, MARK WUNDERLICH, JIM CAPERS. A - 19,763. T - 2:41.


NEW JERSEY (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Van Horn 46 4-14 2-3 1-9 2 3 12 Gill 40 2-11 4-4 0-4 1 3 8 J Williams 36 1-2 7-8 4-12 0 4 9 Cassell 42 11-26 11-14 2-4 4 5 34 Kittles 46 4-19 2-2 3-6 3 0 12 Benoit 13 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Douglas 21 4-9 2-2 2-3 0 1 10 Edwards 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cage 17 0-1 1-2 3-8 2 2 1 Dare DNP - coach's decision Harris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 27-86 29-35 16-50 12 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.314, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Van Horn 2-3, Gill 0-4, Cassell 1-5, Kittles 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Cage 2, Cassell, Kittles). Turnovers: 12 (Cassell 6, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Douglas, Kittles). Steals: 13 (Gill 5, Kittles 3, Cassell 2, Douglas, Edwards, J Williams).

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 36 3-14 4-4 2-7 2 2 10 Johnson 37 9-19 6-9 4-10 3 6 24 Oakley 28 3-7 0-0 3-10 0 2 6 Houston 48 7-19 0-0 2-7 1 2 16 Ward 41 4-7 1-2 1-8 5 6 11 Childs 30 3-6 0-0 0-3 4 3 6 Starks 17 4-9 1-2 1-3 2 2 9 B Williams 28 2-5 3-4 4-9 0 4 7 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-86 15-21 17-57 17 27 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Mills 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Houston 2-3, Ward 2-4, Childs 0-2, Starks 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (B Williams 2, Ward 2, Houston, Oakley, Johnson). Turnovers: 19 (Childs 6, Ward 5, Houston 4, Johnson 3, Oakley). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Childs, Houston, Oakley, Ward). _________________________________________________ New Jersey 24 31 18 9 6 - 88 New York 28 14 21 19 7 - 89 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (B Williams, 7:07 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:41. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Mark Wunderlich, Jim Capers.


GAME RECAP

Former Net Chris Childs hit an acrobatic layup with 6.3 seconds left in overtime after Allan Houston hit the tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, lifting the New York Knicks to an 89-88 victory over New Jersey.

Guarded by Sam Cassell at the top of the key, Childs drove straight into the lane, did a 360-degree spin to his left at the foul line, then scooped the ball in under Nets' center Jayson Williams, who darted across the lane in an attempt to stop him.

"They were dancing on our court (earlier), and that didn't sit too well with any of us," Childs said. "I hadn't played particularly well, so there wasn't a better time to make something happen. I know I missed six or seven straight shots, so it was in the back of my mind."

Houston hit a 26-footer over Kendall Gill with 7.7 seconds to go in the fourth quarter and scored New York's other five points in overtime to spoil a career-high 34-point effort by Cassell.

"Those two three-pointers (Houston's) were very big shots," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "Courage is one thing, to take to take it. But very few people make big shots. He took them with great confidence."

The game-winner was the first bucket since late in the first quarter for Childs, who finished with six points. Larry Johnson had 24 points before fouling out midway through the overtime and Houston added 16. Charlie Ward added 11 as the Knicks avoided falling behind New Jersey in the Atlantic Division standings.

The Knicks held the Nets scoreless for the remainder of regulation after Jayson Williams dunked with 3:34 to go, making it 82-77. Buck Williams hit a basket to pull New York within three points 17 seconds later before Houston forged the tie. The Nets made a mere 11 shots through the second half and overtime.

New York, which has been in search of a go-to player in the final minutes since Patrick Ewing went down for the season, may have found one in Houston, who had a key bucket down the stretch in Saturday's win over the Magic.

The Knicks improved to 4-3 without Ewing and broke a three-game losing streak against the Nets, who beat New York at the Continental Airlines Arena on Friday, 103-98.

New York led 28-24 after one period and took a 41-35 edge after Charles Oakley's basket with 5:09 to go, but the Nets turned the game around with a 20-0 run. Gill scored six points, Cassell had five and rookie Keith Van Horn added five in the lengthy burst, which Cassell capped from behind the arc with 2:05 remaining to give New Jersey a 55-41 cushion.

"We're not guys who usually stop playing," Houston said. "We were in a daze. There were enough things that we did notice. We knew we had to come out with some kind of pride."

Van Horn, who torched the Knicks for 29 points on Friday, was held to just 12 on 4-of-14 shooting for New Jersey, which hit just 31 percent (27-of-86) of its shots and was outrebounded, 57-50.

A free throw by John Starks, who played only 17 minutes due to a leg injury, pulled the Knicks to within 55-42 at the break.

Johnson's fast-break lay-in with 9:56 to go in the third quarter snapped a seven-minute scoring drought for New York, which closed within 60-54 on a fast-break dunk by Chris Mills with 5:03 to go. The Nets countered with a 10-5 run and went on to take a 73-63 lead after three.

Johnson, who hit 9-of-19 shots from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, hit a bucket with 7:06 left to slice the margin to 76-74. Sherman Douglas converted a driving layup and Cassell sank two free throws to boost the Nets' lead back to six points.

But it was nearly all New York from there in regulation, as Johnson drained a three-pointer to halve the deficit before the Knicks forced the tie by scoring five of the next seven points.

The Knicks hit just 41 percent (35-of-86) of their shots and committed 19 turnovers, but stepped it up defensively when necessary, limiting New Jersey to 15 points over the fourth quarter and overtime.

Jayson Williams, who took just two shots from the field and was held to nine points, gave the Nets the initial lead in overtime on a free throw 42 seconds in. Houston put New York ahead by one when he lured Gill up top before slicing to the hoop with 2:38 to play. Cassell gave the Nets what was the biggest lead in the extra period with four straight points before Houston nailed another three-pointer with 1:19 to play.

Cassell was fouled and hit 1-of-2 free throws with 48 seconds to play before the Knicks missed two shots and grabbed two offensive rebounds on their final possession, leading to Childs' one-on-one effort to win the game.

"I would like some help (with the scoring load late in the game)," Cassell said. "I don't mind giving the ball up. I'd like someone to take the pressure off me. I don't want it every night. Michael Jordan don't want it every night."

Cassell put up a last-second leaner for the Nets, but his shot was blocked by Childs and Houston, who hammered Cassell's left shoulder and left him writhing on the Madison Square Garden floor as the buzzer sounded.

"It was a good no-call if you ask me," Houston said of the final play. "He's great at drawing fouls. There were a lot of times in the fourth quarter he made it happen. He made the play."

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