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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 23 20 28 20 91 NEW YORK 23 24 22 23 92 FINAL


SEATTLE (91) AT NEW YORK (92)

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

SCHREMPF F 39 9-14 4-4 3 10 13 3 2 0 1 23 BAKER F 34 5-10 4-4 0 5 5 2 5 1 5 14 MCILVAINE C 14 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 4 HAWKINS G 37 7-16 3-3 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 19 PAYTON G 40 3-12 0-0 2 3 5 9 1 3 1 7 PERKINS 27 3-3 4-4 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 10 ELLIS 30 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 3 10 WILLIAMS 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 WINGATE 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 ANTHONY 8 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 15-15 9 26 35 21 26 4 17 91 (.486) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 39 7-16 5-6 2 7 9 1 2 0 2 20 OAKLEY F 31 3-8 2-2 2 5 7 2 2 1 1 8 DUDLEY C 14 1-2 0-0 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 2 HOUSTON G 37 7-15 4-4 0 1 1 4 3 1 0 19 WARD G 28 4-10 1-2 2 2 4 4 3 1 0 11 MILLS 18 3-6 2-4 3 1 4 1 4 1 4 8 B WILLIAMS 24 2-4 2-2 4 5 9 0 2 0 1 6 CHILDS 20 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 5 3 1 0 3 STARKS 29 5-15 2-4 1 0 1 5 1 0 1 15 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 18-24 16 25 41 22 20 5 9 92 (.413) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(15 PTS)

SEATTLE 23 20 28 20 - 91 NEW YORK 23 24 22 23 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCILVAINE, WILLIAMS. NEW YORK - JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-16 (.250), SCHREMPF 1-1, HAWKINS 2-6, PAYTON 1-5, ELLIS 0-3, ANTHONY 0-1. NEW YORK 8-23 (.348), JOHNSON 1-3, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 2-5, MILLS 0-2, CHILDS 1-2, STARKS 3-9. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, TED BERNHARDT, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


SEATTLE (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 39 9-14 4-4 3-13 3 2 23 Baker 34 5-10 4-4 0-5 2 5 14 Mcilvaine 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 6 4 Hawkins 37 7-16 3-3 2-4 2 2 19 Payton 40 3-12 0-0 2-5 9 1 7 Perkins 27 3-3 4-4 0-1 2 3 10 Ellis 30 5-9 0-0 1-3 1 4 10 Williams 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Wingate 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Anthony 8 1-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Howard DNP - coach's decision Snow DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 15-15 9-35 21 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Schrempf 1-1, Hawkins 2-6, Payton 1-5, Ellis 0-3, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Mcilvaine, Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Baker 5, Ellis 3, Anthony 2, Perkins 2, Mcilvaine, Payton, Schrempf, Williams, Wingate). Steals: 4 (Payton 3, Baker).

NEW YORK (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 39 7-16 5-6 2-9 1 2 20 Oakley 31 3-8 2-2 2-7 2 2 8 Dudley 14 1-2 0-0 2-6 0 0 2 Houston 37 7-15 4-4 0-1 4 3 19 Ward 28 4-10 1-2 2-4 4 3 11 Mills 18 3-6 2-4 3-4 1 4 8 B Williams 24 2-4 2-2 4-9 0 2 6 Childs 20 1-4 0-0 0-0 5 3 3 Starks 29 5-15 2-4 1-1 5 1 15 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 18-24 16-41 22 20 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Johnson 1-3, Houston 1-2, Ward 2-5, Mills 0-2, Childs 1-2, Starks 3-9). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Johnson). Turnovers: 10 (Mills 4, Johnson 2, B Williams, Oakley, Starks). Steals: 5 (Childs, Houston, Mills, Oakley, Ward). ____________________________________________ Seattle 23 20 28 20 - 91 New York 23 24 22 23 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Streaky John Starks scored 10 of the Knicks' last 12 points before missing a pair of crucial free throws in the final seconds, but New York held on and snapped the Seattle SuperSonics' eight-game winning streak with a 92-91 victory.

New York trailed, 83-80, before Starks took over with 4:17 left. He scored all of the Knicks' points until a pair of free throws by Larry Johnson gave them a 92-91 lead with 1:17 to go.

The Sonics, who also had an eight-game road winning streak halted, had several chances to go ahead, but Dale Ellis failed to connect on three good looks at the basket around Gary Payton's missed runner in the lane. Payton was held to seven points on 3-of-12 shooting by Allan Houston.

"Tonight we had to get three stops to get out of here with a win against a great team," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "It's good to win. It would have been hard to work that hard tonight and not get a win."

"We thought one of them (Ellis' shots) was going to go in," Payton said. "Nine times out of 10 he's going to hit that last one. Dale got held all the way through the play."

Starks had a chance to give New York a three-point lead with 17 seconds remaining after he was fouled by Detlef Schrempf, but missed two free throws.

Johnson, who missed the potential tying free throw in the closing seconds of the Knicks' one-point loss to the Bulls on Friday, scored 20 points. Houston added 19 and Starks netted 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter.

It was New York's third straight one-point game. Two days before the heartbreaker to Chicago, the Knicks posted an 89-88 win over the Nets.

"It's (close games) good for us," Starks said. "I think it's good because these are the types of games that you have to win in the playoffs, close games. I think it is going to make us a tough team, knowing that we are going to be in a fight every night. We're fighting for our life."

Johnson had 13 points and Houston had eight -- six in a 15-6 burst to close out the first half and give New York a 47-43 lead at the break. Chris Mills added seven first-half points for the Knicks, who committed just two turnovers to Seattle's 10 over the first 24 minutes.

Schrempf led the Sonics back in the third quarter, scoring 11 of his 23 points to give Seattle a 71-69 edge after three. The SuperSonics, the NBA's best three-point shooting team at just under 40 percent, missed all six efforts from behind the arc in the first half before sinking three in the third.

Ellis scored all 10 of his points in the first seven minutes of the fourth. The league's best three-point shooter had hit 25 of his last 31 from behind the arc before missing on all three attempts against New York. Seattle was 15-of-15 from the line but just 4-of-16 from three-point range.

It looked like the Sonics would continue their road success when a basket by Schrempf gave them an 85-82 advantage with 3:44 left.

But Starks caught fire, hitting a pair of three-pointers with the shot clock winding down around a bucket by Seattle's Vin Baker to give New York a 88-87 lead with 2:19 to go. Baker and Starks traded baskets before Baker hit a short jumper to put Seattle on top for the last time, 91-90 with 1:43 remaining.

Charles Oakley's work on the offensive glass spurred the Knicks. After Charlie Ward missed a three-pointer, Oakley snatched the rebound from a crowd of Sonics. He missed the follow, but Johnson was fouled going for the loose ball and hit the crucial free throws.

With under a minute left, Ellis missed an open look at a three-pointer, then stepped on the end line driving to the basket to turn it over. Starks traveled, but Hersey Hawkins' shot was blocked before Payton missed with 2.4 seconds left. The Sonics got one last inbounds pass after the ball went out of bounds off a New York player, but Ellis' eight-footer at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

"It (the last play) was designed perfect," said Ellis. "It was a nice look at the basket. We just didn't play well. We haven't had many close games."

"We must be living right, because we weren't going to get beat inside again," Van Gundy said. "He (Ellis) had a good look and he missed."

Ward had 11 points for New York, which improved to 5-4 without All-Star center Patrick Ewing and ended the Sonics' four-game winning streak at Madison Square Garden. Johnson and Buck Williams each grabbed nine rebounds, offsetting a season-high 13 boards by Schrempf, as the Knicks held a 41-35 edge on the backboards. New York shot just 41 percent (33-of-80) from the field but committed only nine turnovers.

Hawkins had 19 points, Baker 14 and Sam Perkins 10 for Seattle, which suffered its first road loss to the Knicks since December 8th, 1992.

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