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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 14 21 32 24 91 NEW YORK 12 26 21 30 89 FINAL


ATLANTA (91) AT NEW YORK (89)

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

LAETTNER F 43 7-14 2-2 4 5 9 2 3 3 7 16 CORBIN F 44 4-10 2-2 1 5 6 3 2 1 1 10 MUTOMBO C 14 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 SMITH G 46 14-22 6-6 2 1 3 2 3 1 4 35 RECASNER G 43 6-15 8-8 0 5 5 4 4 1 1 21 ANDERSON 12 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 0 2 HENDERSON 28 2-6 3-7 5 5 10 1 2 1 0 7 BROWN 6 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 LIVINGSTON 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-72 21-25 14 27 41 13 22 8 16 91 (.472) (.840) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(14 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 38 5-12 5-6 7 5 12 4 2 0 2 15 OAKLEY F 37 4-12 0-0 3 3 6 0 3 1 0 8 DUDLEY C 14 1-4 2-4 3 1 4 0 3 0 2 4 HOUSTON G 26 4-11 2-3 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 12 WARD G 18 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 4 1 0 4 5 STARKS 33 11-16 6-8 1 2 3 2 1 1 3 34 B WILLIAMS 24 2-3 4-4 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 8 CHILDS 28 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 10 4 2 2 0 MILLS 22 1-7 0-2 2 5 7 2 1 1 2 3 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-74 19-27 18 21 39 22 22 5 16 89 (.405) (.704) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

ATLANTA 14 21 32 24 - 91 NEW YORK 12 26 21 30 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - LAETTNER, MUTOMBO, ANDERSON. NEW YORK - DUDLEY 2, B WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 2-10 (.200), LAETTNER 0-1, CORBIN 0-1, SMITH 1-4, RECASNER 1-4. NEW YORK 10-15 (.667), HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 1-2, STARKS 6-8, MILLS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMIE WOOD, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 19,763. T - 2:23.


ATLANTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Laettner 43 7-14 2-2 4-9 2 3 16 Corbin 44 4-10 2-2 1-6 3 2 10 Mutombo 14 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 5 0 Smith 46 14-22 6-6 2-3 2 3 35 Recasner 43 6-15 8-8 0-5 4 4 21 Anderson 12 1-1 0-0 1-5 1 1 2 Henderson 28 2-6 3-7 5-10 1 2 7 Brown 6 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Livingston 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-72 21-25 14-41 13 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Laettner 0-1, Corbin 0-1, Smith 1-4, Recasner 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Laettner, Mutombo, Anderson). Turnovers: 17 (Laettner 7, Smith 4, Mutombo 2, Brown, Corbin, Recasner). Steals: 8 (Laettner 3, Corbin, Henderson, Livingston, Recasner, Smith).

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 38 5-12 5-6 7-12 4 2 15 Oakley 37 4-12 0-0 3-6 0 3 8 Dudley 14 1-4 2-4 3-4 0 3 4 Houston 26 4-11 2-3 0-0 0 3 12 Ward 18 2-6 0-0 1-2 4 1 5 Starks 33 11-16 6-8 1-3 2 1 34 B Williams 24 2-3 4-4 1-3 0 4 8 Childs 28 0-3 0-0 0-2 10 4 0 Mills 22 1-7 0-2 2-7 2 1 3 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 19-27 18-39 22 22 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 10-15, .667 (Houston 2-3, Ward 1-2, Starks 6-8, Mills 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Dudley 2, B Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Ward 4, Starks 3, Childs 2, Dudley 2, Johnson 2, Mills 2, Houston). Steals: 5 (Childs 2, Mills, Oakley, Starks). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 14 21 32 24 - 91 New York 12 26 21 30 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:23. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommie Wood, Mike Callahan.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith matched his season high with 35 points, including a leaner in the lane with 2.6 seconds left that ruined a late comeback by the New York Knicks and lifted the Atlanta Hawks to a 91-89 victory.

Smith's game-winner came after the Knicks forged an 89-89 tie with five points in a span of 3.5 seconds. Trailing 89-84 after a pair of free throws by Tyrone Corbin with 22 seconds to play, John Starks was fouled while shooting an airball three-pointer with 13.8 to go.

Starks made the first two, but the third clanged off the back rim and was tapped back to Allan Houston, who nailed a three-pointer from the left wing with 10.3 seconds to go. Atlanta called for time, and Smith, who had six of the Hawks' last eight points, split the double-team and won the game with a 10-footer.

"I tried to get open, but they sent two people and I couldn't get off the double team," Smith said. "I tried to split them and when I split them, I got closer to the basket. When I was closer to the basket, I just tried to put it up and it went in for me."

Eldridge Recasner added a season-high 21 points and Christian Laettner chipped in 16 and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who have won four in a row following a seven-game losing streak. Atlanta played without starting point guard Mookie Blaylock.

Starks scored 14 of his season-high 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Knicks, whose last four games have been decided by a total of five points. He hit 11-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-point range.

"To lose on a tough shot by one of the best players in the league is tough because we needed to win," Starks said. "We didn't need to lose this game."

Larry Johnson netted 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds and Chris Childs had 10 assists for New York, which has alternated wins and losses in its last 13 games, including 11 without injured All-Star center Patrick Ewing.

Smith countered Starks' performance, hitting 14-of-22 from the field and scoring 17 points in the third quarter as the Hawks built a 12-point lead.

"He (Smith) is a very emotional player," said Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens. "He gets excited and pumps himself up and pumps the team up. He did a great job. When he gets going like that he believes he can make every shot."

The Knicks trailed 67-59 after three quarters before reeling off the first 10 points of the fourth period. Starks started the run with back-to-back three-pointers and Johnson hit consecutive baskets, giving the Knicks a 69-67 edge just 1:45 into the session.

Atlanta fought back to take the lead and push it to 75-71 on a layup by Corbin, but Starks answered, hitting twice in a row from behind the arc to put New York ahead by two points.

Corbin finished with 10 points and six boards and reserve Alan Henderson added seven and 10 for the Hawks, who avenged an early-season blowout. Atlanta was handed its first loss of the season when the Knicks visited and snapped the Hawks' 11-game winning streak with a 100-79 victory.

"I think we had hit the bottom," Recasner said. "Once you lose seven in a row you have to reach down and find something, and I think we came together a lot more as a team."

The Hawks held a 41-39 rebounding edge and each team had 16 turnovers in an evenly played game. New York was outshot from the floor, 47 percent (34-of-72) to 40 percent (30-of-74), but made up for it from three-point range, where it drained 10-of-15 shots.

The difference was at the line, where the Hawks sank 21-of-25 for a sparkling 84 percent while the Knicks managed 70 percent on 19-of-27.

Atlanta led 14-12 after a first quarter in which the teams combined to shoot just 11-of-40 from the field.

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