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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 24 28 15 24 91 NEW YORK 31 19 20 29 99 FINAL


CHARLOTTE (91) AT NEW YORK (99)

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

RICE F 37 3-13 6-6 1 2 3 4 2 3 3 12 MASON F 38 5-12 2-2 3 6 9 5 3 1 3 12 GEIGER C 25 5-11 2-2 5 4 9 0 1 1 2 12 ROYAL G 19 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 4 WESLEY G 34 3-8 5-8 1 3 4 4 3 1 2 13 MAXWELL 30 8-12 3-6 0 4 4 0 4 0 0 22 ARMSTRONG 14 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 4 REID 23 1-1 4-6 2 1 3 1 4 1 1 6 WILLIAMS 20 2-6 2-3 4 1 5 0 2 1 1 6 BECK DNP - PULLED LEFT GROIN FARMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRAYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-73 24-33 17 23 40 18 22 8 12 91 (.425) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

MILLS F 37 4-8 3-4 2 2 4 3 4 1 2 11 OAKLEY F 43 5-13 2-2 2 13 15 8 2 1 1 12 DUDLEY C 28 3-6 0-0 4 4 8 0 3 0 0 6 HOUSTON G 40 8-17 5-7 1 4 5 5 2 0 3 21 WARD G 24 4-7 2-3 0 1 1 4 2 0 2 12 STARKS 29 11-19 3-3 1 1 2 1 4 0 2 26 H WILLIAMS 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 CHILDS 24 3-3 1-2 1 0 1 2 2 2 3 9 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - TENDINITIS LEFT ANKLE THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION B WILLIAMS DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 39-76 16-21 11 26 37 24 21 4 13 99 (.513) (.762) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 24 28 15 24 - 91 NEW YORK 31 19 20 29 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - GEIGER. NEW YORK - H WILLIAMS 3, MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 5-10 (.500), RICE 0-3, WESLEY 2-3, MAXWELL 3-4. NEW YORK 5-13 (.385), HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 2-4, STARKS 1-5, CHILDS 2-2. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - REID. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:09.


CHARLOTTE (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 37 3-13 6-6 1-3 4 2 12 Mason 38 5-12 2-2 3-9 5 3 12 Geiger 25 5-11 2-2 5-9 0 1 12 Royal 19 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 Wesley 34 3-8 5-8 1-4 4 3 13 Maxwell 30 8-12 3-6 0-4 0 4 22 Armstrong 14 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 0 4 Reid 23 1-1 4-6 2-3 1 4 6 Williams 20 2-6 2-3 4-5 0 2 6 Beck DNP - pulled left groin Farmer DNP - coach's decision Grayer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 24-33 17-40 18 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Rice 0-3, Wesley 2-3, Maxwell 3-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Geiger). Turnovers: 14 (Mason 3, Rice 3, Geiger 2, Wesley 2, Reid, Williams). Steals: 8 (Rice 3, Geiger, Mason, Reid, Wesley, Williams).

NEW YORK (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 37 4-8 3-4 2-4 3 4 11 Oakley 43 5-13 2-2 2-15 8 2 12 Dudley 28 3-6 0-0 4-8 0 3 6 Houston 40 8-17 5-7 1-5 5 2 21 Ward 24 4-7 2-3 0-1 4 2 12 Starks 29 11-19 3-3 1-2 1 4 26 H Williams 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Childs 24 3-3 1-2 1-1 2 2 9 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - tendinitis left ankle Thompson DNP - coach's decision B Williams DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 16-21 11-37 24 21 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Houston 0-2, Ward 2-4, Starks 1-5, Childs 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (H Williams 3, Mills). Turnovers: 14 (Childs 3, Houston 3, Mills 2, Starks 2, Ward 2, Oakley). Steals: 4 (Childs 2, Mills, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 24 28 15 24 - 91 New York 31 19 20 29 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Reid, 1:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:09. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

John Starks scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks again shut down Glen Rice in a 99-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Starks fueled a 12-3 burst that gave the Knicks control. After the Hornets cut the deficit to 95-91 in the final minute, he added a runner and a pair of free throws to seal New York's third win in as many games against Charlotte this season.

"When he gets it in him to put the ball on the floor he is a very dangerous player," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He worked to get open jumpers and shot extremely well."

Rice, an All-Star who has tormented the Knicks with his shooting in the past, was held to 12 points. He missed 10 of his first 11 shots and has shot just 3-of-13 from the field in all three games against New York this season.

"They were doing a pretty good job of double-teaming us and their rotation was on the money," Rice said. "In previous years they pretty much would let be go 1-on-1. Now, they throw two or three guys at me and they're really not giving me a chance. They're not really giving me a chance to look at the bucket the way I want to."

Charlotte forward Anthony Mason, a former Knick and New York native, received a polite greeting with scattered boos from the Madison Square Garden crowd. Over All-Star Weekend, Mason was arrested in New York on three counts of third-degree rape.

"I expected it," Mason said. "I came out here and did my job and the New York fans always supported me. I didn't expect it to be any different. I definitely made me feel good. I appreciate their support and hope they continue to stand by me."

"My prayers go out to him and his family," Starks said. "I feel for the whole situation. I don't think he was distracted tonight, I thought he played pretty well."

A three-pointer by Vernon Maxwell, who scored 22 points, pulled the Hornets within 83-81 with 6 1/2 minutes to play. But Starks scored five points in the decisive burst. He had a hoop before adding a three-point play with 2:28 left that gave the Knicks a 94-84 lead with 2:28 to go. Chris Childs added a free throw 19 seconds later to cap the run.

David Wesley made a three-pointer and Rice finally found the range with consecutive jumpers that cut the deficit to 95-91 with 37 seconds left. The Hornets elected to not to foul and the Knicks worked the shot clock until Starks made a runner in the lane with 14 seconds remaining.

Charlotte was called for a five-second violation on the ensuing inbounds play and Starks added two free throws to seal just the second win in the last seven games for the Knicks.

Allan Houston scored 21 points and Charlie Ward added 12 for the Knicks, who played without forward Larry Johnson, who sat out with tendinitis in his left ankle. Chris Mills started in his place and teamed with Houston to help limit Rice, who entered the game averaging 22.2 points per game, seventh in the league.

"You have to have special rules for him," Houston said. "We usually stay consistent with our defense, but with a guy like that, you have to change certain things. We have enough quickness on this team to be able to get out on shooters like Rice."

"We just didn't let him get it started," Starks said. "The key with guys like that is to contain him early so he can't get hot. We send guys out on the double-team on him constantly."

Charles Oakley had 12 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for New York, which shot 51 percent (39-of-76) from the field.

Wesley scored 13 points and Mason and Matt Geiger added 12 and nine rebounds apiece for the Hornets, who had won six of their last seven games prior to the break. Charlotte shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73) and held a 40-37 rebounding edge.

"I'm dissapointed," Hornets coach Dave Cowens said. "We had a lot of open shots. We just couldn't get any of those shots to fall. We had a lot of good looks."

The Knicks, who blew a 10-point first-quarter advantage, took the lead for good at 68-67 with 1:21 left in the third quarter on two free throws by Oakley. Ward added a basket 38 seconds later.

Ward had two three-pointers in a 12-2 run that gave the Knicks a 25-18 lead with 3:16 left in the first quarter. Houston scored 13 points in the period, which ended with New York holding a 31-24 lead.

A banker by Starks expanded the lead to 38-28 before Maxwell had seven points in a 14-2 spurt, including a corner jumper that gave the Hornets the lead at 42-40 with 5:06 left in the second quarter. Charlotte led 52-50 at halftime.

"I haven't seen Vernon in a while, but once he gets going, he can be difficult to contain," Starks said.

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