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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 28 16 24 30 98 PORTLAND 23 23 14 29 89 FINAL


NEW YORK (98) AT PORTLAND (89)

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

JOHNSON F 39 8-14 8-14 4 1 5 2 1 1 4 25 OAKLEY F 39 5-11 3-3 1 7 8 5 5 1 1 13 DUDLEY C 28 2-7 0-0 7 2 9 1 4 2 1 4 HOUSTON G 37 16-20 1-2 0 4 4 3 3 2 4 34 WARD G 29 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 8 0 1 1 4 MILLS 20 3-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 0 1 7 STARKS 22 1-9 4-4 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 6 CHILDS 19 2-5 1-1 1 1 2 4 4 1 1 5 CUMMINGS 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-79 17-24 15 24 39 26 22 8 16 98 (.494) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 23 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 2 GRANT F 28 4-6 5-5 2 2 4 1 5 0 3 13 SABONIS C 31 4-9 5-5 2 3 5 3 4 0 2 14 RIDER G 39 3-20 8-8 0 4 4 3 4 3 4 14 STOUDAMIRE G 45 9-17 4-8 0 5 5 2 3 3 5 22 CATO 28 4-6 5-6 4 3 7 3 2 0 0 13 WILLIAMS 25 3-8 4-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 11 AUGMON 12 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 0 BRUNSON 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 ASKEW DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - LEFT HIP POINTER

TOTALS 240 28-69 31-36 10 26 36 14 24 6 17 89 (.406) (.861) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

NEW YORK 28 16 24 30 - 98 PORTLAND 23 23 14 29 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - DUDLEY, HOUSTON, WARD, MILLS. PORTLAND - ONEAL, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-11 (.273), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 0-1, MILLS 1-2, STARKS 0-4, CHILDS 0-1. PORTLAND 2-18 (.111), SABONIS 1-3, RIDER 0-8, STOUDAMIRE 0-3, WILLIAMS 1-3, BRUNSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, PORTLAND - RIDER. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, SCOTT FOSTER, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 21,538. T - 2:21.


NEW YORK (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 39 8-14 8-14 4-5 2 1 25 Oakley 39 5-11 3-3 1-8 5 5 13 Dudley 28 2-7 0-0 7-9 1 4 4 Houston 37 16-20 1-2 0-4 3 3 34 Ward 29 2-5 0-0 0-2 8 0 4 Mills 20 3-7 0-0 2-5 1 4 7 Starks 22 1-9 4-4 0-3 2 0 6 Childs 19 2-5 1-1 1-2 4 4 5 Cummings 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-79 17-24 15-39 26 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 0-1, Mills 1-2, Starks 0-4, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Dudley, Houston, Ward, Mills). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 4, Johnson 4, Cummings 2, Childs, Dudley, Mills, Oakley, Starks, Ward). Steals: 8 (Dudley 2, Houston 2, Childs, Johnson, Oakley, Ward).

PORTLAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 23 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 2 2 Grant 28 4-6 5-5 2-4 1 5 13 Sabonis 31 4-9 5-5 2-5 3 4 14 Rider 39 3-20 8-8 0-4 3 4 14 Stoudamire 45 9-17 4-8 0-5 2 3 22 Cato 28 4-6 5-6 4-7 3 2 13 Williams 25 3-8 4-4 1-2 1 0 11 Augmon 12 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Brunson 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Askew DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - left hip pointer _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-69 31-36 10-36 14 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.406, FT-.861. 3-Point Goals: 2-18, .111 (Sabonis 1-3, Rider 0-8, Stoudamire 0-3, Williams 1-3, Brunson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Oneal, Sabonis). Turnovers: 18 (Stoudamire 5, Rider 4, Grant 3, Sabonis 2, Augmon, Oneal, Williams). Steals: 6 (Rider 3, Stoudamire 3). ____________________________________________ New York 28 16 24 30 - 98 Portland 23 23 14 29 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:03 2nd, 3:16 2nd). Portland 1 (Rider, 7:52 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,538. T: 2:21. Officials: Hue Hollins, Scott Foster, Bruce Alexander.


GAME RECAP

Allan Houston matched a season high with 34 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and Larry Johnson added five points in a game-breaking third-quarter run to propel the New York Knicks to a 98-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Houston was 16-of-20 from the field in helping head coach Jeff Van Gundy to his 100th victory. Johnson scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks, who closed a three-game road trip with two wins, never allowed Portland within five points in the final period.

"Allan Houston had a great game tonight," Van Gundy said. "It wasn't 1-on-1 play. We were running Houston off screens and Charlie (Ward) got two easy layups, which helped us get that early lead. We had good looks and we shot a good percentage. Our turnovers were high in first half, which allowed Portland to get back into it.

"What can I say about Houston? He hit 16-of-20 and I think that's pretty good."

Charles Oakley added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Knicks, who won for the fifth time in six games and stopped Portland's six-game home winning streak.

Damon Stoudamire led the way with 22 points for Portland, which lost its second straight after a five-game winning streak. Isaiah Rider and Arvydas Sabonis added 14 points and three assists apiece for the Trail Blazers.

"We also played good defense against Rider," Van Gundy said. "We knew Rider is best at posting up, and we were committed to stopping their post play tonight."

Rider's layup with 7:47 left in the third quarter gave Portland its final lead, 50-48, but the Knicks scored the next nine points and never looked back. Ward started the burst with a layup at 7:31, forging the game's final tie, and Johnson followed with a slam 23 seconds later to give the Knicks the lead for good.

Houston dunked at 6:42 and Johnson capped the spurt with a three-pointer, extending New York's lead to 57-50 with 6:05 remaining in the third. Houston scored 34 points on Sunday against Cleveland.

"We are a defensive-oriented team," Houston said. "I was able to remain aggressive. Tonight, I was able to get it going after I was out for a while. They were aggressive defensively. I got help from some teammates, but they played good defense. I was just in a rhythm. We are the No. 1 team defensively in the league, so it's a team effort to help us on nights like this."

Chris Dudley had nine rebounds, seven offensive, in his first game back to Portland after being traded to the Knicks in the offseason.

"I had a weird feeling coming back here," Dudley said. "It was weird staying at a hotel and I didn't know how to get to the visiting locker room, but I figured it out. It was a good trip for us."

In the final quarter, the Trail Blazers were within five points with 10:33 left, and got as close as six with 77 seconds left. But New York made all eight of its free throws at the end of the game to seal matters.

Kelvin Cato added seven rebounds for Portland, which shot 41 percent (28-of-69) from the field including a 3-of-20 effort from Rider. Rider and Stoudamire combined to miss all 11 of their three-point attempts as the Trail Blazers were a dismal 2-of-18 from long range but were 31-of-36 (86 percent) from the foul line.

"We had open looks and didn't hit them," Stoudamire said. "They executed and played good D. Even though Pat (Ewing) is not there, they may be playing harder. They are a good, determined team. We did not withstand any of their challenges. We need to start a new streak and not be concerned about Kenny (Anderson and Boston) coming in on Sunday. The focus should be the game; I hope you all don't hype that up."

"I think overall, they outplayed us," Rider said. "We wanted it, but they played better. It was a rough night personally, but we have to turn it around for Boston."

The Knicks shot 49 percent (39-of-79) behind Houston, but with no help from reserve guard John Starks, who misfired on eight of his nine shots, including all four three-pointers, and ended up with six points.

Portland forward Rasheed Wallace sat out with a left hip pointer. Wallace was the only Trail Blazer to have played in and started every game this season, and had played in 87 straight games since January 31st of last season. Brian Grant started in his place and scored 13 points.

"They executed and were very physical," Grant said. "We are vulnerable and still learning to play with each other. I hope everything is normal on Sunday."

Newly acquired Terry Cummings played seven minutes in his Knicks debut and did not score.

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