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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 18 22 15 23 78 NEW YORK 24 19 22 20 85 FINAL


ORLANDO (78) AT NEW YORK (85)

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

OUTLAW F 45 2-6 1-2 5 2 7 4 5 0 2 5 GRANT F 40 3-11 2-2 1 12 13 2 0 1 1 8 SCHAYES C 17 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 ANDERSON G 32 10-20 1-4 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 25 D HARPER G 35 1-8 2-3 0 1 1 5 1 1 2 4 STRONG 30 8-13 0-0 3 5 8 0 0 1 0 16 OLLIE 14 0-4 6-6 1 2 3 1 2 0 3 6 WILKINS 16 2-5 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 BENOIT 11 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 9 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A HARDAWAY DNP - LEFT CALF STRAIN LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-78 13-19 13 27 40 16 15 4 11 78 (.385) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

MILLS F 37 4-13 1-2 3 5 8 1 1 0 0 9 JOHNSON F 34 9-14 0-0 4 5 9 1 2 0 1 19 OAKLEY C 40 4-11 1-2 5 8 13 2 1 4 3 9 HOUSTON G 34 5-12 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 0 2 12 WARD G 33 2-5 5-5 0 4 4 10 1 3 3 10 STARKS 25 3-8 5-6 0 5 5 1 3 2 1 12 CUMMINGS 22 6-12 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 12 THOMPSON 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 2 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHILDS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-78 12-15 13 36 49 21 15 10 12 85 (.436) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

ORLANDO 18 22 15 23 - 78 NEW YORK 24 19 22 20 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - ANDERSON. NEW YORK - HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 5-17 (.294), ANDERSON 4-8, D HARPER 0-5, WILKINS 0-1, BENOIT 1-3. NEW YORK 5-17 (.294), MILLS 0-2, JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 2-5, WARD 1-1, STARKS 1-5, THOMPSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, SCOTT FOSTER, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,763. T - 2:05.


ORLANDO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 45 2-6 1-2 5-7 4 5 5 Grant 40 3-11 2-2 1-13 2 0 8 Schayes 17 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Anderson 32 10-20 1-4 1-3 0 3 25 D Harper 35 1-8 2-3 0-1 5 1 4 Strong 30 8-13 0-0 3-8 0 0 16 Ollie 14 0-4 6-6 1-3 1 2 6 Wilkins 16 2-5 1-2 0-0 2 2 5 Benoit 11 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 1 9 Edwards DNP - coach's decision A Hardaway DNP - left calf strain Lawson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 13-19 13-40 16 15 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Anderson 4-8, D Harper 0-5, Wilkins 0-1, Benoit 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Anderson). Turnovers: 11 (Ollie 3, Anderson 2, D Harper 2, Outlaw 2, Grant, Schayes). Steals: 4 (D Harper, Grant, Schayes, Strong).

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 37 4-13 1-2 3-8 1 1 9 Johnson 34 9-14 0-0 4-9 1 2 19 Oakley 40 4-11 1-2 5-13 2 1 9 Houston 34 5-12 0-0 0-5 3 3 12 Ward 33 2-5 5-5 0-4 10 1 10 Starks 25 3-8 5-6 0-5 1 3 12 Cummings 22 6-12 0-0 1-4 0 3 12 Thompson 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Childs DNP - sprained left ankle Davis DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 12-15 13-49 21 15 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Mills 0-2, Johnson 1-2, Houston 2-5, Ward 1-1, Starks 1-5, Thompson 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Houston). Turnovers: 13 (Oakley 3, Ward 3, Houston 2, Cummings, Johnson, Starks, Thompson). Steals: 10 (Oakley 4, Ward 3, Starks 2, Cummings). ____________________________________________ Orlando 18 22 15 23 - 78 New York 24 19 22 20 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 1:35 2nd, 8:04 3rd, 3:37 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:05. Officials: Jack Nies, Scott Foster, Violet Palmer.


GAME RECAP

Larry Johnson led five scorers in double figures with 19 points as the New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic, 85-78, to sweep the series between the teams for the first time in nine seasons.

John Starks, Allan Houston and Terry Cummings had 12 points apiece, Charlie Ward 10 and 10 assists and Charles Oakley 13 rebounds for New York, which has won seven of its last eight games against the Magic and snapped a three-game losing streak overall.

"We're a little banged up, so we have to try and hold the fort until we get some guys back and get the best possible playoff seeding," Johnson said. "We need to have a presence inside, especially with Patrick (Ewing) gone. I've done that before with Charlotte, so I'm confident with that type of role."

Nick Anderson scored 25 points, Derek Strong 16 and Horace Grant 13 rebounds for Orlando, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Magic are 2-6 in their last eight trips to Madison Square Garden.

Both teams struggled with their outside shooting, as each attempted 78 shots from the field. The Magic hit 30 of their attempts and the Knicks 34. Each team also shot just 5-for-17 from three-point range, but New York won the rebounding battle, 49-40.

Anderson, who had 13 points in the first quarter, scored the Magic's first six points to help them open a 6-2 lead. New York tied the game at 6-6 at 8:35 following a layup by Johnson.

"Our loss column is crucial if we want to make the playoffs," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said. "We have 20 games left, and we have a very difficult schedule to try to make it, but we'll give it our best shot. The guys work hard but we're still a little short. Maybe we'll get (Penny) Hardaway (out with a calf strain) or Mark Price (out with a torn ligament in his left thumb) back. Hardaway is not very close, but Price may come back."

The score was tied for the third and final time in the first quarter after Anderson connected on a three-pointer to make it 13-13 with 5:22 left. On the Knicks' next trip down the floor, Houston answered with a three-pointer to give New York a 16-13 lead, one it wouldn't relinquish.

Although Orlando outscored the Knicks 22-19 in the second quarter, Anderson was held without a point as New York held a 43-40 lead at the break.

Ward had the hot hand for the Knicks in the third quarter, scoring all 10 of his points. His three-point play off a drive triggered a 12-3 run to open the second half. Ward had eight points during the spurt, and Johnson capped it with a runner in the lane to give New York a 55-43 lead at the 7:45 mark.

"I don't care how many minutes I play," Ward said. "I'm just happy to be here. I can score, but that's not what I'm here for. That's not my game. It really doesn't matter how you get there, as long as you win."

"I think when he first came to us he had not been able to play basketball full time," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said about Ward. "He knew what to do, but his skill wasn't equal to his knowledge of the game. Now, as his skills are getting better, it's starting to match his intelligence as a player."

The Knicks opened up their biggest lead of the third quarter at 65-51 on a three-pointer by Starks with two minutes left.

New York was able to maintain its double-digit lead through the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, and a follow shot by Chris Mills with 4:48 left gave the Knicks a 76-62 lead.

The Magic then reeled off six straight points on a jumper by Derek Harper and two free throws and a scoop shot by Horace Grant, cutting the lead to 76-68 with 3:22 remaining.

A dunk by David Benoit and three-pointer by Anderson drew Orlando within 78-73 with 1:28 left, but the Magic were forced to foul down the stretch, and Starks converted five free throws to help the Knicks maintain the lead.

"It's a good win for us," Starks said. "We needed to stop the bleeding and get started on a good trend. We had a well-balanced game. We knew we playing a team we had beaten three times and that they would come out hard. But we came out just as hard and did a good job."

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