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NBA MIAMI 80 NEW YORK 83 FINAL


Box Score

MIAMI (80) AT NEW YORK (83)

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

MAJERLE F 29 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 2 2 BROWN F 28 5-6 1-2 3 9 12 1 4 1 0 11 MOURNING C 44 9-17 8-13 1 7 8 2 1 1 2 26 LENARD G 30 3-9 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 3 9 HARDAWAY G 46 6-22 3-4 0 2 2 11 4 0 3 16 ASKINS 24 3-5 0-0 0 5 5 2 6 1 2 9 MURDOCK 18 0-3 3-4 1 0 1 5 2 2 1 3 STRICKLAND 18 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 4 CONLON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-72 17-25 8 33 41 24 27 5 15 80 (.403) (.680) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

MILLS F 34 2-10 1-1 2 5 7 3 2 0 0 5 JOHNSON F 33 1-6 8-8 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 10 OAKLEY C 40 7-13 0-0 4 9 13 3 4 1 1 14 HOUSTON G 42 11-21 6-10 0 10 10 4 3 2 3 29 WARD G 21 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 3 CUMMINGS 17 1-7 0-0 4 3 7 1 3 1 1 2 STARKS 24 2-10 2-2 1 4 5 3 2 3 3 7 CHILDS 27 4-8 5-5 0 1 1 3 4 0 1 13 H WILLIAMS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-79 22-26 12 35 47 21 23 7 12 83 (.367) (.846) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

MIAMI 17 16 31 16 - 80 NEW YORK 19 25 24 15 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - BROWN, MOURNING. NEW YORK - MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-17 (.294), MAJERLE 0-4, LENARD 1-4, HARDAWAY 1-3, ASKINS 3-5, MURDOCK 0-1. NEW YORK 3-16 (.188), MILLS 0-1, HOUSTON 1-5, WARD 1-3, STARKS 1-6, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM CLARK, TED BERNHARDT. A - 19,763. T - 2:25.


Agate Box Score

MIAMI (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 29 1-5 0-0 0-4 0 2 2 Brown 28 5-6 1-2 3-12 1 4 11 Mourning 44 9-17 8-13 1-8 2 1 26 Lenard 30 3-9 2-2 1-3 2 3 9 Hardaway 46 6-22 3-4 0-2 11 4 16 Askins 24 3-5 0-0 0-5 2 6 9 Murdock 18 0-3 3-4 1-1 5 2 3 Strickland 18 2-5 0-0 2-6 1 3 4 Conlon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Barry DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mills DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 17-25 8-41 24 27 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Majerle 0-4, Lenard 1-4, Hardaway 1-3, Askins 3-5, Murdock 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Brown, Mourning). Turnovers: 15 (Hardaway 3, Lenard 3, Askins 2, Majerle 2, Mourning 2, Conlon, Murdock, Strickland). Steals: 5 (Murdock 2, Askins, Brown, Mourning).

NEW YORK (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 34 2-10 1-1 2-7 3 2 5 Johnson 33 1-6 8-8 1-1 0 4 10 Oakley 40 7-13 0-0 4-13 3 4 14 Houston 42 11-21 6-10 0-10 4 3 29 Ward 21 1-4 0-0 0-3 4 1 3 Cummings 17 1-7 0-0 4-7 1 3 2 Starks 24 2-10 2-2 1-5 3 2 7 Childs 27 4-8 5-5 0-1 3 4 13 H Williams 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 22-26 12-47 21 23 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Mills 0-1, Houston 1-5, Ward 1-3, Starks 1-6, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 1 (Mills). Turnovers: 12 (Houston 3, Starks 3, Johnson 2, Childs, Cummings, Oakley, Ward). Steals: 7 (Starks 3, Houston 2, Cummings, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Miami 17 16 31 16 - 80 New York 19 25 24 15 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:25. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Ted Bernhardt.


Game Recap

Allan Houston had 29 points and a season-high 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak and held onto seventh place in the Eastern Conference with an 83-80 victory over the Miami Heat.

Charles Oakley -- allowed to play when NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Rod Thorn rescinded a flagrant foul called against him in Tuesday's loss at Atlanta -- added 14 points.

Chris Childs chipped in 13 for the Knicks, who had lost five of their previous six games and would have fallen percentage points behind the New Jersey Nets for seventh place had they lost.

"This is the most urgent we've played all year," Houston said. "We played aggressively and with passion, but with discipline, especially on the defensive end."

Alonzo Mourning scored 26 points for the Heat, who have dropped back-to-back games and fell one-half game behind Indiana in the race for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Trailing by three points with 17 seconds left, Miami failed to get off a shot and fell to 2-20 all-time in regular-season games at Madison Square Garden.

"We stepped up to their shooters," Childs said. "You can't let a guy just pick you and give up a three. It was the best defensive series we played all year. For you to play defense for 17 seconds and for them not to get a shot off, that's New York Knicks basketball."

New York took control midway through the second quarter. After a dunk by Mark Strickland pulled Miami into a 23-23 tie with 7:55 left in the half, the Knicks reeled off a 16-3 spurt, while holding the Heat without a basket for over five minutes. Larry Johnson scored six points in the run -- all from the foul line -- as New York hit all nine free throws and opened a 39-26 cushion on a jumper by Childs with 3:24 remaining in the period.

New York held Miami to just 12-of-36 shooting in the first half in building a 44-33 lead. But Mourning scored 14 points in the third before Keith Askins buried a pair of three-pointers to close the period, bringing the Heat within 68-64 entering the final quarter.

Mourning opened the fourth with a bucket to make it a two-point game, but Childs capped a 9-2 burst with a steal and three-point play as the Knicks rebuilt a 77-68 advantage with 8:23 to play. Miami promptly responded by scoring the next eight points to slice the deficit to 77-76 on Mourning's turnaround jumper with 3:54 to go.

"In the first half, their defense was up and into us," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We simply didn't play well. In the second half, we were much better -- cut, moved a lot better, ran, got the ball to 'Zo (Mourning)."

Oakley hit a jumper and Houston made one free throw to push the lead to 80-76 with 3:05 left. But the Heat got jumpers from Voshon Lenard and Tim Hardaway around a pair of foul shots from Houston to make it 82-80 with 1:47 remaining.

After Houston and Lenard traded misses, Hardaway forced a turnover to give Miami the ball with 33 seconds to go. But on the other end, he threw up a terrible shot that skidded across the top of the backboard.

Houston made one free throw with 18 seconds left, and after a timeout, Miami brought the ball upcourt. But despite having four three-point shooters on the floor, the Heat were unable to get a shot off, as the buzzer sounded with Lenard trying to force up a desperation shot.

"Not to give up a shot, I think, is a great stop," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Allan had a great close-out (on Lenard), it was a great stop."

"I just didn't get it off," said Hardaway, who was forced to pass the ball to Lenard. "Good defense. The last two times down the court they played good defense."

Johnson scored 10 points and Oakley grabbed 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot only 37 percent (29-of-79) from the field but held a 47-41 rebounding advantage. Houston was just 6-of-10 from the line, but the rest of the team combined to go 16-of-16.

Hardaway had 16 points and 11 assists and P.J. Brown had 11 points and 12 boards for the Heat, who shot 40 percent (29-of-72).

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