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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 19 22 22 18 81 MIAMI 19 27 14 22 82 FINAL


Box Score

NEW YORK (81) AT MIAMI (82)

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

MILLS F 34 5-12 3-3 1 6 7 5 3 1 0 13 OAKLEY F 36 6-13 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 1 3 12 CUMMINGS C 25 2-9 0-0 1 7 8 2 4 2 1 4 HOUSTON G 35 6-14 8-9 1 4 5 0 4 1 4 21 WARD G 32 4-9 0-0 0 5 5 6 3 1 1 9 B WILLIAMS 13 1-2 0-0 3 0 3 0 6 0 0 2 H WILLIAMS 14 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 CHILDS 27 4-8 1-1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 10 STARKS 23 2-8 4-6 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 8 BOWIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 16-19 8 34 42 17 29 6 11 81 (.392) (.842) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

MAJERLE F 34 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 9 BROWN F 25 6-10 0-1 4 6 10 0 6 1 0 12 MOURNING C 45 5-12 12-18 1 12 13 1 4 0 5 22 LENARD G 39 3-11 5-7 0 3 3 7 2 2 1 12 HARDAWAY G 41 7-17 6-8 0 7 7 5 3 0 4 21 STRICKLAND 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 ASKINS 21 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 MILLS 13 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 MURDOCK 16 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-70 23-34 5 38 43 15 25 5 12 82 (.386) (.676) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(4 PTS)

NEW YORK 19 22 22 18 - 81 MIAMI 19 27 14 22 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CUMMINGS. MIAMI - MOURNING 3, ASKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), MILLS 0-2, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-1, STARKS 0-3. MIAMI 5-23 (.217), MAJERLE 3-7, LENARD 1-7, HARDAWAY 1-4, ASKINS 0-2, MILLS 0-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - B WILLIAMS, MIAMI - MOURNING. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, BOB DELANEY, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 15,200. T - 2:41.


Agate Box Score

NEW YORK (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 34 5-12 3-3 1-7 5 3 13 Oakley 36 6-13 0-0 2-7 1 4 12 Cummings 25 2-9 0-0 1-8 2 4 4 Houston 35 6-14 8-9 1-5 0 4 21 Ward 32 4-9 0-0 0-5 6 3 9 B Williams 13 1-2 0-0 3-3 0 6 2 H Williams 14 1-4 0-0 0-4 0 0 2 Childs 27 4-8 1-1 0-0 1 2 10 Starks 23 2-8 4-6 0-3 2 3 8 Bowie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Johnson DNP - sprained left ankle Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 16-19 8-42 17 29 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mills 0-2, Houston 1-2, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-1, Starks 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Cummings). Turnovers: 13 (Houston 4, Oakley 3, Starks 2, Cummings, Ward). Steals: 6 (Cummings 2, Houston, Mills, Oakley, Ward).

MIAMI (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 34 3-8 0-0 0-3 1 2 9 Brown 25 6-10 0-1 4-10 0 6 12 Mourning 45 5-12 12-18 1-13 1 4 22 Lenard 39 3-11 5-7 0-3 7 2 12 Hardaway 41 7-17 6-8 0-7 5 3 21 Strickland 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Askins 21 0-3 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Mills 13 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Murdock 16 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Barry DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-70 23-34 5-43 15 25 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 5-23, .217 (Majerle 3-7, Lenard 1-7, Hardaway 1-4, Askins 0-2, Mills 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 3, Askins). Turnovers: 12 (Mourning 5, Hardaway 4, Lenard, Mills, Murdock). Steals: 5 (Lenard 2, Brown, Majerle, Mills). ____________________________________________ New York 19 22 22 18 - 81 Miami 19 27 14 22 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (B Williams, 5:18 4th). Miami 1 (Mourning, 0:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:41. Officials: Hugh Evans, Bob Delaney, Leroy Richardson.


Game Recap

Tim Hardaway made a go-ahead scoop layup with 44 seconds left and the Miami Heat held on for a controversial 82-81 victory over the New York Knicks, who fell into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Hardaway scored six of his 21 points in the final two minutes, including a driving scoop shot that gave Miami an 82-81 lead, its only advantage of the final period. But the Heat appeared to get some help from the referees in the final seconds.

Allan Houston, who led the Knicks with 21 points, was called for traveling with 28 seconds left, although he may have been pushed from behind. Miami's Dan Majerle missed a three-pointer with five seconds left and New York called timeout.

The inbounds pass went to Chris Mills, who quickly spun to the left baseline for a floater that sailed over the rim. Charles Oakley grabbed the offensive rebound, but his follow shot hit the back of the rim and bounced out. Houston followed that miss and appeared to beat the buzzer with a short banker. However, referee Bob Delaney waved off the hoop, touching off an argument from New York coach Jeff Van Gundy and nearly all of the Knicks.

"The shot was good," Knicks guard Chris Childs said. "You all know it, they know it, the Heat know it, the referees know, NBC knows it and the world knows it. The shot was good. But nobody had the courage to say it was good."

"Anytime there's a controversial play we always huddle and decide," senior official Hugh Evans said. "There was not a difference of opinion."

Van Gundy did not get a satisfactory explanation from Evans, and Heat coach Pat Riley understood his colleague's position.

"The referees said nothing to me. They were stoic," Van Gundy said. "There are no finer referees that Hugh or Bob. Hugh knew it was good but he couldn't overrule Bob. It seems every time we come down here, bad things happen."

"I don't officiate and if they paid me $10 million to officiate, I won't officiate," Riley said.

Struggling to make the playoffs, the Knicks could not contain their frustration.

"Everybody thought (and) said it wasn't close," Houston said. "Everything is piling up on us. We needed this win and it was taken away from us. ... It was not a judgment call, it was either good or not, and that's very disappointing."

"Tim Hardaway made a great shot and we made a great shot. Ours didn't count," Van Gundy added. "These referees are some of the best in the league. They're just trying to do the best job they can. The hard thing is, they can make up mistakes throughout the game, because you have time. In this situation, there's no time to make up the call."

Alonzo Mourning totaled 22 points and 13 rebounds and P.J. Brown added 12 and 10 before fouling out for the Heat (55-24), who are one-half game behind the Indiana Pacers (55-23) for the second-best record in the East.

"Every time we play them, we have our hands full," Mourning said. "That was the longest four seconds I have ever been through in my career. They had three shots and a couple of tips. How can that happen in four seconds?"

Mills scored 13 points and Oakley 12 for the Knicks (42-37), who fell one-half game behind the New Jersey Nets (42-36). The eighth-place team faces the two-time defending champion Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs and the seventh-place team draws Miami.

The Heat, who lost at New York on Wednesday, gained a split of the four-game series. The Knicks were without forward Larry Johnson, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. The game had 17 ties and 18 lead changes.

"I think obviously in the four games we have played, this is about as close as you're going to get to equality," Riley said.

"If we meet them in the playoffs, it will be a war," Hardaway said. "I'm not going to (kid) you, they have our number."

Hardaway scored the Heat's last six points. He made a jumper to pull Miami into a 78-78 tie with 1:57 left. Childs responded with a three-pointer 22 seconds later, but Hardaway scored again with 1:26 to go, cutting the deficit to 81-80.

The Knicks trailed by five points at halftime and 50-43 with 10:59 left in the third quarter on a jumper by Terry Mills, his only basket of the game. But Mills scored six points and Oakley four in a 10-1 burst, with Mills giving New York a 53-51 lead with 4:53 remaining in the period. The Knicks led 63-60 after three quarters.

Voshon Lenard scored 12 points for the Heat, who shot under 39 percent (27-of-70) from the field, including 5-of-23 from behind the arc. Miami got just six points from its bench and missed 11 of 34 free throws.

Childs contributed 10 points and Charlie Ward added nine and six assists for the Knicks, who shot barely 39 percent (31-of-79) and were edged on the boards, 43-42. New York was 16-of-19 from the line.

Hardaway, who shot 6-of-22 in Wednesday's loss, scored seven points in the first quarter, which ended in a 19-19 tie. The teams were tied 40-40 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter before Majerle made a pair of three-pointers around a free throw by Childs, giving Miami a 46-41 halftime lead.

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