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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 26 33 16 29 104 NEW YORK 23 24 23 32 102 FINAL


Box Score

WASHINGTON (104) AT NEW YORK (102)

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

WEBBER F 42 7-13 3-8 1 4 5 6 3 1 1 19 HOWARD F 43 7-12 4-9 4 11 15 3 4 2 4 18 WALLACE C 34 3-4 2-8 4 5 9 1 2 1 0 8 CHEANEY G 20 3-7 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 8 WHITNEY G 32 5-11 2-2 1 2 3 7 5 0 4 15 T MURRAY 29 9-14 7-7 0 2 2 1 5 2 1 27 HAM 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 SHAMMGOD 18 1-5 3-4 0 0 0 7 1 2 5 5 DAVIS 9 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 EACKLES 9 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 2 GRANT DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE STRICKLAND DNP - TORN LEFT QUADRICEP

TOTALS 240 37-71 23-40 12 30 42 26 28 8 18 104 (.521) (.575) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

MILLS F 18 2-5 3-3 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 7 JOHNSON F 22 4-12 6-7 5 2 7 1 2 0 0 14 OAKLEY C 33 4-9 0-0 2 8 10 2 5 0 3 8 HOUSTON G 44 9-19 4-5 0 3 3 3 2 1 4 23 WARD G 35 3-7 4-4 1 1 2 5 1 4 3 11 CUMMINGS 20 5-9 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 12 STARKS 21 3-9 7-7 2 1 3 1 6 1 3 14 CHILDS 24 1-3 4-4 1 2 3 6 3 3 1 6 B WILLIAMS 23 3-7 1-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 7 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 34-80 31-34 13 24 37 19 29 9 15 102 (.425) (.912) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

WASHINGTON 26 33 16 29 - 104 NEW YORK 23 24 23 32 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WALLACE 4, WEBBER 2. NEW YORK - MILLS, WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 7-12 (.583), WEBBER 2-3, WHITNEY 3-4, T MURRAY 2-3, SHAMMGOD 0-1, EACKLES 0-1. NEW YORK 3-12 (.250), JOHNSON 0-1, OAKLEY 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 1-2, STARKS 1-4, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - CHEANEY. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, BLANE REICHELT. A - 19,763. T - 2:27.


Agate Box Score

WASHINGTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 42 7-13 3-8 1-5 6 3 19 Howard 43 7-12 4-9 4-15 3 4 18 Wallace 34 3-4 2-8 4-9 1 2 8 Cheaney 20 3-7 2-2 0-2 1 4 8 Whitney 32 5-11 2-2 1-3 7 5 15 T Murray 29 9-14 7-7 0-2 1 5 27 Ham 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Shammgod 18 1-5 3-4 0-0 7 1 5 Davis 9 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 0 2 Eackles 9 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Grant DNP - sprained left ankle Strickland DNP - torn left quadricep _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 23-40 12-42 26 28 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.575. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Webber 2-3, Whitney 3-4, T Murray 2-3, Shammgod 0-1, Eackles 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 4, Webber 2). Turnovers: 18 (Shammgod 5, Howard 4, Whitney 4, Eackles 2, Cheaney, T Murray, Webber). Steals: 8 (Howard 2, Shammgod 2, T Murray 2, Wallace, Webber).

NEW YORK (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 18 2-5 3-3 0-2 1 4 7 Johnson 22 4-12 6-7 5-7 1 2 14 Oakley 33 4-9 0-0 2-10 2 5 8 Houston 44 9-19 4-5 0-3 3 2 23 Ward 35 3-7 4-4 1-2 5 1 11 Cummings 20 5-9 2-2 1-2 0 2 12 Starks 21 3-9 7-7 2-3 1 6 14 Childs 24 1-3 4-4 1-3 6 3 6 B Williams 23 3-7 1-2 1-5 0 4 7 Bowie DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 31-34 13-37 19 29 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.912. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Johnson 0-1, Oakley 0-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 1-2, Starks 1-4, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Mills, Ward). Turnovers: 15 (Houston 4, Oakley 3, Starks 3, Ward 3, Childs, Cummings). Steals: 9 (Ward 4, Childs 3, Houston, Starks). ____________________________________________ Washington 26 33 16 29 - 104 New York 23 24 23 32 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Cheaney, 6:18 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:27. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Blane Reichelt.


Game Recap

The Washington Wizards staved off elimination from the playoff race as Tracy Murray scored 27 points and Chris Whitney buried a pair of back-breaking three-pointers in the fourth quarter in a 104-102 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Wizards (39-40) moved within 2 1/2 games of the Knicks (42-38), who are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have just three games remaining but own the 3-1 season series edge over both the Knicks and New Jersey Nets, who are one-half game ahead of New York.

"We're trying to make the playoffs. If we don't, the goal is not accomplished," Murray said. "With everything that we've been through this year, that would be a positive thing. So we just need to keep pushing and hope some other teams lose."

Chris Webber scored 19 points and Juwan Howard contributed 18 and 15 rebounds for the Wizards, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games. Washington ended a nine-year playoff drought last season.

Clinging to an 84-82 lead early in the final period, the Wizards reeled off nine straight points. Whitney sparked that run with a three-pointer and, after Murray hit a jumper and Howard sank a free throw, buried another from behind the arc to build a 93-82 cushion with 4:47 to play.

Whitney started his third straight game in place of Rod Strickland and finished with 15 points and seven assists. The Wizards won for the first time in three games since Strickland, the league leader in assists, went down with a season-ending quadricep injury. Strickland has never been on the roster of a non-playoff team in his career.

Allan Houston scored 23 points to pace the Knicks, who need just one more win to clinch a playoff spot. New York, which has lost seven of its last nine games, missed an opportunity to move past New Jersey, which lost to Toronto.

"We have to be more prepared. This game is very disappointing," Houston said. "But there's still a glimmer of light. We still need to win one more game to get in (the playoffs)."

Washington never trailed and shot 52 percent (37-of-71) from the field while limiting the Knicks to 42.5 percent (34-of-80). Whitney was 3-of-4 from three-point range and the Wizards hit 7-of-12 from behind the arc overall to overcome a mediocre 23-for-40 effort from the foul line.

The Knicks missed just three of their 34 free throws but hit just 3-of-12 from three-point range and were outrebounded, 42-37.

"We are not going to win many games when teams shoot a high percentage and outrebound us," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Chris Whitney and Tracy Murray made some big shots in the fourth quarter. It comes down to the fact that we didn't play well enough to get it done, it's that simple."

Calbert Cheaney sank two foul shots to give Washington its largest lead, 70-53, with 7:39 left in the third quarter. New York answered with a 17-1 burst, keyed by Houston's eight points, to pull within 71-70 on two free throws by Terry Cummings. But Murray responded with a pair from the line and Ledell Eackles added a lay-in to give Washington a 75-70 lead after three quarters.

"New York is a good team and you know that they're gonna make a run," Webber said. "They are never out of the game regardless of how many points they are down."

The Knicks were within 101-92 when Chris Childs hit a lay-in and Houston made two free throws to trim the deficit to five with 38 seconds left. After Wizards rookie God Shammgod hit a foul shot, John Starks buried a three-pointer to make it 102-99 with 21 seconds left. But Shammgod answered with two free throws and New York did not score again until Charlie Ward's meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer.

Starks and Larry Johnson scored 14 points apiece and Cummings added 12 for the Knicks, who learned earlier in the day that NBA commissioner David Stern denied their protest from Sunday's controversial loss to Miami. Replays showed that Houston's basket came just before the final buzzer, but officials ruled that he released the shot after time expired and New York was saddled with an 82-81 defeat.

Washington took control with a 19-6 burst midway through the second period. Howard scored seven points in that run, which was highlighted by Webber's three-pointer and capped by two foul shots from Murray for a 47-34 cushion with 4:27 left before halftime.

The Wizards had averaged just 83 points in losing their last three games and reached 100 points for just the second in nine outings.

"We've had some problems scoring you know, so we tried to get some points off our defense," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "I think for the most part, we got two out of the three spurts and that's usually what happens in a basketball game."

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