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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 21 14 27 85 ORLANDO 21 25 27 20 93 FINAL


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NEW YORK (85) AT ORLANDO (93)

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

JOHNSON F 33 5-9 0-0 4 3 7 1 4 1 0 10 SPREWELL F 35 8-16 6-9 1 5 6 2 4 2 3 24 EWING C 38 7-13 3-5 1 8 9 2 4 0 4 17 WARD G 33 3-5 0-0 0 5 5 6 0 3 6 6 HOUSTON G 41 5-18 2-4 1 6 7 5 2 0 1 12 THOMAS 18 3-4 1-2 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 7 CHILDS 23 2-5 0-1 0 1 1 1 4 2 0 4 DUDLEY 11 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 5 CAMBY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SCOTT 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 13-23 9 33 42 20 26 10 17 85 (.473) (.565) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 34 1-6 1-6 1 4 5 0 4 2 2 3 GRANT F 31 7-14 0-0 4 7 11 3 3 2 1 14 AUSTIN C 24 6-13 2-3 2 2 4 1 2 2 1 14 A HARDAWAY G 41 4-14 4-5 2 7 9 2 3 1 3 12 ANDERSON G 38 7-18 2-4 2 7 9 4 0 2 0 19 ARMSTRONG 29 3-5 8-8 0 0 0 8 1 2 4 15 DOLEAC 7 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 M HARPRING 11 2-3 1-1 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 5 STRONG 14 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 SCHAYES 10 1-2 3-4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 OVERTON 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION G WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-84 21-31 11 31 42 18 19 12 13 93 (.405) (.677) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 21 14 27 - 85 ORLANDO 21 25 27 20 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD, THOMAS, DUDLEY. ORLANDO - OUTLAW, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-12 (.167), SPREWELL 2-5, WARD 0-2, HOUSTON 0-4, SCOTT 0-1. ORLANDO 4-12 (.333), A HARDAWAY 0-2, ANDERSON 3-8, ARMSTRONG 1-1, OVERTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, CHILDS. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TOM WASHINGTON, GARY BENSON. A - 17,248. T - 2:21.


Box Score

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 33 5-9 0-0 4-7 1 4 10 Sprewell 35 8-16 6-9 1-6 2 4 24 Ewing 38 7-13 3-5 1-9 2 4 17 Ward 33 3-5 0-0 0-5 6 0 6 Houston 41 5-18 2-4 1-7 5 2 12 Thomas 18 3-4 1-2 1-5 3 3 7 Childs 23 2-5 0-1 0-1 1 4 4 Dudley 11 2-2 1-2 1-2 0 4 5 Camby 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 13-23 9-42 20 26 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.565. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Sprewell 2-5, Ward 0-2, Houston 0-4, Scott 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Ward, Thomas, Dudley). Turnovers: 18 (Ward 6, Ewing 4, Sprewell 3, Dudley 2, Houston, Thomas). Steals: 10 (Ward 3, Childs 2, Sprewell 2, Johnson, Scott, Thomas).

ORLANDO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 34 1-6 1-6 1-5 0 4 3 Grant 31 7-14 0-0 4-11 3 3 14 Austin 24 6-13 2-3 2-4 1 2 14 A Hardaway 41 4-14 4-5 2-9 2 3 12 Anderson 38 7-18 2-4 2-9 4 0 19 Armstrong 29 3-5 8-8 0-0 8 1 15 Doleac 7 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 M Harpring 11 2-3 1-1 0-1 0 4 5 Strong 14 2-7 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Schayes 10 1-2 3-4 0-0 0 1 5 Overton 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Simon DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision G Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 21-31 11-42 18 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (A Hardaway 0-2, Anderson 3-8, Armstrong 1-1, Overton 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 2 (Outlaw, Grant). Turnovers: 13 (Armstrong 4, A Hardaway 3, Outlaw 2, Austin, Doleac, Grant, Schayes). Steals: 12 (Anderson 2, Armstrong 2, Austin 2, Grant 2, Outlaw 2, A Hardaway, M Harpring). ____________________________________________ New York 23 21 14 27 - 85 Orlando 21 25 27 20 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 8:13 2nd, 0:18 4th; Childs, 1:17 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:21. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Gary Benson.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- In his first game in more than a year, Latrell Sprewell looked a lot sharper than his teammates.

Sprewell scored 24 points but Allan Houston and Patrick Ewing did not play particularly well as the New York Knicks absorbed a 95-83 loss to the Orlando Magic in the season opener for both teams.

Nick Anderson scored 19 points and Darrell Armstrong added 15 and eight assists for the Magic, who used a 16-1 burst at the end of the third quarter and survived a fourth-quarter dry spell to surprise the Knicks, who are considered one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference.

Sprewell was playing in his first regular-season game since he choked Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo on December 1, 1997. A three-time All-Star, Sprewell was suspended for the final 68 games of last season and was traded to the Knicks last month.

Wearing his hair in long braids, Sprewell was lightly booed by the Orlando Arena crowd. One female fan in the courtside seats held a placard that said, "Choke!" when Sprewell attempted foul shots.

"It feels good to be a part of it. It's been a long time," he said. "The first preseason game I was a little nervous, but it was all gone after that. Now it's just a matter of focusing on winning and jelling together the team. This organization is all about winning. I haven't had that."

"It's not really about individuals. He did fine," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We need to be able to learn, because we have so many new guys."

Sprewell shot 8-of-16 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Houston, whose presence at shooting guard has Sprewell playing small forward, made just 5-of-18 shots and scored 12 points.

Ewing had 17 points and nine rebounds, but just nine points through the first three quarters. He cost the Knicks any chance of winning when he missed a tip attempt with 2:02 to go.

"They outplayed us tonight, especially in the second half," Ewing said. "They were the better team. I have no explanation. They kicked our butts."

"We cannot fall out of our game plan and what we have worked at," Houston said. "That is not what a veteran team should do."

Horace Grant had 14 points and 11 rebounds and free agent signee Isaac Austin also scored 14 points in his debut with the Magic, who were swept by the Knicks in last season's four-game series.

The game featured 14 lead changes and 20 ties, the last one at 57-57 on Sprewell's basket with 3:56 left in the third quarter. Armstrong scored six points in the pivotal run and Anderson had 10 in the period, which ended with Orlando holding a 73-58 lead.

"I thought one of the keys to the game was when Darrell Armstrong came into the game at point guard. It really got us going offensively," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said.

Houston's jumper with 11:23 remaining ended a basket drought of 4:33 for New York. Armstrong made the switch from scorer to distributor, assisting on three straight baskets, including a 3-pointer by Anderson that made it 82-61 with 7:55 to play.

"He's been doing that ever since he's been here," Magic guard Penny Hardaway said. "He's a sparkplug off the bench for us and when he's in the game things happen. When he checked in he brought a lot of energy and defensive pressure."

"I've been struggling in preseason to get the pick-and-roll together," Armstrong said. "It's a little frustrating because I was doing it so well before I got hurt last year."

The Magic went scoreless for nearly six minutes and the Knicks ran off 14 straight points, closing to 82-75 on a nifty layup by Charlie Ward with 2:28 to go. But Ewing missed his tip try and Anderson went around Houston for a reverse layup that sealed it with 1:42 left.

Hardaway had 12 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, which shot 40.5 percent (34-of-84) from the field and forced 18 turnovers, including six by Ward.

Knicks newcomers Kurt Thomas, Dennis Scott and Marcus Camby combined for seven points -- all by Thomas -- in 26 minutes. New York shot 47 percent (35-of-74).

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