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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 26 18 23 16 83 NEW YORK 21 16 24 18 79 FINAL


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MIAMI (83) AT NEW YORK (79)

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

MASHBURN F 41 9-16 5-6 1 6 7 4 3 1 1 23 BROWN F 29 3-7 0-1 3 10 13 1 4 3 3 6 MOURNING C 39 7-21 2-4 3 4 7 0 4 0 4 16 MAJERLE G 33 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 1 0 5 HARDAWAY G 38 4-15 1-2 1 2 3 7 0 2 2 11 WEATHERSPOON 26 4-7 1-2 2 4 6 1 4 1 1 9 PORTER 23 5-7 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 13 ASKINS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 DAVIS 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WATSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 10-17 10 31 41 17 19 9 12 83 (.442) (.588) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 36 6-17 0-0 10 5 15 3 1 2 2 13 SPREWELL F 40 2-12 1-2 3 3 6 0 2 1 4 5 EWING C 39 10-25 4-7 5 12 17 1 4 1 3 24 HOUSTON G 39 9-19 2-3 1 4 5 3 1 2 1 21 WARD G 34 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 7 1 1 3 5 THOMAS 17 2-8 3-8 3 6 9 0 3 0 1 7 CHILDS 24 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 1 2 4 DUDLEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CAMBY 5 0-2 0-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-89 10-22 25 36 61 18 18 8 17 79 (.371) (.455) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

MIAMI 26 18 23 16 - 83 NEW YORK 21 16 24 18 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 3, BROWN, PORTER. NEW YORK - EWING, WARD, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-8 (.625), MAJERLE 1-2, HARDAWAY 2-3, PORTER 2-3. NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), JOHNSON 1-2, SPREWELL 0-4, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, SCOTT FOSTER, LEON WOOD. A - 19,763. T - 2:20.


Box Score

MIAMI (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 41 9-16 5-6 1-7 4 3 23 Brown 29 3-7 0-1 3-13 1 4 6 Mourning 39 7-21 2-4 3-7 0 4 16 Majerle 33 2-3 0-0 0-1 4 2 5 Hardaway 38 4-15 1-2 1-3 7 0 11 Weatherspoon 26 4-7 1-2 2-6 1 4 9 Porter 23 5-7 1-2 0-2 0 0 13 Askins 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Davis 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision Watson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 10-17 10-41 17 19 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Majerle 1-2, Hardaway 2-3, Porter 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 3, Brown, Porter). Turnovers: 13 (Mourning 4, Brown 3, Hardaway 2, Davis, Mashburn, Weatherspoon). Steals: 9 (Brown 3, Hardaway 2, Askins, Majerle, Mashburn, Weatherspoon).

NEW YORK (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 36 6-17 0-0 10-15 3 1 13 Sprewell 40 2-12 1-2 3-6 0 2 5 Ewing 39 10-25 4-7 5-17 1 4 24 Houston 39 9-19 2-3 1-5 3 1 21 Ward 34 2-3 0-0 0-1 7 1 5 Thomas 17 2-8 3-8 3-9 0 3 7 Childs 24 2-3 0-0 1-5 4 4 4 Dudley 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Camby 5 0-2 0-2 2-3 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision B Davis DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-89 10-22 25-61 18 18 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.455. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Johnson 1-2, Sprewell 0-4, Houston 1-3, Ward 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing, Ward, Camby). Turnovers: 17 (Sprewell 4, Ewing 3, Ward 3, Childs 2, Johnson 2, Camby, Houston, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Houston 2, Johnson 2, Childs, Ewing, Sprewell, Ward). ____________________________________________ Miami 26 18 23 16 - 83 New York 21 16 24 18 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:20. Officials: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Leon Wood.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The latest installment of the Miami-New York rivalry featured a cast of new characters and a rare result -- a win by the Heat at Madison Square Garden.

The Heat capitalized on a poor offensive game by Latrell Sprewell and held off the Knicks, 82-79, on clutch fourth-quarter shooting by new arrival Terry Porter and old villain Alonzo Mourning.

Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points, including the clinching free throw in the final second. But he was relatively quiet in the fourth quarter, when New York rallied to tie the game.

Sprewell's only two baskets of the game both pulled the Knicks into fourth-quarter ties. But Porter answered each time as he scored seven straight Miami points during one stretch.

A jumper by Sprewell forged a 69-69 tie, but Porter made a heave with the shot clock winding down and followed with a rainbow over Sprewell, giving Miami a 73-69 lead with 7:22 remaining.

Jumpers by Patrick Ewing and Sprewell tied it again before Porter buried a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining to put the Heat ahead for good. The veteran free agent signee scored 13 points in his first taste of the rivalry.

"I've been around long enough to know the history," Porter said. "It's nice to be able to come in and win. It's a huge rivalry."

Mourning followed Ewing's jumper with two of his own to widen the lead to 80-75 with 3:29 left. That proved to be enough, as Sprewell and Allan Houston missed a handful of open shots down the stretch.

Ewing made a jumper and Larry Johnson -- who brawled with Mourning in last year's playoffs -- made a follow shot with 52 seconds to go, cutting the deficit to one. But Mourning made two free throws 17 seconds later and the Heat survived misses by Houston, Sprewell and Ewing.

"Making those free throws gave us somewhat of a lift," said Mourning, who scored 16 points on 7-of-21 shooting. "I didn't want to be the goat -- baaaah! We worked to hard to lose it in the final seconds."

Miami improved to just 3-23 all-time at New York, although it has won playoff games in Madison Square Garden each of the last two seasons. Both series featured fights which resulted in mass suspensions, but today's contest had none of the extracurricular activities.

In fact, this meeting was downright friendly. Sprewell and Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who feuded as teammates in Golden State, embraced before and after the game. Mourning and Johnson did not shake hands, but the only rough stuff came in the third quarter, when Heat forward Clarence Weatherspoon wrestled Knicks forward Kurt Thomas to the floor in a held-ball situation.

"There were no bench-clearing incidents, no hard fouls," Porter said. "Actually, it was a very mild game for this rivalry."

"It was pretty much what I expected," Sprewell said. "We don't want to lose to anyone, especially Miami."

Acquired in an offseason trade, Sprewell was coming off a 24-point performance in his Knicks debut Friday. But he was scoreless in the first half and finished with six points on 2-of-12 shooting while allowing Mashburn to get Miami off to a quick start.

"He started out well. In think we did a much better job in the second half on him," Sprewell said. "In a situation when you are not really feeling it, I think it's best to give the ball to the guys who are playing well and have the hot hand."

Ewing overcame a slow start to collect 24 points and 17 rebounds. Houston added 21 points but the Knicks lost their second straight home opener and dropped to 0-2 for the first time since the 1991-92 season -- Heat coach Pat Riley's first season in New York.

"I thought it was a great, great game, a very physical game, two teams early in the season really getting into it," Riley said.

"This is a very cut and dried business," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "You're either winning or you're losing, and we're losing."

Hardaway scored 11 points and P.J. Brown grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77) from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

"You all in the media make this rivalry more than it is," said Hardaway. "We just want to come out and play basketball."

Johnson had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 37 percent (33-of-89) and missed 12-of-22 free throws to negate a 61-41 rebounding advantage.

The Heat never trailed. Mashburn scored 16 points in the first half, including a drive that gave Miami a 44-34 lead in the last minute of the second quarter. Ewing answered with a three-point play in the final seconds.

"We came out flat and we didn't have our juices flowing," Ewing said. "We picked it up in the second quarter and the second half."

Mashburn and Mourning scored four points apiece in a 13-5 burst to open the third quarter, giving Miami its largest advantage at 57-42 with 7:43 remaining. Mourning missed two free throws to trigger eight straight points by the Knicks and a runner by Houston at the third-quarter buzzer cut the deficit to 67-61.

Miami was coming off a season-opening loss to Detroit.

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