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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 22 18 13 6 84 MIAMI 22 14 26 16 7 85 FINAL IN 1ST OT


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NEW YORK (84) AT MIAMI (85) - FINAL IN OT

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

JOHNSON F 31 6-14 6-6 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 19 THOMAS F 38 3-9 3-4 6 6 12 0 3 2 1 9 EWING C 43 10-26 11-14 6 10 16 0 4 1 4 31 HOUSTON G 47 3-15 0-1 0 2 2 3 1 0 2 6 WARD G 43 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 6 3 1 2 5 CHILDS 39 4-8 2-2 0 5 5 2 4 0 1 10 DUDLEY 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 SCOTT 17 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAMBY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 30-83 22-27 14 30 44 14 19 4 10 84 (.361) (.815) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

ASKINS F 23 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 5 BROWN F 39 5-11 0-0 5 6 11 2 5 0 0 10 MOURNING C 46 9-25 10-13 4 7 11 0 3 0 4 28 HARDAWAY G 44 6-20 1-2 1 5 6 6 0 1 2 17 MAJERLE G 44 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 6 1 0 1 8 PORTER 32 2-7 4-4 0 6 6 0 4 0 1 8 WALTERS 18 3-6 0-1 1 3 4 2 1 1 2 7 WEATHERSPOON 19 1-2 0-2 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 2 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 32-81 15-22 13 36 49 17 18 2 11 85 (.395) (.682) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 22 18 13 6 - 84 MIAMI 22 14 26 16 7 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 6, JOHNSON. MIAMI - MOURNING 7, PORTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-11 (.182), JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 1-4, CHILDS 0-1, SCOTT 0-1. MIAMI 6-17 (.353), ASKINS 1-2, HARDAWAY 4-9, MAJERLE 0-1, PORTER 0-2, WALTERS 1-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, BOB DELANEY, JOE DEROSA. A - 15,200. T - 2:44.


Box Score

NEW YORK (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 31 6-14 6-6 0-4 2 2 19 Thomas 38 3-9 3-4 6-12 0 3 9 Ewing 43 10-26 11-14 6-16 0 4 31 Houston 47 3-15 0-1 0-2 3 1 6 Ward 43 2-6 0-0 1-3 6 3 5 Childs 39 4-8 2-2 0-5 2 4 10 Dudley 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Scott 17 2-5 0-0 1-1 1 0 4 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Camby DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 30-83 22-27 14-44 14 19 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Johnson 1-2, Houston 0-3, Ward 1-4, Childs 0-1, Scott 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Ewing 6, Johnson). Turnovers: 10 (Ewing 4, Houston 2, Ward 2, Childs, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Thomas 2, Ewing, Ward).

MIAMI (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 23 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 5 Brown 39 5-11 0-0 5-11 2 5 10 Mourning 46 9-25 10-13 4-11 0 3 28 Hardaway 44 6-20 1-2 1-6 6 0 17 Majerle 44 4-6 0-0 0-3 6 1 8 Porter 32 2-7 4-4 0-6 0 4 8 Walters 18 3-6 0-1 1-4 2 1 7 Weatherspoon 19 1-2 0-2 1-6 1 2 2 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision Edwards DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 32-81 15-22 13-49 17 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Askins 1-2, Hardaway 4-9, Majerle 0-1, Porter 0-2, Walters 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 7, Porter). Turnovers: 11 (Mourning 4, Hardaway 2, Walters 2, Majerle, Porter, Weatherspoon). Steals: 2 (Hardaway, Walters). _________________________________________________ New York 25 22 18 13 6 - 84 Miami 22 14 26 16 7 - 85 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:44. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Bob Delaney, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing got the better of close friend Alonzo Mourning until the final 37 seconds as the Miami Heat edged the archrival New York Knicks, 85-84 in overtime, for their ninth win in 10 games.

Ewing finished with a season-high 31 points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots, but fellow Georgetown alumnus and union honcho Mourning blocked his layup attempt with 37 seconds to play to preserve a one-point lead.

Mourning, who totaled 28 points, 11 boards and seven blocks, also forced Ewing into a difficult fadeaway from the free-throw line and grabbed the rebound as time expired. He atoned for three misses in the last 20 seconds of regulation, including a blown follow shot at the buzzer.

"It was a tough battle and we had to dig deep to get it," Mourning said. "I had to conjure up enough energy to finish the game. Right now, I am mentally and physically drained."

Veteran guard Terry Porter netted the Heat's final four points, including a pair of free throws with 54 seconds left to cap the scoring. In his first game in the rivalry, Porter scored seven straight fourth-quarter points to give Miami an 83-79 win at New York on February 7.

"Terry Porter, a veteran point guard, made plays," Mourning said. "Everyone made plays."

Miami overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and won its second straight since Friday's 95-93 loss in Detroit.

The Heat also beat New York for just the fifth time in 17 meetings and improved to 2-0 since the teams engaged in a brawl during last season's Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Tonight's battle was physical but without incident.

"There was so much emotion," said Miami coach Pat Riley, who guided the Knicks from 1991-95. "They were punch drunk, flailing at each other. They were drained. It was a real war. It felt like a playoff game."

The Heat shot just 40 percent (32-of-81) from the field but still extended their home winning streak to five games. They lost their first two in Miami to Detroit and Boston.

The Knicks may have felt the effects of playing for the third time in as many nights, shooting only 36 percent (30-of-83) from the field.

"It was their third game in three nights, but I don't think they were fatigued," Heat guard Tim Hardaway said. "They were just missing shots. I think Allan Houston was fatigued."

Houston, New York's best shooter, tied the game, 78-78, on a clutch jumper with 34 seconds left in regulation. But he was just 3-of-15 from the floor and watched Ewing take the Knicks' final shot in regulation and overtime.

"It was a total team effort," Miami swingman Dan Majerle said of shutting down Houston. "I think everyone concentrated on him because they go to him a lot and he's such a great jump shooter."

With 4.9 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Ewing missed a 13-footer from the left sideline that could have won it.

"We should have won the game in regulation," Ewing said. "We weren't tired. We should have won. We had a lot of opportunities to put them away."

Knicks guard Chris Childs committed a pair of miscues in the closing minute of overtime, fouling Porter at the top of the key before the deciding points and calling in ill-advised timeout after Hardaway's missed 3-pointer with 12.3 seconds to play.

The Knicks were forced to advance the ball the length of the floor on their last possession when Childs called a timeout in the backcourt after one of Kurt Thomas' 12 rebounds. Ewing ended up rushing a shot with 1.9 seconds to go.

Ewing was 10-of-26 from the floor and 11-of-14 from the line.

"I thought he played his heart out," Knicks forward Larry Johnson said. "You can't ask for more from a 35-, 36-year-old center."

Charlie Ward gave New York its last lead on a running jumper with 1:53 remaining, 19 seconds after Porter's 18-footer gave Miami an edge.

Typical of their defensive struggles, the teams went the first 1:46 of overtime without scoring until Thomas' free throws put the Knicks ahead, 80-78. Their were five lead changes in the extra period and 16 for the game.

"It was the type of game with a lot of playoff intensity," Hardaway said, "especially when it's a Knick-Heat battle.

Thomas, who played for the Heat from 1995-97, scored five of his nine points in a 63-second span of the fourth quarter to single-handily erase a four-point deficit. His eight-footer from the left corner with 2:47 to play gave the Knicks a 76-75 lead.

Johnson scored six of his 19 points from the line during an 8-2 run, which gave New York its biggest lead, 47-36 at the half. But Mourning scored five points and P.J. Brown and Hardaway added four apiece during a 13-2 burst, which tied it at 8:11 of the third quarter.

Hardaway had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists in his return to the lineup. He missed Sunday's 84-78 win over Orlando due to a right knee injury.

P.J. Brown added 10 points and 11 boards and Porter finished with eight points for the Heat, who held a 49-44 edge on the boards.

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