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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 20 20 21 25 86 NEW YORK 23 25 27 23 98 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (86) AT NEW YORK (98)

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

HOWARD F 35 7-16 4-6 2 3 5 1 4 0 3 18 THORPE F 26 4-6 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 8 DAVIS C 10 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 2 MCINNIS G 34 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 10 2 1 3 5 RICHMOND G 34 5-13 14-14 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 26 CHEANEY 19 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 JACKSON 13 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 3 T MURRAY 22 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 5 WALLACE 23 2-4 0-2 2 5 7 0 3 0 2 4 J WHITE 4 0-1 1-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 C WHITNEY 20 3-6 4-4 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 12 STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN

TOTALS 240 27-67 26-32 10 24 34 17 21 5 14 86 (.403) (.813) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 38 8-14 0-0 1 3 4 5 3 1 0 17 THOMAS F 33 7-12 3-5 2 6 8 2 3 0 3 17 DUDLEY C 16 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 4 HOUSTON G 40 8-18 2-2 1 4 5 4 3 1 1 19 WARD G 32 4-8 1-2 1 5 6 8 4 3 3 9 CAMBY 24 8-12 3-5 6 6 12 0 5 2 1 19 CHILDS 26 1-3 0-2 0 2 2 5 3 2 1 2 SPREWELL 31 3-11 5-6 3 1 4 5 2 0 1 11

TOTALS 240 41-80 14-22 14 30 44 29 25 9 10 98 (.513) (.636) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

WASHINGTON 20 20 21 25 - 86 NEW YORK 23 25 27 23 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - CHEANEY, JACKSON. NEW YORK - HOUSTON, THOMAS, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 6-19 (.316), HOWARD 0-1, MCINNIS 1-4, RICHMOND 2-3, CHEANEY 0-2, T MURRAY 1-4, C WHITNEY 2-5. NEW YORK 2-8 (.250), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 0-2, SPREWELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD, NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DON VADEN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:15.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 35 7-16 4-6 2-5 1 4 18 Thorpe 26 4-6 0-0 2-5 1 1 8 Davis 10 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 1 2 Mcinnis 34 2-7 0-0 1-3 10 2 5 Richmond 34 5-13 14-14 0-0 1 2 26 Cheaney 19 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Jackson 13 1-3 1-2 1-2 0 4 3 T Murray 22 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 2 5 Wallace 23 2-4 0-2 2-7 0 3 4 J White 4 0-1 1-2 0-3 0 0 1 C Whitney 20 3-6 4-4 0-2 2 1 12 Strickland DNP - strained right groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-67 26-32 10-34 17 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Howard 0-1, Mcinnis 1-4, Richmond 2-3, Cheaney 0-2, T Murray 1-4, C Whitney 2-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Cheaney, Jackson). Turnovers: 14 (Howard 3, Mcinnis 3, Richmond 3, Jackson 2, Wallace 2, Cheaney). Steals: 5 (Davis 2, C Whitney, Mcinnis, T Murray).

NEW YORK (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 38 8-14 0-0 1-4 5 3 17 Thomas 33 7-12 3-5 2-8 2 3 17 Dudley 16 2-2 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Houston 40 8-18 2-2 1-5 4 3 19 Ward 32 4-8 1-2 1-6 8 4 9 Camby 24 8-12 3-5 6-12 0 5 19 Childs 26 1-3 0-2 0-2 5 3 2 Sprewell 31 3-11 5-6 3-4 5 2 11 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-80 14-22 14-44 29 25 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 0-2, Childs 0-2, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Houston, Thomas, Camby). Turnovers: 10 (Thomas 3, Ward 3, Camby, Childs, Houston, Sprewell). Steals: 9 (Ward 3, Camby 2, Childs 2, Houston, Johnson). ____________________________________________ Washington 20 20 21 25 - 86 New York 23 25 27 23 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 8:41 3rd). New York 1 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 1:48 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:15. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Don Vaden, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks didn't have Patrick Ewing, but the Washington Wizards didn't have a chance.

Fueled by unselfish play and season highs from forwards Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas, the Knicks cruised to a 98-86 victory over the Wizards, who were playing their second of three games in three nights.

Ewing sat out with left Achilles tendinitis. He started Tuesday against Milwaukee but played just 29 seconds before leaving with the injury and the Knicks lost by one point. However, New York had a season-high 29 assists and a season-low 10 turnovers as it did not seem to miss its most indispensable player.

"Even against Milwaukee, other than the last 40 seconds, I thought we played extremely hard and well together," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "It's a totally different group, it's a totally different mix, but balance and determination are going to be critical to try and get wins."

"We made a run late in the game ... but New York played well," Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They moved well, they set a lot of screens, they look for mismatches."

Camby, who signed a multi-year contract extension earlier in the day, had season highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Thomas added a season-high 17 points as New York won for the ninth time in its last 10 home games.

"I think it was just a coincidence that I played well tonight," Camby said. "I haven't been going out there trying to play for a contract. I was just playing because I love the game."

"We established things early at the offensive end," Thomas said. "Marcus is getting better and tonight it really showed. He's athletic and has a nice touch. Without Patrick, everyone has to step up. We need that anyway, so this is just what we wanted to do."

Mitch Richmond scored 26 points and Juwan Howard added 18 for the Wizards, who again were without injured point guard Rod Strickland. Strickland has missed the last two games with a strained groin.

A jumper by Tracy Murray gave Washington a 28-27 lead with 8:40 left in the second quarter before New York took control with a 15-2 burst. Camby scored eight of his 10 second-quarter points in the run and a short jumper by Latrell Sprewell capped it at 42-30 with 4:16 left.

"He's played very well," Van Gundy said of Camby. "He kept the ball alive on the offensive board and he defensive rebounded better than he has been."

"We just have to come together and hold down the fort until Patrick gets back," Camby said.

The Knicks led 48-40 at halftime and scored the first nine points of the third quarter. Allan Houston, who led New York with 19 points, made a pair of long jumpers and Larry Johnson sank a spinning layup for a 54-40 lead with 10:20 remaining.

Chris Dudley, who started for Ewing, dunked before Howard was called for a technical foul. Houston's free throw gave the Knicks their largest lead at 57-40 with 8:41 left.

"We just knew we wanted to come out and pass the ball, get our assists up," Thomas said. "Whenever we do that and get a lead, that's when we are at our best."

Washington closed to 82-74 on two free throws by Richmond with 8:39 remaining. But Johnson hit a jumper, Charlie Ward added a layup and Sprewell made a basket to extend the lead to 88-74 with 5:50 remaining.

"I don't think we got that deep in a hole," Wizards forward Otis Thorpe said. "We got behind and we couldn't get over the hump. We got inside of 10 a couple of times, but we couldn't sustain it."

Richmond and Howard sat out the final six minutes as Bickerstaff chose to play his bench.

"We got back into the game by limiting their offensive rebounds," Richmond said. "The coach went with different guys and he was hoping they would get us back into it, but it never happened."

Johnson scored 17 points and Sprewell added 11 for the Knicks, who shot 51 percent (41-of-80) from the field and held a 44-34 rebounding edge.

Filling in for Strickland, Chris Whitney scored 12 points and Jeff McInnis added a career-high 10 assists for Washington, which shot 40 percent (27-of-67) and made 26-of-32 free throws.

Washington center Terry Davis was hit in the jaw in a collision with Johnson 10:45 left in the third quarter and did not return.

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