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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 20 32 15 24 91 SACRAMENTO 26 25 17 24 92 FINAL


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NEW YORK (91) AT SACRAMENTO (92)

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

JOHNSON F 30 5-10 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 2 0 13 THOMAS F 28 4-8 0-0 3 4 7 0 6 3 3 8 EWING C 36 10-20 3-4 1 13 14 1 3 2 4 23 HOUSTON G 26 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 3 5 0 3 6 WARD G 41 6-14 0-0 1 1 2 6 2 4 2 16 CAMBY 7 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 2 CHILDS 30 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 4 DUDLEY 12 1-1 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 3 SPREWELL 30 7-19 1-3 0 5 5 3 2 0 3 16 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-88 7-11 9 34 43 17 27 11 16 91 (.443) (.636) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 42 2-13 5-8 2 7 9 2 1 1 4 9 C WILLIAMSON F 18 6-11 1-1 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 13 DIVAC C 38 6-8 5-8 0 7 7 10 2 0 4 18 ABDUL-WAHAD G 33 5-8 1-4 2 3 5 0 1 3 1 11 J WILLIAMS G 32 3-7 3-4 0 2 2 4 3 4 6 12 BARRY 16 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 FUNDERBURKE 15 0-2 2-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 HAWKINS 19 3-6 1-1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 8 MAXWELL 27 6-15 4-5 0 4 4 0 3 0 2 19 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION STOJAKOVIC DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 31-72 22-33 7 32 39 19 14 8 18 92 (.431) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

NEW YORK 20 32 15 24 - 91 SACRAMENTO 26 25 17 24 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - JOHNSON. SACRAMENTO - DIVAC, FUNDERBURKE, ABDUL-WAHAD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-18 (.333), JOHNSON 1-4, HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 4-7, CHILDS 0-1, SPREWELL 1-4. SACRAMENTO 8-22 (.364), DIVAC 1-1, ABDUL-WAHAD 0-1, J WILLIAMS 3-5, BARRY 0-2, HAWKINS 1-4, MAXWELL 3-9. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JIM KINSEY, (JAMES CAPERS. A - 17,023. T - 2:13.


Box Score

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 30 5-10 2-2 2-6 0 4 13 Thomas 28 4-8 0-0 3-7 0 6 8 Ewing 36 10-20 3-4 1-14 1 3 23 Houston 26 3-8 0-0 0-3 3 5 6 Ward 41 6-14 0-0 1-2 6 2 16 Camby 7 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 2 2 Childs 30 2-7 0-0 0-0 4 1 4 Dudley 12 1-1 1-2 2-3 0 2 3 Sprewell 30 7-19 1-3 0-5 3 2 16 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 7-11 9-43 17 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Johnson 1-4, Houston 0-2, Ward 4-7, Childs 0-1, Sprewell 1-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 1 (Johnson). Turnovers: 16 (Ewing 4, Houston 3, Sprewell 3, Thomas 3, Ward 2, Childs). Steals: 11 (Ward 4, Thomas 3, Ewing 2, Johnson 2).

SACRAMENTO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 42 2-13 5-8 2-9 2 1 9 C Williamson 18 6-11 1-1 1-4 1 1 13 Divac 38 6-8 5-8 0-7 10 2 18 Abdul-wahad 33 5-8 1-4 2-5 0 1 11 J Williams 32 3-7 3-4 0-2 4 3 12 Barry 16 0-2 0-0 1-3 2 2 0 Funderburke 15 0-2 2-2 1-4 0 0 2 Hawkins 19 3-6 1-1 0-1 0 1 8 Maxwell 27 6-15 4-5 0-4 0 3 19 James DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision Stojakovic DNP - sprained left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 22-33 7-39 19 14 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Divac 1-1, Abdul-wahad 0-1, J Williams 3-5, Barry 0-2, Hawkins 1-4, Maxwell 3-9). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Divac, Funderburke, Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 18 (J Williams 6, Divac 4, Webber 4, Maxwell 2, Abdul-wahad, Hawkins). Steals: 8 (J Williams 4, Abdul-wahad 3, Webber). ____________________________________________ New York 20 32 15 24 - 91 Sacramento 26 25 17 24 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,023. T: 2:13. Officials: Jess Kersey, Jim Kinsey, (james Capers.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks keep coming up short.

Ewing missed a turnaround jumper in the lane with 5.6 seconds left and Charlie Ward's desperation 3-pointer clanged off the rim as the Knicks suffered a devastating 92-91 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

With the game knotted at 91-91 in the waning moments, rookie Jason Williams forced Latrell Sprewell into a turnover and was fouled with 11 seconds left.

"I just wasn't sure what I was going to do," said Sprewell. "I lost it. It was a bad play on my part."

After missing the first free throw, Williams made the second to cap an 18-8 run that snapped the Kings' season-high four-game losing streak.

"It's not pressure on me," said Williams. "I just step up and shoot it whether there's 20 minutes to go in the game or just seconds. It's always the same. Just step up, three dribbles, shoot it. If it goes in, it does. If it doesn't, oh well, gotta go play defense."

Ewing led New York with 23 points and 14 rebounds but missed a potential game-winning shot for the third time this season. The Knicks have lost four of their last five games.

"I don't really have an excuse for why," said Ewing. "At the end I had a good look. I wanted it to drop and it didn't."

Sprewell missed a 16-footer with 1:09 remaining before Ward fouled Williams on Sacramento's ensuing trip. Williams hit both shot to knot the contest at 91-91 with 59 seconds left, setting the stage for another New York meltdown.

Ewing and Chris Childs each missed jumpers on New York's next trip but the Knicks recovered loose balls after each shot. Sprewell was dribbling 1-on-1 against Williams when the ball seemed to slip off his fingertips and into the hands of the rookie point guard.

"We're discouraged but the thing we have to do is stick together and not point fingers," added Sprewell. "We have to look in the mirror and fault youself for what's happening."

Vlade Divac, a Serbian born in the former Yugoslavia, played under duress due to the events in Kosovo earlier today. But Divac had a stellar performance with 18 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 10 assists. He sparked Sacramento's fourth-quarter rally with seven points.

"This is difficult but not because it's my country," Divac said before the game. "It's difficult anywhere in the world where there is fighting and people dying -- especially innocent people. What's most difficult is that I cannot understand politicians from here or there. They make no sense to me."

Divac also spoke of the fear he had concerning the safety of some of his family members that live overseas.

"My brother is in Belgrade and my parents are south of that area, very close to Kosovo," added Divac. "I can't speak with them because I couldn't get through on the telephone lines. But my brother called an hour ago and said he finally saw a message I left (Tuesday). He had just come in the house from the shelter. They are hearing bombs all over the place there. It's unbelievable. I hope it will resolve itself, otherwise it's going to be a human catastrophe. It's scary."

Ward and Sprewell scored 16 points apiece for the Knicks, who seemed to take control of the game with a 10-1 fourth-quarter run that gave them an 83-74 cushion with 6:12 remaining.

"That was obviously a win we needed," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "They took that big lead in the fourth and it looked like we were out of it. We could have been with what's happened to us recently."

Vernon Maxwell scored 19 points off the bench and Corliss Williamson added 13 for Sacramento, which has won three of the last five encounters with New York after dropping 12 of the previous 14 meetings.

Larry Johnson collected 13 points for New York, which shot 44 percent (39-of-88) but was only 7-of-11 at the line.

Williams scored 12 points for Sacramento, which shot 43 percent (31-of-71) but drove to the hoop with far more frequency than New York, resulting in a 22-of-33 performance from the line.

Ward drained his fourth 3-pointer and Kurt Thomas, who fouled out with eight points, followed with a thunderous dunk off a feed from Sprewell to give New York an 83-74 bulge midway through the fourth quarter.

Chris Webber, who was held to nine points and nine rebounds, hit a free throw before Divac made a driving layup to cut the lead to six points.

Maxwell and Ward exchanged jumpers before Webber and Divac each sank a pair from the line to pull Sacramento within 85-83. Johnson answered with two free throws and Ewing hit a running hook shot in the lane to make it 89-83 with 2:13 left.

Divac and Williams each connected from long range and Ewing made a tip-in as New York clung to a 91-89 lead with 1:23 to go.

"The game helped me really get past the terrible things that were happening at home," said Divac. "I really got no sleep (last night), so I just prayed. But I did get to talk to my father before the game so that made things easier."

"Vlade hit a 3-pointer and Jason hit a 3-pointer and we were right back in it," added Adelman.

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