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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 19 26 22 19 86 ATLANTA 20 25 20 13 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 18, PATRICK EWING 16, LARRY JOHNSON 13 ATL - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 28, GRANT LONG 19, TYRONE CORBIN 7

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 8, LARRY JOHNSON 8 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 21, CHRIS CRAWFORD 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 5, CHARLIE WARD 4 ATL - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 4, GRANT LONG 2

ATT: 21,673


Extended Box

NEW YORK (86) AT ATLANTA (78)

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

JOHNSON F 39 4-10 4-5 3 5 8 3 4 0 1 13 THOMAS F 22 3-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 6 EWING C 37 7-14 2-2 2 6 8 1 2 0 1 16 HOUSTON G 32 4-9 2-2 0 4 4 1 3 0 2 10 WARD G 21 2-8 0-0 2 1 3 4 2 3 2 5 CAMBY 19 4-6 1-2 2 3 5 0 3 1 2 9 CHILDS 27 2-8 3-4 3 1 4 5 1 1 0 7 DUDLEY 11 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 SPREWELL 32 6-15 6-7 1 4 5 3 1 0 1 18 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 18-22 15 25 40 17 24 5 9 86 (.429) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(7 PTS)

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

CRAWFORD F 31 3-15 0-0 4 2 6 0 1 0 1 6 HENDERSON F 31 2-8 1-2 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 5 MUTOMBO C 39 3-7 0-2 7 14 21 0 4 0 4 6 BLAYLOCK G 36 10-18 3-3 0 2 2 4 2 0 5 28 SHEPPARD G 18 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 5 CORBIN 29 2-9 1-2 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 7 JOHNSON 18 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 LONG 29 4-6 11-11 2 1 3 2 3 0 2 19 MCLEOD 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 WEST 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-72 18-22 16 28 44 9 17 3 16 78 (.361) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

NEW YORK 19 26 22 19 - 86 ATLANTA 20 25 20 13 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 2, JOHNSON, DUDLEY. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-10 (.200), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 1-5, CHILDS 0-2, SPREWELL 0-1. ATLANTA 8-19 (.421), CRAWFORD 0-1, BLAYLOCK 5-9, SHEPPARD 1-2, CORBIN 2-6, LONG 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, NOLAN FINE, RODNEY MOTT. A - 21,673. T - 2:12.


Box Score

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 39 4-10 4-5 3-8 3 4 13 Thomas 22 3-6 0-0 2-3 0 5 6 Ewing 37 7-14 2-2 2-8 1 2 16 Houston 32 4-9 2-2 0-4 1 3 10 Ward 21 2-8 0-0 2-3 4 2 5 Camby 19 4-6 1-2 2-5 0 3 9 Childs 27 2-8 3-4 3-4 5 1 7 Dudley 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Sprewell 32 6-15 6-7 1-5 3 1 18 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 18-22 15-40 17 24 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 0-1, Ward 1-5, Childs 0-2, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Ewing 2, Johnson, Dudley). Turnovers: 10 (Camby 2, Houston 2, Ward 2, Ewing, Johnson, Sprewell). Steals: 5 (Ward 3, Camby, Childs).

ATLANTA (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Crawford 31 3-15 0-0 4-6 0 1 6 Henderson 31 2-8 1-2 0-5 0 2 5 Mutombo 39 3-7 0-2 7-21 0 4 6 Blaylock 36 10-18 3-3 0-2 4 2 28 Sheppard 18 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 5 Corbin 29 2-9 1-2 2-4 1 2 7 Johnson 18 0-3 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 Long 29 4-6 11-11 2-3 2 3 19 Mcleod 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 West 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Gray DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-72 18-22 16-44 9 17 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Crawford 0-1, Blaylock 5-9, Sheppard 1-2, Corbin 2-6, Long 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mutombo 3). Turnovers: 18 (Blaylock 5, Mutombo 4, Long 2, Corbin, Crawford, Henderson, Johnson, Mcleod). Steals: 3 (Corbin, Mcleod, Sheppard). ____________________________________________ New York 19 26 22 19 - 86 Atlanta 20 25 20 13 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,673. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Forte, Nolan Fine, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks played with desperation, intensity and toughness. More importantly, they hit crucial jumpers and did not commit a turnover in the fourth quarter of an 86-78 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Patrick Ewing made two important jumpers in the final four minutes and the Knicks' defense clamped down on Atlanta in the waning moments to record a much-needed victory, just two days after the low point of a disappointing season.

"Any win is important," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We played well at both ends, but we can't exhale. We can't forget why we played well. One thing that makes it look better is that the ball went in the basket. That's good."

Ewing's jumper from the right wing with 3:59 to play capped a 9-2 spurt and gave New York an 80-71 lead. Atlanta proceeded to fight back, closing within 82-76 on two free throws by Grant Long, who was 11-of-11 from the foul line.

Dikembe Mutombo missed two foul shots with 2 1/2 minutes remaining that could have brought the Hawks even closer, and Ewing gave the Knicks some breathing room with a 13-footer from the right corner that made it 84-76 with 47 seconds left.

"I thought the ball movement was great and the last play made to Patrick was typical of our night," Van Gundy added. "We moved the ball well, we made the open looks that we got, we played strong defensively."

Ewing finished with 16 points and Latrell Sprewell led the way with 18 for New York, which suffered an embarrassing 106-82 loss at Charlotte on Wednesday. The Knicks tied Toronto for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"It was a must win the way we have been playing the last few weeks," said Ewing. "We haven't been playing particularly well. It feels good to get one and hopefully we can start from here making these next few games our season."

Mookie Blaylock netted a season-high 28 points and Long contributed 19 for Atlanta, which has dropped two straight following a three-game winning streak.

"I think we gave them too many second shots," said Blaylock. "We cut that down and we're back in the ballgame and we win the ballgame. They got a lot of second shots and we can't win that way."

Two free throws by Long and a layup from Chris Crawford brought the Hawks within 71-69 with 8:44 left after they had trailed by six just moments earlier. But Chris Childs, who played a steady game with seven points, five assists and no turnovers, hit a short jumper to begin the 9-2 spurt.

"I thought he played a great game," Ewing said of Childs. "He's been consistent for us all season. He just did what he has been doing all along."

Larry Johnson hit the first of two free throws, and after Crawford scored in the lane, Johnson's bank shot gave the Knicks a 76-71 lead. Sprewell followed with two free throws and Ewing's jumper provided the Knicks with a nine-point advantage.

Atlanta tried desperately to mount a comeback but were not able to shake New York's pressure defense in the final two minutes. Blaylock missed two 3-point attempts and Crawford and Tyrone Corbin both misfired from beyond the arc.

Blaylock also missed a six-footer with 25 seconds to play after Childs had connected on a pair of free throws to give the Knicks an 86-76 advantage and control of the game.

The Knicks were also bolstered by the return of forward Marcus Camby, who had missed the last three games with a strained left groin. He had nine points and five rebounds in 19 minutes for New York, which shot 43 percent (33-of-77) while committing just 10 turnovers.

Mutombo grabbed 21 rebounds and Blaylock dished out four assists for the Hawks, who connected on just 36 percent (26-of-72) of their field goals and had 18 miscues leading to 20 New York points. Atlanta did hold a 44-40 advantage on the boards.

"We shot 36 percent or something like that. If we can't make shots, then it's going to be real difficult," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens. "We had some opportunities, but we needed a little more firepower. Of course, when we're not making shots, then our execution falls off."

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