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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 25 17 30 16 88 NEW YORK 29 21 25 26 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 18, JAMAL MASHBURN 13, VOSHON LENARD 12 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 22, KURT THOMAS 20, LATRELL SPREWELL 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - TERRY PORTER 6, JAMAL MASHBURN 5 NYK - CHRIS DUDLEY 11, MARCUS CAMBY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - REX WALTERS 9, JAMAL MASHBURN 6 NYK - RICK BRUNSON 12, CHARLIE WARD 9

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MIAMI (88) AT NEW YORK (101)

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

BROWN F 15 3-7 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 8 MASHBURN F 30 2-4 8-8 0 5 5 6 0 0 2 13 CAUSWELL C 26 5-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 0 5 10 LENARD G 36 6-15 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 12 WALTERS G 46 1-3 4-4 0 3 3 9 3 2 6 6 EDWARDS 9 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 PORTER 23 3-5 2-2 0 6 6 3 1 0 1 8 WEATHERSPOON 26 9-9 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 18 MILLS 29 3-8 1-2 3 1 4 0 3 1 2 9 HARDAWAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAJERLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-64 17-18 7 21 28 20 19 5 22 88 (.531) (.944) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 24(24 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 16 5-8 1-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 11 THOMAS F 25 8-15 4-4 3 1 4 0 4 1 1 20 DUDLEY C 30 2-6 0-0 4 7 11 0 5 1 3 4 HOUSTON G 22 5-12 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 3 3 11 WARD G 30 2-5 3-5 0 2 2 9 3 2 0 7 BRUNSON 24 0-4 0-4 1 2 3 12 1 3 2 0 CAMBY 37 11-15 0-0 4 4 8 0 3 1 2 22 B DAVIS 3 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 SPREWELL 29 8-14 2-3 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 18 WINGATE 24 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 3 2 4 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHILDS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 45-83 11-19 15 21 36 25 22 14 13 101 (.542) (.579) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

MIAMI 25 17 30 16 - 88 NEW YORK 29 21 25 26 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - CAUSWELL 2. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 3-12 (.250), MASHBURN 1-3, LENARD 0-3, WALTERS 0-1, PORTER 0-1, MILLS 2-4. NEW YORK 0-4 (.000), HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 0-1, BRUNSON 0-1, SPREWELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, RON OLESIAK, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,763. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MIAMI (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 15 3-7 2-2 1-1 0 2 8 Mashburn 30 2-4 8-8 0-5 6 0 13 Causwell 26 5-9 0-0 1-4 0 6 10 Lenard 36 6-15 0-0 0-1 2 3 12 Walters 46 1-3 4-4 0-3 9 3 6 Edwards 9 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Porter 23 3-5 2-2 0-6 3 1 8 Weatherspoon 26 9-9 0-0 2-4 0 1 18 Mills 29 3-8 1-2 3-4 0 3 9 Hardaway DNP - coach's decision Majerle DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-64 17-18 7-28 20 19 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.531, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Mashburn 1-3, Lenard 0-3, Walters 0-1, Porter 0-1, Mills 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Causwell 2). Turnovers: 24 (Walters 6, Causwell 5, Edwards 4, Mashburn 2, Mills 2, Weatherspoon 2, Porter). Steals: 5 (Lenard 2, Walters 2, Mills).

NEW YORK (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 16 5-8 1-1 1-3 0 2 11 Thomas 25 8-15 4-4 3-4 0 4 20 Dudley 30 2-6 0-0 4-11 0 5 4 Houston 22 5-12 1-2 0-1 0 1 11 Ward 30 2-5 3-5 0-2 9 3 7 Brunson 24 0-4 0-4 1-3 12 1 0 Camby 37 11-15 0-0 4-8 0 3 22 B Davis 3 2-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 4 Sprewell 29 8-14 2-3 0-2 3 2 18 Wingate 24 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 Williams DNP - coach's decision Childs DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-83 11-19 15-36 25 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.542, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 0-4, .000 (Houston 0-1, Ward 0-1, Brunson 0-1, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Camby 2). Turnovers: 14 (Dudley 3, Houston 3, Brunson 2, Camby 2, Wingate 2, Thomas). Steals: 14 (Brunson 3, Houston 3, Wingate 3, Ward 2, Camby, Dudley, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Miami 25 17 30 16 - 88 New York 29 21 25 26 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:08. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ron Olesiak, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- If there is such a thing as a mental edge heading into the playoffs, the New York Knicks have it over the Miami Heat.

With Patrick Ewing resting his ailing right Achilles tendon, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas picked up the slack as the Knicks beat the Miami Heat, 101-88, in a first-round playoff preview.

By virtue of Philadelphia's victory over Detroit, New York was relegated to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference and will meet Miami in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

The Heat beat the Knicks in the 1997 conference semifinals and the seventh-seeded Knicks pulled a first-round upset a year ago. Both series were marred by brawls that ended up severely costing the losing team.

"I think both teams have matured, hopefully out of past transgressions," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "I think both teams understand how important it is and I don't expect any of that (fighting)."

This year, Miami is the top seed. Since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984, the No. 1 seed has lost just once in 30 series.

"We are just happy with the opportunity to be in the playoffs and we are playing against a great team," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We are a heavy underdog and we are going to have to do down there and play great."

Game One of the best-of-five first-round series in Saturday afternoon in Miami.

Camby scored a season-high 22 points and Thomas a season-high 20 for the Knicks, who held the Heat to just 16 points in the final period and pulled away down the stretch.

Ewing was placed on the injured list prior to the game -- he is still eligible for the postseason -- and the Knicks activated forward Ben Davis.

Clarence Weatherspoon scored 18 points, Jamal Mashburn 13 and Voshon Lenard 12 for Miami, which split four games this season with the Knicks. New York won the last two, including rallying from a 20-point second-half deficit on April 25 in Miami.

A tight fourth quarter found the Knicks, who never trailed, holding a 90-84 lead with 4:37 remaining after Lenard drained a 15-foot jumper. But New York scored the next five points on a layup by little-used David Wingate and Charlie Ward's 3-point play that made it 95-84 with 1:48 left.

The Heat, also playing without their center and Most Valuable Player candidate Alonzo Mourning, came no closer than nine points thereafter.

"We were just trying to win the game," Knicks guard Allan Houston said. "The bottom line is you want to take a game like this and improve just to get better. We backed up defensively and that's something we have to practice and get our assignments back together."

Mourning missed three games late in the season after being poked in the eye in a game at Cleveland on April 26. Miami also rested starting point guard Tim Hardaway as well as Dan Majerle and Mark Strickland.

Latrell Sprewell scored 18 points off the bench and Houston and Larry Johnson added 11 apiece for the Knicks, who shot 54 percent (45-of-83) from the field and turned 24 Miami turnovers into 24 points. Chris Dudley grabbed 11 rebounds as New York built a 36-28 advantage on the boards.

Rex Walters dished out nine assists for Miami, which shot 53 percent (34-of-64) and was 17-of-18 from the foul line.

"They are a good team and you can't take them for granted," Hardaway said of the Knicks. "They are going to come out hungry like they did last year and play hard. We've got to show them that we deserve and earned this first-place seed and take care of our business."

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