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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 28 18 28 28 102 DENVER 20 28 22 25 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 26, ALLAN HOUSTON 23, CHARLIE WARD 13 DEN - RON MERCER 30, ANTONIO MCDYESS 26, NICK VAN EXEL 11

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 7, MARCUS CAMBY 6 DEN - RON MERCER 7, RAEF LAFRENTZ 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 6, CHRIS CHILDS 6 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 13,196


Extended Box

NEW YORK (102) AT DENVER (95)

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

L JOHNSON F 33 2-9 3-5 1 6 7 5 3 2 3 7 SPREWELL F 35 10-17 6-6 0 3 3 3 5 2 2 26 DUDLEY C 11 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 4 HOUSTON G 38 10-15 2-3 0 4 4 2 3 0 4 23 WARD G 35 5-8 1-2 1 3 4 6 1 4 1 13 CAMBY 27 4-7 2-3 0 6 6 1 5 3 1 10 WALLACE 8 5-6 2-3 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 12 THOMAS 27 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 3 3 CHILDS 25 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 6 3 1 1 4 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-71 19-26 3 30 33 24 32 12 17 102 (.563) (.731) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 41 9-15 8-11 3 2 5 3 4 1 5 26 POSEY F 17 0-1 2-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 LAFRENTZ C 32 3-7 0-1 2 4 6 1 3 0 3 7 MERCER G 47 12-25 4-4 1 6 7 3 3 1 3 30 VAN EXEL G 36 4-13 1-2 0 3 3 7 2 0 3 11 MCCLOUD 26 0-4 4-6 2 3 5 3 3 0 3 4 CLARK 12 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 2 C HERREN 12 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 5 0 1 7 BOWEN 11 1-1 4-6 0 0 0 2 4 3 0 6 ROGERS 6 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-71 25-38 10 24 34 21 27 5 20 95 (.451) (.658) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 21(30 PTS)

NEW YORK 28 18 28 28 - 102 DENVER 20 28 22 25 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY. DENVER - MCDYESS, LAFRENTZ, CLARK, POSEY, ROGERS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-8 (.375), L JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 2-4. DENVER 6-15 (.400), POSEY 0-1, LAFRENTZ 1-1, MERCER 2-3, VAN EXEL 2-7, MCCLOUD 0-1, C HERREN 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD, DEE KANTNER. A - 13,196. T - 2:21.


Box Score

NEW YORK (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 33 2-9 3-5 1-7 5 3 7 Sprewell 35 10-17 6-6 0-3 3 5 26 Dudley 11 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 5 4 Houston 38 10-15 2-3 0-4 2 3 23 Ward 35 5-8 1-2 1-4 6 1 13 Camby 27 4-7 2-3 0-6 1 5 10 Wallace 8 5-6 2-3 0-2 0 3 12 Thomas 27 1-3 1-2 1-3 1 4 3 Childs 25 1-3 2-2 0-3 6 3 4 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-71 19-26 3-33 24 32 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.563, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (L Johnson 0-2, Houston 1-2, Ward 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Camby). Turnovers: 18 (Houston 4, L Johnson 3, Thomas 3, Sprewell 2, Wallace 2, Camby, Childs, Ward). Steals: 12 (Ward 4, Camby 3, L Johnson 2, Sprewell 2, Childs).

DENVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 41 9-15 8-11 3-5 3 4 26 Posey 17 0-1 2-4 1-2 0 1 2 Lafrentz 32 3-7 0-1 2-6 1 3 7 Mercer 47 12-25 4-4 1-7 3 3 30 Van Exel 36 4-13 1-2 0-3 7 2 11 Mccloud 26 0-4 4-6 2-5 3 3 4 Clark 12 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 C Herren 12 2-3 2-2 0-2 1 5 7 Bowen 11 1-1 4-6 0-0 2 4 6 Rogers 6 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-71 25-38 10-34 21 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.658. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Posey 0-1, Lafrentz 1-1, Mercer 2-3, Van Exel 2-7, Mccloud 0-1, C Herren 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcdyess, Lafrentz, Clark, Posey, Rogers). Turnovers: 21 (Mcdyess 5, Lafrentz 3, Mccloud 3, Mercer 3, Van Exel 3, C Herren, Clark, Posey). Steals: 5 (Bowen 3, Mcdyess, Mercer). ____________________________________________ New York 28 18 28 28 - 102 Denver 20 28 22 25 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,196. T: 2:21. Officials: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- As Latrell Sprewell goes, so go the New York Knicks.

Sprewell snapped out of a shooting slump by scoring 24 of his 26 points in the second half as the Knicks ended a three-game losing streak with a 102-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The energetic 6-5 swingman was 2-of-14 from the floor in Sunday's disappointing home loss to Miami after missing a pair of crucial free throws down the stretch in Saturday's loss at Boston.

"We didn't want to go on a four-game losing streak. We stayed together as a team even though we didn't play very well," Sprewell said.

Tonight, Sprewell was 1-of-4 from the floor in the first half as the Knicks fell behind, 48-46. But he finally found his groove after intermission.

He went 10-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-6 at the line over the final two periods and buried a 10-footer with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter to put New York ahead for good, 70-68.

"Sprewell is a streaky shooter but he is not a streaky scorer," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He's best when he's in attack mode. When you play hard good things happen."

"The altitude affected me in the first (half) but when you get your second wind, you're pretty much good," Sprewell added.

Allan Houston scored 23 points and Charlie Ward added 13 and six assists for the defending Eastern Conference champions (5-4), who avoided their first four-game losing streak since April 14-19.

"Denver ran into a team that desperately needed a win," Houston said.

"We tried to take the ball out of (Sprewell and Houston's) hands, but they made their shots down the stretch," Denver coach Dan Issel added. "They played a great game."

Ron Mercer collected 30 points and Antonio McDyess added a season-high 26 for the Nuggets (2-5), who slipped to 2-2 at home.

"(Sprewell) just got hot in the second half," Mercer said. "He didn't hit shots and then he exploded. That's the key. I'd rather have a win than have the offensive performance."

New York has won five straight and nine of the last 11 meetings with Denver.

John Wallace provided a spark, scoring all 12 of his point in the first half, and Marcus Camby added 10 and six rebounds for New York, which shot a season-high 56 percent (40-of-71) and scored 30 points off 21 turnovers. The Knicks entered the game shooting just 44 percent.

Houston drained 10-of-15 shots, including a 20-footer that gave the Knicks a 95-87 cushion with 1:42 to play.

Mercer hit a 16-footer and McDyess added an emphatic slam to pull the Nuggets within 95-91 with 1:08 left, but they got no closer.

Nick Van Exel had 11 points and seven assists for Denver, which shot 45 percent (32-of-71) and held a 34-33 advantage on the boards.

"We've got to play 48 minutes," Van Exel said. "But that's been the same all season. We didn't match their intensity in the fourth period. They controlled the game with their style of play."

The Knicks ran out to a 28-20 lead after one quarter on the strength of eight points by Ward. But the Nuggets crawled back into contention early in the second.

Rookie Chris Herren's 26-footer capped a 7-0 run and pulled the Nuggets within 30-28 with 8:27 remaining in the half. The teams battled back and forth over the next eight minutes and Van Exel gave the Nuggets a 48-46 lead at the half by making a driving layup with 23 seconds left.

McDyess opened the second half with a short jumper and Van Exel made a free throw to make it 51-46 with 10:29 remaining in the third quarter. The Knicks fell behind 65-58 on McDyess' layup with 4:47 left in the period before Spewell took control.

"We definitely don't have the killer instinct yet," Issel said. "We had our chances, but they made their shots and we didn't. When we have a lead in the (third) period, we need to put them away."

Houston sank a 19-footer and Sprewell connected on two free throws and back-to-back jumpers to thrust New York in front, 66-65, with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

Camby made a layup before McDyess converted a three-point play to forge a 68-68 tie with 2:26 remaining. Sprewell answered with a 10-footer on the ensuing trip to put New York ahead for good.

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