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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 24 25 25 21 95 LA CLIPPERS 39 26 19 16 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 32, KURT THOMAS 18, CHARLIE WARD 13 LAC - LAMAR ODOM 24, DEREK ANDERSON 23, TYRONE NESBY 22


Extended Box

NEW YORK (95) AT LA CLIPPERS (100)

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

SPREWELL F 45 11-25 10-12 0 6 6 5 1 2 3 32 THOMAS F 39 7-14 4-6 4 5 9 1 2 0 2 18 LANG C 27 5-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 10 HOUSTON G 40 4-11 3-3 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 11 WARD G 31 5-8 2-2 0 6 6 2 2 1 3 13 CHILDS 16 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 WALLACE 23 3-7 5-6 2 7 9 0 3 0 0 11 DUDLEY 9 0-3 0-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 BRUNSON 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 TURKCAN 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CAMBY DNP - TENDINITIS LEFT KNEE L JOHNSON DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 35-81 24-31 9 30 39 11 22 4 12 95 (.432) (.774) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

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

ODOM F 43 8-17 7-8 2 4 6 5 4 1 4 24 SKINNER F 43 1-5 3-4 2 8 10 0 5 3 3 5 OLOWOKANDI C 16 0-0 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 0 1 2 ANDERSON G 42 8-17 5-5 1 3 4 3 4 1 3 23 HUDSON G 37 5-14 3-3 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 16 AVENT 15 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 PIATKOWSKI 19 1-6 5-6 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 8 NESBY 25 8-17 3-4 1 7 8 3 6 1 1 22 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MURDOCK DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE TAYLOR DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 31-77 28-32 10 31 41 13 27 9 13 100 (.403) (.875) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 24 25 25 21 - 95 LA CLIPPERS 39 26 19 16 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, WALLACE. LA CLIPPERS - SKINNER 3, ODOM 2, NESBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 1-12 (.083), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 1-4, CHILDS 0-2, BRUNSON 0-1, TURKCAN 0-1. LA CLIPPERS 10-31 (.323), ODOM 1-4, ANDERSON 2-5, HUDSON 3-9, PIATKOWSKI 1-5, NESBY 3-8. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, NOLAN FINE, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 14,487. T - 2:23.


Box Score

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 45 11-25 10-12 0-6 5 1 32 Thomas 39 7-14 4-6 4-9 1 2 18 Lang 27 5-7 0-0 0-2 1 5 10 Houston 40 4-11 3-3 1-3 2 3 11 Ward 31 5-8 2-2 0-6 2 2 13 Childs 16 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Wallace 23 3-7 5-6 2-9 0 3 11 Dudley 9 0-3 0-2 2-4 0 1 0 Brunson 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Turkcan 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Camby DNP - tendinitis left knee L Johnson DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 24-31 9-39 11 22 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 0-2, Ward 1-4, Childs 0-2, Brunson 0-1, Turkcan 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas, Wallace). Turnovers: 12 (Sprewell 3, Ward 3, Houston 2, Thomas 2, Brunson, Childs). Steals: 4 (Sprewell 2, Houston, Ward).

LA CLIPPERS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 43 8-17 7-8 2-6 5 4 24 Skinner 43 1-5 3-4 2-10 0 5 5 Olowokandi 16 0-0 2-2 2-6 0 4 2 Anderson 42 8-17 5-5 1-4 3 4 23 Hudson 37 5-14 3-3 1-3 2 0 16 Avent 15 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Piatkowski 19 1-6 5-6 1-3 0 3 8 Nesby 25 8-17 3-4 1-8 3 6 22 Closs DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Murdock DNP - sore right knee Taylor DNP - sprained left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 28-32 10-41 13 27 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 10-31, .323 (Odom 1-4, Anderson 2-5, Hudson 3-9, Piatkowski 1-5, Nesby 3-8). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Skinner 3, Odom 2, Nesby). Turnovers: 13 (Odom 4, Anderson 3, Skinner 3, Nesby, Olowokandi, Piatkowski). Steals: 9 (Skinner 3, Avent 2, Anderson, Nesby, Odom, Piatkowski). ____________________________________________ New York 24 25 25 21 - 95 La Clippers 39 26 19 16 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,487. T: 2:23. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Nolan Fine, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Clippers nearly found a new way to lose, building a 28-point lead before escaping with a 100-95 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Clippers earned their second straight win for only the second time in as many seasons, but not before nearly relinquishing the huge cushion they built late in the first half.

The Knicks pulled within two points on three occasions, but Charlie Ward and Latrell Sprewell missed potential tying 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds to seal the defeat.

Rookie Lamar Odom scored 24 points, Derek Anderson added 23 and Tyrone Nesby had 22 in 25 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles, which improved to 4-7 this season and 30-113 since the start of the 1997-98 campaign.

"This win feels good," forward Brian Skinner said. "Any win feels good, but this is especially good. We're improving every day."

Sprewell scored a season-high 32 points for the Knicks, who completed a 2-3 road trip and dropped to 6-7 this season. They played without injured starters Marcus Camby and Larry Johnson.

New York made its final push in the last 2:16. Ward sank a 3-pointer -- the Knicks' only one of the game -- with 57 seconds left to cut the deficit to 98-95, but he and Sprewell each missed open shots from beyond the arc in the closing seconds.

"You knew they were going to make a run," Odom said. "You just gotta limit the run."

After Ward's 3-pointer cut the deficit to three, Odom twice kept the door open for the Knicks. He missed an 11-footer with 37 seconds left, but Ward was long on an uncontested 3-pointer at the other end.

Odom then had an inbounds pass stolen by Ward, but Sprewell missed a layup, and Kurt Thomas failed on a pair of free throws after grabbing the offensive rebound.

"It was scary with 10 seconds to go and then I turn the ball over right under the basket," Odom said. "Charlie Ward, being the football player that he is, just stuck his hand in there and got a piece of it."

Allan Houston got to the loose ball for New York after Thomas' second miss and found Sprewell on the right wing, but the slashing guard threw up an errant 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds to play.

Eric Piatkowski sank a pair of free throws to cap the scoring as the Clippers snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, defeating the Knicks for the first time since November 19, 1992.

"Whether it was a 28- or three-point win, it's a win," said Odom, a New York City native.

"It's a dream of a lifetime to have the Knicks come and play you," he said. "It's like I'm home again. I think it will be a little more special for me in (Madison Square) Garden."

Sprewell shot just 11-of-25 from the field for New York, which was 1-of-12 from 3-point range.

"We're a veteran team and we need to come out with more pride," Sprewell said. "I just wasn't into the game early. We weren't playing with any emotion. We're all disappointed."

The Clippers led 39-24 after the first quarter -- their most productive period of the season -- and started the second on a 21-8 run to build a 60-32 advantage. Nesby had 10 points during the spurt.

Los Angeles led 65-49 at halftime, hitting 7-of-15 shots from behind the arc and 16-of-17 free throws. Nesby, Anderson and Odom combined for 49 points on 17-of-27 shooting.

"Terrible job, particularly on myself and Allan," Sprewell said of the team's defense. "We are the guys that really lead this team. Lamar Odom and Anderson had (20) and (13) at the half, way too many points for us to give up.

"If we had played the first half the way we played the second maybe we would have been the team up 20 points instead of trying to scratch and claw our way back in the end."

The Clippers maintained an 18-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half, but Houston and Ward combined for nine points during a 12-0 run as the Knicks got within 78-72.

Los Angeles' lead grew back to 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but a 9-0 spurt allowed New York to close the gap to 85-83 with 8:38 left.

The teams would trade points over the next 4 1/2 minutes, with the Knicks getting within two points twice more, but never being able to tie it.

Thomas scored 18 points and Ward finished with 13 for New York, which shot 43 percent from the field (35-of-81) and 77 percent from the line (24-of-31).

Troy Hudson scored 16 points and Skinner grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who hit 28-of-32 (87 percent) free throws.

"Tonight we came out and played with tremendous energy and defense," Los Angeles coach Chris Ford said. "Although we lived by the jump shot in the first half and died by the jump shot in the second half."

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