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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 21 26 20 92 NEW JERSEY 15 19 26 22 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 24, LATRELL SPREWELL 20, KURT THOMAS 16 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 19, KEITH VAN HORN 16, KENDALL GILL 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 11, MARCUS CAMBY 10 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 23, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 5 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 8, KERRY KITTLES 2

ATT: 20,049


Extended Box

NEW YORK (92) AT NEW JERSEY (82)

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

SPREWELL F 40 8-18 4-4 1 8 9 5 3 0 5 20 THOMAS F 38 3-7 10-12 2 9 11 0 4 1 1 16 LANG C 18 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 1 1 4 HOUSTON G 43 8-18 5-7 1 2 3 6 2 1 3 24 WARD G 29 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 12 CHILDS 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 CAMBY 30 5-10 0-2 4 6 10 0 2 0 2 10 DUDLEY 9 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 1 1 0 BRUNSON 12 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 WALLACE 11 1-5 4-4 3 1 4 1 2 0 3 6 D JOHNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TURKCAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-77 23-29 14 34 48 15 27 4 17 92 (.416) (.793) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

NEWMAN F 16 1-3 4-4 1 1 2 0 5 1 0 6 VAN HORN F 39 6-20 3-5 5 1 6 1 5 0 2 16 MCILVAINE C 13 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 0 KITTLES G 33 5-17 0-0 2 4 6 2 5 1 3 11 MARBURY G 43 5-18 8-9 2 4 6 8 3 1 3 19 FEICK 39 5-12 3-4 9 14 23 0 1 1 1 13 GILL 26 5-11 4-4 1 1 2 0 3 2 1 14 G MURESAN 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HARRIS 16 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 PERRY 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BURRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION DOUGLAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-90 23-28 21 29 50 12 25 7 11 82 (.311) (.821) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 21 26 20 - 92 NEW JERSEY 15 19 26 22 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 6, DUDLEY. NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN 2, MCILVAINE 2, GILL 2, KITTLES, FEICK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-11 (.455), HOUSTON 3-5, WARD 2-5, CHILDS 0-1. NEW JERSEY 3-13 (.231), VAN HORN 1-5, KITTLES 1-4, MARBURY 1-3, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, MATT BOLAND. A - 20,049. T - 2:13.


Box Score

NEW YORK (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 40 8-18 4-4 1-9 5 3 20 Thomas 38 3-7 10-12 2-11 0 4 16 Lang 18 2-5 0-0 1-6 0 1 4 Houston 43 8-18 5-7 1-3 6 2 24 Ward 29 5-10 0-0 0-1 0 4 12 Childs 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Camby 30 5-10 0-2 4-10 0 2 10 Dudley 9 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 5 0 Brunson 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 Wallace 11 1-5 4-4 3-4 1 2 6 D Johnson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Turkcan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 23-29 14-48 15 27 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Houston 3-5, Ward 2-5, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Camby 6, Dudley). Turnovers: 17 (Sprewell 5, Houston 3, Wallace 3, Camby 2, Dudley, Lang, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 4 (Dudley, Houston, Lang, Thomas).

NEW JERSEY (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Newman 16 1-3 4-4 1-2 0 5 6 Van Horn 39 6-20 3-5 5-6 1 5 16 Mcilvaine 13 0-3 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 Kittles 33 5-17 0-0 2-6 2 5 11 Marbury 43 5-18 8-9 2-6 8 3 19 Feick 39 5-12 3-4 9-23 0 1 13 Gill 26 5-11 4-4 1-2 0 3 14 G Muresan 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Harris 16 1-5 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Perry 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Burrell DNP - coach's decision Douglas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-90 23-28 21-50 12 25 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.311, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Van Horn 1-5, Kittles 1-4, Marbury 1-3, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Van Horn 2, Mcilvaine 2, Gill 2, Kittles, Feick). Turnovers: 11 (Kittles 3, Marbury 3, Van Horn 2, Feick, Gill, Mcilvaine). Steals: 7 (Gill 2, Feick, Harris, Kittles, Marbury, Newman). ____________________________________________ New York 25 21 26 20 - 92 New Jersey 15 19 26 22 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:24 4th). New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:13. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Monty Mccutchen, Matt Boland.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Not even the sight of the rival New York Knicks could inspire the hapless New Jersey Nets.

Allan Houston scored 24 points as the Knicks took control early and posted a 92-82 victory over the Nets, who suffered their fifth straight loss.

Playing the team with the most losses in the league, the Knicks left little doubt about the outcome, never trailing and leading by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. Houston scored 14 points in the first quarter, helping the Knicks build a 25-15 advantage.

Latrell Sprewell added 20 points and Kurt Thomas had 16 and 11 rebounds for New York, which has won four of its last five games.

Stephon Marbury scored 19 points and handed out eight assists for the Nets (2-15), who have lost six straight home games and have the most losses in the league. New Jersey was coming off a two-point loss to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.

One bright spot for the Nets was the play of reserve Jamie Feick, who grabbed 23 rebounds, one shy of the most in the NBA this season set by Houston's Charles Barkley.

"We just couldn't get over the hump," Feick said. "I thought we scrapped and hustled a lot and I thought we did a good job on the boards. We got a lot of loose balls down the stretch. Like I said, we just couldn't get over the hump."

New Jersey, which came into the contest tied with the Chicago Bulls as the worst shooting team in the league at 40 percent, had another forgettable afternoon from the floor. The Nets shot just 31 percent (28-of-90).

"The quality of shots we got was decent at times, but we didn't knock them down," Nets coach Don Casey said. "When you are two and whatever that basket looks awfully small, compared to when you are 20-1."

"They beat us both times in the preseason," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We have the ultimate respect for them. I thought they played very hard tonight. They probably missed some shots they could have made, and I think our defense had a little something to do with that."

Sprewell gave the Knicks their biggest lead of the contest at 56-38 with 8:12 left in the third quarter. The Knicks held a 72-60 advantage entering the final period.

The Nets did show some fight and closed within 83-77 with 2:14 remaining after Keith Van Horn converted a layup. But Charlie Ward provided the dagger on the next possession, draining a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to push the lead back to nine.

"I think Charlie's shot was pretty big," Houston said. "I think that was the one that got em'. Every time we really needed a big basket we hit one."

Houston scored 16 points in the first half as the Knicks held a 46-34 advantage. He made 8-of-18 shots from the floor, including going 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

New York won despite shooting 42 percent (32-of-77) and committing 17 turnovers. They were also outrebounded, 50-48.

While Houston and Sprewell were presenting problems for the Nets on the perimeter, Marcus Camby made life miserable for them down low. The active big man scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added six blocked shots.

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