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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 21 23 14 20 78 NEW YORK 26 14 22 23 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - TYRONE HILL 16, LARRY HUGHES 13, BILLY OWENS 12 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 31, LARRY JOHNSON 12, MARCUS CAMBY 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - BILLY OWENS 12, TYRONE HILL 11 NYK - PATRICK EWING 10, MARCUS CAMBY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (78) AT NEW YORK (85)

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

HILL F 41 6-16 4-4 5 6 11 2 3 3 1 16 LYNCH F 38 4-12 1-3 3 7 10 3 3 4 1 10 GEIGER C 25 3-10 3-4 1 2 3 1 5 0 2 9 MCKIE G 22 5-13 0-0 4 2 6 4 3 1 0 10 SNOW G 36 2-8 1-4 1 7 8 3 2 0 2 5 HUGHES 26 5-12 3-4 1 2 3 0 4 1 1 13 MACCULLOCH 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 OWENS 30 5-11 2-4 4 8 12 2 2 0 4 12 OLLIE 13 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 3 BOWEN 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION RATLIFF DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 31-85 15-25 21 34 55 17 24 10 11 78 (.365) (.600) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 33 5-11 2-2 3 3 6 3 3 0 3 12 SPREWELL F 43 13-21 4-5 1 4 5 3 1 1 1 31 EWING C 30 0-8 7-8 2 8 10 0 5 1 0 7 HOUSTON G 35 3-15 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 2 1 6 WARD G 28 2-5 3-4 0 2 2 3 3 2 3 7 CHILDS 20 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 0 3 4 CAMBY 28 5-11 2-5 4 5 9 0 2 0 2 12 THOMAS 18 3-5 0-2 3 5 8 1 3 1 1 6 WALLACE 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 18-26 14 32 46 15 23 7 14 85 (.413) (.692) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 21 23 14 20 - 78 NEW YORK 26 14 22 23 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH, HILL. NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, THOMAS 2, HOUSTON, WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-8 (.125), LYNCH 1-1, GEIGER 0-1, MCKIE 0-2, SNOW 0-1, HUGHES 0-2, OWENS 0-1. NEW YORK 1-11 (.091), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 0-4, WARD 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, VIOLET PALMER, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:20.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 6-16 4-4 5-11 2 3 16 Lynch 38 4-12 1-3 3-10 3 3 10 Geiger 25 3-10 3-4 1-3 1 5 9 Mckie 22 5-13 0-0 4-6 4 3 10 Snow 36 2-8 1-4 1-8 3 2 5 Hughes 26 5-12 3-4 1-3 0 4 13 Macculloch 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Owens 30 5-11 2-4 4-12 2 2 12 Ollie 13 1-2 1-2 1-1 2 0 3 Bowen 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Ratliff DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-85 15-25 21-55 17 24 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Lynch 1-1, Geiger 0-1, Mckie 0-2, Snow 0-1, Hughes 0-2, Owens 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Lynch, Hill). Turnovers: 14 (Owens 4, Geiger 2, Snow 2, Hill, Hughes, Lynch). Steals: 10 (Lynch 4, Hill 3, Hughes, Mckie, Ollie).

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 33 5-11 2-2 3-6 3 3 12 Sprewell 43 13-21 4-5 1-5 3 1 31 Ewing 30 0-8 7-8 2-10 0 5 7 Houston 35 3-15 0-0 0-3 3 1 6 Ward 28 2-5 3-4 0-2 3 3 7 Childs 20 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 5 4 Camby 28 5-11 2-5 4-9 0 2 12 Thomas 18 3-5 0-2 3-8 1 3 6 Wallace 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Turkcan DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 18-26 14-46 15 23 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 1-3, Houston 0-4, Ward 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Camby 3, Thomas 2, Houston, Ward). Turnovers: 14 (Childs 3, L Johnson 3, Ward 3, Camby 2, Houston, Sprewell, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Houston 2, Ward 2, Ewing, Sprewell, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 21 23 14 20 - 78 New York 26 14 22 23 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:20. Officials: Joe Crawford, Violet Palmer, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing had an ugly return and the New York Knicks notched an ugly win.

Ewing missed all eight of his shots but Latrell Sprewell picked up the slack with 31 points as the Knicks fought off the pesky Philadelphia 76ers, 85-78, for their fourth win in five games.

Ewing was activated from the injured list prior to the game. The aging superstar center had not played since Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals due to a partially torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery during the offseason and returned to practice earlier this month.

"It's my first day back," Ewing said. "I'm just going to take it a game at a time. It's my first game, I practiced with the team twice. I'm trying to fit in and help the team to win."

Introduced as the starting center, Ewing received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. He won the opening tip but his only impact came on the backboards as he pulled down 10 rebounds.

"I appreciate it, what the crowd did," Ewing said. "They acknowledged the fact I have been out a while. It was a long road coming back and they welcomed me."

"He did all right," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He hit some big free throws and got some rebounds. He did fine. I think it is a little bit of game condition and a little bit of fatigue."

In 30 minutes, Ewing made 7-of-8 free throws and committed five fouls. As expected, he appeared out of sync with the rest of the offense, which has played a bit faster in his absence.

"There are no adjustments, it's just getting back into basketball condition," Ewing said. "I haven't played basketball in six months, so I had to get used to it and have to get used to the new rules."

"I think he came up and grabbed some big boards for us," said Sprewell. "He made his free throws. It's just nice to see Pat on the floor competing with us. If anything, Patrick's presence is a positive. He's a big part of this team."

Sprewell compensated for poor shooting games by Ewing and Allan Houston by making 13-of-21 shots, including the clinching jumper with 1:07 left. He also was the only Knick to make a 3-pointer in 11 attempts.

"I'm just trying to let the game come to me," Sprewell said. "I didn't want to go out there and start forcing up shots."

Houston made just 3-of-15 shots and scored six points. Larry Johnson and Marcus Camby scored 12 points apiece for New York, which beat Philadelphia for the 19th time in the last 21 meetings at Madison Square Garden.

Tyrone Hill had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Larry Hughes scored 13 points for the 76ers, who fell to 6-4 without star guard Allen Iverson. The NBA's scoring leader could return from a broken thumb as early as Saturday against Charlotte.

"I could have played tonight," Iverson said. "They (the doctors) are going to do what is best for me. My doctor knows a lot more about the injury. If he tells me to sit out, that's what I have to do."

A three-point play by Sprewell gave the Knicks a 71-64 lead with 5:52 to play before the 76ers went on an 8-2 run, closing to 73-72 on a jumper by Eric Snow with 3:55 remaining.

Charlie Ward answered with a floater in the lane and Ewing made two free throws before Camby's layup pushed the advantage to 79-72 with 2:38 to go. George Lynch made a 3-pointer and the Sixers forced a bad pass by Camby, but Snow missed a 3-pointer.

Ewing made two more free throws with 1:33 remaining. After a free throw by Hughes, Sprewell drilled a jumper from the right wing to seal it at 83-76 with 1:07 left. Ewing added two more foul shots in the final minute.

"He made some big free throws down the stretch, but he did struggle a little bit," Sixers coach Larry Brown said.

The Knicks shot 41 percent (33-of-80) from the field and held the Sixers to 36.5 percent (31-of-85). Philadelphia also was just 15-of-25 from the line.

"We made some pretty bad decisions and took pretty bad shots," Brown said. "When we shoot 36 percent like we do, and poor from the free throw line, and we still have a chance to win, we had to be doing things pretty good."

Billy Owens had 12 points and 12 rebounds and George Lynch added 10 and 10 for the Sixers.

Sprewell scored 20 points in the first half, which ended with Philadelphia holding a 44-40 lead. Johnson scored nine points in a 14-2 run early in the third quarter and New York took the lead for good at 60-58 on Sprewell's runner with 2:02 left in the period.

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