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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 28 20 28 25 101 HOUSTON 23 22 25 20 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, PATRICK EWING 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 20 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 20, CUTTINO MOBLEY 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 5, LARRY JOHNSON 5 HOU - CARLOS ROGERS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,650


Extended Box

NEW YORK (101) AT HOUSTON (90)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 4-12 0-0 1 4 5 7 2 1 1 10 SPREWELL F 40 8-13 4-5 0 4 4 5 3 0 0 22 EWING C 32 6-10 8-8 2 3 5 1 4 0 2 20 HOUSTON G 39 10-17 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 20 WARD G 24 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 3 4 7 WALLACE 9 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 2 CAMBY 13 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 5 1 3 2 CHILDS 25 4-6 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 12 THOMAS 20 2-4 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 1 0 6 TURKCAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-74 16-17 4 30 34 20 22 9 13 101 (.527) (.941) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

ANDERSON F 35 5-9 0-2 0 2 2 3 3 1 4 12 ROGERS F 26 3-5 1-2 1 7 8 3 1 1 1 8 HAMILTON C 22 3-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 8 FRANCIS G 39 7-17 5-6 2 2 4 5 5 1 2 20 MOBLEY G 45 6-16 1-1 1 1 2 3 1 1 3 14 BULLARD 21 4-6 1-1 0 6 6 2 1 0 1 12 CATO 20 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 4 THOMAS 23 5-10 1-2 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 12 DREW 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASSENBURG DNP - GROIN STRAIN WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 13-18 7 25 32 18 18 4 13 90 (.459) (.722) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

NEW YORK 28 20 28 25 - 101 HOUSTON 23 22 25 20 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, EWING, CAMBY, WALLACE. HOUSTON - CATO 2, HAMILTON, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-12 (.583), L JOHNSON 2-4, SPREWELL 2-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 2-3. HOUSTON 9-19 (.474), ANDERSON 2-4, ROGERS 1-1, FRANCIS 1-3, MOBLEY 1-4, BULLARD 3-4, THOMAS 1-2, DREW 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, DEREK COLLINS, JOE FORTE. A - 15,650. T - 2:16.


Box Score

NEW YORK (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 4-12 0-0 1-5 7 2 10 Sprewell 40 8-13 4-5 0-4 5 3 22 Ewing 32 6-10 8-8 2-5 1 4 20 Houston 39 10-17 0-0 0-1 0 1 20 Ward 24 3-5 0-0 0-4 3 1 7 Wallace 9 1-3 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Camby 13 1-4 0-0 0-4 1 5 2 Childs 25 4-6 2-2 0-3 1 4 12 Thomas 20 2-4 2-2 0-4 2 1 6 Turkcan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-74 16-17 4-34 20 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.527, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (L Johnson 2-4, Sprewell 2-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 1-2, Childs 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas, Ewing, Camby, Wallace). Turnovers: 13 (Ward 4, Camby 3, Ewing 2, Childs, Houston, L Johnson, Wallace). Steals: 9 (Ward 3, Houston 2, Camby, L Johnson, Thomas, Wallace).

HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 35 5-9 0-2 0-2 3 3 12 Rogers 26 3-5 1-2 1-8 3 1 8 Hamilton 22 3-5 2-2 1-2 0 2 8 Francis 39 7-17 5-6 2-4 5 5 20 Mobley 45 6-16 1-1 1-2 3 1 14 Bullard 21 4-6 1-1 0-6 2 1 12 Cato 20 1-4 2-2 0-2 0 3 4 Thomas 23 5-10 1-2 2-6 0 2 12 Drew 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Gray DNP - coach's decision Massenburg DNP - groin strain Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 13-18 7-32 18 18 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Anderson 2-4, Rogers 1-1, Francis 1-3, Mobley 1-4, Bullard 3-4, Thomas 1-2, Drew 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Cato 2, Hamilton, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Anderson 4, Mobley 3, Drew 2, Francis 2, Bullard, Rogers). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Francis, Mobley, Rogers). ____________________________________________ New York 28 20 28 25 - 101 Houston 23 22 25 20 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,650. T: 2:16. Officials: Jim Capers, Derek Collins, Joe Forte.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Those who believe the New York Knicks are better with Patrick Ewing can use the first quarter of tonight's game as an example. Disbelievers will point to the final period.

Ewing scored 14 of his 20 points in the opening 12 minutes and watched his teammates put on one of their best offensive displays of the season in the fourth quarter as the Knicks won their fourth straight game, 101-90 over the slumping Houston Rockets.

"I didn't think he looked very good early in the game, but once he got his second wind, he looked a lot better," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said of Ewing. "I've stopped trying to defend him. He's a top-50 player and we win more with him. What more can I say?"

After making 4-of-5 shots from the floor in the first quarter, Ewing got in foul trouble and began the final period on the bench with the Knicks clinging to a 76-70 advantage.

New York played unselfishly in the early moments of quarter, using excellent ball movement in an 11-4 run. Five different players scored during the burst and John Wallace's layup off a great feed from Larry Johnson gave the Knicks an 87-74 lead with 7:54 left.

Ewing returned and made four free throws in a 43-second span late in the game. The Knicks went 10-of-10 from the foul line during the fourth quarter and were 15-of-17 overall as they won their third straight road game.

"I felt pretty good out there," said Ewing, who missed his first 14 shots before making one midway through his second game back. "I think my game is starting to come around. My shot is starting to fall and I was getting killed hearing about my oh-fer. I'm trying to stay focused and not let the distractions bother me. I have a lot of basketball left in me. It's going to take some time to fine tune my game."

Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points and Allan Houston also scored 20 for the Knicks, who had five players in double figures and shot 53 percent (39-of-74) from the field, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range.

"I thought we did a really good job offensively," Van Gundy added. "We passed the ball well and we made our open shots. Defensively, I didn't think we played as well."

"We were tuned in to what we were doing defensively," said Sprewell, who played with a touch of the flu. "It was nice to get Patrick back with a good game. This team is loaded and we will get better."

Rookie Steve Francis scored 20 points for the Rockets, who have lost four straight without the injured Charles Barkley and fell to 0-7 against the Eastern Conference.

"We don't have enough manpower right now. They wore us down," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I thought Patrick played pretty well for them tonight. We did a pretty good job of staying in the game, but we didn't do well with our fast-break opportunities. We had some situations where we didn't capitalize and we missed some easy shots."

Sprewell opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a long jumper and Johnson followed with a 3-pointer from the right wing. After a timeout by the Rockets, Chris Childs, who scored 12 points off the bench, made a jumper to give the Knicks an 83-70 lead.

Cuttino Mobley briefly stemmed the tide with a three-point play, but Kurt Thomas made two free throws to push the advantage back to 12 points.

Francis made 1-of-2 from the line before Johnson hit Wallace cutting down the lane for a basket that forced Tomjanovich to call another timeout.

The Knicks built a 93-78 lead as Sprewell and Childs wrapped 3-pointers around a hook by Houston rookie Kenny Thomas.

Houston used a quick 6-0 spurt to cut the deficit to nine points on Francis' driving layup with 3:19 to play. Ewing made his foul shots and Childs and Sprewell both connected on a pair in the final 66 seconds as the Knicks won the first meeting between the 1994 NBA Finals participants since February 22, 1998.

"I was aggressive tonight, but I could have been more aggressive," Francis said. "But it's not about one player. It's about the whole team. We need more than one player for us to play well. But we're a young team. I think we're finding each other out."

Mobley scored 14 points and Thomas contributed 12 for the Rockets, who connected on 46 percent (34-of-74) and were outrebounded, 34-32.

"It's not about getting shots, it's about making shots," Mobley said. "I got them but I didn't make them. I was amazed by Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell's shooting. I felt that me, Steve Francis and Shandon Anderson were in their face every time but they still made them."

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