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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 19 25 29 22 95 NEW YORK 20 25 20 18 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 19, JAHIDI WHITE 15, JUWAN HOWARD 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 20, PATRICK EWING 18, MARCUS CAMBY 11

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 10, MICHAEL SMITH 8 NYK - PATRICK EWING 8, MARCUS CAMBY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 8, JUWAN HOWARD 6 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (95) AT NEW YORK (83)

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

HOWARD F 32 5-10 2-2 1 2 3 6 5 0 2 12 SMITH F 35 3-4 2-3 0 8 8 2 1 2 1 8 J WHITE C 28 4-8 7-11 0 10 10 0 4 0 1 15 RICHMOND G 33 9-15 0-0 0 2 2 2 6 1 2 19 STRICKLAND G 34 3-7 4-4 1 3 4 8 0 1 6 10 AUSTIN 7 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 A WILLIAMS 21 1-4 3-3 2 4 6 1 3 1 2 5 T MURRAY 19 3-10 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 10 C WHITNEY 16 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 8 JORDAN 15 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 4 KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-67 24-29 5 33 38 24 23 6 16 95 (.493) (.828) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 19 3-7 4-4 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 10 SPREWELL F 39 3-11 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 6 EWING C 28 8-14 2-2 1 7 8 0 4 1 3 18 HOUSTON G 42 5-14 10-12 0 3 3 0 4 2 2 20 WARD G 26 2-6 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 6 CAMBY 34 2-7 7-8 6 2 8 0 3 2 1 11 THOMAS 18 4-8 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 8 CHILDS 28 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 1 1 2 WALLACE 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-76 24-28 9 22 31 11 25 7 13 83 (.382) (.857) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

WASHINGTON 19 25 29 22 - 95 NEW YORK 20 25 20 18 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - A WILLIAMS 4. NEW YORK - EWING 2, CAMBY 2, HOUSTON, WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-10 (.500), RICHMOND 1-4, T MURRAY 2-4, C WHITNEY 2-2. NEW YORK 1-9 (.111), HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 1-5, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - RICHMOND. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, MARK WUNDERLICH, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,763. T - 2:10.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 32 5-10 2-2 1-3 6 5 12 Smith 35 3-4 2-3 0-8 2 1 8 J White 28 4-8 7-11 0-10 0 4 15 Richmond 33 9-15 0-0 0-2 2 6 19 Strickland 34 3-7 4-4 1-4 8 0 10 Austin 7 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 A Williams 21 1-4 3-3 2-6 1 3 5 T Murray 19 3-10 2-2 1-3 1 1 10 C Whitney 16 3-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 8 Jordan 15 1-2 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 King DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-67 24-29 5-38 24 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Richmond 1-4, T Murray 2-4, C Whitney 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (A Williams 4). Turnovers: 17 (Strickland 6, A Williams 2, Howard 2, Richmond 2, Austin, J White, Smith, T Murray). Steals: 6 (Smith 2, A Williams, Jordan, Richmond, Strickland).

NEW YORK (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 19 3-7 4-4 0-1 0 2 10 Sprewell 39 3-11 0-0 0-0 4 2 6 Ewing 28 8-14 2-2 1-8 0 4 18 Houston 42 5-14 10-12 0-3 0 4 20 Ward 26 2-6 1-2 1-4 2 1 6 Camby 34 2-7 7-8 6-8 0 3 11 Thomas 18 4-8 0-0 1-5 0 5 8 Childs 28 1-6 0-0 0-2 5 4 2 Wallace 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 24-28 9-31 11 25 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Houston 0-2, Ward 1-5, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 2, Camby 2, Houston, Ward). Turnovers: 13 (Ewing 3, Sprewell 3, Houston 2, Camby, Childs, L Johnson, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 7 (Camby 2, Houston 2, Childs, Ewing, Ward). ____________________________________________ Washington 19 25 29 22 - 95 New York 20 25 20 18 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Richmond, 11:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:10. Officials: Steve Javie, Mark Wunderlich, Scott Wall.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Not only did the New York Knicks have their season-high five-game winning streak come to an end, they also lost at home to a team that was 10 games under .500.

Mitch Richmond scored seven of his 19 points in a decisive 11-2 third-quarter run that helped the Washington Wizards to a 95-83 victory over the Knicks.

New York was on its longest regular-season winning streak since a seven-game run from February 26-March 9, 1997, but Washington (8-17) took over in a span of 3:39 in the third quarter en route to its third win in four games.

"We said going into the game that if you move the ball on this team, you're going to get good shots," Wizards coach Gar Heard said. "If you try to just stand there and try to beat them 1-on-1 ... they're a great defensive team and a great half-court defensive team. So we felt if we could move the basketball, we could get any shot we wanted and we got some wide-open shots today."

The Knicks tied the game for the final time, 50-50, with 9:14 left in the third quarter on a bucket by Larry Johnson, but Washington took the lead for good when Richmond ignited the run 29 seconds later with a basket.

Richmond hit a layup to make it 54-50 and Rod Strickland extended the lead to six points on a bucket with 6:47 left. Patrick Ewing scored inside for New York's only points in the run, which was capped by a basket by Juwan Howard and a 3-pointer by Richmond that made it 61-52 with 5:06 remaining.

"It was definitely a good win for us," Richmond said. "We came in and played a great game all around. It started with our defense in the second half and that got it done. It was a great team effort."

The Knicks pulled within 73-67 when Chris Childs hit a basket for the first points of the fourth quarter but got no closer in their fifth loss in the last seven games against Washington.

"We certainly know that they are talented," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said when asked if his team overlooked the Wizards. "They beat San Antonio on the road in their last road game. I don't think we took them lightly. If we did, that's not very good."

"We can't overlook teams because of their records," said Allan Houston, who led the Knicks with 20 points. "They've been playing very well of late. A game like this shows we aren't there yet."

Richmond was 9-of-15 from the field as Washington shot 49 percent (33-of-67). The Wizards made 24-of-29 free throws, with Jahidi White responsible for four of the misses.

"It was great. Down the stretch we made some free throws when they were making a run," Richmond said. "That's what you have to do. If you miss some of those free throws, they get right back in the game."

White finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Howard had 10 points and six assists. Strickland had 10 points and eight assists, overcoming six turnovers against the team for which he started his career.

"It was a great experience playing that well against Patrick Ewing," said White, who followed Ewing to Georgetown. "A lot of stuff worked today just because we were really hitting our shots. The biggest thing was our defense. The defense really worked for us today. We had a lot of big stops and that brought out our offense."

Houston had half of his points from the foul line and shot just 5-of-14 from the floor. Ewing, in his fifth game since returning from an injured Achilles tendon, had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who shot just 38 percent (29-of-76).

Marcus Camby scored 11 points and Johnson 10 as they were the only other Knicks to score in double figures. Flu-ridden Latrell Sprewell scored just six points in 39 minutes.

New York built a 20-19 lead through one quarter and held a 45-44 edge at the half behind 12 points apiece from Houston and Ewing.

"This is a game we could have won and should have won," Ewing said. "We can't make any excuses. We just did not get the job done today. They did a better job than we did on defense and they also scored."

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