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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 27 15 24 23 89 WASHINGTON 25 18 21 22 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 24, ALLAN HOUSTON 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 24, TRACY MURRAY 15, JUWAN HOWARD 10

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, MARCUS CAMBY 5 WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, LARRY JOHNSON 3 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 6, MITCH RICHMOND 5

ATT: 19,053


Extended Box

NEW YORK (89) AT WASHINGTON (86)

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

L JOHNSON F 38 8-14 6-7 1 3 4 3 2 3 1 24 SPREWELL F 33 5-18 2-2 3 1 4 5 1 3 4 13 EWING C 32 5-11 3-10 2 7 9 0 2 0 0 13 HOUSTON G 40 6-13 7-8 0 3 3 2 3 4 0 19 WARD G 29 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 3 1 9 DUDLEY 16 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 1 CAMBY 27 2-4 2-4 2 3 5 0 4 1 0 6 CHILDS 20 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 2 2 WALLACE 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 21-33 9 21 30 12 23 14 8 89 (.437) (.636) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 32 5-9 0-0 1 5 6 2 5 0 3 10 SMITH F 29 1-2 0-2 1 6 7 0 2 0 0 2 J WHITE C 31 3-6 2-4 3 10 13 2 5 0 2 8 RICHMOND G 31 8-13 6-9 0 2 2 5 4 2 3 24 STRICKLAND G 34 4-7 0-2 3 4 7 6 4 2 6 8 HAMILTON 17 2-7 3-3 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 A WILLIAMS 16 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 AUSTIN 17 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 4 C WHITNEY 14 3-7 0-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 8 T MURRAY 17 4-9 3-4 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 15 KING 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JORDAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-67 14-25 13 34 47 17 26 7 18 86 (.478) (.560) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(25 PTS)

NEW YORK 27 15 24 23 - 89 WASHINGTON 25 18 21 22 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 3, CHILDS, DUDLEY, SPREWELL, WALLACE. WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2, SMITH 2, AUSTIN, A WILLIAMS, T MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-11 (.545), L JOHNSON 2-3, SPREWELL 1-1, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 3-5, CHILDS 0-1. WASHINGTON 8-16 (.500), RICHMOND 2-4, STRICKLAND 0-1, HAMILTON 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-5, T MURRAY 4-5. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - EWING, WASHINGTON - HOWARD, HEAD COACH HEARD. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, TIM DONAGHY, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 19,053. T - 2:25.


Box Score

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 38 8-14 6-7 1-4 3 2 24 Sprewell 33 5-18 2-2 3-4 5 1 13 Ewing 32 5-11 3-10 2-9 0 2 13 Houston 40 6-13 7-8 0-3 2 3 19 Ward 29 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 9 Dudley 16 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 3 1 Camby 27 2-4 2-4 2-5 0 4 6 Childs 20 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 5 2 Wallace 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Lang DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 21-33 9-30 12 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (L Johnson 2-3, Sprewell 1-1, Houston 0-1, Ward 3-5, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Ewing 3, Childs, Dudley, Sprewell, Wallace). Turnovers: 9 (Sprewell 4, Childs 2, L Johnson, Ward). Steals: 14 (Houston 4, L Johnson 3, Sprewell 3, Ward 3, Camby).

WASHINGTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 32 5-9 0-0 1-6 2 5 10 Smith 29 1-2 0-2 1-7 0 2 2 J White 31 3-6 2-4 3-13 2 5 8 Richmond 31 8-13 6-9 0-2 5 4 24 Strickland 34 4-7 0-2 3-7 6 4 8 Hamilton 17 2-7 3-3 0-1 0 1 7 A Williams 16 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 2 0 Austin 17 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 1 4 C Whitney 14 3-7 0-1 0-2 1 1 8 T Murray 17 4-9 3-4 1-3 0 1 15 King 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jordan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-67 14-25 13-47 17 26 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.560. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Richmond 2-4, Strickland 0-1, Hamilton 0-1, C Whitney 2-5, T Murray 4-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (J White 2, Smith 2, Austin, A Williams, T Murray). Turnovers: 21 (Strickland 6, Howard 3, Richmond 3, C Whitney 2, J White 2, Hamilton, T Murray). Steals: 7 (Richmond 2, Strickland 2, A Williams, Austin, T Murray). ____________________________________________ New York 27 15 24 23 - 89 Washington 25 18 21 22 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Ewing, 11:48 1st). Washington 2 (Howard, 11:08 3rd; Head Coach Heard, 1:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,053. T: 2:25. Officials: Jess Kersey, Tim Donaghy, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks were embarrassed once this season by the Washington Wizards. They almost let it happen again.

Patrick Ewing scored seven of his 13 points in a decisive 15-2 run late in the fourth quarter as the Knicks overcame a spotty performance to defeat the Wizards, 89-86, and snap a two-game losing streak.

Latrell Sprewell hit his only two free throws of the game with 9.3 seconds left to give the Knicks a three-point lead and Chris Whitney missed an off-balance 3-pointer that went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds remaining.

The Wizards did not bother to foul on the inbounds pass and the Knicks escaped with the victory.

Larry Johnson scored 24 points and Allan Houston added 20 for the Knicks, who improved to 9-9 on the road this season.

For 3 1/2 quarters, Ewing was not much of a factor, picking up an early technical and two quick fouls before finally coming alive in the final minutes.

Whitney's 3-pointer gave Washington a 78-72 lead with 7:26 left but New York turned up the defensive pressure, allowing just two points over the next six minutes.

Ewing hit 1-of-2 from the line to give the Knicks the lead for good at 79-78 with 5:58 to play. He converted another foul shot to make it 87-80 with 1:26 to go.

"I thought it was a bad call," said Wizards coach Gar Heard, who was given a technical foul for arguing. "I'm not going to let my guys get screwed. If they're getting screwed, I have to say something about it."

Washington's Mitch Richmond and Tracy Murray hit 3-pointers to make it 87-86 with 40 seconds to play. Richmond scored 24 points and Murray added 15.

After Houston missed a 3-pointer, the Wizards had a chance to take the lead. Richmond drove, drew contact from Ewing and lost the ball to Sprewell, who was fouled near midcourt with 9.3 seconds left.

"I got the ball and pump-faked Pat up," Richmond said. "He jumped a little and got me with the body and he also tripped me, and I lost the ball. Obviously, it was a foul.

"We should've had a chance to win it. That game wasn't decided by the overall play. If you're going to call a foul on one, you've got to call it on the other. That's all I'm saying."

Heard and Ewing had conflicting viewpoints.

"That should've been called," Heard said. "Mitch got tripped and they didn't call it. I don't know what they were looking at, but Mitch should've been shooting two free throws to give us a chance to win the ballgame. Patrick tripped him. There's no question about it, Patrick tripped him. ... The whistle was blowing all night, so why didn't they blow it then?"

"He was trying to go by me but he got his legs caught up," said Ewing. "We just did what we had to do."

The Wizards had no one but themselves to blame for shooting just 56 percent (14-of-25) at the line.

"We had some struggles at the line," Richmond admitted. "We could've had a big enough lead not to let it come down to that. But it was a one-point game and we were fighting our butts off and trying to get a shot. It makes us sick. They can't feel good about how they officiated the game tonight."

However, the Knicks felt good about the way Ewing took control down the stretch. Neither team led by more than eight points in a contest that featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes.

"He came through down the stretch," Houston said. "He was huge."

"Patrick took care of us in the fourth," said Sprewell, who had 13 points on just 5-for-18 shooting. "The guys were playing well without me tonight."

Wizards center Jahidi White sensed that he would see Ewing's best shots down the stretch, yet he could do nothing to stop his elder Hoya from crosstown Georgetown.

"I could tell Patrick was going to take it to me down the stretch," said White, who had 13 rebounds and eight points. "And he didn't do a bad job of it, either. When they really needed him, he stepped up."

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