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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 17 21 17 33 88 NEW YORK 24 28 28 15 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON ARTEST 24, ELTON BRAND 22, DEDRIC WILLOUGHBY 13 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 7, TONI KUKOC 7 NYK - PATRICK EWING 14, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - TONI KUKOC 8, RON ARTEST 4 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CHICAGO (88) AT NEW YORK (95)

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

BRAND F 40 9-18 4-7 5 2 7 0 2 2 1 22 KUKOC F 40 4-15 3-5 2 5 7 8 2 3 4 11 SIMPKINS C 24 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 5 0 3 2 ARTEST G 43 6-15 11-17 3 3 6 4 3 2 0 24 MALONEY G 27 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 9 WILLOUGHBY 22 4-6 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 13 CARR 8 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 RUFFIN 9 0-1 0-2 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 PERDUE 18 1-2 1-4 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 3 ANSTEY 9 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 5 1 0 4 C BENJAMIN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE BROWN DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 31-70 20-37 16 20 36 16 24 11 16 88 (.443) (.541) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 17(25 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 32 7-12 1-2 1 3 4 3 3 0 2 19 SPREWELL F 38 4-11 6-6 0 3 3 3 4 4 3 14 EWING C 31 2-8 10-10 4 10 14 0 4 1 2 14 HOUSTON G 40 6-12 3-3 1 3 4 3 5 0 1 15 WARD G 21 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 CAMBY 19 5-7 1-1 3 1 4 0 5 0 2 11 CHILDS 23 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 6 2 1 0 2 THOMAS 21 5-8 1-2 1 0 1 0 2 1 4 11 WALLACE 15 3-4 3-3 0 1 1 1 4 1 2 9 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - FLU TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-70 25-27 12 25 37 19 32 9 17 95 (.471) (.926) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

CHICAGO 17 21 17 33 - 88 NEW YORK 24 28 28 15 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - ARTEST, BRAND. NEW YORK - WALLACE 2, CAMBY 2, EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-16 (.375), KUKOC 0-3, ARTEST 1-4, MALONEY 1-2, WILLOUGHBY 4-6, CARR 0-1. NEW YORK 4-11 (.364), L JOHNSON 4-6, SPREWELL 0-3, WARD 0-1, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD, ANSTEY, NEW YORK - EWING. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, LUIS GRILLO, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

CHICAGO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 40 9-18 4-7 5-7 0 2 22 Kukoc 40 4-15 3-5 2-7 8 2 11 Simpkins 24 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 5 2 Artest 43 6-15 11-17 3-6 4 3 24 Maloney 27 4-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 9 Willoughby 22 4-6 1-2 1-1 0 1 13 Carr 8 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ruffin 9 0-1 0-2 1-3 1 2 0 Perdue 18 1-2 1-4 1-3 1 1 3 Anstey 9 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 5 4 C Benjamin DNP - sprained right ankle Brown DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 20-37 16-36 16 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.541. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Kukoc 0-3, Artest 1-4, Maloney 1-2, Willoughby 4-6, Carr 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 2 (Artest, Brand). Turnovers: 17 (Kukoc 4, Willoughby 4, Simpkins 3, Brand, Carr, Maloney, Perdue, Ruffin). Steals: 11 (Kukoc 3, Artest 2, Brand 2, Anstey, Maloney, Ruffin, Willoughby).

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 32 7-12 1-2 1-4 3 3 19 Sprewell 38 4-11 6-6 0-3 3 4 14 Ewing 31 2-8 10-10 4-14 0 4 14 Houston 40 6-12 3-3 1-4 3 5 15 Ward 21 0-3 0-0 1-2 3 3 0 Camby 19 5-7 1-1 3-4 0 5 11 Childs 23 1-5 0-0 1-4 6 2 2 Thomas 21 5-8 1-2 1-1 0 2 11 Wallace 15 3-4 3-3 0-1 1 4 9 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - flu Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 25-27 12-37 19 32 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.926. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (L Johnson 4-6, Sprewell 0-3, Ward 0-1, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Camby 2, Ewing). Turnovers: 18 (Thomas 4, Sprewell 3, Camby 2, Ewing 2, L Johnson 2, Wallace 2, Houston, Ward). Steals: 9 (Sprewell 4, Childs, Ewing, Thomas, Wallace, Ward). ____________________________________________ Chicago 17 21 17 33 - 88 New York 24 28 28 15 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 2 (Head Coach Floyd, 8:14 2nd; Anstey, 3:11 4th). New York 1 (Ewing, 3:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Ken Mauer, Luis Grillo, George Toliver.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks just cannot blow anybody out and tonight they were lucky to hold on against the league-worst but feisty Chicago Bulls.

Larry Johnson hit a crucial 3-pointer with 47 seconds to play as the Knicks blew most of a 27-point second-half lead before holding off a furious rally for a 95-88 victory over the Bulls.

New York's biggest win of the season was a 107-82 home victory over Dallas on November 29. The Knicks have been unable to put teams away late and tonight was a perfect example. They led 24-17 after one quarter, 52-38 at halftime and 80-55 entering the final period before watching Chicago go on a breathtaking 33-10 run to close within 90-86 with 1:08 to play.

"You get what you deserve in this game," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We deserved to be up by 25 and we deserved to almost lose the game. That is the bottom line."

Johnson, who scored 19 points, hit his fourth 3-pointer of the second half on New York's ensuing trip to open a five-point cushion and the Knicks claimed their fourth win in five games and ninth in 12 home contests.

"Spree penetrated and found me. I hit a couple early and I was feeling good," Johnson said, referring to Latrell Sprewell. "I don't consider myself a 3-point shooter, but I was feeling good. I think we relaxed and thought we could coast through the fourth."

Chicago (5-27) had its season-high three-game winning streak snapped and failed to cash in on a chance to climb one-half game ahead of the Golden State Warriors (6-27) in the race to avoid the NBA basement.

Native New Yorkers and fellow first-round draft picks Ron Artest and Elton Brand made their pro debuts at Madison Square Garden. Artest scored a season-high 24 points and Brand added 22 as both played key roles in the Bulls' near-miraculous comeback.

"It was a good game. We cut it down to two and we played hard," said Artest, who attended St. John's. "You never know what happens, guys start turning the ball over, we start hitting 3s, keep playing hard and hope for the best."

"It was fun (coming back to New York), but they booed me on the free-throw line," joked Artest. "I think they owe me an apology. They should send me some sorry cards."

Allan Houston scored 15 points and Patrick Ewing added 14 and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had the 313th consecutive sellout at Madison Square Garden wondering if they were interested in competing over the final 12 minutes.

"We just stopped playing on both defense and offense," Ewing said. "We were able to get the win, so we were happy. I don't think we were lucky even though the momentum changed in the fourth quarter."

Artest and Brand combined for 25 of Chicago's 33 fourth-quarter points and Artest's layup with 3:35 remaining cut the deficit to 86-81.

"It's positive," Brand said. "We almost pulled it out in front of a lot of family and friends. They saw us play very hard."

The Knicks appeared to regain control when Ewing drove and drew a foul from Chris Anstey after a violent collision in the lane nearly caused a brawl between the two big men. Ewing calmly hit both free throws and Sprewell's layup off a turnover on Chicago's next possession gave New York a 90-81 cushion with 2:49 left.

But the Bulls came right back with a 7-0 run, capped by Brand's follow shot on a missed free throw by Artest. Johnson responded with a 25-footer from the top of the arc and Chicago did not score again.

Sprewell scored 14 points and Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas added 11 apiece off the bench for New York, which shot 47 percent (33-of-70) and scored 25 points off turnovers.

"No excuse for that, the (Bulls) deserve some credit," Sprewell said. "They played hard and never stopped competing and fighting, and we did. Defensively we didn't get the job done in the fourth quarter. We allowed them to get back in the game. If L.J. doesn't hit that 3, it's really a game."

Dedric Willoughby had 13 points and Kukoc, who suffered his first loss in four games since returning to the lineup, managed just 11 on 4-of-15 shooting for the Bulls. Chicago shot 44 percent (31-of-70).

John Wallace scored all of his nine points in the second quarter to help the Knicks build a 14-point halftime lead.

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