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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 29 26 17 22 94 NEW YORK 21 28 36 24 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - TIM THOMAS 26, RAY ALLEN 25, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 32, ALLAN HOUSTON 24, CHRIS CHILDS 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - SCOTT WILLIAMS 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 NYK - PATRICK EWING 8, LARRY JOHNSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 8, GLENN ROBINSON 6 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (94) AT NEW YORK (109)

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

HAM F 22 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 3 ROBINSON F 36 3-12 2-2 0 4 4 6 1 0 5 8 JOHNSON C 24 2-3 1-2 3 2 5 0 3 1 3 5 ALLEN G 38 9-15 4-5 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 25 CASSELL G 35 2-10 4-4 1 0 1 8 2 0 2 8 S WILLIAMS 21 2-5 4-8 3 3 6 0 3 1 0 8 THOMAS 30 7-10 10-11 1 4 5 1 2 1 0 26 MANNING 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 R ALSTON 16 0-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 TRAYLOR 9 0-3 3-6 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 3 TURKCAN 5 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 DEL NEGRO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-69 31-42 11 21 32 20 22 6 13 94 (.420) (.738) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 36 5-7 0-0 1 4 5 5 5 2 3 12 THOMAS F 30 4-4 3-4 1 3 4 1 6 1 3 11 EWING C 26 3-6 0-0 1 7 8 2 5 0 0 6 HOUSTON G 38 8-13 3-5 0 4 4 5 4 2 3 24 SPREWELL G 36 13-17 4-4 0 4 4 4 2 0 2 32 WALLACE 21 1-6 8-8 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 10 CHILDS 33 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 10 4 0 0 13 DUDLEY 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 BRUNSON 7 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 WINGATE 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BOHANNON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-66 19-23 3 29 32 27 33 5 14 109 (.591) (.826) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 29 26 17 22 - 94 NEW YORK 21 28 36 24 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON, THOMAS. NEW YORK - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 5-17 (.294), ROBINSON 0-4, ALLEN 3-5, THOMAS 2-5, R ALSTON 0-2, TURKCAN 0-1. NEW YORK 12-17 (.706), L JOHNSON 2-3, HOUSTON 5-6, SPREWELL 2-3, WALLACE 0-1, CHILDS 3-4. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, TED BERNHARDT, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,763. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ham 22 1-2 1-2 1-3 0 4 3 Robinson 36 3-12 2-2 0-4 6 1 8 Johnson 24 2-3 1-2 3-5 0 3 5 Allen 38 9-15 4-5 0-2 4 1 25 Cassell 35 2-10 4-4 1-1 8 2 8 S Williams 21 2-5 4-8 3-6 0 3 8 Thomas 30 7-10 10-11 1-5 1 2 26 Manning 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 R Alston 16 0-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Traylor 9 0-3 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 Turkcan 5 2-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 6 Del Negro DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-69 31-42 11-32 20 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.738. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Robinson 0-4, Allen 3-5, Thomas 2-5, R Alston 0-2, Turkcan 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Robinson, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Robinson 5, Johnson 3, Allen 2, Cassell 2, Traylor). Steals: 6 (Allen, Johnson, R Alston, S Williams, Thomas, Turkcan).

NEW YORK (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 36 5-7 0-0 1-5 5 5 12 Thomas 30 4-4 3-4 1-4 1 6 11 Ewing 26 3-6 0-0 1-8 2 5 6 Houston 38 8-13 3-5 0-4 5 4 24 Sprewell 36 13-17 4-4 0-4 4 2 32 Wallace 21 1-6 8-8 0-2 0 3 10 Childs 33 5-9 0-0 0-2 10 4 13 Dudley 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Brunson 7 0-2 1-2 0-2 0 0 1 Wingate 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bohannon 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-66 19-23 3-32 27 33 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.591, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 12-17, .706 (L Johnson 2-3, Houston 5-6, Sprewell 2-3, Wallace 0-1, Childs 3-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Houston 3, L Johnson 3, Thomas 3, Sprewell 2, Wallace 2, Bohannon). Steals: 5 (Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 29 26 17 22 - 94 New York 21 28 36 24 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:30 4th). New York 1 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 8:13 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:18. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ted Bernhardt, Scott Wall.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell's third quarter was better than Ray Allen's first and the New York Knicks were better than the Milwaukee Bucks for the fourth time this season.

Sprewell scored 18 of his season-high 32 points during the Knicks' season-best 36-point third-quarter outburst as New York cruised to a 109-94 victory over the lifeless Bucks.

Allen got Milwaukee off to hot start by scoring 17 of his 25 points in the opening period, staking the Bucks to a 29-21 lead. But New York came back from deficits of 10, nine and 19 points in its first three meetings with Milwaukee this season and tonight was no different.

After the Knicks cut the deficit to 55-49 at the half, Sprewell, a Milwaukee native, spearheaded an awesome offensively display over the next 12 minutes. The explosive swingman buried 8-of-9 shots as New York shot 75 percent (15-of-20), including 6-of-7 from 3-point range.

"(Sprewell) just started rolling in the second half, shooting-wise," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I thought he played well offensively the whole game."

With the Knicks down 59-51 with 10:40 remaining in the third quarter, Sprewell made a six-footer, a 3-pointer and a nine-footer to cut the deficit to one. He forged a 65-65 tie with a 25-footer midway through the period and gave the Knicks the lead for good, 70-68, with 4:38 left.

"I didn't change anything. It just felt good (in the third quarter)," Sprewell said. "I wish I could feel like that every night, a night where everything goes your way. The biggest difference tonight was our defense."

The 6-5, 190-pounder was far from done. He made a driving layup and a running jumper before Allan Houston buried a 3-pointer to open a 79-70 lead with 1:54 remaining.

Chris Childs made a runner and a 3-pointer to stretch the margin to 85-72 with 18 seconds left, capping a 24-13 burst. Sprewell outscored the Bucks by a point during the quarter and sat for most of the fourth period. He also scored 32 points on November 23 at the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We just picked up our defensive intensity," Childs said of the third quarter. "Sprewell was there and he made it tough for Ray. In the past, we'd get frustrated and not have the defensive pressure. But we didn't do that tonight."

Houston snapped out of a shooting funk with 24 points and Childs added 13 and a season-high 10 assists for New York, which swept the season series from Milwaukee for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign.

"For the most part, we're a team that has to learn from (falling behind early)," Houston said. "We have to welcome the challenge. We proved we can do it tonight."

The Knicks have won eight of their last nine home contests and remained one game behind Miami (37-21) for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Tim Thomas scored a season-high 26 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven and slipped one-half game behind idle Detroit into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks (28-30) are just one game ahead of Orlando for the conference's final playoff spot.

"We didn't change anything at halftime, four or five shots didn't fall for us and the Knicks had a great attitude coming out. They shot 75 percent in the third quarter," Milwaukee coach George Karl said.

Milwaukee went just 5-of-17 from the field during the third quarter after making 18-of-36 shots in the first half. The Bucks finished at 42 percent (29-of-69) and yielded 19 points off turnovers.

Larry Johnson scored 12 points, Kurt Thomas 11 and John Wallace added 10 off the bench for New York, which shot a dazzling 59 percent (39-of-66), including a season-best 12-of-17 from beyond the arc.

At the outset, the night looked like it belonged to Allen. The All-Star guard hit 7-of-8 shots in the opening quarter and had 17 of the Bucks' first 19 points. His short jumper made it 23-17 with 3:49 left in the first period.

"I think Ray Allen had 20 points in the first eight or 10 minutes. We didn't guard very well," Van Gundy said. "And we played great in the second half."

"My philosophy is, that if we're playing well, the ball will find everyone and the basket," Allen said. "I thought our attitude was there (in the second half), we just didn't hit our shots."

Thomas made a 3-pointer and Robert Traylor hit three free throws to push the advantage to 40-28 with 7:32 left in the first half.

The Knicks began to make a game of it late in the second quarter. Sprewell hit an 18-footer and Johnson was good from 15 feet and made a layup to shave the deficit to 50-45 with 1:32 left in the half.

Sprewell's driving layup at the buzzer was blocked by Milwaukee rookie and former Knick Mirsad Turkcan, but goaltending was called and New York trailed 55-49 at intermission.

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