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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 15 19 25 26 85 NEW YORK 21 24 17 29 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 32, SHANDON ANDERSON 17, WALT WILLIAMS 9 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 27, JOHN WALLACE 17, PATRICK EWING 16

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 6, STEVE FRANCIS 5 NYK - THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

HOUSTON (85) AT NEW YORK (91)

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

ANDERSON F 37 7-10 1-2 0 2 2 2 3 2 3 17 THOMAS F 31 3-6 1-4 0 3 3 1 2 2 0 7 OLAJUWON C 28 0-9 4-4 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 4 FRANCIS G 41 12-17 5-6 1 4 5 4 4 4 3 32 MOBLEY G 34 3-10 2-2 0 4 4 2 3 1 7 8 CATO 18 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 0 1 2 WILLIAMS 15 2-6 5-6 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 9 ROGERS 22 0-1 0-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 MILLER 3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 NORRIS 8 2-6 2-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 GRAY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-68 20-30 4 25 29 12 26 9 18 85 (.441) (.667) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 30 0-5 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 2 SPREWELL F 43 11-20 5-6 0 2 2 3 2 4 2 27 EWING C 33 5-11 6-8 1 6 7 0 3 0 6 16 HOUSTON G 20 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 3 6 0 2 6 WARD G 24 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 5 WALLACE 21 7-9 3-3 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 17 THOMAS 29 6-10 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 1 2 12 CAMBY 15 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 2 CHILDS 25 0-3 4-4 0 2 2 5 5 1 0 4 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-70 22-25 5 31 36 15 27 9 15 91 (.486) (.880) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

HOUSTON 15 19 25 26 - 85 NEW YORK 21 24 17 29 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 2, OLAJUWON, ROGERS, THOMAS. NEW YORK - CAMBY, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-18 (.278), ANDERSON 2-4, THOMAS 0-2, FRANCIS 3-7, MOBLEY 0-2, WILLIAMS 0-2, ROGERS 0-1. NEW YORK 1-4 (.250), L JOHNSON 0-2, WARD 1-1, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, TOMMY NUNEZ, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,763. T - 2:32.


Box Score

HOUSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 37 7-10 1-2 0-2 2 3 17 Thomas 31 3-6 1-4 0-3 1 2 7 Olajuwon 28 0-9 4-4 1-6 0 4 4 Francis 41 12-17 5-6 1-5 4 4 32 Mobley 34 3-10 2-2 0-4 2 3 8 Cato 18 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 5 2 Williams 15 2-6 5-6 0-1 2 4 9 Rogers 22 0-1 0-2 1-3 0 1 0 Miller 3 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Norris 8 2-6 2-4 0-1 1 0 6 Gray 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Drew DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 20-30 4-29 12 26 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Anderson 2-4, Thomas 0-2, Francis 3-7, Mobley 0-2, Williams 0-2, Rogers 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Cato 2, Olajuwon, Rogers, Thomas). Turnovers: 19 (Mobley 7, Anderson 3, Francis 3, Williams 2, Cato, Olajuwon, Rogers). Steals: 9 (Francis 4, Anderson 2, Thomas 2, Mobley).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 30 0-5 2-2 2-7 1 2 2 Sprewell 43 11-20 5-6 0-2 3 2 27 Ewing 33 5-11 6-8 1-7 0 3 16 Houston 20 3-8 0-0 0-3 3 6 6 Ward 24 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 3 5 Wallace 21 7-9 3-3 0-4 1 1 17 Thomas 29 6-10 0-0 2-7 0 3 12 Camby 15 0-0 2-2 0-2 1 2 2 Childs 25 0-3 4-4 0-2 5 5 4 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 22-25 5-36 15 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (L Johnson 0-2, Ward 1-1, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Camby, Thomas). Turnovers: 16 (Ewing 6, Houston 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, L Johnson, Wallace, Ward). Steals: 9 (Sprewell 4, Camby, Childs, Thomas, Wallace, Ward). ____________________________________________ Houston 15 19 25 26 - 85 New York 21 24 17 29 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 5:10 3rd, 8:02 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:32. Officials: Joe Forte, Tommy Nunez, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell scored 27 points and Patrick Ewing hit two key jumpers down the stretch as the New York Knicks held on for a 91-85 victory over the Houston Rockets, their fourth win in five games.

The Knicks led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter but the Rockets rallied within 64-63 on a jumper by Kelvin Cato with 9:41 remaining.

But Houston never could take the lead in the final period. After rookie Steve Francis' 3-pointer made it 79-76 with 2:39 left, the Knicks scored six of the next eight points to put away the game. Ewing hit two straight jumpers and Kurt Thomas made a layup with 1:34 to play to extend the lead to 85-78 with 1:34 to go.

"We didn't have a lot of guys play well, but we found a way to win," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

Marcus Camby returned for the Knicks after missing five weeks with a strained right ACL. Activated before the game, Camby entered the game at the start of the second quarter and did not attempt a shot in 15 minutes. He scored two points and grabbed two rebounds.

"It felt great to get out of my suit and put on my uniform and run up and down a little bit," Camby said. "I didn't put up a lot of points or shoot the ball a lot, but just getting out there and getting some contact felt great."

Ewing scored 16 points and Thomas contributed 12 off the bench for New York, which remained one game behind first-place Miami in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks have won 14 of their last 16 against Western Conference foes.

Francis went 12-of-17 from the field and matched a career high with 32 points for Houston, which suffered its fourth straight loss and ninth in 12 games.

"I thought we played very hard, but didn't cash in on some real important fast bresk situations," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "But we are still young. If we continue to play that hard and stay in games, it's going to help our younger guys."

The Knicks led 45-34 at the half, but opened the third quarter on an 8-2 run. Sprewell scored the first six points of the second half and a running jumper by Allan Houston with 8:34 left gave the Knicks their largest lead of the game at 53-36.

Ewing sank two free throws with 4:40 to play to give New York a 58-47 lead, but Francis and Shandon Anderson sparked an 11-2 run to pull Houston within two. Anderson's 3-pointer from the right sideline with 1:57 to play cut New York's lead to 60-58.

Francis scored eight points and Anderson had seven in the third quarter as Houston moved within 62-59.

"We got a good lead and then I think we had a hard time guarding them," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We were in foul trouble and we couldn't keep the ball out of the paint and they played very well."

Wallace went 7-of-9 from the field and scored 17 points off the bench for New York, which shot 48 percent (34-of-70) and sank 22-of-25 free throws. The Knicks outrebounded Houston, 36-29.

New York led 21-15 after the first quarter as Wallace came off the bench to shoot 4-for-4 and score nine points.

Sprewell scored eight points in the second quarter, including a 14-footer with 9:36 left, as he helped the Knicks move out to a 29-16 lead. But Houston outscored New York, 18-10, over the next 7:44 as a running jumper by Cuttino Mobley cut the Knicks' lead to 39-34 with 1:52 left.

The Knicks answered by closing the first half on a 6-0 run, cappped by two free throws from Chris Childs with 15 seconds remaining.

"I thought John (Wallace) played well. He and I were having good nights," Sprewell said. "The rest of the team wasn't feeling it, so we just continued to play aggressive and take whatever the defense gave us. Tonight we were probably not as focused, but once we hit the floor we got off to a good start, but we let them climb back in it in the third quarter."

Van Gundy, who openly objected to the NBA's initiative to have coaches wear microphones during games, did not have to wear one as the NBA allowed an overhead boom mic above the New York bench during the TNT telecast.

"This is how it was in the Finals last year and I think it is a great compromise on the league's part for the objectives they are trying to get and for not being intrusive on the coaches," Van Gundy said. "I am very happy that they did it and I hope that they see fit to continue to give coaches the option to wear it, or have the option of not wearing it and use the microphone over the head."

Anderson was 7-of-10 from outside and scored 17 points for the Rockets, who shot 44 percent (30-of-68), including f5-of-18 from behind the arc. The Rockets committed 18 turnovers.

"I thought today would have been a good opportunity to show everybody that we still have the firepower to win big games," Francis said. "New York is definitely a good team in the East. But I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot with only 12 assists and a million turnovers. You can't win like that."

Former NBA Most Valuable Player Hakeem Olajuwon had a dismal night for Houston, missing all nine of his shots and scoring four points in 28 minutes.

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