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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 15 26 14 12 67 NEW YORK 25 22 14 17 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 22, CHRIS ANSTEY 14, CHRIS CARR 14 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 21, LARRY JOHNSON 14, PATRICK EWING 12

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 13, CHRIS ANSTEY 10 NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, MARCUS CAMBY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - MATT MALONEY 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 4, CHRIS CHILDS 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CHICAGO (67) AT NEW YORK (78)

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

ARTEST F 32 0-5 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 2 4 0 BRAND F 41 8-16 6-9 3 10 13 3 1 3 2 22 ANSTEY C 29 5-10 4-4 3 7 10 0 4 2 2 14 HAWKINS G 37 4-9 2-2 0 4 4 3 4 1 1 12 MALONEY G 35 0-5 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 2 1 0 SIMPKINS 21 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 CARR 21 6-13 1-1 0 2 2 1 4 2 6 14 ARMSTRONG 13 2-6 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 PERDUE 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 C BENJAMIN 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 BROWN DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HAND HOIBERG DNP - CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 25-69 14-17 6 30 36 20 15 12 19 67 (.362) (.824) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(20 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 34 5-15 4-4 2 2 4 2 1 0 0 14 SPREWELL F 39 8-14 4-4 0 3 3 2 0 2 2 21 EWING C 32 5-14 2-3 2 7 9 2 3 1 5 12 HOUSTON G 36 5-7 0-0 1 5 6 4 3 2 6 11 WARD G 23 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 2 0 4 THOMAS 18 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 6 1 1 4 CHILDS 25 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 4 3 1 1 2 CAMBY 26 5-9 0-0 3 6 9 1 4 2 2 10 WALLACE 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-73 10-11 9 33 42 19 20 11 17 78 (.452) (.909) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

CHICAGO 15 26 14 12 - 67 NEW YORK 25 22 14 17 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRAND, PERDUE. NEW YORK - EWING, CAMBY, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-15 (.200), ARTEST 0-2, HAWKINS 2-4, MALONEY 0-2, CARR 1-2, ARMSTRONG 0-3, C BENJAMIN 0-2. NEW YORK 2-11 (.182), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 1-1, WARD 0-3, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,763. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CHICAGO (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 32 0-5 0-0 0-4 2 2 0 Brand 41 8-16 6-9 3-13 3 1 22 Anstey 29 5-10 4-4 3-10 0 4 14 Hawkins 37 4-9 2-2 0-4 3 4 12 Maloney 35 0-5 0-0 0-2 7 0 0 Simpkins 21 0-2 0-0 0-1 3 0 0 Carr 21 6-13 1-1 0-2 1 4 14 Armstrong 13 2-6 1-1 0-0 0 0 5 Perdue 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 C Benjamin 6 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown DNP - bruised right hand Hoiberg DNP - concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-69 14-17 6-36 20 15 67 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.362, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Artest 0-2, Hawkins 2-4, Maloney 0-2, Carr 1-2, Armstrong 0-3, C Benjamin 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Brand, Perdue). Turnovers: 20 (Carr 6, Artest 4, Anstey 2, Brand 2, C Benjamin 2, Armstrong, Hawkins, Maloney). Steals: 12 (Brand 3, Anstey 2, Artest 2, Carr 2, Maloney 2, Hawkins).

NEW YORK (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 34 5-15 4-4 2-4 2 1 14 Sprewell 39 8-14 4-4 0-3 2 0 21 Ewing 32 5-14 2-3 2-9 2 3 12 Houston 36 5-7 0-0 1-6 4 3 11 Ward 23 2-5 0-0 0-3 3 0 4 Thomas 18 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 6 4 Childs 25 1-4 0-0 1-5 4 3 2 Camby 26 5-9 0-0 3-9 1 4 10 Wallace 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 10-11 9-42 19 20 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 1-3, Houston 1-1, Ward 0-3, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing, Camby, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Houston 6, Ewing 5, Camby 2, Sprewell 2, Childs, Thomas). Steals: 11 (Camby 2, Houston 2, Sprewell 2, Ward 2, Childs, Ewing, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Chicago 15 26 14 12 - 67 New York 25 22 14 17 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Thomas, 1:19 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:04. Officials: Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After facing two of the best teams in the league, the New York Knicks were ready for a night off. Playing the worst team in the league, they practically got one.

The Knicks took a double-digit lead in the first quarter, then went on cruise control but still rolled to a 78-67 victory over the woeful Chicago Bulls.

Even a six-minute fourth-quarter stretch without hitting a shot and committing three turnovers could not knock the Knicks off track. But it dimmed whatever luster there might be on a victory over the Bulls (13-54).

"We have to work on our execution and we need to play better down the stretch," Knicks center Patrick Ewing said.

Latrell Sprewell led New York with 21 points, Larry Johnson added 14, Ewing had 12 and nine rebounds, Allan Houston 11 and Marcus Camby 10 and nine boards for New York, which had its best defensive effort of the season.

The Knicks remained in the third place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind Atlantic Division-leading Miami and two games ahead of Philadelphia and Toronto.

Chicago rookie Elton Brand scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 34th double-double. Chris Anstey scored 14 points and Hersey Hawkins 12. The 26 second-half points also were a season low for a Knicks opponent.

"I wasn't really concerned about playing in New York. I enjoyed it," said Brand, a nagtive of Peekskill, New York. "There is nothing better than playing in the mecca. New York is the mecca of basketball and it felt good to be here."

The Knicks were coming off a 92-85 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in which they were outplayed and a 95-91 road setback to the Indiana Pacers in which they blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. Against the Bulls, the Knicks ran off the first nine points and led by as much as 11 points at 23-12 late in the first quarter.

"Yesterday's loss was tough after blowing a 10-point lead and we knew we had to come out tonight and win the game," Ewing said.

The Bulls missed their first 12 shots and hit just 5-of-20 in the quarter. Their first shot from the floor was Chris Carr's jumper at the 5:11 mark, which made it 11-4.

Playing on his 26th birthday, Camby drove for a sweeping lay-in the first time he touched the ball, giving New York a 21-12 lead.

The Knicks kept the lead around 10 points until the Bulls went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter, pulling within 55-52 on B.J. Armstrong's jumper with 3:45 to go.

"We got out of sync and they came right back into the game and we knew that this was a must-win situation after losing a tough one last night," Camby said.

The Knicks answered with six straight points. After Houston's 18-footer made it 61-52 with 2:40 left in the quarter, New York was not challenged again.

By the end both teams seemed to have lost interest. From the 7:09 mark of the fourth quarter, when Kurt Thomas hit a jumper that gave the Knicks a 71-58 lead until there was 1:08 left and Johnson hit a jumper that made it 78-62, neither team hit a shot from the floor.

"We just passed the ball so poorly. Even when we were open, we didn't help guys shoot the ball well," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Passes were at their ankles, over their heads, so we didn't play well offensively, but defensively, I felt we did a really good job. I thought we played really well defensively and that was good."

The victory gave New York its first sweep of a season series with the Bulls in 20 years.

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