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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 12 26 27 24 89 VANCOUVER 20 19 19 25 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 24, LATRELL SPREWELL 23, MARCUS CAMBY 18 VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 28, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 21, MIKE BIBBY 11

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 11, LARRY JOHNSON 6 VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 5, LARRY JOHNSON 4 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 10, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4

ATT: 16,632


Extended Box

NEW YORK (89) AT VANCOUVER (83)

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

L JOHNSON F 33 2-9 0-0 2 4 6 4 4 1 1 4 SPREWELL F 40 10-19 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 2 3 23 EWING C 31 4-8 3-4 2 9 11 2 4 1 0 11 HOUSTON G 39 8-16 7-7 0 2 2 3 0 1 1 24 WARD G 25 0-6 0-0 1 1 2 5 2 1 0 0 CAMBY 28 9-13 0-1 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 18 CHILDS 23 1-7 1-2 1 2 3 1 5 1 1 3 THOMAS 21 3-4 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 6 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 13-16 9 27 36 19 18 7 8 89 (.451) (.813) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 40 8-12 3-3 1 9 10 4 4 2 4 21 HARRINGTON F 44 3-10 3-4 3 13 16 0 2 0 4 9 REEVES C 37 3-6 0-1 2 8 10 1 5 0 4 6 BIBBY G 41 4-11 2-2 1 1 2 10 3 0 4 11 DICKERSON G 38 12-23 2-2 0 2 2 3 4 3 2 28 LOPEZ 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 PALACIO 7 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 CARR 11 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 2 SCOTT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 WEST 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-69 12-14 7 37 44 21 22 6 20 83 (.478) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

NEW YORK 12 26 27 24 - 89 VANCOUVER 20 19 19 25 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 2, SPREWELL. VANCOUVER - REEVES 2, BIBBY, WEST, HARRINGTON, CARR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-12 (.167), L JOHNSON 0-1, SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 1-5, WARD 0-3. VANCOUVER 5-15 (.333), ABDUR-RAHIM 2-3, BIBBY 1-5, DICKERSON 2-7. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CAMBY, CHILDS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, HARRINGTON. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, DAVID JONES, JOE FORTE. A - 16,632. T - 2:09.


Box Score

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 33 2-9 0-0 2-6 4 4 4 Sprewell 40 10-19 2-2 0-3 1 0 23 Ewing 31 4-8 3-4 2-11 2 4 11 Houston 39 8-16 7-7 0-2 3 0 24 Ward 25 0-6 0-0 1-2 5 2 0 Camby 28 9-13 0-1 1-5 1 2 18 Childs 23 1-7 1-2 1-3 1 5 3 Thomas 21 3-4 0-0 2-4 2 1 6 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 13-16 9-36 19 18 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (L Johnson 0-1, Sprewell 1-3, Houston 1-5, Ward 0-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing 2, Sprewell). Turnovers: 8 (Sprewell 3, Thomas 2, Childs, Houston, L Johnson). Steals: 7 (Sprewell 2, Childs, Ewing, Houston, L Johnson, Ward).

VANCOUVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 40 8-12 3-3 1-10 4 4 21 Harrington 44 3-10 3-4 3-16 0 2 9 Reeves 37 3-6 0-1 2-10 1 5 6 Bibby 41 4-11 2-2 1-2 10 3 11 Dickerson 38 12-23 2-2 0-2 3 4 28 Lopez 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Palacio 7 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Carr 11 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Scott 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 West 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Parks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 12-14 7-44 21 22 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Abdur-rahim 2-3, Bibby 1-5, Dickerson 2-7). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Reeves 2, Bibby, West, Harrington, Carr). Turnovers: 20 (Abdur-rahim 4, Bibby 4, Harrington 4, Reeves 4, Carr 2, Dickerson 2). Steals: 6 (Dickerson 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Palacio). ____________________________________________ New York 12 26 27 24 - 89 Vancouver 20 19 19 25 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Camby, 1:10 1st; Childs, 8:21 2nd; Illegal Defense, 7:37 4th). Vancouver 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:52 4th, 4:18 4th; Harrington, 0:56 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,632. T: 2:09. Officials: Gary Benson, David Jones, Joe Forte.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Allan Houston scored 24 points and Latrell Sprewell added 23 as the New York Knicks held off a late rally and clinched a playoff spot with an 89-83 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

The win ensured New York of its 13th straight playoff appearance. Last season, the Knicks advanced to the NBA Finals as the Eastern Conference's eighth seed, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.

"Even though their record is not good, they're still a good team," Knicks center Patrick Ewing said. "They have a lot of offense on that team. They played a lot harder tonight than they did aginst us in New York."

The Knicks have won five of their last six games and improved to 7-1 all-time against Vancouver while handing the Grizzlies their 15th loss in 16 contests.

"We played a good game," Grizzlies guard Mike Bibby said. "They pulled it out in the end. We fought and fought, but we just didn't come out on the winning end. That's one of the top teams in the East. If we play like that against everybody else, we will win."

The Knicks were ahead 71-62 with just over nine minutes remaining before the Grizzlies chipped away over the next seven minutes, cutting the lead to 81-80 with two minutes left on Shareef Abdur Rahim's jumper from the right baseline.

After Ewing's two free throws extended the Knicks' lead to three with 63 seconds remaining, Vancouver's Othella Harrington was whistled for a foul and slapped with a technical for protesting the call. Houston hit the ensuing free throw before Ewing connected on a hook shot for an 86-80 lead with 43 seconds remaining.

"I didn't say anything, I just glanced over," Harrington said of the technical. "I don't know, you guys watched the game you got a better look at it. I just go out there and play."

Dickerson scored 13 of his 28 points over the final 12 minutes, including two 3-pointers to spark the Grizzlies' comeback. He finished 12-of-23 from the field.

"Mike got on a roll and we rode it," Vancouver coach Lional Hollins said. "Not only did Mike make shots, he penetrated and dished off to other people. He had a red-hot seocnd half. He was on fire."

New York shot a miserable 26 percent from the field (6-of-23) in the first quarter and fell behind, 20-12. Sprewell and Marcus Camby combined to score all 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting while the rest of the team failed to connect on the other 12 attempts.

The Knicks cut the Grizzlies' lead over the first eight minutes of the second quarter before finally taking a 31-29 lead with 3:21 to play before halftime on Houston's jumper. But Vancouver fought back to take a 39-38 advantage at the break.

New York took the lead they would not relinquish with 7:25 left in the third quarter on Houston's 3-pointer before scoring eight of the final 10 points of the session to take a 65-58 lead.

"Fortunately I was able to get some goood shots and they fell," Houston said. "They did a great job running their offense. Micheal Dickerson really made some key shots for them, but down the stretch we were able to hold them in some key possessions and Patrick hit some big shots."

New York shot 45 percent (37-of-82) from the floor with Sprewell having the hottest hand with a 10-of-19 performance. Houston was 8-of-16 and Camby hit nine of his 13 attempts.

Vancouver shot 48 percent (33-of-69) from the field on the night, but committed 20 turnovers that resulted in 23 Knicks' points. New York coughed the ball over only eight times.

"Usually we try to play good defense and force some tunovers," Houston said. "It usually doesn't lead to as many points as it did tonight, but the key is not turning the ball over yourself and then capitalizing on the turnovers they made by scoring at the other end."

Even though New York held a 46-28 scoring advantage in the paint, the Grizzlies won the rebounding battle, 44-36, including a career-high 16 from Harrington and 10 apiece by Abdur-Rahim and Bryant Reeves.

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