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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 19 28 19 30 96 ORLANDO 12 27 24 26 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 28, KURT THOMAS 14, CHARLIE WARD 12 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 15, CHUCKY ATKINS 14, PAT GARRITY 13

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 ORL - BO OUTLAW 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 ORL - CHUCKY ATKINS 5, MONTY WILLIAMS 3

ATT: 17,248


Extended Box

NEW YORK (96) AT ORLANDO (89)

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

L JOHNSON F 39 2-6 4-4 0 6 6 1 2 0 2 8 SPREWELL F 35 1-7 8-9 0 1 1 5 3 1 4 10 EWING C 35 11-20 6-8 7 11 18 2 3 0 2 28 HOUSTON G 32 5-17 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 1 10 WARD G 37 4-12 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 3 4 12 CAMBY 28 3-5 2-2 2 3 5 3 3 0 4 8 THOMAS 23 7-10 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 0 1 14 BRUNSON 11 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 6 CHILDS DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 20-23 12 34 46 20 22 4 20 96 (.439) (.870) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21(18 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 24 0-2 2-4 3 6 9 2 1 2 3 2 WALLACE F 28 3-5 0-2 3 3 6 1 1 1 0 6 AMAECHI C 29 3-10 3-4 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 9 D ARMSTRONG G 31 6-12 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 2 2 15 MERCER G 35 3-15 5-7 1 2 3 0 6 4 2 11 WILLIAMS 19 4-9 2-3 0 3 3 3 0 2 1 10 DOLEAC 17 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 4 ATKINS 22 6-13 1-2 0 1 1 5 2 0 4 14 P GARRITY 22 5-7 1-2 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 13 MAGGETTE 13 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 5 JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 17-28 9 27 36 13 19 13 15 89 (.425) (.607) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 16(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 19 28 19 30 - 96 ORLANDO 12 27 24 26 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, SPREWELL, EWING. ORLANDO - DOLEAC 2, P GARRITY 2, MERCER 2, OUTLAW, WALLACE, MAGGETTE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-16 (.250), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 4-9, BRUNSON 0-1. ORLANDO 4-15 (.267), D ARMSTRONG 1-4, MERCER 0-3, ATKINS 1-5, P GARRITY 2-3. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, BILL SPOONER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 17,248. T - 2:34.


Box Score

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 39 2-6 4-4 0-6 1 2 8 Sprewell 35 1-7 8-9 0-1 5 3 10 Ewing 35 11-20 6-8 7-18 2 3 28 Houston 32 5-17 0-0 1-3 1 5 10 Ward 37 4-12 0-0 1-5 3 2 12 Camby 28 3-5 2-2 2-5 3 3 8 Thomas 23 7-10 0-0 1-6 3 3 14 Brunson 11 3-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 6 Childs DNP - suspended by nba Lang DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 20-23 12-46 20 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 0-3, Ward 4-9, Brunson 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby 3, Sprewell, Ewing). Turnovers: 21 (Camby 4, Sprewell 4, Ward 4, Brunson 2, Ewing 2, L Johnson 2, Houston, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Ward 3, Sprewell).

ORLANDO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 24 0-2 2-4 3-9 2 1 2 Wallace 28 3-5 0-2 3-6 1 1 6 Amaechi 29 3-10 3-4 1-6 0 1 9 D Armstrong 31 6-12 2-2 1-2 1 0 15 Mercer 35 3-15 5-7 1-3 0 6 11 Williams 19 4-9 2-3 0-3 3 0 10 Doleac 17 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Atkins 22 6-13 1-2 0-1 5 2 14 P Garrity 22 5-7 1-2 0-3 0 3 13 Maggette 13 2-2 1-2 0-1 0 2 5 Johnson DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 17-28 9-36 13 19 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (D Armstrong 1-4, Mercer 0-3, Atkins 1-5, P Garrity 2-3). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 9 (Doleac 2, P Garrity 2, Mercer 2, Outlaw, Wallace, Maggette). Turnovers: 16 (Atkins 4, Outlaw 3, D Armstrong 2, Maggette 2, Mercer 2, Amaechi, Williams). Steals: 13 (Mercer 4, D Armstrong 2, Outlaw 2, Williams 2, Doleac, P Garrity, Wallace). ____________________________________________ New York 19 28 19 30 - 96 Orlando 12 27 24 26 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 0:17 1st, 3:26 2nd, 6:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:34. Officials: Hue Hollins, Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Playoff time is approaching and Patrick Ewing is getting hot at the right time.

Ewing scored 10 of his 28 points in the decisive fourth quarter and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Knicks to a gutsy 96-89 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Ewing, who had a season-high 30 points in Thursday's victory over Washington, is rounding into form just when his team needs him most.

The veteran center missed the first 20 games of the season recovering from a partially torn Achilles tendon and has endured much criticism from those who claim he must accept a diminished role because his skills are eroding.

Ewing has characteristically ignored the criticism and perhaps his reduced schedule will leave him with more energy for the upcoming postseason. New York is third in the Eastern Conference, two game behind Atlantic Division-leading Miami.

"Patrick got guys in foul trouble and played hard," Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell said. "He rebounded strongly and he was getting second shots and putbacks that helped us because we were turning the ball over. Even though we turned the ball over, we did a better job defensively -- that was the difference."

"I think it's been great to have Patrick play like this," New York guard Allan Houston said. "In the end, with all the scrambling going around, he'd be open under the basket. It forced him to get easier baskets than posting up and having to battle in a set offense."

The Magic pulled within 87-86 on a drive by rookie Chucky Atkins and a jumper by Darrell Armstrong with 1:06 to play. However, Latrell Sprewell hit two free throws and Ewing converted a 3-point play which gave the Knicks a 92-86 lead with 22 seconds left.

Armstrong scored 15 points for Orlando, which had an 11-game home winning streak snapped. In the race for the final playoff spot in the East, the Magic lead idle Milwaukee by two games with seven remaining and have two games left with the Bucks.

Foul shooting was a huge factor in the outcome. New York hit 12-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter en route to 20-of-23 overall while the Magic coverted only 5-of-8 in the period and 17-of-28 for the game.

Houston, who made only 2-of-10 shots through three quarters, drained consecutive jumpers to ignite an 8-2 run that gave New York its largest lead at 74-65 with 8:31 remaining.

"I knew it was a just a matter of time," Houston said. "I knew I'd hit a couple of shots eventually. I've learned since I've been here to hang in there and stick with it. You've got to have a bit of cockiness, especially in my position."

Orlando closed within a basket on two occasions in the period but the Knicks responded each time, with Ewing wreaking havoc throughout.

"We were getting the shots we wanted, we just didn't make them," Atkins said. "They're a veteran team and are able to keep their poise and play through runs. We didn't come out as hard as we usually do and it came back to haunt us."

"This game came down to who was going to make a shot," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought we played terrific defense for the most part. We held them to 44 percent but we shoot (43 percent) and missed free throws. We had our chances tonight, the ball just didn't go in."

New York took a 19-12 lead after a poor-shooting first quarter which saw the Magic set a season low for points. Ewing had 14 points as the Knicks took a 47-39 lead at the half.

Armstrong and Ron Mercer scored four points each to power an 8-0 run that tied the score at 47-47 at the 8:37 mark. Orlando took a 60-57 lead with 2:55 remaining on two free throws by Armstrong but Charlie Ward buried a 3-pointer and Marcus Camby converted a tip-in and a running jumper to give New York a 64-60 cushion in the final minute of the period.

Kurt Thomas scored 14 points off the bench, Ward had 12 and Houston and Sprewell added 10 apiece for New York, which shot 44 percent (36-of-82) from the field and held a 46-36 rebounding advantage.

Atkins had 14 points and Pat Garrity added 13 for the Magic, who shot 43 percent (34-of-80) and scored 23 points on the break.

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