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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 23 15 14 8 89 NEW YORK 22 18 22 19 10 91 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 32, JOHNNY NEWMAN 16, KENDALL GILL 15 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 21, PATRICK EWING 18, CHARLIE WARD 13

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - JAMIE FEICK 10, JIM MCILVAINE 7 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 11, PATRICK EWING 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - KENDALL GILL 5, ELLIOT PERRY 5 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 6

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (89) AT NEW YORK (91) - FINAL IN OT

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

HARRIS F 42 2-8 5-6 1 2 3 2 4 2 2 9 VAN HORN F 47 13-25 4-4 0 6 6 3 2 2 2 32 MCILVAINE C 21 0-1 0-0 3 4 7 1 2 2 0 0 GILL G 35 6-18 3-3 1 5 6 5 6 1 0 15 PERRY G 45 4-14 0-0 0 3 3 5 0 1 5 8 FEICK 26 2-4 0-0 4 6 10 0 4 0 0 4 NEWMAN 33 6-12 4-4 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 16 BURRELL 13 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 0 0 5 HENDRICKSON 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KITTLES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE MARBURY DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-88 16-17 11 31 42 17 24 9 10 89 (.398) (.941) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 46 3-7 1-4 2 9 11 6 2 0 1 9 SPREWELL F 43 10-21 1-3 2 2 4 6 2 2 4 21 EWING C 37 5-12 8-10 2 7 9 0 2 0 0 18 HOUSTON G 41 5-10 2-4 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 12 WARD G 38 5-13 2-2 1 6 7 5 1 2 1 13 CAMBY 20 2-4 2-4 1 6 7 0 4 0 3 6 THOMAS 20 5-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 1 1 10 CHILDS 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 3 2 BRUNSON 5 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 36-80 16-27 12 38 50 21 16 6 14 91 (.450) (.593) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 23 15 14 8 - 89 NEW YORK 22 18 22 19 10 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 3. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, EWING, WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-11 (.273), HARRIS 0-2, VAN HORN 2-5, NEWMAN 0-2, BURRELL 1-2. NEW YORK 3-14 (.214), L JOHNSON 2-3, SPREWELL 0-2, WARD 1-8, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, SEAN CORBIN, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,763. T - 2:33.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harris 42 2-8 5-6 1-3 2 4 9 Van Horn 47 13-25 4-4 0-6 3 2 32 Mcilvaine 21 0-1 0-0 3-7 1 2 0 Gill 35 6-18 3-3 1-6 5 6 15 Perry 45 4-14 0-0 0-3 5 0 8 Feick 26 2-4 0-0 4-10 0 4 4 Newman 33 6-12 4-4 0-2 0 3 16 Burrell 13 2-5 0-0 2-5 1 3 5 Hendrickson 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kittles DNP - sore right knee Marbury DNP - sore left knee G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-88 16-17 11-42 17 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Harris 0-2, Van Horn 2-5, Newman 0-2, Burrell 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcilvaine 3). Turnovers: 11 (Perry 5, Harris 2, Van Horn 2, Newman). Steals: 9 (Harris 2, Mcilvaine 2, Van Horn 2, Gill, Newman, Perry).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 46 3-7 1-4 2-11 6 2 9 Sprewell 43 10-21 1-3 2-4 6 2 21 Ewing 37 5-12 8-10 2-9 0 2 18 Houston 41 5-10 2-4 1-5 1 2 12 Ward 38 5-13 2-2 1-7 5 1 13 Camby 20 2-4 2-4 1-7 0 4 6 Thomas 20 5-8 0-0 2-4 1 0 10 Childs 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 Brunson 5 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-80 16-27 12-50 21 16 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (L Johnson 2-3, Sprewell 0-2, Ward 1-8, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Ewing, Ward). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 4, Camby 3, Childs 3, Brunson, L Johnson, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 6 (Sprewell 2, Ward 2, Childs, Thomas). _________________________________________________ New Jersey 29 23 15 14 8 - 89 New York 22 18 22 19 10 - 91 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:09 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:33. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Sean Corbin, Scott Wall.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks' dream of an Atlantic Division title is alive and well.

Charlie Ward nailed two free throws with 35 seconds remaining in overtime as the Knicks inched closer to first place in the Atlantic Division, rallying for a 91-89 victory over the slumping New Jersey Nets.

Ward finished with 13 points as New York (49-29) closed within one game of the first-place Miami Heat, who lost at Detroit.

The Knicks' hope of a division title seemed remote after a heartbreaking 95-94 overtime loss at Miami dropped them three games back with only six to play. But a thrilling win over conference leader Indiana on Monday, coupled with consecutive losses by Miami, have put New York in the thick of the race.

"There is a chance as long as we just play well and keep winning," Knicks center Patrick Ewing said. (The Heat) play against Indiana on Friday, they lost tonight, so who knows what can happen?"

The Knicks trailed 81-80 with 20 seconds left in regulation and Ewing managed only 1-of-2 from the line to tie the score.

New Jersey, which blew a 16-point second-quarter lead, had a chance to win but Lucious Harris missed a 17-footer in the final seconds of regulation.

Latrell Sprewell scored 21 points for New York, which won the season series 3-1 and improved to 66-54 all-time against their cross-river rivals.

"I guess out of 82 games, we're bound to play the way we did today," Sprewell said. "There's still no excuse for it. We need to be more professional and come out with more energy and put teams like that away early. The bottom line is we didn't do it but found a way to get it done."

Keith Van Horn scored 32 points for the Nets, who have lost a season-high eight straight games.

New Jersey, which led 29-22 after 12 minutes, took a 52-36 lead on two free throws by Johnny Newman with 2:19 left in the second quarter. But the Nets failed to score the rest of the period, providing a glimpse of what would unfold in the second half.

"I thought in the second half we tried, in the first half (we didn't)," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We had a number of guys not ready to play but we had enough that did enough to win."

Ewing scored nine points in the third quarter and the Nets managed only 15, allowing New York to close within 67-62 entering the final period.

The Knicks took a 70-69 lead on a jumper by Allan Houston at the 9:25 mark and pushed it to 76-71 on a drive by Marcus Camby midway through the session. New Jersey used a 10-4 burst, capped by Van Horn's drive, to forge an 81-80 lead.

The Nets scored only 29 points in the second half on 31 percent shooting (12-of-39).

"I just think we played better defense and we went down on our end and made some shots," Ewing said. "We did a better job on Keith Van Horn."

New Jersey drew even at 89-89 on long jumpers by Newman and Harris with 42 seconds left in overtime. The Nets had a chance to tie the game after Ward put the Knicks up by two but Van Horn missed a 12-foot hook with five seconds left and Camby secured the rebound.

"We executed the play we wanted to," Van Horn said. "I drove the ball and got to where I wanted to and Patrick did a great job of helping out. As far as a call, I know they're not going to make a call. It could have gone either way at the end of the game but in the Garden, they can't make that call."

Ewing had 18 points and nine rebounds, Houston had 12 points and Larry Johnson added nine. 11 boards and six assists for New York, which shot 45 percent (36-of-80) and hit only 16-of-27 free throws.

Newman scored 16 points and Kendall Gill added 15 for the Nets, who shot 40 percent (35-of-88) and hit 16-of-17 free throws but were outrebounded, 50-42.

"We had so many key plays we missed at the end, whether or not we got fouled does not make a difference," Nets coach Don Casey said. "We don't get the calls anyway."

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