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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 24 17 15 13 69 NEW YORK 31 20 16 27 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - ALAN HENDERSON 18, JIMMY JACKSON 16, HANNO MOTTOLA 8 NYK - GLEN RICE 21, ALLAN HOUSTON 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 15

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 11, JASON TERRY 8 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 12, KURT THOMAS 5

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 6, JASON TERRY 5 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

ATLANTA (69) AT NEW YORK (94)

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

MCLEOD F 23 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 6 MOTTOLA F 26 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 1 4 8 HENDERSON C 40 6-17 6-7 4 1 5 1 3 1 4 18 JACKSON G 39 5-17 4-4 3 8 11 6 2 1 3 16 TERRY G 25 1-7 0-0 2 6 8 5 1 0 4 3 CRAWFORD 26 2-6 1-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 5 A JOHNSON 18 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 2 4 ROBINSON 29 1-8 0-0 4 2 6 3 1 2 0 2 D JOHNSON 6 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 MALONEY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MILLER 3 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 WRIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 26-78 13-15 14 26 40 20 21 6 17 69 (.333) (.867) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 28 4-10 1-1 1 1 2 4 4 0 2 9 SPREWELL F 35 5-12 4-4 0 3 3 4 1 1 1 15 CAMBY C 28 5-8 2-2 1 11 12 1 2 0 0 12 HOUSTON G 34 6-15 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 15 WARD G 25 4-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 4 10 THOMAS 19 1-3 1-2 0 5 5 2 4 1 0 3 RICE 28 7-10 4-4 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 21 KNIGHT 13 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 CHILDS 24 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 5 5 0 3 4 POSTELL 3 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 STRICKLAND 3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-68 19-21 2 34 36 22 21 4 12 94 (.500) (.905) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(4 PTS)

ATLANTA 24 17 15 13 - 69 NEW YORK 31 20 16 27 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - HENDERSON. NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-15 (.267), JACKSON 2-4, TERRY 1-2, CRAWFORD 0-1, A JOHNSON 0-1, ROBINSON 0-6, D JOHNSON 1-1. NEW YORK 7-13 (.538), L JOHNSON 0-1, SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 1-4, WARD 2-2, RICE 3-3, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, TIM DONAGHY, LEON WOOD. A - 19,763. T - 2:04.


Box Score

ATLANTA (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcleod 23 3-7 0-0 0-0 0 5 6 Mottola 26 3-5 2-2 0-2 1 4 8 Henderson 40 6-17 6-7 4-5 1 3 18 Jackson 39 5-17 4-4 3-11 6 2 16 Terry 25 1-7 0-0 2-8 5 1 3 Crawford 26 2-6 1-2 0-2 1 3 5 A Johnson 18 2-5 0-0 1-4 2 1 4 Robinson 29 1-8 0-0 4-6 3 1 2 D Johnson 6 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 Maloney 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Miller 3 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Wright DNP - sprained right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-78 13-15 14-40 20 21 69 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Jackson 2-4, Terry 1-2, Crawford 0-1, A Johnson 0-1, Robinson 0-6, D Johnson 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Henderson). Turnovers: 17 (Henderson 4, Mottola 4, Terry 4, Jackson 3, A Johnson 2). Steals: 6 (Robinson 2, Crawford, Henderson, Jackson, Mottola).

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 28 4-10 1-1 1-2 4 4 9 Sprewell 35 5-12 4-4 0-3 4 1 15 Camby 28 5-8 2-2 1-12 1 2 12 Houston 34 6-15 2-2 0-4 1 2 15 Ward 25 4-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 10 Thomas 19 1-3 1-2 0-5 2 4 3 Rice 28 7-10 4-4 0-4 0 1 21 Knight 13 0-1 2-2 0-1 2 0 2 Childs 24 2-4 0-0 0-2 5 5 4 Postell 3 0-0 3-4 0-0 0 0 3 Strickland 3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-68 19-21 2-36 22 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (L Johnson 0-1, Sprewell 1-2, Houston 1-4, Ward 2-2, Rice 3-3, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby 4, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Ward 4, Childs 3, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Sprewell). Steals: 4 (Knight, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 24 17 15 13 - 69 New York 31 20 16 27 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 5:26 2nd, 6:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:04. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Tim Donaghy, Leon Wood.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks without Dikembe Mutombo were much better than the the Atlanta Hawks without Dikembe Mutombo.

With the 7-2 center recovering from malaria and parrying questions about his future with the Hawks, the Knicks used a balanced attack and solid defense to roar to a 94-69 victory, their first win of the season.

"He's a big factor. There's not many people in the league like him, especially on the defensive end," Hawks first year coach Lon Kruger said.

Glen Rice scored 21 points off the bench and fueled a pair of key bursts for New York (1-1), which bounced back from Tuesday's dispirited 101-72 home loss to Philadelphia against an inexperienced Atlanta team still feeling its way.

"I think we tried harder," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The team we played tonight is a different caliber team than the one we played the other night because of all their injuries right now."

The acquisition of Rice in the Patrick Ewing trade gave the Knicks a glut of perimeter players and a shortage of big men. Since then, rumors have swirled that Mutombo -- a premier shot-blocker and rebounder in the final year of his contract -- is headed to New York.

"It's not really time to discuss it," Mutombo said before the game. "I'll be the only one who will make the decision."

While Mutombo spoke with the media, Hawks general manager Pete Babcock and Knicks vice president Scott Layden chatted by themselves in the corridor outside the visitors' locker room.

Babcock said he had fielded an inquiry about Mutombo's availability earlier in the day. He has not discussed a contract extension with Mutombo and the Hawks are rebuilding with Kruger guiding a group of young players.

"We won 28 games last year," Babcock said before the game. "There's nothing to say. We've got untouchable players on our team. I have no idea how it's going to play out."

Hawks president Stan Kasten also was on hand and watched his team fall apart in the second half for the second time in as many games. Often settling for jump shots, Atlanta (0-2) shot just 33 percent (26-of-78) from the field overall and managed just 28 points after halftime.

Guards Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell scored 15 points apiece for the Knicks, whose perimeter players were much better than Atlanta's. New York shot 50 percent (34-of-68) and had five players in double figures.

"It makes it somewhat easier," Sprewell said. "If they had had Dikembe in the lineup, I think that would have changed things a little bit. Not having an inside presence does make a difference."

"We definitely miss him. His presence in there in the middle clogs up a lot of things," said Alan Henderson, a forward who started at center and led the Hawks with 18 points.

Henderson was matched up with Marcus Camby, another forward playing out of position who had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Despite Camby's solid performance, the Knicks were outrebounded 40-36 and managed just two offensive boards.

"I think we have a long way to go there, just protecting the paint," Van Gundy said. "I think we can do it well. Basically, we will see over time."

The Knicks overcame some early problems on the interior with the help of Rice, who came in late in the first quarter and fueled a 9-0 spurt. He had two free throws and a 3-pointer as New York opened a 33-24 advantage just over a minute into the second period.

"I feel like I'm getting a good feel for the offense," said Rice, a three-time All-Star coming off the bench for the first time in his career. "Each one of the guys are learning how I like the ball, how I like to run off screens. But I haven't showed you guys nothing yet."

Houston and Sprewell scored 10 points each and Rice added nine as New York opened a 51-41 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the defense of the Knicks stiffened. The Hawks had seven offensive rebounds but shot just 6-of-25 and trailed 67-56 going into the final period.

Rice emerged again, making a 3-pointer and layup in another 9-0 run that extended the lead to 76-58 with 7:24 remaining. He scored 12 points in the period, one shy of Atlanta's total.

Charlie Ward scored 10 points and Larry Johnson added nine for the Knicks. Jim Jackson collected 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.

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