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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 20 20 12 75 SEATTLE 28 20 24 24 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 12, LATRELL SPREWELL 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 25, RASHARD LEWIS 22, BRENT BARRY 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, KURT THOMAS 7 SEA - VIN BAKER 9, PATRICK EWING 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 6, CHRIS CHILDS 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 13, RUBEN PATTERSON 4

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

NEW YORK (75) AT SEATTLE (96)

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

L JOHNSON F 33 3-10 3-4 2 3 5 2 3 1 1 9 SPREWELL F 30 4-14 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 4 1 10 CAMBY C 33 8-10 4-6 5 12 17 0 4 0 2 20 HOUSTON G 30 5-16 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 12 WARD G 31 2-10 4-4 0 3 3 6 3 2 3 9 RICE 24 2-11 0-0 5 1 6 0 3 0 1 4 CHILDS 17 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 5 1 4 0 THOMAS 20 3-3 0-0 2 5 7 2 5 4 1 6 STRICKLAND 7 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 POSTELL 6 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 KNIGHT 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 SPENCER 4 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 29-85 13-16 17 29 46 17 27 12 18 75 (.341) (.813) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

BAKER F 40 5-9 1-4 4 5 9 1 3 2 3 11 LEWIS F 38 6-12 6-7 1 4 5 3 0 1 2 22 EWING C 31 4-9 2-2 2 7 9 1 4 0 5 10 PATTERSON G 34 4-10 2-7 2 2 4 4 2 0 2 10 PAYTON G 46 8-16 6-6 0 8 8 13 2 3 3 25 MCCOY 10 2-3 0-1 1 1 2 1 4 0 2 4 B BARRY 23 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 14 ELLISON 12 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 0 DAVIS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 S WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WOLKOWYSKI 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 MASON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-71 17-27 11 34 45 26 20 8 20 96 (.479) (.630) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(13 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 20 20 12 - 75 SEATTLE 28 20 24 24 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, CHILDS. SEATTLE - BAKER 3, EWING 3, ELLISON 2, LEWIS, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-20 (.200), L JOHNSON 0-1, SPREWELL 0-3, HOUSTON 2-4, WARD 1-5, RICE 0-3, STRICKLAND 1-4. SEATTLE 11-21 (.524), LEWIS 4-7, PATTERSON 0-1, PAYTON 3-4, B BARRY 4-7, DAVIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, DON VADEN, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,072. T - 2:18.


Box Score

NEW YORK (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 33 3-10 3-4 2-5 2 3 9 Sprewell 30 4-14 2-2 1-1 1 0 10 Camby 33 8-10 4-6 5-17 0 4 20 Houston 30 5-16 0-0 0-2 1 3 12 Ward 31 2-10 4-4 0-3 6 3 9 Rice 24 2-11 0-0 5-6 0 3 4 Childs 17 0-2 0-0 0-1 4 5 0 Thomas 20 3-3 0-0 2-7 2 5 6 Strickland 7 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Postell 6 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Knight 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Spencer 4 0-0 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-85 13-16 17-46 17 27 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (L Johnson 0-1, Sprewell 0-3, Houston 2-4, Ward 1-5, Rice 0-3, Strickland 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 2, Childs). Turnovers: 20 (Childs 4, Houston 3, Ward 3, Camby 2, Knight, L Johnson, Rice, Sprewell, Strickland, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Sprewell 4, Thomas 4, Ward 2, Childs, L Johnson).

SEATTLE (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 40 5-9 1-4 4-9 1 3 11 Lewis 38 6-12 6-7 1-5 3 0 22 Ewing 31 4-9 2-2 2-9 1 4 10 Patterson 34 4-10 2-7 2-4 4 2 10 Payton 46 8-16 6-6 0-8 13 2 25 Mccoy 10 2-3 0-1 1-2 1 4 4 B Barry 23 5-9 0-0 0-4 2 3 14 Ellison 12 0-1 0-0 1-4 1 2 0 Davis 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wolkowyski 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mason DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 17-27 11-45 26 20 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (Lewis 4-7, Patterson 0-1, Payton 3-4, B Barry 4-7, Davis 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (Baker 3, Ewing 3, Ellison 2, Lewis, Mccoy). Turnovers: 21 (Ewing 5, Baker 3, Payton 3, Ellison 2, Lewis 2, Mccoy 2, Patterson 2, B Barry). Steals: 8 (Payton 3, Baker 2, Davis, Lewis, Wolkowyski). ____________________________________________ New York 23 20 20 12 - 75 Seattle 28 20 24 24 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:18. Officials: Gary Benson, Don Vaden, Tom Washington.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton said the Seattle SuperSonics wanted to get the win for Patrick Ewing, but truth be told, they all needed it.

Ewing finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in his first game against his former team and Payton led the way with 25 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the SuperSonics ran away with a 96-75 victory over the New York Knicks.

"It was a big win for us," said Vin Baker. "New York is a great basketball team. It was a big win to come out here and get a win for Patrick, but maybe this can jump start us to be the team that we can be. It was great to go out there and watch him. He's been quiet the last two days but I know he's excited."

Though Ewing's numbers were not so impressive, he scored the basket that put the Sonics ahead to stay late in the second quarter and was instrumental in a third-quarter spurt that blunted the Knicks' comeback attempt.

"I was happy to get the game over with," he said. "I was tired of all the media hype, the questions about the game and all the things that surrounded it. I felt good. I felt good the whole game. The shots that I got in the first half I rushed a little bit, and they didn't fall. But I know I just had to slow down and make the shots I got count."

With his final basket, Ewing scored his 23,760th point and passed Charles Barkley for 13th on the all-time scoring list.

Ewing spent his first 15 seasons with the Knicks. The Georgetown product is New York's all-time leader with 23,665 points, 10,759 rebounds, 2,758 blocked shots and 1,061 steals. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

Marcus Camby, who slid into the post after Ewing was dealt to Seattle in a four-team, 12-player deal that sent Glen Rice and Luc Longley to New York, had season highs with 20 points and 17 rebounds but got no help.

Allan Houston scored 12 points on just 5-of-14 shooting and Latrell Sprewell, who started after sitting out three games with back spasms, added 10.

Rashard Lewis scored 22 points and Brent Barry added 14 for the Sonics (3-6), who got off to a disappointing start this season. They had lost five of six before tonight and had been bickering in the media.

"Right know I'm knocking down shots," said Lewis, who hit 4-of-7 from 3-point range. "All of the attention is on Gary and Vin. They are attracting all the double-teams and that pretty much leaves me open on the weak side."

Reports surfaced in the New York media about disension on the Knicks last season and bitterness between Ewing and the rest of the team, particularly Sprewell, who had emerged as the team's spark even before Ewing left. But the 7-footer exchanged warm hugs before the opening tip. The greeting between Ewing and Sprewell seemed particularly heartfelt.

"What can you say? I hugged him a couple of times, told him I wished he was still with us," Sprewell said. "It was nice to see him out on the court."

The Sonics led most of the first quarter but never by more than six points. It was 25-19 after Payton hit a pair of free throws with 1:10 left in the quarter.

Baker's three-point play 42 seconds into the second quarter gave the Sonics their largest lead of the half at 31-23 but the Knicks fought back.

Charlie Ward, Kurt Thomas and Rice had two points apiece in a 6-0 run that kept the Sonics from running away with it, bringing the Knicks to within 31-29 with 8:06 to go in the half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Ward and Houston gave the Knicks a 41-38 lead with 3:18 to go but they could push it no higher.

Ward gave the Knicks a 43-41 lead with 2:36 left in the half, but his 22-footer was the Knicks' last basket until 9:22 in the third quarter. In the meantime, the Sonics ran off 17 straight points, taking a 58-43 lead when Payton fed Ewing for a dunk with 9:37 to go in the third quarter.

A dunk by Camby ended Seattle's run. He and Sprewell scored eight points each, combining for 16 of the Knicks' 20 points in the quarter.

The efforts were not enough to overcome Payton and the Sonics. Ewing scored six points, blocked two shots and grabbed three rebounds in the quarter, helping the Sonics hang on to a 72-63 lead going into the final 12 minutes.

"We didn't cover the 3-point line, we didn't work hard we didn't find the open man," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We didn't play defense and we threw the ball away. You know what? They were good and we were bad."

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