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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 15 25 20 30 90 PHOENIX 12 15 26 32 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 21, LATRELL SPREWELL 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 23, SHAWN MARION 20, JASON KIDD 18

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 13, LARRY JOHNSON 5 PHO - SHAWN MARION 15, JASON KIDD 12

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, CHARLIE WARD 4 PHO - JASON KIDD 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,738


Extended Box

NEW YORK (90) AT PHOENIX (85)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 6-18 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 1 2 12 SPREWELL F 36 5-14 9-12 1 2 3 3 2 0 4 19 CAMBY C 31 4-5 0-1 2 11 13 1 4 3 0 8 HOUSTON G 37 8-19 5-5 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 21 WARD G 27 3-6 5-6 1 2 3 4 4 5 1 12 RICE 24 1-7 6-7 0 1 1 1 4 2 2 8 THOMAS 25 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 3 2 4 CHILDS 22 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 6 5 2 2 6 KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 25-31 6 27 33 17 30 16 14 90 (.405) (.806) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

MARION F 44 7-16 2-3 2 13 15 3 6 3 2 20 ROBINSON F 42 8-15 6-12 2 3 5 3 5 0 4 23 BLOUNT C 13 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 1 1 0 ELIE G 14 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 1 KIDD G 45 6-12 5-7 5 7 12 10 4 0 14 18 DELK 37 3-11 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 7 SANTIAGO 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ROGERS 28 4-8 6-6 1 6 7 0 6 1 3 14 GUGLIOTTA 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MCPHERSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GARCES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-67 21-32 10 38 48 20 30 5 28 85 (.433) (.656) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 29(35 PTS)

NEW YORK 15 25 20 30 - 90 PHOENIX 12 15 26 32 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - NONE. PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, MARION, DELK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 1-13 (.077), L JOHNSON 0-3, SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 1-4, RICE 0-2, CHILDS 0-1. PHOENIX 6-21 (.286), MARION 4-8, ROBINSON 1-3, KIDD 1-3, DELK 0-4, ROGERS 0-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES, ROBINSON. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, MIKE SMITH. A - 18,738. T - 2:20.


Box Score

NEW YORK (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 6-18 0-0 1-5 0 4 12 Sprewell 36 5-14 9-12 1-3 3 2 19 Camby 31 4-5 0-1 2-13 1 4 8 Houston 37 8-19 5-5 0-4 1 1 21 Ward 27 3-6 5-6 1-3 4 4 12 Rice 24 1-7 6-7 0-1 1 4 8 Thomas 25 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 5 4 Childs 22 3-4 0-0 1-3 6 5 6 Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 25-31 6-33 17 30 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 1-13, .077 (L Johnson 0-3, Sprewell 0-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 1-4, Rice 0-2, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 4, Childs 2, L Johnson 2, Rice 2, Thomas 2, Houston, Ward). Steals: 16 (Ward 5, Camby 3, Thomas 3, Childs 2, Rice 2, L Johnson).

PHOENIX (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 44 7-16 2-3 2-15 3 6 20 Robinson 42 8-15 6-12 2-5 3 5 23 Blount 13 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 4 0 Elie 14 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 Kidd 45 6-12 5-7 5-12 10 4 18 Delk 37 3-11 1-2 0-3 3 2 7 Santiago 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Rogers 28 4-8 6-6 1-7 0 6 14 Gugliotta 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mcpherson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Garces DNP - coach's decision Tsakalidis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-67 21-32 10-48 20 30 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Marion 4-8, Robinson 1-3, Kidd 1-3, Delk 0-4, Rogers 0-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson 2, Marion, Delk). Turnovers: 29 (Kidd 14, Robinson 4, Rogers 3, Delk 2, Elie 2, Marion 2, Blount). Steals: 5 (Marion 3, Blount, Rogers). ____________________________________________ New York 15 25 20 30 - 90 Phoenix 12 15 26 32 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:45 2nd). Phoenix 2 (Head Coach Skiles, 10:00 2nd; Robinson, 8:34 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,738. T: 2:20. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Mike Smith.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd recorded his 34th career triple-double in a manner he never could have envisioned.

Kidd tied an NBA record with 14 turnovers to go with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the New York Knicks took full advantage to salvage the finale of their three-game road trip with a 90-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

The active leader in triple-doubles, Kidd matched the record for turnovers, set by John Drew of the Atlanta Hawks against the New Jersey Nets on March 1, 1978.

Kidd seemed to blame the loss on the officials, although each time was called for 30 fouls in a sloppy affair.

"Between the turnovers and the eight players they had on the court, it's hard to beat anybody," Kidd said. "They got eight guys, it's impossible to win. We couldn't get into a rhythm. Anytime you wait for them to hit free throws, you're not going to get any rhythm. We kept them on the line and the officials mae sure of that."

"The officials were crap tonight," he continued. "They were terrible. I hope I do get fined because I'm tired of the Phoenix Suns and our reputation of being soft. We're not a soft team. We deserve the same calls the New York Knicks get, the Miami Heat, all the teams that have the mystique of playing hard. I'm tired of that crap. I don't care about the fine. When you play against eight people, you can't beat them."

New York's Latrell Sprewell was still winning to give Kidd credit for his triple-double.

"I don't know what you can do to contain Jason," he said. "He is so fast and so quick, it is almost impossible to stay in front of him. He still got a triple-double. I guess a quadruple-double with the turnovers. Minus the turnovers, he still played a great game."

Knicks center Marcus Camby hobbled off the court with a sprained left ankle with 6:40 left in the fourth quarter and did not return. X-rays were negative, however, and he is hoping to be able to play against Golden State on Sunday.

"They kept coming at us and our guys did a really good job down the stretch," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "It's very hard to overcome our shooting and our rebounding right now, but if you can defend and force some turnovers, you've got a chance."

New York, which began its trip with losses to Seattle and the Los Angeles Clippers, held off Phoenix after opening an 18-point lead early in the second quarter.

"We just wanted to make sure we kept up our defensive intensity, which we had kind of lost the last two games," New York guard Allan Houston said. "It was a good defensive effort and that's what won the game for us."

The Suns, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped, closed to 80-76 on Cliff Robinson's layup with 1:01 to play. But Latrell Sprewell and Charlie Ward each made two free throws to give New York an 84-76 cushion with 38 seconds to play.

Kidd's three-pointer pulled Phoenix within 86-82 with 26 seconds left but Houston hit a pair from the line eight seconds later.

The loss denied the Suns, who commmitted 29 turnovers, the best start in franchise history. It also stopped their 17-game home winning streak against Eastern Conference opponents.

Ironically, the Knicks were the last Eastern Conference team to win in Phoenix, posting a 94-87 victory here on March 26.

Houston had 21 points and Sprewell added 19, including 14 in the second half.

Robinson scored 23 for the Suns, while Shawn Marion added 22 and 15 rebounds.

The Knicks scored 17 points bridging the first and second quarters, opening a 30-12 lead on Chris Childs' basket with 7:12 left in the half. During the drought, Phoenix was 0-for-4 from the field and turned the ball over eight times.

The Suns tied a franchise record by scoring just 27 points in the first half and trailed, 40-27, at the intermission. Phoenix closed to 70-63 after the third period.

"We matched their physical play, but we let those guys get off to a good start and that kind of put us on our heels,' Robinson said. "But we had a really good second half."

After a dunk by Kurt Thomas gave New York a 76-65 lead with 4:55 to go, Phoenix scored seven straight points, closing to 76-72 on Marion's 3-pointer with 3:41 to play.

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