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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 16 24 18 13 71 NEW YORK 25 23 19 21 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: GSW - CHRIS MILLS 17, LARRY HUGHES 17, ANTAWN JAMISON 16 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, KURT THOMAS 17, GLEN RICE 11

HIGH REBOUND: GSW - THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 16, FELTON SPENCER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 5, LARRY HUGHES 5 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, CHRIS CHILDS 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

GOLDEN STATE (71) AT NEW YORK (88)

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

JAMISON F 37 6-18 4-8 3 4 7 1 2 0 1 16 MILLS F 36 8-16 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 0 1 17 DAMPIER C 35 4-10 0-4 2 5 7 4 1 0 0 8 BLAYLOCK G 37 3-12 0-0 1 4 5 5 0 2 1 8 HUGHES G 38 6-13 5-5 0 3 3 5 2 2 4 17 KEEFE 19 0-2 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 1 MULLIN 14 1-8 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 FOYLE 13 0-2 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 1 0 0 DEL NEGRO 8 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 PORTER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-84 10-19 13 28 41 17 14 5 10 71 (.345) (.526) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 41 4-13 0-0 2 14 16 2 2 3 0 9 SPREWELL F 40 9-21 3-4 2 3 5 5 2 1 1 22 THOMAS C 32 6-9 5-5 0 4 4 0 5 1 1 17 HOUSTON G 26 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 0 3 7 WARD G 23 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 7 RICE 29 4-8 1-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 11 SPENCER 22 1-2 5-6 3 4 7 1 2 2 2 7 CHILDS 25 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 2 1 1 6 KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POSTELL 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CAMBY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 14-17 8 34 42 21 19 10 9 88 (.459) (.824) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 16 24 18 13 - 71 NEW YORK 25 23 19 21 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - FOYLE 2, HUGHES. NEW YORK - L JOHNSON 3, THOMAS 2, SPENCER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 3-14 (.214), JAMISON 0-2, MILLS 1-2, BLAYLOCK 2-8, MULLIN 0-1, PORTER 0-1. NEW YORK 6-15 (.400), L JOHNSON 1-3, SPREWELL 1-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 1-2, RICE 2-3, CHILDS 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MARC DAVIS, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 19,763. T - 2:03.


Box Score

GOLDEN STATE (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 37 6-18 4-8 3-7 1 2 16 Mills 36 8-16 0-0 2-7 1 4 17 Dampier 35 4-10 0-4 2-7 4 1 8 Blaylock 37 3-12 0-0 1-5 5 0 8 Hughes 38 6-13 5-5 0-3 5 2 17 Keefe 19 0-2 1-2 1-4 1 2 1 Mullin 14 1-8 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Foyle 13 0-2 0-0 2-6 0 2 0 Del Negro 8 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Porter 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Livingston DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-84 10-19 13-41 17 14 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.345, FT-.526. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Jamison 0-2, Mills 1-2, Blaylock 2-8, Mullin 0-1, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 3 (Foyle 2, Hughes). Turnovers: 12 (Hughes 4, Mullin 2, Blaylock, Jamison, Keefe, Mills). Steals: 5 (Blaylock 2, Hughes 2, Foyle).

NEW YORK (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 41 4-13 0-0 2-16 2 2 9 Sprewell 40 9-21 3-4 2-5 5 2 22 Thomas 32 6-9 5-5 0-4 0 5 17 Houston 26 3-7 0-0 1-2 3 3 7 Ward 23 3-7 0-0 0-2 3 1 7 Rice 29 4-8 1-2 0-3 2 2 11 Spencer 22 1-2 5-6 3-7 1 2 7 Childs 25 3-6 0-0 0-3 5 2 6 Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Postell 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Camby DNP - sprained left ankle Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 14-17 8-42 21 19 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (L Johnson 1-3, Sprewell 1-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 1-2, Rice 2-3, Childs 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (L Johnson 3, Thomas 2, Spencer). Turnovers: 12 (Houston 3, Spencer 2, Childs, Rice, Sprewell, Thomas). Steals: 10 (L Johnson 3, Spencer 2, Childs, Rice, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Golden State 16 24 18 13 - 71 New York 25 23 19 21 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:03. Officials: Ed F Rush, Marc Davis, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Kurt Thomas got the start and wasted no time finishing off the Golden State Warriors.

Thomas scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half as the New York Knicks cruised to a front-running 88-71 victory over the Warriors.

Thomas started most of last season at power forward but lost his spot when center Patrick Ewing was traded to Seattle. That forced the Knicks to go to 6-11 Marcus Camby at center and 6-6 Larry Johnson at power forward.

But Camby suffered a sprained left ankle Friday at Phoenix and went for an MRI prior to tonight's game. That moved the 6-10 Thomas into the starting slot at center and he responded with his best game of the season, making 6-of-9 shots in 32 minutes.

"It was a huge blow for Marcus to miss (the game) but we always knew Kurt would be ready to play," Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell said. "He's been there before. He knows what to do."

"I think I played OK," Thomas said. "I can play a lot better because my offense was great but the defense was not. Whenever the opportunity comes and I am able to get shots and they give me the ball, I can score."

Thomas did most of his damage in the first half, when New York took the lead for good and opened an 18-point advantage. When he encountered foul trouble early in the second half, he got some help in the middle from former Warrior Felton Spencer.

"I tried not to get into early foul trouble," said Thomas, who grabbed just four rebounds. "I stayed aggressive in points but not so much on the boards."

Spencer, who had played just 13 minutes all season, had season highs of seven points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.

"It's unexpected. You never know when your opportunities are going to come," Spencer said. "I just try to keep myself ready, do extra cconditioning and stay in shape. So when I do get the opportunity, I can take advantage of it."

"I hope people realize how hard it is to do what that guy did tonight," Johnson said. "You're put in a position, not only to go in and play, but to actually produce. We needed Felton to produce and play well."

Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points and Johnson pulled down 16 rebounds -- both season highs -- as the Knicks beat the Warriors for the fourth straight time and ninth in 10 meetings.

"We played against a good rebounding team and we are missing a guy (Camby) who has been our only consistent rebounder," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Larry does whetever you need him to do to help you win."

Former Knick Chris Mills and Larry Hughes scored 17 points for the Warriors, who shot 34.5 percent (29-of-84) in their eighth loss in nine games.

"We just didn't have anyone step up and shoot the ball tonight," Golden State coach Dave Cowens said. "You've got to be able to fill it up a little bit."

The Knicks took the lead for good at 12-10 on a layup by Johnson with 6:41 left in the first quarter. A three-point play by Thomas capped a 21-4 burst that carried into the second period and gave New York a 34-16 advantage with 9:39 remaining.

Thomas scored 11 points in the period, carrying the offense as Golden State rallied, using a 17-4 spurt to cut the deficit to 38-33 with 3:49 left.

The Knicks led 48-40 at halftime but Thomas picked up two fouls early in the third quarter. Enter Spencer, who had seven points and five boards in the remainder of the period as New York built the lead to 67-58 entering the final 12 minutes.

A baseline jumper by Sprewell gave the Knicks their largest lead at 80-60 with 4:44 to play. Thomas scored inside to seal it at 84-69 with 1:07 left.

Glen Rice scored 11 points and Johnson added nine for New York, which shot 46 percent (34-of-74) and held a 42-41 rebounding edge.

"We knew Marcus wasn't playing so we tried to do other things, like rebounding and keeping the ball out of the paint since we did not have a shot-blocker," Johnson said.

Antawn Jamison scored 16 points for Golden State, which missed eight of its first 10 free throws and finished 10-of-19 from the line.

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