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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 26 25 16 17 84 NEW YORK 19 17 20 25 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 24, ANTHONY MASON 19, TIM HARDAWAY 16 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 15, GLEN RICE 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 18, BRIAN GRANT 9 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 13, LARRY JOHNSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 4, EDDIE JONES 3 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 4, CHRIS CHILDS 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MIAMI (84) AT NEW YORK (81)

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

BOWEN F 45 1-9 1-2 0 5 5 2 1 0 0 4 MASON F 43 6-10 7-8 3 15 18 2 1 1 1 19 GRANT C 44 9-12 6-8 0 9 9 1 3 0 3 24 HARDAWAY G 37 4-11 7-7 1 2 3 4 1 0 3 16 JONES G 37 4-16 6-6 2 3 5 3 6 0 5 15 CARTER 13 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 2 CAUSWELL 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 HOUSE 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CEBALLOS 10 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 4 GREEN 2 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 26-63 29-35 6 38 44 13 21 1 15 84 (J Br’J 5REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 36 3-11 0-0 3 6 9 0 4 0 1 6 RICE F 27 4-12 4-4 1 4 5 0 6 0 2 12 CAMBY C 33 4-9 1-4 6 7 13 0 6 2 2 9 HOUSTON G 42 6-17 3-3 1 3 4 4 3 0 0 15 SPREWELL G 44 9-19 4-6 0 2 2 2 0 4 1 22 CHILDS 24 2-7 1-1 0 2 2 3 5 1 0 6 THOMAS 18 2-4 2-4 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 6 STRICKLAND 13 1-2 3-4 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 5 LONGLEY 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-83 18-26 13 28 41 10 29 8 7 81 (.373) (.692) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

MIAMI 26 25 16 17 - 84 NEW YORK 19 17 20 25 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - GRANT 5, BOWEN, JONES, CAUSWELL. NEW YORK - THOMAS 2, CAMBY 2, L JOHNSON, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 3-17 (.176), BOWEN 1-7, HARDAWAY 1-6, JONES 1-4. NEW YORK 1-14 (.071), L JOHNSON 0-2, RICE 0-2, CAMBY 0-1, HOUSTON 0-3, SPREWELL 0-2, CHILDS 1-4. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, HARDAWAY, NEW YORK - CHILDS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, SEAN CORBIN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,763. T - 2:31.


Box Score

MIAMI (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 45 1-9 1-2 0-5 2 1 4 Mason 43 6-10 7-8 3-18 2 1 19 Grant 44 9-12 6-8 0-9 1 3 24 Hardaway 37 4-11 7-7 1-3 4 1 16 Jones 37 4-16 6-6 2-5 3 6 15 Carter 13 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 4 2 Causwell 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 House 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ceballos 10 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 4 4 Green 2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-63 29-35 6-44 13 21 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Bowen 1-7, Hardaway 1-6, Jones 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Grant 5, Bowen, Jones, Causwell). Turnovers: 16 (Jones 5, Grant 3, Hardaway 3, Carter 2, Causwell, Mason). Steals: 1 (Mason).

NEW YORK (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 36 3-11 0-0 3-9 0 4 6 Rice 27 4-12 4-4 1-5 0 6 12 Camby 33 4-9 1-4 6-13 0 6 9 Houston 42 6-17 3-3 1-4 4 3 15 Sprewell 44 9-19 4-6 0-2 2 0 22 Childs 24 2-7 1-1 0-2 3 5 6 Thomas 18 2-4 2-4 2-4 0 3 6 Strickland 13 1-2 3-4 0-2 1 2 5 Longley 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Br]k DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-83 18-26 13-41 10 29 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 1-14, .071 (L Johnson 0-2, Rice 0-2, Camby 0-1, Houston 0-3, Sprewell 0-2, Childs 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Thomas 2, Camby 2, L Johnson, Strickland). Turnovers: 7 (Camby 2, Rice 2, L Johnson, Sprewell, Strickland). Steals: 8 (Sprewell 4, Camby 2, Childs, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Miami 26 25 16 17 - 84 New York 19 17 20 25 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 4 (Illegal Defense 3, 6:30 1st, 10:40 2nd, 2:52 3rd; Hardaway, 0:16 4th). New York 1 (Childs, 0:16 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:31. Officials: Dan Crawford, Sean Corbin, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- It was easy to see why the New York Knicks wanted Brian Grant.

Grant lifted the Miami Heat out of their worst slump in nearly five years with 24 points, nine rebounds and patient play down the stretch of a badly needed 84-81 victory over the Knicks.

During the offseason, Grant was courted by the Knicks, who could not swing a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, the 6-9 power forward signed a seven-year, $86 million contract and landed with the hated Heat in a three-team trade.

Grant received a smattering of boos from the Madison Square Garden crowd during ɕintroductions but really got the attention of the fans in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 points, including Miami's only two baskets of the period.

"I didn't know what to expect. I expected a lot more boos," said Grant, who made 9-of-12 shots. "It was actually pretty subtle. You think about things like that -- how the crowd is going to receive me. In New York, the fans can get on you."

Grant was one of 11 players -- six on Miami, five on New York -- who were experiencing their first taste of the NBA's most heated rivalry over the last several years. Another was former Knick and New York native Anthony Mason, who collected 19 points and helped Miami snap a four-game losing streak.

"I really don't make that much of it," said Mason, who heard cheers when he was introduced. "It becomes a rivalry every time I come back. It don't matter what team I play for. You want to let them know they let go of a good player."

"It wasn't that crazy tonight," said Miami coach Pat Riley, who guided the Knicks for four years before taking over the Heat in 1995 and heard some derisive chants in the second quarter.

For the second straight night, Riley saw the Heat blow a huge fourth-quarter lead, miss a pair of free throws that could have sealed it, then watch an opponent launch a decisive 3-pointer. However, New York's Chris Childs missed his potential tying shot and time expired.

"I was thinking about it," admitted Grant, who missed two foul shots with 9.6 seconds left. "Last night they hit it, tonight they didn't."

Miami averted a fifth straight loss, which would have matched Riley's longest skid as coach since January 8-15, 1996, his first season with the Heat. Instead, Miami improved to 2-5 in games decided by four points or less.

"We're a good team that's lost some games and had some bad luck," Riley said. "This was a good win after what happened last night. Early in the season, you learn about your team and I think we learned something tonight."

On Tuesday, Miami blew a 24-point fourth-quarter lead to Milwaukee and lost on Sam Cassell's 3-pointer in the final second. The Heat looked as if they were headed to another demoralizing loss when a 10-0 run by the Knicks cut the deficit to 74-72 with 4:36 remaining.

Grant scored Miami's last basket and drew a foul at the 3:42 mark. His second three-point play of the period gave the Heat some breathing room at 77-72 and he added two free throws to push the advantage to 81-73 with 2:26 to play.

Two free throws by Mason -- who has made 37 of his last 38 foul shots -- made it 84-78 with 15 seconds lY ͱ who missed badly on a 3-pointer on the previous possession, made one this time to halve the deficit and Grant was fouled. After making his first six free throws, Grant missed both, but Childs let the Heat off the hook.

"When he missed the two free throws I said, `Here we go again,'" Riley said.

"We ran an open play for Allan (Houston) to penetrate," Childs said. "He came at me, so I knew they were going to double-team or switch. I came off, was open, just missed the shot."

Tim Hardaway scored 16 points and Eddie Jones added 15 for the Heat, who shot 41 percent (26-of-63) and made 29-of-35 free throws. In the regular season, Miami has won three of its last five visits to Madison Square Garden after winning two of its first 22.

Houston scored 15 points but none in the fourth quarter. Glen Rice added 12 and Marcus Camby grabbed 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 37 percent (31-of-83) but committed just seven turnovers. New York has eliminated Miami from the playoffs each of the last three years.

"On watching it from the outside, it seems like it was a lot more intense," said Rice, who also was getting his first taste of the rivalry. "I don't think we stepped up and played with a sense of urgency or passion to go out and win the game."

Perhaps the new faces prevented the teams from playing their usual defensive-minded, intense contest. But Miami needed the game more and seemed to play that way.

Jones, Hardaway and Bruce Bowen drilled 3-pointers in an 11-0 run that helped Miami open a 26-19 lead after one quarter. Mason scored 11 points in a 17-4 burst in the second period that gave the Heat a 47-32 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first half, silencing the chants of "Riley (stinks)!"

When Jones opened the third quarter with a driving dunk, he gave the Heat their largest lead at 53-36. The Knicks pecked away behind Sprewell and Houston but still trailed 67-56 entering the final period.

"The only time we started to play defense was after we were down 17," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose club has lost three of four. "We are fouling too much and we are not a serious team."

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