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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 33 18 19 21 91 CHICAGO 22 24 23 17 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 26, LARRY JOHNSON 24, LATRELL SPREWELL 13 CHI - ELTON BRAND 26, RON ARTEST 18, RON MERCER 16

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 11, ALLAN HOUSTON 8 CHI - DRAGAN TARLAC 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 CHI - KHALID EL AMIN 7, RON ARTEST 4

ATT: 22,099


Extended Box

NEW YORK (91) AT CHICAGO (86)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 8-13 6-6 2 3 5 0 4 0 1 24 RICE F 29 3-7 3-3 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 9 CAMBY C 37 3-5 3-6 4 7 11 1 5 2 2 9 HOUSTON : 42 7-20 11-12 0 8 8 6 3 1 2 26 SPREWELL G 36 4-9 5-5 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 13 THOMAS 21 3-8 1-2 3 3 6 1 5 0 1 7 CHILDS 24 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 3 LONGLEY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 STRICKLAND 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-69 30-36 10 30 40 13 25 4 11 91 (.420) (.833) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 34 5-12 7-8 1 1 2 4 4 1 1 18 BRAND F 41 7-14 12-13 3 4 7 1 6 0 2 26 TARLAC C 30 2-4 0-0 2 6 8 2 2 0 2 4 C BENJAMIN G 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 MERCER G 43 5-11 6-7 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 16 CRAWFORD 7 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 EL AMIN 38 4-11 2-5 2 5 7 7 4 1 2 12 FIZER 20 1-6 2-4 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 5 RUFFIN 17 1-4 1-2 2 5 7 0 1 0 1 3 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-70 30-39 13 25 38 19 27 4 11 86 (.371) (.769) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

NEW YORK 33 18 19 21 - 91 CHICAGO 22 24 23 17 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, THOMAS. CHICAGO - MERCER 2, FIZER 2, BRAND, CRAWFORD, RUFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-11 (.273), L JOHNSON 2-3, RICE 0-2, CAMBY 0-1, HOUSTON 1-4, CHILDS 0-1. CHICAGO 4-13 (.308), ARTEST 1-2, C BENJAMIN 0-1, CRAWFORD 0-1, EL AMIN 2-7, FIZER 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS 2 (EJECTED), CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, RONNIE NUNN, JIM KINSEY. A - 22,099. T - 2:22.


Box Score

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 8-13 6-6 2-5 0 4 24 Rice 29 3-7 3-3 0-3 1 2 9 Camby 37 3-5 3-6 4-11 1 5 9 Houston 42 7-20 11-12 0-8 6 3 26 Sprewell 36 4-9 5-5 0-3 2 1 13 Thomas 21 3-8 1-2 3-6 1 5 7 Childs 24 1-5 1-2 1-3 2 3 3 Longley 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Strickland 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-69 30-36 10-40 13 25 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (L Johnson 2-3, Rice 0-2, Camby 0-1, Houston 1-4, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 11 (Camby 2, Childs 2, Houston 2, L Johnson, Longley, Rice, Strickland, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Camby 2, Houston, Sprewell).

CHICAGO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 34 5-12 7-8 1-2 4 4 18 Brand 41 7-14 12-13 3-7 1 6 26 Tarlac 30 2-4 0-0 2-8 2 2 4 C Benjamin 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Mercer 43 5-11 6-7 2-3 2 2 16 Crawford 7 0-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 El Amin 38 4-11 2-5 2-7 7 4 12 Fizer 20 1-6 2-4 1-3 2 4 5 Ruffin 17 1-4 1-2 2-7 0 1 3 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - sprained left ankle Voskuhl DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-70 30-39 13-38 19 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Artest 1-2, C Benjamin 0-1, Crawford 0-1, El Amin 2-7, Fizer 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Mercer 2, Fizer 2, Brand, Crawford, Ruffin). Turnovers: 12 (Brand 2, El Amin 2, Tarlac 2, Artest, C Benjamin, Fizer, Mercer, Ruffin). Steals: 4 (Mercer 2, Artest, El Amin). ____________________________________________ New York 33 18 19 21 - 91 Chicago 22 24 23 17 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Thomas 2 (ejected), 1:07 3rd, 5:50 4th). Chicago 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 6:57 2nd). 22,099. T: 2:22. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Ronnie Nunn, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Allan Houston was not making shots until it mattered most.

Houston's 3-pointer with 36 seconds left broke open a one-point game and gave the New York Knicks a 91-86 victory over the pesky Chicago Bulls.

The Knicks blew a 17-point first-quarter lead and were clinging to an 86-85 eV 2ݥa tip-in by Michael Ruffin with 59 seconds to go.

The Bulls double-teamed the low post and the Knicks reversed the ball around the perimeter to Houston, who had made just 6-of-19 shots and missed all three of his 3-pointers to that point. But the All-Star guard drilled the shot from the right wing, giving New York a four-point lead.

"I was shocked I was as open as I was for that 3-pointer," said Houston. "But we had a rotation on and we were hoping to get someone free. It turned out to be me."

"It was a blown coverage on our part," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "(Khalid) El-Amin was the only guy that was going to double but (Ron) Mercer came off of his man (Houston) to double under and therefore, Houston had a wide-open shot."

Chicago's Ron Artest made 1-of-2 free throws but Larry Johnson answered with a pair to seal New York coach Jeff Van Gundy's 200th career win.

Not known as a terrific clutch player, Houston had a solid game with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He overcame his poor shooting by attacking the basket and making 11-of-12 free throws.

Johnson scored a season-high 24 points for the Knicks, who moved to 6-3 on the road.

Elton Brand scored 26 points and Artest added 18 for the Bulls, who ended a nine-game losing streak Thursday in Atlanta but fell to a league-worst 2-14.

"They gave us a very tough game," Houston said. "Forget about their record, it's always tough to win in this game."

"I get the feeling things are turning around for us," Brand said. "Even though we lost, it could have been a blowout because we were down 17 points, but we played well and had more intensity on defense. That allowed us to stay in the game."

The Bulls took their last lead at 76-75 with 6:38 to play on two free throws by Mercer, who scored 16 points. Johnson made a reverse layup and 3-pointer and Marcus Camby added a free throw as the Knicks rebuilt an 81-76 advantage with 4:12 left.

But New York could not shake Chicago. Brand scored six straight points for the Bulls, cutting the deficit to 83-82 with 2:25 to go. Houston made two free throws and El-Amin and Chris Childs traded a foul shot apiece before Ruffin tipped in Mercer's miss.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Our bench has not been playing well, so after we got a big lead early, our bench didn't allow us to sustain it."

Latrell Sprewell scored 13 points and Camby grabbed 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 42 percent (29-of-69) and beat the Bulls for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.

El-Amin had 12 points, seven assisׁand seven rebounds for Chicago, which shot 37 percent (26-of-70).

Perhaps feeling good about Thursday's win, the Bulls got off to an awful start. Led by Sprewell's nine points, the Knicks ran to a 27-10 lead before settling for a 33-20 advanatge after one quarter.

But Brand and Artest led a 20-8 second-quarter surge that got the Bulls back in it. Brand scored six points before Artest hit a 3-pointer and layup, giving Chicago a 42-41 lead with 4:37 to play in the first half.

"I was proud of our guys getting out of an early hole in the first quarter," Floyd said. "I don't think a week ago we could have handled that. Although we didn't win the game, I feel good about our effort."

The Bulls trailed 51-46 at halftime but Brand scored 12 points in the third quarter to help cut the deficit to one point entering the final period.

"Elton Brand had a heck of a game for them," Houston said. "He's a terrific player."

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