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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 13 27 13 24 77 ATLANTA 24 22 18 23 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - GLEN RICE 23, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 ATL - LORENZEN WRIGHT 20, JASON TERRY 17, MATT MALONEY 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, LATRELL SPREWELL 9 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, LORENZEN WRIGHT 12

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 7, CHRIS CHILDS 5 ATL - JASON TERRY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 13,621


Extended Box

NEW YORK (77) AT ATLANTA (87)

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

CAMBY F 39 1-5 2-2 6 11 17 0 4 0 3 4 RICE F 41 10-16 1-1 0 5 5 2 2 0 0 23 LONGLEY C 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 HOUSTON G 42 6-19 4-4 1 3 4 4 1 0 1 18 SPREWELL G 35 4-14 2-7 3 6 9 7 5 2 3 10 THOMAS 24 5-10 0-0 3 1 4 1 2 1 1 10 CHILDS 22 1-4 0-2 0 0 0 5 3 0 2 2 STRICKLAND 21 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 1 1 8 BRUNSON 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 L JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT MCL KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-80 9-16 13 28 41 20 24 4 11 77 (.388) (.563) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

MCLEOD F 34 5-13 2-3 1 3 4 0 4 1 0 12 WRIGHT F 39 9-19 2-2 6 6 12 3 2 0 3 20 MUTOMBO C 41 3-9 3-4 3 12 15 1 4 0 2 9 MALONEY G 38 6-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 2 1 15 TERRY G 43 6-15 5-5 0 4 4 9 3 1 6 17 D JOHNSON 8 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 MOTTOLA 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 ROBINSON 22 2-4 2-3 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 8 BOWDLER 3 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-75 14-17 10 35 45 17 19 4 13 87 (.453) (.824) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 13 27 13 24 - 77 ATLANTA 24 22 18 23 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL, CAMBY. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, WRIGHT, TERRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-17 (.353), RICE 2-5, HOUSTON 2-6, SPREWELL 0-1, STRICKLAND 2-4, BRUNSON 0-1. ATLANTA 5-13 (.385), MCLEOD 0-2, MALONEY 3-5, TERRY 0-2, ROBINSON 2-4. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CHILDS, ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, KEVIN FEHR, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 13,621. T - 2:08.


Box Score

NEW YORK (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 39 1-5 2-2 6-17 0 4 4 Rice 41 10-16 1-1 0-5 2 2 23 Longley 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Houston 42 6-19 4-4 1-4 4 1 18 Sprewell 35 4-14 2-7 3-9 7 5 10 Thomas 24 5-10 0-0 3-4 1 2 10 Childs 22 1-4 0-2 0-0 5 3 2 Strickland 21 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 5 8 Brunson 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 L Johnson DNP - sprained right mcl Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 9-16 13-41 20 24 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Rice 2-5, Houston 2-6, Sprewell 0-1, Strickland 2-4, Brunson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Sprewell, Camby). Turnovers: 12 (Camby 3, Sprewell 3, Childs 2, Houston, Strickland, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Sprewell 2, Strickland, Thomas).

ATLANTA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcleod 34 5-13 2-3 1-4 0 4 12 Wright 39 9-19 2-2 6-12 3 2 20 Mutombo 41 3-9 3-4 3-15 1 4 9 Maloney 38 6-9 0-0 0-2 3 0 15 Terry 43 6-15 5-5 0-4 9 3 17 D Johnson 8 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Mottola 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Robinson 22 2-4 2-3 0-3 0 2 8 Bowdler 3 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Glover DNP - coach's decision A Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 14-17 10-45 17 19 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Mcleod 0-2, Maloney 3-5, Terry 0-2, Robinson 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Mutombo 3, Wright, Terry). Turnovers: 13 (Terry 6, Wright 3, Mutombo 2, Maloney, Mottola). Steals: 4 (Maloney 2, Mcleod, Terry). ____________________________________________ New York 13 27 13 24 - 77 Atlanta 24 22 18 23 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 1:56 3rd). Atlanta 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 8:47 1st, 1:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,621. T: 2:08. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Kevin Fehr, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Lorenzen Wright had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks, who again embarrassed the New York Knicks, 87-77.

Twice this season, Atlanta (7-18) has beaten New York, which fell to 0-4 all-time at Philips Arena. The Hawks never trailed after the opening moments and led by as many as 16 points.

"We probably had our most consistent level of play for 48 minutes all year," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "We maintained our composure. It's a step in the right direction."

Despite their poor record, the Hawks have beaten premier teams this season. They have defeated Portland, Milwaukee, Sacramento and the Knicks twice.

"I give them a lot of credit," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "They've hung in, they've had some great wins."

Van Gundy changed the starting lineup to counter the height of Hawks 7-2 center Dikembe Mutombo. He started 7-2 Luc Longley at center and moved 6-11 Marcus Camby to power forward.

However, it had no effect as Wright and Mutombo scored eight points each in the first period, which ended with Atlanta holding a 24-13 lead.

"I'm finally getting a chance now to recuperate with my timing," Mutombo said. "I've been playing defense, blocking shots and rebounding, working very hard."

Allan Houston scored 17 points of his 19 in the second quarter as the Knicks cut the deficit to 46-40 at halftime.

"This is a professional sport, guys are good," said Houston, who went scoreless in the final quarter. "Guys get paid to do this, they're good. You have to be mentally prepared, not just physically. That's what scouting reports are for. Some nights there are going to be teams that you play different ways and you know how to go to your strength's and we're not making that adjustment"

Atlanta built its lead to start the second half as New York missed two straight shots and was called for offensive goaltending. The Knicks cut it to 48-44 on Glen Rice's jumper with 8:55 to play in the third quarter but would get no closer the rest of the way.

Wright hit a jumper to push the lead to 48-40 to start a 10-4 run. With 7:18 to play, Matt Maloney hit the first of back-to-back 3-pointers before Wright capped the spurt with a hook in the lane to push the lead to 56-44.

The Knicks answered with a 6-0 run when Rice hit a jumper and Kurt Thomas made two straight shots to cut Atlanta's lead to 56-50 with 3:57 to play in the third quarter.

Jason Terry scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Hawks pulled away. Maloney's 3-pointer with 2:14 to play gave Atlanta its biggest lead at 82-66.

"We love playing the Knicks," Terry said. "There are a lot of fans in the building that aren't quite Atlanta Hawks fans."

Maloney scored 15 points and McLeod 12 for the Hawks, who shot 45 percent (34-of-75) from the field. After a 25-point loss in New York on November 2, Atlanta notched a 78-74 home win 20 days later.

Rice scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting for the Knicks, who shot just 39 percent (31-of-80). Longley had two points and one rebound in 13 minutes. Camby outrebounded Mutombo, 17-15.

New York has lost three of its last four games as its offense has sputtered. In the losses, the Knicks are averaging 67.7 points per game.

"I have to get them (Knicks) playing better on offense," Van Gundy said. "Not just offense overall, I have to do a better job teaching."

"I don't have any answers about the offense," Camby said. "I don't understand it. We have to put together consistent performances. We have to step it up and play from the beginning."

"I let us down. I can play a lot better," said Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell, who was 4-of-14 from the field and 2-of-7 from the line. "Guys need to make shots. That's the bottom line. These are the ones at the end of the season that we say, `Hey, we let it slip away.'"

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