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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 22 14 14 18 68 NEW YORK 27 28 16 24 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 19, ELTON BRAND 12, RON ARTEST 9 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 32, GLEN RICE 20, KURT THOMAS 18

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 9, BRAD MILLER 6 NYK - KURT THOMAS 7, CHRIS CHILDS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 3, BRYCE DREW 3 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CHICAGO (68) AT NEW YORK (95)

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

ARTEST F 24 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 3 9 BRAND F 34 4-9 4-7 3 6 9 2 3 1 4 12 MILLER C 15 1-5 1-2 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 3 DREW G 23 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 0 MERCER G 37 6-15 6-6 0 4 4 2 0 0 1 19 RUFFIN 17 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 3 1 0 EL AMIN 16 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 1 2 2 FIZER 20 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 8 HOIBERG 22 2-7 1-1 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 7 C BENJAMIN 14 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 6 CRAWFORD 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 TARLAC 9 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 25-71 12-16 8 26 34 16 21 9 14 68 (.352) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(28 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 35 3-9 4-6 1 3 4 1 0 1 0 10 RICE F 32 7-14 5-6 2 2 4 1 4 2 1 20 THOMAS C 26 8-10 2-3 2 5 7 0 3 0 4 18 CHILDS G 40 1-4 2-2 0 7 7 9 2 3 1 4 SPREWELL G 38 11-17 8-9 1 4 5 4 2 0 3 32 LONGLEY 29 2-4 1-2 0 6 6 0 4 1 0 5 STRICKLAND 28 2-7 0-1 1 5 6 3 1 1 1 6 KNIGHT 6 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 POSTELL 6 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 BRUNSON DNP - PERSONAL REASONS CAMBY DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN HOUSTON DNP - STOMACH VIRUS

TOTALS 240 34-70 22-29 8 35 43 18 20 8 12 95 (.486) (.759) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

CHICAGO 22 14 14 18 - 68 NEW YORK 27 28 16 24 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - C BENJAMIN. NEW YORK - THOMAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-16 (.375), ARTEST 1-1, DREW 0-2, MERCER 1-1, EL AMIN 0-2, HOIBERG 2-5, C BENJAMIN 2-4, CRAWFORD 0-1. NEW YORK 5-11 (.455), L JOHNSON 0-2, RICE 1-3, CHILDS 0-1, SPREWELL 2-2, STRICKLAND 2-3. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW YORK - SPREWELL. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, SCOTT WALL, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,763. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CHICAGO (68) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 24 4-8 0-0 0-3 1 3 9 Brand 34 4-9 4-7 3-9 2 3 12 Miller 15 1-5 1-2 1-6 0 2 3 Drew 23 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 Mercer 37 6-15 6-6 0-4 2 0 19 Ruffin 17 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 El Amin 16 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 4 2 Fizer 20 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 1 8 Hoiberg 22 2-7 1-1 1-3 3 0 7 C Benjamin 14 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 6 Crawford 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Tarlac 9 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-71 12-16 8-34 16 21 68 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Artest 1-1, Drew 0-2, Mercer 1-1, El Amin 0-2, Hoiberg 2-5, C Benjamin 2-4, Crawford 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (C Benjamin). Turnovers: 16 (Brand 4, Artest 3, El Amin 2, Drew, Fizer, Mercer, Ruffin, Tarlac). Steals: 9 (Ruffin 3, C Benjamin 2, Brand, Crawford, Drew, El Amin).

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 35 3-9 4-6 1-4 1 0 10 Rice 32 7-14 5-6 2-4 1 4 20 Thomas 26 8-10 2-3 2-7 0 3 18 Childs 40 1-4 2-2 0-7 9 2 4 Sprewell 38 11-17 8-9 1-5 4 2 32 Longley 29 2-4 1-2 0-6 0 4 5 Strickland 28 2-7 0-1 1-6 3 1 6 Knight 6 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Postell 6 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Brunson DNP - personal reasons Camby DNP - strained left groin Houston DNP - stomach virus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 22-29 8-43 18 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (L Johnson 0-2, Rice 1-3, Childs 0-1, Sprewell 2-2, Strickland 2-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas 2). Turnovers: 12 (Thomas 4, Sprewell 3, Postell 2, Childs, Rice, Strickland). Steals: 8 (Childs 3, Rice 2, L Johnson, Longley, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Chicago 22 14 14 18 - 68 New York 27 28 16 24 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:19 2nd). New York 1 (Sprewell, 6:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Miller, 6:27 2nd). A: 19,763. T: 2:04. Officials: Don Vaden, Scott Wall, Scott Foster.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- While backcourt mate Allan Houston nursed a stomach virus, Latrell Sprewell got fat on the league-worst Chicago Bulls.

Houston sat out his first game in nearly four years but Sprewell scored 24 of his season-high 32 points in the first half, spearheading the New York Knicks to a 95-68 rout of the Bulls.

After stunning San Antonio at the United Center on Thursday, the young Bulls figured to have a chance against the Knicks tonight, especially with Houston and starting center Marcus Camby (groin) out of the lineup.

But Sprewell dashed those hopes by netting 13 points in the second quarter, when the Knicks outscored the Bulls, 28-14, to take a commanding 55-36 halftime lead.

"We did a good job just playing defense for 48 minutes," Sprewell said. "I think the biggest thing was we had them down and then we come out in the third quarter and they don't score for the first six minutes."

Houston, the Knicks' leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, is expected to be back for Saturday's contest at Minnesota. He had played in 258 consecutive games dating to March 19, 1997 when he sat out a game against Philadelphia due to a similar stomach ailment.

Asked if not having Houston in the lineup helped open his offensive game, Sprewell said, "I just felt good out there I don't know at what point, but (coach) Jeff (Van Gundy) kept calling my number. They weren't double-teaming so I had to make them pay."

Camby missed his fourth straight game but also may return against the Timberwolves.

Glen Rice scored 20 points and Kurt Thomas added 18 for New York, which has won three straight games since dropping four of five. The Knicks have yet to win four in a row this season.

"I think we had a great practice yesterday and I thought we played well for the majority of tonight," Van Gundy said. "Hopefully, we can keep moving in a positive direction."

"The confidence level was high," Rice added. "Anytime you got a key guy down, everyone realizes that they gotta raise their game up a notch, and tonight was a great team effort all the way around. Anytime you get a team in here that you know you should beat, you gotta take care of business."

Ron Mercer scored 19 points for the Bulls, who have lost six of seven overall and 12 of 14 on the road this season. Chicago has not recorded consecutive wins since February 17-19.

Larry Johnson scored 10 points for New York, which shot 49 percent (34-of-70) and scored 16 points off 28 Chicago turnovers.

"We got guys down, everybody steps up," Johnson said. "That's when the team is more dangerous, that's when the team is more aware. That's when the team is going to play hard."

Elton Brand had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who shot 35 percent (25-of-71) and were outrebounded, 43-34. Chicago was outscored, 22-12, at the line.

"You have to give the Knicks credit, they played great defense," Brand said after the Bulls combined for 28 points in the middle periods. "We just didn't bring it tonight. We couldn't stop anybody. A 30-point blowout after we won a big game, a tough game."

Clinging to a four-point lead early in the second quarter, the Knicks began to distance themselves from the Bulls when Sprewell buried a 25-footer to make it 31-24 with 10:53 remaining in the first half.

Fred Hoiberg answered with a 3-pointer, but Johnson reeled off five straight points and Erick Strickland was good from 27 feet to stretch the margin to 39-27.

Sprewell was virtually tackled by Hoiberg on a flagrant foul midway through the period and responded by throwing an elbow at the 6-4 guard, drawing a technical foul, his second in as many games.

The two exchanged free throws and Sprewell added another before hitting a jumper to open a 43-28 cushion with 5:45 left in the half. Sprewell added six more points in the period as New York built a 19-point bulge at intermission.

"I think they wanted to show they could play without Houston," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "And Sprewell wanted to show he can carry the load, and he certainly did."

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