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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 18 23 21 12 74 NEW YORK 22 18 20 16 76 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 17, BRIAN GRANT 13, TIM HARDAWAY 12 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 17, LARRY JOHNSON 14, MARCUS CAMBY 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - AC GREEN 9, DAN MAJERLE 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 12, KURT THOMAS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 8, ANTHONY CARTER 5 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, LARRY JOHNSON 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MIAMI (74) AT NEW YORK (76)

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

BOWEN F 42 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 10 MASON F 44 7-13 3-4 0 6 6 1 2 4 3 17 GRANT C 26 3-7 7-10 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 13 HARDAWAY G 31 5-12 0-0 0 4 4 8 2 0 3 12 JONES G 35 4-13 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 3 11 GREEN 26 3-6 0-0 4 5 9 1 0 1 3 6 MAJERLE 19 2-7 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 2 0 5 CARTER 17 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-71 12-16 9 28 37 19 18 8 14 74 (.394) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(8 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 5-11 2-2 0 4 4 5 4 2 2 14 SPREWELL F 37 8-19 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 1 6 17 CAMBY C 36 5-6 3-3 2 10 12 1 4 0 1 13 HOUSTON G 35 3-14 6-7 0 3 3 1 0 1 1 12 WARD G 24 0-3 3-4 0 1 1 7 0 1 1 3 RICE 24 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 3 9 THOMAS 22 3-6 0-0 2 4 6 1 6 1 0 6 CHILDS 25 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-68 14-16 5 31 36 19 20 6 15 76 (.426) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

MIAMI 18 23 21 12 - 74 NEW YORK 22 18 20 16 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - JONES 3. NEW YORK - CAMBY 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-17 (.353), BOWEN 2-2, HARDAWAY 2-8, JONES 1-2, MAJERLE 1-5. NEW YORK 4-14 (.286), L JOHNSON 2-4, SPREWELL 1-4, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 0-2, RICE 1-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - GRANT. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, GEORGE TOLIVER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

MIAMI (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 42 4-10 0-0 0-3 2 4 10 Mason 44 7-13 3-4 0-6 1 2 17 Grant 26 3-7 7-10 3-6 0 4 13 Hardaway 31 5-12 0-0 0-4 8 2 12 Jones 35 4-13 2-2 0-2 1 3 11 Green 26 3-6 0-0 4-9 1 0 6 Majerle 19 2-7 0-0 2-7 1 2 5 Carter 17 0-3 0-0 0-0 5 1 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Ceballos DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-71 12-16 9-37 19 18 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Bowen 2-2, Hardaway 2-8, Jones 1-2, Majerle 1-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Jones 3). Turnovers: 15 (Green 3, Hardaway 3, Jones 3, Mason 3, Bowen, Grant). Steals: 8 (Mason 4, Majerle 2, Green, Jones).

NEW YORK (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 5-11 2-2 0-4 5 4 14 Sprewell 37 8-19 0-0 1-5 2 3 17 Camby 36 5-6 3-3 2-12 1 4 13 Houston 35 3-14 6-7 0-3 1 0 12 Ward 24 0-3 3-4 0-1 7 0 3 Rice 24 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 1 9 Thomas 22 3-6 0-0 2-6 1 6 6 Childs 25 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-68 14-16 5-36 19 20 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (L Johnson 2-4, Sprewell 1-4, Houston 0-3, Ward 0-2, Rice 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 4). Turnovers: 15 (Sprewell 6, Rice 3, L Johnson 2, Camby, Childs, Houston, Ward). Steals: 6 (L Johnson 2, Houston, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Miami 18 23 21 12 - 74 New York 22 18 20 16 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Grant, 8:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Hugh Evans, George Toliver, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Tim Hardaway ripped New York Knicks fans with an expletive-filled tirade on Sunday. On Tuesday, the fans laughed at him.

Hardaway missed two 3-point attempts in the final five seconds and the Miami Heat suffered yet another painful loss to their archrivals, falling to the Knicks, 76-74.

The latest chapter to this bitter rivalry was written by Hardaway, who was quoted as saying, "New York fans are always (bleeps) and they're gonna continue to be (bleeps)." The diminutive point guard later backed off his vulgar stance, saying he did not mean to implicate all Knicks fans and even praised them for their loyalty.

But that did not stop the fans from serenading Hardaway when he flung an air ball from 3-point range with five seconds left and the Heat trailing, 75-74.

After New York's Charlie Ward converted 1-of-2 free throws with 3.3 seconds left, Hardaway had a second chance to play the hero.

Dan Majerle inbounded the ball from midcourt to Hardaway, who faked New York's Chris Childs, and threw up a jumper from beyond the top of the key that went off the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

"The first miss was a good defensive job by Chris Childs," Hardaway said of his air ball. "The second was right there, faked him (Childs) up, had a good look and missed it. I thought it was good, but it was a little off to the left. I just missed the shot. It's tough, because I had a great look."

Following the miss, Hardaway leaped over the scorer's table and made a hasty retreat to the locker room as the fans celebrated. He finished with 12 points and was 2-of-8 from 3-point range.

Amid the trade speculation regarding Atlanta Hawks All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo, Marcus Camby stated a case for his defense with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots for New York, including a key block on Anthony Mason with a minute left.

Camby blocked a shot by Mason in the final seconds of regulation in a 103-100 overtime win at Miami on February 4.

The win tied New York (31-21) with Miami (32-22) for second place in the Atlantic Division. First-place Philadelphia leads both by seven games.

Latrell Sprewell led the Knicks with 17 points and Larry Johnson added 14.

After setting an NBA record by holding 33 straight opponents below 100 points, the Knicks yielded triple figures in four of their last seven games. But on Tuesday, they displayed vintage defense against the Heat, who shot 39 percent (28-of-71) from the field.

"I don't think we necessarily have to beat Miami to prove our defense. I just think that's how we have to play," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I think the biggest thing though, is we started to show our collective heart again. That's probably the No. 1 thing that it takes to win for us in this league. We started to show more of that tonight."

Mason finished with 17 points for Miami.

The Knicks have won two of three meetings from Miami this season with each decided by three points or less. In this affair, neither team led by more than five points at any time. There were 12 lead changes and 10 ties.

"It was just tooth and nail for 48 minutes with nobody getting much air space," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

The Knicks took the lead for good at 71-70 when Allan Houston hit a pair of free throws with 3:40 left.

A layup by Camby increased the advantage to 73-70 with 2:33 remaining, but Brian Grant, who finished with 13 points, powered inside for a layup, pulling the Heat within one again, 73-72 with 2:13 left.

After a driving shot by Sprewell, Grant was fouled by Camby and converted both free throws with 1:42 remaining.

Miami had a chance to take the lead when Camby dribbled the ball off his foot and lost the ball out of bounds. But the 6-11 center atoned for the turnover when he blocked a fadeway shot in the lane by the 6-8 Mason with 1:02 left.

"I just try to use my size. I know he had a hard time shooting over me," Camby said. "Mase is a great player, but I was just able to get a hand on him. I just tried to make him shoot over a contested arm."

With the shot clock winding down, Sprewell missed a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left, but Camby grabbed the rebound. However, after a timeout was called, Miami's Eddie Jones stole the ball from Sprewell with 16 seconds remaining.

Hardaway launched a 26-foot air ball from the left side that sailed out of bounds. After Ward converted one free throw, Hardaway missed his 25-footer at the buzzer.

"That was a play that was set up. Whoever gets open first, gets the ball," Hardaway said. They were playing Eddie (Jones) on the sideline and I was able to get open at the top and got the ball."

"He got a very good look at the three to win it," Riley said. "I was surprised that he got that look."

Camby has been the subject of trade rumors with the Thursday deadline approaching and speculation is swirling the Knicks will make a run at the 7-2 Mutombo.

Afterwards, New York's Houston and even Jones of the Heat praised Camby.

"In this game, it was Marcus' play down the stretch that helped us get the win," Houston said.

"It's tough to get to the rim (against Camby)," said Jones. "You try to get there and you see him waiting. He's definitely one of those guys that changes a lot of stuff in the paint. He's always coming."

A layup by Kurt Thomas with 42 seconds left in the first quarter and a jumper by Glen Rice at the buzzer gave the Knicks a 22-18 lead.

The Knicks led by as many as five on two occasions in the second quarter, the last at 29-24 after a 3-pointer by Rice with 7:39 left in the half.

But the Heat responded with a 9-0 run. Mason hit a short jumper, Grant converted 1-of-2 free throws, Majerle connected on a 19-footer, and Bruce Bowen scored back-to-back baskets, giving Miami a 33-29 lead with 4:47 remaining.

The Knicks pulled within 41-40 at halftime on a jumper by Sprewell with 1.5 seconds left.

Miami built its biggest lead at 51-46 on a pair of free throws by Jones with 7:47 left in the third quarter. But Johnson scored all eight of New York's points with a pair of 3-pointers and a short jumper in an 8-2 run, giving the Knicks a 54-53 lead with 5:53 left.

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