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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 35 11 12 25 83 NEW YORK 16 24 24 22 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 22, TIM HARDAWAY 17, ANTHONY MASON 13 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 16, KURT THOMAS 16, MARCUS CAMBY 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 12, ANTHONY MASON 9 NYK - KURT THOMAS 14, MARCUS CAMBY 13

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - MARK JACKSON 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MIAMI (83) AT NEW YORK (86)

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

BOWEN F 46 4-8 1-2 3 4 7 3 3 0 1 11 MASON F 41 4-13 5-8 0 9 9 3 1 1 2 13 GRANT C 39 8-13 6-6 3 9 12 0 4 0 5 22 HARDAWAY G 39 6-19 2-2 1 1 2 8 0 4 4 17 MAJERLE G 37 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 0 0 11 GREEN 16 1-2 2-4 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 4 CARTER 22 2-9 1-2 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 5 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-71 17-24 10 27 37 19 15 7 13 83 (.408) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 41 7-18 2-2 0 3 3 4 1 1 4 16 THOMAS F 37 6-14 4-4 10 4 14 3 3 2 3 16 CAMBY C 34 6-11 2-2 3 10 13 3 5 1 1 14 HOUSTON G 38 6-16 0-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 13 JACKSON G 27 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 5 0 3 1 8 RICE 26 2-9 0-0 3 2 5 3 1 1 2 5 WARD 21 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 1 2 8 HARRINGTON 16 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 1 1 6 L JOHNSON DNP - BACK SPASMS KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION

TOTALS 240 37-86 8-10 18 27 45 22 19 10 14 86 (.430) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

MIAMI 35 11 12 25 - 83 NEW YORK 16 24 24 22 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MAJERLE. NEW YORK - THOMAS 2, WARD, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 8-20 (.400), BOWEN 2-3, HARDAWAY 3-10, MAJERLE 3-5, CARTER 0-2. NEW YORK 4-10 (.400), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 1-1, JACKSON 0-1, RICE 1-3, WARD 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEON WOOD. A - 19,763. T - 2:21.


Box Score

MIAMI (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 46 4-8 1-2 3-7 3 3 11 Mason 41 4-13 5-8 0-9 3 1 13 Grant 39 8-13 6-6 3-12 0 4 22 Hardaway 39 6-19 2-2 1-2 8 0 17 Majerle 37 4-7 0-0 0-4 3 4 11 Green 16 1-2 2-4 2-2 0 1 4 Carter 22 2-9 1-2 1-1 2 2 5 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 17-24 10-37 19 15 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Bowen 2-3, Hardaway 3-10, Majerle 3-5, Carter 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Majerle). Turnovers: 14 (Grant 5, Hardaway 4, Mason 2, Bowen, Carter). Steals: 7 (Hardaway 4, Carter, Green, Mason).

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 41 7-18 2-2 0-3 4 1 16 Thomas 37 6-14 4-4 10-14 3 3 16 Camby 34 6-11 2-2 3-13 3 5 14 Houston 38 6-16 0-2 1-3 1 1 13 Jackson 27 4-7 0-0 1-3 5 0 8 Rice 26 2-9 0-0 3-5 3 1 5 Ward 21 3-7 0-0 0-4 2 3 8 Harrington 16 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 L Johnson DNP - back spasms Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - upper respiratory infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 8-10 18-45 22 19 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 1-1, Jackson 0-1, Rice 1-3, Ward 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas 2, Ward, Harrington). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 4, Thomas 3, Rice 2, Ward 2, Camby, Harrington, Jackson). Steals: 10 (Jackson 3, Thomas 2, Camby, Harrington, Rice, Sprewell, Ward). ____________________________________________ Miami 35 11 12 25 - 83 New York 16 24 24 22 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:21. Officials: Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford, Leon Wood.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Pat Riley probably didn't recognize his team in the first quarter. But the Miami Heat reverted to form, especially against their bitter rivals.

After exploding for 35 points in the first quarter, the Heat shot just 32 percent the rest of the way and suffered their third straight loss to the New York Knicks, 86-83.

Kurt Thomas scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Marcus Camby added 14 and 13 to lead the Knicks, who stood around and watched the Heat shoot open jumpers in the first quarter before dominating Miami in the second and third quarters.

Brian Grant led the Heat with 22 points and 12 rebounds. However, former Knick Anthony Mason, Miami's other inside scoring threat, had just 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

The win pulled the Knicks (37-26) within a half game of Miami (38-26) for third place in the Eastern Conference.

"This was a big game today and we couldn't get it done," Riley said.

The Heat, who rank 28th in the league in scoring at 88.6 points per game, shot a blistering 63 percent from the field (12-of-19) in the first quarter, including six 3-pointers, and raced to a 35-14 lead. Grant had 10 points in the quarter.

"When you're shooting and playing like that in the first quarter, you know it's not going to last the whole game, especially against the Knicks and especially here," said Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who finished with 17 points.

Allan Houston closed a disastrous quarter for New York with a tip-in, but the Knicks were treated to a chorus of boos from the home crowd after shooting a horrid 27 percent from the field (7-of-26). Thomas appeared to be the only Knick interested in playing, scoring eight of New York's 16 points.

"Kurt did a terrific job for us," Camby said. "As bad as we played in the first quarter, he kept plugging away. Then we just picked it up defensively. We always seem to dig ourselves out of a hole. We always seem to claw our way out of it."

After making coach Jeff Van Gundy look prophetic for calling them a "mediocre" team that "lacks energy" following Friday's loss at New Jersey, the Knicks toughened up their defense in the second quarter and the Heat cooled off drastically.

Miami missed 15 of its 18 shots in the quarter and was outscored, 24-11. Houston and Charlie Ward combined for nine points as the Knicks closed the quarter with a 15-4 run, pulling within 46-40.

"The second quarter defense is what got us back into it," said Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell, who finished with 16 points. "They got off to a great start but we just kept fighting. We found a way to get stops in the second quarter. That's the kind of defense that enabled us to get back in the game."

The Heat misfired on 12-of-17 shots in the third quarter and managed just 12 points. Meanwhile, the Knicks hit 12-of-20 and took a 64-58 lead into the fourth quarter.

A short jumper by Sprewell tied the game at 50-50 with 8:26 left and the Knicks took their first lead since the game's opening basket when Mark Jackson hit a floater from the left baseline with 6:52 remaining.

A left corner jumper by Sprewell opened a 64-57 advantage for the Knicks with 34 seconds left in the quarter.

"I thought we had a great response when we got down and I thought our guys showed terrific heart," Van Gundy said. "Now the question is do we build on that in the next game, and hopefully we will."

New York held its biggest lead at 77-64 on a pair of free throws by Thomas with 5:48 left in the fourth quarter.

But just when it appeared the Heat were dead, they responded with a 12-2 run to set up a typical finish in this fierce rivalry.

A layup by Bruce Bowen capped the spurt, pulling the Heat within 79-76 with 1:08 remaining.

Houston and Miami's Tim Hardaway exchanged 3-pointers before Camby converted a layup with 26 seconds left. After Grant scored on a tip-in, Houston missed a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining.

The Heat pulled within 84-83 on a pair of free throws by Hardaway with 5.5 seconds left, but Hardaway threw up a 30-foot air ball at the buzzer after Sprewell converted a pair of free throws.

"We did our thing in the first quarter," Grant said. "After that, we just got out of it mentally. It was a mental turnaround game for us. We know we missed a pretty good opportunity today."

All four games between the teams were decided by three points or less. Miami won the first, 84-81 on November 29, but the Knicks won the next three by a combined eight points.

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