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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 22 21 20 17 80 NEW YORK 33 28 17 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 18, RON ARTEST 16, BRAD MILLER 15 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, MARCUS CAMBY 19, KURT THOMAS 18

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 16, FRED HOIBERG 6 NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 4, RON ARTEST 3 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 9, MARK JACKSON 8

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CHICAGO (80) AT NEW YORK (101)

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

FIZER F 31 6-12 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 3 1 14 HOIBERG F 35 4-8 0-0 2 4 6 4 0 2 0 9 MILLER C 37 5-9 5-8 7 9 16 2 2 1 1 15 ARTEST G 38 5-18 4-7 2 1 3 3 5 6 4 16 MERCER G 42 8-23 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 18 C BENJAMIN 9 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 TARLAC 20 1-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 3 CRAWFORD 20 2-10 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 5 GUYTON 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 BAGARIC 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 BRAND DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS DREW DNP - SORE LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 31-88 14-21 18 20 38 17 19 14 10 80 (.352) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 43 9-16 3-3 0 4 4 9 1 0 3 22 THOMAS F 27 7-11 4-6 4 5 9 0 4 1 1 18 CAMBY C 39 8-9 3-4 1 6 7 3 4 2 0 19 HOUSTON G 38 5-10 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 5 12 JACKSON G 27 4-7 0-0 0 7 7 8 1 1 4 9 HARRINGTON 27 4-5 2-3 0 5 5 0 3 0 3 10 WARD 25 4-7 1-2 2 2 4 4 2 1 4 10 POSTELL 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KNIGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SPENCER 2 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 L JOHNSON DNP - SORE BACK RICE DNP - STOMACH VIRUS

TOTALS 240 41-66 16-22 7 32 39 24 19 5 20 101 (.621) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

CHICAGO 22 21 20 17 - 80 NEW YORK 33 28 17 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - FIZER 2. NEW YORK - CAMBY, THOMAS, HARRINGTON, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-16 (.250), HOIBERG 1-5, ARTEST 2-4, MERCER 0-2, CRAWFORD 1-4, GUYTON 0-1. NEW YORK 3-6 (.500), SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 0-1, JACKSON 1-2, WARD 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, BLANE REICHELT, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,763. T - 2:07.


Box Score

CHICAGO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fizer 31 6-12 2-2 1-3 2 2 14 Hoiberg 35 4-8 0-0 2-6 4 0 9 Miller 37 5-9 5-8 7-16 2 2 15 Artest 38 5-18 4-7 2-3 3 5 16 Mercer 42 8-23 2-2 2-3 2 2 18 C Benjamin 9 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Tarlac 20 1-4 1-2 1-3 1 4 3 Crawford 20 2-10 0-0 0-0 2 1 5 Guyton 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 Bagaric 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Brand DNP - left knee tendinitis Drew DNP - sore left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-88 14-21 18-38 17 19 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Hoiberg 1-5, Artest 2-4, Mercer 0-2, Crawford 1-4, Guyton 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Fizer 2). Turnovers: 11 (Artest 4, Crawford 2, C Benjamin, Fizer, Guyton, Miller). Steals: 14 (Artest 6, Fizer 3, Hoiberg 2, C Benjamin, Mercer, Miller).

NEW YORK (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 43 9-16 3-3 0-4 9 1 22 Thomas 27 7-11 4-6 4-9 0 4 18 Camby 39 8-9 3-4 1-7 3 4 19 Houston 38 5-10 2-2 0-2 0 1 12 Jackson 27 4-7 0-0 0-7 8 1 9 Harrington 27 4-5 2-3 0-5 0 3 10 Ward 25 4-7 1-2 2-4 4 2 10 Postell 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Knight 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Spencer 2 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 L Johnson DNP - sore back Rice DNP - stomach virus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-66 16-22 7-39 24 19 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.621, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Sprewell 1-2, Houston 0-1, Jackson 1-2, Ward 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby, Thomas, Harrington, Knight). Turnovers: 20 (Houston 5, Jackson 4, Ward 4, Harrington 3, Sprewell 3, Thomas). Steals: 5 (Camby 2, Jackson, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Chicago 22 21 20 17 - 80 New York 33 28 17 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Camby, 0:02 2nd). A: 19,763. T: 2:07. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Blane Reichelt, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks rode the wave of their best first half of the season to a 101-80 victory over the extremely sloppy Chicago Bulls.

The Knicks shot 71 percent (25-of-35) from the field in the opening 24 minutes and posted a season-high 61 first-half points en route to an 18-point halftime advantage and never were seriously threatened thereafter.

"I don't think anybody expected us to shoot that well in the first half," Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell said. "We did a good job of moving the ball around and guys were knocking down open shots."

Sprewell paced the Knicks' attack with 22 points and nine assists while Marcus Camby added 19. Camby, who did not play when New York lost in Chicago on March 2, made 8-of-9 shots.

Chicago led, 18-13, with 5:45 to go in the first quarter when New York's offense came to life.

The Knicks scored eight straight points to take the lead for good and closed the quarter with 10 straight for a 33-22 lead after the first 12 minutes. Camby opened the run with a long jumper and Kurt Thomas followed with a pair of free throws to give New York a 27-22 advantage.

Sprewell sank back-to-back free throws and Allan Houston closed the first-quarter scoring with a short jumper with two seconds remaining.

Things only got worse for the Bulls when Houston opened the second quarter with four straight points. New York went on to open up a 28-point lead with five minutes to go on a hook shot by Othella Harrington, who had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

"The thing that was discouraging is that we shot that well and they were still in striking distance," Sprewell said. "When you're shooting 70 percent, you would like to be up at least 30."

"We played great from the six-minute mark in the first quarter to the four-minute mark of the second quarter," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "That 14 minutes was great. Then we got careless like most teams get with leads."

The Knicks led by 24 when Chicago closed the first half with six straight points to climb within 61-43 at halftime. New York built a 68-44 lead early in the third quarter when the Bulls went on a 17-6 run to get within 74-61 but got no closer.

"That's why you have to give yourself that type of cushion, just in case teams try to make a run," Sprewell said.

"The Bulls never stopped and I respect them for that," Van Gundy said. "I never judge a win on who we play, but rather how we play. I felt we played very well."

Thomas finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and Houston chipped in 12 points for New York, which played without Glen Rice and Larry Johnson. Rice sat out with a stomach virus and Johnson continues to suffer from a sore back.

At point guard for New York, Mark Jackson had nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Charlie Ward added 10 points and four assists.

"They came out and really executed their offense well," Bulls guard Fred Hoiberg said. "That is something that Mark Jackson has brought to this team. He is a playmaker that gets everybody involved in the offense. Before it was just Sprewell and Houston and they pretty much lived and died with that."

The Knicks shot a season-high 62 percent (41-of-66) overall and completed a 4-0 homestand to remain one-half game ahead of Miami for second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Bulls shot just 35 percent (31-of-88), including 4-of-16 3-pointers. They had a season's worth of airballs and rushed shots in a sloppier performance than usual for the league's worst team.

Ron Mercer scored 18 points on just 8-of-23 shooting and Ron Artest added 16 points for the Bulls, who played without Elton Brand and Bryce Drew. Brand has tendinitis in his knee and Drew a sore left hamstring.

Brad Miller had 15 points and 16 rebounds and rookie Marcus Fizer contributed 14 points for Chicago, which has lost 20 consecutive road games.

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