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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 18 25 36 31 110 CLEVELAND 9 22 16 28 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 39, MARCUS CAMBY 15, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 14 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 22, JIMMY JACKSON 16, TRAJAN LANGDON 12

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 12, KURT THOMAS 7 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9, JIMMY JACKSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 10, CHARLIE WARD 6 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, TRAJAN LANGDON 5

ATT: 16,527


Extended Box

NEW YORK (110) AT CLEVELAND (75)

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

SPREWELL F 35 5-12 2-2 0 0 0 5 1 2 1 12 THOMAS F 33 4-7 0-0 2 5 7 2 1 2 0 8 CAMBY C 28 5-13 5-6 3 9 12 1 2 2 2 15 HOUSTON G 40 15-23 5-5 0 5 5 1 2 1 2 39 JACKSON G 31 4-6 0-0 0 5 5 10 4 1 7 8 HARRINGTON 29 4-5 6-6 2 3 5 2 5 0 1 14 WARD 20 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 6 1 1 0 2 POSTELL 12 3-3 3-3 0 2 2 0 1 0 3 10 KNIGHT 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 SPENCER 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 2 L JOHNSON DNP - SORE BACK RICE DNP - STOMACH VIRUS

TOTALS 240 42-77 21-22 9 33 42 27 21 9 18 110 (.545) (.955) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(11 PTS)

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

HARPRING F 10 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 3 0 WEATHERSPOON F 32 1-5 1-2 4 5 9 1 2 0 0 3 MIHM C 26 2-8 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 6 MILLER G 26 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 7 3 2 4 4 PERSON G 15 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 GATLING 17 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 2 JACKSON 26 6-12 3-3 2 3 5 2 1 2 5 16 COLES 16 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 5 0 2 4 MURRAY 30 8-14 4-4 2 0 2 1 2 3 1 22 BROWN 21 2-7 2-3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 6 LANGDON 15 4-8 2-2 0 0 0 5 2 0 1 12 A JOHNSON 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 27-77 16-18 11 21 32 23 24 8 21 75 (.351) (.889) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22(37 PTS)

NEW YORK 18 25 36 31 - 110 CLEVELAND 9 22 16 28 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, THOMAS 2, HARRINGTON 2, HOUSTON, KNIGHT. CLEVELAND - COLES, GATLING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-8 (.625), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 4-5, POSTELL 1-1. CLEVELAND 5-9 (.556), PERSON 0-2, JACKSON 1-1, MURRAY 2-3, LANGDON 2-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CAMBY, CLEVELAND - COLES (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, BOB DELANEY, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 16,527. T - 2:03.


Box Score

NEW YORK (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 35 5-12 2-2 0-0 5 1 12 Thomas 33 4-7 0-0 2-7 2 1 8 Camby 28 5-13 5-6 3-12 1 2 15 Houston 40 15-23 5-5 0-5 1 2 39 Jackson 31 4-6 0-0 0-5 10 4 8 Harrington 29 4-5 6-6 2-5 2 5 14 Ward 20 1-5 0-0 1-4 6 1 2 Postell 12 3-3 3-3 0-2 0 1 10 Knight 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Spencer 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 L Johnson DNP - sore back Rice DNP - stomach virus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-77 21-22 9-42 27 21 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.545, FT-.955. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 4-5, Postell 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Camby 3, Thomas 2, Harrington 2, Houston, Knight). Turnovers: 19 (Jackson 7, Postell 3, Camby 2, Houston 2, Spencer 2, Harrington, Sprewell). Steals: 9 (Camby 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, Houston, Jackson, Ward).

CLEVELAND (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 10 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 Weatherspoon 32 1-5 1-2 4-9 1 2 3 Mihm 26 2-8 2-2 1-2 1 3 6 Miller 26 2-8 0-0 1-4 7 3 4 Person 15 0-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Gatling 17 0-3 2-2 0-3 2 1 2 Jackson 26 6-12 3-3 2-5 2 1 16 Coles 16 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 5 4 Murray 30 8-14 4-4 2-2 1 2 22 Brown 21 2-7 2-3 0-1 0 3 6 Langdon 15 4-8 2-2 0-0 5 2 12 A Johnson 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-77 16-18 11-32 23 24 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.351, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Person 0-2, Jackson 1-1, Murray 2-3, Langdon 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Coles, Gatling). Turnovers: 22 (Jackson 5, Miller 4, Harpring 3, Coles 2, Person 2, A Johnson, Gatling, Langdon, Mihm, Murray). Steals: 8 (Murray 3, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Gatling). ____________________________________________ New York 18 25 36 31 - 110 Cleveland 9 22 16 28 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Camby, 6:19 3rd). Cleveland 1 (Coles (ejected), 6:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Murray (ejected), 4:49 4th). A: 16,527. T: 2:03. Officials: Jim Capers, Bob Delaney, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks recovered from their slow start. The Cleveland Cavaliers did not.

Allan Houston snapped out of a post-All-Star funk with a career-high 39 points and the Knicks overcame a poor first quarter for an easy 110-75 victory over the reeling Cavaliers.

Having lost eight of their last nine road games, the Knicks started very slowly and were a bit fortunate that the Cavaliers were just as bad. Through the first six minutes, the teams combined to shoot just 2-of-15 from the field.

But New York was able to get somewhat untracked and open an 18-9 lead after one quarter. The Knicks shot 33 percent (7-of-21) but held the Cavaliers to 19 percent (3-of-16).

While the Knicks steadily found their way, the Cavs were lost. Except for a 9-0 run that cut the deficit to 26-22 with 7:21 left in the second quarter, they were offensively inept for the entire game.

"I don't know where to begin, where to start," Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman said. "Offensively, we began passively. The Knicks didn't get off to the greatest start either and we only had nine points in the first quarter and we turned down open shots."

Latrell Sprewell and Mark Jackson had a pair of baskets apiece in an 11-2 run that ended the first half and gave New York a 43-31 lead. Houston scored seven points in a 13-2 surge that opened the second half and turned it into a blowout at 56-33 with 7:44 to go in the third quarter.

"I thought both teams were pretty bad until we made that run at the end of the second quarter," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I thought that was good and obviously, we played a real good third quarter. Allen was a big part of that."

Cleveland suffered its worst loss of the season.

Houston had been slumping since playing in the All-Star Game and was averaging 14.9 points over his last 10 games, more than four points below his team-leading norm. But he scored 16 points in the third quarter, which ended with New York holding a 79-47 lead.

"The important thing for me coming into the game, I wanted to make sure that I did everything I could and not worry about shots," Houston said. "Whether it was defending, rebounding or taking open shots."

"Great scorers and great shooters really don't believe they go into a slump," Knicks point guard Mark Jackson said. "Guys who are average or below-average shooters, you can go into a slump. But a guy like Houston, his shot is looking good, the next one feels good so you keep giving him his touches."

Houston made 15-of-23 shots as he surpassed his previous career high of 37, established several times, most recently December 2 against Minnesota. He had not scored more than 24 points since tallying 31 on February 16 against New Jersey.

"The coach talked to me and he wants me to be better," Houston said. "I haven't been good at it but I think it was mental, although it (the mental part) was over before this game.

"Mentally, you put a lot of pressure on yourself and someone in my position, you can do that a lot. Tonight, I just went out there and had fun and relaxed and kind of let things come to me."

Marcus Camby had 15 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which has beaten Cleveland by a combined 54 points in two wins since a 99-97 home loss to the Cavs in the second week of the season.

The Knicks shot 54.5 percent (42-of-77) as they climbed back to .500 (16-16) on the road and moved one game ahead of idle Miami for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Lamond Murray scored 22 points for Cleveland, which has lost 11 of its last 13 games. The Cavs shot just 35 percent (27-of-77) and were held under 80 points for the second straight game and 10th time this season.

"Regardless of where you're at, it still hurts," Cavs guard Bimbo Coles said. "You lose by 30 or 40 and it doesn't really make a difference. It's still embarrassing and it's still frustrating."

Othella Harrington scored 14 points for the Knicks, including a pair of free throws that gave them their largest lead at 103-63 with 4:11 to play.

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