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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 13 24 13 18 68 VANCOUVER 24 28 26 11 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 13, ALLAN HOUSTON 12, MARK JACKSON 10 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 30, MIKE BIBBY 16, MICHAEL DICKERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 5 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 10, TONY MASSENBURG 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 8, MARK JACKSON 3 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 8, MICHAEL DICKERSON 7

ATT: 15,949


Extended Box

NEW YORK (68) AT VANCOUVER (89)

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

L JOHNSON F 21 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 3 2 SPREWELL F 32 4-14 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 8 CAMBY C 29 3-6 1-2 0 7 7 0 1 1 2 7 HOUSTON G 28 5-12 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 12 JACKSON G 21 5-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 1 10 THOMAS 20 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 8 RICE 20 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 WARD 24 5-5 2-3 1 3 4 8 1 1 1 13 POSTELL 12 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 HARRINGTON 12 0-3 1-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 0 1 KNIGHT 12 1-3 0-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 SPENCER 9 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 30-76 7-13 6 33 39 19 19 4 10 68 (.395) (.538) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 43 12-18 6-6 3 4 7 4 1 1 1 30 MASSENBURG F 36 1-5 0-0 0 10 10 1 4 0 2 2 REEVES C 36 7-14 0-0 0 10 10 1 5 0 0 14 BIBBY G 37 8-13 0-0 0 4 4 8 1 0 3 16 DICKERSON G 41 5-16 4-4 0 4 4 7 2 1 0 15 SWIFT 22 1-4 4-6 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 6 JONES 18 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 6 LONG 5 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 EDWARDS 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - BACK SPASMS AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-79 14-16 3 39 42 23 17 2 7 89 (.456) (.875) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 7(6 PTS)

NEW YORK 13 24 13 18 - 68 VANCOUVER 24 28 26 11 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD, CAMBY. VANCOUVER - REEVES 2, SWIFT 2, DICKERSON, MASSENBURG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 1-8 (.125), L JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 0-3, JACKSON 0-1, RICE 0-2, WARD 1-1. VANCOUVER 3-17 (.176), S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-2, REEVES 0-1, BIBBY 0-3, DICKERSON 1-6, JONES 2-4, LONG 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, BENNIE ADAMS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 15,949. T - 2:00.


Box Score

NEW YORK (68) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 21 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 4 2 Sprewell 32 4-14 0-0 2-5 2 2 8 Camby 29 3-6 1-2 0-7 0 1 7 Houston 28 5-12 2-2 0-2 0 2 12 Jackson 21 5-7 0-0 0-4 3 0 10 Thomas 20 4-9 0-0 0-2 1 2 8 Rice 20 1-6 0-0 1-2 2 1 2 Ward 24 5-5 2-3 1-4 8 1 13 Postell 12 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Harrington 12 0-3 1-2 2-4 1 4 1 Knight 12 1-3 0-2 0-3 0 1 2 Spencer 9 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 7-13 6-39 19 19 68 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (L Johnson 0-1, Houston 0-3, Jackson 0-1, Rice 0-2, Ward 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Ward, Camby). Turnovers: 10 (L Johnson 3, Camby 2, Jackson, Knight, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 4 (Camby, Harrington, Thomas, Ward).

VANCOUVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 43 12-18 6-6 3-7 4 1 30 Massenburg 36 1-5 0-0 0-10 1 4 2 Reeves 36 7-14 0-0 0-10 1 5 14 Bibby 37 8-13 0-0 0-4 8 1 16 Dickerson 41 5-16 4-4 0-4 7 2 15 Swift 22 1-4 4-6 0-4 0 1 6 Jones 18 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 Long 5 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Edwards 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 M Abdul-rauf DNP - back spasms Austin DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - strained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 14-16 3-42 23 17 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (S Abdur-rahim 0-2, Reeves 0-1, Bibby 0-3, Dickerson 1-6, Jones 2-4, Long 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Reeves 2, Swift 2, Dickerson, Massenburg). Turnovers: 7 (Bibby 3, Massenburg 2, Long, S Abdur-rahim). Steals: 2 (Dickerson, S Abdur-rahim). ____________________________________________ New York 13 24 13 18 - 68 Vancouver 24 28 26 11 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,949. T: 2:00. Officials: Ron Garretson, Bennie Adams, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks will not have fond memories of their last visit to Vancouver.

Whether they were looking back and looking ahead, the Knicks looked awful in an 89-68 loss to the Vancouver Grizzlies, who got 30 points from Shareef Abdur-Rahim and snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak.

When the Knicks embarked on their crucial five-game road trip, there were games against Western Conference weaklings Golden State and Vancouver that looked like certain wins. But New York needed overtime to beat Golden State before losing in overtime to Sacramento on Tuesday.

"There's no illusions of greatness when you're out of the game on the road," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Let's face it, we're not playing the way you need to play to win."

With games at Portland on Friday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, the Knicks may have taken the Grizzlies lightly, and with good reason. They had taken the last seven meetings, including a 97-72 rout at home on November 27.

In addition, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley announced Monday that he intends to move the team to Memphis, Tennessee upon approval from the NBA's Board of Governors. Vancouver has been playing out the string in another sorry season.

"We got good fans. Really, we got great fans," Abdur-Rahim said. "The sad thing about moving, I was always anxious to see how the fans would be once we became a good team, but tonight they were great."

All of this pointed to a blowout, only it was the Knicks on the receiving end. They started poorly and never recovered, looking lazy at times. New York shot under 40 percent (30-of-76) from the field and trailed by 26 points early in the third quarter.

Abdur-Rahim was the main culprit, making 12-of-18 shots. He had 12 points in the first half as Vancouver opened a 52-37 lead and another 12 in the third period, when the Grizzlies turned it into a rout.

"That was not a good sign -- not playing well, to come out in the third quarter and getting down 26 right away," Van Gundy said.

Mike Bibby collected 16 points and eight assists for Vancouver (21-52), which despite its troubles moved within one win of the franchise record set last season.

Charlie Ward scored 13 points and Allan Houston 12 for New York. All-Star swingman Latrell Sprewell, who vowed to be more vocal and play with more "attitude" after the loss in Sacramento, made 4-of-14 shots and scored just eight points.

Vancouver closed the first quarter with an 8-2 run to open a 24-13 lead. The Grizzlies shot 52 percent (12-of-23) and held the Knicks to 35.5 percent (6-of-17).

"The start, it was our fault," Knicks center Marcus Camby said. "We have to go out there and set the tone of how the game is going to be played. We can't dig ourselves into a hole -- 11 after the first quarter -- and try to play catch-up."

Another 8-2 run ended the second quarter and gave the Grizzlies a 52-37 advantage. Vancouver made sure there would be no rally by opening the third period with a 15-4 burst. Abdur-Rahim's short jumper gave the Grizzlies their largest lead at 67-41 with 7:39 remaining.

"We talked about that first five minutes of the third quarter because sometimes we get hurt there," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "We tried to focus on coming out and again delivering that blow and not allowing them to get on an early run."

"It's something we talked about, the first and third quarters, and we came out (in) both of those with a lot of offensive patience and defensively, we were all over them," Grizzlies center Bryant Reeves added.

The Knicks got no closer than 18 points thereafter. Othella Harrington, traded from Vancouver to New York earlier this season, came on in the final period and was booed every time he touched the ball. Harrington scored one point and committed four fouls.

"I'm in a position where I want to be and a place where I want to be, and all the other stuff is extra," said Harrington, who made no secret of his desire to leave Vancouver.

"I wasn't surprised. I think it was the fans' opportunity to let him have it a little bit for some of his comments he made while he was here," Grizzlies forward Tony Massenburg said.

Michael Dickerson scored 15 points and Reeves added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and committed just seven turnovers.

Vancouver beat New York for the first time since January 20, 1996.

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