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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 22 18 30 10 80 NEW YORK 22 28 17 26 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 31, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 22, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 23, GLEN RICE 18, MARCUS CAMBY 16

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 7, MICHAEL SMITH 5 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 13, KURT THOMAS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - LARON PROFIT 4, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 4 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 8, MARK JACKSON 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (80) AT NEW YORK (93)

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

ALEXANDER F 47 8-17 4-4 0 3 3 4 1 2 1 22 LAETTNER F 34 4-7 4-4 0 2 2 3 5 0 5 12 J WHITE C 34 3-7 0-4 1 6 7 2 3 2 5 6 HAMILTON G 43 12-20 5-6 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 31 PROFIT G 35 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 4 4 0 3 4 MICHAEL SMITH 21 1-1 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 1 1 3 VANTERPOL 13 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 P JONES 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 NESBY 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING MIKE SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-66 14-20 5 23 28 17 19 8 17 80 (.470) (.700) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 23 2-6 1-2 2 1 3 1 4 0 1 5 SPREWELL F 33 4-10 1-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 4 9 CAMBY C 36 7-11 2-2 2 11 13 1 2 2 1 16 HOUSTON G 37 10-14 1-1 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 23 JACKSON G 23 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 4 0 0 2 5 THOMAS 30 4-8 2-4 3 3 6 0 4 0 2 10 RICE 27 8-9 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 18 WARD 25 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 8 1 3 1 5 HARRINGTON 6 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - SORE THROAT SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-73 8-12 9 23 32 19 20 7 14 93 (.548) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON 22 18 30 10 - 80 NEW YORK 22 28 17 26 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE, NESBY. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-11 (.364), ALEXANDER 2-2, HAMILTON 2-4, PROFIT 0-1, VANTERPOL 0-2, NESBY 0-2. NEW YORK 5-11 (.455), SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 2-4, JACKSON 1-2, RICE 1-2, WARD 1-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MIKE MATHIS, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,763. T - 2:09.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 47 8-17 4-4 0-3 4 1 22 Laettner 34 4-7 4-4 0-2 3 5 12 J White 34 3-7 0-4 1-7 2 3 6 Hamilton 43 12-20 5-6 0-4 2 2 31 Profit 35 2-5 0-0 2-4 4 4 4 Michael Smith 21 1-1 1-2 1-5 0 2 3 Vanterpol 13 1-7 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 P Jones 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Nesby 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis DNP - strained right hamstring Mike Smith DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-66 14-20 5-28 17 19 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Alexander 2-2, Hamilton 2-4, Profit 0-1, Vanterpol 0-2, Nesby 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (J White, Nesby). Turnovers: 18 (J White 5, Laettner 5, Profit 3, Alexander, Hamilton, Michael Smith, Vanterpol). Steals: 8 (Alexander 2, J White 2, Vanterpol 2, Hamilton, Michael Smith).

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 23 2-6 1-2 2-3 1 4 5 Sprewell 33 4-10 1-2 0-1 1 3 9 Camby 36 7-11 2-2 2-13 1 2 16 Houston 37 10-14 1-1 0-1 2 3 23 Jackson 23 2-7 0-0 1-5 4 0 5 Thomas 30 4-8 2-4 3-6 0 4 10 Rice 27 8-9 1-1 0-0 2 2 18 Ward 25 2-6 0-0 0-2 8 1 5 Harrington 6 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - sore throat Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-73 8-12 9-32 19 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.548, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Sprewell 0-1, Houston 2-4, Jackson 1-2, Rice 1-2, Ward 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 2, Harrington). Turnovers: 15 (Sprewell 4, Jackson 2, Rice 2, Thomas 2, Camby, Harrington, L Johnson, Ward). Steals: 7 (Ward 3, Camby 2, Rice 2). ____________________________________________ Washington 22 18 30 10 - 80 New York 22 28 17 26 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 2:21 3rd, 10:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:09. Officials: Jack Nies, Mike Mathis, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston scored 23 points and Glen Rice had 18 on 8-of-9 shooting as the New York Knicks overcame a dismal third quarter to post a 93-80 victory over the Washington Wizards.

New York moved one-half game ahead of Miami for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks, who have already clinched the tie-breaker over the Heat, visit Miami on Sunday.

A dunk by Marcus Camby gave New York a 65-52 lead with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter. But New York suffered another third-quarter cold spell as Washington closed the period by outscoring the Knicks, 18-2, including seven from rookie Courtney Alexander.

"We were disinterested in the third quarter," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We were not putting our full effort into defense and were very casual with the ball. Our defense is very poor to start third quarters."

A basket by Christian Laettner with just under eight minutes left gave the Wizards a 78-74 lead. But New York finally took command and a tip-in by Camby gave the Knicks the lead for good at 79-78 with just over five minutes left.

A basket by Houston and an alley-oop dunk from Camby off a feed from Charlie Ward gave the Knicks an 83-78 advanatge with 3:07 to go.

Richard Hamilton's scored Washington's final points on a pair of free throws with 1:37 left to cut the deficit to 83-80. But Houston responded with a jumper and the Knicks also received back-to-back 3-pointers from Rice and Ward as Washington went cold down the stretch.

"It's good to get the win but we need to start playing better," Van Gundy said. "In these games, in regular season, you may blow a lead and not win that game, but it may not cost you your season."

The Knicks had third-quarter problems in their last home game as well, a 94-82 victory over Orlando on Tuesday. They fell behind by eight points before outscoring the Magic, 28-14, in the final 12 minutes.

"No game is going to be a perfect game," Houston said. "There might be some things that you can learn from it and it's what you do from what you learn. We have to find a way when we come out in third quarters to get our intensity, especially when you have a 10-point lead."

Camby finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for New York, which won for the 10th time in 11 games at home. Houston made 10-of-14 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers after sitting out the final 16 minutes of Tuesday's victory.

Ward had five points and eight assists in 25 minutes off the bench while starter Mark Jackson finished with five points and four assists in 23 minutes.

"We could have definitely done a lot better than what we did," Rice said. "We let them hang around too long. At this time, we have to realize we can't afford to keep doing that."

Richard Hamilton scored 31 points to lead Washington, which fell for the sixth time in its last seven road games. Alexander finished with 22 points and Laettner added 12.

"I think you have to give the Knicks credit," Washiongton coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They are a very good defensive team and caused us to have indecision with their good defensive play. They took some things away from us and made us look for second and third options."

Richard Hamilton made 12-of-20 shots while Alexander converted 8-of-17 for the Wizards. Washington's bench was outscored by New York's reserves, 35-5.

"It's a learning experience," Richard Hamilton said. "We had them where we wanted to have them. It's just that down the stretch, we have to learn how to execute, really take our time and continue to do the things that got us there."

The Knicks swept the season series from the Wizards for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

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