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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 17 28 21 8 74 NEW YORK 29 18 16 20 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 22, LAPHONSO ELLIS 13, EDDIE HOUSE 11 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 17, LATRELL SPREWELL 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - EDDIE JONES 7, VLADIMIR STEPANIA 6 NYK - KURT THOMAS 13, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 8, EDDIE HOUSE 4 NYK - MARK JACKSON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MIAMI (74) AT NEW YORK (83)

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

ELLIS F 42 6-17 0-0 3 1 4 2 4 0 0 13 GATLING F 17 1-3 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 1 1 2 MARKS C 25 4-6 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 0 3 8 CARTER G 36 4-10 0-0 1 4 5 8 0 1 4 8 JONES G 42 9-21 3-3 2 5 7 3 3 0 1 22 STEPANIA 22 2-7 1-3 2 4 6 0 2 0 3 5 BROWN 8 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 HOUSE 30 4-9 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 3 2 11 MACK 18 2-4 1-1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING HAMILTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOURNING DNP - FOOD POISONING

TOTALS 240 32-78 7-11 8 27 35 18 20 6 15 74 (.410) (.636) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 39 6-14 3-5 0 4 4 0 3 1 4 16 WEATHERSPOON F 30 5-11 3-4 4 6 10 0 3 0 0 13 THOMAS C 38 6-13 1-1 4 9 13 0 2 1 1 13 HOUSTON G 35 6-12 4-4 0 1 1 2 2 0 5 17 JACKSON G 23 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 6 1 1 1 2 HARRINGTON 27 2-2 5-6 1 2 3 1 1 3 0 9 ANDERSON 23 3-5 3-4 1 3 4 4 1 1 1 9 EISLEY 25 1-5 2-4 0 5 5 4 2 0 4 4 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-68 21-28 10 33 43 17 15 7 16 83 (.441) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

MIAMI 17 28 21 8 - 74 NEW YORK 29 18 16 20 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - CARTER, MARKS. NEW YORK - WEATHERSPOON, SPREWELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 3-11 (.273), ELLIS 1-3, JONES 1-5, HOUSE 1-2, MACK 0-1. NEW YORK 2-7 (.286), SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 1-2, ANDERSON 0-1, EISLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - STEPANIA, NEW YORK - HARRINGTON, DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, KEN MAUER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 19,763. T - 2:12.


Box Score

MIAMI (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 42 6-17 0-0 3-4 2 4 13 Gatling 17 1-3 0-0 0-5 0 4 2 Marks 25 4-6 0-0 0-5 0 4 8 Carter 36 4-10 0-0 1-5 8 0 8 Jones 42 9-21 3-3 2-7 3 3 22 Stepania 22 2-7 1-3 2-6 0 2 5 Brown 8 0-1 0-2 0-2 0 1 0 House 30 4-9 2-2 0-0 4 2 11 Mack 18 2-4 1-1 0-1 1 0 5 Strickland DNP - strained right hamstring Hamilton DNP - coach's decision Mourning DNP - food poisoning _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 7-11 8-35 18 20 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Ellis 1-3, Jones 1-5, House 1-2, Mack 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Carter, Marks). Turnovers: 16 (Carter 4, Marks 3, Stepania 3, House 2, Brown, Gatling, Jones). Steals: 6 (House 3, Carter, Gatling, Mack).

NEW YORK (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 39 6-14 3-5 0-4 0 3 16 Weatherspoon 30 5-11 3-4 4-10 0 3 13 Thomas 38 6-13 1-1 4-13 0 2 13 Houston 35 6-12 4-4 0-1 2 2 17 Jackson 23 1-6 0-0 0-3 6 1 2 Harrington 27 2-2 5-6 1-3 1 1 9 Anderson 23 3-5 3-4 1-4 4 1 9 Eisley 25 1-5 2-4 0-5 4 2 4 Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision Ward DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 21-28 10-43 17 15 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Sprewell 1-3, Houston 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Eisley 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Weatherspoon, Sprewell). Turnovers: 17 (Houston 5, Eisley 4, Sprewell 4, Anderson, Jackson, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Harrington 3, Anderson, Jackson, Sprewell, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Miami 17 28 21 8 - 74 New York 29 18 16 20 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Stepania, 1:06 3rd). New York 2 (Harrington, 1:06 3rd; Defensive Three, 9:34 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- With no Alonzo Mourning and no Brian Grant, the Miami Heat had virtually no chance. But after a fourth straight loss, coach Pat Riley was ranting about getting no calls.

Riley blamed the officiating for an 83-74 loss to the New York Knicks, who displayed balanced scoring and their trademark defense in the fourth quarter in a renewal of the revamped rivalry.

The Heat were without Mourning, their All-Star center who will miss the next three games due to the aftereffects of food poisoning, and Grant, their banger of a power forward who went on the injured list with a bone bruise in his right foot.

Without its frontcourt muscle, Miami was pushed around for most of the game and shot just 3-of-18 with one free throw in the pivotal fourth quarter, a disturbing trend that finally sent the normally cool Riley over the edge.

"It's an absolute injustice," he said. "I'm fed up with it. We're 2-6. We absolutely get screwed at the free-throw line every night. That's all I have to say. It's been going on eight games. I've tried to show some class. I'm done. I'm not showing any tonight."

Riley also rattled off some statistics before storming off. The Heat have made 101 free throws in 148 attempts, which figure to the lowest per-game averages in the NBA. As a result, Miami is off to its worst start in seven seasons under Riley.

The Heat tried to fill the huge holes on their front line with centers Sean Marks and Vladimir Stepania and forward LaPhonso Ellis. The trio attempted three foul shots, all by Stepania.

Overall, Miami was just 7-of-11 from the line while New York was 21-of-28. The Heat also were outrebounded, 43-35, and outscored in the paint, 32-26.

"However the refs call it, they call it," said Marks, who had eight point and five rebounds. "We can't look for scapegoats."

Mourning and Grant have reputations as physical players, but the same cannot be said of Marks and Stepania, both of whom have been let go by the Knicks over the last three years.

"We need to earn that reputation," Marks said. "We can't just rely on those guys. We can't blame it on the officiating, that they're making bad calls because they don't respect us."

"If I say we miss those guys, then I'm belittling my teammates," added Heat guard Eddie Jones, who tried to keep his team in it with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Allan Houston scored 17 points and Latrell Sprewell added 16 for the Knicks, who have won two in a row in similar fashion. Kurt Thomas had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Clarence Weatherspoon added 13 and 10 for New York, which took advantage of the absence of Mourning and Grant.

"You definitely don't take as much of a pounding," said Knicks forward Othella Harrington, who scored nine points. "They're both physical guys, both offensively and defensively."

For the second straight game, point guard Howard Eisley came off the bench late in third quarter and finished the game, helping the Knicks rally for a win. He was not as effective as he was Tuesday against Portland, but with Miami's offense stuck in mud, he didn't have to be.

There were three lead changes and a tie in the first six minutes of the final period until Thomas hit consecutive baseline jumpers from opposite sides of the court to give New York a 73-70 lead with 5:51 to play.

The Heat twice got within a point, the last time at 75-74 on a tough jumper in the lane by Jones with 3:15 remaining. But they did not score again and finished the quarter with four airballs.

"When you play the defense you intend to, we try to force teams to take shots that they're not comfortable taking," Houston said.

Houston made a jumper with 2:05 to go and added two free throws after Jones and Ellis missed badly on jumpers for a 79-74 lead with 58 seconds remaining. The Knicks easily held on and allowed just eight points in the fourth quarter, tying the team record for the period set vs. Houston on February 22, 1998.

Shandon Anderson also scored nine points off the bench for New York, which improved to 15-11 against Miami since Riley left the Knicks and took over the Heat prior to the 1995-96 season. The familiar faces have changed over the years, but the games have remained close. Last season, the Knicks had a 3-2 edge, with both teams scoring 422 points.

"I think we're both trying to find our way right now, this year," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose team also won three of four hotly contested playoff series from the Heat during that time. "You can never match those four years because of the personalities, the quality of play and the intensity."

Eddie House scored 11 points off the bench for Miami, which shot 41 percent (32-of-78). New York shot 44 percent (30-of-68).

Houston scored 11 points in the first quarter as New York bolted to a 29-17 lead. Eisley came on to run the offense in the second period and helped extend the advantage to 47-31 with 4:31 remaining.

But Eisley was replaced by Mark Jackson just over a minute later and Miami stormed back. Ellis and House scored five points each and Sam Mack added four as the Heat closed the quarter with 14 unanswered points.

Miami scored 10 of the first 13 points in the third period, including six by New Zealand native Marks. A 16-footer by Ellis gave the Heat a 55-50 edge with 7:44 left and prompted a timeout by the Knicks.

"Getting off to a good start like we did, I think guys got a little relaxed," Sprewell admitted.

New York trailed 62-56 when Eisley came on with 3:42 left and cut the deficit to 66-63 entering the final period.

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