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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 16 21 14 20 71 NEW YORK 25 16 16 21 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - BRAD MILLER 23, TRENTON HASSELL 15, RON MERCER 14 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 24, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 9, RON MERCER 7 NYK - KURT THOMAS 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - GREG ANTHONY 3, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 NYK - MARK JACKSON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CHICAGO (71) AT NEW YORK (78)

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

MERCER F 42 5-17 3-4 1 6 7 1 1 2 4 14 OAKLEY F 29 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 2 2 0 MILLER C 39 9-14 5-7 4 5 9 1 1 2 1 23 ANTHONY G 24 1-5 2-3 1 3 4 3 0 0 1 4 HASSELL G 38 5-10 3-4 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 15 HOIBERG 16 0-2 1-1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 FIZER 13 0-5 4-8 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 4 CURRY 9 0-1 6-8 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 6 OLLIE 18 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 CHANDLER 6 1-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 GUYTON 6 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 22-66 24-37 9 25 34 12 14 9 13 71 (.333) (.649) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 40 2-7 0-0 1 6 7 3 4 0 6 5 THOMAS F 42 5-10 1-1 1 11 12 3 5 1 5 11 SPENCER C 9 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 HOUSTON G 41 10-22 4-5 3 4 7 2 4 3 2 24 JACKSON G 34 4-13 2-2 1 6 7 6 3 2 3 11 HARRINGTON 33 8-11 2-3 3 2 5 2 6 1 0 18 ANDERSON 16 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 KNIGHT 11 2-4 2-2 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 6 EISLEY 14 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 12-15 13 36 49 19 30 8 18 78 (.427) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(10 PTS)

CHICAGO 16 21 14 20 - 71 NEW YORK 25 16 16 21 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HASSELL, MERCER. NEW YORK - THOMAS, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-11 (.273), MERCER 1-1, ANTHONY 0-1, HASSELL 2-4, HOIBERG 0-1, FIZER 0-1, GUYTON 0-3. NEW YORK 2-11 (.182), SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 0-2, JACKSON 1-5, ANDERSON 0-1, EISLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, MILLER, NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, BLANE REICHELT, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CHICAGO (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mercer 42 5-17 3-4 1-7 1 1 14 Oakley 29 0-3 0-0 0-4 2 3 0 Miller 39 9-14 5-7 4-9 1 1 23 Anthony 24 1-5 2-3 1-4 3 0 4 Hassell 38 5-10 3-4 1-4 2 4 15 Hoiberg 16 0-2 1-1 0-1 1 0 1 Fizer 13 0-5 4-8 2-3 1 1 4 Curry 9 0-1 6-8 0-1 0 1 6 Ollie 18 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Chandler 6 1-1 0-2 0-0 0 0 2 Guyton 6 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-66 24-37 9-34 12 14 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Mercer 1-1, Anthony 0-1, Hassell 2-4, Hoiberg 0-1, Fizer 0-1, Guyton 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Hassell, Mercer). Turnovers: 15 (Mercer 4, Guyton 2, Oakley 2, Anthony, Fizer, Hassell, Miller, Ollie). Steals: 9 (Mercer 2, Miller 2, Oakley 2, Curry, Hoiberg, Ollie).

NEW YORK (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 40 2-7 0-0 1-7 3 4 5 Thomas 42 5-10 1-1 1-12 3 5 11 Spencer 9 0-0 1-2 1-1 1 5 1 Houston 41 10-22 4-5 3-7 2 4 24 Jackson 34 4-13 2-2 1-7 6 3 11 Harrington 33 8-11 2-3 3-5 2 6 18 Anderson 16 0-2 0-0 0-4 0 2 0 Knight 11 2-4 2-2 3-5 0 1 6 Eisley 14 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Postell DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision Ward DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 12-15 13-49 19 30 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Sprewell 1-2, Houston 0-2, Jackson 1-5, Anderson 0-1, Eisley 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas, Harrington). Turnovers: 19 (Sprewell 6, Thomas 5, Jackson 3, Houston 2, Anderson, Knight). Steals: 8 (Houston 3, Jackson 2, Harrington, Spencer, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Chicago 16 21 14 20 - 71 New York 25 16 16 21 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 3 (Defensive Three 2, 8:00 1st, 3:02 2nd; Miller, 5:24 3rd). New York 1 (Defensive Three, 9:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Crawford, Blane Reichelt, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks may have struggled, but this time they produced enough to defeat the meager Chicago Bulls.

Allan Houston scored 24 points and Othella Harrington came off the bench to add a season-high 18 as the Knicks managed to hold on for a 78-71 victory over the Bulls.

New York won for the ninth time in its last 12 contests with Chicago, which has lost nine straight games and has the worst record in the NBA at 1-11.

The Bulls' only win came at home against the Knicks on November 3. That allowed them to maintain hope when New York coach Jeff Van Gundy's team failed to finish them off Saturday.

Houston scored 20 points in consecutive games for the first time this season. He scored nine points in the first 12 minutes to spark the hot-shooting Knicks to a 25-16 lead. However, New York shot just 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the field the rest of the way.

Harrington, who played 33 minutes in place of starter Felton Spencer, fouled out with 2:14 left and New York leading, 70-62. Chicago used a 9-4 burst to close within 74-71 with 18.1 seconds left but got no closer.

"We had some guys in foul trouble. So for him to step up and give us the points he provided, that was something we needed," said Latrell Sprewell, who shot a disappointing 2-of-7 from the field and finished with a season-low five points for the second straight game.

The Knicks improved to 5-1 at home this season with their sixth straight victory over Chicago at Madison Square Garden.

Spencer left with a deep shoulder bruise, further hampering a front line that is without center Marcus Camby and forward Clarence Weatherspoon, who was placed on the injured list before the game.

"I didn't know what was wrong, but something was wrong," said Spencer, who left after a collision with former Knick Charles Oakley. "But luckily they said it's not out of the socket. It will probably be sore for a few days."

Brad Miller had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulls, who have lost their last nine games and are winless on the road (0-8).

Chicago enjoyed its only lead midway through the third quarter. Greg Anthony, who scored 17 points against his former team on November 3, hit the second of two free throws with 6:54 left to give the Bulls a 44-43 lead.

On the Knicks' ensuing possession, Houston made his first basket of the second half to ignite New York's 9-0 run.

Miller voiced his displeasure at a loose-ball foul called against frustrated teammate Ron Mercer, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting after recording a season-high 31 points against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

But Miller's irritation stemmed from perceived injustices against him.

"I think once the officials get used to seeing more and seeing that he's actually getting fouled, he's going to shoot a ton of free throws," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "He hasn't bought the reputation yet."

Houston converted the technical foul shot to put the Knicks up by two.

Harrington collected one of the Knicks' season-high 49 rebounds off Kurt Thomas' missed jumper and put home a layup to provide a 48-44 advantage.

Thomas regisitered his fourth double-double of the season, tallying 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Knicks unveiled their suffocating half-court defense, which has been noticably absent during the opening weeks of the 2001-02 campaign. New York forced Chicago into consecutive 24-second violations as Thomas assisted on Houston's layup and sank a 16-foot jumper at the other end to give the Knicks a 52-44 advantage with 3:43 remaining.

"Everytime we get up and play well, it's most likely ignited by the defense," Houston said. "That's all we really wanted to do was spend a lot of energy and effort on the defensive end."

The Knicks improved to 4-0 this season when allowing less than 75 points.

Often criticized for lacking defensive intensity, Houston recorded season highs with seven rebounds and three steals.

"I thought his rebounding effort and his defense were very strong tonight," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "When he does those things, he usually plays extremely well, regardless of how the shot goes down."

The Knicks nearly threw away the game down the stretch despite owning a 69-56 lead with just under five minutes left.

Miller energized the Bulls with two offensive rebounds before being fouled by Harrington as he converted a layup.

"The effort was there," Floyd said. "I felt like we were stopping them and we were getting back and guarding their actions, making guys take their shots at the right times."

However, Miller missed the free throw. The Bulls went just 6-of-10 from the stripe in the final 4:20.

"That's individuals," Oakley said. "Coach can't make free throws for us. We have to make it ourselves."

Mercer won a jump ball against 6-10 Thomas before sinking the shot that cut the deficit to three.

"We had many chances in the fourth quarter. We had great looks and didn't get them down," Floyd said.

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