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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 26 25 24 21 96 TORONTO 21 25 24 22 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 35, MARK JACKSON 14, KURT THOMAS 13 TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 23, ANTONIO DAVIS 21, VINCE CARTER 18

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, MARCUS CAMBY 9 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 17, VINCE CARTER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 6 TOR - CHRIS CHILDS 7, VINCE CARTER 6

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

NEW YORK (96) AT TORONTO (92)

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

SPREWELL F 48 13-25 7-9 0 3 3 6 2 2 3 35 THOMAS F 35 6-7 1-1 2 7 9 0 4 0 1 13 CAMBY C 31 3-8 2-4 3 6 9 1 5 2 0 8 HOUSTON G 21 3-5 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 3 9 JACKSON G 33 5-8 1-2 0 4 4 6 1 0 2 14 ANDERSON 27 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 4 WARD 15 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 6 HARRINGTON 17 1-7 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 2 WEATHERSPOON 13 1-4 3-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-75 16-22 9 27 36 16 22 4 10 96 (.493) (.727) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

A DAVIS F 43 6-15 9-9 6 11 17 3 1 0 0 21 J WILLIAMS F 32 6-7 1-6 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 13 OLAJUWON C 15 0-7 2-2 3 3 6 0 0 1 0 2 CARTER G 48 6-23 5-6 4 3 7 6 5 1 5 18 A WILLIAMS G 32 8-15 4-4 1 0 1 3 4 1 1 23 CHILDS 24 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 7 6 0 0 1 CLARK 22 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 2 4 7 MURRAY 13 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 5 CURRY 11 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 25-33 18 26 44 20 24 5 11 92 (.383) (.758) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 26 25 24 21 - 96 TORONTO 21 25 24 22 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, THOMAS. TORONTO - CARTER, A DAVIS, CLARK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-15 (.400), SPREWELL 2-4, HOUSTON 1-3, JACKSON 3-4, ANDERSON 0-1, WARD 0-3. TORONTO 5-17 (.294), CARTER 1-7, A WILLIAMS 3-5, CHILDS 0-3, MURRAY 1-1, CURRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE, WEATHERSPOON, TORONTO - DEFENSIVE THREE, J WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, BENNIE ADAMS, BOB DELANEY. A - 19,800. T - 2:29.


Box Score

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 48 13-25 7-9 0-3 6 2 35 Thomas 35 6-7 1-1 2-9 0 4 13 Camby 31 3-8 2-4 3-9 1 5 8 Houston 21 3-5 2-2 1-1 1 2 9 Jackson 33 5-8 1-2 0-4 6 1 14 Anderson 27 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 Ward 15 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 4 6 Harrington 17 1-7 0-0 1-6 0 1 2 Weatherspoon 13 1-4 3-4 1-1 0 1 5 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-75 16-22 9-36 16 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Sprewell 2-4, Houston 1-3, Jackson 3-4, Anderson 0-1, Ward 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 3, Thomas). Turnovers: 12 (Houston 3, Sprewell 3, Jackson 2, Harrington, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Camby 2, Sprewell 2).

TORONTO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Davis 43 6-15 9-9 6-17 3 1 21 J Williams 32 6-7 1-6 3-6 0 4 13 Olajuwon 15 0-7 2-2 3-6 0 0 2 Carter 48 6-23 5-6 4-7 6 5 18 A Williams 32 8-15 4-4 1-1 3 4 23 Childs 24 0-4 1-2 0-2 7 6 1 Clark 22 3-6 1-2 0-3 0 2 7 Murray 13 1-2 2-2 0-0 1 1 5 Curry 11 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Bradley DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 25-33 18-44 20 24 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Carter 1-7, A Williams 3-5, Childs 0-3, Murray 1-1, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Carter, A Davis, Clark). Turnovers: 12 (Carter 5, Clark 4, A Williams, Murray). Steals: 5 (Clark 2, A Williams, Carter, Olajuwon). ____________________________________________ New York 26 25 24 21 - 96 Toronto 21 25 24 22 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Defensive Three, 9:00 2nd; Weatherspoon, 1:09 2nd). Toronto 2 (Defensive Three, 10:27 2nd; J Williams, 1:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:29. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Bennie Adams, Bob Delaney.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell showed up late again. This time, it did the New York Knicks some good.

Sprewell scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks snapped their longest losing streak in 15 years with a 92-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The Knicks had lost eight straight games, their longest skid since February 1987. On Monday, they suffered an embarrassing 111-68 loss to Charlotte, the worst home defeat in club history.

Sprewell showed up 45 minutes late for that game and was held scoreless for just the second time in his 10-year career, going 0-of-9 from the field. He responded with one of his best games of the season, making 13-of-25 shots and 7-of-9 free throws as he played the entire contest.

"We can't dwell on the past. I just hope we learn from it," said Sprewell, who had averaged just 14 points on 33 percent shooting during the slide. "I am not worried about what happened on Monday. I have already forgotten about what happened tonight and (am) focusing on the next game."

"He attacked the basket," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "He's a very quick, athletic guy. Tonight he was really into his aggressiveness."

Sprewell dominated his matchup with Vince Carter. In the final period, he outscored his fellow All-Star, 15-3, including a runner over him for a three-point play that sealed it at 95-88 with 1:18 remaining.

Carter scored 18 points and appeared disinterested at times. He made just 6-of-23 shots and committed five turnovers.

"I just tried to take away the baseline and force him down the middle and one of the other guys was there to cut him off," Sprewell said. "I just tried to play defense. If he was going to be successful, it wasn't going to be because of my defense."

"It didn't really affect him on our end of the court, but when things don't go your way, you start to drop your head a little and that takes a lot of energy out of you," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said.

Raptors forward Antonio Davis thought whatever was bothering Carter affected the entire team.

"If you play like you don't give a damn, then we won't beat any team," Davis said. "You can accept turnovers and missed assignments, but to show up and play without heart is unacceptable."

Former Raptor Mark Jackson scored 14 points and Kurt Thomas had 13 for the Knicks, who also ended a six-game road skid.

"It's been a tough stretch for us, so hopefully we can learn from the way we played tonight," Sprewell said. "Hopefully we can play with that type of passion and intensity."

Alvin Williams scored 23 points and Davis added 21 and 17 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost two in a row following a season-high four-game winning streak.

"I think most importantly, we have to look at why we didn't play well in the second half," Carter said. When things have gotten rough, we have figured it out. We will figure it out."

Sprewell opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and a runner in the lane, giving New York an 80-70 lead. Toronto fought back within 82-77, but Clarence Weatherspoon made a free throw and Sprewell had a layup and 3-pointer around a basket by Davis to rebuild the advantage to 88-79 with 6:02 to go.

Williams scored 10 points in the final period, including a jump shot that made it 90-84 with 4:32 remaining. Sprewell made two from the line and, after baskets by Williams and Carter, made his runner while drawing a foul from Carter.

"On the offensive end, I just tried to be aggressive and not really worry about what happened last game," Sprewell said.

Allan Houston scored all nine of his points in the second half and former Raptor Marcus Camby added eight and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 49 percent (37-of-75).

Jerome Williams scored 13 points for the Raptors, who shot just 38 percent (31-of-81). After beating the Knicks in the first round of last year's playoffs, Toronto is 0-2 vs. New York this season.

The Knicks never trailed, using a 10-0 run to open a 33-21 lead early in the second quarter. They settled for a 51-46 halftime advantage behind Sprewell's 14 points.

"We needed to come out on offense and be aggressive and not worry about the last game," Sprewell said. "We came out with intensity."

Sprewell had a pair of hoops in an 11-2 burst that opened the second half and gave New York its largest lead at 62-48.

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