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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 31 27 20 13 91 NEW YORK 22 18 32 24 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 28, STEPHON MARBURY 21, SHAWN MARION 17 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 29, KURT THOMAS 27, LATRELL SPREWELL 15

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JAKE VOSKUHL 11, BO OUTLAW 7 NYK - KURT THOMAS 10, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 9, BO OUTLAW 6 NYK - MARK JACKSON 10, ALLAN HOUSTON 6

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PHOENIX (91) AT NEW YORK (96)

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

SH MARION F 37 8-13 1-1 2 3 5 1 2 3 2 17 OUTLAW F 47 5-12 0-2 6 1 7 6 2 3 4 10 VOSKUHL C 31 0-2 5-6 1 10 11 0 3 0 1 5 HARDAWAY G 35 12-18 3-3 3 3 6 0 5 1 6 28 ST MARBURY G 43 8-21 5-10 0 3 3 9 3 1 2 21 TSAKALIDIS 15 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 2 T DELK 15 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 5 MAJERLE 17 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 CRISPIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-76 14-22 15 24 39 17 21 8 17 91 (.487) (.636) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 21(29 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 41 6-20 3-4 1 1 2 3 0 2 3 15 THOMAS F 35 11-18 5-6 4 6 10 2 5 0 2 27 CAMBY C 37 3-10 0-0 4 1 5 2 3 2 3 6 HOUSTON G 44 10-21 7-7 2 4 6 6 2 3 4 29 JACKSON G 36 4-7 1-1 1 2 3 10 3 2 1 9 WARD 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 ANDERSON 11 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 HARRINGTON 6 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 WEATHERSPOON 18 3-9 0-0 5 5 10 1 2 0 0 6 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-90 16-18 19 21 40 26 18 9 13 96 (.433) (.889) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

PHOENIX 31 27 20 13 - 91 NEW YORK 22 18 32 24 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - SH MARION 2, HARDAWAY, TSAKALIDIS. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, WEATHERSPOON 2, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 3-11 (.273), HARDAWAY 1-3, ST MARBURY 0-3, T DELK 1-3, MAJERLE 1-2. NEW YORK 2-9 (.222), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 2-4, JACKSON 0-2, WARD 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, SEAN CORBIN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,763. T - 2:13.


Box Score

PHOENIX (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sh Marion 37 8-13 1-1 2-5 1 2 17 Outlaw 47 5-12 0-2 6-7 6 2 10 Voskuhl 31 0-2 5-6 1-11 0 3 5 Hardaway 35 12-18 3-3 3-6 0 5 28 St Marbury 43 8-21 5-10 0-3 9 3 21 Tsakalidis 15 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 T Delk 15 2-5 0-0 0-2 0 4 5 Majerle 17 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 3 Crispin DNP - coach's decision Ford DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 14-22 15-39 17 21 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Hardaway 1-3, St Marbury 0-3, T Delk 1-3, Majerle 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Sh Marion 2, Hardaway, Tsakalidis). Turnovers: 21 (Hardaway 6, Outlaw 4, Sh Marion 2, St Marbury 2, T Delk, Tsakalidis, Voskuhl). Steals: 8 (Outlaw 3, Sh Marion 3, Hardaway, St Marbury).

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 41 6-20 3-4 1-2 3 0 15 Thomas 35 11-18 5-6 4-10 2 5 27 Camby 37 3-10 0-0 4-5 2 3 6 Houston 44 10-21 7-7 2-6 6 2 29 Jackson 36 4-7 1-1 1-3 10 3 9 Ward 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Anderson 11 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Harrington 6 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Weatherspoon 18 3-9 0-0 5-10 1 2 6 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-90 16-18 19-40 26 18 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 2-4, Jackson 0-2, Ward 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby 2, Weatherspoon 2, Harrington). Turnovers: 13 (Houston 4, Camby 3, Sprewell 3, Thomas 2, Jackson). Steals: 9 (Houston 3, Camby 2, Jackson 2, Sprewell 2). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 31 27 20 13 - 91 New York 22 18 32 24 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Derosa, Sean Corbin, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks turned things around in the second half against the Phoenix Suns. Now they have to do the same thing with their season.

Allan Houston scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half as the Knicks rallied from a 19-point deficit for a spirited 96-91 victory over the Suns, their second straight triumph.

Kurt Thomas added a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who completed the first half of the season with a 16-25 mark and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1987.

However, they may have reversed their fortunes in the last day or so. On Wednesday, New York ended an eight-game slide -- its longest in 15 years -- with a win at Toronto.

"I wish I had a formula for it or understood why it happened," embattled Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "Maybe it started with last night's game. Toronto made a big run at us but we stepped up and hung in there. Maybe that was the start of it. I thought our guys got out of whatever little slump they were in and started playing up to their capabilities."

Against Phoenix, the Knicks reverted to their uninspired play of late before coming alive in the second half. Houston, who has been criticized in the past for passive play, scored 11 points in each period, including the go-ahead free throws with 2:07 to play.

Latrell Sprewell scored 15 points for the Knicks, who have won two in a row for the first time since December 3-8.

"That's what we plan on doing," Houston said. "You have to take it one game at a time. You can't just say you've won two in a row and now your season's turned around. We just have to be consistent with that."

"We just go into the next game and take it one game at a time," Thomas said. "We've been in a lot of games, even though our record doesn't show it. We just didn't finish (them) down the stretch."

Houston made 10-of-21 shots and 7-of-7 free throws. He bounced back after scoring just nine points -- all in the third quarter -- in a season-low 21 minutes vs. Toronto.

"I felt that if anybody had energy, he would have the energy tonight," Chaney said. "I'm happy to see Allan stepping up tonight. You have to have it."

"I was a little more rested tonight," Houston said. "At least I had the advantage of my legs. I wanted to come out in the second half and try to bring something."

Penny Hardaway scored 28 points and Stephon Marbury added 21 for the Suns, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-1 on a road trip that concludes Saturday in Washington.

"It was just two different halves," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "We came out of the locker room flat. We had 14 second-chance points in the first half, only three in the second. We came out soft and paid for it."

Hardaway's jumper gave the Suns their largest lead at 67-48 with 9:14 left in the third quarter. The Knicks responded with a 20-5 run that featured six points each from Houston and Thomas.

"When you're up by 18 by halftime and then have a third quarter like that and give a team a chance going into the fourth quarter, anything can happen," Hardaway said.

"Our guys stopped feeling sorry for themselves and really stepped up," Chaney said. "They wanted to fight for the win and that was obvious."

Houston made a 3-pointer and scoop layup to give the Knicks their first lead at 82-81 with 6:52 to go. A three-point play by Hardaway gave Phoenix an 88-88 tie, but Houston gave New York the lead for good with his foul shots.

"We just appeared to run totally out of gas tonight with our effort," Skiles said. "When we tried to battle back, they were getting their hands on all the balls. They were hitting the offensive glass and we weren't."

Sprewell hit a baseline jumper 43 seconds later. Marbury split a pair from the line and Hardaway sank two free throws to cut the deficit to 92-91 with 21 seconds remaining, but Houston ran his free-throw streak to 24 and Thomas made two from the line to seal it after Marbury missed a layup.

Mark Jackson had nine points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who shot 43 percent (39-of-90). New York had 21 second-chance points and 29 points off 21 Phoenix turnovers.

"It just shows if we go out there and play the defense we are capable of playing, even when you're down 18 at halftime, at least you have a chance to win," Thomas said.

Shawn Marion scored 17 points for Phoenix, which shot 49 percent (37-of-76) but scored just 33 points in the second half.

The Suns bolted to a 31-22 lead after one quarter. Thomas kept things close with 14 points.

Marbury scored 11 points in the second period, when the Knicks heard boos before heading to the locker room trailing, 58-40.

"Don really got into it at halftime and let us know that we have to compete to give ourselves a chance by raising the level of intensity," Houston said.

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