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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 30 27 21 29 10 12 129 MILWAUKEE 28 23 24 32 10 10 127 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 48, ALLAN HOUSTON 34, KURT THOMAS 18 MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 38, RAY ALLEN 23, ANTHONY MASON 22

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 18, KURT THOMAS 8 MIL - ANTHONY MASON 18, GLENN ROBINSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 6 MIL - SAM CASSELL 12, ANTHONY MASON 6

ATT: 18,717


Extended Box

NEW YORK (129) AT MILWAUKEE (127) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

SPREWELL F 54 17-36 5-7 3 4 7 6 2 2 6 48 THOMAS F 40 7-13 4-4 4 4 8 0 5 0 0 18 CAMBY C 44 2-8 3-4 6 12 18 0 6 1 3 7 HOUSTON G 51 12-24 6-6 0 3 3 5 4 1 1 34 JACKSON G 51 5-13 4-4 1 4 5 15 3 1 3 15 ANDERSON 16 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 WARD 7 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 WEATHERSPOON 23 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 4 HARRINGTON 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 45-102 24-27 15 34 49 28 27 6 13 129 (.441) (.889) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

MASON F 50 8-14 6-10 4 14 18 6 3 0 1 22 THOMAS F 25 3-11 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 1 0 8 PRZYBILLA C 14 1-2 1-1 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 3 ALLEN G 46 8-24 3-4 3 0 3 5 3 1 2 23 CASSELL G 55 7-13 6-7 0 7 7 12 4 2 1 20 ROBINSON 40 15-28 6-7 1 7 8 0 2 1 3 38 JOHNSON 21 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 REDD 27 5-10 1-1 1 2 3 3 1 1 2 13 HAM 12 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 5 0 2 0 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAFFEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 47-105 25-32 14 36 50 28 26 6 11 127 (.448) (.781) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 30 27 21 29 10 12 - 129 MILWAUKEE 28 23 24 32 10 10 - 127

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY, THOMAS, WEATHERSPOON. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 2, PRZYBILLA, ROBINSON, MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 15-30 (.500), SPREWELL 9-14, HOUSTON 4-8, JACKSON 1-5, ANDERSON 0-2, WARD 1-1. MILWAUKEE 8-22 (.364), THOMAS 0-4, ALLEN 4-9, CASSELL 0-2, ROBINSON 2-4, REDD 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, JESS KERSEY, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,717. T - 3:06.


Box Score

NEW YORK (129) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 54 17-36 5-7 3-7 6 2 48 Thomas 40 7-13 4-4 4-8 0 5 18 Camby 44 2-8 3-4 6-18 0 6 7 Houston 51 12-24 6-6 0-3 5 4 34 Jackson 51 5-13 4-4 1-5 15 3 15 Anderson 16 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Ward 7 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 3 Weatherspoon 23 1-2 2-2 1-4 0 3 4 Harrington 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 29045-102 24-27 15-49 28 27 129 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 15-30, .500 (Sprewell 9-14, Houston 4-8, Jackson 1-5, Anderson 0-2, Ward 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby, Thomas, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 6, Camby 3, Jackson 3, Houston). Steals: 6 (Sprewell 2, Camby, Houston, Jackson, Weatherspoon).

MILWAUKEE (127) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 50 8-14 6-10 4-18 6 3 22 Thomas 25 3-11 2-2 1-2 0 4 8 Przybilla 14 1-2 1-1 2-3 1 2 3 Allen 46 8-24 3-4 3-3 5 3 23 Cassell 55 7-13 6-7 0-7 12 4 20 Robinson 40 15-28 6-7 1-8 0 2 38 Johnson 21 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 2 0 Redd 27 5-10 1-1 1-3 3 1 13 Ham 12 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 5 0 Alston DNP - coach's decision Caffey DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 29047-105 25-32 14-50 28 26 127 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Thomas 0-4, Allen 4-9, Cassell 0-2, Robinson 2-4, Redd 2-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Johnson 2, Przybilla, Robinson, Mason). Turnovers: 11 (Robinson 3, Allen 2, Ham 2, Redd 2, Cassell, Mason). Steals: 6 (Cassell 2, Allen, Redd, Robinson, Thomas). ______________________________________________________ New York 30 27 21 29 10 12 - 129 Milwaukee 28 23 24 32 10 10 - 127 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 3:06. Officials: Ed F Rush, Jess Kersey, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- After the New York Knicks tried to give away the game, they were more than happy to accept a gift from Darvin Ham.

Ham's ill-advised foul with 1.9 seconds left resulted in a pair of free throws by Clarence Weatherspoon as the Knicks posted their third straight win, a thrilling 129-127 double-overtime triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Latrell Sprewell scored 48 points -- one shy of his career high set earlier this season -- and Allan Houston added 34 for the Knicks, who have rebounded from an embarrassing 111-68 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

But New York allowed a game-tying 3-pointer to Ray Allen at the end of regulation and another to Michael Redd at the close of the first overtime, each time falling asleep on defense.

With the game tied in the final seconds of the second extra session, Ham pushed Weatherspoon in the chest while the forward was shooting. Weatherspoon calmly sank both attempts from the line and the Knicks survived a potential game-tying shot by Redd.

"Yeah, I'd like that play back," Ham said. "That final play, that was the play of the game. We could have won it.

"I anticipated instead of reacting and I anticipated that he was going to drive and we had a foul to give. But he raised up and I was leaning in. Thank God it is not Game Seven of a playoff series or something, it's just the regular season. But yeah, it hurts, because I'm in there for `D' and everyone else played their hearts out."

Glenn Robinson, who had missed the last 14 games with a bruised left thigh, scored a season-high 38 points for the Bucks, who have lost three in a row following an eight-game winning streak.

"Anytime I step on the floor, I'm ready to play," Robinson said. "I didn't come back too early or too late. I kept myself in shape and made sure I was ready to step on the floor."

"This should be a wake-up call to our team," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We were dead at least three times out there today. We almost pulled it out and stole the game but we couldn't come up with the stops."

Sprewell, who was born in Milwaukee and still owns a home there, has been symbolic of the Knicks' recent turnaround. After going scoreless Monday for just the second time in his career, he has 98 points in his last three contests.

"We were working to this point," Sprewell said. "We were getting our confidence and working together. We feel like we are reaping some of the benefits of practicing hard."

"Even though we made some mistakes, I think a lot is to be said about how we came out in overtime," Houston said. "Early in the season, if we made those same mistakes, we wouldn't have won."

Sprewell was 17-of-36 from the field, including 9-of-14 from 3-point range. He had 49 points against Boston on December 11 and no Knick has scored 50 in a game since Patrick Ewing did it against Charlotte on December 1, 1990.

"In the fourth quarter, I just started hitting threes," Sprewell said. "That is how I do it sometimes. I think when you are not shooting the ball well, you just have to think that you are going to make the next one."

"You have to give credit to Spree, he hit tough shots all game long," Karl added.

Sprewell's heroics nearly went for naught as New York twice fell apart when seemingly in control. The Knicks held a 102-91 lead with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter, but Sam Cassell hit two free throws and Allen a pair of 3-pointers around a free throw by Sprewell.

Anthony Mason's dunk with 91 seconds to go got Milwaukee within 103-101. Mark Jackson hit two free throws 76 seconds later to give New York a four-point cushion. After a 3-pointer by Robinson sliced the deficit to a point, Houston hit two from the line with five seconds left.

With a foul to give, New York let Allen race down the right sideline and hoist a 3-pointer that tied the game.

Sprewell opened the first overtime with a 3-pointer, and New York led 117-114 with 75 seconds remaining. But with only the perimeter to guard, the Knicks failed to rotate and left Redd alone in the right corner, where he buried a tying 25-footer with 1.4 seconds left.

In the second overtime, Jackson scored the first four points and drained a 3-pointer with 2:18 to go that put the Knicks ahead, 124-119. Mason hit four straight free throws to get the Bucks within a point and two from the line by Robinson gave Milwaukee the lead.

Sprewell lost Ham on a 3-pointer, but Robinson sank a 10-footer off a feed from Allen to knot the contest, 127-127, with 3.2 seconds left. New York inbounded at mid-court and got the ball to Weatherspoon along the right baseline, where Ham committed the thoughtless foul.

"We found a way in the overtimes to pick ourselves up," Sprewell said. "Mark stepped up in the second overtime. I don't know how much more I had in me so it was nice to see Mark take over."

"There are not too many games like that one," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "We made a couple of mistakes in that game but I can't dwell on that. Milwaukee made mistakes and we made mistakes. We hung in there."

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