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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 30 19 25 12 86 MIAMI 22 25 20 33 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 17, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 15 MIA - EDDIE JONES 32, CHRIS GATLING 16, JIMMY JACKSON 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 11, KURT THOMAS 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 MIA - VLADIMIR STEPANIA 9, BRIAN GRANT 8, CHRIS GATLING 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 4, LATRELL SPREWELL 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 7, EDDIE JONES 5, ROD STRICKLAND 4

ATT: 16,500


Extended Box

NEW YORK (86) AT MIAMI (100)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL F 40 6-17 8-10 0 3 3 3 2 1 4 22 C WEATHERSPOON F 33 4-8 7-7 6 5 11 1 2 3 2 15 K THOMAS C 30 4-9 0-0 2 4 6 0 6 0 1 8 M JACKSON G 26 2-5 2-2 0 5 5 4 1 0 0 8 A HOUSTON G 40 7-22 1-2 3 2 5 2 2 0 1 17 O HARRINGTON 21 3-6 1-4 1 4 5 0 0 1 0 7 C WARD 11 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 3 S ANDERSON 17 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 4 T KNIGHT 11 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 1 2 0 H EISLEY 11 0-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-78 21-27 14 26 40 14 20 7 13 86 (.372) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (22 PTS)

MIAMI

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

K GILL F 19 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 B GRANT F 26 3-9 0-0 2 6 8 1 4 0 3 6 A MOURNING C 23 3-6 1-3 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 7 R STRICKLAND G 27 2-7 5-8 1 1 2 4 2 1 1 9 E JONES G 44 12-18 4-5 0 3 3 5 1 3 3 32 J JACKSON 32 6-12 1-2 0 4 4 1 3 2 1 14 C GATLING 27 6-12 4-4 2 5 7 1 6 1 1 16 A CARTER 21 3-5 1-2 1 4 5 7 1 1 1 7 M JAMES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 V STEPANIA 20 2-5 3-4 3 6 9 0 3 0 1 7 S MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 19-28 12 33 45 21 26 9 13 100 (.481) (.679) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS)

NEW YORK 30 19 25 12 - 86 MIAMI 22 25 20 33 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS, O HARRINGTON, S ANDERSON. MIAMI - A MOURNING 2, B GRANT, E JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-17 (.412), L SPREWELL 2-5, M JACKSON 2- 4, A HOUSTON 2-7, C WARD 1-1. MIAMI 5-7 (.714), E JONES 4-5, J JACKSON 1- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, LUIS GRILLO. A - 16,500. T - 2:20.


Box Score

NEW YORK (86)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 40 6-17 8-10 0-3 3 2 22 C Weatherspoon 33 4-8 7-7 6-11 1 2 15 K Thomas 30 4-9 0-0 2-6 0 6 8 M Jackson 26 2-5 2-2 0-5 4 1 8 A Houston 40 7-22 1-2 3-5 2 2 17 O Harrington 21 3-6 1-4 1-5 0 0 7 C Ward 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 S Anderson 17 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 T Knight 11 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 4 0 H Eisley 11 0-4 2-2 0-0 2 1 2 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-78 21-27 14-40 14 20 86 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (L Sprewell 2-5, M Jackson 2-4, A Houston 2-7, C Ward 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (K Thomas, O Harrington, S Anderson). Turnovers:13 (L Sprewell 4, C Ward 3, C Weatherspoon 2, T Knight 2, A Houston, K Thomas). Steals: 7 (C Weatherspoon 3, L Sprewell, H Eisley, T Knight, O Harrington).

MIAMI (100)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Gill 19 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 B Grant 26 3-9 0-0 2-8 1 4 6 A Mourning 23 3-6 1-3 3-6 0 4 7 R Strickland 27 2-7 5-8 1-2 4 2 9 E Jones 44 12-18 4-5 0-3 5 1 32 J Jackson 32 6-12 1-2 0-4 1 3 14 C Gatling 27 6-12 4-4 2-7 1 6 16 A Carter 21 3-5 1-2 1-5 7 1 7 M James 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 V Stepania 20 2-5 3-4 3-9 0 3 7 S Marks DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Allen DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 19-28 12-45 21 26 100 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (E Jones 4-5, J Jackson 1-2). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:4 (A Mourning 2, B Grant, E Jones). Turnovers:13 (B Grant 3, E Jones 3, R Strickland, K Gill, V Stepania, A Carter, C Gatling, J Jackson, A Mourning). Steals: 9 (E Jones 3, J Jackson 2, R Strickland, A Carter, C Gatling, K Gill).

------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 30 19 25 12 - 86 MIAMI 22 25 20 33 - 100 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Miami - (Defensive Three, 8:29 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:20. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Courtney Kirkland, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Chris Gatling came out of nowhere to make sure the New York Knicks continued their road to nowhere.

The little-used Gatling scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat used a stunning surge to rally for a 100-86 victory over the woeful Knicks.

Gatling had sat out six straight games before playing in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia. The veteran forward scored 10 points in that game and continued his resurgence in this one.

"Of course, it's frustrating when you're used to playing and you don't play, but you have to be a pro about the situation," said Gatling. "If I was a little bit younger, maybe I would have been more aggressive to say something. But I'm older. I've been through a lot of systems and I know I have to be patient and wait. I've waited, and good things come to those who wait."

"Ever since he came back from the All-Star break, he's been very good in practice and working hard in practice," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "Everybody knows what he can do. He's done a great job in his conditioning and now he gets an opportunity at the 4-spot."

Gatling scored eight points in a 16-0 run that opened the final period and turned a seven-point deficit into an 83-74 lead with 7:12 to play.

"He's been out there working his butt off," Heat forward Brian Grant said. "We're just all proud of him."

Meanwhile, the Knicks went stone cold. They did not score in the fourth quarter until Charlie Ward's 3-pointer with 6:49 to go. New York then went scoreless for another 2 1/2 minutes as Miami put away the game.

Eddie Jones scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting for the Heat, who have won 16 of their last 22 games and remain on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"Eddie was magnificent, absolutely magnificent," Riley said. "He's been struggling the last three or four games. He came out very aggressive tonight, trying to turn the corner, trying to get into the paint. He just wanted to get off tonight."

Jones picked up the slack for the rest of Miami's starters, who combined for just 24 points. Reserve Jim Jackson added 14 as Miami scored 100 points for just the sixth time this season.

Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points and Allan Houston added 17 for the Knicks, who lost their sixth straight game overall and fifth in a row on the road.

"We're turning it over at the wrong time and can't find the basket at the wrong time," New York coach Don Chaney said. "They got hot and picked their level up. I think we have to do a better job of responding when teams put pressure on us."

After Ward's 3-pointer made it a six-point game, the Heat ran away with it. Jones hit a jumper and Jackson and Jones sank 3-pointers. Vladimir Stepania made a free throw before Gatling's basket made it 94-77 with 4:31 to play.

"I think we had a good chemistry on the floor," Gatling said. "Things were flowing well. Guys were coming off the bench, just making plays, doing what we do in practice, and I think we just brought it on the court."

"We just had an absolute explosion in the fourth quarter, unlike anything I've ever seen in the fourth quarter," Riley said. "The intensity was rather low for three quarters and we just revved it up."

A basket by Sprewell at the 4:14 mark ended the Knicks' second drought.

"In the fourth quarter, we had some breakdowns and the Heat made transition baskets as a result," Sprewell said. "The most impressive factor for the Heat was their bench. When their big guys went out of the game, their bench stepped up and played a big role. You have to give the Heat credit."

Rod Strickland scored nine points and Stepania had nine rebounds for the Heat, who shot 48 percent (38-of-79) and held a 45-40 edge on the glass.

Clarence Weatherspoon had 15 points and 11 boards for the Knicks, who shot 37 percent (29-of-78). New York's bench was outscored, 44-16.

In an uncommonly high-scoring game for the long-time rivals, the Knicks led, 49-47, at halftime. Two free throws by Howard Eisley and a jumper by Houston in the last minute of the third quarter extended the advantage to seven points.

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