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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 29 16 27 17 89 NEW YORK 26 26 30 20 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 18, GLENN ROBINSON 13, RAY ALLEN 13 NYK - KURT THOMAS 29, ALLAN HOUSTON 27, LATRELL SPREWELL 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 NYK - KURT THOMAS 20, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 6, ALLAN HOUSTON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, RAY ALLEN 5, ANTHONY MASON 4 NYK - MARK JACKSON 8, HOWARD EISLEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (89) AT NEW YORK (102)

MILWAUKEE

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

A MASON F 37 5-7 0-0 1 4 5 4 1 1 1 10 G ROBINSON F 31 4-9 5-6 0 2 2 1 3 0 4 13 J PRZYBILLA C 23 4-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 0 1 8 R ALLEN G 32 6-16 0-0 1 5 6 5 2 0 2 13 S CASSELL G 35 7-14 2-2 1 4 5 7 5 0 1 18 T THOMAS 25 5-15 1-1 1 5 6 0 4 4 1 11 M REDD 22 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 7 E JOHNSON 23 1-3 3-4 5 2 7 1 2 1 1 5 D HAM 6 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 G ANTHONY 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 R ALSTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J CAFFEY DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 37-81 11-14 14 29 43 20 21 7 12 89 (.457) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (9 PTS)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL F 37 6-20 5-7 0 1 1 3 3 3 1 18 C WEATHERSPOON F 35 6-9 1-1 1 5 6 2 3 1 0 13 K THOMAS C 44 11-16 7-7 5 15 20 3 2 0 2 29 A HOUSTON G 38 9-20 7-7 1 5 6 2 2 0 1 27 M JACKSON G 26 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 8 1 0 1 0 S ANDERSON 20 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 H EISLEY 22 1-5 1-1 0 0 0 5 3 1 3 4 O HARRINGTON 15 2-6 3-3 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 7 T KNIGHT 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 L POSTELL 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 C WARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 24-26 11 29 40 23 20 6 8 102 (.440) (.923) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8 (11 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 29 16 27 17 - 89 NEW YORK 26 26 30 20 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - J PRZYBILLA 3, A MASON, R ALLEN. NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON, A HOUSTON, K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 4-20 (.200), G ROBINSON 0-2, R ALLEN 1- 4, S CASSELL 2-4, T THOMAS 0-5, M REDD 1-4, G ANTHONY 0-1. NEW YORK 4- 19 (.211), L SPREWELL 1-6, A HOUSTON 2-7, M JACKSON 0-2, S ANDERSON 0- 1, H EISLEY 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - S CASSELL, DEFENSIVE THREE 2, S CASSELL, A MASON 2 (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, GEORGE TOLIVER, KEN MAUER. A - 19,763. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (89)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Mason 37 5-7 0-0 1-5 4 1 10 G Robinson 31 4-9 5-6 0-2 1 3 13 J Przybilla 23 4-5 0-0 2-6 0 4 8 R Allen 32 6-16 0-0 1-6 5 2 13 S Cassell 35 7-14 2-2 1-5 7 5 18 T Thomas 25 5-15 1-1 1-6 0 4 11 M Redd 22 3-8 0-0 1-4 1 0 7 E Johnson 23 1-3 3-4 5-7 1 2 5 D Ham 6 1-2 0-1 1-1 0 0 2 G Anthony 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 R Alston 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Caffey DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 11-14 14-43 20 21 89 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (G Robinson 0-2, R Allen 1-4, S Cassell 2-4, T Thomas 0-5, M Redd 1-4, G Anthony 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (J Przybilla 3, A Mason, R Allen). Turnovers:12 (G Robinson 4, R Allen 2, A Mason, T Thomas, M Redd, J Przybilla, E Johnson, S Cassell). Steals: 7 (T Thomas 4, A Mason, E Johnson, G Anthony).

NEW YORK (102)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 37 6-20 5-7 0-1 3 3 18 C Weatherspoon 35 6-9 1-1 1-6 2 3 13 K Thomas 44 11-16 7-7 5-20 3 2 29 A Houston 38 9-20 7-7 1-6 2 2 27 M Jackson 26 0-3 0-0 1-2 8 1 0 S Anderson 20 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 H Eisley 22 1-5 1-1 0-0 5 3 4 O Harrington 15 2-6 3-3 2-3 0 1 7 T Knight 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 L Postell 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 C Ward DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 24-26 11-40 23 20 102 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (L Sprewell 1-6, A Houston 2-7, M Jackson 0-2, S Anderson 0-1, H Eisley 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (C Weatherspoon, A Houston, K Thomas). Turnovers:8 (H Eisley 3, K Thomas 2, A Houston, L Sprewell, M Jackson). Steals: 6 (L Sprewell 3, C Weatherspoon, H Eisley, S Anderson).

------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 29 16 27 17 - 89 NEW YORK 26 26 30 20 - 102 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 5 (S Cassell, 0:31 2nd; Defensive Three, 0:31 2nd; Defensive Three, 4:40 4th; S Cassell, 5:53 4th; A Mason 2 (ejected), 6:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:08. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, George Toliver, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- A nice day for Don Chaney turned into a great night for Kurt Thomas. But one member of the New York Knicks didn't think one had anything to do with the other.

Hours after the embattled Chaney received a contract extension as coach, Thomas had the best game of his NBA career with 29 points and 20 rebounds as the Knicks soundly defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-89.

Chaney took over as interim coach when Jeff Van Gundy abruptly resigned in December. Despite an 11-27 record heading into this game, he surprisingly was given an extension and some authority.

The move seemed to spur the Knicks, who had lost seven of their last eight games to tumble into last place in the Atlantic Division. Led by Thomas, they built a double-digit lead and held it as their opponent unraveled for a change.

However, Knicks forward Clarence Weatherspoon did not believe there was any correlation, putting the onus for the team's poor play this season directly on himself and his teammates.

"It's junk," Weatherspoon said. "It's a management decision. It's the players who have got to play. I'm happy for coach ... (But) I'm not gonna say that was the reason we were playing bad. That's a cop-out."

Chaney and Thomas thought otherwise.

"Now you know next year, you're going to have the same coach," said Chaney, who won the 1991 NBA Coach of the Year with Houston. "I think it eases the tensions and eases the thought process. Now all these guys have to concentrate on is playing."

"No one likes change," said Thomas, who made 11-of-16 shots, most of them short jumpers. "You know the coaching staff is going to be here, it makes everyone play with ease."

Allan Houston scored 27 points and Latrell Sprewell added 18 for the Knicks, who took the lead for good late in the second quarter and beat the Bucks for the third time in four meetings this season.

"Subconsciously for us, I think that we did respond," Houston said. "I think something kind of kicks in where you know that this is the guy that's leading you and you have to respond to it."

Sam Cassell scored 18 points for the Bucks, who had won five of their last seven contests but lost their cool as well as the game. In a 20-second span midway through the fourth quarter, Anthony Mason and Cassell were ejected for arguing.

"I got fed up. I can't do that," Cassell said. "This team needs me out there on the floor. This game goes fast. You're not going to get the calls all the time."

"We've had some bad whistles and we've lost some games (because of it),"

Bucks coach George Karl said. "I'll talk to Sam and Mase about it."

Thomas matched his career high for points, set with Miami at Sacramento on December 10, 1995. He also set a career high for rebounds. But perhaps best of all, he displayed none of the uneven temperament that has hurt him in the past.

"Ever since the game in Houston (on January 8) when I got kicked out of the game, my mother got on me," Thomas said.

"He's into the game mentally," Chaney said. "The biggest obstacle (for him) is controlling his emotions."

The Bucks led, 29-26, after one quarter, but Thomas already was rolling with eight points. He had three straight Knicks baskets midway through the second period, then teamed with Houston in the decisive run.

After a jumper by Ray Allen gave Milwaukee a 43-38 lead with 3:55 to go, Thomas scored six points and Houston eight in a 14-2 surge that closed the half and gave New York a 52-45 advantage.

"They were trying to give me the ball early," Thomas said. "I got into a rhythm early. A lot of balls came my way."

Weatherspoon scored 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter, including a three-point play that gave the Knicks a 61-48 lead. The Bucks got within six points before Houston made a pair of jumpers around a layup by Weatherspoon to rebuild the lead to 82-72 entering the final period.

Othella Harrington answered a hoop by Ervin Johnson with five straight points, giving the Knicks an 87-74 lead with 9:12 remaining. They led by double digits thereafter.

Mason picked up two technicals for arguing with 6:13 to go and Cassell was hit with his second at the 5:53 mark.

"A lot of times in the heat of the moment, I know we get some bad calls, but that's part of the game," Allen said. "Don't let it get beyond that."

The Knicks shot 44 percent (37-of-84), made 24-of-26 free throws and committed just eight turnovers. Allen and Glenn Robinson each scored a quiet 13 points for the Bucks, who shot 46 percent (37-of-81) but just 4-of-20 from the arc.

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