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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 19 29 23 25 96 NEW YORK 38 26 24 25 113 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - MIKE BIBBY 21, DOUG CHRISTIE 13, BOBBY JACKSON 13 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 43, KURT THOMAS 25, ALLAN HOUSTON 16

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - SCOT POLLARD 16, BOBBY JACKSON 7, LAWRENCE FUNDERBURKE 7 NYK - KURT THOMAS 11, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - VLADE DIVAC 7, DOUG CHRISTIE 5, BOBBY JACKSON 4 NYK - MARK JACKSON 11, LATRELL SPREWELL 6, CHARLIE WARD 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (96) AT NEW YORK (113)

SACRAMENTO

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

S POLLARD F 33 3-7 2-4 8 8 16 0 5 1 2 8 P STOJAKOVIC F 26 6-15 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 12 V DIVAC C 37 5-12 2-4 1 2 3 7 1 1 3 12 M BIBBY G 35 7-17 6-6 0 1 1 1 3 2 0 21 D CHRISTIE G 30 5-11 2-2 2 2 4 5 3 2 3 13 L FUNDERBURKE 23 1-3 2-4 3 4 7 0 2 0 1 4 B JACKSON 25 4-9 4-4 0 7 7 4 2 1 1 13 H TURKOGLU 25 3-11 2-3 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 9 C BROWN 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 G WALLACE 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 B PRICE DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK C WEBBER DNP - DISLOCATED RIGHT IN

TOTALS 240 36-87 20-27 16 29 45 19 21 8 14 96 (.414) (.741) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (23 PTS)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL F 47 17-26 4-4 1 3 4 6 2 1 1 43 C WEATHERSPOON F 36 5-10 0-0 3 7 10 2 5 0 0 10 K THOMAS C 44 9-20 7-7 5 6 11 1 4 1 1 25 A HOUSTON G 40 6-17 4-5 0 5 5 3 3 1 4 16 M JACKSON G 30 5-7 2-2 1 6 7 11 1 0 2 12 O HARRINGTON 13 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 0 0 2 S ANDERSON 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 H EISLEY 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 C WARD 16 2-7 0-0 1 6 7 4 0 3 1 5 T KNIGHT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-92 17-18 13 37 50 31 23 6 10 113 (.489) (.944) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 10 (14 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 19 29 23 25 - 96 NEW YORK 38 26 24 25 - 113

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - L FUNDERBURKE 2, V DIVAC, P STOJAKOVIC, S POLLARD. NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, C WARD, S ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 4-18 (.222), P STOJAKOVIC 0-3, M BIBBY 1- 5, D CHRISTIE 1-3, B JACKSON 1-4, H TURKOGLU 1-3. NEW YORK 6-16 (. 375), L SPREWELL 5-9, A HOUSTON 0-3, C WARD 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DAVID JONES, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,763. T - 2:03.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Pollard 33 3-7 2-4 8-16 0 5 8 P Stojakovic 26 6-15 0-0 0-2 0 3 12 V Divac 37 5-12 2-4 1-3 7 1 12 M Bibby 35 7-17 6-6 0-1 1 3 21 D Christie 30 5-11 2-2 2-4 5 3 13 L Funderburke 23 1-3 2-4 3-7 0 2 4 B Jackson 25 4-9 4-4 0-7 4 2 13 H Turkoglu 25 3-11 2-3 2-5 2 2 9 C Brown 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 G Wallace 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 B Price DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK C Webber DNP - DISLOCATED RIGHT IN

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 20-27 16-45 19 21 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (P Stojakovic 0-3, M Bibby 1-5, D Christie 1-3, B Jackson 1-4, H Turkoglu 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (L Funderburke 2, V Divac, P Stojakovic, S Pollard). Turnovers:14 (D Christie 3, V Divac 3, P Stojakovic 3, S Pollard 2, B Jackson, L Funderburke, H Turkoglu). Steals: 8 (D Christie 2, M Bibby 2, V Divac, P Stojakovic, B Jackson, S Pollard).

NEW YORK (113)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 47 17-26 4-4 1-4 6 2 43 C Weatherspoon 36 5-10 0-0 3-10 2 5 10 K Thomas 44 9-20 7-7 5-11 1 4 25 A Houston 40 6-17 4-5 0-5 3 3 16 M Jackson 30 5-7 2-2 1-7 11 1 12 O Harrington 13 1-2 0-0 1-5 2 5 2 S Anderson 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 H Eisley 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 C Ward 16 2-7 0-0 1-7 4 0 5 T Knight 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-92 17-18 13-50 31 23 113 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (L Sprewell 5-9, A Houston 0-3, C Ward 1-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:4 (K Thomas 2, C Ward, S Anderson). Turnovers:10 (A Houston 4, M Jackson 2, C Ward, S Anderson, K Thomas, L Sprewell). Steals: 6 (C Ward 3, A Houston, L Sprewell, K Thomas).

------------------------------------------- SACRAMENTO 19 29 23 25 - 96 NEW YORK 38 26 24 25 - 113 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:03. Officials: Dan Crawford, David Jones, Scott Foster.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- With good friend Chris Webber looking on, Latrell Sprewell made sure the New York Knicks did not blow another big lead.

Sprewell scored 43 points and turned back a handful of rallies to lead the Knicks to a 113-96 victory over the league-leading Sacramento Kings, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Webber and Sprewell are good friends from their days as teammates with the Golden State Warriors. However, Sacramento's All-Star forward sat out his lone Madison Square Garden appearance for the second straight year, this time with a dislocated right index finger.

With Webber reduced to spectator status, Sprewell stole the show. In his third 40-point game of the season, he made 17-of-26 shots, many of them squelching surges by the Kings.

"I had the hot hand," Sprewell said. "Any opportunity where I was able to get a shot off and get a good look, I just wanted to make sure to get the ball up. I didn't want to force shots, but if I was open, I was definitely looking to let it go."

"I think he was unbelievable," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "When we stumbled, he picked us up. To me, that's the making of a star and a leader."

Kurt Thomas continued his strong play with 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who established season high for points in a quarter and half and ended a two-game losing streak.

Mike Bibby scored 21 points for the Kings, who fell to 3-1 on their five-game road trip and 17-8 without Webber, who sat out the first 20 games of the season with a severely sprained ankle.

"As many games as I missed with my ankle, the last thing I wanted to do was sit out," said Webber, who was courted by the Knicks as a free agent last summer.

The Knicks have lost 14 games this season in which they have held double-digit leads, most recently a 20-point second-half cushion to Philadelphia on Tuesday. They looked ready to give away another as the Kings fought back three times.

"That's the one thing about the season that's been disappointing," Sprewell said. "We've been right there in a lot of games and let them get away."

Sprewell did not let go of this one. Late in the second quarter, he made a 3-pointer that helped the Knicks rebuild their lead to 64-48 after the Kings had cut a 19-point deficit to 51-42.

Bibby's hot shooting helped Sacramento close the deficit to 74-67 with 5:17 left in the third quarter. The Kings could have gotten closer, but Scot Pollard missed two free throws and Peja Stojakovic missed a layup.

Sprewell responded with a 3-pointer that rebuilt the lead to 10 points and triggered a 12-0 run. Thomas scored the last seven points of the surge, giving the Knicks an 86-67 lead with 1:17 to go.

"We missed a lot of opportunities. Sprewell hit some huge shots," said Kings coach Rick Adelman, whose team was playing its fourth game in five nights and looked tired. "He really shot the ball well. They had an answer."

A 3-pointer by Charlie Ward gave New York its largest lead at 93-73 with 8:48 remaining before the Kings made a final push, pulling within 95-85 on Pollard's layup with 5:14 to play.

Sprewell came back with a runner in the lane, then added two free throws 16 seconds later for a 99-85 lead. He made three more baskets down the stretch as the Knicks pulled away.

"We could easily had another game where we let the lead go, but we were able to hold on this time," Sprewell said.

"He was unconscious tonight," Kings guard Bobby Jackson said. "He was making shots and you gotta give it to him. He was unstoppable."

Allan Houston scored 16 points and Mark Jackson added 12 and 11 assists for the Knicks, who shot 49 percent (45-of-92) and made 17-of-18 free throws. They committed just 10 turnovers and held a 50-45 edge on the boards.

"We've had so many negative things going this year that something like this, you can deposit in your positive bank," Houston said. "This is something that we can definitely deposit."

Bobby Jackson and Doug Christie scored 13 points each for the Kings, who shot 41 percent (36-of-87). Sacramento has lost 18 of its last 19 visits to New York, including the last five.

Sprewell scored 10 points in under three minutes during an 18-4 burst in the first quarter that gave the Knicks the lead for good. New York shot a staggering 73 percent (16-of-22) in the period, opening a 38-19 lead.

Sprewell had 10 more in the second quarter, finishing the half with 24 points. Meanwhile, he was shutting down Stojakovic, who finished with just 12 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

New York's opening period surpassed a 37-point first quarter vs. Dallas on January 3. The first half was a point better than the first half against Dallas and the second half vs. Milwaukee on January 12.

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