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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         21   22   17   20    80   
     MIAMI            26   24   16   16    82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 28, ALLAN HOUSTON 20, 
                      HOWARD EISLEY 18
                MIA - EDDIE JONES 22, CARON BUTLER 12, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - KURT THOMAS 12, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9,
                      HOWARD EISLEY 6
                MIA - EDDIE JONES 8, CARON BUTLER 8, BRIAN 
                      GRANT 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - CHARLIE WARD 2, LATRELL SPREWELL 2, KURT
                      THOMAS 2
                MIA - TRAVIS BEST 10, CARON BUTLER 5, MIKE 
                      JAMES 2

         ATT:   14,623

Box Score

NEW YORK (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 44 11-25 4-4 2-4 2 4 28 O Harrington 17 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 K Thomas 40 3-12 0-2 3-12 2 4 6 H Eisley 36 7-11 2-2 1-6 0 4 18 A Houston 41 7-20 4-4 0-0 1 1 20 C Weatherspoon 32 0-1 0-0 3-9 1 1 0 S Anderson 11 0-2 2-2 0-2 1 0 2 M Doleac 7 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 C Ward 12 0-0 0-0 1-2 2 2 0 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 14-16 10-37 9 20 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (L Sprewell 2-9, H Eisley 2-5, A Houston 2-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (K Thomas 2, C Ward, C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell). Turnovers:18 (L Sprewell 7, H Eisley 3, C Ward 2, A Houston 2, K Thomas 2, C Weatherspoon, M Doleac). Steals: 9 (C Ward 2, C Weatherspoon 2, L Sprewell 2, K Thomas 2, H Eisley). MIAMI (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 41 4-11 4-5 2-8 5 5 12 M Allen 32 5-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 10 B Grant 30 4-11 2-4 4-7 1 4 10 T Best 36 4-13 0-0 0-2 10 2 9 E Jones 41 7-11 6-7 0-8 1 3 22 L Ellis 16 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 1 7 R Butler 11 2-4 2-2 0-3 0 1 7 M James 11 2-5 1-3 1-1 2 1 5 V Stepania 18 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 A Carter 4 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 E House DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Marks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 15-21 10-37 20 21 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (T Best 1-1, E Jones 2-5, L Ellis 1-2, R Butler 1-1, M James 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (M Allen 2, L Ellis, C Butler). Turnovers:17 (C Butler 5, M Allen 4, R Butler 3, B Grant 2, T Best, A Carter, M James). Steals: 9 (L Ellis 2, T Best 2, E Jones 2, M Allen 2, C Butler). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 21 22 17 20 - 80 MIAMI 26 24 16 16 - 82 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 3 (O Harrington, 3:21 1st; K Thomas, 2:17 2nd; Defensive Three, 10:18 3rd). Miami - 2 (Defensive Three, 6:37 1st; B Grant 2 (ejected), 4:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,623. T: 2:10. Officials: Dan Crawford, Pat Fraher, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (80) AT MIAMI (82) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 44 11-25 4-4 2 2 4 2 4 2 7 28 O HARRINGTON F 17 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 K THOMAS C 40 3-12 0-2 3 9 12 2 4 2 2 6 H EISLEY G 36 7-11 2-2 1 5 6 0 4 1 3 18 A HOUSTON G 41 7-20 4-4 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 20 C WEATHERSPOON 32 0-1 0-0 3 6 9 1 1 2 1 0 S ANDERSON 11 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 M DOLEAC 7 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 4 C WARD 12 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 0 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-76 14-16 10 27 37 9 20 9 18 80 (.395) (.875) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19 (23 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 41 4-11 4-5 2 6 8 5 5 1 5 12 M ALLEN F 32 5-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 2 4 10 B GRANT C 30 4-11 2-4 4 3 7 1 4 0 2 10 T BEST G 36 4-13 0-0 0 2 2 10 2 2 1 9 E JONES G 41 7-11 6-7 0 8 8 1 3 2 0 22 L ELLIS 16 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 7 R BUTLER 11 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 3 7 M JAMES 11 2-5 1-3 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 5 V STEPANIA 18 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 A CARTER 4 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 E HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION S MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-70 15-21 10 27 37 20 21 9 17 82 (.443) (.714) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (24 PTS) NEW YORK 21 22 17 20 - 80 MIAMI 26 24 16 16 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, C WARD, C WEATHERSPOON, L SPREWELL. MIAMI - M ALLEN 2, L ELLIS, C BUTLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-19 (.316), L SPREWELL 2-9, H EISLEY 2- 5, A HOUSTON 2-5. MIAMI 5-10 (.500), T BEST 1-1, E JONES 2-5, L ELLIS 1- 2, R BUTLER 1-1, M JAMES 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - O HARRINGTON, K THOMAS, DEFENSIVE THREE. MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE, B GRANT 2 (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, PAT FRAHER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 14,623. T - 2:10.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Travis Best sank a driving layup with 4.5 seconds left as the Miami Heat scored eight unanswered points over the final 74 seconds to pull out an 82-80 victory over the New York Knicks. Miami trailed 80-74 before LaPhonso Ellis halved the deficit with a 3-pointer at the 1:14 mark. After a turnover by the Knicks, Best drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key with 41 seconds to go. "I thought about driving to the basket, but as (Clarence) Weatherspoon closed out, he dropped his hands," Ellis said. "I knew the only way for the Heat to get back into the game was with threes," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "They got the threes." Allan Houston missed a layup, and New York committed a foul that allowed Miami to inbound the ball in the frontcourt. Best split the defense for the game-winner. "I started toward the basket and it turned out that I didn't have to use the screen, because (Howard Eisley) pushed me to my right," Best said. "It opened up and I went straight to the hole." After their collapse, the Knicks had a chance to tie, but Kurt Thomas missed an open 18-footer and time expired. Eddie Jones scored 22 points and rookie Caron Butler finished with 10 for the Heat, who won for just the fourth time in 14 games. "We executed down the stretch," Jones said. "We did what we had to do defensively by forcing their best players to pass the ball to non-shooters, and we came away victorious." "The guys really needed this," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We played well for six games in a row. It's harrowing. Six straight games going down to the wire. We lost the last two in the last minute-and-a-half. We found enough poise and guts at the end to win this one." Miami is 3-3 in its last six games. Latrell Sprewell and Houston scored 18 of New York's 20 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with 28 and 20 points, respectively. With New York trailing, 66-58, after Jones' jumper with 2:14 left in the third, Sprewell found the range, hitting a pair of 18-footer around two free throws to cut the deficit to 66-64. Howard Eisley evened the game with a layup, and Sprewell knocked down another mid-range jumper before Houston capped the 12-0 burst with a 19-footer for a 70-66 advantage. Miami clawed within two points four times but was answered on each occasion by Sprewell or Houston. The duo went cold, however, after Houston sank a 15-footer for an 80-74 cushion with 4:14 to play. New York missed all eight shots thereafter, and did not take one trip to the foul line. "We definitely gave them a gift tonight down the stretch," Houston said. "We just have to bounce back and get ready for the next one." Eisley scored 18 points and Thomas pulled down 12 rebounds for New York, which shot 39.5 percent (30-of-76) from the floor and committed 18 turnovers in losing for just the second time in seven games. Malik Allen and Brian Grant each scored 10 points and Best added nine and a season-high 10 assists as the Heat made 44 percent (31-of-70) of their shots.


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