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NBA  FINAL IN 2ND OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  2OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         21   26   19   21   5    2     94   
     PHILADELPHIA     23   12   25   27   5    7     99      FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 25, STEPHON MARBURY 21, 
                      NAZR MOHAMMED 13
                PHI - KENNY THOMAS 25, AARON MCKIE 22, ERIC 
                      SNOW 19

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - KURT THOMAS 10, MIKE SWEETNEY 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 8
                PHI - KENNY THOMAS 16, SAMUEL DALEMBERT 11, 
                      JOHN SALMONS 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 9, KURT THOMAS 4, TIM 
                      THOMAS 3
                PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, AARON MCKIE 3, FIVE PLAYERS
                      WITH 1

         ATT:   20,859

Box Score

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Thomas 12 1-4 0-0 1-2 3 1 2 K Thomas 49 6-14 0-0 0-10 4 4 12 N Mohammed 43 5-6 3-6 5-8 0 5 13 S Marbury 52 6-20 8-8 1-4 9 4 21 A Houston 48 8-25 7-7 0-1 2 5 25 V Baker 14 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 P Hardaway 46 5-15 1-2 0-8 2 3 11 S Anderson 11 0-2 1-2 0-0 1 3 1 M Norris 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Sweetney 9 3-4 1-2 6-9 0 4 7 O Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 290 35-94 21-27 13-44 22 33 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (T Thomas 0-1, S Marbury 1-5, A Houston 2-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:5 (K Thomas 2, V Baker 2, N Mohammed). Turnovers:10 (N Mohammed 3, A Houston 2, V Baker 2, K Thomas, S Marbury, M Sweetney). Steals: 13 (A Houston 3, S Marbury 3, K Thomas 2, P Hardaway, N Mohammed, T Thomas, V Baker, S Anderson). PHILADELPHIA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Salmons 43 5-13 4-5 0-6 1 3 16 K Thomas 50 8-16 8-10 4-16 1 6 25 S Dalembert 40 1-5 2-4 4-11 1 3 4 E Snow 47 5-12 9-10 1-5 7 2 19 A McKie 48 7-9 7-7 0-3 3 5 22 W Green 11 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 K Korver 20 4-8 2-3 0-2 1 3 12 Z Hamilton 14 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 G Buckner 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 M Jackson 3 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 D Coleman 9 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 A Iverson DNP - RIGHT KNEE SYNOVITIS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 290 30-71 33-43 10-49 15 28 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (J Salmons 2-5, K Thomas 1-1, E Snow 0-1, A McKie 1-2, W Green 0-1, K Korver 2-6). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:10 (K Thomas 5, S Dalembert 2, A McKie, J Salmons, D Coleman). Turnovers:23 (K Thomas 7, S Dalembert 4, E Snow 3, A McKie 2, J Salmons 2, K Korver 2, G Buckner, W Green, Z Hamilton). Steals: 2 (A McKie, E Snow). --------------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 21 26 19 21 5 2 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 23 12 25 27 5 7 - 99 --------------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Philadelphia - 1 (K Thomas, 10:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,859. T: 3:01. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Gary Zielinski, Jim Clark.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (94) AT PHILADELPHIA (99) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T THOMAS F 12 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 K THOMAS F 49 6-14 0-0 0 10 10 4 4 2 1 12 N MOHAMMED C 43 5-6 3-6 5 3 8 0 5 1 3 13 S MARBURY G 52 6-20 8-8 1 3 4 9 4 3 1 21 A HOUSTON G 48 8-25 7-7 0 1 1 2 5 3 2 25 V BAKER 14 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 2 2 P HARDAWAY 46 5-15 1-2 0 8 8 2 3 1 0 11 S ANDERSON 11 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 M NORRIS 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M SWEETNEY 9 3-4 1-2 6 3 9 0 4 0 1 7 O HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 290 35-94 21-27 13 31 44 22 33 13 10 94 (.372) (.778) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10 (9 PTS) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J SALMONS F 43 5-13 4-5 0 6 6 1 3 0 2 16 K THOMAS F 50 8-16 8-10 4 12 16 1 6 0 7 25 S DALEMBERT C 40 1-5 2-4 4 7 11 1 3 0 4 4 E SNOW G 47 5-12 9-10 1 4 5 7 2 1 3 19 A MCKIE G 48 7-9 7-7 0 3 3 3 5 1 2 22 W GREEN 11 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 K KORVER 20 4-8 2-3 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 12 Z HAMILTON 14 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 G BUCKNER 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 M JACKSON 3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D COLEMAN 9 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 A IVERSON DNP - RIGHT KNEE SYNOVITIS TOTALS 290 30-71 33-43 10 39 49 15 28 2 23 99 (.423) (.767) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23 (22 PTS) NEW YORK 21 26 19 21 5 2 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 23 12 25 27 5 7 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, V BAKER 2, N MOHAMMED. PHILADELPHIA - K THOMAS 5, S DALEMBERT 2, A MCKIE, J SALMONS, D COLEMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), T THOMAS 0-1, S MARBURY 1- 5, A HOUSTON 2-4. PHILADELPHIA 6-16 (.375), J SALMONS 2-5, K THOMAS 1- 1, E SNOW 0-1, A MCKIE 1-2, W GREEN 0-1, K KORVER 2-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHILADELPHIA - K THOMAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, GARY ZIELINSKI, JIM CLARK. A - 20,859. T - 3:01.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Twice, Kenny Thomas saved the Philadelphia 76ers in the final second. On both occasions, he nearly left Nazr Mohammed too much time. Thomas forced extra periods with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and a follow shot at the end of overtime before the 76ers outlasted the New York Knicks, 99-94, in double overtime. The pivotal Eastern Conference game was among the best of the season, lasting over three hours and providing plenty of thrills, most of them by Thomas and Mohammed. "Is it over?" Sixers coach Chris Ford asked. "I am sure that when I read tomorrow's editions, you guys will have a lot of really descriptive explanations what went on out there, because I don't have the words to say what went on out there. It's just the determination of the players." Again playing without top scorers Allen Iverson and Glenn Robinson, Philadelphia trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter and 85-81 with 17 seconds left after a jumper and two free throws by New York's Allan Houston, who scored 25 points. Kyle Korver made a 3-pointer and Stephon Marbury made two free throws before Thomas, an interior player trapped on the perimeter, banked in a 3-pointer - his first of the season - with four-tenths of a second to play, tying it, 87-87. "As long as it goes in, it's still three points," Thomas said. "We tied up the game, that is all that matters." The Knicks nearly won it in regulation as a series of screens and cuts left Mohammed open for a short bank shot, which he missed. "There was not much time left, so I tried to catch it and tip it in," Mohammed said. "Penny (Hardaway) threw a perfect pass and I just missed." The first overtime played out in similar fashion as the Sixers trailed, 92-89, in the final minute. But Korver made a free throw and Thomas blocked a shot by Marbury before putting home a miss by Eric Snow with two-tenths of a second to go. "The second one was a lot easier than the first," Thomas said. The Knicks ran virtually the same play for Mohammed. This time, he came free closer to the basket, caught the lob pass and dunked it home ahead of the buzzer. However, NBA rules do not allow for a catch and shot with less than 0.3 seconds left, and the basket was waved off. "You're just trying to beat the buzzer," Mohammed said. "That's all I was thinking in the back of my mind - beat the buzzer. I thought that I did, but of course, there's the rule. So it doesn't matter what I thought I did." "He caught it and then delivered it, so it was a great call," Ford said. Players on both teams were exhausted and there were no baskets after a jumper by Kurt Thomas gave the Knicks a 94-94 tie with 4:14 to go. Snow was the only player to score, making 5-of-6 free throws, including three in the final 4.5 seconds. "They just weren't going to be denied tonight and they just stayed with it," Ford said. "There were a lot of heroic plays and spectacular shots and it was a great win for us." Kenny Thomas had his 10th consecutive double-double with 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for Philadelphia (28-38), which has won four straight games to move within one game of the final playoff spot in the muddled Eastern Conference. The Sixers are 6-1 without Iverson and Robinson. "The last four games have been to that point, to where we have gotten back into the swing of things," Thomas said. "It is unfortunate we have our 1-2 punch out. We need those guys back as soon as we can get them." Marbury had 21 points and nine assists and Mohammed added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks (29-37), who fell into a seventh-place tie with Miami in the East. "It was very disappointing," Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We had some great opportunities (and) we should have put this game away. Anytime you let a team hang around, you're flirting with disaster." In the first overtime, Marbury made a 3-pointer at the 3:55 mark and a jumper three minutes later to give the Knicks a 92-89 lead. But Houston fouled Korver with the ball out of bounds, giving the Sixers a free point. With the game tied, 94-94, early in the second overtime, Snow drew another foul before the ball was inbounded from Marbury. His two free throws gave Philadelphia the lead for good. "Little things hurt us," Wilkens said. "You can't foul when the ball is not in bounds. Those kinds of things hurt you. We kind of hurt ourselves." Neither team scored until the waning seconds. Kenny Thomas fouled out in the final minute, but Zendon Hamilton came on and grabbed two key rebounds - corraling a miss of Houston's potential go-ahead 3-pointer with six seconds left and Snow's missed free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining. Given a reprieve, Snow sealed it with two more from the line. He had 19 points and seven assists. John Salmons scored a career-high 16 points and Korver added 12. Kurt Thomas had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Hardaway added 11 and eight for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak.


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