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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHARLOTTE        28   14   18   22    82   
      NEW YORK         24   23   25   19    91      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHA - EMEKA OKAFOR 23, PRIMOZ BREZEC 16, 
                      GERALD WALLACE 11
                NYK - TIM THOMAS 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 16, NAZR 
                      MOHAMMED 16

HIGH REBOUND:   CHA - EMEKA OKAFOR 15, GERALD WALLACE 14, FOUR
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                NYK - NAZR MOHAMMED 9, KURT THOMAS 8, STEPHON 
                      MARBURY 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHA - JASON HART 6, BREVIN KNIGHT 4, GERALD 
                      WALLACE 2
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 6, ALLAN HOUSTON 5, TIM 
                      THOMAS 4

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

CHARLOTTE (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Okafor 39 7-14 9-12 11-15 0 1 23 G Wallace 36 5-9 1-2 5-14 2 3 11 P Brezec 35 7-10 2-3 2-2 1 0 16 K Bogans 28 3-13 0-0 0-0 0 3 7 B Knight 24 4-11 0-0 0-3 4 4 8 J Hart 24 0-4 0-0 0-1 6 1 0 J Kapono 16 2-7 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 J Sampson 12 2-4 1-3 0-3 0 2 5 M Ely 10 1-5 0-0 3-3 0 0 2 T Smith 3 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 S Smith 13 2-9 0-0 0-1 1 3 6 K Rush DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-88 13-20 23-47 14 20 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (K Bogans 1-4, B Knight 0-1, T Smith 0-1, S Smith 2-7). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (G Wallace, P Brezec, M Ely, E Okafor). Turnovers:17 (J Hart 4, G Wallace 2, P Brezec 2, K Bogans 2, E Okafor 2, S Smith, B Knight, J Sampson, T Smith, M Ely). Steals: 13 (B Knight 4, J Hart 2, G Wallace 2, E Okafor 2, S Smith, J Kapono, J Sampson). NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 38 5-11 0-0 2-8 0 5 10 T Thomas 35 7-11 5-6 0-3 4 1 20 N Mohammed 40 8-13 0-0 3-9 0 1 16 A Houston 29 5-10 4-4 0-1 5 3 16 S Marbury 40 3-11 7-7 1-8 6 2 14 M Norris 16 1-4 0-0 1-6 1 1 2 M Sweetney 16 2-4 2-2 2-4 1 4 6 T Ariza 18 2-5 1-2 1-2 2 1 5 Je Williams 8 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 V Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Brewer DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 21-23 10-41 19 18 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.913. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (T Thomas 1-2, A Houston 2-5, S Marbury 1-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:6 (N Mohammed 3, T Ariza 2, A Houston). Turnovers:20 (S Marbury 5, M Sweetney 5, T Thomas 3, A Houston 2, T Ariza 2, M Norris 2, K Thomas). Steals: 12 (N Mohammed 4, A Houston 2, T Thomas 2, T Ariza 2, K Thomas, M Norris). ------------------------------------------- CHARLOTTE 28 14 18 22 - 82 NEW YORK 24 23 25 19 - 91 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Charlotte - 2 (B Knight, 6:36 2nd; COACH Bickerstaff, 2:40 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:09. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Leroy Richardson, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (82) AT NEW YORK (91) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E OKAFOR F 39 7-14 9-12 11 4 15 0 1 2 2 23 G WALLACE F 36 5-9 1-2 5 9 14 2 3 2 2 11 P BREZEC C 35 7-10 2-3 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 16 K BOGANS G 28 3-13 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 7 B KNIGHT G 24 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 4 4 4 1 8 J HART 24 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 2 4 0 J KAPONO 16 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 4 J SAMPSON 12 2-4 1-3 0 3 3 0 2 1 1 5 M ELY 10 1-5 0-0 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 T SMITH 3 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 S SMITH 13 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 6 K RUSH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-88 13-20 23 24 47 14 20 13 17 82 (.375) (.650) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19 (17 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 38 5-11 0-0 2 6 8 0 5 1 1 10 T THOMAS F 35 7-11 5-6 0 3 3 4 1 2 3 20 N MOHAMMED C 40 8-13 0-0 3 6 9 0 1 4 0 16 A HOUSTON G 29 5-10 4-4 0 1 1 5 3 2 2 16 S MARBURY G 40 3-11 7-7 1 7 8 6 2 0 5 14 M NORRIS 16 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 1 2 2 M SWEETNEY 16 2-4 2-2 2 2 4 1 4 0 5 6 T ARIZA 18 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 5 JE WILLIAMS 8 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 V BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BREWER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-69 21-23 10 31 41 19 18 12 20 91 (.478) (.913) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20 (25 PTS) CHARLOTTE 28 14 18 22 - 82 NEW YORK 24 23 25 19 - 91 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - G WALLACE, P BREZEC, M ELY, E OKAFOR. NEW YORK - N MOHAMMED 3, T ARIZA 2, A HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 3-13 (.231), K BOGANS 1-4, B KNIGHT 0- 1, T SMITH 0-1, S SMITH 2-7. NEW YORK 4-11 (.364), T THOMAS 1-2, A HOUSTON 2- 5, S MARBURY 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHARLOTTE - B KNIGHT, COACH BICKERSTAFF. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, LEROY RICHARDSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,763. T - 2:09.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks nearly blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. Then Tim Thomas came to the rescue. Thomas scored eight of his season-high 20 points in the final four minutes as the Knicks edged the Bobcats, 91-82, preventing the visitors from posting their first road winning streak. Nazr Mohammed and Allan Houston chipped in 16 points apiece for New York, which placed guard Jamal Crawford - its second-leading scorer - on the injured list with turf toe before the game. With Crawford out at least three weeks, the Knicks had several players step up, placing five players in double figures while rebounding from a pair of poor losses to Dallas and Boston. The Knicks opened a 76-60 cushion on a jumper by Moochie Norris with 10:07 remaining but could not put away the Bobcats. Charlotte, which rallied from an eight-point deficit vs. the Knicks and posted 107-101 home win on December 4, pulled within 79-77 with 4:23 left after Steve Smith nailed the second of back-to-back 3-pointers. Smith also led the Bobcats' comeback against New York earlier this month, scoring 20 points. But his 3-pointer turned out to be Charlotte's last basket. Following Smith's jumper, Thomas countered with a layup and a pair of free throws to open an 83-79 edge with 3:09 remaining. He then split a pair at the line with 1:55 remaining and - after Charlotte point guard Jason Hart threw the ball into the stands - nailed an uncontested 3-pointer to make it 89-80 with 25 seconds left. Thomas turned in one of his better outings as a Knick as he made 7-of-11 shots and set a season high in points for the second straight game. He also was able to capitalize on consistent open looks due to double-teams on Houston. "I would think they'd rather leave me open than (Houston)," Thomas said. "I knew tonight it was going to be key for me to try and take advantage of that." "It's a different look," Houston added. "It's something we haven't done as much because we really haven't had that look. I try to look for Tim a little bit more because he's 6-10, and if he feels like you have confidence in him, it gets him going." Thomas, whose inconsistency has been a frustrating issue for the Knicks, also helped them avoid another collapse. New York has lost five games this month when leading at halftime, blowing a 16-point lead to Detroit on December 15 and a 14-point edge to Orlando on December 3. The Knicks also have struggled to hold big leads in games they have won and have played 20 games decided by 10 points or fewer. "It was good to get back on track," said Houston, who played a season-high 29 minutes in his first start of the season. "We can't feel great about this win. A win is a win but we are a team with enough talent to not let these types of games get close." Thomas, who frequently is booed by fans at Madison Square Garden, also shook off any lack of energy due to the early start and posted double figures in points for the fourth time in five games. "I want it myself," said Thomas, who has suffered two deaths in his family this year. "But every game is a different situation. I just try to fit in and be aggressive when I can." Rookie Emeka Okafor posted his 15th straight double-double for the Bobcats after collecting 23 points and 15 rebounds. It is the longest streak by a rookie since Shaquille O'Neal also had 15 straight double-doubles for Orlando in 1992-93. The Bobcats lost their first 10 road games before winning at Houston on Wednesday, 90-87. But they shot under 38 percent (33-of-88), missed their final six baskets and committed 19 turnovers. "We just weren't very good consistently tonight," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We fought back and got ourselves in position but then we made two critical mistakes. We had a couple of turnovers and then sometimes we took shots that were turnovers." The Knicks overcame some early sluggishness and took a 47-42 lead into the locker room. They opened their first double-digit lead at 58-46 following Houston's 3-pointer with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter, and entered the fourth with a 72-60 advantage. Primoz Brezec scored 13 of his 16 points in the first quarter and Gerald Wallace collected 11 and 14 rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost eight games by 10 points or fewer.


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