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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 24 31 21 18 94 LA LAKERS 25 26 26 22 99 FINAL


NEW YORK (94) AT LA LAKERS (99)

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

OAKLEY F 37 3-10 2-2 0 9 9 3 5 1 1 8 JOHNSON F 31 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 5 0 2 9 EWING C 37 10-19 9-11 2 12 14 1 5 0 4 29 HOUSTON G 29 3-13 2-2 2 3 5 2 4 1 1 8 WARD G 19 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 1 2 5 CHILDS 29 4-7 8-8 1 0 1 2 5 2 3 16 DUDLEY 14 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 1 4 MILLS 25 2-8 4-4 3 1 4 1 2 0 0 8 STARKS 19 3-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 7 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION B WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 27-29 11 30 41 19 33 5 16 94 (.410) (.931) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(10 PTS)

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

HORRY F 40 4-8 9-10 3 7 10 1 1 3 2 17 FOX F 36 4-10 5-7 1 3 4 4 3 0 1 14 ONEAL C 27 7-12 3-9 3 5 8 4 6 0 2 17 JONES G 32 3-9 5-6 0 4 4 1 4 4 3 11 VAN EXEL G 33 3-10 4-4 0 4 4 6 2 2 1 11 CAMPBELL 23 6-11 2-2 4 3 7 0 3 1 3 14 BLOUNT 14 2-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 4 BRYANT 20 1-9 2-3 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 4 FISHER 15 1-3 5-6 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 7 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 35-47 13 33 46 19 22 12 14 99 (.413) (.745) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

NEW YORK 24 31 21 18 - 94 LA LAKERS 25 26 26 22 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 3, DUDLEY 2, HOUSTON. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, HORRY, CAMPBELL, BLOUNT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-15 (.200), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 0-4, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 0-1, MILLS 0-1, STARKS 1-6. LA LAKERS 2-14 (.143), HORRY 0-2, FOX 1-4, JONES 0-3, VAN EXEL 1-3, BRYANT 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - DUDLEY. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, SCOTT FOSTER, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 17,505. T - 2:32.


NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 37 3-10 2-2 0-9 3 5 8 Johnson 31 3-4 2-2 0-2 1 5 9 Ewing 37 10-19 9-11 2-14 1 5 29 Houston 29 3-13 2-2 2-5 2 4 8 Ward 19 2-4 0-0 1-3 5 1 5 Childs 29 4-7 8-8 1-1 2 5 16 Dudley 14 2-3 0-0 2-3 1 3 4 Mills 25 2-8 4-4 3-4 1 2 8 Starks 19 3-10 0-0 0-0 3 3 7 Myers DNP - coach's decision B Williams DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 27-29 11-41 19 33 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.931. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 0-4, Ward 1-2, Childs 0-1, Mills 0-1, Starks 1-6). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 3, Dudley 2, Houston). Turnovers: 16 (Ewing 4, Childs 3, Johnson 2, Starks 2, Ward 2, Dudley, Houston, Oakley). Steals: 5 (Childs 2, Houston, Oakley, Ward).

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 40 4-8 9-10 3-10 1 1 17 Fox 36 4-10 5-7 1-4 4 3 14 Oneal 27 7-12 3-9 3-8 4 6 17 Jones 32 3-9 5-6 0-4 1 4 11 Van Exel 33 3-10 4-4 0-4 6 2 11 Campbell 23 6-11 2-2 4-7 0 3 14 Blount 14 2-3 0-0 2-4 0 0 4 Bryant 20 1-9 2-3 0-1 1 2 4 Fisher 15 1-3 5-6 0-4 2 1 7 Barry DNP - coach's decision Bennett DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 35-47 13-46 19 22 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.745. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Horry 0-2, Fox 1-4, Jones 0-3, Van Exel 1-3, Bryant 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Horry, Campbell, Blount). Turnovers: 14 (Campbell 3, Jones 3, Fisher 2, Horry 2, Oneal 2, Fox, Van Exel). Steals: 12 (Jones 4, Horry 3, Van Exel 2, Blount, Bryant, Campbell). ____________________________________________ New York 24 31 21 18 - 94 La Lakers 25 26 26 22 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Dudley, 11:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:32. Officials: Jack Nies, Scott Foster, Tommy Nunez.


GAME RECAP

Robert Horry hit the go-ahead jumper with 2:11 left and the Los Angeles Lakers held the New York Knicks without a field goal over the final 3 1/2 minutes en route to their third straight win, 99-94.

Charles Oakley gave the Knicks their last lead, 92-91, with a pair of foul shots with 2:28 left, but Horry answered with a 20-footer from the right side. New York's John Starks missed and Los Angeles rebounded and called timeout with 1:38 remaining.

Shaquille O'Neal, who finished with 17 points in his season debut, was fouled by Oakley and hit 1-of-2 from the line. The Knicks tried to force the ball inside to Ewing, but Horry poked it away from behind and the Lakers recovered.

O'Neal, who drew his sixth foul with 27 seconds left, was fouled again and made a free throw to build the lead to 95-92. Ewing hit a pair from the line to lift New York within a point before Eddie Jones finished the Knicks with the final four points.

"(It was) playoff-style basketball early in the season," observed Lakers coach Del Harris. "Going after each other on national TV. There were a lot of things going on out there."

Ewing got the best of his West Coast counterpart with 29 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. He was 9-of-11 from the line as New York hit 27-of-29 free throws. O'Neal shot 7-of-12 from the floor and pulled down eight rebounds.

"I felt good tonight, I felt strong," said O'Neal. I've been working out with (strength coach) Jim Cotta. I felt as if I didn't play as well as I could have tonight, but I played well enough for us to win."

"I thought he (O'Neal) was fantastic," praised Harris. "He's had about five practices. He got double and triple-teamed tonight."

Horry had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Rick Fox added 14 for Los Angeles, which is one of three undefeated teams in the NBA at 3-0.

"With New York coming in here we knew it was going to be a playoff atmosphere," said Horry. "A lot of people expect us both to be in the finals."

It was a seesaw battle throughout, with the lead changing hands 14 times -- seven in the final quarter. The Knicks led by as many as eight points while Los Angeles built up a six-point advantage in the early going.

New York enjoyed a brief seven-point lead in the third quarter until Horry hit a pair of free throws to spark a 13-2 run. Fox capped the burst with a follow shot that put the Lakers ahead, 66-62, with 6:24 to go in the quarter.

The Knicks climbed back and the lead went back and forth the rest of the way. Ewing sank New York's last field goal, giving them a 90-88 advantage with 3:31 to go.

New York went 10-for-10 from the line while scoring just 18 points in the fourth quarter. The Knicks were careful with the ball over the first three sessions, committing just nine turnovers. But they lost it seven times in the fourth, including a costly bad pass by Oakley that was stolen by Nick Van Exel with 57 seconds left.

"For so many years on the out-of-bounds play you know what they are going to do," explained Van Exel. "I was just reading Patrick's eyes and I saw him go over there (beneath the basket), and I thought if I could get there, then I could get that steal."

"We made a couple of key mistakes and turnovers in the game," Ewing said. "I think that is the main reason why we lost tonight. In games like this you can't turn the ball over like that."

Chris Childs, who scored 16 points, was the only Knick besides Ewing to score in double figures. For the Lakers, Jones and Van Exel added 11 each while reserve Elden Campbell chipped in 14 and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

It was Los Angeles third home win against New York in the teams' last eight meetings.

"Anytime you can beat a team like New York, it's a good win," said Van Exel. "They always play us tough right down to the wire. If you ask them, they'll tell you we played good defense tonight."

"We made a lot of mistakes that we really shouldn't have made. We really didn't shoot the ball particulary well," admitted Starks, who hit on only 3-of-10 from the field. We just didn't knock it down tonight. They played a good game, you got to take your hat off to them."

New York shot 41 percent (32-of-78) while finishing with under 100 points for the first time in three games.

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