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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 29 17 21 11 78 SACRAMENTO 21 22 20 23 86 FINAL


NEW YORK (78) AT SACRAMENTO (86)

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

JOHNSON F 33 2-9 1-2 3 2 5 3 1 2 1 5 OAKLEY F 38 2-7 0-0 4 6 10 3 4 2 0 4 EWING C 35 10-19 1-2 2 3 5 0 2 0 4 21 HOUSTON G 31 6-11 0-2 0 0 0 2 6 1 3 12 WARD G 18 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 1 1 6 B WILLIAMS 9 1-3 0-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 CHILDS 30 7-9 3-4 0 3 3 4 3 0 3 17 DUDLEY 13 1-3 3-6 3 2 5 1 1 1 0 5 MILLS 15 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 6 STARKS 18 0-6 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 0 4 0 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 8-18 13 23 36 23 24 7 17 78 (.449) (.444) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(10 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 44 8-18 2-2 3 7 10 1 2 0 5 18 OWENS F 31 3-8 1-2 1 7 8 2 2 1 2 7 POLYNICE C 25 2-6 2-2 2 3 5 5 3 1 1 6 RICHMOND G 37 5-18 11-11 0 2 2 3 2 2 4 23 DEHERE G 23 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 3 7 JOHNSON 29 3-7 3-4 2 2 4 3 3 2 2 10 STEWART 23 3-4 2-4 7 3 10 0 4 2 2 8 FUNDERBURKE 19 3-8 1-2 2 7 9 2 0 0 1 7 ABDUL-RAUF 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 GRIMM 2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HURLEY DNP - ABDUCTOR STRAIN LEFT LEG SMITH DNP - FRACTURED RIGHT WRIST

TOTALS 240 30-79 22-27 17 33 50 20 17 8 21 86 (.380) (.815) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 22(21 PTS)

NEW YORK 29 17 21 11 - 78 SACRAMENTO 21 22 20 23 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 2. SACRAMENTO - FUNDERBURKE 4, C WILLIAMSON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 0-12 (.000), JOHNSON 0-2, EWING 0-1, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 0-2, STARKS 0-4. SACRAMENTO 4-11 (.364), RICHMOND 2-4, DEHERE 1-2, JOHNSON 1-3, FUNDERBURKE 0-1, GRIMM 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - MILLS, SACRAMENTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DAVID JONES, SEAN CORBIN. A - 15,046. T - 2:12.


NEW YORK (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 33 2-9 1-2 3-5 3 1 5 Oakley 38 2-7 0-0 4-10 3 4 4 Ewing 35 10-19 1-2 2-5 0 2 21 Houston 31 6-11 0-2 0-0 2 6 12 Ward 18 3-6 0-0 0-2 6 1 6 B Williams 9 1-3 0-2 1-2 0 0 2 Childs 30 7-9 3-4 0-3 4 3 17 Dudley 13 1-3 3-6 3-5 1 1 5 Mills 15 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 6 Starks 18 0-6 0-0 0-2 4 4 0 Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 8-18 13-36 23 24 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.444. 3-Point Goals: 0-12, .000 (Johnson 0-2, Ewing 0-1, Houston 0-1, Ward 0-2, Childs 0-2, Starks 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Ewing 2). Turnovers: 17 (Ewing 4, Starks 4, Childs 3, Houston 3, Johnson, Mills, Ward). Steals: 7 (Johnson 2, Oakley 2, Dudley, Houston, Ward).

SACRAMENTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 44 8-18 2-2 3-10 1 2 18 Owens 31 3-8 1-2 1-8 2 2 7 Polynice 25 2-6 2-2 2-5 5 3 6 Richmond 37 5-18 11-11 0-2 3 2 23 Dehere 23 3-6 0-0 0-1 4 1 7 Johnson 29 3-7 3-4 2-4 3 3 10 Stewart 23 3-4 2-4 7-10 0 4 8 Funderburke 19 3-8 1-2 2-9 2 0 7 Abdul-rauf 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Grimm 2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Hurley DNP - abductor strain left leg Smith DNP - fractured right wrist _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-79 22-27 17-50 20 17 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Richmond 2-4, Dehere 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Funderburke 0-1, Grimm 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Funderburke 4, C Williamson 2). Turnovers: 22 (C Williamson 5, Richmond 4, Dehere 3, Johnson 2, Owens 2, Stewart 2, Abdul-rauf, Funderburke, Polynice). Steals: 8 (Johnson 2, Richmond 2, Stewart 2, Owens, Polynice). ____________________________________________ New York 29 17 21 11 - 78 Sacramento 21 22 20 23 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Mills, 9:47 4th). Sacramento 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,046. T: 2:12. Officials: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Mitch Richmond scored 23 points and rookie Michael Stewart provided a huge fourth-quarter spark as the Sacramento Kings held the New York Knicks without a field goal over the last three minutes for an 86-78 victory, their first of the season.

Richmond, the subject of trade speculation involving New York, was just 5-of-18 from the field, but made all 11 of his free throw attempts. He was 4-of-4 from the line in the final three minutes as the Kings scored the game's last eight points.

Stewart scored all eight of his points, grabbed eight of his 10 rebounds and registered three of his four blocked shots in the final period. He also held Patrick Ewing without a field goal in the quarter. Corliss Williamson added 12 of his 18 points in the second half for Sacramento (1-5).

"How sweet it is. It was a long time coming," Sacramento coach Eddie Jordan said. "I don't even need to look at the stats to tell you Anthony Johnson and Michael Stewart came up big tonight. The team stayed together, they came out in the third quarter and kept the pace and notched it up two more levels when we knew they would as well. Overall, it was just a great team effort."

Ewing finished with 21 points and Chris Childs 17 for the Knicks, who dropped the final two games of their three-game road trip and lost to Sacramento for just the fourth time in the last 17 meetings.

"The Kings played with more energy and effort than we did," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "There is a very fine line between teams in the NBA and we found that out again tonight. It's a repetitive thing with our team. You prepare yourself everyday; either you prepare yourself to succeed or prepare to fail. We're sitting here 3-3, and that's what we are -- a .500 team."

A layup by Lawrence Funderburke with 6:12 remaining capped a 7-0 burst and gave the Kings a 74-73 lead. A free throw by Ewing -- his only point in the fourth quarter -- knotted it before Stewart tipped in a miss for a 76-74 advantage.

The Knicks tied it twice more, the final time at 78-78 on a jumper by Childs with 3:06 to play. A pair of free throws by Richmond with 2:54 remaining gave the Kings the lead for good, 80-78, and after a miss by Allan Houston, he made another pair for a four-point lead with 1:44 left.

After a miss by John Starks, Stewart made one free throw with just under a minute to play. Stewart then forced Ewing into a miss and was fouled, making one free throw for an 84-78 advantage with 36 seconds remaining. Funderburke and Johnson each added free throws for the final margin.

"Patrick's a great player, I have all the respect in the world for him," said Stewart, a Sacramento native who once got Ewing's autograph while working as a Kings' ball boy. "We've got to play them again in just a few days and hopefully we can keep him off some shots in that game, too."

"I thought he did a pretty good job, he had a good game," Ewing said. "He came in with a lot of energy and a lot of effort. He created havoc on the offensive boards and did a good job of blocking shots. He did a good job of banging me and bumping me."

Ewing and Houston had eight points apiece in the first quarter as the Knicks built a 29-21 lead. New York led by as much as 11 points in the second period, but had to settle for a 46-43 halftime lead as Richmond had 12 points at the half.

Johnson finished with 10 points for the Kings, who shot 38 percent (30-for-79) from the field and held a 50-36 rebounding advantage.

Houston scored 12 points for New York, which shot 45 percent (35-for-78). The Knicks were an awful 8-of-18 (44 percent) from the foul line, including a shot by Houston in the first quarter that got stuck on the rim and was eventually ruled a miss.

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