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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 24 24 25 27 100 ATLANTA 23 12 21 23 79 FINAL


NEW YORK (100) AT ATLANTA (79)

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

JOHNSON F 34 5-11 0-0 2 4 6 3 3 1 3 10 OAKLEY F 33 3-5 1-1 3 3 6 1 2 1 2 7 EWING C 30 8-17 2-3 3 10 13 1 2 0 1 18 HOUSTON G 25 7-13 1-4 1 1 2 0 3 2 1 15 WARD G 20 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 8 CHILDS 28 1-8 1-2 0 3 3 8 2 1 0 3 STARKS 26 8-14 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 20 DUDLEY 15 1-2 0-0 2 5 7 1 6 0 0 2 H WILLIAMS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 MILLS 26 7-10 1-3 3 3 6 1 1 0 0 15 B WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-84 7-15 14 31 45 19 23 8 9 100 (.524) (.467) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

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

CORBIN F 31 6-11 1-2 1 4 5 2 5 2 2 14 LAETTNER F 35 4-9 8-8 2 4 6 2 3 1 2 16 MUTOMBO C 40 5-10 2-2 3 9 12 1 3 0 1 12 GRAY G 30 3-11 4-5 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 10 BLAYLOCK G 36 4-15 2-2 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 10 ANDERSON 8 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 2 RECASNER 28 4-12 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 10 BROWN 19 0-4 1-2 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 1 MILLER 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 CRAWFORD 8 2-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 HENDERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SMITH DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 28-75 22-26 10 27 37 11 21 6 11 79 (.373) (.846) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 24 24 25 27 - 100 ATLANTA 23 12 21 23 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - MILLS. ATLANTA - GRAY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-10 (.500), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 2-2, CHILDS 0-2, STARKS 3-4. ATLANTA 1-9 (.111), CORBIN 1-3, GRAY 0-1, BLAYLOCK 0-3, RECASNER 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - OAKLEY, ATLANTA - MUTOMBO. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GREG WILLARD, SCOTT WALL. A - 21,366. T - 2:07.


NEW YORK (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 34 5-11 0-0 2-6 3 3 10 Oakley 33 3-5 1-1 3-6 1 2 7 Ewing 30 8-17 2-3 3-13 1 2 18 Houston 25 7-13 1-4 1-2 0 3 15 Ward 20 3-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 8 Childs 28 1-8 1-2 0-3 8 2 3 Starks 26 8-14 1-2 0-1 1 2 20 Dudley 15 1-2 0-0 2-7 1 6 2 H Williams 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Mills 26 7-10 1-3 3-6 1 1 15 B Williams DNP - coach's decision Myers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-84 7-15 14-45 19 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.524, FT-.467. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 0-1, Ward 2-2, Childs 0-2, Starks 3-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Mills). Turnovers: 10 (Johnson 3, Oakley 2, Ewing, H Williams, Houston, Ward). Steals: 8 (Houston 2, Starks 2, Childs, Johnson, Oakley, Ward).

ATLANTA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 31 6-11 1-2 1-5 2 5 14 Laettner 35 4-9 8-8 2-6 2 3 16 Mutombo 40 5-10 2-2 3-12 1 3 12 Gray 30 3-11 4-5 0-2 2 2 10 Blaylock 36 4-15 2-2 1-3 3 1 10 Anderson 8 0-0 2-2 1-1 0 4 2 Recasner 28 4-12 2-2 1-2 1 0 10 Brown 19 0-4 1-2 1-5 0 1 1 Miller 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Crawford 8 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 1 4 Henderson DNP - sprained right ankle Smith DNP - lower back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-75 22-26 10-37 11 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Corbin 1-3, Gray 0-1, Blaylock 0-3, Recasner 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Gray 2). Turnovers: 11 (Blaylock 2, Corbin 2, Laettner 2, Recasner 2, Crawford, Gray, Mutombo). Steals: 6 (Corbin 2, Anderson, Crawford, Laettner, Recasner). ____________________________________________ New York 24 24 25 27 - 100 Atlanta 23 12 21 23 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Oakley, 1:34 3rd). Atlanta 1 (Mutombo, 1:34 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Atlanta 1 (Anderson, 9:20 4th). A: 21,366. T: 2:07. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

The Atlanta Hawks, playing without starting point guard Steve Smith and sixth man Alan Henderson, scored just 12 points in the second quarter and lost for the first time in 12 games this season, dropping a 100-79 decision to the New York Knicks.

John Starks scored 20 points off the bench and Patrick Ewing added 18 for the Knicks, who used a 13-2 burst midway through the second period to take a 45-31 lead they did not relinquish.

"We have always said we are not a running team but we play better when we do run," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "What I told them this morning is that we are a running team and when we get other teams to miss, we have to convert."

"Tonight we came out and we had the energy and poise to get the job done," Ewing said. "Atlanta was playing very well and Dikembe (Mutombo) is having an outstanding year so it is a sweet moment for us."

Christian Laettner scored 16 points, Tyrone Corbin 14 and Dikembe Mutombo 12 for the Hawks, who were off to the best start in franchise history but fell four wins short of the league record. The loss also left the Los Angeles Lakers as the NBA's only unbeaten team.

Smith missed the game with lower back spasms while Henderson sat out with a sprained right ankle. Atlanta has dropped four of the last five games between the teams.

"We came out real flat," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens. "We were in second gear and didn't shoot the ball well, either. That hurt us. We just didn't play very well. I'm not saying we didn't miss Smitty and Henderson because they are the keys to our team but we just didn't play very well."

The Hawks posted a season low for points. The 12 points in the second quarter were their fewest in any period this season. Atlanta also had its worst shooting night of the campaign, making just 37 percent (28-of-75).

The Knicks also became the first team to make more than half of their shots and hold a rebounding edge over the Hawks.

"They all shot the ball very well," Mutombo said. "We just didn't play very well. There isn't much you can say about that."

The Knicks got out to a quick 19-11 lead with five minutes left in the opening quarter but the Hawks closed strong and trailed by a point at the end of one period. New York led 32-29 with 5:41 to go in the first half when Starks ignited the key run of the contest.

Starks hit a three-pointer and added a layup on a goaltending call to push New York's advantage to 37-29. Ewing hit a short jumper with 4:23 to go and Mills followed with a dunk for a 41-29 lead.

Larry Johnson converted a driving layup before a 16-foot jumper by Mookie Blaylock got Atlanta within 43-31. But Mills sank a 12-footer for a 14-point advantage with 1:22 left. Atlanta would never cut the deficit to single digits thereafter.

Starks made 8-of-14 shots and was 3-of-4 from three-point range. Ewing grabbed 13 rebounds and backup Chris Dudley grabbed seven boards in 15 minutes.

"It was important that we come in and have a great effort," Starks said. "This shows what a solid team we actually have."

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