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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 13 29 15 82 MIAMI 23 20 20 23 86 FINAL


NEW YORK (82) AT MIAMI (86)

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

JOHNSON F 30 4-14 0-0 3 2 5 0 3 1 2 8 OAKLEY F 38 5-8 4-4 4 6 10 3 4 0 0 14 DUDLEY C 23 4-8 1-2 6 5 11 1 5 0 2 9 HOUSTON G 39 8-23 10-11 4 1 5 3 1 0 2 27 WARD G 41 2-13 0-2 0 7 7 5 3 3 2 6 B WILLIAMS 16 2-4 1-2 3 4 7 0 1 0 0 5 MILLS 26 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 10 STARKS 25 1-8 1-1 1 1 2 2 4 0 4 3 CHILDS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-85 17-22 21 30 51 15 23 4 14 82 (.353) (.773) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

MASHBURN F 38 2-10 2-2 0 5 5 2 3 1 2 6 BROWN F 25 2-5 2-2 2 0 2 0 3 1 0 6 MOURNING C 38 6-12 7-9 0 4 4 0 3 0 3 19 LENARD G 45 4-9 3-4 0 1 1 4 5 0 1 12 HARDAWAY G 39 11-20 1-2 0 5 5 8 3 2 3 27 MURDOCK 9 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 2 AUSTIN 20 2-4 0-1 1 4 5 2 1 1 1 4 MAJERLE 26 3-6 2-2 1 7 8 4 3 0 1 10 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-69 17-22 4 28 32 20 22 7 11 86 (.449) (.773) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 13 29 15 - 82 MIAMI 23 20 20 23 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - DUDLEY. MIAMI - MOURNING 3, AUSTIN 2, MAJERLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 2-9, MILLS 2-2, STARKS 0-3. MIAMI 7-23 (.304), MASHBURN 0-3, LENARD 1-5, HARDAWAY 4-10, MAJERLE 2-5. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, MIAMI - MOURNING. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, TOMMY NUNEZ, MIKE SMITH. A - 15,200. T - 2:23.


NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 30 4-14 0-0 3-5 0 3 8 Oakley 38 5-8 4-4 4-10 3 4 14 Dudley 23 4-8 1-2 6-11 1 5 9 Houston 39 8-23 10-11 4-5 3 1 27 Ward 41 2-13 0-2 0-7 5 3 6 B Williams 16 2-4 1-2 3-7 0 1 5 Mills 26 4-7 0-0 0-4 1 2 10 Starks 25 1-8 1-1 1-2 2 4 3 Childs 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-85 17-22 21-51 15 23 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.353, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Houston 1-2, Ward 2-9, Mills 2-2, Starks 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Dudley). Turnovers: 14 (Starks 4, Dudley 2, Houston 2, Johnson 2, Ward 2, Childs, Mills). Steals: 4 (Ward 3, Johnson).

MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 38 2-10 2-2 0-5 2 3 6 Brown 25 2-5 2-2 2-2 0 3 6 Mourning 38 6-12 7-9 0-4 0 3 19 Lenard 45 4-9 3-4 0-1 4 5 12 Hardaway 39 11-20 1-2 0-5 8 3 27 Murdock 9 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Austin 20 2-4 0-1 1-5 2 1 4 Majerle 26 3-6 2-2 1-8 4 3 10 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mills DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 17-22 4-32 20 22 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Mashburn 0-3, Lenard 1-5, Hardaway 4-10, Majerle 2-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mourning 3, Austin 2, Majerle). Turnovers: 11 (Hardaway 3, Mourning 3, Mashburn 2, Austin, Lenard, Majerle). Steals: 7 (Hardaway 2, Murdock 2, Austin, Brown, Mashburn). ____________________________________________ New York 25 13 29 15 - 82 Miami 23 20 20 23 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 9:33 2nd, 10:47 3rd). Miami 1 (Mourning, 1:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Mourning, 3:59 1st). A: 15,200. T: 2:23. Officials: Bill Oakes, Tommy Nunez, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Tim Hardaway delivered the knockout punch with 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat fought off the rival New York Knicks, 86-82, in their first showdown since last year's brawl-marred playoff series.

There was plenty of rough stuff and Knicks guard Chris Childs was hospitalized with a concussion as hostilities were resumed. Last May, the Heat rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Eastern Conference semifinals when a brawl at the end of Game Five saw five Knicks suspended over the final two games of the series.

The catalysts of the ugly incident were Heat forward P.J. Brown and Knicks guard Charlie Ward, who did not shake hands before tonight's game. Last year's fight began when Ward shoved Brown while battling for a rebound and Brown answered by bodyslamming Ward.

"Teams toughen up when they see the Miami Heat on their calendar," Brown said. "Teams are looking to beat us every time."

"It's a hostile situation," Hardaway added. "This was a regular-season game. Last year's playoffs are over. You can't make too much out of it."

Hardaway put away the Knicks by shooting 11-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-10 from three-point range. He drilled the go-ahead three-pointer with one minute left and added eight assists and two steals.

"He's a great player," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He's one of the best, if not the best point guard in the league."

"Tim Hardaway was absolutely magnificent, again," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

The teams wasted no time getting reacquainted. Bodies were all over the court in the first quarter, which saw Hardaway whistled for a flagrant foul after he clipped Ward's head while trying to block his layup.

Early in the second quarter, incidental contact landed Childs in the hospital. He slipped while dribbling and was kneed in the head by Heat guard Eric Murdock, who stepped over Childs to beat him to the loose ball.

Childs was on the floor for five minutes before being helped to his feet and off the court. He was diagnosed with a concussion and taken to Doctors Hospital in Miami for observation.

Miami has won three of four and opened a three-game lead over New York atop the Atlantic Division. The Knicks have lost two in a row following a season-high four-game winning streak. The teams meet again Sunday in New York.

"We beat them on our court, now we have to beat them on their court," Hardaway said. "It will be tough, and difficult."

"I'm not leaving with a good feeling at all," Van Gundy said. "There are no moral victories. We turned it over late, and gave up three to their best player. You can't win like that."

Miami center Alonzo Mourning picked up a technical foul in the third quarter when he shoved Knicks forward Charles Oakley into Ward while chasing a rebound. John Starks made the free throw to give New York its largest lead at 65-56 with 1:35 to go.

But the Heat closed to 67-63 entering the fourth quarter before Hardaway took over. He scored seven points in an 11-2 burst that opened the period, including a jumper that gave Miami a 74-69 lead with 5:47 left.

"I took open shots and made them," Hardaway said. "Last week, I wasn't making them."

The Knicks missed their first 13 shots of the period until Chris Dudley tipped in a miss by Oakley to cut the deficit to 74-71 with 4:29 remaining. But Hardaway's basket and three-pointer boosted the lead to 79-71 with 3:33 to go.

The Knicks responded with a 9-0 burst. Allan Houston, who scored a season-high 27 points, had two free throws and a hoop and Ward made a three-pointer before Starks sank a baseline jumper to give New York an 80-79 edge with 1:41 left.

"They're a tough-minded team, and they just kept coming and coming," Riley said. "They're the number-one defensive rebounding team in the league, and that's a big part of their game plan."

But Hardaway answered again, this time with a three-pointer to give Miami the lead for good with a minute to play. Ward missed a three-pointer and Jamal Mashburn made two free throws with 40 seconds left, giving the Heat an 84-80 lead. Houston and Voshon Lenard exchanged a pair from the line in the final 25 seconds.

"There was no doubt I was going to take that three," Hardaway said.

"He likes sinking big shots," Oakley said of Hardaway. "He's been doing that for them all year, and last year in the playoffs. But we'll see him Sunday."

Mourning scored 19 points and Lenard 12 for the Heat, who shot 45 percent (31-of-69) from the field but were outrebounded, 51-32. Dan Majerle added 10 points off the bench.

"What almost cost us the game was lack of rebounding," Riley said. "We're supposed to be a power team, but we did not rebound the ball well tonight."

"They want to beat us just as much as we want to beat them," Majerle said. "It's fun having a rivalry like that."

Oakley had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Mills scored 10 points off the bench for the Knicks, who shot just 35 percent (30-of-85). Dudley had nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

"It was a tough battle with a disapointing finish," Dudley said.

Mourning scored 11 points and Hardaway eight in the first half as Miami grabbed a 43-38 lead.

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