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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 22 21 26 22 91 DENVER 20 19 24 14 77 FINAL


NEW YORK (91) AT DENVER (77)

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

JOHNSON F 32 4-13 1-2 3 5 8 2 3 1 1 9 OAKLEY F 41 6-10 2-2 4 5 9 5 1 3 1 14 DUDLEY C 27 2-5 1-5 5 5 10 0 1 1 0 5 HOUSTON G 32 8-18 2-2 1 3 4 4 3 0 2 21 WARD G 21 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 5 MILLS 23 5-8 1-2 3 4 7 1 4 1 1 12 H WILLIAMS 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STARKS 27 6-14 3-4 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 18 CHILDS 27 1-4 4-4 0 5 5 0 3 0 1 6 BOWIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMPSON 1 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 B WILLIAMS DNP - INJURED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-79 15-23 16 30 46 18 17 6 9 91 (.430) (.652) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 9(5 PTS)

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

L ELLIS F 39 7-18 7-8 4 7 11 3 5 1 2 23 BATTIE F 25 1-6 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 2 D GARRETT C 40 7-11 2-4 6 6 12 2 2 0 1 16 JACKSON G 36 6-11 1-4 0 5 5 3 5 1 4 14 WASHINGTON G 14 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 2 NEWMAN 36 2-11 2-3 1 1 2 3 3 2 2 6 GOLDWIRE 31 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 10 FORTSON 19 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 0 0 4 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-78 12-19 16 27 43 14 23 5 9 77 (.397) (.632) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 21 26 22 - 91 DENVER 20 19 24 14 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - OAKLEY 2, DUDLEY. DENVER - D GARRETT 4, WASHINGTON 2, BATTIE, NEWMAN, FORTSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 8-17 (.471), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 3-5, WARD 1-2, MILLS 1-1, STARKS 3-7, THOMPSON 0-1. DENVER 3-13 (.231), L ELLIS 2-6, BATTIE 0-1, JACKSON 1-1, WASHINGTON 0-1, NEWMAN 0-2, GOLDWIRE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, ED MIDDLETON, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 14,517. T - 2:02.


NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 32 4-13 1-2 3-8 2 3 9 Oakley 41 6-10 2-2 4-9 5 1 14 Dudley 27 2-5 1-5 5-10 0 1 5 Houston 32 8-18 2-2 1-4 4 3 21 Ward 21 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 1 5 Mills 23 5-8 1-2 3-7 1 4 12 H Williams 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Starks 27 6-14 3-4 0-3 3 1 18 Childs 27 1-4 4-4 0-5 0 3 6 Bowie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thompson 1 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 B Williams DNP - injured left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 15-23 16-46 18 17 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 3-5, Ward 1-2, Mills 1-1, Starks 3-7, Thompson 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Oakley 2, Dudley). Turnovers: 9 (Houston 2, Starks 2, Childs, Johnson, Mills, Oakley, Ward). Steals: 6 (Oakley 3, Dudley, Johnson, Mills).

DENVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 39 7-18 7-8 4-11 3 5 23 Battie 25 1-6 0-0 2-5 0 1 2 D Garrett 40 7-11 2-4 6-12 2 2 16 Jackson 36 6-11 1-4 0-5 3 5 14 Washington 14 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 4 2 Newman 36 2-11 2-3 1-2 3 3 6 Goldwire 31 5-12 0-0 0-0 3 2 10 Fortson 19 2-6 0-0 3-5 0 1 4 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 12-19 16-43 14 23 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (L Ellis 2-6, Battie 0-1, Jackson 1-1, Washington 0-1, Newman 0-2, Goldwire 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (D Garrett 4, Washington 2, Battie, Newman, Fortson). Turnovers: 10 (Jackson 4, L Ellis 2, Newman 2, D Garrett). Steals: 5 (Newman 2, Goldwire, Jackson, L Ellis). ____________________________________________ New York 22 21 26 22 - 91 Denver 20 19 24 14 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,517. T: 2:02. Officials: Hugh Evans, Ed Middleton, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Allan Houston scored 21 points and John Starks added 18 off the bench, leading the New York Knicks to their fourth consecutive victory since the All-Star break, 91-77 over the Denver Nuggets.

Charles Oakley chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds and Chris Dudley grabbed 10 boards for the Knicks, who also have won four consecutive games against Denver, sweeping the season series for the second straight season. Houston, coming off a season-high 34 points in a victory over Cleveland on Sunday, was 3-for-5 from three-point range.

"We moved the ball and got good shots," Houston said. "They were getting some offensive rebounds and we cut that off. I'm surprised at Denver's record, especially when you play against them. Sometimes, when you lose a lot of games, you just find ways to lose. They just have to keep playing hard."

New York, which had dropped four of its five previous games on the road, matched its season-high winning streak of four games, set between January 17th-24th.

LaPhonso Ellis had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Dean Garrett a season-high 16 and 12 for the Nuggets, who have lost four in a row and six of seven overall.

"I loved our effort tonight," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "We played hard and competed the whole game. You have to make buckets when it counts and we didn't make enough. They made their three-point shots and I thought that was the difference. They're a great defensive team and there are no easy looks."

Although the Knicks only shot 43 percent (34-for-79) from the field, they did connect on 8-of-17 three-pointers. The Nuggets shot 40 percent (31-for-78) from the field but only 23 percent (3-for-13) from behind the arc. New York also held a slim 46-43 rebounding edge.

"When you play a team that likes to run, it's to your advantage to get the rebounds and knock down the shots," Starks said. "We could've easily overlooked this team, but we didn't. They play hard every night and that's a credit to their players and coaches.

"On defense we had to buckle down, knowing that we could control that part of the game. It's been tough without Patrick (Ewing), but you have to adjust. We come prepared and we're up for every game. We're playing good ball right now."

The first quarter featured four lead changes and two ties. A tip-in by Danny Fortson gave Denver a 20-19 lead with 1:01 left in the quarter, but a three-pointer by Starks gave the Knicks a 22-20 edge heading into the second quarter.

After a driving layup by Johnny Newman gave Denver a 30-27 lead with 6:02 left in the half, New York answered with a 10-2 run to move ahead 37-32, with a layup by Oakley capping the spurt.

The second half opened with the Knicks holding a 43-39 lead, behind Houston's 13 points. Denver battled back to take a 46-45 lead at the 9:51 mark of the quarter following a 14-footer by Bobby Jackson.

New York took the lead for good 12 seconds later when Oakley sank a 22-foot jumper. The bucket by Oakley opened an 11-2 spurt by the Knicks, and his 19-footer capped it off at 7:18, moving New York out to a 56-48 lead.

Denver got as close as four points, 69-65, with 11:46 remaining after a jumper by Garrett, but the Knicks built their lead back up to double-digits (77-67) 4:30 later after Starks drained a three-pointer.

New York's biggest lead down the stretch was 90-72, off Oakley's free throw with 57 seconds left.

"We had a lot of confidence, but we're just not making the shots at the end," Jackson said. "They're a team with good shooters and rebounders -- the way we want to be. They know who to get the ball to when they need to like Starks and Houston."

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