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NEW YORK (77) AT LA CLIPPERS (76)

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

HOUSTON F 39 8-22 3-3 0 6 6 1 2 0 3 22 JOHNSON F 34 7-14 2-3 3 3 6 1 2 2 3 16 OAKLEY C 38 6-14 0-0 5 10 15 1 4 2 1 12 WARD G 29 4-6 2-2 0 7 7 4 2 3 4 10 STARKS G 36 5-13 0-0 1 1 2 5 0 1 2 11 MILLS 21 0-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 0 CUMMINGS 16 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 4 CHILDS 19 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 2 H WILLIAMS 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-85 7-8 11 35 46 17 16 8 14 77 (.388) (.875) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 18 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 4 ROGERS F 39 4-11 5-6 2 8 10 4 3 2 3 14 AUSTIN C 35 7-11 1-4 2 9 11 1 1 0 3 15 MARTIN G 38 4-14 1-1 1 2 3 3 3 1 2 10 PIATKOWSKI G 25 0-7 1-2 3 3 6 0 0 1 4 1 WRIGHT 22 6-11 1-1 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 13 TAYLOR 30 2-11 0-1 0 4 4 4 0 0 0 4 RICHARDSON 10 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 ROBINSON 23 6-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 3 15 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION VRANKOVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 9-15 11 34 45 17 9 6 17 76 (.383) (.600) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 19 16 20 - 77 LA CLIPPERS 18 16 21 21 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CHILDS. LA CLIPPERS - TAYLOR 3, AUSTIN, PIATKOWSKI, MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-11 (.364), HOUSTON 3-3, JOHNSON 0-2, WARD 0-1, STARKS 1-5. LA CLIPPERS 5-17 (.294), MURRAY 0-1, ROGERS 1-3, MARTIN 1-5, PIATKOWSKI 0-4, RICHARDSON 0-1, ROBINSON 3-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LEON WOOD, BERNIE FRYER, JOE DEROSA. A - 15,570. T - 2:04.


NEW YORK (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Houston 39 8-22 3-3 0-6 1 2 22 Johnson 34 7-14 2-3 3-6 1 2 16 Oakley 38 6-14 0-0 5-15 1 4 12 Ward 29 4-6 2-2 0-7 4 2 10 Starks 36 5-13 0-0 1-2 5 0 11 Mills 21 0-7 0-0 1-5 1 1 0 Cummings 16 2-5 0-0 1-4 0 3 4 Childs 19 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 2 H Williams 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 7-8 11-46 17 16 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Houston 3-3, Johnson 0-2, Ward 0-1, Starks 1-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Childs). Turnovers: 14 (Ward 4, Houston 3, Johnson 3, Starks 2, Mills, Oakley). Steals: 8 (Ward 3, Johnson 2, Oakley 2, Starks).

LA CLIPPERS (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 18 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Rogers 39 4-11 5-6 2-10 4 3 14 Austin 35 7-11 1-4 2-11 1 1 15 Martin 38 4-14 1-1 1-3 3 3 10 Piatkowski 25 0-7 1-2 3-6 0 0 1 Wright 22 6-11 1-1 2-6 0 2 13 Taylor 30 2-11 0-1 0-4 4 0 4 Richardson 10 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 Robinson 23 6-8 0-0 1-3 2 0 15 Closs DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision Vrankovic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 9-15 11-45 17 9 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Murray 0-1, Rogers 1-3, Martin 1-5, Piatkowski 0-4, Richardson 0-1, Robinson 3-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Taylor 3, Austin, Piatkowski, Murray). Turnovers: 18 (Piatkowski 4, Austin 3, Robinson 3, Rogers 3, Martin 2, Murray, Richardson). Steals: 6 (Murray 2, Rogers 2, Martin, Piatkowski). ____________________________________________ New York 22 19 16 20 - 77 La Clippers 18 16 21 21 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:22 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,570. T: 2:04. Officials: Leon Wood, Bernie Fryer, Joe Derosa.


GAME RECAP

Allan Houston hit two free throws with 8.1 seconds remaining and prevented a potential winning basket at the buzzer as the New York Knicks rallied for a 77-76 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Houston's free throws accounted for the final margin. Los Angeles got the ball to Eric Piatkowski, whose three-point attempt hit the rim and was knocked out of bounds by the Knicks with four-tenths of a second left. Rodney Rogers was not covered and sent an inbounds pass toward the basket, but Houston tied up Piatkowski and batted the ball away as time expired.

In New York's 124-119 double-overtime loss to Utah on Sunday, Houston missed one free throw with 1.5 seconds left in regulation and did the same with 50 seconds left in overtime.

"It felt good, but I think the key is just staying mentally disciplined," Houston said. "The last two plays I took the ball to the basket and was effective. I knew I'd get another chance, I just didn't expect it so soon. No matter what, it felt good, especially when we needed them. Of course I thought about it right after I was fouled, but by the time I got to the line I put it out of my mind."

Houston scored 22 points, but made just 8-of-22 shots from the field, as the Knicks improved to 2-0 on their four-game road trip. Larry Johnson contributed 16 points and Charles Oakley added 12 and 15 rebounds for New York, which moved a full game in front of idle Cleveland for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

John Starks had 11 points and five assists for the Knicks, who shot 39 percent (33-for-85) from the floor. New York made 7-of-8 free throws, while the Clippers shot just 60 percent (9-for-15) from the line.

"When you have an 85 percent free-throw shooter on the line of course you're going to have a lot of confidence in him," said Starks about Houston. "That's what this league is all about, you get a chance to redeem yourself. I walked up behind him and told him it was game time when he was on the free throw line. I was very confident he was going to knock them down."

Isaac Austin recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds and James Robinson scored 15 points in 23 minutes off the bench for the Clippers, who were held scoreless in the final 2:51. Los Angeles, which shot 38 percent (31-for-81), lost for the 20th time in the last 23 meetings with New York. The Clippers have dropped five straight at home against the Knicks since November 19th, 1992.

"These guys battled their tails off and poured their guts into the game," said Los Angeles coach Bill Fitch. "These guys played hard and almost had the chance to beat a playoff team. We were short by one point. We played too damn hard to lose this basketball game. We had a lot of good looks. They only scored one point and did it at the foul line."

Darrick Martin, who had 10 points, drove for a layup to give the Clippers a 74-68 lead with 2:52 to play. Houston hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 76-71 with 2:29 remaining. Charlie Ward, who had 10 points and seven boards, sank a pair of free throws to make it 76-73 with 1:56 left and Houston drove for a finger roll with 31.2 seconds to play to make it 76-75. The Clippers had a chance to regain the lead, but Austin was called for a travel with 12 seconds to go.

Rogers, who had 14 points and 10 boards, hit one free throw to spark a 10-0 spurt and give the Clippers a 65-64 edge with eight minutes to go. Robinson capped the surge with a driving layup for a 74-64 advantage with 4:51 left and Oakley answered with a layup to end the spurt 20 seconds later.

Oakley had eight points and seven boards as the Knicks held a 22-18 lead after the first quarter. New York scored the first six points of the second, taking its biggest lead when Terry Cummings made a 21-footer with 10:14 left. The Knicks kept the lead between four and nine points for the rest of the second and took a 41-34 lead into halftime.

"We feel good, that was a tough win," Oakley said. "Teams might not respect the Clippers, get too relaxed, but we knew it was going to be a tough game. They always are back-to-back."

The Clippers opened the third with a 9-2 burst, capped by Lamond Murray's seven-footer to tie it 43-43 with 8:50 left. New York answered with an 8-1 spurt to take a 51-44 lead with 5:49 remaining. The Knicks maintained the lead for the rest of the third and brought a 57-55 edge into the final period.

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