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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 19 24 25 20 88 NEW YORK 24 32 24 21 101 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (88) AT NEW YORK (101)

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

CHEANEY F 22 3-10 0-1 1 3 4 0 5 0 0 7 HOWARD F 41 12-22 5-8 7 6 13 4 3 3 1 29 WALLACE C 18 0-3 2-2 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 2 RICHMOND G 42 8-19 9-10 3 2 5 1 2 1 2 25 STRICKLAND G 38 2-11 1-2 1 4 5 8 2 1 4 5 T MURRAY 24 1-4 6-7 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 9 DAVIS 6 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 2 THORPE 19 0-6 0-0 0 7 7 0 3 1 1 0 C WHITNEY 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 LEGLER 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JACKSON 15 3-4 3-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 9 BOHANNON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCINNIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-81 28-36 17 26 43 14 24 7 13 88 (.358) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 33 8-14 1-2 3 4 7 3 3 0 0 18 THOMAS F 21 4-5 0-3 1 4 5 1 2 2 0 8 EWING C 35 5-15 6-8 0 7 7 2 2 0 4 16 HOUSTON G 24 2-6 7-8 0 3 3 2 4 0 3 11 WARD G 36 4-5 6-7 0 5 5 7 3 1 4 16 CHILDS 39 4-6 2-3 0 8 8 9 5 1 5 13 CAMBY 15 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 8 SCOTT 20 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 5 DUDLEY 13 2-4 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 0 1 4 WINGATE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 B DAVIS 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-66 24-33 7 37 44 27 26 7 17 101 (.530) (.727) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(25 PTS)

WASHINGTON 19 24 25 20 - 88 NEW YORK 24 32 24 21 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - THORPE 2, HOWARD, JACKSON. NEW YORK - EWING 2, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-12 (.167), CHEANEY 1-3, RICHMOND 0-4, STRICKLAND 0-1, T MURRAY 1-3, C WHITNEY 0-1. NEW YORK 7-12 (.583), JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 2-2, CHILDS 3-4, SCOTT 1-3. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TOMMY NUNEZ, SEAN CORBIN. A - 19,763. T - 2:19.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 22 3-10 0-1 1-4 0 5 7 Howard 41 12-22 5-8 7-13 4 3 29 Wallace 18 0-3 2-2 3-4 0 2 2 Richmond 42 8-19 9-10 3-5 1 2 25 Strickland 38 2-11 1-2 1-5 8 2 5 T Murray 24 1-4 6-7 1-1 0 1 9 Davis 6 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 3 2 Thorpe 19 0-6 0-0 0-7 0 3 0 C Whitney 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Legler 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Jackson 15 3-4 3-4 1-2 0 1 9 Bohannon 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mcinnis DNP - coach's decision J White DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-81 28-36 17-43 14 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Cheaney 1-3, Richmond 0-4, Strickland 0-1, T Murray 1-3, C Whitney 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Thorpe 2, Howard, Jackson). Turnovers: 14 (Strickland 4, Jackson 2, Richmond 2, C Whitney, Davis, Howard, T Murray, Thorpe). Steals: 7 (Howard 3, Richmond, Strickland, Thorpe, Wallace).

NEW YORK (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 33 8-14 1-2 3-7 3 3 18 Thomas 21 4-5 0-3 1-5 1 2 8 Ewing 35 5-15 6-8 0-7 2 2 16 Houston 24 2-6 7-8 0-3 2 4 11 Ward 36 4-5 6-7 0-5 7 3 16 Childs 39 4-6 2-3 0-8 9 5 13 Camby 15 3-4 2-2 0-2 0 3 8 Scott 20 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 3 5 Dudley 13 2-4 0-0 3-4 1 1 4 Wingate 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 B Davis 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-66 24-33 7-44 27 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Johnson 1-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 2-2, Childs 3-4, Scott 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing 2, Dudley). Turnovers: 17 (Childs 5, Ewing 4, Ward 4, Houston 3, Dudley). Steals: 7 (Thomas 2, Brunson, Camby, Childs, Scott, Ward). ____________________________________________ Washington 19 24 25 20 - 88 New York 24 32 24 21 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:35 3rd). New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:35 1st, 0:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:19. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tommy Nunez, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- With newest acquisition Latrell Sprewell sidelined, the New York Knicks turned to their old ways to get their first win of the season.

Larry Johnson scored 18 points, including six over the final 3:07, as the Knicks used a balanced attack and tough defense down the stretch for a 101-88 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Knicks (1-2) led by as many as 16 points in the second half before Washington climbed back in the game. Mitch Richmond hit a driving layup to bring the Wizards within 89-85 with 3:32 left.

But Johnson converted a layup, Allen Houston made 1-of-2 free throws and Chris Childs buried a 3-pointer before Johnson added two more baskets to give the Knicks a 99-85 cushion with 48 seconds remaining. New York held Washington to three points in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

"We just didn't have enough to pull it out at the end of the game," Richmond said. "We fought back and got ourselves back in a position to win the game, but we just ended up committing fouls or something else to ruin the game. We just couldn't get over the hump."

The Knicks played most of last season without star center Patrick Ewing and relied on a more equal distribution of scoring and a tough defense. The acquisition of Sprewell was supposed to improve the offense, but he will be sidelined three to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right heel.

Ewing and Charlie Ward added 16 points apiece for the Knicks, who avoided their first 0-3 start since they lost their first five games to start the 1987-88 season. Ward's backcourt mate Childs had his best game of the young season with 13 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

Juwan Howard had 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington, which lost for the third time in four games. Richmond added 25 points for the Wizards, who are off for the next six days.

With a 24-20 lead in the second quarter, the Knicks took control with a 17-6 burst. Marcus Camby, who had seen little playing time in the first two games, hit a hook shot. Childs made a jumper and Houston hit two free throws to make it 30-20 with 10:08 left in the half.

Kurt Thomas, making his first start of the year, capped the surge with a short jumper that extended the margin to 41-26 with 7:29 to play before intermission.

Childs had nine points and seven rebounds in the half and Ewing contributed 12 points as the Knicks shot a blistering 72 percent (18-of-25) in the opening 24 minutes to open a 56-43 advantage.

"My mindset is the same every night. I took two games off offensively because I was trying to get everyone else involved," Childs said. "I told myself to be more aggressive. When the shot presented itself, I was going to take it and make sure I knocked it down and tonight the ball went down."

Howard and Richmond each scored 18 points in the opening half. Overall, Howard connected on 12-of-22 shots and Richmond 8-of-19.

The Knicks opened their biggest lead at 69-53 with 5:33 left in the third on a layup by Johnson, who made 8-of-14 shots.

New York held a 12-point lead after three quarters and 85-72 on Chris Dudley's tip-in with 8:50 remaining. But the Wizards scored seven straight points to get within 85-79 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

Ward hit two free throws and Ewing drilled a jumper to restore a double-digit advantage with 5:45 to play. Ewing finished 5-of-15 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds.

The Knicks shot 53 percent (35-of-66) and held Washington to 36 percent (29-of-81).

"We had nice looks and we just didn't make our shots," said Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "But the guys kept fighting, kept hanging in there and kept trying to climb the mountain top. We would get within striking distance and they would either make a 3 or make a nice play."

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