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NBA NEW YORK 73 CHICAGO 68 FINAL


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NEW YORK (73) AT CHICAGO (68)

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

JOHNSON F 25 0-4 2-2 0 4 4 1 5 1 1 2 THOMAS F 18 4-9 1-2 2 5 7 0 3 1 1 9 EWING C 40 6-14 6-10 1 8 9 2 2 2 3 18 WARD G 38 4-9 2-2 1 5 6 6 3 0 4 13 HOUSTON G 37 7-18 1-2 0 2 2 4 4 1 2 15 CAMBY 28 1-3 4-8 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 6 CHILDS 32 3-8 0-0 1 7 8 3 3 3 1 8 SCOTT 15 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 DUDLEY 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-71 16-26 8 35 43 16 25 8 13 73 (.366) (.615) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 24 2-5 3-4 4 7 11 0 3 1 3 7 KUKOC F 41 4-22 3-4 4 5 9 4 2 1 4 11 LANG C 27 1-9 2-2 5 7 12 1 4 0 2 4 BARRY G 39 3-9 7-8 0 6 6 3 2 2 1 15 HARPER G 35 0-7 4-5 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 4 M BENNETT 11 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 0 4 1 1 4 BROWN 15 3-7 0-0 1 0 1 1 5 1 1 6 DAVID 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LARUE 17 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 5 WENNINGTON 12 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 8 SIMPKINS 12 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 4 C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 21-79 23-27 18 33 51 14 26 8 16 68 (.266) (.852) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(9 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 18 15 18 - 73 CHICAGO 21 24 13 10 - 68

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 8, EWING 3, DUDLEY. CHICAGO - LANG 2, HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), JOHNSON 0-3, WARD 3-5, HOUSTON 0-1, CHILDS 2-4, SCOTT 0-3. CHICAGO 3-13 (.231), KUKOC 0-4, BARRY 2-5, HARPER 0-2, LARUE 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - EWING. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, BENNIE ADAMS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 22,194. T - 2:25.


Box Score

NEW YORK (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 25 0-4 2-2 0-4 1 5 2 Thomas 18 4-9 1-2 2-7 0 3 9 Ewing 40 6-14 6-10 1-9 2 2 18 Ward 38 4-9 2-2 1-6 6 3 13 Houston 37 7-18 1-2 0-2 4 4 15 Camby 28 1-3 4-8 2-6 0 2 6 Childs 32 3-8 0-0 1-8 3 3 8 Scott 15 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Dudley 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-71 16-26 8-43 16 25 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Johnson 0-3, Ward 3-5, Houston 0-1, Childs 2-4, Scott 0-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 12 (Camby 8, Ewing 3, Dudley). Turnovers: 14 (Ward 4, Ewing 3, Houston 2, Childs, Johnson, Scott, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Childs 3, Ewing 2, Houston, Johnson, Thomas).

CHICAGO (68) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 24 2-5 3-4 4-11 0 3 7 Kukoc 41 4-22 3-4 4-9 4 2 11 Lang 27 1-9 2-2 5-12 1 4 4 Barry 39 3-9 7-8 0-6 3 2 15 Harper 35 0-7 4-5 1-2 4 1 4 M Bennett 11 1-3 2-2 1-3 0 4 4 Brown 15 3-7 0-0 1-1 1 5 6 David 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Larue 17 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 5 Wennington 12 4-9 0-0 1-3 0 1 8 Simpkins 12 1-1 2-2 0-2 0 2 4 C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Booth DNP - coach's decision Carr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 21-79 23-27 18-51 14 26 68 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.266, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Kukoc 0-4, Barry 2-5, Harper 0-2, Larue 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Lang 2, Harper). Turnovers: 16 (Kukoc 4, Bryant 3, Lang 2, Simpkins 2, Barry, Brown, Harper, Larue, M Bennett). Steals: 8 (Barry 2, Brown, Bryant, Harper, Kukoc, M Bennett, Simpkins). ____________________________________________ New York 22 18 15 18 - 73 Chicago 21 24 13 10 - 68 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Ewing, 2:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,194. T: 2:25. Officials: Mike Mathis, Bennie Adams, Tom Washington.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Allan Houston scored six of his 15 points during a decisive 13-0 second-half run and the New York Knicks used a smothering defense led by Marcus Camby to post a 73-68 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Trailing 58-51 late in the third quarter, the Knicks held Chicago scoreless for close to six minutes while reeling off 13 straight points to take a 64-58 lead with 7:15 to play.

Houston pulled the Knicks within one with an 18-footer before putting them ahead to stay with a running jumper in the lane that made it 59-58 with 9:20 remaining.

"In the first three quarters, I didn't feel that good out there," said Houston. "But I stayed with it and the shots started to fall. (Assistant coach) Don Cheaney talked to me at halftime and told me not to change my shot, to stay with it. That's just what I did and eventually it worked out."

Camby, acquired in a trade for Charles Oakley and maligned for not displaying Oakley's brute presence, was a defensive terror. He blocked eight shots, grabbed six rebounds, collected six points and dove to recover several loose balls.

Camby's eight blocks were the most ever recorded at the United Center, surpassing the previous mark of seven established by ex-Bull Luc Longley on March 5, 1996.

"I thought our defense was outstanding tonight," said New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. "They killed us on the boards in the first half, but we made some good adjustments to turn the game around. I thought Camby's effort was outstanding."

New York won its second game in as many nights since losing shooting guard Latrell Sprewell for at least three weeks with an injured heel.

Patrick Ewing scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Charlie Ward added 13 points for New York, which limited Chicago to a franchise-low 23 second-half points. The Bulls scored 24 second-half points at Sacramento on February 2, 1995.

The Knicks held the Bulls to just 27 percent (21-of-79) from the field. The 21 field goals were also a franchise worst for the Bulls, who made 24 shots against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 17, 1994.

"The encouraging thing about tonight's game is you go out and shoot 27 percent and only loose by five," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "That means that we're doing something right. We're playing good defense and we're rebounding."

New York, which had been victimized by Michael Jordan and company for over a decade in Chicago, won for just the fourth time in its last 25 visits to the Windy City, dating to the 1986-87 season.

"We still have to go out and beat them," said Ewing. "Jordan, (Scottie) Pippen and (Dennis) Rodman aren't here, but those are still NBA players out there in Bulls uniforms."

Ewing was held to just three points in the second half, but nailed a short jumper in the lane with 15 seconds to go that capped the scoring and sealed the victory.

Toni Kukoc, who entered the contest averaging 23.3 points per game, was locked up for most of the night by Camby and managed 11 on 4-of-22 shooting.

"Marcus played a great game for us tonight," added Ewing. "The key to our win was his outstanding defense on Toni Kukoc. It makes everyone's life easier when I'm not the only shot-blocker and tonight Marcus stepped his game up."

"The shooting was terrible again tonight," said Kukoc, who was coming off a 6-of-21 perfomance against Atlanta on Tuesday. "I shot bad. But I didn't have bad shots, they just didn't go in. I didn't force my shots, they just wouldn't fall."

Brent Barry scored 15 points and Andrew Lang grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who held a 51-43 advantage on the boards but lost for the third time in four games.

Larry Johnson, who scored 18 points in Wednesday's victory over Washington, had a dreadful game. He scored two points on 0-of-4 shooting in 25 minutes. But Camby and Kurt Thomas, who had nine points and seven rebounds, helped pick up the slack.

Despite losing the battle on the offensive glass, 18-8, the Knicks outscored the Bulls in the paint, 26-16.

Houston began the Knicks' comeback with a 20-footer that cut the deficit to 58-53 with 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Johnson made a pair of free throws that cut the lead to three before Houston drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to even the contest at 58-58.

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