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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 21 19 24 14 78 PHILADELPHIA 11 16 24 16 67 FINAL


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NEW YORK (78) AT PHILADELPHIA (67)

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

JOHNSON F 29 4-8 3-3 2 2 4 7 1 1 3 12 THOMAS F 34 6-9 2-5 1 5 6 0 3 1 7 14 EWING C 37 4-11 3-5 0 8 8 3 3 2 4 11 HOUSTON G 35 10-17 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 3 3 25 WARD G 35 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 3 1 3 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAMBY 18 1-5 3-4 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 5 CHILDS 22 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 6 4 0 3 5 DUDLEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 SCOTT 19 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 3 WINGATE 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-58 13-19 5 31 36 22 21 11 23 78 (.483) (.684) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 24(16 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 31 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 4 0 6 RATLIFF F 35 1-9 3-4 8 6 14 0 5 1 2 5 GEIGER C 30 1-8 4-4 0 5 5 0 5 0 6 6 IVERSON G 40 11-20 4-8 2 3 5 3 0 0 3 29 SNOW G 30 2-6 3-4 0 4 4 5 2 3 3 7 BENJAMIN 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRANT 18 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 HUGHES 22 5-9 0-2 2 1 3 3 0 0 1 10 MCKIE 18 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 MOHAMMED 2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 SHAW 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 8 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0

TOTALS 240 25-71 14-22 14 26 40 12 20 10 19 67 (.352) (.636) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

NEW YORK 21 19 24 14 - 78 PHILADELPHIA 11 16 24 16 - 67

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 4, CAMBY 2. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, LYNCH 2, GEIGER, MCKIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 9-12 (.750), JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 5-5, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-1, SCOTT 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 3-10 (.300), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 3-5, GRANT 0-1, HUGHES 0-2, THOMAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JOE DEROSA, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,681. T - 2:10.


Box Score

NEW YORK (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 29 4-8 3-3 2-4 7 1 12 Thomas 34 6-9 2-5 1-6 0 3 14 Ewing 37 4-11 3-5 0-8 3 3 11 Houston 35 10-17 0-0 0-3 2 4 25 Ward 35 1-2 0-0 0-4 3 0 3 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Camby 18 1-5 3-4 2-5 0 3 5 Childs 22 1-2 2-2 0-1 6 4 5 Dudley 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott 19 1-3 0-0 0-4 1 3 3 Wingate 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-58 13-19 5-36 22 21 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 9-12, .750 (Johnson 1-2, Houston 5-5, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-1, Scott 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 4, Camby 2). Turnovers: 24 (Thomas 7, Ewing 4, Childs 3, Houston 3, Johnson 3, Dudley, Ward, Wingate). Steals: 11 (Houston 3, Ward 3, Ewing 2, Johnson, Scott, Thomas).

PHILADELPHIA (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 31 3-7 0-0 1-4 1 3 6 Ratliff 35 1-9 3-4 8-14 0 5 5 Geiger 30 1-8 4-4 0-5 0 5 6 Iverson 40 11-20 4-8 2-5 3 0 29 Snow 30 2-6 3-4 0-4 5 2 7 Benjamin 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Grant 18 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Hughes 22 5-9 0-2 2-3 3 0 10 Mckie 18 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Mohammed 2 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Shaw 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 8 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-71 14-22 14-40 12 20 67 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 3-5, Grant 0-1, Hughes 0-2, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 4, Lynch 2, Geiger, Mckie). Turnovers: 20 (Geiger 6, Iverson 3, Snow 3, Ratliff 2, Thomas 2, Grant, Hughes, Mohammed). Steals: 10 (Lynch 4, Snow 3, Grant, Ratliff, Thomas). ____________________________________________ New York 21 19 24 14 - 78 Philadelphia 11 16 24 16 - 67 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,681. T: 2:10. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Joe Derosa, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allan Houston led a 3-point barrage with 25 points and the New York Knicks bounced back with a 78-67 victory over the anemic Philadelphia 76ers, who have lost three straight games.

Houston made all five of his 3-pointers, including three in a 12-2 third-quarter run comprised entirely of long-range shots. He shot 10-of-17 overall for the Knicks, who were a blistering 75 percent (9-of-12) from behind the arc.

"When you're shooting the ball well, you want to keep shooting it," Houston said. "I'm not here to miss a shot and then shy away from taking the next one."

Kurt Thomas scored a season-high 14 points and Larry Johnson added 12 for New York, which never trailed and has won five of its last six games.

The Knicks were coming off a 98-74 loss at Cleveland on Thursday after which coach Jeff Van Gundy questioned their effort. The 76ers gave a similar performance tonight, managing just 27 points in the first half and finishing with their lowest total in 220 all-time games against New York.

"That (video session) meeting was pretty somber," Van Gundy said. "There was not much good on that film to watch. They did a good job of bouncing back."

"That session was helpful," Thomas said. "He was letting us know that we were not working hard. We knew that we were a better team."

On January 9, 1984, the defending NBA champion Sixers suffered a 111-73 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson scored 29 points, five more than the other four starters combined. The Sixers shot just 36 percent (25-of-71) and fell to 120-100 against the Knicks.

"Everybody is thinking that it's my job to get everybody involved, but I'm not playing point guard now," Iverson said. Eric Snow is the point guard now; he's distributing the ball, I'm playing at the shooting guard."

Johnson scored seven points and Houston had a 3-pointer as the Knicks raced to a 16-4 lead in the first 6 1/2 minutes. The Sixers had two jumpers by George Lynch and three turnovers.

A fast-break jumper and driving layup by rookie Larry Hughes cut the deficit to 27-20 midway through the second quarter but Houston scored six points in the remainder of the period as New York opened a 40-27 halftime lead.

In the first half, the Knicks shot 50 percent (14-of-25) while holding the Sixers to 33 percent (12-of-36). The teams combined for 24 turnovers in the lowest-scoring half at the First Union Center.

Charlie Ward buried a 3-pointer before Houston made three in a row to give the Knicks their largest lead at 54-31 with 8:10 left in the third quarter. To that point, New York was 6-of-6 from 3-point range.

"It's the first time that I felt like I got on that kind of roll," Houston said. "You try to get in a position to get open and fortunately everybody found me."

Iverson finally got hot, scoring 10 straight Philadelphia points to reduce the deficit to 16. He scored 16 points in the third quarter, which ended with New York holding a 64-51 lead.

Iverson rested to start the fourth quarter and the Sixers moved within 68-59 with 7:04 remaining on a short jumper by Matt Geiger, his only basket in eight shots. Patrick Ewing answered with a pair of layups around a 19-footer by Houston to rebuild the lead to 15 points with 5:44 to play.

Sixers forward Tim Thomas had to be carried off the court after landing on Knicks forward Marcus Camby's foot with 9:11 to play. Thomas was taken to Methodist Hospital for X-rays on his left ankle, which revealed a sprain. He is doubtful for Saturday's game at Atlanta.

Ewing had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who were able to overcome 24 turnovers with 48 percent shooting. New York (5-3) moved one game ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

"We bounced back well," Ewing said. "We came out on fire. We stayed on fire. They made a run and we held our own and we were able to win."

Hughes scored 10 points for the Sixers, who held a 40-36 edge on the glass but committed 20 turnovers.

"They had this night last night. Everyone is gonna have it," Snow said. "It's just how you respond."

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