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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 22 27 14 24 87 MILWAUKEE 22 20 24 22 88 FINAL


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NEW YORK (87) AT MILWAUKEE (88)

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

JOHNSON F 35 5-8 2-2 1 2 3 3 4 1 1 12 THOMAS F 16 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 3 6 EWING C 39 10-18 4-7 2 11 13 1 2 0 5 24 HOUSTON G 34 2-12 2-2 1 4 5 3 3 1 0 7 WARD G 31 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 3 2 CAMBY 18 5-6 1-3 3 2 5 0 2 2 0 11 CHILDS 32 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 4 3 0 1 7 DUDLEY 6 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 SPREWELL 29 7-17 2-2 1 4 5 2 1 1 1 18 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 11-16 13 30 43 17 24 5 14 87 (.468) (.688) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

HILL F 33 5-10 5-8 4 7 11 2 3 1 0 15 ROBINSON F 37 8-18 2-4 4 5 9 5 0 0 1 19 TRAYLOR C 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 ALLEN G 32 2-12 4-7 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 9 DEL NEGRO G 25 3-5 1-2 0 0 0 5 0 2 2 7 BRANDON 26 6-13 2-2 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 16 D CURRY 15 1-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 4 M CURRY 21 2-4 4-4 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 8 GILLIAM 17 1-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 JOHNSON 28 3-6 2-2 7 7 14 0 5 2 1 8 HONEYCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 22-31 19 26 45 19 17 10 9 88 (.392) (.710) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 27 14 24 - 87 MILWAUKEE 22 20 24 22 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 3. MILWAUKEE - TRAYLOR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-13 (.308), JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 1-2, SPREWELL 2-5. MILWAUKEE 4-14 (.286), ROBINSON 1-3, ALLEN 1-4, BRANDON 2-4, D CURRY 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TIM DONAGHY, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 16,843. T - 2:10.


Box Score

NEW YORK (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 35 5-8 2-2 1-3 3 4 12 Thomas 16 3-5 0-0 1-4 2 4 6 Ewing 39 10-18 4-7 2-13 1 2 24 Houston 34 2-12 2-2 1-5 3 3 7 Ward 31 1-6 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 Camby 18 5-6 1-3 3-5 0 2 11 Childs 32 3-5 0-0 2-3 4 3 7 Dudley 6 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 3 0 Sprewell 29 7-17 2-2 1-5 2 1 18 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 11-16 13-43 17 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Johnson 0-2, Houston 1-2, Ward 0-2, Childs 1-2, Sprewell 2-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing 3). Turnovers: 15 (Ewing 5, Thomas 3, Ward 3, Childs, Johnson, Sprewell). Steals: 5 (Camby 2, Houston, Johnson, Sprewell).

MILWAUKEE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 33 5-10 5-8 4-11 2 3 15 Robinson 37 8-18 2-4 4-9 5 0 19 Traylor 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Allen 32 2-12 4-7 1-3 3 1 9 Del Negro 25 3-5 1-2 0-0 5 0 7 Brandon 26 6-13 2-2 0-1 3 0 16 D Curry 15 1-5 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 M Curry 21 2-4 4-4 1-4 1 3 8 Gilliam 17 1-5 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 Johnson 28 3-6 2-2 7-14 0 5 8 Honeycutt DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 22-31 19-45 19 17 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Robinson 1-3, Allen 1-4, Brandon 2-4, D Curry 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Traylor). Turnovers: 9 (Brandon 2, Del Negro 2, Allen, D Curry, Johnson, M Curry, Robinson). Steals: 10 (D Curry 3, Del Negro 2, Johnson 2, Brandon, Hill, M Curry). ____________________________________________ New York 22 27 14 24 - 87 Milwaukee 22 20 24 22 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,843. T: 2:10. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tim Donaghy, Tom Washington.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- For the second straight game, Patrick Ewing turned a great performance into an awful one in a matter of seconds.

The superstar center of the New York Knicks had 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks but missed an open eight-footer on the baseline at the buzzer that allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to escape with an 88-87 victory.

Ewing had been set up by Allan Houston, who appeared as if he were going to take an outside jumper but passed inside to Ewing, who was even more open.

"Allan made a great play to Patrick at the end, but it just didn't fall," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

"I jumped out there because he was too open," Bucks center Ervin Johnson said. "He just shot and missed."

On Tuesday, Ewing had a season-high 31 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks but missed a fadeaway jumper just before the buzzer as the Knicks lost to Miami 85-84 in overtime.

Ewing had a little better luck this time around as he made a lane jumper and was fouled with 17 seconds to go. The basket gave the Knicks an 87-86 lead but he missed the free throw.

After a timeout, the Bucks deployed a lineup of shooters with no player taller than 6-8. Working against the bigger, slower Larry Johnson, Terrell Brandon penetrated and drew a foul with eight seconds left. He calmly sank the winning free throws to give Milwaukee its third straight win.

"I decided to take it 1-on-1 when Larry switched off," Brandon said. "I wanted to use my quickness to get to the hole.

"I definitely thought Patrick was going to hit that shot at the end. That's his trademark shot."

Glenn Robinson scored 19 points and Brandon added 16 off the bench for the Bucks, who have won five of their last six games with the Knicks. Brandon had missed the last two games with bruised ribs.

"In the second half, we had a lot of heart and a lot of energy," Bucks coach George Karl said. "In big games, sometimes it comes down to the amount of heart and energy you put in."

Milwaukee native Latrell Sprewell scored 18 points in his first appearance since the season's opening weekend. Sprewell had been sidelined for a month with a fractured heel, the first major injury of his career.

Sprewell was playing in his hometown for the first time since his choking attack on Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo on December 1, 1997. He was not booed but received only a lukewarm reaction.

"It felt good tonight but it means nothing without a win," Sprewell said. "Just getting back was important. We must put together a string of good plays down the stretch."

A see-saw fourth quarter began with Milwaukee holding a 66-63 lead. New York scored the first 10 points of the period, including five by Marcus Camby, who did not play in the loss at Miami. His basket with 9:45 left gave the Knicks a 73-66 lead.

The Bucks responded with nine straight points. Brandon scored seven, including a 3-pointer that gave Milwaukee a 75-73 edge with 6:33 to go.

Neither team led by more than four points thereafter. Brandon missed an 18-footer but the rebound bounced through the hands of Ewing to Robinson, who made a 12-footer for an 86-83 lead with 1:31 left. Johnson answered with a driving layup 19 seconds later.

Tyrone Hill had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 39 percent (31-of-79) from the field and held a 45-43 edge on the glass. Hill was greeted with boos after reports that he has asked for a trade.

Johnson scored 12 points and Camby 11 for the Knicks, who shot 47 percent (36-of-77) but were outscored 22-11 at the line.

Shooting guards Houston and Ray Allen of Milwaukee both made just 2-of-12 shots.

Ewing scored 17 points and Sprewell 14 in the first half, which ended with New York holding a 49-42 lead. But the Knicks went cold in the third quarter as Robinson's eight points helped the Bucks to a three-point lead entering the final period.

"The first half we had a lot of defensive lapses," Karl said. "A lot of teams will beat you with their game, but you can't beat yourself. In the first half, I thought we were beating ourselves."

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