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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 22 13 27 24 86 NEW YORK 28 18 29 22 97 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (86) AT NEW YORK (97)

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

GILL F 22 1-8 0-0 1 2 3 4 3 1 1 2 VAN HORN F 39 8-24 5-8 8 8 16 2 1 1 3 22 J WILLIAMS C 33 4-8 0-0 8 6 14 1 3 1 1 8 KITTLES G 38 8-20 3-4 3 1 4 2 1 2 1 21 MURDOCK G 15 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 2 3 0 BURRELL 27 3-7 0-0 3 2 5 3 3 0 0 7 GATLING 9 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 JONES 12 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 MCILVAINE 15 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 OVERTON 30 8-16 1-2 2 2 4 3 5 0 3 18 CASSELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE EVANS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-94 9-14 27 24 51 21 17 7 13 86 (.372) (.643) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 36 5-8 1-2 1 3 4 5 2 1 0 12 THOMAS F 22 3-10 2-2 2 1 3 3 2 1 1 8 EWING C 37 14-21 2-5 3 6 9 1 3 2 1 30 HOUSTON G 38 6-11 4-5 0 5 5 4 1 0 1 17 WARD G 27 3-7 0-0 0 5 5 5 0 1 4 8 CAMBY 14 1-4 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 0 2 2 CHILDS 31 4-6 4-4 1 5 6 1 1 1 1 15 DUDLEY 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 SPREWELL 28 2-6 1-2 0 2 2 5 2 0 2 5 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 14-20 11 29 40 24 14 6 13 97 (.514) (.700) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 22 13 27 24 - 86 NEW YORK 28 18 29 22 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN. NEW YORK - EWING 4, JOHNSON 2, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-13 (.538), VAN HORN 1-2, KITTLES 2-4, MURDOCK 0-1, BURRELL 1-1, JONES 2-4, OVERTON 1-1. NEW YORK 7-13 (.538), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 2-3, CHILDS 3-4, SPREWELL 0-3. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, RODNEY MOTT, KEN MAUER. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 22 1-8 0-0 1-3 4 3 2 Van Horn 39 8-24 5-8 8-16 2 1 22 J Williams 33 4-8 0-0 8-14 1 3 8 Kittles 38 8-20 3-4 3-4 2 1 21 Murdock 15 0-2 0-0 0-1 4 0 0 Burrell 27 3-7 0-0 3-5 3 3 7 Gatling 9 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Jones 12 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 6 Mcilvaine 15 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 1 0 Overton 30 8-16 1-2 2-4 3 5 18 Cassell DNP - sprained right ankle Evans DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-94 9-14 27-51 21 17 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Van Horn 1-2, Kittles 2-4, Murdock 0-1, Burrell 1-1, Jones 2-4, Overton 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Van Horn). Turnovers: 15 (Murdock 3, Overton 3, Van Horn 3, Gill, J Williams, Kittles, Mcilvaine). Steals: 7 (Kittles 2, Murdock 2, Gill, J Williams, Van Horn).

NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 36 5-8 1-2 1-4 5 2 12 Thomas 22 3-10 2-2 2-3 3 2 8 Ewing 37 14-21 2-5 3-9 1 3 30 Houston 38 6-11 4-5 0-5 4 1 17 Ward 27 3-7 0-0 0-5 5 0 8 Camby 14 1-4 0-0 3-5 0 2 2 Childs 31 4-6 4-4 1-6 1 1 15 Dudley 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Sprewell 28 2-6 1-2 0-2 5 2 5 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 14-20 11-40 24 14 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 2-3, Childs 3-4, Sprewell 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Ewing 4, Johnson 2, Dudley). Turnovers: 14 (Ward 4, Camby 2, Sprewell 2, Childs, Dudley, Ewing, Houston, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Ewing 2, Childs, Johnson, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 22 13 27 24 - 86 New York 28 18 29 22 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:31 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Jess Kersey, Rodney Mott, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- This time, Patrick Ewing made sure it did not come down to the final shot.

Ewing scored 18 of his 30 points in the third quarter and the New York Knicks held off the desperate New Jersey Nets, 97-86, for their eighth straight home win.

Ewing was coming off a pair of huge games in which he missed last-second shots that could have given the Knicks victories. Today, he turned back a fourth-quarter rally by the Nets with a pair of crucial baskets.

"I'll take the shot if it's there again and I'll miss it every time," Ewing said. "It doesn't matter."

The perennial All-Star center made 14-of-21 shots and also had nine rebounds and four blocks. In his last three games, he is averaging 28.3 points and 12.7 rebounds.

Allan Houston scored 17 points and Chris Childs added a season-high 15 for the Knicks, who shot 51 percent (38-of-74) from the field and eclipsed 90 points for only the fourth time this season.

"We are doing a fabulous job at home," Ewing said. "We just have to turn it around on the road. I think it's all mental. We just have to get out there and get the job done."

Keith Van Horn had 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 37 percent (35-of-94) from the field and have lost nine of their last 10 games. New Jersey has dropped 12 of the last 18 meetings with its rivals across the Hudson River.

"As a coach, I can't worry about things I can't control," Nets coach John Calipari said. "I think we have a bunch of good guys and good players. We're just going through a bad time. I'm not looking to blame anyone. I'm just looking for solutions."

"Every guy on this team has to help to put this thing back together," said Van Horn, who made just 8-of-24 shots. "You have to stay positive. We have a talented group of guys. We're just slumping right now."

Ewing missed a fadeaway jumper in an 85-84 overtime loss at Miami on Tuesday and an open baseline jumper in an 88-87 defeat at Milwaukee on Friday. But he wasn't missing much in the third quarter, sinking 9-of-11 shots as he took full advantage of the shorter Jayson Williams.

"My game is coming around," Ewing said. "Guys were finding me wide-open on the baseline and I was just taking my shot."

"Patrick had a great game," Williams said. "He really didn't beat me 1-on-1. He was just making some incredible shots. When he's shooting like that, you just have to tip your hat."

A 50-foot double-pump shot by Childs ended the third quarter and gave the Knicks a 75-62 lead before the Nets opened the fourth period with a 12-2 burst. Recently acquired Doug Overton scored seven of his season-high 18 points in the run, including a basket that made it 77-74 with 7:20 to go.

Ewing responded with a short jumper and the teams traded baskets before a 3-pointer by rookie Damon Jones pulled the Nets within 77-74 with 5:05 to go. Again Ewing answered with a lay-in and this time the Knicks pulled away.

Overton made a free throw, but Larry Johnson took a nice feed from Latrell Sprewell and scored inside before Houston drove for a hoop, giving New York an 87-80 lead with 2:40 remaining. New Jersey got no closer than six points thereafter.

Johnson scored 12 points for the Knicks, who made 7-of-13 from 3-point range. Childs was 3-of-4 from behind the arc.

"We have a lot of talented players on this team," Houston said. "Each of us will have an opportunity to play a big part. I'm not worried how the shots are divided up."

Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 21 points and Williams grabbed 14 rebounds for the Nets, who also made 7-of-13 3-pointers and held a 51-40 edge on the glass. Williams is playing with a soft splint on his left thumb to protect damaged ligaments.

"We're 3-13 (but) I promise you I will never quit on this team," Williams said. "If we were 13-3, I would be in the hospital, getting an operation and waiting for the playoffs."

Ewing was quiet early but Houston scored nine points in the first quarter as the Knicks raced to a 28-22 lead. The Nets shot only 25 percent (5-of-20) in the second period and fell into a 46-35 halftime hole.

"We have been lethargic in the third quarter but we stayed aggressive today," Houston said. "We made a concerted effort to rebound and to play good defense."

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