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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 12 26 22 22 82 CHARLOTTE 29 29 21 27 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - KURT THOMAS 17, PATRICK EWING 17, LARRY JOHNSON 16 CHA - DAVID WESLEY 24, BOBBY PHILLS 18, CHUCKY BROWN 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, LARRY JOHNSON 7 CHA - ELDEN CAMPBELL 7, BOBBY PHILLS 5

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 8, ALLAN HOUSTON 4 CHA - DAVID WESLEY 7, EDDIE JONES 6

ATT: 19,810


Extended Box

NEW YORK (82) AT CHARLOTTE (106)

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

JOHNSON F 34 4-11 8-8 2 5 7 0 1 1 1 16 THOMAS F 31 8-14 1-2 3 6 9 1 4 0 1 17 EWING C 24 5-8 7-8 1 5 6 0 2 0 1 17 HOUSTON G 23 1-8 3-4 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 5 WARD G 28 3-8 0-0 2 0 2 3 5 4 5 6 CHILDS 27 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 8 2 0 1 2 B DAVIS 7 1-5 0-2 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 DUDLEY 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 SPREWELL 39 5-16 3-3 1 2 3 3 3 1 3 13 WILLIAMS 5 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 WINGATE 15 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 0 0 2 CAMBY DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN

TOTALS 240 29-77 24-29 15 24 39 23 21 6 14 82 (.377) (.828) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

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

BROWN F 31 7-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 0 2 15 PHILLS F 31 6-9 5-7 0 5 5 4 1 1 1 18 CAMPBELL C 29 5-8 4-4 1 6 7 2 4 0 0 14 JONES G 33 2-9 4-4 0 2 2 6 1 5 1 8 WESLEY G 35 7-10 7-8 0 3 3 7 5 2 4 24 BECK 13 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 2 DAVIS 12 0-2 3-4 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 3 MILLER 5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 PERSON 16 6-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 14 RECASNER 21 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 7 SHACKLEFORD 14 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 1 COLEMAN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-62 26-31 2 31 33 29 21 10 13 106 (.581) (.839) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

NEW YORK 12 26 22 22 - 82 CHARLOTTE 29 29 21 27 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 2, DUDLEY. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 2, BECK, BROWN, PHILLS, SHACKLEFORD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 0-9 (.000), JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 0-1, SPREWELL 0-3. CHARLOTTE 8-14 (.571), BROWN 1-2, PHILLS 1-3, JONES 0-1, WESLEY 3-5, PERSON 2-2, RECASNER 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CHILDS 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TED BERNHARDT, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,810. T - 2:06.


Box Score

NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 34 4-11 8-8 2-7 0 1 16 Thomas 31 8-14 1-2 3-9 1 4 17 Ewing 24 5-8 7-8 1-6 0 2 17 Houston 23 1-8 3-4 0-2 4 1 5 Ward 28 3-8 0-0 2-2 3 5 6 Childs 27 1-2 0-0 0-2 8 2 2 B Davis 7 1-5 0-2 3-4 1 0 2 Dudley 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Sprewell 39 5-16 3-3 1-3 3 3 13 Williams 5 0-0 2-2 1-2 0 0 2 Wingate 15 1-4 0-0 1-1 3 2 2 Camby DNP - strained left groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 24-29 15-39 23 21 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (Johnson 0-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 0-2, Childs 0-1, Sprewell 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing 2, Dudley). Turnovers: 15 (Ward 5, Sprewell 3, Childs, Ewing, Houston, Johnson, Thomas, Williams). Steals: 6 (Ward 4, Johnson, Sprewell).

CHARLOTTE (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 31 7-8 0-0 0-4 2 0 15 Phills 31 6-9 5-7 0-5 4 1 18 Campbell 29 5-8 4-4 1-7 2 4 14 Jones 33 2-9 4-4 0-2 6 1 8 Wesley 35 7-10 7-8 0-3 7 5 24 Beck 13 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Davis 12 0-2 3-4 0-1 1 2 3 Miller 5 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 Person 16 6-8 0-0 0-2 0 2 14 Recasner 21 2-5 2-2 0-1 3 2 7 Shackleford 14 0-0 1-2 0-3 1 2 1 Coleman DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-62 26-31 2-33 29 21 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.581, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Brown 1-2, Phills 1-3, Jones 0-1, Wesley 3-5, Person 2-2, Recasner 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Campbell 2, Beck, Brown, Phills, Shackleford). Turnovers: 13 (Wesley 4, Beck 2, Brown 2, Davis, Jones, Miller, Phills, Recasner). Steals: 10 (Jones 5, Wesley 2, Phills, Recasner, Shackleford). ____________________________________________ New York 12 26 22 22 - 82 Charlotte 29 29 21 27 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Childs 2 (ejected), 7:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,810. T: 2:06. Officials: Jack Nies, Ted Bernhardt, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks' collapse came early against the Charlotte Hornets.

New York scored 12 points in the first quarter, fell behind by 17 and were embarrassed by the Hornets, 106-82, further hampering its playoff chances in what was once a season of high expectations.

The Knicks have suffered numerous fourth-quarter meltdowns during an inconsistent season, scoring 15 points in the final period of Tuesday's 81-72 home loss to the Orlando Magic. Tonight, the game was never in doubt after the opening period.

"The first quarter was as bad as you could have it," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The Hornets made their open shots and we didn't. It is my responsibility and I have not done my job. I was hoping we would come out stronger and more determined in the first quarter but we seemed lifeless at times."

Charlotte used a 9-0 run to close the quarter and take a 29-12 lead. The Knicks shot 5-of-20 (25 percent) from the field in the first period while allowing Hornets guard David Wesley, who averages 13 points per game, to score nine of his game-high 24 points.

Bobby Phills contributed 18 points and Chucky Brown tied a season high with 15 for Charlotte, which recorded its most lopsided victory over the Knicks. The Hornets also broke a five-game losing streak.

"Tonight, everything came together," said Hornets interim coach Paul Silas, a former Knicks assistant. "It was a complete game. We had a good practice yesterday, and it all just came together."

Elden Campbell scored the game's first four points on two free throws and a short jumper and Charlotte never trailed. They used a 7-0 spurt and opened a 13-5 lead on Brown's 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the quarter.

Patrick Ewing brought the Knicks within 20-12 by making the second of two free throws with 3:41 left. But the Knicks did not score again in the period as the Hornets took control.

"It was a frustrating night for us," said Ewing, who scored 17 points. "Things are not going particularly well for whatever reason. I don't have an excuse or an explanation. We're letting ourselves down. We're not getting the job done."

Wesley pushed the lead to double figures with a nine-footer from the left sidline and grabbed a rebound on the other end when Latrell Sprewell misfired on a jumper. After the Knicks got back the ball, Sprewell, who shot 5-of-16 and committed three turnovers, threw a bad pass.

After another miss by Sprewell with just under two minutes to play, Wesley drained a 3-pointer. The Knicks turned it over on a shot clock violation and Wesley hit a short jumper from the right sideline to make it 27-12. Eldridge Recasner fed Campbell for a layup with 21 seconds left to complete the scoring in the quarter.

"Anytime you get a quick start, it helps," Campbell said. "Our defense has been steady, it has just been our offense that has been stagnant. Our goal was to come out and put up points. We could tell they were a little tired so we wanted to run and penetrate as much as possible."

Charlotte maintained at least a 19-point advantage thereafter and opened their biggest lead with 3:54 remaining in the fourth quarter after Ricky Davis connected on the first of two free throws to make it 103-74.

Campbell had 14 points and seven rebounds and Chuck Person also scored 14 for Charlotte, which played without forward Derrick Coleman, who is sidelined with a strained left groin. The Hornets shot 58 percent (36-of-62) and were 8-of-14 from beyond the arc.

"We have been working hard on our shooting the last several days," Brown said. "We wanted to come out and just be relaxed tonight. Our shots tend to fall when we don't have as much pressure on ourselves to score and make plays."

Kurt Thomas also scored 17 points for the Knicks, who were without injured forward Marcus Camby. But it's doubtful he could have helped New York, which connected on only 38 percent (29-of-77) of its field goals and missed all of its nine 3-point attempts.

"There has to be changes, me and them (the players)," Van Gundy said.

New York held a 39-33 advantage on the boards behind nine rebounds for Thomas. But Charlotte went 26-of-31 from the foul line and turned 15 Knicks' turnovers into 22 points.

"We're not competing and that's the only way to get out of a rut," said Knicks guard Chris Childs. "Change is just not going to happen on it's own. We don't believe in one another right now, but we just have to keep playing hard."

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