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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 19 20 22 5 89 WASHINGTON 19 22 18 25 11 95 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 18, CHARLIE WARD 14, LARRY JOHNSON 12 WAS - OTIS THORPE 18, ROD STRICKLAND 18, MITCH RICHMOND 17

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 13, LARRY JOHNSON 12 WAS - BEN WALLACE 14, OTIS THORPE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 10, LARRY JOHNSON 7 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 12, OTIS THORPE 4

ATT: 17,428


Extended Box

NEW YORK (89) AT WASHINGTON (95) - FINAL IN OT

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

JOHNSON F 41 3-10 6-6 7 5 12 7 6 2 5 12 THOMAS F 24 3-11 1-4 1 6 7 0 1 1 1 7 DUDLEY C 32 5-5 0-0 4 4 8 1 5 0 3 10 HOUSTON G 37 4-15 2-2 0 3 3 0 4 0 5 11 WARD G 29 5-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 14 CAMBY 36 7-10 4-4 6 7 13 1 3 1 2 18 CHILDS 31 3-11 0-0 0 3 3 10 4 0 1 7 SPREWELL 35 5-18 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 10 EWING DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-87 13-16 19 31 50 23 23 6 18 89 (.402) (.813) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(17 PTS)

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

CHEANEY F 39 6-14 1-2 2 3 5 1 4 1 3 13 THORPE F 45 8-13 2-2 1 8 9 4 4 1 1 18 WALLACE C 45 3-5 3-10 7 7 14 2 2 0 1 9 RICHMOND G 35 5-15 5-7 1 2 3 1 1 0 3 17 STRICKLAND G 45 7-17 4-7 0 1 1 12 1 2 1 18 COKER 6 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 JACKSON 14 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 MCINNIS 8 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 5 T MURRAY 28 6-11 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 2 1 13 DAVIS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT SHIN LEGLER DNP - INTESTINAL FLU C WHITNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-83 15-28 15 26 41 23 18 7 10 95 (.458) (.536) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 19 20 22 5 - 89 WASHINGTON 19 22 18 25 11 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - DUDLEY 2. WASHINGTON - WALLACE 4, JACKSON, T MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-20 (.300), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 1-6, WARD 4-4, CHILDS 1-6, SPREWELL 0-3. WASHINGTON 4-13 (.308), RICHMOND 2-6, STRICKLAND 0-2, MCINNIS 1-1, T MURRAY 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RONNIE NUNN, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 17,428. T - 2:30.


Box Score

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 41 3-10 6-6 7-12 7 6 12 Thomas 24 3-11 1-4 1-7 0 1 7 Dudley 32 5-5 0-0 4-8 1 5 10 Houston 37 4-15 2-2 0-3 0 4 11 Ward 29 5-7 0-0 1-2 2 0 14 Camby 36 7-10 4-4 6-13 1 3 18 Childs 31 3-11 0-0 0-3 10 4 7 Sprewell 35 5-18 0-0 0-2 2 0 10 Ewing DNP - sore left achilles B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-87 13-16 19-50 23 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 1-6, Ward 4-4, Childs 1-6, Sprewell 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Dudley 2). Turnovers: 20 (Houston 5, Johnson 5, Dudley 3, Camby 2, Childs, Sprewell, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Ward 2, Camby, Thomas).

WASHINGTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 39 6-14 1-2 2-5 1 4 13 Thorpe 45 8-13 2-2 1-9 4 4 18 Wallace 45 3-5 3-10 7-14 2 2 9 Richmond 35 5-15 5-7 1-3 1 1 17 Strickland 45 7-17 4-7 0-1 12 1 18 Coker 6 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Jackson 14 1-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Mcinnis 8 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 5 T Murray 28 6-11 0-0 2-5 0 2 13 Davis DNP - bruised right shin Legler DNP - intestinal flu C Whitney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-83 15-28 15-41 23 18 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.536. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Richmond 2-6, Strickland 0-2, Mcinnis 1-1, T Murray 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 4, Jackson, T Murray). Turnovers: 11 (Cheaney 3, Richmond 3, Strickland, T Murray, Thorpe, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Strickland 2, T Murray 2, Cheaney, Mcinnis, Thorpe). _________________________________________________ New York 23 19 20 22 5 - 89 Washington 19 22 18 25 11 - 95 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,428. T: 2:30. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ronnie Nunn, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- This time, the New York Knicks folded twice down the stretch.

Rod Strickland had 18 points, 12 assists and committed only one turnover against his former team as the Washington Wizards scored the last nine points of overtime en route to a 95-89 victory over New York.

The Knicks, who have suffered numerous fourth-quarter collapses this season, did themselves one better by fading down the stretch in regulation and again in the extra period. Their lead over eighth-place Philadelphia was cut to one-half game in the Eastern Conference.

"We did a poor job of getting to their shooters," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We didn't take that one thing away from them that we should have. We didn't get stops. It's the story of our season. We didn't shoot the ball well in general."

Larry Johnson, who had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high seven assists, converted a three-point play that gave the Knicks an 89-86 lead with 2:29 left in the extra period.

But Calbert Cheaney made a layup, Tracy Murray hit a jumper and Otis Thorpe made a leaner in the lane to put Washington ahead, 93-89, with 25 seconds left. Cheaney and Strickland each added a free throw in the closing seconds as the Wizards improved to 2-0 in overtime this season.

"The key was to do the simple things at both ends of the floor," interim Washington coach Jim Brovelli said. "It was total unselfishness tonight on our part. Everyone got involved. This is starting to be fun."

Thorpe collected 18 points, including the 17,000th of his career, and Cheaney and Murray added 13 apiece for Washington, which had lost six of its previous seven games.

Marcus Camby had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Charlie Ward added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Knicks, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. New York was without leading scorer and rebounder Patrick Ewing, who aggravated a case of Achilles tendinitis in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia.

The Wizards, already without their leading rebounder Juwan Howard due to a sprained left ankle, appeared to lose their top scorer as well. Mitch Richmond scored 17 points before leaving with an apparent shoulder injury after driving into Allan Houston with 2:01 left in regulation.

"I was driving and I arched my neck the wrong way," said Richmond. "I'm OK, it just hurts a little bit."

Richmond was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the right side of his neck and X-rays were negative. He is listed as day-to-day.

"I was going to try and go back in," added Richmond. "The guys were playing well, I didn't want to interrupt anything. We are a better team than our record shows. We didn't panic at all. We stayed with it all the way."

With the game knotted at 74-74 and 5:02 to play, Camby sank a jumper before Chris Childs drained a 3-pointer and a 22-footer to give New York an 81-76 lead.

The Wizards rallied for eight straight points, capped by Murray's 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that moved them back in front, 84-81.

"Murray stepped up and knocked that shot down," Camby said. "We were up by 10 points in the second (quarter) and they cut it down. They kept coming and coming hard. We didn't take them lightly, they just played well tonight."

"This was a very emotional win for us tonight," Murray added. "Everyone pulled it together. This was big."

Latrell Sprewell missed a wide-open shot from beyond the arc on New York's ensuing trip but Ward tracked down the rebound in the left corner before releasing a high, arching 3-pointer that knotted the contest at 84-84 with 18 seconds to go.

"It's one of these tough losses," Sprewell said. "I'm beyond frustrated. We have to find a way to win these games."

Jeff McInnis came up short on a 19-footer as time ran out in regulation.

Houston scored 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting and Chris Dudley and Sprewell added 10 apiece for the Knicks, who shot 40 percent (35-of-87) and held a 50-41 advantage on the boards.

Ben Wallace collected nine points and 14 rebounds for Washington, which shot 46 percent (38-of-83) and forced 20 turnovers. Wallace, a 38 percent free-throw shooter, was 3-of-10 from the line as the Wizards made only 15-of-28 from the stripe.

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