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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 20 13 15 34 82 MIAMI 27 16 21 16 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 23, ALLAN HOUSTON 17, MARCUS CAMBY 15 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 29, PJ BROWN 15, TIM HARDAWAY 12

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 10, MARCUS CAMBY 7 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 8, PJ BROWN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, CHARLIE WARD 6 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 9, DAN MAJERLE 3

ATT: 15,200


Extended Box

NEW YORK (82) AT MIAMI (80)

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

JOHNSON F 33 10-13 2-2 0 5 5 0 5 0 1 23 THOMAS F 33 0-4 4-4 5 5 10 1 6 0 4 4 DUDLEY C 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 2 1 2 HOUSTON G 34 7-17 3-3 0 1 1 5 2 0 5 17 WARD G 29 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 6 2 0 3 4 CAMBY 28 7-10 1-1 1 6 7 1 2 0 0 15 CHILDS 36 3-6 2-2 0 5 5 6 2 1 2 8 SPREWELL 35 2-9 4-4 0 5 5 2 2 2 3 9 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION EWING DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-65 16-16 6 33 39 21 24 5 19 82 (.492) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

BROWN F 40 3-7 9-10 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 15 MASHBURN F 38 4-13 2-3 1 4 5 1 3 0 3 11 MOURNING C 38 13-23 3-5 3 5 8 0 3 1 1 29 HARDAWAY G 38 5-12 0-0 0 2 2 9 2 4 2 12 MAJERLE G 39 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 5 3 1 6 ASKINS 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PORTER 23 2-7 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 7 WEATHERSPOON 18 0-5 0-2 2 3 5 1 1 1 0 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LENARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-74 16-22 8 23 31 16 19 10 11 80 (.392) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

NEW YORK 20 13 15 34 - 82 MIAMI 27 16 21 16 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, CAMBY, DUDLEY. MIAMI - MOURNING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-5 (.400), JOHNSON 1-1, WARD 0-1, CHILDS 0-1, SPREWELL 1-2. MIAMI 6-15 (.400), MASHBURN 1-2, HARDAWAY 2-4, MAJERLE 2-7, PORTER 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, CHILDS, MIAMI - MASHBURN, HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, BRUCE ALEXANDER, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 15,200. T - 2:32.


Box Score

NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 33 10-13 2-2 0-5 0 5 23 Thomas 33 0-4 4-4 5-10 1 6 4 Dudley 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Houston 34 7-17 3-3 0-1 5 2 17 Ward 29 2-4 0-0 0-4 6 2 4 Camby 28 7-10 1-1 1-7 1 2 15 Childs 36 3-6 2-2 0-5 6 2 8 Sprewell 35 2-9 4-4 0-5 2 2 9 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Ewing DNP - sore left achilles Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-65 16-16 6-39 21 24 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.492, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Johnson 1-1, Ward 0-1, Childs 0-1, Sprewell 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Thomas, Camby, Dudley). Turnovers: 19 (Houston 5, Thomas 4, Sprewell 3, Ward 3, Childs 2, Dudley, Johnson). Steals: 5 (Dudley 2, Sprewell 2, Childs).

MIAMI (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 40 3-7 9-10 2-6 0 3 15 Mashburn 38 4-13 2-3 1-5 1 3 11 Mourning 38 13-23 3-5 3-8 0 3 29 Hardaway 38 5-12 0-0 0-2 9 2 12 Majerle 39 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 5 6 Askins 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Porter 23 2-7 2-2 0-3 2 2 7 Weatherspoon 18 0-5 0-2 2-5 1 1 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision Lenard DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 16-22 8-31 16 19 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Mashburn 1-2, Hardaway 2-4, Majerle 2-7, Porter 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Mourning 2). Turnovers: 12 (Mashburn 3, Brown 2, Hardaway 2, Porter 2, Majerle, Mourning). Steals: 10 (Hardaway 4, Majerle 3, Mourning, Porter, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ New York 20 13 15 34 - 82 Miami 27 16 21 16 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Thomas, 7:45 4th; Childs, 4:14 4th). Miami 2 (Mashburn, 7:45 4th; Hardaway, 4:14 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:32. Officials: Joe Crawford, Bruce Alexander, Tommy Nunez.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks found their heart in the most unlikely of places.

Trailing by 20 points late in the third quarter and facing another demoralizing loss, the Knicks staged a furious comeback and shocked the Miami Heat, 82-80, as Chris Childs made the winning free throws with 20 seconds left.

"Every game is like life and death," said Knicks forward Marcus Camby. "We are fighting for the last spot and we needed this game and all the games down the stretch."

Known for playing ugly yet thrilling games against each other in recent seasons, the Miami and New York staged another sloppy contest through 36 minutes with Miami taking a 64-48 lead in the fourth quarter. But the Knicks fought all the way back and forged a 77-77 tie on Larry Johnson's 3-pointer with 56 seconds left.

Miami answered 17 seconds later as Tim Hardaway drained a 3-pointer over Childs. New York worked the ball inside to Camby, who was fouled by Jamal Mashburn while dunking and hit the ensuing free throw to tie it, 80-80, with 33 seconds to play.

Hardaway missed a 22-foot jumper with 22 seconds to go, Childs grabbed the rebound and was fouled by P.J. Brown. He sank both free throws with 20 seconds on the clock to give the Knicks their first lead of the game.

Alonzo Mourning misfired on a seven-foot hook shot with 9.9 seconds remaining, but the Heat got the ball back only to have Jamal Mashburn lose control and Childs and Miami's Tim Hardaway got tied up with six-tenths of a second left. The Heat could not get a shot off the jump ball and the Knicks were able to celebrate their biggest victory of the season.

"I tried to bounce it, lost control and that was it," said Mashburn. "I think we have a problem finishing teams out. We become complacent and if you want to be a championship ballclub, not that I speak from experience, but looking at Michael Jordan and the Bulls, they finished games out and that's what a championship team does."

Johnson scored 23 points, Allan Houston 17 and Camby 15 for New York, which played without ailing Patrick Ewing, its top scorer and rebounder. The Knicks broke a tie with Charlotte and Toronto, which lost to Detroit, and own sole possession of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"We ran the pick and roll and passed off the dribble in the fourth quarter," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We knew they were capable of a huge drought, just like we were. Our guys made some huge plays. Allan got on a big role, Larry knocked down a big 3 and Marcus knocked down a free throw to complete a three-point play."

"Our execution in the fourth quarter was the best we've done all year," Childs added. "Every game is a playoff game, every game could be our last. We have to play like our lives depend on it."

Mourning netted 29 points and Brown had 15 for Miami, which had a four-game winning streak stopped. The Heat shot only 39 percent (29-of-74) from the field and were outrebounded, 39-31, by the smaller Knicks.

"We should have won," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "It was a deplorable fourth quarter. We have a problem with it and our guys do not want to admit it. Our defense is awful. It was as bad in the fourth quarter as it was good in the first three, and I don't have an answer for it."

A running jumper by Mashburn with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter gave the Heat a 64-44 lead and, seemingly, control of the game. But Childs scored twice to close the period and Johnson had two baskets to open the fourth, bring the Knicks within 16 points.

"When we were down 20, our heads were down for a moment, but we kept working and got back in the game," Knicks forward Kurt Thomas said. "With eight minutes to go, we cut it to 11 and that's when we knew, if we kept fighting, we would be right back in it."

The Heat still were leading 73-58 with seven minutes left after two free throws by Terry Porter, but Latrell Sprewell made a pair from the line that began a 12-1 run. Houston's jumper with 3:07 left pulled New York within 74-70.

Mourning connected on the second of two free throws with 1:12 remaining to give the Heat a 77-72 lead, but Houston hit two from the line, then fed Johnson for the tying 3-pointer.

Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds and Charlie Ward dished out six assists for the Knicks, who connected on 49 percent (32-of-65) of their field goals and were a perfect 16-of-16 from the foul line.

The Knicks scored 38 points in the paint compared to 22 for Miami and overcame 19 turnovers that led to 22 points for the Heat.

"I'm disappointed in us not finishing the game," Mourning said. "We beat ourselves, they didn't beat us. Especially when we had control of the game like we did at home. We're a better team than they are. I feel that wholeheartedly."

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