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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 30 13 23 25 91 CHARLOTTE 16 14 26 28 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 21, CHARLIE WARD 15, ALLAN HOUSTON 15 CHA - BOBBY PHILLS 20, DAVID WESLEY 18, EDDIE JONES 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - CHRIS DUDLEY 12, LARRY JOHNSON 9 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 9, ELDEN CAMPBELL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 CHA - DAVID WESLEY 11, BOBBY PHILLS 6

ATT: 19,782


Extended Box

NEW YORK (91) AT CHARLOTTE (84)

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

JOHNSON F 40 3-12 6-8 1 8 9 4 1 0 3 12 THOMAS F 24 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 2 6 4 2 6 DUDLEY C 27 3-6 1-1 5 7 12 0 4 0 0 7 HOUSTON G 26 5-8 4-4 0 0 0 2 6 0 3 15 WARD G 32 4-7 4-4 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 15 CAMBY 26 3-4 0-1 1 3 4 2 4 1 1 6 CHILDS 30 2-4 4-4 1 4 5 6 0 0 5 9 SPREWELL 35 9-21 3-4 2 4 6 2 4 2 1 21 EWING DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-68 22-26 10 31 41 22 26 8 16 91 (.471) (.846) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

BROWN F 23 2-6 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 6 PHILLS F 39 7-17 2-2 2 3 5 6 2 1 2 20 CAMPBELL C 39 3-14 2-4 2 7 9 1 3 0 1 8 JONES G 41 3-9 7-9 2 1 3 2 2 2 0 14 WESLEY G 45 6-15 4-5 1 3 4 11 4 3 5 18 COLEMAN 21 5-9 2-2 2 7 9 0 2 0 2 12 DAVIS 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 PERSON 12 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 6 RECASNER 15 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 1 3 0 BECK DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHACKLEFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-76 19-24 12 25 37 22 22 8 16 84 (.368) (.792) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

NEW YORK 30 13 23 25 - 91 CHARLOTTE 16 14 26 28 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 7, DUDLEY 3, JOHNSON, THOMAS. CHARLOTTE - PHILLS 3, JONES, CAMPBELL, COLEMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-11 (.455), JOHNSON 0-3, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 3-4, CHILDS 1-1, SPREWELL 0-1. CHARLOTTE 9-20 (.450), BROWN 0-1, PHILLS 4-7, JONES 1-4, WESLEY 2-5, PERSON 2-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - JOHNSON. OFFICIALS: HANK ARMSTRONG, KEN MAUER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 19,782. T - 2:24.


Box Score

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 40 3-12 6-8 1-9 4 1 12 Thomas 24 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 6 6 Dudley 27 3-6 1-1 5-12 0 4 7 Houston 26 5-8 4-4 0-0 2 6 15 Ward 32 4-7 4-4 0-1 4 1 15 Camby 26 3-4 0-1 1-4 2 4 6 Childs 30 2-4 4-4 1-5 6 0 9 Sprewell 35 9-21 3-4 2-6 2 4 21 Ewing DNP - sore left achilles Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-68 22-26 10-41 22 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Johnson 0-3, Houston 1-2, Ward 3-4, Childs 1-1, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 12 (Camby 7, Dudley 3, Johnson, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Childs 5, Houston 3, Johnson 3, Thomas 2, Camby, Sprewell, Ward). Steals: 8 (Thomas 4, Sprewell 2, Camby, Ward).

CHARLOTTE (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 23 2-6 2-2 1-4 0 2 6 Phills 39 7-17 2-2 2-5 6 2 20 Campbell 39 3-14 2-4 2-9 1 3 8 Jones 41 3-9 7-9 2-3 2 2 14 Wesley 45 6-15 4-5 1-4 11 4 18 Coleman 21 5-9 2-2 2-9 0 2 12 Davis 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Person 12 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 4 6 Recasner 15 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 Beck DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Shackleford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-76 19-24 12-37 22 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Brown 0-1, Phills 4-7, Jones 1-4, Wesley 2-5, Person 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Phills 3, Jones, Campbell, Coleman). Turnovers: 18 (Wesley 5, Recasner 3, Coleman 2, Phills 2, Brown, Campbell, Davis, Person). Steals: 8 (Wesley 3, Jones 2, Person, Phills, Recasner). ____________________________________________ New York 30 13 23 25 - 91 Charlotte 16 14 26 28 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Johnson, 5:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,782. T: 2:24. Officials: Hank Armstrong, Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks are picking the right time to play their best basketball of the season.

Latrell Sprewell scored 21 points and the Knicks picked up their third straight crucial win with a 91-84 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in a key Eastern Conference matchup.

Allan Houston and Charlie Ward added 15 points apiece for the Knicks, who led virtually the entire way in beating the Hornets for the second time in four days.

New York remained in eighth place in the East and moved 1 1/2 games in front of both the Hornets and Toronto for the final playoff berth in the conference. The Knicks have three games at home and two on the road.

New York improved to 8-15 away from home despite playing its second straight game without leading scorer Patrick Ewing, who is sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Bobby Phills tallied 20 points and David Wesley collected 18 and 11 assists for Charlotte, which has lost just twice in its last 12 games -- both to New York.

Playing with the savvy of a veteran team, the Knicks trailed only 2-0 and actually matched their biggest lead of the contest, 80-64, with 5:46 remaining on an 18-foot jumper by Sprewell.

However, the Hornets fought back. Phills and Wesley combined for 14 points in a 17-4 spurt that closed the deficit to 87-84. Wesley capped the burst with a pair of free throws with 65 seconds left.

But the Knicks would not be denied. Sprewell, who went 9-of-21 from the floor, hit a bank shot with 47 seconds to go to push the lead back to five. Phills missed a 3-pointer on the the next possession and Chris Childs made two free throws, making it 88-81 with 20 seconds to play.

The closest the Hornets got thereafter was five points with 10 seconds remaining.

"Towards the end, we started playing Hornet basketball," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "We passed, drove and spread the court, which gave us some open looks. We got the lead down to three, but then Sprewell hit the big shot."

Houston made 5-of-8 shots as the Knicks shot 47 percent (32-of-68), compared to just 37 percent (28-of-76) for Charlotte.

The Knicks held a 16-14 advantage with 4:58 left in the first quarter before they scored 14 straight points, capped by Sprewell's jumper, to take 16-point lead with 12 seconds remaining. Sprewell had six points in the surge.

"We shot the ball well. We are feeling a lot better about ourselves," Sprewell said. "We wanted to come out and set the tone defensively. The effort was there."

Ward scored nine points in the first quarter by making all three of his shots from 3-point range. He finished 4-of-7 from the floor and handed out four assists while finishing with just one turnover.

"It's always good to get off to a good start," Ward said. "We tried to match their intensity and we got off to a good lead. Everyone else came in and continued it. We just wanted to play good defense and stop their 3-point shots."

Both teams struggled mightily in the second quarter, combining for just 27 points. The Knicks maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the period and held a 43-30 cushion at intermission.

"The first half, we didn't execute well," Silas said. "We never adjusted to their physical style of play. They came in ready to play and we didn't match their intensity."

Chris Dudley did more than enough for the Knicks in the middle with absence of Ewing. He grabbed 12 rebounds and also limited Charlotte center Elden Campbell to just eight points on 3-of-14 shooting.

"I thought Dudley set the tone for us early, guarding Campbell one-on-one. It prevented us from having to double," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

Derrick Coleman added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets, who have two games left at home and four on the road.

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