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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 24 16 18 23 81 PHOENIX 27 28 20 21 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 17, JOHN WALLACE 16, LATRELL SPREWELL 14 PHO - TODD DAY 20, JASON KIDD 16, TOM GUGLIOTTA 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - CHRIS DUDLEY 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - RICK BRUNSON 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 PHO - JASON KIDD 10, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 4

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

NEW YORK (81) AT PHOENIX (96)

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

CAMBY F 23 3-9 1-6 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 7 SPREWELL F 30 3-11 8-8 0 1 1 4 4 0 6 14 LANG C 17 2-4 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 5 HOUSTON G 34 4-8 9-11 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 17 WARD G 21 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 3 3 WALLACE 24 5-11 6-7 0 5 5 1 4 0 0 16 CHILDS 27 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 1 0 4 THOMAS 13 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 1 3 4 DUDLEY 26 2-2 0-1 6 5 11 1 2 1 2 4 TURKCAN 7 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 1 1 2 BRUNSON 18 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 4 1 2 5 L JOHNSON DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 27-66 25-35 10 26 36 23 31 7 19 81 (.409) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 36 5-10 4-5 3 6 9 1 3 0 3 14 MARION F 25 3-10 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 3 6 LONGLEY C 15 4-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 8 HARDAWAY G 28 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 4 5 1 2 9 KIDD G 39 5-12 6-6 4 3 7 10 2 2 3 16 O MILLER 31 4-6 4-5 0 5 5 1 1 1 1 12 LIVINGSTON 9 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 0 ROGERS 25 3-4 3-4 2 5 7 3 3 0 5 11 CHAPMAN 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 DAY 22 5-9 6-8 0 3 3 1 4 2 0 20 WEST 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROBINSON DNP - JAMMED RIGHT WRIST

TOTALS 240 32-69 25-30 12 29 41 25 28 7 18 96 (.464) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

NEW YORK 24 16 18 23 - 81 PHOENIX 27 28 20 21 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, HOUSTON, BRUNSON, DUDLEY. PHOENIX - MARION 3, O MILLER 3, GUGLIOTTA, KIDD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-6 (.333), WARD 1-2, WALLACE 0-1, TURKCAN 0-1, BRUNSON 1-2. PHOENIX 7-14 (.500), MARION 0-1, HARDAWAY 1-1, KIDD 0-3, ROGERS 2-2, CHAPMAN 0-2, DAY 4-5. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY, PHOENIX - ROGERS. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TOM WASHINGTON, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,023. T - 2:21.


Box Score

NEW YORK (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 23 3-9 1-6 2-5 1 3 7 Sprewell 30 3-11 8-8 0-1 4 4 14 Lang 17 2-4 1-2 1-3 0 1 5 Houston 34 4-8 9-11 0-3 2 1 17 Ward 21 1-3 0-0 0-2 4 3 3 Wallace 24 5-11 6-7 0-5 1 4 16 Childs 27 2-4 0-0 0-1 4 3 4 Thomas 13 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 6 4 Dudley 26 2-2 0-1 6-11 1 2 4 Turkcan 7 1-3 0-0 1-4 1 0 2 Brunson 18 2-5 0-0 0-0 5 4 5 L Johnson DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-66 25-35 10-36 23 31 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Ward 1-2, Wallace 0-1, Turkcan 0-1, Brunson 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby 2, Houston, Brunson, Dudley). Turnovers: 19 (Sprewell 6, Thomas 3, Ward 3, Brunson 2, Dudley 2, Camby, Houston, Turkcan). Steals: 7 (Brunson, Camby, Childs, Dudley, Thomas, Turkcan, Ward).

PHOENIX (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 36 5-10 4-5 3-9 1 3 14 Marion 25 3-10 0-0 0-3 1 2 6 Longley 15 4-5 0-0 1-1 1 4 8 Hardaway 28 3-7 2-2 1-2 4 5 9 Kidd 39 5-12 6-6 4-7 10 2 16 O Miller 31 4-6 4-5 0-5 1 1 12 Livingston 9 0-3 0-0 1-3 3 2 0 Rogers 25 3-4 3-4 2-7 3 3 11 Chapman 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Day 22 5-9 6-8 0-3 1 4 20 West 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Robinson DNP - jammed right wrist _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-69 25-30 12-41 25 28 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Marion 0-1, Hardaway 1-1, Kidd 0-3, Rogers 2-2, Chapman 0-2, Day 4-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Marion 3, O Miller 3, Gugliotta, Kidd). Turnovers: 19 (Rogers 5, Gugliotta 3, Kidd 3, Marion 3, Hardaway 2, Chapman, O Miller). Steals: 7 (Day 2, Kidd 2, Hardaway, Marion, O Miller). ____________________________________________ New York 24 16 18 23 - 81 Phoenix 27 28 20 21 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 4:58 2nd). Phoenix 1 (Rogers, 0:43 3rd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Brunson, 6:38 4th). A: 19,023. T: 2:21. Officials: Steve Javie, Tom Washington, Scott Wall.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- It is easy to understand how New York Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell might have been looking ahead to Saturday night's game in Golden State. But what excuse do his teammates have for tonight's pitiful performance?

New York fell behind early and never seriously challenged thereafter as the Phoenix Suns coasted to a 96-81 victory behind 16 points and 10 assists from Jason Kidd.

Sprewell, who has talked all week about how excited he is to play against the team that vanquished him after his well-chronicled choking incident on December 1, 1997, managed 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting and his teammates followed suit.

New York, which received a day off from coach Jeff Van Gundy after Wednesday's blowout loss in Utah, has dropped five of its last six contests to slip below the .500 mark at 5-6 and did not put up much of a fight tonight. They shot 41 percent (27-of-66) and committed 19 turnovers against the opportunistic Suns.

"We're not right, right now," Van Gundy said. "We're weak mentally right now. We've got to find a more tough-minded guy. I dont know where we're going to find him, but we got to find one."

"Right now we are a one-effort team and then we stop," he added. "(The Suns) played a good game. To me the results are a manifestation of our work capacity. As proud of our group as I was last year, I'm disappointed in the level of competitive spirit this year."

Todd Day came off the bench to score 20 points and fellow reserves Oliver Miller and Rodney Rogers contributed 12 and 11, respectively. The three combined to fuel a decisive 18-2 second-quarter run that gave Phoenix a commanding 48-32 lead it would not surrender.

"I got into a groove tonight," said Day. "I've been shooting the ball particularly well in practice the last few days so I just tried to take my time and make sure I did the right things with my shots and not force them. The basket looked so big tonight. We've been kind of getting a letdown coming off the bench, but tonight we made sure the bench was ready."

Long Island native Tom Gugliotta had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who have won back-to-back games after a three-game losing streak and improved to 6-4.

"We moved the ball well," Kidd said. "The biggest thing was we didn't go for the first option. We went second and third option and that's gonna be a key to our success this season."

Phoenix shot 46 percent (32-of-69), including 7-of-14 from 3-point range. The Suns also held a 41-36 rebounding edge over the Knicks, who were without starting forward Larry Johnson due to back spasms.

"That was the Suns team that we recognized from the exhibition season and training camp," Phoenix coach Danny Ainge said. "That was our best 48-minute effort offensively and defensively. Our execution is much better."

Allan Houston scored 17 points and John Wallace added 16 off the bench for New York, which will face Golden State Saturday in the first on-court meeting between Sprewell and P.J. Carlesimo since the former attacked the latter during a practice.

"The mental part of this game in this league is so much underestimated," Houston said. "I think that's what we're finding out. I think what hurts us is that we think we're better than we are because we made it to the Finals last year. It shouldn't take a record under .500 to see that we're really not that good of a team at this point."

Chris Dudley grabbed 11 rebounds for the Knicks, whose lone lead, 28-27, came on Houston's jumper with 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

Day highlighted the Suns decisive burst with a pair of his four 3-pointers. His 24-footer with 3:37 left in the second period opened a 47-32 bulge for the Blazers before Miller capped the run with a free throw.

"Our bench really gave us a spark and Todd (Day) was the best player on the court yesterday in practice and he looked just like he did today," Ainge added.

Phoenix reserves outscored the starters, 28-27, in the first half, leading the Suns to a commanding 55-40 lead at the break.

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