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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 17 14 16 23 70 PHILADELPHIA 16 15 18 25 74 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 20, LATRELL SPREWELL 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 PHI - LARRY HUGHES 25, ERIC SNOW 11, TYRONE HILL 10

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 16, ANDREW LANG 7 PHI - TODD MACCULLOCH 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 3, CHRIS CHILDS 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 17,420


Extended Box

NEW YORK (70) AT PHILADELPHIA (74)

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

SPREWELL F 43 6-18 6-7 0 2 2 1 1 1 6 18 THOMAS F 30 1-10 2-6 5 11 16 0 5 1 3 4 LANG C 24 1-5 0-0 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 2 HOUSTON G 45 5-15 10-10 0 6 6 3 3 2 4 20 WARD G 16 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 2 1 0 CHILDS 31 3-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 4 1 3 10 DUDLEY 18 1-2 2-3 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 4 BRUNSON 9 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 D JOHNSON 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 WALLACE 17 3-7 4-4 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 10 CAMBY DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 21-70 26-32 10 34 44 10 23 8 17 70 (.300) (.813) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

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

HILL F 29 4-7 2-2 1 9 10 1 4 1 3 10 LYNCH F 33 3-8 2-6 2 8 10 1 4 3 2 8 MACCULLOCH C 30 3-9 1-2 5 8 13 1 4 0 1 7 MCKIE G 24 2-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 4 SNOW G 39 3-12 5-9 2 3 5 4 0 2 2 11 MOHAMMED 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 HUGHES 27 11-19 2-5 2 1 3 0 2 1 3 25 OWENS 20 1-4 0-2 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 2 OLLIE 9 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 BOWEN 22 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 2 0 5 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RATLIFF DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 29-75 14-28 13 35 48 13 24 11 18 74 (.387) (.500) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 17 14 16 23 - 70 PHILADELPHIA 16 15 18 25 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WALLACE 2, THOMAS 2, LANG. PHILADELPHIA - OWENS 2, MACCULLOCH, HILL, MOHAMMED, HUGHES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-9 (.222), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 0-1, CHILDS 2-3. PHILADELPHIA 2-5 (.400), MCKIE 0-1, HUGHES 1-2, OWENS 0-1, BOWEN 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HEAD COACH L BROWN. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, TERRY DURHAM, SEAN CORBIN. A - 17,420. T - 2:36.


Box Score

NEW YORK (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 43 6-18 6-7 0-2 1 1 18 Thomas 30 1-10 2-6 5-16 0 5 4 Lang 24 1-5 0-0 2-7 0 0 2 Houston 45 5-15 10-10 0-6 3 3 20 Ward 16 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 4 0 Childs 31 3-7 2-2 0-2 3 4 10 Dudley 18 1-2 2-3 2-6 0 1 4 Brunson 9 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 2 2 D Johnson 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Wallace 17 3-7 4-4 0-0 1 3 10 Camby DNP - left knee tendinitis Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 21-70 26-32 10-44 10 23 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.300, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 0-3, Ward 0-1, Childs 2-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Thomas 2, Lang). Turnovers: 19 (Sprewell 6, Houston 4, Childs 3, Thomas 3, Ward). Steals: 8 (Houston 2, Ward 2, Childs, D Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas).

PHILADELPHIA (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 29 4-7 2-2 1-10 1 4 10 Lynch 33 3-8 2-6 2-10 1 4 8 Macculloch 30 3-9 1-2 5-13 1 4 7 Mckie 24 2-9 0-0 0-0 1 2 4 Snow 39 3-12 5-9 2-5 4 0 11 Mohammed 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Hughes 27 11-19 2-5 2-3 0 2 25 Owens 20 1-4 0-2 1-3 2 3 2 Ollie 9 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Bowen 22 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 3 5 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ratliff DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 14-28 13-48 13 24 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Mckie 0-1, Hughes 1-2, Owens 0-1, Bowen 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Owens 2, Macculloch, Hill, Mohammed, Hughes). Turnovers: 19 (Mckie 4, Hill 3, Hughes 3, Lynch 2, Owens 2, Snow 2, Macculloch, Mohammed). Steals: 11 (Lynch 3, Bowen 2, Snow 2, Hill, Hughes, Mckie, Owens). ____________________________________________ New York 17 14 16 23 - 70 Philadelphia 16 15 18 25 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Illegal Defense, 1:02 1st; Head Coach L Brown, 3:04 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,420. T: 2:36. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Terry Durham, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Injured superstars Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing were on the bench. They may have watched another superstar in the making.

Larry Hughes scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Philadelphia 76ers held on for a 74-70 victory over the New York Knicks, their third straight win without Iverson.

"We discovered that we have a team here," Hughes said. "We care for each other, both on and off the court. And we know what we have to do to win."

Both teams were without three key players and it was evident as they plodded to the fourth lowest-scoring first half in NBA history. After a lethargic third quarter, Hughes took over as he scored with a variety of shots.

Hughes has been asked to improve his offense since Iverson, the NBA scoring champion, went down with a broken thumb four games ago. The second-year guard has responded by averaging 18 points during that stretch, leading Philadelphia to a 3-1 mark.

"If we had (forward) Billy Owens healthy (against Washington), we would have won all four," 76ers coach Larry Brown said.

Allan Houston scored 20 points and Latrell Sprewell added 18 for the Knicks, who cut an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to one in the final minute. But both Houston and Sprewell missed crucial 3-pointers and New York had a two-game winning streak snapped.

"Allan and I have to do a better job of carrying the team and we need that third or fourth guy to step in and do their part," Sprewell said. "We're just trying to hold the fort."

In addition to Iverson, the Sixers are without big men Theo Ratliff (ankle) and Matt Geiger (knee). Knicks forwards Larry Johnson (back) and Marcus Camby (tendinitis) joined Ewing in street clothes.

"If you look at who was playing, I think the majority of them are totally selfless guys," Brown said. "I heard a comment from some people I respect after the Milwaukee game that I was putting out guys who will go to war for you, street fighters who will do anything it takes to win. That's what I'm seeing out there."

"You saw two teams missing offensive players that played hard on defense," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "That's why you had a low-scoring game. You don't need to make a lot of shots. All either team needed was a little spurt of good offense. They got it; we didn't."

The Sixers took a 49-47 lead into the final period before Hughes took over. He had a flying follow dunk, a 16-foot jumper and a 3-pointer to push the lead to 56-47 with 10:09 to play.

Just under two minutes later, Hughes drove to the left baseline and threw up a high-arching shot as he was fouled by Houston. It swished through and he made the free throw for a 61-50 bulge with 8:16 left.

"I just started taking some good shots in the beginning," said Hughes. "I was playing my game. That's what I like to do."

"Hughes came in and gave them the offensive energy they needed to win the game," Van Gundy said.

The Knicks climbed back in it, cutting the deficit to 69-66 on a jumper by Chris Childs with 1:29 to go. Tyrone Hill, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds, answered with two free throws 20 seconds later.

Houston made a jumper and Philadelphia's Eric Snow had a pair of shots blocked before Houston missed an open 3-pointer. George Lynch, who had eight points and 10 rebounds, missed two foul shots for the Sixers with 16 seconds left.

Childs made a pair from the line to bring the Knicks within 71-70 and Snow made two free throws with 10.8 seconds to play before Sprewell raced upcourt and rushed a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim and out of bounds. Snow, who scored 11 points, sealed it with a free throw.

"I was rushed. I was looking at the clock," Sprewell said. "A lot of things are going through your mind but for the most part I got a pretty good look at it."

Rookie center Todd MacCulloch grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds for the Sixers, who shot under 39 percent (29-of-75) from the field but hurt themselves by missing half their 28 foul shots. Hughes made 11-of-19 floor shots.

"We know what we need to do to close out these games better -- that's defense and free throws," Hughes said. "Tonight, we did an average job."

Childs and John Wallace scored 10 points apiece and Kurt Thomas grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot just 30 percent (21-of-70) and made 26-of-32 free throws.

The Knicks were scoreless for the first 3 1/2 minutes, setting the tone for a plodding first half. Snow's running jumper at the buzzer gave the Sixers a 31-31 halftime tie.

The 62 points were four off the record set by Syracuse and Fort Wayne at Buffalo, New York on January 25, 1955 and matched by Dallas at Indiana on February 13, 1998.

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