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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 13 24 24 18 79 NEW YORK 28 24 11 28 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - EDDIE JONES 23, DERRICK COLEMAN 17, ANTHONY MASON 14 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 20, LARRY JOHNSON 17, MARCUS CAMBY 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 13, EDDIE JONES 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 10, ALLAN HOUSTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHA - DAVID WESLEY 9, SIX PLAYERS WITH 1 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (79) AT NEW YORK (91)

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

COLEMAN F 44 7-16 3-4 3 10 13 1 3 0 5 17 MASON F 43 4-6 6-6 1 5 6 1 4 1 2 14 CAMPBELL C 31 0-7 8-10 2 4 6 1 3 3 1 8 JONES G 41 7-18 6-7 1 6 7 1 0 1 2 23 WESLEY G 35 2-11 1-2 1 2 3 9 3 3 3 6 B DAVIS 20 2-5 3-6 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 7 ROBINSON 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MILLER 12 1-1 2-4 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 4 R DAVIS 8 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAWKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 23-69 29-39 10 34 44 15 17 8 17 79 (.333) (.744) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 24 7-10 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 17 SPREWELL F 40 7-16 4-4 1 5 6 4 3 2 2 20 EWING C 24 2-7 0-0 0 6 6 1 3 1 0 4 HOUSTON G 33 5-14 0-0 2 5 7 3 4 0 5 13 WARD G 24 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 3 1 5 THOMAS 31 3-7 2-3 2 4 6 0 5 1 3 8 CAMBY 33 6-11 2-3 2 8 10 1 3 1 2 14 CHILDS 24 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 9 5 0 2 4 WALLACE 7 2-4 2-2 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 6 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 10-12 9 34 43 20 33 10 17 91 (.456) (.833) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 13 24 24 18 - 79 NEW YORK 28 24 11 28 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN 3, CAMPBELL 2. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 4-20 (.200), COLEMAN 0-3, JONES 3-7, WESLEY 1-7, B DAVIS 0-2, R DAVIS 0-1. NEW YORK 9-14 (.643), L JOHNSON 3-4, SPREWELL 2-3, HOUSTON 3-4, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, HANK ARMSTRONG, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,763. T - 2:09.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 44 7-16 3-4 3-13 1 3 17 Mason 43 4-6 6-6 1-6 1 4 14 Campbell 31 0-7 8-10 2-6 1 3 8 Jones 41 7-18 6-7 1-7 1 0 23 Wesley 35 2-11 1-2 1-3 9 3 6 B Davis 20 2-5 3-6 1-2 1 2 7 Robinson 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Miller 12 1-1 2-4 1-4 1 1 4 R Davis 8 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Hawkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-69 29-39 10-44 15 17 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Coleman 0-3, Jones 3-7, Wesley 1-7, B Davis 0-2, R Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Coleman 3, Campbell 2). Turnovers: 17 (Coleman 5, Wesley 3, Jones 2, Mason 2, R Davis 2, B Davis, Campbell, Miller). Steals: 8 (Campbell 3, Wesley 3, Jones, Mason).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 24 7-10 0-0 0-2 1 5 17 Sprewell 40 7-16 4-4 1-6 4 3 20 Ewing 24 2-7 0-0 0-6 1 3 4 Houston 33 5-14 0-0 2-7 3 4 13 Ward 24 2-5 0-0 0-3 1 3 5 Thomas 31 3-7 2-3 2-6 0 5 8 Camby 33 6-11 2-3 2-10 1 3 14 Childs 24 2-5 0-0 0-1 9 5 4 Wallace 7 2-4 2-2 2-2 0 2 6 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 10-12 9-43 20 33 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (L Johnson 3-4, Sprewell 2-3, Houston 3-4, Ward 1-2, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 2, Ewing). Turnovers: 18 (Houston 5, Thomas 3, Camby 2, Childs 2, Sprewell 2, L Johnson, Wallace, Ward). Steals: 10 (Ward 3, Sprewell 2, Camby, Ewing, L Johnson, Thomas, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 13 24 24 18 - 79 New York 28 24 11 28 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Forte, Hank Armstrong, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Their hearts just weren't in it.

In their first game since the tragic death of teammate Bobby Phills, the Charlotte Hornets looked sluggish from the start and did not have enough to overtake the New York Knicks, who held on for a 91-79 victory before a subdued crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Charlotte postponed home games against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and the Knicks on Friday, when they attended a memorial service for Phills. The 30-year-old guard was killed instantly Wednesday in an automobile accident near the Charlotte Coliseum while returning home from a shootaround.

With Phills' funeral scheduled for Sunday in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Hornets took the floor tonight with his No. 13 emblazoned in white on a black patch on the right shoulder of their uniforms.

"We will always miss him," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "But during the course of the game and during the battle, you have to deal with what is. I know that Bobby is looking down at us, but the reality is that we have to deal with the guys that I have and are playing. I thought they played with a lot of courage."

Latrell Sprewell scored 13 of his 20 points in the first quarter as New York jumped out to a 28-13 lead against the still-healing Hornets.

"Once I got on the floor, I just thought about playing and what we could do to win the game," Sprewell said. "It's kind of like a way to get away and not have to think about it. It sort of takes your mind away from the situation with Bobby. For me, it was a way to start the process of putting it behind us."

Charlotte mounted a significant charge in the third quarter, outscoring New York, 24-11, and forging a 63-63 tie on Brad Miller's free throws with 10:53 to play.

But Larry Johnson and Sprewell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 13-2 run as New York pulled away for good, 76-65, with 7:17 remaining. Johnson scored 17 points and Marcus Camby added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who pulled within one game of idle Miami for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"Under the circumstances, it was definitely tough for both teams," Camby said. "We know what they are going through and what's in store for them tomorrow, it's tough for them."

Eddie Jones returned from an elbow injury which had sidelined him for the previous eight games and led Charlotte with 23 points. Derrick Coleman scored 17 points and former Knick Anthony Mason added 14 for the Hornets, who have lost a season-high seven in a row.

"It's tough you know, but once the game started I was fine," Jones said. "I just tried to play hard and take my mind off of things. It worked, it definitely worked. My mind was off Bobby all the way until we got back in the lockers. It wasn't in my head during the 48 minutes but there were times when I went to the bench that I thought to myself that we could really use Bobby and we missed him."

Coleman was visibly shaken after the game and was unavailable for comment as were many other Hornets players.

A moment of silence was observed prior to the opening tip and both teams met in the middle of the floor for a postgame prayer. Although fans expressed enthusiasm throughout the contest, the 314th sellout crowd at the Garden never reached its customary fever pitch.

"You know for Charlotte, it was really tough on them," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "For us, obviously it was tragic. We've had time to deal with it. I felt we played well in the first half, pretty well in the fourth quarter and pretty poorly in the third quarter."

"We didn't want to show them up, that's just poor sportsmanship and poor class," Camby added. "We just went about our business. We had a nice prayer huddle at the end of the game and wished them well. We will see them again."

Prior to the Hornets' home game against Toronto on Monday, the city of Charlotte will honor Phills' memory with a city-wide moment of silence.

Allan Houston scored 14 points for New York, which shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and yielded 21 points off turnovers. Chris Childs handed out a season-high nine assists for the Knicks, who improved to 12-4 at home.

"In some ways, I didn't think we should have played," Knicks center Patrick Ewing said. "But we had to go out there and do the best we could. I was pretty focused on the game. It's hard because even though I knew him and hung out with him a little bit, he was not one of my teammates. So in that sense, it was a lot easier."

The Hornets shot 33 percent (23-of-69) and yielded 20 points off turnovers. Charlotte held a 44-43 advantage on the boards and scored 21 points off New York giveaways.

Sprewell made 6-of-9 shots over the first 12 minutes. He had two layups and a 3-pointer to help New York to a 13-5 lead midway through the opening period.

Sprewell's six-footer, layup, two free throws and driving dunk opened a 25-11 bulge with 1:27 left in the first quarter. Johnson's 3-pointer put an exlamation point on the period, stretching the lead to 28-13.

The Hornets appeared to snap out of it a bit in the second quarter, playing New York to a 24-24 tie before forcing the issue in the third period. Rookie Baron Davis scored four points during an 8-0 run to close the quarter, pulling the Hornets within 63-61 entering the fourth.

"It was a little awkward, but when the game started we had a job to do," Houston said. "Our prayers go out to the Hornets and their families because it is going to be a tough thing to get through and they have to stay strong and stay focused. You can really tell it was tough on them at the beginning of the game. As the game got going, the instincts began to kick back in and they just started to play basketball."

"I think everybody came out and played hard," Davis added. "I think down the stretch we just didn't hit any shots and didn't make any baskets."

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