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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 30 21 23 37 111 NEW YORK 30 36 28 26 120 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 26, VLADE DIVAC 17, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 16 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 32, ALLAN HOUSTON 28, THREE PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 6, VLADE DIVAC 6 NYK - PATRICK EWING 12, ALLAN HOUSTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 12, CHRIS WEBBER 3 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 6, CHARLIE WARD 6

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (111) AT NEW YORK (120)

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

WEBBER F 35 10-18 4-4 3 3 6 3 4 1 3 26 C WILLIAMSON F 24 7-9 2-2 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 16 DIVAC C 29 8-11 1-1 1 5 6 2 3 1 4 17 ANDERSON G 28 4-10 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 1 2 8 J WILLIAMS G 34 2-9 0-0 2 1 3 12 1 4 7 5 CORBIN 24 4-9 0-2 1 3 4 1 1 3 1 9 FUNDERBURKE 13 1-4 1-2 2 3 5 1 0 1 0 3 BARRY 21 2-5 5-5 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 10 POLLARD 18 2-4 2-2 3 2 5 0 6 0 1 6 MARTIN 14 3-8 3-4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 11 DELK DNP - COACH'S DECISION STOJAKOVIC DNP - RIGHT ACHILLES TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 43-87 18-22 13 27 40 24 23 11 20 111 (.494) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(35 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 39 4-10 2-2 2 1 3 5 2 1 2 12 SPREWELL F 41 10-17 10-10 0 5 5 5 2 1 4 32 EWING C 34 5-12 3-3 2 10 12 0 2 1 4 13 HOUSTON G 42 12-19 2-2 0 7 7 6 2 1 3 28 WARD G 39 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 6 4 3 2 9 THOMAS 18 5-9 3-3 2 4 6 0 5 1 0 13 CAMBY 27 5-10 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 13 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHILDS DNP - STRAINED LEFT ACHILLES DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-82 24-24 7 32 39 24 20 8 17 120 (.537) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 30 21 23 37 - 111 NEW YORK 30 36 28 26 - 120

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - WEBBER, DIVAC, POLLARD. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 7-25 (.280), WEBBER 2-4, ANDERSON 0-4, J WILLIAMS 1-5, CORBIN 1-5, BARRY 1-3, MARTIN 2-4. NEW YORK 8-13 (.615), L JOHNSON 2-4, SPREWELL 2-2, HOUSTON 2-4, WARD 1-2, CAMBY 1-1. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - J WILLIAMS 2 (EJECTED), NEW YORK - CAMBY. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, BENNIE ADAMS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 19,763. T - 2:23.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 35 10-18 4-4 3-6 3 4 26 C Williamson 24 7-9 2-2 0-4 0 3 16 Divac 29 8-11 1-1 1-6 2 3 17 Anderson 28 4-10 0-0 1-5 2 3 8 J Williams 34 2-9 0-0 2-3 12 1 5 Corbin 24 4-9 0-2 1-4 1 1 9 Funderburke 13 1-4 1-2 2-5 1 0 3 Barry 21 2-5 5-5 0-2 1 1 10 Pollard 18 2-4 2-2 3-5 0 6 6 Martin 14 3-8 3-4 0-0 2 1 11 Delk DNP - coach's decision Stojakovic DNP - right achilles tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-87 18-22 13-40 24 23 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (Webber 2-4, Anderson 0-4, J Williams 1-5, Corbin 1-5, Barry 1-3, Martin 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber, Divac, Pollard). Turnovers: 20 (J Williams 7, Divac 4, Webber 3, Anderson 2, Barry, C Williamson, Corbin, Pollard). Steals: 11 (J Williams 4, Corbin 3, Anderson, Divac, Funderburke, Webber).

NEW YORK (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 39 4-10 2-2 2-3 5 2 12 Sprewell 41 10-17 10-10 0-5 5 2 32 Ewing 34 5-12 3-3 2-12 0 2 13 Houston 42 12-19 2-2 0-7 6 2 28 Ward 39 3-5 2-2 0-3 6 4 9 Thomas 18 5-9 3-3 2-6 0 5 13 Camby 27 5-10 2-2 1-3 2 3 13 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Childs DNP - strained left achilles Dudley DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-82 24-24 7-39 24 20 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.537, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 8-13, .615 (L Johnson 2-4, Sprewell 2-2, Houston 2-4, Ward 1-2, Camby 1-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Camby 2). Turnovers: 17 (Ewing 4, Sprewell 4, Houston 3, Camby 2, L Johnson 2, Ward 2). Steals: 8 (Ward 3, Ewing, Houston, L Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 30 21 23 37 - 111 New York 30 36 28 26 - 120 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 2 (J Williams 2 (ejected), 11:15 4th, 11:10 4th). New York 1 (Camby, 11:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:23. Officials: Hue Hollins, Bennie Adams, Tom Washington.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy has been unhappy with his team's recent inability to put away opponents. It happened again today but the Knicks still gave Van Gundy his first trip to the All-Star Game.

Latrell Sprewell scored 32 points and Allan Houston added 28 as the Knicks posted their highest point total of the season in a 120-111 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

New York made all 24 of its free throws but allowed Sacramento to cut a 24-point deficit to eight late in the fourth quarter. The NBA record for most free throws in a game without a miss is 39 by the Utah Jazz against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 7, 1982.

The Knicks set a franchise record for most free throws made without a miss, breaking their previous mark of 19 on two occasions.

Van Gundy, who led the Knicks to the NBA Finals as an eighth seed last season, will coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star contest two weeks from today in Oakland, California. He nosed out Miami's Pat Riley, a former Knicks coach, for the honor.

"I really didn't do anything, so it's hard for me to say what a great job I did," said Van Gundy, who will be the seventh Knicks' mentor to coach in the All-Star Game and the first since Riley in 1993. "It is a good team thing. The team won enough games where that happened. I'm blessed to have a good team. It is certainly an honor."

The Knicks actually are one game behind Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings, but Pacers coach Larry Bird is not eligible because he coached in the last All-Star Game in New York in 1998. Last season's game was cancelled due to the lockout.

"He deserves it," Houston said. "He's very well-prepared. I think he'll know what to do. It will be fun to see him in that situation."

The frustration boiled over for the Kings as Jason Williams was ejected by referee Hue Hollins after picking up two quick technicals in the first minute of the fourth quarter. The flamboyant guard dished out 12 assists but scored just five points and committed seven turnovers.

Upset with a traveling call, Williams tossed the ball high in the air, collecting his first technical. He did not say what prompted the ejection but still criticized the officials.

"Without question, I think the referees don't see as much as we do as players," Williams said. "If the crowd is on their back pushing them to to call it, they'll call it next time."

Chris Webber scored 26 points and Vlade Divac 17 for the Kings, who dropped to 2-2 on their NBA season-high eight-game road trip. Overall, Sacramento lost for just the third time in 12 games.

"I don't think we really showed the world how we can play," Webber said. "That's the way it is, and the Knicks are a great defensive team. When you play in a good team's house and they have home-court advantage, you have to be prepared."

A jumper by Kurt Thomas gave the Knicks a 100-76 lead with 11:01 remaining, but Williams' ejection seemed to fire up the Kings and they closed to 110-102 on Tyrone Corbin's jumper with 2:28 left.

However, Patrick Ewing and Sprewell each hit two foul shots to give the Knicks a 114-102 cushion with 1:12 remaining. Sprewell, who matched a season high in points, was 10-of-10 from the line and has made 14 straight free throws.

The Knicks posted their sixth straight home victory and have won 16 of the last 17 against the Kings at Madison Square Garden.

Sacramento came into the contest averaging a league-high 105.7 per game, but the Knicks shredded the Kings' porous defense, surpassing their previous season high by eight points. New York posted a 112-109 overtime victory over Charlotte on December 20 and a 112-106 win over Seattle on January 24.

Van Gundy bristled when asked about the letdown in the fourth quarter.

"Only in New York when you beat a very good team (can you) still be asked about the fourth quarter," he said. "That is what I like. Let's not talk about the first three quarters, let's just get right to the negativity, but you are right. It wasn't as good as we would have liked. We don't have a killer instinct yet."

The teams traded baskets in a high-scoring first quarter that ended in a 30-30 tie but the Knicks took control in the second period.

Thomas hit a free throw with 10:13 left in the half to give New York the lead for good at 37-36 before Sprewell's jumper ignited a 10-0 spurt. Houston's 3-pointer made it 57-43 with 3:43 remaining.

"The bottom line is that they (Kings) do make the game enjoyable to watch," Houston said. "For us, we're not so much concerned about making it spectacular to watch. We are a team that likes to work get the win."

Marcus Camby capped the first half with a 66-footer at the buzzer that increased the advantage to 66-51. It was only his third career 3-pointer and first with the Knicks. New York continued to score at will in the third quarter, taking a 94-74 cushion into the final period.

"We had transition baskets in the open court," Sprewell said. "For the most part, we did our damage in the half-court sets. When we got long rebounds and turnovers, that's when we pushed the ball up."

However, the Knicks seemed to let up in the fourth period and during a six-minute stretch their only offense consisted of 3-pointers by Charlie Ward and Larry Johnson.

Despite tailing off in the fourth quarter, New York shot 54 percent (44-of-82) from the field. Ewing, Thomas and Camby all scored 13 points.

Corliss Williamson added 16 points for the Kings, who shot 49 percent (43-of-87) but committed 20 turnovers that New York converted into 31 points.

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