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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 25 20 18 17 80 NEW YORK 15 24 28 27 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 23, JAMAL MASHBURN 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 NYK - PATRICK EWING 25, ALLAN HOUSTON 25, LATRELL SPREWELL 24

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - PJ BROWN 9, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 6 NYK - PATRICK EWING 14, CHARLIE WARD 11

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 6, JAMAL MASHBURN 5 NYK - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MIAMI (80) AT NEW YORK (94)

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

BROWN F 30 2-7 2-2 5 4 9 1 6 2 2 6 MASHBURN F 45 8-17 3-4 1 4 5 5 2 1 1 21 MOURNING C 29 5-13 2-5 0 5 5 1 4 2 2 12 HARDAWAY G 39 10-16 0-0 0 4 4 6 1 0 5 23 LENARD G 38 5-14 0-0 1 3 4 3 4 1 3 12 THORPE 19 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 WEATHERSPOON 21 1-8 2-2 0 6 6 2 1 1 1 4 CARTER 12 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 1 1 0 STRICKLAND 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-83 9-13 11 30 41 18 21 9 16 80 (.386) (.692) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(6 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 11 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 SPREWELL F 43 9-18 5-5 0 2 2 5 1 0 2 24 EWING C 44 10-19 5-8 4 10 14 0 4 2 2 25 HOUSTON G 41 8-15 8-8 0 2 2 4 0 0 1 25 WARD G 37 4-7 0-0 0 11 11 5 2 6 3 10 CAMBY 24 1-4 1-4 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 3 THOMAS 24 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 5 1 0 4 WALLACE 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BRUNSON 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 3 0 DUDLEY 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 CHILDS DNP - STRAINED LEFT ACHILLES TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 20-27 5 34 39 22 18 10 13 94 (.473) (.741) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

MIAMI 25 20 18 17 - 80 NEW YORK 15 24 28 27 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - WEATHERSPOON, BROWN. NEW YORK - THOMAS, EWING, L JOHNSON, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 7-17 (.412), MASHBURN 2-8, HARDAWAY 3-4, LENARD 2-4, THORPE 0-1. NEW YORK 4-6 (.667), SPREWELL 1-1, HOUSTON 1-1, WARD 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, NOLAN FINE, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,763. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MIAMI (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 30 2-7 2-2 5-9 1 6 6 Mashburn 45 8-17 3-4 1-5 5 2 21 Mourning 29 5-13 2-5 0-5 1 4 12 Hardaway 39 10-16 0-0 0-4 6 1 23 Lenard 38 5-14 0-0 1-4 3 4 12 Thorpe 19 1-6 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Weatherspoon 21 1-8 2-2 0-6 2 1 4 Carter 12 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 Strickland 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 9-13 11-41 18 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Mashburn 2-8, Hardaway 3-4, Lenard 2-4, Thorpe 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Weatherspoon, Brown). Turnovers: 16 (Hardaway 5, Lenard 3, Brown 2, Mourning 2, Carter, Mashburn, Thorpe, Weatherspoon). Steals: 9 (Brown 2, Mourning 2, Carter, Lenard, Mashburn, Thorpe, Weatherspoon).

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 11 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Sprewell 43 9-18 5-5 0-2 5 1 24 Ewing 44 10-19 5-8 4-14 0 4 25 Houston 41 8-15 8-8 0-2 4 0 25 Ward 37 4-7 0-0 0-11 5 2 10 Camby 24 1-4 1-4 1-5 0 1 3 Thomas 24 2-6 0-0 0-3 5 5 4 Wallace 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Brunson 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 3 2 0 Dudley 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Childs DNP - strained left achilles Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 20-27 5-39 22 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Sprewell 1-1, Houston 1-1, Ward 2-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas, Ewing, L Johnson, Camby). Turnovers: 13 (Brunson 3, Ward 3, Camby 2, Ewing 2, Sprewell 2, Houston). Steals: 10 (Ward 6, Ewing 2, Brunson, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Miami 25 20 18 17 - 80 New York 15 24 28 27 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Brown, 0:00 0th). A: 19,763. T: 2:18. Officials: Hugh Evans, Nolan Fine, Scott Wall.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Even the loss of two forwards could not stop the New York Knicks from moving forward.

The Knicks overcame injuries to Larry Johnson and Marcus Camby, relying on solid backcourt play, a resurgence from Patrick Ewing and their trademark defense for a 94-80 victory over the Miami Heat.

Allan Houston scored 25 points and Latrell Sprewell added 24 for the Knicks, who moved within one-half game of the first-place Heat in the Atlantic Division. The NBA's best rivalry produced plenty of tough play but none of the fireworks that have been a part of past Miami-New York affairs.

Matched up against good friend, fellow Georgetown alumnus and defensive demon Alonzo Mourning, Ewing scored a season-high 25 points as he led the Knicks back from a 15-point deficit early in the second quarter.

"We fell apart defensively," Mourning said. "We weren't consistent in our defense. The execution wasn't there down the stretch. I take full responsibility today. Ewing played so well because I didn't do anything to counter his play. I'm a little disgusted with my play."

Johnson left in the first minute of the second quarter with a left foot injury and did not return. Camby was fouled on a fast break midway through the fourth period and came down awkwardly on his right knee, crashing into a media table on the baseline.

Both were hospitalized for MRI examinations. Johnson suffered a chipped fracture of the fourth left metatarsal and Camby has a partially torn ACL, which should sideline him for some time.

"I don't even remember it," said Heat forward P.J. Brown, who was whistled for a questionable flagrant foul on Camby. "There is nothing really to talk about. I just thought it was a foul. It's not like I was trying to hurt anybody. I think the referees are under a lot of pressure with this being a national (TV) game because I really didn't even hit him that hard."

"Of course I'm concerned," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I don't know the extent of Larry's foot and Marcus' knee. Marcus I'm sure won't play tomorrow (at Charlotte). We don't know about Larry so we'll have to wait and see. If not, you know what? Guys have been sitting over there are going to get a chance so they better be ready. We are playing the best team in the East at home so obviously we have some factors working against us."

Tim Hardaway scored 23 points and Jamal Mashburn added 21 for the Heat, who scored just 35 points in the second half and had their three-game winning streak snapped. Mourning was limited to 12 points, ending his streak of games with at least 20 points at 12.

"We played two entirely different halfs," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We didn't get the performance we expected from key players that you need in a big game like this."

Camby's injury came with 6:28 to go after a basket and two free throws by Mashburn had cut the deficit to 74-69. After Camby left, Chris Dudley came on to shoot the free throws for the flagrant foul.

A 38 percent foul shooter, Dudley made 1-of-2 to stop Miami's surge. Ewing rolled into the lane for a tough shot on the ensuing possession and Sprewell hit two free throws and a layup in transition to push the lead to 81-69 with 5:09 remaining.

Ward, who had 10 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, five assists and six steals, answered Mourning's three-point play with a 3-pointer and layup to seal it at 86-72 with 3:26 to play.

"He had a poor first half but he was unbelievable in the second half," Van Gundy said. "Charlie has mental toughness to play poorly and then come back. That is what I love about him. He is 6-1 and getting rebounds. He is just tough."

The Knicks also were without guard Chris Childs, who splits the point-guard duties with Ward but missed his fifth straight game with an Achilles strain. Nevertheless, they limited the Heat to 39 percent (32-of-83) from the field and evened the season series at one game each.

"It's a big win," Houston said. "It's a huge win for us not only for the standings but coming off another good win (against Portland). Sometimes we feel good about ourselves after a good win."

Voshon Lenard scored 12 points for Miami, which was outscored 20-9 from the line and allowed New York to shoot 47 percent (35-of-74).

"We let it slip away," Mourning said. "We still had this game won and than we let it slip away. I know I could play a lot better then I showed and I have to on a regular basis, especially in a game like this."

Two free throws by Sprewell capped a 13-4 burst and gave the Knicks their first lead at 56-55 with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Houston made two free throws and Sprewell drove for a dunk before a jumper by Kurt Thomas extended New York's lead to 67-61 in the final minute of the period.

"I thought the turnovers in the third quarter were from good pressure on their part and a little bit of carelessness on our part," Riley said. "They are one of the better defensive teams in the league as we are, they're at home and they were coming from behind and they raised the ante a little bit and we didn't call."

Hardaway began and ended the first quarter with 3-pointers as the Heat opened a 25-15 lead. He scored 12 points in the period as the Knicks struggled, shooting just 33 percent (7-of-21).

"(Van Gundy) was upset," Sprewell said. "He mentioned that we play one game and take one off. He was upset about the way we came out today. Defense changed the flow of the game. I think we got some stops and finally got into a little rhythm offensively."

A 3-pointer by Lenard and an 11-footer by Mashburn gave Miami its biggest lead at 30-15 just over a minute into the second quarter before New York got untracked. Sprewell scored five points in a 14-3 surge and the Knicks closed to 33-29 on two free throws from Ewing with 6:19 remaining.

Hardaway scored 17 points in the first half, which ended with the Heat holding a 45-39 lead after Ewing made a jumper at the horn.

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