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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 22 16 22 85 CHARLOTTE 29 22 26 18 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 26, PATRICK EWING 15, KURT THOMAS 14 CHA - EDDIE JONES 34, DERRICK COLEMAN 29, ELDEN CAMPBELL 13

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 13, PATRICK EWING 10 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 13, ELDEN CAMPBELL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 8, LATRELL SPREWELL 5 CHA - DAVID WESLEY 8, ANTHONY MASON 7

ATT: 18,128


Extended Box

NEW YORK (85) AT CHARLOTTE (95)

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

SPREWELL F 46 5-15 2-2 1 5 6 5 4 0 4 13 THOMAS F 42 7-11 0-0 3 10 13 0 3 1 1 14 EWING C 38 6-14 3-4 1 9 10 1 4 2 2 15 HOUSTON G 37 12-20 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 26 WARD G 34 3-8 2-2 0 5 5 8 3 0 1 9 DUDLEY 14 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 BRUNSON 14 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 1 WALLACE 15 3-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 7 CAMBY DNP - PARTIALLY TORN ACL IN RT KNEE CHILDS DNP - STRAINED LEFT ACHILLES L JOHNSON DNP - CHIPPED FRACTURE IN METATARSAL TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 10-13 6 33 39 20 22 3 10 85 (.468) (.769) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(19 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 41 9-20 8-8 1 12 13 2 2 1 1 29 MASON F 38 3-6 1-1 3 4 7 7 2 0 1 7 CAMPBELL C 40 5-12 3-3 2 6 8 0 2 0 2 13 JONES G 44 13-20 3-4 1 3 4 5 4 2 2 34 WESLEY G 39 1-10 2-2 0 3 3 8 2 2 1 5 MILLER 12 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 5 0 1 0 ELLIS 13 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 5 B DAVIS 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 2 R DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAWKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 17-18 9 33 42 26 20 5 10 95 (.430) (.944) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 22 16 22 - 85 CHARLOTTE 29 22 26 18 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD, DUDLEY. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 5, MILLER 2, COLEMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-11 (.273), SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 1-1, WARD 1-6, BRUNSON 0-2. CHARLOTTE 10-21 (.476), COLEMAN 3-5, JONES 5-7, WESLEY 1-5, ELLIS 1-2, B DAVIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - JONES. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, DEE KANTNER, JIM CAPERS. A - 18,128. T - 2:06.


Box Score

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 46 5-15 2-2 1-6 5 4 13 Thomas 42 7-11 0-0 3-13 0 3 14 Ewing 38 6-14 3-4 1-10 1 4 15 Houston 37 12-20 1-1 0-1 2 1 26 Ward 34 3-8 2-2 0-5 8 3 9 Dudley 14 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 4 0 Brunson 14 0-2 1-2 0-1 4 1 1 Wallace 15 3-6 1-2 0-0 0 2 7 Camby DNP - partially torn acl in rt knee Childs DNP - strained left achilles L Johnson DNP - chipped fracture in metatarsal Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 10-13 6-39 20 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Sprewell 1-2, Houston 1-1, Ward 1-6, Brunson 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Ward, Dudley). Turnovers: 10 (Sprewell 4, Brunson 2, Ewing 2, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 3 (Ewing 2, Thomas).

CHARLOTTE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 41 9-20 8-8 1-13 2 2 29 Mason 38 3-6 1-1 3-7 7 2 7 Campbell 40 5-12 3-3 2-8 0 2 13 Jones 44 13-20 3-4 1-4 5 4 34 Wesley 39 1-10 2-2 0-3 8 2 5 Miller 12 0-3 0-0 1-4 0 5 0 Ellis 13 2-5 0-0 1-1 1 2 5 B Davis 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 3 1 2 R Davis DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision Hawkins DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 17-18 9-42 26 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Coleman 3-5, Jones 5-7, Wesley 1-5, Ellis 1-2, B Davis 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 8 (Campbell 5, Miller 2, Coleman). Turnovers: 11 (Campbell 2, Jones 2, B Davis, Coleman, Ellis, Mason, Miller, Wesley). Steals: 5 (Jones 2, Wesley 2, Coleman). ____________________________________________ New York 25 22 16 22 - 85 Charlotte 29 22 26 18 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Jones, 2:10 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,128. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Forte, Dee Kantner, Jim Capers.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Derrick Coleman had five of his season-high 29 points down the stretch and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets posted a 95-85 victory over the injury-plagued New York Knicks.

The teams were originally scheduled to meet here on January 14, but the game was postponed due to the death of Bobby Phills in a car accident two days earlier.

Charlotte saw a 14-point fourth quarter lead dwindle to 88-83 following Patrick Ewing's layup with 3:48 left. But Coleman responded with two free throws and followed a turnover by Ewing with a 3-pointer from the left sideline to give the Hornets a 93-83 lead with 2:16 remaining.

New York never got closer than eight points the rest of the way, blowing an opportunity to move into a first-place tie with Miami in the Atlantic Division.

"Derrick is on such a roll right now," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "If he hadn't been in an accident earlier this year, they would have put him on the All-Star team. His focus is unbelievable and he is coming prepared every night. If I had to use one word to describe him, it would be prepared."

New York had only nine players available to play, due to injuries suffered by Larry Johnson and Marcus Camby in the Knicks' win over Miami on Sunday and a lingering injury to Chris Childs.

Johnson was diagnosed with a chip fracture of his left foot and Camby a partially torn ACL in his right knee. Johnson is listed as day-to-day but Camby's injury is much worse. He will undergo an arthroscopic procedure Tuesday to determine how long he will be sidelined. If Camby requires surgery, he is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season.

Eddie Jones also recorded a season high with 34 points for the Hornets, who won their eighth home game in nine tries and improved to 19-3 at Charlotte Coliseum this season.

"Eddie was outstanding," Silas said. "Every time we needed it, he stepped up. He hit big threes, he drove to the hoop, he got steals. I think it was his best game by far."

Charlotte hit 10-of-21 shots from behind the arc, with Jones making 5-of-7 and Coleman draining 3-of-5.

"Eddie and Derrick had good nights behind the 3-point line tonight," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We had to double in the post and that opened up their threes."

Coleman and Jones carried Charlotte in the first quarter, combining for 27 of their 29 points. Coleman had 15 and Jones 12, giving the Hornets a 29-25 advantage.

Latrell Sprewell, who was held to only 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting, made two free throws to keep the Knicks within four at 62-58 with 5:37 left in the third quarter. But Jones had six points and Anthony Mason added five during a 15-5 run, giving the Hornets a 77-63 lead entering the final period.

Elden Campbell scored 13 points and blocked five shots and Mason added seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Hornets, who shot 43 percent (34-of-79) and hit 17-of-18 free throws.

"They got the better of us the last few games so we wanted to take it to them tonight," said Campbell, referring to the Hornets' four-game losing against New York. "The starters played some big minutes but everybody came up big in the end."

"We have more than enough talent to win," Sprewell said. "We just couldn't do it tonight. We're not playing with the type of consistency that we need to win on the road."

New York lost for the 10th time in 13 visits to Charlotte and dropped its fourth-straight road contest.

Allan Houston scored 26 points and Kurt Thomas added 14 -- just four after the first quarter -- and 13 rebounds. Ewing finished with 15 points and 10 boards for New York, which shot 47 percent (36-of-77) from the floor but were outrebounded 42-39.

"We did not play well enough to beat the team that has the second best record at home," Van Gundy said. "Charlotte has been playing well at home all year and did again tonight. This is not a letdown, they just played better. Not every loss is a letdown in this league."

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