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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 12 21 17 26 76 NEW YORK 23 22 23 19 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 14, MAURICE TAYLOR 14, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 24, KURT THOMAS 16, LATRELL SPREWELL 16

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 8, MAURICE TAYLOR 7 NYK - PATRICK EWING 12, KURT THOMAS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 7, TROY HUDSON 5 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (76) AT NEW YORK (87)

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

ODOM F 45 4-11 4-6 0 3 3 7 4 1 2 14 TAYLOR F 38 7-15 0-2 1 6 7 1 3 0 3 14 OLOWOKANDI C 33 4-9 4-5 1 7 8 0 3 0 5 12 HUDSON G 26 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 0 4 10 NESBY G 36 3-12 1-1 1 2 3 2 5 1 3 10 PIATKOWSKI 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON 23 3-6 2-2 3 3 6 1 1 0 2 9 SKINNER 20 2-5 1-2 1 5 6 1 4 0 0 5 CLOSS 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 AVENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MURDOCK DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 28-70 12-18 8 28 36 18 21 2 19 76 (.400) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(29 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 41 4-11 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 2 3 8 THOMAS F 35 7-11 2-2 4 4 8 2 3 1 0 16 EWING C 38 5-12 5-6 0 12 12 3 4 2 1 15 HOUSTON G 38 9-15 4-5 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 24 SPREWELL G 41 5-13 6-6 3 4 7 9 2 2 4 16 CHILDS 25 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 LANG 10 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 WALLACE 12 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 6 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 19-21 10 29 39 21 21 9 13 87 (.446) (.905) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 12 21 17 26 - 76 NEW YORK 23 22 23 19 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM, NESBY, OLOWOKANDI. NEW YORK - EWING 2, THOMAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 8-15 (.533), ODOM 2-3, HUDSON 2-3, NESBY 3-7, ANDERSON 1-2. NEW YORK 2-8 (.250), L JOHNSON 0-3, HOUSTON 2-4, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM, NEW YORK - L JOHNSON. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MARC DAVIS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,763. T - 2:08.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 45 4-11 4-6 0-3 7 4 14 Taylor 38 7-15 0-2 1-7 1 3 14 Olowokandi 33 4-9 4-5 1-8 0 3 12 Hudson 26 4-7 0-0 1-3 5 1 10 Nesby 36 3-12 1-1 1-3 2 5 10 Piatkowski 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson 23 3-6 2-2 3-6 1 1 9 Skinner 20 2-5 1-2 1-6 1 4 5 Closs 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Avent DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Murdock DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 12-18 8-36 18 21 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Odom 2-3, Hudson 2-3, Nesby 3-7, Anderson 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Odom, Nesby, Olowokandi). Turnovers: 19 (Olowokandi 5, Hudson 4, Nesby 3, Taylor 3, Anderson 2, Odom 2). Steals: 2 (Nesby, Odom).

NEW YORK (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 41 4-11 0-0 1-4 2 4 8 Thomas 35 7-11 2-2 4-8 2 3 16 Ewing 38 5-12 5-6 0-12 3 4 15 Houston 38 9-15 4-5 0-2 2 3 24 Sprewell 41 5-13 6-6 3-7 9 2 16 Childs 25 1-5 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Lang 10 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Wallace 12 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 2 6 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 19-21 10-39 21 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (L Johnson 0-3, Houston 2-4, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ewing 2, Thomas 2). Turnovers: 13 (Sprewell 4, L Johnson 3, Childs 2, Wallace 2, Ewing, Houston). Steals: 9 (Ewing 2, L Johnson 2, Sprewell 2, Childs, Lang, Thomas). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 12 21 17 26 - 76 New York 23 22 23 19 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Odom, 3:51 3rd). New York 1 (L Johnson, 2:25 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:08. Officials: Jack Nies, Marc Davis, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Clippers battled back valiantly, but Patrick Ewing and Latrell Sprewell saved the New York Knicks from embarrassment.

Ewing had 15 points, 12 rebounds and a key basket and block in the final two minutes as the Knicks nearly squandered a 21-point lead before posting an 87-76 victory over the Clippers.

Sprewell played the role of point guard in New York's "Big Backcourt" and had a season-high nine assists along with 16 points and seven rebounds. He sealed the win with four free throws in the final minute.

"I was just trying to find the open guy," Sprewell said. "Guys were making shots. I was just passing."

With starting point guard Charlie Ward on the injured list, Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy started Sprewell and All-Star Allan Houston in the backcourt for the second straight game. Houston finished with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

The win moved the Knicks (32-19) back into a first-place tie with the Miami Heat in the Atlantic Division.

The Knicks led by as many as 21 points, 66-45, in the third quarter and were comfortably ahead, 76-57, with less than 6 1/2 minutes left.

But the Clippers, who slipped to 0-9 under interim coach Jim Todd and suffered their 11th straight loss, rallied back with a stunning 14-0 run that featured four 3-pointers -- two by Tyrone Nesby and one each from rookie Lamar Odom and Troy Hudson.

"They made three straight threes, I believe, and they were right back into the game," Van Gundy said.

A 3-pointer from the left corner by Nesby capped the spurt and pulled the Clippers within 76-71 with 3:43 remaining.

Ewing set up Larry Johnson for a short hook shot in the lane to increase New York's lead to seven with 2:41 left, but the Clippers continued their comeback with the help of Johnson, who was hit with a technical after being called for a foul against Odom.

Nesby converted the free throw and Odom hit both of his from the line with 2:25 left to pull the Clippers within 78-74.

But with new Clippers assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar watching, the 7-foot Ewing showed his inside power. He backed 6-9 Brian Skinner into the lane and spun inside for an easy layup with 2:08 remaining.

Maurice Taylor responded with a 15-foot jumper from the right sideline, again slicing the Clippers' deficit to four with 1:44 left.

After Houston converted 1-of-2 free throws, Ewing played textbook help defense inside and blocked a shot by Taylor, who drove by Kurt Thomas, with 1:07 remaining.

Sprewell hit two free throws with 52 seconds left and another two with 26 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"They cut the lead, but we were able to keep our composure down the stretch," Ewing said.

Along with the win, Ewing moved into 16th place on the all-time scoring list, ironically surpassing Clippers vice president of basketball operations Elgin Baylor (23,149). Ewing passed Baylor with his seventh and eight points on a layup with 4:34 left in the half and finished the day with 23,157 points. After Ewing's milestone was announced, the sellout Garden crowd chanted "Patrick Ewing, Patrick Ewing."

"It feels good but I wasn't really thinking about it," Ewing said. "The crowd reaction felt good. I've been here my whole career and most of the people out there have seen most of the points I scored. It feels good when they acknowledge you."

Odom, a New York City high school star playing his first game at Madison Square Garden, and Taylor led the Clippers with 14 points apiece.

Odom, 20, starred at Christ the King High School in New York and scored 36 points in the Catholic League championship game as a 15-year-old sophomore, breaking a scoring record set by Abdul-Jabbar, who was then known as Lew Alcindor.

However, Odom never played at Madison Square Garden until today. The 6-10, 220-pound forward was matched against Johnson most of the day and hit just 4-of-11 shots from the field and 4-of-6 from the line. Odom added seven assists, three rebounds and one steal.

"It was a dream come true being a kid from Queens making it to the NBA and playing in the Garden against the New York Knicks," Odom said. "I wish I could have played better. I can't wait to come back."

The fourth overall pick in the 1999 draft, Odom scored 24 points in the Clippers' 100-95 upset of the Knicks at Los Angeles on November 23.

Today, the Clippers shot just 40 percent (28-of-70) from the field, but were 8-of-15 from 3-point range.

The Knicks bridged the first and second quarter with a 16-2 run to open a 31-14 lead. Kurt Thomas and Sprewell combined for nine points in the spurt.

The Clippers responded with a 17-7 burst to pull within 37-31. Michael Olowokandi, who stands to benefit the most from the hiring of Abdul-Jabbar, sparked the run with a three-point play, a 14-foot jumper, two free throws and a layup.

However, the Knicks scored the next eight points as Houston drilled a 3-pointer and a pair of 17-footers, giving New York a 45-31 lead late in the half.

New York took its biggest lead at 66-45 on a layup by Thomas with 2:51 left in the third quarter. He finished with 16 points.

The loss was the 17th in a row on the road for the Clippers.

"We have to change the way we do things here, but it's going to take some time," Abdul-Jabbar said. "You have to develop cohesion to win in this league. That is what we're working on."

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