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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 19 20 20 11 70 ATLANTA 18 28 18 19 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 17, ALLAN HOUSTON 16, PATRICK EWING 12 ATL - JASON TERRY 17, LAPHONSO ELLIS 16, ISAIAH RIDER 13

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 7, LARRY JOHNSON 5 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 20, ALAN HENDERSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 4, CHRIS CHILDS 4 ATL - JASON TERRY 5, CHRIS CRAWFORD 3

ATT: 15,576


Extended Box

NEW YORK (70) AT ATLANTA (83)

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

L JOHNSON F 38 4-10 2-2 0 5 5 4 3 0 1 10 SPREWELL F 42 6-17 4-6 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 17 EWING C 42 6-17 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 1 1 12 CHILDS G 41 4-8 1-2 0 4 4 4 4 2 2 9 HOUSTON G 40 7-18 1-1 1 2 3 2 4 3 1 16 THOMAS 21 2-4 0-0 3 1 4 1 3 0 1 4 WALLACE 10 0-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 DUDLEY 6 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 8-11 10 20 30 12 19 8 8 70 (.366) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

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

CRAWFORD F 21 0-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 2 0 HENDERSON F 39 5-10 2-2 3 6 9 0 1 0 4 12 MUTOMBO C 38 5-9 2-2 4 16 20 2 2 1 1 12 JACKSON G 29 2-10 1-2 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 5 TERRY G 39 7-11 2-2 1 3 4 5 3 1 3 17 RIDER 25 4-11 4-4 2 4 6 1 1 0 2 13 ELLIS 27 7-12 2-2 1 3 4 2 1 0 1 16 WRIGHT 13 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 2 COLES 9 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-75 13-14 13 37 50 17 16 3 17 83 (.453) (.929) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(9 PTS)

NEW YORK 19 20 20 11 - 70 ATLANTA 18 28 18 19 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - NONE. ATLANTA - HENDERSON 3, WRIGHT 2, JACKSON 2, MUTOMBO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-8 (.250), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 1-1, CHILDS 0-1, HOUSTON 1-4. ATLANTA 2-10 (.200), JACKSON 0-5, TERRY 1-2, RIDER 1-3. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, JIM CAPERS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 15,576. T - 2:06.


Box Score

NEW YORK (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 38 4-10 2-2 0-5 4 3 10 Sprewell 42 6-17 4-6 1-3 1 1 17 Ewing 42 6-17 0-0 2-7 0 3 12 Childs 41 4-8 1-2 0-4 4 4 9 Houston 40 7-18 1-1 1-3 2 4 16 Thomas 21 2-4 0-0 3-4 1 3 4 Wallace 10 0-6 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Dudley 6 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 8-11 10-30 12 19 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 1-1, Childs 0-1, Houston 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 8 (Childs 2, Sprewell 2, Ewing, Houston, L Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Houston 3, Childs 2, Ewing, Sprewell, Wallace).

ATLANTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Crawford 21 0-6 0-0 1-2 3 2 0 Henderson 39 5-10 2-2 3-9 0 1 12 Mutombo 38 5-9 2-2 4-20 2 2 12 Jackson 29 2-10 1-2 1-2 2 2 5 Terry 39 7-11 2-2 1-4 5 3 17 Rider 25 4-11 4-4 2-6 1 1 13 Ellis 27 7-12 2-2 1-4 2 1 16 Wright 13 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 3 2 Coles 9 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 1 6 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 13-14 13-50 17 16 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Jackson 0-5, Terry 1-2, Rider 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Henderson 3, Wright 2, Jackson 2, Mutombo). Turnovers: 17 (Henderson 4, Jackson 3, Terry 3, Crawford 2, Rider 2, Ellis, Mutombo, Wright). Steals: 3 (Jackson, Mutombo, Terry). ____________________________________________ New York 19 20 20 11 - 70 Atlanta 18 28 18 19 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:16 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,576. T: 2:06. Officials: Hue Hollins, Jim Capers, Tom Washington.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A shakeup in the backcourt is just what the Atlanta Hawks needed.

With talented troublemaker Isaiah Rider and Bimbo Coles not in the starting lineup, the Atlanta Hawks rebounded from an embarrassing loss with a 83-70 victory over the New York Knicks.

Despite being the club's leading scorer at over 21 points per game, Rider did not start. Veteran Jim Jackson started in his place and struggled with five points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Rookie Jason Terry took Coles' starting spot at point guard and responded with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Terry made his first career start despite going scoreless and missing all seven of his shots in Wednesday's 102-83 home loss to Washington.

"I was told yesterday. I was happy. I knew it would be a big challenge for me," Terry said. "You have to bring the energy. If the coach is going to start me, I'm going to come out and perform. Tomorrow night will be another test. I need to get some rest. We have Gary Payton coming here."

Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens did not waver on his decision to change the lineup.

"They were professional about it," he said. "It was my decision. That's what I wanted to do. I liked what I did. With that unit the ball moved ball better and our defense is much stronger."

Rider did play and was a factor, scoring seven of his 13 points in an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter that provided Atlanta with a 79-68 advantage with 3:41 remaining. Rider also rebounded from Wednesday's game, when he had five points and five turnovers.

"I think I accepted it. You won't have any problem out of me," Rider said. "I won't be of any distraction. I told coach, `Let's do what we have to do to win in these last 20 games and at the end of the season let the chips fall where they fall.

"I have nothing to prove. I can play. Everybody knows I could play. I've been double-teamed all year and have been putting up good numbers. They just don't know if I could be professional about this. I can and will help position myself for free agency, whether that means Miami or wherever."

Latrell Sprewell scored 17 points and Allan Houston 16 for the Knicks, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight road games. New York is just 11-16 away from Madison Square Garden.

"I think we'll be OK. It's obviously not a good thing to be losing as many games as we have been on the road," Sprewell said.

The Knicks struggled from the floor for much of night but were still within 68-66 on a free throw by Sprewell with 7:07 left. But the Hawks answered with the decisive run.

Rider triggered the 11-2 spurt with long 3-pointer and made two free throws before LaPhonso Ellis hit a 16-footer. Kurt Thomas made a jumper for the Knicks but Rider and Terry each hit a pair of free throws to give Atlanta a 79-68 advantage with 3:41 to play.

New York got off to a hot start, making seven of its first nine shots, but struggled thereafter. Following that start, the Knicks missed 27 of their next 31 shots and finished at 37 percent (30-of-82) from the field.

"We made some adjustments," Wilkens said. "I wanted to make sure guys knew what they were doing. In the beginning of the game I wanted everyone to stay home. That means stay with their man. After that we started to double and rotate and do different things."

One night after rallying for a victory over Milwaukee, New York was also a step slow on boards as they were outrebounded, 50-30. Dikembe Mutombo, facing fellow Georgetown alumnus Patrick Ewing, had 20 boards for Atlanta.

New York fell to 3-9 in the second half of back-to-back games.

"We just struggled the whole time," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We can't score enough right now on the road and we can't rebound. It looks like, and we are an old and tired team. We've got something to do. I don't know what it is or I would've already done it."

The Knicks got off to a good start and took their biggest lead, 17-8, with 5:10 left in the first quarter on a layup by Sprewell. Atlanta closed the period on a 10-2 spurt to pull within one.

Atlanta began the second quarter with a 22-7 burst, capped by a layup from Ellis with 3:29 to go before intermission for their biggest lead, 40-26. Ellis had 10 of his 16 points in spurt and the Hawks held a 46-39 advantage at the break.

Mutombo and Alan Henderson finished with 12 points apiece for the Hawks, who shot 45 percent (34-of-75).

"You have to beat them and beat their fans and send all of them home and that's what we did," Mutombo said. "It feels very good after three disappointing nights. It was very wonderful to come out and beat one of the stronger teams in the conference."

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