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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 16 21 29 20 86 NEW YORK 26 27 32 26 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 18, MIKE BIBBY 15, MICHAEL DICKERSON 13 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 22, PATRICK EWING 21

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 8, MIKE BIBBY 5 NYK - KURT THOMAS 7, CHARLIE WARD 7

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 4, MICHAEL DICKERSON 4 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 6, ALLAN HOUSTON 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (86) AT NEW YORK (111)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 36 5-10 8-12 3 5 8 1 2 0 3 18 HARRINGTON F 23 2-7 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 6 REEVES C 25 4-10 1-1 3 0 3 1 3 0 0 9 BIBBY G 31 5-11 3-3 0 5 5 4 0 1 0 15 DICKERSON G 27 4-11 4-4 1 1 2 4 3 1 0 13 WEST 10 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 PARKS 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 SCOTT 22 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 0 1 5 LONG 21 2-4 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 5 PRICE 17 1-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 1 2 5 LOPEZ 16 1-3 1-4 2 0 2 0 5 1 1 3 EKEZIE 4 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 5

TOTALS 240 29-74 23-31 12 16 28 18 30 6 11 86 (.392) (.742) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 35 5-6 2-3 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 13 SPREWELL F 26 7-12 8-8 0 4 4 1 5 2 5 22 EWING C 28 8-10 5-5 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 21 HOUSTON G 33 8-13 5-5 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 22 WARD G 28 2-4 0-0 1 6 7 6 0 1 3 5 THOMAS 27 3-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 6 0 4 6 CHILDS 11 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 DUDLEY 16 0-1 1-2 2 3 5 0 5 0 0 1 WALLACE 21 6-11 1-1 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 13 BRUNSON 12 2-3 0-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 BOHANNON 3 0-0 3-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-66 26-30 8 31 39 17 30 3 19 111 (.621) (.867) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

VANCOUVER 16 21 29 20 - 86 NEW YORK 26 27 32 26 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - NONE. NEW YORK - EWING 3, DUDLEY 3, SPREWELL, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 5-16 (.313), BIBBY 2-3, DICKERSON 1-4, SCOTT 1-6, PRICE 1-3. NEW YORK 3-6 (.500), L JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-3. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HEAD COACH HOLLINS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW YORK - THOMAS. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEROY RICHARDSON, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 36 5-10 8-12 3-8 1 2 18 Harrington 23 2-7 2-2 0-1 1 3 6 Reeves 25 4-10 1-1 3-3 1 3 9 Bibby 31 5-11 3-3 0-5 4 0 15 Dickerson 27 4-11 4-4 1-2 4 3 13 West 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Parks 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Scott 22 2-8 0-0 1-2 3 3 5 Long 21 2-4 1-2 1-2 1 1 5 Price 17 1-4 2-2 1-1 1 3 5 Lopez 16 1-3 1-4 2-2 0 5 3 Ekezie 4 2-2 1-1 0-2 0 4 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 23-31 12-28 18 30 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Bibby 2-3, Dickerson 1-4, Scott 1-6, Price 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 11 (Abdur-rahim 3, Ekezie 2, Harrington 2, Price 2, Lopez, Scott). Steals: 6 (Bibby, Dickerson, Harrington, Lopez, Price, West).

NEW YORK (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 35 5-6 2-3 0-3 2 2 13 Sprewell 26 7-12 8-8 0-4 1 5 22 Ewing 28 8-10 5-5 1-5 1 2 21 Houston 33 8-13 5-5 0-4 3 3 22 Ward 28 2-4 0-0 1-7 6 0 5 Thomas 27 3-5 0-0 2-7 1 6 6 Childs 11 0-1 1-1 0-0 2 1 1 Dudley 16 0-1 1-2 2-5 0 5 1 Wallace 21 6-11 1-1 1-2 0 4 13 Brunson 12 2-3 0-1 0-1 1 1 4 Bohannon 3 0-0 3-4 1-1 0 1 3 Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-66 26-30 8-39 17 30 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.621, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (L Johnson 1-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Ewing 3, Dudley 3, Sprewell, Thomas). Turnovers: 19 (Sprewell 5, Thomas 4, Ward 3, Ewing 2, Bohannon, Brunson, Houston, L Johnson, Wallace). Steals: 3 (Sprewell 2, Ward). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 16 21 29 20 - 86 New York 26 27 32 26 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (Head Coach Hollins, 10:49 2nd; Illegal Defense, 8:59 3rd). New York 1 (Thomas, 1:01 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leroy Richardson, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- It took a visit from the slumping Vancouver Grizzlies and the return of starting point guard Charlie Ward to snap the New York Knicks out of their recent funk.

After looking clueless on offense in losing three of their previous four games, the Knicks finally found their groove with Ward back in the starting playmaker's spot, cruising to a 111-86 victory over the lifeless Grizzlies.

Ward, who had missed the previous nine games with a broken pinky, had four assists during an opening 13-0 run and New York never looked back. The Knicks had failed to score more than 80 points in consecutive losses to Atlanta and Utah and suffered an 85-76 loss at Miami on February 28.

"It was just a matter of time. They didn't feed off of me, I was just playing the way I normally do and they made plays," Ward said. "We made shots tonight and that plays a big part in winning."

New York led 85-66 entering the final period tonight and demonstrated its offensive fluidity throughout, shooting a season-best 62 percent (41-of-66) from the field. Patrick Ewing received a steady dose of feeds from Ward in the low post, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first half on 7-of-8 shootng.

"This morning, I wasn't as sharp and tonight I wasn't as sharp as I'm capable of being," Ward said. "But that's part of it. I've been out for a while. But my teammates helped me through it and I'm really grateful for that."

"I'm not sure it's because he's back why we had a good game. But we're just happy he's back," Ewing said. "Charlie does a lot of things. He hustles, he hits the 3, he passes."

Ward finished with five points, six rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes. Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell, who started in the backcourt in Ward's absence, scored 22 points apiece for the Knicks, who moved within one-half game of idle Miami (37-23) for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"Charlie's back and hopefully we can keep everybody healthy and get Marcus (Camby) back with us where we have our entire team and there's no more excuses," Sprewell said. "(Ward) hustles. He's our No. 1 hustle guy. I think when you have players that make those type plays, it kind of carries over sometimes and I think that was the case today."

"It doesn't go unnoticed when a guy like that is out," Houston said. "We're capable of playing well, obviously. But those intangible plays that Charlie comes up with just gives us a big boost."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 18 points for Vancouver, which has lost five in a row in its quest for a franchise record-tying 19th victory. The Grizzlies have dropped four in a row on the road and are 9-22 away from GM Place.

"We played horrible tonight. I am embarrassed," Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins said. "I hope our guys are embarrassed. Obviously the Knicks played one of their best games all season, but we helped by not rebounding and playing any defense. They had 111 points."

John Wallace and Larry Johnson scored 13 points apiece, going a combined 11-of-17 from the floor for the sharpshooting Knicks, who never trailed. The blowout allowed the 330th consecutive sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden to relax for a change as New York improved to 25-7 at home.

"It was a great game for us overall," Sprewell said. "We really defended well. The offense, for a change, got over 80 points or 90 points, whatever it is. It was a fun game and we were due for one."

The Knicks held a 39-28 rebounding advantage and overcame 19 turnovers.

Mike Bibby scored 15 points and Michael Dickerson added 13 for the Grizzlies, who shot 39 percent (29-of-74), including 5-of-16 from 3-point range.

Ewing opened the scoring with a running jumper and two layups around a basket by Sprewell. Houston buried a 23-footer off a feed from Ward before the former Heisman Trophy winner found Johnson for a driving dunk that made it 13-0 with 7:38 remaining in the opening period.

Ward hit Wallace for an 18-footer at the halftime buzzer that gave New York a commanding 53-37 lead at intermission. Ward did not score until burying a 23-footer with 9:45 left in the third quarter that made it 60-43.

He made a driving layup three minutes later for a 70-54 lead.

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