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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 26 27 20 29 11 113 WASHINGTON 30 22 27 23 16 118 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 33, PATRICK EWING 23, ALLAN HOUSTON 23 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 32, JUWAN HOWARD 29, ROD STRICKLAND 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 16, LATRELL SPREWELL 5 WAS - GERARD KING 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 10, MITCH RICHMOND 4

ATT: 15,354


Extended Box

NEW YORK (113) AT WASHINGTON (118) - FINAL IN OT

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

L JOHNSON F 44 4-7 2-2 1 1 2 4 4 0 1 10 SPREWELL F 45 11-20 11-13 1 4 5 3 2 1 3 33 EWING C 43 10-16 3-5 2 14 16 1 6 1 1 23 HOUSTON G 47 7-15 9-10 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 23 WARD G 31 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 2 7 THOMAS 24 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 2 8 CHILDS 22 4-5 0-3 1 0 1 1 5 0 4 9 DUDLEY 9 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 43-79 25-33 7 26 33 15 30 3 16 113 (.544) (.758) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 50 13-19 3-5 0 5 5 3 3 2 4 29 KING F 39 4-6 4-4 2 7 9 2 3 1 0 12 J WHITE C 12 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 2 RICHMOND G 45 12-19 7-8 0 5 5 4 3 4 2 32 STRICKLAND G 40 6-12 3-4 0 4 4 10 4 0 3 15 A WILLIAMS 28 6-8 2-3 1 3 4 2 6 1 0 14 C WHITNEY 15 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 6 T MURRAY 28 2-4 4-4 0 1 1 1 5 1 1 8 HAMILTON 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 46-75 25-30 4 27 31 26 30 10 12 118 (.613) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 26 27 20 29 11 - 113 WASHINGTON 30 22 27 23 16 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - NONE. WASHINGTON - STRICKLAND 2, RICHMOND, HOWARD, A WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-11 (.182), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 1-4, CHILDS 1-2. WASHINGTON 1-4 (.250), HOWARD 0-1, RICHMOND 1-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WASHINGTON - HEAD COACH WALKER. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, TED BERNHARDT, MIKE SMITH. A - 15,354. T - 2:36.


Box Score

NEW YORK (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 44 4-7 2-2 1-2 4 4 10 Sprewell 45 11-20 11-13 1-5 3 2 33 Ewing 43 10-16 3-5 2-16 1 6 23 Houston 47 7-15 9-10 0-1 3 3 23 Ward 31 3-9 0-0 0-3 2 4 7 Thomas 24 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 3 8 Childs 22 4-5 0-3 1-1 1 5 9 Dudley 9 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 43-79 25-33 7-33 15 30 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 0-2, Ward 1-4, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 16 (Childs 4, Sprewell 3, Dudley 2, Thomas 2, Ward 2, Ewing, Houston, L Johnson). Steals: 3 (Ewing, Houston, Sprewell).

WASHINGTON (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 50 13-19 3-5 0-5 3 3 29 King 39 4-6 4-4 2-9 2 3 12 J White 12 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 4 2 Richmond 45 12-19 7-8 0-5 4 3 32 Strickland 40 6-12 3-4 0-4 10 4 15 A Williams 28 6-8 2-3 1-4 2 6 14 C Whitney 15 2-2 2-2 0-1 3 1 6 T Murray 28 2-4 4-4 0-1 1 5 8 Hamilton 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Austin DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 46-75 25-30 4-31 26 30 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.613, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Howard 0-1, Richmond 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Strickland 2, Richmond, Howard, A Williams). Turnovers: 12 (Howard 4, Strickland 3, Richmond 2, Hamilton, J White, T Murray). Steals: 10 (Richmond 4, Howard 2, A Williams, C Whitney, King, T Murray). _________________________________________________ New York 26 27 20 29 11 - 113 Washington 30 22 27 23 16 - 118 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:19 4th). Washington 1 (Head Coach Walker, 8:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,354. T: 2:36. Officials: Jim Clark, Ted Bernhardt, Mike Smith.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- They may be tired, but the Washington Wizards finally have a winning streak in 2000.

Mitch Richmond scored 32 points as Washington overcame its third game in as many nights and overtime to post a thrilling 118-113 victory over the New York Knicks.

The triumph followed a come-from-behind 90-86 victory in Minnesota and gave the Wizards their first two-game winning streak since December.

Washington started its three-night stretch with an 87-85 home loss to Orlando. Tonight's game was rescheduled from a January 25 storm that dropped over a foot of snow in Washington.

"I'm emotionally drained," Wizards coach Darrell Walker said.

Rod Strickland hit a pair of free throws to snap a 108-108 tie with 1:48 to play. He also hit a floater and set up a jumper by Chris Whitney as the Wizards built a 114-109 lead with 30 seconds left.

"We've been playing harder of late," Strickland said. "We haven't been consistent with the play like the last two nights all year. If we could play like the last two, this season would have been totally different."

Juwan Howard scored 29 points and Strickland added 15 and 10 assists for Washington, which improved to 3-10 on the second half of back-to-back games and 20-42 for the season.

"It was a very emotional game tonight," Walker said. "It was like a playoff game. It feels great to get back-to-back wins."

Latrell Sprewell scored a season-high 33 points and Patrick Ewing added 23 and 16 rebounds before fouling out for the Knicks, who could have tied Miami atop the Atlantic Division with a victory.

New York lost for the fourth time in six games and fell to 1-8 in its last nine on the road.

"You can tell how good your team is by how they perform on the road," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

"There is a lot of concern about the way we are playing, especially on the road," Sprewell said. "We are not going to get down on one another. We're not pointing fingers. We are just going to find a way to get out of this."

New York had a chance to tie it at 110-110, but Sprewell, an 86 percent foul shooter, hit just 1-of-2 from the line.

"We missed free throws in the fourth, we missed free throws in overtime and we missed shots we have to make to win the game, especially if we are not going to stop them," Van Gundy said.

After a timeout, Strickland scooted to the right elbow and floated in a jumper for a three-point lead. Knicks All-Star Allan Houston missed a jumper and Whitney scored at the other end for a commanding 114-109 lead with 30 seconds left.

"It was a real tough loss," Ewing said. "They played a lot better. We didn't play well in defense down the stretch and they were hitting every shot. They made some great plays. You have to give them credit."

The Wizards went 5-of-7 from the field in overtime and finished at 61 percent (46-of-75). Richmond and Howard combined to go 25-of-38.

"Real simple, it came down to executing tonight," Walker said. "We definitely needed a big game from those guys tonight."

"This was just a great game," said Strickland, who like Walker is a former Knicks guard. "It came down to us making the big plays when we had to in the end."

New York had the final possession of the fourth quarter, which featured five ties and six lead changes. But Larry Johnson missed badly on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"Our defensive intensity has been there the last two nights," Richmond said. "We were all very aggressive tonight. If we were that every night, the season would be totally different."

The Wizards, who led by as much as six points in the fourth quarter, had two chances to grab the lead on their last possession of regulation but Gerard King and Richmond each missed jumpers in the closing seconds.

Washington was able to erase an eight-point deficit in the third quarter on six consecutive points by Howard, who played 50 minutes. The Wizards extended the run to 10-0, capped by a 19-footer from Richmond that provided a 68-66 lead with 3:58 to play.

There were nine ties and nine lead changes the rest of the way.

The Wizards stretched their run to 21-5, building their biggest lead at 79-71 on a free throw by Howard with 67 seconds remaining in the third. But the Knicks scored the next eight points.

"It was a very good game, but if you are going to win, you are going to have to make stops, no matter how well they are playing," Van Gundy said. "We didn't get that tonight."

Houston scored 23 points and Johnson added 10 for New York, which shot 54 percent (43-of-79) from the field and hit 25-of-33 free throws.

Aaron Williams scored 14 points and King added 12 for Washington.

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