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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 22 25 20 13 80 NEW YORK 34 20 25 14 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 22, TIM DUNCAN 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 24, PATRICK EWING 21, ALLAN HOUSTON 20

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 13, DAVID ROBINSON 6 NYK - PATRICK EWING 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 7, CHARLIE WARD 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (80) AT NEW YORK (93)

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

DUNCAN F 40 7-19 1-2 2 11 13 3 3 0 2 15 ELIE F 36 2-6 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 1 3 7 ROBINSON C 29 10-18 2-3 2 4 6 1 4 1 0 22 DANIELS G 34 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 4 JOHNSON G 35 4-10 2-2 1 2 3 4 3 1 3 10 JACKSON 19 3-6 1-1 0 1 1 2 5 1 0 8 WALKER 25 2-7 6-8 1 4 5 3 1 1 0 10 J KERSEY 12 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 2 DIAL 9 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 SPENCER 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 PORTER DNP - LEFT MCL SPRAIN ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-83 13-18 10 27 37 19 21 7 8 80 (.386) (.722) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(5 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 40 5-9 0-0 0 6 6 2 4 1 1 13 SPREWELL F 42 8-16 8-8 1 7 8 7 1 0 1 24 EWING C 32 9-16 3-4 4 11 15 2 4 1 4 21 HOUSTON G 42 7-17 5-6 1 2 3 2 2 0 3 20 WARD G 22 1-2 1-2 0 3 3 5 4 1 1 3 THOMAS 23 0-3 2-2 0 8 8 0 2 0 2 2 WALLACE 13 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 5 CHILDS 26 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 5 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-70 20-24 6 40 46 21 18 4 15 93 (.486) (.833) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 22 25 20 13 - 80 NEW YORK 34 20 25 14 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, ELIE, ROBINSON. NEW YORK - EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-12 (.250), ELIE 2-4, DANIELS 0-3, JACKSON 1-2, DIAL 0-3. NEW YORK 5-12 (.417), L JOHNSON 3-6, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 0-1, CHILDS 1-2. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, MIKE CALLAHAN, NOLAN FINE. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 40 7-19 1-2 2-13 3 3 15 Elie 36 2-6 1-2 1-3 2 2 7 Robinson 29 10-18 2-3 2-6 1 4 22 Daniels 34 2-7 0-0 0-0 3 2 4 Johnson 35 4-10 2-2 1-3 4 3 10 Jackson 19 3-6 1-1 0-1 2 5 8 Walker 25 2-7 6-8 1-5 3 1 10 J Kersey 12 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Dial 9 1-7 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Spencer 1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Porter DNP - left mcl sprain Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 13-18 10-37 19 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Elie 2-4, Daniels 0-3, Jackson 1-2, Dial 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Duncan, Elie, Robinson). Turnovers: 8 (Elie 3, Johnson 3, Duncan 2). Steals: 7 (Daniels, Elie, J Kersey, Jackson, Johnson, Robinson, Walker).

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 40 5-9 0-0 0-6 2 4 13 Sprewell 42 8-16 8-8 1-8 7 1 24 Ewing 32 9-16 3-4 4-15 2 4 21 Houston 42 7-17 5-6 1-3 2 2 20 Ward 22 1-2 1-2 0-3 5 4 3 Thomas 23 0-3 2-2 0-8 0 2 2 Wallace 13 2-4 1-2 0-1 0 0 5 Childs 26 2-3 0-0 0-2 3 1 5 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 20-24 6-46 21 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (L Johnson 3-6, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 0-1, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Ewing). Turnovers: 16 (Ewing 4, Houston 3, Wallace 3, Thomas 2, L Johnson, Sprewell, Ward). Steals: 4 (Ewing, L Johnson, Wallace, Ward). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 22 25 20 13 - 80 New York 34 20 25 14 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Head Coach Popovich, 4:08 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Hugh Evans, Mike Callahan, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Last June, Patrick Ewing watched in street clothes as the San Antonio Spurs celebrated their first NBA title on the Madison Square Garden floor. Today, in full uniform, he added an asterisk.

Ewing worked around "Twin Towers" Tim Duncan and David Robinson for 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 93-80 victory over the defending champions.

"We came out and played well in the first quarter," Ewing said. "In the second quarter we took a step back but picked up the intensity in the third and fourth quarters."

Still in search of an elusive championship, the 37-year-old Ewing did not play in last year's NBA Finals due to a strained Achilles tendon. Without him, the Knicks had almost no chance against the taller Spurs and succumbed in five games.

Ewing made 9-of-16 shots as he registered his third straight double-double. He is averaging 21.0 points and 16.3 rebounds during that stretch and showed Duncan and Robinson things may have been different had he been healthy last year.

"I think that he has had some very, very good moments this year," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "His rebounding the last three games has been monumental to us winning. He is starting to shoot a higher percentage, which is important."

The Knicks also got big games from Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston, who carried the offense in the 1999 Finals. Sprewell had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Houston scored 20 points as New York gained a split of the season series with San Antonio.

"That's how we have to win games," Houston said. "But I think what we've been doing well is just really paying attention to our game plan and sticking to it. We've just been more mentally focused going into the games and that has helped us."

"Ewing is a great player. He creates problems for us," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "In addition to Sprewell and Houston, he makes it tough."

Robinson scored 22 points and Duncan added 15 and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who led for just 21 seconds, shot less than 39 percent (32-of-83) from the field and fell two games behind first-place Utah.

"They played well tonight but I don't think it was about them, it was about us," said Duncan, who made just 7-of-19 shots. "We weren't making shots, especially myself. It was a bad night for us."

Duncan said the return to the Garden brought back memories of last season.

"Right up until the horn blew," he said. "Then it's a whole new season, a whole new game."

Sprewell came out on fire, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting as the Knicks raced to a 34-22 lead after one quarter. Duncan missed six of his first seven shots.

"We played really well," Sprewell said. "We defended really well. Offensively we were really good. We were rebounding, blocking shots, everything Jeff asked us to do."

"I think we got off to a good start because Latrell made some very, very good plays, not only going to the basket himself but also getting other guys involved," Van Gundy said. "Latrell has the capabilities of scoring big but he hurts teams with the passes as much as he does with the shot."

Duncan got a bit untracked in the second quarter as the Spurs cut the deficit to 54-47 at halftime. He opened the third period with a basket but Larry Johnson made a 3-pointer and Ewing scored to rebuild the lead to 10 points.

The Knicks slowly pulled away and opened their largest lead at 75-58 on a layup by Sprewell with 3:53 left. Ewing scored 11 points in the period, which ended with New York holding a 79-67 advantage.

"Ewing played really well and was solid," Robinson said. "Sprewell brought a lot of great energy, he was moving well. They looked like a great team."

The Spurs got no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.

"They did a great job being aggressive for 48 minutes," Popovich said. "They jumped on us. We recovered once, but they kept on coming back with their aggressive play throughout the game. We needed to play a lot better to win."

In addition to doing a solid job on the taller Duncan, Johnson scored 13 points. The Knicks shot 49 percent (34-of-70) and held a 46-37 rebounding edge.

Samaki Walker and Avery Johnson scored 10 points apiece for the Spurs.

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