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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 31 12 25 93 PORTLAND 26 17 17 29 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 19, PATRICK EWING 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 19 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 20, RASHEED WALLACE 20, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 20

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 9, CHRIS CHILDS 5 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 8, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6

ATT: 20,497


Extended Box

NEW YORK (93) AT PORTLAND (89)

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

L JOHNSON F 35 5-10 4-4 1 6 7 2 3 2 1 16 SPREWELL F 40 8-17 2-2 0 2 2 9 1 0 1 19 EWING C 38 8-15 3-4 2 7 9 0 1 0 1 19 HOUSTON G 43 8-17 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 19 WARD G 24 1-2 0-0 0 6 6 2 2 1 1 3 CAMBY 16 1-6 0-0 5 2 7 0 4 0 1 2 THOMAS 20 5-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 10 CHILDS 24 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 5 4 2 2 5 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-78 10-11 10 25 35 21 18 5 12 93 (.487) (.909) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 18 2-5 0-2 4 2 6 0 2 1 1 4 PIPPEN F 38 6-15 6-6 1 3 4 6 2 2 0 20 WALLACE C 46 8-15 4-5 3 7 10 0 3 1 8 20 STOUDAMIRE G 37 8-18 2-2 1 3 4 8 1 2 0 20 SMITH G 32 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 2 B GRANT 24 6-7 0-0 4 2 6 2 2 0 1 12 WELLS 18 3-4 0-2 1 4 5 1 2 1 1 6 SCHREMPF 16 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 ANTHONY 11 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 12-17 14 23 37 19 16 7 14 89 (.474) (.706) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 31 12 25 - 93 PORTLAND 26 17 17 29 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, EWING 2. PORTLAND - PIPPEN 2, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-17 (.412), L JOHNSON 2-4, SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 2-6, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-2. PORTLAND 5-15 (.333), PIPPEN 2-5, STOUDAMIRE 2-6, SMITH 0-2, ANTHONY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LEON WOOD, GREG WILLARD. A - 20,497. T - 2:12.


Box Score

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 35 5-10 4-4 1-7 2 3 16 Sprewell 40 8-17 2-2 0-2 9 1 19 Ewing 38 8-15 3-4 2-9 0 1 19 Houston 43 8-17 1-1 0-1 1 1 19 Ward 24 1-2 0-0 0-6 2 2 3 Camby 16 1-6 0-0 5-7 0 4 2 Thomas 20 5-8 0-0 2-3 2 2 10 Childs 24 2-3 0-0 0-0 5 4 5 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 10-11 10-35 21 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (L Johnson 2-4, Sprewell 1-3, Houston 2-6, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Ewing 2). Turnovers: 12 (Houston 4, Childs 2, Camby, Ewing, L Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 5 (Childs 2, L Johnson 2, Ward).

PORTLAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 18 2-5 0-2 4-6 0 2 4 Pippen 38 6-15 6-6 1-4 6 2 20 Wallace 46 8-15 4-5 3-10 0 3 20 Stoudamire 37 8-18 2-2 1-4 8 1 20 Smith 32 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 B Grant 24 6-7 0-0 4-6 2 2 12 Wells 18 3-4 0-2 1-5 1 2 6 Schrempf 16 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Anthony 11 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Augmon DNP - coach's decision G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 12-17 14-37 19 16 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Pippen 2-5, Stoudamire 2-6, Smith 0-2, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen 2, Oneal). Turnovers: 15 (Wallace 8, Schrempf 2, B Grant, Oneal, Smith, Wells). Steals: 7 (Pippen 2, Stoudamire 2, Oneal, Wallace, Wells). ____________________________________________ New York 25 31 12 25 - 93 Portland 26 17 17 29 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,497. T: 2:12. Officials: Hugh Evans, Leon Wood, Greg Willard.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks' big man came up big at the end to keep the Portland Trail Blazers' little man from stealing the show.

New York center Patrick Ewing hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds to play and swatted away the potential tying shot by Scottie Pippen with less than 10 seconds left, helping the Knicks hold on for a 93-89 victory over the Trail Blazers.

Portland 5-10 point guard Damon Stoudamire scored six straight points down the stretch as the Trail Blazers tried to come back from a 17-point third-quarter deficit. His spree brought Portland within 87-86 with 52 seconds to play.

But Ewing, who had tossed up an airball on the Knicks' previous possession, was fouled driving to the basket and hit both free throws with 33 seconds to go.

The Blazers went to Pippen, who was able to drive past Latrell Sprewell but found himself face-to-face with the 7-foot Ewing, who reached out and flipped the ball away. Larry Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled, hitting both shots to seal the win for New York, which opened a five-game road trip.

"I saw him drive, stepped up, he switched it and tried to go under my arm and I was able to block it," Ewing said. "It feels good to start a road trip with a victory. We've got four more to go. There are a lot of tough teams out here. It's going to be a tough road trip, but we feel very confident."

The Knicks will face Sacramento, Seattle, Vancouver and the Los Angeles Lakers during the trip.

Ewing, Allan Houston and Sprewell each scored 19 points, Johnson added 16 and Kurt Thomas 10 for New York, which won its third straight and swept the two-game season series from Portland. Sprewell also handed out a season-high nine assists.

"He's been unselfish ever since he came here," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He's really helped to make us into an unselfish team. He puts up numbers, but he's not concerned with his numbers or his shots. He just plays to win. He's never complained to me about touches or shots. He just doesn't do it."

The Knicks moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with Miami, two games ahead of Philadelphia.

Stoudamire, Pippen and Rasheed Wallace scored 20 points apiece. Stoudamire added eight assists and Wallace 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost three straight and four of their last five at home.

"When you are 17 points down it is a big deficit to overcome," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They are a team that has the ability to make shots even when they are defended well. Sprewell came up big on several crucial plays down the stretch. These kinds of things happen sometimes."

Brian Grant, in his first action for the Blazers since March 8, scored 12 points, most coming after offensive rebounds. He had six boards, four on the offensive glass, in 24 minutes. He had been out with plantar fasciatis in his right foot.

"I felt pretty good," Grant said. "The rest definitely helped. I gave it time to heal and it definitely paid off. Now I just have to get back into the flow of things and get a little bit of conditioning."

The Knicks took advantage of the absence of injured 7-3 center Arvydas Sabonis to run out to a 14-point first-half lead. New York outscored Portland 22-7 over the first 7:36 of the second quarter, taking a 47-33 lead on Houston's 3-pointer from the left sideline.

Houston had 15 first-half points, Ewing added 13 and Sprewell kept the offense running with eight assists.

The Knicks stretched the lead to as much as 62-45 when Larry Johnson hit a jumper with 9:25 to go in the third period, but at that point Portland started to find some defensive intensity.

The Trail Blazers ran off the next six points, and with Pippen's long arms, Stoudamire's quick hands and Grant's dominance on the offensive glass, fought their way back into the game.

Jermaine O'Neal, who jumped from deep on the Blazers' bench into the starting role with the injury to Sabonis, took a hard fall in the third quarter after a collision with Ewing under the basket. He suffered a strained lower back and did not return but is expected to play Tuesday when the Blazers host San Antonio.

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