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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 28 21 23 16 6 94 MIAMI 21 25 18 24 7 95 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 23, LATRELL SPREWELL 19, PATRICK EWING 13 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 33, TIM HARDAWAY 16, DAN MAJERLE 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 14, CHARLIE WARD 7 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 11, TIM HARDAWAY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 10, ANTHONY CARTER 7

ATT: 19,600


Extended Box

NEW YORK (94) AT MIAMI (95) - FINAL IN OT

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

L JOHNSON F 30 4-7 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 11 SPREWELL F 46 9-21 1-1 1 5 6 4 2 1 1 19 EWING C 39 6-16 1-1 8 6 14 0 4 0 4 13 HOUSTON G 48 9-18 3-4 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 23 WARD G 23 2-5 0-0 1 6 7 4 2 1 1 6 THOMAS 16 3-7 1-1 1 3 4 0 4 1 1 7 CAMBY 33 2-4 2-4 2 4 6 3 1 2 1 6 CHILDS 30 3-9 1-2 0 2 2 5 1 1 3 9 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-87 11-15 15 32 47 18 17 6 13 94 (.437) (.733) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

BROWN F 35 4-8 0-2 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 8 MASHBURN F 44 1-14 0-0 1 2 3 6 4 1 2 2 MOURNING C 47 14-23 5-8 4 7 11 0 1 2 3 33 HARDAWAY G 39 6-21 2-2 3 4 7 10 2 2 2 16 MAJERLE G 38 5-7 0-0 1 5 6 2 3 2 2 14 BOWEN 22 5-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 2 13 WEATHERSPOON 18 3-6 2-2 2 4 6 0 1 0 2 8 CARTER 14 0-3 1-2 0 3 3 7 2 1 0 1 THORPE 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION H JAMISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-87 10-16 12 31 43 26 23 8 14 95 (.437) (.625) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

NEW YORK 28 21 23 16 6 - 94 MIAMI 21 25 18 24 7 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, EWING 3. MIAMI - MOURNING 6, WEATHERSPOON, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-17 (.412), L JOHNSON 1-1, SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 2-5, WARD 2-5, CHILDS 2-4. MIAMI 9-21 (.429), MASHBURN 0-2, MOURNING 0-1, HARDAWAY 2-9, MAJERLE 4-6, BOWEN 3-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MASHBURN, HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 19,600. T - 2:53.


Box Score

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 30 4-7 2-2 2-5 0 1 11 Sprewell 46 9-21 1-1 1-6 4 2 19 Ewing 39 6-16 1-1 8-14 0 4 13 Houston 48 9-18 3-4 0-3 2 2 23 Ward 23 2-5 0-0 1-7 4 2 6 Thomas 16 3-7 1-1 1-4 0 4 7 Camby 33 2-4 2-4 2-6 3 1 6 Childs 30 3-9 1-2 0-2 5 1 9 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-87 11-15 15-47 18 17 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (L Johnson 1-1, Sprewell 0-2, Houston 2-5, Ward 2-5, Childs 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Camby 4, Ewing 3). Turnovers: 15 (Ewing 4, Childs 3, Houston 2, Camby, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 6 (Camby 2, Childs, Sprewell, Thomas, Ward).

MIAMI (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 35 4-8 0-2 1-5 0 3 8 Mashburn 44 1-14 0-0 1-3 6 4 2 Mourning 47 14-23 5-8 4-11 0 1 33 Hardaway 39 6-21 2-2 3-7 10 2 16 Majerle 38 5-7 0-0 1-6 2 3 14 Bowen 22 5-5 0-0 0-1 1 5 13 Weatherspoon 18 3-6 2-2 2-6 0 1 8 Carter 14 0-3 1-2 0-3 7 2 1 Thorpe 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision H Jamison DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-87 10-16 12-43 26 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Mashburn 0-2, Mourning 0-1, Hardaway 2-9, Majerle 4-6, Bowen 3-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 6, Weatherspoon, Brown). Turnovers: 15 (Mourning 3, Bowen 2, Hardaway 2, Majerle 2, Mashburn 2, Weatherspoon 2, Thorpe). Steals: 8 (Hardaway 2, Majerle 2, Mourning 2, Carter, Mashburn). _________________________________________________ New York 28 21 23 16 6 - 94 Miami 21 25 18 24 7 - 95 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Mashburn, 10:16 3rd; Hardaway, 1:42 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,600. T: 2:53. Officials: Dan Crawford, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- From 25 feet away, Tim Hardaway tossed the New York Knicks right out of the Atlantic Division race.

Hardaway's 3-point fling at the horn improbably dropped through to give the Miami Heat a thrilling 95-94 overtime victory over the Knicks and control of the division race.

"It was a beautiful shot and a beautiful experience," Hardaway said.

"That's as a hard a way to lose as you can," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "They won on a desperation shot."

Chris Childs, whose 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter forced overtime, made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Knicks a 94-92 lead with six seconds to go. He played tough defense on Hardaway, who dribbled left and stopped at the left wing.

Just 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-8 from behind the arc to that point, Hardaway launched a high one-handed push shot that settled through the rim as the buzzer sounded, touching off a celebration at American Airlines Arena.

"When I shot it I thought it was going to hit the back of the iron and when it crinkled in, I thought, `Well, all right then. Let's go home,'" Hardaway said.

"It was unbelievable the shot went in," Heat forward P.J. Brown said. "I was just shocked. It was the same feeling I had last year when Allan Houston's shot hit the rim, but this time it was a good feeling. I haven't heard the crowd as loud as they were tonight."

The shot reversed the emotions of last year's playoffs, when New York's Houston made a leaning jumper in the final second to eliminate Miami in the first round for the second consecutive season.

"It was like disbelief," Houston said. "Everyone stood still for a second. But he made it. He made a tough shot. The degree of difficulty on his shot was harder than mine."

"I don't think it was a coincidence that there were 4.7 seconds left on the clock (when Miami inbounded)," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "That's the same amount of time that was on the clock last year when Houston bounced his in. We'll take it, whether it was a throw or a bounce, it went in. One of the most difficult things to do is to run a play at the end of the game to get a 3-pointer when everyone knows a 3-pointer is coming."

It was Miami's seventh straight win but no thing of beauty. The Heat (50-26) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and were scoreless for the first two minutes of the extra session.

However, they opened a three-game lead over the Knicks (47-29) with six games remaining -- all against prospective playoff teams -- and won the season series, 3-1, to claim the tiebreaker edge. That should be enough to secure their fourth straight Atlantic Division title.

"Everyone's in a pretty good state of mind," Riley said. "It puts us with 50 wins and three games ahead. ... We've got a lot of basketball left to play. Our objective now is catching Indiana."

Alonzo Mourning had 33 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Heat. Hardaway had 16 points and 10 assists and Dan Majerle added 14 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers during Miami's fourth-quarter comeback.

Houston scored 23 points, Latrell Sprewell added 19 and Patrick Ewing 13 and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who blew an eight-point lead in the final six minutes of regulation.

A three-point play by Kurt Thomas gave New York an 81-73 lead with 5:37 left in the fourth quarter. But Brown made a basket and Mourning had a free throw and a pair of hoops to cut the deficit to one point with 3:20 left.

Childs threw an alley-oop pass that Marcus Camby slammed home, but Majerle tied it with a 3-pointer and Hardaway gave the Heat an 85-83 lead with a jumper with 1:44 to go. Majerle answered Houston's jumper with another 3-pointer with 1:11 to play.

Ewing rebounded missed 3-pointers by Houston and Sprewell and the ball was swung to Childs, whose 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go tied it. The Knicks gave a foul before Jamal Mashburn -- who was 1-of-14 from the field -- shot an airball at the horn.

Overtime was a grudge match, with no one scoring until Ewing's three-point play with 3:12 remaining. Mourning threw in a hook but Ewing answered with a follow shot to give New York a 93-90 lead with 1:48 to play. Brown scored inside with 8.9 seconds to go and the Heat fouled Childs.

"It was an absolutely great, great game," Riley said. "I can't remember, even with all the games I've watched on television, when you have two teams slugging it out and matching baskets."

Bruce Bowen scored 13 points for the Heat, who shot 44 percent (38-of-87) and made 9-of-21 3-pointers.

Larry Johnson scored 11 points and Childs added nine for the Knicks, who shot the same and held a 47-43 rebounding advantage.

Mourning scored 11 points in the first quarter but did not get much help as Miami trailed 28-21. Bowen provided a boost off the bench in the second period and the Heat cut the deficit to 49-46 at halftime.

Houston's nine third-quarter points helped the Knicks extend their lead to 64-56 entering the fourth period.

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