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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 18 27 22 18 85 ORLANDO 29 24 20 11 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, KURT THOMAS 22, CHARLIE WARD 8 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 25, JOHN AMAECHI 17, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, LARRY JOHNSON 9 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 11, BO OUTLAW 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 6, BO OUTLAW 4

ATT: 14,673


Extended Box

NEW YORK (85) AT ORLANDO (84)

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

L JOHNSON F 32 3-11 0-0 0 9 9 1 4 2 1 7 SPREWELL F 39 8-19 6-7 2 5 7 6 2 2 1 22 THOMAS C 35 8-13 6-6 4 5 9 0 4 1 3 22 HOUSTON G 35 1-9 3-4 1 3 4 3 4 0 3 5 WARD G 20 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 8 RICE 27 1-8 3-4 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 5 KNIGHT 8 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 2 STRICKLAND 16 2-4 2-2 0 5 5 1 1 3 0 7 CHILDS 28 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 3 2 7 CAMBY DNP - ANKLE POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-78 20-23 11 30 41 16 24 14 14 85 (.385) (.870) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

AMAECHI F 40 7-15 3-3 1 6 7 0 2 1 3 17 OUTLAW F 47 3-6 4-7 5 5 10 4 2 0 2 10 DOLEAC C 19 2-6 2-3 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 6 ARMSTRONG G 37 5-11 2-2 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 15 MCGRADY G 45 9-23 5-7 4 7 11 6 0 1 3 25 PERRY 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 DECLERCQ 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 15 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 5 0 1 4 GARRITY 14 1-5 1-1 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 3 MILLER 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 HUDSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-77 17-23 15 29 44 16 19 6 19 84 (.403) (.739) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

NEW YORK 18 27 22 18 - 85 ORLANDO 29 24 20 11 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - L JOHNSON. ORLANDO - MCGRADY 2, OUTLAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-18 (.278), L JOHNSON 1-4, SPREWELL 0-3, WARD 2-3, RICE 0-3, STRICKLAND 1-2, CHILDS 1-3. ORLANDO 5-11 (.455), ARMSTRONG 3-6, MCGRADY 2-3, WILLIAMS 0-1, GARRITY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LEON WOOD, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 14,673. T - 2:32.


Box Score

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 32 3-11 0-0 0-9 1 4 7 Sprewell 39 8-19 6-7 2-7 6 2 22 Thomas 35 8-13 6-6 4-9 0 4 22 Houston 35 1-9 3-4 1-4 3 4 5 Ward 20 3-6 0-0 1-2 1 1 8 Rice 27 1-8 3-4 1-1 0 2 5 Knight 8 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 Strickland 16 2-4 2-2 0-5 1 1 7 Childs 28 3-7 0-0 1-2 3 3 7 Camby DNP - ankle Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 20-23 11-41 16 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (L Johnson 1-4, Sprewell 0-3, Ward 2-3, Rice 0-3, Strickland 1-2, Childs 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (L Johnson). Turnovers: 15 (Houston 3, Thomas 3, Ward 3, Childs 2, Knight, L Johnson, Sprewell). Steals: 14 (Childs 3, Strickland 3, L Johnson 2, Rice 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas, Ward).

ORLANDO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Amaechi 40 7-15 3-3 1-7 0 2 17 Outlaw 47 3-6 4-7 5-10 4 2 10 Doleac 19 2-6 2-3 1-5 3 3 6 Armstrong 37 5-11 2-2 1-2 2 2 15 Mcgrady 45 9-23 5-7 4-11 6 0 25 Perry 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Declercq 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Williams 15 2-7 0-0 1-4 0 5 4 Garrity 14 1-5 1-1 2-3 0 3 3 Miller 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Hudson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 17-23 15-44 16 19 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Armstrong 3-6, Mcgrady 2-3, Williams 0-1, Garrity 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcgrady 2, Outlaw). Turnovers: 19 (Armstrong 4, Amaechi 3, Mcgrady 3, Perry 3, Doleac 2, Outlaw 2, Declercq, Williams). Steals: 6 (Armstrong 3, Amaechi, Mcgrady, Perry). ____________________________________________ New York 18 27 22 18 - 85 Orlando 29 24 20 11 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,673. T: 2:32. Officials: Hugh Evans, Leon Wood, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks continue to overcome sluggish offense with their typically tenacious brand of defense.

Erick Strickland's steal led to Chris Childs' driving layup with 12.3 seconds remaining as the Knicks rallied for an 85-84 victory over the Orlando Magic.

"Travis (Knight) trapped the ball," Childs said. "Strick came in and got a hand on it. When I got it, I knew I had to get to the basket quick."

New York overcame an 82-74 deficit by holding the Magic to just 11 points in the fourth quarter, including only two in the final five minutes.

"We hung in there and played well," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy added. "A poor defensive first half. What I'm most proud of is we have a 15-man team and Erick Strickland came in did a great job on (Tracy) McGrady. Travis made a good trap on the inbound. I think that's what I liked the best."

Strickland scored just seven points in 16 minutes, but his steal may have been the biggest play of the game.

"Even if I am not playing, I am trying to make contribitions, whether it's cheering the guys on or being a positive infuence on the bench," Strickland said.

Down the stretch, Orlando clearly missed All-Star forward Grant Hill, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury. But the Magic still had four chances to score on their final possession.

After Darrell Armstrong missed a driving layup, Tracy McGrady could not convert the offensive rebound. The ball went out of bounds off the Knicks, allowing Orlando to retain possession with 2.6 seconds to go.

McGrady, who scored 25 points, launched an airball from the right wing that fell into the hands of Pat Garrity, who somehow missed a wide-open layup at the buzzer.

"I thought I had an opening," McGrady said. "(Allan) Houston was guarding the guy out of bounds and distracted me a little on my shot. I had to re-adjust my shot and I fell short. Pat Garrity grabbed the rebound and I thought we still had a chance to win the ballgame, but it fell short on the layup."

Latrell Sprewell and Kurt Thomas scored 22 points apiece for the Knicks, who won their second straight without center Marcus Camby, who remains day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

Sprewell matched his season high and Thomas surpassed his, both established Sunday against Golden State. No one else had more than eight points for New York.

John Amechi scored 17 points for the Magic, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss.

"Obviously, a tough loss for us," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "I guess our goal was to keep the Knick fans quiet for 48 minutes. We kept them quiet for 47 minutes and that's not good enough here."

Larry Johnson drilled a 3-pointer, bringing the Knicks within 82-77 with 4:51 to play before Sprewell hit a pair fron the line to make it 82-79 with 3:17 left.

Bo Outlaw hit two foul shots to give Orlando an 84-79 lead with 2:54 to go but the Magic were blanked thereafter.

"We tired out McGrady (in the fourth quarter) by letting him dunk so much in the first three quarters," Van Gundy said.

Thomas hit a pair from the line on New York's next possession but the Knicks seemed to self-destruct with turnovers on their next two possessions.

Sprewell appeared to tie it when he drilled a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. But the basket was negated as the Knicks called a timeout just before he launched the shot. Following the timeout, Sprewell converted a driving layup, pulling the Knicks within one.

"I think Sprewell's leadership has grown and grown and so has our team spirit," Van Gundy said. "We just fought and found a way to win. The end was the only time we led. I just really respect our guys for hanging in there after we missed so many shots."

Orlando called time to get the ball at midcourt, but Strickland deflected Armstrong's pass in the frontcourt to Childs, who had a clear path to the basket.

Early on, it appeared the Knicks would miss Camby more than the Magic would miss Hill as Orlando jumped to a 29-13 lead late in the first quarter.

But New York turned up the defensive intensity, allowing less than 100 points for the sixth straight game. During that stretch, the Knicks have not scored more than 90.

"This is a huge win for the organization," Thomas said. "This is the type of win that builds character on a team."

New York scored the final five points of the first quarter and slowly regrouped, closing within 53-45 at the half.

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