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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 17 13 17 27 74 ATLANTA 19 20 27 12 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 21, LATRELL SPREWELL 16, KURT THOMAS 10 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 19, ALAN HENDERSON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 8, ALLAN HOUSTON 5 ATL - ALAN HENDERSON 10, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 3 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 4, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 12,007


Extended Box

NEW YORK (74) AT ATLANTA (78)

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

L JOHNSON F 32 2-7 0-0 5 3 8 1 3 1 2 4 SPREWELL F 37 6-12 3-4 0 3 3 3 2 2 5 16 THOMAS C 23 5-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 0 10 CHILDS G 27 2-9 0-0 1 2 3 6 6 2 2 4 HOUSTON G 44 8-16 2-3 1 4 5 2 4 1 2 21 SPENCER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KNIGHT 10 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 RICE 34 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 7 STRICKLAND 21 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 6 POSTELL 9 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 2 CAMBY DNP - ANKLE WARD DNP - KNEE INJURY

TOTALS 240 29-71 9-11 8 22 30 16 24 10 13 74 (.408) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 35 5-13 6-7 6 4 10 1 2 0 3 16 D JOHNSON F 24 1-8 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 0 2 2 MUTOMBO C 28 2-5 2-2 2 6 8 0 1 0 1 6 JACKSON G 33 6-12 7-7 0 6 6 4 1 3 2 19 MALONEY G 31 3-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 2 4 9 WRIGHT 22 3-6 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 0 8 TERRY 18 2-8 1-2 1 1 2 2 0 1 3 5 CRAWFORD 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 ROBINSON 27 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 4 9 MOTTOLA 11 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 A JOHNSON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-68 19-22 15 27 42 15 16 7 19 78 (.397) (.864) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(14 PTS)

NEW YORK 17 13 17 27 - 74 ATLANTA 19 20 27 12 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - L JOHNSON 2, THOMAS, POSTELL. ATLANTA - D JOHNSON 4, MUTOMBO 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-15 (.467), SPREWELL 1-3, CHILDS 0-2, HOUSTON 3-3, RICE 1-3, STRICKLAND 2-4. ATLANTA 5-15 (.333), D JOHNSON 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, MALONEY 2-4, TERRY 0-3, CRAWFORD 0-1, ROBINSON 3-4. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, ATLANTA - HENDERSON. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 12,007. T - 2:13.


Box Score

NEW YORK (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 32 2-7 0-0 5-8 1 3 4 Sprewell 37 6-12 3-4 0-3 3 2 16 Thomas 23 5-6 0-0 1-3 1 5 10 Childs 27 2-9 0-0 1-3 6 6 4 Houston 44 8-16 2-3 1-5 2 4 21 Spencer 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Knight 10 2-7 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Rice 34 2-5 2-2 0-2 1 1 7 Strickland 21 2-7 0-0 0-3 2 1 6 Postell 9 0-2 2-2 0-2 0 0 2 Camby DNP - ankle Ward DNP - knee injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 9-11 8-30 16 24 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Sprewell 1-3, Childs 0-2, Houston 3-3, Rice 1-3, Strickland 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (L Johnson 2, Thomas, Postell). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 5, Childs 2, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Knight, Postell). Steals: 10 (Childs 2, Postell 2, Sprewell 2, Houston, L Johnson, Rice, Strickland).

ATLANTA (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 35 5-13 6-7 6-10 1 2 16 D Johnson 24 1-8 0-0 3-5 1 2 2 Mutombo 28 2-5 2-2 2-8 0 1 6 Jackson 33 6-12 7-7 0-6 4 1 19 Maloney 31 3-5 1-2 1-3 1 4 9 Wright 22 3-6 2-2 2-5 2 2 8 Terry 18 2-8 1-2 1-2 2 0 5 Crawford 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Robinson 27 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 2 9 Mottola 11 2-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 A Johnson 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-68 19-22 15-42 15 16 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (D Johnson 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Maloney 2-4, Terry 0-3, Crawford 0-1, Robinson 3-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (D Johnson 4, Mutombo 3). Turnovers: 19 (Maloney 4, Robinson 4, Henderson 3, Terry 3, D Johnson 2, Jackson 2, Mutombo). Steals: 7 (Jackson 3, Maloney 2, Robinson, Terry). ____________________________________________ New York 17 13 17 27 - 74 Atlanta 19 20 27 12 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Thomas, 7:58 3rd). Atlanta 1 (Henderson, 1:15 2nd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 9:52 4th). A: 12,007. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo got to see firsthand just how badly the New York Knicks need rebounding help.

Mutombo and Alan Henderson controlled the boards and Jim Jackson paced the Hawks with 19 points as the Knicks' bid for a second straight come-from-behind victory fell short, 78-74.

With injured center Marcus Camby on the bench for a third straight game, the Knicks were outrebounded, 42-30, and seemed to get outworked on the glass during every key sequence in the fourth quarter, when they outscored the Hawks, 27-12.

"We knew from the beginning we had a great opportunity to win the game for the fact that they were shorthanded," Mutombo said. "We tried to go inside and take advantage of that. We came out with a great result."

New York pulled out a thrilling 85-84 victory at Orlando on Tuesday but lacked the necessary energy and effort to compete with the Hawks until the final period tonight.

Henderson had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mutombo, who has been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Knicks since Patrick Ewing's departure to Seattle, added six, eight and three blocks in 28 minutes, helping the Hawks to their second win.

"This has always been a different game because Patrick was always there and now with all these rumors, I just want to make sure I'm doing my thing," Mutombo said. "I don't know what to say. Time will tell."

"We played very well defensively," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "We were contesting shots and had a size advantage. I thought our team took advantage of this."

Jackson scored seven points during a 10-0 third-quarter burst that helped Atlanta open a 59-38 advantage. But the shooting guard suffered a sprained MCL with just over five minutes to play and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

"It's real frustrating to me because I felt I really got in a rhythm and started to play well," Jackson said after making 6-of-12 shots and all seven of his free throws. "I fell on the outside of my leg and I heard some ligaments."

Allan Houston scored 21 points and Latrell Sprewell added 16 for the Knicks, who have lost four in a row in Atlanta.

New York's lackadaisical play was evident from the start. Holding a 15-10 lead with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter, the Knicks went stone cold. Matt Maloney started a 9-2 spurt with a 3-pointer that Jason Terry capped with an 18-footer as the Hawks took the lead for good, 19-17, entering the second quarter.

"It's very frustrating," Houston said. "A game like this, you're tired but you have to fight through it. It wasn't the cause. We tried to just put our will together with any type of advantage we had, but we didn't do it. We were very sporadic. It just has to be more consistent."

"If we would have lost last night, there's no way we would have played the way we did," Sprewell said. "We just didn't give the effort."

Jackson, who may be out up to a week with his injury, hit a jumper, a technical free throw and four more from the line during the game's decisive spurt as Atlanta opened a 21-point cushion with four minutes left in the third period.

Houston answered with a layup and 3-pointer as the Knicks began to show signs of life. But unlike Tuesday in Orlando, the late-game exploits were not enough to overcome the 2-10 Hawks.

Kurt Thomas made a layup, Erick Strickland a 25-footer and Sprewell added two quick baskets as the Knicks closed within 71-60 with 5:43 to play. Henderson responded with a layup but Strickland's 3-pointer got the deficit down to 10.

Sprewell made 1-of-2 at the line and converted a steal into the layup as the Knicks' bench went wild with the deficit cut to 73-66 with 2:28 left.

But Maloney made an 18-footer on the ensuing trip, breaking New York's renewed spirit.

"It doesn't take a genius to see we didn't play well," Sprewell said. "We had no energy, we didn't execute, they double-teamed us a lot. Pretty much, when one guy posted up, we didn't take advantage of it. Tonight we did the opposite. We were hesitant and didn't attack. This was like a flip-flop."

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