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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 29 15 24 27 2 97 NEW YORK 31 29 10 25 5 100 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 23, RAY ALLEN 18, TIM THOMAS 17 NYK - GLEN RICE 32, ALLAN HOUSTON 29, MARCUS CAMBY 11

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 11, ERVIN JOHNSON 6 NYK - GLEN RICE 14, MARCUS CAMBY 13

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 5, SAM CASSELL 4 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (97) AT NEW YORK (100) - FINAL IN OT

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

KERSEY F 16 1-2 0-2 1 3 4 0 1 3 0 2 ROBINSON F 48 8-26 7-7 4 7 11 5 5 1 2 23 CAFFEY C 22 3-9 2-2 3 1 4 2 4 0 2 8 ALLEN G 42 7-20 2-2 3 2 5 3 4 0 3 18 CASSELL G 40 4-12 5-6 0 3 3 4 3 1 0 13 THOMAS 32 6-11 4-4 2 2 4 0 5 1 1 17 HUNTER 27 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 14 JOHNSON 31 0-2 0-0 0 6 6 1 5 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS 7 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 34-93 22-25 14 27 41 16 32 6 8 97 (.366) (.880) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

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

RICE F 47 10-21 7-7 5 9 14 0 3 0 2 32 THOMAS F 26 3-9 3-3 2 5 7 1 4 0 4 9 CAMBY C 40 5-8 1-1 4 9 13 0 4 0 2 11 HOUSTON G 35 11-16 7-8 0 3 3 2 5 0 3 29 SPREWELL G 38 3-13 4-7 1 7 8 2 6 0 7 10 LONGLEY 11 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 2 CHILDS 41 0-2 0-0 1 6 7 4 2 1 1 0 STRICKLAND 25 2-7 0-1 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 5 KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 L JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT MCL POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-79 24-31 16 40 56 10 30 3 21 100 (.443) (.774) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(26 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 29 15 24 27 2 - 97 NEW YORK 31 29 10 25 5 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON, CAFFEY, JOHNSON, KERSEY. NEW YORK - HOUSTON, THOMAS, CAMBY, LONGLEY, RICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 7-21 (.333), ROBINSON 0-1, ALLEN 2-10, CASSELL 0-2, THOMAS 1-2, HUNTER 4-6. NEW YORK 6-11 (.545), RICE 5-6, HOUSTON 0-1, SPREWELL 0-1, CHILDS 0-1, STRICKLAND 1-2. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, RON OLESIAK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,763. T - 2:38.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kersey 16 1-2 0-2 1-4 0 1 2 Robinson 48 8-26 7-7 4-11 5 5 23 Caffey 22 3-9 2-2 3-4 2 4 8 Allen 42 7-20 2-2 3-5 3 4 18 Cassell 40 4-12 5-6 0-3 4 3 13 Thomas 32 6-11 4-4 2-4 0 5 17 Hunter 27 4-7 2-2 0-2 1 4 14 Johnson 31 0-2 0-0 0-6 1 5 0 S Williams 7 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Alston DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision Przybilla DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 34-93 22-25 14-41 16 32 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Robinson 0-1, Allen 2-10, Cassell 0-2, Thomas 1-2, Hunter 4-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson, Caffey, Johnson, Kersey). Turnovers: 9 (Allen 3, Caffey 2, Robinson 2, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Kersey 3, Cassell, Robinson, Thomas).

NEW YORK (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 47 10-21 7-7 5-14 0 3 32 Thomas 26 3-9 3-3 2-7 1 4 9 Camby 40 5-8 1-1 4-13 0 4 11 Houston 35 11-16 7-8 0-3 2 5 29 Sprewell 38 3-13 4-7 1-8 2 6 10 Longley 11 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Childs 41 0-2 0-0 1-7 4 2 0 Strickland 25 2-7 0-1 1-2 1 4 5 Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brunson 1 0-0 2-4 0-0 0 0 2 L Johnson DNP - sprained right mcl Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-79 24-31 16-56 10 30 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Rice 5-6, Houston 0-1, Sprewell 0-1, Childs 0-1, Strickland 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Houston, Thomas, Camby, Longley, Rice). Turnovers: 21 (Sprewell 7, Thomas 4, Houston 3, Camby 2, Rice 2, Childs, Longley, Strickland). Steals: 3 (Childs, Longley, Strickland). _________________________________________________ Milwaukee 29 15 24 27 2 - 97 New York 31 29 10 25 5 - 100 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 2 (Robinson, 11:42 2nd; Illegal Defense, 7:57 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:38. Officials: Terry Durham, Ron Olesiak, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Just when it looked as if the New York Knicks were headed for another demoralizing loss, they were rescued by Erick Strickland.

Strickland's 3-pointer with six-tenths of a second remaining in the fourth quarter capped a furious rally and forced overtime, where the Knicks had enough to hold on for a wild 100-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Tonight's game, we showed a lot of character of what this team has," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The bench stepped up really big tonight. They played the game that they were supposed to do."

The Knicks scored 60 points in the first half, surpassing the total from their previous game. They squandered a 16-point lead and were victimized by a barrage of 3-pointers by the Bucks in the fourth quarter.

Down 10 points with under three minutes to go and looking at an inexplicable loss, the Knicks rallied. Glen Rice made two 3-pointers around a jumper by Allan Houston to cut the deficit to 94-92 with 1:14 left.

"We did not panic," Houston said. "All we did was make good shots to get back into the game."

"If we would have lost tonight after blowing a 17-point lead, it would have been tough to swallow," Rice added.

Strickland missed a 3-pointer and lost a jump ball in the last minute of the period. Milwaukee's Sam Cassell had a chance to seal the win, but the 85 percent foul shooter split a pair from the line with five seconds to go.

Trailing 95-92, the Knicks went to Houston, who pulled up at the top of the circle and fired a pass into the left corner to an unguarded Strickland. His shot rattled in for his first basket of the game, forcing overtime.

"We called the play, the spread, and I found my way into the corner and I made my shot," Strickland said. "I did not think of shooting, I just shot it. They gave me a good look and I was focused more after missing a 3-pointer earlier."

"I was shocked to see Strickland get that good of a look and I was also surprised that Ray Allen did not foul me," Houston said.

Both coaches were surprised by how the play unfolded.

"I give Allen a lot of credit," Van Gundy said. "Instead of taking a bad one, he found Erick."

"I wanted to foul the dribbler, but I backed off and I don't know how Strickland got so wide open," said Bucks coach George Karl.

Strickland opened the extra session with a reverse layup, but Ray Allen answered with a drive to tie it with 3:33 left. Houston made the only basket thereafter, hitting a baseline jumper with 1:27 to go that gave the Knicks the lead for good.

After Milwaukee's Ervin Johnson fired an airball on a 10-footer, Rice was fouled in a breakaway situation and made the free throw for a 100-97 lead with 14 seconds remaining.

New York inbounded to Rick Brunson, who was fouled but misfired on both free throws, giving Milwaukee one last chance. But Lindsey Hunter, who made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, missed badly and the horn sounded. The Bucks were 1-of-12 from the field in overtime.

"We were trying to weave a little at the top," Karl said. "Hopefully, they would fall into the set. Glenn (Robinson) was first and Lindsey was second."

Rice scored a season-high 32 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Houston added 29 points for the Knicks, who beat the Bucks for the seventh straight time.

New York had lost its last two games in awful fashion, dropping a 70-68 decision in Toronto and absorbing an 89-58 home beating from Utah that marked its worst offensive performance of the shot-clock era.

Reports of bickering and a lack of chemistry surfaced and Van Gundy was criticized for the team's offensive woes, which re-appeared in the second half tonight.

Robinson had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Allen scored 18 points for the Bucks, who had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped.

"It's hard to explain how the game got away," Karl said. "We showed a lot of heart to come back from 16 points and to play hard and take the lead and to extend it. After taking the lead, we did not defend good down the stretch and we let up a little."

"We gave the game away," Robinson said. "I don't know how we left Erick Strickland open and allowed him the 3-pointer. That was totally uncalled for. We had the game won. We should have won."

Rice made 10-of-21 shots, including 5-of-6 from the arc, as he gave the Knicks what they were expecting when they acquired him in the Patrick Ewing trade during the offseason. The forward scored 21 points in the first half as New York raced to a 60-44 lead on 54 percent (22-of-41) shooting.

"I felt good," Rice said. "I was having fun and I was in a great groove. This was like the first time since I arrived that everything was going good for me."

But the offense stagnated again in the third quarter, when the Knicks made just 4-of-17 shots and Robinson and Cassell each scored six points, allowing the Bucks to pull within 70-68 going into the fourth period.

Houston's jumper and a free throw by Kurt Thomas gave the Knicks a five-point lead before Hunter caught fire. He made four shots from behind the arc in a 6:19 span as the Bucks opened an 87-78 lead with 4:57 left.

Houston answered with a jumper -- New York's first basket in nearly seven minutes -- but a 3-pointer by Allen gave Milwaukee a 92-82 lead with 3 1/2 minutes to go.

Marcus Camby had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Latrell Sprewell added 10 and eight for New York, which shot 44 percent (35-of-79) and held a 56-41 advantage on the glass but committed 21 turnovers.

Tim Thomas scored 17 points, fellow reserve Hunter added 14 and Cassell 13 for Milwaukee, which shot 37 percent (34-of-93) and committed just nine turnovers.

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