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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 18 30 20 91 PHILADELPHIA 16 23 11 21 71 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 27, LATRELL SPREWELL 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 19, AARON MCKIE 10, KEVIN OLLIE 8

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 10, TRAVIS KNIGHT 7 PHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 9, CHRIS CHILDS 6 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 8, AARON MCKIE 3

ATT: 20,670


Extended Box

NEW YORK (91) AT PHILADELPHIA (71)

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

L JOHNSON F 26 5-11 0-0 1 5 6 0 5 1 3 12 RICE F 37 2-7 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 6 THOMAS C 37 5-9 2-2 3 7 10 1 5 0 2 12 HOUSTON G 39 9-18 4-5 1 5 6 4 2 1 2 27 SPREWELL G 39 8-19 4-4 2 4 6 9 3 1 2 20 LONGLEY 14 2-4 2-2 2 1 3 1 5 0 1 6 CHILDS 28 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 6 4 0 6 5 KNIGHT 16 0-2 3-4 6 1 7 0 4 0 0 3 POSTELL 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAMBY DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 17-19 17 27 44 23 30 3 18 91 (.446) (.895) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

HILL F 26 2-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 5 LYNCH F 28 0-2 3-6 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 3 RATLIFF C 32 2-6 2-4 0 6 6 2 5 0 4 6 IVERSON G 41 5-18 8-10 0 0 0 8 2 2 5 19 MCKIE G 30 5-7 0-1 0 6 6 3 5 1 2 10 OLLIE 20 3-4 2-2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 8 KUKOC 21 2-5 1-2 3 3 6 0 1 0 2 5 MACCULLOCH 11 3-4 1-1 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 7 JONES 17 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 4 MOHAMMED 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 SANCHEZ 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 GEIGER DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 25-57 20-30 7 22 29 19 26 5 20 71 (.439) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 22(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 18 30 20 - 91 PHILADELPHIA 16 23 11 21 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - THOMAS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 8-14 (.571), L JOHNSON 2-5, RICE 0-1, HOUSTON 5-5, SPREWELL 0-1, CHILDS 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 1-9 (.111), IVERSON 1-6, MCKIE 0-1, JONES 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, GARY BENSON, RODNEY MOTT. A - 20,670. T - 2:16.


Box Score

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 26 5-11 0-0 1-6 0 5 12 Rice 37 2-7 2-2 1-3 2 2 6 Thomas 37 5-9 2-2 3-10 1 5 12 Houston 39 9-18 4-5 1-6 4 2 27 Sprewell 39 8-19 4-4 2-6 9 3 20 Longley 14 2-4 2-2 2-3 1 5 6 Childs 28 2-4 0-0 1-3 6 4 5 Knight 16 0-2 3-4 6-7 0 4 3 Postell 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brunson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Camby DNP - strained left groin Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 17-19 17-44 23 30 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (L Johnson 2-5, Rice 0-1, Houston 5-5, Sprewell 0-1, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Thomas). Turnovers: 19 (Childs 6, L Johnson 3, Houston 2, Rice 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, Longley). Steals: 3 (Houston, L Johnson, Sprewell).

PHILADELPHIA (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 26 2-3 1-2 1-3 0 1 5 Lynch 28 0-2 3-6 0-1 2 4 3 Ratliff 32 2-6 2-4 0-6 2 5 6 Iverson 41 5-18 8-10 0-0 8 2 19 Mckie 30 5-7 0-1 0-6 3 5 10 Ollie 20 3-4 2-2 1-2 2 2 8 Kukoc 21 2-5 1-2 3-6 0 1 5 Macculloch 11 3-4 1-1 2-3 0 2 7 Jones 17 1-4 2-2 0-2 0 1 4 Mohammed 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Sanchez 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Geiger DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-57 20-30 7-29 19 26 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Iverson 1-6, Mckie 0-1, Jones 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Ratliff). Turnovers: 22 (Iverson 5, Ratliff 4, Kukoc 2, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Mohammed 2, Jones, Macculloch, Ollie). Steals: 5 (Iverson 2, Hill, Mckie, Ollie). ____________________________________________ New York 23 18 30 20 - 91 Philadelphia 16 23 11 21 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,670. T: 2:16. Officials: Joe Forte, Gary Benson, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell showed the Philadelphia 76ers the value of a team meeting.

Houston scored 12 of his 27 points in the third quarter and teamed with Sprewell to fuel a decisive burst as the New York Knicks snapped out of a slump with a convincing 91-71 victory over the troubled 76ers.

Hours after calling a players-only meeting to preach team unity, the Knicks snapped out of a slide that had seen them drop four of five games. They smothered the 76ers and snapped out of an offensive funk in the third quarter, when they scored 30 points.

"We were just keeping everybody focused and on the same page," Sprewell said. "It was all about making sure that nobody got down and nobody started pointing fingers. We just said that everybody should stick together, stay focused, stay positive and lift one another up."

Powering the outburst was Houston and Sprewell, who combined for all but three points in a 23-3 run. Houston scored 12, including three 3-pointers. Sprewell added eight and finished with 20 in a terrific all-around game that included nine assists and six rebounds.

"We needed this for our confidence more than anything," Sprewell said. "It was a situation where we weren't playing well. We just wanted to go into the Christmas break with a win against the No. 1 team in the East."

Meanwhile, Philadelphia's problems continue to mount. Although they came in with the NBA's best record at 18-7, the Sixers lost their fourth straight home game and have yet to win since coach Larry Brown's two-day absence earlier this week.

After a team meeting Saturday in Chicago, Brown skipped practice Sunday and Monday for personal reasons. Although Brown has not divulged the reason for his absence, there have been reports that he had another argument with star guard Allen Iverson; was upset with the play of Toni Kukoc and Matt Geiger; needed time off after 23 straight months of coaching; and was considering resigning.

"There is just too much going on right now," Sixers forward Tyrone Hill said. "There's too much on and off the court. It's hard to get this team focused. Thing just aren't right. We need to get our focus and our intensity back."

Philadelphia's worst game of the season took a terrible turn in the fourth quarter when Iverson, who is sixth in the league in scoring at 25.6 points per game, left with a partially disclocated right shoulder.

"It's the same shoulder in has rookie year," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "The doctor said it looked like he got hit from behind, and it totally or partially went out."

Iverson will miss two to four weeks. The 76ers already are without point guard Eric Snow, who is out until February with a broken foot.

It was a complete reversal of opening night, when the Sixers won by 29 points at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks also did it without center Marcus Camby, their leading rebounder and shot-blocker who sat out with a strained groin.

Kurt Thomas started at center for Camby and had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Johnson added 12 points for the Knicks, who held a 44-29 rebounding advantage and forced 22 turnovers.

"I really believe this will be a turning point in our season," Houston said. "We're always had since I've been here a couple of wins that have lifted us and we've able to build on. Coming into this game, it was really bleak for us.

"Every season, you can go into the season, you can look back to a couple of wins and say that those were the biggest wins. I really believe that this will be a turning point in our season. Of course, we have to make it so."

Slowed by a hip pointer, Iverson scored 19 points on just 5-of-18 shooting and Aaron McKie added 10 for the Sixers, who are 4-6 since a 14-2 start.

Houston made consecutive 3-pointers to start the explosion and give the Knicks a 52-43 advantage with 8:20 left in the third quarter. Sprewell made a jumper and Houston hit another from the arc.

"I don't think anybody could have guarded Houston," Brown said. "They got it going, it seemed everything (went) from bad to worse, and they were great."

"I think what was good about it was the timing of it," Houston said. "Both teams were struggling to get baskets. It was going to come down to who was going to make a run. Fortunately, we were able to do that."

After a free throw by Philadelphia's Theo Ratliff, Houston hit a jumper and was fouled. His free throw made it 60-44 with 6:20 remaining before Sprewell took over.

After Ratliff threw in a hook, Sprewell had a jumper and layup around two free throws by Luc Longley. He sank two foul shots before one by Travis Knight capped the run at 69-46 with 1:57 to go.

In the third period, the Knicks made 9-of-17 shots while the Sixers made just 4-of-17 and committed seven turnovers. Iverson was 0-of-4 in Philadelphia's worst quarter of the season.

"It was our best third quarter of the year," Sprewell said. "We came out really focused and that's where we won the game. We just got a couple of early baskets. Allan (Houston) hit two or three in a row, and from it carried over to the other guys. We shared the ball and moved the ball."

With less than six minutes to go and the Sixers trailing 79-60, Iverson bumped into Knicks guard Chris Childs and winced in pain. He walked off holding his dangling right arm.

"I thought about taking him out earlier, but they had their starters in and I wanted him to get comfortable playing with Kevin (Ollie)," Brown said. "Then look what happens. It's one of those things."

The Knicks shot 45 percent (33-of-74) and made 17-of-19 free throws. The Sixers shot 44 percent (25-of-57) and hit 20-of-30 from the line.

After a slow start had them trailing 21-16 after one quarter, the Sixers got a spark in the second period from reserve guard Ollie.

Signed earlier in the day to replace the waived Vernon Maxwell, Ollie had three baskets, forced two turnovers and drew a charge to help Philadelphia get within 41-39 at halftime.

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