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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 18 12 25 21 76 NEW YORK 18 24 18 15 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 22, SHANDON ANDERSON 17, CUTTINO MOBLEY 16 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 18, ALLAN HOUSTON 13, CHRIS CHILDS 11

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 8, SHANDON ANDERSON 6 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 12, LATRELL SPREWELL 11

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, MOOCHIE NORRIS 2 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 4, CHRIS CHILDS 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

HOUSTON (76) AT NEW YORK (75)

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

ANDERSON F 38 6-14 2-3 2 4 6 0 3 2 2 17 THOMAS F 17 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 3 0 TAYLOR C 24 2-4 2-4 1 4 5 1 3 0 0 6 FRANCIS G 44 7-14 5-6 1 7 8 9 3 3 6 22 MOBLEY G 48 5-16 4-5 0 4 4 1 5 2 3 16 WILLIAMS 25 3-10 1-2 0 4 4 1 6 1 4 9 COLLIER 11 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 NORRIS 14 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 BULLARD 19 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 6 CATO DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 25-67 14-20 4 38 42 15 27 9 18 76 (.373) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 6-10 6-6 1 4 5 0 1 1 3 18 SPREWELL F 40 1-11 3-4 2 9 11 4 1 1 6 5 CAMBY C 34 3-9 2-4 6 6 12 0 5 1 0 8 HOUSTON G 36 5-17 3-3 1 6 7 1 1 0 3 13 WARD G 16 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 CHILDS 32 4-11 1-1 0 7 7 4 5 1 0 11 THOMAS 24 2-4 6-6 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 10 STRICKLAND 21 2-9 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 2 1 7 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - BACK SPASMS POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION RICE DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 24-77 23-26 11 36 47 9 18 6 13 75 (.312) (.885) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

HOUSTON 18 12 25 21 - 76 NEW YORK 18 24 18 15 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - NONE. NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, THOMAS 2, HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 12-30 (.400), ANDERSON 3-8, THOMAS 0-1, FRANCIS 3-6, MOBLEY 2-4, WILLIAMS 2-5, NORRIS 0-1, BULLARD 2-5. NEW YORK 4-17 (.235), L JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 1-5, CHILDS 2-4, STRICKLAND 1-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - ASSISTANT COACH BOYLAN, MOBLEY, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, NOLAN FINE, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,763. T - 2:16.


Box Score

HOUSTON (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 38 6-14 2-3 2-6 0 3 17 Thomas 17 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 4 0 Taylor 24 2-4 2-4 1-5 1 3 6 Francis 44 7-14 5-6 1-8 9 3 22 Mobley 48 5-16 4-5 0-4 1 5 16 Williams 25 3-10 1-2 0-4 1 6 9 Collier 11 0-2 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 Norris 14 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 0 0 Bullard 19 2-5 0-0 0-5 0 2 6 Cato DNP - coach's decision Langhi DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-67 14-20 4-42 15 27 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 12-30, .400 (Anderson 3-8, Thomas 0-1, Francis 3-6, Mobley 2-4, Williams 2-5, Norris 0-1, Bullard 2-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 20 (Francis 6, Williams 4, Mobley 3, Thomas 3, Anderson 2). Steals: 9 (Francis 3, Anderson 2, Mobley 2, Norris, Williams).

NEW YORK (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 6-10 6-6 1-5 0 1 18 Sprewell 40 1-11 3-4 2-11 4 1 5 Camby 34 3-9 2-4 6-12 0 5 8 Houston 36 5-17 3-3 1-7 1 1 13 Ward 16 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Childs 32 4-11 1-1 0-7 4 5 11 Thomas 24 2-4 6-6 0-4 0 1 10 Strickland 21 2-9 2-2 1-1 0 3 7 Knight DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - back spasms Postell DNP - coach's decision Rice DNP - plantar fascitis left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-77 23-26 11-47 9 18 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.312, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (L Johnson 0-2, Houston 0-3, Ward 1-5, Childs 2-4, Strickland 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Camby 3, Thomas 2, Houston). Turnovers: 13 (Sprewell 6, Houston 3, L Johnson 3, Strickland). Steals: 6 (Strickland 2, Camby, Childs, L Johnson, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Houston 18 12 25 21 - 76 New York 18 24 18 15 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Assistant Coach Boylan, 9:39 2nd; Mobley, 8:54 4th). New York 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 10:25 3rd, 10:16 4th, 9:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:16. Officials: Ron Garretson, Nolan Fine, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Move over Larry Foust and George Yardley.

The New York Knicks established an NBA record by allowing less than 100 points for the 29th straight game but lost as a result of their own offensive futility down the stretch, suffering a heartbreaking 76-75 setback to the Houston Rockets.

Foust and Yardley, members of the 1954-55 Fort Wayne Pistons, had their post shot-clock record broken by the Knicks, who also appeared on the verge of their first eight-game winning streak since the 1994-95 campaign.

But Houston, as it did all night, would not go away despite trailing 73-63 with just under six minutes to play.

"I don't care if New York breaks the record," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I care about getting wins. I use the New York Knicks as a model for my guys because of their competition level. Everybody on this team respects them but I just care about the game."

Steve Francis and Maurice Taylor hit back-to-back jumpers and Francis added two free throws before before Allan Houston sank a 22-footer to give the Knicks a 75-69 lead with 3:19 to play.

"Early on in the game, we couldn't buy a basket. But we just adjusted and got the job done," Francis said.

Cuttino Mobley continued the Rockets' late assault as the Knicks continued to crumble. He made three free throws before Francis and Shandon Anderson added one apiece to shave the margin to 75-74 with 45 seconds remaining.

Houston blew a layup on the Knicks' ensuing trip, New York's seventh straight miss, and the Rockets responded when Mobley made a driving layup with 8.7 seconds left, giving Houston its first lead since late in the first quarter.

"New York's defense was unbelievable but we all had to take challenges and that's what got us the win," Mobley said. "We beat a championship-like team. Coach always says, `Big time players gotta make big time plays'. The baseline was open and we spread it out and so I just hit the shot."

"That was a great move," New York swingman Latrell Sprewell said. "I shouldn't have given him the baseline. He likes to go left and he went left. Giving him the baseline is a no-no but I didn't want to get in the middle. We did everything right defensively in this game and it's a game we should have won."

Larry Johnson tried to answer for the Knicks, but his potential winning 3-pointer bounded off the rim at the buzzer.

New York has not allowed 100 points since a 103-101 overtime win at Boston on November 10. The Knicks had not lost since a 92-86 home setback to the Celtics on December 21.

"We could have let them score 100 points, but a win is what matters to me," Houston said.

Francis scored 22 points and Mobley added 16 for the Rockets, who have won five of seven since a six-game losing streak.

The game featured 10 lead changes, seven ties and several extended runs by both teams.

Johnson scored nine of his 18 points in the first quarter, which ended with the contest knotted, 18-18. But the Knicks opened the second period with an 8-0 run that Johson capped with a layup with 9:27 left in the first half.

New York put the clamps on defensively for the remainder of the second quarter and took what appeared to be a commanding 42-30 lead at intermission. The Rockets managed just 12 points in the second period, missing 14-of-19 shots.

With the prospect of scoring 70 second-half points against the Knicks a long shot, the Rockets had to know they were a longshot to reach 100. But Houston came out with a vengeance in the second half.

After Marcus Camby's slam extended the margin to 14 points, the Rockets went on a 21-8 burst to take a 52-50 lead on Maurice Taylor's free throw with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

Erick Strickland answered with a 3-pointer and the Knicks immediately took back control, finishing the third quarter with a 10-3 burst that Camby capped with a free throw with 14 seconds left.

Chris Childs opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, Johnson had a follow shot and Houston knocked down a 12-footer as the Knicks opened a 67-57 lead with 9:22 left.

Anderson scored 17 points for the Rockets, who shot just 37 percent (25-of-67) and committed 20 turnovers.

Houston scored 13 points, Childs 11, Kurt Thomas 10 and Sprewell managed just five on 1-of-11 shooting for New York, which shot a dismal 31 percent (24-of-77).

"These are the tough games that break your back," Sprewell said. "(The streak) was nice but we needed to get the win. We have to be up to play these games, so the streak was nice but we have to go out there and play and we have to have fun doing it."

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