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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 26 23 25 21 95 NEW JERSEY 19 23 19 10 71 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 19, LATRELL SPREWELL 18 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 14, JOHNNY NEWMAN 12, AARON WILLIAMS 11

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 8 NJN - KENYON MARTIN 8, AARON WILLIAMS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 20,049


Extended Box

NEW YORK (95) AT NEW JERSEY (71)

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

L JOHNSON F 36 6-11 6-6 0 3 3 2 3 1 1 20 SPREWELL F 39 8-11 1-2 0 8 8 4 2 1 2 18 CAMBY C 17 2-4 1-4 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 5 HOUSTON G 36 8-15 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 19 WARD G 23 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 7 1 0 1 2 HARRINGTON 29 3-8 2-4 3 6 9 1 3 0 2 8 CHILDS 25 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 4 2 0 1 5 RICE 24 7-12 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 16 KNIGHT 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 POSTELL 3 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - KNEE BRUISE/ANKLE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 37-72 16-22 4 34 38 22 20 3 8 95 (.514) (.727) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 30 4-10 0-0 1 4 5 4 5 1 1 9 K MARTIN F 40 3-11 0-0 0 8 8 2 4 0 2 6 WILLIAMS C 30 4-10 3-5 5 2 7 0 4 0 2 11 HARRIS G 30 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 8 S MARBURY G 42 5-14 4-6 0 3 3 5 1 0 0 14 NEWMAN 26 3-10 6-6 0 1 1 0 4 1 2 12 ESCHMEYER 15 2-2 1-1 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 5 DOUGLAS 19 0-5 5-6 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 5 SAMAKE 8 0-1 1-4 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAN HORN DNP - INTESTINAL VIRUS

TOTALS 240 25-72 20-28 10 28 38 16 24 3 9 71 (.347) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 26 23 25 21 - 95 NEW JERSEY 19 23 19 10 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - L JOHNSON 3, SPREWELL 2, HARRINGTON. NEW JERSEY - JACKSON, K MARTIN, WILLIAMS, ESCHMEYER, SAMAKE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-17 (.294), L JOHNSON 2-5, SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 0-3, CHILDS 1-1, RICE 0-3. NEW JERSEY 1-9 (.111), JACKSON 1-2, HARRIS 0-1, S MARBURY 0-1, NEWMAN 0-3, DOUGLAS 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, S MARBURY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TOMMY NUNEZ, RODNEY MOTT. A - 20,049. T - 2:05.


Box Score

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 36 6-11 6-6 0-3 2 3 20 Sprewell 39 8-11 1-2 0-8 4 2 18 Camby 17 2-4 1-4 0-3 0 2 5 Houston 36 8-15 2-2 0-3 2 2 19 Ward 23 1-6 0-0 1-3 7 1 2 Harrington 29 3-8 2-4 3-9 1 3 8 Childs 25 2-3 0-0 0-5 4 2 5 Rice 24 7-12 2-2 0-2 2 3 16 Knight 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Postell 3 0-0 2-2 0-2 0 0 2 Longley DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - knee bruise/ankle sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-72 16-22 4-38 22 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (L Johnson 2-5, Sprewell 1-3, Houston 1-2, Ward 0-3, Childs 1-1, Rice 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (L Johnson 3, Sprewell 2, Harrington). Turnovers: 11 (Harrington 2, Sprewell 2, Childs, L Johnson, Rice, Ward). Steals: 3 (Camby, L Johnson, Sprewell).

NEW JERSEY (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 30 4-10 0-0 1-5 4 5 9 K Martin 40 3-11 0-0 0-8 2 4 6 Williams 30 4-10 3-5 5-7 0 4 11 Harris 30 4-9 0-0 0-3 4 2 8 S Marbury 42 5-14 4-6 0-3 5 1 14 Newman 26 3-10 6-6 0-1 0 4 12 Eschmeyer 15 2-2 1-1 1-4 0 1 5 Douglas 19 0-5 5-6 2-3 1 3 5 Samake 8 0-1 1-4 1-4 0 0 1 Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis Stepania DNP - coach's decision Van Horn DNP - intestinal virus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-72 20-28 10-38 16 24 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.347, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Jackson 1-2, Harris 0-1, S Marbury 0-1, Newman 0-3, Douglas 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Jackson, K Martin, Williams, Eschmeyer, Samake). Turnovers: 12 (Harris 2, K Martin 2, Newman 2, Williams 2, Jackson). Steals: 3 (Eschmeyer, Jackson, Newman). ____________________________________________ New York 26 23 25 21 - 95 New Jersey 19 23 19 10 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 2 (Illegal Defense, 3:36 2nd; S Marbury, 0:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:05. Officials: Steve Javie, Tommy Nunez, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- One night after receiving a reality check from the team with the best record in the game, the New York Knicks got well against one of the worst.

Larry Johnson shook off a rough performance to score 20 points and Latrell Sprewell added 18 as the Knicks routed the New Jersey Nets, 95-71.

Johnson made just 3-of-11 shots and grabbed only three rebounds in 41 minutes in New York's 87-80 setback to Philadelphia on Thursday. But it was a different story Friday as he made 6-of-11 shots.

"It's a fine line between winning and losing so we're just going out trying to play," Johnson said. "After the loss yesterday we needed a win going into Miami and then to Houston. We got a nice little stretch coming up and we really want to be on top of our game going into the All-Star break."

Sprewell was 8-of-11 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists. Allan Houston finished with 19 points for New York, which has won nine of the last 11 meetings with its cross-river rivals.

"We did a good job of executing on both ends," Houston said. "We stuck to our game plan, we had good intensity, we rebounded well and we passed the ball well on offense."

All-Star Stephon Marbury scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting for New Jersey, which has dropped seven straight games. The Nets, just 4-10 in the division, are 8-16 at home and 14-34 overall.

"Every game is discouraging," Marbury said. "Those guys play defense, they played together. They helped each other. They do everything it takes to win ballgames. If you know basketball and watch the games, it's very frustrating."

"I thought we passed and defended well tonight," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We did some good things, whenever you are playing up against the greatness of Marbury you know you're going to be challenged."

The game was dealocked, 15-15, with five minutes to go in the opening quarter. But Sprewell had a driving layup and Othella Harrington a short basket before Johnson buried a 3-pointer with 3:28 left. After a timeout, Sprewell knocked down a 16-footer and Houston made it 26-15 with a long jumper.

The lead was 26-19 after a quarter as Johnson had nine points and Sprewell seven.

New Jersey chipped away in the second quarter and a 10-2 run gave it a 37-36 lead with 3:54 to go in the half. Rookie Kenyon Martin punctuated the burst with a 21-footer off a feed from Marbury.

But the Nets' only lead of the game was short-lived as they were called for illegal defense. Houston made the technical foul shot and the Knicks closed the quarter with a 13-5 burst.

The Knicks shot 51 percent (20-of-39) in the first half while the Nets shot 40 percent (14-of-35).

"I thought we did a poor job of attacking them," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They have five guys and they are all on the same page. When one guy goes to help, sometimes it seems that they not only have five guys, but six or seven out there because they move so well."

New York still maintained a 55-46 edge 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter when Charlie Ward hit a driving layup to ignite an 11-2 burst. Sprewell and Houston had three points apiece in the spurt.

The Nets never got closer than 13 points in the second half and trailed by 24 in the final minute. New Jersey made just 2-of-15 shots over the final 12 minutes and did not record an assist even though the last eight minutes were little more than garbage time.

"We had a chance to put them away early, but they kept coming back," Sprewell said. "They kind of made it interesting a couple of times, then we pushed the lead up again. We did what we needed to do."

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