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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 21 30 26 9 86 NEW YORK 16 31 23 18 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 26, VLADE DIVAC 23, DOUG CHRISTIE 17 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 21, LATRELL SPREWELL 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - SCOT POLLARD 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, ALLAN HOUSTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 7, VLADE DIVAC 6 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (86) AT NEW YORK (88)

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

POLLARD F 41 5-8 0-0 2 11 13 1 1 0 1 10 STOJAKOVIC F 43 11-17 0-0 0 5 5 7 3 2 2 26 DIVAC C 39 8-16 6-7 1 4 5 6 0 2 4 23 CHRISTIE G 39 5-14 4-4 1 0 1 4 3 3 3 17 WILLIAMS G 34 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 2 2 TURKOGLU 15 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 FUNDERBURKE 15 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 JACKSON 14 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 6 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEBBER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 33-74 12-13 5 27 32 21 15 9 13 86 (.446) (.923) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 35 3-9 0-2 0 3 3 5 3 1 1 8 SPREWELL F 36 9-17 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 0 2 18 CAMBY C 36 2-5 2-2 4 13 17 1 3 0 2 6 HOUSTON G 36 9-16 2-2 1 6 7 2 1 2 2 21 JACKSON G 27 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 6 THOMAS 25 4-7 2-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 2 10 RICE 24 4-8 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 1 3 10 WARD 21 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 9 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-75 8-10 8 32 40 16 18 7 15 88 (.507) (.800) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 21 30 26 9 - 86 NEW YORK 16 31 23 18 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - POLLARD. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 8-26 (.308), STOJAKOVIC 4-7, DIVAC 1-2, CHRISTIE 3-8, WILLIAMS 0-4, TURKOGLU 0-4, JACKSON 0-1. NEW YORK 4-16 (.250), L JOHNSON 2-7, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-4, JACKSON 0-1, WARD 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TONY BROTHERS, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 19,763. T - 2:19.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pollard 41 5-8 0-0 2-13 1 1 10 Stojakovic 43 11-17 0-0 0-5 7 3 26 Divac 39 8-16 6-7 1-5 6 0 23 Christie 39 5-14 4-4 1-1 4 3 17 Williams 34 1-6 0-0 0-3 3 1 2 Turkoglu 15 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Funderburke 15 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Jackson 14 2-5 2-2 0-1 0 4 6 Long DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision Webber DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 12-13 5-32 21 15 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 8-26, .308 (Stojakovic 4-7, Divac 1-2, Christie 3-8, Williams 0-4, Turkoglu 0-4, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Pollard). Turnovers: 14 (Divac 4, Christie 3, Stojakovic 2, Williams 2, Jackson, Pollard). Steals: 9 (Christie 3, Divac 2, Stojakovic 2, Jackson, Williams).

NEW YORK (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 35 3-9 0-2 0-3 5 3 8 Sprewell 36 9-17 0-0 1-4 3 2 18 Camby 36 2-5 2-2 4-17 1 3 6 Houston 36 9-16 2-2 1-7 2 1 21 Jackson 27 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 Thomas 25 4-7 2-2 0-4 0 4 10 Rice 24 4-8 2-2 1-1 2 2 10 Ward 21 4-7 0-0 1-3 2 1 9 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 8-10 8-40 16 18 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (L Johnson 2-7, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Ward 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Camby 2). Turnovers: 15 (Rice 3, Camby 2, Houston 2, Jackson 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, L Johnson, Ward). Steals: 7 (Houston 2, Ward 2, Jackson, L Johnson, Rice). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 21 30 26 9 - 86 New York 16 31 23 18 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:19. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Peja Stojakovic dominated the first three quarters, but Latrell Sprewell took over in the final minute.

Rebounding from a sub-par first half, the All-Star swingman scored the game's final four points, helping the New York Knicks rally for a 88-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Sprewell hit a 16-footer from the left corner with 40 seconds left, then drilled a 20-footer from the right wing with 7.2 seconds remaining to give the Knicks the lead.

He scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, helping New York erase a 79-70 deficit early in the fourth quarter. Sacramento managed only nine points in the period as it went scoreless for nearly six minutes.

"The biggest thing about this game is how we held them to under 10 points in the fourth quarter," Sprewell said. "We see signs of us being a good defensive team. That's what won us the game today."

The Kings nearly tied it on their final possession as Jason Williams drove to the basket after beating Charlie Ward with a behind-the-back dribble. But his layup rimmed out and time expired during the scramble for the rebound.

Stojakovic picked up where he left off after scoring a career-high 39 points in Friday's triple-overtime victory in Toronto. He again led the Kings with 26 points but had a hard time getting the ball in the fourth quarter and was blanked over the final 11 minutes.

"You just have to give them credit," Stojakovic said. "They played hard for 48 minutes. They played the same defense for the whole game. In the fourth quarter, I just didn't make the same shots that I made in the first three quarters."

The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak. They went to overtime in their last game, falling to the Phoenix Suns, 88-84.

"We needed a break," Sprewell said. "We've had a couple tough losses. But to finally be on the winning side, it's something that we're accustomed to and the way that we like it around here. We just want to build on this."

Stojakovic, who scored 12 points in the third quarter, hit a 14-foot jumper to give the Kings a 79-70 lead with 11:22 remaining. He went to the bench for a brief rest and was not the same when he returned.

Neither were the Kings, whose offense bogged down in the final period. Sacramento committed six turnovers in the quarter -- one less than its total for the first three periods combined -- and made just 4-of-16 shots.

"Every good team has an identity," New York Jeff Van Gundy said. "We've always been able to count on our defense when our offense has been hit or miss. In the fourth quarter, we were really able to rely on it."

Stojakovic finished 11-of-17 from the field but took just three shots in the final period.

Doug Christie's jumper gave the Kings an 81-74 lead with 9:13 remaining. They did not score again until Vlade Divac, who had 23 points, completed a 3-point play with 3:22 remaining.

"I thought we played with an extra effort instead of just the ordinary effort," Van Gundy said. "And that little extra effort makes the difference between getting stops and a team scoring in the last two seconds of the shot clock."

The Knicks, who trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, took advantage with a 10-0 run. Glen Rice's jumper gave New York the lead with 5:31 left before Allan Houston's dunk made it 84-81 with 4:38 to play. Houston scored 21 points and Rice added 10 off the bench.

"Defensively, we made strides," Houston said. "We just got some good breaks at the of the game. We have to continue to make teams miss. That's who we are. We can always find ways to score but we have to continue to make teams miss. We can't wait."

The Kings appeared to regroup, taking an 86-84 lead on Scot Pollard's layup with 2:11 to go. But Sacramento missed its final four four shots.

"The last three or four shots we had were open looks but we just didn't make them," Divac said. "I missed from the top of the key and Stojakovic from the corner and Christie from the corner again."

After Divac came up short on a 17-footer from the left wing, Sprewell missed a driving layup. He grabbed the offensive rebound, dribbled into the left corner and drilled a jumper to get the Knicks even with 40 seconds left.

Divac missed another jumper on the Kings' next possession, leading to Sprewell's game-winner.

The loss prevented the Kings from sweeping their three-game road trip and dropped them one game behind first-place Portland in the Pacific Division.

Sacramento has gone 4-3 since leading scorer Chris Webber went down with a sprained left ankle. Webber is expected to return Tuesday, when the Kings host the Los Angeles Clippers.

With a day off to recover from Friday's draining 119-118 victory over the Raptors, the Kings came out strong and opened a 38-26 lead on Bobby Jackson's jumper with 7:18 remaining in the first half. The Knicks closed to 51-47 at the break.

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