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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 14 35 13 17 79 LA LAKERS 23 25 17 13 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 20, LATRELL SPREWELL 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 16 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 31, RICK FOX 11, HORACE GRANT 10

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 15, KURT THOMAS 6 LAL - HORACE GRANT 12, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - GLEN RICE 3, LATRELL SPREWELL 3 LAL - RICK FOX 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

NEW YORK (79) AT LA LAKERS (78)

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

L JOHNSON F 15 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 5 1 0 3 SPREWELL F 42 7-19 5-5 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 19 CAMBY C 44 7-15 6-7 4 11 15 0 4 0 2 20 HOUSTON G 32 6-16 4-5 0 5 5 0 4 0 2 16 JACKSON G 19 1-1 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 0 2 2 THOMAS 20 0-3 0-0 2 4 6 2 5 0 0 0 RICE 29 3-8 1-1 1 3 4 3 1 2 1 7 WARD 27 4-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 9 HARRINGTON 11 1-1 1-1 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 3 SPENCER 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-75 17-19 12 31 43 12 25 4 12 79 (.400) (.895) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

FOX F 36 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 11 GRANT F 41 1-7 8-11 4 8 12 1 2 0 0 10 ONEAL C 38 8-13 15-22 3 8 11 3 4 2 2 31 BRYANT G 11 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 FISHER G 36 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 1 0 9 SHAW 28 4-10 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 2 0 9 GEORGE 12 1-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 RIDER 15 0-4 1-2 0 3 3 3 1 0 1 1 PENBERTHY 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MADSEN 4 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 HORRY 12 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 3 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 23-68 26-37 10 29 39 18 23 5 8 78 (.338) (.703) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 8(7 PTS)

NEW YORK 14 35 13 17 - 79 LA LAKERS 23 25 17 13 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, SPREWELL. LA LAKERS - GRANT 2, ONEAL, SHAW, FOX. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-12 (.167), L JOHNSON 1-3, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 0-3, RICE 0-3, WARD 1-2. LA LAKERS 6-22 (.273), FOX 3-5, BRYANT 0-2, FISHER 1-4, SHAW 1-6, GEORGE 0-1, RIDER 0-1, PENBERTHY 0-1, HORRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - MADSEN. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, LEON WOOD, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 18,997. T - 2:37.


Box Score

NEW YORK (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 15 1-5 0-0 1-1 2 5 3 Sprewell 42 7-19 5-5 0-2 3 1 19 Camby 44 7-15 6-7 4-15 0 4 20 Houston 32 6-16 4-5 0-5 0 4 16 Jackson 19 1-1 0-0 2-4 1 0 2 Thomas 20 0-3 0-0 2-6 2 5 0 Rice 29 3-8 1-1 1-4 3 1 7 Ward 27 4-6 0-0 1-3 1 1 9 Harrington 11 1-1 1-1 0-2 0 4 3 Spencer 1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 17-19 12-43 12 25 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (L Johnson 1-3, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 0-3, Rice 0-3, Ward 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 2, Sprewell). Turnovers: 13 (Sprewell 3, Camby 2, Houston 2, Jackson 2, Harrington, Rice, Ward). Steals: 4 (Rice 2, L Johnson, Ward).

LA LAKERS (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 36 4-8 0-0 0-1 4 2 11 Grant 41 1-7 8-11 4-12 1 2 10 Oneal 38 8-13 15-22 3-11 3 4 31 Bryant 11 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Fisher 36 4-8 0-0 0-4 3 1 9 Shaw 28 4-10 0-0 0-4 2 3 9 George 12 1-5 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Rider 15 0-4 1-2 0-3 3 1 1 Penberthy 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Madsen 4 0-1 2-2 1-1 0 0 2 Horry 12 1-7 0-0 0-1 0 6 3 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-68 26-37 10-39 18 23 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.703. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Fox 3-5, Bryant 0-2, Fisher 1-4, Shaw 1-6, George 0-1, Rider 0-1, Penberthy 0-1, Horry 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Grant 2, Oneal, Shaw, Fox). Turnovers: 8 (Fox 3, Oneal 2, George, Horry, Rider). Steals: 5 (Oneal 2, Shaw 2, Fisher). ____________________________________________ New York 14 35 13 17 - 79 La Lakers 23 25 17 13 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Madsen, 9:51 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:37. Officials: Greg Willard, Leon Wood, Dan Crawford.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant did not help the Los Angeles Lakers much in the first quarter, but they sure could have used him in the fourth.

The Lakers climbed back from a five-point deficit with 2:42 to go, but a last-second jumper by Derek Fisher fell short as the New York Knicks ended a five-game road trip with a 79-78 victory.

Bryant returned from an ankle injury and started for the first time in five games but was held scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting before aggravating the injury early in the first quarter. He did not return.

"The movement just set my ankle back a little bit," Bryant said. "The left one is the one that held me back. The right own bothers me a little bit. But it is not nearly as painful as the other one."

Without him in the waning moments, the Lakers could not get the ball to Shaquille O'Neal and had no one on the court who could break down New York's rigid defense. Fisher dribbled inside the arc and took a heavily-defended jumper that bounced off the rim.

"We were pretty happy with the shot they took," Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell said. "The bottom line is that we've been in three close games on this road trip and we were able to pull out two of them. I'll take that."

"I told (coach) Phil (Jackson) to make sure I get (the last shot)," O'Neal said. "But they weren't going to let me shoot it. Fish took a tough shot. We had plenty of opportunities to win this game."

O'Neal had 31 points and 11 rebounds, but it was the Knicks who dominated the paint, led by Marcus Camby, who had 20 points and 15 boards.

"We take pride in being from the East and playing good ball against the West," said Camby, who also had two blocks as the Knicks improved to 16-12 against the powerful Western Conference.

New York had a 34-22 advantage in points in the paint and a 43-28 rebounding edge, helping it to overcome 40 percent (30-of-75) shooting from the floor.

The Knicks were just 2-of-12 from beyond the arc, but moved within one-half game of Miami for the third position in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"I don't know if we played perfect but we played really hard and really unselfishly," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "When we defend and rebound we're going to have a chance to win. We are the No. 1 defensive team in the league for a reason."

Sprewell scored 19 points and Allen Houston added 16 for the Knicks, who went 2-3 on the trip that included an embarrassing loss to Vancouver. Glen Rice had just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in his first game back in Los Angeles since a three-team trade sent him to New York in the offseason.

Rice hit a 20-footer that tied the game, 68-68, with 7:04 remaining. Neither team scored until Sprewell sank a pair of free throws with 5:56 to go to give the Knicks their first lead since halftime.

New York extended the lead to four and after the teams exchanged baskets, Camby converted a 3-point play to give the Knicks a 77-72 advantage with 4:10 remaining.

The teams again traded baskets and New York tried the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy, but that backfired when O'Neal sank both foul shots to pull the Lakers within 79-76 with just over a minute to go.

Brian Shaw converted Sprewell's turnover into a jumper with 32 seconds left to bring the defending champions within a point. Rice missed a chance to bury his former team when he missed a 3-pointer with six seconds left, setting the stage for the final play.

"It wasn't a good shot," said Rice of Fisher's last-second attempt. "The defensive player was right in his face. That's the type you want them to take at that particular time."

Shaw's jumper was the only basket of the final 3:58 for the Lakers, who shot just 33 percent (23-of-68) and made 6-of-22 3-pointers.

"We're just going through this, playing each game for what value it is," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We didn't shoot the ball well and you have to credit the Knicks' defense."

Horace Grant had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Rick Fox added 11 points for Los Angeles, which fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Sacramento in the Pacific Division.

The Lakers jumped out to their biggest lead of the game, 20-11, in the first quarter behind 10 early points from O'Neal. Los Angeles led by nine after the opening quarter and had a 36-30 lead in the second before the Knicks used a 15-4 run to take a 49-48 halftime advantage.

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