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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 29 26 14 14 83 NEW YORK 24 21 19 24 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 26, DION GLOVER 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 10 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 29, ALLAN HOUSTON 19, MARCUS CAMBY 18

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 10, DION GLOVER 5 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 10, KURT THOMAS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - MARK JACKSON 11, HOWARD EISLEY 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

ATLANTA (83) AT NEW YORK (88)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 42 10-18 5-6 3 7 10 4 2 0 5 26 GLOVER F 21 5-8 1-1 1 4 5 1 4 2 1 13 MOHAMMED C 18 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 4 DAVIS G 34 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 10 TERRY G 34 4-12 1-1 0 2 2 3 3 1 1 10 VAUGHN 28 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 5 0 1 4 KUKOC 27 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 C BOWDLER 26 2-7 6-6 2 2 4 0 0 1 1 10 MOTTOLA 10 1-3 3-3 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 5 D JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-71 17-19 10 24 34 17 19 7 12 83 (.423) (.895) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 40 11-21 6-8 0 4 4 1 1 1 2 29 THOMAS F 35 3-9 0-0 4 5 9 0 5 1 2 6 CAMBY C 35 9-13 0-1 0 10 10 0 2 2 2 18 HOUSTON G 39 7-18 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 19 JACKSON G 33 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 11 2 2 1 6 HARRINGTON 19 3-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 6 0 2 6 ANDERSON 18 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 0 1 2 EISLEY 14 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 5 4 1 1 2 KNIGHT 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-76 8-11 9 28 37 21 24 7 12 88 (.500) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

ATLANTA 29 26 14 14 - 83 NEW YORK 24 21 19 24 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - NONE. NEW YORK - CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 6-18 (.333), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-4, GLOVER 2-3, DAVIS 2-3, TERRY 1-7, KUKOC 0-1. NEW YORK 4-12 (.333), SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 3-7, JACKSON 0-1, ANDERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - DEFENSIVE THREE, ABDUR-RAHIM, NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE, THOMAS. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,763. T - 2:16.


Box Score

ATLANTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 42 10-18 5-6 3-10 4 2 26 Glover 21 5-8 1-1 1-5 1 4 13 Mohammed 18 2-7 0-0 2-3 0 1 4 Davis 34 4-9 0-0 1-4 3 2 10 Terry 34 4-12 1-1 0-2 3 3 10 Vaughn 28 2-4 0-0 0-3 3 5 4 Kukoc 27 0-3 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 C Bowdler 26 2-7 6-6 2-4 0 0 10 Mottola 10 1-3 3-3 1-1 2 2 5 D Johnson DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-71 17-19 10-34 17 19 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Abdur-rahim 1-4, Glover 2-3, Davis 2-3, Terry 1-7, Kukoc 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 12 (Abdur-rahim 5, C Bowdler, Glover, Kukoc, Mohammed, Mottola, Terry, Vaughn). Steals: 7 (Glover 2, C Bowdler, Davis, Kukoc, Mohammed, Terry).

NEW YORK (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 40 11-21 6-8 0-4 1 1 29 Thomas 35 3-9 0-0 4-9 0 5 6 Camby 35 9-13 0-1 0-10 0 2 18 Houston 39 7-18 2-2 0-3 1 1 19 Jackson 33 3-7 0-0 0-3 11 2 6 Harrington 19 3-5 0-0 3-4 0 6 6 Anderson 18 1-2 0-0 2-4 3 2 2 Eisley 14 1-1 0-0 0-0 5 4 2 Knight 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision Ward DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-76 8-11 9-37 21 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Sprewell 1-3, Houston 3-7, Jackson 0-1, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Camby). Turnovers: 14 (Camby 2, Harrington 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, Anderson, Eisley, Houston, Jackson). Steals: 7 (Camby 2, Jackson 2, Eisley, Sprewell, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 29 26 14 14 - 83 New York 24 21 19 24 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 2 (Defensive Three, 10:18 3rd; Abdur-rahim, 8:24 3rd). New York 2 (Defensive Three, 11:02 2nd; Thomas, 8:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:16. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Monty Mccutchen, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell's heroics made Marcus Camby's return a successful one.

Sprewell scored eight of his season-high 29 points in the final 3:12 and Camby had 18 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut as the Knicks held on for an 88-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Camby, who missed the first 14 games of the season with plantar fasciaitis, helped the Knicks rally from a 14-point second-quarter deficit. But the outcome was in doubt until Sprewell took over.

Sprewell scored the final eight points for New York starting with a free throw that snapped an 80-80 tie with 3:12 to go. He then sank a baseline jumper with 2:31 left before Atlanta's Shareef Abdur-Rahim made a rare 3-pointer to tie it with 46 seconds remaining.

Sprewell drove into the lane and hit a short jumper over Jacque Vaughn to give the Knicks the lead for good, 85-83, with 29 second remaining.

"The play just broke down," Sprewell said. "I just back cut. Luckily a smaller guy was on me and I was able to shoot over him."

Abdur-Rahim missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock and Camby grabbed the rebound. Sprewell sank 1-of-2 free throws with 13 seconds to go and sank two more with less than a second left to seal the victory.

Sprewell made 11-of-21 shots while Camby shot 9-of-13 as New York won consecutive games for just the second time this season.

"I was mainly flowing on adrenaline tonight," Camby said. "I was just excited to get back out there and compete again."

Camby returned just in time for the Knicks, who placed forward Clarence Weatherspoon on the injured list Saturday with a foot injuy.

"(Camby's return) was very nice, it will be nice when we get Spoon back too," Sprewell said. "We haven't had our entire roster for some time now. It was good to have at least Marcus back. You see what type of energy he brings, we definitely missed that."

Camby was forced to play 35 minutes as forwards Kurt Thomas and Othella Harrington were in foul trouble throughout the game.

"I thought it was a great performance," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He did a great job playing 35 minutes. It really put him in fatigue a lot, but I thought he handled himself very well."

"I've been working hard to get my stamina up, my chest was burning out there," Camby said. "I played more minutes than I expected because Kurt and Othella were in foul trouble. Coach called on me to finish the game and that's what I tried to do."

Allan Houston scored 19 points and Mark Jackson had six points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who shot 50 percent (38-of-76) and committed just three turnovers in the second half.

Abdur-Rahim scored 26 points to lead five players in double figures for the Hawks, who have lost four straight visits to Madison Square Garden.

Dion Glover scored 13 points and Emanual Davis, Jason Terry and Hanno Mottola chipped in 10 apiece.

Atlanta shot 55 percent (12-of-22) in the first quarter and made 4-of-6 3-pointers to take a 29-24 lead. Glover led the way, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the opening 12 minutes.

The Hawks opened the second quarter with five straight points and had a 38-31 lead when they went on a 9-2 run to build a 14-point cushion. Terry scored five points in the spurt and Cal Bowdler added four to give Atlanta a 55-45 halftime edge.

The Knicks shot 57 percent (20-of-35) in the first half, but committed 11 turnovers leading to 10 points for the Hawks.

"We had a good run in the first half to create a little bit of a margin and they opened up with momentum in the second half," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "Certainaly the Knicks made some tough plays and came out with a lot of energy in the third."

New York opened the second half on a 15-4 run and took its first lead since 2-0 on a jumper by Sprewell with 6:38 remaining. But Atlanta closed the quarter on a 10-2 run to reclaim the lead.

Abdur-Rahim scored six points in the run, including the final two baskets of the period to give the Hawks a 67-64 lead entering the fourth.

After an excellent start, Atlanta shot just 42 percent (30-of-71) overall and made only 4-of-14 shots in the fourth quarter.

"We missed some shots that in the end could have put us in a better situation," Abdur-Rahim said. "I don't think it should have been to that point, we should've had the game in hand with three minutes to go. They picked their intensity up and we didn't pick ours up. We've got to learn how to win games like this on the road. We let it get away."

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