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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 21 15 28 22 86 HOUSTON 26 16 26 20 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 28, MARK JACKSON 14, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 8 HOU - KENNY THOMAS 24, STEVE FRANCIS 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 14, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 7 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, EDDIE GRIFFIN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, MOOCHIE NORRIS 4

ATT: 11,344


Extended Box

NEW YORK (86) AT HOUSTON (88)

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

SPREWELL F 37 4-15 0-0 2 2 4 5 2 0 2 8 THOMAS F 20 3-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 1 5 6 CAMBY C 40 3-12 2-3 5 9 14 1 3 2 2 8 HOUSTON G 39 9-21 8-9 0 2 2 4 1 0 2 28 JACKSON G 27 6-9 0-0 1 2 3 6 3 0 1 14 ANDERSON 20 3-8 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 8 HARRINGTON 32 3-9 2-2 2 5 7 0 2 0 0 8 KNIGHT 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 WARD 21 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 6 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-89 12-14 16 26 42 20 14 4 12 86 (.371) (.857) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 45 11-16 2-2 1 3 4 3 4 1 0 24 W WILLIAMS F 20 2-6 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 5 CATO C 18 2-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 2 4 FRANCIS G 46 6-15 6-6 0 9 9 9 3 3 4 19 MOBLEY G 46 5-14 0-0 2 4 6 2 3 1 4 10 GRIFFIN 30 5-9 2-2 0 8 8 0 2 0 0 13 TORRES 7 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 NORRIS 25 5-7 1-2 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 13 MORRIS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-72 12-14 6 34 40 18 20 5 14 88 (.500) (.857) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

NEW YORK 21 15 28 22 - 86 HOUSTON 26 16 26 20 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL, HARRINGTON. HOUSTON - GRIFFIN 6, THOMAS 2, FRANCIS, W WILLIAMS, TORRES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 8-20 (.400), SPREWELL 0-4, HOUSTON 2-3, JACKSON 2-2, ANDERSON 2-3, WARD 2-8. HOUSTON 4-15 (.267), W WILLIAMS 0-2, FRANCIS 1-3, MOBLEY 0-4, GRIFFIN 1-3, TORRES 0-1, NORRIS 2-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE SMITH. A - 11,344. T - 2:05.


Box Score

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 37 4-15 0-0 2-4 5 2 8 Thomas 20 3-6 0-0 3-5 0 2 6 Camby 40 3-12 2-3 5-14 1 3 8 Houston 39 9-21 8-9 0-2 4 1 28 Jackson 27 6-9 0-0 1-3 6 3 14 Anderson 20 3-8 0-0 2-3 0 0 8 Harrington 32 3-9 2-2 2-7 0 2 8 Knight 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 Ward 21 2-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 6 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-89 12-14 16-42 20 14 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Sprewell 0-4, Houston 2-3, Jackson 2-2, Anderson 2-3, Ward 2-8). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Sprewell, Harrington). Turnovers: 13 (Thomas 5, Camby 2, Houston 2, Sprewell 2, Jackson). Steals: 4 (Camby 2, Anderson, Thomas).

HOUSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 45 11-16 2-2 1-4 3 4 24 W Williams 20 2-6 1-2 1-2 0 4 5 Cato 18 2-2 0-0 1-5 0 3 4 Francis 46 6-15 6-6 0-9 9 3 19 Mobley 46 5-14 0-0 2-6 2 3 10 Griffin 30 5-9 2-2 0-8 0 2 13 Torres 7 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Norris 25 5-7 1-2 1-4 4 1 13 Morris 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Collier DNP - coach's decision K Willis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-72 12-14 6-40 18 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (W Williams 0-2, Francis 1-3, Mobley 0-4, Griffin 1-3, Torres 0-1, Norris 2-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 11 (Griffin 6, Thomas 2, Francis, W Williams, Torres). Turnovers: 14 (Francis 4, Mobley 4, Cato 2, Norris 2, W Williams 2). Steals: 5 (Francis 3, Mobley, Thomas). ____________________________________________ New York 21 15 28 22 - 86 Houston 26 16 26 20 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Thomas 2 (ejected), 7:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,344. T: 2:05. Officials: Joe Derosa, Derrick Stafford, Mike Smith.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Allan Houston left Moochie Norris just a little too much time.

After Houston seemingly buried the Houston Rockets for the second time this season, Norris nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift them to an 88-86 victory over the struggling New York Knicks.

Houston nailed two clutch jumpers in the final minute of the Knicks' victory over the Rockets at Madison Square Garden on December 3. He seemed to get the best of Houston again as he nailed a jumper with 7.5 seconds left to give New York an 86-85 lead.

After the Knicks gave a foul perhaps too quickly, the Rockets inbounded to Steve Francis, who drove the lane before dishing to a wide-open Norris in the right corner. Norris, who made a costly turnover prior to Houston's jumper, drained the shot as time expired.

"I told Steve that when he gets in the lane that they would collapse on him," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He made a great decision to hit Moochie in the corner. I'm as pleased as punch."

"The play was designed for me to drive to my left," Francis said. "They took that away and I saw something blazing in the corner. It looked like he wanted it and I knew I would hear it if I didn't get the ball to him."

Norris finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and danced on the scorers' table after giving the Rockets their fourth victory in seven games.

"I knew we need a basket and I wanted to make it," Norris said. "I wanted to make a big play and I did. It felt great, it's what I've dreamed about."

Norris also nailed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Houston to a victory in Phoenix on November 4.

"That dude always hits those shots," Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley said. "He's amazing. Afterward I looked at him and said, `you are blessed.'"

While the Rockets were celebrating, the Knicks were questioning their play execution down the stretch.

"I probably could've waited a little longer but I went off my instinct," Houston said of his jumper. "I didn't want to think about it and when I got the shot I wanted I took it and I hit it. I really don't have any regrets because I made the shot. We shouldn't have let a guy get an open shot. We had a defenseive breakdown."

"I wanted the ball in his hands in that situation," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "If you can hold it a little longer, then that's perfect. You don't want to give them a chance to double team, you take advantage when it's open."

Francis fell just short of a triple-double with 19 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Kenny Thomas scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting and rookie Eddie Griffin had 13 points, eight rebounds and a season-high six blocks for the Rockets.

Houston finished with 28 points and Mark Jackson added 14 for the Knicks, who have lost 11 of their last 14 games. Latrell Sprewell was held to eight points on 4-of-15 shooting.

Thomas scored 16 points in the first half for the Rockets, who took the lead with 5:24 left in the first quarter and did not relinquish it until the final period.

Houston had a 64-56 advantage with 1:56 left in the third quarter when New York went on a 13-4 run and took the lead on Houston's layup just 1:40 into the fourth.

Marcus Camby made a pair of free throws and Charlie Ward hit a 3-pointer to give New York a 74-70 edge with 7:49 to go. But Griffin sank a jumper and Francis made a pair of free throws to tie it.

Houston and Griffin traded 3-pointers and the teams exchanged the lead on the final nine baskets of the game.

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