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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 17 27 24 21 89 NEW YORK 31 18 22 21 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 29, JASON TERRY 25, NAZR MOHAMMED 10 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 32, LATRELL SPREWELL 14, MARK JACKSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - IRA NEWBLE 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 9, TRAVIS KNIGHT 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JACQUE VAUGHN 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - MARK JACKSON 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 9

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

ATLANTA (89) AT NEW YORK (92)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 43 10-18 9-13 1 5 6 3 3 7 4 29 NEWBLE F 41 3-8 3-3 1 6 7 1 3 4 2 9 MOHAMMED C 31 5-9 0-0 0 6 6 1 4 0 2 10 D JOHNSON G 17 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 TERRY G 46 10-18 1-1 1 3 4 3 0 2 2 25 GLOVER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MOTTOLA 22 2-6 1-2 1 5 6 2 2 0 1 5 VAUGHN 31 2-8 0-0 1 4 5 8 1 0 3 5 STRICKLAND 6 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 C BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION RATLIFF DNP - HIP INJURY SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 14-19 6 31 37 18 16 14 14 89 (.461) (.737) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 46 5-15 3-5 0 1 1 9 2 0 3 14 WEATHERSPOON F 32 3-7 2-2 1 6 7 1 3 1 0 8 THOMAS C 22 3-8 3-4 0 2 2 2 4 0 1 9 HOUSTON G 46 12-21 2-2 1 8 9 3 2 3 4 32 JACKSON G 29 5-10 0-0 0 6 6 9 0 2 3 11 HARRINGTON 27 1-6 4-4 2 3 5 0 1 1 3 6 KNIGHT 15 2-3 2-2 3 5 8 0 4 1 1 6 WARD 19 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 2 2 6 ANDERSON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EISLEY DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 16-19 7 34 41 26 18 10 17 92 (.446) (.842) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

ATLANTA 17 27 24 21 - 89 NEW YORK 31 18 22 21 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - ABDUR-RAHIM 2, NEWBLE, MOHAMMED. NEW YORK - THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 5-13 (.385), D JOHNSON 0-2, TERRY 4-6, MOTTOLA 0-1, VAUGHN 1-4. NEW YORK 10-19 (.526), SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 6-9, JACKSON 1-3, WARD 2-4. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEON WOOD, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,763. T - 2:07.


Box Score

ATLANTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 43 10-18 9-13 1-6 3 3 29 Newble 41 3-8 3-3 1-7 1 3 9 Mohammed 31 5-9 0-0 0-6 1 4 10 D Johnson 17 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 Terry 46 10-18 1-1 1-4 3 0 25 Glover 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mottola 22 2-6 1-2 1-6 2 2 5 Vaughn 31 2-8 0-0 1-5 8 1 5 Strickland 6 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 C Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Ratliff DNP - hip injury Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 14-19 6-37 18 16 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (D Johnson 0-2, Terry 4-6, Mottola 0-1, Vaughn 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdur-rahim 2, Newble, Mohammed). Turnovers: 15 (Abdur-rahim 4, Vaughn 3, Mohammed 2, Newble 2, Terry 2, Mottola). Steals: 14 (Abdur-rahim 7, Newble 4, Terry 2, D Johnson).

NEW YORK (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 46 5-15 3-5 0-1 9 2 14 Weatherspoon 32 3-7 2-2 1-7 1 3 8 Thomas 22 3-8 3-4 0-2 2 4 9 Houston 46 12-21 2-2 1-9 3 2 32 Jackson 29 5-10 0-0 0-6 9 0 11 Harrington 27 1-6 4-4 2-5 0 1 6 Knight 15 2-3 2-2 3-8 0 4 6 Ward 19 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 6 Anderson 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eisley DNP - upper respiratory infection Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 16-19 7-41 26 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Sprewell 1-3, Houston 6-9, Jackson 1-3, Ward 2-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Houston 4, Harrington 3, Jackson 3, Sprewell 3, Ward 2, Knight, Thomas). Steals: 10 (Houston 3, Jackson 2, Ward 2, Harrington, Knight, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 17 27 24 21 - 89 New York 31 18 22 21 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 2 (Defensive Three 2, 7:01 1st, 7:50 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:07. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leon Wood, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston showed his New York Knicks teammates what he was talking about.

Houston made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with two seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks that snapped a three-game losing streak.

After Tuesday's 112-110 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in which the Knicks blew an 18-point lead, Houston said the team had "no pride." The normally soft-spoken shooting guard pointed to a lack of effort for the team's worst season in years.

"One thing we need to do better if we want to make a run in the second half (of the season) is to finish off teams better when we have a big lead and stop giving them enough opportunities to get back in the game," Houston said.

This one seemed to be following a familiar script as the Knicks opened a 14-point lead after one period, only to find themselves in an 89-89 tie after Atlanta All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim made a tough hook in the lane with 1:45 to go.

The teams traded turnovers and Jason Terry and Jacque Vaughn missed shots for the Hawks before the Knicks rebounded with less than 10 seconds left. Instead of calling timeout, Knicks guard Charlie Ward dribbled upcourt.

"I wanted to call a timeout, but I second-guessed myself because I have confidence in my team," Knicks coach Don Chaney said.

Houston popped free on the right wing as Ira Newble got lost in transition. That was all Houston needed and his shot banged in.

"I got bunched up in the paint looking to guard Allan Houston and I lost track of him," said Newble, a journeyman who never has played an entire NBA season.

"I was looking for one of (their) guys to call timeout but they didn't and it was a defensive lapse," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said. "They lost Allan Houston in the crowd. I was surprised he was wide open to get a shot off. He was in a good rhythm tonight."

The Hawks had a chance to tie, but Hanno Mottola missed badly on an open 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Houston scored 32 points as he became the first Knick to eclipse 30 in consecutive games this season. He had 40 in the loss to the Clippers but missed a potential tying shot.

The Knicks (19-28) go to the All-Star break five games out of the final playoff spot. They have not missed the postseason since 1987.

"I'm happy I made the shot to finish the first half (of the season) on a positive note," Houston said. "I'm a shooter and I had the opportunity of making my team win tonight. I did my job."

Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points and Terry added 25 for the Hawks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Riddled by injuries, Atlanta (16-33) is going nowhere.

"We had a couple opportunities to win the game tonight but we didn't take advantage," Terry said. "We fought hard to tie up the game and we just have to learn better."

Houston scored 11 points in a 15-2 run that ended the opening quarter and gave the Knicks a 31-17 lead. The Hawks chipped away and pulled within 44-42 on Vaughn's 3-pointer with a minute left in the first half.

Atlanta trailed 49-44 at halftime but tied it, 66-66, on a three-point play by Newble with 2:39 left in the third quarter. Houston responded with a 3-pointer and New York never trailed again.

"This was another up-and-down game, with a big lead, got sloppy, lost it and managed to find a way to win the game," Chaney said. "The Hawks played tough tonight to get back in the game. We had a couple defensive lapses that almost cost us the game."

Latrell Sprewell scored 14 points and Mark Jackson added 11 and nine assists for the Knicks, who shot 45 percent (33-of-74). Houston pulled down nine rebounds.

Nazr Mohammed scored 10 points and Newble added nine for the Hawks, who shot 46 percent (35-of-76). Atlanta has lost seven straight games at Madison Square Garden since March 22, 1999.

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