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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         26   26   29   33    114  
     PHILADELPHIA     19   34   29   30    112     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 31, LATRELL SPREWELL 31, 
                      CHARLIE WARD 17
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 30, KEITH VAN HORN 23, 
                      ERIC SNOW 19

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 9, KURT THOMAS 8, 
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 5
                PHI - KENNY THOMAS 12, DERRICK COLEMAN 8, 
                      ALLEN IVERSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 8, CHARLIE WARD 6, 
                      HOWARD EISLEY 5
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 9, ERIC SNOW 4, DERRICK 
                      COLEMAN 4

         ATT:   20,338

Box Score

NEW YORK (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Houston 40 11-19 4-4 0-5 2 1 31 O Harrington 26 3-4 2-2 3-9 1 3 8 K Thomas 37 7-13 1-2 3-8 3 3 15 H Eisley 25 1-6 0-0 0-3 5 3 3 L Sprewell 41 11-24 2-2 2-2 8 2 31 C Weatherspoon 24 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 S Anderson 15 2-6 0-3 1-4 0 0 4 C Ward 23 5-7 4-5 0-2 6 4 17 M Doleac 9 0-1 1-2 0-1 1 2 1 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-84 14-20 11-37 26 21 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 16-32, .500 (A Houston 5-8, H Eisley 1-6, L Sprewell 7-13, S Anderson 0-1, C Ward 3-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:3 (K Thomas 2, O Harrington). Turnovers:12 (L Sprewell 4, A Houston 2, H Eisley 2, S Anderson 2, C Ward, O Harrington). Steals: 11 (C Ward 4, C Weatherspoon, A Houston, L Sprewell, K Thomas, H Eisley, O Harrington, S Anderson). PHILADELPHIA (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 32 4-9 3-5 3-12 2 2 11 K Van Horn 34 9-12 1-1 1-5 1 3 23 D Coleman 25 0-4 2-2 3-8 4 3 2 E Snow 37 6-8 7-7 1-4 4 1 19 A Iverson 44 10-28 9-12 1-6 9 3 30 A McKie 34 8-10 0-0 0-2 3 2 16 B Skinner 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 G Buckner 19 1-2 2-2 2-2 0 2 4 T MacCulloch 11 2-3 3-4 1-4 1 0 7 K Satterfield DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Salmons DNP - RIGHT HIP STRAIN E Rentzias DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-76 27-33 12-43 24 16 112 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (K Van Horn 4-5, D Coleman 0-1, A Iverson 1-5, A McKie 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (G Buckner). Turnovers:15 (A Iverson 5, E Snow 3, D Coleman 2, A McKie, K Van Horn, B Skinner, K Thomas, G Buckner). Steals: 8 (G Buckner 3, K Van Horn 2, A McKie, K Thomas, E Snow). -------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 26 26 29 33 - 114 PHILADELPHIA 19 34 29 30 - 112 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (L Sprewell, 3:42 2nd). Philadelphia - 1 (G Buckner, 3:42 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,338. T: 2:14. Officials: Leon Wood, Ted Bernhardt, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (114) AT PHILADELPHIA (112) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HOUSTON G 40 11-19 4-4 0 5 5 2 1 1 2 31 O HARRINGTON F 26 3-4 2-2 3 6 9 1 3 1 1 8 K THOMAS C 37 7-13 1-2 3 5 8 3 3 1 0 15 H EISLEY G 25 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 3 1 2 3 L SPREWELL F 41 11-24 2-2 2 0 2 8 2 1 4 31 C WEATHERSPOON 24 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 1 0 4 S ANDERSON 15 2-6 0-3 1 3 4 0 0 1 2 4 C WARD 23 5-7 4-5 0 2 2 6 4 4 1 17 M DOLEAC 9 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-84 14-20 11 26 37 26 21 11 12 114 (.500) (.700) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 12 (19 PTS) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 32 4-9 3-5 3 9 12 2 2 1 1 11 K VAN HORN F 34 9-12 1-1 1 4 5 1 3 2 1 23 D COLEMAN C 25 0-4 2-2 3 5 8 4 3 0 2 2 E SNOW G 37 6-8 7-7 1 3 4 4 1 1 3 19 A IVERSON G 44 10-28 9-12 1 5 6 9 3 0 5 30 A MCKIE 34 8-10 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 16 B SKINNER 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 G BUCKNER 19 1-2 2-2 2 0 2 0 2 3 1 4 T MACCULLOCH 11 2-3 3-4 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 7 K SATTERFIELD DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SALMONS DNP - RIGHT HIP STRAIN E RENTZIAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-76 27-33 12 31 43 24 16 8 15 112 (.526) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15 (5 PTS) NEW YORK 26 26 29 33 - 114 PHILADELPHIA 19 34 29 30 - 112 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, O HARRINGTON. PHILADELPHIA - G BUCKNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 16-32 (.500), A HOUSTON 5-8, H EISLEY 1- 6, L SPREWELL 7-13, S ANDERSON 0-1, C WARD 3-4. PHILADELPHIA 5-12 (. 417), K VAN HORN 4-5, D COLEMAN 0-1, A IVERSON 1-5, A MCKIE 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - L SPREWELL. PHILADELPHIA - G BUCKNER. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LEON WOOD, TED BERNHARDT, TONY BROTHERS. A - 20,338. T - 2:14.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks finally figured out a way to win in the closing seconds - play the Philadelphia 76ers, who are finding new ways to lose with every game. Charlie Ward made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left and added a handful of clutch plays in the final moments as the Knicks edged the reeling 76ers, 114-112, to snap a three-game losing streak. "We got some breaks," Knicks guard Allan Houston said. "Unfortunately, the last few games it hasn't gone that way for us, but you just have to keep fighting, keep your head and stay positive." The Knicks came in having lost their last three games by a combined eight points. All three games came down to the final possession, with New York missing shots that could have tied or won each game. This one was very much the same - except for the outcome, as the Knicks got some breaks for a change. Ward's 3-pointer came off a scramble for a rebound and gave New York a 108-107 lead. It was the 16th for the Knicks, setting a franchise record. "I was happy to see our guys hang in there and get the breaks," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "In Indiana (on Wednesday), we had the breaks but didn't take advantage of it." As they did in the first two games of their six-game homestand, the 76ers failed to execute down the stretch and gave away a potential win. Kenny Thomas was fouled on an alley-oop attempt with 25 seconds to go but missed both free throws. The Sixers immediately fouled Kurt Thomas, who missed the second of two from the line. But Philadelphia allowed New York to get the offensive rebound, and Houston - the NBA's leading foul shooter - made two more for a 111-107 lead with 20 seconds to play. Ward, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the final period, made 3-of-4 free throws in the closing seconds. After each pair, he fouled Sixers star Allen Iverson before he could get in position for a potential tying 3-pointer. "Charlie came in and made some big plays, some big shots," Chaney said. Philadelphia still had a chance, trailing by three as Iverson stepped to the line with 3.1 seconds remaining. He made the first and intentionally missed the second. The rebound was batted around and landed in the hands of Iverson, who went up for a possible tying shot - and had the ball slip out of his hands. "We've got a (two)-point lead, we deflect the pass, we challenge a shot and have two guys run into each other, then they make a three," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Then we're down two and we set up a play and Kenny got a dunk and misses the dunk and misses two free throws. ... Then we got the ball back with 1.6 seconds and had a shot and dropped it." Houston and Latrell Sprewell each scored 31 points for New York, which made 16-of-32 shots from the arc, breaking the club mark of 15 set April 6, 1996 at Toronto. Sprewell was 7-of-13, Houston 5-of-8 and Ward 3-of-4. "We were due," Sprewell said. "We've had a lot of close ones and haven't gotten the job done of late and I think this time, though, we did." Iverson played despite a bruised right quadriceps and had 30 points and nine assists. Keith Van Horn scored 23 points and Eric Snow added 19 for the 76ers, who have lost five in a row, eight of nine and 13 of 17 since a 15-4 start. "It seems like sometimes when things go bad, it's bad, but when things are going good, you get all the lucky bounces, you get all the stops and the rebounds," Sixers guard Aaron McKie said. "Right now that winning feeling is gone," Iverson said. "When it's time to buckle down and get things done, we start thinking about things that have happened in other games and we have to concentrate about what is going on in this game." Philadelphia led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, but New York forged a 100-100 tie on a 3-pointer by Houston with 3:26 to play. Sprewell's 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 105-102 lead with 2:10 left. Kenny Thomas converted a three-point play to tie it at the 1:26 mark and Snow gave the Sixers a 107-105 lead with a baseline jumper with 52 seconds remaining before Ward made his go-ahead shot. The Knicks grabbed a 26-19 lead after one quarter as they made six 3-pointers, including four by Sprewell. A 3-pointer by Houston provided a 31-21 advantage early in the second period. With 3:42 left in the second quarter, Sprewell pushed the ball in the face of Philadelphia's Greg Buckner. Both players were given technical fouls, and Sprewell blew a kiss to the booing First Union Center crowd. Iverson, Van Horn and Aaron McKie each scored eight points in the period to help the Sixers inch in front, 53-52, at halftime. A 3-pointer by Sprewell gave the Knicks a 79-78 edge late in the third quarter. Kurt Thomas had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who also shot 50 percent (42-of-84) overall and improved to 1-2 against the Sixers this season. McKie scored 16 points and Kenny Thomas added 11 and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, which shot 53 percent (40-of-76) and held a 43-37 edge on the boards. "If you think about it, we had Keith get 12 shots with 23 points, Eric gets eight shots, gets 19 points. Aaron 10 shots and 16 points, and we lose the game," Brown said.


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