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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            12   18   24   11    65   
     NEW YORK         18   9    29   16    72      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - EDDIE JONES 19, MALIK ALLEN 13, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 8
                NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 24, KURT THOMAS 15, 
                      SHANDON ANDERSON 10

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - BRIAN GRANT 13, MALIK ALLEN 13, VLADIMIR
                      STEPANIA 12
                NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, KURT THOMAS 8,
                      OTHELLA HARRINGTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - EDDIE JONES 7, TRAVIS BEST 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 6, HOWARD EISLEY 6, 
                      CHARLIE WARD 2

         ATT:   18,704

Box Score

MIAMI (65) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Allen 39 6-12 1-2 4-13 1 4 13 C Butler 36 3-11 0-2 1-1 0 5 6 B Grant 33 3-11 2-5 4-13 2 6 8 T Best 26 2-8 0-0 0-2 6 1 4 E Jones 45 5-13 6-6 1-6 7 3 19 R Butler 15 0-5 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 M James 22 3-9 0-0 1-2 2 3 7 V Stepania 24 4-8 0-0 5-12 0 2 8 L Ellis DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Carter DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE E House DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Marks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-77 9-17 16-50 18 24 65 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (T Best 0-1, E Jones 3-7, R Butler 0-1, M James 1-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:16 (E Jones 4, M Allen 4, T Best 3, M James 2, B Grant, R Butler, C Butler). Steals: 5 (M Allen 2, B Grant, E Jones, V Stepania). NEW YORK (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 34 1-4 2-4 1-7 0 3 4 L Sprewell 45 8-19 5-6 0-3 6 3 24 K Thomas 30 6-10 3-4 2-8 1 4 15 H Eisley 26 3-7 0-0 1-3 6 1 8 A Houston 30 1-7 2-3 0-3 0 3 4 C Ward 22 2-5 2-2 0-3 2 2 7 S Anderson 21 5-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 10 C Weatherspoon 24 0-3 0-0 2-10 0 3 0 M Doleac 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 T Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-67 14-19 6-40 15 22 72 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (L Sprewell 3-5, H Eisley 2-4, A Houston 0-1, C Ward 1-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:2 (C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell). Turnovers:12 (K Thomas 3, A Houston 2, L Sprewell 2, H Eisley 2, C Ward, S Anderson, M Doleac). Steals: 6 (K Thomas 2, C Ward, C Weatherspoon, H Eisley, L Sprewell). ------------------------------------------- MIAMI 12 18 24 11 - 65 NEW YORK 18 9 29 16 - 72 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:19 1st). New York - 2 (Defensive Three, 8:29 2nd; Defensive Three, 11:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,704. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ronnie Nunn, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

MIAMI (65) AT NEW YORK (72) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M ALLEN F 39 6-12 1-2 4 9 13 1 4 2 4 13 C BUTLER F 36 3-11 0-2 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 6 B GRANT C 33 3-11 2-5 4 9 13 2 6 1 1 8 T BEST G 26 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 0 3 4 E JONES G 45 5-13 6-6 1 5 6 7 3 1 4 19 R BUTLER 15 0-5 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 M JAMES 22 3-9 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 2 7 V STEPANIA 24 4-8 0-0 5 7 12 0 2 1 0 8 L ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A CARTER DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE E HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION S MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-77 9-17 16 34 50 18 24 5 16 65 (.338) (.529) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18 (11 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 34 1-4 2-4 1 6 7 0 3 0 0 4 L SPREWELL F 45 8-19 5-6 0 3 3 6 3 1 2 24 K THOMAS C 30 6-10 3-4 2 6 8 1 4 2 3 15 H EISLEY G 26 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 6 1 1 2 8 A HOUSTON G 30 1-7 2-3 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 4 C WARD 22 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 7 S ANDERSON 21 5-10 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 10 C WEATHERSPOON 24 0-3 0-0 2 8 10 0 3 1 0 0 M DOLEAC 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 T KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-67 14-19 6 34 40 15 22 6 12 72 (.388) (.737) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (7 PTS) MIAMI 12 18 24 11 - 65 NEW YORK 18 9 29 16 - 72 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - NONE, NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON, L SPREWELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 4-14 (.286), T BEST 0-1, E JONES 3-7, R BUTLER 0- 1, M JAMES 1-5. NEW YORK 6-12 (.500), L SPREWELL 3-5, H EISLEY 2-4, A HOUSTON 0-1, C WARD 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, RONNIE NUNN, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,704. T - 2:12.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell and Kurt Thomas scored eight points apiece in the third quarter as the New York Knicks rallied from an eight-point deficit and posted a lackluster 72-65 triumph over the reeling Miami Heat. New York trailed 45-37 with 6:33 left in the period but closed the quarter with a 19-9 burst. New York took a 56-54 lead on a basket by Shandon Anderson with 34 seconds remaining and never surrendered the lead. Sprewell scored 14 points in the first quarter and finished with 24. Thomas added 15 and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who posted back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks. New York has won just three of its last nine overall. "An ugly win is just as nice as a pretty win," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "A win is a win, and that's why I had to congratulate our guys. On a night when we really struggled to score, we might as well come away with a win." "Our defense was struggling today, and with Miami missing shots we got a chance to stay in the game," Thomas said. "We stepped up our game as a team (in the second half), and started to play better on both sides of the ball. Shandon Anderson gave us a lift, and Sprewell hit a couple of big shots." Eddie Jones led Miami with 19 points and seven assists. The Heat have dropped eight of 10 and missed an opportunity to post consecutive wins for the first time since a three-game streak from December 27-January 1. "It was one of those games we knew what they were going to do throughout the game, it just came down to individual matchups. They deserved to win," said Miami coach Pat Riley, who was fined $50,000 for his comments following a matchup with the Knicks on December 13. The two teams at the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings combined to score just 57 points in the first half - matching the NBA shot-clock era record set by Detroit and Denver on November 16. Neither team shot well as New York shot 39 percent (26-of-67) and Miami 34 percent (26-of-77). The Heat also missed eight of 17 free-throw attempts and committed 16 turnovers. "We missed everything today," Heat forward Brian Grant said. "The combination of good defense by the Knicks and bad shooting by us is why we didn't win the game today." "This is a typical Miami-New York game, sometimes good, sometimes ugly," Sprewell said. "We didn't shoot well in the first half. I came out in a good rhythm to start the game and then I lost a little touch in the second quarter and in the third quarter hit several shots to get us going to win the game." Miami took a 30-27 lead into halftime and was ahead, 48-41, with 4:56 to go in third quarter. New York began its comeback on a dunk by Anderson 19 seconds later. Sprewell buried back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game and the teams traded baskets until Anderson converted a short jumper to put the Knicks ahead, 56-54, with 34 seconds to go. "When I looked at the scoreboard, I was surprised to be down by only three after a horrible second quarter," Sprewell said. "Shandon Anderson gave us a lift, and we played better in the third quarter." Miami got within 64-61 with 2:40 to go in the game, but Grant missed a layup and free throw, Malik Allen failed to convert a short jumper and Travis Best committed a turnover that led to two free throws by New York's Charlie Ward. Miami scored a season-low 11 points in the fourth quarter. New York had a season-low nine points in the second quarter.


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