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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
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     NEW YORK         27   20   34   30    111  
     ORLANDO          20   34   23   25    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 33, ALLAN HOUSTON 25, 
                      SHANDON ANDERSON 20
                ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 37, DREW GOODEN 19, GORDAN
                      GIRICEK 18

Box Score

NEW YORK (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 43 12-20 7-7 0-3 2 3 33 O Harrington 20 2-2 2-2 1-4 2 4 6 K Thomas 27 4-8 2-2 0-11 1 5 10 A Houston 44 9-16 6-7 2-9 1 1 25 H Eisley 37 3-9 0-0 0-1 5 5 9 S Anderson 29 7-15 5-6 3-3 3 2 20 C Ward 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon 24 2-2 3-4 3-6 1 1 7 M Doleac 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 F Williams 7 0-1 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 T Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-74 26-30 10-39 16 21 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.527, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (L Sprewell 2-3, A Houston 1-3, H Eisley 3-6, S Anderson 1-2, C Ward 0-1, F Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (K Thomas 2, S Anderson). Turnovers:17 (C Weatherspoon 4, C Ward 3, H Eisley 3, A Houston 2, L Sprewell 2, K Thomas, O Harrington, F Williams). Steals: 8 (L Sprewell 4, C Weatherspoon 3, S Anderson). ORLANDO (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Giricek 41 8-16 0-0 0-3 1 4 18 D Gooden 35 8-15 3-6 5-8 3 2 19 A DeClercq 14 2-2 0-1 1-4 1 5 4 T McGrady 48 14-30 8-9 0-3 6 2 37 J Vaughn 19 4-7 2-2 1-2 3 1 10 S Kemp 19 2-6 1-2 3-9 0 3 5 P Garrity 23 1-5 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 D Armstrong 30 1-4 2-2 3-4 5 4 5 J Sasser 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 C Whitney 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 S Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Burke DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-85 17-24 13-35 20 27 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (G Giricek 2-5, T McGrady 1-7, J Vaughn 0-1, P Garrity 1-3, D Armstrong 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (T McGrady). Turnovers:11 (T McGrady 5, S Kemp 2, D Armstrong, P Garrity, D Gooden, G Giricek). Steals: 9 (D Armstrong 4, G Giricek 2, S Kemp, T McGrady, D Gooden). -------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 27 20 34 30 - 111 ORLANDO 20 34 23 25 - 102 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Orlando - 3 (Defensive Three, 4:35 1st; Defensive Three, 4:43 1st; A DeClercq, 0:26 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,283. T: 2:17. Officials: Dan Crawford, Kevin Fehr, Luis Grillo.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (111) AT ORLANDO (102) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 43 12-20 7-7 0 3 3 2 3 4 2 33 O HARRINGTON F 20 2-2 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 6 K THOMAS C 27 4-8 2-2 0 11 11 1 5 0 1 10 A HOUSTON G 44 9-16 6-7 2 7 9 1 1 0 2 25 H EISLEY G 37 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 5 5 0 3 9 S ANDERSON 29 7-15 5-6 3 0 3 3 2 1 0 20 C WARD 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 C WEATHERSPOON 24 2-2 3-4 3 3 6 1 1 3 4 7 M DOLEAC 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 F WILLIAMS 7 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 T KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-74 26-30 10 29 39 16 21 8 17 111 (.527) (.867) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18 (26 PTS) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G GIRICEK F 41 8-16 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 2 1 18 D GOODEN F 35 8-15 3-6 5 3 8 3 2 1 1 19 A DECLERCQ C 14 2-2 0-1 1 3 4 1 5 0 0 4 T MCGRADY G 48 14-30 8-9 0 3 3 6 2 1 5 37 J VAUGHN G 19 4-7 2-2 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 10 S KEMP 19 2-6 1-2 3 6 9 0 3 1 2 5 P GARRITY 23 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 4 D ARMSTRONG 30 1-4 2-2 3 1 4 5 4 4 1 5 J SASSER 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 C WHITNEY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 S HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-85 17-24 13 22 35 20 27 9 11 102 (.471) (.708) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) NEW YORK 27 20 34 30 - 111 ORLANDO 20 34 23 25 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, S ANDERSON. ORLANDO - T MCGRADY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-16 (.438), L SPREWELL 2-3, A HOUSTON 1- 3, H EISLEY 3-6, S ANDERSON 1-2, C WARD 0-1, F WILLIAMS 0-1. ORLANDO 5- 18 (.278), G GIRICEK 2-5, T MCGRADY 1-7, J VAUGHN 0-1, P GARRITY 1- 3, D ARMSTRONG 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: ORLANDO - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, A DECLERCQ. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, KEVIN FEHR, LUIS GRILLO. A - 17,283. T - 2:17.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell no doubt wishes the New York Knicks had another game remaining against the Orlando Magic this season. Sprewell, who had a triple-double in a double-overtime triumph over Orlando last Friday, scored 33 points as the Knicks snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a 111-102 triumph over the Magic. "It's very important for us because we have more road games than home games left," Sprewell said of the victory. "We have to play well on the road if we're going to creep into the playoffs." Allan Houston added 25 points and Shandon Anderson a season-high 20 for New York, which last won on the road on February 16 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks are just four games behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. "This was a big win for us," Houston said. "The timing is really big, too, because it came at a time where we were up against the wall. If we lose this one, then we have a struggle to get back into the playoff hunt. Now you can shine more light at the end of the tunnel." In a game of runs, New York led by as many as 11 points late in the first quarter before Orlando went on a 39-21 surge into the half to take a 54-47 advantage. Tracy McGrady had 15 points in the second quarter for the Magic. Sprewell and Houston took over in the third quarter, scoring 13 and seven points, respectively, as the Knicks took an 81-73 advantage into the final period. "The first unit came back in the third quarter very determined and they were very energetic, and that's the way I like them to play," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "Leave it all out on the floor, and that's what they did tonight." New York went on its big third-quarter run using a smaller lineup. "Shandon is a high-energy guy," Sprewell said. "When you've got Allan, myself and Howard (Eisley) out there, we're small but we're very active. We have to make up for a lack of size with effort. It's hard work out there and tonight we did it." "That's when they made their run, but I honestly didn't know if that hurt us," Magic coach Doc Rivers said of the Knicks' smaller lineup. "What they were trying to do was load up more on Tracy McGrady. I thought we did a poor job of taking advantage of it. I even called a timeout the one time to get Shawn (Kemp) down there with Shandon Anderson; we score and don't go back to it." Orlando got within 83-80 on a basket by rookie Gordan Giricek with 10:25 to play, but New York countered with a 14-4 run, taking its biggest lead, 97-84, on a 3-pointer by Sprewell with 6:13 remaining. "We tried to exploit (Giricek) defensively in the second half," Sprewell said. "We were taking advantage of that, then they switched McGrady on me, so then we went to Allan. We were trying to go at the younger guys." "Seemed like they were picking on G.G. tonight," McGrady said. "Whoever he guarded, they went at him. It was just tough to defend those guys." McGrady scored 37 points, rookie Drew Gooden added 19 and Giricek 18 for the Magic, who had won three in a row and seven of eight. "When you have a streak going, playing so well, you want to keep it going, you don't want to have a letdown," McGrady said. "Unfortunately, we had one in the first quarter, and then we had to play catch-up. Finally, when we got ourselves going, it was really tough." It was McGrady's franchise-record 33rd straight game scoring at least 20 points. "(McGrady's) a great player," Chaney said. "No one in this league can guard him 1-on-1. It's impossible. So you have to have help." The teams split their four games this season. Sprewell averaged 25 points, including 29.7 over the last three. "I think they wanted this game more than us," McGrady said. "Doc said in the postgame that they came out playing with intensity like this was a playoff game and we were playing it like it was another game. ... We should have treated it like this was a playoff game, we need every game possible."


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