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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        28   35   24   24    111  
     NEW YORK         28   41   21   30    120     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - GARY PAYTON 23, DESMOND MASON 23, TIM 
                      THOMAS 22
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 50, CHARLIE WARD 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - DESMOND MASON 12, TIM THOMAS 8, ERVIN 
                      JOHNSON 4
                NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10, KURT THOMAS 7, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - GARY PAYTON 5, SAM CASSELL 5, DESMOND 
                      MASON 4
                NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 6, 
                      HOWARD EISLEY 5

         ATT:   19,357

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 40 10-17 3-5 2-12 4 4 23 T Thomas 40 8-13 4-5 1-8 0 5 22 E Johnson 20 0-3 0-0 3-4 2 3 0 S Cassell 38 6-13 4-4 1-3 5 2 16 G Payton 37 10-17 2-2 0-1 5 3 23 J Caffey 13 1-3 1-1 0-1 0 4 3 T Kukoc 26 4-11 2-2 1-3 3 2 13 M Redd 21 3-10 4-4 2-2 1 3 11 D Gadzuric 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Haislip 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 A Mason DNP - STRAINED LEFT HIP J Sampson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-87 20-23 10-35 20 28 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (D Mason 0-1, T Thomas 2-6, S Cassell 0-2, G Payton 1-1, T Kukoc 3-7, M Redd 1-4). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:7 (T Kukoc 3, T Thomas 3, S Cassell). Steals: 2 (T Kukoc, S Cassell). NEW YORK (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 33 3-6 7-7 5-10 2 4 13 L Sprewell 35 3-9 3-4 0-4 6 2 10 K Thomas 34 3-13 3-4 1-7 1 3 9 H Eisley 13 0-3 0-0 0-1 5 4 0 A Houston 44 13-25 18-18 1-2 1 3 50 C Ward 35 5-10 0-0 0-6 7 1 15 M Doleac 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 C Weatherspoon 21 3-5 7-8 3-6 1 2 13 S Anderson 22 3-4 1-1 1-2 0 3 9 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 40-44 11-39 23 23 120 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 14-34, .412 (L Sprewell 1-5, H Eisley 0-2, A Houston 6-14, C Ward 5-10, S Anderson 2-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (K Thomas 2, C Ward). Turnovers:7 (C Ward 3, K Thomas 2, L Sprewell, O Harrington). Steals: 4 (K Thomas 2, C Ward, C Weatherspoon). -------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 28 35 24 24 - 111 NEW YORK 28 41 21 30 - 120 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 2 (G Payton, 1:31 1st; Defensive Three, 9:41 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,357. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Forte, Scott Wall, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (111) AT NEW YORK (120) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MASON F 40 10-17 3-5 2 10 12 4 4 0 0 23 T THOMAS F 40 8-13 4-5 1 7 8 0 5 0 3 22 E JOHNSON C 20 0-3 0-0 3 1 4 2 3 0 0 0 S CASSELL G 38 6-13 4-4 1 2 3 5 2 1 1 16 G PAYTON G 37 10-17 2-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 0 23 J CAFFEY 13 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 3 T KUKOC 26 4-11 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 1 3 13 M REDD 21 3-10 4-4 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 11 D GADZURIC 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 M HAISLIP 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 A MASON DNP - STRAINED LEFT HIP J SAMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-87 20-23 10 25 35 20 28 2 7 111 (.483) (.870) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 8 (10 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 33 3-6 7-7 5 5 10 2 4 0 1 13 L SPREWELL F 35 3-9 3-4 0 4 4 6 2 0 1 10 K THOMAS C 34 3-13 3-4 1 6 7 1 3 2 2 9 H EISLEY G 13 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 4 0 0 0 A HOUSTON G 44 13-25 18-18 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 50 C WARD 35 5-10 0-0 0 6 6 7 1 1 3 15 M DOLEAC 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 C WEATHERSPOON 21 3-5 7-8 3 3 6 1 2 1 0 13 S ANDERSON 22 3-4 1-1 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 9 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION F WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-75 40-44 11 28 39 23 23 4 7 120 (.440) (.909) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7 (4 PTS) MILWAUKEE 28 35 24 24 - 111 NEW YORK 28 41 21 30 - 120 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - NONE, NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, C WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 7-21 (.333), D MASON 0-1, T THOMAS 2- 6, S CASSELL 0-2, G PAYTON 1-1, T KUKOC 3-7, M REDD 1-4. NEW YORK 14- 34 (.412), L SPREWELL 1-5, H EISLEY 0-2, A HOUSTON 6-14, C WARD 5- 10, S ANDERSON 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - G PAYTON, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, SCOTT WALL, SEAN CORBIN. A - 19,357. T - 2:12.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston moved into rare company and the New York Knicks moved back into the playoff race. Houston scored 50 points for the second time this season, lighting up the defenseless Milwaukee Bucks in a 120-111 victory that tightened the Eastern Conference standings. One month to the day from his league season-high 53-point explosion against the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston caught fire again. One of the best shooters in the game, he scorched the Bucks, who did not opt to double-team him until it was way too late. "They didn't do a lot of double-teaming," Houston said. "I was just fortunate that we were all making plays." "He hit a lot of tough shots," said Bucks guard Desmond Mason, a good defensive player who could not stop Houston. "He had some open looks, but he shoots well with a hand in his face also. When he got hot, he started knocking down the open ones and the ones with a hand in his face. There's really not much you can do about that." Houston made 13-of-25 shots and led a team-wide barrage from the arc by making 6-of-12 3-pointers. When Milwaukee resorted to fouling, he made them pay, sinking all 18 of his free throws - one shy of Bill Cartwright's team record for foul shots without a miss. Houston joined Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant as the only NBA players to score at least 50 points twice this season. It was the most points scored by a Knick in Madison Square Garden since Patrick Ewing had 51 vs. Boston on March 24, 1990. "It felt a little different because when you are at home in MSG, you feel the emotion rising with every basket," Houston said. "It was a lot of fun. It is always good to do it in your home." "It was great to see Allan in the zone like that," teammate Kurt Thomas said. "This is the second time we've seen him like that this year. He's just a tremendous shooter, one of the best shooters in this league." On the Knicks' final possession, Houston got the ball on the right side and used his 6-6 height to hit a jumper over the shorter Sam Cassell, thrilling the near-sellout crowd of 19,357. "I was aware at that point," he said. "I wasn't really gonna call for the ball but they swung it to me." The Knicks dealt the Bucks their fourth straight loss and knocked them out of a tie with Washington for the final playoff berth in the East. Ending a two-game slide, New York (29-37) moved within 2 1/2 games of Milwaukee (32-35) and three of Washington (32-34). "The biggest thing is that we won and that we are in the playoff hunt," Houston said. "It was fun." Charlie Ward scored 15 points - all on 3-pointers - and Clarence Weatherspoon and Othella Harrington added 13 apiece for the Knicks, who made 14-of-34 3-pointers. "I think the 50 points overshadows how we were all making plays and making shots," Houston said. New York scored a season-high 69 points in the first half. It fell two shy of the franchise record for 3-pointers, set earlier this season at Philadelphia. Mason and Gary Payton scored 23 points each and Tim Thomas added 22 for the Bucks, who failed in a bid to sweep the season series for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign. Houston scored 12 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 28-28 tie. He added another 13 in the second period, when the Knicks erupted for 41 points and opened a 69-63 halftime lead. "I was a little disappointed in how he got his points," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We had to control the free-throw line big-time, and once they shot all the free throws in the first half, the game got offensively out of control for us." In the first half, New York made 10-of-17 3-pointers. But Milwaukee hung in and took an 83-80 lead on a three-point play by Payton with 3:55 left in the third quarter. Houston tied it with a 3-pointer, and the teams traded baskets before Harrington's hoop gave the Knicks the lead for good. In the fourth quarter, Houston scored 19 points. He had two free throws, a jumper and another 3-pointer to push the lead to 97-91. His layup, jumper and two free throws made it 105-96 with 6:13 remaining. "The times I guarded him, I tried to make him shoot the ball over me," Bucks 6-10 forward Tim Thomas said. "I tried to use my height and size advantage. I guess I wasn't guarding him enough. The times I did guard him, I forced him into some tough shots. He missed a runner and a couple of floaters, but he just had his way, basically." "To finish the game, you have to have one of your stars taking over," Chaney said. "Allan Houston took over the game." Houston sank two more foul shots and a jumper from the left baseline for a 111-101 bulge with 4:10 left. The Knicks nursed the lead into the final minute without any help from their hot hand. "He was making a lot of buckets," Ward said. "A non-literate basketball person could figure out that he was hot. I just didn't want to wear him out. We had to relieve him by calling something for someone else to give him a break." Latrell Sprewell scored 10 points and Harrington grabbed 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 44 percent (33-of-75) and committed just seven turnovers. Cassell scored 16 points and Toni Kukoc added 13 for the Bucks, who shot 48 percent (42-of-87), including 7-of-21 from the arc. Milwaukee committed eight turnovers.


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