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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         21   27   19   30    97   
     MINNESOTA        19   20   30   23    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 18, ALLAN HOUSTON 17, 
                      FRANK WILLIAMS 17
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 25, SAM CASSELL 23, GARY 
                      TRENT 15

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, CLARENCE 
                      WEATHERSPOON 6, FRANK WILLIAMS 5
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, GARY TRENT 6, ERVIN 
                      JOHNSON 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - CHARLIE WARD 8, ALLAN HOUSTON 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 10, LATRELL SPREWELL 6, 
                      KEVIN GARNETT 5

         ATT:   15,901

Box Score

NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Anderson 36 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 7 K Thomas 24 3-7 3-4 0-1 2 5 9 D Mutombo 38 8-12 2-5 4-17 2 3 18 A Houston 42 6-14 5-5 0-2 7 2 17 H Eisley 20 3-6 0-0 0-0 4 2 8 C Weatherspoon 17 1-3 2-2 1-6 1 1 4 C Ward 24 3-6 1-2 0-3 8 1 10 M Doleac 6 3-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 F Williams 23 6-12 3-4 0-5 4 0 17 O Harrington 10 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 K Van Horn DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE M Sweetney DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-69 17-24 5-36 29 17 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (S Anderson 1-3, A Houston 0-2, H Eisley 2-3, C Ward 3-6, F Williams 2-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (D Mutombo 2, C Ward). Turnovers:11 (K Thomas 2, H Eisley 2, O Harrington 2, C Ward, F Williams, S Anderson, C Weatherspoon, D Mutombo). Steals: 5 (K Thomas 2, D Mutombo, H Eisley, S Anderson). MINNESOTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 37 2-11 0-0 1-2 6 1 5 K Garnett 42 12-21 1-1 1-14 5 4 25 E Johnson 19 1-1 0-0 1-4 0 4 2 T Hassell 25 3-4 0-1 0-1 0 1 7 S Cassell 39 11-23 0-0 0-2 10 2 23 F Hoiberg 31 5-9 2-3 0-3 3 2 13 G Trent 32 6-10 3-4 2-6 2 4 15 K Mcleod 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 Q Lewis 6 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 M Olowokandi DNP - KNEE TENDINITIS M Madsen DNP - BACK SPASMS N Ebi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 6-9 5-34 29 21 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (L Sprewell 1-2, K Garnett 0-2, T Hassell 1-1, S Cassell 1-2, F Hoiberg 1-4, Q Lewis 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (T Hassell 2, K Garnett). Turnovers:8 (S Cassell 4, K Garnett 2, E Johnson, L Sprewell). Steals: 3 (L Sprewell, S Cassell, K Garnett). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 21 27 19 30 - 97 MINNESOTA 19 20 30 23 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,901. T: 2:09. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Luis Grillo, Pat Fraher.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (97) AT MINNESOTA (92) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S ANDERSON F 36 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 K THOMAS F 24 3-7 3-4 0 1 1 2 5 2 2 9 D MUTOMBO C 38 8-12 2-5 4 13 17 2 3 1 1 18 A HOUSTON G 42 6-14 5-5 0 2 2 7 2 0 0 17 H EISLEY G 20 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 2 8 C WEATHERSPOON 17 1-3 2-2 1 5 6 1 1 0 1 4 C WARD 24 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 8 1 0 1 10 M DOLEAC 6 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 F WILLIAMS 23 6-12 3-4 0 5 5 4 0 0 1 17 O HARRINGTON 10 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 K VAN HORN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE M SWEETNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-69 17-24 5 31 36 29 17 5 11 97 (.522) (.708) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 37 2-11 0-0 1 1 2 6 1 1 1 5 K GARNETT F 42 12-21 1-1 1 13 14 5 4 1 2 25 E JOHNSON C 19 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 2 T HASSELL G 25 3-4 0-1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 7 S CASSELL G 39 11-23 0-0 0 2 2 10 2 1 4 23 F HOIBERG 31 5-9 2-3 0 3 3 3 2 0 0 13 G TRENT 32 6-10 3-4 2 4 6 2 4 0 0 15 K MCLEOD 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 Q LEWIS 6 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 M OLOWOKANDI DNP - KNEE TENDINITIS M MADSEN DNP - BACK SPASMS N EBI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 41-82 6-9 5 29 34 29 21 3 8 92 (.500) (.667) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9 (9 PTS) NEW YORK 21 27 19 30 - 97 MINNESOTA 19 20 30 23 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - D MUTOMBO 2, C WARD. MINNESOTA - T HASSELL 2, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 8-17 (.471), S ANDERSON 1-3, A HOUSTON 0- 2, H EISLEY 2-3, C WARD 3-6, F WILLIAMS 2-3. MINNESOTA 4-12 (.333), L SPREWELL 1-2, K GARNETT 0-2, T HASSELL 1-1, S CASSELL 1-2, F HOIBERG 1- 4, Q LEWIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, LUIS GRILLO, PAT FRAHER. A - 15,901. T - 2:09.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell could not tell his new teammates how to stop Allan Houston. Houston made six of his final seven shots and scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the New York Knicks rallied for a 97-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sprewell was facing the Knicks for the first time since being traded to the Timberwolves in the offseason. He and Houston struggled for the first three quarters, but Sprewell's former teammate eventually caught fire. "We greeted each other like you would greet everyone else," Houston said, "a guy you played against every day in practice, you've won big games with and had a lot of moments with. Now he's on the other team. It's a competitive atmosphere." Minnesota had an 84-75 lead with less than 6 1/2 minutes remaining before Houston completed a three-point play to spark the comeback. He sank a tying jumper with 4:36 left and gave New York a 90-87 edge with a turnaround jumper over Sprewell at the 1:49 mark. "I just wanted to be more aggressive, whether I was making plays and getting assists or getting some baskets," said Houston, who had seven assists after missing two games due to a sore back. "I just wanted to have presence felt a little more." "He came through right on time," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "He hit some hard shots. He's proven over the years, when the pressure is on and we need him to take the shot, he'll come through." The Timberwolves pulled within 94-92 on a 3-pointer by Sam Cassell, but Houston sealed the win with a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with 17 seconds to play. "It's a big-time shot," Sprewell said. "What can you say? When you're right there and you get your hand up and he makes it over you, what can you say? You have to give him credit." Dikembe Mutombo had season highs with 18 points and 17 rebounds and Frank Williams scored a career-high 17 points for the Knicks, who have won three in a row after losing six of seven. New York shot 52 percent (36-of-69) from the floor, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range, while Minnesota hit at 50 percent (41-of-82) overall. "Anytime you have a nine-point lead with six minutes left, you should win the game," Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg said. "But they made huge shots down the stretch and we didn't." "Some guys were spent," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders added. "We lost our pace. We know why we don't have success, so we have to avoid the reasons that this happens." Kevin Garnett collected 25 points and 14 rebounds and Cassell finished with 23 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves. Sprewell had just five points on 2-of-11 shooting. It was the second straight terrible performance by Sprewell, who was held scoreless on 0-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Indiana. "I'm not happy about it, of course," he said. "You can't get down to the point where you keep pounding yourself. You're going to come through eventually." "My only advice to him is to stay aggressive," Garnett said. "Everyone knows he has the ability to light it up. He's in a little struggle right now, but it only takes a couple shots and there he goes." Mutombo, Michael Doleac and Charlie Ward each scored six points in the second quarter for the Knicks, who used a 9-0 run to take their largest lead at 48-35 with 2:01 left in the first half. Minnesota dominated the third quarter, making 14-of-22 shots. Cassell scored eight points as the Timberwolves took a 69-67 lead into the final period.


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