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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW YORK         29   22   18   20    89   
      LA CLIPPERS      25   20   27   24    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 20, JAMAL CRAWFORD 19, 
                      NAZR MOHAMMED 13
                LAC - ELTON BRAND 24, CHRIS KAMAN 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - KURT THOMAS 15, NAZR MOHAMMED 7, MIKE 
                      SWEETNEY 4
                LAC - BOBBY SIMMONS 10, CHRIS KAMAN 10, ELTON 
                      BRAND 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 7, JAMAL CRAWFORD 4, 
                      PENNY HARDAWAY 3
                LAC - RICK BRUNSON 10, MARKO JARIC 7, BOBBY 
                      SIMMONS 3

         ATT:   16,851

Box Score

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Ariza 24 4-6 3-4 0-1 2 2 11 K Thomas 39 5-12 1-2 2-15 0 5 11 N Mohammed 31 5-12 3-4 2-7 1 2 13 J Crawford 41 7-15 2-2 1-2 4 0 19 S Marbury 38 9-16 2-3 0-3 7 1 20 M Sweetney 17 0-1 0-0 1-4 2 3 0 P Hardaway 28 5-6 0-0 1-2 3 1 11 J Brewer 9 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 V Baker 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Je Williams 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 M Norris DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 11-15 8-36 21 15 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (N Mohammed 0-1, J Crawford 3-8, P Hardaway 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:2 (N Mohammed 2). Turnovers:17 (S Marbury 5, N Mohammed 3, K Thomas 2, J Crawford 2, M Sweetney 2, P Hardaway, T Ariza, J Brewer). Steals: 6 (K Thomas 2, S Marbury 2, N Mohammed, J Brewer). LA CLIPPERS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 40 7-16 1-1 3-10 3 3 15 E Brand 42 10-19 4-7 4-8 2 3 24 C Kaman 34 8-13 2-2 5-10 1 2 18 Q Ross 40 7-14 0-0 3-5 2 2 14 M Jaric 35 6-16 1-2 1-5 7 1 15 R Brunson 21 0-5 0-0 1-1 10 2 0 Z Rebraca 20 3-4 0-0 0-4 1 0 6 M Moore 8 1-1 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 K Kittles DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN C Maggette DNP - LEFT STERNOCLAVICULAR JOI L Chalmers DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Wilcox DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 10-14 17-44 26 14 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (B Simmons 0-1, M Jaric 2-5, R Brunson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:7 (E Brand 5, Q Ross, M Jaric). Turnovers:10 (C Kaman 3, E Brand 2, B Simmons 2, M Moore, Z Rebraca, Q Ross). Steals: 12 (M Jaric 6, R Brunson 2, B Simmons 2, E Brand, Q Ross). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 29 22 18 20 - 89 LA CLIPPERS 25 20 27 24 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,851. T: 2:03. Officials: Bennie Adams, Gary Zielinski, Greg Willard.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (89) AT LA CLIPPERS (96) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T ARIZA F 24 4-6 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 11 K THOMAS F 39 5-12 1-2 2 13 15 0 5 2 2 11 N MOHAMMED C 31 5-12 3-4 2 5 7 1 2 1 3 13 J CRAWFORD G 41 7-15 2-2 1 1 2 4 0 0 2 19 S MARBURY G 38 9-16 2-3 0 3 3 7 1 2 5 20 M SWEETNEY 17 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 0 2 0 P HARDAWAY 28 5-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 1 11 J BREWER 9 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 V BAKER 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 JE WILLIAMS 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 M NORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-71 11-15 8 28 36 21 15 6 17 89 (.521) (.733) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19 (10 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 40 7-16 1-1 3 7 10 3 3 2 2 15 E BRAND F 42 10-19 4-7 4 4 8 2 3 1 2 24 C KAMAN C 34 8-13 2-2 5 5 10 1 2 0 3 18 Q ROSS G 40 7-14 0-0 3 2 5 2 2 1 1 14 M JARIC G 35 6-16 1-2 1 4 5 7 1 6 0 15 R BRUNSON 21 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 10 2 2 0 0 Z REBRACA 20 3-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 1 6 M MOORE 8 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 K KITTLES DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN C MAGGETTE DNP - LEFT STERNOCLAVICULAR JOI L CHALMERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILCOX DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-88 10-14 17 27 44 26 14 12 10 96 (.477) (.714) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11 (5 PTS) NEW YORK 29 22 18 20 - 89 LA CLIPPERS 25 20 27 24 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - N MOHAMMED 2. LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 5, Q ROSS, M JARIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-10 (.400), N MOHAMMED 0-1, J CRAWFORD 3- 8, P HARDAWAY 1-1. LA CLIPPERS 2-9 (.222), B SIMMONS 0-1, M JARIC 2- 5, R BRUNSON 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, GARY ZIELINSKI, GREG WILLARD. A - 16,851. T - 2:03.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Despite Jamal Crawford's best efforts, the New York Knicks could not finish off the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Kaman and Bobby Simmons combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter and Marko Jaric came up with some key defensive plays as the Clippers rallied for a 96-89 triumph over the Knicks. New York finished the month an abysmal 2-13 - the worst January record in franchise history. Crawford scored 11 straight points for New York in the fourth quarter, starting with a jumper at the 8:33 mark and adding a pair of free throws to give the Knicks a 79-76 lead just 1:33 later. But the Clippers battled back with an 11-2 run over the next three-plus minutes to take an 87-81 lead. "We have been able to close the deal better recently but it still hasn't been great," Clippers forward Elton Brand said. "Tonight, though, we executed well, hit the big shots and got the victory." Simmons started the outburst with a three-point play before Crawford's layup allowed the Knicks to retake the lead, 81-79. After Simmons buried a jumper to even it again with 6:18 to go, the Knicks became rattled by the Clippers' defensive pressure, turning the ball over on four consecutive possessions and missing eight of their final 10 shots. "It was frustrating," Crawford said. "We had control of the game. At least we thought we did. If we'd have gotten a stop here or there, we would have won the game." Jaric intercepted a pass from Stephon Marbury and finished a fast break with a layup to snap an 81-81 tie with 6:01 to go. Jaric tipped away another pass from Marbury on the ensuing possession before Kaman's dunk gave Los Angeles an 85-81 lead with 5:39 to go. Kaman extended the lead to 87-81 with a rally-capping turnaround jumper at the 3:56 mark. Crawford, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, responded with a 3-pointer and a layup to reduce the deficit to 87-86 with 2:02 to go. Brand answered with a pair of free throws and rookie Quinton Ross, who scored a season-high 14 points, hit a jumper from the right elbow with 62 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 91-87 lead. Jaric made 1-of-2 from the foul line and Kaman and Mikki Moore each hit a pair of free throws in the final 22 seconds to clinch the victory. Brand posted 24 points and a season-high five blocks and Jaric added 15 and a career-high six steals for Los Angeles, which extended its home winning streak over New York to six games. "When I have that many steals, it is a credit to our teamwork," Jaric said. "We were executing good rotation on defense, which allowed me to go out and try to steal a couple balls." Brand felt the win - the fourth in the last five games - was an important confidence booster before Los Angeles embarks on a season-high nine-game road trip. "The Knicks are usually a pretty good team," Brand said. "I've only been here for four of those games, but it does help us as we wanted to win this game before we headed to the East Coast." Kaman posted 18 points and 10 rebounds and Simmons added 15 and 10 for the Clippers, who outrebounded the Knicks, 44-36, including 17-8 on the offensive glass. Los Angeles outscored New York in the paint, 52-38, and posted 23 second-chance points. "We've been doing a good job hitting the offensive boards," Brand said. "Chris Kaman has really been playing well. 'Z' (Zeljko) Rebraca has been playing very, very well off the bench and Chris Wilcox is just getting healthy. We'll have the full complement of the big guys that I don't feel anyone can contend with us." New York also committed 19 turnovers while losing for the ninth time in its last 10 games. "The offensive rebounds and the turnovers is what did us in," New York interim coach Herb Williams said. "We played good defense but didn't finish our defense off." The Knicks shot 62 percent (24-of-39) in the first half to take a 51-45 lead at the break. They struggled under increased defensive pressure in the second half, however, hitting just 13-of-31 shots over the final 24 minutes. "We let this game get away from us down the stretch," Williams said.


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