Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/4

Game 1: Tuesday, February 4th
Clippers92Final
Knicks105
Game 2: Saturday, April 5th
Knicks98Final
Clippers109

Clippers 92

(17-31, 7-16 away)

Knicks 105

(21-26, 15-12 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, February 4, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 17 30 25 2092
    NY 25 30 30 20105

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 5 Blk

    NY: L. Sprewell 38 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sprewell breaks record for 3s without miss (9-for-9)

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Latrell Sprewell shot the ball so well from 3-point range, he may have made himself a valuable trade commodity once again.

    Latrell Sprewell

    Latrell Sprewell couldn't miss from the three-point line Tuesday night.

    Sprewell broke the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game without a miss, going 9-for-9 from behind the arc Tuesday night to lead the New York Knicks past the Los Angeles Clippers 105-92.

    With less than three weeks remaining until the NBA trade deadline, Sprewell is well aware that he will be the subject of speculation until Feb. 20 comes and goes.

    "If I can make any kind of statement referring to the whole trade situation, since I've been off I.R. (injured reserve) I think we've been playing winning basketball," Sprewell said. "The team is a couple games over .500, and I really feel like we can be a lot better. That's the thing I would hang my hat on -- that we've been playing better as a team, not anything I've done individually."

    Sprewell broke the old NBA mark of 8-for-8 set by Jeff Hornacek, Sam Perkins and Steve Smith, making consecutive 3s midway through the fourth quarter to get the record after a 19-point lead had shrunk to nine.

    Sprewell finished with a season-high 38 points, shooting 14-for-19 overall. The crowd called for him to take another 3 in the closing minutes, but he did not oblige the one time he had a brief open look with about 35 seconds left.

    Sprewell usually brushes off trade speculation by saying he doesn't worry about things he can't control, but he has occasionally gone out of his way to state that he likes playing in New York and would prefer to remain with the Knicks.

    His postgame comments Tuesday almost sounded like a "Don't trade me" plea.

    "Making a plea? Nah. All I'm saying is if I had anything to hang my hat on it's that we've played better since I've been back. That's all I was saying," said Sprewell, whose broken right hand caused him to miss the first eight games of the season when the Knicks started 1-7.

    Since his return, they are 20-19 to move up to 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

    "We're going to come back in the second half and give it everything we have," Knicks forward Kurt Thomas said. "We're right there on the bubble, right on the outskirts looking in."

    Allan Houston added 20 points and Howard Eisley 11 for the Knicks.

    Quentin Richardson scored 19, Elton Brand 16 and Marko Jaric 14 for the Clippers as they lost their fifth straight on the road.

    Point guard Andre Miller and the Clippers got off to an awful start, turning the ball over with such regularity that at one point Los Angeles had nine turnovers and three field goals. Miller had four turnovers and a defensive 3-second violation in the first 6 minutes.

    "We're going to start playing other people. That's what we're going to do," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said.

    A 14-2 run gave the Knicks a 23-9 lead late in the first, and New York was ahead 55-47 at halftime after the Clippers pulled back within one point midway through the second quarter.

    Sprewell went 4-for-4 from behind the arc in the third quarter during a 27-12 run that turned a 55-51 lead into an 82-63 advantage. Sprewell also had a layup, a 12-footer and a free throw in the run. He ended the third quarter with 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting.

    Jaric scored six consecutive points early in the fourth to make it 87-78, but Los Angeles did not have any unanswered baskets the rest of the way.

    Game notes
    The NBA record for most 3s in a game is 12 by Kobe Bryant of the Lakers earlier this season. ... Sprewell tied the team record of nine 3s held by himself and John Starks. ... Lamar Odom converted a three-point play late in the second quarter after shooting the ball from behind the basket and over the backboard, with the ball hitting the top of the backboard before dropping in. NBA rules say a ball is out of bounds if it crosses over the top of the backboard, but referees Ken Mauer and Jess Kersey said a portion of the ball crossed over the top corner. Gentry was stunned when the officials allowed the basket. ... Corey Maggette, an 80 percent foul shooter, missed two technical free throws. Eisley, shooting 92 percent from the line for the season, went 5-for-8 on foul shots.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    NY
    Points 92 105
    FGM-FGA 34-70 (.486) 40-80 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 14-24 (.583)
    FTM-FTA 22-30 (.733) 11-15 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-35 12-35
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 20 15
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 26 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    New York
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5
    Latrell Sprewell Sprewell
    Points: 38
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0