Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Wednesday, December 4th
Game 2: Monday, January 6th
Game 3: Friday, February 28th
Game 4: Friday, March 7th

Magic 110

(29-30, 11-19 away)

Knicks 118

(25-33, 17-14 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    8:00 PM ET, February 28, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    ORL 18 26 26 25 8 7110
    NY 22 28 19 26 8 15118

    Top Performers

    Orl: T. McGrady 34 Pts, 8 Reb, 13 Ast, 2 Stl

    NY: L. Sprewell 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 11 Ast, 5 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sprewell, Knicks win one last time for Ewing

    NEW YORK (AP) _ After the second-triple-double of his career was already in hand, Latrell Sprewell still wanted more.

    Latrell Sprewell

    Latrell Sprewell scored 16 of his 28 points in the overtime periods.

    Catching a glimpse of Patrick Ewing getting ready to leave his courtside seat, Sprewell walked over to the former Knicks center and made a plea.

    "I told him don't leave this building until you put your autograph on my jersey,'' Sprewell said after he scored New York's first 16 points of the two overtimes as the Knicks defeated Orlando 118-110 Friday night.

    The 3 hour, 31 minute game was lengthened by a halftime ceremony to retire Ewing's uniform No. 33, and the Big Fella stuck around almost until the very end as his former team of 15 years defeated the team he spent his final season with.

    Sprewell had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double since March 28, 1997 when he was with Golden State.

    "I haven't had a whole lot of them, so it is special when you get one,'' Sprewell said. "It's something I'll always remember, because obviously I'll remember this night because of Patrick.''

    Sprewell shot 9-for-25 from the field, making six 3-pointers, Clarence Weatherspoon grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, while Othella Harrington and Allan Houston each scored 21 as New York overcame the absence of Kurt Thomas (bruised toe).

    Tracy McGrady had 34 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Magic, who had their longest winning streak of the season -- four games -- snapped. Drew Gooden added 20 points and 18 rebounds and Gordan Giricek also scored 20.

    Orlando dropped to 0-3 in overtime games, while Knicks coach Don Chaney improved to 7-0 in his coaching career in multiple overtime games.

    "I was concerned because we love Patrick so much and wanted this thing to go over well, but by basketball standards it was a distraction. I'm just thrilled it worked out fantastic for us,'' Chaney said.

    After Giricek scored to open the second overtime, Sprewell hit his fifth and sixth 3-pointers to give the Knicks a 109-105 lead.

    Neither team scored for the next two minutes until Gooden converted a tip-in with 1:17 left, but Sprewell answered with a short jumper from the corner to put New York ahead by four.

    Weatherspoon made one of two from the line with 32 seconds left, then rebounded a miss by Gooden to match his career high. Houston made two from the line with 23.6 seconds left to ice the victory.

    "We knocked down shots in the first overtime, but in the second overtime it wasn't there,'' Gooden said. "But it was a great game. It's been a long night and I think everyone's tired and ready to go home.''

    The Knicks, who had lost their previous six against Orlando, blew chances to win it at the end of regulation and the first overtime.

    In regulation, Weatherspoon missed a point-blank layup with 0.6 seconds left after Houston's shot was blocked. In the first overtime, Houston and Sprewell both missed short jumpers from the corner in the final 6 seconds.

    Sprewell hit the Knicks' first shot of overtime, but they missed their next five and didn't score again until Sprewell hit a pull-up 3-pointer with 1:31 left to cut Orlando's lead to 103-100. After a miss by the Magic, Sprewell again jacked up a quick 3-pointer to tie the game with 59 seconds left.

    Sprewell, who also had five steals, had the 31st triple-double in team history, including one by Ewing.

    "The way they won it, it was a perfect night for New York. We wanted it to be a perfect night for us,'' Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.

    Game notes

    Several Knicks wore wristbands with No. 33 on them as a tribute to Ewing. ... Michael Jordan sat courtside next to Ewing in the first half but did not stay for the second half. Agent David Falk took over Jordan's seat for the final two quarters and then overtimes. ... Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy got a rousing ovation during the halftime ceremonies. It was his first time back at the Garden for a Knicks game since he quit as their coach early last season. ... Orlando G Chris Whitney, signed earlier in the day after clearing waivers following his release by Denver, did not play.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 118
    FGM-FGA 42-97 (.433) 45-104 (.433)
    3PM-3PA 8-25 (.320) 10-23 (.435)
    FTM-FTA 18-23 (.783) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-48 15-61
    Assists 28 25
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 5 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 34
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Latrell Sprewell Sprewell
    Points: 28
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 2