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YES, INDEED, THE FINALS WERE A DEFENSIVE AFFAIR

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Neither team reached 100 points in any game in the NBA Finals, the first time that's happened in the 64 seven-game playoff series since the 24-second clock was introduced in 1954-55.

Despite winning the championship, the Rockets' 603 points was far under the record-low number of points for a seven-game playoff series. The Knicks scored 612 this year against Indiana for the previous playoff low, and the previous record-low in the finals was 636 by Syracuse in 1955. New York, with 608 points this year, also was under the previous records.The Knicks held opponents under 100 points in 24 of 25 playoff games, with the only exception Chicago's 104-102 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. New York's 25 playoff games were the most by any team ever, one under the maximum under the current four-round format.

Houston held opponents under 100 points in 17 of 23 games.

BLOCKS: Patrick Ewing (30) and Hakeem Olajuwon (27) both surpassed the previous NBA Finals record for blocked shots (23, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1980).

SERIES LOSSES: Pat Riley, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers to four NBA titles in the 1980s, has now been the losing coach in four championship series. He joins Fred Schaus (Lakers) as the only coach to lose four finals.

RECORD 3s: John Starks was 0-for-11 from 3-point range in the seventh game, setting an NBA Finals record for attempts. The old mark (10) was set by Michael Jordan in 1992 and tied by Derek Harper in Game 4 this year. Jordan made six, Harper five.

HOME COOKING: Houston is the 12th home team to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals out of 15 seventh games. The Rockets are the 20th consecutive home team to win a seventh game in any playoff round.

But this is only the second time in six years the final game has been won by the home team. Houston also is the sixth of 21 teams tied 2-2 in the Finals to lose Game 5 and bounce back to win Games 6 and 7.

MISSING PRACTICE: John Starks and Anthony Mason, fined $10,000 each for skipping the New York Knicks' media availability session before Game 7 of the NBA Finals, weren't the only players to miss the required appearance.

Vernon Maxwell missed the Rockets' half of the session but avoided the fine for physical reasons. Just before the interview session, Maxwell ran off The Summit court. "I had a pretty bad stomachache at the time," Maxwell said later. "I feel better now. I think I must have eaten something that didn't agree with me."

A Knicks spokesman said Starks and Mason were warned they would be fined for missing Tuesday's final 30-minute meeting with the media, but they decided to skip it anyway. They did not know the severity of the fine, however.