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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 13 28 24 17 82 NEW YORK 30 15 24 29 98 FINAL


BOSTON (82) AT NEW YORK (98)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

WALKER F 41 6-17 3-4 2 6 8 3 5 2 2 15 MCCARTY F 26 3-8 1-2 1 1 2 1 4 0 2 8 DECLERCQ C 25 2-3 0-2 1 3 4 1 5 2 1 4 MERCER G 27 4-13 2-2 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 10 BILLUPS G 33 6-10 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 3 2 18 KNIGHT 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 0 BROWN 19 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 BOWEN 13 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 3 BARROS 16 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 7 1 0 2 4 THOMAS 12 1-3 2-3 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 4 MINOR 19 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 1 1 6 EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 9-15 5 25 30 22 27 12 14 82 (.405) (.600) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

JOHNSON F 34 5-9 1-1 2 2 4 3 3 0 3 11 OAKLEY F 40 3-6 7-8 3 9 12 4 3 2 3 13 DUDLEY C 22 2-5 0-2 2 11 13 0 2 0 1 4 HOUSTON G 31 8-16 5-5 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 23 WARD G 22 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 2 5 5 MILLS 28 6-11 10-12 3 6 9 4 1 1 2 23 STARKS 28 3-7 4-4 2 3 5 2 3 0 1 10 B WILLIAMS 8 1-4 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 CHILDS 26 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 6 BOWIE 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 30-36 13 38 51 23 16 7 21 98 (.457) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

BOSTON 13 28 24 17 - 82 NEW YORK 30 15 24 29 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER, BARROS. NEW YORK - OAKLEY, DUDLEY, STARKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-18 (.500), WALKER 0-2, MCCARTY 1-3, BILLUPS 5-7, BROWN 2-4, BOWEN 1-2. NEW YORK 4-12 (.333), HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 1-2, MILLS 1-2, STARKS 0-3, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH PITINO, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BRUCE ALEXANDER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:11.


BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 41 6-17 3-4 2-8 3 5 15 Mccarty 26 3-8 1-2 1-2 1 4 8 Declercq 25 2-3 0-2 1-4 1 5 4 Mercer 27 4-13 2-2 1-4 1 0 10 Billups 33 6-10 1-2 0-3 3 2 18 Knight 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 Brown 19 4-10 0-0 0-1 1 1 10 Bowen 13 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 Barros 16 2-4 0-0 0-1 7 1 4 Thomas 12 1-3 2-3 0-1 0 3 4 Minor 19 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 2 6 Edney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 9-15 5-30 22 27 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Walker 0-2, Mccarty 1-3, Billups 5-7, Brown 2-4, Bowen 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Walker, Barros). Turnovers: 16 (Barros 2, Billups 2, Bowen 2, Mccarty 2, Walker 2, Brown, Declercq, Minor, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Billups 3, Declercq 2, Walker 2, Bowen, Brown, Knight, Minor, Thomas).

NEW YORK (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 34 5-9 1-1 2-4 3 3 11 Oakley 40 3-6 7-8 3-12 4 3 13 Dudley 22 2-5 0-2 2-13 0 2 4 Houston 31 8-16 5-5 0-3 2 2 23 Ward 22 2-5 0-0 0-2 6 0 5 Mills 28 6-11 10-12 3-9 4 1 23 Starks 28 3-7 4-4 2-5 2 3 10 B Williams 8 1-4 1-2 1-1 0 0 3 Childs 26 2-6 2-2 0-2 2 1 6 Bowie 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 30-36 13-51 23 16 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Houston 2-3, Ward 1-2, Mills 1-2, Starks 0-3, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Oakley, Dudley, Starks). Turnovers: 21 (Ward 5, B Williams 3, Johnson 3, Oakley 3, Childs 2, Mills 2, Dudley, Houston, Starks). Steals: 7 (Oakley 2, Ward 2, Childs, Houston, Mills). ____________________________________________ Boston 13 28 24 17 - 82 New York 30 15 24 29 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Head Coach Pitino, 1:29 1st; Illegal Defense, 11:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:11. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Bruce Alexander, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Former Celtic Chris Mills scored a season-high 23 points and Allan Houston added 23 as the New York Knicks celebrated the birthdays of coach Jeff Van Gundy and Martin Luther King Jr. with their 21st straight victory against Boston, 98-82.

The Knicks improved to 12-1 all-time on the day shared by 1960s civil rights leader King and Van Gundy, who is the league's youngest coach at 36. Van Gundy served as a graduate assistant under Boston coach Rick Pitino during Providence's Final Four season of 1986-87.

After alternating wins and losses in their last 15 games, New York has won two in a row for the first time since December 13th-16th.

"I think it was a good present for him (Van Gundy) when the odds say we should lose because of the win-loss-win-loss over the past, what seems like three months," said Houston. "It was definitely a good win for us."

The Celtics have not beaten the Knicks at Madison Square Garden since January 10th, 1993. They have dropped 11 in a row in New York, including a 102-70 defeat on November 4th which marked Pitino's return to Madison Square Garden as an NBA coach. He coached the Knicks for two seasons before leaving for Kentucky.

After Antoine Walker converted a three-point play to move Boston within 71-68 with 11:05 left, Mills sparked an 8-0 run with a three-point play. Charles Oakley hit a jumper and added a three-point play as New York took a 79-68 advantage with 9:28 remaining.

Mills added 12 points in the fourth quarter, when the Knicks outscored the Celtics, 29-17. He was signed by Boston as a free agent last summer but never played for the Celtics, who sent him to New York for Walter McCarty, Dontae Jones, John Thomas and Scott Brooks.

"I was feeling pretty good today," said Mills, who hit 10-of-12 free throws. "My main thing was trying to get the ball and if I had a drive to the lane, try and attack the basket strong and get myself to the line and make some easy points like that. If I had some open shots, I would take them."

"He usually plays a good game," said Van Gundy of Mills. "What has been inconsistent is his shooting. When he shoots the ball like he has over the last two games, then it really shows how good a player he is, because he always gives us a good floor game. He's tough defensively, he rebounds, he gives us somebody attacking at the basket and gets to the free-throw line."

The Knicks dominated the first 15 minutes, jumping to a 34-13 lead on Buck Williams' free throw with 9:44 left in the first half. The Celtics shot 2-of-17 from the floor in the first quarter and watched Houston score 11 points and New York grab 16 rebounds, including 10 by center Chris Dudley, who has seen increased playing time with the absence of injured All-Star center Patrick Ewing.

"They are a much better basketball team than us," Pitino said. "They beat us with Patrick. They beat us without Patrick. Even if they lose Dudley, they will still be better than us. And if they lose somebody else, they will still be better than us."

"You have to remember who we are playing with. A lot of these guys should still be in college, and as they physically mature, the shots will go down."

Mills, who added nine rebounds and four assists, converted a three-point play to give the Knicks a 45-28 advantage with 4:09 to go in the first half, but New York did not score for the remainder of the quarter. Mills scored eight of the team's 15 points in the period.

Boston closed the half with a 13-0 run sparked by Walker, who hit a follow shot, a jumper and a pair of free throws. Rookie Ron Mercer's jumper at the buzzer capped the spurt and cut the deficit to 45-41 as the Celtics pressured New York into 12 first-half turnovers.

"You have to attack (the press)," said Knicks guard Chris Childs. "And anytime you pull back and play passive against them, that is when the trap is at its best."

Rookie Chauncey Billups, who led the Celtics with 18 points, made a three-pointer that tied it 50-50 with 8:37 to play in the third quarter. McCarty's free throw 12 seconds later extended the surge to 23-5 and gave Boston the lead, but Houston helped counter the burst with five points during an 8-0 run that gave New York a 58-51 advantage.

"It was tough in the beginning, but we finally settled down and didn't panic," said Billups. "We were able to get back in the game. When you are behind, you have to use a lot more energy. You just have to continue through it and keep working."

Oakley contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds and Dudley finished with a season-high 13 boards for the Knicks, who outrebounded the Celtics 51-30 and made 30-of-36 free throws.

"I am impressed with their scheme defensively (without Ewing)," said Pitino. "We are not a good gauge, because they always dominate us on the backboards. They do a great job of blocking out. They are fundamentally sound and extremely well-coached. When you play the Knicks, you know you are only going to get one shot and are going to have good spacing on offense."

Boston attempted just 15 free throws, making nine.

Walker totaled 15 points and eight rebounds and Mercer chipped in 10 for Boston (17-21), which has lost seven of its last eight games to fall four games below .500 for the first time since November 8th, when it was 1-5. The Celtics also have dropped four straight on the road.

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