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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 25 25 21 17 88 NEW YORK 33 16 23 24 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 23, KENNY ANDERSON 22, ANTOINE WALKER 13 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 37, LATRELL SPREWELL 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - DANNY FORTSON 8, ANTOINE WALKER 6 NYK - PATRICK EWING 12, LARRY JOHNSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 4, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 3 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 5, CHARLIE WARD 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

BOSTON (88) AT NEW YORK (96)

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

GRIFFIN F 32 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 3 4 1 1 7 WALKER F 42 6-22 1-2 3 3 6 1 6 4 3 13 POTAPENKO C 27 4-8 0-2 3 2 5 0 1 1 0 8 ANDERSON G 39 8-13 5-6 0 2 2 4 0 1 0 22 PIERCE G 42 6-17 11-13 0 4 4 2 4 3 4 23 BATTIE 11 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 3 FORTSON 17 3-5 2-4 4 4 8 0 4 0 0 8 WILLIAMS 14 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 OVERTON 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CHEANEY 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 BARROS DNP - FLU ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-81 22-31 12 24 36 11 26 12 12 88 (.395) (.710) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 39 5-8 4-6 0 8 8 5 3 0 5 14 SPREWELL F 42 7-14 1-1 0 4 4 4 4 1 3 16 EWING C 31 4-7 6-6 0 12 12 0 5 3 2 14 HOUSTON G 43 12-18 10-13 1 2 3 1 2 1 3 37 WARD G 32 2-4 4-4 0 2 2 5 1 0 1 9 CAMBY 12 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 1 1 2 CHILDS 21 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 THOMAS 16 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 DUDLEY 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-60 25-30 3 33 36 15 26 7 17 96 (.550) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

BOSTON 25 25 21 17 - 88 NEW YORK 33 16 23 24 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE, WILLIAMS, POTAPENKO. NEW YORK - EWING 2, CAMBY, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-15 (.133), GRIFFIN 1-1, WALKER 0-5, ANDERSON 1-3, PIERCE 0-5, WILLIAMS 0-1. NEW YORK 5-10 (.500), SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 3-4, WARD 1-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WALKER, NEW YORK - CAMBY. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, SCOTT FOSTER, LEON WOOD. A - 19,763. T - 2:16.


Box Score

BOSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 32 3-9 0-0 1-4 3 4 7 Walker 42 6-22 1-2 3-6 1 6 13 Potapenko 27 4-8 0-2 3-5 0 1 8 Anderson 39 8-13 5-6 0-2 4 0 22 Pierce 42 6-17 11-13 0-4 2 4 23 Battie 11 1-3 1-2 1-4 0 2 3 Fortson 17 3-5 2-4 4-8 0 4 8 Williams 14 1-3 2-2 0-1 1 1 4 Overton 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Cheaney 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Barros DNP - flu Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 22-31 12-36 11 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Griffin 1-1, Walker 0-5, Anderson 1-3, Pierce 0-5, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Williams, Potapenko). Turnovers: 13 (Pierce 4, Walker 3, Williams 2, Battie, Cheaney, Griffin). Steals: 12 (Walker 4, Pierce 3, Anderson, Battie, Griffin, Potapenko, Williams).

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 39 5-8 4-6 0-8 5 3 14 Sprewell 42 7-14 1-1 0-4 4 4 16 Ewing 31 4-7 6-6 0-12 0 5 14 Houston 43 12-18 10-13 1-3 1 2 37 Ward 32 2-4 4-4 0-2 5 1 9 Camby 12 1-4 0-0 2-4 0 5 2 Childs 21 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Thomas 16 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Dudley 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-60 25-30 3-36 15 26 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.550, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Sprewell 1-3, Houston 3-4, Ward 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ewing 2, Camby, Thomas). Turnovers: 18 (L Johnson 5, Houston 3, Sprewell 3, Ewing 2, Camby, Childs, Dudley, Ward). Steals: 7 (Ewing 3, Camby, Dudley, Houston, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Boston 25 25 21 17 - 88 New York 33 16 23 24 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense, 3:05 3rd; Walker, 1:15 4th). New York 1 (Camby, 6:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:16. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Scott Foster, Leon Wood.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston made sure the Boston Celtics again left Madison Square Garden without a win.

Houston carried the Knicks in the second half, when he scored 26 of his season-high 37 points in a 96-88 victory. The Celtics remained winless in New York since January 10, 1993 and have lost 25 of their last 29 meetings with the Knicks.

Houston made 12-of-18 shots and 10-of-13 free throws as he was simply unstoppable. He shattered his previous season high of 31 at Dallas on December 16 and scored the most points by a Knick since Patrick Ewing collected 37 against Indiana on March 30.

"I definitely wanted to stay aggressive and stay in the game offensively and not allow myself to drift out of the flow," Houston said. "When you put yourself in a position like that, it feels like you're not even in control of your own body. It's like God is doing the work for you."

Latrell Sprewell added 16 points for the Knicks, who shot 55 percent (33-of-60) in their 14th straight home win against the Celtics.

"Our guys are only really aware of the last three years," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We're a young team now and our goal is just to beat them at home."

"We're getting them back from the '80s, when they used to dominate us," Ewing said. "We never ever won up there but now I think we're the better team."

Paul Pierce scored 23 points -- none in the fourth quarter -- and Kenny Anderson added 22 for Boston, which was denied its first three-game winning streak since starting the season 3-0. The Celtics shot under 40 percent (32-of-81).

Boston led by five points midway through the third quarter but trailed 72-71 entering the final period. Houston gave New York some breathing room as he scored six of his team's first 10 points of the fourth quarter, as New York opened an 82-76 lead.

"They got caught a couple of times doubling on the post and we kicked it around and found me in the corner," said Houston, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. "We also used the pick-and-roll to our advantage on offense and they got lost a couple of times on that."

The Celtics closed to 87-85 on a follow shot by Walker with 3:20 remaining but Houston responded with a 3-pointer with three minutes to go.

"We're down two, we had a missed assignment and we gave up a 3 because of it," Pitino said. "On a bad switch, they take advantage of it. We have to stop the 3-ball. We gave them the lead early because of the 3-ball and we lost it late because of it."

Boston's Adrian Griffin and Pierce missed jumpers and Larry Johnson made two free throws for a 92-85 lead with 1:39 left.

On the next possession, Walker had two shots blocked by Ewing to seal the win. Ewing had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Johnson collected 14 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who made 25-of-30 free throws.

One night after scoring a season-high 36 points, Walker managed just 13 on 6-of-22 shooting. He displayed his frustration with a technical foul after having his shots blocked by Ewing.

"Against the Knicks, you have to penetrate and kick the ball and in the second half we didn't do any of that," Walker said.

"We still have to learn when you play against great teams like the Knicks and the Heat -- teams that play great defense -- you have to continually make the extra pass," Pitino said. "You can't take it to the strong side of their defense.

The Celtics, who made just 2-of-15 3-pointers, trailed 33-20 late in the first quarter but rallied behind Pierce. He scored 19 points in the first half as Boston rallied for a 50-49 lead.

The Celts widened the advantage to 58-53 with 7:11 left in the third quarter before the Knicks responded with six consecutive points. Houston made a layup and two free throws and Johnson had a layup for a 59-58 lead.

Houston added two free free throws just over a minute later, giving the Knicks the lead for good.

"In the first half, we played well," Houston said. "Sometimes we have to will ourselves to do better defensively. Pierce was making some tough shots but we also just gave him some wide-open shots. That's ridiculous."

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