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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 33 11 18 85 BOSTON 29 26 29 28 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - JOHN WALLACE 17, PATRICK EWING 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 12 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 19, KENNY ANDERSON 18, TONY BATTIE 17

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 BOS - DANNY FORTSON 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, KURT THOMAS 4 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 6, DANA BARROS 4

ATT: 18,624


Extended Box

NEW YORK (85) AT BOSTON (112)

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

L JOHNSON F 19 1-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 2 4 SPREWELL F 28 5-14 2-3 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 12 EWING C 22 5-9 5-6 1 3 4 1 2 1 3 15 HOUSTON G 29 5-12 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 11 WARD G 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 BRUNSON 31 4-11 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 9 THOMAS 26 3-11 1-2 6 1 7 4 3 1 1 7 WALLACE 29 7-13 3-4 1 3 4 0 0 1 5 17 DUDLEY 25 2-4 2-8 4 1 5 0 6 0 0 6 LANG 12 1-3 2-4 0 3 3 0 2 3 0 4 WINGATE 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 CHILDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 17-29 15 22 37 15 18 8 19 85 (.398) (.586) TEAM REBS: 19 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

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

WALKER F 29 5-9 4-5 0 6 6 3 3 2 4 14 E WILLIAMS F 27 2-2 0-0 3 3 6 2 3 1 2 4 POTAPENKO C 20 4-12 2-2 3 3 6 2 3 1 1 10 ANDERSON G 31 7-14 2-2 1 2 3 6 2 4 1 18 PIERCE G 33 7-12 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 1 2 19 BATTIE 21 5-8 7-8 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 17 BARROS 10 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 5 FORTSON 25 5-8 3-5 2 11 13 1 6 1 1 13 GRIFFIN 19 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 3 1 0 CHEANEY 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 OVERTON 10 3-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 10 MCCARTY 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 41-78 22-26 9 32 41 27 27 15 16 112 (.526) (.846) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 33 11 18 - 85 BOSTON 29 26 29 28 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, DUDLEY. BOSTON - BATTIE 2, E WILLIAMS, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-5 (.400), HOUSTON 1-2, BRUNSON 1-3. BOSTON 8-21 (.381), WALKER 0-1, ANDERSON 2-7, PIERCE 3-6, BATTIE 0-1, BARROS 1-3, CHEANEY 0-1, OVERTON 2-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, FORTSON. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, DON VADEN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,624. T - 2:15.


Box Score

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 19 1-4 2-2 2-4 0 0 4 Sprewell 28 5-14 2-3 0-1 5 1 12 Ewing 22 5-9 5-6 1-4 1 2 15 Houston 29 5-12 0-0 0-3 2 0 11 Ward 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Brunson 31 4-11 0-0 1-5 1 2 9 Thomas 26 3-11 1-2 6-7 4 3 7 Wallace 29 7-13 3-4 1-4 0 0 17 Dudley 25 2-4 2-8 4-5 0 6 6 Lang 12 1-3 2-4 0-3 0 2 4 Wingate 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Childs DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 17-29 15-37 15 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.586. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Houston 1-2, Brunson 1-3). Team rebounds: 19. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas, Dudley). Turnovers: 20 (Wallace 5, Ewing 3, Brunson 2, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Ward 2, Sprewell, Thomas, Wingate). Steals: 8 (Lang 3, Ewing, Thomas, Wallace, Ward, Wingate).

BOSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 29 5-9 4-5 0-6 3 3 14 E Williams 27 2-2 0-0 3-6 2 3 4 Potapenko 20 4-12 2-2 3-6 2 3 10 Anderson 31 7-14 2-2 1-3 6 2 18 Pierce 33 7-12 2-2 0-2 3 2 19 Battie 21 5-8 7-8 0-1 1 2 17 Barros 10 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 0 5 Fortson 25 5-8 3-5 2-13 1 6 13 Griffin 19 0-0 0-0 0-3 3 4 0 Cheaney 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Overton 10 3-4 2-2 0-0 2 1 10 Mccarty 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-78 22-26 9-41 27 27 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Walker 0-1, Anderson 2-7, Pierce 3-6, Battie 0-1, Barros 1-3, Cheaney 0-1, Overton 2-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie 2, E Williams, Pierce). Turnovers: 16 (Walker 4, E Williams 2, Pierce 2, Anderson, Barros, Battie, Cheaney, Fortson, Griffin, Overton, Potapenko). Steals: 15 (Anderson 4, Griffin 3, Walker 2, Battie, E Williams, Fortson, Overton, Pierce, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ New York 23 33 11 18 - 85 Boston 29 26 29 28 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense, 0:26 3rd; Fortson, 10:34 4th). Flagrant fouls: New York 2 (Lang, 10:34 4th; Dudley, 0:18 4th). A: 18,624. T: 2:15. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Don Vaden, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- If the New York Knicks were using tonight's game against the Boston Celtics as a tuneup for the playoffs, perhaps they'd better get their transmission checked before the weekend.

Paul Pierce scored 19 points and Kenny Anderson added 18 as the lottery-bound Celtics handed the defending Eastern Conference champions a 112-85 defeat in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Knicks were outscored 29-11 in the third quarter, making just 4-of-23 shots during the period as their 56-55 halftime lead turned into an 84-67 deficit entering the final period.

Patrick Ewing scored 15 points and Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell added 11 apiece for New York (50-32), which will begin its 13th straight postseason against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"We wanted to be playing our best basketball heading into the playoffs and we wanted to be totally healthy," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "It didn't quite work out that way. But we will have Marcus (Camby) back and that will help our health situation quite a bit."

Tony Battie scored 17 points and Antoine Walker had 14 for Boston (35-47), which won five of its last six games and has won five straight home meetings with the Knicks after an 11-game home losing streak in the series.

"That was a positive way to end our season," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "It's a good feeling going into the summer playing well. I think what we have to look forward to next year is being more consistent defensively and at the end of ball games."

"We were out of the race 10 games ago," Walker said. "That was already decided. But to win five of our last six and finish well at home (26-15), is something positive we can take with us."

Danny Fortson had 13 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Celtics, who shot 53 percent (41-of-78), held a 41-37 rebounding advantage and scored 24 points off turnovers.

Backup forward John Wallace scored 17 points for the Knicks, who shot 40 percent (33-of-83) and were outscored, 22-17, at the line.

"We were playing well there for a while," Wallace said. "But in the second half, they sort of ran us out of the building. It all caved in on us. I think we'll be ready for the playoffs. I don't think we're too concerned about one game."

Sprewell and Houston, New York's top two scorers, misfired on 16-of-26 shots from the field. The duo helped lead the Knicks to last season's NBA Finals and will receive a strong challenge from superstar Vince Carter and the Raptors in the opening round of the playoffs.

"It's important that we regain our focus in the next couple of days," Houston said. "We have to be ready for Game One because we know they will be."

Sprewell opened the second half by burying a 16-footer, but Pierce responded with a 24-footer to pull Boston even. Vitaly Potapenko hit two free throws to put the Celtics ahead, 60-58, with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Kurt Thomas' layup helped New York forge a 62-62 tie with 8:09 left before Potapenko and Walker hit back-to-back jumpers, sparking a 22-5 run to close the period.

"I think we could have been a little more consistent over the last couple of weeks," Van Gundy said. "We'll need that consistency during the postseason."

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