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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 21 26 22 23 92 NEW YORK 25 15 18 28 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 31, ANTOINE WALKER 23, RANDY BROWN 9 NYK - GLEN RICE 32, LATRELL SPREWELL 19, KURT THOMAS 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 15, TONY BATTIE 9 NYK - GLEN RICE 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 3 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 7, LARRY JOHNSON 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

BOSTON (92) AT NEW YORK (86)

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

PIERCE F 35 13-21 4-6 0 4 4 3 3 2 2 31 WALKER F 47 8-20 5-8 3 12 15 5 2 3 4 23 BATTIE C 33 2-5 3-9 2 7 9 2 2 0 0 7 PALACIO G 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 STITH G 28 0-7 5-5 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 5 E WILLIAMS 18 0-5 5-6 2 1 3 2 0 1 0 5 BROWN 31 3-5 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 9 GRIFFIN 17 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 POTAPENKO 14 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 4 ANDERSON 8 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-72 28-41 9 30 39 15 17 7 8 92 (.417) (.683) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(17 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 30 2-7 0-0 0 5 5 4 3 1 4 4 RICE F 40 12-22 2-2 1 8 9 2 4 0 2 32 CAMBY C 10 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 4 HOUSTON G 39 2-12 0-0 0 7 7 3 5 0 2 4 SPREWELL G 41 7-13 4-4 0 9 9 3 4 2 6 19 THOMAS 36 7-9 0-0 2 5 7 1 6 1 1 14 KNIGHT 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 CHILDS 29 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 7 3 1 0 8 STRICKLAND 8 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 9-9 6 38 44 22 29 6 17 86 (.461) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

BOSTON 21 26 22 23 - 92 NEW YORK 25 15 18 28 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 3, E WILLIAMS, BROWN, ANDERSON. NEW YORK - L JOHNSON, THOMAS, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-13 (.308), PIERCE 1-2, WALKER 2-8, STITH 0-2, GRIFFIN 1-1. NEW YORK 7-17 (.412), L JOHNSON 0-1, RICE 6-9, HOUSTON 0-2, SPREWELL 1-3, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW YORK - STRICKLAND, CHILDS. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, NOLAN FINE, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,763. T - 2:32.


Box Score

BOSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 35 13-21 4-6 0-4 3 3 31 Walker 47 8-20 5-8 3-15 5 2 23 Battie 33 2-5 3-9 2-9 2 2 7 Palacio 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Stith 28 0-7 5-5 1-2 1 2 5 E Williams 18 0-5 5-6 2-3 2 0 5 Brown 31 3-5 3-4 0-2 1 3 9 Griffin 17 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 0 7 Potapenko 14 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 4 Anderson 8 0-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 Carr DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 28-41 9-39 15 17 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.683. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Pierce 1-2, Walker 2-8, Stith 0-2, Griffin 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, E Williams, Brown, Anderson). Turnovers: 10 (Walker 4, Pierce 2, Anderson, Brown). Steals: 7 (Walker 3, Pierce 2, Brown, E Williams).

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 30 2-7 0-0 0-5 4 3 4 Rice 40 12-22 2-2 1-9 2 4 32 Camby 10 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 4 Houston 39 2-12 0-0 0-7 3 5 4 Sprewell 41 7-13 4-4 0-9 3 4 19 Thomas 36 7-9 0-0 2-7 1 6 14 Knight 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Childs 29 3-7 2-2 1-3 7 3 8 Strickland 8 0-2 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 9-9 6-44 22 29 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (L Johnson 0-1, Rice 6-9, Houston 0-2, Sprewell 1-3, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (L Johnson, Thomas, Knight). Turnovers: 17 (Sprewell 6, L Johnson 4, Houston 2, Rice 2, Camby, Strickland, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Sprewell 2, Childs, L Johnson, Strickland, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Boston 21 26 22 23 - 92 New York 25 15 18 28 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:14 2nd). New York 2 (Strickland, 0:09 2nd; Childs, 2:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:32. Officials: Bob Delaney, Nolan Fine, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The last time the Boston Celtics won in Madison Square Garden, Paul Pierce was in high school and Reggie Lewis was their best player.

Pierce scored 14 of his 31 points during a six-minute span and powered the Celtics to their first road victory over the New York Knicks in nearly eight years, 92-86.

A third-year guard from Kansas, Pierce clearly was the best player on the court. He made 13-of-21 shots, scoring from behind the arc, in the low post and off the dribble.

"Paul played a great game because he made smart moves, he waited for the trap guys to vacate before he made his moves and didn't rush anything," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said.

"He had 35 the last time he played us," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "When you are a defensive team, you have to get stops. Every time we got close, they got the next hoop."

Just before and right after halftime, Pierce was unstoppable. He scored seven points in a 9-0 run that closed the second quarter and gave Boston a 47-40 lead. He opened the third period with seven consecutive points in 91 seconds to double the lead.

"I was frustrated early after picking up two quick fouls and had to come out of the game," Pierce said. "I came back in more relaxed, played my game, finding my shots and making them. I was adjusting to their defense, causing match-up problems that was working to my advantage."

"He was on tonight and he worked his way around our defense to get open and he found his shots and made his shots," Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell said.

Antoine Walker collected 23 points and 15 rebounds for Boston, which won at "The World's Most Famous Arena" for the first time in 16 games since January 10, 1993, when Pierce was a sophomore at Inglewood High School in California.

In that game, Lewis had 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 100-97 win. Lewis collapsed and died from a heart ailment later that summer and Boston has not had a winning record since.

"This is my first win in New York as a Celtic and I'm proud of the job we did on playing good basketball and not putting too much pressure on ourselves," Walker said.

Glen Rice scored a season-high 32 points and Sprewell added 19 for the Knicks, who have lost four of their last five games. They visit first-place Philadelphia on Friday night.

"This is going to be a great challenge for our team, how we respond going down to Philadelphia," Van Gundy said. "I think it's the best type of game we can play."

"There are so many Michael Jordans and Tim Duncans and if you don't bring your game every night, you're going to get beat like how we did tonight," Knicks forward Larry Johnson said. "We need to step up as a team and as individual players because tomorrow's game will be a test to see what type of team we are."

The Knicks likely will be without center Marcus Camby, who suffered a strained left groin with 3:09 left in the second period but did not return.

"I was running and I felt a sharp pain," Camby said. "We will see tomorrow how I feel and what kind of treatment I'm going to have."

Shortly before Camby left, the Knicks took a 40-37 lead on a jumper by Rice. But Pierce made a 3-pointer and a short jumper, giving the Celts the lead for good.

"Once I hit a couple of my shots finishing the second quarter, my teammates found me and I made my shots," Pierce said. "And without Camby in the middle, I was attacking the basket."

Vitaly Potapenko sank a jumper, Pierce made a layup and Bryant Stith sank a technical foul shot to give Boston a 47-40 lead at halftime.

Pierce opened the second half by sinking a jumper over Sprewell and drawing a foul. He made the free throw, then added a layup 27 seconds later. His jumper with 10:39 remaining gave Boston a 54-40 advantage.

Rice's 3-pointer at the 10:03 mark ended a scoreless drought of 6:37 for New York. The Knicks trailed 69-58 entering the final period and did not get within single digits until the last minute.

"This was a great win for us tonight after losing in this building for such a long time," said Pitino, whose team improved to just 2-7 on the road. "We're getting better on the road but we have to keep up this consistency."

Randy Brown scored nine points and Tony Battie pulled down nine rebounds for Boston, which shot 42 percent (30-of-72), made 28-of-41 free throws and committed 10 turnovers.

Kurt Thomas scored 14 points and Rice and Sprewell grabbed nine boards each for the Knicks, who shot 46 percent (35-of-76) but shot just nine free throws -- making them all -- and committed 17 turnovers.

"There was a 41-9 free-throw discrepancy and they were taking the ball to the basket harder than we were," Van Gundy said.

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