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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 16 22 32 18 88 NEW YORK 22 29 26 18 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 23, ERIC WILLIAMS 21, ANTOINE WALKER 15 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 27, LARRY JOHNSON 21, KURT THOMAS 16

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, LARRY JOHNSON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 5 NYK - MARK JACKSON 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

BOSTON (88) AT NEW YORK (95)

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

PIERCE F 38 9-20 3-4 2 5 7 5 5 0 3 23 WALKER F 44 5-19 3-6 1 9 10 5 3 2 3 15 BLOUNT C 27 4-5 0-0 4 3 7 0 2 1 2 8 BROWN G 35 1-6 0-4 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 2 STITH G 35 2-9 1-2 2 2 4 3 4 3 1 7 POTAPENKO 21 3-4 0-0 3 4 7 0 0 0 1 6 PALACIO 14 2-3 1-2 0 1 1 4 4 0 2 6 E WILLIAMS 25 4-8 10-12 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 21 CARR 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERREN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-74 18-30 13 25 38 21 21 6 15 88 (.405) (.600) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(24 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 35 7-16 5-6 3 7 10 0 4 0 0 21 SPREWELL F 42 6-17 0-0 1 4 5 5 3 2 2 13 CAMBY C 39 10-18 7-7 4 13 17 3 1 0 2 27 HOUSTON G 25 3-8 1-1 1 2 3 1 4 0 2 8 JACKSON G 28 1-8 0-0 0 1 1 9 2 3 1 2 RICE 29 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 5 0 2 3 THOMAS 21 6-9 4-4 3 1 4 0 4 1 2 16 WARD 20 1-4 3-3 0 1 1 3 2 3 0 5 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-84 20-21 12 31 43 24 25 9 11 95 (.417) (.952) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

BOSTON 16 22 32 18 - 88 NEW YORK 22 29 26 18 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2, PIERCE 2, BROWN, BLOUNT. NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, RICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-28 (.357), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 2-11, STITH 2-7, PALACIO 1-1, E WILLIAMS 3-4. NEW YORK 5-17 (.294), L JOHNSON 2-6, SPREWELL 1-3, CAMBY 0-1, HOUSTON 1-2, JACKSON 0-2, RICE 1-2, THOMAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DAVID JONES, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,763. T - 2:16.


Box Score

BOSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 38 9-20 3-4 2-7 5 5 23 Walker 44 5-19 3-6 1-10 5 3 15 Blount 27 4-5 0-0 4-7 0 2 8 Brown 35 1-6 0-4 0-1 3 0 2 Stith 35 2-9 1-2 2-4 3 4 7 Potapenko 21 3-4 0-0 3-7 0 0 6 Palacio 14 2-3 1-2 0-1 4 4 6 E Williams 25 4-8 10-12 1-1 1 3 21 Carr 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Griffin DNP - coach's decision Herren DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 18-30 13-38 21 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 10-28, .357 (Pierce 2-5, Walker 2-11, Stith 2-7, Palacio 1-1, E Williams 3-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Walker 2, Pierce 2, Brown, Blount). Turnovers: 16 (Pierce 3, Walker 3, Blount 2, Brown 2, Palacio 2, E Williams, Potapenko, Stith). Steals: 6 (Stith 3, Walker 2, Blount).

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 35 7-16 5-6 3-10 0 4 21 Sprewell 42 6-17 0-0 1-5 5 3 13 Camby 39 10-18 7-7 4-17 3 1 27 Houston 25 3-8 1-1 1-3 1 4 8 Jackson 28 1-8 0-0 0-1 9 2 2 Rice 29 1-4 0-0 0-2 3 5 3 Thomas 21 6-9 4-4 3-4 0 4 16 Ward 20 1-4 3-3 0-1 3 2 5 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 20-21 12-43 24 25 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.952. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (L Johnson 2-6, Sprewell 1-3, Camby 0-1, Houston 1-2, Jackson 0-2, Rice 1-2, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 3, Rice). Turnovers: 14 (Camby 2, Houston 2, Rice 2, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, Jackson). Steals: 9 (Jackson 3, Ward 3, Sprewell 2, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Boston 16 22 32 18 - 88 New York 22 29 26 18 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:43 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:16. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- As a center, Marcus Camby certainly is moving forward.

Camby continued his outstanding play with 27 points and 17 rebounds, leading the New York Knicks to their third straight victory, 95-88 over the Boston Celtics.

The 6-11, 225-pound Camby has a lean body better suited to play forward but became the Knicks' starting center when Patrick Ewing was traded in the offseason. His toughness and ability to withstand the pounding in the middle was questioned.

Over the last two weeks, Camby clearly has shown he can handle the pivot. He has averaged 16.6 points and 16.2 rebounds over the last six games while going up against the likes of Vlade Divac and Patrick Ewing.

"Right now I'm playing some consistent ball and my teammates are looking for me," Camby said. "This has to be the best stretch of ball since I've been a Knick and I'm getting better each game and my teammates are feeding off me. My offensive game has improved a lot."

"His stats are unbelievable," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The numbers are really dominant numbers. ... Marcus frankly dominated the game tonight."

Camby made 10-of-18 shots and added three blocks. With 4:30 to play, he had a crucial tip-in after the Celtics had rallied within a point. The basket began a decisive 8-0 burst for the Knicks, who avenged a home loss to Boston on December 21.

"I've felt pretty good," Camby said. "It's just timing. The ball seems to be coming to me now."

"He's playing great and he has changed the game and his confidence is high on offense," teammate Allan Houston said. "We know his game is `D' but his offense in the last several games has been so good that it's helping our perimeter game."

The win allowed Jeff Van Gundy to move past former mentor Pat Riley into third place on the Knicks' all-time coaching wins list. Van Gundy is 224-152 in four-plus seasons at the helm.

"Everybody knows how I feel about Riley -- I think he's the best coach in team sports history," said Van Gundy, who was an assistant when Riley coached the Knicks. "I'm honored to coach here in New York. I like the guys on the team. I like the guys I work for, Scott Layden and Dave Checketts, and I feel very fortunate that I'm here."

Larry Johnson added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who are displaying a more balanced attack with Mark Jackson at point guard. Top guns Houston, Latrell Sprewell and Glen Rice combined for just 24 points on 10-of-29 shooting but New York still won rather handily.

Paul Pierce battled foul trouble to score 23 points and Eric Williams added 21 for the Celtics, who undermined their own rally with poor foul shooting.

While New York made 20-of-21 free throws, Boston was 18-of-30 from the line, including two misses apiece by Antoine Walker and Randy Brown in the final four-plus minutes.

"I thought we played well enough to win tonight but at the end we did not make our free throws and did not get any defensive rebounds when we needed it," Celtics interim coach Jim O'Brien said. "They missed one and we missed 12 and that was the difference in the game."

Boston (25-33) has lost five of six to fall four games in the loss column behind Indiana in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Pierce scored nine points in the third quarter as the Celtics reduced a 13-point halftime deficit to 77-70 entering the final period. Boston kept coming and pulled within 85-84 on a pair of free throws by Walker with 5:31 left.

Camby responded with his tip-in and Walker missed two from the line. Camby gave a nice feed to Johnson for a layup and Sprewell scored consecutive transition hoops to extend the lead to 93-84 with 3:01 remaining.

Rookie Mark Blount dunked and Brown sank a jumper to make it 93-88 with 2:04 to go. On their next possession, the Knicks grabbed two offensive rebounds and took a minute off the clock. Brown missed two free throw with 16 seconds left.

"The fourth quarter, we started off slow and got a little sloppy and Boston took advantage and got back into the game," Camby said. "Our `D' stepped up, Spree hit a couple jumpers and we got our rebounds."

"Missed free throws is all part of the game but the rebounding and giving the Knicks second-chance shots late in the game when we got close was what hurt us tonight," Pierce said.

Kurt Thomas scored 16 points and Sprewell added 13 for New York, which shot 42 percent (35-of-84) and held a 43-38 advantage on the glass.

Walker had 15 points and 10 boards for Boston, which shot 40.5 percent (30-of-74).

Camby got off to a nice start with 10 points in the first period as the Knicks opened a 22-14 lead. His two free throws gave New York its largest lead at 51-36 in the final minute of the first half.

"I knew he was good but not that good," said Jackson, who had nine assists. "He is special and he's going to get better. He's finding the open space and beating his man to the basket, which makes my job a little easier."

Camby scored 11 points in the third quarter but his teammates got a bit lazy and the Celtics got back in it.

"We need to play better and more energetic, especially down the stretch," Van Gundy said. "Like I said before, I really like our guys but sometimes I don't sense urgency in the team that I have."

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