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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           30   29   26   32    117  
     NEW YORK         27   27   32   21    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 46, ERIC WILLIAMS 19, 
                      ANTOINE WALKER 18
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 39, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 
                      16, KURT THOMAS 16

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - TONY BATTIE 7, TONY DELK 6, PAUL PIERCE 
                      6
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 14, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9,
                      SHANDON ANDERSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 4, 
                      PAUL PIERCE 3
                NYK - CHARLIE WARD 10, KURT THOMAS 7, ALLAN 
                      HOUSTON 6

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

BOSTON (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 43 6-15 3-4 0-5 10 2 18 E Williams 27 4-6 10-11 2-3 1 5 19 T Battie 27 1-4 2-3 4-7 0 0 4 T Delk 40 2-10 4-5 1-6 1 2 10 P Pierce 40 12-22 20-21 2-6 3 4 46 S Williams 27 5-9 0-0 0-1 4 0 10 V Baker 21 3-5 3-5 2-3 0 1 9 W Mccarty 15 0-1 1-2 1-3 1 2 1 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 43-51 12-34 20 16 117 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.843. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (A Walker 3-5, E Williams 1-1, T Delk 2-5, P Pierce 2-6, S Williams 0-4, W Mccarty 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (P Pierce 2, V Baker, A Walker). Turnovers:12 (A Walker 4, P Pierce 3, E Williams, T Delk, W Mccarty, T Battie, S Williams). Steals: 11 (T Delk 3, S Williams 3, A Walker 2, P Pierce 2, W Mccarty). NEW YORK (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Anderson 32 5-8 2-3 3-6 2 5 13 C Weatherspoon 40 7-12 2-2 3-9 1 5 16 K Thomas 37 8-14 0-0 3-14 7 6 16 A Houston 45 14-27 9-10 0-1 6 6 39 C Ward 32 3-8 0-0 0-1 10 3 7 H Eisley 16 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 3 6 O Harrington 22 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 1 4 T Knight 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 L Nailon 8 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 M Doleac DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING M Pope DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-81 13-15 11-37 31 33 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (S Anderson 1-3, A Houston 2-8, C Ward 1-4, H Eisley 2-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:1 (C Weatherspoon). Turnovers:19 (A Houston 5, K Thomas 5, H Eisley 3, O Harrington 3, C Weatherspoon 2, S Anderson). Steals: 3 (C Ward 2, C Weatherspoon). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 30 29 26 32 - 117 NEW YORK 27 27 32 21 - 107 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:02 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Bob Delaney, Courtney Kirkland, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

BOSTON (117) AT NEW YORK (107) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 43 6-15 3-4 0 5 5 10 2 2 4 18 E WILLIAMS F 27 4-6 10-11 2 1 3 1 5 0 1 19 T BATTIE C 27 1-4 2-3 4 3 7 0 0 0 1 4 T DELK G 40 2-10 4-5 1 5 6 1 2 3 1 10 P PIERCE G 40 12-22 20-21 2 4 6 3 4 2 3 46 S WILLIAMS 27 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 3 1 10 V BAKER 21 3-5 3-5 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 9 W MCCARTY 15 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BREMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-72 43-51 12 22 34 20 16 11 12 117 (.458) (.843) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (16 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S ANDERSON F 32 5-8 2-3 3 3 6 2 5 0 1 13 C WEATHERSPOON F 40 7-12 2-2 3 6 9 1 5 1 2 16 K THOMAS C 37 8-14 0-0 3 11 14 7 6 0 5 16 A HOUSTON G 45 14-27 9-10 0 1 1 6 6 0 5 39 C WARD G 32 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 10 3 2 0 7 H EISLEY 16 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 6 O HARRINGTON 22 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 3 4 T KNIGHT 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 L NAILON 8 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 6 M DOLEAC DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING M POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION F WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-81 13-15 11 26 37 31 33 3 19 107 (.543) (.867) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19 (12 PTS) BOSTON 30 29 26 32 - 117 NEW YORK 27 27 32 21 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - P PIERCE 2, V BAKER, A WALKER. NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-22 (.364), A WALKER 3-5, E WILLIAMS 1- 1, T DELK 2-5, P PIERCE 2-6, S WILLIAMS 0-4, W MCCARTY 0-1. NEW YORK 6- 17 (.353), S ANDERSON 1-3, A HOUSTON 2-8, C WARD 1-4, H EISLEY 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce helped the Boston Celtics bounce back from the worst loss in franchise history. Pierce scored 10 of his 46 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes as the Celtics posted a 117-107 victory over the New York Knicks in a battle of winless teams. "I'm very pleased to get a hard-fought win," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "It was a great shootout. We had a difficult time stopping their jump shots. They are a good shooting basketball team. The key to the game was how aggressive we were in getting to the foul line." Coming off Wednesday's 45-point drubbing at Washington, the Celtics squandered a 14-point lead in the second half as the Knicks went ahead, 101-99, on a layup by Kurt Thomas with 5:36 left. But New York, which dropped to 0-3, again self-destructed in the final minutes, and Pierce, the NBA's leading fourth-quarter scorer last season, took over. He hit consecutive jumpers to give Boston a 111-105 lead with 1:13 remaining. "I feel like with my ability on any given night I can have games like this," Pierce said. "Once you get into a zone, then you feel like no one's going to be able to stop you. It's just one of those things." Pierce feasted at the line, making 20-of-21 free throws while hitting 12-of-22 from the field. He scored 14 points in the final quarter to fall two shy of his career high. "I want the ball in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line," he said. "I feel like I can go help this team win. My teammates have confidence in going to me down the stretch and I try to deliver." The Knicks elected not to double-team Pierce in the final minutes. "I was definitely surprised by that," he said. "We are going to be a tough team offensively to double-team. That leaves me in a 1-on-1 down the stretch." The Knicks, who blew double-digit leads in the fourth quarter in losses to Detroit and Philadelphia, came up empty on three straight possessions after grabbing their last lead, 103-101, on Clarence Weatherson's jumper with 4:15 to play. Allan Houston scored 39 points for New York and hit a side jumper to make it 111-107 with 31 seconds left. But the Celtics closed with six straight points from the foul line. "This is not considered a blown lead because we went back and forth," Houston said. "This is not the same as the past where we were significantly ahead. The last few minutes of the game, we needed to get stops. They pretty much were getting what they wanted." "The one thing every coach wants in a game is consistency, that's what we wanted," New York coach Don Cheney added. "We need to take the ball to the basket stronger. I thought we fought harder in the fourth quarter this time." New York shot 54 percent (44-of-81) from the field, led by Houston, who was 14-of-27. But the Knicks were sloppy with the ball, committing 16 turnovers. They also allowed Boston to get to the line too often. The Celtics converted 43-of-51 free throws, compared to just 13-of-15 for New York. Pierce got plenty of help as five Celtics scored in double figures. Antoine Walker contributed 19, Eric Williams 18 and Tony Delk and Shammond Williams 10 apiece. Tony Battie was the only Boston starter not to reach double figures, scoring just four points. But he may have pulled down the game's biggest rebound With the Celtics holding a 107-105 lead, Walker missed a 3-pointer, but Delk chased down the rebound in the right corner. The Celtics swung the ball to Pierce, who pulled up for a 20-footer on the left wing to make it 109-105 with 1:36 to go. Houston forced a quick 3-pointer on the ensuing possession that came up short. Pierce then nailed another 20-footer, this one over Houston, to give the Celtics a six-point margin. Weatherspoon and Thomas added 16 points apiece for the Knicks, who shot just under 46 percent (33-of-72). Thomas also grabbed 14 rebounds and Charlie Ward handed out 10 assists.


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