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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 27 12 22 24 85 BOSTON 25 19 26 24 94 FINAL


NEW YORK (85) AT BOSTON (94)

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

JOHNSON F 34 2-10 9-10 4 1 5 4 4 2 4 13 OAKLEY F 36 6-10 0-0 3 6 9 2 3 2 1 12 DUDLEY C 22 1-4 2-2 3 6 9 0 1 0 1 4 HOUSTON G 33 8-15 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 3 3 21 WARD G 31 5-13 0-0 2 2 4 5 4 2 3 11 MILLS 22 1-5 0-0 2 6 8 0 0 1 2 2 CHILDS 20 2-7 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 2 3 4 STARKS 22 3-8 1-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 8 B WILLIAMS 14 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 6 BOWIE 6 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 16-18 15 26 41 18 26 14 21 85 (.405) (.889) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 22(26 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 40 5-12 0-0 1 4 5 5 1 1 3 10 WALKER F 40 6-12 3-6 1 6 7 6 1 1 6 16 DECLERCQ C 33 4-4 1-1 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 9 BILLUPS G 31 7-12 7-7 1 1 2 4 2 2 4 25 MERCER G 33 4-11 8-8 2 2 4 5 4 3 2 16 BOWEN 14 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 BARROS 16 3-5 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 2 2 10 KNIGHT 14 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 2 THOMAS 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 EDNEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BROWN 10 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 MINOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-65 25-30 8 23 31 25 15 12 22 94 (.477) (.833) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

NEW YORK 27 12 22 24 - 85 BOSTON 25 19 26 24 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - NONE. BOSTON - DECLERCQ 2, KNIGHT 2, MCCARTY, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-21 (.238), JOHNSON 0-2, OAKLEY 0-1, HOUSTON 3-4, WARD 1-6, MILLS 0-1, CHILDS 0-3, STARKS 1-3, BOWIE 0-1. BOSTON 7-18 (.389), MCCARTY 0-4, WALKER 1-2, BILLUPS 4-8, BOWEN 0-1, BARROS 2-2, BROWN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, DAVID JONES, GARY BENSON. A - 18,624. T - 2:17.


NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 34 2-10 9-10 4-5 4 4 13 Oakley 36 6-10 0-0 3-9 2 3 12 Dudley 22 1-4 2-2 3-9 0 1 4 Houston 33 8-15 2-2 0-2 2 3 21 Ward 31 5-13 0-0 2-4 5 4 11 Mills 22 1-5 0-0 2-8 0 0 2 Childs 20 2-7 0-0 1-1 2 4 4 Starks 22 3-8 1-2 0-1 2 4 8 B Williams 14 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 3 6 Bowie 6 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 16-18 15-41 18 26 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Johnson 0-2, Oakley 0-1, Houston 3-4, Ward 1-6, Mills 0-1, Childs 0-3, Starks 1-3, Bowie 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 22 (Johnson 4, Childs 3, Houston 3, Ward 3, B Williams 2, Mills 2, Bowie, Dudley, Oakley, Starks). Steals: 14 (Houston 3, Childs 2, Johnson 2, Oakley 2, Ward 2, Bowie, Mills, Starks).

BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 40 5-12 0-0 1-5 5 1 10 Walker 40 6-12 3-6 1-7 6 1 16 Declercq 33 4-4 1-1 2-6 0 4 9 Billups 31 7-12 7-7 1-2 4 2 25 Mercer 33 4-11 8-8 2-4 5 4 16 Bowen 14 1-3 1-2 0-2 1 1 3 Barros 16 3-5 2-2 0-0 2 1 10 Knight 14 0-2 2-2 1-2 1 0 2 Thomas 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Edney 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown 10 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 Minor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-65 25-30 8-31 25 15 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Mccarty 0-4, Walker 1-2, Billups 4-8, Bowen 0-1, Barros 2-2, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Declercq 2, Knight 2, Mccarty, Bowen). Turnovers: 22 (Walker 6, Billups 4, Mccarty 3, Barros 2, Mercer 2, Bowen, Brown, Declercq, Edney, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Mercer 3, Barros 2, Billups 2, Bowen, Declercq, Knight, Mccarty, Walker). ____________________________________________ New York 27 12 22 24 - 85 Boston 25 19 26 24 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:17. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, David Jones, Gary Benson.


GAME RECAP

Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and Antoine Walker and Ron Mercer added 16 apiece, leading the Boston Celtics to their first win against the New York Knicks in more than four years, 94-85.

The victory snapped Boston's 21-game losing streak against the Knicks, the longest skid the Celtics have had versus another team. The win was Boston's first over New York since a 100-97 triumph on January 10th, 1993 at Madison Square Garden, when the late Reggie Lewis had 30 points.

The Celtics also ended their 11-game home losing streak to the Knicks, who had not lost in Boston since April 8th, 1992.

Ex-Knick Walter McCarty and Dana Barros added 10 points apiece for the Celtics, who have won two of their last three games after losing nine of 11.

"That was definitely a big win because we haven't played well against the Knicks in a long, long time," Walker said. "We came out and played defense because we knew we could turn them over. They beat us again on the boards, but the difference was we rebounded in the fourth quarter. That's what won the game for us.

"I think they made up their mind they weren't going to let me beat them. We had to go to another option. We went to other options like Chauncey."

Billups was 7-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-8 from three-point range.

"I knocked down a couple of early shots and that opened up my driving game," he said. "I was able to get some confidence early. We need these wins, especially at home, because we're fighting for the seventh or eighth playoff spot. We knew the Knicks get tough when the game is on the line, but tonight we kept our poise and fought back. When they pushed, we pushed them. We won the battle."

Allan Houston scored 21 points and Charles Oakley had nine rebounds to lead New York, which had its season-high four-game winning streak broken.

"We knew the streak had to end some time, you just don't want to be out there when it does," Houston said. "We've got a big divisional game coming up on Wednesday with Miami and we can't think about this game too much. I'm more upset that our four-game winning streak ended because we had been playing well lately. They made a lot of shots. They played us real hard."

New York outrebounded Boston, 41-31, but the Celtics outshot the Knicks from the field, 48 percent (31-for-65) to 41 percent (32-for-79). Boston also sank 25-of-30 free throws while New York was 16-for-18 from the line.

"We had some guys play well and play hard, but not enough," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We had other guys who played hard but not very well, and then we had a couple not play hard and not play that well. That was the problem tonight."

After a pair of free throws by Buck Williams gave the Knicks a 33-32 advantage with 7:54 left in the second quarter, the Celtics reeled off eight of the next 10 points run to take the lead for good.

A layup by Walker 22 seconds after Williams' free throws put Boston ahead, 34-33. Billups capped the run with a layup at 4:51, making it 40-35.

Boston held a 44-39 halftime lead, limiting the Knicks to only 29 percent shooting (5-for-17) from the field in the second quarter.

The Knicks managed to pull within 55-54 with just under five minutes left in the third quarter on a jumper by Charles Oakley. But Boston rebounded with a 13-3 burst to open an 11-point advantage.

A three-pointer by Billups started the run, which ended on a free throw by Dee Brown that made it 68-57 with 1:10 to play. Barros contributed five points during the spurt.

New York got no closer than six the rest of the way. A basket by Chris Childs made it 75-69 with 8:01 remaining, but Boston responded with a 9-3 spurt over the next four minutes to open an 84-72 cushion.

"Sure, we're glad (the streak is) over, but I'm happier with the way we played," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We played hard, for the most part good defense and we didn't get manhandled on the boards. We got beat there again, but by only 10 instead of 20. That's where they've been killing us. We got to the free throw line and were able to capitalize there."

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