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BOSTON (78) AT NEW YORK (96)

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

BATTIE F 29 3-7 0-0 1 7 8 0 4 0 0 6 WALKER F 26 6-11 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 0 3 14 POTAPENKO C 24 5-11 4-4 5 6 11 0 5 0 0 14 ANDERSON G 23 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 4 0 3 6 MERCER G 28 9-17 1-2 1 2 3 3 2 2 3 19 BARROS 21 1-5 2-4 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 5 BOWEN 18 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 4 GARNETT 12 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 MCCARTY 22 1-5 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 3 MINOR 16 1-5 1-2 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 3 PIERCE 13 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 RILEY 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 33-80 9-14 10 32 42 15 25 5 16 78 (.413) (.643) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(25 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 35 4-9 4-7 0 5 5 3 2 0 2 13 THOMAS F 22 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 EWING C 27 3-9 5-5 1 10 11 0 2 3 0 11 HOUSTON G 30 3-10 5-7 0 2 2 4 2 1 4 11 WARD G 34 6-15 4-4 2 2 4 3 1 4 0 18 BRUNSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 CAMBY 27 2-7 2-6 6 9 15 1 1 2 1 6 CHILDS 30 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 7 5 0 3 4 SPREWELL 31 10-17 6-8 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 27 WINGATE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 27-39 12 34 46 19 13 10 11 96 (.405) (.692) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

BOSTON 30 15 15 18 - 78 NEW YORK 25 30 25 16 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - GARNETT, PIERCE, BATTIE. NEW YORK - EWING 3, THOMAS 2, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-10 (.300), WALKER 2-4, BARROS 1-2, BOWEN 0-1, GARNETT 0-1, MCCARTY 0-1, MINOR 0-1. NEW YORK 5-14 (.357), JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 2-6, CHILDS 1-2, SPREWELL 1-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GARY BENSON, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 19,763. T - 2:07.


Box Score

BOSTON (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 29 3-7 0-0 1-8 0 4 6 Walker 26 6-11 0-0 0-4 3 2 14 Potapenko 24 5-11 4-4 5-11 0 5 14 Anderson 23 3-6 0-0 0-0 4 4 6 Mercer 28 9-17 1-2 1-3 3 2 19 Barros 21 1-5 2-4 0-2 2 0 5 Bowen 18 2-6 0-0 1-4 0 3 4 Garnett 12 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Mccarty 22 1-5 1-2 2-3 0 1 3 Minor 16 1-5 1-2 0-2 2 0 3 Pierce 13 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 2 Riley 8 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 9-14 10-42 15 25 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Walker 2-4, Barros 1-2, Bowen 0-1, Garnett 0-1, Mccarty 0-1, Minor 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Garnett, Pierce, Battie). Turnovers: 17 (Anderson 3, Mercer 3, Walker 3, Barros 2, Garnett, Mccarty, Minor, Pierce, Riley). Steals: 5 (Mercer 2, Minor 2, Garnett).

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 35 4-9 4-7 0-5 3 2 13 Thomas 22 3-8 0-0 0-2 0 0 6 Ewing 27 3-9 5-5 1-11 0 2 11 Houston 30 3-10 5-7 0-2 4 2 11 Ward 34 6-15 4-4 2-4 3 1 18 Brunson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Camby 27 2-7 2-6 6-15 1 1 6 Childs 30 1-4 1-2 0-2 7 5 4 Sprewell 31 10-17 6-8 3-5 1 0 27 Wingate 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 27-39 12-46 19 13 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Johnson 1-2, Houston 0-3, Ward 2-6, Childs 1-2, Sprewell 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 3, Thomas 2, Camby). Turnovers: 11 (Houston 4, Childs 3, Johnson 2, Brunson, Camby). Steals: 10 (Ward 4, Ewing 3, Camby 2, Houston). ____________________________________________ Boston 30 15 15 18 - 78 New York 25 30 25 16 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Potapenko, 8:43 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:07. Officials: Ron Garretson, Gary Benson, Tom Washington.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing's return did nothing to slow down Latrell Sprewell.

Ewing had 11 points and 11 rebounds as he came back from left Achilles tendinitis and the red-hot Sprewell scored 27 points to give the New York Knicks a 96-78 victory over the slumping Boston Celtics.

Ewing had missed all but 29 seconds of the last seven games with the injury. Although there was no serious damage, Ewing waited until he was ready to go and started today, playing 27 minutes. He shot 3-of-9 and blocked three shots.

"I felt fine. I can do everything," Ewing said. "I felt a little rusty with my shot. I got knocked down a couple of times. I was just being cautious."

"You are used to a guy being out at a certain position at a certain time and then he is not out there," Knicks guard Chris Childs said. "You bring in different guys to do his job, but only he can do it. He is one of the 50 best players ever to play the game, so he gets that extra respect. And you need that out there when you are struggling. It's definitely a bonus having him out there."

The Knicks went 4-3 without Ewing, their leading scorer and rebounder. Sprewell picked up the scoring slack, averaging 17.8 points off the bench during the superstar center's absence.

"I just try to do the same things I've always done -- attack the basket, get to the free-throw line, defend and play with heart and energy," Sprewell said.

"Spree is having a fabulous year since he returned," Ewing said. "He's had back-to-back 30 and he had 20-something tonight. It's going fabulous."

Sprewell continued his binge with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the second period, when the Knicks took control. The sixth man scored nine points in a 14-4 run that closed the quarter and gave New York a 55-45 lead.

"Spree came in the game and really gave us momentum," said Knicks guard Charlie Ward, who scored a season-high 18 points.

"I thought his aggression was good," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He was on the offensive boards in the first half until we got him more shots. And I think our points guards are doing a good job advancing the ball on the break and obviously he is a very good finisher."

Marcus Camby had 15 rebounds, Larry Johnson scored 13 points and Allan Houston added 11 for the Knicks, who have won four of their last five games. New York's bench enjoyed advantages of 37-19 in scoring and 22-16 in rebounding.

Ron Mercer scored 19 points for the Celtics, who have dropped seven of their last eight games. Boston was outscored 27-9 at the foul line.

"What I'm trying to do right now is not get frustrated, stay positive, observe what we have and make the right changes to make us a playoff team next year," said Boston coach Rick Pitino, whose team has lost eight straight road games.

The series between two of the NBA's original franchises stands at 235-157, in favor of Boston, with New York winning 28 of the last 32.

"They kicked our butts the last time we played them," Ewing said. "We came out and gave it back to them."

Mercer scored 12 points as Boston got off to a quick start and opened a 30-25 lead after one quarter. New York rallied in the second period behind Sprewell, who bounced back after missing his last nine shots Thursday against Orlando.

A hook shot by Vitaly Potapenko gave the Celtics their last tie, 41-41 with 5:16 remaining. Sprewell's three-point play gave the Knicks the lead for good and triggered the run.

Chris Childs made a free throw before Sprewell dunked. A pair of inside baskets by Antoine Walker sandwiched a short jumper by Sprewell, leaving the Knicks with a 49-45 lead.

"Offensively, I know the plays and I know where I am supposed to be," Sprewell said. "I feel totally comfortable. I just play my game. I try to execute and play within the offense and try not to force anything. I just try to be myself."

Camby made a free throw and Houston added a layup before two foul shots by Sprewell with 1:37 left. Another free throw by Camby widened the lead to 10 points.

The Knicks pulled away in the third quarter, when Ewing scored five points. Ward scored six in the period, which ended with New York holding an 80-60 lead.

"They played together very well as a unit tonight and that's the type of game that we like to play in the future," Pitino said.

Walker and Potapenko scored 14 points apiece for the Celtics, who shot 41 percent (33-of-80) and committed 17 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Knicks.

New York shot 40.5 percent (32-of-79) and held a 46-42 edge on the glass.

"We didn't guard at all in the first six to eight minutes," Van Gundy said. "Ron Mercer got free and they beat us to the ball on the boards. But after that, the defense improved, the rebounding improved, we shot a lot more free throws than they did."

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