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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 26 17 18 36 97 NEW YORK 24 31 18 26 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 24, VITALY POTAPENKO 21, KENNY ANDERSON 18 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 26, LARRY JOHNSON 23, LATRELL SPREWELL 17

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 7, PATRICK EWING 7

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ADRIAN GRIFFIN 5, KENNY ANDERSON 3 NYK - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

BOSTON (97) AT NEW YORK (99)

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

WALKER F 45 7-21 6-6 1 8 9 2 3 1 3 24 WILLIAMS F 26 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 0 1 6 POTAPENKO C 28 5-12 11-12 6 2 8 1 4 0 2 21 ANDERSON G 39 8-21 1-2 2 7 9 3 4 0 3 18 GRIFFIN G 42 5-10 0-1 4 5 9 5 5 3 4 11 BATTIE 21 2-3 1-2 3 2 5 1 3 0 0 5 CHEANEY 24 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 1 2 5 BARROS 9 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 7 MCCARTY 6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 19-23 19 31 50 17 29 5 15 97 (.393) (.826) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 7-10 8-8 1 6 7 5 2 0 2 23 SPREWELL F 41 5-11 5-6 1 5 6 5 2 3 3 17 EWING C 28 3-11 3-5 0 7 7 2 3 0 2 9 HOUSTON G 38 11-20 4-7 0 3 3 0 5 0 2 26 WARD G 27 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 2 0 0 CAMBY 20 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 5 1 1 1 THOMAS 26 6-7 3-3 1 4 5 0 4 1 3 15 CHILDS 21 3-4 2-3 0 0 0 5 5 0 2 8 WALLACE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-68 26-34 4 28 32 21 27 7 15 99 (.515) (.765) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

BOSTON 26 17 18 36 - 97 NEW YORK 24 31 18 26 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE. NEW YORK - CAMBY 6, EWING 5, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-22 (.364), WALKER 4-8, ANDERSON 1-4, GRIFFIN 1-3, CHEANEY 1-3, BARROS 1-3, MCCARTY 0-1. NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), L JOHNSON 1-3, SPREWELL 2-3, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 0-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,763. T - 2:26.


Box Score

BOSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 45 7-21 6-6 1-9 2 3 24 Williams 26 3-9 0-0 0-2 2 4 6 Potapenko 28 5-12 11-12 6-8 1 4 21 Anderson 39 8-21 1-2 2-9 3 4 18 Griffin 42 5-10 0-1 4-9 5 5 11 Battie 21 2-3 1-2 3-5 1 3 5 Cheaney 24 2-7 0-0 1-5 2 4 5 Barros 9 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 1 7 Mccarty 6 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Conlon DNP - coach's decision Ellison DNP - coach's decision Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 19-23 19-50 17 29 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Walker 4-8, Anderson 1-4, Griffin 1-3, Cheaney 1-3, Barros 1-3, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Battie). Turnovers: 16 (Griffin 4, Anderson 3, Walker 3, Cheaney 2, Potapenko 2, Williams). Steals: 5 (Griffin 3, Cheaney, Walker).

NEW YORK (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 7-10 8-8 1-7 5 2 23 Sprewell 41 5-11 5-6 1-6 5 2 17 Ewing 28 3-11 3-5 0-7 2 3 9 Houston 38 11-20 4-7 0-3 0 5 26 Ward 27 0-4 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 Camby 20 0-1 1-2 1-2 1 5 1 Thomas 26 6-7 3-3 1-5 0 4 15 Childs 21 3-4 2-3 0-0 5 5 8 Wallace 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dudley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-68 26-34 4-32 21 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Johnson 1-3, Sprewell 2-3, Houston 0-1, Ward 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 12 (Camby 6, Ewing 5, Thomas). Turnovers: 15 (Sprewell 3, Thomas 3, Childs 2, Ewing 2, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Camby). Steals: 7 (Sprewell 3, Ward 2, Camby, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Boston 26 17 18 36 - 97 New York 24 31 18 26 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 2:03 1st, 2:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:26. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Larry Johnson scored seven of his 23 points in the last two minutes as the New York Knicks held on to defeat the Boston Celtics, 99-97, for their fifth victory in six games.

The Knicks held a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter but the Celtics closed to 90-87 with 2:14 to go on two free throws by Antoine Walker, who scored 24 points. Johnson responded with a three-point play with two minutes left to double the lead.

After a turnover by Boston's Vitaly Potapenko, Marcus Camby made 1-of-2 free throws. Potapenko sank two free throws to pull the Celtics within 94-89 but Johnson made a layup with 58 seconds to go.

"They had a smaller 3 (small forward Adrian Griffin) on me and we were just looking for a mismatch," Johnson said.

Two free throws by Johnson gave New York a seemingly comfortable 98-93 lead with 21 seconds left. Boston's Dana Barros drove for a layup with six seconds to play and Chris Childs made only 1-of-2 free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining. Kenny Anderson's driving layup cut the deficit to 99-97 with three seconds to go.

Allan Houston was fouled with 2.1 seconds remaining but the 83 percent foul shooter missed both free throws, giving Boston a last chance to tie or win. However, Johnson shadowed Walker, who dribbled the ball off Johnson's leg and lost it as time expired.

"You are always happy with the win," Houston said. "But ultimately, in order for us to be the type of team we want to be and to move forward, we're going to have to improve our ability to put teams away."

Last week, Houston missed a pair of free throws in the final seconds of both a loss to Denver and a win against Golden State.

Houston scored 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting for New York, which is 24-4 in its last 28 meetings with Boston and has won 14 straight at Madison Square Garden dating to January 10, 1993. No current Boston player has won at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Celtics.

Potapenko scored 21 points for Boston, which had a two-game winning streak stopped. The Celtics played without leading scorer Paul Pierce, who was placed on the injured list before the game with a sprained left ankle.

The Celtics outscored the Knicks 36-26 in the fourth quarter and made 50 percent (11-of-22) of their shots over the final 12 minutes after shooting 35 percent (24-of-67) over the first three quarters.

"We fought back and fought back all the way to the end," Walker said. "On the road, that's the attitude you want, especially playing without one of our best players. We're going to have to squeak out a few of these games."

The Celtics took a 26-24 lead after one quarter but Kurt Thomas scored 13 of his 15 points in the second quarter on 5-of-5 shooting as New York moved out to a 16-point lead and entered the half with a 55-43 advantage.

New York shot 48 percent (26-of-54) over the first three periods and led 73-61 entering the final quarter. The Knicks scored nine of the first 15 points of the period and Johnson's layup gave New York an 82-67 lead with 8:07 to play.

Latrell Sprewell scored 17 points and Patrick Ewing, in his second game since returning from Achilles tendinitis, scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in 28 minutes. Ewing, who went 0-for-8 from the field in his first game Friday, missed his first six shots before connecting on his first basket with 10:51 left in the third quarter.

"My leg feels great," Ewing said. "Like I said the last game, I'm way ahead of where I thought I would be, especially with cardiovascular. I think the more I play and the more we practice, the better my basketball skills will be."

New York was outrebounded, 50-32, but shot 51 percent (35-of-68) from the field.

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