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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 27 18 24 11 103 BOSTON 26 24 15 27 9 101 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 37, MARCUS CAMBY 16, CHARLIE WARD 11 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 35, ANTOINE WALKER 25, VITALY POTAPENKO 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, LARRY JOHNSON 10 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, VITALY POTAPENKO 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 4

ATT: 18,624


Extended Box

NEW YORK (103) AT BOSTON (101) - FINAL IN OT

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

L JOHNSON F 43 4-10 0-0 2 8 10 1 4 1 3 9 RICE F 34 5-12 0-1 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 10 CAMBY C 41 7-16 2-3 6 11 17 0 3 0 1 16 HOUSTON G 47 13-20 6-8 0 4 4 3 3 0 4 37 WARD G 47 4-6 3-4 1 5 6 12 3 2 1 11 THOMAS 22 3-9 0-0 1 5 6 1 5 0 2 6 STRICKLAND 16 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 10 POSTELL 15 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 CHILDS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HAMSTRING KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPREWELL DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 265 40-83 15-20 10 35 45 22 24 3 15 103 (.482) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 46 10-19 11-14 1 3 4 4 2 2 3 35 WALKER F 49 10-22 3-4 0 12 12 5 0 0 3 25 POTAPENKO C 27 5-10 5-6 2 8 10 0 5 2 0 15 BROWN G 15 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 6 STITH G 41 1-4 3-4 2 3 5 1 4 1 1 5 BATTIE 22 0-2 2-4 0 5 5 0 2 2 1 2 BRUNSON 38 2-8 2-3 0 1 1 3 4 2 2 6 GRIFFIN 13 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 E WILLIAMS 9 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 2 BLOUNT 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 CARR 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 33-77 28-37 6 34 40 17 21 10 11 101 (.429) (.757) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 27 18 24 11 - 103 BOSTON 26 24 15 27 9 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 5, L JOHNSON. BOSTON - POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 8-16 (.500), L JOHNSON 1-2, RICE 0-2, HOUSTON 5-5, WARD 0-2, STRICKLAND 2-3, POSTELL 0-2. BOSTON 7-19 (.368), PIERCE 4-7, WALKER 2-5, STITH 0-2, BRUNSON 0-2, GRIFFIN 0-2, CARR 1-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TIM DONAGHY, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 18,624. T - 2:40.


Box Score

NEW YORK (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 43 4-10 0-0 2-10 1 4 9 Rice 34 5-12 0-1 0-1 2 4 10 Camby 41 7-16 2-3 6-17 0 3 16 Houston 47 13-20 6-8 0-4 3 3 37 Ward 47 4-6 3-4 1-6 12 3 11 Thomas 22 3-9 0-0 1-6 1 5 6 Strickland 16 3-6 2-2 0-0 3 2 10 Postell 15 1-4 2-2 0-1 0 0 4 Childs DNP - bruised right hamstring Knight DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision Sprewell DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-83 15-20 10-45 22 24 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (L Johnson 1-2, Rice 0-2, Houston 5-5, Ward 0-2, Strickland 2-3, Postell 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Camby 5, L Johnson). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 4, L Johnson 3, Postell 2, Thomas 2, Camby, Rice, Strickland, Ward). Steals: 3 (Ward 2, L Johnson).

BOSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 46 10-19 11-14 1-4 4 2 35 Walker 49 10-22 3-4 0-12 5 0 25 Potapenko 27 5-10 5-6 2-10 0 5 15 Brown 15 2-3 2-2 0-1 2 1 6 Stith 41 1-4 3-4 2-5 1 4 5 Battie 22 0-2 2-4 0-5 0 2 2 Brunson 38 2-8 2-3 0-1 3 4 6 Griffin 13 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 E Williams 9 1-3 0-0 1-2 2 3 2 Blount 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carr 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-77 28-37 6-40 17 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Pierce 4-7, Walker 2-5, Stith 0-2, Brunson 0-2, Griffin 0-2, Carr 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Potapenko). Turnovers: 13 (Pierce 3, Walker 3, Brunson 2, Battie, E Williams, Stith). Steals: 10 (Battie 2, Brunson 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Blount, Stith). _________________________________________________ New York 23 27 18 24 11 - 103 Boston 26 24 15 27 9 - 101 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:15 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:40. Officials: Jack Nies, Tim Donaghy, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Allan Houston was enjoying one of his best games with the New York Knicks. But seconds after it all could have gone sour, Charlie Ward was there to pick up his teammate.

Houston tied his Knicks high with 37 points but it was a steal and two free throws by Ward that lifted New York to a 103-101 overtime triumph over the Boston Celtics.

After Boston's Chris Carr sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left in regulation, Houston and the Knicks took advantage of some poor shooting by the Celtics down the stretch.

Houston, who also scored 37 points against Boston on January 4, was 13-of-20 from the field and had five points in overtime. But as has been his trademark with the Knicks, Houston missed two free throws with 42 seconds left and New York clinging to a 101-99 lead.

Antoine Walker and former Knick Rick Brunson missed wide open shots for Boston. Celtics coach Rick Pitino opted to bypass red-hot Paul Pierce, who had 35 points, and ran a play for Walker. But as Walker was backing in, Ward stripped him and was fouled.

Ward made both free throws with 7.9 seconds to seal the win.

"We get a clutch 3-pointer from Chris Carr but we didn't make enough shots in the overtime," Pitino said. "They come up with the key play in the overtime that decides it. Antoine loses it, their guy hits two free throws and we run out of time."

"I got some open looks early in the game and got into a good shooting rhythm," Houston said. "I was knocking them down and felt pretty good."

Marcus Camby added 16 points and 17 rebounds and Ward finished with 11 points and 12 assists for the Knicks, who improved to 3-0 on the road this season.

"Allan was unbelievable tonight," Knicks guard Glen Rice said. "He carried us on his shoulders. I am surprised he could still stand."

Walker had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Vitaly Potapenko added 15 and 10 for Boston, which had won five straight home games against New York.

"We still gave away too many open looks tonight," Pierce said. "Whether it was the first half or overtime, Houston is too good a shooter to leave open. I'm not looking at it as me against Allan out there. It is the Knicks and the Celtics."

The Knicks were without starting forward Latrell Sprewell, who missed the contest with back spasms. Glen Rice started in Sprewell's place and went scoreless in the first half. He had two points through three quarters but stepped it up in the fourth quarter, scoring eight.

"After my first half, when I didn't have a point, it felt good to contribute down the stretch," Rice said. "These are the kind of wins that good teams get. A loud building, on the road, it is just a great win."

Boston lost starting guard Randy Brown early in the third quarter to a groin injury. He did not return and his status is day-to-day.

The Knicks led 79-70 following Houston's 3-pointer with 7:45 left in regulation. New York's lead was still 88-82 with just under two minutes remaining but Pierce buried a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:56 to go.

Houston made two free throws 13 seconds later but Potapenko and Pierce each made a pair from the line to slice Boston's deficit to 90-89 with 53 seconds left. Houston and Potapenko exchanged misses before Rice hit a layup with 9.7 seconds remaining.

After a Boston timeout, Carr came off a pick and buried the tying 3-pointer from the left corner. When the Knicks' Larry Johnson missed a wide open 17-footer from the left baseline, the game headed into overtime.

"Frankly I was surprised that I was that wide open," Carr said. "But sometimes you have to take advantage when a team makes a defensive mistake and leaves you wide open. These are the kind of games, if you want to be a playoff team, you have to learn to win."

"We won despite my coaching tonight," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We should have had a smaller lineup when Carr hit that three. Pitino just outcoached me there."

Houston sank a 3-pointer with 2:36 to go to put the Knicks on top but Pierce countered with a 3-pointer 52 seconds later for a 99-99 tie. Houston found Camby for a driving layup on New York's next possession and Bryant Stith missed a 3-pointer.

Houston drew a foul on Potapenko but missed two from the line, his only misses in eight attempts. Walker missed a 12-footer and Brunson a wide open 24-footer. Ward stripped Walker and made both attempts.

"I like the way we were able to take a hit tonight," Van Gundy added. "They make a late run at us and we hang tough. They get it to overtime and we hit some key shots and come out with a win."

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