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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 18 32 23 27 100 BOSTON 27 23 22 19 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 25, CHRIS CHILDS 17, LARRY JOHNSON 16 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 30, PAUL PIERCE 16, BRYANT STITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 8, MARCUS CAMBY 7 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 8, ANTOINE WALKER 4

ATT: 15,715


Extended Box

NEW YORK (100) AT BOSTON (91)

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

L JOHNSON F 28 6-11 3-3 0 8 8 3 3 0 3 16 SPREWELL F 39 4-13 4-4 0 6 6 3 2 2 2 12 CAMBY C 27 3-7 3-4 1 6 7 2 5 1 3 9 CHILDS G 39 5-5 4-4 0 0 0 7 2 1 1 17 HOUSTON G 39 9-12 6-7 0 5 5 3 0 0 3 25 THOMAS 31 3-5 4-5 3 3 6 0 5 0 2 10 LONGLEY 9 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 BRUNSON 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 21 4-8 1-1 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 9 KNIGHT 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION RICE DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS

TOTALS 240 34-63 27-30 5 30 35 19 20 6 16 100 (.540) (.900) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 34 4-15 6-7 0 3 3 2 2 0 4 16 WALKER F 46 12-21 3-7 2 4 6 4 3 0 4 30 BLOUNT C 18 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 2 ANDERSON G 35 5-11 0-0 3 2 5 8 4 3 0 11 STITH G 38 6-11 2-2 1 5 6 1 5 2 2 16 BROWN 13 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 0 POTAPENKO 31 3-7 3-4 5 3 8 2 2 1 1 9 E WILLIAMS 16 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 7 GRIFFIN 7 0-3 0-0 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 MCCARTY 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION PALACIO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 14-20 16 22 38 23 26 8 16 91 (.425) (.700) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

NEW YORK 18 32 23 27 - 100 BOSTON 27 23 22 19 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL 2, THOMAS 2, CAMBY. BOSTON - BLOUNT 2, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-13 (.385), L JOHNSON 1-4, SPREWELL 0-2, CHILDS 3-3, HOUSTON 1-2, STRICKLAND 0-2. BOSTON 9-21 (.429), PIERCE 2-7, WALKER 3-5, ANDERSON 1-2, STITH 2-4, E WILLIAMS 1-1, GRIFFIN 0-1, MCCARTY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JIM CAPERS, DEE KANTNER. A - 15,715. T - 2:14.


Box Score

NEW YORK (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 28 6-11 3-3 0-8 3 3 16 Sprewell 39 4-13 4-4 0-6 3 2 12 Camby 27 3-7 3-4 1-7 2 5 9 Childs 39 5-5 4-4 0-0 7 2 17 Houston 39 9-12 6-7 0-5 3 0 25 Thomas 31 3-5 4-5 3-6 0 5 10 Longley 9 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Brunson 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Strickland 21 4-8 1-1 0-1 1 2 9 Knight 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Postell DNP - coach's decision Rice DNP - plantar fascitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-63 27-30 5-35 19 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.540, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Johnson 1-4, Sprewell 0-2, Childs 3-3, Houston 1-2, Strickland 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, Camby). Turnovers: 19 (Camby 3, Houston 3, L Johnson 3, Sprewell 2, Thomas 2, Childs, Longley, Strickland). Steals: 6 (Sprewell 2, Strickland 2, Camby, Childs).

BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 34 4-15 6-7 0-3 2 2 16 Walker 46 12-21 3-7 2-6 4 3 30 Blount 18 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Anderson 35 5-11 0-0 3-5 8 4 11 Stith 38 6-11 2-2 1-6 1 5 16 Brown 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 Potapenko 31 3-7 3-4 5-8 2 2 9 E Williams 16 3-8 0-0 1-4 1 3 7 Griffin 7 0-3 0-0 3-3 1 1 0 Mccarty 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Carr DNP - coach's decision Palacio DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 14-20 16-38 23 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Pierce 2-7, Walker 3-5, Anderson 1-2, Stith 2-4, E Williams 1-1, Griffin 0-1, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Blount 2, Pierce). Turnovers: 16 (Pierce 4, Walker 4, E Williams 2, Stith 2, Blount, Brown, Mccarty, Potapenko). Steals: 8 (Anderson 3, Brown 2, Stith 2, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ New York 18 32 23 27 - 100 Boston 27 23 22 19 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,715. T: 2:14. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jim Capers, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Allan Houston has made the most of his two visits to FleetCenter this season.

The All-Star shooting guard had his second straight strong performance in the building, scoring nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the New York Knicks to their season-high fifth straight win, 100-91 over the Boston Celtics.

Houston scored a season-high 37 points in a 103-101 overtime triumph here on November 10. Although this effort was not as impressive, he did connect on 9-of-12 shots and 6-of-7 free throws in 39 solid minutes.

"I don't know what it is about the building, but I know they always play me hard," he said. "Teams like that, who play me hard, bring out the best in my game. That's what I think it really is."

With the Knicks clinging to a 77-76 lead with 9:25 to play, Houston went to work. He hit a short jumper, a 21-footer, fed Marcus Camby for a slam, knocked down a pair of free throws and connected from 26 feet, helping New York open a 91-83 cushion with 4:44 remaining.

"We played well late in the game and a couple of my shots went down," Houston said.

Chris Childs had a near-perfect game for the Knicks, scoring a season-high 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting while making all four of his free throws. Starting at point guard for just the fifth time this season, he handed out seven assists and committed just one turnover in 39 minutes.

Larry Johnson had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who have not lost since a 92-86 home setback to Boston on December 21 -- their first loss to the Celtics at Madison Square Garden in nearly eight years.

Antoine Walker scored 30 points for Boston, which has lost nine of 12 and slipped to 9-10 at home this season. Frontcourt mate Paul Pierce had a rough night, scoring 16 points on 4-of-15 shooting. During Tuesday's loss at Atlanta, Pierce scored 30 points and Walker struggled with 13 on 4-of-17 shooting.

"It seems like when me and Antoine don't do well together, we have a real hard time with our offense and winning games," Pierce said. "When one of us has a bad night, we can't seem to overcome that."

Bryant Stith scored 16 points and Kenny Anderson added 11 and eight assists for Boston, which shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) and yielded 23 points off turnovers.

"We didn't execute in the fourth quarter," coach Rick Pitino said. "Some of our guys were hanging their heads about some of the calls. I told them they can't worry about the calls, they have to execute. New York did a better job of that in the fourth quarter."

Latrell Sprewell scored 12 points and Kurt Thomas had 10 off the bench for the Knicks, who shot 54 percent (34-of-63) and hit 27-of-30 free throws.

"We're really been on the same page and executing well, even though it may not have seemed like it in the first eight minutes tonight," coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Chris Childs did a tremendous job tonight and so did Erick Strickland. Their defense kept us in the game and then Allan hit some big shots late."

Boston appeared poised to post its second straight win over New York when it opened the contest with a 12-2 run, capped by rookie Mark Blount's layup with 7:55 left in the first quarter.

But Houston hit a 16-footer to halt the Celtics' spurt and New York remained within striking distance before using a 13-1 run of its own to pull within 28-26 with 9:44 left in the first half.

"When we struggled in that first quarter, we knew it was (the bench's) job to come in and give some instant energy to the team," Knicks guard Erick Strickland said after scoring nine points. "Then the starters took control from there."

Houston drilled an 18-footer and added two free throws to give New York its first lead, 35-34, with 6:06 left in the second quarter. Walker's 26-footer nine seconds before intermission sent the teams to the half tied at 50-50.

New York outscored Boston, 27-14, at the line and hit 9-of-12 free throws in the final 12 minutes.

"I'll tell you something right now, if we have New York's record, we get the calls that they got late in that game," Stith said. "But until we improve and better our record, we're not going to get the respect of officials in this league."

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