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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 21 27 22 19 13 102 NEW YORK 21 26 26 16 4 93 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 42, PAUL PIERCE 18, KENNY ANDERSON 14 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 49, ALLAN HOUSTON 24, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 7

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 10, ANTOINE WALKER 9 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 21, MARK JACKSON 12

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, PAUL PIERCE 4 NYK - MARK JACKSON 7, CHARLIE WARD 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

BOSTON (102) AT NEW YORK (93) - FINAL IN OT

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

PIERCE F 49 8-23 1-2 2 2 4 4 5 6 3 18 WALKER F 44 14-33 8-9 2 7 9 9 3 3 2 42 BATTIE C 36 2-4 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 2 0 6 ANDERSON G 42 5-15 4-6 1 9 10 3 2 2 0 14 JOHNSON G 20 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 2 1 4 E WILLIAMS 25 0-8 3-6 3 4 7 3 2 0 2 3 PALACIO 11 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 20 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 7 POTAPENKO 18 3-4 2-3 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 8 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 36-95 22-30 12 35 47 23 21 15 8 102 (.379) (.733) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 48 18-32 7-8 1 6 7 1 4 1 6 49 THOMAS F 19 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 5 1 4 3 CAMBY C 49 2-9 2-2 5 16 21 2 1 0 1 6 HOUSTON G 49 7-22 6-8 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 24 JACKSON G 38 0-4 0-0 1 11 12 7 2 2 4 0 HARRINGTON 22 3-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 4 1 0 7 KNIGHT 16 1-5 0-0 4 3 7 1 4 1 0 2 ANDERSON 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 WARD 11 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 5 3 0 1 0 EISLEY 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 33-88 17-22 13 49 62 18 24 6 17 93 (.375) (.773) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

BOSTON 21 27 22 19 13 - 102 NEW YORK 21 26 26 16 4 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, BATTIE. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, HARRINGTON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-25 (.320), PIERCE 1-3, WALKER 6-17, JOHNSON 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1, STRICKLAND 1-3. NEW YORK 10-26 (.385), SPREWELL 6-10, THOMAS 0-1, HOUSTON 4-10, JACKSON 0-3, WARD 0-1, EISLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, BLANE REICHELT, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 19,763. T - 2:26.


Box Score

BOSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 49 8-23 1-2 2-4 4 5 18 Walker 44 14-33 8-9 2-9 9 3 42 Battie 36 2-4 2-2 2-7 1 2 6 Anderson 42 5-15 4-6 1-10 3 2 14 Johnson 20 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 E Williams 25 0-8 3-6 3-7 3 2 3 Palacio 11 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 Strickland 20 2-4 2-2 0-2 0 2 7 Potapenko 18 3-4 2-3 2-4 0 2 8 Blount DNP - coach's decision K Brown DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-95 22-30 12-47 23 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (Pierce 1-3, Walker 6-17, Johnson 0-1, E Williams 0-1, Strickland 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce 2, Battie). Turnovers: 8 (Pierce 3, E Williams 2, Walker 2, Johnson). Steals: 15 (Pierce 6, Walker 3, Anderson 2, Battie 2, Johnson 2).

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 48 18-32 7-8 1-7 1 4 49 Thomas 19 1-5 1-2 0-1 0 5 3 Camby 49 2-9 2-2 5-21 2 1 6 Houston 49 7-22 6-8 0-4 1 1 24 Jackson 38 0-4 0-0 1-12 7 2 0 Harrington 22 3-6 1-2 2-4 0 4 7 Knight 16 1-5 0-0 4-7 1 4 2 Anderson 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Ward 11 0-2 0-0 0-3 5 3 0 Eisley 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-88 17-22 13-62 18 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 10-26, .385 (Sprewell 6-10, Thomas 0-1, Houston 4-10, Jackson 0-3, Ward 0-1, Eisley 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Harrington 2). Turnovers: 18 (Sprewell 6, Jackson 4, Thomas 4, Camby, Houston, Ward). Steals: 6 (Jackson 2, Harrington, Knight, Sprewell, Thomas). _________________________________________________ Boston 21 27 22 19 13 - 102 New York 21 26 26 16 4 - 93 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:26. Officials: Joe Derosa, Blane Reichelt, George Toliver.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell came up one point shy of 50 and that was all that Antoine Walker and the Boston Celtics needed.

Sprewell's missed free throw opened the door for Walker's tying 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation and the Celtics pulled away in overtime for a 102-93 victory over the New York Knicks.

In the best game of his 10-year career, Sprewell made 18-of-32 shots, including 6-of-10 3-pointers. He had a chance to seal the Knicks' fourth straight win when he was fouled with 6.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter and his team holding an 88-86 edge.

But with the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for 50 -- which would have matched Atlanta's Shareef Abdur-Rahim for the highest total in the NBA this season -- Sprewell was long on the first free throw, his only miss in eight attempts.

"As a player, you have to block that stuff out and focus on making the shot," he admitted. "I heard people yelling, so I knew where I was."

Sprewell made the second, giving the Celtics a chance to tie it. Off the inbounds, Walker came well above the top of the circle and drilled his sixth 3-pointer of the game, pushing Boston into its fourth overtime in its last nine contests.

"Paul (Pierce) was the first option off the first screen," Walker said. "Then Tony (Battie) set the downscreen for me. It brought me up to the top of the key. We figured they would switch. We knew we needed a three."

So did Knicks coach Don Chaney.

"I believe I said `No threes' about six times," said Chaney, who fell to 1-1 since replacing Jeff Van Gundy. "This is a point where we have to learn from. We all knew that in order for them to win the game, they had to hit a three."

"I am just trying to figure out what we have to do to not let them get three," said Sprewell, who was guarding Pierce. "We have been in this position three times now and twice we haven't gotten the job done. The third time we just got lucky Reggie (Miller) missed (in Saturday's win over Indiana.)"

After never leading in the fourth quarter, the Celtics never trailed in overtime. Kenny Anderson made a jumper and Pierce drilled a 3-pointer for a 94-89 lead with 3:36 left.

New York's Kurt Thomas made a layup, but Walker backed in for a hook and made a steal, tiptoeing along the sideline before finding Pierce for a leading dunk that sealed it at 98-91 with 1:36 left.

Walker was phenomenal with a season-high 42 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. The NBA leader in 3-pointers made and attempted was 6-of-17 from the arc, none bigger than the one at the end of regulation that was well beyond the circle.

"I didn't even look (at the floor)," he said. "I just came off. The pass was right there and I just let it go."

"It was a hell of a performance," Pierce said. "To watch Spree and Antoine -- if I was a fan, I would think I got my money's worth."

Pierce added 18 points for the Celtics, who bounced back from an ugly loss at Chicago on Saturday for their seventh win in eight games. Boston has won two of its last three at Madison Square Garden after losing 15 straight at "The World's Most Famous Arena."

Pierce also switched onto Sprewell late in the third quarter and played outstanding defense. He limited the All-Star swingman to 11 points over the final 20 minutes and twice blocked his shot, including on the final possession of regulation.

"He was on fire," said Pierce, who has shut down Michael Jordan and Vince Carter in similar fashion this season. "I usually guard the toughest offensive person, especially late in game. I just wanted to limit his easy looks."

"Paul came to the bench and said, `How about letting me get Spree?'" said Celtics coach Jim O'Brien. "I said, `Go ahead -- and good luck.' He did a good job down the stretch."

Sprewell eclipsed his previous career high of 46 with Golden State vs. Dallas on January 21, 1997. It was the first 40-point game by a Knick since Patrick Ewing had 41 against Seattle on January 19, 1996, a gap that included Van Gundy's entire coaching reign.

"It's fun, but it kind of takes the fun away when you don't win," Sprewell said. "It's a player's dream to have a game like that."

Through the first three quarters, Sprewell was virtually unstoppable as he lit up rookie Joe Johnson and Eric Williams. He got started late in the first period and really heated up in the second quarter, when he made 8-of-10 shots, including three from the arc.

"We started catering to him a little bit more because he was really hot and I thought he had an edge," Chaney said. "You really couldn't stop him 1-on-1."

Sprewell, whos previous season high was 28 points, had 26 at halftime. But Walker scored 15 and the Celts had better balance, taking a 48-47 lead at intermission.

"We talked at halftime and told them not to overreact to a brilliant peformance by Latrell. The object is to win," O'Brien said. "It's not like he was posting us up. He's hitting these jump shots and a great many of them were challenged.

"Coach O'Brien told us at halftime, `No matter if he scores 50, let's just win the game, because we had a one-point lead and the other guys really weren't involved in the game,'" Walker said.

Halftime did nothing to cool off either Sprewell or Walker. Sprewell scored 16 points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining that gave the Knicks a 69-64 lead. Pierce switched onto him shortly thereafter.

Walker scored 12 points in the period, which ended with the Knicks holding a 73-70 lead. His 3-pointer and three-point play pulled the Celts into a 76-76 tie early in the fourth period.

Against Sprewell, Pierce had a steal, drew an offensive foul and made a block before surrendering a 15-footer from the left side that gave New York an 88-84 lead with 1:32 left. Walker tipped in his own miss and Sprewell missed a jumper before Battie missed an open eight-footer in the lane, setting up Sprewell's free throws.

Anderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot under 38 percent (36-of-95) but committed just eight turnovers.

Allan Houston scored 24 points and Marcus Camby swept 21 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 37.5 percent (33-of-88) and held a 62-47 edge on the glass but committed 18 giveaways.

"We can't have (Sprewell) get 50 and Allen get 20 and the next leading scorer is at six or seven points," said Camby, who scored six. "We have to find the balance."

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