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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         22   16   19   23    80   
     BOSTON           23   25   27   16    91      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 15, LEE NAILON 12, 
                      CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 25, TONY DELK 20, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 19

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 8, CLARENCE 
                      WEATHERSPOON 7, KURT THOMAS 7
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, TONY BATTIE 9, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, HOWARD EISLEY 3, 
                      FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   18,624

Box Score

NEW YORK (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 24 1-7 4-4 3-8 0 5 6 L Sprewell 36 7-16 0-0 0-3 5 0 15 K Thomas 28 2-10 0-0 2-7 2 5 4 A Houston 33 3-13 0-0 0-1 0 0 7 H Eisley 21 1-5 0-0 0-2 3 2 3 M Doleac 14 0-1 0-0 2-6 2 3 0 C Ward 27 2-4 2-2 0-5 2 1 7 C Weatherspoon 16 4-4 2-2 3-7 0 3 10 S Anderson 18 3-8 1-2 1-4 0 3 7 L Nailon 14 4-8 4-4 2-2 2 1 12 L Postell 9 2-4 3-3 0-0 1 0 9 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-80 16-17 13-45 17 23 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (L Sprewell 1-4, A Houston 1-5, H Eisley 1-3, C Ward 1-3, S Anderson 0-3, L Postell 2-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (K Thomas 2, C Weatherspoon, S Anderson). Turnovers:16 (C Ward 4, K Thomas 3, S Anderson 3, A Houston, M Doleac, L Postell, O Harrington, H Eisley, L Sprewell). Steals: 5 (S Anderson 2, K Thomas, H Eisley, O Harrington). BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 38 8-18 7-10 2-9 2 0 25 E Williams 23 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 T Battie 28 5-11 1-1 4-9 0 2 11 T Delk 30 6-10 5-5 1-6 2 0 20 P Pierce 34 6-16 6-7 3-9 8 4 19 W Mccarty 22 0-2 2-2 2-5 0 2 2 S Williams 28 0-5 3-4 0-2 2 2 3 V Baker 12 2-2 3-4 0-1 0 5 7 K Brown 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 B Sundov 8 0-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 J Bremer 5 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Wolkowyski DNP - ROTATOR CUFF INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 27-33 14-47 17 18 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (A Walker 2-7, T Delk 3-4, P Pierce 1-2, W Mccarty 0-1, S Williams 0-2, K Brown 0-1, J Bremer 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (T Battie 2, E Williams, V Baker, P Pierce, K Brown, A Walker). Turnovers:12 (A Walker 3, T Battie 2, E Williams, S Williams, K Brown, P Pierce, B Sundov, T Delk, V Baker). Steals: 11 (W Mccarty 2, S Williams 2, P Pierce 2, B Sundov 2, E Williams, A Walker, K Brown). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 22 16 19 23 - 80 BOSTON 23 25 27 16 - 91 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (H Eisley, 1:22 2nd). Boston - 2 (A Walker, 1:22 2nd; Defensive Three, 2:54 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:18. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Marc Davis, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (80) AT BOSTON (91) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 24 1-7 4-4 3 5 8 0 5 1 1 6 L SPREWELL F 36 7-16 0-0 0 3 3 5 0 0 1 15 K THOMAS C 28 2-10 0-0 2 5 7 2 5 1 3 4 A HOUSTON G 33 3-13 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 H EISLEY G 21 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 3 M DOLEAC 14 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 2 3 0 1 0 C WARD 27 2-4 2-2 0 5 5 2 1 0 4 7 C WEATHERSPOON 16 4-4 2-2 3 4 7 0 3 0 0 10 S ANDERSON 18 3-8 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 2 3 7 L NAILON 14 4-8 4-4 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 12 L POSTELL 9 2-4 3-3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-80 16-17 13 32 45 17 23 5 16 80 (.363) (.941) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17 (15 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 38 8-18 7-10 2 7 9 2 0 1 3 25 E WILLIAMS F 23 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 2 T BATTIE C 28 5-11 1-1 4 5 9 0 2 0 2 11 T DELK G 30 6-10 5-5 1 5 6 2 0 0 1 20 P PIERCE G 34 6-16 6-7 3 6 9 8 4 2 1 19 W MCCARTY 22 0-2 2-2 2 3 5 0 2 2 0 2 S WILLIAMS 28 0-5 3-4 0 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 V BAKER 12 2-2 3-4 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 7 K BROWN 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 B SUNDOV 8 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 J BREMER 5 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - ROTATOR CUFF INJURY TOTALS 240 29-79 27-33 14 33 47 17 18 11 12 91 (.367) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (10 PTS) NEW YORK 22 16 19 23 - 80 BOSTON 23 25 27 16 - 91 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, C WEATHERSPOON, S ANDERSON. BOSTON - T BATTIE 2, E WILLIAMS, V BAKER, P PIERCE, K BROWN, A WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-21 (.286), L SPREWELL 1-4, A HOUSTON 1- 5, H EISLEY 1-3, C WARD 1-3, S ANDERSON 0-3, L POSTELL 2-3. BOSTON 6- 20 (.300), A WALKER 2-7, T DELK 3-4, P PIERCE 1-2, W MCCARTY 0-1, S WILLIAMS 0- 2, K BROWN 0-1, J BREMER 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - H EISLEY. BOSTON - A WALKER, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, MARC DAVIS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,624. T - 2:18.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Antoine Walker scored 25 points and Tony Delk netted 16 of his 20 in the first half as the Boston Celtics easily dispatched the woeful New York Knicks, 91-80. The Celtics used the final 78 seconds of the first half to pull away from the Knicks. Leading 42-38, Boston got a free throw from Walker, a lay-in from Vin Baker and Delk's 3-pointer to head into the break with a 10-point lead. New York was unable to cut into the margin while falling behind by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter. Paul Pierce collected 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Tony Battie chipped in with 11 and nine as the Celtics posted their sixth straight win over their long-time rivals. Allan Houston, who leads the Knicks with 24.9 points per game, failed to score in the first half and finished with seven points. New York shot just two free throws the entire first half. "I just struggled tonight, really," said Houston, who was 3-for-13 from the floor. "I really can't put my finger on what it was, I just really didn't have a good night." Latrell Sprewell scored 13 of his 15 points in the first quarter to lead New York, which fell to 1-5 on the road. "I think the entire way we played was discouraging," Sprewell said. In a season already filled with low moments, the Knicks' third quarter ranks among the worst. The Knicks shot 5-of-18 and scored just two baskets over an 8 1/2-minute stretch. Defensively, they weren't much better, sending the Celtics to the foul line 17 times, where they made 15. After Houston showed signs of heating up with a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 55-45 with nine minutes to go in the third period, Battie dunked, Walker sank a short hook shot and Pierce drained an 11-footer to build a 16-point lead with 7:42 remaining. Pierce scored nine points in the quarter. "We came into the half and said, 'We can't let up,'" said Pierce, who did the job defensively on Houston. "We had momentum going into the half. We just wanted to come out an put a little pressure on them." After Pierce's tip-in gave Houston an 87-60 advantage with 7:26 to play, the Knicks came to life. With most of Boston's starters on the bench, New York went on a 15-2 run to pull within 89-75 on Lavor Postell's 3-pointer with 4:35 to go. But New York only managed a pair of buckets by Lee Nailon thereafter and fell to its second straight defeat. The Celtics shot just 37 percent (29-of-79) from the field but held the Knicks to 36 percent (29-of-80). The difference was at the free throw line, where Boston went 27-for-33 while New York was 16-of-17. "You've got to have 'X' amount of free throws," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "When you're not moving and not attacking, you're not going to get to the line. We weren't in attack mode. I don't have an answer for why we played so passive tonight." Delk, who fell one point shy of his season high, hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the second quarter. "Tonight, I just put the focus in," Delk said. "It was important to come out and play aggressive on both ends of the court. It started with me being aggressive on offense, getting myself involved." In the first quarter, Sprewell paced the Knicks with 13 points in 6-of-8 shooting, while the rest of the team managed just 4-of-15 from the field. The Knicks took their last lead 2 1/2 minutes into the contest when Howard Eisley drained a 3-pointer.


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