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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           28   26   18   14    86   
     NEW YORK         18   20   28   23    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - VIN BAKER 20, ERIC WILLIAMS 17, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 17
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 26, KEITH VAN HORN 21, 
                      KURT THOMAS 12

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - TONY BATTIE 10, VIN BAKER 8, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 5
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 17, MICHAEL DOLEAC 9, KEITH 
                      VAN HORN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - MARCUS BANKS 6, PAUL PIERCE 5, MIKE 
                      JAMES 4
                NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 9, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   17,128

Box Score

BOSTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp V Baker 34 7-14 6-6 1-8 2 3 20 J Jones 15 0-4 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 T Battie 27 3-8 0-0 6-10 3 0 6 M James 28 1-9 0-0 2-3 4 0 2 P Pierce 35 6-20 5-5 2-4 5 3 17 M Banks 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 6 1 4 K Brown 21 3-4 2-4 0-5 0 3 9 M Blount 21 3-8 0-2 2-3 0 2 6 E Williams 24 4-7 8-8 0-5 1 2 17 J Welsch 15 1-2 3-6 0-0 1 0 5 W Mccarty DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Perkins DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 24-31 14-44 22 17 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (J Jones 0-3, M James 0-4, P Pierce 0-4, K Brown 1-2, E Williams 1-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:5 (V Baker, J Jones, M Blount, M Banks, P Pierce). Turnovers:11 (V Baker 3, T Battie 3, E Williams 2, J Jones, K Brown, P Pierce). Steals: 9 (P Pierce 3, J Welsch 2, E Williams, K Brown, M James, M Banks). NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 37 6-15 0-0 10-17 3 4 12 K Van Horn 35 8-17 2-2 1-7 3 3 21 D Mutombo 19 0-0 1-2 1-4 0 4 1 H Eisley 30 2-10 0-0 0-5 9 1 5 A Houston 37 8-17 6-7 1-3 3 0 26 M Doleac 19 3-9 2-2 4-9 0 5 8 O Harrington 7 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 4 2 C Ward 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 3 0 0 S Anderson 18 2-9 2-2 0-1 0 1 8 C Weatherspoon 16 0-1 2-2 1-3 0 1 2 F Williams 10 2-4 0-0 1-1 2 0 4 M Sweetney DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-86 15-17 19-53 23 23 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (K Van Horn 3-8, H Eisley 1-4, A Houston 4-6, S Anderson 2-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:7 (K Thomas 3, M Doleac 2, D Mutombo, K Van Horn). Turnovers:14 (K Van Horn 5, K Thomas 3, M Doleac 3, C Ward, O Harrington, F Williams). Steals: 3 (K Thomas, O Harrington, K Van Horn). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 28 26 18 14 - 86 NEW YORK 18 20 28 23 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:01 2nd). New York - 2 (Defensive Three, 1:21 1st; Defensive Three, 4:47 1st). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (O Harrington, 11:35 2nd). A: 17,128. T: 2:16. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Ron Olesiak, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

BOSTON (86) AT NEW YORK (89) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === V BAKER F 34 7-14 6-6 1 7 8 2 3 0 3 20 J JONES F 15 0-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 0 T BATTIE C 27 3-8 0-0 6 4 10 3 0 0 3 6 M JAMES G 28 1-9 0-0 2 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 P PIERCE G 35 6-20 5-5 2 2 4 5 3 3 1 17 M BANKS 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 1 0 4 K BROWN 21 3-4 2-4 0 5 5 0 3 1 1 9 M BLOUNT 21 3-8 0-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 6 E WILLIAMS 24 4-7 8-8 0 5 5 1 2 1 2 17 J WELSCH 15 1-2 3-6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 5 W MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION K PERKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-81 24-31 14 30 44 22 17 9 11 86 (.370) (.774) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11 (11 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 37 6-15 0-0 10 7 17 3 4 1 3 12 K VAN HORN F 35 8-17 2-2 1 6 7 3 3 1 5 21 D MUTOMBO C 19 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 1 H EISLEY G 30 2-10 0-0 0 5 5 9 1 0 0 5 A HOUSTON G 37 8-17 6-7 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 26 M DOLEAC 19 3-9 2-2 4 5 9 0 5 0 3 8 O HARRINGTON 7 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 1 2 C WARD 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 S ANDERSON 18 2-9 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 8 C WEATHERSPOON 16 0-1 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 F WILLIAMS 10 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 4 M SWEETNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-86 15-17 19 34 53 23 23 3 14 89 (.372) (.882) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (17 PTS) BOSTON 28 26 18 14 - 86 NEW YORK 18 20 28 23 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - V BAKER, J JONES, M BLOUNT, M BANKS, P PIERCE. NEW YORK - K THOMAS 3, M DOLEAC 2, D MUTOMBO, K VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-14 (.143), J JONES 0-3, M JAMES 0-4, P PIERCE 0- 4, K BROWN 1-2, E WILLIAMS 1-1. NEW YORK 10-23 (.435), K VAN HORN 3- 8, H EISLEY 1-4, A HOUSTON 4-6, S ANDERSON 2-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NEW YORK 1 (O HARRINGTON, 11:35 2ND). OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, RON OLESIAK, STEVE JAVIE. A - 17,128. T - 2:16.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- An unlikely big man carried the New York Knicks to their first win over the Boston Celtics in 2 1/2 years. Michael Doleac grabbed eight of his season-high nine rebounds in the fourth quarter and scored the game's final four points as the Knicks snapped an eight-game slide to the Celtics with an 89-86 victory. Doleac has been almost forgotten in New York's crowded frontcourt and averaged just 14 minutes over the first nine games of the season. He played just seven minutes in the first three quarters against Boston but got a chance in the fourth as Kurt Thomas and Dikembe Mutombo battled foul trouble. The six-year veteran played the entire final period, scoring six of his eight points. He nearly outrebounded the entire Celtics team over the last 12 minutes, grabbing half of his rebounds on the offensive end. "Every time I get into the game, I go with the same mindset of playing hard on both sides of the ball," he said. "Tonight, I played hard, I boxed out, gave my teammates some second opportunities to shoot again and I made some shots myself." New York rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half and took the lead for good at 87-86 on a jumper by Doleac with a 1:55 remaining. Boston's Paul Pierce missed an open jumper from the top of the circle with seven seconds left and Doleac grabbed the rebound. Doleac, who had attempted just three free throws this season, was fouled and sank both attempts with five seconds to go. Pierce missed another 3-pointer as time expired and finished with 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting. "I was happy with my shots," Pierce said. "We weren't overconfident and we knew coming into the second half they were going to make a run and we didn't protect the lead. They came out the way we came out in the first half." Allan Houston scored 26 points and Keith Van Horn had 21 as the Knicks defeated the Celtics for the first time since March 1, 2001. "We weren't thinking about the record," Houston said. "We just wanted to win one more." New York shot just 37 percent (32-of-86) overall but made 10-of-23 3-pointers and 15-of-17 free throws. Boston was just 2-of-14 from the arc and 24-of-31 from the line. "It's about finding a way, you just have to find a way to win," New York coach Don Chaney said. "I thought we really took it to them in the second half. The guys really played unselfish basketball. We kept the court spread, as a result of that we got a good look at the basket." Vin Baker collected 20 points and eight rebounds and Eric Williams scored 17 points off the bench for the Celtics, who had won three of their previous four games. Williams scored 13 points in the first half and Pierce added 11 as Boston jumped out to a 54-38 lead at halftime. New York responded immediately, opening the third quarter with a 25-10 run, highlighted by 12 from Van Horn. "I just kept being aggressive and came out in second half and got into a flow," Van Horn said. "I got into a groove and just had a feel for my teammates."


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