New York (26-34) at Boston (34-26)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Mar 5, 2003
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BOSTON (TICKER) —The Boston Celtics try to extend their winning streak over the New York Knicks to eight games on Wednesday when they open a four-game homestand at the FleetCenter.

The Celtics have won seven consecutive meetings with the Knicks, including the first three meetings this season. New York has not defeated Boston since March 1, 2001 and has lost its last three visits to the FleetCenter.

The Celtics are trying to sweep a season series from the Knicks for the sixth time. They have not swept New York in consecutive seasons since the 1965-66 and and 1966-67 campaigns.

Boston has won three of its last four games, including a 111-110 road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

Paul Pierce had 31 points and 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games with a back injury and rookie J.R. Bremer scored 23 points for the Celtics, who shot 53 percent from the floor and made 12-of-22 3-pointers.

Boston has won five of its last seven home games and is 19-10 at the FleetCenter this season.

New York has won three of five games following a four-game slide and posted an 89-80 victory over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Allan Houston scored 25 points, Kurt Thomas added 17 and Latrell Sprewell had 15 for the Knicks, who are four games behind the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

New York has lost its last six road games and is just 8-20 away from home this season.

When playing on consecutive nights, the Knicks are just 2-11 in the second games.

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