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New York 116, Boston 108

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and Eddy Curry
powered his way to 19 as the New York Knicks remained unbeaten in
the preseason by beating the Boston Celtics 116-108 Tuesday night.

Quentin Richardson, getting more playing time in the absence of
small forward Jared Jeffries, added 15 points, including seven in
the final quarter.

Coming off a 23-59 season, the Knicks (3-0) moved halfway to a
perfect exhibition season -- not to mention equaling the longest
winning streak they had in 2005-06.

Jeffries, expected to be the starting small forward, is out six
to eight weeks with a broken left wrist.

Wally Szczerbiak and Tony Allen each scored 18 points for the
Celtics, who fell to 1-3.

The Celtics played without All-Star Paul Pierce, who missed his
first game of the preseason because of a strained left hip.

Richardson's jumper snapped a 94-all tie with 6½ minutes to go
and New York led the rest of the way. Boston was within two with
under 4 minutes to play before Richardson scored and fed David Lee
for a basket on consecutive possessions to make it 105-99 with 2:56
remaining.

Lee finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Knicks trailed by 12 points early in the second quarter
before a 25-10 surge, sparked by Crawford's outside shooting and
first-round pick Renaldo Balkman's energy, gave them a 53-50 lead
with 2:01 left in the half. New York led 58-56 at halftime.

Balkman took a hard fall with 6:25 left in the second period,
landing on the back of his head after Szczerbiak fouled him to
prevent a fast-break dunk. But he shook it off and made one of the
free throws.

Boston's Sebastian Telfair scored 14 points, all in the first
half. The former high school star in Brooklyn and cousin of Knicks
guard Stephon Marbury didn't play in the second half because he was
feeling ill.