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Saturday, March 24, 1990

Ewing scores career-high 51 in loss

Patrick Ewing scored a career-high 51 points as the Knicks fell to the Celtics, 115-110, at Madison Square Garden. Ewing, who hit 20 field goals, scored 32 of the Knicks' 62 first-half points and tied his previous high of 45 with 11:21 left and New York up, 89-78. The Hall of Famer's total was the sixth-best in the team's 44-year history. He also had 18 rebounds. The Knicks, however, couldn't hold the lead and fell apart in the fourth quarter. The Celtics went on a 19-6 run and held a 102-97 lead with 3:59 left. The loss was their sixth straight and dropped them 3 ½ games behind the first-place 76ers. Ewing, 27, averaged a career-best 28.6 points per game.

Scoring

Celtics

Bird 8-2-19; McHale 10-6-27; Parish 9-0-18; Johnson 3-2-8; Lewis 10-11-31; Kleine 0-0-2; Bagley 1-0-2; M. Smith 2-0-4; Pinckey 0-2-2; Gamble 1-0-2; Totals: 44-25-115

Knicks

Newman 7-3-19; Walker 2-4-8; Ewing 20-11-51; Jackson 3-0-6; G. Wilkins 4-2-10; E. Wilkins 0-1-1; Vandeweghe 3-0-6; Cheeks 2-5-9; Totals: 41-26-110

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