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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 18 26 36 107 PHILADELPHIA 20 26 27 28 101 FINAL


BOSTON (107) AT PHILADELPHIA (101)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCCARTY F 36 8-11 3-4 3 4 7 3 6 2 0 19 WALKER F 37 9-23 5-8 2 11 13 4 4 1 4 25 KNIGHT C 24 1-7 0-0 1 6 7 3 3 1 2 3 BROWN G 33 3-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 9 BILLUPS G 29 4-10 2-4 1 1 2 9 2 3 1 12 ELLISON 16 3-3 0-0 3 3 6 3 4 0 2 6 EDNEY 22 4-9 6-6 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 14 BARROS 12 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 5 MINOR 21 5-8 2-6 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 12 DECLERCQ 10 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 2 BOWEN DNP - FRACTURED NOSE MERCER DNP - LACERATION OF LEFT EYE

TOTALS 240 40-88 21-32 11 30 41 29 30 12 12 107 (.455) (.656) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

JACKSON F 43 5-10 4-4 1 6 7 7 4 0 6 15 WEATHERSPOON F 32 5-10 3-6 2 7 9 2 6 2 2 13 COLEMAN C 38 5-10 6-10 5 13 18 7 2 0 4 16 STACKHOUSE G 39 8-16 6-7 1 3 4 4 4 3 3 23 IVERSON G 34 5-16 0-1 0 4 4 3 5 2 4 11 WILLIAMS 13 1-5 2-2 3 1 4 2 2 0 0 4 OVERTON 15 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 CUMMINGS 13 1-4 2-2 1 6 7 0 1 0 0 4 THOMAS 6 3-5 0-1 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 7 WALTERS 7 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 25-35 15 42 57 27 27 8 21 101 (.439) (.714) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

BOSTON 27 18 26 36 - 107 PHILADELPHIA 20 26 27 28 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - ELLISON 3, MCCARTY 3, KNIGHT, WALKER. PHILADELPHIA - WEATHERSPOON 5, COLEMAN 3, STACKHOUSE 2, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 6-15 (.400), MCCARTY 0-1, WALKER 2-4, KNIGHT 1-3, BROWN 1-3, BILLUPS 2-3, BARROS 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 4-8 (.500), JACKSON 1-2, STACKHOUSE 1-1, IVERSON 1-4, THOMAS 1-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, JACK NIES, BLANE REICHELT. A - 14,127. T - 2:20.


BOSTON (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 36 8-11 3-4 3-7 3 6 19 Walker 37 9-23 5-8 2-13 4 4 25 Knight 24 1-7 0-0 1-7 3 3 3 Brown 33 3-8 2-2 0-1 2 3 9 Billups 29 4-10 2-4 1-2 9 2 12 Ellison 16 3-3 0-0 3-6 3 4 6 Edney 22 4-9 6-6 1-3 2 2 14 Barros 12 2-5 1-2 0-1 1 1 5 Minor 21 5-8 2-6 0-0 1 2 12 Declercq 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 Bowen DNP - fractured nose Mercer DNP - laceration of left eye _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-88 21-32 11-41 29 30 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Mccarty 0-1, Walker 2-4, Knight 1-3, Brown 1-3, Billups 2-3, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Ellison 3, Mccarty 3, Knight, Walker). Turnovers: 12 (Walker 4, Barros 2, Ellison 2, Knight 2, Billups, Declercq). Steals: 12 (Billups 3, Brown 2, Mccarty 2, Minor 2, Edney, Knight, Walker).

PHILADELPHIA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 43 5-10 4-4 1-7 7 4 15 Weatherspoon 32 5-10 3-6 2-9 2 6 13 Coleman 38 5-10 6-10 5-18 7 2 16 Stackhouse 39 8-16 6-7 1-4 4 4 23 Iverson 34 5-16 0-1 0-4 3 5 11 Williams 13 1-5 2-2 3-4 2 2 4 Overton 15 1-4 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 Cummings 13 1-4 2-2 1-7 0 1 4 Thomas 6 3-5 0-1 2-3 1 1 7 Walters 7 2-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Davis DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 25-35 15-57 27 27 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Jackson 1-2, Stackhouse 1-1, Iverson 1-4, Thomas 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 11 (Weatherspoon 5, Coleman 3, Stackhouse 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 23 (Jackson 6, Coleman 4, Iverson 4, Stackhouse 3, Weatherspoon 2, Overton, Walters). Steals: 8 (Stackhouse 3, Iverson 2, Weatherspoon 2, Overton). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 18 26 36 - 107 Philadelphia 20 26 27 28 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 9:07 4th, 2:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,127. T: 2:20. Officials: Don Vaden, Jack Nies, Blane Reichelt.


GAME RECAP

Antoine Walker scored seven of his 25 points in a decisive fourth-quarter run as the Boston Celtics edged the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-101, for their first three-game winning streak in nearly two years.

Walker scored the last seven points of a 12-2 burst that broke open a tie game midway through the period. The Celtics nearly squandered the lead but held on, winning three straight games for the first time since December 12th-15th, 1995.

Walter McCarty added a career-high 19 points for Boston, which has won just two of its last 29 Atlantic Division games -- both against Philadelphia. The Celtics lost their first 23 division games last season but avoided becoming the first team in NBA history to go winless in its division by beating Philadelphia in its Atlantic finale.

"We had to expend a lot of energy last night and we limped in here without our two best defensive players, and then we lose Dana Barros (to a third-quarter right ankle sprain," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "So to beat a team that's playing well is outstanding. We did a great job of handling the basketball and played very well for the road. We really did a good job of recognizing situations."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points and Derrick Coleman added 16 and 18 rebounds for the Sixers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Philadelphia fell to 0-4 at home.

"We didn't play like a team, we didn't start off playing like a team," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Maybe some guys think this is an opportunity to showcase their talents instead of remembering we're a team."

A layup by Jimmy Jackson pulled the Sixers into an 82-82 tie with 8:20 remaining, but Dee Brown made a three-pointer to start the run. Rookie Chauncey Billups followed with a fast-break layup and Walker dunked for an 89-82 lead with 6:54 to go.

Foul-plagued Allen Iverson responded with a dunk, but Walker made a 16-footer and a three-pointer from the left corner to give Boston a 94-84 bulge with 5:52 remaining.

"This is an important win for us on the road," Walker said. "We knew Philly was playing great coming off two road wins. We wanted to come in here and keep it close. Everybody stepped up tonight and gave us a big contribution."

The Celtics still led by nine points before the Sixers made a final charge. Jackson hit two free throws with 2:05 left and Clarence Weatherspoon made a layup before a foul shot by Stackhouse cut the deficit to 101-97 with 1:25 to play.

But Philadelphia would get no closer. After a defensive stop, Coleman missed two free throws with 53 seconds left. Another stop was followed by an offensive foul on Stackhouse, who then hacked Billups with 28 seconds left. The rookie made both free throws to extend the lead to six and Boston held on.

"We're trying to pick it up to the point where we're getting consistently 25-to-28 point quarters, rather than the 15-to-18 point quarters," Pitino said. "You can only do that with good player and ball movement, and we had that in the fourth. We're not going to embrace this and get carried away and say we're a better team, 'cause we're not."

Tyus Edney scored 14 points, Greg Minor 12 and Billups 11 for the Celtics, who shot 46 percent (40-of-88) from the field. Walker grabbed 13 rebounds.

"It's a lot of fun playing, we've been playing as a team," Walker said. "No one has tried to do this alone. We have the positive mind-set, players and coaches. No one comes in here worried about their stats, all they are concerned about is coming in here and knowing what they have to do win the game."

"They went out and executed a lot better than we did," Larry Brown said. "I give Rick a lot of credit. They beat us to loose balls, they were much more organized than we were. We got so out of whack that we had to play perfect down the stretch. We missed key free throws, we hurried a lot of shots and got a couple of silly fouls."

Jackson scored 15 points and Weatherspoon 13 for the Sixers, who shot 44 percent (36-of-82) -- the first time in five games they were below 50 percent. Iverson scored just 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

"Allen struggled," Stackhouse said. "It was a case tonight where he wasn't in the flow offensively, and I think he tried to press himself. We have a lot of options on this team. We have to utilize those options if one isn't going well."

Walker scored 10 points in the first quarter as Boston grabbed a 27-20 lead. Philadelphia closed to 46-45 at halftime and took a 73-71 lead into the fourth quarter despite Iverson sitting out much of the third period after picking up his fourth foul.

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