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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 25 22 22 20 89 BOSTON 24 21 22 26 93 FINAL


MINNESOTA (89) AT BOSTON (93)

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

K GARNETT F 43 4-8 3-4 2 8 10 5 2 0 0 11 MITCHELL F 35 7-14 7-7 1 6 7 0 4 1 3 21 PARKS C 18 4-6 2-3 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 10 MARBURY G 41 4-15 4-6 0 4 4 9 4 0 5 12 CARR G 38 6-13 0-1 4 7 11 3 3 0 4 14 WEST 8 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 2 HAMMONDS 25 2-5 3-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 7 PORTER 19 3-7 1-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 4 7 WILLIAMS 4 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 ROBERTS 9 1-2 1-3 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 3 GUGLIOTTA DNP - FLU JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-73 25-34 13 34 47 20 23 1 19 89 (.425) (.735) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 31 1-6 8-8 2 2 4 3 4 2 1 10 WALKER F 44 11-21 2-4 2 16 18 3 3 2 1 27 DECLERCQ C 14 1-3 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 1 2 2 BILLUPS G 29 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 10 BOWEN G 27 2-5 2-3 2 2 4 5 3 2 1 6 MERCER 37 7-22 5-6 4 0 4 1 3 1 0 19 BARROS 20 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 KNIGHT 8 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 1 4 ELLISON 22 2-5 4-8 3 6 9 2 4 2 0 8 BROWN 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 ROGERS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 EDNEY DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 34-88 21-29 17 33 50 20 27 14 9 93 (.386) (.724) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(8 PTS)

MINNESOTA 25 22 22 20 - 89 BOSTON 24 21 22 26 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, CARR. BOSTON - ELLISON 2, MCCARTY, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-9 (.222), MARBURY 0-4, CARR 2-3, PORTER 0-2. BOSTON 4-14 (.286), MCCARTY 0-1, WALKER 3-4, BILLUPS 0-3, BOWEN 0-1, BARROS 1-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JOE BORGIA, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,624. T - 2:23.


MINNESOTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 4-8 3-4 2-10 5 2 11 Mitchell 35 7-14 7-7 1-7 0 4 21 Parks 18 4-6 2-3 2-3 0 3 10 Marbury 41 4-15 4-6 0-4 9 4 12 Carr 38 6-13 0-1 4-11 3 3 14 West 8 0-2 2-2 1-2 1 4 2 Hammonds 25 2-5 3-4 1-3 0 0 7 Porter 19 3-7 1-2 2-4 1 1 7 Williams 4 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Roberts 9 1-2 1-3 0-3 0 2 3 Gugliotta DNP - flu Jordan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 25-34 13-47 20 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Marbury 0-4, Carr 2-3, Porter 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (K Garnett, Carr). Turnovers: 19 (Marbury 5, Carr 4, Porter 4, Mitchell 3, Hammonds 2, Roberts). Steals: 1 (Mitchell).

BOSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 31 1-6 8-8 2-4 3 4 10 Walker 44 11-21 2-4 2-18 3 3 27 Declercq 14 1-3 0-0 3-4 0 3 2 Billups 29 5-12 0-0 0-0 4 1 10 Bowen 27 2-5 2-3 2-4 5 3 6 Mercer 37 7-22 5-6 4-4 1 3 19 Barros 20 2-9 0-0 0-2 1 1 5 Knight 8 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 4 4 Ellison 22 2-5 4-8 3-9 2 4 8 Brown 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Rogers 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Edney DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-88 21-29 17-50 20 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Mccarty 0-1, Walker 3-4, Billups 0-3, Bowen 0-1, Barros 1-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ellison 2, Mccarty, Declercq). Turnovers: 10 (Declercq 2, Barros, Billups, Bowen, Brown, Knight, Mccarty, Walker). Steals: 14 (Billups 3, Bowen 2, Ellison 2, Mccarty 2, Walker 2, Barros, Declercq, Mercer). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 25 22 22 20 - 89 Boston 24 21 22 26 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:23. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Joe Borgia, Tom Washington.


GAME RECAP

Antoine Walker scored 27 points and had a key steal in the final seconds as the Boston Celtics matched their win total for all of last season with a 93-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ron Mercer added 19 points and his driving layup with 28.7 seconds to play put Boston ahead for good. The Celtics, who were 15-67 last season, improved to 15-14 after making 7-of-10 free throws in the final minute.

"Our press enabled us to get back in the game and get some easy buckets," said first-year coach Rick Pitino. "In the fourth quarter, we played well and didn't let them take it to us. We played great defense in the final two minutes of the game. We're happy to come away with a victory."

Sam Mitchell scored 21 points and Chris Carr added 14 for Minnesota, which was thwarted in its bid for a franchise-record five-game winning streak. Point guard Stephon Marbury, who averaged 24.3 points per game during the winning streak, was held to 12.

"We made some careless turnovers and they capitalized," said Marbury. "I think the way they play, they're either going to come out with a victory or lose by 15. I'm not trying to knock coach Pitino's style of play, but for me, after playing one year in the league, man-to-man works. But you have to be in good shape, and maybe, they'll prove it."

Timberwolves forward Tom Gugliotta did not play due to the flu.

Minnesota took its final lead at 85-84 with 1:49 to play following a dunk by Kevin Garnett. Pervis Ellison countered with a free throw to tie the contest with 58 seconds to play.

After a miss by the Wolves, Mercer drove the lane and scored to make it 87-85. After a timeout, Marbury drove the left baseline and tried a wraparound pass, but Ellison stepped in front of Tom Hammonds and grabbed the ball with 18 seconds left.

Ellison made the second of two free throws to bump the lead to three. After another Minnesota timeout, Walker stole the inbounds pass and threw it ahead to Walter McCarty, who was fouled with 14.8 seconds left.

McCarty, who finished with 10 points, made both to give Boston a 90-85 lead. Marbury dribbled the ball off his foot, and Mercer made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left for a 92-85 margin. Mitchell and Marbury had baskets around a free throw by Bruce Bowen to complete the scoring.

Minnesota stormed out of the gate, racing to a 15-2 lead in the frist six minutes. But Boston closed within 25-24 by the end of the quarter as Walker scored seven points and Bowen added five.

Walker also pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds for Boston, which shot 39 percent (34-of-88) from the field. Mercer, who came off the bench and played 37 minutes, shot 7-of-22 from the field.

"We made our run and pulled it off down the stretch. It's a big win for us," said Walker. "You've got to make a run with one unit and we did that. Pervis played great, you see the difference when you've got a big body down low. It makes it easier on all of us."

Marbury shot 4-of-15 from the field but did have nine assists for the Wolves, who fell to 2-7 all-time at Boston.

"Boston's press can be difficult," admitted Wolves coach Flip Saunders. "When we moved the ball well, we made plays. When we held the ball, they made plays. We had to use Kevin and Stephon to break the press and that takes them out of the offense. We had a chance to stretch it out, Chris Carr missed two shots and they took advantage."

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