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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 16 30 25 35 106 SEATTLE 23 21 28 24 96 FINAL


BOSTON (106) AT SEATTLE (96)

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

MINOR F 27 5-7 3-3 1 3 4 3 4 2 2 13 WALKER F 42 7-15 2-6 1 5 6 6 0 0 2 16 DECLERCQ C 13 1-1 0-1 0 4 4 0 3 0 0 2 ANDERSON G 23 7-15 4-6 0 3 3 4 1 2 3 19 MERCER G 31 8-16 1-2 2 2 4 0 4 2 0 17 ELLISON 19 1-3 1-2 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 3 BARROS 22 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 6 0 1 2 12 BOWEN 20 2-6 5-5 3 4 7 0 2 1 1 9 MCCARTY 27 4-11 1-2 3 1 4 4 2 1 2 10 KNIGHT 13 2-3 1-1 0 1 1 0 4 3 0 5 EDNEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-88 18-28 13 29 42 26 23 14 13 106 (.477) (.643) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

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

BAKER F 39 11-15 3-5 3 7 10 0 5 0 5 25 WINGATE F 19 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 2 MCILVAINE C 12 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 1 HAWKINS G 34 4-11 6-6 2 5 7 3 4 4 1 16 PAYTON G 43 8-15 7-10 1 6 7 10 4 2 7 23 ELLIS 31 3-10 3-3 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 10 WILLIAMS 20 3-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 5 1 1 7 ANTHONY 17 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 3 PERKINS 25 3-8 1-2 0 2 2 3 3 1 1 9 HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCMILLAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHREMPF DNP - THROAT INJURY

TOTALS 240 34-76 22-30 8 32 40 22 27 9 18 96 (.447) (.733) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

BOSTON 16 30 25 35 - 106 SEATTLE 23 21 28 24 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MERCER, ELLISON, BOWEN, MCCARTY. SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 2, WILLIAMS 2, PAYTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-13 (.308), WALKER 0-3, ANDERSON 1-1, BARROS 2-6, BOWEN 0-1, MCCARTY 1-2. SEATTLE 6-21 (.286), HAWKINS 2-6, PAYTON 0-1, ELLIS 1-6, ANTHONY 1-4, PERKINS 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, ED MIDDLETON, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 17,072. T - 2:17.


BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Minor 27 5-7 3-3 1-4 3 4 13 Walker 42 7-15 2-6 1-6 6 0 16 Declercq 13 1-1 0-1 0-4 0 3 2 Anderson 23 7-15 4-6 0-3 4 1 19 Mercer 31 8-16 1-2 2-4 0 4 17 Ellison 19 1-3 1-2 2-5 1 3 3 Barros 22 5-11 0-0 1-4 6 0 12 Bowen 20 2-6 5-5 3-7 0 2 9 Mccarty 27 4-11 1-2 3-4 4 2 10 Knight 13 2-3 1-1 0-1 0 4 5 Edney 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 18-28 13-42 26 23 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Walker 0-3, Anderson 1-1, Barros 2-6, Bowen 0-1, Mccarty 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Mercer, Ellison, Bowen, Mccarty). Turnovers: 13 (Anderson 3, Barros 2, Mccarty 2, Minor 2, Walker 2, Bowen, Ellison). Steals: 14 (Knight 3, Anderson 2, Mercer 2, Minor 2, Barros, Bowen, Edney, Ellison, Mccarty).

SEATTLE (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 39 11-15 3-5 3-10 0 5 25 Wingate 19 1-5 0-0 1-3 3 1 2 Mcilvaine 12 0-0 1-2 0-3 0 1 1 Hawkins 34 4-11 6-6 2-7 3 4 16 Payton 43 8-15 7-10 1-7 10 4 23 Ellis 31 3-10 3-3 0-2 1 2 10 Williams 20 3-7 1-2 1-4 1 5 7 Anthony 17 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 Perkins 25 3-8 1-2 0-2 3 3 9 Howard DNP - coach's decision Mcmillan DNP - coach's decision Schrempf DNP - throat injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 22-30 8-40 22 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Hawkins 2-6, Payton 0-1, Ellis 1-6, Anthony 1-4, Perkins 2-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcilvaine 2, Williams 2, Payton). Turnovers: 18 (Payton 7, Baker 5, Mcilvaine 2, Ellis, Hawkins, Perkins, Williams). Steals: 9 (Hawkins 4, Payton 2, Ellis, Perkins, Williams). ____________________________________________ Boston 16 30 25 35 - 106 Seattle 23 21 28 24 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:17. Officials: Hugh Evans, Ed Middleton, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

Kenny Anderson scored 19 points in his debut with the Boston Celtics, helping them end a five-game losing streak at Seattle with a 106-96 triumph over the SuperSonics.

Anderson, who was acquired from the Toronto Raptors in a seven-player trade on Wednesday, hit 7-of-15 shots from the field and handed out four assists as Boston improved to 3-4 on its eight-game road trip.

Ron Mercer tallied 17 points and Antoine Walker recorded 16 points, six rebounds and six assists for Boston, which won at Seattle for the first time since December 27th, 1991.

"I thought we had a psychological edge going into this game because they had such an easy time with us last time," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "We just wanted to keep pushing the pace of the game so that their size was not a factor. We ran some really good halfcourt sets where we got some layups. Sometimes we rely on the jump shot a little too much. This was probably one of our better road wins this season."

Vin Baker had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Gary Payton added 23 and 10 assists for the SuperSonics, who lost for the first time in 11 games against Eastern Conference opponents. Hersey Hawkins recorded 16 points and seven rebounds for Seattle, which has lost two of its last three home contests to fall to 21-4 at Key Arena on the season.

Andrew DeClercq's lay-in, his only basket of the game, gave the Celtics the lead for good 75-73 with 10:18 left in the fourth period. Greg Minor, who had 13 points, hit a 10-footer for a 77-73 advantage with 9:55 to go. Mercer than hit a free throw and followed with a jumper to open the lead to 80-73 with nine minutes remaining.

"It's hard to accept to get beat by a team that basically beats you because they outwork you," said Seattle coach George Karl. "We didn't match their intensity or their intelligence. We played a very middle of the season basketball game. There were a lot of things that weren't here tonight."

Baker's dunk cut the deficit to 80-75 with 8:10 to play but Dana Barros answered with a basket to give the Celtics an 82-75 cushion. Payton's five-footer pulled the Sonics within 82-77 with 7:36 left but Barros responded with a three-pointer 19 seconds later.

Seattle closed within 87-83 when Hawkins hit a three-pointer with 5:36 to play but Walker answered with a 12-footer 63 seconds later.

"The disappointing thing about this is that with as many veterans as we have on our team we should be prepared for games like this," said Hawkins. "We should know how to go out there and win them and put teams away. So if there's anyone to blame it's the players."

The Sonics had their biggest lead of the game when Payton's jumper made it 21-11 with 3:07 left in the opening period. Hawkins had eight points in the first, helping Seattle to a 23-16 lead.

Anderson capped a 15-7 run with an 18-footer, tying the score at 33 with 3:33 remaining in the second period. The Celtics took the lead when Minor converted a three-point play for a 45-44 edge with 30.4 seconds to play before halftime. Walker hit a free throw with 8.9 seconds before the break for a 46-44 lead.

"I felt real comfortable, guys gave me the ball and guys were looking for me," Anderson said. "All day since I got here they've been saying `Get the ball and run the team.' (I'm going to) Do whatever it takes as long as I play hard and give effort. I'm just so happy for the team that we got the win. Numbers are fine but we beat the best team in the NBA."

Boston stretched the lead to 58-49 on a pair of free throws with 8:16 to go in the third. Seattle regained the lead, 72-71, when Dale Ellis sank a three-pointer with 17.7 seconds to play in the third.

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