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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 15 19 26 28 88 BOSTON 30 25 33 32 120 FINAL


GOLDEN STATE (88) AT BOSTON (120)

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

MARSHALL F 31 6-16 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 2 15 WEATHERSPOON F 28 4-9 4-5 2 3 5 1 0 1 1 12 DAMPIER C 25 2-8 2-4 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 6 BOGUES G 29 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 1 3 2 JACKSON G 29 5-16 1-2 4 1 5 3 4 1 1 11 DELK 33 3-17 3-4 2 2 4 5 1 2 1 10 CAFFEY 30 9-10 3-7 8 2 10 1 3 1 4 21 FULLER 11 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 4 SPENCER 12 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 1 FOYLE 6 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 WILLIAMS 6 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 COLES DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 33-89 19-30 21 24 45 19 14 7 15 88 (.371) (.633) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(26 PTS)

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

WALKER F 27 10-20 0-0 3 7 10 7 3 3 1 21 MINOR F 28 6-12 3-3 4 2 6 1 2 0 0 15 DECLERCQ C 12 3-6 1-2 2 3 5 3 3 1 1 7 MERCER G 28 10-14 4-4 0 4 4 6 4 0 0 24 ANDERSON G 23 3-6 0-0 2 2 4 10 3 3 0 7 BARROS 16 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 1 2 6 KNIGHT 20 3-6 2-2 4 7 11 1 3 1 2 8 MCCARTY 29 2-9 0-0 3 3 6 2 5 0 3 4 BOWEN 19 1-4 2-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 ELLISON 16 1-3 0-0 3 2 5 2 2 0 1 2 D JONES 12 6-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 15 EDNEY 10 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 6

TOTALS 240 51-100 12-15 22 36 58 40 26 10 12 120 (.510) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 15 19 26 28 - 88 BOSTON 30 25 33 32 - 120

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - MARSHALL, DAMPIER, SPENCER. BOSTON - KNIGHT 3, WALKER, MCCARTY, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 3-16 (.188), MARSHALL 1-5, BOGUES 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, DELK 1-7, WILLIAMS 1-1. BOSTON 6-18 (.333), WALKER 1-5, MINOR 0-1, ANDERSON 1-1, BARROS 0-1, MCCARTY 0-2, BOWEN 1-1, D JONES 3-7. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, BRUCE ALEXANDER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 18,624. T - 1:54.


GOLDEN STATE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marshall 31 6-16 2-2 2-5 2 2 15 Weatherspoon 28 4-9 4-5 2-5 1 0 12 Dampier 25 2-8 2-4 1-5 1 2 6 Bogues 29 1-6 0-0 0-2 6 0 2 Jackson 29 5-16 1-2 4-5 3 4 11 Delk 33 3-17 3-4 2-4 5 1 10 Caffey 30 9-10 3-7 8-10 1 3 21 Fuller 11 2-4 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 Spencer 12 0-0 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 Foyle 6 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Williams 6 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 5 Coles DNP - sore right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-89 19-30 21-45 19 14 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Marshall 1-5, Bogues 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Delk 1-7, Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Marshall, Dampier, Spencer). Turnovers: 15 (Caffey 4, Bogues 3, Dampier 2, Marshall 2, Delk, Jackson, Weatherspoon, Williams). Steals: 7 (Delk 2, Bogues, Caffey, Jackson, Spencer, Weatherspoon).

BOSTON (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 27 10-20 0-0 3-10 7 3 21 Minor 28 6-12 3-3 4-6 1 2 15 Declercq 12 3-6 1-2 2-5 3 3 7 Mercer 28 10-14 4-4 0-4 6 4 24 Anderson 23 3-6 0-0 2-4 10 3 7 Barros 16 3-4 0-0 1-4 2 0 6 Knight 20 3-6 2-2 4-11 1 3 8 Mccarty 29 2-9 0-0 3-6 2 5 4 Bowen 19 1-4 2-4 0-1 1 1 5 Ellison 16 1-3 0-0 3-5 2 2 2 D Jones 12 6-11 0-0 0-1 2 0 15 Edney 10 3-5 0-0 0-1 3 0 6 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24051-100 12-15 22-58 40 26 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.510, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Walker 1-5, Minor 0-1, Anderson 1-1, Barros 0-1, Mccarty 0-2, Bowen 1-1, D Jones 3-7). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Knight 3, Walker, Mccarty, Bowen). Turnovers: 12 (Mccarty 3, Barros 2, Knight 2, Bowen, D Jones, Declercq, Ellison, Walker). Steals: 10 (Anderson 3, Walker 3, Barros, Declercq, Edney, Knight). ____________________________________________ Golden State 15 19 26 28 - 88 Boston 30 25 33 32 - 120 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 1:54. Officials: Joe Crawford, Bruce Alexander, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

Ron Mercer scored 24 points and the Boston Celtics raced to a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter en route to their most lopsided victory of the season, 120-88 over the Golden State Warriors.

Boston's 32-point margin of victory was its largest since January 31st, 1996, when it defeated Vancouver 131-98.

The Celtics opened the game with a 17-4 run -- Antoine Walker capped the burst with a three-pointer at the 5:45 mark -- and never looked back. Walker, who finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, had nine points during the spurt, while Mercer added six.

"I know (Tim) Duncan's going to win the award, but this young man (Mercer) should get some votes for Rookie of the Year because he's been spectacular from Day One and he just keeps getting better and better," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "It's surprising he hasn't had much of a transition like most rookies do. For someone who would be a junior in college, he's as polished as I've ever seen him."

Kenny Anderson had 10 assists, Travis Knight 11 rebounds and Dontae' Jones contributed a season-high 15 points off the bench for Boston, which has won four of its last five games and four straight at home.

Jason Caffey had a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and Donyell Marshall scored 15 points for Golden State, which has lost 13 of its last 15 road games.

"It was a question of the Celtics playing a lot better than we did," said Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo, whose team posted a 101-87 victory over Boston on February 15th. "We played better than Boston the last time and they played better than us this time. We were half-a-step slow across the board. I don't think that's having a bad day, I think it's them playing better."

The Celtics dominated all the statistical categories, outrebounding Golden State 58-45, outshooting the Warriors from the field 51 percent (51-for-100) to 37 percent (33-for-89), and picking up 40 assists to Golden State's 19.

"I thought we were very active on the glass," Pitino said. "Travis Knight helped us out a lot there. We just got out to a big lead and played very good defense. We rebounded as well as we have all season."

After a dunk by Clarence Weatherspoon cut Boston's lead to 17-6, the Celtics scored 13 of the next 18 points, capped off by a pair of free throws by Mercer, to move ahead 30-11 with 2:08 left in the first quarter. The quarter ended with Boston ahead 30-15.

In the second quarter the Celtics used an 8-0 run, finished off with layup by Mercer, to open a 38-17 lead. Boston's biggest lead of the first half was 53-26, after Bruce Bowen hit one free throw with 2:40 remaining. The Celtics' lead at the break was 55-34, with Walker accounting for 17 of those points and Mercer 10.

"I think we needed that win tonight," Mercer said. "We just went out there and played well and it became contagious. We have to make up for that (3-5) West Coast trip by winning these games at home."

Boston's lead grew to as much as 36 points in the second half, 105-69 with 6:43 remaining, following a jumper by Tyus Edney. The closest the Warriors got down the stretch was 107-80, after Tony Delk hit a jumper with 4:28 left.

"Their defensive intensity hurt us," the Warriors' Jim Jackson said. "You have to slow it down and play good half-court defense against Boston and we didn't. We missed some easy shots. If we made the seven or eight easy shots we missed early, we would've been back in the game."

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