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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 22 32 27 24 105 BOSTON 28 21 25 17 91 FINAL


MIAMI (105) AT BOSTON (91)

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

MAJERLE F 42 4-8 3-4 1 6 7 7 1 0 2 13 STRICKLAND F 40 11-13 1-2 3 10 13 4 4 1 1 23 MOURNING C 41 10-15 6-7 2 5 7 1 5 3 4 26 HARDAWAY G 42 8-21 5-5 1 3 4 14 0 1 3 22 LENARD G 36 6-9 3-5 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 17 BARRY 11 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 MILLS 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 MURDOCK 17 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 CAUSWELL 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 BROWN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-73 18-23 7 29 36 27 16 5 14 105 (.562) (.783) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(10 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 37 4-9 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 1 4 8 WALKER F 42 11-25 6-7 5 6 11 2 5 3 2 29 DECLERCQ C 26 1-5 4-6 4 4 8 2 4 3 1 6 MERCER G 43 11-21 2-2 2 2 4 4 3 1 1 24 BARROS G 34 4-12 0-0 1 1 2 8 2 0 0 9 TABAK 21 3-7 0-0 4 3 7 2 3 0 0 6 MINOR 23 3-8 0-0 2 2 4 3 0 2 1 6 EDNEY 14 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 5 0 0 1 3 ANDERSON DNP - BONE BRUISED LEFT KNEE HANSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - HYPEREXTENDED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 38-89 13-17 19 23 42 29 21 10 10 91 (.427) (.765) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

MIAMI 22 32 27 24 - 105 BOSTON 28 21 25 17 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - STRICKLAND, MOURNING, CAUSWELL. BOSTON - WALKER 2, MCCARTY, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-15 (.333), MAJERLE 2-5, HARDAWAY 1-7, LENARD 2-2, MILLS 0-1. BOSTON 2-13 (.154), MCCARTY 0-2, WALKER 1-4, BARROS 1-5, MINOR 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JACK NIES, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,624. T - 1:55.


MIAMI (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 42 4-8 3-4 1-7 7 1 13 Strickland 40 11-13 1-2 3-13 4 4 23 Mourning 41 10-15 6-7 2-7 1 5 26 Hardaway 42 8-21 5-5 1-4 14 0 22 Lenard 36 6-9 3-5 0-1 1 4 17 Barry 11 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Mills 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Murdock 17 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Causwell 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Brown DNP - sprained left ankle Conlon DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-73 18-23 7-36 27 16 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.562, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Majerle 2-5, Hardaway 1-7, Lenard 2-2, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Strickland, Mourning, Causwell). Turnovers: 14 (Mourning 4, Hardaway 3, Lenard 2, Majerle 2, Barry, Mills, Strickland). Steals: 5 (Mourning 3, Hardaway, Strickland).

BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 37 4-9 0-0 0-4 3 4 8 Walker 42 11-25 6-7 5-11 2 5 29 Declercq 26 1-5 4-6 4-8 2 4 6 Mercer 43 11-21 2-2 2-4 4 3 24 Barros 34 4-12 0-0 1-2 8 2 9 Tabak 21 3-7 0-0 4-7 2 3 6 Minor 23 3-8 0-0 2-4 3 0 6 Edney 14 1-2 1-2 1-2 5 0 3 Anderson DNP - bone bruised left knee Hansen DNP - coach's decision D Jones DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - hyperextended right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-89 13-17 19-42 29 21 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Mccarty 0-2, Walker 1-4, Barros 1-5, Minor 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Walker 2, Mccarty, Declercq). Turnovers: 11 (Mccarty 4, Walker 2, Declercq, Edney, Mercer, Minor). Steals: 10 (Declercq 3, Walker 3, Minor 2, Mccarty, Mercer). ____________________________________________ Miami 22 32 27 24 - 105 Boston 28 21 25 17 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 1:55. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Jack Nies, Violet Palmer.


GAME RECAP

Alonzo Mourning led a balanced attack with 26 points and the Miami Heat used a key second-quarter spurt to gain control and post their eighth consecutive win against the Boston Celtics, 105-91.

Mark Strickland, replacing injured starter P.J. Brown, matched a career-high with 23 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for the Heat, who have won four in a row and 22 of 26 overall. Brown is out with a sprained left ankle.

"I wasn't going to change my approach because I was starting," Strickland said. "I just played my game, played aggressive defense, scored and grabbed some rebounds."

Tim Hardaway scored 22 points and tied his season-high with 14 assists and Voshon Lenard added 17 points for Miami, which has won five visits to Boston.

The Heat (49-21) moved ahead of Indiana -- which dropped to 48-21 after losing at home to Houston -- for second place overall behind Chicago (53-17) in the Eastern Conference.

"We didn't turn the ball over much tonight and we made some big shots when we had to," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "Most importantly, it was nice to come out of here with a win. They have such constant movement in their offense when they take shots and crash the boards. But if you rebound the basketball, you can get some easy baskets like we did."

Antoine Walker had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston but was held without a point in the fourth quarter. Ron Mercer was the only other Celtic in double figures with 24 points, with just two of those coming in the final quarter.

"We like our chances when we play the Heat," Walker said. "I think we have as many weapons as they do, we just don't have the name recognition. Tonight, a big difference was Alonzo. He's a great center."

The Celtics, who have lost eight of nine overall, last beat the Heat on February 3rd, 1996.

"We can play them 10 times, they're probably going to beat us 10 times," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "Their talent is superior and their experience is superior. When we get runs and we're ahead three or four points, we miss layups. They get (fast) breaks and run back and dunk. We turned the ball over when we're up four and they don't do that. We beat ourselves because of our inexperience."

Although outrebounded 42-36, Miami had a far superior shooting night, connecting on 56 percent (41-for-73) from the field to Boston's 43 percent (38-for-89).

Walker scored nine points in the first quarter to help Boston establish a 28-22 lead. The Celtics increased their advantage to 39-29 at the 8:42 mark of the second quarter when Walter McCarty hit a jumper.

Miami dominated the rest of the quarter to grab the lead for good, putting together a 24-8 run. Two free throws by Mourning opened the burst, and the Heat went ahead to stay at 44-43 when Lenard connected on a three-pointer with 3:25 left in the half.

Hardaway capped the spurt by draining a three-pointer with 38 seconds left in the quarter. He scored nine points in the run and Mourning added six as the Heat outscored the Celtics 32-21 in the quarter.

The Heat led 81-74 after three quarters before Boston made its final push in the fourth quarter. The Celtics cut the deficit to four points twice in the quarter, the last time at 88-84 on a layup by Andrew DeClercq with 6:41 remaining.

Miami answered with four straight points on two free throws by Dan Majerle and a dunk by Mourning, pushing the lead back to 92-84. The Celtics could pull no closer than six points the rest of the way.

"They make it tough with their effort and you can't take them lightly or they'll beat you on pure effort," Mourning said. "I don't know how they do it. They've perfected their system and if you're not ready, they'll blow you out of the water. We were able to take advantage of the inside game."

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