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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 14 15 26 27 82 NEW JERSEY 18 24 13 21 76 FINAL


BOSTON (82) AT NEW JERSEY (76)

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

MCCARTY F 25 3-7 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 3 9 WALKER F 43 9-21 4-6 4 6 10 2 4 2 4 22 DECLERCQ C 30 1-3 2-8 4 4 8 0 4 1 2 4 MERCER G 46 10-20 3-3 1 4 5 1 1 4 1 23 BARROS G 39 4-12 4-4 0 3 3 7 5 3 4 14 MINOR 26 2-4 3-4 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 7 EDNEY 9 0-4 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 TABAK 17 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 1 2 2 HANSEN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-74 19-29 10 29 39 15 24 11 18 82 (.405) (.655) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

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

GILL F 34 3-8 5-6 1 6 7 3 4 6 3 11 VAN HORN F 41 3-13 3-3 0 5 5 1 3 2 3 9 J WILLIAMS C 34 5-19 1-1 11 4 15 2 3 1 2 11 KITTLES G 36 5-14 0-0 2 3 5 2 3 2 1 10 CASSELL G 38 10-18 9-12 1 3 4 5 4 0 6 29 GATLING 11 0-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 0 1 0 EVANS 12 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 4 DOUGLAS 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 SEIKALY 10 0-2 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 2 0 HARRIS 12 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 CAGE 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-85 18-22 19 32 51 14 27 12 21 76 (.341) (.818) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 25(28 PTS)

BOSTON 14 15 26 27 - 82 NEW JERSEY 18 24 13 21 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MCCARTY, DECLERCQ, BARROS, MINOR, EDNEY, TABAK, HANSEN. NEW JERSEY - GILL 3, SEIKALY, CAGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-10 (.300), MCCARTY 1-3, WALKER 0-2, BARROS 2-5. NEW JERSEY 0-5 (.000), VAN HORN 0-3, KITTLES 0-1, EVANS 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JIM CLARK, BILL SPOONER. A - 20,049. T - 2:18.


BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 25 3-7 2-2 0-3 2 1 9 Walker 43 9-21 4-6 4-10 2 4 22 Declercq 30 1-3 2-8 4-8 0 4 4 Mercer 46 10-20 3-3 1-5 1 1 23 Barros 39 4-12 4-4 0-3 7 5 14 Minor 26 2-4 3-4 0-4 2 3 7 Edney 9 0-4 1-2 0-1 1 1 1 Tabak 17 1-3 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 Hansen 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Anderson DNP - sore left knee D Jones DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 19-29 10-39 15 24 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.655. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mccarty 1-3, Walker 0-2, Barros 2-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Mccarty, Declercq, Barros, Minor, Edney, Tabak, Hansen). Turnovers: 18 (Barros 4, Walker 4, Mccarty 3, Declercq 2, Tabak 2, Edney, Mercer, Minor). Steals: 11 (Mercer 4, Barros 3, Walker 2, Declercq, Tabak).

NEW JERSEY (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 34 3-8 5-6 1-7 3 4 11 Van Horn 41 3-13 3-3 0-5 1 3 9 J Williams 34 5-19 1-1 11-15 2 3 11 Kittles 36 5-14 0-0 2-5 2 3 10 Cassell 38 10-18 9-12 1-4 5 4 29 Gatling 11 0-3 0-0 2-6 0 4 0 Evans 12 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 Douglas 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Seikaly 10 0-2 0-0 0-5 0 2 0 Harris 12 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Cage 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-85 18-22 19-51 14 27 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 0-5, .000 (Van Horn 0-3, Kittles 0-1, Evans 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Gill 3, Seikaly, Cage). Turnovers: 25 (Cassell 6, Gill 3, Van Horn 3, Evans 2, J Williams 2, Seikaly 2, Douglas, Gatling, Kittles). Steals: 12 (Gill 6, Kittles 2, Van Horn 2, Evans, J Williams). ____________________________________________ Boston 14 15 26 27 - 82 New Jersey 18 24 13 21 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:18. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jim Clark, Bill Spooner.


GAME RECAP

Ron Mercer scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics used a second-half spurt to rally for an 82-76 win over the cold-shooting New Jersey Nets, who lost for the third time in four games.

After shooting just 33 percent (13-for-39) from the field and scoring 29 points in the first half, Boston outscored New Jersey 33-13 in a run that carried over early into the fourth quarter.

Antoine Walker added 22 points and 10 rebounds and Dana Barros 14 points and seven assists for Boston, which won for the first time in six March road games.

The Nets shot just 5-for-18 from the field in the fourth quarter and 34 percent (29-for-85) for the game, including 0-for-5 from three-point range. The Nets, who committed a season-high 25 turnovers which Boston converted into 28 points, lost for the 11th time in their last 14 games.

"We played spectacular defense. We didn't play particularly great offense but our defense was outstanding," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "They are tough to play against because of Jayson Williams and his offensive rebounding. We didn't trap unless we could, then we would press to five seconds on the shot clock, which would make them take a bad shot. This is the most intelligently played basketball game we've played all year."

The defeat proved costly for the Nets, who lost Jayson Williams for the remainder of the regular season with a broken right thumb. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter while going after a rebound, hitting the thumb on Walker's elbow. He had the thumb taped and returned for three minutes, but left the game for good with 4:34 remaining.

Williams had a cast placed on the thumb at the Hackensack Medical Center after x-rays were taken. He is scheduled to see a hand specialist, Dr. Charles Melone, on Monday.

New Jersey, Washington and Orlando all have identical 36-35 records and are tied for the eighth playoff slot in the Eastern Conference.

Sam Cassell had 29 points and Williams 11 points and 15 rebounds for New Jersey, which had won five of its previous six games against the Celtics.

"I've been asking myself when is the last time we've really played a bad game. I don't mean lost a game, I mean really played bad," New Jersey coach John Calipari said. "I think it was against Washington about two months ago, so I think we were due for this one. I guess they wanted it more than we did. Our team has a lot of fight in it, but we didn't play hard in this game."

Trailing 42-29 entering the second half, Boston reeled off a 21-6 run over the first eight minutes of the third quarter to move ahead 50-48. Walker contributed 12 points to the run, capping it with a layup.

"We played well in the second half," Walker said. "Everybody got together, we moved the ball around and we led our defense play for us. We got some open baskets and that's when we're at our best. We showed tonight what good defense can do for you even when the offense isn't there."

An 18-foot jumper by Sherman Douglas with five seconds left in the quarter pulled New Jersey into a 55-55 tie.

Boston opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 burst to regain the lead for good. Barros had the first five of those points with two free throws and a three-pointer, and Mercer's jumper at the the 9:16 mark made it 62-55 Celtics.

With 4:25 remaining Mercer turned a steal into a fast-break dunk, giving Boston a 69-60 advantage.

New Jersey reduced Boston's lead to 76-71 with 57 seconds left after Cassell connected on a jumper, and 23 seconds later, Kerry Kittles drove the lane for a basket to make it 76-73. But the Celtics put the game away by outscoring the Nets 6-3 down the stretch, with Walter McCarty hitting a pair of free throws and Barros adding two free throws, a steal and a layup.

"This was the first game as a group that we've played badly in this whole month," Cassell said. "They controlled the momentum tonight. I thought we were going to play well but we picked a bad time not to. We had the game in the first half but they just hung around and took it in the end."

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