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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 28 17 20 33 98 ORLANDO 26 14 20 27 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 18, DANA BARROS 17, WALTER MCCARTY 13 ORL - NICK ANDERSON 18, DEREK STRONG 17, HORACE GRANT 16


Box Score

BOSTON (98) AT ORLANDO (87)

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

WALKER F 44 7-17 1-4 2 13 15 1 2 3 4 18 KNIGHT F 16 5-10 0-0 4 2 6 1 5 0 1 10 DECLERCQ C 19 1-3 0-2 3 4 7 1 4 0 0 2 MINOR G 33 5-10 0-0 2 2 4 4 2 0 0 10 BARROS G 37 4-10 8-8 1 4 5 10 0 0 2 17 MCCARTY 23 5-12 2-2 1 2 3 1 3 2 2 13 MERCER 27 5-12 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 10 TABAK 25 4-6 1-2 4 4 8 4 5 0 1 9 HANSON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 EDNEY 12 3-4 3-4 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 9 ANDERSON DNP - BONE BRUISED LEFT KNEE D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-84 15-22 17 32 49 25 26 8 13 98 (.464) (.682) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(5 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 37 5-10 3-7 2 6 8 4 3 0 3 13 GRANT F 42 7-13 2-5 5 4 9 2 3 2 0 16 SCHAYES C 18 2-4 0-0 3 0 3 1 2 1 0 4 ANDERSON G 35 4-16 10-13 2 3 5 1 1 0 2 18 D HARPER G 26 1-5 1-2 0 2 2 3 2 0 4 3 BENOIT 23 5-10 1-1 2 5 7 0 4 0 1 13 PRICE 19 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 0 STRONG 31 6-12 5-6 4 4 8 0 1 0 1 17 WILKINS 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 OLLIE 3 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 23-36 18 26 44 14 21 3 14 87 (.392) (.639) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

BOSTON 28 17 20 33 - 98 ORLANDO 26 14 20 27 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - DECLERCQ 2, KNIGHT, TABAK. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-15 (.333), WALKER 3-6, BARROS 1-3, MCCARTY 1-5, MERCER 0-1. ORLANDO 2-12 (.167), ANDERSON 0-5, D HARPER 0-3, BENOIT 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 17,248. T - 2:18.


Agate Box Score

BOSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 44 7-17 1-4 2-15 1 2 18 Knight 16 5-10 0-0 4-6 1 5 10 Declercq 19 1-3 0-2 3-7 1 4 2 Minor 33 5-10 0-0 2-4 4 2 10 Barros 37 4-10 8-8 1-5 10 0 17 Mccarty 23 5-12 2-2 1-3 1 3 13 Mercer 27 5-12 0-0 0-1 0 2 10 Tabak 25 4-6 1-2 4-8 4 5 9 Hanson 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Edney 12 3-4 3-4 0-0 3 1 9 Anderson DNP - bone bruised left knee D Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 15-22 17-49 25 26 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Walker 3-6, Barros 1-3, Mccarty 1-5, Mercer 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Declercq 2, Knight, Tabak). Turnovers: 14 (Walker 4, Barros 2, Mccarty 2, Mercer 2, Edney, Knight, Tabak). Steals: 8 (Walker 3, Mccarty 2, Edney, Hanson, Mercer).

ORLANDO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 37 5-10 3-7 2-8 4 3 13 Grant 42 7-13 2-5 5-9 2 3 16 Schayes 18 2-4 0-0 3-3 1 2 4 Anderson 35 4-16 10-13 2-5 1 1 18 D Harper 26 1-5 1-2 0-2 3 2 3 Benoit 23 5-10 1-1 2-7 0 4 13 Price 19 0-6 0-0 0-1 3 3 0 Strong 31 6-12 5-6 4-8 0 1 17 Wilkins 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ollie 3 1-2 1-2 0-1 0 1 3 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Lawson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 23-36 18-44 14 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.639. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Anderson 0-5, D Harper 0-3, Benoit 2-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Outlaw 4). Turnovers: 14 (D Harper 4, Outlaw 3, Price 3, Anderson 2, Benoit, Strong). Steals: 3 (Grant 2, Schayes). ____________________________________________ Boston 28 17 20 33 - 98 Orlando 26 14 20 27 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:18. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ron Olesiak, Leroy Richardson.


Game Recap

Greg Minor and Walter McCarty combined for 12 points in a decisive second-half run as the Boston Celtics kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 98-87 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Antoine Walker scored 18 points and McCarty finished with 13 for Boston, which is 5 1/2 games behind New Jersey for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with nine games to play. The Celtics prevented Orlando from moving into a tie with the Nets for eighth place.

"We have 10 games left in the season and we are trying to play competitive," said Walker, who also had 15 rebounds. "The good thing is that during those 10 games, we are playing teams that are jockeying for playoff position. That gives us motivation and we are going to give the 'A' game."

Boston snapped a six-game losing streak to the Magic by defeating Orlando for the first time since April 6th. The Celtics also won for only the third time in their last 11 games.

The victory enabled the Charlotte Hornets to become the fourth Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

Nick Anderson scored 18 points and Derek Strong added 17 for Orlando, which remained in ninth place, one game behind the Nets and tied with Washington.

"We're against a Washington team trying to make the playoffs," said Magic swingman Gerald Wilkins. "It's going to be tough. We'll just have to continue to play, we'll see what happens. The best thing about this coming up is that we get three days off to rest, try and pull something out."

The Magic pulled within 59-58 on a dunk by Strong with 2:09 to go in the third quarter, but Boston pulled held Orlando without a basket for almost eight minutes to pull away. Zan Tabak had a bucket before Tyus Edney hit a runner to make it 63-58.

Strong sank two free throws, but Edney hit an 18-footer at the buzzer -- the third time Boston successfully operated a final play of a quarter in as many tries -- to give the Celtics a 65-60 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Celtics then tacked on the first seven points of the fourth quarter as Tabak made a free throw and McCarty hit a basket with 10:53 to play. Two jumpers by Minor gave Boston a 72-60 advantage with 10:01 left.

Anderson made three free throws around a dunk by McCarty, who capped the run with a basket after a jumper by Minor, staking the Celtics to a 78-63 lead with eight minutes to go.

"Minor, I thought, was sensational," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "Greg Minor did a lot of things tonight you don't see on the stat sheet. I thought he played really great, he played hard and played great defense."

The Magic, who came no closer than 10 thereafter, finally ended their drought when Bo Outlaw dunked with 6:31 to play.

Dana Barros finished with 17 points and a season-high 10 assists for Boston, which shot 46 percent (39-of-84) and scored 15 points off 14 Magic turnovers. Minor, Travis Knight and Ron Mercer each netted 10 points.

"We wanted to see an incredible effort tonight after last night's debacle, and we got it," added Pitino, referring to Tuesday's 121-95 loss at Miami. "We had only one or two turnovers in the second half. We executed offensively as well as we could without taking our eyes off the rim and we used the clock well."

"We weren't able to stop them, they were very, very good offensively," admitted Magic point guard Derek Harper. "Their guys really took the ball to the basket aggressively. I think the danger of playing a Boston team is once they feel like they have a chance against you, they become more confident as a basketball team and they play a lot better."

Anderson was 4-of-16 from the field as the Magic shot 39 percent (31-of-79) from the floor and scored only five points off 14 Boston turnovers. Orlando also missed 13 free throws and went 2-of-12 from three-point range.

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