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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 17 28 26 37 108 MIAMI 24 22 20 35 101 FINAL


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BOSTON (108) AT MIAMI (101)

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

WALKER F 38 12-27 3-9 6 4 10 3 2 3 1 31 JONES F 25 0-3 2-2 4 3 7 3 5 2 0 2 RILEY C 12 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 4 PIERCE G 28 9-16 0-1 2 5 7 0 4 1 1 19 ANDERSON G 31 4-14 14-14 1 2 3 7 3 4 3 22 BOWEN 29 2-5 0-2 2 1 3 0 4 1 2 5 DECLERCQ 29 2-7 2-2 3 3 6 1 6 0 5 6 BARROS 17 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 4 3 0 1 9 BATTIE 14 3-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 0 0 6 MINOR 16 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 2 GARNETT 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 MCCARTY DNP - SPRAINED BIG RIGHT TOE MERCER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-93 25-34 23 24 47 19 38 11 14 108 (.409) (.735) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

ASKINS F 14 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 2 2 4 BROWN F 38 5-12 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 1 1 10 MOURNING C 30 3-7 8-10 1 8 9 1 4 0 4 14 MAJERLE G 39 2-8 3-5 0 2 2 3 5 1 5 8 HARDAWAY G 42 5-16 13-15 0 4 4 9 3 1 3 24 PORTER 29 6-10 8-8 0 2 2 3 2 3 0 21 WEATHERSPOON 20 5-8 3-4 5 5 10 0 2 0 0 13 CAUSWELL 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 6 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 WALTERS 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 DAVIS 12 1-2 4-4 2 3 5 0 6 1 2 6 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASHBURN DNP - BONE CONTUSION - LEFT KNEE WATSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-67 41-50 11 29 40 18 28 9 17 101 (.418) (.820) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

BOSTON 17 28 26 37 - 108 MIAMI 24 22 20 35 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - RILEY 2, PIERCE 2, BOWEN, DECLERCQ. MIAMI - BROWN 4, MOURNING 2, PORTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-20 (.350), WALKER 4-9, PIERCE 1-3, ANDERSON 0-4, BOWEN 1-2, BARROS 1-2. MIAMI 4-14 (.286), ASKINS 1-2, MAJERLE 1-4, HARDAWAY 1-5, PORTER 1-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER, MIAMI - DAVIS. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, MIKE CALLAHAN, TIM DONAGHY. A - 15,200. T - 2:43.


Box Score

BOSTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 38 12-27 3-9 6-10 3 2 31 Jones 25 0-3 2-2 4-7 3 5 2 Riley 12 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 4 4 Pierce 28 9-16 0-1 2-7 0 4 19 Anderson 31 4-14 14-14 1-3 7 3 22 Bowen 29 2-5 0-2 2-3 0 4 5 Declercq 29 2-7 2-2 3-6 1 6 6 Barros 17 3-6 2-2 0-1 4 3 9 Battie 14 3-8 0-0 1-2 0 5 6 Minor 16 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 2 2 Garnett 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Mccarty DNP - sprained big right toe Mercer DNP - sprained right ankle Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-93 25-34 23-47 19 38 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Walker 4-9, Pierce 1-3, Anderson 0-4, Bowen 1-2, Barros 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Riley 2, Pierce 2, Bowen, Declercq). Turnovers: 14 (Declercq 5, Anderson 3, Bowen 2, Barros, Minor, Pierce, Walker). Steals: 11 (Anderson 4, Walker 3, Jones 2, Bowen, Pierce).

MIAMI (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 14 1-2 1-2 0-1 0 1 4 Brown 38 5-12 0-0 2-6 2 4 10 Mourning 30 3-7 8-10 1-9 1 4 14 Majerle 39 2-8 3-5 0-2 3 5 8 Hardaway 42 5-16 13-15 0-4 9 3 24 Porter 29 6-10 8-8 0-2 3 2 21 Weatherspoon 20 5-8 3-4 5-10 0 2 13 Causwell 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Strickland 6 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Walters 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Davis 12 1-2 4-4 2-5 0 6 6 Conlon DNP - coach's decision Mashburn DNP - bone contusion - left knee Watson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-67 41-50 11-40 18 28 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.820. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Askins 1-2, Majerle 1-4, Hardaway 1-5, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 7 (Brown 4, Mourning 2, Porter). Turnovers: 17 (Majerle 5, Mourning 4, Hardaway 3, Askins 2, Davis 2, Brown). Steals: 9 (Porter 3, Askins 2, Brown, Davis, Hardaway, Majerle). ____________________________________________ Boston 17 28 26 37 - 108 Miami 24 22 20 35 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 0:55 3rd). Miami 1 (Davis, 0:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:43. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Mike Callahan, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Antoine Walker tallied 31 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Paul Pierce added 17 of his 19 points in the second half to lift the Boston Celtics to a 108-101 victory over the weary and undermanned Miami Heat.

The Celtics snapped a nine-game losing skid to their Atlantic Division rivals, dating to a 100-99 victory in Miami Arena on February 3, 1996. Miami won the four games between the teams last season by an average of 19 points.

"We're very excited about this game," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "It's funny how it works. We missed wide open shots in the first quarter and made some very tough shots in the first quarter. We knew we were going to have to play a high-tempo game."

The Celtics were held to just 17 points in the opening 12 minutes, but tallied at least 26 points in each of the final three quarters en route to their highest point total of the season.

"This is a new year and new changes," Walker said. "We don't give up without a lot of fight. This win in Miami gives us confidence. This is the first time I've beaten Miami. It's a monkey off our backs. We got contributions from everybody. We all did the right things."

Walker and Kenny Anderson, who finished with 22 points, combined to score 12 straight points late in the third quarter, with Walker's 3-pointer giving the Celtics a 71-64 lead with 1:10 left in the period.

Boston would maintain its advantage for the entire fourth quarter. Miami got within 97-94 on two free throws by Alonzo Mourning with 1:09 remaining, but Anderson went 8-of-8 from the foul line in the final 44 seconds as the Celtics held on.

Tim Hardaway scored 24 points and Terry Porter added 21 for the Heat, who were playing for the third consecutive day. Miami started the stretch with Sunday afternoon's victory in New York before suffering an 83-79 loss in Charlotte on Monday.

"It's been 2 1/2 years since we've had this kind of a feeling and doubt," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We have to eradicate that first, get back to work and find out what it is that we need to get back on track. Players have to be honest about their performance."

The Heat were playing without shooting guard Voshon Lenard and small forward Jamal Mashburn, who have both been lost to leg injuries.

Mashburn will be out at least two weeks with a severe bone contusion in his left knee -- which was revealed by an MRI before the game -- and a quadriceps contusion. The news for Lenard is much worse. He has a stress fracture in his left tibia and today opted for surgery. He is expected to miss at least eight to 10 weeks, which could mean the season.

If Miami was to quit without two of its top players, the third quarter would have been the time. A 16-footer by Walker with 7:55 left in the period gave the Celtics their biggest lead of a the game at 57-42.

But Miami exploded for the next 14 points to pull within 57-56. Ironically, it was two members of the Heat that will need to step up in place of Lenard and Mashburn that did the damage during the spurt. Forward Mark Davis scored all six of his points during the run, while Dan Majerle, starting at shooting guard, added four of his eight.

It was then time for Boston's run. Anderson, who finished 14-of-14 from the foul line, started the 12-0 spurt with two from the line and drove for a layup moments later to give the Celtics a 61-56 advantage with 2:54 left in the quarter.

"We showed people they are not going to push the Celtics around any more," said Anderson. "Those 14 free throws, that's Kenny Anderson."

Majerle missed from three-point range and Walker turned it into a six-point swing when he drilled a 3-pointer to make it an eight-point game. Walker, who would score 19 of his 31 points in the second half, followed with a driving layup and another 3-pointer to cap the run and give Boston a 69-56 advantage with 1:10 left in the quarter.

"It was a wild scramble," added Riley. "It wasn't really our game, but we had our opportunities and we had our leads. What really hurt us were the last two minutes of the third quarter. The guys broke down, not getting back, not blocking out."

In the fourth quarter the Celtics turned to Pierce, who scored 11 points in the final period and has quickly earned a reputation as a clutch player.

Pierce, selected 10th overall by the Celtics in June, had 19 points in the season-opener against Toronto, including 13 in the third quarter. The next night against Cleveland, the 6-6 Pierce scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a crucial tip-in with 41 seconds to go.

"I'm far from the man," Pierce said. "I started getting comfortable in the second half. My teammates were looking for me and they were getting the balls to me in the right places. I was happy to be in at crunch time, that's what seperates the men from the boys. Even though I'm a rookie, I want to be in there. I have high expectations of myself."

The teams combined to commit 66 fouls and attempt 84 free throws in a game that dragged for two hours, 43 minutes. The Heat held the advantage from the line, going 41-of-50, while Boston hit on 25-of-34 foul shots.

Led by Walker, who grabbed six of his 10 rebounds on the offensive end, the Celtics built a 47-40 advantage on the boards to overcome a 41 percent (38-of-93) shooting performance from the field.

Mourning had 14 points and nine rebounds and Clarence Weatherspoon came off the bench to contribute 13 points for Miami, which shot 42 percent (28-of-67), including going 4-of-14 from three-point range. The Celtics were 7-of-20 from three-point range.

"We wanted to start the season off on the right foot and we haven't," Mourning said. "I take a lot of the blame and burden. I'm going to have to really step up my play, especially with Jamal out."

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