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NBA FINAL IN 3RD OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT 3OT --- --- --- --- --- --- --- BOSTON 14 27 23 30 12 10 15 VANCOUVER 23 24 27 20 12 10 13

TOTAL ----- 131 129 FINAL IN 3RD OT


Extended Box

BOSTON (131) AT VANCOUVER (129) - FINAL IN 3RD OT

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

WALKER F 50 10-24 5-11 5 8 13 2 6 2 2 27 PIERCE F 49 9-21 7-10 3 4 7 3 5 7 4 26 BATTIE C 26 3-5 2-2 3 3 6 1 3 2 1 8 MERCER G 46 10-20 7-9 0 1 1 1 6 1 4 27 ANDERSON G 44 7-16 6-8 1 2 3 13 3 1 1 20 BARROS 19 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 0 1 8 BOWEN 25 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 RILEY 14 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 1 6 2 1 4 GARNETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DECLERCQ 24 3-4 1-1 3 2 5 0 5 4 2 7 JONES 12 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 2 MINOR 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 MCCARTY DNP - INJURED TOE SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 315 48-104 30-43 17 26 43 29 40 19 18 131 (.462) (.698) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 56 15-25 9-10 4 9 13 5 5 1 8 39 SMITH F 44 2-4 0-0 5 8 13 4 4 2 3 4 MASSENBURG C 28 4-9 2-2 3 5 8 0 1 1 2 10 MACK G 49 5-16 8-8 1 3 4 0 4 1 0 20 BIBBY G 54 6-14 11-12 0 2 2 11 3 1 6 23 REEVES 35 4-7 11-12 2 6 8 1 6 0 2 19 WEST 22 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 3 6 4 3 6 PARKS 15 3-6 1-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 7 WHEAT 9 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 1 LOPEZ 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION SASSER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 315 41-87 45-50 17 36 53 28 35 10 27 129 (.471) (.900) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 31(35 PTS)

BOSTON 14 27 23 30 12 10 15 - 131 VANCOUVER 23 24 27 20 12 10 13 - 129

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 3, RILEY 2, DECLERCQ. VANCOUVER - MASSENBURG 2, SMITH, ABDUR-RAHIM, WEST, PARKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-14 (.357), WALKER 2-4, PIERCE 1-4, ANDERSON 0-1, BARROS 2-4, BOWEN 0-1. VANCOUVER 2-8 (.250), MACK 2-7, WEST 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - MACK. OFFICIALS: SEAN CORBIN, RONNIE NUNN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 13,041. T - 3:49.


Box Score

BOSTON (131) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 50 10-24 5-11 5-13 2 6 27 Pierce 49 9-21 7-10 3-7 3 5 26 Battie 26 3-5 2-2 3-6 1 3 8 Mercer 46 10-20 7-9 0-1 1 6 27 Anderson 44 7-16 6-8 1-3 13 3 20 Barros 19 3-7 0-0 0-1 6 3 8 Bowen 25 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Riley 14 1-2 2-2 1-3 1 6 4 Garnett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Declercq 24 3-4 1-1 3-5 0 5 7 Jones 12 1-2 0-0 1-3 2 0 2 Minor 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mccarty DNP - injured toe Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 31548-104 30-43 17-43 29 40 131 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.698. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Walker 2-4, Pierce 1-4, Anderson 0-1, Barros 2-4, Bowen 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Riley 2, Declercq). Turnovers: 19 (Mercer 4, Pierce 4, Declercq 2, Walker 2, Anderson, Barros, Battie, Jones, Minor, Riley). Steals: 19 (Pierce 7, Declercq 4, Battie 2, Riley 2, Walker 2, Anderson, Mercer).

VANCOUVER (129) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 56 15-25 9-10 4-13 5 5 39 Smith 44 2-4 0-0 5-13 4 4 4 Massenburg 28 4-9 2-2 3-8 0 1 10 Mack 49 5-16 8-8 1-4 0 4 20 Bibby 54 6-14 11-12 0-2 11 3 23 Reeves 35 4-7 11-12 2-8 1 6 19 West 22 2-5 2-2 0-2 3 6 6 Parks 15 3-6 1-2 1-2 1 3 7 Wheat 9 0-1 1-2 0-0 3 2 1 Lopez 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision Henderson DNP - coach's decision Herrera DNP - coach's decision Sasser DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 315 41-87 45-50 17-53 28 35 129 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Mack 2-7, West 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Massenburg 2, Smith, Abdur-rahim, West, Parks). Turnovers: 31 (Abdur-rahim 8, Bibby 6, Smith 3, West 3, Massenburg 2, Parks 2, Reeves 2, Wheat). Steals: 10 (West 4, Smith 2, Abdur-rahim, Bibby, Mack, Massenburg). ___________________________________________________________ Boston 14 27 23 30 12 10 15 - 131 Vancouver 23 24 27 20 12 10 13 - 129 ___________________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Mack, 5:58 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,041. T: 3:49. Officials: Sean Corbin, Ronnie Nunn, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The longest game in the history of the NBA's oldest and newest franchises ended in traditional fashion -- a win by the Boston Celtics and a loss by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

In the longest game of the young season, Andrew DeClercq converted a three-point play with 15 seconds remaining in the third overtime as the Celtics earned a 131-129 victory over the Grizzlies.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who scored a career-high 39 points, gave the Grizzlies a 129-125 lead with 66 seconds left. But rookie Paul Pierce hit a layup with 50 seconds left to bring the Celtics within two.

On the ensuing possession, the Celtics forced Vancouver into a shot-clock violation, setting the stage for DeClercq's heroics.

Dana Barros, who nailed a 3-pointer with under a second left in regulation to send the game into overtime, hit DeClercq with a beautiful pass off a pick-and-roll that he put home while drawing a foul from Tony Massenburg to give the Celtics a 130-129 lead.

Rookie Mike Bibby lost the ball out of bounds with 3.9 seconds remaining, giving it back to Boston. Kenny Anderson converted 1-of-2 free throws with just over a second left.

After a timeout, Pierce stole Cherokee Parks' inbounds pass as time expired to give the Celtics their fourth triple-overtime victory in as many tries in their 52-year history.

"There's gonna be many more games like this," Bibby said. "I felt that we should have won that game. We didn't and it really hurts because of our huge effort. We really stepped up and guys played huge. It's really tough to lose this one."

Antoine Walker scored 27 points for the Celtics before fouling out late in the third extra session. Ron Mercer also had 27 points and Pierce had a season-high 26.

"It was just like a boxing match that would have went a couple of extra rounds," Mercer said. "Both teams fought very hard but we made two very key defensive stops at the end to come up with the victory."

The Grizzlies (3-4), who won in double overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, were denied in their bid to move over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 2-1 on November 7, 1995 in their inaugural season. Vancouver has lost at least 60 games in each of its first three seasons.

"Longest game I've ever been in," Abdur-Rahim said. "It seemed like two teams that never wanted to quit. We were both fighting, swinging back and forth and taking each other's best shots. We were both standing until somebody finally fell."

Abdur-Rahim, who made 15-of-25 shots, hit a jumper with 71 seconds left in regulation to give the Grizzlies a 92-91 lead. Bibby, who finished with 23 points and 11 assists, extended the margin to three with 4.5 seconds left with a breakaway layup.

But Boston was able to send the game into overtime. Barros took the inbounds pass from Walker and launched a 3-pointer from the right sideline that swished through the basket with under a second to play.

After Bryant Reeves hit a pair of free throws to draw the Grizzlies into a 96-96 tie in the first overtime, Anderson hit two consecutive baskets before DeClercq and Mercer each scored a basket to give the Celtics a seemingly safe 104-96 advanatge with 3:10 to play.

Anderson finished with 20 points and 13 assists.

"That was the craziest game I've ever been involved in," Anderson said. "Too bad someone had to win, glad it's us. It was like a "Rocky" movie and coach said, 'Last punch wins'. We hit them with a lucky blow."

But this time it was the Grizzlies that battled back. Reeves sank two more free three throws, Bibby converted a layup and Reeves had a dunk before Abdur-Rahim converted two foul shots to tie it at 104-104 with 56 seconds to go.

Walker put the Celtics up 106-104 but Abdur-Rahim made a layup to draw Vancouver even with 28 seconds to play. The Celtics had a chance to win it at the buzzer but Walker's tip-in attempt rolled off the rim as time expired.

In the second overtime, the Celtics looked to be in good shape after Walker scored four straight points to put his team ahead 114-110 with 53 seconds remaining.

But once again Vancouver refused to die. Sam Mack was fouled by Mercer attempting a 3-pointer. He made all three free throws to cut the deficit to 114-113 with 25 seconds left.

The Grizzlies set a team record by going 45-of-50 from the free throw line. Bibby and Reeves each hit 11-of-12 attempts from the line. Reeves finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes off the bench.

Mercer converted a pair of shots from the line to put the Celtics ahead 116-113 with 20 seconds left. But Mack drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner with 12 seconds to go, sending the game into a third overtime. Walker missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Celtics that could have won it.

Vancouver shot 47 percent (41-of-87) while the Celtics finished at 46 percent (48-of-104). The Grizzlies also held a 53-43 rebounding edge.

"104 shots, wow, I've never seen that many," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "I can just imagine how they feel. I'm numb and I didn't do a (darn) thing. It was a heck of a game, give credit to both teams."

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