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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 19 16 19 21 75 WASHINGTON 17 28 23 18 86 FINAL


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BOSTON (75) AT WASHINGTON (86)

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

PIERCE F 31 6-15 10-14 5 7 12 2 5 3 1 24 WALKER F 34 2-12 3-6 2 6 8 2 5 1 3 8 DECLERCQ C 20 2-4 1-4 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 5 BARROS G 24 2-12 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 6 BOWEN G 27 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 3 ANDERSON 24 2-6 2-4 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 6 BATTIE 26 1-5 0-2 3 8 11 0 2 0 3 2 JONES 12 0-2 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 MERCER 38 8-16 1-1 1 5 6 0 1 4 5 17 RILEY 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 MINOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-77 21-35 16 33 49 13 25 11 16 75 (.325) (.600) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 38 4-15 8-10 2 6 8 4 5 1 3 16 JACKSON F 7 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 DAVIS C 13 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 4 RICHMOND G 36 10-17 5-5 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 25 STRICKLAND G 38 7-14 6-6 2 7 9 9 2 3 3 20 CHEANEY 35 3-11 3-6 1 4 5 1 2 2 1 9 MCINNIS 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 T MURRAY 20 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 THORPE 16 3-5 1-2 2 2 4 1 3 2 2 7 WALLACE 24 0-2 1-4 1 5 6 0 3 2 1 1 J WHITE 2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 C WHITNEY 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 2

TOTALS 240 31-79 24-33 13 31 44 16 28 10 15 86 (.392) (.727) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

BOSTON 19 16 19 21 - 75 WASHINGTON 17 28 23 18 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2, DECLERCQ 2, PIERCE 2, BATTIE 2. WASHINGTON - WALLACE 3, CHEANEY, HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-18 (.222), PIERCE 2-6, WALKER 1-4, BARROS 0-5, BOWEN 1-3. WASHINGTON 0-9 (.000), JACKSON 0-1, RICHMOND 0-4, CHEANEY 0-1, T MURRAY 0-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TIM DONAGHY, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 20,674. T - 2:14.


Box Score

BOSTON (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 31 6-15 10-14 5-12 2 5 24 Walker 34 2-12 3-6 2-8 2 5 8 Declercq 20 2-4 1-4 2-3 2 2 5 Barros 24 2-12 2-2 0-2 1 2 6 Bowen 27 1-4 0-0 2-3 2 1 3 Anderson 24 2-6 2-4 0-3 3 3 6 Battie 26 1-5 0-2 3-11 0 2 2 Jones 12 0-2 2-2 1-1 1 2 2 Mercer 38 8-16 1-1 1-6 0 1 17 Riley 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Minor DNP - coach's decision Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-77 21-35 16-49 13 25 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.325, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Pierce 2-6, Walker 1-4, Barros 0-5, Bowen 1-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 8 (Walker 2, Declercq 2, Pierce 2, Battie 2). Turnovers: 17 (Mercer 5, Battie 3, Walker 3, Bowen 2, Anderson, Barros, Pierce). Steals: 11 (Mercer 4, Pierce 3, Anderson, Barros, Bowen, Walker).

WASHINGTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 38 4-15 8-10 2-8 4 5 16 Jackson 7 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Davis 13 2-2 0-0 1-4 0 4 4 Richmond 36 10-17 5-5 1-3 0 4 25 Strickland 38 7-14 6-6 2-9 9 2 20 Cheaney 35 3-11 3-6 1-5 1 2 9 Mcinnis 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 T Murray 20 0-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Thorpe 16 3-5 1-2 2-4 1 3 7 Wallace 24 0-2 1-4 1-6 0 3 1 J White 2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 C Whitney 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 24-33 13-44 16 28 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (Jackson 0-1, Richmond 0-4, Cheaney 0-1, T Murray 0-3). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 3, Cheaney, Howard). Turnovers: 15 (C Whitney 3, Howard 3, Strickland 3, J White 2, Thorpe 2, Cheaney, Wallace). Steals: 10 (Strickland 3, Cheaney 2, Thorpe 2, Wallace 2, Howard). ____________________________________________ Boston 19 16 19 21 - 75 Washington 17 28 23 18 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:14. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tim Donaghy, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Big changes in the starting lineup of the Boston Celtics were unable to change the winning ways of the Washington Wizards.

Mitch Richmond scored 25 points and Rod Strickland just missed a triple-double as the Wizards won their third straight game with an 86-75 victory over the Celtics, who benched three starters.

Guard Kenny Anderson, forward Ron Mercer and center Tony Battie all began the game on the bench and entered midway through the first quarter. Starting in their place were Dana Barros, Bruce Bowen and Andrew DeClercq, who did very little to slow down the Wizards.

"It was just something I tried because of (Washington's) quickness," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino, who did not give any indication whether the changes would be permanent. "I don't know, we'll see."

Barros shot 2-of-12 and had just two assists. Bowen scored just three points and DeClercq contributed five. Anderson managed six points, while Mercer scored 17 points and Battie pulled down 11 rebounds.

However, Celtics star forward Antoine Walker scored just eight points on 2-of-12 shooting. Walker's career high of 49 points came against Washington on January 7, 1998.

"He's is a very versatile forward," said Wizards forward Juwan Howard. "I did my best to play defense to contain him. He made me remember when he scored 49. You don't forget stuff like that. Defense was definitely the key today."

Rookie Paul Pierce had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, which went 2-4 on a six-game road trip. Boston shot 32.5 percent (25-of-77) from the field.

"It came down to basics, foul shooting and layups. We did neither," Pitino said. "It wasn't our defense, it definitely was our offense."

Richmond had a huge second quarter, when Washington took the lead for good. Strickland, who had three triple-doubles last season, finished with 20 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

"They both played extremely well," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "All the great players may go 2-for-15, but when the game is on the line, they find a way."

"Those guys will run circles around you, which obviously we saw today," Pitino said.

Initially, the lineup changes helped the Celtics. They jumped to a 16-10 lead before settling for a 19-17 advantage after one quarter as Pierce scored seven points.

A three-point play by Mercer provided a 33-30 lead with 5:40 to go in the second period before Washington closed the quarter with a 15-2 burst. Richmond and Strickland scored six points each in the run as the Wizards grabbed a 45-35 halftime lead.

"We tried to be aggressive," Strickland said. "I was pretty confident that this would happen."

Boston shot under 33 percent (14-o-f43) in the first half and remained cold in the third quarter, making just 4-of-15 shots. A jumper by Walker cut the deficit to 53-48 with 7:13 remaining before the Wizards scored 12 of the next 13 points. Calbert Cheaney and Strickland each contributed four points and a jump shot by Richmond made it 65-49 with 3:19 to go.

A free throw by Howard gave Washington its largest lead at 68-50 with 1:33 left. Boston got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Howard had 16 points and eight rebounds and Cheaney scored nine points off the bench for the Wizards, who shot just 39 percent (31-of-79), missed all nine 3-pointers and were outrebounded, 49-44.

"We won this game today because of our hard work," Bickerstaff said. "It was very physical out there."

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