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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 26 26 18 17 87 BOSTON 28 30 24 26 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 19, OTIS THORPE 17, JUWAN HOWARD 17 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 23, RON MERCER 17, ANTOINE WALKER 15

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - OTIS THORPE 11, TERRY DAVIS 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, PAUL PIERCE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 BOS - DANA BARROS 5, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,901


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (87) AT BOSTON (108)

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

HOWARD F 36 6-16 5-8 0 4 4 1 2 1 4 17 THORPE F 35 7-11 3-4 3 8 11 3 3 0 4 17 DAVIS C 22 3-4 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 0 1 6 RICHMOND G 32 7-14 3-6 0 3 3 3 0 1 3 19 STRICKLAND G 30 2-7 4-6 1 0 1 6 0 3 2 8 CHEANEY 23 1-6 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 1 2 2 COKER 5 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 JACKSON 6 1-1 3-3 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 5 LEGLER 19 4-8 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 8 MCINNIS 18 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 3 3 C WHITNEY 14 0-6 2-2 1 3 4 0 0 2 1 2 WALLACE DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 32-79 20-29 13 32 45 20 14 10 22 87 (.405) (.690) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(31 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 29 9-13 3-5 3 5 8 3 2 0 2 23 WALKER F 34 5-16 4-7 4 6 10 2 2 1 2 15 POTAPENKO C 17 2-4 0-0 3 3 6 3 3 1 2 4 ANDERSON G 27 7-12 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 2 3 14 MERCER G 36 8-22 1-1 3 2 5 1 1 5 0 17 BARROS 22 6-9 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 2 0 14 BATTIE 27 4-8 0-0 4 3 7 3 4 2 0 8 GARNETT 6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 MCCARTY 10 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 MINOR 24 3-4 0-1 1 3 4 3 1 0 3 7 RILEY 5 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 SCHINTZIUS 3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 47-96 8-14 19 31 50 24 24 14 14 108 (.490) (.571) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON 26 26 18 17 - 87 BOSTON 28 30 24 26 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - JACKSON. BOSTON - BATTIE, PIERCE, WALKER, MCCARTY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-17 (.176), RICHMOND 2-6, STRICKLAND 0-1, CHEANEY 0-2, LEGLER 0-1, MCINNIS 1-2, C WHITNEY 0-5. BOSTON 6-15 (.400), PIERCE 2-4, WALKER 1-4, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 2-4, GARNETT 0-1, MINOR 1-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, HANK ARMSTRONG, LEON WOOD. A - 15,901. T - 2:05.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 36 6-16 5-8 0-4 1 2 17 Thorpe 35 7-11 3-4 3-11 3 3 17 Davis 22 3-4 0-0 3-6 2 2 6 Richmond 32 7-14 3-6 0-3 3 0 19 Strickland 30 2-7 4-6 1-1 6 0 8 Cheaney 23 1-6 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 Coker 5 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Jackson 6 1-1 3-3 2-2 1 1 5 Legler 19 4-8 0-0 2-3 1 1 8 Mcinnis 18 1-6 0-0 0-3 3 1 3 C Whitney 14 0-6 2-2 1-4 0 0 2 Wallace DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 20-29 13-45 20 14 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Richmond 2-6, Strickland 0-1, Cheaney 0-2, Legler 0-1, Mcinnis 1-2, C Whitney 0-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 1 (Jackson). Turnovers: 22 (Howard 4, Thorpe 4, Mcinnis 3, Richmond 3, Cheaney 2, Strickland 2, C Whitney, Coker, Davis, Legler). Steals: 10 (Strickland 3, C Whitney 2, Cheaney, Howard, Legler, Mcinnis, Richmond).

BOSTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 29 9-13 3-5 3-8 3 2 23 Walker 34 5-16 4-7 4-10 2 2 15 Potapenko 17 2-4 0-0 3-6 3 3 4 Anderson 27 7-12 0-0 0-3 2 3 14 Mercer 36 8-22 1-1 3-5 1 1 17 Barros 22 6-9 0-0 0-1 5 2 14 Battie 27 4-8 0-0 4-7 3 4 8 Garnett 6 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Mccarty 10 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 4 0 Minor 24 3-4 0-1 1-4 3 1 7 Riley 5 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 Schintzius 3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-96 8-14 19-50 24 24 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.490, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Pierce 2-4, Walker 1-4, Mercer 0-1, Barros 2-4, Garnett 0-1, Minor 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie, Pierce, Walker, Mccarty). Turnovers: 15 (Anderson 3, Minor 3, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Walker 2, Garnett, Riley). Steals: 14 (Mercer 5, Anderson 2, Barros 2, Battie 2, Potapenko, Riley, Walker). ____________________________________________ Washington 26 26 18 17 - 87 Boston 28 30 24 26 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 9:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,901. T: 2:05. Officials: Ken Mauer, Hank Armstrong, Leon Wood.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Rookie Paul Pierce collected 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Boston Celtics snapped the second-longest home losing streak in team history with a 108-87 pounding of the fading Washington Wizards.

Ron Mercer had 17 points and five rebounds and Dana Barros contributed 14 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer with 9:09 left that capped a 19-5 run and gave the Celtics a commanding 91-72 advantage.

"We really wanted to up-tempo it against them tonight," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "Considering that they were playing for consecutive nights, we knew they played last night against New Jersey and wanted to use that to our advantage. I think we did."

Boston led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter as it turned 22 Washington turnovers into 29 points and won at the FleetCenter for the first time since March 17, a span of six games. The Celtics dropped a team-record seven straight home games in February 1997.

A coaching change has failed to spur the Wizards, who have lost both games since Jim Brovelli replaced Bernie Bickerstaff. They have lost four straight overall and are a season-worst eight games under .500 at 13-21.

"We didn't show up tonight," Brovelli said. "I don't know what it was but I could tell from the get-go that we didn't have much energy. We had a couple of good spurts there in the first half and one in the third quarter, but then we just fell apart. I'm not blaming any one guy but we simply didn't execute."

Mitch Richmond had 19 points and Juwan Howard and Otis Thorpe added 17 apiece for Washington. Howard suffered a bruised and swollen right eye after being hit elbowed in the third quarter.

Howard's 3-pointer with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter capped a 6-0 run and quickly cut an 11-point deficit to 72-67. But it was the closest the Wizards would get the rest of the game as Greg Minor drained a 3-pointer to ignite Boston's game-deciding spurt.

"We got close, made some shots and then they had two big field goals after two turnovers," said Howard. "That kind of killed our momentum and that seemed to be the ball game."

Boston's Antoine Walker and Howard each made one free throw before Mercer and Barros scored on consecutive possessions, pushing Boston's advantage to 80-68 with 1:04 left in the quarter. Rod Strickland made two free throws for Washington, but Minor found Walker for a layup to give Boston a 12-point advantage entering the fourth.

The Celtics put away the game by scoring the first six points of the final period on baskets by Pierce, Tony Battie and Barros. Richmond made the second of two free throws, but Barros drained his 3-pointer to make it a 19-point lead and give Boston complete control.

Walker had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which shot 49 percent (47-of-96), including 6-of-15 from beyond the arc, and held a 50-45 rebounding advantage.

"Obviously, it feels good," said Walker. "Our defense and our focus was there tonight. The key now is to put it together for the rest of the season. We've got two tough games coming up (at Toronto and against Philadelphia) and we want to see how far we can take this."

Boston's biggest lead of the game came with 3:11 remaining when Kenny Anderson drained a 15-foot jumper to make it 106-79. Anderson, who scored 14 points, returned to lineup after not making the trip to Orlando on Monday. The point guard reportedly had an argument with a member of the coaching staff.

"The thing with Coach (Pitino) is all over," said Anderson. "I think that showed tonight. We all played together. There was no feuding. There was really never any problem. And that speech from Russell really got our attention. When he says, `Play hard defense', you tend to listen to someone who has 11 rings."

Anderson was refering to a pre-game speech made to the Celtics by former Boston great and Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell.

Thorpe pulled down 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who made 40.5 percent (32-of-79) of its field goals and was just 3-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Wizards played without forward Ben Wallace, who is sidelined due to a sore right knee.

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