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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 21 21 29 30 101 TORONTO 26 20 21 22 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 23, ANTOINE WALKER 18, RON MERCER 18 TOR - VINCE CARTER 31, KEVIN WILLIS 19, DOUG CHRISTIE 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 10, CHARLES OAKLEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 7, ANTOINE WALKER 6 TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 5, TRACY MCGRADY 5

ATT: 16,949


Extended Box

BOSTON (101) AT TORONTO (89)

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

PIERCE F 34 6-14 3-4 5 2 7 2 4 1 1 15 WALKER F 39 6-12 2-4 3 7 10 6 4 4 5 18 POTAPENKO C 35 5-12 1-3 2 5 7 2 3 2 6 11 ANDERSON G 37 8-14 4-4 1 1 2 7 3 2 2 23 MERCER G 41 8-15 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 18 BARROS 11 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 6 BATTIE 15 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 4 MCCARTY 11 1-1 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 3 4 MINOR 15 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 2 RILEY 2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 GARNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHINTZIUS DNP - DEATH IN FAMILY

TOTALS 240 40-83 13-19 14 26 40 23 24 14 18 101 (.482) (.684) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

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

CARTER F 40 12-22 6-8 0 4 4 4 3 2 2 31 OAKLEY F 37 1-3 0-0 1 8 9 5 3 1 5 2 K WILLIS C 33 6-13 7-8 5 5 10 1 3 0 3 19 CHRISTIE G 36 5-15 3-4 2 3 5 2 2 2 1 14 A WILLIAMS G 34 3-8 0-0 2 0 2 4 0 1 2 6 BROWN 19 1-4 1-1 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 3 MCGRADY 15 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 5 1 0 5 6 SLATER 8 1-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 4 1 1 4 STEWART 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 WALLACE 9 0-1 4-4 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 4 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 25-29 13 25 38 25 21 7 21 89 (.419) (.862) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(25 PTS)

BOSTON 21 21 29 30 - 101 TORONTO 26 20 21 22 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO, PIERCE. TORONTO - MCGRADY 5, CARTER 3, A WILLIAMS, CHRISTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-13 (.615), PIERCE 0-1, WALKER 4-5, ANDERSON 3-4, MERCER 1-2, BARROS 0-1. TORONTO 2-10 (.200), CARTER 1-2, OAKLEY 0-1, CHRISTIE 1-3, A WILLIAMS 0-2, BROWN 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - PIERCE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,949. T - 2:12.


Box Score

BOSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 34 6-14 3-4 5-7 2 4 15 Walker 39 6-12 2-4 3-10 6 4 18 Potapenko 35 5-12 1-3 2-7 2 3 11 Anderson 37 8-14 4-4 1-2 7 3 23 Mercer 41 8-15 1-2 1-3 2 2 18 Barros 11 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 6 Battie 15 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Mccarty 11 1-1 2-2 0-3 1 4 4 Minor 15 1-6 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 Riley 2 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Garnett DNP - coach's decision Schintzius DNP - death in family _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 13-19 14-40 23 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 8-13, .615 (Pierce 0-1, Walker 4-5, Anderson 3-4, Mercer 1-2, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Potapenko, Pierce). Turnovers: 18 (Potapenko 6, Walker 5, Mccarty 3, Anderson 2, Mercer, Pierce). Steals: 14 (Walker 4, Anderson 2, Battie 2, Potapenko 2, Barros, Mccarty, Mercer, Pierce).

TORONTO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 40 12-22 6-8 0-4 4 3 31 Oakley 37 1-3 0-0 1-9 5 3 2 K Willis 33 6-13 7-8 5-10 1 3 19 Christie 36 5-15 3-4 2-5 2 2 14 A Williams 34 3-8 0-0 2-2 4 0 6 Brown 19 1-4 1-1 0-0 3 3 3 Mcgrady 15 2-4 2-2 0-1 5 1 6 Slater 8 1-4 2-2 2-4 0 4 4 Stewart 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Wallace 9 0-1 4-4 1-3 1 0 4 Marks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 25-29 13-38 25 21 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.862. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Carter 1-2, Oakley 0-1, Christie 1-3, A Williams 0-2, Brown 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (Mcgrady 5, Carter 3, A Williams, Christie). Turnovers: 22 (Mcgrady 5, Oakley 5, K Willis 3, A Williams 2, Carter 2, Brown, Christie, Slater, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Carter 2, Christie 2, A Williams, Oakley, Slater). ____________________________________________ Boston 21 21 29 30 - 101 Toronto 26 20 21 22 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Pierce, 2:17 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,949. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Ron Mercer scored 18 points and drilled an key 3-pointer with 4:32 left as the Boston Celtics recorded consecutive victories for just the second time this season with a 101-89 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Rookie Vince Carter netted 31 points, one shy of his career high, and brought the Raptors within 85-79 with 5:20 left by hitting a short jumper. But Mercer's 3-pointer ignited a 9-2 run, which rookie Paul Pierce capped with an alley-oop dunk that made it 94-81 with just over two minutes left.

Kenny Anderson, who was traded to the Raptors last season but refused to report, had 23 points and seven assists and Antoine Walker contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which is riding its first winning streak since a three-game run from February 24-27. Anderson was booed throughout the game.

"That makes me feel really important," Anderson said. "When I was here I didn't think anyone knew who Kenny Anderson was. It's nothing against Toronto, I just didn't want to be in another country. It (playing in Boston) is the hand I've been dealt and I love it."

"I may have made a mistake by starting to press very late this year," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "We went back a week and a half ago with our starting unit. It has enabled us to get some easy baskets. Kenny Anderson had a good night because our guys were passing."

Kevin Willis scored 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have followed a franchise-record six-game winning streak with back-to-back losses. Toronto and Philadelphia are tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

"The previous two games (against Boston) we handled the press very well," said Raptors coach Butch Carter. "We didn't match their energy tonight."

After trailing by 10 with 7 1/2 minutes to play, the Raptors were within six after Carter took a feed from Charles Oakley and drained a 14-footer from the left corner. Anderson misfired on the other end but Pierce grabbed the rebound and fed Mercer, who severely hurt Toronto's comeback chances with his 3-pointer.

"Vince Carter is a spectacular player," Pierce said. "He has been carrying their ballclub. We wanted to limit his dunks and keep the crowd out of it and we did. We're pretty good friends but on the court it's different."

Willis made two free throws to cut the deficit to seven before Pierce scored the next six points on two dunks around a pair of foul shots as the Raptors took control.

"It was a good win because everyone did their part," Pierce said. "In the third quarter I came out and finished the game strong. We're starting to have confidence in our team defense. We definitely wanted to come out and win. We think we are a better team."

Pierce had 15 points and seven rebounds and Vitaly Potapenko added 11 points and seven boards for Boston, which connected on 48 percent (40-of-83) of its field goals, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc.

The Celtics held a 40-38 rebounding edge and turned 22 Toronto turnovers into 25 points. Boston committed 18 miscues that became 13 Toronto points.

"Sometimes full-court pressure is beneficial when you get the steal," said Pitino.

Willis' layup with 9:31 remaining in the third quarter gave the Raptors a 50-45 advantage. But Anderson's jumper began a 15-6 run and the Celtics grabbed a 60-56 lead when Mercer converted a layup with 8:42 remaining.

The game stayed tight over the next few minutes and Dee Brown's three-point play with 1:11 left in the period cut Boston's advantage to 68-67. Walter McCarty's two free throws began an 11-2 run for the Celtics, who went on top 79-69 on Mercer's tip-in with 9:49 to play.

Doug Christie scored 14 points for the Raptors, who shot 42 percent (31-of-74) but could not take advantage of 25-of-29 foul shooting.

"Our main focus is that we can't get down on ourselves and we have to learn from this loss too," said Willis. "You have to keep your mind strong and focused and not get down."

Boston played without center Dwayne Schintzius, who did not make the trip due to a death in his family.

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