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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 22 25 21 21 89 BOSTON 31 24 26 22 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 23, BREVIN KNIGHT 10, CEDRIC HENDERSON 10 BOS - RON MERCER 24, DANA BARROS 23, ANTOINE WALKER 21

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - BREVIN KNIGHT 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 BOS - DANA BARROS 13, ANTOINE WALKER 6

ATT: 15,622


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (89) AT BOSTON (103)

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

KEMP F 33 7-9 9-10 3 8 11 1 4 1 4 23 NEWMAN F 22 3-9 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 8 DECLERCQ C 19 3-6 3-4 3 2 5 0 3 0 0 9 KNIGHT G 31 4-9 2-2 0 1 1 6 0 1 3 10 PERSON G 28 1-8 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 ANDERSON 14 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 BLOUNT 14 3-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 6 BOYKINS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BUTLER 7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 FERRY 23 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 9 HENDERSON 30 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 10 SURA 16 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 7

TOTALS 240 35-76 16-18 10 29 39 20 20 5 15 89 (.461) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 28 3-7 2-4 1 0 1 1 2 0 2 9 WALKER F 47 8-16 2-2 0 8 8 6 2 1 2 21 POTAPENKO C 25 7-9 5-7 1 6 7 2 3 2 2 19 BARROS G 48 6-11 8-8 1 4 5 13 2 4 2 23 MERCER G 46 10-21 3-5 1 2 3 2 1 3 0 24 BATTIE 21 2-3 1-2 2 5 7 1 3 0 0 5 MINOR 22 1-4 0-1 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 SCHINTZIUS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING GARNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - LEFT GROIN STRAIN RILEY DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 37-71 21-29 6 27 33 26 14 11 11 103 (.521) (.724) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

CLEVELAND 22 25 21 21 - 89 BOSTON 31 24 26 22 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - PERSON, HENDERSON, DECLERCQ. BOSTON - BARROS, WALKER, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-11 (.273), NEWMAN 0-1, KNIGHT 0-1, PERSON 1-4, ANDERSON 0-1, FERRY 1-2, SURA 1-2. BOSTON 8-17 (.471), PIERCE 1-2, WALKER 3-7, BARROS 3-5, MERCER 1-3. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - DECLERCQ, BOSTON - POTAPENKO. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BILL SPOONER, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 15,622. T - 2:06.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 33 7-9 9-10 3-11 1 4 23 Newman 22 3-9 2-2 0-0 1 3 8 Declercq 19 3-6 3-4 3-5 0 3 9 Knight 31 4-9 2-2 0-1 6 0 10 Person 28 1-8 0-0 0-3 3 1 3 Anderson 14 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Blount 14 3-4 0-0 2-4 0 1 6 Boykins 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Butler 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Ferry 23 4-8 0-0 0-5 0 2 9 Henderson 30 5-11 0-0 1-4 3 1 10 Sura 16 3-5 0-0 0-3 3 3 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 16-18 10-39 20 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Newman 0-1, Knight 0-1, Person 1-4, Anderson 0-1, Ferry 1-2, Sura 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Person, Henderson, Declercq). Turnovers: 16 (Kemp 4, Knight 3, Newman 2, Anderson, Butler, Ferry, Henderson, Person, Sura). Steals: 5 (Henderson, Kemp, Knight, Person, Sura).

BOSTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 28 3-7 2-4 1-1 1 2 9 Walker 47 8-16 2-2 0-8 6 2 21 Potapenko 25 7-9 5-7 1-7 2 3 19 Barros 48 6-11 8-8 1-5 13 2 23 Mercer 46 10-21 3-5 1-3 2 1 24 Battie 21 2-3 1-2 2-7 1 3 5 Minor 22 1-4 0-1 0-2 0 1 2 Schintzius 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Anderson DNP - strained right hamstring Garnett DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - left groin strain Riley DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 21-29 6-33 26 14 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Pierce 1-2, Walker 3-7, Barros 3-5, Mercer 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Barros, Walker, Pierce). Turnovers: 12 (Barros 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Schintzius 2, Walker 2, Minor). Steals: 11 (Barros 4, Mercer 3, Potapenko 2, Minor, Walker). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 22 25 21 21 - 89 Boston 31 24 26 22 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Declercq, 10:36 3rd). Boston 1 (Potapenko, 10:36 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,622. T: 2:06. Officials: Steve Javie, Bill Spooner, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Vitaly Potapenko burned his former team by scoring 11 of his season-high 19 points in a decisive first-quarter run as the Boston Celtics never trailed in a 103-89 romp over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dana Barros, starting at point guard in place of the injured Kenny Anderson, had season highs of 23 points and 13 assists for the Celtics, who have won four of their last five after a four-game losing streak. Boston also has won three of its last four home games after a six-game skid at the FleetCenter.

"It's been a long time since I've been out there that long and felt that comfortable," said Barros, who played all 48 minutes. "I think that's the key. We have a lot of guys do a lot of things. I know Kenny's been down, so I just try to pick up the slack."

Ron Mercer scored 24 points and Antoine Walker contributed 21, eight rebounds and six assists for Boston. The Celtics used a 23-8 tear to open a 26-10 lead in the first quarter and put away the game with a 9-0 spurt midway through the final period.

Shawn Kemp had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which fell one-half game behind Philadelphia for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers, who have lost three straight at the FleetCenter, have split four games with the Celtics this season.

"In a game that was very meaningful for us, I didn't see what I wanted to," said Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello. "It wasn't the kind of effort I was looking for. I'm just surprised we didn't have anything more than that tonight."

Potapenko was the 12th overall pick in 1996 by the Cavaliers but was sent to Boston on March 11 in a trade for Andrew DeClercq and a future first-round pick. Potapenko had 10 points and 12 rebounds in a 113-86 setback at Cleveland on March 23 but made sure his new team would fare better this time.

"The way we lost that game in Cleveland, we played horribly, it was ridiculous," said Potapenko. "Tonight, we had to show that we're better than we played that night. Tonight wasn't a personal thing for me against Cleveland, it was just showing that we were better than that performance out there."

"They played very hard, they executed very well," said Fratello. "Vitaly had a huge game for them in the middle."

Walker started the game with a 3-pointer and Kemp answered with a 10-footer to make it 3-2. But Barros hit two free throws and fed Potapenko for a lay-in before Walker made another 3-pointer to push the lead to 10-2 just 2:39 into the contest.

A bucket by Johnny Newman pulled Cleveland within 12-6, but a 3-pointer by Barros triggered a 14-4 tear as the Ukranian center took over. Potapenko had lay-in and fed rookie Paul Pierce for an 18-footer to make it 19-6. Potapenko traded a basket and three-point play with Brevin Knight and Kemp to make it 24-10 before capping the run with a tip-in of a missed layup by Pierce to give Boston a 26-10 advantage with 5:09 to go in the first quarter.

"This is an embarrassment," said Knight. "You'd think we'd be more mature as a team and come out knowing the playoffs are on the line."

Cleveland closed to 57-50 on a jumper by Kemp 66 seconds into the third quarter but Mercer had a basket before he and Barros drained 3-pointers around a bucket by Kemp to rebuild the lead to 65-52 with 8:45 to go.

A dunk by Mercer extended the lead to 87-70 with 9:42 to play, but Newman and Bob Sura combined for all the points in a 9-0 tear to make it 87-79 at the 6:50 mark. The Celtics responded nine straight points, capped by Potapenko's 13-footer to open a 96-79 bulge 2:27 later.

"It was very exciting for me," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "This is by for our best offensive game of the season. Very intelligent defensive game for us and all the great passing you guys (the media) here in Boston are used to."

Boston shot 52 percent (37-of-71) from the field and hit 8-of-17 from beyond the 3-point circle. Potapenko was 7-of-9 from the field and Mercer was 10-of-21.

The Cavs shot 46 percent (35-of-76).

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