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NBA MIAMI AT BOSTON NOTE: BOX RE-SENT TO CORRECT TIME OF GAME.


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MIAMI (81) AT BOSTON (82)

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

BROWN F 39 6-15 4-4 4 10 14 1 4 1 1 16 MASHBURN F 38 6-16 1-2 2 4 6 6 2 0 8 14 MOURNING C 41 5-9 4-7 2 6 8 1 3 1 0 14 HARDAWAY G 39 8-20 1-1 0 3 3 6 1 0 4 19 MAJERLE G 37 2-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 0 0 0 4 PORTER 32 5-7 3-3 1 7 8 3 3 1 3 14 WEATHERSPOON 14 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION LENARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 13-17 10 40 50 17 14 3 17 81 (.427) (.765) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 36 6-19 1-2 6 2 8 2 4 0 1 13 WALKER F 41 11-25 4-4 1 7 8 2 2 3 1 29 POTAPENKO C 31 6-9 2-2 1 6 7 4 3 0 2 14 BARROS G 32 2-10 1-2 1 3 4 5 0 1 2 5 MERCER G 32 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 BATTIE 17 1-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 3 D JONES 16 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 MCCARTY 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 MINOR 26 4-5 4-4 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 12 ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING GARNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-85 13-16 10 25 35 15 17 6 6 82 (.388) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 6(11 PTS)

MIAMI 29 17 18 17 - 81 BOSTON 21 12 20 29 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 5. BOSTON - POTAPENKO, WALKER, BATTIE, MERCER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 4-15 (.267), MASHBURN 1-1, HARDAWAY 2-9, MAJERLE 0-3, PORTER 1-2. BOSTON 3-18 (.167), PIERCE 0-7, WALKER 3-6, BARROS 0-3, D JONES 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RONNIE NUNN, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 18,624. T - 2:14.


Box Score

MIAMI (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 39 6-15 4-4 4-14 1 4 16 Mashburn 38 6-16 1-2 2-6 6 2 14 Mourning 41 5-9 4-7 2-8 1 3 14 Hardaway 39 8-20 1-1 0-3 6 1 19 Majerle 37 2-7 0-0 1-7 0 0 4 Porter 32 5-7 3-3 1-8 3 3 14 Weatherspoon 14 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Lenard DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 13-17 10-50 17 14 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Mashburn 1-1, Hardaway 2-9, Majerle 0-3, Porter 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 5). Turnovers: 20 (Mashburn 8, Hardaway 4, Porter 3, Brown, Weatherspoon). Steals: 3 (Brown, Mourning, Porter).

BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 36 6-19 1-2 6-8 2 4 13 Walker 41 11-25 4-4 1-8 2 2 29 Potapenko 31 6-9 2-2 1-7 4 3 14 Barros 32 2-10 1-2 1-4 5 0 5 Mercer 32 3-9 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Battie 17 1-4 1-2 1-3 1 3 3 D Jones 16 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Mccarty 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Minor 26 4-5 4-4 0-3 0 0 12 Anderson DNP - strained right hamstring Garnett DNP - coach's decision Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 13-16 10-35 15 17 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (Pierce 0-7, Walker 3-6, Barros 0-3, D Jones 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Potapenko, Walker, Battie, Mercer). Turnovers: 6 (Barros 2, Potapenko 2, Pierce, Walker). Steals: 6 (Walker 3, Barros, Battie, Mercer). ____________________________________________ Miami 29 17 18 17 - 81 Boston 21 12 20 29 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:14. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ronnie Nunn, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Antoine Walker turned the jeers to cheers, at least for one night.

Booed in his last game and for much of the season at the FleetCenter, Walker banked in a 25-footer with seven-tenths of a second remaining as the Boston Celtics erased an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes for a stunning 82-81 victory over the Miami Heat.

"It feels really good to beat a real quality team in Miami and give the fans a quality effort," Walker said. "That's what the fans wanted to see, a good quality performance and a win. That's what we expected more of this year but unfortunately, we haven't done it enough."

After matching a career low with six points in Wednesday's loss to Atlanta, Walker scored 29 tonight. He almost singlehandedly rallied Boston, scoring 12 of the Celtics' final 13 points.

After the Heat were called for a shot clock violation on Dan Majerle's air ball with 4.2 seconds remaining, the Celtics called timeout to take possession at mid-court.

Walker took a pass from rookie Paul Pierce and drove in front of the Miami bench before nailing the winning shot. It was the Celtics' second win in as many meetings with the Heat this season.

"I had that one dribble. I was getting nowhere and I took the shot," said Walker, who scored 31 points in a 108-101 triumph at Miami on February 9.

"I'm very proud of the way our guys hung in there physically," Boston coach Rick Pitino added. "We just kept getting to the glass and battling them. It was a wonderful win, one of my favorites of all the time I've been here."

The Heat had a final shot, but Tim Hardaway's 25-footer from the top of the key caromed off the back of the rim as Miami suffered its second straight loss.

"It's a real tough loss to swallow, but we're just going to have to pick up our heads and bounce back with a win," Hardaway said. "Walker played great, especially in the second half. We got a little careless at the end of the game."

Hardaway had 19 points for the Heat, who remained two games behind Orlando in the battle for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

"We simply did not respond," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We didn't respond to their relentless and very effective defense and will. We didn't execute. We outrebounded them by 15, held them to 38 percent (shooting), and we lose because we made mistakes."

Miami appeared to be in control after Hardaway's 3-pointer gave the Heat a 75-64 lead with 4:59 left. But Pierce and Walker each scored five points to make up a 10-0 run and the Celtics pulled within 75-74 on Walker's basket with 3:03 left.

Two free throws by Alonzo Mourning extended Miami's lead to 77-74, but Dana Barros made 1-of-2 from the line and Walker went coast-to-coast with a defensive rebound to tie it at 77-77 with 2:06 left.

Hardaway's basket and two foul shots by P.J. Brown staked Miami to an 81-77 lead with 40 seconds left. Walker hit two free throws and the Celtics played strong defense, forcing Majerle to take an off-balance jumper from the right wing.

Pitino gave an assist to the FleetCenter fans, who have not always been patient through a disappointing season for the Celtics.

"I was very proud of our team and proud of our fans because we had that quite often last year and we came back to win games," he said. "The fans tonight wouldn't let us quit, wouldn't let us give in."

Miami opened a 46-31 lead with 26 seconds remaining in the first half on Hardaway's 15-footer. The Celtics scored only 12 points in the second quarter and trailed 46-33 at intermission.

Pierce scored 13 points and Greg Minor added 12 for the Celtics, who outscored the Heat, 49-35 in the second half.

"If we took care of the ball in the fourth quarter and took decent shots, their last shot wouldn't have been there for (Walker) to take," Riley noted.

Brown added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 42 percent (32-of-75) from the field and committed 20 turnovers that the Celtics converted into 23 points.

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