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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 29 39 16 25 13 11 133 BOSTON 30 23 31 25 13 7 129 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - RICKY DAVIS 32, BRAD MILLER 32, EDDIE JONES 21 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 27, DANA BARROS 26, TWO PLAYERS WITH 23

HIGH REBOUND: CHA - BRAD MILLER 13, CHUCKY BROWN 8 BOS - RON MERCER 10, PAUL PIERCE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CHA - EDDIE JONES 7, DAVID WESLEY 5 BOS - DANA BARROS 9, ANTOINE WALKER 7

ATT: 16,635


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (133) AT BOSTON (129) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

BROWN F 38 5-13 0-0 1 7 8 1 4 0 1 10 PHILLS F 17 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 7 CAMPBELL C 20 2-7 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 4 JONES G 41 7-15 7-8 2 4 6 7 1 1 2 21 WESLEY G 17 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 6 BECK 34 5-8 0-1 3 3 6 4 2 0 2 11 DAVIS 41 12-20 8-9 2 5 7 2 4 1 2 32 MILLER 38 9-16 14-17 3 10 13 4 5 0 2 32 PERSON 20 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 5 RECASNER 24 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 3 5 COLEMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHACKLEFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 49-100 31-37 13 42 55 30 22 2 13 133 (.490) (.838) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 PIERCE F 45 11-21 3-4 5 4 9 5 3 2 1 27 POTAPENKO C 26 4-9 0-2 0 5 5 2 6 1 0 8 BARROS G 52 8-17 6-7 2 5 7 9 1 3 4 26 MERCER G 54 11-22 1-2 2 8 10 4 4 1 2 23 BOWEN 14 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 D JONES 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 MCCARTY 32 3-11 5-5 3 4 7 4 5 0 1 13 RILEY 13 1-2 5-5 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 7 WALKER 43 9-22 1-4 2 6 8 7 5 2 1 23 ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 48-108 21-29 16 36 52 34 31 10 10 129 (.444) (.724) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(15 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 29 39 16 25 13 11 - 133 BOSTON 30 23 31 25 13 7 - 129

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 3, DAVIS, MILLER. BOSTON - PIERCE 2, WALKER, MERCER, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 4-10 (.400), PHILLS 1-2, JONES 0-1, WESLEY 0-2, BECK 1-1, PERSON 1-2, RECASNER 1-2. BOSTON 12-28 (.429), PIERCE 2-7, BARROS 4-9, MERCER 0-3, MCCARTY 2-4, WALKER 4-5. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JOE DEROSA, MARC DAVIS. A - 16,635. T - 2:52.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (133) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 38 5-13 0-0 1-8 1 4 10 Phills 17 3-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 7 Campbell 20 2-7 0-0 2-5 2 1 4 Jones 41 7-15 7-8 2-6 7 1 21 Wesley 17 3-7 0-0 0-1 5 1 6 Beck 34 5-8 0-1 3-6 4 2 11 Davis 41 12-20 8-9 2-7 2 4 32 Miller 38 9-16 14-17 3-13 4 5 32 Person 20 1-3 2-2 0-4 2 2 5 Recasner 24 2-6 0-0 0-2 3 0 5 Coleman DNP - coach's decision Shackleford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 29049-100 31-37 13-55 30 22 133 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.490, FT-.838. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Phills 1-2, Jones 0-1, Wesley 0-2, Beck 1-1, Person 1-2, Recasner 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Campbell 3, Davis, Miller). Turnovers: 13 (Recasner 3, Beck 2, Davis 2, Jones 2, Miller 2, Brown, Phills). Steals: 2 (Davis, Jones).

BOSTON (129) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 3 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Pierce 45 11-21 3-4 5-9 5 3 27 Potapenko 26 4-9 0-2 0-5 2 6 8 Barros 52 8-17 6-7 2-7 9 1 26 Mercer 54 11-22 1-2 2-10 4 4 23 Bowen 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 6 0 D Jones 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Mccarty 32 3-11 5-5 3-7 4 5 13 Riley 13 1-2 5-5 1-4 1 1 7 Walker 43 9-22 1-4 2-8 7 5 23 Anderson DNP - strained right hamstring Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 29048-108 21-29 16-52 34 31 129 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 12-28, .429 (Pierce 2-7, Barros 4-9, Mercer 0-3, Mccarty 2-4, Walker 4-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Pierce 2, Walker, Mercer, Bowen). Turnovers: 10 (Barros 4, Mercer 2, Mccarty, Pierce, Riley, Walker). Steals: 10 (Barros 3, Pierce 2, Walker 2, D Jones, Mercer, Potapenko). ______________________________________________________ Charlotte 29 39 16 25 13 11 - 133 Boston 30 23 31 25 13 7 - 129 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:44 2nd OT). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (Bowen, 11:05 4th). A: 16,635. T: 2:52. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Derosa, Marc Davis.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Eddie Jones' driving layup with 27 seconds left in the second overtime helped the Charlotte Hornets record a wild 133-129 victory over the Boston Celtics in the season finale for both teams.

Dana Barros and Walter McCarty each made a pair of free throws 33 seconds apart for Boston to force a 129-129 tie. Jones put the Hornets on top for good, and after McCarty misfired on a 3-pointer, Ricky Davis made two foul shots with three seconds left to provide the final margin.

"We came in and really played so well," said Hornets interim coach Paul Silas. "We all of course want to get better. We're all up right now and this was a nice way to end the season."

Davis and fellow rookie Brad Miller both tallied a career-high 32 points for the Hornets, who overcame a 3-10 start to finish 26-24 but placed ninth in the Eastern Conference, one spot from a playoff berth. Charlotte went 22-13 under interim coach Paul Silas, who took over after Dave Cowens resigned 15 games into the season.

"It's nice to be able to play a game like this and play well and come out with a win," said Miller. "I just got in and got a chance to play. Ricky Davis and I went in and were having fun. Our second squad just went in and got some minutes. It was great ending the season like this."

"Ricky Davis was unreal. He really shot the ball well," Silas said. "He took it to the hole, shot his free throws and really played so well. He and Brad Miller will be a big part of this ballclub. This was sensational for both of those kids."

Rookie Paul Pierce netted 27 points and Dana Barros contributed 26 for Boston (19-31), which dropped its final three games, finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have not made the playoffs since 1995.

"That ballgame was indicative of our season. We fought back hard, we got back into the game," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "They are a very good shooting team. They are one of the best shooting teams in the league."

Charlotte held a six-point lead with 52 seconds remaining in regulation but Pierce drained two 3-pointers in the final 46 seconds to force the first extra session. Barros gave the Celtics a 122-119 lead with two free throws late in overtime, but Corey Beck's 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left tied it.

Jones scored 21 points and Miller grabbed 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who shot 49 percent (49-of-100), including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc, and held a 55-52 advantage on the boards.

Ron Mercer and Antoine Walker scored 23 points apiece for the Celtics, who connected on 44 percent (48-of-108) and were 12-of-28 from 3-point range.

"We are a young team and it is going to take chemistry to get better," said Walker. "When we come into training camp next year, we need to really focus on our defense. We already have the offense, now we need to be consistent on the defensive side."

Despite the length and unimportance of the contest, the teams combined for just 23 turnovers.

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