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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 21 26 20 34 101 BOSTON 28 25 36 23 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 20, CHRIS WHITNEY 15, JUWAN HOWARD 12 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 20, ANTOINE WALKER 19, KENNY ANDERSON 19

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - ISAAC AUSTIN 10, JAHIDI WHITE 7 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 8, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 10, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 5

ATT: 16,082


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (101) AT BOSTON (112)

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

HOWARD F 37 5-12 2-2 0 5 5 4 1 2 2 12 SMITH F 18 2-5 3-4 3 1 4 0 1 0 2 7 AUSTIN C 26 4-6 0-0 2 8 10 1 3 1 2 8 RICHMOND G 31 6-14 8-10 1 3 4 6 2 1 2 20 STRICKLAND G 26 4-8 1-1 0 1 1 5 1 0 3 9 A WILLIAMS 16 1-3 0-1 2 2 4 1 2 0 1 2 J WHITE 14 0-3 4-7 3 4 7 0 2 0 1 4 T MURRAY 15 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 8 HAMILTON 17 3-9 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 9 C WHITNEY 16 5-8 3-4 1 0 1 5 3 0 2 15 KING 17 2-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 5 PROFIT 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 36-79 24-33 13 30 43 22 20 5 15 101 (.456) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 34 4-7 1-1 5 3 8 5 3 4 1 9 WALKER F 32 7-12 2-3 0 7 7 2 2 1 5 19 POTAPENKO C 31 7-12 6-8 3 5 8 3 2 0 2 20 ANDERSON G 30 9-15 0-0 0 1 1 10 6 2 1 19 PIERCE G 27 5-13 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 0 2 11 BATTIE 15 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 2 CHEANEY 17 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 MCCARTY 18 3-9 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 7 TURNER 18 1-4 1-4 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 3 WILLIAMS 14 7-10 4-4 3 2 5 0 1 1 1 18 ELLISON 4 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 BARROS DNP - DEATH IN FAMILY

TOTALS 240 45-88 17-23 15 28 43 29 27 11 16 112 (.511) (.739) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(9 PTS)

WASHINGTON 21 26 20 34 - 101 BOSTON 28 25 36 23 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD 2, RICHMOND, T MURRAY. BOSTON - BATTIE 4, MCCARTY, WALKER, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-14 (.357), RICHMOND 0-2, T MURRAY 2-5, HAMILTON 1-3, C WHITNEY 2-4. BOSTON 5-16 (.313), GRIFFIN 0-1, WALKER 3-5, ANDERSON 1-3, PIERCE 1-5, MCCARTY 0-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HEAD COACH HEARD. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, LEROY RICHARDSON, MATT BOLAND. A - 16,082. T - 2:25.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 37 5-12 2-2 0-5 4 1 12 Smith 18 2-5 3-4 3-4 0 1 7 Austin 26 4-6 0-0 2-10 1 3 8 Richmond 31 6-14 8-10 1-4 6 2 20 Strickland 26 4-8 1-1 0-1 5 1 9 A Williams 16 1-3 0-1 2-4 1 2 2 J White 14 0-3 4-7 3-7 0 2 4 T Murray 15 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 3 8 Hamilton 17 3-9 2-2 0-2 0 0 9 C Whitney 16 5-8 3-4 1-1 5 3 15 King 17 2-3 1-2 0-3 0 1 5 Profit 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 24-33 13-43 22 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Richmond 0-2, T Murray 2-5, Hamilton 1-3, C Whitney 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Howard 2, Richmond, T Murray). Turnovers: 16 (Strickland 3, Austin 2, C Whitney 2, Howard 2, Richmond 2, Smith 2, A Williams, J White). Steals: 5 (Howard 2, Austin, Hamilton, Richmond).

BOSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 34 4-7 1-1 5-8 5 3 9 Walker 32 7-12 2-3 0-7 2 2 19 Potapenko 31 7-12 6-8 3-8 3 2 20 Anderson 30 9-15 0-0 0-1 10 6 19 Pierce 27 5-13 0-0 1-6 3 3 11 Battie 15 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Cheaney 17 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Mccarty 18 3-9 1-1 0-1 2 1 7 Turner 18 1-4 1-4 1-2 2 3 3 Williams 14 7-10 4-4 3-5 0 1 18 Ellison 4 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 Barros DNP - death in family _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-88 17-23 15-43 29 27 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.511, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Griffin 0-1, Walker 3-5, Anderson 1-3, Pierce 1-5, Mccarty 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Battie 4, Mccarty, Walker, Pierce). Turnovers: 16 (Walker 5, Mccarty 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Cheaney, Griffin, Turner, Williams). Steals: 11 (Griffin 4, Anderson 2, Battie, Cheaney, Mccarty, Walker, Williams). ____________________________________________ Washington 21 26 20 34 - 101 Boston 28 25 36 23 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Head Coach Heard, 11:08 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,082. T: 2:25. Officials: Ken Mauer, Leroy Richardson, Matt Boland.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Celebrating his gold anniversary as patriarch of the Boston Celtics, Red Auerbach said, "I'm not going anywhere." However, his team appears to be going places.

Sparked by impassioned speeches by Auerbach and Bill Russell, the Celtics raced to a 112-101 victory over the Washington Wizards and their first 2-0 start under new coach and roster architect Rick Pitino.

"There's no doubt we were fired up from that speech and from Russell being in the crowd," said forward Eric Williams. "We played with a sense of Celtic pride. ... This is the first time I've ever been 2-0 in the NBA. It's a pretty great feeling."

Vitaly Potapenko scored 20 points and Antoine Walker added 19 to lead a balanced attack for Boston, which exhibited some of the fast-break style, crisp passing and pressure defense of Celtics teams past.

"I knew about Celtic pride when I was playing in Europe," said Potapenko, who is from the Ukraine. "I used to watch them and I had a sense of it back then. I think we're capable of playing as hard as that."

As part of Boston's home opener, Russell spoke to the fans at the FleetCenter with the wisdom that helped him lead the Celtics to 11 championships in 13 years.

"I've had numerous conversations with Rick and he knows what Celtic Pride means," Russell said. "This team is going to exhibit it."

Walter McCarty scored four points in an 8-0 burst that closed the first quarter and gave the Celtics the lead for good. They led 53-47 at halftime and the crowd was treated to a speech by the 82-year-old Auerbach, who has been with the team since 1950.

"I never felt this way on the bench," said the former coach and general manager, who has had a hand in all 16 of Boston's NBA championships. "I feel honored. ... This is no swan song. I'm not going anywhere."

A banner depicting a gold silhouette of Auerbach smoking his trademark victory cigar was raised to the rafters by his daughter, Nancy, honoring his half-century of excellence. He received a long ovation, and the crowd sparked the Celtics to a huge third quarter.

Walker scored nine points in a 16-2 spurt that began the period and gave the Celtics a commanding 69-49 lead with 7:46 left. A 3-pointer by Paul Pierce extended the lead to 81-56 with 5:06 to go.

"They outworked us, outhustled us and outplayed us," Wizards coach Gar Heard said.

Kenny Anderson collected 19 points and 10 assists and Williams contributed 18 points of the bench for Boston, which had lost five of its last six home openers.

"We're off to a good start. That's all it is right now," Walker said. "We like the fact we're 2-0. We need to play consistently and I think we're capable of doing that. We all know what playing with pride means and I think we showed that tonight."

Both teams were coming off surprising victories on opening night. The Celtics won in Toronto while the Wizards held off Atlanta at home. Heard took his first loss as Washington coach.

"Tonight, not enough guys showed up for the whole game," Heard said. "We can't have an effort out of our starters like we did tonight and expect to crawl back in the game."

Mitch Richmond scored 20 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 25 points before a half-hearted rally in the final period. Washington shot 46 percent (36-of-79) from the field but allowed Boston to shoot 51 percent (45-of-88).

"We came in thinking we could win this game," Richmond said. "It was a winnable game but I'm sure Boston was thinking the same thing and they put it together tonight. We didn't."

Boston's Paul Pierce, who scored 30 points in the season opener, added 11 tonight. The Celtics also were sparked by former CBA player Adrian Griffin, who had nine points and eight rebounds in his second straight start at small forward.

"We worked really hard on the glass tonight," Williams said. "That was probably the big key for us."

Reserve guard Chris Whitney scored 15 points and Juwan Howard added 12 for the Wizards.

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