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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 20 19 27 23 89 MIAMI 31 28 31 25 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 28, DANA BARROS 18, VITALY POTAPENKO 16 MIA - VOSHON LENARD 21, ALONZO MOURNING 20, OTIS THORPE 17

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 8, ANTOINE WALKER 7 MIA - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9, PJ BROWN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - DOUG OVERTON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 8, TIM HARDAWAY 8

ATT: 19,026


Extended Box

BOSTON (89) AT MIAMI (115)

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

FORTSON F 19 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 0 5 1 2 6 WALKER F 32 12-22 4-8 4 3 7 4 3 2 2 28 POTAPENKO C 26 8-12 0-0 5 3 8 1 3 0 2 16 ANDERSON G 24 1-9 0-0 1 0 1 4 3 1 0 2 CHEANEY G 26 1-6 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 1 2 2 MCCARTY 29 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 6 BARROS 37 6-10 4-5 0 3 3 2 1 1 2 18 BATTIE 17 1-5 3-4 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 5 OVERTON 25 1-8 4-4 1 3 4 5 2 0 1 6 ELLISON 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PIERCE DNP - PULLED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 34-85 19-25 14 22 36 19 24 7 13 89 (.400) (.760) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

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

BROWN F 24 2-6 0-0 2 6 8 2 0 2 0 4 MASHBURN F 27 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 1 1 11 MOURNING C 23 7-8 6-8 3 0 3 1 3 1 2 20 HARDAWAY G 22 2-5 3-3 1 1 2 8 0 0 1 8 LENARD G 29 7-11 2-3 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 21 CARTER 32 2-10 0-0 1 4 5 8 4 2 4 4 THORPE 18 6-8 5-6 2 4 6 0 2 0 2 17 WEATHERSPOON 17 3-6 2-4 2 7 9 1 4 1 1 8 STRICKLAND 21 6-9 0-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 12 WALTERS 13 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 2 CAUSWELL 7 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 4 JAMES 7 2-4 0-1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 4

TOTALS 240 43-78 20-29 14 33 47 27 22 9 13 115 (.551) (.690) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

BOSTON 20 19 27 23 - 89 MIAMI 31 28 31 25 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 2. MIAMI - MOURNING 3, WEATHERSPOON 3, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-11 (.182), WALKER 0-3, CHEANEY 0-1, MCCARTY 0-4, BARROS 2-3. MIAMI 9-13 (.692), MASHBURN 3-3, HARDAWAY 1-2, LENARD 5-7, CARTER 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO 2 (EJECTED), MIAMI - MOURNING, CAUSWELL. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, BENNIE ADAMS, JOE DEROSA. A - 19,026. T - 2:10.


Box Score

BOSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 19 2-5 2-2 1-3 0 5 6 Walker 32 12-22 4-8 4-7 4 3 28 Potapenko 26 8-12 0-0 5-8 1 3 16 Anderson 24 1-9 0-0 1-1 4 3 2 Cheaney 26 1-6 0-0 2-5 1 1 2 Mccarty 29 2-8 2-2 0-1 2 0 6 Barros 37 6-10 4-5 0-3 2 1 18 Battie 17 1-5 3-4 0-3 0 4 5 Overton 25 1-8 4-4 1-4 5 2 6 Ellison 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Griffin DNP - coach's decision Pierce DNP - pulled left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 19-25 14-36 19 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Walker 0-3, Cheaney 0-1, Mccarty 0-4, Barros 2-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Battie 2). Turnovers: 14 (Barros 2, Cheaney 2, Fortson 2, Mccarty 2, Potapenko 2, Walker 2, Overton). Steals: 7 (Walker 2, Anderson, Barros, Cheaney, Fortson, Mccarty).

MIAMI (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 24 2-6 0-0 2-8 2 0 4 Mashburn 27 4-7 0-0 1-1 3 2 11 Mourning 23 7-8 6-8 3-3 1 3 20 Hardaway 22 2-5 3-3 1-2 8 0 8 Lenard 29 7-11 2-3 0-3 2 1 21 Carter 32 2-10 0-0 1-5 8 4 4 Thorpe 18 6-8 5-6 2-6 0 2 17 Weatherspoon 17 3-6 2-4 2-9 1 4 8 Strickland 21 6-9 0-2 0-3 0 1 12 Walters 13 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Causwell 7 1-2 2-2 0-3 0 3 4 James 7 2-4 0-1 1-1 1 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-78 20-29 14-47 27 22 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.551, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 9-13, .692 (Mashburn 3-3, Hardaway 1-2, Lenard 5-7, Carter 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Mourning 3, Weatherspoon 3, Brown). Turnovers: 13 (Carter 4, Mourning 2, Thorpe 2, Hardaway, James, Lenard, Mashburn, Weatherspoon). Steals: 9 (Brown 2, Carter 2, Causwell, Lenard, Mashburn, Mourning, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Boston 20 19 27 23 - 89 Miami 31 28 31 25 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Potapenko 2 (ejected), 11:42 3rd, 6:40 3rd). Miami 2 (Mourning, 11:42 3rd; Causwell, 4:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,026. T: 2:10. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Bennie Adams, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Making his third appearance in the starting lineup this season and first since shooting guard Dan Majerle was placed on the injured list, Voshon Lenard played like he belonged there.

Lenard scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half and knocked down five 3-pointers as the Heat blew out the Boston Celtics early and never looked back, coasting to their most lopsided win of the season, 115-89.

Majerle was placed on the IL 1 1/2 hours before tonight's game with a stress fracture of his left fibula. He watched from behind the Heat bench as Lenard and the Heat ran out to a 59-39 halftime lead before stretching the margin to 90-66 entering the final period.

Lenard was 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 at the line and commited just one turnover in 29 minutes for Miami, which improved to 4-3 and posted its first back-to-back wins at American Airlines Arena.

"I try to do what I can do whether I'm starting or not starting. It's a joy to just play," Lenard said. "It was a victory we needed. Tonight we came out and were more focused then in previous games."

"We jumped on them and stayed on them," Miami coach Pat Riley added. "It was a very good outing. Somehow we found the consistency to win back-to-back games."

Alonzo Mourning scored 20 points and Otis Thorpe added a season-high 17 off the bench for the Heat, who remained tied with Indiana for the top spot in the Eastern Conference while extending their lead to one game over second-place New York in the Atlantic Division.

Rookie Tim James took Majerle's spot on the roster and saw his first action of the season in garbage time, collecting four points. Riley was able to get all 12 players in the scoring column as the Heat handed the Celtics their worst loss of the season.

"I took the shot like I practiced and although the jitterbugs were there, I felt good," James said of his first career basket. "I did not put a lot of pressure on myself. I didn't play long but was effective."

With second-leading scorer Paul Pierce out with a hamstring injury, Boston suffered its second straight setback after a season-high four-game winning streak.

"We are struggling offensively without Paul Pierce and (rookie) Adrian Griffin," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We struggle because they are a big part of our offense. The Heat obviously played a great game and we didn't. Our defense was not what it was expected to win on the road. We have some injuries, however, you can't use injuries as an excuse for defense."

Antoine Walker scored 28 points for the Celtics, who had won four of the previous five meetings with the Heat. Boston slipped to 4-16 on the road.

"Our problem is defensively. If you let a team shoot 60 percent in the first half there is no way you could win the game," said Walker. "We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and start playing defense. On the road it's very difficult to give a team a 12- or 13-point lead in the first quarter and expect to come back. It's very difficult. It takes a lot energy and we've got to play perfectly to get back in the game."

Lenard indicated early that he had no problem with his new role, drilling a 22-footer on his first shot to give Miami a 10-6 lead with 8:12 left in the first quarter. He helped extend that lead to 12 by handing out assists on the Heat's next two baskets.

But it was in the second quarter that Lenard established himself, scoring nine points and drilling a 3-pointer with 2:33 remaining in the half that stretched the margin to 54-31. He capped his long-range assault midway through the third period, sinking a 24-footer that made it 81-55. Lenard left the court moments later to a rousing ovation from the crowd.

Mark Strickland matched his season high with 12 points off the bench and Jamal Mashburn added 11 for the Heat, who shot 55 percent (43-of-78), held a 47-36 advantage on the boards and scored 23 points off turnovers.

Dana Barros equaled his season best with 18 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 16 for Boston, which shot 40 percent (34-of-85).

"It was nothing that we did offensively," Barros said. "Our problem was defensively. You can't beat anybody playing terrible defense."

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