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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 11 33 35 101 UTAH 14 28 30 27 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 33, PAUL PIERCE 20, ANTOINE WALKER 19 UTH - KARL MALONE 32, HOWARD EISLEY 19, JEFF HORNACEK 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 8 UTH - KARL MALONE 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, HOWARD EISLEY 6

ATT: 18,555


Extended Box

BOSTON (101) AT UTAH (99)

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

GRIFFIN F 41 3-7 1-1 3 5 8 1 3 2 1 7 WALKER F 42 6-19 7-9 2 7 9 3 5 2 7 19 POTAPENKO C 21 2-5 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 1 1 4 ANDERSON G 25 12-15 7-9 0 1 1 6 5 0 1 33 PIERCE G 33 7-12 5-6 0 4 4 3 3 1 3 20 E WILLIAMS 18 0-3 3-6 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 BATTIE 18 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 5 0 2 2 BARROS 23 2-6 3-3 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 7 FORTSON 12 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 4 MCCARTY 7 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 CHEANEY DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 26-34 11 28 39 17 29 7 17 101 (.468) (.765) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

MALONE F 39 8-19 16-17 3 6 9 4 2 1 2 32 RUSSELL F 36 3-7 4-5 2 5 7 2 5 4 3 11 POLYNICE C 16 0-1 0-2 3 4 7 0 2 0 1 0 HORNACEK G 24 5-12 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 13 STOCKTON G 28 3-12 6-6 3 1 4 9 4 1 3 12 EISLEY 35 7-15 2-2 1 2 3 6 4 0 2 19 GILLIAM 20 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 0 1 8 KEEFE 11 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 LEWIS 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 21 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 4 VAUGHN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-80 29-33 15 29 44 22 28 6 17 99 (.400) (.879) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

BOSTON 22 11 33 35 - 101 UTAH 14 28 30 27 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2, E WILLIAMS 2, PIERCE. UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, MALONE 3, POLYNICE, KEEFE, RUSSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-12 (.250), WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 2-2, PIERCE 1-4, E WILLIAMS 0-1, BARROS 0-2, MCCARTY 0-1. UTAH 6-10 (.600), RUSSELL 1-1, HORNACEK 2-3, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 3-5. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, UTAH - POLYNICE, HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DON VADEN, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 18,555. T - 2:27.


Box Score

BOSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 41 3-7 1-1 3-8 1 3 7 Walker 42 6-19 7-9 2-9 3 5 19 Potapenko 21 2-5 0-0 1-7 0 4 4 Anderson 25 12-15 7-9 0-1 6 5 33 Pierce 33 7-12 5-6 0-4 3 3 20 E Williams 18 0-3 3-6 0-1 1 0 3 Battie 18 1-4 0-0 1-1 1 5 2 Barros 23 2-6 3-3 0-1 2 1 7 Fortson 12 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 3 4 Mccarty 7 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Cheaney DNP - not with team - personal Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 26-34 11-39 17 29 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Walker 0-2, Anderson 2-2, Pierce 1-4, E Williams 0-1, Barros 0-2, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 2, E Williams 2, Pierce). Turnovers: 17 (Walker 7, Pierce 3, Battie 2, Anderson, E Williams, Fortson, Griffin, Potapenko). Steals: 7 (Griffin 2, Walker 2, Barros, Pierce, Potapenko).

UTAH (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 8-19 16-17 3-9 4 2 32 Russell 36 3-7 4-5 2-7 2 5 11 Polynice 16 0-1 0-2 3-7 0 2 0 Hornacek 24 5-12 1-1 0-0 0 3 13 Stockton 28 3-12 6-6 3-4 9 4 12 Eisley 35 7-15 2-2 1-3 6 4 19 Gilliam 20 4-7 0-0 1-7 0 2 8 Keefe 11 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Lewis 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 5 0 Ostertag 21 2-4 0-0 2-6 0 0 4 Vaughn 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 29-33 15-44 22 28 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.879. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Russell 1-1, Hornacek 2-3, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 3-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Ostertag 4, Malone 3, Polynice, Keefe, Russell). Turnovers: 18 (Russell 3, Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Malone 2, Ostertag 2, Gilliam, Keefe, Polynice). Steals: 6 (Russell 4, Malone, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Boston 22 11 33 35 - 101 Utah 14 28 30 27 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Potapenko, 11:47 1st; Illegal Defense, 9:48 3rd). Utah 2 (Polynice, 11:47 1st; Head Coach Sloan, 2:21 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,555. T: 2:27. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Don Vaden, Bruce Alexander.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The last time the Boston Celtics defeated the Utah Jazz, Kenny Anderson had been in the NBA for a month and Paul Pierce was a freshman in high school.

Anderson scored a season-high 33 points and outplayed All-Star John Stockton down the stretch and Pierce added 20 and a clutch defensive play as the Celtics ended a 14-game losing streak against the Jazz with a 101-99 victory.

"This is a team you have to pick-and-roll to be successful," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "Kenny is very good at running the pick-and-roll because he finds people, and tonight he just made some spectacular shots."

Anderson scored 19 points in the fourth quarter as Boston erased a six-point deficit. Working against Stockton, he made 6-of-6 shots before sinking four clutch free throws in the final 20 seconds.

"I was feeling it, man," Anderson said. "My shots were just going in. I was in a zone."

"We really didn't step out and make him do something different and he just kept going and kept going 'til he had a shot and took it and made it," Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek said.

Pierce made two free throws to give Boston a 97-96 lead with 1:03 to go and All-Star Karl Malone threw away a pass, leading to Anderson's pair from the line with 16 seconds left. Stockton drove past Anderson but Pierce came off his man to block the layup and Anderson made two more free throws with nine seconds left.

Even with a five-point lead, the Celtics still almost found a way to lose. Utah's Bryon Russell made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left and stole the ensuing inbounds pass.

"We wanted to go right under the basket to Paul Pierce, because he was doing a good job of switching out," Pitino said. "And we missed him. I said, `The game's not over. All we've got to do is stop them.'"

A tough driving layup by Stockton bounced away at the buzzer and Boston beat Utah for the first time since December 20, 1991.

"It's not an ideal situation, a long underhander, but I actually did feel like I got a good look at it and left it short," said Stockton, who had 12 points and nine assists.

Malone made 16-of-17 free throws and scored 32 points for the Jazz, who lost at home to the Celtics for the first time since January 4, 1988 at the Salt Palace. Utah has lost seven of its last nine games.

"They deserve to win. They wanted it more than we did," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They showed that by their ability to go after the basketball when it was on the floor a couple of times. They outhustled us for it. It was not unexpected. I would like to tell you I was totally shocked by it, but it was not unexpected. If you would have seen us practice yesterday you would have said, `How did we score this many points?'"

A jumper and 3-pointer by Pierce gave Boston a 91-90 lead with 3:39 remaining. Malone made two free throws before Anderson drove for a hoop, restoring Boston's lead with 2:42 left.

Utah's Armen Gilliam and Boston's Vitaly Potapenko traded jumpers before Stockton worked a give-and-go with Malone and made a layup to give the Jazz a 96-95 lead with 1:13 to go. Pierce answered with his go-ahead free throws.

"We had confidence that we could play with this team," Pierce said. "We were playing good defense, holding their shooting percentage down."

Antoine Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 47 percent (36-of-77) from the field and made 26-of-34 free throws. Anderson made 12-of-15 floor shots.

Howard Eisley scored 19 points off the bench and Hornacek added 13 for the Jazz, who shot just 40 percent (32-of-80) but made 29-of-33 from the line. Utah held a 44-39 rebounding edge.

Utah started slowly and Boston grabbed a 22-14 lead after one quarter. A free throw by Walker had the margin at 31-24 with 6:37 left in the second period before the Jazz rattled off 18 straight points.

Eisley triggered and capped the run with 3-pointers, giving Utah a 42-31 lead with 1:05 remaining in the first half. He added two free throws in the burst and Malone contributed six points.

Walker scored 14 points in the third quarter as the Celtics cut a nine-point halftime deficit to 72-66 entering the final period.

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