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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 25 27 24 25 101 VANCOUVER 11 23 20 23 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 25, ANTOINE WALKER 24, KENNY ANDERSON 22 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 20, MICHAEL DICKERSON 18, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - DANNY FORTSON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 7, GRANT LONG 7

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 6, ANTOINE WALKER 5 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 6, MIKE BIBBY 6

ATT: 13,001


Extended Box

BOSTON (101) AT VANCOUVER (77)

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

PIERCE F 32 11-17 2-2 1 4 5 2 5 4 3 25 WALKER F 33 12-20 0-1 1 5 6 5 3 3 3 24 POTAPENKO C 18 2-5 0-2 2 5 7 0 3 0 3 4 ANDERSON G 35 11-21 0-1 1 2 3 6 1 3 0 22 GRIFFIN G 34 2-6 4-4 4 3 7 3 3 1 2 8 BARROS 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 FORTSON 14 3-4 0-1 2 6 8 0 3 0 0 6 E WILLIAMS 30 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 1 6 BATTIE 22 1-1 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 4 3 MCCARTY 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 CHEANEY DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 46-81 7-13 12 32 44 17 25 13 18 101 (.568) (.538) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(11 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 42 10-24 0-1 1 6 7 6 3 0 2 20 HARRINGTON F 32 5-8 3-3 4 2 6 0 2 0 4 13 REEVES C 6 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 BIBBY G 38 5-11 0-0 1 2 3 6 0 1 6 11 DICKERSON G 37 6-14 5-6 0 5 5 3 4 2 4 18 PARKS 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 LONG 25 1-2 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 1 0 2 WEST 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 SCOTT 24 2-3 3-5 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 7 PRICE 10 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 LOPEZ 8 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 PALACIO 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-74 13-19 8 24 32 19 16 5 19 77 (.419) (.684) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(26 PTS)

BOSTON 25 27 24 25 - 101 VANCOUVER 11 23 20 23 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 3, POTAPENKO 2, GRIFFIN. VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON 2, DICKERSON, ABDUR-RAHIM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-10 (.200), PIERCE 1-3, WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1, GRIFFIN 0-1, BARROS 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1, MCCARTY 1-1. VANCOUVER 2-8 (.250), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, BIBBY 1-3, DICKERSON 1-2, SCOTT 0-1, PRICE 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HEAD COACH HOLLINS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 13,001. T - 1:58.


Box Score

BOSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 32 11-17 2-2 1-5 2 5 25 Walker 33 12-20 0-1 1-6 5 3 24 Potapenko 18 2-5 0-2 2-7 0 3 4 Anderson 35 11-21 0-1 1-3 6 1 22 Griffin 34 2-6 4-4 4-7 3 3 8 Barros 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Fortson 14 3-4 0-1 2-8 0 3 6 E Williams 30 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 4 6 Battie 22 1-1 1-2 1-4 0 1 3 Mccarty 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Cheaney DNP - not with team - personal Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-81 7-13 12-44 17 25 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.568, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Pierce 1-3, Walker 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Barros 0-1, E Williams 0-1, Mccarty 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Potapenko 2, Griffin). Turnovers: 18 (Battie 4, Pierce 3, Potapenko 3, Walker 3, Griffin 2, Barros, E Williams, Mccarty). Steals: 13 (Pierce 4, Anderson 3, Walker 3, Battie, E Williams, Griffin).

VANCOUVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 42 10-24 0-1 1-7 6 3 20 Harrington 32 5-8 3-3 4-6 0 2 13 Reeves 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Bibby 38 5-11 0-0 1-3 6 0 11 Dickerson 37 6-14 5-6 0-5 3 4 18 Parks 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Long 25 1-2 0-0 2-7 0 2 2 West 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Scott 24 2-3 3-5 0-0 2 2 7 Price 10 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 Lopez 8 0-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Palacio 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 13-19 8-32 19 16 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Bibby 1-3, Dickerson 1-2, Scott 0-1, Price 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Harrington 2, Dickerson, Abdur-rahim). Turnovers: 20 (Bibby 6, Dickerson 4, Harrington 4, Abdur-rahim 2, Reeves 2, Lopez). Steals: 5 (Dickerson 2, Bibby, Long, Scott). ____________________________________________ Boston 25 27 24 25 - 101 Vancouver 11 23 20 23 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Head Coach Hollins, 0:50 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,001. T: 1:58. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half as the Boston Celtics easily snapped their three-game losing streak with a 101-77 rout of the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Boston split its season series with Vancouver and has won three straight visits to GM Place, with its last loss on February 14, 1997. The Celtics moved to 2-3 on their six-game road trip and are 6-22 away from the FleetCenter.

It was the fewest points Boston allowed since a 77-74 loss to Philadelphia on December 4 and it reached 100 points for the fourth time in six contests.

"One thing we wanted to concentrate on being in Vancouver for two days is becoming a different defensive basketball team for the last 29 games of the season," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "There was a green shirt in everybody's lap every time Vancouver penetrated."

Vancouver, which suffered its third loss in five games, matched its worst home setback of the season. The Grizzlies dropped a 105-81 decision to Minneosta on November 21.

The Celtics used a 14-2 run to open a 22-8 lead with 2:44 left in the first quarter as Pierce, Kenny Anderson and Vitaly Potapenko scored four points apiece. Anderson and Pierce each finished the period with eight as Boston led, 25-11.

"We were aggressive in all aspects of the game, but not just because they beat us at home. We really needed a win tonight," Anderson said. "When we put a game like this together, we're a hard basketball team to beat."

Vancouver shot just 4-of-19 and was outscored 18-4 in the paint in the first quarter. It was the Grizzlies' season low for points in the opening quarter, one less than their effort against Minnesota on November 27.

"The hole wasn't that deep," Grizzlies interim coach Lionel Hollins said. "We still had three quarters to play, but we didn't have the fight to get out of it. All I can say is that it was a stinker. We didn't have a lot of fight tonight."

The second quarter was more of the same as a closing 13-4 spurt gave the Celtics a 52-34 cushion at halftime. Pierce netted five points in that run for Boston, which shot 60 percent (24-of-40) from the floor in the opening 24 minutes.

Antoine Walker scored 24 points and Anderson added 22 for the Celtics, which shot a season-best 57 percent (46-of-81) from the field and moved to 5-1 when shooting at least 50 percent.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 20 points and Michael Dickerson added 18 for the Grizzlies, who shot 42 percent (31-of-74) from the floor and was outscored, 60-44, in the lane.

"It was a tough night for us offensively," Abdur-Rahim said. "We couldn't get anything going and nobody really shot the ball well. I think we still have confidence in ourselves. We just have to turn it around."

Boston's starters shot 38-of-69 from the floor while Vancouver's five were just 26-of-69.

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