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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 25 34 25 17 101 BOSTON 26 26 31 29 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 28, SAM CASSELL 14, SCOTT WILLIAMS 14 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 30, PAUL PIERCE 20, KENNY ANDERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 10, SCOTT WILLIAMS 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, VINNY DEL NEGRO 7 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, KENNY ANDERSON 5

ATT: 15,860


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (101) AT BOSTON (112)

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

HAM F 39 3-5 1-2 2 5 7 2 5 1 1 7 ROBINSON F 39 4-16 2-2 1 9 10 5 3 1 3 10 TRAYLOR C 18 3-5 1-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 3 7 ALLEN G 40 11-20 2-3 0 4 4 1 1 5 3 28 CASSELL G 36 6-16 2-4 1 0 1 7 2 1 5 14 THOMAS 26 4-7 3-4 0 3 3 1 5 0 1 13 DEL NEGRO 19 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 7 2 2 0 8 S WILLIAMS 22 5-9 4-6 3 5 8 0 5 2 0 14 R ALSTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 JOHNSON DNP - ACUTE BACK SPASMS MANNING DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - TORN PLANTAR FASCIA RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 39-83 15-25 8 30 38 25 26 12 16 101 (.470) (.600) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 27 2-5 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 6 WALKER F 45 11-20 8-8 4 15 19 10 3 4 4 30 FORTSON C 9 0-3 3-4 3 2 5 0 1 0 2 3 ANDERSON G 32 6-17 1-1 6 3 9 5 5 2 2 15 PIERCE G 30 6-14 5-6 0 2 2 4 3 2 1 20 POTAPENKO 24 5-13 0-0 3 5 8 0 1 0 1 10 E WILLIAMS 18 4-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 11 OVERTON 12 1-5 3-3 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 5 BATTIE 22 3-10 2-4 5 4 9 0 2 1 4 8 CHEANEY 17 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 4 MCCARTY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-97 26-30 26 39 65 25 23 11 16 112 (.412) (.867) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 25 34 25 17 - 101 BOSTON 26 26 31 29 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - TRAYLOR 4, HAM, THOMAS, ROBINSON, S WILLIAMS. BOSTON - PIERCE, CHEANEY, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 8-14 (.571), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 4-7, THOMAS 2-2, DEL NEGRO 2-2. BOSTON 6-15 (.400), WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 2-5, PIERCE 3-6, E WILLIAMS 1-1, CHEANEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - S WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD. A - 15,860. T - 2:10.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ham 39 3-5 1-2 2-7 2 5 7 Robinson 39 4-16 2-2 1-10 5 3 10 Traylor 18 3-5 1-4 1-4 0 3 7 Allen 40 11-20 2-3 0-4 1 1 28 Cassell 36 6-16 2-4 1-1 7 2 14 Thomas 26 4-7 3-4 0-3 1 5 13 Del Negro 19 3-5 0-0 0-1 7 2 8 S Williams 22 5-9 4-6 3-8 0 5 14 R Alston 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Johnson DNP - acute back spasms Manning DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - torn plantar fascia right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 15-25 8-38 25 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 4-7, Thomas 2-2, Del Negro 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Traylor 4, Ham, Thomas, Robinson, S Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Cassell 5, Allen 3, Robinson 3, Traylor 3, Ham, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Allen 5, Del Negro 2, S Williams 2, Cassell, Ham, Robinson).

BOSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 27 2-5 2-2 2-6 1 3 6 Walker 45 11-20 8-8 4-19 10 3 30 Fortson 9 0-3 3-4 3-5 0 1 3 Anderson 32 6-17 1-1 6-9 5 5 15 Pierce 30 6-14 5-6 0-2 4 3 20 Potapenko 24 5-13 0-0 3-8 0 1 10 E Williams 18 4-5 2-2 1-2 1 2 11 Overton 12 1-5 3-3 1-2 1 3 5 Battie 22 3-10 2-4 5-9 0 2 8 Cheaney 17 2-5 0-0 1-3 3 0 4 Mccarty 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-97 26-30 26-65 25 23 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Walker 0-2, Anderson 2-5, Pierce 3-6, E Williams 1-1, Cheaney 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Cheaney, Battie). Turnovers: 16 (Battie 4, Walker 4, Anderson 2, E Williams 2, Fortson 2, Pierce, Potapenko). Steals: 11 (Walker 4, Anderson 2, Pierce 2, Battie, Griffin, Overton). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 25 34 25 17 - 101 Boston 26 26 31 29 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (S Williams, 2:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,860. T: 2:10. Officials: Hugh Evans, Luis Grillo, Leon Wood.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- If the Boston Celtics are going to make a serious run at an Eastern Conference playoff spot, Antoine Walker got them going tonight.

Walker posted his fourth career triple-double with 30 points and season highs of 19 rebounds and 10 assists as the Celtics pulled away late for a key 112-101 victory over the slumping Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-9 forward from Kentucky hit 11-of-20 shots, all eight of his free throws and had four steals in 45 minutes, helping Boston pull within 3 1/2 games of the Bucks (29-32) for the final postseason spot in the East.

"This was the best game of the year for me because we won the game," Walker said. "The stats are great and fun to look at, but what it comes down to is we executed down the stretch, we didn't make silly turnovers and we held on."

Walker had just three baskets in the fourth quarter, but each one proved crucial to the Celtics posting their second straight home win since coach Rick Pitino lashed out at Boston fans and media after a bitter loss to Toronto here on March 1.

"They double-teamed me a lot," Walker said. "When I got the ball on the rebound I tried to push it and that allowed a lot of other guys to get open. They were playing a 6-6, 6-7 forward (Darvin Ham) on me, so I knew the chances would be there from the tip. I guess you could look at this as my best game as a pro. I hope in the next 22 games I can get a few more like that."

Walker grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a driving layup that gave Boston an 82-81 lead with 8:37 to play, sparking a 6-0 run that gave the Celtics the lead for good. He also made a running jumper and a layup on consecutive trips to bury the Bucks, extending the margin to 108-96 with 1:23 to play.

"It was a great victory for us," Pitino said. "Antoine Walker was nothing short of spectacular in every phase of the game. It's very difficult to do what he did tonight and play as many minutes as he did. He had to play point guard for a while when Kenny (Anderson) got into trouble, he rebounded when we needed him tonight, he just played an all-around outstanding game.

"When Antoine plays like this, we are a significantly better ballclub."

Paul Pierce scored 20 points and Kenny Anderson had 15, nine rebounds and five assists for Boston, which improved to 19-11 at FleetCenter and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Bucks.

"(Walker) was fantastic," Pierce said. "I could tell at (today's) shootaround how focused he was. He is doing everything right now. You see what type of player he is. He's the reason we won."

Ray Allen scored 28 points -- none in the fourth quarter -- for Milwaukee, which has lost 11 of its last 14 games and three in a row on the road.

Bucks fellow All-Star Glenn Robinson had a dismal game, missing 12-of-16 shots and managing just 10 points in 39 minutes. Milwaukee slipped to 13-17 away from the Bradley Center.

"I thought we stopped passing in that second half, we've done this 30 times before this year," agitated Bucks coach George Karl said. "We're just getting slapped by the same face, that face is selfishness. We stopped playing together, they outrebounded us and outworked us. We were just soft tonight."

"It's hard to explain what happened," Allen said. "The third quarter starts and everybody just stands around. I can't tell you what happened. A lot of the shots we were getting in the first half through hard work, we weren't getting in the second half just because we stopped working."

Rookie Rafer Alston scored a season-high 14 points and Vinny Del Negro added 13 for the Bucks, who shot 47 percent but were outrebounded by a whopping 65-38 margin.

Walker posted his first triple-double since February 1, 1998 against Houston. He had just four points in the first quarter on 2-of-7 shooting, while Allen scored 10 points to keep the Bucks within 26-25 after 12 minutes.

Walker caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 12 points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out six assists. But Allen was equal to the task, scoring 12 points to give Milwaukee a 59-52 advantage at the half.

Walker outscored Allen, 8-6, in the third period and Boston shaved the deficit to 84-83 entering the fourth quarter.

Anderson opened the final period with a 3-pointer and Robinson answered with a 20-footer to forge an 86-86 tie. Tony Battie hit a five-foot hook from the right side but Ham converted a three-point play and Cassell sank a jumper to give Milwaukee a 91-88 lead with 9:35 to play.

Calbert Cheaney drilled a 19-footer before Walker's layup with 8:37 remaining put Boston in front for good. Battie followed with a free throw and Pierce was good from 24 feet as the Celtics opened a 96-91 lead with 7:21 left.

Eric Williams scored 11 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 10 and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 41 percent (40-of-97) and scored 17 points off turnovers.

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