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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 33 21 29 31 114 ATLANTA 25 18 24 23 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 30, PAUL PIERCE 16, VITALY POTAPENKO 16 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 26, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 19, CHRIS CRAWFORD 9

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - DANNY FORTSON 9, VITALY POTAPENKO 7 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 6, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 9, ANTOINE WALKER 6 ATL - JASON TERRY 5, JIMMY JACKSON 4

ATT: 11,621


Extended Box

BOSTON (114) AT ATLANTA (90)

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

PIERCE F 33 7-15 1-1 1 3 4 3 2 5 2 16 WALKER F 31 12-18 2-2 3 3 6 6 3 2 3 30 POTAPENKO C 15 8-11 0-0 2 5 7 0 4 0 2 16 ANDERSON G 28 3-9 2-3 3 3 6 9 1 2 1 8 CHEANEY G 18 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 2 BATTIE 23 5-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 1 0 10 BARROS 15 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 10 E WILLIAMS 20 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 4 FORTSON 24 4-9 3-4 6 3 9 0 4 1 2 11 GRIFFIN 23 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 3 0 4 OVERTON 10 1-4 1-1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 3 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 49-99 9-11 18 27 45 28 27 14 13 114 (.495) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 30 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 4 6 MCLEOD F 18 2-7 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 6 MUTOMBO C 30 6-8 7-8 2 4 6 0 4 0 3 19 JACKSON G 38 7-20 10-11 3 3 6 4 3 1 3 26 TERRY G 28 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 2 1 2 ELLIS 20 3-6 1-4 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 7 WRIGHT 18 3-8 1-2 3 2 5 0 6 0 1 7 COLES 20 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 GLOVER 10 1-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 CRAWFORD 21 4-5 1-1 1 2 3 2 1 2 0 9 BOWDLER 7 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 RIDER DNP - DID NOT DRESS -- TEAM DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-72 26-34 12 23 35 15 20 6 19 90 (.431) (.765) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 21(25 PTS)

BOSTON 33 21 29 31 - 114 ATLANTA 25 18 24 23 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, E WILLIAMS, BATTIE. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, WRIGHT, HENDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-17 (.412), PIERCE 1-4, WALKER 4-5, ANDERSON 0-2, CHEANEY 0-1, BARROS 2-3, E WILLIAMS 0-1, OVERTON 0-1. ATLANTA 2-6 (.333), JACKSON 2-4, TERRY 0-1, GLOVER 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - FORTSON, ATLANTA - ELLIS, WRIGHT. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LUIS GRILLO, BLANE REICHELT. A - 11,621. T - 2:09.


Box Score

BOSTON (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 33 7-15 1-1 1-4 3 2 16 Walker 31 12-18 2-2 3-6 6 3 30 Potapenko 15 8-11 0-0 2-7 0 4 16 Anderson 28 3-9 2-3 3-6 9 1 8 Cheaney 18 1-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Battie 23 5-7 0-0 2-5 1 2 10 Barros 15 4-7 0-0 0-2 2 1 10 E Williams 20 2-8 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 Fortson 24 4-9 3-4 6-9 0 4 11 Griffin 23 2-5 0-0 1-3 1 5 4 Overton 10 1-4 1-1 0-0 3 2 3 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-99 9-11 18-45 28 27 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Pierce 1-4, Walker 4-5, Anderson 0-2, Cheaney 0-1, Barros 2-3, E Williams 0-1, Overton 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce 2, E Williams, Battie). Turnovers: 15 (Walker 3, Cheaney 2, Fortson 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Barros). Steals: 14 (Pierce 5, Griffin 3, Anderson 2, Walker 2, Battie, Fortson).

ATLANTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 30 3-5 0-0 2-3 0 0 6 Mcleod 18 2-7 2-2 0-2 1 0 6 Mutombo 30 6-8 7-8 2-6 0 4 19 Jackson 38 7-20 10-11 3-6 4 3 26 Terry 28 1-7 0-0 0-3 5 1 2 Ellis 20 3-6 1-4 1-4 1 3 7 Wright 18 3-8 1-2 3-5 0 6 7 Coles 20 0-1 2-2 0-2 2 1 2 Glover 10 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 0 3 Crawford 21 4-5 1-1 1-3 2 1 9 Bowdler 7 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Rider DNP - did not dress -- team decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 26-34 12-35 15 20 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Jackson 2-4, Terry 0-1, Glover 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 2, Wright, Henderson). Turnovers: 21 (Henderson 4, Jackson 3, Mutombo 3, Coles 2, Mcleod 2, Bowdler, Ellis, Glover, Terry, Wright). Steals: 6 (Crawford 2, Terry 2, Ellis, Jackson). ____________________________________________ Boston 33 21 29 31 - 114 Atlanta 25 18 24 23 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Fortson, 4:54 3rd). Atlanta 2 (Ellis, 8:04 4th; Wright, 4:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,621. T: 2:09. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Luis Grillo, Blane Reichelt.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Isaiah Rider let down the Atlanta Hawks for the last time and Antoine Walker continued lifting the Boston Celtics into the playoff race.

Rider left Philips Arena and was subsequently waived after being told he would not play for missing a shootaround earlier today. Walker lit up the Hawks, scoring 30 points as the Celtics cruised to their sixth win in seven games, 114-90.

Rider, who has already been suspended twice by the Hawks this season for lateness and a profanity-laced locker room tirade, was late for tonight's game after failing to attend a mandatory shootaround.

"It's been a rough year for me," Rider said at a postgame news conference. "I'm normal, I'm human, too. I'm trying to make shots. I've been on few players' bad lists all year. And now we are losing and all of a sudden, the onus is on me. But even if I'm late, I'm bringing it every night."

Hawks general manager Pete Babcock gave Rider the option of accepting a three-game suspension and joining his teammates on the bench in street clothes or accepting his release. Rider chose the latter.

"It didn't work and there's no need to belabor this on a night where we lost a tough game," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We didn't play very well, the Celtics were far superior and we could never get into the game. When (Rider) is not on the floor, it's certainly going to be a distraction."

"I gave him the choice to be suspended for three games or waived," Babcock said. "So he was put on waivers. This part of the experiment was a failed part of the experiment. Lenny has been terrific in trying to make this work."

Walker hit 12-of-18 shots, handed out six assists, grabbed six rebounds and fueled a decisive 14-2 first-quarter burst for the Celtics, who pulled away early and never looked back against the sputtering Hawks.

"We don't care who it is, we're coming out to play hard," Walker said. "We're not taking anybody lightly. We're coming out to win every night."

Boston, which had lost six of its previous seven road games, won in Atlanta for the first time in five visits to move within two games of idle Milwaukee for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"That was intensity at its best when you realize what's at stake," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We got on the floor and fought for every loose basketball. We were very hungry for a win."

Jimmy Jackson, who came to Atlanta with Rider from Portland in the deal that sent shooting guard Steve Smith to the Trail Blazers, scored 26 points. The Hawks have lost seven of eight and are 6 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot with 18 games to play.

Paul Pierce and Vitaly Potapenko scored 16 points each for Boston, which shot 49 percent (49-of-99) and held a 45-35 rebounding advantage. The Celtics pressed the Hawks into 21 turnovers and appeared to be the more tenacious team throughout.

"We changed our strategy a little bit and even though it's back-to-back games, we have to press to try and get into an up-tempo game," Pitino said. "So we pressed for 2 1/2 quarters."

Danny Fortson scored 11 points and Tony Battie and Dana Barros each added 10 for the Celtics, who led 33-25 after one quarter and held a 54-43 cushion at the half.

Dikembe Mutombo made a 12-footer to pull the Hawks within 13-12 with 8:09 left in the opening period. But Potapenko hit a 13-footer to spark an 11-0 run that Pierce capped with an 18-footer to make it 24-12 with 5:55 remaining.

Roshown McLeod made a jumper and two free throws to get the Hawks back to 41-38 with 4:53 left in the half. Pierce hit a 14-footer to start an 8-2 spurt that Barros finished with a 19-footer, opening a 49-40 advantage 2:18 before intermission.

Mutombo scored 19 points for Atlanta, which shot 43 percent (31-of-72).

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