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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 21 36 25 22 104 BOSTON 34 28 21 19 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 30, RICHARD HAMILTON 20, AARON WILLIAMS 16 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 21, PAUL PIERCE 18, DANA BARROS 13

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - AARON WILLIAMS 14, DON REID 9 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 14, TONY BATTIE 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 6, JUWAN HOWARD 5 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 5, ANTOINE WALKER 4

ATT: 16,560


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (104) AT BOSTON (102)

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

HOWARD F 42 6-12 3-4 0 4 4 5 3 0 1 15 KING F 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 J WHITE C 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 RICHMOND G 37 10-20 7-7 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 30 C WHITNEY G 30 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 6 4 1 2 8 REID 29 2-5 1-2 2 7 9 0 4 1 2 5 A WILLIAMS 43 7-15 2-2 9 5 14 2 3 0 0 16 HAMILTON 26 10-17 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 0 2 20 T MURRAY 15 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 8 BOOTH 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-82 17-19 13 22 35 18 24 4 12 104 (.500) (.895) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

WALKER F 38 8-19 5-6 5 9 14 4 3 1 1 21 E WILLIAMS F 22 3-4 5-5 0 3 3 3 5 1 2 11 POTAPENKO C 19 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 3 8 ANDERSON G 32 2-9 0-0 1 0 1 5 3 0 0 4 PIERCE G 34 5-11 8-8 2 2 4 2 3 2 5 18 FORTSON 16 2-3 3-3 3 2 5 1 4 0 2 7 GRIFFIN 26 3-8 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 1 0 8 BATTIE 23 5-8 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 0 10 BARROS 16 5-8 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 13 OVERTON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CHEANEY 12 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 2 MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 24-26 14 28 42 21 26 6 14 102 (.481) (.923) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

WASHINGTON 21 36 25 22 - 104 BOSTON 34 28 21 19 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - A WILLIAMS 4, REID 3, J WHITE. BOSTON - BATTIE 2, PIERCE, E WILLIAMS, CHEANEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-10 (.500), RICHMOND 3-6, C WHITNEY 0-2, T MURRAY 2-2. BOSTON 2-7 (.286), WALKER 0-1, ANDERSON 0-2, PIERCE 0-2, BARROS 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 16,560. T - 2:16.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 42 6-12 3-4 0-4 5 3 15 King 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 J White 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Richmond 37 10-20 7-7 0-1 1 2 30 C Whitney 30 3-7 2-2 0-0 6 4 8 Reid 29 2-5 1-2 2-9 0 4 5 A Williams 43 7-15 2-2 9-14 2 3 16 Hamilton 26 10-17 0-0 1-3 4 2 20 T Murray 15 2-4 2-2 0-2 0 1 8 Booth 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Austin DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 17-19 13-35 18 24 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Richmond 3-6, C Whitney 0-2, T Murray 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (A Williams 4, Reid 3, J White). Turnovers: 13 (C Whitney 2, Hamilton 2, J White 2, Reid 2, Richmond 2, Howard, King). Steals: 4 (C Whitney, King, Reid, Richmond).

BOSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 38 8-19 5-6 5-14 4 3 21 E Williams 22 3-4 5-5 0-3 3 5 11 Potapenko 19 4-8 0-0 0-2 0 1 8 Anderson 32 2-9 0-0 1-1 5 3 4 Pierce 34 5-11 8-8 2-4 2 3 18 Fortson 16 2-3 3-3 3-5 1 4 7 Griffin 26 3-8 2-2 1-3 3 3 8 Battie 23 5-8 0-0 2-6 1 2 10 Barros 16 5-8 1-2 0-0 1 0 13 Overton 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cheaney 12 1-1 0-0 0-4 1 2 2 Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 24-26 14-42 21 26 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Walker 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Pierce 0-2, Barros 2-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Battie 2, Pierce, E Williams, Cheaney). Turnovers: 15 (Pierce 5, Potapenko 3, E Williams 2, Fortson 2, Barros, Walker). Steals: 6 (Pierce 2, E Williams, Griffin, Potapenko, Walker). ____________________________________________ Washington 21 36 25 22 - 104 Boston 34 28 21 19 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,560. T: 2:16. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Mitch Richmond faked a drive then stepped back from 6-11 Tony Battie and hit a jumper with two-tenths of a second left, giving the Washington Wizards a 104-102 victory over the Boston Celtics.

"What I wanted to do was gather myself because for a split second I saw the big guy (Battie) coming at me," Richmond said. "I had to release the ball a little higher. When it left my hand I felt it was good, but I knew I had to put it up higher because he was going to block my vision pretty quick."

Boston held double-digit leads for much of the first half and did not trail until Aaron Williams dunked home the rebound of a missed shot by rookie Richard Hamilton, putting Washington in front 95-94 with 5:56 to play.

The two sides traded the lead back and forth the rest of the way before the Celtics lost to a last-second basket for the third time this month.

"I got after them pretty hard in the first half because I didn't think we had much intensity on defense," Wizards coach Darrell Walker said. "The last 17 games or so our defense had really improved. The first half was a step back, but we picked it up in the second half and that's why I thought we won the game.

"But Mitch's shot didn't hurt."

Boston center Vitaly Potapenko tied the score, 102-102, when he hit a turnaround jumper from the top of the key with 14 seconds to go.

But the Celtics, who had won five straight against the Wizards, couldn't stop Richmond. Boston lost its sixth straight game, matching its longest losing streak of the season. The Celtics also dropped 6 1/2 games behind eighth-place Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Richmond scored 30 points, Hamilton 20 and Williams had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Washington, which has won four of its last five on the road.

Antoine Walker led Boston with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Paul Pierce scored 18. The Celtics fell to Toronto on March 1 when Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and lost to Minnesota on March 22 on a last-second shot by Anthony Peeler.

"(Stuff) happens. That's the game of basketball," Walker said. "It just so happens it's been hapening to us a lot lately. We can't let this get us down, there's too many games left. The guy just hit a tough shot, there's nothing else you can say."

The Celtics went on a 13-4 run late in the first quarter to open up a 32-17 lead with 1:17 left. Danny Fortson scored five points in the spurt, including a three-point play when he took a no-look fastbreak pass from Walker and was fouled as he hit the layup.

Boston stretched the lead to as much as 46-30 on a layup by Walker with 7:34 left in the half.

But Washington went on an 11-1 run late in the quarter, drawing within 60-55 when Richmond nailed a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the half. Hamilton also had four points in the run.

"We weren't doing anything right defensively in that first half," Wizards forward Juwan Howard said. "We were giving up way too many easy baskets, but then we got back, picked up our man and Rip (Hamilton) and Rich (Richmond) started hitting their shots."

Howard scored 15 points and Don Reid had nine rebounds for Washington.

Dana Barros added 13 points, Eric Williams 11 and Battie 10 for Boston.

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