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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 15 27 25 24 91 BOSTON 27 24 35 20 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 18, MICHAEL RUFFIN 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 BOS - DANNY FORTSON 21, PAUL PIERCE 20, ANTOINE WALKER 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - MICHAEL RUFFIN 10, ELTON BRAND 9 BOS - DANNY FORTSON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - MICHAEL RUFFIN 4, ELTON BRAND 4 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, DANA BARROS 5

ATT: 14,899


Extended Box

CHICAGO (91) AT BOSTON (106)

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

BRAND F 39 5-12 8-10 3 6 9 4 3 1 2 18 HOIBERG F 32 0-5 4-4 0 5 5 0 3 3 1 4 RUFFIN C 33 5-7 4-4 4 6 10 4 4 0 2 14 ARMSTRONG G 17 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 HAWKINS G 29 3-7 7-8 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 13 MALONEY 31 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 2 0 2 2 10 C BENJAMIN 19 3-7 2-6 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 CARR 22 5-10 2-3 0 3 3 1 3 1 5 13 ANSTEY 11 3-7 1-1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 PERDUE 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 ARTEST DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SIMPKINS DNP - INFLAMMED RIGHT ACHILLES

TOTALS 240 28-63 30-38 9 26 35 14 22 8 21 91 (.444) (.789) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 32 7-11 5-6 0 4 4 2 4 1 2 20 WALKER F 30 6-15 2-4 3 2 5 7 5 3 5 14 POTAPENKO C 22 0-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 3 2 1 0 ANDERSON G 32 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 1 5 CHEANEY G 25 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 2 0 6 FORTSON 23 6-8 9-10 6 4 10 0 5 1 2 21 BATTIE 19 4-7 3-5 1 3 4 0 2 2 0 11 BARROS 18 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 1 1 10 E WILLIAMS 19 3-8 1-1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 8 OVERTON 17 4-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 2 0 9 MCCARTY 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 GRIFFIN DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 40-82 20-26 14 25 39 23 33 16 14 106 (.488) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 15 27 25 24 - 91 BOSTON 27 24 35 20 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRAND 2, RUFFIN, PERDUE. BOSTON - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-14 (.357), HOIBERG 0-2, HAWKINS 0-2, MALONEY 2-3, C BENJAMIN 2-4, CARR 1-2, ANSTEY 0-1. BOSTON 6-17 (.353), PIERCE 1-3, WALKER 0-3, ANDERSON 1-4, CHEANEY 0-1, BARROS 2-3, E WILLIAMS 1-2, OVERTON 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, SEAN CORBIN, SCOTT WALL. A - 14,899. T - 2:19.


Box Score

CHICAGO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 39 5-12 8-10 3-9 4 3 18 Hoiberg 32 0-5 4-4 0-5 0 3 4 Ruffin 33 5-7 4-4 4-10 4 4 14 Armstrong 17 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Hawkins 29 3-7 7-8 1-4 1 3 13 Maloney 31 3-4 2-2 0-2 2 0 10 C Benjamin 19 3-7 2-6 0-0 0 1 10 Carr 22 5-10 2-3 0-3 1 3 13 Anstey 11 3-7 1-1 0-0 0 4 7 Perdue 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Artest DNP - sprained right ankle Simpkins DNP - inflammed right achilles _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-63 30-38 9-35 14 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Hoiberg 0-2, Hawkins 0-2, Maloney 2-3, C Benjamin 2-4, Carr 1-2, Anstey 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Brand 2, Ruffin, Perdue). Turnovers: 22 (Carr 5, C Benjamin 3, Perdue 3, Armstrong 2, Brand 2, Maloney 2, Ruffin 2, Hawkins, Hoiberg). Steals: 8 (Hoiberg 3, Maloney 2, Brand, Carr, Hawkins).

BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 32 7-11 5-6 0-4 2 4 20 Walker 30 6-15 2-4 3-5 7 5 14 Potapenko 22 0-5 0-0 0-5 0 3 0 Anderson 32 2-7 0-0 1-3 1 4 5 Cheaney 25 3-5 0-0 0-1 3 4 6 Fortson 23 6-8 9-10 6-10 0 5 21 Battie 19 4-7 3-5 1-4 0 2 11 Barros 18 4-10 0-0 0-3 5 1 10 E Williams 19 3-8 1-1 1-2 2 1 8 Overton 17 4-5 0-0 1-1 2 3 9 Mccarty 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Griffin DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-82 20-26 14-39 23 33 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Pierce 1-3, Walker 0-3, Anderson 1-4, Cheaney 0-1, Barros 2-3, E Williams 1-2, Overton 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 15 (Walker 5, Fortson 2, Pierce 2, Anderson, Barros, E Williams, Mccarty, Potapenko). Steals: 16 (Walker 3, Battie 2, Cheaney 2, Overton 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Barros, E Williams, Fortson, Pierce). ____________________________________________ Chicago 15 27 25 24 - 91 Boston 27 24 35 20 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,899. T: 2:19. Officials: Luis Grillo, Sean Corbin, Scott Wall.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics may be long out of the playoff hunt but Danny Fortson is playing as if the team was thinking championship.

The third-year forward came off the bench for his second straight big game, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Celtics' 106-91 blowout of the Chicago Bulls, another team getting ready for summer vacation.

The Celtics went on a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter to take their largest lead of the first half, 45-26, on Doug Overton's layup.

The Bulls fought back to cut the deficit to 51-42 when Michael Ruffin threw down a dunk with 16 seconds left in the first half but the Celtics' pressure again took its toll in the second half.

Chris Carr scored the first basket of the third quarter before the Celtics reeled off the next 11 points to blow open the game. Pierce scored six points in the run, which Kenny Anderson finished with a layup that made it 62-44 with 9:15 to go in the period.

The Bulls got within 77-67 with 2:39 left in the third on a free throw by Ruffin, but the Celtics led by more than 20 points much of the fourth quarter.

Pierce scored 20 points and Antoine Walker added 14 for the Celtics, who have won three in a row after suffering through a season-high nine-game losing streak.

"Well, we have three left and I hope we can continue this win streak and finish up strong," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We are playing very good offense and passing the basketball."

The Celtics recorded assists on 23 of 40 baskets and committed a respectable 15 turnovers.

"We still have a very long way to go on defense," said Pitino, despite the obvious effects of the Celtics' pressure on the Bulls. "But we have been pressing very well the past few games. It had started out slow, it's very close. We press on them (tonight) and we have an immediate 13-point lead, so it has been very good to us."

The Celtics scored 27 points off 22 Chicago turnovers. Boston collected 16 steals -- three by Walker and two apiece by four other players. The only Celtic without a steal was Walter McCarty, who played just three minutes.

Fortson scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench in a 95-91 win over Orlando on Wednesday, a game the Magic needed to strengthen their playoff hopes. Tonight he played 23 minutes and hit 6-of-8 from the floor, 9-of-10 from the line and grabbed six offensive rebounds.

Rookie forward Elton Brand led Chicago with 18 points and had nine rebounds and Ruffin had 14 and 10. Ruffin and Brand also led Chicago in assists with four apiece. The Bulls were without the services of rookie guard Ron Artest, who sat out with a sprained right ankle.

"On defense they were very physical strong bodies," Brand said of the Celtics. "This is the way they play. A man was always in front of me. They are a very physical team when you have players like Fortson and (Vitaly) Potapenko. They really controlled the game. We definitely had a tough time with the defensive pressure."

Pitino spent much of the late season alternating between defending his young team from attacks by fans and the media and criticizing his players himself for being inconsistent and not playing hard every night.

"We went through a tough stretch," Walker said. "Once we got four or five games down in the playoff race we got discouraged, but we didn't quit. This is pretty much going to be our team next year, so we have to work hard to end the season tough and come in next season and try to get comfortable with each other."

Carr and Hersey Hawkins scored 13 points apiece and Corey Benjamin and Matt Maloney added 10 points each for the Bulls.

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