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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 19 21 22 21 83 BOSTON 29 27 18 29 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 20, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 13, JOHN WALLACE 12 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 33, PAUL PIERCE 28, BRYANT STITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, TONY BATTIE 12

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 7, JERRY STACKHOUSE 3 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 5, KENNY ANDERSON 5

ATT: 17,725


Extended Box

DETROIT (83) AT BOSTON (103)

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

OWENS F 16 3-8 1-2 4 4 8 1 3 1 0 7 J WILLIAMS F 26 3-8 0-0 5 9 14 0 2 1 6 6 B WALLACE C 29 3-4 0-2 3 5 8 2 4 1 2 6 ATKINS G 34 1-14 0-0 0 4 4 7 3 0 3 2 STACKHOUSE G 34 7-21 3-4 1 1 2 3 4 0 4 20 MONTROSS 15 2-3 0-0 2 5 7 0 4 0 1 4 BUECHLER 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 5 J WALLACE 17 5-10 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 3 12 CURRY 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 CLEAVES 14 0-5 4-4 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 4 CEBALLOS 20 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 13 M MOORE 10 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 33-92 10-14 17 33 50 18 28 4 22 83 (.359) (.714) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

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

WALKER F 41 12-19 6-6 3 9 12 4 1 0 4 33 E WILLIAMS F 15 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 BATTIE C 28 5-7 0-0 1 11 12 1 3 1 0 10 ANDERSON G 35 2-9 3-4 1 2 3 5 1 4 2 8 PIERCE G 39 9-24 9-14 1 5 6 5 2 2 2 28 GRIFFIN 18 1-5 0-0 2 5 7 0 4 0 0 2 BROWN 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 POTAPENKO 17 1-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 4 MOISO 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 STITH 24 2-5 10-10 0 0 0 3 2 4 2 16 BLOUNT 3 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 32-38 10 33 43 22 22 13 14 103 (.416) (.842) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(10 PTS)

DETROIT 19 21 22 21 - 83 BOSTON 29 27 18 29 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE, B WALLACE, OWENS. BOSTON - WALKER 3, E WILLIAMS 2, BATTIE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 7-21 (.333), ATKINS 0-4, STACKHOUSE 3-7, BUECHLER 1-1, J WALLACE 0-1, CLEAVES 0-1, CEBALLOS 3-7. BOSTON 7-15 (.467), WALKER 3-6, ANDERSON 1-1, PIERCE 1-4, GRIFFIN 0-1, STITH 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 17,725. T - 2:21.


Box Score

DETROIT (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 16 3-8 1-2 4-8 1 3 7 J Williams 26 3-8 0-0 5-14 0 2 6 B Wallace 29 3-4 0-2 3-8 2 4 6 Atkins 34 1-14 0-0 0-4 7 3 2 Stackhouse 34 7-21 3-4 1-2 3 4 20 Montross 15 2-3 0-0 2-7 0 4 4 Buechler 17 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 5 J Wallace 17 5-10 2-2 1-1 0 4 12 Curry 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Cleaves 14 0-5 4-4 0-0 1 1 4 Ceballos 20 5-11 0-0 0-1 2 0 13 M Moore 10 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-92 10-14 17-50 18 28 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Atkins 0-4, Stackhouse 3-7, Buechler 1-1, J Wallace 0-1, Cleaves 0-1, Ceballos 3-7). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 3 (Stackhouse, B Wallace, Owens). Turnovers: 23 (J Williams 6, Stackhouse 4, Atkins 3, J Wallace 3, B Wallace 2, Cleaves 2, Curry, Montross). Steals: 4 (B Wallace, Cleaves, J Williams, Owens).

BOSTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 41 12-19 6-6 3-12 4 1 33 E Williams 15 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 0 Battie 28 5-7 0-0 1-12 1 3 10 Anderson 35 2-9 3-4 1-3 5 1 8 Pierce 39 9-24 9-14 1-6 5 2 28 Griffin 18 1-5 0-0 2-7 0 4 2 Brown 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Potapenko 17 1-2 2-2 1-2 0 3 4 Moiso 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Stith 24 2-5 10-10 0-0 3 2 16 Blount 3 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Carr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 32-38 10-43 22 22 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Walker 3-6, Anderson 1-1, Pierce 1-4, Griffin 0-1, Stith 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Walker 3, E Williams 2, Battie 2). Turnovers: 14 (Walker 4, Anderson 2, Pierce 2, Stith 2, Brown, E Williams, Moiso, Potapenko). Steals: 13 (Anderson 4, Stith 4, Pierce 2, Battie, Brown, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ Detroit 19 21 22 21 - 83 Boston 29 27 18 29 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,725. T: 2:21. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce thanked the fans at FleetCenter for their support after his offseason stabbing incident before he and Antoine Walker carved up the Detroit Pistons' defense.

Pierce and Walker combined to score 41 first-half points as the Celtics took control early and never looked back en route to a season-opening 103-83 rout of the Pistons.

Pierce, the victim of a senseless stabbing at a Boston night club last month, finished with 28 points while Walker added 33 on 12-of-19 shooting.

The duo had 20 and 21 points, respectively, in the first 24 minutes after Pierce took the microphone during the pregame festivities and extended his heartfelt thanks to the 17,725 in attendance.

"I felt like I could go the 48 minutes tonight with the adrenaline rush," Pierce said. "It's opening night, I was just very happy and blessed to be back. I think I am all the way back. I'm pretty sure Antoine and I were on the scouting charts, but I guess it didn't look like it in that first half."

Detroit opened its season and the post-Grant Hill era with a 104-95 victory at Toronto on Tuesday and looked sluggish from the outset tonight.

"They outhustled us, they outplayed us. I'm not going to look for an excuse, like back-to-back," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "That was ridiculous for the second game of the season. I knew it would be a long night for us when Antoine gets the ball on their first possession. We were supposed to double-team him and we didn't move.

"All I have to do for my players is show them a split screen. I'll show them last night's game and tonight's game and the difference between winning and losing."

Jerry Stackhouse scored a career-high 44 points against Toronto but managed just 20 on 7-of-21 shooting in 34 minutes tonight. The Pistons return home for their season opener Friday but will play six of their first seven games on the road.

"We didn't have the same energy as last night," Stackhouse said. "You saw the difference between how good we can play last night and how bad we played today. As bad as we played, we still had a chance to win but our defense just stunk."

Boston coach Rick Pitino, under the gun to produce a playoff team in his fourth year at the helm, watched his two stars take full advantage of the haggard-looking Pistons as the Celtics opened a 56-40 halftime lead.

"With Paul Pierce and his performance tonight, it just reminds me how lucky we are," Pitino said. "It could have been heartbreaking to all of us, players and coaches, if he were out for any length of time after what happened."

The Celtics paid homage to former Boston forward Chuck Cooper at halftime. Cooper was the first black player drafted in the NBA, playing for Boston from 1950-54 and averaging 6.8 points in 272 career games. His No. 11 was raised to the rafters before the Celtics improved to 37-17 all-time in home openers.

New additions Cedric Ceballos and John Wallace scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Pistons, who shot just 36 percent (33-of-92) but held a 50-43 rebounding advantage. Detroit committed 23 turnovers while forcing 14.

Bryant Stith, acquired in a trade with Denver, scored 16 points off the bench for Boston, which shot 42 percent (32-of-77) and outscored Detroit 32-10 at the line.

Tony Battie had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who ran out to a 29-19 lead after one quarter before pouring it on in the second period.

After Ceballos' 3-pointer cut the deficit to eight, Walker connected from 26 feet and made a layup to spark Boston's 23-15 burst to close the period.

"Paul was outstanding tonight," Walker said. "He shows what kind of special player he is, but I think coming back in the exhibition season really helped him work some of the kinks out."

Detroit never seriously challenged in the third quarter and Stith made it 79-62 when he buried a 26-footer just over a minute into the final period. But Ceballos and Stackhouse hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Ceballos' 10-footer shaved the deficit to 79-70 with eight minutes to play.

Walker's layup with 5:47 left made it 87-76 and Detroit was not able to get the deficit under 10 points thereafter.

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