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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 22 24 24 19 9 98 BOSTON 20 29 21 19 14 103 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 26, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 16, JOHN AMAECHI 16 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 41, ANTOINE WALKER 25, BRYANT STITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 10, BO OUTLAW 9 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 14, BRYANT STITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 10, BO OUTLAW 9 BOS - BRYANT STITH 6, CHRIS HERREN 3

ATT: 16,696


Extended Box

ORLANDO (98) AT BOSTON (103) - FINAL IN OT

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

AMAECHI F 48 6-17 4-6 1 4 5 0 4 1 4 16 OUTLAW F 48 1-2 2-2 1 8 9 9 4 1 2 4 DOLEAC C 23 5-9 0-0 0 6 6 3 6 0 2 10 ARMSTRONG G 44 6-9 2-3 0 3 3 10 1 3 3 16 MCGRADY G 45 11-26 4-6 4 6 10 5 5 0 4 26 GARRITY 21 4-6 0-0 1 4 5 0 6 0 1 9 HUDSON 5 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 WILLIAMS 13 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 MILLER 12 4-8 0-1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 9 DECLERCQ 6 2-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 4 PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 40-83 14-23 7 34 41 27 32 5 20 98 (.482) (.609) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(18 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 48 13-22 12-17 2 5 7 2 1 3 3 41 WALKER F 43 9-22 5-8 3 11 14 2 4 1 2 25 BATTIE C 25 2-3 3-3 1 2 3 2 3 1 0 7 HERREN G 28 1-6 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 1 1 4 STITH G 46 3-9 4-4 1 8 9 6 3 5 0 10 POTAPENKO 27 3-4 2-4 3 3 6 0 5 2 4 8 OVERTON 25 2-12 1-1 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 5 E WILLIAMS 13 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 1 MCCARTY 10 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 33-80 32-43 10 37 47 17 25 14 13 103 (.413) (.744) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

ORLANDO 22 24 24 19 9 - 98 BOSTON 20 29 21 19 14 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW 7, DOLEAC 2, MCGRADY, AMAECHI, GARRITY, DECLERCQ. BOSTON - BATTIE 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-12 (.333), ARMSTRONG 2-4, MCGRADY 0-3, GARRITY 1-1, HUDSON 0-1, MILLER 1-3. BOSTON 5-13 (.385), PIERCE 3-5, WALKER 2-4, HERREN 0-3, STITH 0-1. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - HEAD COACH RIVERS. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 16,696. T - 2:37.


Box Score

ORLANDO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Amaechi 48 6-17 4-6 1-5 0 4 16 Outlaw 48 1-2 2-2 1-9 9 4 4 Doleac 23 5-9 0-0 0-6 3 6 10 Armstrong 44 6-9 2-3 0-3 10 1 16 Mcgrady 45 11-26 4-6 4-10 5 5 26 Garrity 21 4-6 0-0 1-5 0 6 9 Hudson 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Williams 13 1-3 1-2 0-2 0 1 3 Miller 12 4-8 0-1 0-1 0 3 9 Declercq 6 2-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 4 Perry DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-83 14-23 7-41 27 32 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Armstrong 2-4, Mcgrady 0-3, Garrity 1-1, Hudson 0-1, Miller 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 13 (Outlaw 7, Doleac 2, Mcgrady, Amaechi, Garrity, Declercq). Turnovers: 20 (Amaechi 4, Mcgrady 4, Armstrong 3, Declercq 3, Doleac 2, Outlaw 2, Garrity, Williams). Steals: 5 (Armstrong 3, Amaechi, Outlaw).

BOSTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 48 13-22 12-17 2-7 2 1 41 Walker 43 9-22 5-8 3-14 2 4 25 Battie 25 2-3 3-3 1-3 2 3 7 Herren 28 1-6 2-2 0-3 3 2 4 Stith 46 3-9 4-4 1-9 6 3 10 Potapenko 27 3-4 2-4 3-6 0 5 8 Overton 25 2-12 1-1 0-2 1 4 5 E Williams 13 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 Mccarty 10 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Blount DNP - coach's decision Carr DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-80 32-43 10-47 17 25 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Pierce 3-5, Walker 2-4, Herren 0-3, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Battie 3). Turnovers: 15 (Potapenko 4, E Williams 3, Pierce 3, Walker 2, Herren). Steals: 14 (Stith 5, Pierce 3, Potapenko 2, Battie, Herren, Mccarty, Walker). _________________________________________________ Orlando 22 24 24 19 9 - 98 Boston 20 29 21 19 14 - 103 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Head Coach Rivers, 1:14 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,696. T: 2:37. Officials: Luis Grillo, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- For 52 minutes, Paul Pierce carried the Boston Celtics. Then Doug Overton and Antoine Walker carried him.

Pierce scored a career-high 41 points, but it was Overton's three-point play with 51 seconds left in overtime and Walker's 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go that finally sealed the Celtics' 103-98 victory over the slumping Orlando Magic.

"The most important thing tonight is the win," said Pierce, who was 13-of-22 from the field and had seven rebounds. "(Coach Rick) Pitino told us to come down, rotate the ball to the weak side and there would be shots for me and Antoine all night. I started driving to the basket, getting to the free-throw line and knocking down my free throws. Then the jump shots started to fall."

Pierce broke his previous high of 38 when he nailed a 3-pointer with 3:17 left in overtime, putting the Celtics up 94-91.

After Darrell Armstrong, who hit the tying 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in regulation, brought the Magic within 94-93 when he hit a running jumper in the lane, Pierce answered with a drive to the basket, giving Boston a three-point lead with 2:33 to go.

Overton fouled Armstrong on a 3-point attempt and the Magic guard made 2-of-3 from the line.

Pierce again tried to go to the basket but had his shot blocked. Overton, however, blew past Armstrong and was fouled as he went in for a layup. He hit the ensuing free throw and Boston was on top 99-95 with 51 seconds left.

"With two minutes to go in overtime, coach just told me, `Don't worry about your missed shots, keep shooting and play defense,'" said Overton, who missed 10 of the 12 shots he took and finished with just five points.

Vitaly Potapenko was called for a foul as he went up to stop Tracy McGrady's drive, but the Orlando star hit just 1-of-2 from the line. And when Walker drilled a 3-pointer from straightaway, the Celtics had a commanding five-point lead with 17 seconds to play.

"Obviously, Paul Pierce was huge, 41 points and seven rebounds. That was spectacular. But tonight I was really impressed with Antoine Walker," Pitino said. "Antoine was sick and had a virus, but he still played his tail off, 25 points and 14 rebounds. We did a great job rebounding the ball tonight."

Walker was just 9-of-22 from the field but played 43 minutes.

"Last night I came down with the flu or something. I haven't been feeling well," he said. "I took some medicine this morning, slept for four hours this afternoon and tried to stay off my feet until the game. I'm still very weak right now."

For the Magic, the game turned with 34 seconds left in regulation, when they held an 86-85 lead and had the ball. But John Amaechi was called for an offensive foul as he set a screen.

"At the end of the game, you let players decide the game," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "We were up one point and the youngest guy on the staff makes what is a horrible, horrible call. He's not supposed to make that call. Away from the ball, a clean screen by John. But what really tells the story in regard to the officiating, they get to the line 43 times and we get there 23. That pretty much says it all in my book, and it's not like we were playing different styles out there."

The Magic, still without All-Star forward Grant Hill, have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games. Hill has been limited to two games this season because of an ankle injury.

Pierce became the first Celtic to score more than 40 points since Walker had 43 on April 8, 1998, in a 117-104 loss to New Jersey.

The Celtics improved to 6-2 at the FleetCenter this season, averaging 101 points per game. They are scoring 84 points per contest on the road, where they are 0-4.

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