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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 29 24 26 33 112 NEW JERSEY 33 22 32 24 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 25, ANTOINE WALKER 23, KENNY ANDERSON 20 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 27, AARON WILLIAMS 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, TONY BATTIE 6 NJN - VLADIMIR STEPANIA 7, STEPHEN JACKSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 11, KENNY ANDERSON 6 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 13,207


Extended Box

BOSTON (112) AT NEW JERSEY (111)

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

PIERCE F 31 9-12 7-8 1 3 4 2 3 2 6 25 WALKER F 39 8-17 2-2 2 6 8 11 5 1 3 23 BATTIE C 19 2-3 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 1 0 6 ANDERSON G 31 6-9 8-8 0 1 1 6 1 1 2 20 STITH G 38 6-14 4-4 1 1 2 5 2 0 2 18 PALACIO 17 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 3 POTAPENKO 26 2-4 3-4 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 7 E WILLIAMS 18 2-4 0-2 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 5 GRIFFIN 14 1-6 2-3 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 4 BLOUNT 7 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 BROWN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-71 29-35 10 21 31 27 25 10 18 112 (.521) (.829) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 31 6-15 2-4 3 3 6 5 2 0 2 14 K MARTIN F 33 7-12 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 1 0 14 WILLIAMS C 39 6-9 8-9 1 3 4 6 3 3 4 20 HARRIS G 28 6-10 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 1 2 13 S MARBURY G 39 8-15 8-9 1 1 2 8 2 3 1 27 NEWMAN 22 3-8 0-1 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 6 ESCHMEYER 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 STEPANIA 19 3-7 0-0 3 4 7 2 1 0 0 7 DOUGLAS 24 3-5 4-4 0 1 1 6 3 0 1 10 GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS MCILVAINE DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 22-27 10 20 30 33 23 9 11 111 (.519) (.815) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

BOSTON 29 24 26 33 - 112 NEW JERSEY 33 22 32 24 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 3, POTAPENKO, E WILLIAMS. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 3, WILLIAMS 2, STEPANIA 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-18 (.500), PIERCE 0-1, WALKER 5-8, ANDERSON 0-2, STITH 2-4, PALACIO 1-1, E WILLIAMS 1-1, GRIFFIN 0-1. NEW JERSEY 5-9 (.556), JACKSON 0-2, HARRIS 1-1, S MARBURY 3-4, STEPANIA 1-1, DOUGLAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, NEW JERSEY - JACKSON, NEWMAN. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, MIKE CALLAHAN, MARC DAVIS. A - 13,207. T - 2:22.


Box Score

BOSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 31 9-12 7-8 1-4 2 3 25 Walker 39 8-17 2-2 2-8 11 5 23 Battie 19 2-3 2-2 2-6 0 4 6 Anderson 31 6-9 8-8 0-1 6 1 20 Stith 38 6-14 4-4 1-2 5 2 18 Palacio 17 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 Potapenko 26 2-4 3-4 1-4 2 2 7 E Williams 18 2-4 0-2 1-1 0 3 5 Griffin 14 1-6 2-3 1-3 0 2 4 Blount 7 0-1 1-2 1-2 0 2 1 Brown DNP - sprained right ankle Carr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 29-35 10-31 27 25 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Pierce 0-1, Walker 5-8, Anderson 0-2, Stith 2-4, Palacio 1-1, E Williams 1-1, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 3, Potapenko, E Williams). Turnovers: 18 (Pierce 6, Walker 3, Anderson 2, Blount 2, Stith 2, E Williams, Palacio, Potapenko). Steals: 10 (Griffin 2, Palacio 2, Pierce 2, Anderson, Battie, Potapenko, Walker).

NEW JERSEY (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 31 6-15 2-4 3-6 5 2 14 K Martin 33 7-12 0-0 1-3 2 4 14 Williams 39 6-9 8-9 1-4 6 3 20 Harris 28 6-10 0-0 1-5 2 4 13 S Marbury 39 8-15 8-9 1-2 8 2 27 Newman 22 3-8 0-1 0-1 2 3 6 Eschmeyer 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Stepania 19 3-7 0-0 3-7 2 1 7 Douglas 24 3-5 4-4 0-1 6 3 10 Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis Mcilvaine DNP - strained lower back Samake DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 22-27 10-30 33 23 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Jackson 0-2, Harris 1-1, S Marbury 3-4, Stepania 1-1, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (K Martin 3, Williams 2, Stepania 2). Turnovers: 13 (Williams 4, Harris 2, Jackson 2, Douglas, Eschmeyer, S Marbury). Steals: 9 (S Marbury 3, Williams 3, Harris, K Martin, Newman). ____________________________________________ Boston 29 24 26 33 - 112 New Jersey 33 22 32 24 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:48 4th). New Jersey 2 (Jackson, 10:24 1st; Newman, 6:20 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,207. T: 2:22. Officials: Joe Forte, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics had the luck of the Irish in New Jersey.

Milt Palacio threw up a wild 3-pointer -- his only points -- as time expired to lift the scrappy Celtics past the reeling Nets, 112-111, and end a two-game slide.

"To be honest with you, I didn't even see it go in." Palacio said of his first-career 3-pointer. "I just released it and I was just trying to catch myself and when I looked over I saw Paul (Pierce) charging at me so I said OK, then it must have gone in."

With 1.8 seconds to play, Lucious Harris' inbound pass to Aaron Williams was deflected into the Boston backcourt and in the hands of Palacio. With Stephon Marbury's hand in his face, Palacio launched an off-balance 30-footer while falling to the floor to give the Celtics the stunning victory.

"I tried to set a screen for Stephon," Williams said. "I saw the ball coming so I tried to get to it and I just tapped it. I came back to the ball because there was no one else to go to."

"We were going for the steal and I was on Marbury," Palacio said. " Coach (Rick Pitino) said, their biggest mistake is going to be throwing it in the backcourt. When I saw that, my eyes lit up because I was thinking, `Man, they did throw it in the backcourt.' And I remember he said if you get it just throw it to the rim, so that's the first thing I did."

The Nets have dropped six in a row and four straight at home.

"It really hurt to lose a game like this." coach Byron Scott said. "We played so well offensively. We weren't aggressive and we got back to being aggressive. They hit some big shots and obviously the last play was something I don't think anybody expected on our side. It was very unfortunate for our guys. They played really hard and they did everything they should've done to win this game."

After being fouled by Antoine Walker, Marbury hit a foul shot with 1.8 seconds to play to give the Nets a 111-109 lead.

"You win some, you lose some," Marbury said. "It happened so quickly, I really didn't know, to be honest. We went out and played as hard as we could. It just wasn't meant for us to win. We're going to win some games like that and some we are not. I can deal with losing if we play hard."

With 3.2 seconds to go, Bryant Stith found Walker open on the left wing for a 3-pointer that pulled the Celtics within 110-109 before committing the foul on Marbury.

A 3-pointer by Walker and foul shots by Kenny Anderson pulled Boston within 108-106 with 35.2 seconds to go after the teams traded baskets throughout the final period.

Paul Pierce scored eight points during a 10-0 run to give Boston a 95-94 lead with 6:17 to go. Pierce finished with 25 points and Walker had 23 and 11 rebounds.

The Nets had a comfortable edge throughout a lackluster game, but back-to-back shot-clock violations and an 8-0 run inched the Celtics within 94-93 with 6:40 left to play.

Marbury knocked down a 3-pointer with under 30 seconds to play and rookie Stephen Jackson followed with a foul shot to give the Nets a 55-53 lead at the break.

The Nets had a 33-29 lead after a high-scoring opening quarter behind Williams' 11 points. They had not scored 30 points in a period since December 4th against Milwaukee.

Both teams shot 52 percent, with Boston going 37-of-71 and New Jersey 42-of-81. The Celtics shot 83 percent from the line (29-of-35) compared to the Nets' 81.5 percent (22-of-27). The only difference was the shot that handed Boston the victory.

"We got very lucky at the end." Pitino said. "With the new rule, you can go into the backcourt. If they do, then in no circumstances do you let them catch the ball. You have to steal it and throw it at the rim. We got a lucky tip and a lucky shot."

"I was looking for the open man," Harris said. "I thought I saw him (Aaron Williams) open. He went one way and I threw it towards the other and they made a lucky shot. This is one of the tougher losses, not just throwing the ball away, but just the whole game. For it to end the way it did was heartbreaking."

Marbury had 27 points and eight assists and Williams finished with 20 points.

Kendall Gill did not dress and is listed as day-to-day because of tendinitis in his right knee, bringing the number of injured Nets to four. However, all starters scored in double figures tonight.

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