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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 19 20 15 81 ATLANTA 23 24 21 24 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 30, ANTOINE WALKER 13, BRYANT STITH 11 ATL - JASON TERRY 32, ROSHOWN MCLEOD 21, LORENZEN WRIGHT 18

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, BRYANT STITH 7 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 19, LORENZEN WRIGHT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 4, BRYANT STITH 4 ATL - JASON TERRY 6, ROSHOWN MCLEOD 3

ATT: 11,194


Extended Box

BOSTON (81) AT ATLANTA (92)

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

PIERCE F 47 11-21 7-10 2 4 6 2 3 1 3 30 WALKER F 40 4-17 4-4 0 8 8 4 3 2 3 13 POTAPENKO C 35 5-12 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 1 0 10 ANDERSON G 21 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2 STITH G 43 3-9 4-6 3 4 7 4 1 1 4 11 PALACIO 16 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 3 4 BLOUNT 13 1-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 4 E WILLIAMS 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 MCCARTY 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 BROWN 11 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-77 19-24 12 24 36 11 24 7 15 81 (.377) (.792) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

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

MCLEOD F 33 9-15 3-4 2 3 5 3 5 1 4 21 WRIGHT F 39 8-17 2-5 3 6 9 1 4 0 2 18 MUTOMBO C 37 0-4 5-6 2 17 19 2 3 0 2 5 MALONEY G 43 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 3 2 10 TERRY G 45 12-16 8-10 0 3 3 6 2 3 3 32 D JOHNSON 11 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 MOTTOLA 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 BOWDLER 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 GLOVER 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 KNIGHT DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - TRADE

TOTALS 240 36-70 18-25 8 33 41 16 23 9 16 92 (.514) (.720) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(25 PTS)

BOSTON 27 19 20 15 - 81 ATLANTA 23 24 21 24 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BLOUNT. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, WRIGHT 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-17 (.235), PIERCE 1-4, WALKER 1-8, ANDERSON 0-1, STITH 1-2, MCCARTY 1-1, BROWN 0-1. ATLANTA 2-5 (.400), MALONEY 2-5. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, ATLANTA - MUTOMBO, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, TOM WASHINGTON, GARY BENSON. A - 11,194. T - 2:14.


Box Score

BOSTON (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 47 11-21 7-10 2-6 2 3 30 Walker 40 4-17 4-4 0-8 4 3 13 Potapenko 35 5-12 0-0 3-6 0 4 10 Anderson 21 1-7 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 Stith 43 3-9 4-6 3-7 4 1 11 Palacio 16 1-2 2-2 1-3 0 0 4 Blount 13 1-2 2-2 1-2 0 2 4 E Williams 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Mccarty 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Brown 11 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 4 2 Carr DNP - coach's decision Griffin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 19-24 12-36 11 24 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Pierce 1-4, Walker 1-8, Anderson 0-1, Stith 1-2, Mccarty 1-1, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Blount). Turnovers: 15 (Stith 4, Palacio 3, Pierce 3, Walker 3, Anderson, Blount). Steals: 7 (Walker 2, Anderson, Blount, Pierce, Potapenko, Stith).

ATLANTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcleod 33 9-15 3-4 2-5 3 5 21 Wright 39 8-17 2-5 3-9 1 4 18 Mutombo 37 0-4 5-6 2-19 2 3 5 Maloney 43 4-10 0-0 0-2 2 2 10 Terry 45 12-16 8-10 0-3 6 2 32 D Johnson 11 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Mottola 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Bowdler 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Glover 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Knight DNP - not with team - trade _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-70 18-25 8-41 16 23 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Maloney 2-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 2, Wright 2). Turnovers: 18 (Mcleod 4, Terry 3, Maloney 2, Mutombo 2, Wright 2, Bowdler, D Johnson, Glover). Steals: 9 (Maloney 3, Terry 3, D Johnson, Glover, Mcleod). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 19 20 15 - 81 Atlanta 23 24 21 24 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 2:45 3rd, 0:52 3rd). Atlanta 2 (Mutombo, 3:42 2nd; Illegal Defense, 3:13 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,194. T: 2:14. Officials: Ed F Rush, Tom Washington, Gary Benson.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Brevin Knight got a firsthand look at what he will have to work with.

Jason Terry scored 32 points and the Hawks used a big fourth quarter to put away the Boston Celtics, rolling to a 92-81 victory as the newly acquired Knight watched from the sidelines.

Knight came to Atlanta earlier Tuesday in a deal that sent shooting guard Jim Jackson and reserve guards Larry Robinson and Anthony Johnson to Cleveland. He must pass a mandatory physical before joining his new team and got to Philips Arena just after halftime.

"It's a team that has a chance to be a good team," Knight said. "Hopefully, we can become a truly dangerous team that can run around and get after people. I look forward to working with JT (Terry). I bring quickness and floor leadership."

A diminutive point guard, Knight will take over playmaking duties from Matt Maloney, who had 10 points and two assists in 43 minutes.

Terry, who has emerged as the Hawks' go-to guy from the shooting guard slot, was hot all game, burying 12-of-16 shots and 8-of-10 free throws while handing out six assists.

The converted point guard sank a four-footer during a 7-0 run to open the fourth period, helping the Hawks open a 75-66 lead with 10:12 to play.

"Just another key element to what we're trying to do here," Terry said. "It's a big step for us, everytime we can come down the stretch and execute. In the games we've struggled, we have not done that."

Roshown McLeod scored 21 points, Lorenzen Wright added 18 and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 19 rebounds as the Hawks won for the fifth time in seven games and snapped a four-game losing streak against Boston.

Atlanta outscored Boston, 24-15, over the final 12 minutes.

"I don't see why we can't finish the season very strong," Mutombo said. "I think tonight showed the guts of the guys to come out and accomplish this."

Paul Pierce scored 30 points but received little help from frontcourt mate Antoine Walker, who managed just 13 on 4-of-17 shooting, as the Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games.

Mutombo was 0-of-4 from the field and scored just five points but he and Wright teamed to keep the Celtics out of the middle all night, limiting Boston to 38 percent (29-of-77) shooting.

The Hawks received just six points from their bench and were dressed only nine players for the contest but still appeared to be the stronger team down the stretch.

"We didn't have our full team but we had a team out there that trusted each other and was on the same page," Wright said. "As a team we knew we had to pick up the defense and we did. Overall, I think we're on the right track."

Maloney opened the fourth quarter by drilling a 3-pointer, Terry followed with a layup and Wright dunked to open a nine-point cushion. Two free throws by Mutombo and follow shot by Wright helped build the advantage to 89-77 with 2:17 remaining, ending any threat of a Boston comeback.

"Matt hit the big three to start the fourth, then we got a couple of big stops defensively," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "We stretched it to 10 and then kept the lead."

Atlanta shot 51 percent (36-of-70), held a 41-36 rebounding advantage and overcame 25 points yielded off turnovers.

"It's going to be the same story," Pierce said. "We continue to let teams shoot over 50 percent each and every game, it's going to continue to be the same story. Until we can get our act together, especially when we're not rebounding the ball, it's the same story. Teams look at us and say they're going to start their winning streak."

Terry and Wright combined for 33 first-half points, helping the Hawks to a 47-46 lead at intermission.

Bryant Stith hit a 3-pointer to give Boston its final lead at 66-63 with 1:11 left in the third quarter. But Terry and Mutombo combined to hit three free throws and rookie DerMarr Johnson's lone basket of the night, a jumper from the left corner, gave Atlanta the lead for good, 68-66, entering the final period.

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