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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 20 31 25 31 107 MINNESOTA 28 24 24 26 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 42, ANTOINE WALKER 20, RANDY BROWN 12 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, RANDY BROWN 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, BRYANT STITH 5 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 17,228


Extended Box

BOSTON (107) AT MINNESOTA (102)

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

PIERCE F 42 15-22 11-12 1 4 5 3 4 2 3 42 WALKER F 43 6-26 7-11 4 8 12 12 3 2 5 20 BLOUNT C 33 4-6 2-3 2 2 4 0 5 1 1 10 BROWN G 35 5-6 2-2 1 5 6 3 3 2 1 12 STITH G 32 1-7 2-2 0 3 3 5 2 0 1 4 POTAPENKO 17 1-6 2-2 4 1 5 0 4 0 1 4 E WILLIAMS 22 1-2 4-6 0 2 2 2 3 1 0 7 PALACIO 13 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 MOISO 2 1-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 MCCARTY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 32-42 12 27 39 25 27 8 14 107 (.456) (.762) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 41 8-19 7-10 2 7 9 7 4 1 2 23 SZCZERBIAK F 24 6-10 3-4 2 2 4 2 5 0 4 15 D GARRETT C 8 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 BRANDON G 33 3-7 3-4 2 4 6 5 2 0 1 10 PEELER G 36 4-15 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 6 3 8 NESTEROVIC 11 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 MITCHELL 15 2-4 4-4 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 8 BILLUPS 23 5-6 5-6 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 16 AVERY 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 SLATER 12 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 3 2 ELLIS 29 3-5 9-11 1 5 6 1 4 2 1 15 DAY 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3

TOTALS 240 34-73 31-41 10 28 38 25 31 10 17 102 (.466) (.756) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

BOSTON 20 31 25 31 - 107 MINNESOTA 28 24 24 26 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BLOUNT. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, PEELER, ELLIS, D GARRETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-12 (.250), PIERCE 1-2, WALKER 1-8, STITH 0-1, E WILLIAMS 1-1. MINNESOTA 3-18 (.167), K GARNETT 0-2, SZCZERBIAK 0-1, BRANDON 1-3, PEELER 0-6, MITCHELL 0-1, BILLUPS 1-2, AVERY 0-1, DAY 1-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - HEAD COACH LOWE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, SEAN CORBIN, MIKE SMITH. A - 17,228. T - 2:28.


Box Score

BOSTON (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 42 15-22 11-12 1-5 3 4 42 Walker 43 6-26 7-11 4-12 12 3 20 Blount 33 4-6 2-3 2-4 0 5 10 Brown 35 5-6 2-2 1-6 3 3 12 Stith 32 1-7 2-2 0-3 5 2 4 Potapenko 17 1-6 2-2 4-5 0 4 4 E Williams 22 1-2 4-6 0-2 2 3 7 Palacio 13 2-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 6 Moiso 2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0 1 2 Mccarty 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Anderson DNP - sprained right ankle Carr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 32-42 12-39 25 27 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Pierce 1-2, Walker 1-8, Stith 0-1, E Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 1 (Blount). Turnovers: 14 (Walker 5, Pierce 3, Blount, Brown, Moiso, Palacio, Potapenko, Stith). Steals: 8 (Brown 2, Pierce 2, Walker 2, Blount, E Williams).

MINNESOTA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 8-19 7-10 2-9 7 4 23 Szczerbiak 24 6-10 3-4 2-4 2 5 15 D Garrett 8 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Brandon 33 3-7 3-4 2-6 5 2 10 Peeler 36 4-15 0-0 0-2 5 4 8 Nesterovic 11 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 Mitchell 15 2-4 4-4 0-2 1 1 8 Billups 23 5-6 5-6 0-0 2 3 16 Avery 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Slater 12 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 4 2 Ellis 29 3-5 9-11 1-6 1 4 15 Day 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 31-41 10-38 25 31 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.756. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (K Garnett 0-2, Szczerbiak 0-1, Brandon 1-3, Peeler 0-6, Mitchell 0-1, Billups 1-2, Avery 0-1, Day 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 3, Peeler, Ellis, D Garrett). Turnovers: 17 (Szczerbiak 4, Peeler 3, Slater 3, Billups 2, K Garnett 2, Brandon, Ellis, Mitchell). Steals: 10 (Peeler 6, Ellis 2, Day, K Garnett). ____________________________________________ Boston 20 31 25 31 - 107 Minnesota 28 24 24 26 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Head Coach Lowe, 4:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,228. T: 2:28. Officials: Jess Kersey, Sean Corbin, Mike Smith.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce scored a career-high 42 points and Antoine Walker had his third triple-double of the season to lift the Boston Celtics to a rousing 107-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Having lost the previous five meetings with Minnesota, the Celtics looked well on their way to another defeat when Terrell Brandon's free throws gave the Timberwolves a 92-84 lead with 5:32 to play.

But Pierce's three-point play sparked a closing 23-10 run as the Celtics won for just the second time in nine games. Pierce scored 11 points during the burst, including a layup that snapped a 98-98 tie and put Boston in front to stay with 1:38 left.

"Paul got hot," new Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "It all comes down to defense. We won that game because we got defensive stops whe it mattered. When we got it down to eight points, our guys focused and still believed they could win and they really guarded."

Walker and Pierce began the game by missing their first five shots, but both redeemed themselves later.

"I just tried to take advantage of what the defense was giving me," Pierce said. "This was a big team effort. A lot of the guys stepped up and hit shots, so they couldn't double-team me as often as they probably wanted to. It just feels great."

Pierce was 15-of-22 from the field and 11-of-12 at the line while Walker piled up 20 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds despite a dismal 7-of-26 shooting performance.

"I can't ask for any more out of Paul Pierce," O'Brien said. "He gave the full measure today. Antoine did a really nice job of making sure that when I wasn't able to call plays for Paul, he called plays for Paul. Antoine was not having a particularly good night but I thought his leadership down the stretch, Paul's scoring and our defense was the difference."

"You have to try to do other things to help the team win," O'Brien said. "Tonight wasn't my night offensively. It was Paul's night. We ran a lot of plays trying to get him the ball and he did a great of finishing."

Boston improved to 2-2 under O'Brien and snapped a three-game losing streak at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett scored 23 points but missed two crucial jumpers down the stretch for the Timberwolves, who had not lost to Boston since January 2, 1998.

Randy Brown scored 12 points and Mark Blount added 10 for Boston, which shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and held a 39-38 rebounding edge. Boston scored 19 points off 16 Minnesota turnovers.

Former Celtic Chauncey Billups scored 16 points and LaPhonso Ellis and Wally Szczerbiak added 15 apiece for the Wolves, who shot 47 percent (34-of-73) but were just 3-of-18 from 3-point range.

Minnesota bolted to a 28-20 lead behind 10 points from Szczerbiak and eight from Garnett.

But Boston fought back within 54-51 at the half and forged a 76-76 tie entering the final period before the Wolves appeared to take the game by the throat.

Billups hit a 19-footer and Ellis added two free throws as Minnesota opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 burst. But Walker, Brown and Pierce answered with baskets and the Celtics stayed within striking distance at 90-84 with 6:06 to play.

"When you are up eight with 4 1/2 minutes to go, you can't lose to anybody," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Especially a team that is struggling. We played extremely not smart."

Ellis and Brandon each went 1-of-2 at the line before Boston took control.

After Pierce's three-point play and a basket by Garnett, Eric Wiliams drilled a 3-pointer and two free throws. Pierce made two free throws and two layups as Boston forged ahead, 100-98.

"When a guy scores 40, he seems to score every time you turn around," Ellis said.

Garnett missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer and again from 19 feet before two free throws by Brown and Pierce and three from Walker sealed Minnesota's fate.

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