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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 21 24 19 91 GOLDEN STATE 24 26 22 22 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 28, ANTOINE WALKER 23, ERIC WILLIAMS 9 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 31, THREE PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 11, VITALY POTAPENKO 8 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, RANDY BROWN 4 GSW - BOBBY SURA 8, MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 7

ATT: 14,309


Extended Box

BOSTON (91) AT GOLDEN STATE (94)

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

PIERCE F 34 8-23 9-10 4 7 11 1 3 3 4 28 WALKER F 45 8-18 3-4 1 6 7 7 2 2 3 23 BLOUNT C 21 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 3 3 8 BROWN G 36 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 4 4 3 2 2 STITH G 27 2-6 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 7 E WILLIAMS 25 3-7 3-5 1 4 5 2 3 1 1 9 POTAPENKO 26 2-3 2-2 4 4 8 2 4 0 3 6 MCCARTY 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 2 PALACIO 11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 CARR 5 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 ANDERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 19-23 11 30 41 21 27 14 20 91 (.410) (.826) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

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

JAMISON F 45 12-25 3-6 2 3 5 1 3 1 8 31 MULLIN F 26 3-8 1-1 3 2 5 5 3 2 1 10 JACKSON C 29 3-6 7-9 1 4 5 0 3 0 4 13 BLAYLOCK G 41 4-11 0-0 2 5 7 7 1 4 4 10 SURA G 36 4-13 3-4 0 6 6 8 4 0 2 13 CUMMINGS 31 4-11 5-6 1 2 3 4 3 2 2 13 CURLEY 20 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 2 1 2 BROWN 12 0-0 2-2 0 6 6 1 4 0 1 2 DEL NEGRO DNP - BONE SPUR -- LEFT ANKLE FOYLE DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT TIBIA HUGHES DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT THUMB KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PORTER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 31-77 21-28 10 32 42 26 24 11 23 94 (.403) (.750) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 25(30 PTS)

BOSTON 27 21 24 19 - 91 GOLDEN STATE 24 26 22 22 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 3, BROWN, PIERCE, BLOUNT. GOLDEN STATE - MULLIN 2, CUMMINGS, JACKSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-21 (.381), PIERCE 3-8, WALKER 4-7, STITH 1-3, E WILLIAMS 0-1, MCCARTY 0-2. GOLDEN STATE 11-23 (.478), JAMISON 4-5, MULLIN 3-5, BLAYLOCK 2-5, SURA 2-5, CUMMINGS 0-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH OBRIEN, PIERCE, GOLDEN STATE - SURA. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, BOB DELANEY. A - 14,309. T - 2:20.


Box Score

BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 34 8-23 9-10 4-11 1 3 28 Walker 45 8-18 3-4 1-7 7 2 23 Blount 21 4-7 0-0 0-0 0 5 8 Brown 36 1-6 0-0 1-4 4 4 2 Stith 27 2-6 2-2 0-4 2 2 7 E Williams 25 3-7 3-5 1-5 2 3 9 Potapenko 26 2-3 2-2 4-8 2 4 6 Mccarty 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Palacio 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Carr 5 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Anderson DNP - sprained right ankle Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 19-23 11-41 21 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Pierce 3-8, Walker 4-7, Stith 1-3, E Williams 0-1, Mccarty 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Walker 3, Brown, Pierce, Blount). Turnovers: 20 (Pierce 4, Blount 3, Potapenko 3, Walker 3, Brown 2, Mccarty 2, Carr, E Williams, Stith). Steals: 14 (Blount 3, Brown 3, Pierce 3, Palacio 2, Walker 2, E Williams).

GOLDEN STATE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 45 12-25 3-6 2-5 1 3 31 Mullin 26 3-8 1-1 3-5 5 3 10 Jackson 29 3-6 7-9 1-5 0 3 13 Blaylock 41 4-11 0-0 2-7 7 1 10 Sura 36 4-13 3-4 0-6 8 4 13 Cummings 31 4-11 5-6 1-3 4 3 13 Curley 20 1-3 0-0 1-5 0 3 2 Brown 12 0-0 2-2 0-6 1 4 2 Del Negro DNP - bone spur -- left ankle Foyle DNP - stress fracture right tibia Hughes DNP - sprained right thumb Keefe DNP - coach's decision Porter DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 21-28 10-42 26 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Jamison 4-5, Mullin 3-5, Blaylock 2-5, Sura 2-5, Cummings 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Mullin 2, Cummings, Jackson). Turnovers: 25 (Jamison 8, Blaylock 4, Jackson 4, Cummings 2, Sura 2, Brown, Curley, Mullin). Steals: 11 (Blaylock 4, Cummings 2, Curley 2, Mullin 2, Jamison). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 21 24 19 - 91 Golden State 24 26 22 22 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Head Coach Obrien, 6:36 3rd; Pierce, 0:24 3rd). Golden State 1 (Sura, 7:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,309. T: 2:20. Officials: Derrick Stafford, George Toliver, Bob Delaney.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- On a night when the Golden State Warriors lived on the 3-pointer for three quarters, it was the free-throw line that decided the game.

The Warriors made a season-high 11 3-pointers but none in the final 12 minutes, when they sank all 12 of their free throws to earn a 94-91 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Golden State, which entered the game with the worst 3-point percentage (.303) in the NBA, shot 48 percent (11-of-23) from behind the arc.

"We took a lot of threes tonight and we made a lot of them," Golden State coach Dave Cowens said. "We made our free throws tonight. In the first half we didn't but we finished the game by making them so that was a good thing."

Golden State's Vonteego Cummings scored 12 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including the decisive free throws with three seconds left.

"I told (Vonteego), `You're looking hesitant out there. Look to shoot it more, be more aggressive,'" teammate Antawn Jamison said. "Sure enough, he came out there calm and he was aggressive, taking it to the hole and not worrying about missing the shot or turning the ball over and that's the Vonteego I know. When he does that not only does he make himself better but his teammates better. The guy can shoot the ball and can be one of the best on this team."

Antoine Walker misfired on a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, one of Boston's numerous missed opportunities in the final 30 seconds.

"I don't know if he had a good look," Boston interim coach Jim O'Brien said. "We wanted to get him the basketball and have him look for a guy off a fade screen that wasn't there and he had to shoot the ball and it just didn't go in."

"I didn't want to throw it away and I took the shot," Walker said. "We're not satisfied. We felt we should've won the game. We had opportunities to win it."

With 25 seconds left and Boston trailing 90-88, Randy Brown blocked a desperation 3-point attempt by Cummings as the shot clock ran out. Brown missed a contested layup at the other end and Paul Pierce grabbed the rebound but missed another golden opportunity to tie the game when he blew the wide open follow shot.

Jamison gathered the rebound and was sent to the line, where he nailed both free throws with 10 seconds left.

Pierce knocked down a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to bring the Celtics within 92-91. Cummings was fouled on the inbounds pass and sent to the line for the clutch free throws.

Jamison led six Warriors in double figures with 31 points and made a career-high four 3-pointers. Bob Sura and rookie Marc Jackson added 13 apiece for Golden State, which has won five straight meetings with Boston.

Walker scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and also had seven rebounds and seven assists. Pierce had 28 points and 11 rebounds.

"Those guys are opportunistic scorers, you can't give them a breath of air," Cowens said. "We were going to go at them and get the ball out of their hands. For the most part, we did a pretty good job."

The Celtics are 3-3 under O'Brien. They completed a 2-2 road trip but remained winless here since the 1994-95 season.

"You can't be satisfied with a .500 record (on the road trip), we're trying to make the playoffs," Pierce said. "We're trying to win every game, but losing a close game like this is very disappointing. We're trying to play hard to turn this thing around, regardless of what has happened, and that's our focus right now."

Pierce opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Boston but Golden State responded with a 13-0 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Mookie Blaylock, to take a 63-51 lead with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter.

The Celtics retaliated with six straight points, five by Pierce, to close within six with 7:09 left.

"I was a little frustrated in the first half and I wanted to come out and be a lot more aggressive in the second half," Pierce said. "I was really frustrated with the way I was playing in the 1st half and I wanted to help my team get a win."

Boston used a 15-3 run in the final 6:30 of the period to forge a 72-72 tie going into the fourth quarter.

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