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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 29 35 18 20 102 DETROIT 29 23 20 23 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 40, ERIC WILLIAMS 17, BRYANT STITH 14 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 40, CHUCKY ATKINS 14, MATEEN CLEAVES 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 10, PAUL PIERCE 7 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, BEN WALLACE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - MILT PALACIO 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 5, JERRY STACKHOUSE 3

ATT: 15,340


Extended Box

BOSTON (102) AT DETROIT (95)

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

PIERCE F 44 14-19 7-7 2 5 7 2 3 2 3 40 E WILLIAMS F 33 6-14 4-6 0 6 6 4 6 0 2 17 BLOUNT C 15 0-1 0-0 0 5 5 1 4 1 2 0 ANDERSON G 22 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 1 2 2 STITH G 33 5-10 2-2 0 3 3 3 4 1 1 14 POTAPENKO 33 6-11 1-1 6 4 10 2 3 0 2 13 CARR 9 3-4 1-3 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 7 PALACIO 26 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 7 3 0 3 5 MCCARTY 25 2-4 0-0 0 6 6 4 5 0 2 4 BROWN DNP - HYPER-EXTENDED LEFT KNEE MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALKER DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 39-74 16-21 8 35 43 26 30 6 19 102 (.527) (.762) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

CURRY F 38 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 1 4 6 SMITH F 17 0-5 2-2 2 1 3 1 5 1 1 2 B WALLACE C 30 4-5 0-3 2 6 8 2 0 0 1 8 ATKINS G 28 6-14 1-4 0 2 2 5 3 1 0 14 STACKHOUSE G 45 12-28 10-13 0 3 3 3 3 1 3 40 MONTROSS 8 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 0 CLEAVES 16 6-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 13 J WILLIAMS 31 2-8 2-3 4 8 12 1 2 1 0 6 BUECHLER 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 BARROS 7 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 J WALLACE 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 M MOORE 10 0-3 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 35-85 17-27 12 28 40 17 27 5 15 95 (.412) (.630) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

BOSTON 29 35 18 20 - 102 DETROIT 29 23 20 23 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, BLOUNT 2, CARR. DETROIT - B WALLACE, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-21 (.381), PIERCE 5-7, E WILLIAMS 1-5, ANDERSON 0-2, STITH 2-5, CARR 0-1, MCCARTY 0-1. DETROIT 8-18 (.444), ATKINS 1-5, STACKHOUSE 6-11, CLEAVES 1-1, J WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TOM WASHINGTON, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,340. T - 2:12.


Box Score

BOSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 44 14-19 7-7 2-7 2 3 40 E Williams 33 6-14 4-6 0-6 4 6 17 Blount 15 0-1 0-0 0-5 1 4 0 Anderson 22 1-6 0-0 0-2 3 0 2 Stith 33 5-10 2-2 0-3 3 4 14 Potapenko 33 6-11 1-1 6-10 2 3 13 Carr 9 3-4 1-3 0-2 0 2 7 Palacio 26 2-5 1-2 0-2 7 3 5 Mccarty 25 2-4 0-0 0-6 4 5 4 Brown DNP - hyper-extended left knee Moiso DNP - coach's decision Walker DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-74 16-21 8-43 26 30 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.527, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Pierce 5-7, E Williams 1-5, Anderson 0-2, Stith 2-5, Carr 0-1, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Pierce 2, Blount 2, Carr). Turnovers: 20 (Palacio 3, Pierce 3, Anderson 2, Blount 2, Carr 2, E Williams 2, Mccarty 2, Potapenko 2, Stith). Steals: 6 (Pierce 2, Anderson, Blount, Carr, Stith).

DETROIT (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 38 3-8 0-0 1-3 2 5 6 Smith 17 0-5 2-2 2-3 1 5 2 B Wallace 30 4-5 0-3 2-8 2 0 8 Atkins 28 6-14 1-4 0-2 5 3 14 Stackhouse 45 12-28 10-13 0-3 3 3 40 Montross 8 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 3 0 Cleaves 16 6-7 0-0 0-1 1 3 13 J Williams 31 2-8 2-3 4-12 1 2 6 Buechler 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Barros 7 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 J Wallace 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Moore 10 0-3 0-0 3-5 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-85 17-27 12-40 17 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Atkins 1-5, Stackhouse 6-11, Cleaves 1-1, J Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (B Wallace, Smith). Turnovers: 16 (Curry 4, Cleaves 3, Stackhouse 3, B Wallace, Buechler, J Wallace, M Moore, Smith). Steals: 5 (Atkins, Curry, J Williams, Smith, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Boston 29 35 18 20 - 102 Detroit 29 23 20 23 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,340. T: 2:12. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Tom Washington, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce more than made up for the absence of Antoine Walker.

Pierce scored 40 points and keyed a big second-quarter run as the Boston Celtics extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 102-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Playing without Walker, who missed the game to attend his grandmother's funeral in Chicago, the Celtics turned to Pierce, who came through with one of his best performances of the season.

"Everyone stepped up and did things they had to do tonight," Pierce said. "We responded well to him being out and it brought us closer together. Detroit might have thought it would be easy but we fought hard. We're in the groove right now. Our chemistry is going well. We have confidence. We don't feel we're going to lose at home or on the road."

"We missed him but I think everyone stepped up in Antoine's absence," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said.

Pierce made 14-of-19 shots from the field and all seven of his free throws, falling two points shy of his career high set earlier this season at Minnesota.

"They played me tough. It was tougher then it looked," Pierce said. "I got banged around a lot. When they collapsed on me, I tried to pass it off and tried to make it a little easier."

The 6-6 swingman also keyed a decisive 27-6 run in the second quarter, when he scored 15 points. He had 28 points in the half as the Celtics built a 64-52 advantage.

Eric Williams added 17 points and Vitaly Potapenko had 13 and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who improved to 8-4 since O'Brien replaced Rick Pitino as coach.

Sparked by Pierce, the Celtics were able to overcome a big effort by Pistons All-Star guard Jerry Stackhouse, who also scored 40 points.

"This is just what I was afraid of -- Antoine didn't play and our guys thought it was going to be easy," Pistons coach George Irvine said. "You'd hope to God this team wouldn't be overconfident but we didn't come out with any defensive intensity. We allowed 64 points in a half to a team missing it's second-leading scorer. I keep telling the guys, `If we're not playing hard, we're not very good.'"

Stackhouse scored 20 points in the first quarter, tying Kelly Tripucka's club record for most points in the opening period. Tripucka did it against the Kansas City Kings in the 1983-84 season.

Chuck Atkins chipped in with 14 points for Detroit, which suffered its eighth straight home loss. It is the longest home losing streak for the Pistons since a 10-game slide during the 1993-94 season.

Stackhouse was a one-man wrecking crew in the first quarter, making 5-of-10 shots from the field, 7-of-8 from the line and half his six 3-pointers. He accounted for all but nine of the Pistons' points in the period.

A layup by a rookie Mateen Cleaves gave the Pistons their biggest lead, 38-32, with 8:13 to play before intermission.

A layup by Potapenko 11 seconds later started the Celtics' surge. Pierce sank a 3-pointer with 6:12 left in the half, giving Boston the lead for good, and he capped the outburst with an 18-footer for a 59-44 advantage with 3:28 before the break.

"We got some defensive stops and Milt (Palacio) took it upon himself to make sure we started to run," O'Brien said.

Pierce had a near flawless first half, scoring 28 points while making 9-of-11 shots from the field. He also made all seven of his free throws and his three attempts from behind the arc.

"Paul Pierce was hitting everything and when we started helping on him he'd kick the ball to someone else and they made the shots. It's hard to win a game like that."

Stackhouse was virtually the entire offense for the Pistons in the half, scoring half his club's 52 points.

"We just didn't have any energy at the start of the game," added Stackhouse. "That's a disappointment because we're playing at home and had a chance to pay back Boston for the last time."

Boston took its biggest lead of the contest at 70-55 with 8:29 left in the third quarter following a pair of free throws by Williams.

The Pistons slowly chipped away at the deficit and got as close as 97-91 with 2:02 remaining on a foul shot by Jerome Williams. But Potapenko made a 15-footer and Pierce a 17-footer to help Boston restore control.

Bryant Stith added 14 points for the Celtics, who shot 53 percent (39-of-74) while holding Detroit to 41 percent (35-of-85). Boston held slim 43-40 rebounding advantage.

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