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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 23 30 22 23 98 VANCOUVER 24 21 24 30 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 27, PAUL PIERCE 25, BRYANT STITH 14 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 25, BRYANT REEVES 24, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 18

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 6, VITALY POTAPENKO 6 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 11,735


Extended Box

BOSTON (98) AT VANCOUVER (99)

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

PIERCE F 38 9-21 4-5 1 4 5 2 6 1 3 25 WALKER F 40 12-25 1-2 0 6 6 6 3 6 3 27 BLOUNT C 22 2-2 1-1 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 5 ANDERSON G 29 3-5 3-3 0 1 1 3 1 1 3 9 STITH G 39 4-7 2-2 1 3 4 3 2 1 1 14 PALACIO 17 0-5 2-2 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 2 POTAPENKO 27 3-7 4-4 2 4 6 0 6 1 0 10 E WILLIAMS 25 1-10 0-0 1 1 2 2 4 1 1 3 BROWN 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 CARR 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-83 17-19 8 22 30 21 25 12 15 98 (.422) (.895) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 42 6-15 5-6 3 6 9 3 3 0 5 18 LONG F 31 2-5 5-6 2 7 9 3 2 1 2 10 REEVES C 36 9-14 6-7 2 10 12 2 4 0 3 24 BIBBY G 43 10-15 2-4 0 5 5 11 2 3 3 25 DICKERSON G 36 7-16 2-4 0 5 5 1 4 1 3 17 STRICKLAND 18 0-3 3-4 0 5 5 3 1 2 3 3 SWIFT 17 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 2 0 0 MASSENBURG 12 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 M ABDUL-RAUF 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 23-31 8 41 49 23 23 9 21 99 (.473) (.742) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(28 PTS)

BOSTON 23 30 22 23 - 98 VANCOUVER 24 21 24 30 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2, PIERCE 2, STITH, BLOUNT. VANCOUVER - BIBBY 2, LONG, REEVES, DICKERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 11-23 (.478), PIERCE 3-4, WALKER 2-8, STITH 4-5, E WILLIAMS 1-5, CARR 1-1. VANCOUVER 6-18 (.333), S ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, LONG 1-2, BIBBY 3-5, DICKERSON 1-7, STRICKLAND 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - PIERCE, VANCOUVER - DICKERSON. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, RON OLESIAK, JOE FORTE. A - 11,735. T - 2:19.


Box Score

BOSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 38 9-21 4-5 1-5 2 6 25 Walker 40 12-25 1-2 0-6 6 3 27 Blount 22 2-2 1-1 1-3 1 2 5 Anderson 29 3-5 3-3 0-1 3 1 9 Stith 39 4-7 2-2 1-4 3 2 14 Palacio 17 0-5 2-2 2-3 3 1 2 Potapenko 27 3-7 4-4 2-6 0 6 10 E Williams 25 1-10 0-0 1-2 2 4 3 Brown 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Carr 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 17-19 8-30 21 25 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Pierce 3-4, Walker 2-8, Stith 4-5, E Williams 1-5, Carr 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Walker 2, Pierce 2, Stith, Blount). Turnovers: 15 (Anderson 3, Pierce 3, Walker 3, Brown 2, Blount, E Williams, Palacio, Stith). Steals: 12 (Walker 6, Anderson, Brown, E Williams, Pierce, Potapenko, Stith).

VANCOUVER (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 42 6-15 5-6 3-9 3 3 18 Long 31 2-5 5-6 2-9 3 2 10 Reeves 36 9-14 6-7 2-12 2 4 24 Bibby 43 10-15 2-4 0-5 11 2 25 Dickerson 36 7-16 2-4 0-5 1 4 17 Strickland 18 0-3 3-4 0-5 3 1 3 Swift 17 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 5 0 Massenburg 12 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 M Abdul-rauf 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Austin DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 23-31 8-49 23 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (S Abdur-rahim 1-2, Long 1-2, Bibby 3-5, Dickerson 1-7, Strickland 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Bibby 2, Long, Reeves, Dickerson). Turnovers: 23 (S Abdur-rahim 5, Bibby 3, Dickerson 3, Reeves 3, Strickland 3, Long 2, M Abdul-rauf 2). Steals: 9 (Bibby 3, Strickland 2, Swift 2, Dickerson, Long). ____________________________________________ Boston 23 30 22 23 - 98 Vancouver 24 21 24 30 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Pierce, 7:16 3rd). Vancouver 1 (Dickerson, 7:16 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,735. T: 2:19. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Ron Olesiak, Joe Forte.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Just because they have permission to leave doesn't mean the Vancouver Grizzlies are going to curl up and die on their home floor.

Mike Bibby had 25 points and 11 assists and Bryant Reeves added 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies used a breathtaking closing run to post a rousing 99-98 victory over the Boston Celtics before a crowd of disenchanted fans.

A crowd of 11,735 -- the fourth-worst at GM Place this season -- showed up with signs reading "Thanks for the worst team ever" and "Here now, gone soon" among countless others with negative messages aimed at owner Michael Heisley.

"I don't think it affects the players," Reeves said. "You obviously have a lot more media attention and a lot more people wanting to know about the move. So I think, as players, we have to go out and continue to work hard every game. It was very important for us to get this win."

After meeting Monday with NBA commissioner David Stern, Heisley was given permission to actively seek a new home for the Grizzlies, who had lost 11 of their previous 13 games and appeared headed for yet another defeat Tuesday.

Despite trailing 95-86 with just over three minutes left, the Grizzlies suddenly sprang to life, finding a way to inspire the skeptical crowd.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim dunked, Grant Long hit two free throws, Reeves buried an 11-footer and Abdur-Rahim dunked again before Long made 1-of-2 at the line to give Vancouver a 96-95 lead with 1:04 to play.

"You guys call (the potential move) a distraction or say it has effects on the team but it's not our concern," Long said. "As basketball players we have to concentrate on our game and continue to work hard. The (fans) came out and supported us. There was a few boos that I heard but the fans showed tonight what they've showed during the five years that the team has been here. That they've supported this team and continue to."

Bibby and Michael Dickerson combined to make 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch before the Celtics snapped the closing 17-2 run with a meaningless 3-pointer by Chris Carr as time expired.

Antoine Walker scored 27 points and Paul Pierce added 25 before fouling out for Boston, which was denied its 11th win in 16 games under coach Jim O'Brien.

"It was an extremely gutsy effort by Vancouver tonight," O'Brien said. "They played hard down the stretch. It came down to us not getting back defensively."

The Celtics did have a chance to regain the lead but Walker's 3-point attempt clanged off the rim with 12 seconds to play.

"We were going for the win," O'Brien said. "We were down two, we called the play. When we're on the road, we tell the guys that we're going for the win. Unfortunately, it didn't fall. Vancouver had a tough-minded effort. The chips were down for them."

Walker and Pierce combined to hit 22-of-46 shots but the rest of the Celtics went 13-of-37 as Boston shot 42 percent. Bryant Stith scored 14 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 10 for the Celtics, who lost the battle on the boards, 49-30, but scored 28 points off turnovers while yielding just eight off giveaways.

"That's one you hate to lose," Pierce said. "I thought they defended us well down the stretch. I thought we had some good looks. We had an 11-point lead and there's no way we should have really let this one slip away."

Abdur-Rahim scored six of his 18 points in the closing run and Dickerson had 17 for Vancouver, which overcame a fourth-quarter deficit for just the third time in 29 chances this season.

"I was surprised, I didn't think anyone would show up tonight," Abdur-Rahim confessed. "But there was a good crowd tonight. The fans here have been good to us and have supported us through difficult times. It's more than people think. It's not just about players running up and down the court in a different city. It's people's jobs."

The Grizzlies improved to 10-6 against Eastern Conference opponents and 9-4 at home against the East.

Vancouver appeared out of it when Potapenko hit two free throws and Pierce drilled a 3-pointer to make it 89-77 with 7:10 to play.

Bibby got it down to 93-86 with 3:37 remaining but Stith made two from the line, leaving Grizzlies fans with little hope of a comeback before their team responded.

"We want to let everyone know that we're going to go out and give 100 percent every game," Reeves said.

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