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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 26 19 16 24 85 PORTLAND 22 18 18 23 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 28, PAUL PIERCE 14, BRYANT STITH 10 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 23, BONZI WELLS 12, DETLEF SCHREMPF 12

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, VITALY POTAPENKO 8 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 10, RASHEED WALLACE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 7, ANTOINE WALKER 5 POR - DETLEF SCHREMPF 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 20,580


Extended Box

BOSTON (85) AT PORTLAND (81)

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

PIERCE F 39 4-16 5-8 0 6 6 2 2 0 3 14 WALKER F 42 9-22 3-4 2 6 8 5 4 2 3 28 BLOUNT C 22 2-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 6 ANDERSON G 28 1-5 2-5 0 2 2 7 1 1 1 4 STITH G 36 4-9 1-1 1 4 5 1 1 1 1 10 PALACIO 20 4-6 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 9 E WILLIAMS 26 2-4 1-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 6 POTAPENKO 26 4-9 0-0 4 4 8 0 2 0 0 8 MCCARTY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERREN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-75 15-24 9 29 38 18 15 6 9 85 (.400) (.625) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 5 0 0 2 WALLACE F 46 11-16 1-2 3 5 8 1 0 0 2 23 SABONIS C 26 5-13 0-0 0 10 10 3 1 1 2 10 STOUDAMIRE G 34 3-10 2-2 0 2 2 4 3 0 3 8 WELLS G 20 5-6 2-4 2 4 6 1 4 0 2 12 SMITH 28 1-8 2-2 0 3 3 1 5 0 2 5 DAVIS 22 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 8 SCHREMPF 28 5-9 2-2 0 7 7 7 4 1 1 12 ANTHONY 17 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 KEMP 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 10-14 6 36 42 24 26 3 12 81 (.473) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(6 PTS)

BOSTON 26 19 16 24 - 85 PORTLAND 22 18 18 23 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - STITH, POTAPENKO. PORTLAND - DAVIS 2, SMITH, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-20 (.500), PIERCE 1-3, WALKER 7-12, STITH 1-3, E WILLIAMS 1-2. PORTLAND 1-12 (.083), WALLACE 0-1, SABONIS 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, SMITH 1-4, DAVIS 0-1, SCHREMPF 0-1, ANTHONY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, NOLAN FINE, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 20,580. T - 2:15.


Box Score

BOSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 39 4-16 5-8 0-6 2 2 14 Walker 42 9-22 3-4 2-8 5 4 28 Blount 22 2-4 2-2 2-4 0 3 6 Anderson 28 1-5 2-5 0-2 7 1 4 Stith 36 4-9 1-1 1-5 1 1 10 Palacio 20 4-6 1-2 0-1 1 0 9 E Williams 26 2-4 1-2 0-4 2 2 6 Potapenko 26 4-9 0-0 4-8 0 2 8 Mccarty 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carr DNP - coach's decision Herren DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 15-24 9-38 18 15 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 10-20, .500 (Pierce 1-3, Walker 7-12, Stith 1-3, E Williams 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Stith, Potapenko). Turnovers: 10 (Pierce 3, Walker 3, Anderson, Palacio, Stith). Steals: 6 (Palacio 2, Walker 2, Anderson, Stith).

PORTLAND (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 4 5 2 Wallace 46 11-16 1-2 3-8 1 0 23 Sabonis 26 5-13 0-0 0-10 3 1 10 Stoudamire 34 3-10 2-2 0-2 4 3 8 Wells 20 5-6 2-4 2-6 1 4 12 Smith 28 1-8 2-2 0-3 1 5 5 Davis 22 4-7 0-0 1-3 2 2 8 Schrempf 28 5-9 2-2 0-7 7 4 12 Anthony 17 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 Kemp 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 10-14 6-42 24 26 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Wallace 0-1, Sabonis 0-1, Stoudamire 0-2, Smith 1-4, Davis 0-1, Schrempf 0-1, Anthony 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Davis 2, Smith, Wallace). Turnovers: 13 (Stoudamire 3, Sabonis 2, Smith 2, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Schrempf). Steals: 3 (Davis, Sabonis, Schrempf). ____________________________________________ Boston 26 19 16 24 - 85 Portland 22 18 18 23 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,580. T: 2:15. Officials: Mike Mathis, Nolan Fine, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Portland Trail Blazers spoiled Jim O'Brien's debut more than five weeks ago but could not slow the improbable renaissance the Boston Celtics' coach has orchestrated since January 8.

Antoine Walker scored 28 points and frontcourt mate Paul Pierce hit a key jumper in the final minute as the resurgent Celtics snapped a seven-game losing streak at the Rose Garden with a rousing 85-81 triumph over the Western Conference's top team.

After squandering a nine-point lead in the final three minutes of a gut-wrenching 99-98 loss at Vancouver in the opener of a daunting seven-game western swing, the Celtics rebounded with a win on Thursday at Seattle before Saturday's stunner.

"We've been playing with a lot of confidence," Pierce said. "We don't get down on ourselves when we do down one or two (points). We're going to continue to fight and fight and believe in what we can do. Everybody's together."

Since taking over for Rick Pitino, O'Brien has recovered from his 98-90 home loss to Portland. He has guided the Celtics to a 12-6 mark, nine wins in their last 11 games and possession of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Boston appeared on the verge of blowing a seven-point lead in the final three minutes when Arvydas Sabonis' seven-foot hook shot pulled Portland within 82-81 with 1:44 left. But after Steve Smith missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer for the Blazers, O'Brien used a timeout to set up a play.

Pierce received the ensuing inbounds pass from Eric Williams and despite misfiring on 12 of his previous 15 shots, calmly buried a 17-footer from the right side to stretch the advantage to three with 35 seconds left.

Walker, who hit 7-of-12 3-pointers, served as a decoy on the play. Boston was 10-of-20 from beyond the arc.

"Paul hit a big shot," Williams said. "There were so many plays in this game and it was just one of those situations I was happy to be part of. You know Paul can score and you know Antoine can score and we know that they've been scoring all year, but we weren't winning games at the beginning. Now we're starting to win games and we know how to win games and guys are focused. And it's fun now."

Former Blazer Kenny Anderson made 1-of-2 at the line with 13 seconds left to cap the scoring as Boston won in Portland for the first time since March 21, 1993.

"Anytime you do that to a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, sure, it surprises you," O'Brien said. "But our guys have been playing really solid basketball. We came in here winning eight out of 10 and beat some pretty good teams on the road and beat some pretty good teams at home. So our team is playing solid basketball right now."

"Everybody was sick of losing, sick of playing the way we were," Anderson added. "It's all coming together at a real important point in the season."

Pierce finished with 14 points and Bryant Stith added 10 for the Celtics, who shot 40 percent (30-of-75) and were outrebounded, 42-38, but still found a way to hand the Blazers just their fifth loss in 26 home games.

Portland had won its previous three at home by a combined 62 points but could never overtake the Celtics in the fourth quarter, despite forging a pair of ties and pulling within a point on four occasions.

"We knew they were playing well coming in, but we gave them too many good looks, especially Walker," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We were soft on defense."

Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points and Detlef Schrempf and Bonzi Wells added 12 apiece for the Blazers, who shot 47 percent (35-of-74) and yielded just six points off turnovers while collecting 10.

Damon Stoudamire knocked down a jumper with 2:58 left in the third quarter to give Portland its last lead, 56-55. Rookie Mark Blount answered with two free throws and Milt Palacio made conecutive baskets to put Boston ahead to stay, 61-56, with less than a minute left in the period.

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