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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 32 24 29 107 LA LAKERS 23 26 31 32 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 42, ANTOINE WALKER 23, ERIC WILLIAMS 14 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 28, DEREK FISHER 26, RICK FOX 21

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, PAUL PIERCE 6 LAL - BRIAN SHAW 12, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 11, BRYANT STITH 4 LAL - DEREK FISHER 8, BRIAN SHAW 7

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

BOSTON (107) AT LA LAKERS (112)

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

PIERCE F 38 13-19 13-21 1 5 6 2 4 4 3 42 WALKER F 45 9-20 1-2 2 6 8 11 5 2 4 23 BLOUNT C 15 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 2 BROWN G 23 1-1 1-1 0 1 1 1 5 0 3 3 STITH G 29 3-8 2-2 0 3 3 4 2 2 0 9 POTAPENKO 22 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 2 1 6 PALACIO 25 4-7 0-2 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 8 E WILLIAMS 31 2-8 10-11 2 2 4 2 3 0 2 14 MCCARTY 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERREN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-71 27-39 6 25 31 24 33 10 16 107 (.507) (.692) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

FOX F 37 8-17 2-2 1 4 5 6 5 1 5 21 GRANT F 32 6-12 4-4 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 16 ONEAL C 45 9-16 10-14 5 6 11 1 1 0 4 28 SHAW G 37 3-11 0-0 3 9 12 7 6 1 3 8 FISHER G 37 8-16 8-9 1 4 5 8 2 6 2 26 LUE 11 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 0 GEORGE 7 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 5 HORRY 21 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 4 MADSEN 13 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 4 BRYANT DNP - VIRAL INFECTION FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION RIDER DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA

TOTALS 240 38-81 28-33 13 32 45 24 28 11 17 112 (.469) (.848) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

BOSTON 22 32 24 29 - 107 LA LAKERS 23 26 31 32 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER, PIERCE, E WILLIAMS, POTAPENKO. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, GEORGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-27 (.296), PIERCE 3-7, WALKER 4-12, STITH 1-5, E WILLIAMS 0-3. LA LAKERS 8-23 (.348), FOX 3-9, GRANT 0-1, SHAW 2-5, FISHER 2-4, LUE 0-1, GEORGE 1-1, HORRY 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HEAD COACH OBRIEN, LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HORRY. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LUIS GRILLO, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,997. T - 2:29.


Box Score

BOSTON (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 38 13-19 13-21 1-6 2 4 42 Walker 45 9-20 1-2 2-8 11 5 23 Blount 15 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 4 2 Brown 23 1-1 1-1 0-1 1 5 3 Stith 29 3-8 2-2 0-3 4 2 9 Potapenko 22 3-6 0-0 0-3 0 4 6 Palacio 25 4-7 0-2 0-2 3 3 8 E Williams 31 2-8 10-11 2-4 2 3 14 Mccarty 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Griffin DNP - coach's decision Herren DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-71 27-39 6-31 24 33 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 8-27, .296 (Pierce 3-7, Walker 4-12, Stith 1-5, E Williams 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Walker, Pierce, E Williams, Potapenko). Turnovers: 16 (Walker 4, Brown 3, Pierce 3, E Williams 2, Palacio 2, Blount, Potapenko). Steals: 10 (Pierce 4, Potapenko 2, Stith 2, Walker 2).

LA LAKERS (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 37 8-17 2-2 1-5 6 5 21 Grant 32 6-12 4-4 1-3 0 2 16 Oneal 45 9-16 10-14 5-11 1 1 28 Shaw 37 3-11 0-0 3-12 7 6 8 Fisher 37 8-16 8-9 1-5 8 2 26 Lue 11 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 George 7 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 6 5 Horry 21 1-3 2-2 0-4 1 4 4 Madsen 13 1-3 2-2 1-2 0 1 4 Bryant DNP - viral infection Foster DNP - coach's decision Rider DNP - suspended by nba _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 28-33 13-45 24 28 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.848. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Fox 3-9, Grant 0-1, Shaw 2-5, Fisher 2-4, Lue 0-1, George 1-1, Horry 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal 2, George). Turnovers: 18 (Fox 5, Oneal 4, Shaw 3, Fisher 2, Lue 2, Madsen). Steals: 11 (Fisher 6, Grant 2, Fox, Lue, Shaw). ____________________________________________ Boston 22 32 24 29 - 107 La Lakers 23 26 31 32 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense, 8:34 2nd; Head Coach Obrien, 6:13 4th). La Lakers 2 (Illegal Defense, 9:36 4th; Horry, 2:47 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:29. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- With their superstar guard ill, the Los Angeles Lakers turned to a player making his season debut to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Derek Fisher, returning from a broken foot, scored a career-high 26 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Lakers to a 112-107 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said before the game that he expected to play Fisher only the first six minutes, but with Kobe Bryant out with a viral infection and Isaiah Rider serving a five-game drug suspension, he kept his fifth-year guard in for 37 minutes.

Fisher responded, going 8-for-16 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line while making a career-high six steals. His running jump shot with 3:32 remaining snapped a 98-98 tie, giving Los Angeles the lead for good.

"Well, I guess we can credit the game to Derek Fisher -- all six minutes he played," joked Jackson. "We lack leadership without him. When Brian (Shaw) got into foul trouble, I knew it was going to be one of those nights. Fisher had an incredible game. Right off the bat he got the first shot, got it out of his system, and had a steal. He was comfortable in the ball game. I could see he was ready to play. It's just a matter of conditioning from here on out. We could not exist on the floor without him tonight."

The 6-1 Fisher had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot on September 20, 2000 and was placed on the injured list on October 30. He was activated earlier Tuesday.

"We were fortunate to come back tonight against a good team and get a win," Fisher said. "I wasn't sure what to expect. I was just trying to play eight or ten minutes. I definitely didn't expect to play this well. Playing this game is an opportunity and I'm just thankful to be back here. I've really worked hard to try and get back in this position."

Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Rick Fox added 21 points for the Lakers, who moved into second place in the Pacific Division, 1 1/2 games behind Sacramento.

"I think Fisher came in and gave us a spark," O'Neal said. "We haven't had a guard come in and get steals like that in a long time. Fisher was definitely a spark, our hero tonight."

Los Angeles native Paul Pierce tied a career high with 42 points and Antoine Walker contributed 23, eight rebounds and 11 assists for Boston, which lost its sixth straight on the road and fell to 9-21 away from home. The Celtics remained one game behind Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I'm at home and this is a game I really wanted bad not only for me but for my team because we're fighting for the playoffs," said Pierce, who also scored 42 points in a win at Minnesota on January 15. "I think this is a game we should have won. We had the lead, I think we controlled the pace of the game but we just let it slip away at the end."

Despite coming into this game having lost eight of its previous 11 games, Boston owned a 67-54 lead with 7:50 left in the third quarter when Eric Williams made a three-point play.

Los Angeles answered with a 26-11 run to finish the quarter. Shaw started the burst with a 3-pointer and Fisher made a steal and handed off to O'Neal for the dunk to finish it.

"The Lakers are a good team," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "I thought we had a lull and let them drive to the basket too many times. We did not contain the ball. We also let them get a couple of fast-break layups. We had a lull right there and it cost us the game."

The Celtics started the fourth with a 10-3 spurt, taking an 88-83 lead on Pierce's jumper with 9:29 left. The Lakers answered by scoring nine of the next 11 points. Fisher tied the game and put Los Angeles ahead, 92-90, with two free throws with 7:03 to go.

Pierce knotted it up on the next possession and Walker gave Boston its last lead, 94-93, on a hook shot with 5:42 remaining. Fisher nailed a 3-pointer, stole the ball, and made two free throws to forge a 98-94 advantage with 4:38 left.

Milt Palacio's jumper and two free throws by Pierce tied the game for the last time before Fisher's jumper. Robert Horry added two free throws, Fisher drained a jump shot, and O'Neal threw down a dunk as the Lakers grabbed a 106-100 advantage with 1:53 left.

"We're a young team right now," Walker said. "The last two nights we've kind of let games slip away playing the best teams. We plan on making the playoffs and we got saved by the bell with Indiana losing but we have to come up with some wins."

Los Angeles converted all six of its free throws down the stretch to defeat the Celtics for the fourth straight time at home.

"The see-saw effect of that game was dramatic," Jackson said. "Boston had a lot of confidence in what they were doing. Their defense is very good. We had trouble getting the ball into Shaq. Pierce had a great game. We played good in the second half."

O'Neal went 10-for-14 from the line and Shaw grabbed a season-high rebounds to go with seven assists and eight points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Horace Grant had 16 points for the Lakers, who shot 47 percent (38-for-81) from the field but just 8-for-23 (35 percent) from 3-point range. They gave up 23 points off 18 turnovers.

Bryant missed his second straight contest and will not know his status for Los Angeles' road game at Detroit until Wednesday.

Walter McCarty came off the bench to score 14 points for Boston but starters Mark Blount, Bryant Stith, and Randy Brown combined for just 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

The Celtics shot 51 percent (36-for-71), were outscored in the paint, 46-34, and outrebounded, 45-31.

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