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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 29 18 32 26 10 115 ATLANTA 28 26 31 20 7 112 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 41, ANTOINE WALKER 16, BRYANT STITH 11 ATL - LORENZEN WRIGHT 27, JASON TERRY 24, TONI KUKOC 19

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 11, ANTOINE WALKER 11 ATL - LORENZEN WRIGHT 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 ATL - TONI KUKOC 11, JASON TERRY 7

ATT: 10,641


Extended Box

BOSTON (115) AT ATLANTA (112) - FINAL IN OT

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

PIERCE F 42 12-30 14-17 4 7 11 3 3 2 2 41 WALKER F 50 6-22 2-2 2 9 11 9 2 1 2 16 BLOUNT C 23 2-2 6-7 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 10 BROWN G 30 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 STITH G 34 3-10 4-5 1 3 4 1 3 4 1 11 PALACIO 23 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 2 8 POTAPENKO 24 4-8 2-2 5 2 7 0 5 0 1 10 E WILLIAMS 32 3-8 3-4 1 3 4 0 4 2 0 10 MCCARTY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 GRIFFIN 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 HERREN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-94 31-37 16 28 44 21 23 12 10 115 (.404) (.838) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 10 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 KUKOC F 46 6-11 5-7 1 3 4 11 4 1 5 19 MOHAMMED C 18 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 4 KNIGHT G 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 TERRY G 47 8-20 3-3 1 5 6 7 2 1 4 24 MALONEY 39 7-11 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 0 1 18 WRIGHT 35 10-18 7-10 5 13 18 0 3 0 0 27 C BOWDLER 34 6-9 3-4 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 15 MOTTOLA 14 1-5 1-2 1 5 6 0 1 0 2 3 D JOHNSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 GLOVER 12 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 0 CRAWFORD DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 265 41-82 19-28 12 36 48 25 25 3 18 112 (.500) (.679) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

BOSTON 29 18 32 26 10 - 115 ATLANTA 28 26 31 20 7 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER, BLOUNT, POTAPENKO. ATLANTA - C BOWDLER 3, WRIGHT 2, GLOVER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-26 (.308), PIERCE 3-6, WALKER 2-11, STITH 1-3, PALACIO 0-2, E WILLIAMS 1-3, GRIFFIN 1-1. ATLANTA 11-20 (.550), KUKOC 2-3, TERRY 5-11, MALONEY 4-5, GLOVER 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, KEVIN FEHR, BILL SPOONER. A - 10,641. T - 2:33.


Box Score

BOSTON (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 42 12-30 14-17 4-11 3 3 41 Walker 50 6-22 2-2 2-11 9 2 16 Blount 23 2-2 6-7 2-3 2 2 10 Brown 30 3-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 6 Stith 34 3-10 4-5 1-4 1 3 11 Palacio 23 4-8 0-0 1-2 3 2 8 Potapenko 24 4-8 2-2 5-7 0 5 10 E Williams 32 3-8 3-4 1-4 0 4 10 Mccarty 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Griffin 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Herren DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-94 31-37 16-44 21 23 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.838. 3-Point Goals: 8-26, .308 (Pierce 3-6, Walker 2-11, Stith 1-3, Palacio 0-2, E Williams 1-3, Griffin 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Walker, Blount, Potapenko). Turnovers: 10 (Brown 2, Palacio 2, Pierce 2, Walker 2, Potapenko, Stith). Steals: 12 (Stith 4, Brown 2, E Williams 2, Pierce 2, Blount, Walker).

ATLANTA (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 10 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Kukoc 46 6-11 5-7 1-4 11 4 19 Mohammed 18 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Knight 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Terry 47 8-20 3-3 1-6 7 2 24 Maloney 39 7-11 0-0 0-4 4 4 18 Wright 35 10-18 7-10 5-18 0 3 27 C Bowdler 34 6-9 3-4 2-4 0 3 15 Mottola 14 1-5 1-2 1-6 0 1 3 D Johnson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Glover 12 0-1 0-0 1-3 3 2 0 Crawford DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-82 19-28 12-48 25 25 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 11-20, .550 (Kukoc 2-3, Terry 5-11, Maloney 4-5, Glover 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (C Bowdler 3, Wright 2, Glover). Turnovers: 19 (Kukoc 5, Terry 4, Mohammed 3, Mottola 2, C Bowdler, Glover, Henderson, Maloney). Steals: 3 (C Bowdler, Kukoc, Terry). _________________________________________________ Boston 29 18 32 26 10 - 115 Atlanta 28 26 31 20 7 - 112 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 2:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,641. T: 2:33. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Kevin Fehr, Bill Spooner.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce continues to carry the Boston Celtics in their bid to get into the playoffs.

Pierce, the league's hottest player, overcame a poor first half to score 41 points as the Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks, 115-112, in overtime to remain tied with Indiana for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

It was the fourth time in the last seven games that Pierce, the NBA's Player of the Week, scored at least 40 points. He made only 2-of-7 shots in the first half but exploded for 30 points after the break.

"We're proud of that victory," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We were outplayed by the Hawks for most of the game and our guys just found a way to win the basketball game. It's a very important game for us. We're very pleased to be able to steal one here at the end."

Pierce capped the win by hitting a pair of foul shots with 5.6 seconds remaining -- his only points in the extra session. He missed all three of his jumpers in overtime but pulled the Celtics even at 105-105 by hitting a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in regulation despite having two defenders in his face.

"I'm a competitor," Pierce said. "I just want to win out there. The last play that coach drew up, he wanted a two-pointer but if the three was open, then take it. I took the shot. I felt like I got fouled but the ref didn't give it to me. It went down. From that point on, we gained a little momentum to start off the overtime period."

After Pierce's shot, Matt Maloney came off Toni Kukoc's screen and got free on the right wing. But his wide-open jumper rolled off the rim with three seconds remaining.

"That was scary right there," Pierce said. "I don't know how he broke open. We had a lot of lapses tonight for the way we played. I don't think we played as well as we should have."

After calling timeout to get the ball at midcourt, the Celtics set up for a potential game-winning shot. They had to settle for overtime when Bryant Stith's off-balanced jumper from the right wing caromed off the front of the rim.

With no timeouts remaining at the end of overtime, Jason Terry raced upcourt for the Hawks following Pierce's two foul shots and got the ball to Maloney on the right wing. The Celtics escaped with the victory when he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Atlanta appeared on the verge of withstanding Pierce's heroics, taking a 112-109 lead on Cal Bowdler's jumper with 1:34 left in overtime.

In the final minute, it was neither Pierce nor Antoine Walker who provided the big plays for the Celtics. Instead, it was Milt Palacio and Eric Williams.

Palacio's layup made it 112-111 with 53 seconds left. On the other end, Lorenzen Wright lost the ball out of bounds, although replays appeared to show he was fouled by Stith.

"I know I was fouled," Wright said. "Everyone in the gym knew I was fouled. Everyone watching on TV knew I was fouled. People in England ... everyone knows I was fouled. If Ray Charles was watching the game, he knew I was fouled. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it."

But the Celtics were given the ball and Williams scored on a reverse layup to give Boston a 113-112 lead with 17 seconds left.

"I had a center playing guard on me," Williams said. "The penetration worked, the fundamentals. I got to the basket and hit the shot."

Terry's jumper went in and out with nine seconds to go, leading to Pierce's two foul shots.

Walker added 16 points for Boston, which overcame a 4 1/2-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter to post its third straight victory.

"It was a great win for us," Walker said. "We continued to fight, nothing went our way and all of a sudden, Paul caught fire a bit and pulled us through with a big three at the end of regulation."

Wright scored 27 points and Jason Terry added 24 for the Hawks, who took a 99-95 lead on Toni Kukoc's driving layup with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter.

"We were right there all the way through," Wright said. "I think we should have won the game. That 3-point that Paul Pierce hit, there is no way he should have been able to shoot that. We should have fouled him and made him shoot free throws and get the ball back up by one."

Terry ended the first period by stealing the ball from Palacio and hitting a 3-pointer from midcourt at the buzzer to pull Atlanta within 29-28. He opened the second quarter with a more conventional 3-pointer, giving the Hawks a lead they maintained into the fourth quarter.

Walker's 3-pointer gave Boston a 95-92 lead with 6:39 left in regulation but the Celtics did not score again until Pierce's three-point play pulled them within 98-97 with 2:10 to play.

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