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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 28 22 22 30 102 BOSTON 13 26 27 31 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 23, ALONZO MOURNING 21, BRIAN GRANT 18 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 41, ANTOINE WALKER 29, MILT PALACIO 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 9, ANTHONY MASON 7 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 10, ANTOINE WALKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, ANTHONY MASON 5 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 17,121


Extended Box

MIAMI (102) AT BOSTON (97)

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

BOWEN F 31 3-6 2-5 0 2 2 4 5 1 1 10 MASON F 45 8-11 7-10 2 5 7 5 1 1 1 23 GRANT C 27 5-8 8-10 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 18 HARDAWAY G 31 5-14 0-0 0 3 3 7 1 1 1 14 MAJERLE G 40 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 11 MOURNING 28 10-15 1-2 3 6 9 0 3 0 2 21 CARTER 18 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 1 0 JONES 15 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 GREEN 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-66 18-27 6 25 31 23 23 5 10 102 (.561) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 46 12-23 15-16 0 4 4 5 4 0 3 41 WALKER F 47 13-26 1-2 2 7 9 2 5 1 1 29 BLOUNT C 10 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 PALACIO G 39 3-3 6-6 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 13 STITH G 14 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 HERREN 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POTAPENKO 35 4-7 2-2 6 4 10 2 2 0 1 10 E WILLIAMS 24 0-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 BATTIE 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 MCCARTY 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GRIFFIN 12 1-2 0-2 1 2 3 2 2 2 0 2 MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-70 26-30 9 22 31 14 22 4 9 97 (.471) (.867) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

MIAMI 28 22 22 30 - 102 BOSTON 13 26 27 31 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 4. BOSTON - PIERCE 3, WALKER, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 10-21 (.476), BOWEN 2-4, HARDAWAY 4-9, MAJERLE 3-6, JONES 1-2. BOSTON 5-17 (.294), PIERCE 2-4, WALKER 2-6, PALACIO 1-1, STITH 0-3, HERREN 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1, GRIFFIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - BOWEN. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, GARY BENSON, JOE FORTE. A - 17,121. T - 2:10.


Box Score

MIAMI (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 31 3-6 2-5 0-2 4 5 10 Mason 45 8-11 7-10 2-7 5 1 23 Grant 27 5-8 8-10 1-2 2 3 18 Hardaway 31 5-14 0-0 0-3 7 1 14 Majerle 40 4-7 0-0 0-4 2 3 11 Mourning 28 10-15 1-2 3-9 0 3 21 Carter 18 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 5 0 Jones 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 3 Green 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-66 18-27 6-31 23 23 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.561, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Bowen 2-4, Hardaway 4-9, Majerle 3-6, Jones 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 4). Turnovers: 14 (Mourning 2, Bowen, Carter, Grant, Green, Hardaway, Jones, Majerle, Mason). Steals: 5 (Bowen, Grant, Hardaway, Jones, Mason).

BOSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 46 12-23 15-16 0-4 5 4 41 Walker 47 13-26 1-2 2-9 2 5 29 Blount 10 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 Palacio 39 3-3 6-6 0-1 1 2 13 Stith 14 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Herren 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Potapenko 35 4-7 2-2 6-10 2 2 10 E Williams 24 0-4 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Battie 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mccarty 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Griffin 12 1-2 0-2 1-3 2 2 2 Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 26-30 9-31 14 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Pierce 2-4, Walker 2-6, Palacio 1-1, Stith 0-3, Herren 0-1, E Williams 0-1, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Pierce 3, Walker, Potapenko). Turnovers: 11 (Pierce 3, Palacio 2, Battie, E Williams, Potapenko, Walker). Steals: 4 (Griffin 2, Stith, Walker). ____________________________________________ Miami 28 22 22 30 - 102 Boston 13 26 27 31 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Bowen, 3:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,121. T: 2:10. Officials: Bill Spooner, Gary Benson, Joe Forte.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning's game is coming back. So is Tim Hardaway's shot.

Hardaway drilled a demoralizing jumper for the second time in as many nights and lifted the Miami Heat to a 102-97 victory over the Boston Celtics, whose playoff hopes were ended.

"Tim made some huge plays at the end when we needed it," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

Recent postseason failures and chronic knee problems had people questioning Hardaway's ability and Miami waited until September to sign him to a one-year contract. Some of the criticism has been warranted as he has shot under 40 percent and has taken the ball to the basket far less than he has in the past.

But in a span of just over 24 hours, Hardaway showed two foes that he still knows how to stick in the dagger. On Tuesday, he drilled a leaning 22-footer with a hand in his face with just 5.6 seconds left, giving Miami an 83-81 win over Philadelphia. In this one, he was twice as ruthless.

"It takes a lot wind out of their sails," Hardaway said of his timely shooting. "You never can count me out of it."

Mourning had another fine game with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Heat. But Miami had blown a 19-point lead and was clinging to a 91-90 edge when Hardaway beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from five feet behind the top of the circle that rattled in with 2:32 to go.

On the next possession, the Heat ran a better offensive set and swung the ball to the left wing to an open Hardaway, who drilled another 3-pointer for a 97-90 lead with 1:50 remaining.

"You got to make shots when it's time to make shots," Hardaway said. "When you're open, you have to hit your shots."

"It means a whole lot to this team when Tim makes big shots like that," Heat forward Brian Grant said. "He is a big-time player who has a lot of poise, that's what we need. A lot of players stepped up for us tonight and Tim really stepped up."

The Celtics scrambled for their playoff lives but Brian Grant made three foul shots and Anthony Mason two in the final minute, which was enough to give Miami its fifth straight win.

Mourning continued his remarkable return from a kidney ailment. He was not quite as good as he was Tuesday, when he collected 20 points and 16 rebounds against Dikembe Mutombo.

However, he was unaffected by his second back-to-back game since his return two weeks ago as he made 10-of-15 shots and blocked four shots in 28 minutes. His points were a season high.

"I think any situation right now is going to prepare us for the postseason," Mourning said. "Playing against a desperate team like this, we're confronted with more of a challenge to tell you the truth. We've got to have a team defense mentality."

Mason scored 23 points and Grant had 16 of his 18 in the second half for the Heat, who shot 56 percent (37-of-66) and solidified their hold on third place in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of New York.

The loss reduced Boston's tragic number for elimination from the playoff race to one. The Celtics were sent to the draft lottery for the sixth straight year when Indiana defeated New York an hour later.

It was a familiar refrain for Boston. Paul Pierce had his eighth 40-point game of the season with 41 and Antoine Walker added 29 but the forward tandem got very little help. The Celtics used five players who did not score -- including two starters -- and two more who had two points each.

"We have been able to beat some good basketball teams this year riding Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker," said Celtics interim coach Jim O'Brien, who nearly guided the team into the playoffs after taking over for Rick Pitino.

"There has never been a time that I have questioned this team's effort," he added. "The tenacity of our young players has been tremendous. If we don't get a player for next year, then I know this group needs to improve."

The Heat never trailed, although two free throws by Pierce gave the Celts an 88-88 tie with 5:35 to play. Dan Majerle answered with a 3-pointer to give Miami the lead for good with 3:39 left.

Pierce made 12-of-23 shots and 15-of-16 free throws. But his lone miss from the line came after he was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer, making it 91-90 before Hardaway took over.

"You've got to put the ball in the basket, just take what the defense gives you," Mourning said. "We got some looks from the perimeter. Tim hit two big ones with the shot clock winding down."

"Tim is not the only one on this team that can make big shots," Majerle said. "We also have other guys. He has the ball in his hands and he's made the big one when they counted."

Hardaway scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting. He did not get to the line and was 4-of-9 from the arc but had seven assists.

"I had a lot of energy at the end tonight to play hard," he said. "That's why you have a bench. They can spell you, then you can come back in. It's just me taking the shots right now but the next game it can be somebody else. The past two or three games, its just been me."

Mason scored nine points and Mourning eight in the first quarter as the Heat opened a 28-13 lead. A 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen, who scored 10 points, gave Miami its largest lead at 36-17 with 9:33 left in the second quarter.

Walker scored 13 points and Pierce nine in the second quarter as Boston fought back within 52-39 at halftime. Pierce scored 12 more in the third quarter, when the Celts found their stroke and pulled within 72-66 entering the final period.

Majerle scored 11 points for the Heat, who had six players in double figures and made 10-of-21 shots from the arc.

Milt Palacio scored 13 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 10 and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 47 percent (33-of-70) but just 5-of-17 from 3-point range.

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