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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 21 23 32 23 99 MILWAUKEE 23 32 25 25 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 33, ANTOINE WALKER 29, JOE JOHNSON 23 MIL - RAY ALLEN 32, SAM CASSELL 25, GLENN ROBINSON 24

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 17, PAUL PIERCE 9 MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 12, ANTHONY MASON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 5 MIL - SAM CASSELL 12, ANTHONY MASON 4

ATT: 18,717


Extended Box

BOSTON (99) AT MILWAUKEE (105)

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

PIERCE F 44 11-30 7-8 5 5 10 5 4 2 4 33 WALKER F 47 10-30 5-6 5 12 17 5 3 0 1 29 BATTIE C 24 2-3 0-0 3 2 5 2 4 0 1 4 ANDERSON G 33 1-4 2-4 1 1 2 3 6 0 1 4 JOHNSON G 35 9-12 1-2 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 23 BLOUNT 16 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MCCARTY 3 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 PALACIO 15 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 POTAPENKO 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 K BROWN 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 E WILLIAMS DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 34-89 19-24 18 24 42 24 24 5 8 99 (.382) (.792) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(11 PTS)

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

MASON F 34 3-4 0-0 2 5 7 4 3 0 0 6 ROBINSON F 36 8-16 8-8 1 10 11 2 3 3 0 24 POPE C 18 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 0 0 2 ALLEN G 41 10-19 8-8 1 3 4 2 3 2 2 32 CASSELL G 36 6-14 11-11 2 2 4 12 2 0 3 25 THOMAS 27 4-10 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 2 9 JOHNSON 21 1-2 0-1 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 2 ALSTON 12 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 2 1 0 CAFFEY 15 1-3 3-4 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 5 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION REDD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 31-34 11 35 46 24 18 7 11 105 (.459) (.912) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

BOSTON 21 23 32 23 - 99 MILWAUKEE 23 32 25 25 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE, JOHNSON, BLOUNT, PALACIO. MILWAUKEE - MASON 2, POPE, JOHNSON, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 12-28 (.429), PIERCE 4-11, WALKER 4-10, JOHNSON 4-6, PALACIO 0-1. MILWAUKEE 6-17 (.353), ROBINSON 0-1, ALLEN 4-8, CASSELL 2-4, THOMAS 0-3, CAFFEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE, JOHNSON. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, TED BERNHARDT, GARY BENSON. A - 18,717. T - 2:08.


Box Score

BOSTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 44 11-30 7-8 5-10 5 4 33 Walker 47 10-30 5-6 5-17 5 3 29 Battie 24 2-3 0-0 3-5 2 4 4 Anderson 33 1-4 2-4 1-2 3 6 4 Johnson 35 9-12 1-2 0-0 4 3 23 Blount 16 0-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 0 Strickland 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Mccarty 3 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 1 2 Palacio 15 1-4 2-2 0-1 1 1 4 Potapenko 8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 K Brown 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 E Williams DNP - left knee tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 19-24 18-42 24 24 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 12-28, .429 (Pierce 4-11, Walker 4-10, Johnson 4-6, Palacio 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce, Johnson, Blount, Palacio). Turnovers: 8 (Pierce 4, Anderson, Battie, Palacio, Walker). Steals: 5 (Pierce 2, Johnson, K Brown, Palacio).

MILWAUKEE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 34 3-4 0-0 2-7 4 3 6 Robinson 36 8-16 8-8 1-11 2 3 24 Pope 18 1-2 0-0 2-5 1 3 2 Allen 41 10-19 8-8 1-4 2 3 32 Cassell 36 6-14 11-11 2-4 12 2 25 Thomas 27 4-10 1-2 2-4 0 2 9 Johnson 21 1-2 0-1 1-6 0 1 2 Alston 12 0-4 0-0 0-3 3 0 0 Caffey 15 1-3 3-4 0-2 0 1 5 Foster DNP - coach's decision Przybilla DNP - coach's decision Redd DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 31-34 11-46 24 18 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.912. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Robinson 0-1, Allen 4-8, Cassell 2-4, Thomas 0-3, Caffey 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Mason 2, Pope, Johnson, Thomas). Turnovers: 11 (Cassell 3, Allen 2, Caffey 2, Thomas 2, Alston, Johnson). Steals: 7 (Robinson 3, Allen 2, Alston 2). ____________________________________________ Boston 21 23 32 23 - 99 Milwaukee 23 32 25 25 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 2 (Defensive Three, 9:55 2nd; Johnson, 11:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 2:08. Officials: Jim Capers, Ted Bernhardt, Gary Benson.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Ray Allen remained red-hot and so did the Milwaukee Bucks.

Allen scored 32 points and made the clinching basket with less than a minute to go as the Bucks remained unbeaten with a 105-99 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Allen averaged 31.5 points and hit 12-of-18 3-pointers as the Bucks won their first two games at Utah and Denver. In their home opener, he made 10-of-19 shots, including 4-of-8 from the arc.

"Its early but 3-0 feels good," Allen said. "The way we're playing basketball right now, once we figure each other out and get used to (recently acquired Anthony) Mason, we're really going to be hard to beat."

The Bucks squandered a 16-point second-half lead and trailed briefly in the fourth quarter. Allen gave Milwaukee the lead for good at 92-90 by making two free throws with 4:10 left.

With the Bucks holding a 99-93 lead, Allen buried a tough jumper from the left sideline to seal it with 48 seconds remaining and bring chants of "MVP!" from the crowd of 18,717 at the Bradley Center.

"They have high expectations, I guess," Allen said. "One thing my mom always told me ever since I started playing basketball when I was 10 years old is that nobody is better than me. I've always believed that, but for the fans to express that, it is really something."

Sam Cassell had 25 points and 12 assists and Glenn Robinson had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won their first three games for the fourth time in the last six years.

"We're happy with the win tonight but we're not happy with how we played," Robinson said. "We have work to do yet. This month we play some quality opponents and we need to step it up. When we get teams down, we have to put them away."

The Bucks became the favorite in the Eastern Conference with the acquisition of Mason, who has not yet meshed his All-Star skills with the "Big Three" of Allen, Robinson and Cassell. He had six points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.

"It's going to take me a while to get into game shape but I can do enough right now," Mason said. "I'm playing well defensively and for now that's what I can contribute."

"We need to get Mason more involved," Allen said. "He's capable of putting up big numbers and once he does that, it will really open things up for the rest of us."

The dynamic duo of Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker again carried the Celtics. Pierce had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Walker had 29 and 17.

However, Boston may have found its third option in rookie Joe Johnson. Making his first NBA start, the swingman from Arkansas scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

"That is tremendous for him. That is good for us, too," Pierece said. "To see him come out like that in a tough game and his first start, he will gain a lot of confidence."

"They're looking for a third scorer and they may have found one tonight with that kid Joe Johnson," Cassell said. He's tough, man."

Two jumpers by Johnson and a drive by Pierce gave the Celtics an 88-87 lead midway through the final period. Robinson made two shots and Tim Thomas hit one before Johnson sank another jumper, tying it at 90-90 with 4:24 to go.

After Allen's go-ahead shot, Robinson twice made a pair of free throws around a 3-pointer by Pierce. Cassell's driving layup became a three-point play when he was fouled, giving Milwaukee a 99-93 edge with 1:55 left.

"They made some difficult shots but we challenged every shot," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said.

The Bucks shot 46 percent (34-of-74) as they beat the Celtics for the ninth time in the last 11 meetings.

Walker, Pierce and Johnson made four 3-pointers each for Boston, which was 12-of-28 from the arc but just 38 percent (34-of-89) overall.

Robinson scored eight points and Cassell seven in a 20-9 surge that closed the second quarter and gave the Bucks a 55-44 lead.

Cassell's 3-pointer gave Milwaukee a 60-44 advantage early in the second half, but Boston battled back within 80-76 entering the final period behind Pierce and Walker, who combined for 24 points in the third quarter.

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