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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 24 31 24 20 99 ORLANDO 23 24 24 18 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 33, PAUL PIERCE 26, KENNY ANDERSON 13 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 22, MIKE MILLER 16, PAT GARRITY 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 12, ANTOINE WALKER 11 ORL - JUD BUECHLER 12, HORRACE GRANT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ERICK STRICKLAND 8, KENNY ANDERSON 8 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7, TROY HUDSON 5

ATT: 14,519


Extended Box

BOSTON (99) AT ORLANDO (89)

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

PIERCE F 46 10-17 4-8 0 12 12 1 3 1 2 26 WALKER F 42 13-29 1-1 2 9 11 2 2 1 2 33 BATTIE C 27 4-4 0-0 1 6 7 0 3 0 0 8 ANDERSON G 35 6-10 0-0 0 2 2 8 2 3 2 13 JOHNSON G 17 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 4 E WILLIAMS 24 3-5 5-6 1 3 4 0 3 0 2 11 POTAPENKO 16 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 1 0 0 PALACIO 13 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 STRICKLAND 20 1-6 1-2 1 3 4 8 1 0 1 4 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-80 11-17 6 40 46 22 21 7 12 99 (.488) (.647) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

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

GRANT F 28 2-6 0-0 4 5 9 1 2 0 1 4 MILLER F 23 6-13 2-2 0 3 3 0 4 0 2 16 HUNTER C 23 1-3 0-2 0 6 6 0 1 0 1 2 ARMSTRONG G 37 3-10 5-5 1 5 6 7 1 2 1 12 MCGRADY G 42 9-22 4-4 2 4 6 4 1 1 2 22 BUECHLER 31 3-9 0-0 2 10 12 1 3 1 0 7 GARRITY 23 5-10 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 13 EWING 6 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 HUDSON 17 4-11 2-3 2 0 2 5 1 0 1 10 REID 4 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 DECLERCQ 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 HILL DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 34-90 15-20 13 36 49 18 17 4 12 89 (.378) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

BOSTON 24 31 24 20 - 99 ORLANDO 23 24 24 18 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 2, PIERCE. ORLANDO - MCGRADY 2, HUNTER 2, GARRITY, BUECHLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-28 (.357), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 6-16, ANDERSON 1-1, JOHNSON 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1, STRICKLAND 1-4. ORLANDO 6-30 (.200), MILLER 2-8, ARMSTRONG 1-4, MCGRADY 0-3, BUECHLER 1-6, GARRITY 2-6, HUDSON 0-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: MARC DAVIS, LEROY RICHARDSON, DICK BAVETTA. A - 14,519. T - 2:08.


Box Score

BOSTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 46 10-17 4-8 0-12 1 3 26 Walker 42 13-29 1-1 2-11 2 2 33 Battie 27 4-4 0-0 1-7 0 3 8 Anderson 35 6-10 0-0 0-2 8 2 13 Johnson 17 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 E Williams 24 3-5 5-6 1-4 0 3 11 Potapenko 16 0-3 0-0 1-6 0 3 0 Palacio 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Strickland 20 1-6 1-2 1-4 8 1 4 Blount DNP - coach's decision K Brown DNP - coach's decision Forte DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-80 11-17 6-46 22 21 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 10-28, .357 (Pierce 2-5, Walker 6-16, Anderson 1-1, Johnson 0-1, E Williams 0-1, Strickland 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Battie 2, Pierce). Turnovers: 16 (Anderson 2, E Williams 2, Palacio 2, Pierce 2, Walker 2, Johnson, Strickland). Steals: 7 (Anderson 3, Johnson, Pierce, Potapenko, Walker).

ORLANDO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 28 2-6 0-0 4-9 1 2 4 Miller 23 6-13 2-2 0-3 0 4 16 Hunter 23 1-3 0-2 0-6 0 1 2 Armstrong 37 3-10 5-5 1-6 7 1 12 Mcgrady 42 9-22 4-4 2-6 4 1 22 Buechler 31 3-9 0-0 2-12 1 3 7 Garrity 23 5-10 1-2 1-3 0 2 13 Ewing 6 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Hudson 17 4-11 2-3 2-2 5 1 10 Reid 4 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Declercq 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Hill DNP - sore left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-90 15-20 13-49 18 17 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-30, .200 (Miller 2-8, Armstrong 1-4, Mcgrady 0-3, Buechler 1-6, Garrity 2-6, Hudson 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcgrady 2, Hunter 2, Garrity, Buechler). Turnovers: 12 (Mcgrady 2, Miller 2, Reid 2, Armstrong, Declercq, Ewing, Grant, Hudson, Hunter). Steals: 4 (Armstrong 2, Buechler, Mcgrady). ____________________________________________ Boston 24 31 24 20 - 99 Orlando 23 24 24 18 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Defensive Three, 2:25 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,519. T: 2:08. Officials: Marc Davis, Leroy Richardson, Dick Bavetta.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce combined for 59 points and 23 rebounds as the Boston Celtics moved back above the .500 mark with a fairly easy 99-89 victory over the Orlando Magic, who were without Grant Hill.

Walker scored a season-high 33 points on 13-of-29 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for Boston, which took a nine-point lead late in the third quarter and did not allow the Magic closer than six the rest of the way.

"Antoine ideally puts a lot of pressure on teams because he's a power forward, but he's a great outside shooter," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "When you put him on the court with other shooters and players willing to penetrate and make the extra pass, it makes it tough."

Boston snapped a three-game losing streak against the Magic and won in Orlando for the first time in seven meetings.

"We are still trying to develop and learn to close out games," Pierce said. "We did a good job. We didn't settle for outside shots. We kept going to the hole and attacking. We got layups and easy buckets."

Pierce finished with 26 points while going 10-of-17 from the field and pulling down a season-high 12 rebounds as the Celtics (7-6) won their second straight following a four-game losing streak that had dropped them below .500 for the first time this season.

Kenny Anderson dished out eight assists and contributed five of his 13 points during an 11-4 run that increased Boston's advantage to 75-66 with 2:09 left in the third quarter.

"We wanted the win," Anderson said. "We came out and showed it. We got out on the break, we made the extra pass, we played aggressive defensively. Everybody played unselfishly. Our intensity was great."

Without Hill, the Magic put up little fight in the fourth quarter and suffered their third straight loss -- all at home.

"Losing at home gets me more than losing away," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "Having Grant out is difficult. I just think teams should still just find a way to win the basketball game, and we have not done that."

Hill left in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to Detroit due to soreness in his left foot. He underwent X-rays following the game that turned out negative and had a CT scan Tuesday, which also was negative.

The six-time All-Star had a bone scan Wednesday that revealed bone spurs on his surgically repaired left ankle. He is receiving treatment and considered day-to-day, leaving him doubtful for Saturday's contest in Washington.

With Hill out, the Magic forward tandem of Mike Miller and Horace Grant completely was outplayed by its Boston counterpart. Miller had 13 points and Grant was held to four and nine rebounds.

Tracy McGrady led the way with 22 points for Orlando and Jud Buechler grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds off the bench as the Magic enjoyed a 49-46 advantage on the boards.

"We were frustrated," McGrady said. "You don't want to lose on your home turf, but things weren't really going right. It was hard to score."

After trailing by as many as 11 points earlier in the third quarter, the Magic fought back within 62-60 on a jumper by Darrell Armstrong with just over 5 1/2 minutes to play in the period. However, the Celtics took command with a quick 11-4 burst.

Anderson drilled a 3-pointer and Walker followed with a short jumper. After a 3-pointer by Armstrong, consecutive baskets by Anderson and Tony Battie pushed Boston's advantage to 73-65.

Armstrong converted a technical foul shot before Walker's jumper made it a nine-point contest.

Reserve Erick Strickland had a season-high eight assists for Boston, which connected on 49 percent (39-of-80) of its shots, including 10-of-28 from 3-point range.

"We did a good job of penetrating and drawing the defense, and then hitting people out by the 3-point line," O'Brien said. "Kenny Anderson did great with eight assists. That's a big win."

Pat Garrity had 13 points for the Magic, who were 6-of-30 from 3-point range and shot 38 percent (34-of-90) from the floor.

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