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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 15 18 30 27 15 105 NEW JERSEY 27 20 17 26 8 98 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 48, ANTOINE WALKER 25, KENNY ANDERSON 12 NJN - JASON KIDD 20, KEITH VAN HORN 17, KERRY KITTLES 17

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 17, PAUL PIERCE 12 NJN - JASON KIDD 9, KEITH VAN HORN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - TONY BATTIE 3, KENNY ANDERSON 3 NJN - JASON KIDD 19, KERRY KITTLES 5

ATT: 11,379


Extended Box

BOSTON (105) AT NEW JERSEY (98) - FINAL IN OT

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

WALKER F 40 10-30 3-6 8 9 17 2 6 2 4 25 E WILLIAMS F 34 2-8 4-4 2 6 8 0 5 1 2 8 BATTIE C 36 1-5 2-2 3 8 11 3 4 0 0 4 ANDERSON G 37 4-6 4-4 1 1 2 3 2 1 3 12 PIERCE G 49 13-34 17-18 2 10 12 1 2 3 4 48 JOHNSON 22 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 PALACIO 15 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 POTAPENKO 17 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 4 STRICKLAND 15 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 34-95 30-34 19 41 60 12 22 7 14 105 (.358) (.882) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(23 PTS)

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

MARTIN F 38 6-14 2-5 4 3 7 2 5 2 2 15 VAN HORN F 40 6-19 5-8 1 8 9 0 4 0 0 17 MACCULLOCH C 29 2-5 0-2 2 4 6 1 3 0 2 4 KIDD G 48 6-21 5-5 2 7 9 19 3 2 6 20 KITTLES G 35 7-14 2-2 1 1 2 5 1 4 0 17 JEFFERSON 18 3-6 3-4 1 3 4 0 6 1 2 9 HARRIS 22 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 2 6 WILLIAMS 23 2-7 2-2 4 2 6 1 3 0 3 6 ARMSTRONG 6 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 COLLINS 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION GOODRICH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-97 19-28 16 33 49 29 30 9 17 98 (.381) (.679) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

BOSTON 15 18 30 27 15 - 105 NEW JERSEY 27 20 17 26 8 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, JOHNSON, WALKER. NEW JERSEY - WILLIAMS 5, MACCULLOCH 3, MARTIN 2, KIDD, JEFFERSON, COLLINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-20 (.350), WALKER 2-7, E WILLIAMS 0-1, PIERCE 5-8, JOHNSON 0-1, PALACIO 0-2, STRICKLAND 0-1. NEW JERSEY 5-24 (.208), MARTIN 1-2, VAN HORN 0-6, KIDD 3-12, KITTLES 1-2, HARRIS 0-1, ARMSTRONG 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, E WILLIAMS, HEAD COACH OBRIEN 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, STEVE JAVIE, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 11,379. T - 2:32.


Box Score

BOSTON (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 40 10-30 3-6 8-17 2 6 25 E Williams 34 2-8 4-4 2-8 0 5 8 Battie 36 1-5 2-2 3-11 3 4 4 Anderson 37 4-6 4-4 1-2 3 2 12 Pierce 49 13-34 17-18 2-12 1 2 48 Johnson 22 2-5 0-0 1-3 1 0 4 Palacio 15 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Potapenko 17 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 0 4 Strickland 15 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Blount DNP - coach's decision K Brown DNP - coach's decision Forte DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 34-95 30-34 19-60 12 22 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Walker 2-7, E Williams 0-1, Pierce 5-8, Johnson 0-1, Palacio 0-2, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce 2, Johnson, Walker). Turnovers: 15 (Pierce 4, Walker 4, Anderson 3, E Williams 2, Strickland). Steals: 7 (Pierce 3, Walker 2, Anderson, E Williams).

NEW JERSEY (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Martin 38 6-14 2-5 4-7 2 5 15 Van Horn 40 6-19 5-8 1-9 0 4 17 Macculloch 29 2-5 0-2 2-6 1 3 4 Kidd 48 6-21 5-5 2-9 19 3 20 Kittles 35 7-14 2-2 1-2 5 1 17 Jefferson 18 3-6 3-4 1-4 0 6 9 Harris 22 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 Williams 23 2-7 2-2 4-6 1 3 6 Armstrong 6 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Collins 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Dial DNP - coach's decision Goodrich DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-97 19-28 16-49 29 30 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 5-24, .208 (Martin 1-2, Van Horn 0-6, Kidd 3-12, Kittles 1-2, Harris 0-1, Armstrong 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 13 (Williams 5, Macculloch 3, Martin 2, Kidd, Jefferson, Collins). Turnovers: 17 (Kidd 6, Williams 3, Harris 2, Jefferson 2, Macculloch 2, Martin 2). Steals: 9 (Kittles 4, Kidd 2, Martin 2, Jefferson). _________________________________________________ Boston 15 18 30 27 15 - 105 New Jersey 27 20 17 26 8 - 98 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 4 (Defensive Three, 3:19 1st; E Williams, 9:52 3rd; Head Coach Obrien 2 (ejected), 9:27 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (E Williams, 0:06 1st). A: 11,379. T: 2:32. Officials: Jess Kersey, Steve Javie, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce had two games Saturday. One was terrible and the other terrific.

Pierce scored two points in the first half and 46 following intermission for the biggest day of his career as the Boston Celtics rallied for a 105-98 overtime victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Pierce could hardly have been worse in the first half, when he missed 15-of-16 shots and the Celtics dug a 47-33 hole. But the star swingman kept firing and made 12-of-18 shots after the break as Boston overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit.

"We showed a lot of emotion. We showed a lot of heart," Pierce said. "Things weren't going our way in the first half, but the character of this team is starting to develop, the toughness, the mental toughness on the court. No lead is too big for us."

The 6-6 Pierce made all five of his 3-pointers in the second half and overtime. He had a chance to give the Celtics the win in regulation, but his 19-footer from the right wing bounced off the rim as time expired.

When Pierce was asked what enabled him to rebound from a poor first half, he said, "I guess my mental approach to the game.

"Regardless of how bad I was shooting in the first half, I put that out of my head," he added. "If I'm going to go out there in the second half and say, `Well, I don't want to shoot this because of so many shots I missed in the first half,' then I'm not going to play well. So I just stuck with it, I just kept playing the basketball that I've played."

A basket by Pierce gave the Celtics the lead for good, 92-90, with 3:26 remaining. After Keith Van Horn missed a pair of jumpers, Pierce knocked down an 18-footer to give Boston a 94-90 advantage with 2:34 to play.

Pierce, who was second in the NBA with eight 40-point games last season, also had 12 rebounds as the Celtics defeated the Nets for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings. He was nearly perfect from the free-throw line, making 17-of-18.

Pierce's previous career high was 44 points in 113-98 win at New Jersey on March 22.

Tony Battie had 11 rebounds as the Celtics held a 60-49 advantage on the boards and won their third straight game.

Jason Kidd had 20 points, 19 assists and nine rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 30 percent (17-of-57) after halftime. Van Horn and Kerry Kittles each added 17 points for New Jersey, which is one game in front of Boston atop the Atlantic Division. Van Horn pulled down nine rebounds but hit just 6-of-19 shots.

"It was just a case of too much Paul Pierce," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "The guy just really got it going in the second half. No matter who was on him, he was making shots. On the other end, we did a poor job of making shots. We missed a lot of easy shots. We had guys that usually would knock them down on a consistent basis not making them today. Paul was hitting his shots and that was it."

Antoine Walker scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half and had 17 rebounds before fouling out with 7.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Walker fouled Van Horn as the forward was setting for a 3-pointer from the left baseline. Van Horn missed his first free throw before making the next two to tie the score, 90-90.

"Just to watch Paul perform in overtime after having a rough first half was tremendous," Walker said. "It's a big win for us on the road to continue our win streak. We didn't come out with the greatest of energy and New Jersey took it to us for 3 1/2 quarters and we were still able to battle back."

Boston coach Jim O'Brien was ejected with 9:27 left in the third period when he received two techincals for arguing a foul on Eric Williams. Kidd made both foul shots and after the possession, Kittles hit a 17-footer to give the Nets their largest lead, 54-37, with 9:22 to go.

The Celtics used runs of 8-0 and 9-0 to get within 64-63 after three quarters. The Nets rebuilt the lead to six points twice, the final time at 86-80 with 2:30 left. Pierce connected on a pair of free throws nine seconds later, and after Kidd missed a 3-pointer, former Net Kenny Anderson made a 19-footer to trim the margin to 86-84.

Pierce came up big defensively, blocking a jumper by Kittles. After Boston won a jump ball, Pierce made 1-of-2 free throws with 81 seconds left. Kittles missed a jumper in the lane and Pierce nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give the Celtics their first lead, 88-86, with 51 seconds to play.

Van Horn and Kidd each missed 3-pointers before Van Horn made a layup to tie the score at 88 with 32 seconds left. Anderson drove the lane and hit an off-balance layup to put Boston ahead, 90-88, with 20 seconds to go.

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