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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 24 21 22 32 99 BOSTON 23 14 36 29 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: GSW - DANNY FORTSON 20, JASON RICHARDSON 18, GILBERT ARENAS 14 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 33, ANTOINE WALKER 22, TONY BATTIE 12

HIGH REBOUND: GSW - ERICK DAMPIER 13, DANNY FORTSON 13, ANTAWN JAMISON 8 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 10, TONY BATTIE 9, TONY DELK 7

HIGH ASSISTS: GSW - GILBERT ARENAS 7, BOB SURA 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, ERICK STRICKLAND 6, PAUL PIERCE 4

ATT: 14,224


Extended Box

GOLDEN STATE (99) AT BOSTON (102)

GOLDEN STATE

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

D FORTSON F 32 7-13 6-8 4 9 13 1 3 0 1 20 A JAMISON F 31 5-17 2-5 4 4 8 3 1 2 2 13 A FOYLE C 20 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 2 G ARENAS G 30 4-7 2-3 0 1 1 7 3 3 5 14 J RICHARDSON G 36 7-18 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 2 0 18 B SURA 21 4-10 1-2 1 0 1 5 1 1 3 10 E DAMPIER 28 3-7 4-6 6 7 13 2 4 0 3 10 T MURPHY 16 3-9 0-0 0 5 5 1 3 0 3 6 L HUGHES 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 C MILLS 17 1-4 2-2 1 5 6 3 1 0 0 4 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION D OLIVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-90 17-26 18 38 56 25 22 9 18 99 (.400) (.654) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18 (19 PTS)

BOSTON

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

A WALKER F 46 9-25 2-3 1 1 2 7 4 4 2 22 E WILLIAMS F 25 2-7 3-3 1 3 4 1 1 2 0 7 T BATTIE C 22 5-8 2-2 3 6 9 2 2 0 2 12 T DELK G 20 2-5 0-2 1 6 7 2 3 1 3 5 P PIERCE G 44 11-21 10-13 1 9 10 4 1 2 3 33 E STRICKLAND 30 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 6 3 0 2 3 R ROGERS 25 2-6 4-5 0 2 2 3 4 3 2 9 V POTAPENKO 9 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 W MCCARTY 19 4-6 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 1 0 8 M BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 22-30 9 32 41 25 21 13 15 102 (.435) (.733) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 24 21 22 32 - 99 BOSTON 23 14 36 29 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - E DAMPIER, D FORTSON, A FOYLE. BOSTON - A WALKER, T BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 10-22 (.455), D FORTSON 0-2, A JAMISON 1- 3, G ARENAS 4-5, J RICHARDSON 4-7, B SURA 1-3, C MILLS 0-2. BOSTON 6- 20 (.300), A WALKER 2-6, T DELK 1-2, P PIERCE 1-4, E STRICKLAND 1- 3, R ROGERS 1-3, W MCCARTY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: GOLDEN STATE - DEFENSIVE THREE. BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEE KANTNER, KEN MAUER, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 14,224. T - 2:16.


Box Score

GOLDEN STATE (99)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Fortson 32 7-13 6-8 4-13 1 3 20 A Jamison 31 5-17 2-5 4-8 3 1 13 A Foyle 20 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 4 2 G Arenas 30 4-7 2-3 0-1 7 3 14 J Richardson 36 7-18 0-0 1-3 3 2 18 B Sura 21 4-10 1-2 1-1 5 1 10 E Dampier 28 3-7 4-6 6-13 2 4 10 T Murphy 16 3-9 0-0 0-5 1 3 6 L Hughes 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 C Mills 17 1-4 2-2 1-6 3 1 4 D Garrett DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Oliver DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 17-26 18-56 25 22 99 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (D Fortson 0-2, A Jamison 1-3, G Arenas 4-5, J Richardson 4-7, B Sura 1-3, C Mills 0-2). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:3 (E Dampier, D Fortson, A Foyle). Turnovers:18 (G Arenas 5, B Sura 3, T Murphy 3, E Dampier 3, A Jamison 2, D Fortson, L Hughes). Steals: 9 (G Arenas 3, A Jamison 2, J Richardson 2, B Sura, L Hughes).

BOSTON (102)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 46 9-25 2-3 1-2 7 4 22 E Williams 25 2-7 3-3 1-4 1 1 7 T Battie 22 5-8 2-2 3-9 2 2 12 T Delk 20 2-5 0-2 1-7 2 3 5 P Pierce 44 11-21 10-13 1-10 4 1 33 E Strickland 30 1-6 0-0 0-3 6 3 3 R Rogers 25 2-6 4-5 0-2 3 4 9 V Potapenko 9 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 W Mccarty 19 4-6 0-0 2-4 0 3 8 M Blount DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 22-30 9-41 25 21 102 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (A Walker 2-6, T Delk 1-2, P Pierce 1-4, E Strickland 1-3, R Rogers 1-3, W Mccarty 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (A Walker, T Battie). Turnovers:15 (T Delk 3, P Pierce 3, R Rogers 2, A Walker 2, T Battie 2, E Strickland 2, V Potapenko). Steals: 13 (A Walker 4, R Rogers 3, E Williams 2, P Pierce 2, T Delk, W Mccarty).

------------------------------------------- GOLDEN STATE 24 21 22 32 - 99 BOSTON 23 14 36 29 - 102 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Golden State - 1 (Defensive Three, 7:33 3rd). Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:38 1st; Defensive Three, 11:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,224. T: 2:16. Officials: Dee Kantner, Ken Mauer, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce bailed out the Boston Celtics.

Pierce made a driving layup with 10 seconds remaining as the Celtics avoided an embarrassing loss with a 102-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

A jumper by Tony Battie with 60 seconds to play gave the Celtics a seemingly safe 98-91 lead. But Golden State reeled off the next eight points, capped by rookie Gilbert Arenas'

3-pointer from the top of the key with 15 seconds remaining.

On the Celtics' ensuing possession, Pierce drove the middle of the lane and was able to score over 6-11 Erick Dampier and high-riser Jason Richardson.

"The play he (Celtics coach Jim O'Brien) drew up was a similar play to the one in Miami," said Pierce, referring to a game earlier this season. "Golden State I don't think scouted the play well. We cleared out the whole left side, I saw a lane, went hard to the basket and got a layup.

"I want the ball when it's late in the game. I want an opportunity to try to win the game. Coach put me in that situation tonight and gave me a chance to do it and I came through for him."

Without a timeout, the Warriors went to Arenas, who drove the length of the court but was stopped along the left baseline and threw a pass into the lane that Pierce intercepted.

"We just said we weren't going to let the ball get to the rim," Celtics forward Antoine Walker said. "Gilbert was attacking the rim and we just collapsed on him."

Pierce, who scored 23 of his 33 points after halftime, sank a pair of foul shots with one second left to seal it. It was Pierce's 30th game in which he scored at least 30 points this season.

Antoine Walker added 22 points for the Celtics (41-31), who clinched their first .500 season since 1993.

Former Celtic Danny Fortson scored 20 points to lead Golden State, which lost for the 11th time in its last 12 games.

Facing one the NBA's worst teams, the Celtics were lethargic in the opening half, when they shot 30 percent (14-of-46) from the field and trailed, 45-37. Fortson had 10 points in the half to pace the Warriors.

The Celtics looked more like a playoff team to start the second half as they used 9-1 run to start the period, pulling even at 46-46 on a dunk by Battie.

Pierce, who struggled in the first half, came up huge in the third quarter. He scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, scoring from both inside and outside.

A 3-pointer by Walker with 2:31 left in the third quarter snapped a 65-65 tie and triggered an 8-2 run to close the quarter for Boston, which made 14-of-20 shots in the period.

Walker struggled from the field, making 9-of-25 shots. But the versatile forward helped in other areas as he added seven assists and four steals.

Coming off Tuesday's surprising win at Minnesota, the Warriors battled back, tying it at 84-84 on a 3-pointer by Arenas, who finished with 14 points.

Richardson finished with 18 points and Antawn Jamison 13 for Golden State, which shot 40 percent (36-of-90) and held a 56-41 rebounding advantage. Fortson and Dampier each collected 13 rebounds.

"It's awful, especially tonight," said Fortson, who was acquired prior to last season in a four-team trade from Boston. "I wanted to get this one tonight in the worst way I could but unfortunately, you know, Paul hit a tough shot at the end."

Walker was good from beyond the arc with 4:40 left to give Boston an 87-84 lead. Battie capped a 14-7 surge with his jumper to make it 98-91 with 60 seconds left.

But Jamison made a layup and 3-pointer before Arenas drilled a shot from beyond the arc to give the Warriors the lead.

"We couldn't let the game slip away from us," Walker said. "We needed to get that control early before they continued to build confidence. But they never buckled, despite the fact that we got the momentum back."

After their poor first half, the Celtics shot 51 percent (21-of-41) the rest of the way to finish at 43 percent (37-of-86).

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