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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           17   23   30   11    81   
     NEW JERSEY       28   35   32   22    117     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 27, ANTOINE WALKER 21, TONY 
                      BATTIE 7
                NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 22, LUCIOUS HARRIS 17,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 6, PAUL PIERCE 6, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                NJN - KENYON MARTIN 13, RICHARD JEFFERSON 8, 
                      RODNEY ROGERS 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 3, WALTER MCCARTY 3, FIVE
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                NJN - JASON KIDD 11, LUCIOUS HARRIS 6, ANTHONY
                      JOHNSON 5

         ATT:   20,049

Box Score

BOSTON (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 21 1-3 2-2 1-1 1 3 4 A Walker 37 5-18 10-12 2-6 3 2 21 T Battie 23 2-6 3-4 3-4 1 5 7 P Pierce 39 7-20 10-12 2-6 1 2 27 T Delk 28 2-6 0-0 0-4 1 2 6 W Mccarty 21 0-2 0-0 0-4 3 5 0 V Baker 11 1-1 4-6 0-0 0 2 6 S Williams 26 2-5 0-0 0-4 0 0 4 K Brown 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 B Sundov 8 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 R Wolkowyski 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 J Bremer 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-71 29-36 9-32 11 24 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.324, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (A Walker 1-4, P Pierce 3-6, T Delk 2-5, W Mccarty 0-1, S Williams 0-2, B Sundov 0-2, J Bremer 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (T Battie 2, K Brown). Turnovers:18 (T Battie 4, W Mccarty 3, P Pierce 3, E Williams, V Baker, B Sundov, R Wolkowyski, K Brown, S Williams, A Walker, T Delk). Steals: 6 (E Williams 2, S Williams 2, T Delk, P Pierce). NEW JERSEY (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Jefferson 32 6-11 10-11 0-8 1 4 22 K Martin 29 7-11 2-3 5-13 2 4 16 J Collins 31 2-8 6-7 1-4 0 4 10 L Harris 30 7-12 2-2 1-4 6 2 17 J Kidd 32 7-11 0-0 0-3 11 3 16 A Johnson 28 4-10 0-0 0-2 5 2 8 R Rogers 23 5-11 3-6 0-5 4 4 13 A Williams 17 4-4 1-1 0-3 1 4 9 T Slay 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 B Scalabrine 6 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 B Armstrong 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-83 24-30 8-46 31 28 117 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.542, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (K Martin 0-1, L Harris 1-3, J Kidd 2-3, A Johnson 0-1, R Rogers 0-5). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:3 (R Jefferson 2, K Martin). Turnovers:11 (J Kidd 3, K Martin 2, R Jefferson 2, R Rogers, B Scalabrine, A Williams, A Johnson). Steals: 13 (J Kidd 3, R Jefferson 2, T Slay 2, J Collins 2, R Rogers, B Scalabrine, B Armstrong, K Martin). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 17 23 30 11 - 81 NEW JERSEY 28 35 32 22 - 117 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 2 (COACH Scott, 2:30 2nd; Defensive Three, 9:32 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (T Battie, 7:42 3r). A: 20,049. T: 2:24. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jess Kersey, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

BOSTON (81) AT NEW JERSEY (117) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E WILLIAMS F 21 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 2 1 4 A WALKER F 37 5-18 10-12 2 4 6 3 2 0 1 21 T BATTIE C 23 2-6 3-4 3 1 4 1 5 0 4 7 P PIERCE G 39 7-20 10-12 2 4 6 1 2 1 3 27 T DELK G 28 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 1 1 6 W MCCARTY 21 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 3 5 0 3 0 V BAKER 11 1-1 4-6 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 6 S WILLIAMS 26 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 2 1 4 K BROWN 13 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 B SUNDOV 8 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 R WOLKOWYSKI 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 J BREMER 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 23-71 29-36 9 23 32 11 24 6 18 81 (.324) (.806) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18 (18 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R JEFFERSON F 32 6-11 10-11 0 8 8 1 4 2 2 22 K MARTIN F 29 7-11 2-3 5 8 13 2 4 1 2 16 J COLLINS C 31 2-8 6-7 1 3 4 0 4 2 0 10 L HARRIS G 30 7-12 2-2 1 3 4 6 2 0 0 17 J KIDD G 32 7-11 0-0 0 3 3 11 3 3 3 16 A JOHNSON 28 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 0 1 8 R ROGERS 23 5-11 3-6 0 5 5 4 4 1 1 13 A WILLIAMS 17 4-4 1-1 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 9 T SLAY 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 B SCALABRINE 6 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 B ARMSTRONG 6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 TOTALS 240 45-83 24-30 8 38 46 31 28 13 11 117 (.542) (.800) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11 (6 PTS) BOSTON 17 23 30 11 - 81 NEW JERSEY 28 35 32 22 - 117 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - T BATTIE 2, K BROWN. NEW JERSEY - R JEFFERSON 2, K MARTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 6-21 (.286), A WALKER 1-4, P PIERCE 3-6, T DELK 2-5, W MCCARTY 0-1, S WILLIAMS 0-2, B SUNDOV 0-2, J BREMER 0- 1. NEW JERSEY 3-13 (.231), K MARTIN 0-1, L HARRIS 1-3, J KIDD 2-3, A JOHNSON 0-1, R ROGERS 0-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - COACH SCOTT, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: BOSTON 1 (T BATTIE, 7:42 3R). OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JESS KERSEY, TIM DONAGHY. A - 20,049. T - 2:24.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics might as well have stayed home for Christmas dinner. The Celtics conceded scores of easy baskets and failed to hit shots as the New Jersey Nets cruised to a 117-81 rout in a lopsided rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals. "The Nets played well in every phase of the game," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "We took a good pounding tonight... We just got beat." New Jersey led by as many as 38 points and had the game all but wrapped up early in the second quarter. The Nets hit their first nine shots of the frame against the Celtics' soft defense to build a 46-22 lead. "We just happened to hit our shots," said Nets guard Lucious Harris, who scored 17 points. "They give you the outside shot. They try not to give you the easy basket, but the shots were just falling in for us." The Nets got more than their share of easy hoops, though, as they scored 54 points in the paint and 26 points on the fast break. Richard Jefferson scored 22 points to lead the Nets, who also got 16 apiece from Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd. Jefferson, Harris and Kidd all scored in double figures in the first half as New Jersey took a 63-40 lead at intermission. "They simply outplayed us from start to finish," said Paul Pierce, who led the Celtics with 27 points on 7-of-20 shooting. "I'm not sure why we didn't come out with more sense of urgency." Boston put together an 11-0 run in the third quarter, but the spurt brought it within only 27 points. The Celtics closed to 95-70 at the end of the third, but got no closer and suffered their worst loss of the season. "It's getting frustrating," Pierce said. "Over the past five or six games, we have been coming out and giving up big leads. I know we are a good comeback team, but we can't keep letting teams get out to big leads." The Nets shot 65 percent (28-of-43) in the first half to the Celtics' 26.5 percent (9-of-34) effort. New Jersey finished at 54 percent (45-of-83), while Boston shot 32 percent (23-of-71). New Jersey posted its biggest win over Boston. The Nets' best previous win against the Celtics was a 111-81 triumph on March 10, 1995. "Our effort tonight was the best we have played this season," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "We really came out and played solid defense for 48 minutes. We had maybe a two-minute span in the third quarter where the Celtics got anything they wanted. After that period, we did a great job on the defensive end. It was a great win." The Nets extended their home winning streak to 11 games and their league-best home record to 16-1. New Jersey has won all nine of its games against Eastern Conference opponents at Continental Airlines Arena. Boston had won its last four regular-season meetings with New Jersey, although the Nets defeated the Celtics in six games in last season's Eastern Conference finals. Boston defeated New Jersey, 96-79, in their first contest this season on November 20.


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