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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           20   22   27   24    93   
     NEW ORLEANS      27   19   24   13    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 28, ERIC WILLIAMS 17, TONY 
                      DELK 16
                NOR - JAMAL MASHBURN 21, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 
                      20, DAVID WESLEY 17

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - ERIC WILLIAMS 7, ANTOINE WALKER 7, TONY 
                      BATTIE 7
                NOR - JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 7, ELDEN CAMPBELL 6, 
                      JEROME MOISO 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 6, ERIC WILLIAMS 4, SHAMMOND
                      WILLIAMS 3
                NOR - DAVID WESLEY 8, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 4, 
                      JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 3

         ATT:   16,898

Box Score

BOSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 33 6-9 3-6 0-7 4 3 17 A Walker 45 6-18 1-2 2-7 1 4 14 T Battie 31 3-6 2-2 2-7 2 4 8 T Delk 37 7-12 0-0 1-3 1 2 16 P Pierce 39 5-14 16-18 0-5 6 4 28 K Brown 13 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 S Williams 20 3-5 0-0 1-3 3 3 8 V Baker 15 0-3 0-0 2-4 2 2 0 W Mccarty 5 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 M Moore 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-71 24-30 8-38 19 26 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (E Williams 2-4, A Walker 1-8, T Delk 2-4, P Pierce 2-5, K Brown 0-2, S Williams 2-4, W Mccarty 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:2 (V Baker, T Battie). Turnovers:14 (A Walker 5, P Pierce 4, E Williams, T Delk, T Battie, S Williams, K Brown). Steals: 9 (P Pierce 3, E Williams, A Walker, T Delk, T Battie, S Williams, K Brown). NEW ORLEANS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Mashburn 43 9-23 2-2 0-3 1 5 21 P Brown 30 1-4 4-6 1-5 1 2 6 J Magloire 20 1-5 2-4 3-7 3 5 4 D Wesley 42 6-14 3-4 1-3 8 3 17 C Alexander 39 8-17 2-3 1-4 4 2 20 J Moiso 15 0-2 0-0 1-6 1 3 0 E Campbell 21 2-3 3-4 3-6 1 4 7 B Drew 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 S Augmon 14 1-3 2-2 0-2 1 0 4 R Traylor 7 1-4 2-2 2-4 0 0 4 G Lynch 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 B Davis DNP - BACK SPASMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 20-27 13-41 21 25 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (J Mashburn 1-5, D Wesley 2-7, C Alexander 2-4, B Drew 0-1, S Augmon 0-1, G Lynch 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:4 (E Campbell 2, J Magloire 2). Turnovers:14 (D Wesley 5, J Mashburn 2, J Moiso 2, J Magloire 2, E Campbell, P Brown, C Alexander). Steals: 5 (D Wesley 3, J Mashburn 2). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 20 22 27 24 - 93 NEW ORLEANS 27 19 24 13 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Orleans - 2 (E Campbell, 2:20 3rd; J Magloire, 8:17 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,898. T: 2:29. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Mike Henderson, Ronnie Nunn.


Extended Box

BOSTON (93) AT NEW ORLEANS (83) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E WILLIAMS F 33 6-9 3-6 0 7 7 4 3 1 1 17 A WALKER F 45 6-18 1-2 2 5 7 1 4 1 5 14 T BATTIE C 31 3-6 2-2 2 5 7 2 4 1 1 8 T DELK G 37 7-12 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 16 P PIERCE G 39 5-14 16-18 0 5 5 6 4 3 4 28 K BROWN 13 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 S WILLIAMS 20 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 8 V BAKER 15 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 0 W MCCARTY 5 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 M MOORE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BREMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-71 24-30 8 30 38 19 26 9 14 93 (.423) (.800) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14 (13 PTS) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J MASHBURN F 43 9-23 2-2 0 3 3 1 5 2 2 21 P BROWN F 30 1-4 4-6 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 6 J MAGLOIRE C 20 1-5 2-4 3 4 7 3 5 0 2 4 D WESLEY G 42 6-14 3-4 1 2 3 8 3 3 5 17 C ALEXANDER G 39 8-17 2-3 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 20 J MOISO 15 0-2 0-0 1 5 6 1 3 0 2 0 E CAMPBELL 21 2-3 3-4 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 7 B DREW 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 S AUGMON 14 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 R TRAYLOR 7 1-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 4 G LYNCH 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 B DAVIS DNP - BACK SPASMS TOTALS 240 29-77 20-27 13 28 41 21 25 5 14 83 (.377) (.741) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16 (21 PTS) BOSTON 20 22 27 24 - 93 NEW ORLEANS 27 19 24 13 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - V BAKER, T BATTIE. NEW ORLEANS - E CAMPBELL 2, J MAGLOIRE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-28 (.321), E WILLIAMS 2-4, A WALKER 1- 8, T DELK 2-4, P PIERCE 2-5, K BROWN 0-2, S WILLIAMS 2-4, W MCCARTY 0- 1. NEW ORLEANS 5-19 (.263), J MASHBURN 1-5, D WESLEY 2-7, C ALEXANDER 2- 4, B DREW 0-1, S AUGMON 0-1, G LYNCH 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW ORLEANS - E CAMPBELL, J MAGLOIRE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, MIKE HENDERSON, RONNIE NUNN. A - 16,898. T - 2:29.


Game Story

NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- With a strong finish, the Boston Celtics got a tough road trip off to a great start. Paul Pierce scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, when the Celtics held the New Orleans Hornets without a basket for over eight minutes and rolled to a 93-83 victory. "I think our team is looking at it as a challenge," Pierce said. "I think our backs are against the wall. We haven't been playing well. So it was good to go in here and get this first win. We don't want to look too far ahead of ourselves, because we've got some tough games coming up, but it's good to get off to a good start." The Celtics came in having lost two in a row and five of six, not the way to start a trip of four games in six days that includes the treacherous "Texas Triangle." They sputtered through the first 2 1/2 quarters, trailing by as many as 11 points. But Boston rallied within 70-69 entering the final period and took control with a flurry of 3-pointers. Tony Delk hit a pair before Pierce - who made 16-of-18 free throws - drilled one from the arc for an 84-75 lead with 6:27 to go. Meanwhile, the Hornets were mired in an awful drought. After a basket by Elden Campbell with 8:53 to play, they did not score from the field until Courtney Alexander hit a jumper with 34 seconds left, missing 14 straight shots. "What is it called, Jekyll and Hyde?" Hornets forward Jamal Mashburn asked. "It was difficult. It seemed like (the Celtics) turned it up a notch, and we went down a notch for some strange reason." "We did a magnificent job of defending down the stretch," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "We became very physical." Eric Williams scored 17 points and Delk added 16 for the Celtics, who improved to 8-7 on the road. They visit Dallas on Friday, San Antonio on Sunday and Houston on Monday. "It's always important to beat a good basketball team," O'Brien said. "We have had some success on the road. We're above .500 on the road. This is a tough building to come into and win. They have a really nice home record. And certainly, any win that we can scratch out on the road against a quality team is very important to us." "This is a big win to get our road (trip) off to a good start," Pierce said. "We're looking at the schedule, you see you've got four tough road games against great teams that play (well) at home." Jamal Mashburn scored 21 points and Alexander added 20 for the slumping Hornets, who have lost seven of nine games and 10 of 13. After winning their first 11 home games, they have lost four of the last five at New Orleans Arena. All-Star point guard Baron Davis missed his fourth straight game with back spasms. Without their floor general, the Hornets settled for outside shots instead of exploiting their size advantage and scored just 14 points in the paint. New Orleans shot under 38 percent (29-of-77), including 4-of-20 in the final period. "We just don't have enough firepower and it's just that simple," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "You take 17 points out of your lineup and you're trying to manufacture points and it's tough." There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, the last on Delk's 3-pointer that gave Boston a 76-74 edge with 8 1/2 minutes to go. Campbell made a free throw before Pierce sank two from the line. As the Hornets misfired, Delk and Pierce hit 3-pointers. After a free throw by P.J. Brown, Williams threw in a hook and Pierce made two more foul shots for an 88-76 bulge with 3:43 left. "He drives it hard," O'Brien said. "They have to honor his outside shot, and he takes it hard, and he's got length. He really has a great first step and he's a good finisher." "If it was street ball, he wouldn't be on the line that much, because you have to call your own fouls," Mashburn said. "You know what I mean?" The Celtics won without a strong game from Antoine Walker, who scored 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting and committed five turnovers. Boston shot 42 percent (30-of-71). David Wesley had 17 points and eight assists for the Hornets. The Celtics trailed, 42-32, with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second period before Delk made a pair of jumpers in a 10-4 surge that closed the quarter. Wesley's 3-pointer gave New Orleans a 65-59 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the third quarter before Pierce and Williams sank 3-pointers to tie it.


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