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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           20   18   39   23    100  
     PHILADELPHIA     27   31   19   22    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 40, ANTOINE WALKER 33, J.R. 
                      BREMER 10
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 29, ERIC SNOW 17, KEITH 
                      VAN HORN 11

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - VIN BAKER 8, PAUL PIERCE 7, ANTOINE 
                      WALKER 6
                PHI - AARON MCKIE 9, KENNY THOMAS 9, DERRICK 
                      COLEMAN 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 6, J.R. BREMER 5, ANTOINE 
                      WALKER 4
                PHI - AARON MCKIE 6, ERIC SNOW 6, ALLEN 
                      IVERSON 4

         ATT:   20,311

Box Score

BOSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 46 12-24 3-4 3-6 4 3 33 E Williams 23 1-5 2-4 0-3 2 2 5 V Baker 26 2-4 2-4 5-8 0 3 6 J Bremer 36 3-9 2-2 0-5 5 2 10 P Pierce 45 13-26 13-18 0-7 6 3 40 G Long 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 S Williams 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 W Mccarty 25 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 3 K Brown 20 1-2 1-2 0-1 1 2 3 T Delk DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN T Battie DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 23-34 9-33 21 21 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 11-26, .423 (A Walker 6-11, E Williams 1-2, J Bremer 2-5, P Pierce 1-5, S Williams 0-1, W Mccarty 1-1, K Brown 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (V Baker 2, P Pierce). Turnovers:12 (P Pierce 6, S Williams 3, G Long, V Baker, A Walker). Steals: 11 (P Pierce 4, W Mccarty 3, J Bremer 2, S Williams, K Brown). PHILADELPHIA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A McKie 31 4-10 0-0 3-9 6 4 10 K Van Horn 27 4-12 3-4 2-5 0 2 11 D Coleman 27 5-7 0-0 3-8 1 2 10 E Snow 39 2-9 12-12 3-6 6 2 17 A Iverson 43 12-22 5-6 0-2 4 1 29 G Buckner 23 2-3 5-5 1-3 0 3 9 K Thomas 26 4-7 0-1 1-9 1 3 8 B Skinner 18 1-4 3-3 2-6 0 2 5 J Salmons 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 T MacCulloch DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Satterfield DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Rentzias DNP - FLU _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 28-31 15-49 18 20 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.903. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (A McKie 2-3, K Van Horn 0-2, D Coleman 0-1, E Snow 1-1, A Iverson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:6 (D Coleman 2, B Skinner 2, K Van Horn, K Thomas). Turnovers:14 (E Snow 5, A McKie 2, A Iverson 2, D Coleman, K Van Horn, B Skinner, K Thomas, G Buckner). Steals: 7 (A Iverson 5, E Snow, G Buckner). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 20 18 39 23 - 100 PHILADELPHIA 27 31 19 22 - 99 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 11:49 1st; P Pierce, 4:14 4th). Philadelphia - 2 (Defensive Three, 1:37 2nd; Defensive Three, 3:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,311. T: 2:33. Officials: Derek Collins, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

BOSTON (100) AT PHILADELPHIA (99) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 46 12-24 3-4 3 3 6 4 3 0 1 33 E WILLIAMS F 23 1-5 2-4 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 5 V BAKER C 26 2-4 2-4 5 3 8 0 3 0 1 6 J BREMER G 36 3-9 2-2 0 5 5 5 2 2 0 10 P PIERCE G 45 13-26 13-18 0 7 7 6 3 4 6 40 G LONG 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 0 W MCCARTY 25 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 3 0 3 K BROWN 20 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 3 T DELK DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN T BATTIE DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-73 23-34 9 24 33 21 21 11 12 100 (.452) (.676) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (13 PTS) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A MCKIE F 31 4-10 0-0 3 6 9 6 4 0 2 10 K VAN HORN F 27 4-12 3-4 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 11 D COLEMAN C 27 5-7 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 10 E SNOW G 39 2-9 12-12 3 3 6 6 2 1 5 17 A IVERSON G 43 12-22 5-6 0 2 2 4 1 5 2 29 G BUCKNER 23 2-3 5-5 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 9 K THOMAS 26 4-7 0-1 1 8 9 1 3 0 1 8 B SKINNER 18 1-4 3-3 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 5 J SALMONS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 T MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION K SATTERFIELD DNP - COACH'S DECISION E RENTZIAS DNP - FLU TOTALS 240 34-74 28-31 15 34 49 18 20 7 14 99 (.459) (.903) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15 (23 PTS) BOSTON 20 18 39 23 - 100 PHILADELPHIA 27 31 19 22 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - V BAKER 2, P PIERCE. PHILADELPHIA - D COLEMAN 2, B SKINNER 2, K VAN HORN, K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 11-26 (.423), A WALKER 6-11, E WILLIAMS 1- 2, J BREMER 2-5, P PIERCE 1-5, S WILLIAMS 0-1, W MCCARTY 1-1, K BROWN 0- 1. PHILADELPHIA 3-9 (.333), A MCKIE 2-3, K VAN HORN 0-2, D COLEMAN 0- 1, E SNOW 1-1, A IVERSON 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, P PIERCE. PHILADELPHIA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, JOE FORTE, SEAN CORBIN. A - 20,311. T - 2:33.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- It was another virtuoso performance by Paul Pierce and another late-game collapse by the Philadelphia 76ers. Pierce scored 40 points to lead a huge second-half comeback and Antoine Walker's 3-pointer with 29 seconds left gave the Boston Celtics a stunning 100-99 victory over the 76ers, who blew a 23-point lead. Pierce made 13-of-26 shots and 13-of-18 free throws in his third 40-point game of the season. He scored 26 points in the second half, teaming with fellow All-Star Walker and rookie J.R. Bremer to lead the Celtics to their fourth straight win. "Most teams would have given in, being on the road down 20 to a tough Philadelphia team," Pierce said. "Most teams would give in mentally. We're one of the toughest teams in the league mentally. We look at a 20-point deficit and we say we're going to get back in it. You're going to have to kick us around, throw us in the gutter, into the sewer, bury us in the grave for us not to come back." Despite Pierce's heroics, the Celtics were trailing, 99-97, after a layup by Aaron McKie with 1:06 remaining. The teams traded empty possessions and the Celtics went to Pierce. He passed out of a questionable double-team and found Walker, who drilled his sixth 3-pointer of the game. "I wanted to be smart on the last possession," Pierce said. "If I got the shot, take it; if not, let me find somebody. Whoever was guarding Antoine was standing one step farther (away) than he needed to for Antoine. I gave it to him and said, `I'll take my chances with him right there.' And he knocked it down." The 76ers elected not to call timeout. They had three chances to win, but jumpers by Snow, McKie and Snow again failed to find the mark. Philadelphia has lost eight of 10 overall and six of seven at home as its inability to close out games continued. During this home stretch, all of the losses have been in overtime or by no more than four points. About the best thing that can be said is that the 76ers are not pointing fingers at each other. "I don't have the answer. It's my responsibility," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We just got to keep trying to do better. I've got to do a better job of figuring out a way we can defend better with what we got." "I just know that coach is frustrated right now, especially with the effort in the second half after we played so well," guard Allen Iverson said. "I know he has got to be upset with us. I know it's not the fault of him or any of the other coaches. It was just bad on our part." Walker scored 33 points despite twisting his right knee for the Celtics, who added another small chapter to the storied rivalry. Last year, they eliminated the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs, winning the clincher behind 46 points by Pierce. "When I'm sipping Geritol at some point in my life at my retirement home, I'll remember that game," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "I won't remember many of them, but I'll remember this one. That was a great comeback." Iverson had 29 points and five steals for the Sixers, who have lost twice to the Celtics in the same season for the first time in five years. Boston missed its last 10 shots of the first half, digging a 58-38 hole. A dunk by Keith Van Horn gave Philadelphia its largest lead at 63-40 with 10:50 left in the third quarter. Bremer scored all 10 of his points in the first four minutes of the second half, including eight in a 14-0 burst capped by a 3-pointer by Walker that made it 63-54. The lead shriveled to six before Iverson had a pair of jumpers, a steal and an alley-oop pass to Van Horn to rebuild the advantage to 77-66 with 2:44 to go. But the Celtics scored the last 11 points of the period as Pierce's 3-pointer tied it and brought out the boobirds. The fourth quarter was tight throughout. Two free throws by Iverson gave the Sixers a 94-90 lead with 4:14 remaining, but Walter McCarty made a 3-pointer for his only basket and Pierce made consecutive jumpers to give the Celts a 97-94 edge with 2:37 to play. Snow, who had made just one 3-pointer this season, threw one in as the shot clock expired to tie it. Pierce finally was stopped by McKie, who beat him downcourt for the go-ahead layup. Boston shot 45 percent (33-of-73), including 11-of-26 from the arc. It missed 11 free throws and was outrebounded, 49-33. "If you shoot the three-ball the way we do, we're never out of the game," O'Brien said. "We've come back form large margins before. Our guys never feel like they are out of the basketball game." Snow scored 17 points, Van Horn added 11 and McKie and Derrick Coleman 10 each for Philadelphia, which shot 46 percent (34-of-74), making 3-of-9 3-pointers. "You're up 20 points on your home floor and you give a game away on your home floor, that's just sorry and there's no excuse for that," Iverson said. "It's just a bad feeling right now." "At some point, you have got to stop making those mistakes that cause you to lose these games," Van Horn said. The Sixers scored the first eight points and raced to a 27-20 lead after one period. They opened the second quarter with a 12-2 surge, building a 39-22 lead on a short jumper by Kenny Thomas.


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