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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW ORLEANS      15   15   17   18    65   
     BOSTON           25   22   23   23    93      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NOR - BARON DAVIS 16, JAMAL MASHBURN 11, 
                      JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 8
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 23, PAUL PIERCE 21, J.R. 
                      BREMER 12

HIGH REBOUND:   NOR - P.J. BROWN 12, JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 11, 
                      ROBERT TRAYLOR 7
                BOS - TONY BATTIE 8, MARK BLOUNT 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   NOR - BARON DAVIS 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, PAUL PIERCE 5, J.R. 
                      BREMER 4

         ATT:   16,860

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (65) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Mashburn 35 4-13 3-5 0-2 2 3 11 P Brown 32 3-6 0-0 4-12 1 1 6 J Magloire 31 2-6 4-6 6-11 0 2 8 D Wesley 27 2-9 0-0 0-3 2 4 4 G Lynch 23 0-7 0-2 0-1 2 1 0 B Davis 29 4-13 6-6 0-1 3 2 16 J Moiso 9 0-2 0-2 1-4 1 0 0 K Anderson 13 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 R Traylor 17 3-3 1-6 2-7 1 3 7 S Augmon 9 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 C Alexander 15 2-6 3-4 0-1 0 2 7 R Pack DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-72 17-31 13-44 13 20 65 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.319, FT-.548. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (J Mashburn 0-1, D Wesley 0-5, G Lynch 0-4, B Davis 2-6). Team Rebounds: 17. Blocked Shots:7 (J Magloire 4, J Moiso 2, P Brown). Turnovers:14 (P Brown 3, R Traylor 3, J Mashburn 2, S Augmon, J Moiso, J Magloire, B Davis, K Anderson, D Wesley). Steals: 2 (J Mashburn, C Alexander). BOSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 36 9-22 2-2 0-5 8 0 23 E Williams 17 3-5 0-0 1-1 2 3 6 T Battie 30 2-6 2-2 1-8 1 2 6 J Bremer 27 4-10 0-0 1-3 4 1 12 P Pierce 31 7-15 6-8 1-5 5 3 21 W Mccarty 29 2-4 0-0 0-4 1 2 5 T Delk 21 2-3 0-0 0-2 3 2 5 M Blount 12 2-4 1-2 1-7 0 5 5 G Long 14 1-2 0-2 2-2 1 2 2 B Coles 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 K Brown 7 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 B Sundov 6 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 11-16 9-42 25 23 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (A Walker 3-6, J Bremer 4-7, P Pierce 1-5, W Mccarty 1-1, T Delk 1-2, B Coles 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (P Pierce 2, A Walker, T Battie). Turnovers:6 (P Pierce 2, B Coles, A Walker, J Bremer, T Battie). Steals: 7 (J Bremer 3, A Walker 2, T Delk, K Brown). ------------------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS 15 15 17 18 - 65 BOSTON 25 22 23 23 - 93 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,860. T: 2:04. Officials: Don Vaden, Leroy Richardson, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

NEW ORLEANS (65) AT BOSTON (93) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J MASHBURN F 35 4-13 3-5 0 2 2 2 3 1 2 11 P BROWN F 32 3-6 0-0 4 8 12 1 1 0 3 6 J MAGLOIRE C 31 2-6 4-6 6 5 11 0 2 0 1 8 D WESLEY G 27 2-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 4 G LYNCH G 23 0-7 0-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 B DAVIS 29 4-13 6-6 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 16 J MOISO 9 0-2 0-2 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 K ANDERSON 13 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 R TRAYLOR 17 3-3 1-6 2 5 7 1 3 0 3 7 S AUGMON 9 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 C ALEXANDER 15 2-6 3-4 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 7 R PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 23-72 17-31 13 31 44 13 20 2 14 65 (.319) (.548) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 17 (21 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 36 9-22 2-2 0 5 5 8 0 2 1 23 E WILLIAMS F 17 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 6 T BATTIE C 30 2-6 2-2 1 7 8 1 2 0 1 6 J BREMER G 27 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 12 P PIERCE G 31 7-15 6-8 1 4 5 5 3 0 2 21 W MCCARTY 29 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 5 T DELK 21 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 5 M BLOUNT 12 2-4 1-2 1 6 7 0 5 0 0 5 G LONG 14 1-2 0-2 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 2 B COLES 10 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 K BROWN 7 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 B SUNDOV 6 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 36-84 11-16 9 33 42 25 23 7 6 93 (.429) (.688) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 8 (10 PTS) NEW ORLEANS 15 15 17 18 - 65 BOSTON 25 22 23 23 - 93 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW ORLEANS - J MAGLOIRE 4, J MOISO 2, P BROWN. BOSTON - P PIERCE 2, A WALKER, T BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW ORLEANS 2-16 (.125), J MASHBURN 0-1, D WESLEY 0- 5, G LYNCH 0-4, B DAVIS 2-6. BOSTON 10-22 (.455), A WALKER 3-6, J BREMER 4- 7, P PIERCE 1-5, W MCCARTY 1-1, T DELK 1-2, B COLES 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, LEROY RICHARDSON, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 16,860. T - 2:04.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- For one night at least, the Boston Celtics took coach Jim O'Brien's challenge to heart. Antoine Walker scored 23 points and Paul Pierce added 21 as the Celtics rebounded from a disappointing effort and cooled off the New Orleans Hornets with a 93-65 drubbing. The Hornets, who lost for just the second time in 11 games, matched the lowest point total in franchise history, set in a 65-56 victory over Miami on December 20, 2000. One day after Sunday's 94-78 loss to San Antonio, O'Brien challenged his players to end the season strong, telling them that if they go 14-5, they will reach 50 wins and possibly finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics responded with a dominating performance from start to finish. Boston allowed just 15 points in each of the first two periods to open a 47-30 halftime lead, then turned the contest into a rout in the third quarter. "We were disappointed in our effort on Sunday," Walker said. "As a team, we felt that we let San Antonio escape without giving 100 percent effort. We understood the importance of this game." "I really want to step up as a leader on this team - start showing coach it's that time of year to put the best guys on the floor," Pierce added. J.R. Bremer made three of his four 3-pointers in the period, when the Celtics stretched their lead to as many as 30 points. Mark Blount's jumper made it 69-39 with 2:35 left. Since February 1, Bremer has made 46 3-pointers, fourth in the NBA during that span behind Ray Allen, Tracy McGrady and Latrell Sprewell. "Coach has been preaching toughness the past couple days and we really wanted to come out and play hard and play tough," Bremer said. "It was important to get going early. They're right on our butts in the Eastern Conference, so we knew it was a big game." Baron Davis scored 16 points off the bench for the Hornets, who also had a five-game road winning streak snapped. "Guys are tired and they need a break," said New Orleans coach Paul Silas, whose club was coming off an 81-71 win at Indiana on Tuesday. "We've got to get our legs back, our energy back. We'll be fine." The victory enabled the Celtics to win the season series against the Hornets, three games to one. That means Boston would have a edge should the teams finish tied in the standings. The Celtics are fifth overall in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Hornets. Boston also kicked off a difficult stretch on a strong note. Over the next week, it has road games against New Jersey, Detroit and Indiana and a home contest with the Nets. "I don't like to say it's a statement game, going down to play New Jersey (on Wednesday), but it gave us a tiebreaker against a team that we might need a tiebreaker against because a bunch of teams are fighting for home-court advantage," O'Brien said. "It was a real consistent basketball game for us. We played well in all four quarters." Boston committed only six turnovers and held New Orleans to 32 percent shooting (23-of-72). The Celtics shot 43 percent (36-of-84), including 10-of-22 from 3-point range. The Hornets were just 2-of-16 from the arc. New Orleans also hurt itself by shooting just 55 percent from the line (17-of-31). "Boston is a team that didn't play last night," New Orleans swingman George Lynch said. "They were fresh and ready to play." "It's funny because at times I felt like we had good looks, but then again they played outstanding defense," Hornets guard David Wesley added. "We had like 30 at the half. Shots just weren't falling." Bremer was the only other player in double figures for Boston with 12 points. He finished 4-of-10 from the field, missing all three shots inside the 3-point line. Jamal Mashburn was held to 11 points for the Hornets.


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