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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           25   29   23   17    94   
     MIAMI            17   26   23   20    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 32, ANTOINE WALKER 24, TONY 
                      BATTIE 12
                MIA - CARON BUTLER 20, LAPHONSO ELLIS 10, 
                      RASUAL BUTLER 10

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, PAUL PIERCE 9, TONY 
                      BATTIE 8
                MIA - LAPHONSO ELLIS 9, KEN JOHNSON 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 5, ANTOINE WALKER 4, J.R. 
                      BREMER 3
                MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 5, CARON BUTLER 4, MIKE 
                      JAMES 3

         ATT:   16,500

Box Score

BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 41 8-17 4-5 1-12 4 3 24 E Williams 34 2-12 0-0 1-4 2 1 4 T Battie 20 5-7 2-3 4-8 0 4 12 T Delk 22 4-8 0-0 0-0 2 1 10 P Pierce 40 10-22 10-12 1-9 5 2 32 M Blount 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 W Mccarty 27 1-8 0-2 2-6 2 3 3 J Bremer 26 4-8 0-0 0-2 3 1 9 G Long 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 K Brown 11 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 B Coles DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 16-22 10-43 18 23 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 10-28, .357 (A Walker 4-10, E Williams 0-3, T Delk 2-3, P Pierce 2-4, W Mccarty 1-5, J Bremer 1-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (W Mccarty, T Battie, M Blount). Turnovers:12 (E Williams 3, P Pierce 3, W Mccarty 2, A Walker, K Brown, M Blount, T Delk). Steals: 7 (E Williams 2, A Walker, T Delk, W Mccarty, P Pierce, J Bremer). MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 32 5-11 9-9 0-4 4 0 20 M Allen 20 3-7 0-0 1-3 0 1 6 B Grant 20 3-4 1-1 2-6 0 1 7 A Carter 17 1-4 0-2 1-4 5 0 2 R Butler 24 4-13 2-3 0-1 2 4 10 L Ellis 28 5-10 0-0 1-9 0 4 10 E House 20 3-8 3-4 0-1 1 2 9 K Johnson 28 4-7 0-0 1-7 0 5 8 S Lampley 24 2-4 3-6 2-6 2 3 7 M James 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 0 T Best 18 3-6 1-2 0-3 1 1 7 V Stepania DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 19-27 8-44 18 24 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 1-16, .063 (C Butler 1-5, R Butler 0-4, L Ellis 0-3, E House 0-1, M James 0-2, T Best 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (K Johnson 2, R Butler, S Lampley). Turnovers:13 (C Butler 4, E House 2, K Johnson 2, B Grant, L Ellis, M Allen, T Best, A Carter). Steals: 5 (C Butler 3, L Ellis, T Best). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 25 29 23 17 - 94 MIAMI 17 26 23 20 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:04 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:18. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Bill Spooner, Rodney Mott.


Extended Box

BOSTON (94) AT MIAMI (86) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 41 8-17 4-5 1 11 12 4 3 1 1 24 E WILLIAMS F 34 2-12 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 2 3 4 T BATTIE C 20 5-7 2-3 4 4 8 0 4 0 0 12 T DELK G 22 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 10 P PIERCE G 40 10-22 10-12 1 8 9 5 2 1 3 32 M BLOUNT 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 W MCCARTY 27 1-8 0-2 2 4 6 2 3 1 2 3 J BREMER 26 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 9 G LONG 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 K BROWN 11 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 B COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-85 16-22 10 33 43 18 23 7 12 94 (.400) (.727) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12 (12 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 32 5-11 9-9 0 4 4 4 0 3 4 20 M ALLEN F 20 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 6 B GRANT C 20 3-4 1-1 2 4 6 0 1 0 1 7 A CARTER G 17 1-4 0-2 1 3 4 5 0 0 1 2 R BUTLER G 24 4-13 2-3 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 10 L ELLIS 28 5-10 0-0 1 8 9 0 4 1 1 10 E HOUSE 20 3-8 3-4 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 9 K JOHNSON 28 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 5 0 2 8 S LAMPLEY 24 2-4 3-6 2 4 6 2 3 0 0 7 M JAMES 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 T BEST 18 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 7 V STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-77 19-27 8 36 44 18 24 5 13 86 (.429) (.704) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) BOSTON 25 29 23 17 - 94 MIAMI 17 26 23 20 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - W MCCARTY, T BATTIE, M BLOUNT. MIAMI - K JOHNSON 2, R BUTLER, S LAMPLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-28 (.357), A WALKER 4-10, E WILLIAMS 0- 3, T DELK 2-3, P PIERCE 2-4, W MCCARTY 1-5, J BREMER 1-3. MIAMI 1- 16 (.063), C BUTLER 1-5, R BUTLER 0-4, L ELLIS 0-3, E HOUSE 0-1, M JAMES 0- 2, T BEST 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, BILL SPOONER, RODNEY MOTT. A - 16,500. T - 2:18.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Walter McCarty picked a convenient time to make his first basket of the game. McCarty stopped a lengthy run with a 3-pointer as the Boston Celtics held off the Miami Heat, 94-86, to take sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Paul Pierce scored 32 points with nine rebounds and Antoine Walker added 24 and 12 for the Celtics, who had lost four of their previous five games, including an 89-86 setback at Orlando on Saturday that dropped them into a sixth-place tie with the Magic. "I thought our guys played hard considering this was the fourth games in five nights," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "They competed to win and we did what we had to do down the stretch to get the victory." Boston (43-38) concludes its season vs. Detroit on Wednesday while Orlando finishes at Atlanta and Milwaukee. The Celtics hold the tiebreaker edge over the Magic. "We've been in a lot of tough games, losing by one," Celtics guard Tony Delk said. "These close games give us good experience going into the playoffs. We just have to finish them and I think we did a good job tonight. We just have to build off this particular win tonight." Boston, which never trailed, took an 83-72 lead on a dunk and free throw by Tony Battie with 7:37 remaining. But the Celtics missed their next 10 shots, allowing the Heat to rally and tie the contest, 83-83, on a free throw by Travis Best with 3:33 left. "We did some things in the fourth quarter that were out of the scheme of the way we're playing," O'Brien said. "We let them break out a couple times and we took some bad shots. You have to be consistent at both ends of the court in order to be a good basketball team. I thought we lost that consistency." "They went with a small lineup, kind of took us out of our offense for a quick second," Pierce said. "They picked up full-court and it was just a matter of settling down and executing." McCarty, who missed his first seven shots, nailed one from the top of the arc with 2:27 left to stop Miami's momentum. The Heat turned the ball over on their next three possessions, while Pierce made 1-of-2 free throws and Walker a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Celtics a 90-83 edge with 1:23 remaining. Miami got no closer than six points thereafter. "We had an opportunity there up 10 points and we let the game slip away from us," Walker said. "Took some bad shots in that stretch and then we got back to moving the ball and were able to win the game. We were able to come up with the defensive stop that we needed to win the game and not rely on the offensive end to win the game." "They made a good run and tied the game up," Pierce said. "From that point on we executed well. We passed and moved the ball well and got the fouls." The Celtics made 10-of-28 3-pointers while the Heat connected on just 1-of-16. Rookie Caron Butler scored 20 points to pace the Heat but sat on the bench during the Heat's comeback and was not re-inserted down the stretch. "I thought Caron Butler played extremely well," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "The reason why I didn't play Caron down the stretch was because we were down 12 or 14 when he was on the court and I stayed with the guys that brought us back. I think I'll put Caron back at the point for an extended period of time." "I don't think that it's a surprise the starters didn't play at the end of the game," said Heat center Brian Grant, who had seven points and six rebounds. "This far into the season, it allows the coaching staff to get a chance to look at the guys that didn't play. I wasn't playing as well as I could be." Boston began the game on a 15-6 run and led, 25-17, after one quarter. Pierce, who had seven points in the first quarter, added 12 in the second as the Celtics extended their advantage to 54-43 at the break. "He got off to a fast start tonight and was making a lot of shots," Butler said. Pierce added another 11 points in the third quarter as the Celtics took a 77-66 edge into the final 12 minutes. The lottery-bound Heat, who were playing their final home contest, conclude their season at Toronto on Tuesday. "It was a difficult season for everybody - the coaches, the players, the organization, the city," Grant said. "We had a bad season last year, and then this year. We had an even more difficult time this season with some people coming from winning backgrounds." "We have to get on with the future," Riley said. "We have to get on with making decisions." One positive this season has been the development of Butler, who likely will finish third in the Rookie of the Year race behind favorites Yao Ming of Houston and Amare Stoudemire of Phoenix. "It was stressful losing," Butler said. "But on a more positive note, it was fun because I got a chance to develop a lot of relationships that I can carry on for the rest of my life."


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