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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           27   17   26   23    93   
     MEMPHIS          29   18   22   22    91      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - VIN BAKER 24, PAUL PIERCE 23, MIKE JAMES
                      16
                MEM - STROMILE SWIFT 18, PAU GASOL 16, JASON 
                      WILLIAMS 13

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - VIN BAKER 8, PAUL PIERCE 8, TWO PLAYERS 
                      WITH 6
                MEM - PAU GASOL 10, STROMILE SWIFT 9, LORENZEN
                      WRIGHT 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - MIKE JAMES 6, WALTER MCCARTY 3, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 3
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 7, JAMES POSEY 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   16,178

Box Score

BOSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Brown 27 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 1 4 V Baker 34 10-14 4-7 2-8 1 2 24 M Blount 18 0-1 0-0 2-5 0 6 0 M James 33 6-12 2-3 0-6 6 3 16 P Pierce 36 7-15 9-11 1-8 3 6 23 T Battie 20 2-3 3-3 0-4 0 2 7 R LaFrentz 21 2-5 0-0 2-6 2 0 4 E Williams 18 2-8 3-5 1-2 2 2 7 M Banks 16 1-5 1-4 1-4 2 2 3 W Mccarty 17 2-3 0-0 0-3 3 2 5 J Jones DNP - STRAINED HAMSTRINGS J Welsch DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-72 22-33 9-49 21 26 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (K Brown 0-1, M James 2-5, P Pierce 0-2, R LaFrentz 0-3, M Banks 0-1, W Mccarty 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (P Pierce 2, M Blount). Turnovers:17 (P Pierce 9, V Baker 2, K Brown 2, M James 2, T Battie, M Blount). Steals: 12 (W Mccarty 2, M Blount 2, P Pierce 2, M Banks 2, E Williams, M James, R LaFrentz, V Baker). MEMPHIS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 30 2-7 0-1 0-5 5 5 5 P Gasol 33 5-11 6-8 4-10 1 3 16 S Swift 30 7-11 4-6 2-9 0 4 18 J Williams 32 3-11 4-4 0-1 7 1 13 M Miller 32 4-11 2-3 1-4 3 2 10 S Battier 18 3-8 2-2 1-2 0 1 9 L Wright 18 1-8 0-0 1-7 2 4 2 B Outlaw 15 2-5 2-2 3-5 2 4 6 E Watson 16 1-3 4-6 0-1 3 2 6 W Person 16 2-6 1-1 0-0 1 3 6 J Tsakalidis DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Bell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 25-33 12-44 24 29 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 6-26, .231 (J Posey 1-3, P Gasol 0-1, J Williams 3-8, M Miller 0-4, S Battier 1-6, W Person 1-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (S Swift 3, P Gasol 2, W Person, B Outlaw). Turnovers:15 (M Miller 5, P Gasol 4, E Watson 2, W Person, B Outlaw, J Williams, J Posey). Steals: 8 (J Posey 3, S Swift 2, L Wright, E Watson, J Williams). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 27 17 26 23 - 93 MEMPHIS 29 18 22 22 - 91 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 2 (COACH O'Brien, 3:00 1st; V Baker, 0:18 4th). Memphis - 1 (J Posey, 0:18 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,178. T: 2:23. Officials: Bernie Fryer, David Jones, Gary Benson.


Extended Box

BOSTON (93) AT MEMPHIS (91) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K BROWN F 27 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 4 V BAKER F 34 10-14 4-7 2 6 8 1 2 1 2 24 M BLOUNT C 18 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 6 2 1 0 M JAMES G 33 6-12 2-3 0 6 6 6 3 1 2 16 P PIERCE G 36 7-15 9-11 1 7 8 3 6 2 9 23 T BATTIE 20 2-3 3-3 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 7 R LAFRENTZ 21 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 2 0 1 0 4 E WILLIAMS 18 2-8 3-5 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 7 M BANKS 16 1-5 1-4 1 3 4 2 2 2 0 3 W MCCARTY 17 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 2 0 5 J JONES DNP - STRAINED HAMSTRINGS J WELSCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-72 22-33 9 40 49 21 26 12 17 93 (.472) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20 (26 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 30 2-7 0-1 0 5 5 5 5 3 1 5 P GASOL F 33 5-11 6-8 4 6 10 1 3 0 4 16 S SWIFT C 30 7-11 4-6 2 7 9 0 4 2 0 18 J WILLIAMS G 32 3-11 4-4 0 1 1 7 1 1 1 13 M MILLER G 32 4-11 2-3 1 3 4 3 2 0 5 10 S BATTIER 18 3-8 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 9 L WRIGHT 18 1-8 0-0 1 6 7 2 4 1 0 2 B OUTLAW 15 2-5 2-2 3 2 5 2 4 0 1 6 E WATSON 16 1-3 4-6 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 6 W PERSON 16 2-6 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 6 J TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION T BELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-81 25-33 12 32 44 24 29 8 15 91 (.370) (.758) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15 (10 PTS) BOSTON 27 17 26 23 - 93 MEMPHIS 29 18 22 22 - 91 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - P PIERCE 2, M BLOUNT. MEMPHIS - S SWIFT 3, P GASOL 2, W PERSON, B OUTLAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-13 (.231), K BROWN 0-1, M JAMES 2-5, P PIERCE 0- 2, R LAFRENTZ 0-3, M BANKS 0-1, W MCCARTY 1-1. MEMPHIS 6-26 (.231), J POSEY 1-3, P GASOL 0-1, J WILLIAMS 3-8, M MILLER 0-4, S BATTIER 1- 6, W PERSON 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - COACH O'BRIEN, V BAKER. MEMPHIS - J POSEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DAVID JONES, GARY BENSON. A - 16,178. T - 2:23.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- After Paul Pierce fouled out, Mike James stepped up. James scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including a tiebreaking mid-range jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining, as the Celtics pulled out a 93-91 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies, the last team to open their season. Pierce had another strong showing with 23 points before fouling out with 10 seconds remaining, which led to Pau Gasol's tying free throws. But the showings of James and Vin Baker, who combined for 40 points, was the difference in Boston's second straight victory. All three players were instrumental in getting Boston back into the game. Before James' big basket, Baker gave the Celtics their first lead with a layup that made it 66-65 late in the third period. Pierce scored eight points in a span of three-plus minutes that built the lead to 90-80 with just over four minutes remaining. But in the end it was James, who was playing his second game as a Celtic. Signed as a free agent after averaging 7.8 points in 78 games for Miami last season, James waited for Memphis point guard Jason Williams to drift away from him before he sank the shot. After Memphis called a timeout to set a final play, Gasol had trouble handling Williams' inbounds pass and time expired before he got off a shot. Pierce had 10 of his points in the final quarter. But he was on the bench when Baker and James were getting the Celtics back in it. After closing the third period with a 20-8 run to take a 70-69 lead, the Celtics used a 12-2 spurt to take their largest lead. Pierce returned from his rest and scored eight points during the fourth-quarter spurt. However, the Celtics could not close out the Grizzlies, who were trying to win their first season opener since moving from Vancouver after the 2000-01 season. Memphis reeled off seven straight points, highlighted by thunderous dunks from Stromile Swift and Posey. Baker split a pair from the line to make it 91-87 with 1:16 remaining. But on Memphis' next possession, Mike Miller blew by Kedrick Brown for a reverse layup. Pierce actually had a couple of chances to extend the lead but was called for an offensive foul with 53 seconds left and had a jumper blocked by Swift with 22 seconds to play. After Swift's block sent the crowd of 16,178 fans into a frenzy, Gasol sank two foul shots to forge a 91-91 tie with 10 seconds remaining. Playing their third home opener at the Pyramid, the Grizzlies shot just 37 percent (30-of-81), including a woeful 6-for-26 from the arc. Swift led the way with 18 points and Gasol added 16.


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