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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      WASHINGTON       25   27   25   26    103  
      BOSTON           21   33   26   28    108     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - LARRY HUGHES 33, ANTAWN JAMISON 29, 
                      BRENDAN HAYWOOD 13
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 26, GARY PAYTON 18, RICKY 
                      DAVIS 15

Box Score

WASHINGTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jeffries 31 3-7 0-0 2-3 4 0 6 A Jamison 39 13-28 1-1 2-7 3 4 29 B Haywood 29 5-11 3-3 3-6 1 1 13 S Blake 28 2-8 0-0 0-3 6 3 5 L Hughes 37 13-20 1-2 0-6 6 3 33 M Ruffin 20 2-4 0-0 6-10 1 2 4 J Hayes 26 2-6 2-2 1-4 1 3 6 J Dixon 7 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 A Peeler 23 2-7 0-0 0-4 3 4 5 S Walker DNP - COACH'S DECISION G Arenas DNP - FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS K Brown DNP - ANKLE INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-94 9-10 14-44 25 21 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (A Jamison 2-4, S Blake 1-3, L Hughes 6-6, J Hayes 0-1, A Peeler 1-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:2 (B Haywood, J Hayes). Turnovers:13 (A Peeler 4, L Hughes 3, J Hayes 2, M Ruffin, B Haywood, S Blake, J Jeffries). Steals: 7 (B Haywood 3, M Ruffin 2, L Hughes, J Dixon). BOSTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Welsch 20 3-8 4-4 0-4 2 2 10 R LaFrentz 35 3-8 5-5 1-6 2 2 12 M Blount 32 2-8 2-2 3-9 2 2 6 G Payton 32 8-12 2-2 2-6 4 1 18 P Pierce 37 9-18 6-8 1-5 1 3 26 R Davis 30 5-10 5-5 0-3 5 1 15 W Mccarty 17 3-4 1-2 1-3 1 1 8 M Banks 15 0-3 2-4 0-2 1 1 2 A Jefferson 12 0-3 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 T Allen 10 4-5 0-0 2-4 0 2 10 T Gugliotta DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Perkins DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 28-34 11-44 18 16 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (J Welsch 0-3, R LaFrentz 1-3, G Payton 0-2, P Pierce 2-5, W Mccarty 1-2, M Banks 0-1, T Allen 2-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (M Blount, P Pierce). Turnovers:13 (G Payton 3, R Davis 3, M Blount 3, R LaFrentz 2, W Mccarty, A Jefferson). Steals: 5 (P Pierce 3, M Blount, M Banks). -------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 25 27 25 26 - 103 BOSTON 21 33 26 28 - 108 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Washington - 1 (J Hayes, 7:52 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,774. T: 2:04. Officials: Bernie Fryer, David Jones, Jason Phillips.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (103) AT BOSTON (108) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JEFFRIES F 31 3-7 0-0 2 1 3 4 0 0 1 6 A JAMISON F 39 13-28 1-1 2 5 7 3 4 0 0 29 B HAYWOOD C 29 5-11 3-3 3 3 6 1 1 3 1 13 S BLAKE G 28 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 6 3 0 1 5 L HUGHES G 37 13-20 1-2 0 6 6 6 3 1 3 33 M RUFFIN 20 2-4 0-0 6 4 10 1 2 2 1 4 J HAYES 26 2-6 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 6 J DIXON 7 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 A PEELER 23 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 0 4 5 S WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION G ARENAS DNP - FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS K BROWN DNP - ANKLE INJURY TOTALS 240 42-94 9-10 14 30 44 25 21 7 13 103 (.447) (.900) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13 (18 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J WELSCH F 20 3-8 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 10 R LAFRENTZ F 35 3-8 5-5 1 5 6 2 2 0 2 12 M BLOUNT C 32 2-8 2-2 3 6 9 2 2 1 3 6 G PAYTON G 32 8-12 2-2 2 4 6 4 1 0 3 18 P PIERCE G 37 9-18 6-8 1 4 5 1 3 3 0 26 R DAVIS 30 5-10 5-5 0 3 3 5 1 0 3 15 W MCCARTY 17 3-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 8 M BANKS 15 0-3 2-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 2 A JEFFERSON 12 0-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 T ALLEN 10 4-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 10 T GUGLIOTTA DNP - COACH'S DECISION K PERKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-79 28-34 11 33 44 18 16 5 13 108 (.468) (.824) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (15 PTS) WASHINGTON 25 27 25 26 - 103 BOSTON 21 33 26 28 - 108 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - B HAYWOOD, J HAYES. BOSTON - M BLOUNT, P PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 10-18 (.556), A JAMISON 2-4, S BLAKE 1- 3, L HUGHES 6-6, J HAYES 0-1, A PEELER 1-4. BOSTON 6-18 (.333), J WELSCH 0- 3, R LAFRENTZ 1-3, G PAYTON 0-2, P PIERCE 2-5, W MCCARTY 1-2, M BANKS 0- 1, T ALLEN 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: WASHINGTON - J HAYES. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DAVID JONES, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 15,774. T - 2:04.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The streaky Boston Celtics posted their latest win by being consistent down the stretch. Paul Pierce, Jiri Welsch and Ricky Davis hit free throws in the final 34 seconds as the Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak by posting a 108-103 triumph over the Washington Wizards. Pierce finished with 26 points as Boston ran its home winning streak to three. The Celtics also improved to 13-3 in their last 16 home games against the Wizards. Struggling most of the season in the fourth quarter and coming off a disastrous final 12 minutes in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday, Boston tightened its defense in the waning moments and went 5-of-6 from the line after Washington knotted the contest. "It was a great win," Pierce said. "Something positive to end 2004 and, given the way things have gone this year, that's what we needed. We executed our offense and we didn't get rattled down the stretch." Gary Payton scored 18 points and Davis added 15 off the bench as the Celtics (13-16) improved to 8-5 at the FleetCenter this season. "To end the year like this is pretty good," Payton said. "Now, we have to put some of these back-to-back. We can't win one and then lose three in a row. We need to put a couple of these together." "It was a great win," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "We got some key stops down the stretch. ... The thing that I liked about the fourth quarter for us is, offensively, the ball didn't get stuck a lot. The ball kept moving and I think that helped us defensively." Larry Hughes led Washington (15-13) with 33 points, including making all six of his 3-point attempts. Antawn Jamison chipped in 29 - including 14 in the fourth quarter - for the Wizards. But Jamison missed an open 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds left and Davis sealed the game with two free throws three seconds later. "It certainly was a tough loss," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "We played hard, we competed and things just didn't go our way down the stretch." "It's just a couple of plays," Hughes said. "I mean, we had some balls go out of bounds on us. We got some turnovers that we didn't convert on. It's been that way all year for us. It's just a couple of plays." Washington, which has dropped three straight games, was without starting guard Gilbert Arenas, who was sidelined by flu symptoms. A very tight contest saw neither team lead by more than six points in the entire contest. Boston had a 103-100 lead following a 16-footer by Payton with 65 seconds to go, but Hughes squared the contest with a 3-pointer eight seconds later. Pierce put the Celtics on top for good with a free throw with 34 seconds left and Hughes missed a jumper with 15 seconds remaining. Jarvis Hayes grabbed the rebound but lost the ball out of bounds. Welsch made it 106-103 with two free throws and, after a timeout, Jamison got a good look before the ball bounded off the rim and into the hands of Davis. "He got open very well," Jordan said. "They executed it very well. He was open for a three in the corner. That's how we wanted it and that's how we drew it up." "I was too open," Jamison said. "I didn't think that I was going to be that open. I've got to knock that shot down. It's a wide open shot and you have to find a way to knock it down. You can't picture a better play to send the game into overtime. I've got to knock that shot down." The Wizards shot 56 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point range, helping to offset a drastic discrepancy at the free-throw line. Washington made 9-of-10 attempts while Boston was 28-of-34. "You do the math," Jordan said. "We were driving to the basket and working hard on the glass. Is it that (we were without Arenas) or something else? It's something that I don't want to get fined for." Hughes had 15 points in the opening half, but Boston had four players with at least 10 and led 54-52 at the break.


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