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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      BOSTON           33   27   27   29    116  
      WASHINGTON       19   32   27   30    108     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 25, RAEF LAFRENTZ 21, 
                      DELONTE WEST 15
                WAS - GILBERT ARENAS 43, ANTAWN JAMISON 30, 
                      ETAN THOMAS 12

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - AL JEFFERSON 9, PAUL PIERCE 8, RAEF 
                      LAFRENTZ 6
                WAS - GILBERT ARENAS 9, ANTAWN JAMISON 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - GARY PAYTON 11, RICKY DAVIS 7, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 3
                WAS - LARRY HUGHES 5, GILBERT ARENAS 4, KWAME 
                      BROWN 3

         ATT:   14,902

Box Score

BOSTON (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Pierce 40 7-16 9-10 0-8 3 5 25 K Perkins 8 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 5 2 R LaFrentz 36 8-13 2-2 2-6 1 5 21 G Payton 38 5-11 4-4 0-2 11 2 14 D West 19 5-9 4-4 1-4 0 2 15 M Blount 34 4-7 2-3 2-3 1 4 10 R Davis 30 3-10 6-6 0-4 7 3 13 M Banks 10 1-2 0-2 0-0 2 2 2 A Jefferson 19 5-6 2-2 3-9 0 6 12 T Allen 6 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 A Walker DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE J Reed DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 29-33 10-40 25 35 116 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.879. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (P Pierce 2-4, R LaFrentz 3-7, G Payton 0-1, D West 1-2, R Davis 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (R LaFrentz 2, G Payton, R Davis, A Jefferson). Turnovers:16 (M Blount 3, P Pierce 3, A Jefferson 3, G Payton 2, R Davis 2, R LaFrentz, D West, M Banks). Steals: 5 (R Davis 2, G Payton, M Blount, P Pierce). WASHINGTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jeffries 20 3-4 0-0 2-6 2 2 6 A Jamison 37 9-18 8-8 3-8 2 1 30 E Thomas 29 3-5 6-7 0-4 0 5 12 L Hughes 39 3-16 3-6 2-4 5 3 9 G Arenas 48 9-21 21-25 2-9 4 1 43 L Profit 7 0-1 0-0 2-4 1 1 0 K Brown 24 1-6 0-2 3-3 3 3 2 J Dixon 16 0-7 0-0 2-2 2 5 0 M Ruffin 19 3-4 0-0 1-6 1 1 6 D Brown 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Blake DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Ramos DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-82 38-48 17-46 20 22 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 8-24, .333 (A Jamison 4-5, L Hughes 0-6, G Arenas 4-10, J Dixon 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:7 (E Thomas 3, K Brown 2, M Ruffin, G Arenas). Turnovers:12 (L Hughes 3, G Arenas 3, K Brown 2, A Jamison, J Dixon, L Profit, E Thomas). Steals: 9 (L Hughes 4, A Jamison 2, M Ruffin 2, G Arenas). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 33 27 27 29 - 116 WASHINGTON 19 32 27 30 - 108 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (G Payton, 1:35 2nd). Washington - 1 (Defensive Three, 0:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,902. T: 2:27. Officials: Ken Mauer, Pat Fraher, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

BOSTON (116) AT WASHINGTON (108) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P PIERCE F 40 7-16 9-10 0 8 8 3 5 1 3 25 K PERKINS F 8 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 0 0 2 R LAFRENTZ C 36 8-13 2-2 2 4 6 1 5 0 1 21 G PAYTON G 38 5-11 4-4 0 2 2 11 2 1 2 14 D WEST G 19 5-9 4-4 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 15 M BLOUNT 34 4-7 2-3 2 1 3 1 4 1 3 10 R DAVIS 30 3-10 6-6 0 4 4 7 3 2 2 13 M BANKS 10 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 2 A JEFFERSON 19 5-6 2-2 3 6 9 0 6 0 3 12 T ALLEN 6 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 A WALKER DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE J REED DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-79 29-33 10 30 40 25 35 5 16 116 (.506) (.879) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18 (18 PTS) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JEFFRIES F 20 3-4 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 6 A JAMISON F 37 9-18 8-8 3 5 8 2 1 2 1 30 E THOMAS C 29 3-5 6-7 0 4 4 0 5 0 1 12 L HUGHES G 39 3-16 3-6 2 2 4 5 3 4 3 9 G ARENAS G 48 9-21 21-25 2 7 9 4 1 1 3 43 L PROFIT 7 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 K BROWN 24 1-6 0-2 3 0 3 3 3 0 2 2 J DIXON 16 0-7 0-0 2 0 2 2 5 0 1 0 M RUFFIN 19 3-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 2 0 6 D BROWN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S BLAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION P RAMOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-82 38-48 17 29 46 20 22 9 12 108 (.378) (.792) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (16 PTS) BOSTON 33 27 27 29 - 116 WASHINGTON 19 32 27 30 - 108 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - R LAFRENTZ 2, G PAYTON, R DAVIS, A JEFFERSON. WASHINGTON - E THOMAS 3, K BROWN 2, M RUFFIN, G ARENAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-18 (.389), P PIERCE 2-4, R LAFRENTZ 3- 7, G PAYTON 0-1, D WEST 1-2, R DAVIS 1-4. WASHINGTON 8-24 (.333), A JAMISON 4- 5, L HUGHES 0-6, G ARENAS 4-10, J DIXON 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - G PAYTON. WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, PAT FRAHER, STEVE JAVIE. A - 14,902. T - 2:27.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics got a total team effort to overcome Antoine Walker's absence and the Washington Wizards' All-Stars. Paul Pierce scored 23 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Celtics posted a 116-108 victory over the Wizards. Despite playing their second consecutive game without Walker (bruised left knee), Boston shot 51 percent (40-of-79) and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. "I didn't even realize that," Pierce said when told seven Celtics scored in double digits. "That's what it's all about. We constantly preach that if we spread the wealth, we're a dangerous team." Rookie Delonte West scored 15 points, Ricky Davis added 13 and rookie Al Jefferson 12 for the Celtics, who improved to 8-0 when getting seven players in double figures. However, Gary Payton was the catalyst with 14 points and 11 of the Celtics' 25 assists. "They have a terrific leader in Gary Payton," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "They have a team that knows playoff basketball. They know this is the time of year to focus. Every possession is important and they have an aggressive mind-set on how to control the game." "Once we penetrated, they were sucking in so much that a lot of guys were wide open and we were getting it to them," Payton said. "Once we do that it makes it a lot easier." Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Payton was determined to get Raef LaFrentz involved in the offense from the start. "Gary made a concerted effort to get the ball to Raef early, especially in the pick-and-roll stuff," Rivers said. "He yelled at him today in shootaround even though I was telling guys to move it. He moved it and Gary yelled at him and told him to shoot. He was looking for his shot tonight. Raef was searching shots." LaFrentz, who scored eight of his 21 points in the first quarter, enjoyed being given the green light. "Gary felt like I turned down too many shots our last game," said LaFrentz, was made 8-of-13 shots. "I felt like they were rotating hard to me, so I wanted to find the open shooter, but needless to say when Gary speaks, everybody tends to listen. They gave me the green light, so I was going to gun it." "He didn't shoot the ball when I broke it down against Philadelphia a couple of times," Payton said. "He's the best shooter on our basketball team and that won't work for me. If we get him 10 shots, he's going to knock down seven or eight of them, so I had to get onto him." Payton's efforts helped Boston survive a pair of outstanding performances from Washington's duo of Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. Arenas matched a career-high with 43 points and fellow All-Star Jamison - activated from the injured list prior to the game - added 30 for the Wizards (41-32), who lost their second straight game but remained tied with Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Trailing by 15 points in the second half, the Wizards surged ahead with a 10-0 run in the final period. Arenas had four points and an assist during the spurt, which was capped by Jamison's layup at the 7:35 mark that gave Washington a 92-91 advantage. The lead traded hands five times over the next three minutes before Boston pulled away. After a pair of free throws by Jamison drew Washington within 99-98 with 4:26 to play, Jefferson scored four straight points to ignite an 11-3 burst. "We withstood some runs," Rivers said. "They got back in the game. You knew they had a run left." Davis and Payton hit a pair of free throws around a jumper by Larry Hughes to make it 107-100 with 2:34 on the clock. Hughes made 1-of-2 from the line on the other end before Mark Blount converted a three-point play to push the lead to 110-101, and Washington got no closer than five thereafter. LaFrentz scored 13 points in the first half, when the Celtics shot 53 percent (24-of-45) from the field to take a 60-51 lead. Boston pushed its edge to 82-67 with just over four minutes left in the third period before Jamison scored eight points to cut Washington's deficit to 87-78 entering the final quarter.


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