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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      BOSTON           23   27   28   27    105  
      PHILADELPHIA     30   24   24   20    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 27, ANTOINE WALKER 18, RICKY
                      DAVIS 16
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 28, KYLE KORVER 17, MARC 
                      JACKSON 16

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 13, RICKY DAVIS 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                PHI - KYLE KORVER 9, CHRIS WEBBER 7, SAMUEL 
                      DALEMBERT 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - RICKY DAVIS 6, PAUL PIERCE 4, RAEF 
                      LAFRENTZ 3
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 11, KYLE KORVER 4, CHRIS 
                      WEBBER 3

         ATT:   17,609

Box Score

BOSTON (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Pierce 45 8-17 11-14 1-13 4 2 27 A Walker 41 8-20 1-1 1-3 2 5 18 R LaFrentz 21 1-3 5-6 3-5 3 4 8 T Allen 14 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 G Payton 30 2-4 5-6 1-3 2 3 10 R Davis 37 3-8 10-10 1-7 6 1 16 M Blount 21 3-6 1-2 3-5 1 3 7 A Jefferson 13 5-7 3-4 0-3 0 4 13 M Banks 18 1-2 3-4 0-4 2 4 5 D West DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Reed DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Perkins DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-68 40-49 10-44 20 26 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.816. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (P Pierce 0-5, A Walker 1-5, R LaFrentz 1-3, G Payton 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (A Walker, R LaFrentz, P Pierce). Turnovers:19 (A Walker 6, R Davis 5, G Payton 2, P Pierce 2, R LaFrentz 2, M Banks, A Jefferson). Steals: 11 (M Banks 3, R Davis 2, M Blount 2, P Pierce 2, G Payton, A Jefferson). PHILADELPHIA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Korver 44 6-12 0-1 1-9 4 4 17 C Webber 35 3-10 2-5 0-7 3 3 8 S Dalembert 27 6-9 0-0 2-6 0 3 12 A Iguodala 19 1-4 0-0 1-2 2 5 2 A Iverson 42 9-21 10-13 0-2 11 5 28 A McKie 29 3-5 0-0 1-4 0 6 6 R Rogers 7 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 W Green 8 1-3 3-3 0-1 1 0 5 M Jackson 20 4-8 8-8 0-1 2 1 16 J Salmons 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Davis 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 K Ollie DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 23-30 6-33 23 31 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (K Korver 5-9, C Webber 0-1, A Iguodala 0-2, A Iverson 0-5, A McKie 0-1, R Rogers 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (C Webber 3, S Dalembert, W Green, K Korver). Turnovers:16 (A Iverson 4, C Webber 3, R Rogers 3, S Dalembert 2, K Korver 2, M Jackson, W Green). Steals: 10 (A Iverson 4, A McKie 2, K Korver 2, C Webber, W Green). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 23 27 28 27 - 105 PHILADELPHIA 30 24 24 20 - 98 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (P Pierce, 3:16 2nd). Philadelphia - 2 (S Dalembert, 6:10 2nd; COACH O'Brien, 0:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,609. T: 2:38. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ed Malloy, Luis Grillo.


Extended Box

BOSTON (105) AT PHILADELPHIA (98) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P PIERCE F 45 8-17 11-14 1 12 13 4 2 2 2 27 A WALKER F 41 8-20 1-1 1 2 3 2 5 0 6 18 R LAFRENTZ C 21 1-3 5-6 3 2 5 3 4 0 2 8 T ALLEN G 14 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 G PAYTON G 30 2-4 5-6 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 10 R DAVIS 37 3-8 10-10 1 6 7 6 1 2 5 16 M BLOUNT 21 3-6 1-2 3 2 5 1 3 2 0 7 A JEFFERSON 13 5-7 3-4 0 3 3 0 4 1 1 13 M BANKS 18 1-2 3-4 0 4 4 2 4 3 1 5 D WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION J REED DNP - COACH'S DECISION K PERKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-68 40-49 10 34 44 20 26 11 19 105 (.456) (.816) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19 (23 PTS) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K KORVER F 44 6-12 0-1 1 8 9 4 4 2 2 17 C WEBBER F 35 3-10 2-5 0 7 7 3 3 1 3 8 S DALEMBERT C 27 6-9 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 12 A IGUODALA G 19 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 5 0 0 2 A IVERSON G 42 9-21 10-13 0 2 2 11 5 4 4 28 A MCKIE 29 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 2 0 6 R ROGERS 7 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 W GREEN 8 1-3 3-3 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 5 M JACKSON 20 4-8 8-8 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 16 J SALMONS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J DAVIS 7 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 K OLLIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-78 23-30 6 27 33 23 31 10 16 98 (.449) (.767) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS) BOSTON 23 27 28 27 - 105 PHILADELPHIA 30 24 24 20 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - A WALKER, R LAFRENTZ, P PIERCE. PHILADELPHIA - C WEBBER 3, S DALEMBERT, W GREEN, K KORVER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-14 (.214), P PIERCE 0-5, A WALKER 1-5, R LAFRENTZ 1-3, G PAYTON 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 5-20 (.250), K KORVER 5- 9, C WEBBER 0-1, A IGUODALA 0-2, A IVERSON 0-5, A MCKIE 0-1, R ROGERS 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - P PIERCE. PHILADELPHIA - S DALEMBERT, COACH O'BRIEN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, ED MALLOY, LUIS GRILLO. A - 17,609. T - 2:38.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics made the big plays down the stretch to open some breathing room atop the Atlantic Division. Paul Pierce drained the go-ahead jumper with 58 seconds remaining and Marc Jackson missed two critical shots in the last minute as the Celtics posted an important 105-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. On a night that Allen Iverson and Chris Webber returned from injuries for the Sixers, the Celtics (42-35) beat their divisional rivals for the first time in four tries and moved three games ahead of them with five to play. "This was the biggest game to date," Pierce said. "Philadelphia was two games behind us and they would have moved a lot closer. It was a huge step in going closer toward our goal and moving forward." "What I told them was, you're playing a team that has a chance to sweep you," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "You've got to do whatever you've got to do. We've got this saying all year, 'If you can't beat them, beat them.' Tonight was a great example of that." In a contest that featured a variety of momentum swings, the Celtics built a 98-93 lead with 2:26 left after Pierce made two free throws. But Jackson sank a jumper, Iverson converted a layup and Webber split two free throws, tying the game with 1:12 to go. Working off a screen set by Antoine Walker on Boston's next possession, Pierce calmly sank a jumper at the left elbow to give the Celtics back the lead for good. "We knew that it was going to be a nip and tuck game," Pierce said. "We just didn't get rattled early in the game when they got up early. You expect this type of game to come down to the last minute. We just made the great plays down the stretch to win the game." Despite Iverson - the NBA's scoring leader - carrying the Sixers in the fourth quarter, Jackson took the shots that mattered most. Jackson missed a short turnaround with under 35 seconds left and, after Gary Payton split two free throws, missed a jumper. Payton sank two free throws with 19 seconds left, giving the Celtics a 103-98 lead. "We got pretty good shots," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "It hard to win when the other team shoots 19 more foul shots than you do. That's not a critique on the officiating, it's just a fact of life." Pierce had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Walker added 18 points for the Celtics, made 40-of-49 free throws. "We can't win like that," Iverson said. "That's the game right there. I know that they had 23 (attempts) in the first half. I didn't know that they ended up with 49." In the fourth quarter, Iverson did get to the line 11 times after getting there just twice in the first three periods. Philadelphia went 23-of-30 at the line. Iverson scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter for the Sixers (39-38), who had a season-high four-game winning streak stopped. They lead the New Jersey Nets by one game for the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth. "We just want to get into the playoffs," Iverson said. "We wanted this game, we wanted to win the division. I'd be lying if I said that we didn't, that was the goal, just getting into the playoffs is enough. It doesn't matter who we play in the first round." Iverson, who returned after missing Saturday's victory at Washington with sprained thumbs, handed out 11 assists. Webber, returning after missing five games with a sprained shoulder, made 3-of-10 shots and scored eight points in 35 minutes. After leading by as many as 26 points in the first quarter in a victory at Boston on April 3, the Sixers jumped out to a 13-2 lead less than four minutes into this one. Iverson fed Rodney Rogers for a dunk with 2:19 left in the period, giving the Sixers a 28-15 lead. But the Celtics gradually fought back and used an 18-5 surge early in the second quarter to take a 41-35 lead. Al Jefferson scored six of his 13 points in the spurt. Iverson ran an effective floor game in the first half, handing out seven assists as the Sixers battled back to take a 54-50 lead. The contest was tied at 78-78 after three quarters. Kyle Korver added 17 points and Jackson 16 for the Sixers, who shot 45 percent (35-of-78). Ricky Davis contributed 13 points off the bench for Boston, which shot 46 percent (31-of-68) and held a 44-33 rebounding advantage.


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