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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      BOSTON           26   23   33   21    103  
      TORONTO          32   18   23   25    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 25, RAEF LAFRENTZ 18, GARY 
                      PAYTON 14
                TOR - JALEN ROSE 31, CHRIS BOSH 26, MORRIS 
                      PETERSON 18

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 11, ANTOINE WALKER 6, RAEF 
                      LAFRENTZ 6
                TOR - PAPE SOW 7, CHRIS BOSH 7, MORRIS 
                      PETERSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - GARY PAYTON 7, PAUL PIERCE 5, RAEF 
                      LAFRENTZ 3
                TOR - RAFER ALSTON 6, CHRIS BOSH 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,797

Box Score

BOSTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Pierce 39 6-10 11-13 0-11 5 4 25 A Walker 35 4-9 1-2 2-6 1 4 10 R LaFrentz 32 7-9 1-2 1-6 3 4 18 T Allen 18 3-3 2-3 0-0 0 5 8 G Payton 36 6-11 2-5 1-3 7 2 14 R Davis 34 5-15 2-3 1-3 1 1 13 M Blount 16 3-5 1-1 0-4 1 2 7 A Jefferson 8 0-2 0-2 0-1 1 4 0 M Banks 12 1-1 4-4 0-2 0 0 6 D West 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 K Perkins 5 1-1 0-0 1-4 1 1 2 J Reed DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-67 24-35 7-41 21 27 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.537, FT-.686. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (P Pierce 2-5, A Walker 1-2, R LaFrentz 3-4, R Davis 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:8 (R Davis 2, A Walker, M Blount, K Perkins, A Jefferson, M Banks, R LaFrentz). Turnovers:18 (A Walker 5, R Davis 5, R LaFrentz 2, M Banks 2, P Pierce 2, M Blount, T Allen). Steals: 8 (P Pierce 4, R LaFrentz 2, A Walker, T Allen). TORONTO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Rose 42 10-16 10-12 0-2 3 4 31 C Bosh 43 9-15 8-10 1-7 5 1 26 P Sow 26 4-7 0-0 1-7 0 4 8 M Peterson 42 7-13 3-5 0-5 3 3 18 R Alston 32 1-5 5-6 0-2 6 4 7 O Cook 16 0-4 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 R Araujo 9 0-3 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 M Palacio 12 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 M Bonner 13 1-5 1-2 2-4 0 2 3 A Williams 5 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 3 2 E Williams DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF L Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 30-39 5-33 21 26 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (J Rose 1-3, M Peterson 1-3, R Alston 0-2, O Cook 0-2, M Bonner 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:1 (C Bosh). Turnovers:11 (C Bosh 4, P Sow 3, M Peterson 2, J Rose, R Alston). Steals: 12 (M Peterson 4, P Sow 3, C Bosh 2, J Rose, O Cook, M Palacio). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 26 23 33 21 - 103 TORONTO 32 18 23 25 - 98 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Toronto - 1 (J Rose, 9:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,797. T: 2:24. Officials: Eric Lewis, Jack Nies, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

BOSTON (103) AT TORONTO (98) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P PIERCE F 39 6-10 11-13 0 11 11 5 4 4 2 25 A WALKER F 35 4-9 1-2 2 4 6 1 4 1 5 10 R LAFRENTZ C 32 7-9 1-2 1 5 6 3 4 2 2 18 T ALLEN G 18 3-3 2-3 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 8 G PAYTON G 36 6-11 2-5 1 2 3 7 2 0 0 14 R DAVIS 34 5-15 2-3 1 2 3 1 1 0 5 13 M BLOUNT 16 3-5 1-1 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 7 A JEFFERSON 8 0-2 0-2 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 M BANKS 12 1-1 4-4 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 6 D WEST 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 K PERKINS 5 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 2 J REED DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-67 24-35 7 34 41 21 27 8 18 103 (.537) (.686) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18 (20 PTS) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J ROSE F 42 10-16 10-12 0 2 2 3 4 1 1 31 C BOSH F 43 9-15 8-10 1 6 7 5 1 2 4 26 P SOW C 26 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 3 3 8 M PETERSON G 42 7-13 3-5 0 5 5 3 3 4 2 18 R ALSTON G 32 1-5 5-6 0 2 2 6 4 0 1 7 O COOK 16 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 R ARAUJO 9 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 M PALACIO 12 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 M BONNER 13 1-5 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 3 A WILLIAMS 5 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 2 E WILLIAMS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF L MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-73 30-39 5 28 33 21 26 12 11 98 (.452) (.769) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (11 PTS) BOSTON 26 23 33 21 - 103 TORONTO 32 18 23 25 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - R DAVIS 2, A WALKER, M BLOUNT, K PERKINS, A JEFFERSON, M BANKS, R LAFRENTZ. TORONTO - C BOSH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-14 (.500), P PIERCE 2-5, A WALKER 1-2, R LAFRENTZ 3-4, R DAVIS 1-3. TORONTO 2-12 (.167), J ROSE 1-3, M PETERSON 1- 3, R ALSTON 0-2, O COOK 0-2, M BONNER 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: TORONTO - J ROSE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ERIC LEWIS, JACK NIES, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,797. T - 2:24.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics' desire for first place was greater than the Toronto Raptors' hopes to avoid last. Paul Pierce had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics clinched their first Atlantic Division title in 13 years with a 103-98 victory over the reeling Raptors. Raef LaFrentz added 18 points for Boston (45-35), which won its first division crown since the 1991-92 campaign, Larry Bird's final season. The Celtics still need one more victory to lock up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. "We accomplished one goal in getting into the playoffs," Pierce said. "Now we've accomplished our second goal in winning the division. We have two games left and we still have to get home-court advantage, so it doesn't stop here." Boston already had clinched the division before the end of the game when Philadelphia lost. But the Celtics were happy not to have backed into the title. "That's the way I termed it before the game," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "Not backing into it, winning it." Leading by 14 points in the fourth quarter, Boston saw its edge trimmed to 98-94 when Jalen Rose converted a three-point play with 2:19 remaining. After Antoine Walker missed a short jumper on the other end, Rose cut the deficit in half with a 13-footer with 1:54 left. He was bumped by Pierce on the play, but no foul was called. Pierce was fouled by Rose eight seconds later and hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to four. Rookie Pape Sow had his layup blocked by Walker with 57 seconds to play and Pierce hit 3-of-4 from the line to seal the victory. It was the second time in a month that the Celtics survived a late rally by the Raptors. On March 16, Toronto came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter before Boston escaped with a 110-109 victory. "They really embarrassed us in Boston by coming back and we saw it coming today," Pierce said. "We decided to take a defensive stand and got key stops when we needed them to get the win." Rose scored 31 points and Chris Bosh contributed 26 for Toronto (32-48), which lost for the fourth time in five games and remained tied with the New York Knicks for last place in the Atlantic. "We didn't get it done," Rose said. "We lost to a team that was better. We had spurts where we played hard, but moral victories do not count in this game. It's just another loss." The Raptors need to win their final two games - at Milwaukee and vs. Cleveland - to top last season's win total of 33. "I hope we can do it for coach (Sam) Mitchell in his first season," Toronto swingman Morris Peterson said. "We're going to play hard for our last two games and try to finish the season strong." Peterson scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half as the Raptors took a 50-49 lead. LaFrentz added seven in the third period, which the Celtics closed with a 13-4 run to move ahead, 82-73.


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