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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 22 25 21 22 90 BOSTON 18 13 25 18 74 FINAL


MIAMI (90) AT BOSTON (74)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MASHBURN F 43 11-15 6-6 1 8 9 2 4 0 0 32 BROWN F 33 5-8 4-4 2 5 7 1 2 3 3 14 AUSTIN C 21 4-10 1-2 2 7 9 1 0 0 0 9 HARDAWAY G 40 6-12 0-0 0 2 2 10 1 3 5 14 LENARD G 35 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 10 MAJERLE 24 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 3 MURDOCK 18 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 6 2 2 MILLS 19 0-3 4-4 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 STRICKLAND 7 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 2 2 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-69 15-16 6 32 38 20 16 14 14 90 (.478) (.938) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCCARTY F 30 2-11 2-2 3 0 3 2 4 2 1 7 WALKER F 42 8-24 4-9 5 8 13 5 3 4 6 20 KNIGHT C 32 7-11 0-0 2 8 10 2 0 0 4 16 BILLUPS G 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 MERCER G 33 5-10 2-4 0 5 5 3 1 0 1 12 BARROS 30 3-9 0-0 2 3 5 3 1 0 2 7 BOWEN 31 3-5 2-2 1 2 3 3 4 1 1 10 ELLISON 13 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 BROWN 15 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DECLERCQ 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-76 10-17 13 28 41 20 17 7 17 74 (.382) (.588) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

MIAMI 22 25 21 22 - 90 BOSTON 18 13 25 18 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - BROWN 3, MASHBURN, MILLS, STRICKLAND. BOSTON - WALKER 4, MCCARTY, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 9-16 (.563), MASHBURN 4-5, HARDAWAY 2-2, LENARD 2-5, MAJERLE 1-3, MURDOCK 0-1. BOSTON 6-20 (.300), MCCARTY 1-3, WALKER 0-4, KNIGHT 2-3, BILLUPS 0-1, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 1-5, BOWEN 2-2, BROWN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,210. T - 1:52.


MIAMI (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 43 11-15 6-6 1-9 2 4 32 Brown 33 5-8 4-4 2-7 1 2 14 Austin 21 4-10 1-2 2-9 1 0 9 Hardaway 40 6-12 0-0 0-2 10 1 14 Lenard 35 4-9 0-0 0-1 3 3 10 Majerle 24 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 Murdock 18 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Mills 19 0-3 4-4 0-2 1 0 4 Strickland 7 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Day DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 15-16 6-38 20 16 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.938. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Mashburn 4-5, Hardaway 2-2, Lenard 2-5, Majerle 1-3, Murdock 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Brown 3, Mashburn, Mills, Strickland). Turnovers: 15 (Hardaway 5, Brown 3, Murdock 2, Strickland 2, Lenard, Mills). Steals: 14 (Murdock 6, Brown 3, Hardaway 3, Majerle, Strickland).

BOSTON (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 30 2-11 2-2 3-3 2 4 7 Walker 42 8-24 4-9 5-13 5 3 20 Knight 32 7-11 0-0 2-10 2 0 16 Billups 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Mercer 33 5-10 2-4 0-5 3 1 12 Barros 30 3-9 0-0 2-5 3 1 7 Bowen 31 3-5 2-2 1-3 3 4 10 Ellison 13 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Brown 15 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Declercq 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 10-17 13-41 20 17 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Mccarty 1-3, Walker 0-4, Knight 2-3, Billups 0-1, Mercer 0-1, Barros 1-5, Bowen 2-2, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Walker 4, Mccarty, Bowen). Turnovers: 19 (Walker 6, Knight 4, Barros 2, Billups, Bowen, Ellison, Mccarty, Mercer). Steals: 7 (Walker 4, Mccarty 2, Bowen). ____________________________________________ Miami 22 25 21 22 - 90 Boston 18 13 25 18 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Mashburn, 10:00 3rd). Boston 1 (Bowen, 6:03 4th). A: 16,210. T: 1:52. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Jamal Mashburn scored 13 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat did not allow a point for nearly 8 1/2 minutes, cruising to their sixth straight victory over the Boston Celtics, 90-74.

Mashburn also grabbed nine rebounds as he recorded his highest point total since joining the Heat last February. He drained back-to-back three-pointers to give Miami (3-1) its biggest lead of the game at 85-61 with 3:11 to play.

"We had a lot of open shots because once you break the press and get over the top of it, somebody drives. Somebody's going to be open," Mashburn said.

Antoine Walker, who finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, hit a layup to pull the Celtics within 62-56 with 2:50 left in the third quarter. But Miami, which kept its opponent under 100 points for the first time this season, held Boston scoreless for the next 8:29 in building a 73-56 cushion.

Boston, which scored just 70 points in a loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday, has been held under 80 points in consecutive games for the first time since the advent of the shot clock in 1954. The Celtics scored fewer than 80 points just once last season -- a 78-77 loss at Miami on November 30th.

"The thing that's killing this basketball team is our lack of passing," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "We just refuse to create ball movement, which creates player movement. We're taking on four people and forcing things."

The Celtics suffered their third straight double-digit defeat after opening the season with a win over the defending champion Chicago Bulls. Dating back to last season, Boston has won just once in 26 games against Atlantic Division foes.

"Until we start making the pass more important than the shot, we're never going to play Celtic basketball," Pitino added. "Unfortunately, we have a lot of young guys who have a focus more on scoring than passing."

Miami took the lead for good when Isaac Austin and Tim Hardaway, who had 14 points and 10 assists, both hit layups to close the period with a 22-18 edge.

Mashburn, facing Pitino for the first time since playing for him at the University of Kentucky, had a big second quarter to help the Heat build a double-digit lead. He scored four points in an early 10-0 run, which was capped by Hardaway's three-pointer for a 32-21 lead with 7:04 left. Mashburn had another five points as the Heat ended the period with a 13-3 burst, and his three-pointer with 37 seconds to go gave Miami a 47-31 halftime lead.

"I don't think my experience with coach Pitino was a big factor tonight," Mashburn said. "What I really think it was, is that you've got to be in great physical shape and be able to run the ball against a team like this and I thought we did a good job of that tonight.

"I think coach Pitino knows this is a job right now for both of us. We can have reunions in the summertime," Mashburn added. "It was just a matter of time before I ran up against him (in the NBA). I knew he wasn't going to stay at Kentucky very long."

Mashburn made 11-of-15 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, as Miami shot 48 percent (33-for-69).

"Pat (coach Riley) was saying this is the revenge of Jamal. I guess that's what he showed in the fourth quarter," Heat forward P.J. Brown said. "He was firing up those patriot and SCUD missiles, and they were falling. It's a lot of fun to watch a guy play like that, especially when he's on your team."

Walker was 8-of-24 from the field and fellow starting forward Walter McCarty was 2-of-11 for seven points as the Celtics shot just 38 percent (29-for-76).

"At times, we really don't pass the ball. But at times, we do get good shots when we do pass the ball," Walker said. "The clock seems to be going off quick and we're forcing a lot of shots. I know I've been guilty of taking some shots that I shouldn't take, like tonight."

Brown chipped in 14 points and seven boards for Miami, which made 9-of-16 from three-point range.

Travis Knight, whose jumper stopped Boston's drought with 6:21 to play, finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

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