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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 21 25 37 23 106 MILWAUKEE 25 24 31 19 99 FINAL


BOSTON (106) AT MILWAUKEE (99)

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

MCCARTY F 43 8-13 1-1 1 2 3 3 2 0 2 19 WALKER F 47 15-29 1-2 1 9 10 5 4 2 2 32 DECLERCQ C 20 2-4 1-3 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 5 BILLUPS G 27 2-4 9-10 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 13 BOWEN G 12 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 1 1 0 BARROS 22 3-6 6-6 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 13 ELLISON 18 1-2 0-0 3 5 8 0 4 2 2 2 MERCER 24 6-10 4-4 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 16 BROWN 17 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 1 0 4 KNIGHT 10 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 2 EDNEY DNP - FLU ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-79 22-26 7 29 36 21 30 8 10 106 (.506) (.846) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

HILL F 36 4-7 1-5 4 4 8 0 5 1 0 9 ROBINSON F 44 11-20 11-16 2 5 7 2 3 1 8 35 JOHNSON C 14 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 2 2 ALLEN G 41 5-9 7-8 0 2 2 3 4 0 1 17 BRANDON G 40 8-14 1-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 2 17 GILLIAM 34 3-10 9-10 3 5 8 2 2 0 2 15 CURRY 11 0-0 4-4 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 PERRY 9 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 PIERCE 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FEICK DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-67 33-45 10 24 34 11 23 4 15 99 (.478) (.733) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

BOSTON 21 25 37 23 - 106 MILWAUKEE 25 24 31 19 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2, ELLISON 2, KNIGHT. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 2, BRANDON, CURRY, LANG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-17 (.235), MCCARTY 2-3, WALKER 1-7, BILLUPS 0-1, BARROS 1-3, BROWN 0-2, KNIGHT 0-1. MILWAUKEE 2-7 (.286), ROBINSON 2-3, ALLEN 0-2, BRANDON 0-1, PERRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, NOLAN FINE, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,211. T - 2:18.


BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 43 8-13 1-1 1-3 3 2 19 Walker 47 15-29 1-2 1-10 5 4 32 Declercq 20 2-4 1-3 1-3 1 3 5 Billups 27 2-4 9-10 0-1 2 3 13 Bowen 12 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 5 0 Barros 22 3-6 6-6 0-1 5 1 13 Ellison 18 1-2 0-0 3-8 0 4 2 Mercer 24 6-10 4-4 1-4 1 3 16 Brown 17 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 3 4 Knight 10 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Edney DNP - flu Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 22-26 7-36 21 30 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Mccarty 2-3, Walker 1-7, Billups 0-1, Barros 1-3, Brown 0-2, Knight 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 2, Ellison 2, Knight). Turnovers: 13 (Billups 2, Ellison 2, Mccarty 2, Walker 2, Bowen, Knight). Steals: 8 (Ellison 2, Walker 2, Bowen, Brown, Declercq, Knight).

MILWAUKEE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 36 4-7 1-5 4-8 0 5 9 Robinson 44 11-20 11-16 2-7 2 3 35 Johnson 14 1-1 0-0 1-5 0 2 2 Allen 41 5-9 7-8 0-2 3 4 17 Brandon 40 8-14 1-2 0-3 2 5 17 Gilliam 34 3-10 9-10 3-8 2 2 15 Curry 11 0-0 4-4 0-1 0 0 4 Perry 9 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Pierce 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Feick DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-67 33-45 10-34 11 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Robinson 2-3, Allen 0-2, Brandon 0-1, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Johnson 2, Brandon, Curry, Lang). Turnovers: 15 (Robinson 8, Brandon 2, Gilliam 2, Johnson 2, Allen). Steals: 4 (Curry 2, Hill, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Boston 21 25 37 23 - 106 Milwaukee 25 24 31 19 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Walker, 0:04 1st; Illegal Defense, 9:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,211. T: 2:18. Officials: Luis Grillo, Nolan Fine, Tony Brothers.


GAME RECAP

Antoine Walker scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics moved two games over .500 for the first time in more than four years with a 106-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The win gave Boston a 16-14 record, besting last season's total of 15 wins. It also was the Celtics' ninth win in 12 games and moved them two games over the break-even mark for the first time since December 1993.

Walker's short jumper put Boston ahead for good, 92-91, with 4:38 remaining.

Pervis Ellison, who had eight rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench, made the first of several key plays down the stretch, picking up two offensive rebounds and finishing with a dunk to give the Celtics a 94-91 edge with 2:49 left. Walker added a tip-in 25 seconds later to stretch the lead to five.

An offensive rebound by Ellison led to a 15-footer by rookie Ron Mercer that gave Boston a 98-93 edge with 1:07 remaining. Boston had a 100-95 lead with 34 seconds left when Ellison rejected Tyrone Hill's layup.

"This was one of my favorite wins of the year. We had great team balance tonight, and I was extremely pleased on how we're playing intelligent team basketball," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "We got a lot out of a lot of people tonight, especially Pervis Ellison. For the amount of minutes he's playing, he's playing fantastic. He made some big plays tonight and I can't be more happy for him.

"Overall we executed well with our screens, cuts and distribution offensively. I love winning on the road because it's much more challenging."

Rookie Chauncey Billups, Dana Barros and Mercer hit six consecutive free throws down the stretch for Boston, while Milwaukee missed 6-of-17 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Walter McCarty added 19 points, Mercer 16 and Walker contributed five assists for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak in Milwaukee and avenged a 105-96 loss at the Bradley Center on November 8th.

"Tonight we played well as a team. We played great team defense and hit the boards," said Walker. "We have been playing together great since winning the Lakers game (on December 28th), and hopefully we can keep it up for the remainder of the season."

Glenn Robinson, coming off Friday's 42-point performance against Chicago, led the Bucks with 35 points. Ray Allen and Terrell Brandon added 17 points apiece and Hill and Armon Gilliam each had eight rebounds.

"Tonight was a very difficult matchup for us. Antoine Walker had his way with us all night long," said Milwaukee coach Chris Ford. "Our execution of plays down the stretch and our defense was good, but we had no answer for Walker. We also got to the foul line 45 times but did not have a good percentage."

The Bucks were 73 percent (33-for-45) from the line while Boston hit 85 percent (22-for-26) of its attempts. Shooting from the field the Celtics connected on 51 percent (40-for-79) of their attempts and the Bucks 48 percent (32-for-67).

Neither team shot well from three-point range, with the Celtics hitting only 4-of-17 attempts and the Bucks 2-of-7.

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