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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 24 26 13 32 95 MIAMI 38 31 33 19 121 FINAL


BOSTON (95) AT MIAMI (121)

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

WALKER F 31 7-14 4-5 2 3 5 1 4 0 5 19 MCCARTY F 24 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 2 DECLERCQ C 32 4-9 4-7 1 6 7 2 3 2 1 12 MERCER G 32 7-13 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 1 3 16 BARROS G 34 5-11 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 15 KNIGHT 22 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 9 MINOR 25 1-4 1-3 1 2 3 5 1 2 1 3 EDNEY 14 4-6 3-3 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 11 HANSON 9 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 1 2 4 TABAK 11 1-3 0-0 4 3 7 0 1 0 1 2 D JONES 6 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ANDERSON DNP - BONE BRUISED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-79 18-24 11 20 31 19 27 6 16 95 (.456) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

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

MAJERLE F 29 5-8 3-3 1 5 6 2 2 1 0 16 STRICKLAND F 22 3-3 5-5 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 11 MOURNING C 20 4-8 4-7 4 4 8 0 2 1 3 12 LENARD G 27 10-18 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 26 HARDAWAY G 26 5-8 3-4 0 2 2 7 2 1 2 14 CONLON 20 4-6 1-2 1 2 3 2 1 3 0 9 CAUSWELL 21 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 1 2 0 3 5 BARRY 25 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 2 4 2 1 6 MURDOCK 19 4-5 2-2 0 2 2 8 0 1 2 11 LANG 11 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 3 6 MILLS 12 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 WALTERS 8 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1

TOTALS 240 42-71 26-33 8 31 39 25 22 11 18 121 (.592) (.788) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(27 PTS)

BOSTON 24 26 13 32 - 95 MIAMI 38 31 33 19 - 121

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - TABAK 2, DECLERCQ, KNIGHT. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, CAUSWELL, MURDOCK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-13 (.385), WALKER 1-2, MCCARTY 0-1, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 3-7, KNIGHT 1-1, MINOR 0-1. MIAMI 11-19 (.579), MAJERLE 3-4, LENARD 4-5, HARDAWAY 1-4, BARRY 2-4, MURDOCK 1-1, MILLS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, KEVIN FEHR, SEAN CORBIN. A - 15,200. T - 2:13.


BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 31 7-14 4-5 2-5 1 4 19 Mccarty 24 1-5 0-0 1-4 2 4 2 Declercq 32 4-9 4-7 1-7 2 3 12 Mercer 32 7-13 2-2 0-1 3 1 16 Barros 34 5-11 2-2 0-0 4 2 15 Knight 22 3-5 2-2 0-1 0 6 9 Minor 25 1-4 1-3 1-3 5 1 3 Edney 14 4-6 3-3 0-0 1 1 11 Hanson 9 2-4 0-0 2-3 1 4 4 Tabak 11 1-3 0-0 4-7 0 1 2 D Jones 6 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Anderson DNP - bone bruised left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 18-24 11-31 19 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Walker 1-2, Mccarty 0-1, Mercer 0-1, Barros 3-7, Knight 1-1, Minor 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Tabak 2, Declercq, Knight). Turnovers: 18 (Walker 5, Mercer 3, Hanson 2, Barros, Declercq, Edney, Mccarty, Minor, Tabak). Steals: 6 (Declercq 2, Minor 2, Hanson, Mercer).

MIAMI (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 29 5-8 3-3 1-6 2 2 16 Strickland 22 3-3 5-5 0-3 0 3 11 Mourning 20 4-8 4-7 4-8 0 2 12 Lenard 27 10-18 2-2 1-4 2 2 26 Hardaway 26 5-8 3-4 0-2 7 2 14 Conlon 20 4-6 1-2 1-3 2 1 9 Causwell 21 1-3 3-4 0-3 1 2 5 Barry 25 2-5 0-0 0-4 2 4 6 Murdock 19 4-5 2-2 0-2 8 0 11 Lang 11 2-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 6 Mills 12 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Walters 8 0-1 1-2 1-2 0 0 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-71 26-33 8-39 25 22 121 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.592, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 11-19, .579 (Majerle 3-4, Lenard 4-5, Hardaway 1-4, Barry 2-4, Murdock 1-1, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 2, Causwell, Murdock). Turnovers: 20 (Causwell 3, Lang 3, Mourning 3, Hardaway 2, Lenard 2, Murdock 2, Barry, Mills, Walters). Steals: 11 (Conlon 3, Barry 2, Hardaway, Lang, Lenard, Majerle, Mourning, Murdock). ____________________________________________ Boston 24 26 13 32 - 95 Miami 38 31 33 19 - 121 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:13. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Kevin Fehr, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

A fractured cheek suffered by star center Alonzo Mourning put a damper on the Miami Heat's seventh straight victory, a 121-95 rout of the Boston Celtics that completed a dominant season series sweep.

Mourning, the Heat's leading scorer and rebounder, left in the third quarter after inadvertently bumping heads with Boston's Andrew DeClercq. The physical Mourning, who had 12 points and eight rebounds, suffered a fractured left cheek and will have surgery late tonight at Baptist Hospital in Miami. A timetable for his return is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

"It's tough because it disrupts the rhythm," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "You have to deal with it. This was a very, very nasty collision. We hope to get Zo back shortly. We have to really gather the forces and dig down deep."

Voshon Lenard scored half of his 26 points in the decisive opening period for the Heat, who have been dominant of late and blew away Boston this season.

Miami, which clinched the Atlantic Division title on Sunday, has won its last five contests by an average of 25.8 points and swept the four-game season series from the Celtics by a combined 76 points.

Antoine Walker scored 19 points to pace the Celtics, who have dropped 10 of their last 12 games to fall a season-worst 10 games below .500 (31-41). Boston has lost nine consecutive meetings with Miami.

Dan Majerle contributed 16 points and Tim Hardaway added 14 and seven assists as Miami won for the 25th time in their last 29 games and improved to 17-3 in divisional matchups. The Heat, who were one point shy of a season high, completed the best month of March in team history at 12-3.

Despite the recent success, both Majerle and Hardaway expressed their concern regarding the injury to Mourning.

"It's going to affect us because he's such a great player. He's the cornerstone of our team defensively and offensively," said Majerle. "A great deal of plays go through him on the post. ... I don't know if it's going to make us tougher, it's going to be harder to win without him."

"The big man is out for a while so everyone is going to have to step up," Hardaway said. "Right now we are not going to concentrate on our injuries, we're going to concentrate on winning and playing hard."

Miami put away this game early with an 18-2 run to close the first quarter. Lenard scored 11 points in the burst covered the final three minutes of the period. His three-pointer capped it with 3.9 seconds remaining, building a 38-24 lead.

The Heat shot 72 percent (13-of-18) from the field in the opening quarter and were never truly challenged. Miami hit 22 of its first 31 shots overall and opened a 69-50 lead at the half.

"They hit every shot tonight," Walker said. "The times that we were able to play good defense, they hit good shots with the shot clock winding down, especially the threes from Dan Majerle and those guys."

Boston got no closer thereafter and were absolutely destroyed in the third period, getting outscored 33-13. Miami scored 14 of the first 16 points of the quarter en route to a 25-5 run.

Mark Strickland, who scored 11 points, sparked that burst with a dunk and Mourning followed with two free throws before colliding with DeClercq as the two dove for a loose ball.

"I knew he was back there, but I didn't see him coming up. At the last second, I saw the white of his uniform," DeClercq said. "He caught me on the forehead. Both of us were going after the ball hard. I guess he got the worst end of the deal. I hope it heals quick and he gets back for the playoffs."

Lenard kept the run going with a jumper and, after Strickland made two foul shots, buried one of his four three-pointers. Marty Conlon's layup created an 83-52 cushion with 6:56 left in the period. A jumper by Eric Murdock, who had 11 points and eight assists, gave Miami its largest lead, 94-55, with 3:03 remaining.

The Heat shot 59 percent (42-of-71) overall and were 11-of-19 from behind the arc.

Ron Mercer scored 16 points and Dana Barros chipped in 15 for Boston, which shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and lost for the eighth time in nine road games.

"Our defense wasn't there tonight like we wanted it to be," Mercer said. "Then again, they were getting good shots with the ball."

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