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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 8 24 19 23 6 80 BOSTON 19 15 23 17 8 82 FINAL IN 1ST OT


Box Score

ORLANDO (80) AT BOSTON (82) - FINAL IN OT

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

OUTLAW F 45 5-7 2-8 4 6 10 1 4 2 4 12 GRANT F 44 8-19 0-0 3 3 6 3 3 0 4 16 STRONG C 38 3-6 6-7 3 10 13 2 1 0 0 12 ANDERSON G 44 8-21 1-6 3 6 9 3 3 3 0 21 PRICE G 24 0-6 1-1 0 5 5 4 0 0 5 1 SCHAYES 12 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 OLLIE 29 2-6 3-4 0 0 0 4 0 1 3 7 BENOIT 14 3-8 3-3 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 9 WILKINS 15 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 2 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D HARPER DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 265 30-77 16-29 14 36 50 20 16 6 19 80 (.390) (.552) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(15 PTS)

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

WALKER F 41 5-16 0-0 1 8 9 3 2 4 3 10 KNIGHT F 31 3-10 2-2 6 3 9 3 6 1 1 8 TABAK C 19 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 6 MERCER G 50 7-17 0-0 3 3 6 4 2 1 3 14 BARROS G 48 10-17 0-0 0 3 3 6 4 2 3 26 DECLERCQ 23 4-11 1-2 3 8 11 0 3 3 2 9 MCCARTY 16 1-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 2 4 MINOR 31 2-9 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 4 EDNEY 5 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 HANSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION ANDERSON DNP - BONE BRUISED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 265 35-91 6-8 17 34 51 18 25 12 17 82 (.385) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

ORLANDO 8 24 19 23 6 - 80 BOSTON 19 15 23 17 8 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - GRANT 2, OUTLAW, ANDERSON. BOSTON - WALKER, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-13 (.308), ANDERSON 4-7, OLLIE 0-1, BENOIT 0-3, WILKINS 0-2. BOSTON 6-15 (.400), WALKER 0-4, BARROS 6-9, MCCARTY 0-1, MINOR 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, BENNETT SALVATORE, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 18,624. T - 2:32.


Agate Box Score

ORLANDO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 45 5-7 2-8 4-10 1 4 12 Grant 44 8-19 0-0 3-6 3 3 16 Strong 38 3-6 6-7 3-13 2 1 12 Anderson 44 8-21 1-6 3-9 3 3 21 Price 24 0-6 1-1 0-5 4 0 1 Schayes 12 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 Ollie 29 2-6 3-4 0-0 4 0 7 Benoit 14 3-8 3-3 0-3 0 0 9 Wilkins 15 1-4 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Lawson DNP - coach's decision D Harper DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 30-77 16-29 14-50 20 16 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.552. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Anderson 4-7, Ollie 0-1, Benoit 0-3, Wilkins 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant 2, Outlaw, Anderson). Turnovers: 20 (Price 5, Grant 4, Outlaw 4, Ollie 3, Wilkins 2, Benoit). Steals: 6 (Anderson 3, Outlaw 2, Ollie).

BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 41 5-16 0-0 1-9 3 2 10 Knight 31 3-10 2-2 6-9 3 6 8 Tabak 19 3-5 0-0 1-4 1 2 6 Mercer 50 7-17 0-0 3-6 4 2 14 Barros 48 10-17 0-0 0-3 6 4 26 Declercq 23 4-11 1-2 3-11 0 3 9 Mccarty 16 1-4 2-2 1-3 0 3 4 Minor 31 2-9 0-0 2-5 1 2 4 Edney 5 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 Hanson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Jones DNP - coach's decision Anderson DNP - bone bruised left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-91 6-8 17-51 18 25 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Walker 0-4, Barros 6-9, Mccarty 0-1, Minor 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Walker, Knight). Turnovers: 19 (Barros 3, Mercer 3, Walker 3, Declercq 2, Mccarty 2, Tabak 2, Edney, Knight). Steals: 12 (Walker 4, Declercq 3, Barros 2, Knight, Mccarty, Mercer). _________________________________________________ Orlando 8 24 19 23 6 - 80 Boston 19 15 23 17 8 - 82 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 11:42 2nd, 0:17 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:32. Officials: Luis Grillo, Bennett Salvatore, Tommie Wood.


Game Recap

Ron Mercer's jumper from the top of the key with 14 seconds left in overtime lifted the Boston Celtics to an 82-80 victory over the Orlando Magic, who saw their playoff chances dealt a serious blow.

The loss dropped Orlando to 39-39, two games behind eighth-place New Jersey (40-36) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Magic have not missed the playoffs since 1993.

Orlando took its first lead of the game at 77-76 with 3:12 left in overtime on a three-pointer by Nick Anderson, but Boston went ahead 21 seconds later on Dana Barros' three-pointer.

Bo Outlaw tied it at 79-79, with a layup with 2:23 to go. With 1:18 left, Outlaw had the chance to put the Magic ahead, but missed badly on two free throws. Teammate Derek Strong grabbed the rebound on Outlaw's second miss and was fouled. He hit 1-of-2 to give the Magic their last lead, 80-79, with 1:16 remaining.

Neither team scored again until Mercer hit his jumper to give Boston an 81-80 lead. Anderson missed a jumper with four seconds left and Boston's Tyus Edney was fouled. He also made 1-of-2 and the Magic had one last chance with seven-tenths of a second to go, but Anderson's jumper fell short.

Barros connected on 6-of-9 three-pointers and scored 26 points, Mercer added 14 and Andrew DeClercq grabbed 11 rebounds for Boston, which has won four of its last five and reached 35 wins for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

"Basically, they were open-court situations, that's what helped me with the threes," Barros said. "The guys out there helped me create those threes with picks. I was happy to score as much as I did."

Boston's Antoine Walker, who had 43 points in Boston's loss to New Jersey on Wednesday, shot just 5-of-16 and finished with 10 points.

"I didn't play that well tonight but my individual stats don't matter. We won. That's what matters," Walker said. "I'm just really happy that Ron and Dana had great games tonight. We played well defensively. We had a big first half and that helped us."

"Antoine's usually our offensive weapon, he's been that way all year, but it's good not to put all the pressure on him," Barros said. "I'm happy that Ron and I stepped up and had good games tonight. It would've been a heart-breaker if we lost because it seemed like we led all game. They kept battling back but we played good defense and that's what won us this ballgame."

Anderson scored 21 points, Horace Grant added 16 and Strong had 13 boards for Orlando, which had a five-game winning streak in Boston snapped. The Magic have lost six of their last seven road games.

Both teams struggled from the field, with the Magic shooting 39 percent (30-for-77) and the Celtics 38.5 percent (35-for-91). Boston won the battle of the boards, 51-50.

"We came out cold at the start," Outlaw said. "We started playing a little more loose at the end of the game but that wasn't enough. The way it's going, we need a little help to get into the playoffs. Making the playoffs is all about who wins games down the stretch. We have five (actually four) to go and we have to win all of them."

Boston took its biggest lead of the second half, 70-61, with 5:54 remaining when Barros drained a three-pointer. The teasm traded baskets before the Magic responded with an 11-2 spurt down the stretch to force overtime.

David Benoit started the rally with a three-point play off a drive. After a layup by Mercer made it 74-66 at the 3:28 mark, Grant followed with a jumper, Kevin Ollie hit a pair of free throws, Anderson sank a layup off a steal and Grant scored off a lay-in with 6.2 seconds left to tie the game at 74-74.

"I'm disappointed we let them make those runs in the second half," Walker said. "It feels good to win a game like this. We like to play the spoiler role. We know they're gunning for the playoffs and it's a good feeeling to beat somebody in that position."

With Orlando shooting 20 percent (3-of-15) from the field in the first quarter, Boston grabbed a 19-8 lead.

The Celtics increased the lead to 26-11 at the 7:42 mark of the second quarter after Barros capped off a 7-0 run with a three-pointer. Orlando climbed back into the game with an 8-0 burst later in the quarter, with a free throw by Strong pulling the Magic within 32-31 with 60 seconds left in the half.

"We didn't play well in the first half and we used up a lot of energy trying to get back in the game," Grant said. "Turnovers and their defense was what hurt us, and of course, Ron Mercer's big shot at the end. I hope the playoffs aren't out of reach for us but it seems that way. We have no easy games left, that's for sure. I'll say one thing, we're not going to give up."

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