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NBA BOSTON 85 CHARLOTTE 103 1:11 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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BOSTON (87) AT CHARLOTTE (105)

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

PIERCE F 10 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 2 0 WALKER F 38 13-24 6-9 4 4 8 1 4 0 3 32 RILEY C 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 ANDERSON G 31 4-14 1-1 1 1 2 6 3 2 3 9 MERCER G 30 7-18 2-3 1 3 4 2 1 1 2 16 BARROS 23 3-10 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 1 3 6 BATTIE 20 2-4 1-2 2 3 5 1 5 0 0 5 BOWEN 18 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 DECLERCQ 19 1-2 2-3 3 1 4 0 3 0 0 4 JONES 9 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 2 MCCARTY 18 5-6 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 11 MINOR 17 0-3 2-2 1 1 2 2 2 0 3 2

TOTALS 240 36-88 15-22 16 26 42 20 27 6 18 87 (.409) (.682) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

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

REID F 38 9-17 8-10 1 11 12 1 5 1 1 26 PERSON F 42 5-9 0-0 1 4 5 6 5 0 2 12 SHACKLEFORD C 21 3-6 4-6 4 4 8 0 2 1 0 10 WESLEY G 33 3-10 5-7 0 2 2 7 2 3 4 11 DAVIS G 23 3-6 4-4 1 1 2 3 1 1 5 10 RECASNER 26 6-7 0-0 1 3 4 5 2 1 0 15 ARMSTRONG 15 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 2 4 MILLER 25 3-7 6-7 1 5 6 0 2 1 1 12 BROWN 17 2-5 1-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 3 5 PHILLS DNP - INJURED LOWER LEFT LEG COLEMAN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 36-72 28-36 9 33 42 26 24 9 18 105 (.500) (.778) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

BOSTON 19 24 20 24 - 87 CHARLOTTE 20 26 27 32 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BARROS 2, DECLERCQ 2, BATTIE, MCCARTY. CHARLOTTE - MILLER 2, SHACKLEFORD, REID. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 0-8 (.000), WALKER 0-3, BARROS 0-4, MINOR 0-1. CHARLOTTE 5-9 (.556), PERSON 2-3, WESLEY 0-2, DAVIS 0-1, RECASNER 3-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER, CHARLOTTE - PERSON. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DON VADEN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,342. T - 2:12.


Box Score

BOSTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 10 0-2 0-0 1-4 1 0 0 Walker 38 13-24 6-9 4-8 1 4 32 Riley 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Anderson 31 4-14 1-1 1-2 6 3 9 Mercer 30 7-18 2-3 1-4 2 1 16 Barros 23 3-10 0-0 0-2 6 0 6 Battie 20 2-4 1-2 2-5 1 5 5 Bowen 18 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 Declercq 19 1-2 2-3 3-4 0 3 4 Jones 9 1-3 0-0 2-5 0 1 2 Mccarty 18 5-6 1-2 0-2 0 2 11 Minor 17 0-3 2-2 1-2 2 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-88 15-22 16-42 20 27 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 0-8, .000 (Walker 0-3, Barros 0-4, Minor 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Barros 2, Declercq 2, Battie, Mccarty). Turnovers: 18 (Anderson 3, Barros 3, Minor 3, Walker 3, Mccarty 2, Mercer 2, Pierce 2). Steals: 6 (Anderson 2, Barros, Mccarty, Mercer, Riley).

CHARLOTTE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 38 9-17 8-10 1-12 1 5 26 Person 42 5-9 0-0 1-5 6 5 12 Shackleford 21 3-6 4-6 4-8 0 2 10 Wesley 33 3-10 5-7 0-2 7 2 11 Davis 23 3-6 4-4 1-2 3 1 10 Recasner 26 6-7 0-0 1-4 5 2 15 Armstrong 15 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 2 4 Miller 25 3-7 6-7 1-6 0 2 12 Brown 17 2-5 1-2 0-3 0 3 5 Phills DNP - injured lower left leg Coleman DNP - sprained right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-72 28-36 9-42 26 24 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Person 2-3, Wesley 0-2, Davis 0-1, Recasner 3-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Miller 2, Shackleford, Reid). Turnovers: 19 (Davis 5, Wesley 4, Brown 3, Armstrong 2, Person 2, Miller, Reid). Steals: 9 (Wesley 3, Armstrong, Davis, Miller, Recasner, Reid, Shackleford). ____________________________________________ Boston 19 24 20 24 - 87 Charlotte 20 26 27 32 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 3:50 4th). Charlotte 1 (Person, 3:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,342. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Don Vaden, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Two decades after winning two championships with the greatest franchise in league history, Paul Silas defeated his former team with one of the worst squads assembled in this decade.

Silas, in his first game as Charlotte Hornets coach since Dave Cowens resigned, used a makeshift lineup with four of his top players sidelined and notched an unlikely 105-87 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Silas was given the interim tag after Cowens quit Sunday, citing his league-low salary as a major reason for his departure. Cowens did not exactly leave his former Celtics teammate in an admirable position, but Silas managed to lead the Hornets to their most lopsided win of the season.

Already with All-Star Glen Rice, who is rumored to be on the trading block, and fellow starter Anthony Mason out with injuries, the Hornets lost another pair of starters for this contest. Top scorer and rebounder Derrick Coleman missed his second straight game with a sprained right foot and guard Bobby Phills sat with left leg injury.

"Tonight, we really deserved this win after all that has happened," Silas said. "I'm elated that the game turned out like it did. Tonight, we had a lot of fun and that is the way it is supposed to be. ... The guys put it all out on the line tonight and that really made me feel good."

Silas, who teamed with Cowens to win a pair of championships with Boston in the mid-1970s, was forced to submit a starting lineup that included journeyman center Charles Shackleford and rookie Ricky Davis.

J.R. Reid led the Hornets with 26 points and 12 rebounds and scored seven points during the pivotal third quarter. Rookie Brad Miller, who went scoreless in the first half, contributed eight points in the third, during which Charlotte broke open a tie game and closed with a 73-63 lead.

Davis and Miller, who each had been averaging about four points and 10 minutes per game, combined to play 48 minutes and were two of the seven Hornets to score in double figures. Miller had a season-high 12 points and Davis, who made his first career start, matched a season best with 10.

"I played my hardest and gave the team everything that I had," Davis said. "We're going to try to start over. We have to go into every game playing hard and giving Paul what we can."

Charlotte (5-11), which owns the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference, has split its last six games since a 1-8 start.

Antoine Walker collected 32 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who have dropped four of their last five games.

"I'm really disappointed in our guys for this performance," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "We don't have great chemistry and our inexperience shows."

Boston lost rookie forward Paul Pierce in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle. X-rays were negative on Pierce, an early favorite for Rookie of the Year who was averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. The team said it does not expect the injury to force Pierce out of further action.

With the game tied 47-47 early in the third, Reid buried an 18-footer to put Charlotte ahead for good. The lead was 61-58 with less than five minutes left in the period when the Hornets reeled off nine of the next 10 points to take command.

Reid hit a free throw and jumper around a 10-footer by B.J. Armstrong before Miller had a foul shot and layup to build a 69-59 lead with 2:06 remaining.

The Hornets put away the game by opening the fourth with a 13-3 run. Reid sank four straight free throws to cap that burst, with the last two creating an 86-66 cushion with 6:32 to play.

"Once again, J.R. had another stellar performance," Silas added. "This year, he is playing like the player everyone always thought he would be."

Surprisingly, it was Shackleford and Davis providing an early spark, combining to score the Hornets' first nine points. Shackleford finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Aging forward Chuck Person also started for Charlotte and chipped in 12 points, six assists and five boards. David Wesley joined Davis in the starting backcourt and contributed 11 points and seven assists.

"We're taking everything serious, we have a new attitude," Wesley said. "We're not going to take anything from anyone."

Eldridge Recasner scored 15 points off the bench for the Hornets, who shot 50 percent (36-of-72) from the field and made 28-of-36 free throws. They broke the 100-point barrier for just the second time all season, having entered the game averaging 87.1 points per game.

Walker made 13-of-24 shots but the rest of the Celtics hit just 23-of-64 (36 percent). Boston, which missed all eight of its 3-pointers, had been averaging nearly 97 points per contest.

Ron Mercer contributed 16 points for the Celtics, who have dropped eight of the last nine meetings with the Hornets.

"We have to stay together and stay focused," said Celtics guard Kenny Anderson. "We have to run our offense better and get everyone involved. We have to want to do it. We have to want to win."

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