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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 22 17 27 18 84 BOSTON 27 27 28 36 118 FINAL


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LA CLIPPERS (84) AT BOSTON (118)

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

NESBY F 28 1-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 5 TAYLOR F 35 6-12 2-4 1 0 1 1 3 0 2 14 WRIGHT C 24 6-10 1-1 6 5 11 0 1 0 1 13 MARTIN G 33 4-10 5-6 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 13 SMITH G 16 1-6 0-2 2 1 3 0 2 2 0 2 CLOSS 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MURRAY 20 4-11 2-3 3 2 5 1 2 1 1 11 OLOWOKANDI 26 6-15 5-6 4 4 8 0 3 0 1 17 PIATKOWSKI 23 1-7 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 RICHARDSON 15 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 ROGERS 18 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 3 ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-85 19-26 17 20 37 11 17 8 11 84 (.365) (.731) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 26 4-9 3-5 2 3 5 0 2 2 0 12 WALKER F 27 6-15 0-2 2 6 8 3 3 0 0 14 POTAPENKO C 26 7-9 0-0 3 8 11 2 3 0 3 14 ANDERSON G 29 10-12 1-1 2 3 5 3 2 0 4 21 MERCER G 26 3-10 0-1 0 1 1 6 0 1 0 6 BARROS 19 2-6 0-0 1 4 5 6 2 0 2 5 BATTIE 20 7-8 0-0 4 5 9 0 4 0 2 14 BOWEN 9 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 JONES 13 4-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 0 8 MCCARTY 21 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 7 MINOR 19 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 5 0 1 0 13 RILEY 5 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 52-92 6-11 18 38 56 29 22 5 13 118 (.565) (.545) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 22 17 27 18 - 84 BOSTON 27 27 28 36 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - SMITH 2, OLOWOKANDI 2, TAYLOR. BOSTON - BATTIE 2, RILEY, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 3-13 (.231), NESBY 1-3, MARTIN 0-2, SMITH 0-1, MURRAY 1-3, PIATKOWSKI 0-1, ROGERS 1-3. BOSTON 8-18 (.444), PIERCE 1-1, WALKER 2-5, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 1-4, MCCARTY 1-3, MINOR 3-4. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMIE WOOD, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 18,263. T - 2:00.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 28 1-8 2-2 0-1 1 1 5 Taylor 35 6-12 2-4 1-1 1 3 14 Wright 24 6-10 1-1 6-11 0 1 13 Martin 33 4-10 5-6 0-4 2 2 13 Smith 16 1-6 0-2 2-3 0 2 2 Closs 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Murray 20 4-11 2-3 3-5 1 2 11 Olowokandi 26 6-15 5-6 4-8 0 3 17 Piatkowski 23 1-7 0-0 1-1 2 1 2 Richardson 15 1-3 2-2 0-0 3 0 4 Rogers 18 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-85 19-26 17-37 11 17 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Nesby 1-3, Martin 0-2, Smith 0-1, Murray 1-3, Piatkowski 0-1, Rogers 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Smith 2, Olowokandi 2, Taylor). Turnovers: 11 (Rogers 3, Taylor 2, Martin, Murray, Nesby, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Wright). Steals: 8 (Martin 2, Nesby 2, Smith 2, Murray, Piatkowski).

BOSTON (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 26 4-9 3-5 2-5 0 2 12 Walker 27 6-15 0-2 2-8 3 3 14 Potapenko 26 7-9 0-0 3-11 2 3 14 Anderson 29 10-12 1-1 2-5 3 2 21 Mercer 26 3-10 0-1 0-1 6 0 6 Barros 19 2-6 0-0 1-5 6 2 5 Battie 20 7-8 0-0 4-9 0 4 14 Bowen 9 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Jones 13 4-6 0-0 2-3 0 1 8 Mccarty 21 2-6 2-2 0-2 2 3 7 Minor 19 5-9 0-0 1-3 5 0 13 Riley 5 2-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 52-92 6-11 18-56 29 22 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.565, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Pierce 1-1, Walker 2-5, Mercer 0-1, Barros 1-4, Mccarty 1-3, Minor 3-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie 2, Riley, Potapenko). Turnovers: 13 (Anderson 4, Potapenko 3, Barros 2, Battie 2, Bowen 2). Steals: 5 (Pierce 2, Jones, Mercer, Minor). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 22 17 27 18 - 84 Boston 27 27 28 36 - 118 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Delay Of Game, 3:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,263. T: 2:00. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommie Wood, Scott Foster.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics at home against the Los Angeles Clippers on St. Patrick's Day just isn't fair.

Kenny Anderson and rookie Paul Pierce combined for 22 points in the first half as hot-shooting Boston built a 20-point lead before burying former coach Chris Ford and the lowly Clippers, 118-84, for its most decisive victory this year.

A home game against Los Angeles, which is an NBA-worst 1-21 and allows a league-high 103 points per game, was exactly what the Celtics needed. They finished an 0-5 road trip Sunday with a 99-96 loss in Indiana.

"We needed this win tonight," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We needed a game like this. It was big for our confidence."

The Clippers celebrated the one-year anniversary of their last road win -- 107-102 in Golden State -- with their 19th straight loss away from home. They have not won on the East Coast since a 119-116 victory at New Jersey on January 15, 1998.

Los Angeles, which is 0-3 on its five-game road trip, also suffered its most lopsided defeat.

Anderson led six players in double figures with 21 points for Boston, which used a multitude of uncontested shots to set a season high for points in a regulation game. The Celtics also shot a season-best 56 percent (52-of-92) from the field.

"No disrepsect to the Clippers, but that's a team you have to beat," Anderson said. "They are not playing real well and I think everyone knows that. We put these guys away in the second half. We got a lot of people involved."

Los Angeles was within six points with 5 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter. But the Celtics used a 16-2 run to open a 54-34 advantage with 90 seconds to play in the half and led by at least 11 points the rest of the way.

No. 1 pick Michael Olowokandi had 17 points and eight rebounds and Lorenzen Wright added 13 and 11 for the Clippers, but Boston held a 56-37 advantage on the boards.

Vitaly Potapenko, acquired Thursday from Cleveland, had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics in his FleetCenter debut. Reserve big man Tony Battie and Antoine Walker combined for 28 points and 17 boards.

"With Vitaly, we have another option now offensively," Walker said. "He really helps us down low."

Anderson, Battie and Potapenko combined to shoot 24-of-29 (83 percent) from the field for Boston, which was 8-of-18 from 3-point range.

"Kenny was really alive tonight," Pitino said. "He got to the rim. He took good shots and our bench was great."

Boston's reserves outscored the Los Angeles bench, 51-37. Greg Minor, Anderson's backup, had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Every Celtic scored, except Bruce Bowen.

The Clippers shot 36 percent (31-of-85) from the field and scored fewer than 90 points for the third straight game. Rookie Tyrone Nesby, Charles Smith and Eric Piatkowski combined for a 3-of-21 effort.

"No excuses tonight," Ford said. "We just have some players now who aren't playing with any passion. This is the NBA. You can't have players who don't play hard."

Referee Hue Hollins left with seven minutes left in the second quarter due to a strained Achilles tendon.

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