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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 34 29 23 23 109 CHARLOTTE 26 24 20 29 99 FINAL


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BOSTON (109) AT CHARLOTTE (99)

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

PIERCE F 36 7-12 4-5 3 1 4 3 3 0 2 19 WALKER F 44 5-11 2-2 3 3 6 5 3 1 3 15 POTAPENKO C 32 7-10 0-0 2 4 6 2 3 1 3 14 ANDERSON G 34 9-13 3-4 0 4 4 7 0 1 0 22 MERCER G 31 6-10 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 1 2 14 BARROS 15 1-3 8-9 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 11 BATTIE 18 5-6 2-4 1 4 5 1 0 2 0 12 BOWEN 12 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MINOR 18 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 2 GARNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-70 21-26 9 18 27 23 17 7 12 109 (.586) (.808) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 23 3-6 5-6 1 2 3 4 1 0 0 11 PERSON F 25 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 7 CAMPBELL C 29 8-10 1-2 3 4 7 0 4 0 2 17 JONES G 28 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 5 1 1 7 WESLEY G 27 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 3 2 8 BECK 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 BROWN 25 7-12 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 15 DAVIS 31 6-9 1-2 2 2 4 4 3 1 3 13 MILLER 19 4-5 3-4 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 11 RECASNER 21 4-9 0-0 1 1 2 5 3 0 3 8 PHILLS DNP - PULLED LEFT GROIN SHACKLEFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-74 10-14 9 17 26 28 23 7 12 99 (.581) (.714) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(22 PTS)

BOSTON 34 29 23 23 - 109 CHARLOTTE 26 24 20 29 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - ANDERSON, POTAPENKO, MERCER. CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN, BECK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 6-13 (.462), PIERCE 1-4, WALKER 3-5, ANDERSON 1-2, BARROS 1-2. CHARLOTTE 3-13 (.231), COLEMAN 0-1, PERSON 1-2, JONES 1-2, WESLEY 0-2, BROWN 1-2, DAVIS 0-1, RECASNER 0-3. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL. OFFICIALS: (JAMES CAPERS, BOB DELANEY, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,102. T - 2:14.


Box Score

BOSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 36 7-12 4-5 3-4 3 3 19 Walker 44 5-11 2-2 3-6 5 3 15 Potapenko 32 7-10 0-0 2-6 2 3 14 Anderson 34 9-13 3-4 0-4 7 0 22 Mercer 31 6-10 2-2 0-1 1 4 14 Barros 15 1-3 8-9 0-1 2 1 11 Battie 18 5-6 2-4 1-5 1 0 12 Bowen 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Minor 18 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Garnett DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - sore left knee Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-70 21-26 9-27 23 17 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.586, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Pierce 1-4, Walker 3-5, Anderson 1-2, Barros 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Anderson, Potapenko, Mercer). Turnovers: 12 (Potapenko 3, Walker 3, Mercer 2, Pierce 2, Barros, Minor). Steals: 7 (Battie 2, Anderson, Barros, Mercer, Potapenko, Walker).

CHARLOTTE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 23 3-6 5-6 1-3 4 1 11 Person 25 3-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 7 Campbell 29 8-10 1-2 3-7 0 4 17 Jones 28 3-5 0-0 0-0 5 5 7 Wesley 27 4-10 0-0 0-1 5 1 8 Beck 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Brown 25 7-12 0-0 1-2 1 3 15 Davis 31 6-9 1-2 2-4 4 3 13 Miller 19 4-5 3-4 1-3 2 1 11 Recasner 21 4-9 0-0 1-2 5 3 8 Phills DNP - pulled left groin Shackleford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-74 10-14 9-26 28 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.581, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Coleman 0-1, Person 1-2, Jones 1-2, Wesley 0-2, Brown 1-2, Davis 0-1, Recasner 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Coleman, Beck). Turnovers: 14 (Davis 3, Recasner 3, Campbell 2, Wesley 2, Jones, Miller). Steals: 7 (Wesley 3, Person 2, Davis, Jones). ____________________________________________ Boston 34 29 23 23 - 109 Charlotte 26 24 20 29 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Campbell, 7:04 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,102. T: 2:14. Officials: (james Capers, Bob Delaney, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Kenny Anderson scored 22 points and drained a key 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining as the Boston Celtics held on for a 109-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, who had their eight-game home winning streak snapped.

The Hornets trailed by 18 points early in the fourth quarter but used a 10-0 run and moved within 98-94 with 2:08 remaining when rookie Ricky Davis connected on the first of two free throws.

Tony Battie was fouled while grabbing Davis' missed second attempt and he hit his second free throw to give the Celtics a 99-94 advantage.

Rookie Brad Miller was whistled for traveling on Boston's next possession and Anderson -- a former Hornet -- stymied any hope for a miraculous comeback by Charlotte when he took a feed from Antoine Walker and drilled a 3-pointer to make it an eight-point game.

"The last few games, I have been shooting well," Anderson said. "I've been getting good looks and the guys are getting me the ball. This was a nice win."

Walker scored 15 points and Anderson had seven assists for Boston, which won for just the fourth time in 17 games after a 6-5 start.

"It was a great win," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "Charlotte head won eight in a row (at home) and was playing terrific basketball. I think the key was we had better ball movement and spacing."

Elden Campbell scored 17 points and Chucky Brown contributed a season-high 15 for the Hornets, who saw their three-game winning streak stopped and lost at the Charlotte Coliseum for the first time since February 24.

"Boston came in with a good game plan tonight and they executed well," said Hornets interim coach Paul Silas. "Their pressure defense really bothered us. They're playing a lot better than they were. Kenny Anderson was on fire."

Charlotte's eight-game home streak was its longest since it captured 13 straight at the Coliseum during the 1994-95 season.

The Celtics led 90-72 with 10:29 remaining after a driving layup by Anderson and held a 98-84 advantage with 5:43 left following Walker's layup. But Eldridge Recasner converted a layup to begin Charlotte's comeback.

Brown drilled a 3-pointer and added a dunk, Miller had a layup and Davis' free throw brought Charlotte within four points with 2:08 left. But the Hornets did not score again until Davis dunked with 54 seconds left and by that time Boston had a 10-point lead and the game was over.

"Charlotte did a good job coming back," added Pitino. "They brought in small people. They were running and trapping. Antoine made a great pass to Kenny, who made a great 3-point shot."

Rookie Paul Pierce netted 19 points and Ron Mercer and Vitaly Potapenko had 14 apiece for the Celtics, who had seven players in double figures and shot 59 percent (43-of-74), including 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. Potapenko grabbed six boards to help Boston hold a slight 27-26 rebounding advantage.

"I'm just trying to stay aggressive and set the tone for my ball club," Pierce said. "We played a lot better and passed the ball around well. We've been struggling but the key to each and every ballgame is to always get better."

Charlotte took its final lead of the contest with just over five minutes to go in the first quarter when Wesley Person's layup made it 16-15. But the Celtics used a 17-8 spurt, grabbing a 32-24 lead on Walker's 3-pointer.

Eddie Jones scored for the Charlotte, but two free throws by Dana Barros gave the Celtics an eight point lead at the end of the first quarter. Davis' 16-footer late in the second brought the Hornets within seven points, but four different players scored during an 8-0 run that gave Boston a 63-48 late in the first half.

"Boston was hot tonight," said Brown. "We have to pick up our intensity and get ready for tomorrow night (against Milwaukee)."

Boston led by 18 points with four minutes left in the third quarter and took an 86-70 advantage into the fourth after Potapenko nailed a 15-foot jumper with three tenths of a second left in the period.

Davis tallied 13 points, four assists and four rebounds and Miller and Derrick Coleman added 11 points each for the Hornets, who connected on 58 percent (43-of-74) from the field but just 3-of-13 from 3-point range.

"We just have to suck this one up and get ready for the next one," Davis said. "We always expect pressure from Boston. We did not follow our game plan so things do not go our way. We should have buckled down on defense more."

The Celtics went 21-of-26 from the foul line, while Charlotte went to the line just 14 times, making 10.

"This was a big win for us," said Walker. "We were playing unselfish. We had seven guys in double figures. It is tough to hold a big lead but we played tough on defense and held them off."

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