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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 28 21 24 11 84 ATLANTA 22 20 26 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 17, ANTOINE WALKER 16, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 14 ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 30, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, ALAN HENDERSON 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - PERVIS ELLISON 8, ANTOINE WALKER 5 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, ALAN HENDERSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - PERVIS ELLISON 3, VITALY POTAPENKO 3 ATL - BIMBO COLES 6, ALAN HENDERSON 4

ATT: 13,736


Extended Box

BOSTON (84) AT ATLANTA (94)

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

PIERCE F 35 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 9 WALKER F 31 6-19 3-4 2 3 5 1 3 0 2 16 ELLISON C 27 0-1 3-4 3 5 8 3 5 1 1 3 ANDERSON G 33 7-17 3-5 0 2 2 1 2 4 2 17 GRIFFIN G 35 4-5 5-6 0 3 3 2 1 3 2 14 POTAPENKO 18 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 2 BARROS 16 3-9 5-5 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 12 BATTIE 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 2 CHEANEY 17 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 6 WILLIAMS 8 1-4 1-1 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 3 MCCARTY 11 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-78 20-25 7 23 30 15 29 9 11 84 (.385) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 35 5-9 4-4 1 8 9 4 4 1 1 14 JACKSON F 31 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 2 MUTOMBO C 40 5-9 7-10 5 12 17 1 2 0 4 17 COLES G 21 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 1 1 8 RIDER G 43 11-21 7-7 0 8 8 3 3 0 7 30 WRIGHT 21 3-5 3-5 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 9 TERRY 27 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 4 MCLEOD 22 3-6 4-6 3 3 6 1 3 1 0 10 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-69 25-32 10 37 47 17 20 3 18 94 (.493) (.781) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

BOSTON 28 21 24 11 - 84 ATLANTA 22 20 26 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - ELLISON, PIERCE. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, HENDERSON, WRIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-16 (.250), PIERCE 1-1, WALKER 1-3, ANDERSON 0-2, GRIFFIN 1-2, BARROS 1-4, WILLIAMS 0-2, MCCARTY 0-2. ATLANTA 1-10 (.100), HENDERSON 0-1, RIDER 1-5, TERRY 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, SEAN CORBIN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 13,736. T - 2:17.


Box Score

BOSTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 35 4-9 0-0 0-3 2 2 9 Walker 31 6-19 3-4 2-5 1 3 16 Ellison 27 0-1 3-4 3-8 3 5 3 Anderson 33 7-17 3-5 0-2 1 2 17 Griffin 35 4-5 5-6 0-3 2 1 14 Potapenko 18 1-3 0-0 1-2 3 4 2 Barros 16 3-9 5-5 0-2 1 2 12 Battie 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 Cheaney 17 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 3 6 Williams 8 1-4 1-1 0-1 0 2 3 Mccarty 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 20-25 7-30 15 29 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Pierce 1-1, Walker 1-3, Anderson 0-2, Griffin 1-2, Barros 1-4, Williams 0-2, Mccarty 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Ellison, Pierce). Turnovers: 12 (Anderson 2, Griffin 2, Walker 2, Barros, Ellison, Pierce, Potapenko, Williams). Steals: 9 (Anderson 4, Griffin 3, Ellison, Pierce).

ATLANTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 35 5-9 4-4 1-9 4 4 14 Jackson 31 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Mutombo 40 5-9 7-10 5-17 1 2 17 Coles 21 4-7 0-0 0-1 6 3 8 Rider 43 11-21 7-7 0-8 3 3 30 Wright 21 3-5 3-5 0-2 0 2 9 Terry 27 2-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Mcleod 22 3-6 4-6 3-6 1 3 10 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-69 25-32 10-47 17 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Henderson 0-1, Rider 1-5, Terry 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Mutombo 3, Henderson, Wright). Turnovers: 18 (Rider 7, Mutombo 4, Jackson 2, Wright 2, Coles, Henderson, Terry). Steals: 3 (Coles, Henderson, Mcleod). ____________________________________________ Boston 28 21 24 11 - 84 Atlanta 22 20 26 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,736. T: 2:17. Officials: Hue Hollins, Sean Corbin, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Isaiah Rider had a bigger fourth quarter than the Boston Celtics.

Rider scored 13 of his 30 points in the final period, when the Atlanta Hawks held Boston to 11 points and rallied for a 94-84 victory, their sixth straight over the Celtics.

Maligned all season for missing practices and rumored to be on the trading block, Rider scored four straight points, all from the line, to give the Hawks the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter.

Later, he threw in a scoop layup and drew the foul to give the Hawks a 90-82 lead with less than 90 seconds to go and jumped on the scorer's table.

"I just decided to turn up the pace a little bit and pick it up," said Rider, who made 11-of-21 shots. "I started to be more aggressive and kept the defense on their toes a little bit, instead of playing passive."

"I thought he just played a great game. He didn't want to be denied," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, who has benched his leading scorer several times this season. "The one thing about J.R. is even though he misses a few shots, he's capable of making the big shot. So we wanted to keep him out there."

Dikembe Mutombo had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks, who have not lost to the Celtics since January 23, 1998.

Kenny Anderson scored 17 points for Boston, which collapsed in the fourth quarter for the second straight night. On Friday, the Celtics blew a 15-point lead in the final period and lost to Milwaukee.

"We feel like we're good enough to beat these teams," said Boston forward Antoine Walker, who scored 16 points. "For three quarters, we've shown that we can beat them. But we haven't put them away, and it's coming back to haunt us."

The Hawks trailed 73-68 entering the final period but Rider made a pair of jumpers to tighten the game. After the second, he pulled his jersey strap to show his heart.

"We understood that we weren't playing so well and they weren't playing so well, but we were playing well enough to get the game," Rider said. "When we got to within three, at that point in time I knew it was a game."

A jumper by Adrian Griffin gave Boston its last lead at 79-78 with 7:04 to go, but Rider drew a pair of fouls on Paul Pierce and made all four free throws for an 82-79 lead with 5:13 left.

Walker and Pierce scored around a jumper by Hawks rookie Jason Terry to cut the deficit to one point. But Roshown McLeod and Alan Henderson made jumpers before Rider's scoop shot sealed it with 1:24 to play.

"A couple of times what we did was run the ball through (Rider)," Wilkens said. "The offense is set so that any one of those guys, whether it's Jason or Jimmy (Jackson) or Bimbo (Coles) or Roshown, if they get the ball in the middle, they know exactly what we want to do."

"They deserved to win. The mentally tough teams win it," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "Isaiah Rider is more mentally tough than our defense."

Henderson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who shot 49 percent (34-of-69) from the field and held a 47-30 edge on the glass.

Griffin scored 14 points for the Celtics, who shot 38.5 percent (30-of-78). Boston was outrebounded 30-9 in the second half.

"When you get outrebounded 30-9, you're gonna blow a lead," Pitino said. "If you let this team dominate you on the glass, you can't win. It's our own fault. We ran out of gas and we got killed on the backboards."

Anderson scored 12 points and Walker nine as Boston grabbed a 49-42 halftime lead. A 3-pointer by Dana Barros opened a 73-59 advantage for the Celtics late in the third period.

The Hawks closed the quarter with nine consecutive points as Mutombo made two free throws and Lorenzen Wright had a dunk and two foul shots around a 3-pointer by Rider.

"We made a great run before the end of the third quarter," said Mutombo. "It gave us a great lift and it gave us the momentum to finish the game strong."

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