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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 16 18 20 20 74 PHILADELPHIA 28 17 12 20 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 22, TONY BATTIE 16, ANTOINE WALKER 14 PHI - TYRONE HILL 14, GEORGE LYNCH 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - TONY BATTIE 15, ANTOINE WALKER 5 PHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 4, DANA BARROS 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 8, AARON MCKIE 6

ATT: 16,784


Extended Box

BOSTON (74) AT PHILADELPHIA (77)

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

GRIFFIN F 21 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 2 5 1 0 4 WALKER F 35 7-19 0-0 3 2 5 1 5 3 6 14 POTAPENKO C 19 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 0 ANDERSON G 36 4-13 2-4 1 1 2 4 2 2 1 10 PIERCE G 40 9-18 2-5 0 3 3 1 1 0 4 22 WILLIAMS 27 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 6 BATTIE 33 8-14 0-2 9 6 15 0 4 1 0 16 BARROS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 MCCARTY 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 CHEANEY 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 ELLISON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OVERTON 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 32-76 8-15 16 21 37 14 22 7 16 74 (.421) (.533) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

HILL F 34 6-8 2-4 2 7 9 1 5 3 6 14 LYNCH F 39 6-10 1-2 4 5 9 4 5 2 3 13 GEIGER C 19 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 10 MCKIE G 30 3-10 3-5 0 4 4 6 4 2 1 10 SNOW G 34 2-7 2-2 0 0 0 8 1 1 2 6 OWENS 26 3-8 0-0 1 8 9 1 1 0 0 6 OLLIE 14 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 HUGHES 18 3-6 4-4 1 2 3 2 2 0 3 10 BOWEN 18 1-5 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 2 MACCULLOCH 8 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION RATLIFF DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 32-69 12-17 10 27 37 27 25 9 18 77 (.464) (.706) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(8 PTS)

BOSTON 16 18 20 20 - 74 PHILADELPHIA 28 17 12 20 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 3, POTAPENKO 2, CHEANEY. PHILADELPHIA - MCKIE, MACCULLOCH, OWENS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-13 (.154), WALKER 0-4, ANDERSON 0-3, PIERCE 2-6. PHILADELPHIA 1-4 (.250), GEIGER 0-1, MCKIE 1-2, HUGHES 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH PITINO, BATTIE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BENNIE ADAMS, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 16,784. T - 2:15.


Box Score

BOSTON (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 21 1-3 2-2 1-3 2 5 4 Walker 35 7-19 0-0 3-5 1 5 14 Potapenko 19 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 2 0 Anderson 36 4-13 2-4 1-2 4 2 10 Pierce 40 9-18 2-5 0-3 1 1 22 Williams 27 2-4 2-2 1-4 1 2 6 Battie 33 8-14 0-2 9-15 0 4 16 Barros 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Mccarty 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Cheaney 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Ellison 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Overton 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 8-15 16-37 14 22 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Walker 0-4, Anderson 0-3, Pierce 2-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Potapenko 2, Cheaney). Turnovers: 16 (Walker 6, Pierce 4, Anderson, Cheaney, Mccarty, Overton, Potapenko, Williams). Steals: 7 (Walker 3, Anderson 2, Battie, Griffin).

PHILADELPHIA (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 34 6-8 2-4 2-9 1 5 14 Lynch 39 6-10 1-2 4-9 4 5 13 Geiger 19 5-11 0-0 0-1 1 4 10 Mckie 30 3-10 3-5 0-4 6 4 10 Snow 34 2-7 2-2 0-0 8 1 6 Owens 26 3-8 0-0 1-9 1 1 6 Ollie 14 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Hughes 18 3-6 4-4 1-3 2 2 10 Bowen 18 1-5 0-0 2-2 1 2 2 Macculloch 8 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Jones DNP - coach's decision Ratliff DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-69 12-17 10-37 27 25 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Geiger 0-1, Mckie 1-2, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Mckie, Macculloch, Owens). Turnovers: 20 (Hill 6, Hughes 3, Lynch 3, Ollie 2, Snow 2, Geiger, Mckie). Steals: 9 (Hill 3, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Bowen, Snow). ____________________________________________ Boston 16 18 20 20 - 74 Philadelphia 28 17 12 20 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Head Coach Pitino, 10:58 2nd; Battie, 10:05 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,784. T: 2:15. Officials: Steve Javie, Bennie Adams, Scott Foster.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers finally climbed over .500 because the Boston Celtics could not climb all the way over the hump.

Tyrone Hill's short jumper with 1:08 to go snapped a tie and gave the 76ers an ugly 77-74 victory over the Celtics that moved them over .500 for the first time this season. Philadelphia also is over .500 in December for the first time since 1990.

The 76ers blew an 18-point second-quarter lead and actually fell behind, 74-72, when Boston's Kenny Anderson made a jumper with 2:05 to play. But Philadelphia did not allow another point and improved to 10-9, including 5-2 without NBA leading scorer Allen Iverson.

"I'm excited, especially since we had a tired bunch and we just found a way to win," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "Give them (Celtics) credit. They had a big win last night, they had to bounce back and when it came down to it, they came at us with tremendous energy."

Hill scored 14 points to lead five Sixers in double figures. His two free throws tied the game with 1:51 remaining and, after Boston's Paul Pierce missed a runner, used a nice head fake and dribble to get in the lane for the go-ahead jumper.

"They did a good job on Paul," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "What he needs to learn to do a little bit more is to pass the ball in traffic to an open man because he gets so much attention. Once he learns to do that, he can be a triple-threat person."

"I think both teams were tired," Hill said. "It was a kind of grind-it-out game. The team that would make the least mistakes down the stretch would win. They tightened it up, but we got back in our rhythm and played our style."

The teams traded turnovers before Anderson missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Philadelphia's Aaron McKie rebounded and was fouled, but the 88 percent free-throw shooter missed 1-of-2 to give Boston one last chance.

However, Antoine Walker missed a 3-pointer and time expired. It was the fourth loss in five games for Boston, which shot just 2-of-13 from behind the arc.

"The game was in our hands," Pitino said. "Kenny had a good open-look 3. If it goes down, it's a different game. But it didn't."

George Lynch scored 13 points and Matt Geiger, McKie and Larry Hughes added 10 apiece for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (32-of-69) from the field and survived 20 turnovers. Hill and Lynch had nine rebounds apiece.

"Both teams were tired and who ever sucked it up was going to pull it out," Lynch said. "It was a similar situation as it was in Cleveland. They let us stick around and we were able to pull it out."

Pierce scored 22 points and Tony Battie added 16, 15 rebounds and three blocks for the Celtics, who shot 42 percent (32-of-76) but made just 8-of-15 free throws, including 4-of-8 in the final period.

"It was a hard-fought basketball game," Pitino said. "Unfortunately, we played their style instead of our style. They are very good in a grind-it-out game. We were too passive and they made their open shots. We turned up the defense and the game came back to us."

A free throw by Anderson pulled Boston into a 66-66 tie with 4:38 to go but Eric Snow made a jumper and McKie hit a 3-pointer around another free throw by Anderson that gave Philadelphia a 71-67 lead.

Pierce hit two free throws and a 3-pointer to give the Celtics their first lead at 72-71 with 2:44 to go. Lynch tied it with a foul shot before Anderson's jumper gave Boston its second and last lead.

"We didn't want Pierce to hit another crucial 3," Hill said. "He hit one late and we knew they were going back to him at the end of the ballgame. We had to keep the ball from getting to him and we did that."

"We talked to each other and said, `Don't let it happen, don't let them pull it out,'" Lynch said. "we knew that we needed to make stops and we did."

The Sixers made their last six shots of the first quarter and opened a 28-16 lead behind eight points from Hill. They began the second quarter with an 8-2 burst that featured six points from Hughes and built their largest lead at 36-18 with 9:48 to go in the first half.

Walker scored 10 points in the remainder of the period as the Celtics cut the deficit to 45-34 at halftime. Battie became active in the third quarter, when Boston grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and closed to 57-54 entering the final period.

"We didn't get off to a good start and that really hurt us," said Walker, who scored 14 points. "We started to play more defensively in the second quarter and shut them down. We weren't defending and we were giving them second shots. We buckled down and stopped them and we were able to make our run."

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