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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 31 21 21 20 93 BOSTON 29 30 18 24 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - NICK ANDERSON 24, CHRIS WEBBER 21, VLADE DIVAC 18 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 19, ANTOINE WALKER 17, VITALY POTAPENKO 16

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 11, VLADE DIVAC 9 BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 7, CHRIS WEBBER 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, KENNY ANDERSON 7

ATT: 18,624


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (93) AT BOSTON (101)

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

WEBBER F 34 8-16 5-5 3 8 11 6 2 2 1 21 C WILLIAMSON F 35 5-10 1-1 3 0 3 2 3 0 0 11 DIVAC C 34 9-17 0-0 3 6 9 2 5 3 3 18 ANDERSON G 36 9-16 0-0 2 5 7 2 2 5 4 24 J WILLIAMS G 37 4-17 3-4 0 5 5 7 2 1 4 11 POLLARD 21 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 2 BARRY 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 FUNDERBURKE 7 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 MARTIN 11 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 STOJAKOVIC 13 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 3 2 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION DELK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-92 9-10 15 30 45 23 18 12 19 93 (.424) (.900) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 24 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 5 WALKER F 41 7-18 2-3 3 7 10 9 3 2 4 17 POTAPENKO C 31 6-10 4-6 5 5 10 1 2 3 2 16 ANDERSON G 34 5-13 1-1 0 3 3 7 3 3 2 12 PIERCE G 39 9-19 0-0 3 7 10 2 3 4 3 19 WILLIAMS 9 2-4 2-3 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 6 BATTIE 15 6-10 2-2 3 5 8 1 2 1 0 14 BARROS 14 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 CHEANEY 24 1-4 1-2 0 4 4 1 1 0 2 3 FORTSON 9 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 4 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-86 14-19 16 35 51 25 20 13 21 101 (.477) (.737) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 31 21 21 20 - 93 BOSTON 29 30 18 24 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 4, DIVAC 2. BOSTON - BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 6-23 (.261), WEBBER 0-2, ANDERSON 6-11, J WILLIAMS 0-7, BARRY 0-1, STOJAKOVIC 0-2. BOSTON 5-14 (.357), GRIFFIN 1-2, WALKER 1-3, ANDERSON 1-3, PIERCE 1-2, WILLIAMS 0-1, BARROS 1-1, CHEANEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - HEAD COACH ADELMAN, BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,624. T - 2:04.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 34 8-16 5-5 3-11 6 2 21 C Williamson 35 5-10 1-1 3-3 2 3 11 Divac 34 9-17 0-0 3-9 2 5 18 Anderson 36 9-16 0-0 2-7 2 2 24 J Williams 37 4-17 3-4 0-5 7 2 11 Pollard 21 1-2 0-0 2-4 2 3 2 Barry 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Funderburke 7 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Martin 11 0-3 0-0 1-2 2 0 0 Stojakovic 13 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Corbin DNP - coach's decision Delk DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-92 9-10 15-45 23 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Webber 0-2, Anderson 6-11, J Williams 0-7, Barry 0-1, Stojakovic 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Webber 4, Divac 2). Turnovers: 19 (Anderson 4, J Williams 4, Divac 3, Stojakovic 3, Barry 2, Martin, Pollard, Webber). Steals: 12 (Anderson 5, Divac 3, Webber 2, J Williams, Stojakovic).

BOSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 24 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 5 Walker 41 7-18 2-3 3-10 9 3 17 Potapenko 31 6-10 4-6 5-10 1 2 16 Anderson 34 5-13 1-1 0-3 7 3 12 Pierce 39 9-19 0-0 3-10 2 3 19 Williams 9 2-4 2-3 0-0 2 2 6 Battie 15 6-10 2-2 3-8 1 2 14 Barros 14 2-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 5 Cheaney 24 1-4 1-2 0-4 1 1 3 Fortson 9 1-1 2-2 1-3 0 2 4 Ellison DNP - coach's decision Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-86 14-19 16-51 25 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Griffin 1-2, Walker 1-3, Anderson 1-3, Pierce 1-2, Williams 0-1, Barros 1-1, Cheaney 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Battie). Turnovers: 21 (Walker 4, Griffin 3, Pierce 3, Anderson 2, Barros 2, Cheaney 2, Potapenko 2, Williams 2, Fortson). Steals: 13 (Pierce 4, Anderson 3, Potapenko 3, Walker 2, Battie). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 31 21 21 20 - 93 Boston 29 30 18 24 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Head Coach Adelman, 4:29 2nd). Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:34 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:04. Officials: Dan Crawford, Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Antoine Walker just missed a triple-double as the Boston Celtics continued to dominate the Sacramento Kings at home with a 101-93 victory.

Walker recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Celtics defeated the Kings for the 19th time in the last 20 meetings in Boston. Walker has three career triple-doubles but none since February 1, 1998.

Pierce made 9-of-19 shots, including a driving layup that gave the Celtics their largest lead of the game, 94-79, with 5:35 remaining.

"Paul Pierce hit some pretty incredible shots down the stretch for them," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "You've got to give them credit for hitting those shots when they needed it."

Vitaly Potapenko had 16 points and 10 boards and Tony Battie added 14 and eight to lead a strong effort by Boston's bench, which shot 57 percent (12-of-21) and outscored Sacramento's substitutes, 32-8.

"The one thing I like to see is consistency," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "Every time on offense we should move the ball. Against the Knicks the other night, we didn't do that. Tonight we did do it. That was one reason for our success lately. I also like to see us make rotations defensively. We were good on that tonight, too."

Nick Anderson scored a season-high 24 points and Chris Webber added 21 and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its second straight game to split a four-game road trip. Vlade Divac tallied 18 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who entered the game averaging an NBA-best 105.1 points per game.

"It seemed like my shot was coming around finally tonight," said Anderson. "I'd been struggling a little bit at times so far this season. But no matter what happens with my offense I'm always going to work hard on defense. Pierce just made some great shots over me tonight, (there's) not a lot you can do."

"There's no doubt this a huge win against a high-scoring team, the highest in the NBA, and I thought our defense was excellent," Pierce said. "We got big shots when we needed them tonight. I think we beat a heckuva team tonight."

Sacramento closed to 96-91 when Jason Williams hit a free throw with 2:16 remaining. But Kenny Anderson answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Boston a 99-91 advantage with two minutes to play.

Divac made a hook shot with 1:46 left, cutting Boston's lead to 99-93. Kenny Anderson missed a jumper, but Divac and Webber each missed shots for Sacramento before Potapenko sank an 18-footer to make it 101-93 with 26 seconds left.

Williams, who could not find his range on the road trip, had 11 points and seven assists. Williams was just 4-of-17 from the floor, including misses on all seven of his 3-pointers. After missing the first game on the trip with a migraine headache, he shot just 24 percent (11-of-45).

After the lead changed nine times in 1 1/2 periods, Battie dunked to give the Celtics a 41-39 edge 6:06 before halftime. Boston did not trail after that basket, which sparked an 11-0 burst. Walker had six points in the run and Anderson capped it with a technical free throw for a 50-39 advantage with 4:29 left.

The Celtics built the lead to 57-43 when Walker hit a 3-pointer with 1:34 left. Sacramento closed the period with a 9-2 surge as Nick Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers.

Boston answered with its own 9-2 surge to open the third period. Potapenko's free throw capped it for a 68-54 lead with 8:45 to go. Sacramento put together and 11-1 run to end the quarter, closing to 77-73 on a layup by Scot Pollard with 2.6 seconds to go.

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