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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 23 19 21 25 88 BOSTON 18 23 25 29 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 26, MAURICE TAYLOR 22, DEREK ANDERSON 18 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 22, ANTOINE WALKER 19, KENNY ANDERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 15, MAURICE TAYLOR 12 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 11, ANTOINE WALKER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - TROY HUDSON 4, ERIC MURDOCK 3 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,761


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (88) AT BOSTON (95)

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

ODOM F 42 10-21 2-2 2 7 9 2 5 0 2 26 TAYLOR F 43 10-19 2-4 2 10 12 2 3 0 4 22 OLOWOKANDI C 44 4-9 0-0 4 11 15 1 4 1 1 8 ANDERSON G 38 7-14 4-5 0 3 3 2 3 2 6 18 HUDSON G 27 0-4 0-0 0 4 4 4 2 0 2 0 PIATKOWSKI 22 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 5 CLOSS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MURDOCK 21 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 4 9 AVENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESBY DNP - NOT WITH TEAM- FAMILY ILLNESS

TOTALS 240 37-80 8-11 10 37 47 15 21 3 19 88 (.463) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

WALKER F 36 7-23 3-5 3 5 8 4 4 2 1 19 WILLIAMS F 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 POTAPENKO C 29 3-9 4-4 5 6 11 1 4 0 1 10 ANDERSON G 37 6-15 3-5 3 4 7 5 0 2 0 15 PIERCE G 32 8-24 4-6 2 5 7 4 4 3 1 22 MCCARTY 23 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 7 BATTIE 10 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 2 CHEANEY 39 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 11 BARROS 12 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 FORTSON 14 3-4 3-4 3 2 5 1 1 0 0 9 OVERTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-93 19-26 17 29 46 21 16 12 7 95 (.376) (.731) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 23 19 21 25 - 88 BOSTON 18 23 25 29 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - OLOWOKANDI 4, ODOM 2, TAYLOR, CLOSS. BOSTON - PIERCE, BARROS, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 6-17 (.353), ODOM 4-7, ANDERSON 0-4, PIATKOWSKI 1-3, MURDOCK 1-3. BOSTON 6-14 (.429), WALKER 2-3, ANDERSON 0-1, PIERCE 2-6, MCCARTY 1-1, CHEANEY 1-2, BARROS 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JIM KINSEY, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 15,761. T - 2:07.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 42 10-21 2-2 2-9 2 5 26 Taylor 43 10-19 2-4 2-12 2 3 22 Olowokandi 44 4-9 0-0 4-15 1 4 8 Anderson 38 7-14 4-5 0-3 2 3 18 Hudson 27 0-4 0-0 0-4 4 2 0 Piatkowski 22 2-6 0-0 2-3 1 2 5 Closs 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Murdock 21 4-7 0-0 0-1 3 1 9 Avent DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Nesby DNP - not with team- family illness _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 8-11 10-47 15 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Odom 4-7, Anderson 0-4, Piatkowski 1-3, Murdock 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Olowokandi 4, Odom 2, Taylor, Closs). Turnovers: 19 (Anderson 6, Murdock 4, Taylor 4, Hudson 2, Odom 2, Olowokandi). Steals: 3 (Anderson 2, Olowokandi).

BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 36 7-23 3-5 3-8 4 4 19 Williams 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Potapenko 29 3-9 4-4 5-11 1 4 10 Anderson 37 6-15 3-5 3-7 5 0 15 Pierce 32 8-24 4-6 2-7 4 4 22 Mccarty 23 2-4 2-2 0-1 1 0 7 Battie 10 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Cheaney 39 5-9 0-0 0-1 3 2 11 Barros 12 0-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Fortson 14 3-4 3-4 3-5 1 1 9 Overton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-93 19-26 17-46 21 16 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Walker 2-3, Anderson 0-1, Pierce 2-6, Mccarty 1-1, Cheaney 1-2, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Barros, Williams). Turnovers: 8 (Battie 2, Mccarty 2, Pierce, Potapenko, Walker). Steals: 12 (Pierce 3, Anderson 2, Walker 2, Williams 2, Barros, Cheaney, Mccarty). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 23 19 21 25 - 88 Boston 18 23 25 29 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:01 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,761. T: 2:07. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jim Kinsey, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics stopped playing patsies and finally took advantage of one of the NBA's worst teams.

Paul Pierce scored five of his 22 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run as the Celtics pulled away late to avoid their third straight embarrassing loss with a 95-88 triumph over the road-weary Los Angeles Clippers.

Before tonight's clash with the 10-23 Clippers, the Celtics lost consecutive games to league-worst Chicago and Vancouver, who have a combined record of 15-51. Having already lost twice to the Bulls and once to Los Angeles, the Celtics appeared headed for disaster again, clinging to an 81-80 lead with 4:25 to play.

But Pierce hit a 3-pointer and 20-footer, Kenny Anderson made a layup and a free throw and Vitaly Potapenko hit two from the line to give Boston a 91-80 cushion with 2:23 left.

"We haven't looked very good this week, losing to the Bulls and the Grizzlies," Pierce said. "And it certainly didn't look good in the first half. We were sluggish. But our passing was good and we played very hard down the stretch. We're not worried about who we play against, that's not the issue with us. We've got to play a better game."

Antoine Walker scored 19 points and Anderson added 15 and seven assists for the Celtics, who improved to 13-6 at home.

"Our execution in the final 10 minutes was what I want to see," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "Good passing, good shot selection and good rebounding. This was a big win because of the couple of losses we've had and I thought we responded well."

"It's been a rough week for us, no doubt," Walker added. "But this is a good feeling. We play well down the stretch and get a win we had to have. You hate to say must-win games, but I think this was a game we had to have, especially with a three-game road trip starting tomorrow night."

Rookie Lamar Odom scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost five in a row on the road and 11 of its last 12 away from the Staples Center.

"We played good `D' the whole game," Odom said. "We didn't want to let Antoine and Kenny get the shots they wanted. Our execution at the end was just bad, but you know we're the youngest team in the NBA. We've just gotta keep our heads and stay positive. I thought I took a couple of shots at the end I shouldn't have. They were rushed and didn't feel good."

Potapenko had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Calbert Cheaney added 11 points off the bench for Boston, which shot 38 percent (35-of-93) and committed just eight turnovers. The Celtics grabbed 17 offensive boards for a 25-11 advantage in second-chance points.

The Clippers were just 8-of-11 at the line while Boston went 19-of-26.

Maurice Taylor had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Michael Olowokandi added eight and 15 for the Clippers, who were without second-year forward Tyrone Nesby due to a family illness. Los Angeles was careless, committing 19 turnovers.

"We played very good defense, but unfortunately we didn't take very good care of the ball," Los Angeles coach Chris Ford said. "We're a young team and young players make mistakes. When you get down to the three-minute mark, you can't make the mistakes we did."

Derek Anderson scored 18 points for the Clippers, who shot 46 percent (37-of-80) and held a 47-46 edge on the boards.

Los Angeles opened a 23-14 lead with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter on Odom's driving layup. But Walker scored on a follow shot and Danny Fortson's layup cut the deficit to five entering the second period.

Forston made a free throw before Cheaney's running jumper and Walter McCarty's 17-footer forged a 23-23 tie early in the quarter. The teams traded baskets over the next 10 minutes and Walker's free throws with less than a minute left in the half pulled Boston within 42-41 at intermission.

The game featured 17 lead changes and eight ties but came down to the last five minutes when the Celtics finally seemed to take charge.

Pierce buried a 15-footer to give Boston an 81-78 lead with 4:49 to go and Taylor quickly answered with an 18-footer before Pierce and Celtics pulled away for good.

Boston improved to 2-4 against the league's current last-place teams and moved four games ahead of last-place Washington in the Atlantic Division.

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