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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 25 32 25 13 95 BOSTON 32 16 22 30 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 20, JOHNNY NEWMAN 15, SCOTT BURRELL 13 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 19, VITALY POTAPENKO 16, TONY BATTIE 14

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 11, KENDALL GILL 3 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 8, CALBERT CHEANEY 6

ATT: 16,540


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (95) AT BOSTON (100)

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

GILL F 31 6-13 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 12 VAN HORN F 28 3-11 4-4 2 9 11 1 4 0 3 10 MCILVAINE C 25 3-6 0-1 3 3 6 1 4 0 0 6 KITTLES G 27 3-6 0-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 6 MARBURY G 41 6-15 8-9 1 3 4 11 1 4 3 20 FEICK 23 2-3 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 4 NEWMAN 19 4-7 5-6 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 15 HARRIS 15 2-6 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 BURRELL 24 5-10 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 13 PERRY 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 19-24 9 27 36 22 23 8 11 95 (.438) (.792) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 35 6-14 6-9 1 5 6 1 4 0 2 19 WALKER F 33 3-9 4-4 2 7 9 5 3 1 3 10 POTAPENKO C 29 8-10 0-0 2 6 8 3 2 0 2 16 ANDERSON G 30 4-13 4-4 0 2 2 8 1 1 4 13 CHEANEY G 28 3-8 0-0 0 8 8 6 2 1 0 6 GRIFFIN 26 2-3 1-4 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 5 BATTIE 19 5-8 4-5 4 1 5 0 4 1 0 14 OVERTON 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 FORTSON 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 BARROS 15 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 2 8 MCCARTY 9 1-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 21-28 13 36 49 26 21 5 14 100 (.474) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(8 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 25 32 25 13 - 95 BOSTON 32 16 22 30 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 2, VAN HORN, BURRELL. BOSTON - CHEANEY 2, PIERCE, BATTIE, MCCARTY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 6-16 (.375), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 0-2, MARBURY 0-1, NEWMAN 2-2, HARRIS 1-3, BURRELL 3-7. BOSTON 5-15 (.333), PIERCE 1-3, WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 1-3, CHEANEY 0-1, BARROS 2-5, MCCARTY 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, SEAN CORBIN, VIOLET PALMER. A - 16,540. T - 2:11.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 31 6-13 0-0 0-1 3 2 12 Van Horn 28 3-11 4-4 2-11 1 4 10 Mcilvaine 25 3-6 0-1 3-6 1 4 6 Kittles 27 3-6 0-2 0-3 2 2 6 Marbury 41 6-15 8-9 1-4 11 1 20 Feick 23 2-3 0-0 2-6 2 2 4 Newman 19 4-7 5-6 0-1 2 5 15 Harris 15 2-6 2-2 0-0 0 0 7 Burrell 24 5-10 0-0 1-4 0 3 13 Perry 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 19-24 9-36 22 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 0-2, Marbury 0-1, Newman 2-2, Harris 1-3, Burrell 3-7). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcilvaine 2, Van Horn, Burrell). Turnovers: 11 (Marbury 3, Van Horn 3, Gill 2, Harris, Newman, Perry). Steals: 8 (Marbury 4, Burrell, Gill, Kittles, Perry).

BOSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 35 6-14 6-9 1-6 1 4 19 Walker 33 3-9 4-4 2-9 5 3 10 Potapenko 29 8-10 0-0 2-8 3 2 16 Anderson 30 4-13 4-4 0-2 8 1 13 Cheaney 28 3-8 0-0 0-8 6 2 6 Griffin 26 2-3 1-4 2-4 0 1 5 Battie 19 5-8 4-5 4-5 0 4 14 Overton 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Fortson 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Barros 15 3-8 0-0 1-4 2 1 8 Mccarty 9 1-1 2-2 1-2 0 1 5 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 21-28 13-49 26 21 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Pierce 1-3, Walker 0-2, Anderson 1-3, Cheaney 0-1, Barros 2-5, Mccarty 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Cheaney 2, Pierce, Battie, Mccarty). Turnovers: 14 (Anderson 4, Walker 3, Barros 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Griffin). Steals: 5 (Anderson, Battie, Cheaney, Fortson, Walker). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 25 32 25 13 - 95 Boston 32 16 22 30 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,540. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets were well on their way to snapping a five-game losing streak but the Boston Celtics had other ideas.

Tony Battie scored 14 points off the bench, including seven in the final five minutes, as the Celtics completed a furious comeback from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to pull out a 100-95 victory.

A 21-4 run spanning the third and fourth quarters allowed Boston to tie it at 86-86. Dana Barros scored seven of his eight points in the run, capped by a dunk from Battie with 4:53 to play.

Battie sank two free throws with 2:30 left to give the Celtics a 91-90 advantage and added another with 2:06 left to increase the lead to two.

Keith Van Horn tied it, 92-92, on two free throws with 1:50 to play, but rookie Adrian Griffin answered with a layup to put Boston back on top, 94-92, with 1:32 left.

A 3-pointer by Scott Burrell from the right corner allowed the Nets to take their last lead at 95-94 with 1:18 to play. Former Net Kenny Anderson's 12-footer gave Boston a 96-95 lead with 47 seconds remaining.

After New Jersey's Jim McIlvaine missed two straight short jumpers, Anderson was fouled and made two free throws with 17 seconds left, giving Boston a 98-95 lead.

Following two straight timeouts, Burrell missed a game-tying 3-pointer with six seconds remaining.

"They had all 3-point shooters in there at the end," Battie said. "We knew they were going to go for a 3 at the end. We played good `D' and the rest is history."

Paul Pierce sank two free throws with three seconds left for the final margin. The Celtics outscored the Nets, 30-13, in the fourth quarter.

"It seems that for some reason, our team is not tough when it comes to success," New Jersey coach Don Casey said. "We're not scared, but we are not focusing or concentrating. We work hard, but we are so fragile right now that the game seems to splinter right now down the stretch. We have to get the pieces back."

Stephon Marbury scored 20 points and Johnny Newman added 15 for New Jersey, which shot 5-of-22 in the fourth quarter and fell to 4-14 this season in games decided by five points or less. The Nets dropped their seventh straight game on the road.

"The way we played `D' in the final five minutes of the game, it was unbelievable," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "It felt like for the first time I was back at a college game in Providence."

New Jersey led 57-48 entering the third quarter and moved out to a 74-57 advantage after Marbury completed an 8-0 run with an alley-oop slam with 3:39 remaining.

After a 3-pointer by Newman gave the Nets an 82-65 lead, the Celtics scored the last five points of the period on a basket by Battie and a 3-pointer by McCarty.

Boston outrebounded New Jersey, 49-36, and shot 47 percent (37-of-78) from the field to post its second win in seven games. The Celtics improved to 3-0 against the Nets this season.

Boston took a 32-25 lead after the first quarter and led 40-34 on a 13-footer by Vitaly Potapenko with 8:13 left in the second quarter.

But New Jersey closed the first half with a 23-8 run as Burrell scored all 10 of his second-quarter points, including a 3-pointer with 27 seconds to play, as the Nets jumped out to a 57-48 lead at the half. New Jersey shot 58 percent (11-of-19) in the second quarter and 52 percent (21-of-40) in the first half.

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