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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 32 20 11 24 87 ORLANDO 24 26 40 32 122 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - DANA BARROS 19, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 11, VITALY POTAPENKO 10 ORL - RON MERCER 23, CHUCKY ATKINS 21, BEN WALLACE 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 10, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 6 ORL - BO OUTLAW 14, COREY MAGGETTE 11

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 4 ORL - BO OUTLAW 10, MONTY WILLIAMS 3

ATT: 13,413


Extended Box

BOSTON (87) AT ORLANDO (122)

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

WALKER F 32 2-11 0-0 1 4 5 5 0 2 3 5 E WILLIAMS F 20 2-7 2-2 1 1 2 2 6 0 0 7 POTAPENKO C 26 5-10 0-2 4 6 10 1 3 1 1 10 ANDERSON G 23 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 6 0 1 6 PIERCE G 37 2-13 4-7 0 2 2 4 4 0 1 8 GRIFFIN 26 4-9 2-2 4 2 6 3 2 1 1 11 FORTSON 12 2-3 3-4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7 BARROS 26 8-16 2-3 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 19 BATTIE 12 1-3 1-3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 OVERTON 7 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 MCCARTY 16 3-10 1-4 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 7 CHEANEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 34-92 15-27 13 20 33 23 29 6 12 87 (.370) (.556) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 33 4-4 2-4 2 12 14 10 3 0 2 10 WALLACE F 28 6-7 1-7 2 7 9 0 0 1 0 13 AMAECHI C 11 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 2 D ARMSTRONG G 17 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 9 MERCER G 28 11-22 1-1 2 1 3 2 3 0 2 23 DOLEAC 20 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 6 MAGGETTE 21 1-5 10-11 3 8 11 1 5 1 2 12 WILLIAMS 16 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 6 ATKINS 17 7-11 5-6 0 2 2 1 0 0 3 21 P GARRITY 28 4-7 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 10 JOHNSON 14 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 STRONG 7 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 47-85 23-33 13 39 52 24 22 3 16 122 (.553) (.697) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

BOSTON 32 20 11 24 - 87 ORLANDO 24 26 40 32 - 122

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 4, MCCARTY. ORLANDO - WALLACE 5, OUTLAW 4, P GARRITY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-18 (.222), WALKER 1-4, E WILLIAMS 1-2, ANDERSON 0-1, PIERCE 0-2, GRIFFIN 1-1, BARROS 1-4, OVERTON 0-1, MCCARTY 0-3. ORLANDO 5-9 (.556), D ARMSTRONG 1-3, MAGGETTE 0-1, ATKINS 2-3, P GARRITY 2-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - FORTSON, ANDERSON, ORLANDO - D ARMSTRONG 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, KEN MAUER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 13,413. T - 2:32.


Box Score

BOSTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 32 2-11 0-0 1-5 5 0 5 E Williams 20 2-7 2-2 1-2 2 6 7 Potapenko 26 5-10 0-2 4-10 1 3 10 Anderson 23 3-6 0-0 0-0 3 6 6 Pierce 37 2-13 4-7 0-2 4 4 8 Griffin 26 4-9 2-2 4-6 3 2 11 Fortson 12 2-3 3-4 0-0 0 2 7 Barros 26 8-16 2-3 0-2 2 2 19 Battie 12 1-3 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 Overton 7 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 0 4 Mccarty 16 3-10 1-4 1-2 2 2 7 Cheaney 3 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-92 15-27 13-33 23 29 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Walker 1-4, E Williams 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Pierce 0-2, Griffin 1-1, Barros 1-4, Overton 0-1, Mccarty 0-3). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 5 (Pierce 4, Mccarty). Turnovers: 13 (Walker 3, Barros 2, Mccarty 2, Anderson, Cheaney, Griffin, Pierce, Potapenko). Steals: 6 (Walker 2, Barros, Fortson, Griffin, Potapenko).

ORLANDO (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 33 4-4 2-4 2-14 10 3 10 Wallace 28 6-7 1-7 2-9 0 0 13 Amaechi 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 4 2 D Armstrong 17 3-8 2-2 0-2 1 1 9 Mercer 28 11-22 1-1 2-3 2 3 23 Doleac 20 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 6 Maggette 21 1-5 10-11 3-11 1 5 12 Williams 16 3-6 0-0 0-2 3 1 6 Atkins 17 7-11 5-6 0-2 1 0 21 P Garrity 28 4-7 0-0 2-2 1 2 10 Johnson 14 2-3 2-2 0-1 2 0 6 Strong 7 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-85 23-33 13-52 24 22 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.553, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (D Armstrong 1-3, Maggette 0-1, Atkins 2-3, P Garrity 2-2). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 10 (Wallace 5, Outlaw 4, P Garrity). Turnovers: 16 (Atkins 3, Williams 3, Amaechi 2, D Armstrong 2, Maggette 2, Mercer 2, Outlaw 2). Steals: 3 (D Armstrong, Maggette, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Boston 32 20 11 24 - 87 Orlando 24 26 40 32 - 122 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Fortson, 10:42 2nd; Anderson, 6:52 3rd). Orlando 2 (D Armstrong 2 (ejected), 0:59 1st, 10:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (Potapenko, 10:14 4th). A: 13,413. T: 2:32. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Point guard Darrell Armstrong's ejection and coach Doc Rivers' ensuing technical foul somehow sparked the Orlando Magic to victory.

Rivers watched rookie Chucky Atkins, Armstrong's backup, fuel a decisive 19-0 third-quarter run, propelling the Magic to a 122-87 blowout over the slumping Boston Celtics in a key Eastern Conference matchup.

Trailing 52-50 entering the second half, the Magic took just five minutes to build a 67-54 lead and held a comfortable 90-63 advantage after three quarters.

The Celtics made just 3-of-23 shots and set a franchise record low with 11 points in the third quarter. They fell 4 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Magic for the final playoff spot in the East.

Orlando (36-36) moved two games ahead of idle ninth-place Milwaukee and is at .500 for the first time since January 5 (16-16).

Armstrong was tossed by referee Ken Mauer after receiving his second technical with 10:39 remaining in the third quarter and Rivers immediately expressed his displeasure with the call, resulting in two free throws by Dana Barros and a 54-40 Boston lead.

"I told the ref, `That was a push in the back', then all of a sudden I hear him say, `Take a walk,'" Armstrong recounted. "All I said was, `You missed the push in the back.' The way he came back at me, that's when I knew he was a little sensitive about something from the first half, from my contesting his call or something. He came back at me and said, `Don't say nothing to me,' in a high tone of voice. I went in and watched the whole game and just enjoyed it."

But former Celtic Ron Mercer converted a three-point play on the ensuing trip and Atkins buried a 25-footer and an acrobatic floater in the lane that turned into a three-point play, putting the Magic ahead to stay, 59-54, with 9:02 left in the period.

Mercer made a 15-footer and a 17-footer before Ben Wallace slammed and Atkins hit a runner and two free throws to stretch the advantage to 69-54 with 6:52 left in the third quarter.

"After the situation with Darrell, we knew we had to step up our games," Mercer said.

Atkins' 21 points in 17 minutes were one shy of his career high and Mercer burned his former team for 23 points on 11-of-22 shooting as the Magic completed their third five-game winning streak of the season.

"When one of the soldiers goes down, all of us have to come together, play that much harder," Atkins said. "Darrell's our leader and it's sad the way he went out. I don't think he should have been thrown out for what he was thrown out for.

"This ain't nothing new to me. I had a couple of bad games, but now I'm playing really well. Darrell went out and I was able to step up my game and compensate for some of the things he does for us. I didn't say, `Darrell's out and I've got to do something spectacular.' I just went out and did the things I've been doing the whole year to get the team rolling."

Bo Outlaw had his second career triple-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and Wallace continued his improved play of late with 13 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, which improved to 2-1 against the Celtics. The margin of victory was the Magic's largest this season.

"Chucky and I got together and said we've got to do it," Mercer said. "Everybody followed our lead. Chucky picked up where he left off Sunday (20 points vs. Miami). He stepped up big along with Bo and Ben."

Boston coach Rick Pitino declared Saturday that his team would have to go 10-1 the rest of the way to qualify for the postseason. He watched a 13-point second-quarter lead turn into a 27-point deficit entering the fourth period as the Celtics suffered their fifth straight loss.

"It was a truly bad game, a debacle," Pitino said. "I'm sure Miami experienced it the other night. Their traps were very successful. They trap like a college team and you have to attack it to make the extra pass and make good shots. You've gotta give them credit."

"It's probably over," he added when asked about the playoff race. "We have to win every single game."

Dana Barros scored a season-high 19 points off the bench and rookie Adrian Griffin added 11 points for the Celtics, who built a 43-30 lead on Antoine Walker's 3-pointer with 7:27 left in the first half. But Atkins hit two free throws and a 3-pointer to ignite 22-7 run that got Orlando within two at intermission.

"Obviously it was a tough loss for us," Barros said. "Especially since it was like a do-or-die situation. We have been inconsistent like this all year; half to half, quarter to quarter, game to game. Tonight was just a classic example of what has happened over a seven-month period; great at times, good at times, terrible at times."

Vitaly Potapenko had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 37 percent (34-of-92), including a dismal 11-of-48 performance over the final 24 minutes.

Rookie Corey Maggette had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who shot 55 percent (47-of-85) and held a 52-33 advantage on the boards.

"Boston showed a lot of emotion and played great in the first half," Mercer said. "But in the second half, we turned it up a notch and they couldn't catch up."

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