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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 12 38 21 35 106 DETROIT 23 23 34 31 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 24, PAUL PIERCE 20, ANTOINE WALKER 17 DET - GRANT HILL 27, JERRY STACKHOUSE 22, LINDSEY HUNTER 18

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, PAUL PIERCE 7 DET - GRANT HILL 9, JEROME WILLIAMS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 6, KENNY ANDERSON 5 DET - GRANT HILL 3, JERRY STACKHOUSE 3

ATT: 14,581


Extended Box

BOSTON (106) AT DETROIT (111)

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

WALKER F 35 6-15 3-7 2 7 9 2 5 0 5 17 E WILLIAMS F 15 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 0 POTAPENKO C 18 0-1 3-4 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 3 PIERCE G 40 8-14 2-5 2 5 7 6 3 0 1 20 ANDERSON G 30 9-19 2-2 0 3 3 5 1 1 2 24 GRIFFIN 11 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 2 BARROS 19 5-7 4-6 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 15 FORTSON 19 4-7 2-3 2 4 6 1 3 1 3 10 MCCARTY 20 1-6 3-4 0 1 1 1 5 1 1 5 CHEANEY 23 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 9 BATTIE 10 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 6 0 0 1 OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-80 20-33 8 29 37 20 36 7 18 106 (.475) (.606) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

HILL F 37 10-17 7-13 0 9 9 3 2 1 3 27 LAETTNER F 25 3-5 5-6 1 5 6 0 6 0 4 11 MILLS C 24 4-7 1-2 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 11 STACKHOUSE G 39 5-19 12-13 1 0 1 3 2 1 4 22 HUNTER G 33 6-8 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 2 0 18 MONTROSS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROTTY 15 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 2 CURRY 15 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 4 WILLIAMS 27 1-3 5-8 2 5 7 2 3 4 1 7 M MOORE 18 1-1 7-8 2 2 4 1 4 0 1 9 BUECHLER 5 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-66 43-56 6 32 38 17 28 8 14 111 (.470) (.768) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

BOSTON 12 38 21 35 - 106 DETROIT 23 23 34 31 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - CHEANEY, BATTIE. DETROIT - LAETTNER 4, STACKHOUSE 4, HILL 3, CROTTY, WILLIAMS, M MOORE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-22 (.455), WALKER 2-6, E WILLIAMS 0-3, PIERCE 2-4, ANDERSON 4-6, BARROS 1-1, MCCARTY 0-1, CHEANEY 1-1. DETROIT 6-15 (.400), HILL 0-1, MILLS 2-2, STACKHOUSE 0-5, HUNTER 4-5, CROTTY 0-1, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, GEORGE TOLIVER, RONNIE NUNN. A - 14,581. T - 2:32.


Box Score

BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 35 6-15 3-7 2-9 2 5 17 E Williams 15 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 4 0 Potapenko 18 0-1 3-4 1-5 1 2 3 Pierce 40 8-14 2-5 2-7 6 3 20 Anderson 30 9-19 2-2 0-3 5 1 24 Griffin 11 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Barros 19 5-7 4-6 0-1 0 0 15 Fortson 19 4-7 2-3 2-6 1 3 10 Mccarty 20 1-6 3-4 0-1 1 5 5 Cheaney 23 4-5 0-0 0-1 1 4 9 Battie 10 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 6 1 Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 20-33 8-37 20 36 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.606. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Walker 2-6, E Williams 0-3, Pierce 2-4, Anderson 4-6, Barros 1-1, Mccarty 0-1, Cheaney 1-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 2 (Cheaney, Battie). Turnovers: 19 (Walker 5, Fortson 3, Anderson 2, Barros 2, Griffin 2, Potapenko 2, Mccarty, Pierce). Steals: 7 (Anderson, Barros, Cheaney, E Williams, Fortson, Griffin, Mccarty).

DETROIT (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 10-17 7-13 0-9 3 2 27 Laettner 25 3-5 5-6 1-6 0 6 11 Mills 24 4-7 1-2 0-3 2 3 11 Stackhouse 39 5-19 12-13 1-1 3 2 22 Hunter 33 6-8 2-2 0-4 2 2 18 Montross 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Crotty 15 0-2 2-2 0-2 2 3 2 Curry 15 1-2 2-2 0-0 2 3 4 Williams 27 1-3 5-8 2-7 2 3 7 M Moore 18 1-1 7-8 2-4 1 4 9 Buechler 5 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-66 43-56 6-38 17 28 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.768. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Hill 0-1, Mills 2-2, Stackhouse 0-5, Hunter 4-5, Crotty 0-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 14 (Laettner 4, Stackhouse 4, Hill 3, Crotty, Williams, M Moore). Turnovers: 16 (Laettner 4, Stackhouse 4, Hill 3, Crotty, M Moore, Williams). Steals: 8 (Williams 4, Hunter 2, Hill, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Boston 12 38 21 35 - 106 Detroit 23 23 34 31 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,581. T: 2:32. Officials: Jess Kersey, George Toliver, Ronnie Nunn.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Grant Hill put an end to his struggles against Boston and in the process put an end to the Celtics' playoff pretensions.

Hill, who had averaged only 15 points against Boston this season, scored 27 to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 111-106 victory over the Celtics, who suffered their ninth straight loss and officially were eliminated from the playoff hunt.

Jerry Stackhouse added 22 points and Lindsey Hunter 18 for the Pistons, who had all five starters score in double figures. Detroit also shot 43-of-56 from the free throw line. The Celtics got just 33 attempts from the line, hitting 20.

"We fouled them a lot," Celtics guard Paul Pierce said. "We played right into their hands. When you let them get to the line, that really kills you. They made some crucial free throws and we missed some crucial free throws down the stretch. I think that was the difference in the game. When you play well for three and a half quarters and let it slip away like that, it hurts."

Detroit went on a 17-3 run bridging the final two quarters as Mikki Moore made a pair of free throws with 11:04 remaining to open an 84-71 lead.

The closest the Celtics got thereafter was 109-106 with 3.1 seconds left, but Stackhouse hit a pair from the line to seal the victory.

"Give Boston some credit, they really have no reason to play. They're out of the playoffs, we had them down and we thought it was going to be an easy game," Detroit interim coach George Irvine said. "We started messing around a little bit and Boston wasn't about to lie down. They played better after a slow start and we played worse.

"I thought we were really good defensively in the third quarter," he added. "That got us back in the lead and we just kind of gutted it out down the stretch."

Boston suffered its seventh straight road loss and has dropped its last six visits to Detroit.

Kenny Anderson led Boston with 24 points, including eight in the final 89 seconds, when the Celtics staged a futile comeback. Paul Pierce added 20 points and Antoine Walker 17 for Boston.

The game swung back and forth in the first half, with the Pistons opening a 34-21 lead midway through the second period. The Celtics responded with a 21-2 run and took a 42-36 advantage on Pierce's 3-pointer with 3:09 left before halftime.

Boston never led by more than seven points, however, and could not recover after the Pistons made their decisive run.

The Pistons had their best defensive first quarter of the year, holding the Celtics to 12 points, but followed it with their worst second-quarter effort, yielding 38 points.

"I guess we had a mental letdown," Stackhouse. "Things were kind of easy and we started to coast a little bit, but we finally came back with some intensity in the second half. In the third quarter, we came back and established our defense."

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