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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 28 27 28 31 114 WASHINGTON 19 21 21 20 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - DANNY FORTSON 17, PAUL PIERCE 16, KENNY ANDERSON 15 WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 25, GERARD KING 12, JUWAN HOWARD 12

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - DANNY FORTSON 12, TONY BATTIE 11 WAS - GERARD KING 6, JUWAN HOWARD 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 17,304


Extended Box

BOSTON (114) AT WASHINGTON (81)

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

WALKER F 32 5-14 3-6 2 6 8 4 1 3 5 13 E WILLIAMS F 9 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 5 POTAPENKO C 15 5-6 1-2 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 11 ANDERSON G 24 6-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 5 1 0 15 PIERCE G 33 6-9 4-7 2 3 5 3 2 2 3 16 GRIFFIN 21 1-4 1-2 3 4 7 3 3 0 1 3 FORTSON 26 6-12 5-6 2 10 12 2 2 1 1 17 BARROS 19 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 10 CHEANEY 11 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 2 BATTIE 22 6-10 0-0 4 7 11 1 2 0 0 12 OVERTON 14 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 8 MCCARTY 14 0-1 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2

TOTALS 240 45-84 16-27 17 36 53 19 27 8 18 114 (.536) (.593) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(14 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 24 4-8 4-6 3 3 6 2 5 1 3 12 KING F 30 6-10 0-0 1 5 6 1 3 1 0 12 J WHITE C 9 0-3 0-2 2 3 5 0 3 0 2 0 RICHMOND G 16 0-6 3-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 C WHITNEY G 48 6-11 11-12 0 1 1 9 1 2 1 25 BOOTH 22 3-5 1-2 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 7 T MURRAY 8 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 A WILLIAMS 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 REID 20 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 1 2 0 HAMILTON 32 4-16 2-4 1 2 3 2 1 0 5 10 PROFIT 22 4-8 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 10 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-76 22-32 12 22 34 18 25 6 17 81 (.368) (.688) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

BOSTON 28 27 28 31 - 114 WASHINGTON 19 21 21 20 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, BATTIE. WASHINGTON - A WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-22 (.364), WALKER 0-3, E WILLIAMS 1-1, ANDERSON 3-6, PIERCE 0-2, BARROS 2-6, CHEANEY 0-1, OVERTON 2-2, MCCARTY 0-1. WASHINGTON 3-10 (.300), RICHMOND 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-5, HAMILTON 0-1, PROFIT 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, DAVID JONES, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 17,304. T - 2:07.


Box Score

BOSTON (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 32 5-14 3-6 2-8 4 1 13 E Williams 9 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 5 Potapenko 15 5-6 1-2 1-5 0 3 11 Anderson 24 6-10 0-0 0-0 3 5 15 Pierce 33 6-9 4-7 2-5 3 2 16 Griffin 21 1-4 1-2 3-7 3 3 3 Fortson 26 6-12 5-6 2-12 2 2 17 Barros 19 4-9 0-0 0-0 2 3 10 Cheaney 11 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 Battie 22 6-10 0-0 4-11 1 2 12 Overton 14 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 8 Mccarty 14 0-1 2-4 0-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-84 16-27 17-53 19 27 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.536, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Walker 0-3, E Williams 1-1, Anderson 3-6, Pierce 0-2, Barros 2-6, Cheaney 0-1, Overton 2-2, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce 2, Battie). Turnovers: 19 (Walker 5, Pierce 3, Cheaney 2, Mccarty 2, Barros, E Williams, Fortson, Griffin, Overton, Potapenko). Steals: 8 (Walker 3, Pierce 2, Anderson, Cheaney, Fortson).

WASHINGTON (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 24 4-8 4-6 3-6 2 5 12 King 30 6-10 0-0 1-6 1 3 12 J White 9 0-3 0-2 2-5 0 3 0 Richmond 16 0-6 3-4 0-1 0 0 3 C Whitney 48 6-11 11-12 0-1 9 1 25 Booth 22 3-5 1-2 3-3 1 2 7 T Murray 8 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 A Williams 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Reid 20 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 0 Hamilton 32 4-16 2-4 1-3 2 1 10 Profit 22 4-8 1-2 1-4 2 4 10 Austin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-76 22-32 12-34 18 25 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Richmond 0-1, C Whitney 2-5, Hamilton 0-1, Profit 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (A Williams). Turnovers: 19 (Hamilton 5, Howard 3, J White 2, Profit 2, Reid 2, C Whitney, Richmond, T Murray). Steals: 6 (C Whitney 2, Howard, King, Profit, Reid). ____________________________________________ Boston 28 27 28 31 - 114 Washington 19 21 21 20 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,304. T: 2:07. Officials: Mike Mathis, David Jones, Scott Foster.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- It was perfectly fitting that a halftime dog show brought a crowd of 17,304 at the MCI Center to its feet for the only time during the Boston Celtics' lackluster 114-81 victory over the Washington Wizards. For these two teams, the season went to the dogs long ago.

And by the time this one was over, the Celtics were dogging the Wizards for the third time in four meetings this season. Boston won on the road for the first time since March 18 at Dallas, snapping a seven-game road skid. Washington suffered its worst home loss of the season.

Kenny Anderson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Boston a 100-70 lead with 6:59 remaining in a game that never was in doubt after the Celtics took a 55-40 lead on Dana Barros' running jumper with 5.9 seconds left in the second quarter.

Reserve forward Danny Fortson led Boston (34-47) with team highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Traded to Toronto earlier this season, only to return when guard Alvin Williams failed his physical, he is averaging 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds off the bench in the last four games.

Paul Pierce scored 16 points, Anderson added 15, Antoine Walker 13, Tony Battie 12, Vitaly Potapenko 11 and Barros 10 as seven Celtics scored in double figures. Battie also grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

"I'll take that," he said with a smile. "The season's winding down and I think everybody's just trying to finish up real strong so we can have something positive to build on for next year. They have been playing very well, but this is the NBA and tonight was just our night. We all know that they are a lot better than they showed tonight."

Point guard Chris Whitney, starting his 12th consecutive game in place of injured Rod Strickland, led the Wizards (29-52) with 25 points and nine assists. Forwards Juwan Howard and Gerard King each scored 12 points for Washington, which got 10 points off the bench from both Richard Hamilton and Laron Profit, a pair of rookies.

"We expected a flat-out war tonight because they've been playing terrific basketball," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "They took Milwaukee to the wire and they've been playing extremely hard. They beat us in the FleetCenter, and all we talked about was how we were going to have to execute in the final two minutes.

"But that's one thing about professional basketball: You just can't figure it out. Tonight, it was all our night and it wasn't their night. And sometimes when you think it's going to be your night, it's not. You can't really tell about this game. I think that's what makes it so intriguing."

Washington coach Darrell Walker wasn't the least bit intrigued by his team's effort in their final home game of the season.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it," Walker said. "I'm never one to sugarcoat anything; I tell it like it is. And I'm going to tell you just like I told them in the locker room: That was a gutless performance. Unbelievable. Unbelievable. Just a gutless performance.

"We've got some guys who want to be out of here and I hope like hell Michael (president of Wizards basketball operations Michael Jordan) and Wes (Wizards general manager Wes Unseld) will accomodate them."

As they say, every dog has his day. And some days, they don't.

"This game was an indication for Wes and Michael to take a long look at some guys and basically get them the hell out of here," Walker said. "I know what kind of player I was -- maybe not the most talented player, but pretty talented. I came to play every night and this doesn't make sense. You have some guys who don't need to be on this team whether they can play or not."

Richmond said the players realize they will be held accountable.

"We are going to have to wait and see for the ownership to decide that," Richmond said. "The only thing we can do is lace them up and go from here. It's a pride thing. Hopefully, we'll have a stellar performance tomorrow. Our effort definitely wasn't there tonight."

"I would like to be back," Whitney said. "I feel good playing with these guys and I still believe in this group. For some reason, I think we could be a good basketball team. We have talent, but I think we have to become a team. With a little direction like coach Walker has brought these last few months, it started to show."

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