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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 22 34 26 27 109 BOSTON 37 28 27 24 116 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 28, ROD STRICKLAND 26, JUWAN HOWARD 25 BOS - BRYANT STITH 29, ANTOINE WALKER 26, PAUL PIERCE 20

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 12, JUWAN HOWARD 7 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 13, PAUL PIERCE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 8, RICHARD HAMILTON 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 13,915


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (109) AT BOSTON (116)

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

HOWARD F 43 12-17 1-3 2 5 7 2 4 1 3 25 KING F 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J WHITE C 37 1-5 0-2 4 8 12 0 4 2 3 2 RICHMOND G 40 9-16 8-9 0 0 0 3 5 3 2 28 STRICKLAND G 37 8-14 10-11 0 5 5 8 2 1 2 26 HAMILTON 37 5-13 2-4 1 2 3 6 5 1 0 16 LOPEZ 14 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 4 C WHITNEY 11 1-4 1-2 1 0 1 3 3 0 1 4 MICHAEL SMITH 4 0-2 0-4 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 PARKS 11 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 22-35 9 27 36 23 25 8 12 109 (.513) (.629) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 34 7-19 6-7 4 6 10 2 2 1 6 20 WALKER F 43 10-22 2-4 4 9 13 5 3 1 3 26 POTAPENKO C 19 3-6 1-1 2 0 2 3 3 0 2 7 HERREN G 35 5-7 0-2 0 2 2 4 5 1 0 13 STITH G 38 8-12 10-12 0 6 6 2 3 3 2 29 BATTIE 29 8-10 0-1 4 4 8 0 5 1 1 16 E WILLIAMS 19 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 4 MCCARTY 5 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BRUNSON 13 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 1 CARR 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRIFFIN DNP - STIFFNESS IN LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 43-84 20-31 15 31 46 22 28 7 15 116 (.512) (.645) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(26 PTS)

WASHINGTON 22 34 26 27 - 109 BOSTON 37 28 27 24 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2, LOPEZ, MICHAEL SMITH. BOSTON - WALKER 2, STITH, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 7-14 (.500), RICHMOND 2-4, STRICKLAND 0-1, HAMILTON 4-5, C WHITNEY 1-3, MICHAEL SMITH 0-1. BOSTON 10-17 (.588), PIERCE 0-2, WALKER 4-5, HERREN 3-4, STITH 3-4, BRUNSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE, BOSTON - PIERCE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TONY BROTHERS, JESS KERSEY. A - 13,915. T - 2:22.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 43 12-17 1-3 2-7 2 4 25 King 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J White 37 1-5 0-2 4-12 0 4 2 Richmond 40 9-16 8-9 0-0 3 5 28 Strickland 37 8-14 10-11 0-5 8 2 26 Hamilton 37 5-13 2-4 1-3 6 5 16 Lopez 14 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 4 C Whitney 11 1-4 1-2 1-1 3 3 4 Michael Smith 4 0-2 0-4 0-4 0 0 0 Parks 11 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Booth DNP - coach's decision Ekezie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 22-35 9-36 23 25 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.629. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Richmond 2-4, Strickland 0-1, Hamilton 4-5, C Whitney 1-3, Michael Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (J White 2, Lopez, Michael Smith). Turnovers: 14 (Howard 3, J White 3, Richmond 2, Strickland 2, C Whitney, Lopez). Steals: 8 (Richmond 3, J White 2, Hamilton, Howard, Strickland).

BOSTON (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 34 7-19 6-7 4-10 2 2 20 Walker 43 10-22 2-4 4-13 5 3 26 Potapenko 19 3-6 1-1 2-2 3 3 7 Herren 35 5-7 0-2 0-2 4 5 13 Stith 38 8-12 10-12 0-6 2 3 29 Battie 29 8-10 0-1 4-8 0 5 16 E Williams 19 2-4 0-0 1-5 1 1 4 Mccarty 5 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 2 0 Brunson 13 0-2 1-2 0-0 4 3 1 Carr 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Blount DNP - coach's decision Griffin DNP - stiffness in lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-84 20-31 15-46 22 28 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.512, FT-.645. 3-Point Goals: 10-17, .588 (Pierce 0-2, Walker 4-5, Herren 3-4, Stith 3-4, Brunson 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Walker 2, Stith, Battie). Turnovers: 16 (Pierce 6, Walker 3, Potapenko 2, Stith 2, Battie, E Williams). Steals: 7 (Stith 3, Battie, Herren, Pierce, Walker). ____________________________________________ Washington 22 34 26 27 - 109 Boston 37 28 27 24 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (J White, 8:58 4th). Boston 1 (Pierce, 8:58 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,915. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Jess Kersey.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics overcame the hapless Washington Wizards, 116-109, to snap their losing streak at four games.

Bryant Stith scored 20 of his season-high 29 in the first half, helping the Celtics break out to a double-digit lead. But the Wizards came back to tie it up in the third quarter before Pierce got hot in the fourth.

"My job is to play defense on this team but tonight there were plenty of open shots for me," said Stith, who hit 8-of-12 from the field. "What I thought I did tonight was elevate a little more on my jump shot and it really paid off. I'm there to give help to Antoine (Walker) and Paul when I can. I think it was big for Chris (Herren) and I to contribute tonight."

Antoine Walker added 26 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, who hit 10-of-17 from 3-point range. Tony Battie scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Pierce pulled in 10 boards.

Mitch Richmond scored 28 points, Rod Strickland added 26 and eight assists and Juwan Howard 25 and seven rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost four in row.

Washington fought back to an 81-81 tie in the third quarter but was held without a basket for a 4:32 span into the fourth period as Boston went on a 15-1 run to break open the game.

"We made a real good run at them, we tie the game at 81 and then they score 10 straight points," Richmond said. "We've got to stop digging such a big hole for ourselves in the first half so that when we make a run like we did, we're the team that's on top."

Stith stripped Chris Whitney at mid-court and went in for an uncontested layup that gave Boston an 89-82 lead with 30 seconds left. Walker, who scored five points in the run, nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that made it 92-82 heading into the fourth quarter.

Walker fed Pierce for a layup with 10:28 left, capping the run and putting the Celtics up, 96-82.

"I really didn't have it going in the first half," Pierce said. "I was really off my game in the first half, but Chris and Bryant really allowed Antoine and me to get going there in the second half. That was so big about it. Bryant was tremendous."

The Wizards got within 106-102 but Herren nailed a 3-pointer with 4:20 to go and the Celtics maintained a comfortable margin thereafter.

"We really gave a good effort there in the second half but Herren hits a big 3-pointer, they go up seven and we ran out of steam," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Herren, who grew up in nearby Fall River, scored 13 points and dished out four assists without committing a turnover in 35 minutes in his first game in Boston as a Celtic.

"This is a dream come true, playing my home first game as a Celtic on this court and contributing to a win, it's just a tremendous feeling right now," said Herren, who started the season on the injured list with a pulled groin.

It was the second unit that got the Celtics started. After Richmond hit an 18-footer that brought the Wizards within 22-19 with 4:06 to go in the first quarter, the reserves put together a 12-3 spurt.

Battie scored eight points in the run and finished it off when he spun off a pick-and-roll with Chris Carr and took the pass for a two-handed dunk over 6-11 Cherokee Parks, giving the Celts a 34-21 lead.

Stith took advantage of the Wizards' confusion on defense, hitting 3-of-3 from 3-point range in the second quarter to help the Celtics keep pace with Richmond, who hit 4-of-5 from the field and had nine points in the period.

The Celtics let the Wizards get no closer than five points in the second quarter and held a 65-56 lead at halftime.

Walker scored to give Boston a 74-67 lead with 6:52 left in the third quarter but Washington put together a 7-1 run to make a game of it. Howard hit from 16 and 18 feet and Strickland had a three-point play in the run, that brought the Wizards within 75-74 with 5:21 left.

A three-point play by Strickland with 3:04 to go tied it at 81-81. But the Wizards could not maintain the momentum and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

In the series, the Celtics have won seven of eight.

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