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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 29 27 21 21 98 ORLANDO 28 24 25 24 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 26, PAUL PIERCE 23, BRYANT STITH 11 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 29, MICHAEL DOLEAC 16, JOHN AMAECHI 16

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 11, VITALY POTAPENKO 8 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, RANDY BROWN 8 ORL - BO OUTLAW 7, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6

ATT: 13,324


Extended Box

BOSTON (98) AT ORLANDO (101)

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

PIERCE F 42 4-10 12-15 2 3 5 2 5 1 6 23 WALKER F 42 10-19 3-4 1 10 11 8 4 0 3 26 POTAPENKO C 26 4-8 0-0 2 6 8 1 5 0 3 8 BROWN G 39 5-6 0-1 2 1 3 8 1 1 1 10 STITH G 35 4-9 1-2 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 11 BATTIE 17 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 5 1 1 5 E WILLIAMS 22 4-9 1-2 2 4 6 2 3 0 1 10 OVERTON 9 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 MCCARTY 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 GRIFFIN 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CARR 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-69 18-26 10 25 35 27 27 4 17 98 (.507) (.692) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

AMAECHI F 34 5-12 6-7 0 5 5 3 2 0 1 16 OUTLAW F 36 3-3 1-6 2 2 4 7 3 1 2 7 DOLEAC C 30 8-13 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 0 0 16 ARMSTRONG G 37 3-7 2-2 1 3 4 6 1 1 3 9 MCGRADY G 45 14-28 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 2 1 29 GARRITY 19 4-7 3-3 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 12 DECLERCQ 13 2-3 0-0 3 2 5 3 3 0 1 4 HUDSON 12 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 4 MILLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 13 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 1 0 4 REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 14-20 14 20 34 25 24 6 9 101 (.519) (.700) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

BOSTON 29 27 21 21 - 98 ORLANDO 28 24 25 24 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - E WILLIAMS 2, BATTIE. ORLANDO - DECLERCQ, DOLEAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-24 (.417), PIERCE 3-5, WALKER 3-7, STITH 2-5, E WILLIAMS 1-3, OVERTON 1-2, MCCARTY 0-1, GRIFFIN 0-1. ORLANDO 3-9 (.333), AMAECHI 0-1, ARMSTRONG 1-3, MCGRADY 1-1, GARRITY 1-3, HUDSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO, ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, OUTLAW. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, DAVID JONES, JIM KINSEY. A - 13,324. T - 2:29.


Box Score

BOSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 42 4-10 12-15 2-5 2 5 23 Walker 42 10-19 3-4 1-11 8 4 26 Potapenko 26 4-8 0-0 2-8 1 5 8 Brown 39 5-6 0-1 2-3 8 1 10 Stith 35 4-9 1-2 0-0 4 2 11 Battie 17 2-2 1-2 0-1 0 5 5 E Williams 22 4-9 1-2 2-6 2 3 10 Overton 9 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 2 3 Mccarty 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Griffin 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carr 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 18-26 10-35 27 27 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Pierce 3-5, Walker 3-7, Stith 2-5, E Williams 1-3, Overton 1-2, Mccarty 0-1, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (E Williams 2, Battie). Turnovers: 18 (Pierce 6, Potapenko 3, Walker 3, Battie, Brown, E Williams, Overton, Stith). Steals: 4 (Battie, Brown, Pierce, Stith).

ORLANDO (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Amaechi 34 5-12 6-7 0-5 3 2 16 Outlaw 36 3-3 1-6 2-4 7 3 7 Doleac 30 8-13 0-0 2-4 0 5 16 Armstrong 37 3-7 2-2 1-4 6 1 9 Mcgrady 45 14-28 0-0 3-6 2 2 29 Garrity 19 4-7 3-3 1-2 0 2 12 Declercq 13 2-3 0-0 3-5 3 3 4 Hudson 12 1-3 2-2 0-1 3 1 4 Miller 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Williams 13 2-5 0-0 2-3 1 2 4 Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 14-20 14-34 25 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Amaechi 0-1, Armstrong 1-3, Mcgrady 1-1, Garrity 1-3, Hudson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Declercq, Doleac). Turnovers: 10 (Armstrong 3, Outlaw 2, Amaechi, Declercq, Hudson, Mcgrady). Steals: 6 (Mcgrady 2, Armstrong, Hudson, Outlaw, Williams). ____________________________________________ Boston 29 27 21 21 - 98 Orlando 28 24 25 24 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Potapenko, 3:46 4th). Orlando 2 (Illegal Defense, 4:55 3rd; Outlaw, 3:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,324. T: 2:29. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, David Jones, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady's fourth-quarter flurry was just enough to hold off the Boston Celtics' furious finish.

McGrady overcame a slow start to score 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic withstood Boston's barrage of 3-pointers down the stretch to hold on for a 101-98 victory, their third straight triumph.

Shaking off flu-like symptoms, McGrady missed eight of his first 10 shots but was 7-of-11 in the final period. He scored seven points during an 11-1 spurt that opened the quarter and gave Orlando the lead for good.

"I wasn't feeling so well in that first half," McGrady said. "I came out in the second half with a different mentality. My goal was to take over the game. (In the) first half, I was light-headed and my stomach was bothering me a little bit. I came in at the half, calmed myself down, got something to eat and was ready to go."

The 6-8 swingman, who signed a seven-year, $93 million contract during the offseason, has emerged as a star. With the Magic awaiting the return of injured All-Star forward Grant Hill, McGrady has taken charge, averaging 32 points over his last four games.

"With Tracy, he hadn't done it yet so people would obviously question why (he got the money)," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "If everyone saw what he could do and realized he's doing it now, they would realize his future is right now and all this is from a 21-year old.

"It's helping him right now to carry the load but it's really going to help him at the end of the year when we get to the playoffs because he's going to be tested."

Many questioned whether McGrady could be a lead player at this point in his career but he was not worried about it.

"I think God planned for Grant to be out to see what I could do without him," McGrady said. "To see if I could carry the team, to see if I'm capable of going out and playing both ends of the court like it's my last night."

"He's a great player and a rising star," Celtics swingman Paul Pierce said. "But in order to become a superstar, you can't do it in one or two games; you've got to do it for a consistent amount of years."

The Magic nearly blew a nine-point lead in the final three minutes. The Celtics got a 3-pointer from Antoine Walker and two more from Paul Pierce before Walker's potential tying shot bounded off the rim just before the buzzer.

"That is usually his shot," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "We thought that was a good one. He got a great look and sometimes you don't get a great look, so we are happy with the shot."

John Amaechi and Michael Doleac scored 16 points apiece for the Magic, who shot 52 percent (42-of-81) from the field and broke 100 points for the first time in five games. McGrady was 14-of-28.

"It was an offensive game and tonight we didn't play great defense but we won with our offense," Rivers said. "That's not what I love, but I will take it because it was a win."

Walker had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Pierce scored 23 points for the Celtics, who shot 51 percent (30-of-67), including 10-of-24 from behind the arc. Walker and Pierce each hit three 3-pointers.

"Both teams really did an excellent job of executing what the defense would give them," Pitino said.

A 3-pointer by McGrady barely beat the shot clock and capped the 11-1 burst, giving Orlando an 88-78 lead with 7:40 to play.

"Some of the stuff he does is amazing," Doleac said. "It's hard to go back and play defense when he does some of the things he does, because you're amazed. He really sucked it up in the second half. He carried us down the stretch and did a great job."

The Magic still held a 96-87 lead after a basket by Amaechi with 2:56 left before the Celtics rallied. Pierce hit two free throws and Walker made a 3-pointer before McGrady briefly stemmed the tide with a jumper from the left side for a 98-92 lead with 1:52 remaining.

"He made a lot of tough shots," Pierce said. "He is a good player coming into his own right now."

Pierce answered with a 3-pointer and Orlando's Bo Outlaw made a free throw before stripping Pierce at the other end and drawing a foul with 57 seconds to go. He missed both free throws but Walker committed a costly turnover.

Pierce hit another 3-pointer to make it 99-98 with 6.7 seconds left and Boston fouled Troy Hudson, who calmly sank both free throws. The Celtics went into the right corner to Pierce, who threw a baseline pass to the left corner to Chris Carr, who passed out to Walker.

"I got a good look at the basket," Walker said. "Chris set a good screen."

While McGrady struggled, Walker scored 13 points in the first half as Boston opened a 56-52 lead. Doleac scored eight points in the third quarter, giving Orlando a 77-77 tie entering the final period.

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