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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 22 16 26 22 86 BOSTON 37 18 24 20 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 24, AARON WILLIAMS 14, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 13 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 25, ANTOINE WALKER 21, BRYANT STITH 19

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 10, VLADIMIR STEPANIA 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 19, TONY BATTIE 12

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - SHERMAN DOUGLAS 5, STEPHON MARBURY 4 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 12,319


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (86) AT BOSTON (99)

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

GILL F 17 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 6 K MARTIN F 29 3-8 1-4 0 3 3 0 6 0 3 7 WILLIAMS C 39 5-11 4-5 3 7 10 1 3 0 1 14 HARRIS G 31 3-9 4-4 2 3 5 3 2 1 1 10 S MARBURY G 38 6-17 12-17 0 3 3 4 1 1 3 24 JACKSON 17 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 SAMAKE 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 NEWMAN 16 0-6 6-6 1 1 2 2 6 0 0 6 ESCHMEYER 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 STEPANIA 7 0-2 0-0 0 6 6 1 3 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 23 4-8 3-4 0 1 1 5 4 1 2 13 MCILVAINE 14 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 26-73 32-42 7 33 40 19 33 3 14 86 (.356) (.762) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 33 6-15 13-16 0 6 6 3 3 1 4 25 WALKER F 45 7-20 5-6 4 15 19 7 2 1 3 21 BATTIE C 25 2-4 0-1 2 10 12 0 6 2 0 4 PALACIO G 20 0-4 1-2 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 STITH G 30 6-9 4-4 2 1 3 2 3 1 0 19 POTAPENKO 22 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 3 3 0 1 4 BROWN 15 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 0 6 ANDERSON 14 4-9 4-4 1 2 3 2 2 0 3 12 E WILLIAMS 18 0-3 5-10 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 GRIFFIN 13 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 CARR 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 MOISO 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-79 32-43 14 41 55 22 30 7 15 99 (.392) (.744) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 22 16 26 22 - 86 BOSTON 37 18 24 20 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 3, MCILVAINE 3. BOSTON - BATTIE 3, GRIFFIN, CARR, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 2-16 (.125), HARRIS 0-3, S MARBURY 0-4, JACKSON 0-2, NEWMAN 0-3, STEPANIA 0-1, DOUGLAS 2-3. BOSTON 5-17 (.294), PIERCE 0-2, WALKER 2-4, STITH 3-5, ANDERSON 0-2, E WILLIAMS 0-3, CARR 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM KINSEY, SEAN CORBIN. A - 12,319. T - 2:20.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 17 2-5 2-2 0-3 2 3 6 K Martin 29 3-8 1-4 0-3 0 6 7 Williams 39 5-11 4-5 3-10 1 3 14 Harris 31 3-9 4-4 2-5 3 2 10 S Marbury 38 6-17 12-17 0-3 4 1 24 Jackson 17 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Samake 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Newman 16 0-6 6-6 1-2 2 6 6 Eschmeyer 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Stepania 7 0-2 0-0 0-6 1 3 0 Douglas 23 4-8 3-4 0-1 5 4 13 Mcilvaine 14 2-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-73 32-42 7-40 19 33 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Harris 0-3, S Marbury 0-4, Jackson 0-2, Newman 0-3, Stepania 0-1, Douglas 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (K Martin 3, Mcilvaine 3). Turnovers: 14 (K Martin 3, S Marbury 3, Douglas 2, Gill 2, Eschmeyer, Harris, Jackson, Williams). Steals: 3 (Douglas, Harris, S Marbury).

BOSTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 33 6-15 13-16 0-6 3 3 25 Walker 45 7-20 5-6 4-19 7 2 21 Battie 25 2-4 0-1 2-12 0 6 4 Palacio 20 0-4 1-2 1-1 1 3 1 Stith 30 6-9 4-4 2-3 2 3 19 Potapenko 22 2-5 0-0 2-5 3 3 4 Brown 15 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 5 6 Anderson 14 4-9 4-4 1-3 2 2 12 E Williams 18 0-3 5-10 0-0 1 0 5 Griffin 13 1-3 0-0 1-2 2 2 2 Carr 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Moiso 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 32-43 14-55 22 30 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Pierce 0-2, Walker 2-4, Stith 3-5, Anderson 0-2, E Williams 0-3, Carr 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Griffin, Carr, Walker). Turnovers: 16 (Pierce 4, Anderson 3, Walker 3, Carr, E Williams, Griffin, Palacio, Potapenko). Steals: 7 (Battie 2, Carr, Griffin, Pierce, Stith, Walker). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 22 16 26 22 - 86 Boston 37 18 24 20 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,319. T: 2:20. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Kinsey, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce scored 13 of his 25 points in the opening quarter as the Boston Celtics raced to a 17-point lead and cruised past the New Jersey Nets, 99-86, to snap a four-game losing streak.

Antoine Walker added 10 points and four rebounds in the quarter for Boston, which took control early. The Celtics held a 12-9 lead just four minutes into the contest before scoring 12 of the next 13 points.

Bryant Stith added seven in the opening period, which ended with Boston holding a 37-22 advantage. The early cushion also was helped by horrendous shooting by the Nets, who made just 4-of-20 shots.

Stephon Marbury led New Jersey with 24 points. Aaron Williams added 14 and 10 rebounds.

"I'm very disappointed in just the way we came out from the beginning," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "There are no other words to describe it. I think we have guys on this team that just don't know how to win in this league. There will probably be eight or nine guys on this list that I would cut right now."

Walker finished with 21 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for Boston, which has won four of the last five meetings between the teams.

"I thought Antoine Walker was brilliant tonight," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "It's OK if you miss shots inside but his rebounding is really picking up. He had 17 the other night and 19 tonight."

"This is a big win for us," Stith said. "We just had to come out and establish that we were going to be aggressive from the beginning, so this was a big win for us. ... We can go places with a lot of confidence."

The second of two free throws by Marbury got the Nets within 12-9 less than four minutes into the contest but Stith hit two free throws six seconds later to ignite the decisive run.

Pierce had five free throws in the spurt, which was capped by Vitaly Potapenko's layup that gave Boston a 24-10 cushion with 4:48 to go.

Eric Williams sank two free throws with 2:22 to go to give the Celtics a 31-14 edge. Both teams struggled from the floor over the first half of the second quarter but a 14-footer by Pierce with 5:17 left gave Boston its biggest lead, 47-29.

"There is no excuse for playing the way we did in the first quarter. No excuse whatsoever," Scott added. "I'm not going to beg guys to play hard. If they don't want to play hard, let them sit on the bench by me."

"What we did tonight was we got to the line earlier (and) made that first quarter real long," Pierce said. "They got in the penalty like in the first two or three minutes. We were making our free throws and gradually building our lead. I think it kind of took them out of being in transition and running because that's what Stephon does best."

Boston's lead was 55-38 after two quarters and New Jersey was unable to get closer than six in the second half.

New Jersey got within 59-50 early in the third quarter but Stith buried a 3-pointer from the right corner to push the lead back to 12.

The Nets kept chipping away and closed to 62-56 following a 17-footer by Kendall Gill with 4:49 left in the quarter. Walker answered with four straight points for Boston, which opened a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Former Celtic Sherman Douglas had 13 points and five assists in 23 minutes off the bench. Former Net Kenny Anderson had 12 points in 14 minutes off the bench for Boston.

Pierce was 13-of-16 from the line, tying his career high for free throws made.

The Nets made just 2-of-16 3-pointers and were outrebounded, 55-40.

"We are not stopping people from scoring and we can't score and that's a problem," Douglas said. "We came out not focused and not ready to go. The message is simple: Look at the scoreboard, look at the Celtics. It's like haywire over there and we come in here and play like that and let them off the hook."

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