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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 16 28 23 20 15 102 INDIANA 25 20 20 22 9 96 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 22, PAUL PIERCE 18, VITALY POTAPENKO 15 IND - JALEN ROSE 26, REGGIE MILLER 19, TRAVIS BEST 18

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 12, ANTOINE WALKER 11 IND - REGGIE MILLER 10, JEFF FOSTER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, BRYANT STITH 5 IND - JALEN ROSE 8, REGGIE MILLER 7

ATT: 16,701


Extended Box

BOSTON (102) AT INDIANA (96) - FINAL IN OT

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

PIERCE F 40 5-13 8-10 3 7 10 2 5 2 4 18 WALKER F 48 10-27 2-3 0 11 11 9 2 0 6 22 BLOUNT C 22 5-7 1-2 5 2 7 0 5 0 0 11 BROWN G 33 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 4 0 6 STITH G 42 4-10 4-5 1 6 7 5 4 0 1 14 E WILLIAMS 29 3-7 0-2 2 1 3 1 5 0 1 8 ANDERSON 20 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 8 POTAPENKO 30 4-8 7-7 4 8 12 0 1 1 1 15 PALACIO 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-87 24-31 15 38 53 21 28 7 13 102 (.425) (.774) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

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

MCKEY F 23 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 2 6 1 0 2 SUNDOV F 19 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 ONEAL C 40 3-11 1-3 0 7 7 2 2 0 1 7 R MILLER G 47 7-19 3-3 1 9 10 7 3 2 3 19 ROSE G 41 8-20 9-11 1 5 6 8 4 1 3 26 FOSTER 29 2-3 2-2 4 6 10 0 3 0 0 6 HARRINGTON 25 4-11 2-2 2 3 5 0 2 1 3 10 BEST 28 5-14 7-9 1 2 3 6 1 1 1 18 J BENDER 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 CROSHERE 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 34-88 24-30 11 33 44 26 26 7 12 96 (.386) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

BOSTON 16 28 23 20 15 - 102 INDIANA 25 20 20 22 9 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 3, BLOUNT 2, BROWN, WALKER. INDIANA - ROSE 2, CROSHERE, FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-18 (.222), PIERCE 0-2, WALKER 0-8, STITH 2-4, E WILLIAMS 2-3, ANDERSON 0-1. INDIANA 4-15 (.267), MCKEY 0-1, ONEAL 0-1, R MILLER 2-7, ROSE 1-2, BEST 1-2, J BENDER 0-1, CROSHERE 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, JOE DEROSA, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 16,701. T - 2:35.


Box Score

BOSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 40 5-13 8-10 3-10 2 5 18 Walker 48 10-27 2-3 0-11 9 2 22 Blount 22 5-7 1-2 5-7 0 5 11 Brown 33 3-8 0-0 0-2 2 5 6 Stith 42 4-10 4-5 1-7 5 4 14 E Williams 29 3-7 0-2 2-3 1 5 8 Anderson 20 3-7 2-2 0-1 2 1 8 Potapenko 30 4-8 7-7 4-12 0 1 15 Palacio 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carr DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-87 24-31 15-53 21 28 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Pierce 0-2, Walker 0-8, Stith 2-4, E Williams 2-3, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Pierce 3, Blount 2, Brown, Walker). Turnovers: 15 (Walker 6, Pierce 4, E Williams, Potapenko, Stith). Steals: 7 (Brown 4, Pierce 2, Potapenko).

INDIANA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mckey 23 1-2 0-0 2-3 2 6 2 Sundov 19 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 6 Oneal 40 3-11 1-3 0-7 2 2 7 R Miller 47 7-19 3-3 1-10 7 3 19 Rose 41 8-20 9-11 1-6 8 4 26 Foster 29 2-3 2-2 4-10 0 3 6 Harrington 25 4-11 2-2 2-5 0 2 10 Best 28 5-14 7-9 1-3 6 1 18 J Bender 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Croshere 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 T Mills DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 34-88 24-30 11-44 26 26 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Mckey 0-1, Oneal 0-1, R Miller 2-7, Rose 1-2, Best 1-2, J Bender 0-1, Croshere 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Rose 2, Croshere, Foster). Turnovers: 12 (Harrington 3, R Miller 3, Rose 3, Best, Croshere, Oneal). Steals: 7 (R Miller 2, Best, Harrington, Mckey, Rose, Sundov). _________________________________________________ Boston 16 28 23 20 15 - 102 Indiana 25 20 20 22 9 - 96 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:06 4th). Indiana 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,701. T: 2:35. Officials: Jim Clark, Joe Derosa, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to a season-high four games in the most unlikely of places.

Bryant Stith scored six of his 14 points in overtime and teamed with Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce to lift the Celtics to a 102-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers, their first here in nearly six years.

Under interim coach Jim O'Brien, the Celtics have won four in a row for the first time since March 5-12, 2000.

"Anytime you can beat a good basketball club on the road, it's a good win," O'Brien said. "We played with tremendous composure throughout. We're encouraged about the streak."

"We feel very confident right now," Walker said. "We don't worry about getting down in the game. We just keep focused and hope that the defensive stops come and we did a good job."

However, that was nothing compared to their run of futility on the road against the Pacers. Since April 21, 1989, Boston had lost 21 of 22 visits, including nine in a row dating to March 4, 1995.

Stith, a defensive-minded player, drilled a key 3-pointer while blanking Pacers star Jalen Rose in overtime. Rose had scored 30 of Indiana's 42 overtime points this season.

"It's important to maintain our focus," Stith said. "We're trying for that eighth and final playoff spot but I don't think we should sell ourselves short. I think we can accomplish a lot more than that."

Walker, a 1996 first-round pick who never had won in Indiana, nearly had a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. After an awful fourth quarter, he made Boston's first two baskets of overtime to give the Celts the lead for good.

"We took some bad shot early on, shooting lots of jump shots," said Walker, who was 0-of-8 from 3-point range. "We really didn't give ourselves a chance, turned the ball over. So we cut down the turnovers and started to really make simple plays and things started to work out for us."

Pierce had 18 points and 10 rebounds but was quiet until the extra session, when he scored six points, including the clinching dunk with 36 seconds left.

"Guys are starting to gain confidence in themselves and it's getting contagious," Pierce said. "From 1 through 12, everybody has great confidence in each other and (is) just playing better basketball."

Rose scored 26 points and Reggie Miller added 19 but also was shut out in overtime for the Pacers, who have lost four in a row following a four-game losing streak.

"They did a good job at the end in terms of focusing on Jalen and Reggie and double-teaming them," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said.

Walker went inside twice around a basket by Jeff Foster to give Boston a 92-89 lead. Pierce added a free throw and Stith made his 3-pointer on the next trip, giving the Celtics a 95-89 lead with 1:41 left.

Travis Best hit 1-of-2 free throws and the teams traded empty possessions before Indiana gave a foul that forced Boston to inbound. The Celtics flooded the backcourt but Pierce broke to the hoop, took a pass from Stith and dunked to make it 97-90. He added two free throws and Stith three in the waning seconds.

"We had been coming back on teams and taking the lead and getting key stops," O'Brien said. "It's not a work of art but we'll take it."

Vitaly Potapenko had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Mark Blount collected 11 and seven for Boston, which shot 42.5 percent (37-of-87) and held a 53-44 advantage on the boards. The Celts improved to 3-1 in overtime.

"We're coming together, the chemistry is rolling and it feels good," Pierce said.

Best scored 18 points and Al Harrington added 10 for Indiana, which shot 39 percent (34-of-88) and dropped to 3-3 in overtime. Miller and Foster had 10 rebounds and Rose had eight assists.

"Our offense has been struggling the last three or four ballgmes," Foster said. "I think we concentrated a little too much on Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce, which allowed some of their other guys to get loose and hurt us."

The Celts led 67-65 entering the fourth quarter and built their advantage to 78-69 on a jumper by Randy Brown with 8:26 to go. They still led 85-80 after Pierce scored inside with 4:40 left but did not score again from the field in regulation.

A free throw by Jermaine O'Neal gave the Pacers an 85-85 tie with 29 seconds remaining. Pierce sank two from the line with 16 seconds left but Rose scored over Stith in the lane with 1.4 seconds to go. Stith missed a corner jumper at the horn.

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