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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 29 23 23 102 WASHINGTON 31 25 26 18 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 28, ERIC WILLIAMS 20, PAUL PIERCE 15 WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 38, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 21, JAHIDI WHITE 12

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 13, VITALY POTAPENKO 6 WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 9, JAHIDI WHITE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, ERIC WILLIAMS 5 WAS - LARON PROFIT 8, RICHARD HAMILTON 3

ATT: 18,046


Extended Box

BOSTON (102) AT WASHINGTON (100)

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

PIERCE F 36 7-12 1-6 0 4 4 3 2 2 2 15 WALKER F 45 10-24 6-8 3 10 13 7 3 1 3 28 BLOUNT C 13 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 1 1 0 PALACIO G 26 7-10 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 14 STITH G 29 3-8 3-6 3 2 5 0 1 1 2 10 POTAPENKO 24 1-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 2 HERREN 22 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 2 0 9 E WILLIAMS 26 7-9 5-7 1 1 2 5 5 4 2 20 BATTIE 11 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 GRIFFIN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 MCCARTY 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-79 15-27 11 25 36 23 23 11 13 102 (.506) (.556) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

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

ALEXANDER F 40 8-19 4-5 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 21 LAETTNER F 33 5-10 1-2 3 6 9 1 4 1 5 11 J WHITE C 30 3-3 6-13 1 7 8 0 3 0 3 12 HAMILTON G 45 14-25 9-9 2 3 5 3 1 0 3 38 PROFIT G 46 2-6 4-4 2 4 6 8 2 3 2 8 MICHAEL SMITH 20 2-4 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 0 1 4 P JONES 14 1-2 2-2 2 4 6 0 3 2 2 4 VANTERPOL 12 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 DAVIS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING NESBY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MIKE SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-75 26-35 13 33 46 16 20 9 17 100 (.480) (.743) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

BOSTON 27 29 23 23 - 102 WASHINGTON 31 25 26 18 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 3, PIERCE, WALKER, POTAPENKO. WASHINGTON - J WHITE 3, MICHAEL SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-24 (.292), WALKER 2-8, PALACIO 0-1, STITH 1-5, HERREN 3-6, E WILLIAMS 1-3, MCCARTY 0-1. WASHINGTON 2-9 (.222), ALEXANDER 1-4, LAETTNER 0-1, HAMILTON 1-3, VANTERPOL 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER, WASHINGTON - MICHAEL SMITH. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JIM CAPERS, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,046. T - 2:12.


Box Score

BOSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 36 7-12 1-6 0-4 3 2 15 Walker 45 10-24 6-8 3-13 7 3 28 Blount 13 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 3 0 Palacio 26 7-10 0-0 0-1 2 2 14 Stith 29 3-8 3-6 3-5 0 1 10 Potapenko 24 1-5 0-0 2-6 0 3 2 Herren 22 3-6 0-0 0-1 4 1 9 E Williams 26 7-9 5-7 1-2 5 5 20 Battie 11 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 4 Griffin 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Mccarty 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 15-27 11-36 23 23 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Walker 2-8, Palacio 0-1, Stith 1-5, Herren 3-6, E Williams 1-3, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Pierce, Walker, Potapenko). Turnovers: 13 (Walker 3, E Williams 2, Palacio 2, Pierce 2, Stith 2, Blount, Potapenko). Steals: 11 (E Williams 4, Herren 2, Pierce 2, Blount, Stith, Walker).

WASHINGTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 40 8-19 4-5 0-2 1 2 21 Laettner 33 5-10 1-2 3-9 1 4 11 J White 30 3-3 6-13 1-8 0 3 12 Hamilton 45 14-25 9-9 2-5 3 1 38 Profit 46 2-6 4-4 2-6 8 2 8 Michael Smith 20 2-4 0-0 2-7 1 4 4 P Jones 14 1-2 2-2 2-6 0 3 4 Vanterpol 12 1-6 0-0 1-3 2 1 2 Davis DNP - strained right hamstring Nesby DNP - coach's decision Mike Smith DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 26-35 13-46 16 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Alexander 1-4, Laettner 0-1, Hamilton 1-3, Vanterpol 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (J White 3, Michael Smith). Turnovers: 17 (Laettner 5, Hamilton 3, J White 3, P Jones 2, Profit 2, Michael Smith, Vanterpol). Steals: 9 (Profit 3, P Jones 2, Vanterpol 2, Alexander, Laettner). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 29 23 23 - 102 Washington 31 25 26 18 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 8:47 1st). Washington 1 (Michael Smith, 6:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,046. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jim Capers, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics had their season saved by a local kid.

Injury-plagued Chris Herren came off the bench to score all nine of his points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics rallied for a 102-100 victory over the woeful Washington Wizards and stayed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

A 6-2 guard from Fall River and one of the greatest players in Massachusetts high school history, Herren missed training camp due to a trade and an injury and had played in just 20 games this season.

"I tore my rotator cuff and was out for 11 weeks," Herren said. "And I missed training camp due to a trade. I've basically only played in like 10 games so far this year, so just to get back into the swing of things and start playing again feels good."

"Chris knocking down those 3-point shots was big," Celtics interim coach Jim O'Brien said. "I'm real happy for him because he's worked very hard and it's been a very frustrating year for him not playing."

With injuries to point guards Kenny Anderson and Randy Brown, Herren has been pressed into duty behind Milt Palacio. He came in having made just seven 3-pointers in 34 tries but sank three in less than two minutes to give Boston the lead for good.

"They were doubling off me, so I had to take them," Herren said. "I was wide open. And I got a couple to go down right off the bat. More importantly, it opened up both sides of the floor for us."

"He's such a good shooter and he's getting his chance now that Randy's down," O'Brien said. "It makes people think twice when he's on the court and they want to trap down if he steps up and knocks down those threes."

Antoine Walker had 28 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and a big stop of Richard Hamilton on the final possession for the Celtics (35-42), who moved within one game of Indiana (35-40) for the final playoff spot in the East.

Had the Celtics lost, they would have trailed the Pacers by three games in the loss column. The teams meet in Indiana on Friday and Boston must be within striking distance entering that game if it wants to claim its first playof berth since 1995.

"If we don't get this win, I don't know how realistic our chances are," O'Brien said. "But we're one game behind. If we take care of business, you never know what's going to happen. Our guys are very hungry and they want this in a very bad way."

"I feel good about our playoff chances," Walker said. "We're going to need a little luck on our side."

Hamilton scored 38 points, including Washington's last six. But he missed a tough jumper in the final seconds, sending the Wizards to their fourth straight loss.

"I think this team continues to fight and I was hoping we can put some of these games in the `W' column so these guys can feel better about their season ranking," said Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton.

Herren's first 3-pointer came at the 5:55 mark and pulled the Celtics within 92-91. His second came on the next possession and tied it, 94-94.

After the teams traded baskets, Herren drilled another 3-pointer to give Boston a 99-96 lead with 4:05 remaining.

"Chris stepped up and made the big shots," Walker said.

"We had a difficult time with Chris Herren," Leonard Hamilton said. "He hit three big shots that really, really made a difference."

Richard Hamilton drove for a bucket but Eric Williams, who had 20 points off the bench, made a 3-pointer from the corner for a 102-98 lead with 2:20 to go. He blocked a shot by Christian Laettner just over a minute later.

Hamilton made a runner and Paul Pierce stepped out of bounds on a drive with 22 seconds left, giving Washington a chance to tie. Jahidi White was fouled with 10.6 seconds to play but missed both free throws.

Bryant Stith rebounded and was fouled but he also missed a pair from the line. With 7.4 seconds remaining, Hamilton took the inbounds pass in the backcourt, dribbled up the right side and challenged Walker to no avail.

"That's basically my favorite shot, especially coming from the right side," Hamilton said. But it just came up a little short."

"I played Antoine a lot of minutes (43) because I want him on the court," O'Brien said. "He does so much for us."

Pierce scored 15 points and Palacio added 14 for the Celtics, who shot 51 percent (40-of-79) from the field but made just 15-of-27 free throws.

Rookie Courtney Alexnder scored 21 points and White added 12 for the Wizards, who shot 48 percent (36-of-75), made 26-of-35 foul shots and held a 46-36 edge on the glass.

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