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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 21 20 15 26 82 BOSTON 23 25 19 29 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 22, MARCUS FIZER 19, CHARLES OAKLEY 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 22, PAUL PIERCE 16, TONY BATTIE 11

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - CHARLES OAKLEY 10, BRAD MILLER 9 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - CHARLES OAKLEY 7, FRED HOIBERG 4 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, KENNY ANDERSON 7

ATT: 14,361


Extended Box

CHICAGO (82) AT BOSTON (96)

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

MERCER F 40 8-19 4-8 1 1 2 2 2 0 4 22 OAKLEY F 39 4-7 0-0 3 7 10 7 3 3 4 8 MILLER C 27 3-6 1-2 2 7 9 1 5 0 1 7 ANTHONY G 28 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 4 3 6 HOIBERG G 30 1-7 1-1 0 3 3 4 2 1 1 3 FIZER 27 7-14 5-6 2 5 7 2 1 0 1 19 OLLIE 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 4 BAGARIC 10 2-2 2-3 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 6 CHANDLER 9 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 GUYTON 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 CURRY 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 HASSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-71 15-22 10 32 42 20 20 8 19 82 (.451) (.682) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(28 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 39 5-12 6-10 1 5 6 0 5 5 2 16 WALKER F 46 8-21 0-0 1 9 10 8 1 2 6 22 BATTIE C 19 4-6 3-3 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 11 ANDERSON G 31 3-10 3-4 0 2 2 7 2 1 2 9 E WILLIAMS G 21 0-3 3-4 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 3 JOHNSON 21 3-7 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 8 BLOUNT 18 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 4 0 4 PALACIO 17 4-7 1-1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 STRICKLAND 17 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 5 POTAPENKO 11 3-5 2-2 3 3 6 0 3 0 0 8 K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 18-24 10 29 39 24 21 13 12 96 (.430) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

CHICAGO 21 20 15 26 - 82 BOSTON 23 25 19 29 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - MILLER 3, BAGARIC 2, CURRY. BOSTON - WALKER 3, JOHNSON, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-13 (.231), MERCER 2-4, ANTHONY 0-2, HOIBERG 0-4, FIZER 0-2, GUYTON 1-1. BOSTON 10-21 (.476), PIERCE 0-2, WALKER 6-11, E WILLIAMS 0-1, JOHNSON 2-4, PALACIO 1-1, STRICKLAND 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TIM DONAGHY, SCOTT WALL. A - 14,361. T - 2:01.


Box Score

CHICAGO (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mercer 40 8-19 4-8 1-2 2 2 22 Oakley 39 4-7 0-0 3-10 7 3 8 Miller 27 3-6 1-2 2-9 1 5 7 Anthony 28 3-7 0-0 0-2 3 3 6 Hoiberg 30 1-7 1-1 0-3 4 2 3 Fizer 27 7-14 5-6 2-7 2 1 19 Ollie 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 Bagaric 10 2-2 2-3 2-4 0 3 6 Chandler 9 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Guyton 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Curry 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Hassell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-71 15-22 10-42 20 20 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Mercer 2-4, Anthony 0-2, Hoiberg 0-4, Fizer 0-2, Guyton 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Miller 3, Bagaric 2, Curry). Turnovers: 19 (Mercer 4, Oakley 4, Anthony 3, Bagaric 2, Chandler 2, Fizer, Hoiberg, Miller, Ollie). Steals: 8 (Anthony 4, Oakley 3, Hoiberg).

BOSTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 39 5-12 6-10 1-6 0 5 16 Walker 46 8-21 0-0 1-10 8 1 22 Battie 19 4-6 3-3 1-5 0 4 11 Anderson 31 3-10 3-4 0-2 7 2 9 E Williams 21 0-3 3-4 1-4 1 1 3 Johnson 21 3-7 0-0 2-2 1 1 8 Blount 18 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 3 4 Palacio 17 4-7 1-1 0-0 3 0 10 Strickland 17 2-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 5 Potapenko 11 3-5 2-2 3-6 0 3 8 K Brown DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 18-24 10-39 24 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Pierce 0-2, Walker 6-11, E Williams 0-1, Johnson 2-4, Palacio 1-1, Strickland 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 3, Johnson, Pierce). Turnovers: 12 (Walker 6, Anderson 2, Pierce 2, E Williams, Strickland). Steals: 13 (Pierce 5, Blount 4, Walker 2, Anderson, Johnson). ____________________________________________ Chicago 21 20 15 26 - 82 Boston 23 25 19 29 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Defensive Three, 9:56 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Miller, 4:51 4th). A: 14,361. T: 2:01. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tim Donaghy, Scott Wall.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paced by the dynamic duo of Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker, the Boston Celtics recorded their second straight victory, 96-82 over the winless Chicago Bulls.

Walker collected 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals while Pierce -- the NBA's fourth-leading scorer -- added 16 points, five rebounds and five steals.

The Celtics were especially effective from the outside, connecting on 10-of-21 three-pointers (47.6 percent) as Walker went 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.

"When you work really hard to get loose balls and when you move the ball around as well as we did tonight, you're going to get a lot of open looks from the outside," Walker said. "But we worked hard to get them."

Ron Mercer scored 22 points against his former team to lead the Bulls, who got 19 from Marcus Fizer. Charles Oakley contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

"It was a tough loss for us tonight," Mercer said. "Some of the shots that should have dropped earlier in the game just didn't."

The Bulls outrebounded the Celtics, 42-39, but Boston centers Tony Battie and Vitaly Potapenko consistently cleared space for the team's outside shooters to get off uncontested shots. Battie had 11 points and five rebounds and Potapenko added eight and six.

"Our big men were huge tonight," Pierce said. "The Bulls played pretty good defense on our shooters, so they had to come up big for us and they did."

Chicago was a league-worst 5-36 away from home last season and fared no better in its road opener. The Bulls never led after early in the second quarter and trailed by double digits for most of the second half.

"I thought we handled the ball really well during stretches in the first half," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "But in the second half, we got a little sloppy and it cost us."

Despite shooting just 37.5 percent in the first half, the Celtics took a 48-41 advantage to the locker room. Pierce had 15 points at the break and Walker contributed 11, five rebounds and four assists.

Battie scored six of the Celtics' first eight points in the third quarter as they opened a 56-45 advantage. After the Bulls cut the deficit to five, Boston reserves Joe Johnson, Milt Palacio and Potapenko keyed a 16-7 rally that stretched into the final period and restored the lead to 72-58.

Chicago never recovered and trailed by at least 10 points thereafter.

"Joe is ready to explode on the scene," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said of the rookie swingman from Arkansas who scored five of his eight points during the run. "We'd like him to be tougher and hungrier around the basket, but he made some big shots tonight and I think he'll be a star in this league."

As in Wednesday's season-opening 98-73 loss to Indiana, Chicago's highly touted rookies were not factors as Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry were held to two points apiece.

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