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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 15 29 29 21 94 BOSTON 26 24 22 32 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 30, VIN BAKER 23, BRENT BARRY 10 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 35, ANTOINE WALKER 19, JOE JOHNSON 12

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 8, BRENT BARRY 7 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, PAUL PIERCE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, BRENT BARRY 4 BOS - JOE JOHNSON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,575


Extended Box

SEATTLE (94) AT BOSTON (104)

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

BAKER F 39 9-20 5-6 4 4 8 0 4 0 4 23 LEWIS F 39 4-14 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 0 2 9 OYEDEJI C 4 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 B BARRY G 32 3-5 1-1 0 7 7 4 2 2 2 10 PAYTON G 43 13-24 3-3 1 4 5 10 2 3 1 30 JAMES 15 0-3 0-4 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 0 MASON 31 3-7 2-2 0 4 4 1 5 0 2 8 RADMANOVIC 19 4-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 2 0 9 WATSON 18 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 BOOTH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE HARVEY DNP - PATELLA TENDINITIS RIGHT KNEE LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-84 11-16 9 31 40 19 19 8 13 94 (.452) (.688) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 41 13-26 1-3 1 7 8 3 3 1 2 35 WALKER F 39 8-19 1-2 2 7 9 4 5 0 7 19 BATTIE C 18 4-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 10 ANDERSON G 30 2-6 4-6 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 8 JOHNSON G 40 6-9 0-0 1 4 5 7 2 1 0 12 PALACIO 18 3-6 2-2 1 1 2 4 1 0 1 9 STRICKLAND 17 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 7 BLOUNT 15 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 2 MCCARTY 8 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 POTAPENKO 14 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION E WILLIAMS DNP - LEFT KNEE INFRAPATELLA TENDINI

TOTALS 240 40-81 12-17 10 30 40 25 21 4 14 104 (.494) (.706) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

SEATTLE 15 29 29 21 - 94 BOSTON 26 24 22 32 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 3, MASON, LEWIS. BOSTON - BATTIE 3, POTAPENKO, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-19 (.368), BAKER 0-1, LEWIS 1-5, B BARRY 3-5, PAYTON 1-4, MASON 0-1, RADMANOVIC 1-1, WATSON 1-2. BOSTON 12-29 (.414), PIERCE 8-12, WALKER 2-8, ANDERSON 0-1, PALACIO 1-2, STRICKLAND 1-4, MCCARTY 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, SEAN CORBIN, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,575. T - 2:03.


Box Score

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 39 9-20 5-6 4-8 0 4 23 Lewis 39 4-14 0-0 0-4 3 3 9 Oyedeji 4 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 B Barry 32 3-5 1-1 0-7 4 2 10 Payton 43 13-24 3-3 1-5 10 2 30 James 15 0-3 0-4 1-4 0 2 0 Mason 31 3-7 2-2 0-4 1 5 8 Radmanovic 19 4-5 0-0 1-4 0 0 9 Watson 18 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 5 Booth DNP - sprained right ankle Harvey DNP - patella tendinitis right knee Long DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 11-16 9-40 19 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Baker 0-1, Lewis 1-5, B Barry 3-5, Payton 1-4, Mason 0-1, Radmanovic 1-1, Watson 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Baker 3, Mason, Lewis). Turnovers: 14 (Baker 4, B Barry 2, Lewis 2, Mason 2, James, Payton, Watson). Steals: 8 (Payton 3, B Barry 2, Radmanovic 2, James).

BOSTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 41 13-26 1-3 1-8 3 3 35 Walker 39 8-19 1-2 2-9 4 5 19 Battie 18 4-4 2-2 2-4 0 2 10 Anderson 30 2-6 4-6 1-3 3 2 8 Johnson 40 6-9 0-0 1-5 7 2 12 Palacio 18 3-6 2-2 1-2 4 1 9 Strickland 17 2-6 2-2 0-2 3 2 7 Blount 15 1-1 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Mccarty 8 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Potapenko 14 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 K Brown DNP - coach's decision E Williams DNP - left knee infrapatella tendini _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 12-17 10-40 25 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 12-29, .414 (Pierce 8-12, Walker 2-8, Anderson 0-1, Palacio 1-2, Strickland 1-4, Mccarty 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Battie 3, Potapenko, Pierce). Turnovers: 14 (Walker 7, Pierce 2, Anderson, Battie, Blount, Palacio, Strickland). Steals: 4 (Johnson, Pierce, Potapenko, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Seattle 15 29 29 21 - 94 Boston 26 24 22 32 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 9:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,575. T: 2:03. Officials: Steve Javie, Sean Corbin, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce's outside touch was the difference as the Boston Celtics defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 104-94.

Pierce was 8-for-12 from 3-point range and scored 35 points with eight rebounds for the Celtics, who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The forward hit his sixth 3-pointer with 8:10 remaining to give Boston the lead for good at 82-80. The basket started a 20-7 run that put the game out of reach.

"We consider ourselves a fourth-quarter team," Pierce said. "When the fourth quarter comes, we can be better than anybody in the league. That's when our focus is the best. That's when our defense really steps up. Our best offense and our best defense is normally played in the fourth quarter. We didn't get rattled."

"This is tough for us," Sonics forward Vin Baker said. "We got some momentum swings but (Pierce) hit some big shots and then Antoine (Walker) got going. Basically, that 1-2 punch kind of closed the deal on us."

Walker had 19 points, including eight during the fourth-quarter run. He was held scoreless in the second and third quarters and played much of the game in foul trouble, finishing with five.

"It was tough," Walker said. "That was the first time this season that I've been in foul trouble. But it's all right. Paul was hot and other guys stepped up so it didn't matter."

Rookie guard Joe Johnson contributed 12 points and seven assists, and center Tony Battie was 4-of-4 from the field and finished with 10 points for the Celtics.

Seattle lost its third straight game after opening a five-game road trip with a double-overtime win over Orlando. The Sonics close the trip Sunday afternoon against Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards.

"We're not playing basketball right now," point guard Gary Payton said. "These games are showing us what we need to do and what we need to accomplish. We have a game Sunday that we need bad."

The Sonics took their first lead, 68-67, with 2:47 to go in the third quarter on reserve Earl Watson's 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 run. Seattle ended the quarter on a 14-5 burst to take a 73-72 edge into the fourth.

Payton paced Seattle with 30 points and 10 assists. Baker added 23 points and eight rebounds.

"I've said all along that we're going to need more than two guys to play well," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "I thought tonight that Gary and Vin had it going but we didn't get a lot of help anywhere else. We need more than two guys to win a game."

Seattle, looking like a team that was playing its fourth game in five nights, fell behind, 26-15, after one quarter. Walker had 11 points and Pierce nine for the Celtics while Payton scored 10 for the Sonics.

The Sonics scored the first six points of the second quarter but got no closer than three the rest of the half. Boston led at the break, 50-44, after Milt Palacio hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer from well beyond the top of the arc.

Boston won both meetings with Seattle last season. The Sonics have not won in Boston since January 1998.

"We've got to learn how to win," McMillan said. "To take care of the ball, run our offense, get the shots that we want. We didn't do that tonight."

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