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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 26 15 19 82 PHOENIX 24 17 20 23 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 33, ANTOINE WALKER 17, TONY BATTIE 9 PHO - SHAWN MARION 30, PENNY HARDAWAY 20, STEPHON MARBURY 7

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - TONY BATTIE 10, PAUL PIERCE 7 PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 12, SHAWN MARION 10

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 5, STEPHON MARBURY 5

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

BOSTON (82) AT PHOENIX (84)

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

PIERCE F 45 9-24 12-13 1 6 7 3 1 0 4 33 WALKER F 42 7-24 2-2 0 6 6 0 2 0 2 17 BATTIE C 28 4-7 1-2 4 6 10 0 1 2 2 9 ANDERSON G 37 1-6 0-0 2 4 6 8 3 1 0 2 JOHNSON G 17 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 4 POTAPENKO 21 1-1 3-4 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 5 E WILLIAMS 25 2-7 0-0 0 5 5 3 6 4 1 4 STRICKLAND 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 K BROWN 13 2-5 2-2 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 6 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PALACIO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-82 22-25 12 36 48 16 16 8 13 82 (.341) (.880) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 27 2-7 2-2 2 5 7 3 3 2 1 6 SH MARION F 40 11-24 7-7 3 7 10 2 5 3 2 30 VOSKUHL C 21 2-5 2-2 4 4 8 0 2 0 0 6 HARDAWAY G 45 9-21 1-2 2 10 12 5 4 3 1 20 ST MARBURY G 37 2-12 3-4 2 1 3 5 2 0 3 7 FORD 17 2-4 1-1 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 5 ROGERS 29 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 5 MAJERLE 16 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 5 OUTLAW 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 WALLACE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 T DELK DNP - RIGHT KNEE SPRAIN SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-88 16-18 13 36 49 18 23 11 11 84 (.364) (.889) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

BOSTON 22 26 15 19 - 82 PHOENIX 24 17 20 23 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, JOHNSON, WALKER, POTAPENKO, K BROWN. PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA 4, HARDAWAY 2, ROGERS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-19 (.211), PIERCE 3-9, WALKER 1-5, ANDERSON 0-2, STRICKLAND 0-2, K BROWN 0-1. PHOENIX 4-16 (.250), SH MARION 1-2, HARDAWAY 1-3, ST MARBURY 0-2, ROGERS 1-4, MAJERLE 1-5. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH OBRIEN. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, BENNIE ADAMS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 19,023. T - 2:08.


Box Score

BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 45 9-24 12-13 1-7 3 1 33 Walker 42 7-24 2-2 0-6 0 2 17 Battie 28 4-7 1-2 4-10 0 1 9 Anderson 37 1-6 0-0 2-6 8 3 2 Johnson 17 1-5 2-2 0-3 1 1 4 Potapenko 21 1-1 3-4 2-5 0 2 5 E Williams 25 2-7 0-0 0-5 3 6 4 Strickland 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 K Brown 13 2-5 2-2 3-6 0 0 6 Blount DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Palacio DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-82 22-25 12-48 16 16 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Pierce 3-9, Walker 1-5, Anderson 0-2, Strickland 0-2, K Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Pierce 2, Johnson, Walker, Potapenko, K Brown). Turnovers: 13 (Pierce 4, Battie 2, Potapenko 2, Walker 2, E Williams, Johnson, Strickland). Steals: 8 (E Williams 4, Battie 2, Anderson, Johnson).

PHOENIX (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 27 2-7 2-2 2-7 3 3 6 Sh Marion 40 11-24 7-7 3-10 2 5 30 Voskuhl 21 2-5 2-2 4-8 0 2 6 Hardaway 45 9-21 1-2 2-12 5 4 20 St Marbury 37 2-12 3-4 2-3 5 2 7 Ford 17 2-4 1-1 0-5 0 2 5 Rogers 29 2-9 0-0 0-1 2 2 5 Majerle 16 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 5 Outlaw 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Wallace 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Delk DNP - right knee sprain Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-88 16-18 13-49 18 23 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.364, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Sh Marion 1-2, Hardaway 1-3, St Marbury 0-2, Rogers 1-4, Majerle 1-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Gugliotta 4, Hardaway 2, Rogers). Turnovers: 12 (St Marbury 3, Majerle 2, Rogers 2, Sh Marion 2, Gugliotta, Hardaway). Steals: 11 (Hardaway 3, Sh Marion 3, Gugliotta 2, Rogers 2, Majerle). ____________________________________________ Boston 22 26 15 19 - 82 Phoenix 24 17 20 23 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Head Coach Obrien, 2:16 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:08. Officials: Ron Garretson, Bennie Adams, Tom Washington.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury's miserable evening ended on a glorious note, while Paul Pierce's glorious evening ended on a miserable note.

Marbury snapped a tie with a jumper from just inside the 3-point arc with two seconds left and Pierce's game-winning 3-point attempt rattled out at the buzzer as the Phoenix Suns edged the Boston Celtics, 84-82.

"It felt good coming out of my hand," Pierce said. "I thought we were going home with it, but that's the breaks of the game."

"We knew it was coming," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "He is probably the best 3-point shooter in the league right now and every time he shoots it looks (like) it is going in."

Marbury was just 1-of-11 from the field before his go-ahead jumper, but it was enough to hand Boston its first losing streak since a four-game skid from November 17-24.

"We played extremely hard," Marbury said. "Those guys got out to a big lead. We didn't panic. We continued to play."

"He's an All-Star," Pierce said. "What do you expect from an All-Star? He may not be having a good night, but when they really needed him, he came through."

Shawn Marion scored a season-high 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which held the Celtics to a season-low point total and has won two in a row. Penny Hardaway added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Suns overcome season-low 36 percent shooting (32-of-88).

"You can't sell Boston short," Marion said. "They're second in the East, so they're playing good. Paul and Antoine (Walker), they're great players, so it's just a matter of saying as a team that we're not going to let them get off too much. We left everybody else alone and nobody else got off to pull it out."

Pierce had 33 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which lost for the second time in as many nights after dropping a 99-86 contest at Utah on Wednesday. Walker added 17 points and six rebounds, but the Celtics shot just 34 percent (28-of-82).

"We held them to their season-low points even though we went through a couple of offensive droughts," Skiles said. "But we kept fighting and fortunately we got a couple of stops that helped us, and we hit a couple of big shots."

Marion hit a 3-pointer with 1:19 left to give the Suns an 80-79 lead, their first since it was 27-26. Pierce was fouled attempting a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left and made all three free throws, but Tom Gugliotta sank a pair from the line to tie it at 82-82 with 46 seconds remaining.

Boston led 62-50 after Erick Strickland's bucket with 3:12 left in the third quarter, but Phoenix scored the next 11 points. Vitaly Potapenko ended the run with a free throw, enabling the Celtics to carry a 63-61 lead into the fourth quarter.

Pierce and Walker had 15 points apiece in the first half, when Boston opened a 48-41 lead. Marion paced Phoenix through two quarters with 16 points.

The Suns improved to 7-2 in their last nine home games and has won three straight over Eastern Conference opponents at America West Arena.

The Celtics fell to 5-2 against Western Conference foes. They are 5-0 at home but is 0-2 on a four-game western road trip.

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