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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 23 21 18 27 89 BOSTON 13 14 23 16 66 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 23, BRIAN GRANT 18, ALONZO MOURNING 14 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 20, ANTOINE WALKER 10, KENNY ANDERSON 10

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 12, ALONZO MOURNING 11 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 6, ROD STRICKLAND 6 BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,473


Extended Box

MIAMI (89) AT BOSTON (66)

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

GRANT F 36 9-12 0-0 3 9 12 6 3 1 0 18 JACKSON F 38 3-11 0-0 1 6 7 4 4 2 2 6 MOURNING C 31 5-11 4-7 1 10 11 1 2 0 2 14 JONES G 37 8-14 5-6 1 3 4 4 2 0 4 23 STRICKLAND G 31 3-7 1-1 1 5 6 6 1 1 3 7 ELLIS 20 3-7 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 9 HOUSE 17 2-6 1-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 6 GILL 21 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 2 3 0 0 4 GATLING 7 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 0 STEPANIA 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 13-18 9 46 55 26 23 5 15 89 (.474) (.722) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(10 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 41 5-19 8-8 0 5 5 3 2 5 0 20 WALKER F 38 5-15 0-0 0 9 9 3 1 1 2 10 BATTIE C 15 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 ANDERSON G 33 4-12 2-4 2 3 5 3 2 3 0 10 JOHNSON G 18 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 E WILLIAMS 20 2-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 2 5 STRICKLAND 19 3-6 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 9 POTAPENKO 25 1-6 5-6 3 2 5 0 4 0 0 7 BLOUNT 11 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 PALACIO 10 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 K BROWN 10 0-4 1-4 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 22-77 18-26 8 30 38 12 17 10 7 66 (.286) (.692) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 7(12 PTS)

MIAMI 23 21 18 27 - 89 BOSTON 13 14 23 16 - 66

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 4, STRICKLAND, GRANT, ELLIS, STEPANIA. BOSTON - PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 4-12 (.333), JACKSON 0-2, JONES 2-3, ELLIS 1-2, HOUSE 1-4, GILL 0-1. BOSTON 4-17 (.235), PIERCE 2-7, WALKER 0-3, ANDERSON 0-1, JOHNSON 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1, STRICKLAND 2-2, K BROWN 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: NOLAN FINE, JESS KERSEY, STEVE JAVIE. A - 16,473. T - 1:59.


Box Score

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 36 9-12 0-0 3-12 6 3 18 Jackson 38 3-11 0-0 1-7 4 4 6 Mourning 31 5-11 4-7 1-11 1 2 14 Jones 37 8-14 5-6 1-4 4 2 23 Strickland 31 3-7 1-1 1-6 6 1 7 Ellis 20 3-7 2-2 0-2 0 4 9 House 17 2-6 1-2 1-3 3 3 6 Gill 21 2-5 0-0 0-5 2 3 4 Gatling 7 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 Stepania 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Allen DNP - coach's decision James DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 13-18 9-55 26 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Jackson 0-2, Jones 2-3, Ellis 1-2, House 1-4, Gill 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 4, Strickland, Grant, Ellis, Stepania). Turnovers: 15 (Jones 4, Strickland 3, Gatling 2, Jackson 2, Mourning 2, House, Stepania). Steals: 5 (Jackson 2, Ellis, Grant, Strickland).

BOSTON (66) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 41 5-19 8-8 0-5 3 2 20 Walker 38 5-15 0-0 0-9 3 1 10 Battie 15 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Anderson 33 4-12 2-4 2-5 3 2 10 Johnson 18 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 E Williams 20 2-6 1-2 2-4 0 0 5 Strickland 19 3-6 1-2 0-2 2 1 9 Potapenko 25 1-6 5-6 3-5 0 4 7 Blount 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Palacio 10 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 K Brown 10 0-4 1-4 0-1 1 2 1 Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-77 18-26 8-38 12 17 66 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.286, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Pierce 2-7, Walker 0-3, Anderson 0-1, Johnson 0-1, E Williams 0-1, Strickland 2-2, K Brown 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Pierce). Turnovers: 7 (E Williams 2, Strickland 2, Walker 2, Palacio). Steals: 10 (Pierce 5, Anderson 3, Strickland, Walker). ____________________________________________ Miami 23 21 18 27 - 89 Boston 13 14 23 16 - 66 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,473. T: 1:59. Officials: Nolan Fine, Jess Kersey, Steve Javie.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- It is no surprise that the Miami Heat are winning with defense.

Eddie Jones scored 23 points and Brain Grant added 18 and 12 rebounds as the Heat recorded their first winning streak of the season with an 89-66 victory over the Boston Celtics, who were held to the second-lowest total in team history.

Miami has been among the NBA elite in recent seasons due its defense. The Heat had won just five of their first 28 games before winning in Indiana on Monday and stifling the explosive Celtics.

"It took 30 games to do it, but we haven't played that good," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We played really well the last two games and we've been playing well the last 10 days. It was time to show some of the benefits of the work. Maybe this bodes for something better than we've been going through for two months."

Boston shot a season-low 29 percent (22-of-77) from the field and made only 4-of-17 3-pointers, its worst performance since making 35-of-121 shots on October 20, 1973.

The Celtics barely eclipsed the lowest output in franchise history, a 62-point effort in a win over the Milwaukee Hawks on February 27, 1955, the first season of the shot clock.

"We got absolutely pounded by a team that I think is going to be a very good basketball team down the stretch," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We never gave ourselves a chance. They had an answer for everything we did. They beat us every way they could."

Paul Pierce, the league's second-leading scorer, scored 20 points but made only 5-of-19 shots. Antoine Walker, who is ninth in scoring, was held to 10 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

"It's not an easy thing to do but you have to be disciplined," Grant said. "When you're not disciplined against two superstars like that they're going to come out and they're going to get 60-plus points between the two of them."

Kenny Anderson scored 10 points and was the only other player in double figures for Boston, which had a seven-game home winning streak snapped.

"So far this season we've outhustled and outscraped our opponents and tonight it was reversed," Anderson said. "It hasn't happened too many times this year, but it happened tonight. It's a tough pill to swallow, but you swallow it and move on."

Grant scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first quarter, when Miami held Boston to 21 percent (4-of-19) and jumped out to a 23-13 lead.

"It was disappointing that we didn't come out ready to play," Pierce said. "As we missed shots, it seemed like we got down on ourselves and it sort of discouraged us and took us out of our flow.

Anderson opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws, but Eddie House followed with a 3-pointer to give the Heat a double-digit lead for good.

The Celtics made only 5-of-21 shots in the second quarter and trailed, 44-27, at halftime. They made 8-of-18 shots in the third period and just 5-of-19 in the final 12 minutes.

Miami shot 47 percent (36-of-76) and held a 55-38 rebounding advantage. The Heat also recorded 23 assists, led by Grant and Rod Strickland, who handed out six apiece.

"We're really sharing the basketball," Jones said. "Everybody's making the extra pass. We've just been working our butts off to make games easier for us."

Alonzo Mourning had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Heat, who had not won consecutive games since April 17-18 of last season.

"We've got a bunch of veterans on this team," Mourning said. "It's just a matter of us putting all that experience in a pot and mixing it together. I think that time dictates that, it just doesn't happen overnight."

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