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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 26 18 27 26 97 BOSTON 28 24 23 31 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 26, TRACY MURRAY 16, ANTONIO DAVIS 15 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 30, ANTOINE WALKER 20, KENNY ANDERSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 10, JEROME WILLIAMS 8 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - CHRIS CHILDS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, KENNY ANDERSON 9

ATT: 16,380


Extended Box

TORONTO (97) AT BOSTON (106)

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

A DAVIS F 38 4-8 7-8 1 5 6 3 4 1 3 15 J WILLIAMS F 24 1-6 3-3 3 5 8 2 4 1 0 5 OLAJUWON C 29 5-7 2-2 2 8 10 0 2 0 2 12 CARTER G 43 10-26 5-5 3 3 6 4 2 2 4 26 A WILLIAMS G 35 2-10 0-0 1 0 1 4 3 2 3 4 CLARK 29 5-10 3-4 1 4 5 1 1 1 1 13 CURRY 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 CHILDS 19 0-2 2-2 1 0 1 8 3 0 3 2 MURRAY 12 5-7 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 16 BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 24-26 12 27 39 22 20 8 17 97 (.425) (.923) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 39 10-17 7-8 1 6 7 5 0 1 1 30 WALKER F 43 7-19 4-4 2 3 5 10 3 0 3 20 BATTIE C 23 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 4 ANDERSON G 30 6-13 0-0 0 4 4 9 4 0 1 13 K BROWN G 26 5-8 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 4 0 12 E WILLIAMS 28 3-6 3-4 0 4 4 1 3 3 4 10 STRICKLAND 24 2-6 1-2 0 3 3 5 4 0 3 6 POTAPENKO 24 3-3 2-2 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 8 MCCARTY 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION PALACIO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-76 18-22 7 26 33 30 22 9 13 106 (.513) (.818) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

TORONTO 26 18 27 26 - 97 BOSTON 28 24 23 31 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OLAJUWON 2. BOSTON - WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 5-17 (.294), CARTER 1-7, A WILLIAMS 0-2, CURRY 0-2, CHILDS 0-2, MURRAY 4-4. BOSTON 10-24 (.417), PIERCE 3-6, WALKER 2-8, ANDERSON 1-1, K BROWN 1-3, E WILLIAMS 1-2, STRICKLAND 1-3, MCCARTY 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, GEORGE TOLIVER, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 16,380. T - 2:09.


Box Score

TORONTO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Davis 38 4-8 7-8 1-6 3 4 15 J Williams 24 1-6 3-3 3-8 2 4 5 Olajuwon 29 5-7 2-2 2-10 0 2 12 Carter 43 10-26 5-5 3-6 4 2 26 A Williams 35 2-10 0-0 1-1 4 3 4 Clark 29 5-10 3-4 1-5 1 1 13 Curry 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Childs 19 0-2 2-2 1-1 8 3 2 Murray 12 5-7 2-2 0-1 0 0 16 Bradley DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 24-26 12-39 22 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Carter 1-7, A Williams 0-2, Curry 0-2, Childs 0-2, Murray 4-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Olajuwon 2). Turnovers: 17 (Carter 4, A Davis 3, A Williams 3, Childs 3, Olajuwon 2, Clark, Curry). Steals: 8 (A Williams 2, Carter 2, A Davis, Clark, J Williams, Murray).

BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 39 10-17 7-8 1-7 5 0 30 Walker 43 7-19 4-4 2-5 10 3 20 Battie 23 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 4 Anderson 30 6-13 0-0 0-4 9 4 13 K Brown 26 5-8 1-2 1-2 0 2 12 E Williams 28 3-6 3-4 0-4 1 3 10 Strickland 24 2-6 1-2 0-3 5 4 6 Potapenko 24 3-3 2-2 2-5 0 2 8 Mccarty 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Blount DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision Palacio DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 18-22 7-33 30 22 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Pierce 3-6, Walker 2-8, Anderson 1-1, K Brown 1-3, E Williams 1-2, Strickland 1-3, Mccarty 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Walker). Turnovers: 14 (E Williams 4, Strickland 3, Walker 3, Anderson, Battie, Pierce). Steals: 9 (K Brown 4, E Williams 3, Battie, Pierce). ____________________________________________ Toronto 26 18 27 26 - 97 Boston 28 24 23 31 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (Mccarty (ejected), 6:07 4th). A: 16,380. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Derosa, George Toliver, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce showed yet another facet of his game -- toughness.

Pierce returned from a scary fall and a bruised right knee to score eight of his 30 points in a decisive fourth-quarter run as the Boston Celtics snapped a two-game slide with a 106-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

With 4:27 left in the third quarter and the Celtics clinging to a 64-62 lead, Pierce left for the locker room with the injury and was not expected to return. But he was back on the court at the start of the final period and fueled a 17-4 run that gave Boston control.

"If I could walk, if I could do something at all, I knew I would be back in the game," Pierce said.

"I didn't even know he left the game," teammate Antoine Walker added.

Pierce hit a 3-pointer that opened an 80-73 lead, then added a three-point play and two free throws to build the advantage to 90-75 with 8:02 remaining.

Walker followed his own miss to cap the run and give the Celtics their largest lead. Toronto got no closer than eight points thereafter.

"This is a big win after two disappointing losses," Pierce said. "We didn't give away the game. We responded down the stretch."

Pierce, who also fell on his face and wrist following a dunk in the first quarter, helped shadow Vince Carter in the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard of the Raptors scored 26 points but just two in the final period.

"That was a brutal fall," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "I am surprised he sustained conciousness, to tell you the truth, because his face hit the ground really, really hard. There are a lot of people, frankly, in sports that would not have rejoined the fray, and he did."

"My wrist really bothered me in the second half," Pierce said. "It's probably a sprain, but you never know. I am going to have an X-ray tomorrow."

Walker had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists for Boston, which shot 51 percent (39-of-76) from the field and beat Toronto for the second time in three meetings this season.

"Hopefully, (Pierce) is healthy because he got pretty banged up tonight," Walker said. "The day of rest will definitely help."

"We're going to give our guys off tomorrow," O'Brien said. "We made that decision before the game -- win, lose or draw -- to kind of recharge their batteries."

Pierce was not sure which injury was worse.

"That's a toss-up," he said. "I landed on my face in the first quarter and my knee got numb in the third. I got kneed in the back of my leg. It numbed up the side of my leg, causing a quick sharp pain. It will be fine. I expect to be back to 100 percent soon."

Tracy Murray scored all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped. Toronto has won four straight on three occasions but has yet to win five in a row.

"We had a real slow start and we allowed too many second shots," Carter said.

Two free throws by Vitaly Potapenko pulled Boston into a 37-37 tie and started a 13-3 surge. Pierce followed with two free throws and a running hook and added a 3-pointer. An alley-oop layup by rookie Kedrick Brown gave Boston a 49-40 lead with 2:17 left in the second quarter.

"The second quarter hurt us," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We turned the ball over too many times. They had 13 points to our two points (off turnovers). Then they got energized making shots and we struggled."

The Raptors trailed 52-44 at halftime but fought back within 64-62 on consecutive dunks by Carter and Antonio Davis before Pierce got hurt again.

A 3-pointer by Walter McCarty, who later was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul on Davis, gave Boston a 75-71 lead entering the final period.

Kenny Anderson had 13 points and nine assists and Brown added a season-high 12 for the Celtics. Anderson scored seven points in the fourth quarter. Brown had scored just 22 points this season.

Davis scored 15 points, Keon Clark added 13 and Hakeem Olajuwon 12 and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) and made 24-of-26 free throws.

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