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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 26 29 32 109 LA LAKERS 34 29 26 19 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 33, ANTOINE WALKER 30, KENNY ANDERSON 14 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 27, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 25, DEREK FISHER 12

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 14, PAUL PIERCE 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 17, ROBERT HORRY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, KENNY ANDERSON 6 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 9, RICK FOX 8

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

BOSTON (109) AT LA LAKERS (108)

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

PIERCE F 43 7-19 16-20 3 5 8 2 2 5 5 33 WALKER F 47 12-30 1-2 3 11 14 10 5 1 3 30 BATTIE C 18 3-6 1-1 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 7 ANDERSON G 39 6-12 2-2 0 2 2 6 2 2 1 14 K BROWN G 21 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 7 POTAPENKO 13 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 E WILLIAMS 27 3-3 2-4 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 9 STRICKLAND 6 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 PALACIO 6 0-1 2-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 BLOUNT 17 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 1 0 0 MCCARTY 3 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 28-37 9 26 35 23 21 14 12 109 (.449) (.757) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

FOX F 30 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 8 4 2 2 9 HORRY F 41 3-7 3-4 2 7 9 7 5 4 4 9 ONEAL C 39 9-10 7-9 4 13 17 1 1 1 3 25 BRYANT G 41 11-25 4-5 2 2 4 9 5 1 2 27 HUNTER G 21 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 4 9 MEDVEDENKO 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 FISHER 27 4-10 1-1 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 12 GEORGE 18 3-6 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 3 8 MADSEN 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 RICHMOND 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 SHAW 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-80 15-19 9 37 46 31 26 10 21 108 (.525) (.789) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(24 PTS)

BOSTON 22 26 29 32 - 109 LA LAKERS 34 29 26 19 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2. LA LAKERS - HORRY, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 11-23 (.478), PIERCE 3-7, WALKER 5-12, K BROWN 1-1, E WILLIAMS 1-1, STRICKLAND 0-1, MCCARTY 1-1. LA LAKERS 9-20 (.450), FOX 1-2, HORRY 0-2, BRYANT 1-2, HUNTER 1-4, FISHER 3-5, GEORGE 2-4, SHAW 1-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO, DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, SEAN CORBIN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 18,997. T - 2:26.


Box Score

BOSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 43 7-19 16-20 3-8 2 2 33 Walker 47 12-30 1-2 3-14 10 5 30 Battie 18 3-6 1-1 1-3 1 3 7 Anderson 39 6-12 2-2 0-2 6 2 14 K Brown 21 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 7 Potapenko 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 E Williams 27 3-3 2-4 0-3 1 1 9 Strickland 6 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Palacio 6 0-1 2-4 0-1 1 0 2 Blount 17 0-2 0-0 2-4 1 3 0 Mccarty 3 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 28-37 9-35 23 21 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Pierce 3-7, Walker 5-12, K Brown 1-1, E Williams 1-1, Strickland 0-1, Mccarty 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Pierce 2). Turnovers: 12 (Pierce 5, Walker 3, E Williams 2, Anderson, K Brown). Steals: 14 (Pierce 5, Anderson 2, K Brown 2, Battie, Blount, E Williams, Mccarty, Walker).

LA LAKERS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 30 4-8 0-0 0-5 8 4 9 Horry 41 3-7 3-4 2-9 7 5 9 Oneal 39 9-10 7-9 4-17 1 1 25 Bryant 41 11-25 4-5 2-4 9 5 27 Hunter 21 4-8 0-0 0-2 1 2 9 Medvedenko 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Fisher 27 4-10 1-1 1-2 2 2 12 George 18 3-6 0-0 0-6 1 2 8 Madsen 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Richmond 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Shaw 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Mccoy DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 15-19 9-46 31 26 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Fox 1-2, Horry 0-2, Bryant 1-2, Hunter 1-4, Fisher 3-5, George 2-4, Shaw 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Horry, Oneal). Turnovers: 21 (Horry 4, Hunter 4, George 3, Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Fox 2, Richmond). Steals: 10 (Horry 4, Fox 2, Bryant, Fisher, Hunter, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Boston 22 26 29 32 - 109 La Lakers 34 29 26 19 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Potapenko, 0:27 1st; Defensive Three, 8:54 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:26. Officials: Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant's apparent game-winning jumper at the buzzer was waved off as the Boston Celtics handed the Los Angeles Lakers their first three-game losing streak under coach Phil Jackson, 109-108.

Prior to Walker's attempted heroics, Boston's Antoine Walker banked in an off-balance 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Celtics their first lead.

"Robert Horry went for the first pump-fake," Walker said. "People won't believe it, but I tried to bank it in because he was all over me, and I know he has long arms. It was a big shot for us."

"I kind of read the play and tried to step out there and get him, and he stopped three feet behind the line, hit a fadeaway leaning to the right, bank shot three," Horry said. "When you hit a shot like that, there's nothing you can do."

Bryant received the inbounds pass on the right baseline, faked Paul Pierce and swished his attempt. But after a minute of discussion, the officials disallowed the shot, saying Bryant had not released the ball in time.

Television replays indicated the ball was still on Bryant's fingertips as time expired.

"From my understanding it was one official's call," Bryant said. "He was the one that decided it wasn't good. It felt good to me. I thought it was off before the horn sounded. I always listen for the horn. Two officials said it was good, and for one to come in and overturn it in such a close situation, I just don't agree with that too much."

"I am going with what the refs say," Pierce said. "I didn't think he got it off. I jumped in there, took a second off the clock, he gave me a pump fake. I saw once he pump-faked, that is the game."

Bryant hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3:40 remaining to give the Lakers a 103-91 advantage. But Boston mounted a furious rally and tied the game, 104-104, on a layup by Kenny Anderson with 58 seconds left.

Bryant countered with a layup 14 seconds later, and after Anderson tied it, 106-106, with a jumper with 32 seconds left, Bryant hit a shot over Pierce just outside the free-throw line with 11.9 seconds remaining.

Following a timeout, Walker wheeled around Horry and launched his shot from the arc, which hit high off the backboard and dropped in.

"With 2:50 to go with Paul going to the foul line down 10, we said we're going to be down eight, he's going to can these two," Celtics coach John O'Brien said. "It was a matter of just getting stops down at the other end because they were having trouble stopping us down at their end. It's a victory where our guys just plain old gutted it out."

The Lakers had not lost three consecutive games since April 21-26, 1999, when Kurt Rambis was the team's coach. Jackson took over prior to the 1999-2000 season.

Pierce finished with 33 points and Walker added 30, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season.

"We got a big contribution from a lot of people tonight," said Anderson, who had 14 points and six assists. "This was a whole team effort. They are the world champs, and we have a lot of respect for them, but we went out and played extremely hard, and we didn't give up. That shows you a lot about this team."

Bryant had 27 points and nine assists for Los Angeles. Shaquille O'Neal, who was activated off the injured list prior to the game, had 25 and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who committed a season-high 21 turnovers.

The Lakers entered the contest second in the league with just 12.3 turnovers per game.

"It was a turnover-prone game for us," Jackson said. "They are number-one in the league in steals and I don't know how many they had (14), but they did have a lot. We just did not take care of the ball tonight. A lot of it was errant passes, trying to throw the ball into Shaq and not really reading the defense well."

O'Neal had missed the Lakers' previous five games while nursing an arthritic big toe. Los Angeles went 2-3 in his absence and is just 7-6 without him this season.

"He looked good," Bryant said of his fellow All-Star. "He's been keeping himself in shape in the time he had off. He's been able to come back tonight and be at full strength. I don't think he was fatigued."

Los Angeles outshot Boston from the field. The Lakers shot 53 percent (42-of-80) while the Celtics sank 45 percent (35-of-78). It was the Lakers' first loss in 13 games this season in which they shot 50 percent or better.

But Boston made 28-of-37 free throws, including 16-of-20 by Pierce. Los Angeles made just 15-of-19 shots from the line.

The Lakers led 48-30 on a 20-foot jumper by Bryant with 5:51 remaining in the second quarter. Los Angeles took a 63-48 advantage into halftime after shooting 67 percent (26-of-39) from the floor.

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