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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 26 24 26 103 MEMPHIS 26 25 24 22 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 38, PAUL PIERCE 21, TONY DELK 11 MEM - PAU GASOL 22, GRANT LONG 19, JASON WILLIAMS 17

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 15, RODNEY ROGERS 7, PAUL PIERCE 7 MEM - PAU GASOL 12, TONY MASSENBURG 9, JASON WILLIAMS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 6, KENNY ANDERSON 5, PAUL PIERCE 3 MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 9, PAU GASOL 6, GRANT LONG 2


Extended Box

BOSTON (103) AT MEMPHIS (97)

BOSTON

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

R ROGERS 21 3-7 2-2 1 6 7 1 3 0 3 8 E WILLIAMS 18 2-3 4-5 2 2 4 1 4 2 1 8 T DELK 32 4-13 1-2 5 1 6 2 1 1 0 11 W MCCARTY 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 V POTAPENKO 28 2-6 6-6 7 8 15 0 4 2 1 10 K ANDERSON 40 4-15 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 5 4 8 A WALKER 44 13-33 7-7 2 5 7 6 5 4 2 38 E STRICKLAND 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 T BATTIE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P PIERCE 36 7-15 3-3 3 4 7 3 5 2 1 20 M BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-98 23-25 20 28 48 21 23 17 12 103 (.357) (.920) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (12 PTS)

MEMPHIS

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

L WRIGHT 15 1-5 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 1 1 2 W SOLOMON 17 3-7 4-4 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 11 S SWIFT 20 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 2 E GILL 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 S BATTIER 45 4-10 3-4 1 2 3 0 3 1 2 11 J WILLIAMS 40 7-15 0-0 0 6 6 9 3 1 3 17 T MASSENBURG 23 5-9 1-1 3 6 9 1 6 0 1 11 G LONG 34 7-11 5-6 0 4 4 2 4 1 3 19 P GASOL 38 6-10 10-12 0 12 12 6 1 1 7 22 B KNIGHT DNP - PLANTAR FASCIITIS R BUFORD DNP - BACK SPASMS A FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-72 23-27 5 37 42 21 23 6 20 97 (.486) (.852) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20 (24 PTS)

BOSTON 27 26 24 26 - 103 MEMPHIS 26 25 24 22 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - V POTAPENKO, P PIERCE. MEMPHIS - P GASOL 6, S SWIFT 3, T MASSENBURG 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-34 (.294), R ROGERS 0-3, T DELK 2-5, W MCCARTY 0- 3, A WALKER 5-13, E STRICKLAND 0-2, P PIERCE 3-8. MEMPHIS 4-15 (.267), W SOLOMON 1-2, S BATTIER 0-3, J WILLIAMS 3-9, G LONG 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: BOSTON 1 (V POTAPENKO, 7:38 3RD). OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, BILL SPOONER, HUE HOLLINS. A - 17,129. T - 2:16.


Box Score

BOSTON (103)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Rogers 21 3-7 2-2 1-7 1 3 8 E Williams 18 2-3 4-5 2-4 1 4 8 T Delk 32 4-13 1-2 5-6 2 1 11 W Mccarty 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 V Potapenko 28 2-6 6-6 7-15 0 4 10 K Anderson 40 4-15 0-0 0-2 5 1 8 A Walker 44 13-33 7-7 2-7 6 5 38 E Strickland 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 T Battie 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Pierce 36 7-15 3-3 3-7 3 5 20 M Blount DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-98 23-25 20-48 21 23 103 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.357, FT-.920. 3-Point Goals: 10-34, .294 (R Rogers 0-3, T Delk 2-5, W Mccarty 0-3, A Walker 5-13, E Strickland 0-2, P Pierce 3-8). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:2 (V Potapenko, P Pierce). Turnovers:12 (K Anderson 4, R Rogers 3, A Walker 2, E Williams, V Potapenko, P Pierce). Steals: 17 (K Anderson 5, A Walker 4, E Williams 2, V Potapenko 2, P Pierce 2, T Delk, W Mccarty).

MEMPHIS (97)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Wright 15 1-5 0-0 1-6 0 2 2 W Solomon 17 3-7 4-4 0-0 1 1 11 S Swift 20 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 E Gill 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 S Battier 45 4-10 3-4 1-3 0 3 11 J Williams 40 7-15 0-0 0-6 9 3 17 T Massenburg 23 5-9 1-1 3-9 1 6 11 G Long 34 7-11 5-6 0-4 2 4 19 P Gasol 38 6-10 10-12 0-12 6 1 22 B Knight DNP - PLANTAR FASCIITIS R Buford DNP - BACK SPASMS A Fotsis DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 23-27 5-42 21 23 97 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (W Solomon 1-2, S Battier 0-3, J Williams 3-9, G Long 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:11 (P Gasol 6, S Swift 3, T Massenburg 2). Turnovers:20 (P Gasol 7, G Long 3, J Williams 3, S Battier 2, T Massenburg, E Gill, W Solomon, S Swift, L Wright). Steals: 6 (G Long, L Wright, J Williams, S Swift, S Battier, P Gasol).

-------------------------------------------- BOSTON 27 26 24 26 - 103 MEMPHIS 26 25 24 22 - 97 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (V Potapenko, 7:38 3r). A: 17,129. T: 2:16. Officials: Bennie Adams, Bill Spooner, Hue Hollins.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- This is what the Boston Celtics envisioned when they traded for Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers.

Delk hit a clutch 3-pointer and Rogers converted a three-point play late in the fourth quarter as the Celtics extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 103-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

On February 21, the Celtics traded rookie Joe Johnson and guards Milt Palacio and Randy Brown to Phoenix for Delk and Rogers, a pair of reserves averaging double figures whom they hoped would take some of the offensive pressure off All-Stars Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce.

The high-scoring duo of Walker and Pierce led Boston with 38 and 20 points, respectively. But Delk sparked the rally with a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 97-95 with 1:06 to go.

After Jason Williams and Kenny Anderson traded misses, Rogers went hard for the rebound and easily went in for the tying layup. His free throw gave the Celtics a 98-97 lead with 15 seconds left.

Anderson stole the ensuing inbounds pass from Grant Long and Walker converted two free throws at the other end to make it 100-97 with 13 seconds left.

It was the second consecutive game that Anderson had a key steal late in the game. On Wednesday, the veteran point guard stole a pass during a decisive fourth-quarter rally against first-place New Jersey.

The Grizzlies had one more chance after a timeout. But rookie Shane Battier's 3-point attempt was short and Walker grabbed the rebound and threw in a 3-pointer from about 60 feet for the final margin.

"I can't explain it," Pierce said. "Every time our back is up against the wall, we respond. It's just something about this team."

"It was just a thrilling victory to be able to steal one like that," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "Our guys never feel like they're out of a game.

Boston has won seven straight games for the first time since January 16-30, 1994. It has not won eight in a row since March 16-March 31, 1993.

Entering Friday's game, Delk had been averaging 9.9 points per game. He scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

But Boston struggled all night with its shooting. The Celtics shot just 36 percent (35-of-98) and Walker shot 13-of-33, including 1-of-7 in the final period.

"We couldn't throw the ball in the ocean," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We had great shot selection and we could not buy a basket. I'd like those looks every game, though."

Throughout the game, the Grizzlies used a variety of zone defenses, but most times they had trouble with it, leading to open looks on nearly every possession for Boston.

"They surprised us with zone and really threw us out of whack," Walker said. "They played zone for most of the second half. That's a credit to them. They made us take rough shots."

The Grizzlies were up by as much as eight with under two minutes to play following a foul shot by rookie Pau Gasol and two by veteran Grant Long. But the 97-89 cushion quickly evaporated as lack of execution did them in once again.

Gasol led six Grizzlies in double figures with 22 points.

"It was a very disappointing loss," Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said. "I am very disapointed. We didn't execute properly in the last couple of minutes. All we had to do was the same thing we had done to get the lead. We just stopped doing that."

Memphis took an 83-81 lead with 8:27 left on a jumper by Battier. Jumpers by Williams and Long and a dunk by Gasol built the lead to 90-83 with 5:07 to go. But the Grizzlies made just two more shots down the stretch as the Celtics charged all the way back.

"We did not make the right plays down the stretch," Battier said. "It was a series of plays that lost the game. We tasted it but we could not get it done."

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