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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 31 17 31 101 DETROIT 32 24 26 27 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 35, ANTOINE WALKER 28, RODNEY ROGERS 14 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 30, CLIFF ROBINSON 22, CHUCKY ATKINS 17

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 11, RODNEY ROGERS 9, PAUL PIERCE 7 DET - BEN WALLACE 28, JERRY STACKHOUSE 8, CLIFF ROBINSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, KENNY ANDERSON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 8, CLIFF ROBINSON 7, JON BARRY 4

ATT: 22,076


Extended Box

BOSTON (101) AT DETROIT (109)

BOSTON

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

E WILLIAMS F 34 3-5 2-3 2 3 5 3 2 1 2 8 A WALKER F 44 12-25 2-2 3 8 11 5 5 1 2 28 T BATTIE C 25 4-6 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 8 P PIERCE G 46 13-26 7-7 3 4 7 3 2 1 3 35 K ANDERSON G 20 2-7 0-2 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 4 T DELK 18 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 W MCCARTY 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 R ROGERS 28 6-14 1-3 3 6 9 2 1 1 1 14 V POTAPENKO 7 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 E STRICKLAND 10 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 2 M BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-91 12-17 15 29 44 19 22 5 9 101 (.462) (.706) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 9 (6 PTS)

DETROIT

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

M CURRY F 24 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 2 6 B WALLACE F 44 6-9 1-2 8 20 28 0 3 1 1 13 C ROBINSON C 45 10-21 1-2 3 2 5 7 1 2 1 22 J STACKHOUSE G 36 9-19 8-9 1 7 8 8 1 2 2 30 C ATKINS G 33 5-11 5-6 0 1 1 3 1 1 2 17 C WILLIAMSON 19 3-11 2-2 3 0 3 0 4 0 1 8 J BARRY 18 3-6 1-1 1 1 2 4 1 0 1 7 D JONES 15 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 Z REBRACA 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 M MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION V ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-86 21-26 16 34 50 23 15 7 12 109 (.465) (.808) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (10 PTS)

BOSTON 22 31 17 31 - 101 DETROIT 32 24 26 27 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - A WALKER, T BATTIE. DETROIT - B WALLACE 6.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-19 (.263), A WALKER 2-9, P PIERCE 2-4, T DELK 0-2, R ROGERS 1-2, E STRICKLAND 0-2. DETROIT 8-22 (.364), C ROBINSON 1- 5, J STACKHOUSE 4-9, C ATKINS 2-5, J BARRY 0-2, D JONES 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - A WALKER. DETROIT - B WALLACE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. A - 22,076. T - 2:03.


Box Score

BOSTON (101)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 34 3-5 2-3 2-5 3 2 8 A Walker 44 12-25 2-2 3-11 5 5 28 T Battie 25 4-6 0-0 3-6 0 4 8 P Pierce 46 13-26 7-7 3-7 3 2 35 K Anderson 20 2-7 0-2 0-1 4 2 4 T Delk 18 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 W Mccarty 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 R Rogers 28 6-14 1-3 3-9 2 1 14 V Potapenko 7 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 E Strickland 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 M Blount DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-91 12-17 15-44 19 22 101 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (A Walker 2-9, P Pierce 2-4, T Delk 0-2, R Rogers 1-2, E Strickland 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:2 (A Walker, T Battie). Turnovers:9 (P Pierce 3, E Williams 2, A Walker 2, R Rogers, K Anderson). Steals: 5 (E Williams, R Rogers, A Walker, E Strickland, P Pierce).

DETROIT (109)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 24 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 4 6 B Wallace 44 6-9 1-2 8-28 0 3 13 C Robinson 45 10-21 1-2 3-5 7 1 22 J Stackhouse 36 9-19 8-9 1-8 8 1 30 C Atkins 33 5-11 5-6 0-1 3 1 17 C Williamson 19 3-11 2-2 3-3 0 4 8 J Barry 18 3-6 1-1 1-2 4 1 7 D Jones 15 1-2 3-4 0-1 0 0 6 Z Rebraca 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 M Moore DNP - COACH'S DECISION V Alexander DNP - COACH'S DECISION R White DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 21-26 16-50 23 15 109 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (C Robinson 1-5, J Stackhouse 4-9, C Atkins 2-5, J Barry 0-2, D Jones 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (B Wallace 6). Turnovers:12 (J Stackhouse 2, M Curry 2, C Atkins 2, D Jones 2, C Robinson, B Wallace, C Williamson, J Barry). Steals: 7 (J Stackhouse 2, C Robinson 2, M Curry, B Wallace, C Atkins).

-------------------------------------------- BOSTON 22 31 17 31 - 101 DETROIT 32 24 26 27 - 109 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (A Walker, 8:33 4th). Detroit - (B Wallace, 7:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:03.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Time to print the T-shirts.

Ben Wallace matched a career high with an NBA season-best 28 rebounds, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 109-101 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 30 points and Cliff Robinson chipped in 22 for the Pistons, who returned home from a 4-1 road trip for the noon EST tip and used a 15-0 third-quarter run to pull away.

Wallace added to his league-leading total with six blocks and also scored 13 points, but his rebounding continued to be the story.

For each board the 6-9 forward grabs, a fan in the lower section of The Palace at Auburn Hills puts on a white T-shirt covered with a red `R.' By the end of the game, it looked like T-shirt giveaway day.

"I wanted to wrap the T-shirts all the way around the building, but they told me they were running out, so I had to slow down in the fourth quarter," he said. "Next time, maybe they'll have enough T-shirts.

"It's been a lot of fun to know the fans have recognized everything that I have done. My game isn't always pretty, so it's nice to know they appreciate it."

Wallace was key in Detroit's decisive surge. He had consecutive baskets for a 77-66 lead and grabbed a pair of rebounds to set up Chucky Atkins' 3-pointer that extended the run to 18-2 and made it 82-68 in the final seconds of the third.

With 5:28 left in the game, Wallace swiped his final board, matching a career high he set on April 17, 2001 at Toronto. Wallace, who is second in the league in rebounding, finished with his 20th double-double of the season.

"He's the Defensive Player of the Year," Celtics center Tony Battie said. "He's the 2000 Rodman."

"He's tough," added Celtics All-Star swingman Paul Pierce. "He's a beast."

Pierce had 35 points and Antoine Walker added 28 for the Celtics, who trimmed a 15-point deficit to five with 53 seconds left but lost for the fourth time in five games.

The Pistons were expected to be tired. They lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night and traveled home before learning that Sunday's game had been moved up three hours.

But they were energized early and revitalized in the third quarter. After a layup by Walker gave Boston a 66-64 lead with 5:16 left in the period, the Pistons scored the next 15 points.

Stackhouse had the first five in the surge, starting it with a 17-foot jumper and adding a three-point play for a 71-66 lead with 3:57 to go in the quarter. Detroit led the rest of the way. "I slept all day yesterday," Stackhouse said. "I heard it was a beautiful day yesterday but I never saw it. I got up this morning, I had some strawberry pancakes at the Beverly Hills Grill and I was ready to go."

With the Celtics in the midst of a four-minute drought, Robinson scored inside before Wallace made two straight baskets. He dunked with 2 1/2 minutes left and took a touch pass from Robinson for an easy layup with 2:14 to go.

Robinson capped the run 30 seconds later, hitting a fadeaway jumper for a 79-66 lead.

The Celtics missed eight straight shots before Pierce's layup with 1:14 left in the quarter got them within 79-68. They finished the game at 46 percent (42-of-91) and fell to 26-4 when scoring at least 100 points.

"During that run, they also hurt us with their fast break and getting open shots in transition," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "They're playing exceptional basketball, just playing and working on all cylinders."

The Pistons increased their lead in the Central Division to four games while the Celtics fell 5 1/2 behind New Jersey in the Atlantic.

One of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the league, Boston was 0-of-4 from the arc during its drought and 5-of-19 overall against a tenacious perimeter defense.

Meanwhile, Wallace dominated the paint.

In the closing seconds of the third quarter, he inadvertently hit Pierce in the mouth with a forearm at the defensive end and went high for a rebound on the offensive side, outjumping Celtics guard Kenny Anderson, who sprained his left ankle and left the game.

Also known for his pathetic free-throw shooting, Wallace contributed on the offensive end. He threw down an alley-oop dunk on a feed from Jon Barry for an 86-73 cushion early in the fourth quarter.

"I think he dosn't get a lot of credit for the type of player he is," Pierce said.

Detroit took its biggest lead, 90-75, on a free throw by Barry with 8:33 left before the Celtics scored the next nine points, closing within six on a 3-pointer by Pierce with 6:35 to play.

But the Pistons responded with an 8-2 burst, capped by Wallace's alley-oop dunk off a feed from Robinson for a 98-86 bulge with 2:53 left.

Detroit shot 46.5 percent (40-of-86) and beat Boston at its own game, going 8-of-22 from long range. Stackhouse hit 4-of-9.

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