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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             14   31   28   22    95   
     BOSTON           29   12   41   30    112     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 20, MATT HARPRING 15, SCOTT 
                      PADGETT 15
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 35, ANTOINE WALKER 27, TONY 
                      DELK 13

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - MATT HARPRING 7, KARL MALONE 6, GREG 
                      OSTERTAG 6
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, PAUL PIERCE 7, TONY 
                      BATTIE 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, MARK JACKSON 5, SCOTT 
                      PADGETT 5
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 6, 
                      ANTOINE WALKER 5

         ATT:   15,595

Box Score

UTAH (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Malone 32 6-10 8-10 1-6 1 3 20 A Kirilenko 18 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 4 4 J Collins 17 0-2 2-4 0-1 0 3 2 D Stevenson 14 3-4 2-4 0-2 1 3 8 J Stockton 28 2-3 4-6 0-3 7 2 9 M Harpring 33 5-13 3-4 2-7 2 1 15 M Jackson 17 1-2 2-2 0-2 5 1 5 C Cheaney 29 5-9 0-0 1-3 0 3 11 J Amaechi 6 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 1 0 G Ostertag 20 1-2 4-6 1-6 1 1 6 S Padgett 23 7-13 0-1 2-5 5 0 15 C Arroyo 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-63 25-39 7-37 25 22 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.641. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (A Kirilenko 0-1, J Stockton 1-1, M Harpring 2-4, M Jackson 1-2, C Cheaney 1-1, S Padgett 1-4). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:7 (G Ostertag 3, A Kirilenko 2, M Jackson, M Harpring). Turnovers:28 (K Malone 4, G Ostertag 4, A Kirilenko 4, J Stockton 3, M Harpring 3, C Cheaney 2, S Padgett 2, J Collins 2, M Jackson, D Stevenson, C Arroyo, J Amaechi). Steals: 9 (K Malone 2, M Harpring 2, S Padgett 2, J Stockton, M Jackson, A Kirilenko). BOSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 39 10-22 4-5 0-7 5 3 27 E Williams 15 2-5 2-2 3-3 2 4 6 T Battie 15 3-3 0-0 3-6 0 5 6 T Delk 36 5-12 0-0 0-2 2 5 13 P Pierce 35 11-22 12-12 1-7 9 2 35 V Baker 29 4-6 2-3 2-4 1 3 10 W Mccarty 33 1-4 0-0 1-3 3 3 2 S Williams 26 4-7 0-1 0-2 6 2 11 B Sundov 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Bremer 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Wolkowyski 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-85 20-23 10-34 28 28 112 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 10-29, .345 (A Walker 3-8, T Delk 3-7, P Pierce 1-5, W Mccarty 0-2, S Williams 3-5, B Sundov 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (P Pierce 3, V Baker, A Walker). Turnovers:17 (V Baker 4, S Williams 3, T Delk 2, W Mccarty 2, P Pierce 2, T Battie 2, A Walker, B Sundov). Steals: 19 (W Mccarty 6, A Walker 5, P Pierce 3, V Baker 2, T Delk 2, S Williams). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 14 31 28 22 - 95 BOSTON 29 12 41 30 - 112 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 2 (Defensive Three, 11:26 2nd; Defensive Three, 3:24 4th). Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 1:44 2nd; Defensive Three, 3:10 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,595. T: 2:13. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dick Bavetta, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

UTAH (95) AT BOSTON (112) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MALONE F 32 6-10 8-10 1 5 6 1 3 2 4 20 A KIRILENKO F 18 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 1 4 4 J COLLINS C 17 0-2 2-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 2 D STEVENSON G 14 3-4 2-4 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 8 J STOCKTON G 28 2-3 4-6 0 3 3 7 2 1 3 9 M HARPRING 33 5-13 3-4 2 5 7 2 1 2 3 15 M JACKSON 17 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 5 1 1 1 5 C CHEANEY 29 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 11 J AMAECHI 6 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 G OSTERTAG 20 1-2 4-6 1 5 6 1 1 0 4 6 S PADGETT 23 7-13 0-1 2 3 5 5 0 2 2 15 C ARROYO 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 TOTALS 240 32-63 25-39 7 30 37 25 22 9 28 95 (.508) (.641) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 29 (37 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 39 10-22 4-5 0 7 7 5 3 5 1 27 E WILLIAMS F 15 2-5 2-2 3 0 3 2 4 0 0 6 T BATTIE C 15 3-3 0-0 3 3 6 0 5 0 2 6 T DELK G 36 5-12 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 2 2 13 P PIERCE G 35 11-22 12-12 1 6 7 9 2 3 2 35 V BAKER 29 4-6 2-3 2 2 4 1 3 2 4 10 W MCCARTY 33 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 6 2 2 S WILLIAMS 26 4-7 0-1 0 2 2 6 2 1 3 11 B SUNDOV 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 J BREMER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R WOLKOWYSKI 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 41-85 20-23 10 24 34 28 28 19 17 112 (.482) (.870) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18 (16 PTS) UTAH 14 31 28 22 - 95 BOSTON 29 12 41 30 - 112 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - G OSTERTAG 3, A KIRILENKO 2, M JACKSON, M HARPRING. BOSTON - P PIERCE 3, V BAKER, A WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-13 (.462), A KIRILENKO 0-1, J STOCKTON 1- 1, M HARPRING 2-4, M JACKSON 1-2, C CHEANEY 1-1, S PADGETT 1-4. BOSTON 10- 29 (.345), A WALKER 3-8, T DELK 3-7, P PIERCE 1-5, W MCCARTY 0-2, S WILLIAMS 3- 5, B SUNDOV 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DICK BAVETTA, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 15,595. T - 2:13.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce got things going a quarter earlier than usual. Pierce scored 15 of his 35 points in the third quarter as the Celtics rebounded from a dismal second period for their fifth straight victory, 112-95 over the Utah Jazz. Boston built a 29-14 lead after one quarter and was seemingly on its way to a rout before Utah used its bench to dominate play in the second period. Matt Harping and Scott Padgett each netted 11 points and fellow reserve Calbert Cheaney had the other nine as the Jazz outscored the Celtics, 31-12, in the period and took a four-point halftime lead. "I was kind of disappointed with the way we played in the first half, especially after the first quarter," Pierce said. "We went up by 15 and then went into the half down four. That's pretty disappointing when you have such a lead like that at home." John Stockton's layup gave Utah a 58-52 lead with 7:16 left in the third quarter before Boston responded with 11 straight points, triggered by a jumper from Pierce, who last season led the NBA in fourth-quarter points. Tony Delk added a pair of 3-pointers in the run and Vin Baker capped it with a three-point play for a 63-58 advantage with 5:23 remaining. Pierce continued to pour it on and nailed a 3-pointer in a 9-2 spurt that opened an 82-67 advantage with 45 seconds left. In the period, the Celtics shot 68 percent (13-of-19) from the field and scored 41 points, a season high for a quarter. "I think they understood at halftime that they had to give the type of effort that they gave the first quarter in the third and fourth quarters and they did defensively and offensively," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "We were able to get the lead and extend our lead because we were so effective passing the ball." Pierce's fourth-quarter heroics were not needed in this one. He made 11-of-22 shots and sank all 12 free throws to go with nine assists and seven rebounds. "We were getting good shots and getting good opportunities but they weren't falling at one point during the game," Pierce said. "With the type of scorers we have on this team, we shouldn't have to worry. It will eventually open up." Antoine Walker scored 27 points and Delk added 13 for the Celtics. Walter McCarty came up with a career-high six of Boston's season-high 19 steals. Karl Malone scored 20 points to lead Utah, which fell to 0-4 on the road as it began a five-game trip. Harping and Padgett each chipped in 15 as the reserves compiled 52 points for the Jazz, who committed 29 turnovers that led to 37 points for the Celtics. "You think after five games we should be concentrating pretty hard to hold onto the ball," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "You learn at a real early age playing basketball that you can't throw it away, the other team gets it. We've had a difficult time (with turnovers) to start off this season." Walker, Delk and Shammond Williams each nailed three 3-pointers as Boston made 10-of-29 from beyond the arc. The Celtics shot 62.5 percent (25-of-40) in the second half and 51 percent (32-of-63) for the game. "We knew what we were doing wrong," Walker said. "We can be tough on any given night and tonight was one of those nights. Everybody stepped up and made big shots when we had to." The Jazz got within 87-80 on a three-point play by Malone with 9 1/2 minutes left, but Pierce nailed a jumper and Walker drilled a pair of 3-pointers to rebuild the lead to 15 points. Walker made nine 3-pointers in Saturday's victory at Minnesota. Malone was the only starter in double figures for Utah, which employed its bench liberally. Shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson had eight points in 14 minutes and Andrei Kirilenko added four in 18 minutes. Stockton had six of his seven assists in the second quarter. "You can't expect to miss shots all game, turn the ball over and expect to win games like that," Malone said.


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