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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHILADELPHIA     18   20   27   16    81   
     BOSTON           22   23   20   26    91      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 25, TODD MACCULLOCH 15, 
                      KEITH VAN HORN 13
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 20, WALTER MCCARTY 13, 
                      PAUL PIERCE 13

HIGH REBOUND:   PHI - TODD MACCULLOCH 8, BRIAN SKINNER 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                BOS - ERIC WILLIAMS 10, ANTOINE WALKER 9, TONY
                      BATTIE 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHI - ERIC SNOW 13, AARON MCKIE 3, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 2
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 4, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   16,721

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Van Horn 24 6-12 0-0 1-5 2 5 13 A McKie 30 1-7 0-0 0-5 3 6 2 T MacCulloch 34 5-11 5-6 0-8 0 4 15 A Iverson 45 9-24 4-5 1-4 1 0 25 E Snow 42 1-3 0-0 1-4 13 2 2 G Buckner 20 2-8 0-0 0-1 2 3 6 B Skinner 22 4-7 4-5 4-6 0 3 12 M Bryant 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 A Long 11 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 1 4 J Salmons 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Coleman DNP - LEFT KNEE REHAB E Rentzias DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 13-16 8-37 23 25 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (K Van Horn 1-4, A McKie 0-1, A Iverson 3-6, E Snow 0-1, G Buckner 2-5, J Salmons 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:2 (T MacCulloch, A Long). Turnovers:13 (A Iverson 5, E Snow 2, G Buckner 2, A Long 2, M Bryant, K Van Horn). Steals: 10 (E Snow 4, A Iverson 4, A McKie, K Van Horn). BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 41 7-17 5-6 0-9 5 1 20 E Williams 27 1-3 4-8 4-10 2 3 6 T Battie 30 3-7 4-4 7-9 0 1 10 T Delk 31 3-6 0-0 0-3 2 2 7 P Pierce 46 4-20 4-5 1-7 4 3 13 W Mccarty 28 3-3 4-6 0-4 2 4 13 V Baker 18 4-7 2-3 2-5 2 4 10 S Williams 19 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 3 12 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 23-32 14-49 18 21 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (A Walker 1-7, T Delk 1-3, P Pierce 1-5, W Mccarty 3-3, S Williams 4-5). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:5 (V Baker, A Walker, T Delk, T Battie, P Pierce). Turnovers:19 (P Pierce 7, E Williams 3, V Baker 3, A Walker 3, W Mccarty, T Battie, S Williams). Steals: 8 (W Mccarty 2, P Pierce 2, E Williams, A Walker, S Williams, T Delk). ------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA 18 20 27 16 - 81 BOSTON 22 23 20 26 - 91 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Philadelphia - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:59 2nd). Boston - 1 (A Walker, 8:08 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,721. T: 2:09. Officials: Derek Richardson, Don Vaden, Ed Mallory.


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (81) AT BOSTON (91) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K VAN HORN F 24 6-12 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 1 1 13 A MCKIE F 30 1-7 0-0 0 5 5 3 6 1 0 2 T MACCULLOCH C 34 5-11 5-6 0 8 8 0 4 0 0 15 A IVERSON G 45 9-24 4-5 1 3 4 1 0 4 5 25 E SNOW G 42 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 13 2 4 2 2 G BUCKNER 20 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 6 B SKINNER 22 4-7 4-5 4 2 6 0 3 0 0 12 M BRYANT 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 A LONG 11 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 4 J SALMONS 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 D COLEMAN DNP - LEFT KNEE REHAB E RENTZIAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-81 13-16 8 29 37 23 25 10 13 81 (.383) (.813) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (13 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 41 7-17 5-6 0 9 9 5 1 1 3 20 E WILLIAMS F 27 1-3 4-8 4 6 10 2 3 1 3 6 T BATTIE C 30 3-7 4-4 7 2 9 0 1 0 1 10 T DELK G 31 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 7 P PIERCE G 46 4-20 4-5 1 6 7 4 3 2 7 13 W MCCARTY 28 3-3 4-6 0 4 4 2 4 2 1 13 V BAKER 18 4-7 2-3 2 3 5 2 4 0 3 10 S WILLIAMS 19 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 12 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BREMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-70 23-32 14 35 49 18 21 8 19 91 (.414) (.719) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20 (29 PTS) PHILADELPHIA 18 20 27 16 - 81 BOSTON 22 23 20 26 - 91 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - T MACCULLOCH, A LONG. BOSTON - V BAKER, A WALKER, T DELK, T BATTIE, P PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 6-18 (.333), K VAN HORN 1-4, A MCKIE 0- 1, A IVERSON 3-6, E SNOW 0-1, G BUCKNER 2-5, J SALMONS 0-1. BOSTON 10- 23 (.435), A WALKER 1-7, T DELK 1-3, P PIERCE 1-5, W MCCARTY 3-3, S WILLIAMS 4- 5. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHILADELPHIA - DEFENSIVE THREE. BOSTON - A WALKER. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK RICHARDSON, DON VADEN, ED MALLORY. A - 16,721. T - 2:09.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Playing the fourth-quarter roles of Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker were reserves Vin Baker and Walter McCarty. Baker and McCarty fueled a decisive second-half surge as the Boston Celtics won their sixth straight game, a 91-81 victory over the rival Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics often rely on the scoring of All-Stars Pierce and Walker to carry them in the fourth quarter, but the duo combined for just one basket in the period. Pierce led the NBA in fourth-quarter points last season but made just 4-of-20 shots. Baker and McCarty scored six points each in a 12-2 burst that opened the final period and was part of a 21-4 run that extended back to the third quarter. The rally allowed the Celtics to turn a 65-59 deficit into an 80-69 lead with 8:16 remaining. McCarty scored 13 points and Baker added 10. Fellow reserve Shammond Williams scored 12 points for Boston, which saw six of its eight players reach double figures. "This team is very unselfish," McCarty said. "You're going to get opportunities to shoot the ball, especially when they double-team Paul and Antoine. We've got a lot of guys who can step up and shoot the ball." "I felt like I took another stride since last game," said Baker, who has struggled with his new team in the early going. "More importantly, I'm just glad we won six games in a row." Walker had 20 points and nine rebounds and Pierce scored 13 points for the Celtics, who have not lost since dropping their first two games of the season. "We realize that those are our two big guns," McCarty said. "But they realize, too, that we're a big part of this team. They have to trust us to be able to knock down those shots when they get doubled, and we have to trust them to make the extra pass. It's a team game." Allen Iverson scored 25 points for the 76ers, who lost at the FleetCenter in the regular season for the first time in six visits since March 22, 1998. Philadelphia dropped three games here in the first round of last season's playoffs. Iverson and Brian Skinner scored five points each in a 12-0 spurt that gave the Sixers a 65-59 lead with two minutes left in the third period. But Pierce made a 3-pointer, Iverson took a rest, and the Celtics tied it heading into the final quarter. Baker had a pair of inside baskets around a 3-pointer by McCarty as Boston grabbed the lead for good at 72-65. Iverson returned and teammate Keith Van Horn threw in a hook before the Celtics surged again. "Maybe we've got to do more collectively, offensively, to make up for the difference of Allen Iverson," Sixers guard Eric Snow said. "But we can't make that our main focus. We've still got to get stops." McCarty threw in another 3-pointer and Baker added two free throws for a 77-67 lead. Philadelphia's Todd MacCulloch scored before Williams hit a 3-pointer for an 11-point advantage. Iverson twice cut the deficit to five points with baskets. Each time, Boston's Tony Battie responded, first with a follow shot, then with two free throws. Pierce finally hit a shot to make it 88-79 with 2:04 left. "When our offense isn't going, our defense stepped up," Pierce said. "It did a good job for us. We contained Iverson for most of the game." Philadelphia came in allowing an average of just 14.8 points in the fourth quarter of its last four games but surrendered 26 to Boston. McCarty, Baker and Williams combined to 11-of-17 from the field, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range. Williams was 4-of-5 and McCarty was 3-of-3. Meanwhile, Pierce and Walker were a combined 2-of-12. Battie had 10 points and nine rebounds and Eric Williams swept 10 boards for the Celts, who held a 49-37 advantage on the glass. "That was big," Iverson said. "It was something coach (Larry Brown) harped on. It's not too many times that a team outhustles us and tonight, unfortunately we got outhustled." MacCulloch scored 15 points, Van Horn added 13 and Skinner 12 for the Sixers. Snow had a season-high 13 assists and Iverson made his first three 3-pointers of the season. Walker scored 12 points and Williams nine in the first half, when Sixers starters Van Horn, Snow and Aaron McKie were shut out as Boston opened a 45-38 lead.


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