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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW ORLEANS      24   22   19   21    86   
     BOSTON           26   25   20   24    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NOR - JAMAL MASHBURN 33, DAVID WESLEY 18, P.J.
                      BROWN 10
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 30, ANTOINE WALKER 28, 
                      SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 13

HIGH REBOUND:   NOR - P.J. BROWN 14, GEORGE LYNCH 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                BOS - TONY BATTIE 8, ANTOINE WALKER 7, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   NOR - JAMAL MASHBURN 8, DAVID WESLEY 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   13,425

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Mashburn 47 13-19 7-8 0-5 8 2 33 P Brown 34 4-8 2-2 5-14 2 4 10 J Magloire 28 2-3 2-4 1-3 0 5 6 D Wesley 45 7-15 1-4 0-2 4 1 18 C Alexander 28 1-6 4-6 0-4 2 3 6 E Campbell 15 1-5 2-4 0-2 0 2 4 G Lynch 19 2-6 2-2 4-8 0 4 7 S Augmon 24 1-6 0-0 1-5 1 5 2 R Traylor DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Davis DNP - BACK SPASMS J Moiso DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Haston DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-68 20-30 11-43 17 26 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (J Mashburn 0-2, D Wesley 3-8, G Lynch 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (P Brown 2, S Augmon, G Lynch). Turnovers:24 (J Magloire 7, J Mashburn 4, C Alexander 4, P Brown 4, S Augmon 2, D Wesley 2, G Lynch). Steals: 9 (J Mashburn 3, D Wesley 2, C Alexander 2, E Campbell, P Brown). BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 44 11-26 1-3 2-7 4 3 28 E Williams 33 2-4 1-1 0-4 3 4 5 T Battie 34 5-6 0-0 4-8 0 2 10 T Delk 22 2-7 3-4 0-0 2 3 8 P Pierce 44 8-24 13-17 3-7 3 3 30 S Williams 30 4-9 3-4 0-3 2 2 13 W Mccarty 19 0-1 1-2 1-3 3 4 1 V Baker 11 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 5 0 B Sundov 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 22-31 12-37 17 26 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (A Walker 5-10, T Delk 1-6, P Pierce 1-6, S Williams 2-5, W Mccarty 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:2 (A Walker, T Battie). Turnovers:16 (P Pierce 8, A Walker 2, T Battie 2, V Baker, S Williams, T Delk, W Mccarty). Steals: 10 (P Pierce 5, E Williams 2, A Walker, T Battie, S Williams). ------------------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS 24 22 19 21 - 86 BOSTON 26 25 20 24 - 95 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Orleans - 1 (Defensive Three, 4:43 1st). Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 9:48 2nd; P Pierce, 8:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,425. T: 2:10. Officials: Bennie Adams, Greg Willard, Jeff Smith.


Extended Box

NEW ORLEANS (86) AT BOSTON (95) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J MASHBURN F 47 13-19 7-8 0 5 5 8 2 3 4 33 P BROWN F 34 4-8 2-2 5 9 14 2 4 1 4 10 J MAGLOIRE C 28 2-3 2-4 1 2 3 0 5 0 7 6 D WESLEY G 45 7-15 1-4 0 2 2 4 1 2 2 18 C ALEXANDER G 28 1-6 4-6 0 4 4 2 3 2 4 6 E CAMPBELL 15 1-5 2-4 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 4 G LYNCH 19 2-6 2-2 4 4 8 0 4 0 1 7 S AUGMON 24 1-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 5 0 2 2 R TRAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION B DAVIS DNP - BACK SPASMS J MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION K HASTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-68 20-30 11 32 43 17 26 9 24 86 (.456) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 24 (26 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 44 11-26 1-3 2 5 7 4 3 1 2 28 E WILLIAMS F 33 2-4 1-1 0 4 4 3 4 2 0 5 T BATTIE C 34 5-6 0-0 4 4 8 0 2 1 2 10 T DELK G 22 2-7 3-4 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 8 P PIERCE G 44 8-24 13-17 3 4 7 3 3 5 8 30 S WILLIAMS 30 4-9 3-4 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 13 W MCCARTY 19 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 1 V BAKER 11 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 0 1 0 B SUNDOV 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BREMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-79 22-31 12 25 37 17 26 10 16 95 (.405) (.710) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16 (9 PTS) NEW ORLEANS 24 22 19 21 - 86 BOSTON 26 25 20 24 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW ORLEANS - P BROWN 2, S AUGMON, G LYNCH. BOSTON - A WALKER, T BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW ORLEANS 4-11 (.364), J MASHBURN 0-2, D WESLEY 3- 8, G LYNCH 1-1. BOSTON 9-28 (.321), A WALKER 5-10, T DELK 1-6, P PIERCE 1- 6, S WILLIAMS 2-5, W MCCARTY 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW ORLEANS - DEFENSIVE THREE. BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, P PIERCE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, GREG WILLARD, JEFF SMITH. A - 13,425. T - 2:10.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker made sure the New Orleans Hornets' road woes continued for at least another game. Pierce scored 30 points and Walker added 28 as the Boston Celtics handed the Hornets a sixth road defeat in eight games, 95-86. The Celtics shot just 41 percent (32-of-79) from the field, while the Hornets shot 46 percent (31-of-68). But Boston made nine 3-pointers to New Orleans' four. Walker made five shots from the arc, including one off the backboard as the shot clock expired 1:04 into the fourth quarter to give his team a 75-67 advantage. The shot came after the Hornets had whittled an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to five. "Anytime you can get a shot like that to fall, it helps," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "Sometimes baskets like that have a way of making the opposing team say, 'What else can go wrong? This isn't our night.'" "That was devastating to us," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "We had played excellent defense, then to bank one in like that ... if he misses that one, it's a whole different ballgame. He made it and the result is that they walk away with the win." After New Orleans climbed within 82-76 midway through the final period on a banked leaner by Jamal Mashburn, Walker saved an offensive rebound from falling out of bounds by the left sideline, got the ball back and nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Celtics a nine-point edge with 5:27 to play. New Orleans got no closer than seven points thereafter. Mashburn scored 33 points, David Wesley added 18 and P.J. Brown 10 and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which played without starting point guard Baron Davis, who sat out the contest due to recurring back spasms suffered in Saturday's overtime loss at New York. Davis, who is averaging 16.6 points, is fifth in the NBA with 8.3 assists and 2.13 steals in 40.5 minutes, did not play for the first time in his career, ending a streak of 264 games. Courtney Alexander started in his place but scored only six points on 1-of-6 shooting in 28 minutes. "To replace him, it has to be a lot of adjustments on my part and David Wesley's part," Mashburn said. "We become playmakers. I have to do a lot more things and get other people involved. It's kind of a difficult switch to make." "Mash was our go to guy early and late, but we just didn't have enough firepower," Silas said. "If Elden (Campbell, who had four points) is not scoring for us and we're missing Baron, then it becomes almost impossible to get it done." Without their floor general, the Hornets committed 24 turnovers, wich the Celtics converted into 26 points. New Orleans scored just nine points off 16 Boston turnovers. "It was an ugly game tonight," Pierce said. "Normally, they're a low-turnover team, but without Baron Davis, we felt like we could put a little bit more pressure on them, use our hands and be active." "Tony Delk and Shammond (Williams) did a good job of pressuring David Wesley because he's really the only point guard that they have," Walker said. "They tried to play Mashburn a little bit but they needed him to score the basketball. It was good to see those guys wear them down a little bit." The Hornets, who are 9-0 at the New Orleans Arena, have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Celtics, who won for the fifth time in six games, had lost their last four home contests against the Hornets. Boston improved to 5-0 when Pierce shoots at least 10 free throws. Pierce, who made only 8-of-24 attempts from the field, was 13-of-17 from the line. "We're just trying to get better every game," Pierce said. "I don't think we're clicking as well as we want to on a consistent basis. Until we can put it together every night for 48 minutes, that's when I'll say we're ready." The Celtics took the lead for good, 26-24, on a 16-foot jump shot by Eric Williams that capped the scoring in the first quarter. Boston extended its lead to 51-46 at the half and 71-60 on a 3-pointer by Walker with 47 seconds left in the third quarter. Without their star point guard, the Hornets (11-6) never caught up and fell behind the Celtics (11-5) in the Eastern Conference standings. "Anytime you can get a win against somebody that's ahead of you in the standings, it's a good win," O'Brien said. Silas was unsure how long Davis will be sidelined. "He has to make that call," Silas said. "I can't make that call. When he feels he's ready to go, then he'll come back. We need him and we want him in there but we can't make him play if he's not ready. "You take 16 points out of your lineup and it's hard to recover unless somebody makes up for that, and we didn't have anybody making up for that tonight."


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