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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            25   23   20   23    91   
     BOSTON           16   12   26   27    81      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - EDDIE JONES 21, BRIAN GRANT 17, CARON 
                      BUTLER 14
                BOS - TONY DELK 20, ANTOINE WALKER 19, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 18

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, VLADIMIR STEPANIA 10, 
                      CARON BUTLER 10
                BOS - TONY DELK 8, PAUL PIERCE 8, ANTOINE 
                      WALKER 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - TRAVIS BEST 6, ANTHONY CARTER 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                BOS - TONY DELK 5, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   13,994

Box Score

MIAMI (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 33 3-13 5-6 1-8 2 3 12 C Butler 40 6-13 1-2 4-10 3 3 14 B Grant 35 5-8 7-8 2-10 1 4 17 T Best 31 3-7 1-2 0-1 6 6 8 E Jones 38 5-17 7-9 0-1 2 3 21 V Stepania 22 2-6 2-2 3-10 0 3 6 M James 26 5-10 0-0 0-0 3 3 13 A Carter 15 0-3 0-0 0-3 4 0 0 M Allen DNP - RIGHT KNEE INJURY R Butler DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Lampley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 23-29 10-43 21 25 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (L Ellis 1-7, C Butler 1-1, T Best 1-1, E Jones 4-10, M James 3-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:2 (V Stepania, A Carter). Turnovers:11 (C Butler 5, B Grant, L Ellis, E Jones, V Stepania, A Carter, M James). Steals: 11 (B Grant 3, C Butler 3, T Best 2, E Jones, A Carter, M James). BOSTON (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 46 7-16 2-5 0-7 2 5 19 E Williams 22 1-5 1-2 2-6 2 1 3 T Battie 11 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 T Delk 43 5-12 5-6 1-8 5 2 20 P Pierce 45 4-13 10-15 1-8 2 2 18 V Baker 13 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 4 4 W Mccarty 29 2-4 2-2 2-4 0 1 6 S Williams 29 4-12 2-2 0-2 2 3 11 B Sundov 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-69 22-32 9-40 13 19 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.362, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 9-27, .333 (A Walker 3-8, T Delk 5-9, P Pierce 0-3, W Mccarty 0-2, S Williams 1-5). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:4 (T Delk, T Battie, S Williams, P Pierce). Turnovers:18 (P Pierce 8, E Williams 3, V Baker 2, S Williams 2, A Walker, T Delk, W Mccarty). Steals: 6 (W Mccarty 2, P Pierce 2, E Williams, A Walker). ------------------------------------------- MIAMI 25 23 20 23 - 91 BOSTON 16 12 26 27 - 81 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 2 (V Baker, 1:39 1st; A Walker, 6:03 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,994. T: 2:13. Officials: Dan Crawford, Kevin Fehr, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

MIAMI (91) AT BOSTON (81) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L ELLIS F 33 3-13 5-6 1 7 8 2 3 0 1 12 C BUTLER F 40 6-13 1-2 4 6 10 3 3 3 5 14 B GRANT C 35 5-8 7-8 2 8 10 1 4 3 1 17 T BEST G 31 3-7 1-2 0 1 1 6 6 2 0 8 E JONES G 38 5-17 7-9 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 21 V STEPANIA 22 2-6 2-2 3 7 10 0 3 0 1 6 M JAMES 26 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 13 A CARTER 15 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 1 1 0 M ALLEN DNP - RIGHT KNEE INJURY R BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S LAMPLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-77 23-29 10 33 43 21 25 11 11 91 (.377) (.793) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14 (21 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 46 7-16 2-5 0 7 7 2 5 1 1 19 E WILLIAMS F 22 1-5 1-2 2 4 6 2 1 1 3 3 T BATTIE C 11 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 T DELK G 43 5-12 5-6 1 7 8 5 2 0 1 20 P PIERCE G 45 4-13 10-15 1 7 8 2 2 2 8 18 V BAKER 13 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 0 2 4 W MCCARTY 29 2-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 2 1 6 S WILLIAMS 29 4-12 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 2 11 B SUNDOV 2 0-0 0-0 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 25-69 22-32 9 31 40 13 19 6 18 81 (.362) (.688) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18 (22 PTS) MIAMI 25 23 20 23 - 91 BOSTON 16 12 26 27 - 81 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - V STEPANIA, A CARTER. BOSTON - T DELK, T BATTIE, S WILLIAMS, P PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 10-23 (.435), L ELLIS 1-7, C BUTLER 1-1, T BEST 1- 1, E JONES 4-10, M JAMES 3-4. BOSTON 9-27 (.333), A WALKER 3-8, T DELK 5- 9, P PIERCE 0-3, W MCCARTY 0-2, S WILLIAMS 1-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - V BAKER, A WALKER. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, KEVIN FEHR, RON OLESIAK. A - 13,994. T - 2:13.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Tony Battie probably wasn't the only one who got sick after the Boston Celtics' first half. The Miami Heat took the referees out of the equation early by holding the Celtics to eight baskets in the first half before hanging on for a 91-81 victory over the Celtics. Battie started despite the flu but was too sick to play in the second half. The way he and his teammates shot in the first half could not have made him feel any better. In a dreadful performance, Boston shot 8-of-31 and fell behind 48-28 in its worst first half of the season. Paul Pierce, the fourth-leading scorer in the NBA at 25.4 points per contest, waited almost 27 minutes for his first bucket. "I'm going to state the obvious here - we played a very poor first half of basketball," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "I thought I had good shots in the first half," said Pierce, who was 0-for-6 from the floor. "(They were) shots that I normally make, but they just didn't go in tonight. But that's part of the game." Miami coach Pat Riley, who was fined $50,000 shortly before the game for criticizing officials after Friday's loss to New York, got a balanced effort from his team as Eddie Jones led five scorers in double figures with 22 points. Boston, which scored just 69 points on woeful 33 percent shooting in Monday's loss to Chicago, rallied within 84-79 on two free throws by Tony Delk with 1:49 remaining. But Mike James hit a 3-pointer and the Celtics could get no closer than seven points thereafter. "I would say we were very edgy down the stretch," Riley said. "It's sort of hard for us to close games and you want to win so bad in order to close ... sometimes you make a few mistakes and before you know it, they're right back into it." Brian Grant scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards and rookie Caron Butler added 14 and 10 for the Heat, who shot 38 percent (29-of-77). Miami was better from long range, hitting 10-of-23 3-pointers. Jones went 4-for-10 while James hit 3-of-4 and finished with 13 points. Tony Delk, who scored 20 points, gave the Celtics a 15-11 lead on a 3-pointer with 5:28 left in the first quarter. Boston's next bucket came over eight minutes later. The Heat went on a 21-3 run in which seven different players scored. Grant paced the surge with six points and capped it with an alley-oop dunk for a 32-18 lead with 8:41 to go. Miami won for the first time in seven games against Atlantic Division foes and snapped a three-game road losing streak. "We cannot feel good about ourselves at all because we're, what, 7-18? We've got to continue to take one game at a time," Grant said. Boston, which managed just three baskets in the second quarter, committed 12 turnovers and was outrebounded, 24-18, in the first half. Antoine Walker, who finished with 19 points, led with nine at the break. "I thoguth we played one of our better defensive games of the year, especially on Pierce and Antoine," Riley said. The Celtics closed within 68-54 at the end of three periods as Shammond Williams hit two free throws and Delk nailed a 3-pointer. The teams traded baskets most of the quarter until Pierce scored six points in a 9-0 run that got them within 84-79. But after James' key 3-pointer with 83 seconds left, Pierce hit 1-of-2 from the line and Jones sank a pair of free throws to boost the lead to 89-80 with 37 seconds left. "We didn't play four quarters, we've got to come and play," Delk said. "I thought we did a good job of making a run." Boston committed just six turnovers in the second half and recovered to shoot 36 percent (25-for-69).


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