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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           25   17   21   26    89   
     CLEVELAND        18   35   20   9     82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 26, ANTOINE WALKER 23, ERIC 
                      WILLIAMS 14
                CLE - DAJUAN WAGNER 25, RICKY DAVIS 21, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 15

Box Score

BOSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 46 8-26 7-8 2-10 3 4 23 E Williams 38 4-8 5-5 3-7 2 3 14 T Battie 27 3-3 1-2 0-2 1 2 7 T Delk 30 1-9 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 P Pierce 32 9-20 6-10 0-10 3 2 26 W Mccarty 13 1-1 1-2 0-1 1 1 4 S Williams 32 2-6 3-5 0-2 1 3 7 V Baker 13 0-1 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 K Brown 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 B Sundov 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 25-34 6-37 12 20 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 4-23, .174 (A Walker 0-10, E Williams 1-2, T Delk 0-6, P Pierce 2-4, W Mccarty 1-1). Team Rebounds: 17. Blocked Shots:6 (T Battie 4, E Williams, P Pierce). Turnovers:10 (A Walker 5, E Williams 2, P Pierce 2, T Battie). Steals: 8 (E Williams 2, A Walker 2, V Baker, W Mccarty, S Williams, P Pierce). CLEVELAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Davis 44 8-19 3-4 1-4 2 3 21 C Boozer 40 6-11 0-0 5-14 2 2 12 Z Ilgauskas 24 5-10 5-6 1-8 1 4 15 M Palacio 18 0-3 0-0 1-5 5 2 0 D Wagner 42 7-20 9-10 2-2 4 1 25 W Parker 6 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 3 4 C Mihm 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 J Jones 21 1-4 0-0 1-7 1 4 2 D Miles 26 1-11 0-0 0-3 2 3 2 D Diop 15 0-1 1-2 3-6 2 4 1 T Hill DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Stewart DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-81 19-24 14-50 19 27 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (R Davis 2-6, D Wagner 2-7, W Parker 1-1, J Jones 0-2, D Miles 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:10 (D Diop 4, C Boozer 2, R Davis, C Mihm, W Parker, D Miles). Turnovers:15 (R Davis 5, D Miles 3, C Boozer 2, J Jones, D Wagner, W Parker, M Palacio, C Mihm). Steals: 4 (R Davis 3, D Miles). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 25 17 21 26 - 89 CLEVELAND 18 35 20 9 - 82 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 3 (Defensive Three, 1:39 1st; A Walker, 0:53 2nd; P Pierce 2 (ejected), 11:15 4th). Cleveland - 3 (Defensive Three, 3:46 1st; Defensive Three, 9:11 1st; Z Ilgauskas 2 (ejected), 11:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,013. T: 2:18. Officials: Leroy Richardson, Tom Washington, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

BOSTON (89) AT CLEVELAND (82) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 46 8-26 7-8 2 8 10 3 4 2 5 23 E WILLIAMS F 38 4-8 5-5 3 4 7 2 3 2 2 14 T BATTIE C 27 3-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 7 T DELK G 30 1-9 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 2 P PIERCE G 32 9-20 6-10 0 10 10 3 2 1 2 26 W MCCARTY 13 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 S WILLIAMS 32 2-6 3-5 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 7 V BAKER 13 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 2 K BROWN 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 B SUNDOV 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J BREMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-76 25-34 6 31 37 12 20 8 10 89 (.395) (.735) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 10 (12 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R DAVIS F 44 8-19 3-4 1 3 4 2 3 3 5 21 C BOOZER F 40 6-11 0-0 5 9 14 2 2 0 2 12 Z ILGAUSKAS C 24 5-10 5-6 1 7 8 1 4 0 0 15 M PALACIO G 18 0-3 0-0 1 4 5 5 2 0 1 0 D WAGNER G 42 7-20 9-10 2 0 2 4 1 0 1 25 W PARKER 6 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 C MIHM 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 J JONES 21 1-4 0-0 1 6 7 1 4 0 1 2 D MILES 26 1-11 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 1 3 2 D DIOP 15 0-1 1-2 3 3 6 2 4 0 0 1 T HILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-81 19-24 14 36 50 19 27 4 15 82 (.358) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (15 PTS) BOSTON 25 17 21 26 - 89 CLEVELAND 18 35 20 9 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - T BATTIE 4, E WILLIAMS, P PIERCE. CLEVELAND - D DIOP 4, C BOOZER 2, R DAVIS, C MIHM, W PARKER, D MILES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-23 (.174), A WALKER 0-10, E WILLIAMS 1- 2, T DELK 0-6, P PIERCE 2-4, W MCCARTY 1-1. CLEVELAND 5-17 (.294), R DAVIS 2-6, D WAGNER 2-7, W PARKER 1-1, J JONES 0-2, D MILES 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, A WALKER, P PIERCE 2 (EJECTED). CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, Z ILGAUSKAS 2 (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LEROY RICHARDSON, TOM WASHINGTON, VIOLET PALMER. A - 12,013. T - 2:18.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics became the latest team to take advantage of a late meltdown by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics overcame the ejection of Paul Pierce, allowed just nine points in the fourth quarter and rallied from a 19-point deficit before posting an 89-82 victory over the Cavaliers. "I'm very glad how we persisted, and we came out of here with a win," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "Guys really got down and played hard. We did a great job on Ricky Davis. Tony Battie did a wonderful job on him. Pierce scored 26 points before his ejection in the opening minute of the fourth period and Antoine Walker added 23 for the Celtics, who trailed 65-46 midway through the third quarter. Boston appeared to be in trouble when Pierce and Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas were thrown out after getting involved in an altercation under the basket with 11:15 to play. Pierce was fouled hard by Ilgauskas after he came down with a rebound. He objected and went after the Cavaliers center. The two players engaged in a shoving match and were ejected after receiving double technicals. "I just feel like the foul was excessive," Pierce said. "I'm kind of frustrated. Lately, when I go to the basket, guys are intentionally fouling me or trying to hurt me. It just seems like it's been repetitive and I let my emotions take over. I mean, he was going after my face." O'Brien was surprised Ilgauskas was not hit with a flagrant foul. "Anytime a guy gets hit in the face on the drive, I think that's my definition of a flagrant," O'Brien said. "Frankly, I don't blame Paul for going after him." "I tried to make a play," Ilgauskas said. "I went for the ball, he got upset, pushed me and it escalated from there." At the time of the ejections, the Celtics trailed, 73-65. But the Cavaliers scored just one basket over the final 13 minutes and made 1-of-15 shots in the fourth quarter. They went through a scoring drought of nearly six minutes. "When we lost `Z' and they lost Pierce, they had Walker to help and we were just shell-shocked," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "They took Ricky away from us and it was really hard for us to swing the ball and move the ball." "I was hoping when I got to the locker room it would give us a little fire," Pierce said. "It was a little selfish on my part doing what I did, but I think it did give us a little fire." Rookie Dajuan Wagner scored 25 points for Cleveland, which squandered a six-point lead in the final minute of regulation in Friday's overtime loss to Detroit. "Another tough loss for us," Lucas said. "They beat us with experience tonight." The Celtics took a 76-75 lead on Battie's foul shot with 6:22 left. Carlos Boozer ended Cleveland's drought, following in DeSagana Diop's miss with 4:55 left to give the Cavaliers a 77-76 lead. Cleveland stretched the egde to 80-77 on two free throws by Wagner with 3:48 left. But Shammond Williams' layup and a layup by Walker gave the Celtics the lead for good, 81-80, with 2:13 to go. "I think it started with Tony Delk getting out and pressuring Ricky Davis and not letting him get easy buckets," said Walker, who had 11 points in the fourth quarter. "Then we just kind of fed off that. Obviously, we lost Paul, but they lost `Z,' who gave them a great presence inside and was scoring pretty easily on us." Davis scored 21 points but was blanked in the final period. The collapse offset arguably Cleveland's best 12 minutes of the season in the second quarter as the Cavaliers outscored the Celtics, 35-17, to take a 53-42 haltime lead. Boston came out flat in the third quarter, allowing the Cavs to extend their lead to 66-47 on Davis' layup with 6:22 left. But the Celtics closed the quarter with a 16-7 spurt, getting within 73-63.


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