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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           29   26   7    20    82   
     SEATTLE          20   13   15   28    76      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 17, WALTER MCCARTY 14, 
                      PAUL PIERCE 14
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 23, DESMOND MASON 17, 
                      RASHARD LEWIS 15

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, GRANT LONG 7, TONY 
                      DELK 6
                SEA - REGGIE EVANS 16, DESMOND MASON 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, J.R. BREMER 4, 
                      SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 3
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, BRENT BARRY 4, DESMOND 
                      MASON 4

         ATT:   15,120

Box Score

BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 42 7-20 2-2 0-12 5 6 17 E Williams 30 3-6 3-3 2-3 0 3 9 W Mccarty 31 4-8 4-4 1-5 1 4 14 J Bremer 28 1-8 1-2 1-2 4 1 4 P Pierce 16 4-9 6-6 0-0 1 0 14 G Long 21 1-1 0-0 2-7 1 2 2 T Delk 32 2-8 0-0 0-6 1 3 5 V Baker 16 4-9 1-1 1-3 0 1 9 S Williams 24 3-5 0-0 0-2 3 3 8 T Battie DNP - PERSONAL REASONS B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 17-18 7-40 16 23 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 7-27, .259 (A Walker 1-8, W Mccarty 2-5, J Bremer 1-5, T Delk 1-6, S Williams 2-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:4 (E Williams 2, V Baker, P Pierce). Turnovers:12 (A Walker 4, T Delk 2, S Williams 2, J Bremer 2, V Baker, W Mccarty). Steals: 9 (J Bremer 3, E Williams 2, T Delk 2, V Baker, S Williams). SEATTLE (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 31 1-1 3-6 7-16 0 2 5 R Lewis 38 7-21 1-2 3-7 0 4 15 J James 7 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 0 2 D Mason 43 6-19 5-7 2-8 4 3 17 G Payton 45 9-21 5-8 2-7 11 1 23 B Barry 32 0-4 0-0 2-5 4 4 0 C Booth 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 K Anderson 12 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 P Drobnjak 11 1-4 2-2 0-1 0 0 4 A Sesay 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 V Potapenko 9 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-81 18-27 17-50 21 18 76 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 0-12, .000 (R Lewis 0-4, D Mason 0-2, G Payton 0-3, B Barry 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (V Potapenko, R Lewis, J James, D Mason, R Evans). Turnovers:15 (G Payton 4, R Lewis 4, R Evans 2, B Barry, A Sesay, D Mason, J James, V Potapenko). Steals: 7 (G Payton 2, V Potapenko 2, B Barry, R Lewis, K Anderson). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 29 26 7 20 - 82 SEATTLE 20 13 15 28 - 76 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,120. T: 2:12. Officials: Bennie Adams, Bill Spooner, Hue Hollins.


Extended Box

BOSTON (82) AT SEATTLE (76) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 42 7-20 2-2 0 12 12 5 6 0 4 17 E WILLIAMS F 30 3-6 3-3 2 1 3 0 3 2 0 9 W MCCARTY C 31 4-8 4-4 1 4 5 1 4 0 1 14 J BREMER G 28 1-8 1-2 1 1 2 4 1 3 2 4 P PIERCE G 16 4-9 6-6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 G LONG 21 1-1 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 0 2 T DELK 32 2-8 0-0 0 6 6 1 3 2 2 5 V BAKER 16 4-9 1-1 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 9 S WILLIAMS 24 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 2 8 T BATTIE DNP - PERSONAL REASONS B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-74 17-18 7 33 40 16 23 9 12 82 (.392) (.944) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (12 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 31 1-1 3-6 7 9 16 0 2 0 2 5 R LEWIS F 38 7-21 1-2 3 4 7 0 4 1 4 15 J JAMES C 7 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 2 D MASON G 43 6-19 5-7 2 6 8 4 3 0 1 17 G PAYTON G 45 9-21 5-8 2 5 7 11 1 2 4 23 B BARRY 32 0-4 0-0 2 3 5 4 4 1 1 0 C BOOTH 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 K ANDERSON 12 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4 P DROBNJAK 11 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 A SESAY 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 V POTAPENKO 9 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 4 J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-81 18-27 17 33 50 21 18 7 15 76 (.358) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16 (9 PTS) BOSTON 29 26 7 20 - 82 SEATTLE 20 13 15 28 - 76 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - E WILLIAMS 2, V BAKER, P PIERCE. SEATTLE - V POTAPENKO, R LEWIS, J JAMES, D MASON, R EVANS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-27 (.259), A WALKER 1-8, W MCCARTY 2-5, J BREMER 1-5, T DELK 1-6, S WILLIAMS 2-3. SEATTLE 0-12 (.000), R LEWIS 0- 4, D MASON 0-2, G PAYTON 0-3, B BARRY 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, BILL SPOONER, HUE HOLLINS. A - 15,120. T - 2:12.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- All-Star Paul Pierce helped the Boston Celtics open a big enough lead against the Seattle SuperSonics. But he may have to be shut down for part of the team's season-high six-game road trip. Antoine Walker had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Pierce scored 14 points before leaving with an injury as the Celtics held on for an 82-76 victory over the SuperSonics, sweeping the season series for the first time since 1991-92. Boston went into the All-Star break on a positive note after a 114-74 home rout of the Sonics, the Celtics' biggest victory in nearly 10 years. Pierce did his scoring in 16 minutes before departing with a mild groin strain. The absence of their leading scorer could hurt the Celtics, who open the second half of the season with six straight games against Western Conference foes, a stretch that could set the tone for the rest of the season. "He's an All-Star. He's one of the top scorers in the second half and the fourth quarter in the NBA," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "I would say that we dramatically missed him." O'Brien described Pierce as doubtful for Thursday's game at Portland. The Celtics already were missing forward-center Tony Battie due to personal reasons. But they opened a 53-33 halftime lead and appeared to be coasting to another big win over Seattle. "There was absolutely no defense in the first half again and their All-Stars took advantage," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "In the second half, we played some defense and were able to get back in the game." The Celtics were held to a franchise-low seven points in the third quarter. And Walker, Boston's other All-Star, picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter in the middle of the Sonics' 18-2 run that cut the deficit to 71-70 with 3:13 to go. Boston's previous low in the third quarter came against Toronto on January 12, 2001. "We rolled the bones and got Antoine in there and took our chances," O'Brien said. "He either wouldn't foul out or would foul out when it was meaningless. It worked out for us." Walter McCarty, who chipped in 14 points, made a pair from the line and Walker hit two hook shots around a basket by the Sonics as Boston stretched its advantage to 77-72 with 1:44 remaining. Walker fouled out with 16 seconds left, when the Celtics owned a 79-73 lead. "It's tough to hold a team off on their home floor for four quarters with a 20-point lead," Walker said. "But we are a mentally tough team on the road. We know the importance of this game, getting off to a good start on this road trip." All-Star Gary Payton had 23 points and 11 assists and rookie Reggie Evans recorded a season-high 16 rebounds for Seattle, which has lost five of six. "It did kind of hurt to go down early like that. But we stayed focused just, knowing that we can come back, and that's what we did," Evans said. "We missed a couple of buckets and Antoine made a couple of baskets down there towards the end." This game also marked the return of Vin Baker to KeyArena. His disappointing five-year stint in Seattle concluded last July, when the 6-11 forward was traded to Boston with guard Shammond Williams for forward-center Vitaly Potapenko and guards Kenny Anderson and Joseph Forte. Baker was jeered vociferously by the crowd of 15,120. "The return was what I expected," Baker said. "There were quite a few boos. ... I think I heard worse when I was here." Baker collected nine points and three rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench, just six days after sitting out a game due to light-headedness. He helped Boston win for just the third time in 10 visits to Seattle.


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