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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           23   30   33   24    110  
     CLEVELAND        26   21   23   36    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 34, WALTER MCCARTY 20, 
                      ANTOINE WALKER 18
                CLE - RICKY DAVIS 38, CARLOS BOOZER 20, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 17

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, PAUL PIERCE 9, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 7
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 16, RICKY DAVIS 7, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, ANTOINE WALKER 6, ERIC 
                      WILLIAMS 4
                CLE - RICKY DAVIS 9, MILT PALACIO 7, CARLOS 
                      BOOZER 3

         ATT:   14,860

Box Score

BOSTON (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 43 8-21 0-0 3-9 6 2 18 E Williams 35 4-9 1-2 1-4 4 1 10 M Blount 13 3-3 1-1 2-5 0 2 7 J Bremer 35 4-7 2-2 0-2 3 1 13 P Pierce 44 11-26 10-17 4-9 9 2 34 W Mccarty 35 7-10 0-0 1-7 1 2 20 B Coles 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 K Brown 17 2-7 2-4 4-6 0 3 6 G Long 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Delk DNP - PERSONAL REASONS T Battie DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 16-26 15-42 24 15 110 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals: 14-27, .519 (A Walker 2-8, E Williams 1-1, J Bremer 3-6, P Pierce 2-4, W Mccarty 6-8). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (A Walker 2, K Brown, P Pierce). Turnovers:10 (P Pierce 4, E Williams 2, G Long, J Bremer, A Walker, M Blount). Steals: 11 (A Walker 3, B Coles 2, K Brown 2, P Pierce 2, W Mccarty, M Blount). CLEVELAND (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Miles 30 4-9 2-2 1-4 2 0 10 C Boozer 37 9-12 2-2 4-16 3 3 20 Z Ilgauskas 36 8-18 1-3 1-4 2 3 17 M Palacio 38 2-6 1-2 0-4 7 5 5 R Davis 45 14-25 5-5 2-7 9 3 38 W Parker 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 J Jones 29 3-7 0-0 0-4 2 5 9 D Diop 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Mihm 9 2-4 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 M Stewart DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Wagner DNP - ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-85 11-14 10-43 27 22 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (R Davis 5-8, W Parker 1-3, J Jones 3-7). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (Z Ilgauskas 5, R Davis, D Miles, C Boozer). Turnovers:14 (R Davis 5, J Jones 2, W Parker 2, Z Ilgauskas, C Boozer, M Palacio, C Mihm, D Miles). Steals: 8 (Z Ilgauskas 3, M Palacio 2, D Miles, W Parker, C Boozer). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 23 30 33 24 - 110 CLEVELAND 26 21 23 36 - 106 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 3:31 1st; P Pierce, 8:32 2nd). Cleveland - 4 (Defensive Three, 10:42 1st; Defensive Three, 7:03 2nd; J Jones, 8:32 2nd; Defensive Three, 1:21 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,860. T: 2:09. Officials: Jason Phillips, Monty McCutchen, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

BOSTON (110) AT CLEVELAND (106) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 43 8-21 0-0 3 6 9 6 2 3 1 18 E WILLIAMS F 35 4-9 1-2 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 10 M BLOUNT C 13 3-3 1-1 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 7 J BREMER G 35 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 13 P PIERCE G 44 11-26 10-17 4 5 9 9 2 2 4 34 W MCCARTY 35 7-10 0-0 1 6 7 1 2 1 0 20 B COLES 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 K BROWN 17 2-7 2-4 4 2 6 0 3 2 0 6 G LONG 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION T DELK DNP - PERSONAL REASONS T BATTIE DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 40-86 16-26 15 27 42 24 15 11 10 110 (.465) (.615) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MILES F 30 4-9 2-2 1 3 4 2 0 1 1 10 C BOOZER F 37 9-12 2-2 4 12 16 3 3 1 1 20 Z ILGAUSKAS C 36 8-18 1-3 1 3 4 2 3 3 1 17 M PALACIO G 38 2-6 1-2 0 4 4 7 5 2 1 5 R DAVIS G 45 14-25 5-5 2 5 7 9 3 0 5 38 W PARKER 13 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 3 J JONES 29 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 5 0 2 9 D DIOP 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C MIHM 9 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 4 M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION T BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WAGNER DNP - ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY TOTALS 240 43-85 11-14 10 33 43 27 22 8 14 106 (.506) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (17 PTS) BOSTON 23 30 33 24 - 110 CLEVELAND 26 21 23 36 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - A WALKER 2, K BROWN, P PIERCE. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 5, R DAVIS, D MILES, C BOOZER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 14-27 (.519), A WALKER 2-8, E WILLIAMS 1- 1, J BREMER 3-6, P PIERCE 2-4, W MCCARTY 6-8. CLEVELAND 9-18 (.500), R DAVIS 5-8, W PARKER 1-3, J JONES 3-7. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, P PIERCE. CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, J JONES, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JASON PHILLIPS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, RON OLESIAK. A - 14,860. T - 2:09.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce scored 34 points, but the Boston Celtics had to sweat out a 110-106 victory over the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics led 86-70 after three quarters, but the Cavaliers opened the final period with a 23-6 run and surged in front, 93-92, with 5:21 left. Cleveland's Ricky Davis scored 12 of his 38 points in the fourth. "We're not defending at a level that is nearly enough to be a good basketball team in the NBA," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. Pierce made 1-of-2 free throws to tie it with 4:55 to play, but Zydrunas Ilgauskas countered with a long baseline jumper. Pierce came back with a pivot move and short jumper in the lane to forge a 95-95 deadlock and Boston took the lead on a basket by Eric Williams with 3:12 remaining. "We were trying to battle with them and it came down to the wire," said Cleveland rookie Carlos Boozer, who had 20 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. "We just couldn't ... stop them from scoring." Jumaine Jones gave Cleveland its last lead, 98-97, on a 3-pointer from the corner off a kick-out pass from Davis with 2:46 left, but Pierce scored off another move in the lane to put the Celtics ahead for good. On Boston's next two possessions, Walter McCarty made a layup on a fast break and a 3-pointer from the left wing to put away the game. "I have confidence in myself and I believe my shot is working whenever I get a chance," McCarty said. "Whether it goes in or not, I can't control it. My stroke felt good tonight and I felt fortunate to knock some down." McCarty, who was averaging 5.7 points per game, made a career-high 6-of-8 3-pointers and scored 20 points. "He's their X factor," said Cavs guard Milt Palacio, who had five points and seven assists against his former team. "He hit some big shots and that's his character." Pierce had nine rebounds and nine assists to help the Celtics extend their winning streak against the Cavaliers to 10 games. Boston moved a half-game ahead of Orlando for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Davis had seven boards and nine assists. He became the first Cavalier to score at least 30 points in back-to-back games since Brad Daugherty in November 26-27, 1991. Cleveland shot 51 percent (43-of-85) from the field but could not stop the Celtics, who made 14 3-pointers, the most ever against the Cavs. In addition to McCarty's six shots from the arc, J.R. Bremer hit 3-of-6. Cleveland got good interior defense from Ilgauskas, who had five blocked shots to move past Daugherty into fifth place on the team's all-time list.


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