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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           18   16   25   19    78   
     INDIANA          26   22   14   14    76      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 19, VIN BAKER 12, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11
                IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 25, AL HARRINGTON 17, 
                      JEFF FOSTER 10

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - MARK BLOUNT 9, ERIC WILLIAMS 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, MIKE JAMES 5, VIN BAKER 3
                IND - KENNY ANDERSON 6, ANTHONY JOHNSON 4, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   14,753

Box Score

BOSTON (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Brown 21 1-5 0-0 2-4 2 1 3 V Baker 31 5-10 2-2 0-4 3 3 12 T Battie 21 5-8 1-2 2-5 2 4 11 P Pierce 38 7-18 2-3 2-6 9 2 19 M James 35 4-10 1-2 0-2 5 2 11 M Blount 27 3-7 0-1 4-9 2 1 6 E Williams 27 4-10 0-2 1-7 0 1 8 M Banks 13 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 R LaFrentz 17 3-6 0-0 3-6 0 4 6 J Welsch 10 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 2 W Mccarty DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 6-13 14-44 24 20 78 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.462. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (K Brown 1-1, P Pierce 3-4, M James 2-5, E Williams 0-1, M Banks 0-1, R LaFrentz 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (M Blount 3, T Battie, P Pierce). Turnovers:15 (M James 4, P Pierce 4, E Williams 2, J Welsch 2, V Baker, T Battie, M Blount). Steals: 10 (J Welsch 3, M Blount 2, M Banks 2, T Battie, K Brown, P Pierce). INDIANA (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 40 4-9 0-0 1-6 3 2 8 J O'Neal 35 10-19 5-6 5-11 0 4 25 J Foster 31 3-7 4-6 1-6 2 1 10 R Miller 33 2-9 1-1 0-2 3 1 7 K Anderson 26 1-6 0-0 0-2 6 1 2 A Harrington 29 6-15 3-4 1-6 1 5 17 A Johnson 22 1-1 0-0 0-3 4 3 3 F Jones 13 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 S Pollard 10 0-1 0-0 1-5 0 0 0 A Croshere 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 J Tinsley DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-68 15-19 9-42 19 18 76 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (R Artest 0-2, R Miller 2-4, A Harrington 2-4, A Johnson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (S Pollard 3, R Artest, J Foster). Turnovers:17 (J O'Neal 6, R Miller 3, A Harrington 2, F Jones 2, K Anderson, R Artest, A Croshere, A Johnson). Steals: 11 (A Johnson 2, A Harrington 2, R Artest 2, J Foster 2, K Anderson, J O'Neal, F Jones). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 18 16 25 19 - 78 INDIANA 26 22 14 14 - 76 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:32 3rd). Indiana - 2 (COACH Carlisle, 1:08 1st; Defensive Three, 9:44 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,753. T: 2:15. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Joe Forte, Nolan Fine.


Extended Box

BOSTON (78) AT INDIANA (76) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K BROWN F 21 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 1 0 3 V BAKER F 31 5-10 2-2 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 12 T BATTIE C 21 5-8 1-2 2 3 5 2 4 1 1 11 P PIERCE G 38 7-18 2-3 2 4 6 9 2 1 4 19 M JAMES G 35 4-10 1-2 0 2 2 5 2 0 4 11 M BLOUNT 27 3-7 0-1 4 5 9 2 1 2 1 6 E WILLIAMS 27 4-10 0-2 1 6 7 0 1 0 2 8 M BANKS 13 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 R LAFRENTZ 17 3-6 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 6 J WELSCH 10 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 W MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION J JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-80 6-13 14 30 44 24 20 10 15 78 (.413) (.462) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15 (11 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 40 4-9 0-0 1 5 6 3 2 2 1 8 J O'NEAL F 35 10-19 5-6 5 6 11 0 4 1 6 25 J FOSTER C 31 3-7 4-6 1 5 6 2 1 2 0 10 R MILLER G 33 2-9 1-1 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 7 K ANDERSON G 26 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 1 1 2 A HARRINGTON 29 6-15 3-4 1 5 6 1 5 2 2 17 A JOHNSON 22 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 2 1 3 F JONES 13 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 S POLLARD 10 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 A CROSHERE 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 J TINSLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-68 15-19 9 33 42 19 18 11 17 76 (.412) (.789) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20 (19 PTS) BOSTON 18 16 25 19 - 78 INDIANA 26 22 14 14 - 76 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - M BLOUNT 3, T BATTIE, P PIERCE. INDIANA - S POLLARD 3, R ARTEST, J FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 6-13 (.462), K BROWN 1-1, P PIERCE 3-4, M JAMES 2- 5, E WILLIAMS 0-1, M BANKS 0-1, R LAFRENTZ 0-1. INDIANA 5-11 (.455), R ARTEST 0-2, R MILLER 2-4, A HARRINGTON 2-4, A JOHNSON 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. INDIANA - COACH CARLISLE, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, JOE FORTE, NOLAN FINE. A - 14,753. T - 2:15.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Vin Baker's comeback continued at the expense of the Indiana Pacers. Baker's go-ahead jumper with 20.8 seconds remaining helped lift the Boston Celtics to a 78-76 victory over the Pacers. This season already has been an intense one for Baker. He saw his production decline in recent years and was suspended by the team late last season before admitting to alcoholism and spending part of the offseason in a rehabilitation program. A four-time All-Star, Baker is leaner this season and appears to have put his demons behind him. He scored 12 points in this one as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak at Conseco Fieldhouse. "I knew Paul (Pierce) was going to get doubled and if he did, he was going to swing the ball to me," Baker said. "Once I got it in the middle of the lane, I was able to get a good look and fortunately able to hit the shot." Pierce led the Celtics with 19 points while Tony Battie and Mike James added 11 apiece. "This was definitely a big win for our ballclub tonight," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "We beat a very, very fine basketball team. I thought our defense in the second half was outstanding. That's one thing about our guys, they'll always fight. I thought we showed good mental and physical toughness tonight." Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 25 points and 11 rebounds but scored just four points in the second half. He spent most of the third quarter on the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 7:22 left and the Pacers leading, 55-45. Al Harrington had 17 points and Jeff Foster 10 for the Pacers, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Harrington's jumper with 6:06 left made it 57-48 Indiana, but a 3-pointer by James just 16 seconds later sparked a 20-5 run that extended to the fourth quarter. He ended the spurt with another jumper, giving the Celtics a 68-62 lead with 8:02 to play. After the game, O'Neal blamed his foul trouble on poor officiating and believed his departure helped spark Boston's comeback. "Well, when you take out the guy that was going in the first half ... on any given night, you take that guy away, then the other guys need to try to get a rhythm, and we didn't," O'Neal said. The Pacers responded with a 8-0 run and regained the lead, 70-68, with 3:56 left. O'Neal's follow shot with 37 seconds remaining gave the Pacers their final lead at 76-75. "These refs are taking away my aggressiveness in the post," O'Neal said. "I got guys that are afraid to guard me. They were flopping. I can't be effective if I'm not on the court. ... I can't be effective if I can't make power post moves." This was the first meeting between the teams since Boston eliminated Indiana in six games in last season's Eastern Conference first-round series. The Pacers got off to a good start and were in front after one quarter, 26-18, as O'Neal had 12 points and eight rebounds. Boston continued to struggle in the second period as Indiana opened the quarter with a 6-0 spurt, building a 16-point cushion with 9:58 left. The Celtics answered with an 11-0 burst, but Indiana responded with seven unanswered points to make it 43-29 and took a 48-34 lead into intermission. Indiana shot 50 percent (17-of-34) in the first half while limiting Boston to 33 percent (14-of-43) and had a 27-19 rebounding edge. The second half was a reversal as the Celtics connected at 51 percent (19-of-37) and the Pacers shot 32 percent (11-of-34). "We tightened up our defense," Pierce said. "We challenged all their shots. We got in the passing lanes and we were able to make it a possession game. They pretty much had it their way in the first half, but we are a team that has a lot of resiliency." Indiana had a chance to win, but O'Neal missed a jumper with four seconds remaining. Eric Williams grabbed the rebound and passed to James, who was fouled, made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. "This is one that we let get away from us," Pacers forward Ron Artest said. "No, Boston doesn't have our number, but they've outplayed us. This is just a loss. We can regroup and get ourselves back in order." Boston shot 41 percent (33-of-80) overall and made just 6-of-13 free throws.


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