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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           22   9    27   30    88   
     CHICAGO          21   23   15   18    77      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 33, MIKE JAMES 18, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 11
                CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 16, JEROME WILLIAMS 9, 
                      EDDIE ROBINSON 9

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - WALTER MCCARTY 11, MARK BLOUNT 9, JIRI 
                      WELSCH 7
                CHI - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, ANTONIO DAVIS 8, 
                      KENDALL GILL 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - WALTER MCCARTY 4, MIKE JAMES 3, MARCUS 
                      BANKS 3
                CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 6, KIRK HINRICH 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   22,315

Box Score

BOSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Mccarty 35 3-13 3-7 1-11 4 2 11 J Welsch 32 3-7 1-2 3-7 1 1 9 M Blount 31 1-4 0-0 4-9 0 6 2 P Pierce 42 9-23 12-16 0-3 2 3 33 M James 32 6-11 4-6 0-3 3 1 18 C Mihm 18 2-4 3-6 0-5 0 3 7 M Banks 16 0-4 0-0 0-3 3 1 0 R Davis 23 4-7 0-0 0-4 1 1 8 V Baker 11 0-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 M Stewart DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-76 23-37 9-48 14 18 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.622. 3-Point Goals: 9-26, .346 (W Mccarty 2-10, J Welsch 2-3, P Pierce 3-8, M James 2-4, R Davis 0-1). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:2 (C Mihm, P Pierce). Turnovers:15 (R Davis 3, W Mccarty 3, C Mihm 2, J Welsch 2, P Pierce 2, M James, M Banks, M Blount). Steals: 11 (M James 3, C Mihm 2, M Banks 2, M Blount 2, W Mccarty, J Welsch). CHICAGO (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Je Williams 26 1-9 7-7 6-12 2 2 9 K Gill 27 3-13 0-0 2-6 2 4 6 A Davis 30 3-9 2-2 2-8 1 3 8 J Crawford 42 6-17 3-4 0-5 6 3 16 K Hinrich 43 2-9 4-5 0-2 4 2 8 E Curry 17 3-4 0-4 0-5 0 5 6 E Robinson 24 4-8 1-1 0-2 1 2 9 C Blount 10 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 6 R Brunson 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 M Fizer 12 3-8 2-2 2-5 1 1 8 C Jefferies 4 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 L Johnson 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-84 20-27 12-49 18 27 77 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 1-16, .063 (J Crawford 1-8, K Hinrich 0-5, E Robinson 0-1, C Jefferies 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (C Blount 2, E Robinson, J Crawford). Turnovers:16 (K Hinrich 6, C Jefferies 2, A Davis 2, J Crawford 2, E Robinson, Je Williams, E Curry, R Brunson). Steals: 12 (K Hinrich 4, Je Williams 3, J Crawford 2, E Robinson, K Gill, E Curry). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 22 9 27 30 - 88 CHICAGO 21 23 15 18 - 77 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,315. T: 2:10. Officials: Jack Nies, Jess Kersey, Troy Raymond.


Extended Box

BOSTON (88) AT CHICAGO (77) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W MCCARTY F 35 3-13 3-7 1 10 11 4 2 1 3 11 J WELSCH F 32 3-7 1-2 3 4 7 1 1 1 2 9 M BLOUNT C 31 1-4 0-0 4 5 9 0 6 2 1 2 P PIERCE G 42 9-23 12-16 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 33 M JAMES G 32 6-11 4-6 0 3 3 3 1 3 1 18 C MIHM 18 2-4 3-6 0 5 5 0 3 2 2 7 M BANKS 16 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 2 1 0 R DAVIS 23 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 3 8 V BAKER 11 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION J JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION B HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-76 23-37 9 39 48 14 18 11 15 88 (.368) (.622) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15 (17 PTS) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === JE WILLIAMS F 26 1-9 7-7 6 6 12 2 2 3 1 9 K GILL F 27 3-13 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 1 0 6 A DAVIS C 30 3-9 2-2 2 6 8 1 3 0 2 8 J CRAWFORD G 42 6-17 3-4 0 5 5 6 3 2 2 16 K HINRICH G 43 2-9 4-5 0 2 2 4 2 4 6 8 E CURRY 17 3-4 0-4 0 5 5 0 5 1 1 6 E ROBINSON 24 4-8 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 9 C BLOUNT 10 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 6 R BRUNSON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 M FIZER 12 3-8 2-2 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 8 C JEFFERIES 4 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 L JOHNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 28-84 20-27 12 37 49 18 27 12 16 77 (.333) (.741) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16 (6 PTS) BOSTON 22 9 27 30 - 88 CHICAGO 21 23 15 18 - 77 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - C MIHM, P PIERCE. CHICAGO - C BLOUNT 2, E ROBINSON, J CRAWFORD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-26 (.346), W MCCARTY 2-10, J WELSCH 2- 3, P PIERCE 3-8, M JAMES 2-4, R DAVIS 0-1. CHICAGO 1-16 (.063), J CRAWFORD 1- 8, K HINRICH 0-5, E ROBINSON 0-1, C JEFFERIES 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, JESS KERSEY, TROY RAYMOND. A - 22,315. T - 2:10.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics got to the United Center late and started slowly but finished with a flurry. Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics staged a furious rally and posted an 88-77 triumph over the Chicago Bulls. Mike James added 18 points and Walter McCarty had 11 for the Celtics, who did not get to the arena until two hours before game time. Boston trailed, 52-40, midway through the third quarter, but Pierce got hot and carried the Celtics to just their fourth win in 20 visits to the United Center. "We kind of got a little out of sync, spending just 45 minutes at the hotel and then rushing to the arena," James said. "Then in the first half, we seemed fatigued. But at halftime we got it together and discovered some energy." "It affected me in the first quarter, I was kind of dragging," Pierce added. "I was trying to catch my wind. It was a little hard in the first quarter, I was trying to get my legs and wind back." Playing for the third time in four nights, Boston overcame 37 percent (28-for-76) shooting from the field. James made 6-of-11 shots, but the Celtics' other starters combined to go 16-of-47. "Mike is a tough kid and hits big shots," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. Chicago led 65-63 with 9:24 to go in the game, but James , who was 4-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter - drained a 3-pointer to trigger an 18-5 burst. James had the first 12 points and Pierce the last six in the run. "(James) was big in the fourth quarter," Pierce said. "I call him 'Fourth Quarter Mike,' and he responded. I told him I needed him to be big, and he responded." For Chicago coach Scott Skiles, fourth-quarter collapses are becoming too commonplace. "We have points in the game where we just look flat out of gas," Skiles said. "I don't know how else to say it. We don't have the stamina in some games to play through it." Jamal Crawford had 16 points for Chicago, which was seeking consecutive wins for just the third time this season. The Bulls fell to 5-12 at home. Chicago appeared poised to make quick work of Boston, scoring the game's first seven points. After the Celtics battled back, Eddy Curry had a breakaway dunk to spark a 20-2 burst for the Bulls. Eddie Robinson capped the run with a 17-footer with 2:23 to go in the first half. After halftime, Boston shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field while limiting Chicago to 22.5 percent (9-of-40). The Bulls missed all seven of their 3-point attempts and 7-of-22 free throws. "The second half was very unacceptable," Bulls guard Kendall Gill said. "In all my years of playing ball, I have never seen or been part of a team that cold. It was not just one person, it was everybody."


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