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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           17   26   12   25    80   
     NEW ORLEANS      24   17   20   28    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - RICKY DAVIS 23, PAUL PIERCE 16, MARK 
                      BLOUNT 10
                NOR - JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 23, DAVID WESLEY 19, 
                      GEORGE LYNCH 15

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - MARK BLOUNT 10, CHRIS MIHM 10, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 7
                NOR - JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 17, P.J. BROWN 9, 
                      DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                NOR - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 11, DAVID WESLEY 5, 
                      GEORGE LYNCH 3

         ATT:   15,652

Box Score

BOSTON (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Pierce 43 5-16 5-7 0-4 5 3 16 W Mccarty 35 1-10 2-2 2-7 1 3 5 M Blount 27 4-10 2-4 5-10 1 4 10 C Atkins 35 4-11 1-1 0-4 2 3 9 J Welsch 19 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 3 8 C Mihm 23 1-5 2-4 3-10 0 5 4 R Davis 38 8-19 4-6 1-6 2 1 23 M Banks 13 1-4 2-2 0-2 0 1 4 M Stewart 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Hunter 6 0-2 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 J Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Perkins DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-84 19-28 13-46 14 23 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.321, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 7-27, .259 (P Pierce 1-6, W Mccarty 1-9, C Atkins 0-3, J Welsch 2-3, R Davis 3-6). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (M Blount 2, C Mihm 2, R Davis, P Pierce). Turnovers:14 (P Pierce 5, C Atkins 2, M Banks 2, W Mccarty, M Blount, J Welsch, C Mihm, R Davis). Steals: 14 (W Mccarty 3, C Mihm 3, C Atkins 2, M Blount 2, J Welsch 2, R Davis, M Banks). NEW ORLEANS (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Lynch 29 6-10 0-0 1-5 3 4 15 P Brown 35 4-7 1-1 2-9 1 3 9 J Magloire 42 9-21 5-6 6-17 1 2 23 D Armstrong 37 1-12 7-8 4-7 11 2 9 D Wesley 36 7-16 3-5 0-4 5 0 19 M Carter 5 2-2 0-2 0-4 0 1 4 R Traylor 5 0-0 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 S Augmon 24 1-3 4-4 0-3 2 4 6 S Williams 11 0-3 0-0 0-3 1 3 0 D West 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 S Smith 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 B Davis DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 22-30 13-55 27 22 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (G Lynch 3-4, D Armstrong 0-5, D Wesley 2-5, S Smith 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (J Magloire 2, D Armstrong, P Brown, R Traylor). Turnovers:19 (D Armstrong 5, D Wesley 3, D West 3, P Brown 3, J Magloire 2, G Lynch, S Williams, R Traylor). Steals: 7 (D Armstrong 3, D Wesley 2, G Lynch, J Magloire). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 17 26 12 25 - 80 NEW ORLEANS 24 17 20 28 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:09 1st). New Orleans - 1 (Defensive Three, 4:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,652. T: 2:32. Officials: Mike Henderson, Monty McCutchen, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

BOSTON (80) AT NEW ORLEANS (89) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P PIERCE F 43 5-16 5-7 0 4 4 5 3 0 5 16 W MCCARTY F 35 1-10 2-2 2 5 7 1 3 3 1 5 M BLOUNT C 27 4-10 2-4 5 5 10 1 4 2 1 10 C ATKINS G 35 4-11 1-1 0 4 4 2 3 2 2 9 J WELSCH G 19 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 2 1 8 C MIHM 23 1-5 2-4 3 7 10 0 5 3 1 4 R DAVIS 38 8-19 4-6 1 5 6 2 1 1 1 23 M BANKS 13 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 4 M STEWART 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B HUNTER 6 0-2 1-2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 J JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION K PERKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-84 19-28 13 33 46 14 23 14 14 80 (.321) (.679) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14 (8 PTS) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G LYNCH F 29 6-10 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 1 1 15 P BROWN F 35 4-7 1-1 2 7 9 1 3 0 3 9 J MAGLOIRE C 42 9-21 5-6 6 11 17 1 2 1 2 23 D ARMSTRONG G 37 1-12 7-8 4 3 7 11 2 3 5 9 D WESLEY G 36 7-16 3-5 0 4 4 5 0 2 3 19 M CARTER 5 2-2 0-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 4 R TRAYLOR 5 0-0 2-4 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 S AUGMON 24 1-3 4-4 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 6 S WILLIAMS 11 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 0 D WEST 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 3 0 S SMITH 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 B DAVIS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE TOTALS 240 31-78 22-30 13 42 55 27 22 7 19 89 (.397) (.733) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20 (10 PTS) BOSTON 17 26 12 25 - 80 NEW ORLEANS 24 17 20 28 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - M BLOUNT 2, C MIHM 2, R DAVIS, P PIERCE. NEW ORLEANS - J MAGLOIRE 2, D ARMSTRONG, P BROWN, R TRAYLOR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-27 (.259), P PIERCE 1-6, W MCCARTY 1-9, C ATKINS 0-3, J WELSCH 2-3, R DAVIS 3-6. NEW ORLEANS 5-16 (.313), G LYNCH 3-4, D ARMSTRONG 0-5, D WESLEY 2-5, S SMITH 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW ORLEANS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE HENDERSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 15,652. T - 2:32.


Game Story

NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics received the news during the game: Their magic number for clinching a spot in the NBA playoffs was down to one. But the number remained there after the New Orleans Hornets rallied for an 89-80 victory over the cold-shooting Celtics. Boston led, 43-41, at halftime but shot less than 27 percent from the floor in the second half and lost for the third straight time. However, the Celtics (35-44) moved closer to a third consecutive playoff berth when Philadelphia lost at home to Washington. "We didn't play with a sense of urgency," said Celtics All-Star swingman Paul Pierce, who scored 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting. "You'd think we would, but we didn't." Boston can clinch a spot with a win Saturday in Atlanta or a loss Sunday by Philadelphia at New Jersey. Asked if hearing the 76ers' score should have motivated his team, Pierce said, "No. We don't have that type of team. We're still trying to develop some mental toughness. We're trying to develop some hunger. "We're not like the teams of the past where we hear something like that and we're going to go out and try to embarrass a team and annihilate them. We just coast like nothing even happens at times. We drift. We're up and down." Instead, the Hornets were the team on a mission. After a rough 1-4 West Coast trip dropped them to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, they kept alive their slim hopes of finishing fourth and securing home-court advantage in the first round. All-Star center Jamaal Magloire, who missed practice Thursday because of a root canal, had 23 points and 17 rebounds for his 42nd double-double of the season and 20th in the last 24 games. "Magloire was wonderful," Celtics coach John Carroll said. "Absolutely wonderful." The Hornets (39-40) will begin the playoffs on the road if they lose Saturday at fourth-place Milwaukee (41-38). "We realize how important these games are," Magloire said. "If we play the way we did tonight, we'll win the last three games." The Hornets lost four games out West without injured leading scorers Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn. But back home with two days of rest, the Hornets looked refreshed. They jumped to a 24-17 lead after one quarter, then used a 14-3 third-quarter run to take the lead for good. New Orleans held Boston to just 12 points in the third quarter. The Celtics missed 20 of their first 24 shots of the second half. "We couldn't do a lot of things," Carroll said. "We were out on the break 21 times and only convert five times. We looked like a tired team and we paid for it. I thought the rhythm of the game was horrible. We mishandled the ball and took poor shots." David Wesley scored 19 points for the Hornets, who swept the four-game season series from the Celtics for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign. George Lynch matched his season high of 15 points and earned coach Tim Floyd's praise for his defense on Pierce. Former Hornet Ricky Davis scored 23 points for the Celtics, who shot 32.1 percent (27-of-84) after shooting better than 50 percent in their previous three games. The Hornets shot less than 40 percent and committed 20 turnovers. But they held a 55-46 advantage on the boards and had 27 assists on 31 baskets. Darrell Armstrong, starting for Davis, had 11 assists with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. "That wins games," Wesley said. "You can look at any stat sheet. When your assists are high in relationship to your baskets, that's good. It means people are touching the ball. People are sharing, moving, cutting."


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