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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MIAMI            21   25   35   18    99   
      BOSTON           34   20   25   22    101     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 34, DWYANE WADE 17, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 13
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 22, AL JEFFERSON 19, RICKY 
                      DAVIS 16

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - UDONIS HASLEM 15, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 5, 
                      EDDIE JONES 5
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 15, RAEF LAFRENTZ 6, 
                      RICKY DAVIS 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - DAMON JONES 8, UDONIS HASLEM 5, 
                      CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 3
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, GARY PAYTON 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,624

Box Score

MIAMI (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Jones 18 2-3 0-2 0-5 2 5 5 U Haslem 42 4-10 5-6 3-15 5 1 13 S O'Neal 33 12-16 10-20 2-5 1 2 34 D Wade 44 6-17 5-5 1-3 2 3 17 D Jones 36 1-4 0-0 0-1 8 1 3 S Anderson 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 A Mourning 15 2-2 3-5 0-3 0 5 7 K Dooling 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 R Butler 25 5-9 0-0 0-2 2 5 13 C Laettner 6 1-2 1-2 0-0 3 1 3 S Smith 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Doleac DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 24-40 6-35 24 25 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (E Jones 1-1, U Haslem 0-1, D Wade 0-1, D Jones 1-2, K Dooling 0-2, R Butler 3-5). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:7 (A Mourning 3, U Haslem 3, S O'Neal). Turnovers:12 (S Anderson 3, D Jones 3, E Jones 2, S O'Neal, C Laettner, K Dooling, D Wade). Steals: 6 (D Jones 3, U Haslem 2, C Laettner). BOSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 35 5-11 3-8 5-15 8 3 13 P Pierce 36 7-16 7-11 2-5 3 4 22 R LaFrentz 21 4-10 0-0 2-6 1 5 9 G Payton 37 2-4 0-0 0-3 5 0 5 T Allen 16 2-4 2-2 2-4 0 3 7 R Davis 40 7-16 2-3 3-6 3 0 16 M Blount 11 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 5 4 M Banks 11 1-3 2-2 1-2 3 2 4 A Jefferson 18 8-10 3-4 3-5 0 5 19 D West 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 K Perkins 10 0-2 2-4 0-3 0 4 2 J Reed DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 21-34 18-50 23 32 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.618. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (A Walker 0-2, P Pierce 1-3, R LaFrentz 1-5, G Payton 1-3, T Allen 1-1, R Davis 0-1, M Banks 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (A Walker, R Davis, K Perkins). Turnovers:14 (P Pierce 4, A Walker 3, T Allen 2, G Payton, A Jefferson, R LaFrentz, R Davis, M Blount). Steals: 5 (G Payton, A Walker, M Blount, T Allen, A Jefferson). ------------------------------------------- MIAMI 21 25 35 18 - 99 BOSTON 34 20 25 22 - 101 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:30. Officials: David Jones, Derek Richardson, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

MIAMI (99) AT BOSTON (101) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E JONES F 18 2-3 0-2 0 5 5 2 5 0 2 5 U HASLEM F 42 4-10 5-6 3 12 15 5 1 2 0 13 S O'NEAL C 33 12-16 10-20 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 34 D WADE G 44 6-17 5-5 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 17 D JONES G 36 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 8 1 3 3 3 S ANDERSON 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 2 A MOURNING 15 2-2 3-5 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 7 K DOOLING 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 R BUTLER 25 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 0 0 13 C LAETTNER 6 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 3 S SMITH 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DOLEAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-69 24-40 6 29 35 24 25 6 12 99 (.507) (.600) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12 (14 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 35 5-11 3-8 5 10 15 8 3 1 3 13 P PIERCE F 36 7-16 7-11 2 3 5 3 4 0 4 22 R LAFRENTZ C 21 4-10 0-0 2 4 6 1 5 0 1 9 G PAYTON G 37 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 5 0 1 1 5 T ALLEN G 16 2-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 1 2 7 R DAVIS 40 7-16 2-3 3 3 6 3 0 0 1 16 M BLOUNT 11 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 4 M BANKS 11 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 4 A JEFFERSON 18 8-10 3-4 3 2 5 0 5 1 1 19 D WEST 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 K PERKINS 10 0-2 2-4 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 2 J REED DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-82 21-34 18 32 50 23 32 5 14 101 (.463) (.618) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15 (15 PTS) MIAMI 21 25 35 18 - 99 BOSTON 34 20 25 22 - 101 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - A MOURNING 3, U HASLEM 3, S O'NEAL. BOSTON - A WALKER, R DAVIS, K PERKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-12 (.417), E JONES 1-1, U HASLEM 0-1, D WADE 0- 1, D JONES 1-2, K DOOLING 0-2, R BUTLER 3-5. BOSTON 4-16 (.250), A WALKER 0- 2, P PIERCE 1-3, R LAFRENTZ 1-5, G PAYTON 1-3, T ALLEN 1-1, R DAVIS 0- 1, M BANKS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, DEREK RICHARDSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 18,624. T - 2:30.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Thanks to Paul Pierce, the Boston Celtics are one step closer to clinching the Atlantic Division. Pierce drained an 18-foot jumper with nine seconds left and made 1-of-2 free throws seconds later to spark the Celtics to a 101-99 victory over the slumping Miami Heat. Boston (44-35) led by as many 17 points in the first half but found itself down, 99-98, after Eddie Jones scored on a drive with 18 seconds remaining. Without Boston calling a timeout, Pierce took the ball into the frontcourt and got loose for a wide-open jumper thanks to a double screen from Antoine Walker and Raef LaFrentz that Jones could not get through. "I drew it up before," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I told them we were going to run a double pick-and-roll. The reason I didn't call timeout is that they might have taken Shaq out. I wanted to run it with both bigs in the game." After the game, Heat coach Stan Van Gundy was irate about how his team defended the last play. "That last play is just absurd," Van Gundy said. "To not be up on that, on Paul Pierce, the best player on the team? Let's just let him shoot a jump shot? That to me is unfathomable." On Miami's ensuing possession, Dwayne Wade missed a driving layup in traffic. Shaquille O'Neal could not corral the rebound and missed a follow shot, with Pierce grabbing the rebound with 0.9 seconds to go. Pierce, who scored 22 points, made the first and intentionally missed the second to try and run out the clock. But the ball bounced straight up and Miami (56-23) grabbed the rebound, calling timeout with five-tenths of a second remaining. Wade had to double-clutch a 3-pointer at the buzzer, throwing up an airball with Ricky Davis running at him. "Huge win," Pierce said. "Every one win is huge for us, but to go against the best team in the East and get a win - huge win. To play the way that we're playing at the end of the year, it's a great win." The Celtics can clinch their first Atlantic Division title since 1992 - Larry Bird's last season - with a win in Toronto on Sunday. Rookie Al Jefferson scored a career-high 19 points and Davis added 16 of the bench. All of Davis' points came in the first half and Jefferson scored all of his in the final 24 minutes. "I was just playing my role," said Jefferson, who scored 11 of Boston's first 15 points of the fourth quarter. "Doc got on me in the first half, saying that I was chasing the ball. He said, 'Let the game come to (me)' and I felt like that's what I did." O'Neal scored 34 points but was just 10-of-20 from the line. Wade added 15 of his 17 in the second half for the Heat (56-23), who have dropped a season-high four in a row and seven of 11. "This is nothing to panic about," O'Neal said. "I've been in this situation many times before. Things like this happen. We just have to remember this, dig deep down and suck it up because it's not going to get any easier for us." "We follow Shaq," added Wade. "He's been through this. He knows what it takes. We're looking at him. If says we're OK, then we're OK. If says we're not, we'll do something about it."


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