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PAGES SECTION 2 DAILY HERALD SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 7 not a lucky number for Heat Miami has just two reserves, /ggfo blown out Associated Press The Miami Heat had half a team, and even less of a chance against the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Jackson scored 22 points, Baron Davis had 15 points and 10 assists and the Warriors eased past the severely short-handed Heat 134-99 on Friday night, handing host Miami its biggest loss of a dismal season. Miami only had seven available players and was without Dwyane Wade, sidelined by left knee soreness. "We didn't think they were going to lay down because Wade didn't play," Jackson said. The Heat played the final 4Vz minutes with one available substitute, after Udonis Haslem tweaked a gimpy ankle. He will not play today in Atlanta. Al Harrington had 17 points, Monta Ellis scored 16 and Mickael Pietrus finished with 15 for Golden State, which eclipsed the 100-point mark for the 25th straight game and has won five of its last six. The Warriors also scored more points than anyone managed against Miami all season, topping the Bulls'126 on Jan. 16. Chris Quinn and Marcus Banks each scored 20 points for the NBA-worst Heat, which lost for the 30th time in its last 33 games. Golden State outscored HE SAID IT "Maybe back in AAU days was the last time I played with seven guys. But it is what it is. We're all still NBA players." Miami's Chris Quinn after the Heat played with just seven healthy players Miami 37-22 in the third period, stretching the lead to 100-73 entering the final 12 minutes, during which the Warriors essentially stayed on cruise control. Ellis had 14 points in the third, when the Warriors shot 73 percent (16 of 22) from the floor. NBA rules mandate that a team have eight players in uniform for a game, and the Heat met that requirement; Wade and Earl Barron (sore right knee) were the eighth and ninth men in uniform, although neither played. The rest of the 15-man roster was unavailable because of an array of roster moves, suspensions and injuries. Jazz 126, Suns 118: Carlos Boozer scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, including a tough 8-foot bank shot with 31.1 seconds left, and visiting Utah handed Phoenix its third consecutive home loss. Deron Williams had 25 points and 15 asssists and Mehmet Okur had 25 points, including 4 of 6 3-pointers, and grabbed 14 rebounds to give the Jazz its fourth win in a row, Amare Stoudemire scored 37, but the Suns fell to 3-6 since Shaquille O'Neal joined the lineup. O'Neal had 20 points. It-ail Blazers 103, Bucks 101: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points, including a 13-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining, to rally visiting Portland to a victory over Milwaukee. NBA NUMBERS 31.8 A season-worst field-goal percentage by the Bulls in a 116-93 loss to Boston. 54 Combined 3-point attempts by Golden State (30) and Miami (24) in the Warriors' 134-99 victory. Twenty were made for a .370 shooting percentage. Sixers 117, Sonlcs 83: Samuel Dalembert hit 10 of 11 field goals, had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Philadelphia to its eighth straight home victory. Bobcats 108, Hawks 93: Raymond Felton had 23 points and 11 assists, Matt Carroll scored 21 points and new- look Charlotte continued its surprising turnaround with a win over visiting Atlanta. The Bobcats (23-39) have won four straight. Wizards 110, Raptors 106 (OT): Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead visiting Washington. Pistons 101, Knfcks 97: Tayshaun Prince bounced back from a horrendous game in his last trip to Madison Square Garden, scoring 28 points to lead Detroit past New York. Hornets 107, Nets 96: Chris Paul had 25 points and 16 assists, and host New Orleans won its third straight. Tyson Chandler finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. T'wolves 111, Kings 103: Rashad McCants scored 22 points as visiting Minnesota overcame Kelvin Martin's 48- point effort for Sacramento. Martin hit 12 of 23 field goals and 22 of 24 free throws. NBA SCOREBOARD Bulls summary CaJtCS 11B,BUllS 83:& CHICAGOMIn H-A M-A 0-T APFPTS Oeng 33:23 4-12 GocdcnM:« 1-4 Noah 31:17 3-8 Hinrtcti 19.54 Hughes36:59 Gordon 32:19 Gray 15:23 Noclonl 20:50 Ouhon 25:30 SBrown 4:48 S!mmons4:46 1-3 4-15 6-16 3-8 2-8 3-7 0-2 0-2 5-6 0-3 32 13 1-2 2-422 3 4-4 2-7 2 3 10 0-0 1-335 3 7-8 0-2 3 3 16 5-5 0-0 4 1 20 3-3 3-815 9 2-2 1-316 6 4-4 2-3 1 0 11 2-4 0-100 2 0-0 0-101 0 Tolall24ftOO 27-8S 33-3811-392028 S3 Percentages: TO .318, FT .868. 3-Polnt Goals: 6-23, .261 (Gordon 3-8, Hlnrlch 1-2, Duhon 1-4, Hughes 1-5, Noclonl 0-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 15(20PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Noclon) 2, S.Brown, Gooden, Gordon, Gray). Turnovers: 14 (Noah 4, Hughes 3, S.Brown 2, Deng, Gray, Hlnrlch, Noclonl, Simmons). Steals: 13 (Hughes 5, Duhon 2, Gordon 2, Noah 2, Deng, Hlnrlch). Technical Fouls: Gooden, 2, 0:55.0 second; Coach Boylan, 8:45 third; Hughes, 1:13 third. Ejections: Gooden, 0:55 second. Ffl FT Rob BOSTON Mln M-A M-A 0-T APFPTS Pierce 24:55 6-12 8-8 0-2 5 4 22 Garnet! 24:07 7-13 2-2 3-8 0 4 16 Pertdm 26:42 4-7 6-63-11 1 1 14 Rondo 31:58 5-9 6-8 0-3 4 3 16 RAIIen 25:51 2-7 6-7 2-6 34 11 Posey 23:02 2-7 4-4 0-622 9 Davis 11:27 2-2 0-2 0-012 4 House 21:30 3-8 1-1 1-551 8 Powe 14:52 3-6 4-4 0-3 0 0 10 TAilen 21:01 0-4 0-01-422 0 Pflrown 6:26 1-2 1-1 2-602 3 Scalabrine8:09 1-2 0-0 0-101 3 Totlll240:00 36-79 38-4312-562326 116 Percentages: FG .456, FT .884. 3-Polnt Goals: 6-18, .333 (Pierce 2-4, Scalabrlne 1-1, R.Allen 1-3, House 1-3, Posey 1-6, T-Allen 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 21 (20PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Perkins 3, Powe 2, R Allen, Davis, House, Scalabrlne). Turnovers: 20 (T.Allen 4, House 3, fVAIIan 2, P.Biown 2, Pierce 2, Rondo 2, Davis, Garnett, Perkins, Posey, Scal- abrlne). Steals: 9 (R.Allen 3, Posey 2, T.Allen, P.Brown, Pierce, RonrJo). Technical Fouls: None. Chicago 20 23 30 20- 93 Boston 32 31 32 21— 116 A— 18,624 (18,624), T— 2:37. Officials— Olandls Pools, Ken Mauer, Scott Wall. NBA summaries 3-Polnt Goals— Atlanta 3-11 (Stoudamlre 1-2, Johnson 1-4, Blbby 15), Charlotte 9-17 (Carroll 5-6, Felton 2-2, Dudley 1-3, Ja.Rlchardson 1-6). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds— Atlanta 50 (Hor- lord 11), Charlotte 49 (Okafor 15). Assists— Atlanta 21 (Blbby 10), Charlotte 21 (Felton 11). Total Fouls— Atlanta 17, Charlotte 25. A— 15,203 (19,201). WIZARDS 110, RAPTORS 106, OT WASHINGTON (110) Songalla 7-9 0-0 14, Jamison 9-22 6-6 25, Haywood 4-5 4-4 12, Daniels 3-7 0-0 6, Stevenson 2-10 4-4 9, McGuIre 0-0 00 0, Mason 6-9 2-3 18, Blatche 4-7 4-4 12, Young 6-13 0-0 14, Pecherov 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41 -82 20-21 110. TORONTO (106) Moon 5-11 2-2 13, Bargnanl 9-18 4-6 27, Nestsrovlc 3-7 1-1 7, Calderon 9-21 1-1 20, Parker 4-15 6-6 15, Ford 1-5 0-0 2, Brezec 0-0 2-2 2, Delfino 7-17 2-2 17, Kapono 1-3 0-0 2, Humphries 0-2 1-21. Totals 39-99 19-22 106. Washington 29 24 19 30 12—110 Toronto 20 25 29 24 8—106 3-Polnt Goals— Washington 8-21 (Mason 4-6, Young 2-5, Jamison 1-4, Stevenson 1-5, Blatche 0-1), Toronto 926 (Bargnanl 5-9. Parker 1-4, Calderon 14, Moon 1-4, Delfino 1-5). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds— Washington 60 (Jamison 16), Toronto 45 (Nastetovlc 12). Assists— Washington 24 (Stevenson 7), Toronto 18 (Calderon 9). Total Fouls- Washington 21, Toronto 19. Technicals— Brezec. A— 19,800(19,800). WARRIORS 134, HEAT 99* GOLDEN STATE (134) Jackson 8-15 1-1 22, Pletrus 7-14 1-2 15, Bledrlns 3-3 0-0 6, B.Davis 6-9 3-4 15, Ellis 7-14 2-2 16, Harrington 6-8 0-0 17, Watson 2-7 4-4 9, Azubulke 4-9 3-5 12, B.Wright 3-4 1-2 7, Barnes 4-7 0-0 8, Croshere 3-5 0-0 7, O'Bryant 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 53-98 15-20 134. MIAMI (99) Marlon 8-14 1-2 17, R.Davis 3-13 3-4 10, Haslem 4-12 9-10 17, Williams 3-7 22 10, Banks 9-17 2-3 20, Blount 2-4 1-2 5, Qulnn 8-14 0-0 20. Totals 37-81 18-23 99. Golden State 32 31 37 34—134 Miami 31 20 22 26— 99 3-Polnt Goals— Golden State 13-30 (Harrington 5-7, Jackson 5-8, Watson 11, Crosnere 1-2, Azubulke 1-4, B.Davis 01, Barnes 0-3, Pletrus 0-4), Miami 7-24 (Oulnn 4-8, Williams 2-6, R.Davis 1-5, Marlon 0-1, Banks 0-4). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds— Golden State 57 (Pletrus 9), Miami 42 (R.Davis 12). Assists— Golden State 26 (B.Davis 10), Miami 17 (Banks, R.Davis 4). Total Fouls— Golden State 21, Miami 15. Flagrant Fouls— Ouinn. A— 19,161 (19,600). NBA standings Eastern Conference ,';V/,ii'; >:.';';'•'•• xd-Boslon d-Detroit d-Orlando Cleveland Toronto Washington Philadelphia New Jersey BULLS Atlanta Indiana Charlotte Milwaukee New York Miami W 48 45 40 35 33 30 29 ••:i; 12 17 23 27 28 31 33 26 36 25 24 37 36 24 38 23 23 18 11 39 39 44 48 POt: .800 .726 .635 .565 .541 .492 .468 .419 .403 .400 .387 ;371 .371 .290 .186 OB _ 4 W> 14 15H 18)4 20 23 24 24 25 26 26 31 36tt LMQ 7-3 6-4 8-2 6-4 5-5 6-4 7-3 3-7 4-6 3-7 3-7 5-5 4-6 3-7 2-8 "SIR; W-7 W-1 W-3 L-1 L-1 W-1 W-3 L-4 L-1 L-4 L-2 W-4 L-1 L-5 L-3 HOME 2B-4 23-5 18-11 19-10 18-13 17-13 17-14 15-17 14-15 17-12 12-18 18-17 17-13 12-20 6-24 AWAY 20-8 22-12 22-12 16-17 15-15 13-18 12-19 11-19 11-22 7-24 12-20 5-22 6-26 6-24 5-24 jam 30-9 29-9 27-11 19-15 22-17 19-18 16-19 19-18 17-18 13-20 14-22 14-26 15-19 15-23 4-29 Western Conference r-S^-V.-';--.'/^' d-L.A. Lakers d-San Antonio New Orleans d-Utah Houston Phoenix Dallas Golden State Denver Portland Sacramento LA. Clippers Seattle Memphis Minnesota x-cllnched playoff spot d-divislon leader •:i» 44 43 42 41 41 40 39 38 37 32 I 18 18 19 22 20 22 23 23 24 30 27 35 20 16 15 13 40 46 46 48 •PCT .710 .705 .689 .651 .672 .645 .629 .523 .607 .516 .435 .333 .258 .246 .213 08 — Yt 1)4 3)4 110 9-1 9-1 6-4 7-3 STB W-3 L-1 W-3 W-4 2)4 10-0 W-17 4 5 5)4 6ft 12 17 22 28 28)4 30h 4-6 4-6 7-3 5-5 4-6 3-7 3-7 2-8 1-9 3-7 L-2 L-3 W-1 W-2 W-1 L-3 L-1 L-3 W-1 W-1 HOW 22-7 26-5 22-10 27-3 22-9 21-10 25-4 21-10 25-7 22-9 18-12 12-21 10-21 11-21 10-22 'M»AY? 22-11 17-13 20-9 14-19 19-11 19-12 14-19 17-13 12-17 10-21 9-23 8-19 6-25 4-25 3-26 COHF 26-9 22-14 28-13 25-15 22-13 18-18 26-12 20-13 21-15 19-17 11-23 11-23 8-29 8-29 8-30 NOTE: The top eight teams In each conference qualify for the playoffs. Boston 11 6, BULLS 93 Washington 1 1 0, Toronto 1 06, OT Charlotte 108, Atlanta 93 Philadelphia 11 7, Seattle 83 Detroit 101, New York 97 Golden State 134, Miami 99 New Orleans 1 07, New Jersey 96 Portland 103, Milwaukee 101 Utah 126, Phoenix 118 Minnesota 1 1 1 , Sacramento 1 03 Denver 109, San Antonio 96 LA Lakers 1 1 9, LA Clippers 82 Golden State at Orlando, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Washington, 6p.m. Portland at New York, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Memphis, 7p.m. New Orleans at Houston, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Utah, 8 p.m. Minnesota at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m. ",„,,; .. ?'uj SEATTLE (83) J.Gieen 5-15 2-4 12, Wllcox 9-13 2-3 20, Petro 3-7 0-0 6, Watson 2-7 2-2 6, Durant 6-11 2-2 14, Colllson 4-6 0-1 8, Wllklns 2-5 1-2 6, Rldnour 0-2 0-0 0, Elson 2-3 0-0 4, Gelabale 1-3 0-0 2, Wllks 1-1 0-0 2, Marshall 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 36-75 9-14 83. PHILADELPHIA (117) Iguodala 8-15 1-2 18, Evans 4-9 2-4 1 0, Dalembert 1 0-1 1 2-2 22, Miller 5-5 00 10, W.Green 5-13 0-0 10, Smith 4-9 23 10, Young 7-8 3-4 18, Williams 2-9 2-2 8, Carney 3-6 0-0 6, Amundson 2-4 1-3 5. Totals 60-8913-20117. SeatUe 22 30 14 17- 83 Philadelphia 33 28 27 29-117 3-PolnFGoaJs-S«atlte 2-10 (Wllklns 11, Marshall 1-2, Gelabale 0-1, J.Green 01, Rldnoiir 0-2, Watson 0-3), Philadelphia 4-8 (Williams 2-3, Iguodala 1-1, Young 11, Smith 0-1, W.Green 0-1, Carney 0-1). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds— Seattle 39 (Petro, Colllson 5), Philadelphia 51 (Dalembert 13). Assists—Seattle 22 (Watson 5), Philadelphia 29 (iguodala 7). Total Fouls— Seams is. Philadelphia 14, A- 17,762(20,444). DETROIT (101) McDyess 2-5 0-0 4, Prince 9-17 9-9 28, RaOiff 2-5 1-2 5, Blllups 4-9 4-5 12, Hamilton 3-8 0-0 6, Johnson 2-2 2-5 6, Maxlell 5-8 2-6 12, Stuckey 6-9 1-1 13, Hayes 3-8 0-0 6, Dlxon 3-7 2-2 9, Afflalo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-78 21-30 101. NEW YORK (97) Chandler 2-6 0-2 4, Lee 5-12 2-3 12, Curry 8-13 7-9 23, Crawford 6-15 4-5 17, Jones 6-9 2-2 16, Jeffries 0-1 0-0 0, Balkman 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 5-13 2-2 14, Morris 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 2-2 2, Rose 3-6 2-2 9. Totals 35-76 21-27 97. Detroit 28 25 23 25-101 Hew York 25 28 17 27- 97 3-Polnt Goals-Detroit 2-8 (Dlxon 1-1, Prince 1-4, Blllups 0-3), New York 6-14 (Jones 2-3, Robinson 2-6, Rose 1-1, Crawford 1-3, Chandler 0-1). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds— Detroit 50 (Prince 7), New York 45 (Lee 16). Assists— Detroit 18 (Blllups 5), New York 16 (Crawford 6), Total Fouls— Detroit 20, New York 24. Technicals-Hamilton 2, Detroit defensive three second, New York Coach Thomas. EJected-Hamllton. A— 19,763 (19,763), BULLS at Detroit, 7 p.m. Seattle at Toronto, noon Philadelphia at Milwaukee, noon San Antonio at Phoenix, 2:30 p.m. Sacramento at LA Lakers, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Cleveland, noon Atlanta 117, Miami 111, comp. of susp. game, 5:30 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 6 p.m. BULLS 107, Cleveland 96 San Antonio 108, Indiana 97 Houston 113, Dallas 98 Orleans 22 (Paul 16). Total Fouls— New Jersey 23, New Orleans 9. A— 17,225 (17,200). Horford 8-11 2-218, Blbby 4-15 2-211, Johnson 5-16 7-10 20, Pachujla 1-1 4-5 6, Children* 3-7 1-2 7, Wejf 0-1 2-2 2, Stoudamlre 3-9 0-0 7, Jones Q-Q 0-0 0, Totals 35-80 20-27 93, CHARLOTTE (108) Ja.Rlchardson 6-14 0-113, Okalor 6-13 4-7 16, Mohammed 4-5 0-0 8, Felton 813 5-8 23, Carroll 7-12 2-2 21, Dudley 5- £«w#wasw WW^SftlBJ^II * IB 34 28 ajh-ije NEW JERSEY (98) Jefferson 12-22 2-2 27, Kr«tjc 8-9 2-2 14, Boone 2-51-2 5, Harrlt 8-151-117, Carter 9-18 0-019, S.Wlllianu 0-0 0-0 0, MWUIams 4-11 0-0 10, Dtog 0-1 0-0 0, Swift 1-2 0-0 2, Hasten 1-30-0 2, Ager 0-10-00. Totals 43-87 8-7 98. NEW ORLEANS (107) Stoj«p!M4 4-415. BOWM 4-71-2 9, Chandler 8-9 7-819, Paul 7-1.411-11 26, Peterson 4-7 0-0 9, Pargo 1-5 0-0 2, Ely 3-6 2-4 8, Wright 8-93-4 20, James 0-2 0-0 0. Trials 38-73 28-33107. Dm J»W 28 18 21 29— W HewOrtMM 25 18 35 28-107 3-Polnt Coals—New Jersey 4-19 (M.WIIIIams 2-7, Jefferson 1-3, Carter 15, Hassell 0-1, Harris 0-3), New Orleans 3-13 (Wright 1-1, Peterson 1-3, Sto- iakovlc 1-5, James 0-1, Pawl 0-3), Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Nei« Jersey 38 f10)!W PORTLAND (103) Webster 6-10 4-4 17, Aldridge 14-20 12 29, Przybllla 1-1 1-2 3, Blake 8-15 2-2 21, Roy 8-15 2-3 20, Jones 2-4 1-1 7, Outlaw 1-8 0-0 2, Jack 1-2 (M) 2, Frye 120-0 2. Totals 42-7711-14 103. MILWAUKEE (101) Mason 4-7 7-9 15, Villanww 8-18 o-o 16, BoBUt 6-9 2-4 12, Ivey 4-7 2-2 12, Redd 10-20 4-5 25, Bell 5-10 2-2 16, Simmons 1-6 0-0 2, Ruffln 1-1 0-0 2, Storey 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-80 17-22 101. Portland 30 17 30 2*^103 Milwaukee 33 20 29 23-101 3-PoffGoalj-PorUand 8-16 (BlaKe 37, Jones 2-3, Roy 2-3, WebjUr 1-3), Milwaukee 6-17 (Bell 3-8, lyey 2-4, Redd 14, Simmons 0-1, vlllanueva 0-2). Fouled Out— None. Rebou.nds— Portland 49 (PreyHHIa 15), liwautae 38 (Mason 9). Totals 43-86 23-33 11 8. Utah 28 31 26 41—126 Phoenix 33 33 28 24-118 3-Polnt Coals— Utah 5-11 (Okur 4-6, Korver 1-1, Mlllsap 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Miles 0-1, Williams 0-1), Phoenix 9-27 (Bell 5-9, Nash 3-6, Barbosa 1-7, Hill 0-1, Stoudemire 0-2, GlrlceH 0-2). Fouled Out-Boozer. Rebounda-Vtah 53 (Okur 14), Phoenix 43 (Stoudemire 8), A»M»-- utah 24 (Williams 15), Phoenix K (Mash 15). Total Fouls— Utah 30, Phoenix 29. A— 18,422(18,422). 15,537(18,717). SicmntaU) • ans 48 (Chandler 10). 28 t»r 0-0 2, Boozer 7-11 ft-10 23, Okur 9-18 3-5 26, WIIIIWW 11-18 3-5 26, Brewer 3-7 4-5 10, Harprlng 4-6 4-8 12, Mlllsap 5-71-211, Collins 2-5 0-0 4, Price 0-1 0-0 0. Korver 3-4 7-7 14. Totals 45-7931-40126. PHOENIX (118) TITS 1-27, 37. O'Neal 8-121-8 17, B«!l 6-14 2-2 19, Barbosa 2-VO Z-2 7, (McCants 3-4, Ja/lp 2-3, 0-1, TeAfajr 0-1), S 2-5, Salmons 1-1, 12-1? W8 sb 7-14 0-0 4-1.1 0-0 8, 1-4 1-1 3. 3, Miller 0-1, Doufiy 0-1). FouWOut- None. Rebounds-Minnesota 43 (Jfttter- son 13), Sacrarnenjo_47 (MJller 8; SKIWMrtp'17 Miw *s?Mly* cahferMlnnMOta c ~~ •tei-fcJsSojrawT Celtics' Brown feels 'like a rookie again' BY MIKE McGRAw MINNESOTA (111) Snyder 3-112-26, Gomes 8-171-117, Jefferson 8-17 5-7 21, Telfalr 1-2 0-0 2, Foye 3-9 0-0 7, McCanta 6-11 7-7 22, Brewer 2-2 0-0 4, Richard 2-3 0-2 4, Smith 8-9 2-3 18, Jarlc 3-4 0-0 8. To$8 44-8517-22111. SACRAMENTO (103) *8«ionT6-11 2-2 16, Moore 3-6 0-0 8, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Udrth 4-8 5-6 13, Martin 12-23 22-24 48, Hawe8 2-7 1-2 5, GarolB 2-51-2 6, Doyby 1-21-1 3, Jotiwon 1-1 1 0-0 3, Williams i 1-8 2-2 4. ToW32-71 34-39103. Mlmetota 28 32 23 31—111 32—103 r 6-13 1-4, Somes 5-12 dtodrt M, Garc§ 1- BOSTON — Former Bulls power forward P.J. Brown made his return to basketball Friday against his former team. Brown's first game appearance with the Celtics came at the 1:24 mark of the third quarter, and he took the floor to a standing ovation. "I felt like a rookie again," |>JOt6S Brown said after his team's 116-93 victory. "To have everyone embrace me like that means a lot." The 38-year-old made a quick impact, stripping the ball from Joakim Noah a few seconds after joining the action. Brown later fouled Luol Deng and rumbled away a pass on his first offensive touch. He ended up grabbing 6 rebounds in 6 minutes and scoring 3 points. The Bulls acquired Brown from the Hornets for Tyson Chandler in July 2006. He was a significant contributor last season, averaging 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 49 starts. The Bulls were interested in bringing back Brown for another year, but he opted to stay home in New Orleans until signing with the Celtics last week. He recently told Boston reporters that he didn't want ,to talk about his Chicago experience. "I just don't have nothing to say, '06-07 is gone and there's nothing to say, that's all," he said following Friday's game. Brown also confirmed that the Bulls never presented him with a sign-and-trade scenario while they still held his rights. Friends from LSU: Boston center Glen Davis and Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas have been best friends since grade school. They both grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and were teammates at LSU. Thomas did not dress for Friday's contest because he was serving the second of a 'two-game suspension for skipping practice Wednesday. "We always stay in close touch. That's what best friends do," Davis said before the game. "He's going to be all right. He's a competitor. He understands what's going on. I'm not concerned." Thomas is often reserved around the media, so Davis was asked to describe his friend. "Outgoing, great personality," Davis said. "He's a genuine nice person. He likes to have fun. Loves to meet new people." Marquette alums meet: Before Friday's game Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked if he knew how many all-Marquette coaching matchups there have been in the NBA. Bulls coach Jim Boylan played at Marquette from 1976-78, and Rivers arrived two years later. "This might be No. 1," Rivers said. "Somebody asked me that the other day. I called (current Marquette coach) Tom Crean and he didn't know the answer either. So I hope there's more, but this may be No. 1." Bull horns: Boston's Kevin Garnett finished Friday's game 7 points short of reaching 20,000 for his career. ... Former Clippers guard Sam Cassell made his first Boston appearance on Friday but was inactive.... Bulls guard Thabo Sefolosha said he's close to coming back from a groin strain that's kept him out of five straight games. Bulls: Continued from Rige 1 them is make your open shots, and I thought we struggled in that area." The Bulls added to Boston's free-throw parade by piling up 4 technical fouls. Forward Drew Gooden was ejected with 55.1 seconds left in the second quarter by referee Scott Wall. Gooden complained after being called for a loose ball foul while tipping in a Ben Gordon miss. Boylan and Larry Hughes each collected techni- cals in the third quarter. "They're the top team in the league," Hughes said. "They get away with a lot of stuff, I think. They're an aggressive team, which usually gets the benefit (of the calls). That's just how it was." "I don't really want to get too much into officiating," Gooden said. "I think it was a little awkward tonight, but you know, at the end of the day we can't rely on the refs." The strange thing was the Celtics' stars weren't the ones getting to the line. Garnett and Pierce attempted just 2 free throws each in the first half. Eventually, Pierce led Boston (48-12) with' 22 points as all five starters scored in double figures. The visitors struggled against Boston's defense right away. The Bulls shot poorly in the first quarter and fell behind 32-20. They hung around for a while in the second quarter but routinely rumbled the ball away whenever they had a chance to trim the deficit to 5 or 6. Eventually, Ray Allen gave the Celtics some breathing room with a fastbreak lay-in and 3-pointer off a couple of Bulls' miscues to make it 5136 with four minutes left in the first half. Then the fouling began in earnest and Boston went atieact 63-43 at intermission. • ' irelest Field Demonstrations featuring coaches from Everton FC & England National Team ® Interactive Children's Activities State Cup Brackets Announced ® College Planning Seminar Over 50 Exhibitors selling products at greatly reduced prices Chicago Fire's Annual Fan Convention, FireFest Women's Professional Soccer 'Town Hall Meeting" & much more , MARCH 8 m\ IN. /WINS For more details vltlt llllnolsyouthsoccenorg or call 847-290-1577

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