Thursday , Mar , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – March 18

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – March 18 ===

(Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down
11 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Denver Nuggets, 104-100, on
Wednesday at the FleetCenter.

Pierce also added seven assists. Chucky Atkins added 21 points and 10 assists
for the Celtics, who have not lost to Denver in Boston since the 1996
campaign. Mark Blount and Walter McCarty each had 17 points in the triumph.

The Celtics have won 11 of their last 14 games against Denver. The Nuggets
have lost seven straight at Boston.

Boston trails the New York Knicks and Miami Heat by 1/2 game for the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Pierce has scored at least 21 points in five straight games. He has averaged
27.8 points in that span.

The Celtics are off until Friday when they visit the Dallas Mavericks. Earlier
this season, Boston beat the Mavericks, 105-103, on December 17th at the