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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 35 24 32 31 122 TORONTO 16 22 35 36 109 FINAL


BOSTON (122) AT TORONTO (109)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCCARTY F 31 7-11 3-4 0 3 3 5 1 3 1 18 WALKER F 34 5-13 3-5 2 8 10 4 4 3 1 14 KNIGHT C 16 3-4 2-4 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 9 BROWN G 26 6-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 1 0 16 BILLUPS G 28 5-11 5-5 0 1 1 8 5 2 3 15 ELLISON 16 2-4 0-0 4 1 5 2 3 0 2 4 EDNEY 13 3-5 4-4 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 10 MERCER 25 4-10 3-4 0 2 2 2 4 1 3 11 MINOR 21 7-13 3-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 17 DECLERCQ 23 4-7 0-1 4 2 6 1 4 0 1 8 BARROS 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 BOWEN DNP - NASAL FRACTURE

TOTALS 240 46-90 23-31 14 24 38 32 30 11 14 122 (.511) (.742) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

WILLIAMS F 28 3-11 2-2 2 3 5 0 6 0 3 9 SLATER F 26 4-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 8 TABAK C 23 4-10 0-0 4 6 10 2 3 1 1 8 CHRISTIE G 30 6-8 11-11 0 2 2 5 4 3 4 23 STOUDAMIRE G 46 6-15 9-10 1 4 5 6 5 1 4 21 WALLACE 37 11-17 8-10 4 8 12 4 1 2 3 30 JONES 17 3-7 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 0 0 6 MCGRADY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 RESPERT 24 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 6 1 0 1 4 GARNER 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 CAMBY DNP - TENDINITIS BOTH KNEES E STOKES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-80 32-35 15 29 44 25 27 7 18 109 (.475) (.914) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

BOSTON 35 24 32 31 - 122 TORONTO 16 22 35 36 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - KNIGHT 3, MCCARTY 2, WALKER, MINOR. TORONTO - WILLIAMS 2, TABAK, STOUDAMIRE, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 7-14 (.500), MCCARTY 1-1, WALKER 1-3, KNIGHT 1-1, BROWN 4-5, BILLUPS 0-3, MERCER 0-1. TORONTO 1-8 (.125), WILLIAMS 1-4, STOUDAMIRE 0-3, RESPERT 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, TOMMY NUNEZ, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 16,343. T - 2:11.


BOSTON (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 31 7-11 3-4 0-3 5 1 18 Walker 34 5-13 3-5 2-10 4 4 14 Knight 16 3-4 2-4 3-6 0 4 9 Brown 26 6-10 0-0 0-3 2 3 16 Billups 28 5-11 5-5 0-1 8 5 15 Ellison 16 2-4 0-0 4-5 2 3 4 Edney 13 3-5 4-4 0-0 5 1 10 Mercer 25 4-10 3-4 0-2 2 4 11 Minor 21 7-13 3-4 1-2 2 1 17 Declercq 23 4-7 0-1 4-6 1 4 8 Barros 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bowen DNP - nasal fracture _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-90 23-31 14-38 32 30 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.511, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Mccarty 1-1, Walker 1-3, Knight 1-1, Brown 4-5, Billups 0-3, Mercer 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Knight 3, Mccarty 2, Walker, Minor). Turnovers: 14 (Billups 3, Mercer 3, Ellison 2, Barros, Declercq, Edney, Knight, Mccarty, Walker). Steals: 11 (Mccarty 3, Walker 3, Billups 2, Barros, Brown, Mercer).

TORONTO (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Williams 28 3-11 2-2 2-5 0 6 9 Slater 26 4-6 0-0 1-4 1 3 8 Tabak 23 4-10 0-0 4-10 2 3 8 Christie 30 6-8 11-11 0-2 5 4 23 Stoudamire 46 6-15 9-10 1-5 6 5 21 Wallace 37 11-17 8-10 4-12 4 1 30 Jones 17 3-7 0-0 3-4 1 1 6 Mcgrady 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Respert 24 1-6 2-2 0-1 6 1 4 Garner 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Camby DNP - tendinitis both knees E Stokes DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 32-35 15-44 25 27 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.914. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Williams 1-4, Stoudamire 0-3, Respert 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Williams 2, Tabak, Stoudamire, Wallace). Turnovers: 18 (Christie 4, Stoudamire 4, Wallace 3, Williams 3, Slater 2, Respert, Tabak). Steals: 7 (Christie 3, Wallace 2, Stoudamire, Tabak). ____________________________________________ Boston 35 24 32 31 - 122 Toronto 16 22 35 36 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,343. T: 2:11. Officials: Bill Oakes, Tommy Nunez, Scott Foster.


GAME RECAP

Walter McCarty scored 18 points and Greg Minor added 17 to lead a balanced attack and the Boston Celtics jumped to a 19-point first-quarter lead en route to their fourth straight victory, 122-109 over the Toronto Raptors.

Dee Brown scored 16 points and Antoine Walker added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who improved to 8-2 all-time against Toronto, including three straight at SkyDome. Boston's four-game winning streak is its longest since the 1994-95 season, when it won five in a row from March 31st to April 9th.

"We've been playing really good basketball ever since we started passing the ball," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "Passing opens the floor for drives. Toronto is going through tough times the way the schedule falls. They've played a lot of teams tough. They're young, they're going to get better.

John Wallace had career highs of 30 points and 12 rebounds off the bench and Doug Christie scored 23 points for the Raptors, who have lost seven straight games and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 1-9.

The seven-game losing streak is Toronto's longest since its inaugural 1995-96 season, when the Raptors defeated New Jersey in their first game and then lost seven straight. Forward Marcus Camby did not play for the Raptors, suffering from tendinitis in both knees.

"We need to get some victories. We all have confidence in our abilities and we need to get back to working hard as a team," said Wallace. "If you're a competitive person like myself, all that matters is a win. I'm trying to get points to help us win."

After Damon Stoudamire, who scored 21 points, hit a layup to give the Raptors their only lead of the game at 8-7 with 7:45 left in the first quarter, the Celtics went on a 13-0 run over the next two minutes.

McCarty started the spurt with a dunk and a jumper by Ron Mercer finished it off to give Boston a 20-8 lead with 5:43 left in the quarter.

"Am I ever pleased with any loss? We were not here," Toronto coach Darrell Walker said. "We were sleepwalking in the first quarter. We didn't decide to come out until the second half. Maybe we need to get on the road."

Boston opened its largest lead at 86-60 on Tyus Edney's driving layup with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter.

"Everybody contributed tonight and we took their confidence away early," said Antoine Walker. "Our halfcourt defense did the job for us. We did everything right in the first half. In the second half the coach was trying to rest some guys, but it is a lesson to be learned."

Toronto mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, putting together a 23-6 burst. Christie's layup with 1:24 left made it 113-105, but the Raptors got no closer. Christie had 11 points during the late rally.

"We must learn to play with the lead," Pitino said of Toronto's fourth-quarter rally. "Sometimes you put the wrong guys on the floor defensively, so I'll take the blame for that."

Raptors minority owner and executive vice president Isiah Thomas is considering leaving the franchise to take a job with NBC Sports.

"Even if Isiah had said I'm leaving, what are we gonna do, quit?" Stoudamire said. "That didn't have anything to do with the way we played. Right now we're playing 24 minutes, sometimes 32 minutes, but not 48 minutes. I'm looking forward to going on the road and getting away from you (media)."

"There has been a lot of changes," Thomas said. "What I bought into as an investment has changed a lot. The foundation is laid to have a very healthy franchise here. Whether I am here or not, I think things can run smoothly. There is a system and style in place so the organization can run even without Isiah Thomas."

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