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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 17 24 18 20 79 CHARLOTTE 15 16 21 29 81 FINAL


TORONTO (79) AT CHARLOTTE (81)

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

CAMBY F 35 4-11 5-5 2 3 5 0 2 3 3 13 WILLIAMS F 17 3-10 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 7 MILLER C 24 1-3 2-2 4 2 6 1 1 1 1 4 CHRISTIE G 38 3-6 4-4 1 6 7 6 2 4 4 10 STOUDAMIRE G 44 8-18 4-4 3 4 7 5 4 2 3 21 TABAK 20 2-6 1-1 0 2 2 2 5 0 2 5 WALLACE 30 4-8 5-6 0 2 2 1 5 1 2 13 MCGRADY 22 3-7 0-3 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 6 SLATER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 RESPERT 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 GARNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION KEMPTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-73 21-25 11 23 34 16 24 11 16 79 (.384) (.840) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

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

MASON F 35 6-12 5-6 3 8 11 2 0 0 4 17 RICE F 44 7-16 1-2 1 5 6 1 3 2 1 16 DIVAC C 22 0-7 2-4 5 4 9 1 1 2 2 2 WESLEY G 35 4-7 2-2 2 3 5 11 3 0 3 11 PHILLS G 31 4-11 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 2 3 8 WILLIAMS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 REID 20 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 4 CURRY 16 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 3 8 ARMSTRONG 14 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 4 GEIGER 18 3-5 5-6 2 2 4 0 4 2 2 11 BECK 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 FARMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-74 17-22 16 31 47 24 20 9 21 81 (.405) (.773) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(21 PTS)

TORONTO 17 24 18 20 - 79 CHARLOTTE 15 16 21 29 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CAMBY 3, WILLIAMS, MILLER, CHRISTIE, TABAK, WALLACE. CHARLOTTE - DIVAC 2, GEIGER 2, WESLEY, PHILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 2-12 (.167), WILLIAMS 1-4, CHRISTIE 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 1-5, RESPERT 0-1. CHARLOTTE 4-9 (.444), RICE 1-2, WESLEY 1-1, PHILLS 0-1, CURRY 2-4, ARMSTRONG 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, JOE BORGIA, TIM DONAGHY. A - 23,449. T - 2:13.


TORONTO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 35 4-11 5-5 2-5 0 2 13 Williams 17 3-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 7 Miller 24 1-3 2-2 4-6 1 1 4 Christie 38 3-6 4-4 1-7 6 2 10 Stoudamire 44 8-18 4-4 3-7 5 4 21 Tabak 20 2-6 1-1 0-2 2 5 5 Wallace 30 4-8 5-6 0-2 1 5 13 Mcgrady 22 3-7 0-3 1-3 0 2 6 Slater 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Respert 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Garner DNP - coach's decision Kempton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 21-25 11-34 16 24 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Williams 1-4, Christie 0-2, Stoudamire 1-5, Respert 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Camby 3, Williams, Miller, Christie, Tabak, Wallace). Turnovers: 16 (Christie 4, Camby 3, Stoudamire 3, Tabak 2, Wallace 2, Mcgrady, Miller). Steals: 11 (Christie 4, Camby 3, Stoudamire 2, Miller, Wallace).

CHARLOTTE (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 35 6-12 5-6 3-11 2 0 17 Rice 44 7-16 1-2 1-6 1 3 16 Divac 22 0-7 2-4 5-9 1 1 2 Wesley 35 4-7 2-2 2-5 11 3 11 Phills 31 4-11 0-0 2-5 2 2 8 Williams 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Reid 20 2-5 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 Curry 16 3-8 0-0 0-4 2 3 8 Armstrong 14 1-2 2-2 0-1 3 1 4 Geiger 18 3-5 5-6 2-4 0 4 11 Beck 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Farmer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 17-22 16-47 24 20 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Rice 1-2, Wesley 1-1, Phills 0-1, Curry 2-4, Armstrong 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Divac 2, Geiger 2, Wesley, Phills). Turnovers: 21 (Mason 4, Curry 3, Phills 3, Wesley 3, Divac 2, Geiger 2, Armstrong, Beck, Rice, Williams). Steals: 9 (Divac 2, Geiger 2, Phills 2, Rice 2, Reid). ____________________________________________ Toronto 17 24 18 20 - 79 Charlotte 15 16 21 29 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,449. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Forte, Joe Borgia, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

Glen Rice's tip-in at the buzzer of an airball by Dell Curry allowed the Charlotte Hornets to snap a two-game skid with an 81-79 victory over the Toronto Raptors, who lost at the horn for the second straight game.

Charlotte trailed 76-68 with 1:27 to play before Curry, Rice and Curry again nailed three-pointers to put the Hornets ahead, 77-76, with 48 seconds remaining. After Bobby Phills had a steal, Curry missed a three-pointer, but David Wesley came up with the long rebound and passed it to B.J. Armstrong, who was fouled and made both shots with 6.9 seconds left.

Following a timeout, Toronto inbounded the ball to Damon Stoudamire, who converted a tough three-point try with 3.4 seconds to go. Curry received the ensuing inbounds pass from halfcourt and missed badly on a baseline jumper, but Rice caught the ball and banked in the rebound for the win.

"All I saw on the last shot was the ball go up and of course, we did not get the rebound," said Raptors coach Darrell Walker. "This loss is inexcusable. I have seen a lot of things in basketball, but I don't know. What we did in the last minute was inexcusable."

"We're going to take tonight's win and move on," said Curry. "The last minute and a half, we finally got it together. They (Toronto) disrupted our offense by constantly switching and fighting through picks. They played a good game defensively. Without a doubt, it was our worst game of the season but we won."

Anthony Mason had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Rice scored 16 points for Charlotte, which has won five of its last six at home. The Hornets have won both meetings with Toronto this year and hold a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series.

"The best thing about tonight was that we overcame a lot of mishaps and were able to win," said Rice. "We tried to keep everybody's heads up and give each other encouragement and that was important for us on a night in which we struggled."

Stoudamire recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who fell to 3-24. On Saturday, Chris Webber tipped in a missed jumper by Rod Strickland to give Washington a 94-92 victory over Toronto. The Raptors also lost 91-90 to Portland on a buzzer tip-in by Rasheed Wallace on November 24th.

"To sum things up, we just gave Charlotte their Christmas present," said Stoudamire. "This season and this game is typical Toronto basketball. I have always seen things like this happen on TV. This is the first time I think that I have ever been on the losing end and it hurts."

Stoudamire tallied six points in the opening quarter as Toronto led 19-17 after 12 minutes. He and Walt Williams then scored four points apiece in a 12-2 run that snapped a 23-23 tie and put the Raptors ahead, 35-25, with 4:12 to go in the half.

Toronto led 41-31 at the break, but lost Williams for the rest of the game when he suffered a hyperextended left knee towards the end of the second quarter. He finished with seven points.

The margin was 59-52 after three periods before Zan Tabak's three-point play with 9:19 to go capped a 7-0 spurt and extended the gap to 66-54. Stoudamire's two free throws with 1:27 left made it 76-68, setting up Charlotte's comeback.

Wesley totaled 11 points and 11 assists and Matt Geiger scored 11 points off the bench for Charlotte, which shot just 40.5 percent (30-of-74) from the field and committed 21 turnovers.

Marcus Camby and John Wallace each netted 13 points for Toronto, which shot 38 percent (28-of-73) from the floor, including 2-for-12 from three-point range, and was outrebounded, 47-34. The Raptors fell to 1-12 on the road.

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