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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 26 24 23 97 NEW YORK 25 21 24 24 94 FINAL


TORONTO (97) AT NEW YORK (94)

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

CAMBY F 40 3-11 3-3 1 5 6 1 5 1 2 9 SLATER F 36 5-7 1-3 3 8 11 2 1 2 0 11 MILLER C 25 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 2 4 CHRISTIE G 38 5-10 4-7 0 0 0 2 3 3 4 18 STOUDAMIRE G 44 12-20 3-3 2 1 3 5 3 1 4 30 WALLACE 26 6-9 6-6 1 5 6 2 1 1 2 18 TABAK 13 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 5 0 1 2 GARNER 13 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 5 RESPERT 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KEMPTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCGRADY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-71 17-22 8 26 34 14 19 9 18 97 (.507) (.773) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 18(25 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 40 8-12 3-7 3 8 11 4 1 1 4 19 OAKLEY F 33 4-7 0-0 3 5 8 3 4 2 1 8 DUDLEY C 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 HOUSTON G 30 7-14 6-7 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 21 WARD G 24 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 5 2 2 3 7 MILLS 25 2-7 1-1 3 1 4 0 1 1 1 5 CHILDS 24 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 6 3 0 1 4 B WILLIAMS 29 6-7 1-2 1 5 6 1 4 1 0 13 STARKS 26 6-16 4-4 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 17 GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 19-25 10 28 38 24 22 8 15 94 (.493) (.760) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

TORONTO 24 26 24 23 - 97 NEW YORK 25 21 24 24 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CAMBY, MILLER, WALLACE. NEW YORK - HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 8-16 (.500), MILLER 0-1, CHRISTIE 4-7, STOUDAMIRE 3-6, GARNER 1-2. NEW YORK 3-16 (.188), JOHNSON 0-1, OAKLEY 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 1-2, MILLS 0-1, CHILDS 0-2, STARKS 1-6. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DAVID JONES, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:21.


TORONTO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 40 3-11 3-3 1-6 1 5 9 Slater 36 5-7 1-3 3-11 2 1 11 Miller 25 2-8 0-0 1-3 1 0 4 Christie 38 5-10 4-7 0-0 2 3 18 Stoudamire 44 12-20 3-3 2-3 5 3 30 Wallace 26 6-9 6-6 1-6 2 1 18 Tabak 13 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 5 2 Garner 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 5 Respert 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kempton DNP - coach's decision Mcgrady DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - hyperextended left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-71 17-22 8-34 14 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Miller 0-1, Christie 4-7, Stoudamire 3-6, Garner 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby, Miller, Wallace). Turnovers: 18 (Christie 4, Stoudamire 4, Garner 3, Camby 2, Miller 2, Wallace 2, Tabak). Steals: 9 (Christie 3, Slater 2, Camby, Miller, Stoudamire, Wallace).

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 40 8-12 3-7 3-11 4 1 19 Oakley 33 4-7 0-0 3-8 3 4 8 Dudley 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Houston 30 7-14 6-7 0-2 1 3 21 Ward 24 2-4 2-2 0-1 5 2 7 Mills 25 2-7 1-1 3-4 0 1 5 Childs 24 1-5 2-2 0-3 6 3 4 B Williams 29 6-7 1-2 1-6 1 4 13 Starks 26 6-16 4-4 0-3 2 3 17 Grandison DNP - coach's decision Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 19-25 10-38 24 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Johnson 0-1, Oakley 0-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 1-2, Mills 0-1, Childs 0-2, Starks 1-6). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Houston). Turnovers: 16 (Johnson 4, Houston 3, Ward 3, Starks 2, Childs, Mills, Oakley). Steals: 8 (Oakley 2, Ward 2, B Williams, Johnson, Mills, Starks). ____________________________________________ Toronto 24 26 24 23 - 97 New York 25 21 24 24 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:59 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:21. Officials: Dick Bavetta, David Jones, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Doug Christie scored 18 points, including a three-pointer with seven-tenths of a second left, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks for the first time in their history and ended their 10-game home winning streak with a 97-94 triumph.

With the score tied, Damon Stoudamire, who scored 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting, took a pass and was double-teamed. But he found Christie on the right wing and the former Knick buried it.

"We trapped him," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "But then he made a great pass to Christie. We tried to deny Stoudamire from getting the inbounds pass, but it is difficult to deny a great point guard from getting the ball."

Toronto, which has the worst record in the Eastern Conference, won for the third time in the last eight games following a 17-game losing streak and claimed just its second victory on the road this season. The Raptors had dropped their first eight meetings with the Knicks, who lost for the first time at Madison Square Garden since dropping a 94-86 decision to Detroit in their home opener.

John Wallace, another former Knick, made a triumphant return to New York with 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left, giving the Raptors a 94-90 lead.

"This was a great game for us," said Wallace, who spent one season with the Knicks before being dealtt in the off-season. "We needed to win it after losing two games at the buzzer."

Larry Johnson's layup with 21 seconds left cut the deficit to 94-92. On the ensuing inbounds pass, the New York defense pressured Stoudamire into a turnover. Knicks forward Charles Oakley came up with the ball and found Allan Houston under the basket for the game-tying dunk with 16 seconds left, setting up the heroics by Christie.

The game featured six lead changes in the final 7:37. The lead changed hands 23 times overall, with 10 ties.

"I think this will help us a lot," Stoudamire said. "Coming into Madison Square Garden and winning the way we did is a very big accomplishment."

Toronto led by as much as 69-59 on Zan Tabak's basket with 2:53 left in the third quarter, but the Knicks used a 7-0 run to close to within 69-66 with 1:21 to go in the period.

Houston scored 21 points and Johnson added 19 and 11 rebounds for New York, which fell to 1-1 since losing All-Star center Patrick Ewing to a season-ending wrist injury.

"Even without Patrick, they still have a very solid team," said Stoudamire. "We came in here today prepared to play the Knicks and didn't worry about who they didn't have."

John Starks scored 17 points and Buck Williams added 13 -- both off the bench -- for the Knicks, whose reserves outscored their Raptors' counterparts, 39-25.

Reggie Slater chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which shot 51 percent (36-of-71) from the field against the league's best defense. New York entered the game first in the league in points allowed (86.0) and opponents' field-goal percentage (40.0).

"There is less margin for error (without Ewing)," said Van Gundy. "Whenever someone drives into the lane there is no one to pick up the slack.

"I think they (Raptors) played very well. They made the big shot when they had to and came out with a victory."

Toronto assistant Butch Carter, the brother of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter, coached the team today with the absence of Darrell Walker, who injured his back during the week. Cris Carter and the Vikings upset the New York Giants in an NFL playoff game today.

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