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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 26 23 25 10 84 DENVER 18 31 14 17 80 FINAL


TORONTO (84) AT DENVER (80)

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

MILLER F 31 3-3 0-0 1 7 8 2 4 1 3 6 CAMBY F 34 6-12 4-6 5 1 6 1 3 1 0 16 TABAK C 14 2-5 0-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 4 CHRISTIE G 42 5-12 2-2 2 5 7 4 1 4 5 14 STOUDAMIRE G 38 5-12 11-12 0 5 5 5 3 0 4 22 WILLIAMS 32 5-12 1-2 1 4 5 3 4 3 3 13 ROGERS 17 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 4 WALLACE 11 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 4 SLATER 8 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 RESPERT 13 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 MCGRADY DNP - MILD RIGHT ANKLE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 30-67 19-26 10 30 40 18 26 9 20 84 (.448) (.731) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(27 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 17 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 6 L ELLIS F 36 6-14 4-4 3 2 5 2 2 2 2 18 D GARRETT C 27 0-5 1-4 3 2 5 0 2 1 1 1 JACKSON G 23 2-7 4-4 0 5 5 2 4 1 4 8 WASHINGTON G 23 6-12 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 12 FORTSON 27 4-10 4-4 5 5 10 2 3 1 5 12 NEWMAN 30 3-7 4-4 1 4 5 2 1 2 2 10 GOLDWIRE 27 0-5 0-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 1 0 WOLF 13 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5 LAUDERDALE 8 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 3 4 H ELLIS 9 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-77 19-24 16 25 41 15 23 9 19 80 (.377) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(25 PTS)

TORONTO 26 23 25 10 - 84 DENVER 18 31 14 17 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CAMBY 3, CHRISTIE 2, MILLER, TABAK, STOUDAMIRE, WILLIAMS, ROGERS, WALLACE. DENVER - D GARRETT, NEWMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 5-16 (.313), CHRISTIE 2-7, STOUDAMIRE 1-3, WILLIAMS 2-6. DENVER 3-8 (.375), L ELLIS 2-3, JACKSON 0-2, WASHINGTON 0-2, WOLF 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TOM WASHINGTON, JIM KINSEY. A - 9,629. T - 2:10.


TORONTO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Miller 31 3-3 0-0 1-8 2 4 6 Camby 34 6-12 4-6 5-6 1 3 16 Tabak 14 2-5 0-2 0-2 1 2 4 Christie 42 5-12 2-2 2-7 4 1 14 Stoudamire 38 5-12 11-12 0-5 5 3 22 Williams 32 5-12 1-2 1-5 3 4 13 Rogers 17 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 4 4 Wallace 11 2-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 4 Slater 8 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 4 1 Respert 13 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Mcgrady DNP - mild right ankle sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 19-26 10-40 18 26 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Christie 2-7, Stoudamire 1-3, Williams 2-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 11 (Camby 3, Christie 2, Miller, Tabak, Stoudamire, Williams, Rogers, Wallace). Turnovers: 21 (Christie 5, Stoudamire 4, Miller 3, Williams 3, Slater 2, Rogers, Tabak, Wallace). Steals: 9 (Christie 4, Williams 3, Camby, Miller).

DENVER (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 17 2-5 2-2 1-2 0 4 6 L Ellis 36 6-14 4-4 3-5 2 2 18 D Garrett 27 0-5 1-4 3-5 0 2 1 Jackson 23 2-7 4-4 0-5 2 4 8 Washington 23 6-12 0-0 2-3 2 1 12 Fortson 27 4-10 4-4 5-10 2 3 12 Newman 30 3-7 4-4 1-5 2 1 10 Goldwire 27 0-5 0-2 0-1 5 3 0 Wolf 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 5 Lauderdale 8 2-5 0-0 0-3 0 0 4 H Ellis 9 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 K Garris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 19-24 16-41 15 23 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (L Ellis 2-3, Jackson 0-2, Washington 0-2, Wolf 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (D Garrett, Newman). Turnovers: 21 (Fortson 5, Jackson 4, Lauderdale 3, L Ellis 2, Newman 2, D Garrett, Goldwire, Washington). Steals: 9 (L Ellis 2, Newman 2, D Garrett, Fortson, H Ellis, Jackson, Washington). ____________________________________________ Toronto 26 23 25 10 - 84 Denver 18 31 14 17 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,629. T: 2:10. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tom Washington, Jim Kinsey.


GAME RECAP

Damon Stoudamire scored 22 points, including the go-ahead free throws, lifting the Toronto Raptors to their franchise-record fourth straight win, an 84-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Stoudamire, who was rumored to be going to the Houston Rockets in a trade when the winning streak started on January 21st, hit two free throws to give the Raptors an 82-80 advantage with 2:17 remaining. Stoudamire converted another pair of free throws for the final margin with 8.2 seconds left.

"They're a young basketball club, really young," said Stoudamire about Denver. "But they've got solid pieces. It seems the problem is they can't find the go-to guy. The guy who wants to step up and take the big shot. It's going to come, they play hard. I've seen them down 30 points and they still play hard. A lot of people in this league would just quit.

"We made history by winning four games in a row for the first time," he added. "It's a good way to start the road trip. Everyone was scared of this game. Nobody wants to be the team that loses to Denver."

Marcus Camby added 16 points and six rebounds for the Raptors, who have won their last two games with the Nuggets after losing the first three meetings. Doug Christie had 14 points and seven rebounds and Walt Williams came off the bench to add 13 and five for the Raptors.

"It was a tough game, a very, very tough game," said Toronto coach Darrell Walker. "Denver came out and played hard. They looked at us as a team they could beat. It was a very good win for us. We didn't play the way we are capable of playing. The last two or three minutes, we tightened up a little bit. Nobody's going to look back and say it was a pretty game, but a win is a win."

LaPhonso Ellis scored 18 points and rookies Danny Fortson and Eric Washington each added 12 for the Nuggets, who have lost 25 of their last 26 games and 11 straight at home. Forston grabbed 10 rebounds and the Nuggets shot 38 percent (29-for-77) from the field. It was the 18th time this season that they have made fewer than 40 percent of their shots.

"We do a great job initially of executing our screens," Ellis said. "But through the season, when other teams have your calls, execution is paramount. When they switch, we don't know what to do. Nine or 10 wins aren't important. What is, is to beat these kinds of teams. As I've said before, we dig that 10 to 12-point hole for ourselves. We needed to build an early lead."

The Nuggets trailed, 74-63, at the end of three periods, but tied the game when Johnny Newman's dunk capped an 11-0 burst with 8:53 to go. Newman had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Stoudamire made a free throw to give the Raptors a 76-75 edge with 7:56 left but Newman answered with a driving layup to give the Nuggets the lead 39 seconds later. Denver had its final lead at 80-78 when Ellis made an 18-footer with 2:53 to play. Williams hit a 21-footer to tie the game with 2:34 left and Stoudamire blocked Anthony Goldwire's shot before getting fouled by Ellis.

Camby scored six points in the first period as Toronto grabbed a 26-18 advantage. Ellis made a layup to cap an 16-4 surge and give the Nuggets a 34-30 advantage with 6:42 left in the second. Denver outscored Toronto, 31-23, in the second and the game was tied at 49 as Stoudamire made a driving layup at the buzzer.

Christie sank a three-pointer to cap a 14-2 burst and give the Raptors their biggest lead of the game, 70-57, with 3:10 left in the third.

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