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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 23 23 26 96 NEW JERSEY 28 30 17 17 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 23, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 19, JOHN WALLACE 16 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 25, KENDALL GILL 23, SAM CASSELL 16


Box Score

TORONTO (96) AT NEW JERSEY (92)

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

MCGRADY F 35 4-12 0-0 3 7 10 3 0 1 4 8 WALLACE F 35 7-17 2-2 4 2 6 1 3 1 5 16 CAMBY C 43 6-14 3-5 5 7 12 2 1 1 5 15 CHRISTIE G 40 7-16 6-6 0 4 4 4 2 3 3 23 BILLUPS G 33 5-8 6-6 1 5 6 4 5 0 1 19 WILLIAMS 8 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 SLATER 12 2-5 2-3 3 1 4 0 2 0 2 6 BROWN 21 2-9 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 2 3 6 GARNER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MILLER 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 THOMAS 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 TRENT DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN

TOTALS 240 34-82 22-26 16 31 47 16 18 9 24 96 (.415) (.846) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 24(23 PTS)

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

GILL F 35 11-17 1-1 3 0 3 2 4 6 1 23 VAN HORN F 39 9-23 7-9 7 9 16 1 3 0 3 25 CAGE C 20 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 0 KITTLES G 33 6-19 0-0 5 5 10 1 1 2 0 12 CASSELL G 36 7-16 2-2 1 2 3 8 0 4 8 16 EVANS 13 1-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 2 GATLING 29 1-7 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 1 3 2 DOUGLAS 15 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 2 VAUGHN 8 3-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 HARRIS 12 1-6 2-2 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 4 SEIKALY DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT J WILLIAMS DNP - BROKEN RIGHT THUMB

TOTALS 240 40-103 12-14 25 29 54 16 18 16 17 92 (.388) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(13 PTS)

TORONTO 24 23 23 26 - 96 NEW JERSEY 28 30 17 17 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CAMBY 11, MCGRADY 2, CHRISTIE 2, SLATER. NEW JERSEY - EVANS 2, CAGE, GILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-13 (.462), CHRISTIE 3-5, BILLUPS 3-4, BROWN 0-4. NEW JERSEY 0-6 (.000), VAN HORN 0-1, KITTLES 0-2, EVANS 0-2, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, JIM KINSEY, BENNETT SALVATORE. A - 17,521. T - 2:12.


Agate Box Score

TORONTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 35 4-12 0-0 3-10 3 0 8 Wallace 35 7-17 2-2 4-6 1 3 16 Camby 43 6-14 3-5 5-12 2 1 15 Christie 40 7-16 6-6 0-4 4 2 23 Billups 33 5-8 6-6 1-6 4 5 19 Williams 8 1-1 1-2 0-2 1 0 3 Slater 12 2-5 2-3 3-4 0 2 6 Brown 21 2-9 2-2 0-1 0 1 6 Garner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Miller 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Thomas 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Trent DNP - abdominal strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 22-26 16-47 16 18 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Christie 3-5, Billups 3-4, Brown 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 16 (Camby 11, Mcgrady 2, Christie 2, Slater). Turnovers: 24 (Camby 5, Wallace 5, Mcgrady 4, Brown 3, Christie 3, Slater 2, Billups, Miller). Steals: 9 (Christie 3, Brown 2, Camby, Mcgrady, Thomas, Wallace).

NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 11-17 1-1 3-3 2 4 23 Van Horn 39 9-23 7-9 7-16 1 3 25 Cage 20 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 Kittles 33 6-19 0-0 5-10 1 1 12 Cassell 36 7-16 2-2 1-3 8 0 16 Evans 13 1-8 0-0 2-5 0 1 2 Gatling 29 1-7 0-0 1-4 2 2 2 Douglas 15 1-2 0-0 1-4 2 3 2 Vaughn 8 3-5 0-0 2-2 0 1 6 Harris 12 1-6 2-2 2-3 0 2 4 Seikaly DNP - sore right foot J Williams DNP - broken right thumb _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24040-103 12-14 25-54 16 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (Van Horn 0-1, Kittles 0-2, Evans 0-2, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Evans 2, Cage, Gill). Turnovers: 19 (Cassell 8, Gatling 3, Van Horn 3, Douglas, Evans, Gill). Steals: 16 (Gill 6, Cassell 4, Kittles 2, Cage, Douglas, Gatling, Harris). ____________________________________________ Toronto 24 23 23 26 - 96 New Jersey 28 30 17 17 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New Jersey 1 (Douglas, 0:03 3rd). A: 17,521. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Derosa, Jim Kinsey, Bennett Salvatore.


Game Recap

The Toronto Raptors ended a 13-game losing streak and prevented the New Jersey Nets from clinching their first playoff berth in four years with a 96-92 victory as Doug Christie had six points and a key steal in the final 84 seconds.

The Raptors, who lost at home to New Jersey on Sunday, won for just the fifth time in 32 games and the first time in regulation since the All-Star break. Their last four victories had been in overtime.

"I needed to get the monkey off my back, which you guys had been writing about," Raptors coach Butch Carter said.

Christie scored 23 points, including seven in a 14-3 burst that gave Toronto the lead with under three minutes to go. He added a three-point play with 1:24 remaining and a three-pointer that gave the Raptors the lead for good with 41 seconds left before stripping Nets guard Sam Cassell.

Marcus Camby had 15 points, 12 rebounds and a franchise-record 11 blocks for his first career triple-double for the Raptors, who avoided a season series sweep. Chauncey Billups scored 19 points.

"It feels good, because the streak is over. We didn't want to go losing the rest of our games," Camby said.

"No one is really out there beating our socks off, especially when all of our guys are out there," Carter said. "When he (Camby) gives you a career night, his first-ever triple-double, it is a great thing."

Keith Van Horn had 25 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Nets, who need one win or a loss by the Washington Wizards to clinch their first playoff berth since 1994. New Jersey blew a nine-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and had a season-high five-game winning streak snapped.

"This was the worst loss of the season," Van Horn said. "It meant so much and it never should have been that close. We were up 12, 14 points, we shouldn't have had to fight the last few minutes. We should have had all five starters resting on the bench. It's inexcusable."

Two baskets by Van Horn gave the Nets an 83-74 lead with 8:24 to play, but Christie scored seven points and Billups made a pair of three-pointers before a free throw by Camby gave the Raptors an 88-86 edge with 2:53 left, their first lead since 7-6.

Van Horn dunked and Kendall Gill made a baseline jumper as the Nets regained the lead at 90-88 with 1:36 remaining. Cassell answered Christie's three-point play with a jumper with 1:03 to go, but Christie's three-pointer gave the Raptors a 94-92 lead with 41 seconds left.

"They were doubling down. Guys swung at me," Christie said. "I was wide open and I hit it."

"Everything is so new to these guys," Carter said. "To have the ball in his hands at the end, I just told him to let it go."

Cassell drove into the lane, but Christie stripped him and sent a pass to Billups. Gill blocked Billups' layup, then grabbed a deflection of the ensuing inbounds pass. However, Chris Gatling missed an open baseline jumper, and two free throws by Toronto's Dee Brown sealed it with a second to go.

"Gat had a good look at the shot and missed it," Cassell said. "If I had to do it all over again, I'd pass it to him again. It's just a loss, no biggie."

"Sam was talking trash on Sunday," camby said. "I said, 'We're going to beat you guys on Tuesday.' I got the last laugh."

John Wallace scored 16 points and teenager Tracy McGrady grabbed 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 41.5 percent (34-of-82) from the field and made 22-of-26 foul shots. Toronto was 6-of-13 from three-point range.

Gill had 23 points and six steals and Cassell added 16 and eight assists for the Nets, who shot 39 percent (40-of-103) and held a 54-47 rebounding edge. New Jersey forced 24 turnovers and made 12-of-14 free throws but was 0-of-6 from behind the arc.

Kerry Kittles scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter as the Nets grabbed a 28-24 lead. Consecutive baskets by Gill capped a 10-0 run that widened the advantage to 42-30 with 6:40 left in the second quarter.

Cassell's two free throws gave New Jersey its largest lead at 58-47 with 13 seconds left in the first half. Camby's dunk cut the deficit to 11 points at halftime, but the Nets rebuilt the lead to 64-51 on a tip-in by Van Horn with 7:04 to play in the third quarter.

New Jersey still held a 75-64 lead after Van Horn's free throw with 1:58 to go in the period, but Billups had a jumper and two free throws around a layup by Wallace as Toronto got within 75-70 entering the final period.

"It was overconfidence," Gill said. "We thought we were going to blow them out and we were halfway to it. When we get offensive opportunities, we have to score. You don't know when it will come back to haunt you. Cal (coach John Calipari) cussed us out and rightfully so. He said we screwed up."

The Nets, already without injured centers Jayson Williams and Rony Seikaly, may have lost center Michael Cage, who suffered a strained left hamstring in the fourth quarter. Cage, who has played in 736 straight games, is listed as day-to-day, but his coach believes he may be sidelined for some time.

"Michael Cage looks like he's going to be out for a while," said Calipari. "That's going to hurt us."

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