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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 22 20 17 26 85 NEW YORK 21 22 29 23 95 FINAL


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TORONTO (85) AT NEW YORK (95)

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

OAKLEY F 31 4-10 3-3 1 6 7 3 4 1 5 11 CARTER F 40 6-12 5-6 1 2 3 2 5 2 1 17 K WILLIS C 24 3-8 3-4 3 2 5 0 2 0 1 9 CHRISTIE G 41 4-10 7-8 1 5 6 4 2 1 3 16 A WILLIAMS G 21 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 2 MCGRADY 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STEWART 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 BROWN 27 2-10 1-2 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 7 WALLACE 12 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 THOMAS 19 3-3 1-2 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 7 SLATER 15 3-4 6-8 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 12 CUNNINGHAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-65 26-33 6 26 32 14 22 7 15 85 (.431) (.788) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 30 3-6 6-7 4 3 7 3 4 0 0 13 THOMAS F 22 5-7 0-0 1 4 5 3 5 1 3 10 EWING C 37 4-13 8-10 1 7 8 1 3 0 1 16 HOUSTON G 42 7-15 4-4 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 20 WARD G 36 4-8 3-4 0 3 3 4 1 4 2 12 CHILDS 23 1-4 4-5 0 0 0 4 4 2 3 7 SCOTT 13 3-6 0-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 CAMBY 23 5-11 1-2 3 9 12 0 2 0 0 11 DUDLEY 12 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B DAVIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 26-34 11 29 40 19 26 7 12 95 (.457) (.765) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

TORONTO 22 20 17 26 - 85 NEW YORK 21 22 29 23 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CARTER 4. NEW YORK - EWING, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-14 (.214), CARTER 0-1, CHRISTIE 1-4, A WILLIAMS 0-1, BROWN 2-8. NEW YORK 5-11 (.455), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-2, SCOTT 0-3. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, JIM CLARK, GARY BENSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:15.


Box Score

TORONTO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 31 4-10 3-3 1-7 3 4 11 Carter 40 6-12 5-6 1-3 2 5 17 K Willis 24 3-8 3-4 3-5 0 2 9 Christie 41 4-10 7-8 1-6 4 2 16 A Williams 21 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 Mcgrady 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Stewart 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brown 27 2-10 1-2 0-1 3 1 7 Wallace 12 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Thomas 19 3-3 1-2 0-4 0 1 7 Slater 15 3-4 6-8 0-2 0 3 12 Cunningham DNP - coach's decision Marks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-65 26-33 6-32 14 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Carter 0-1, Christie 1-4, A Williams 0-1, Brown 2-8). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Carter 4). Turnovers: 15 (Oakley 5, Christie 3, A Williams, Brown, Carter, K Willis, Slater, Stewart, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Brown 2, Carter 2, Christie, Oakley, Thomas).

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 30 3-6 6-7 4-7 3 4 13 Thomas 22 5-7 0-0 1-5 3 5 10 Ewing 37 4-13 8-10 1-8 1 3 16 Houston 42 7-15 4-4 1-3 1 3 20 Ward 36 4-8 3-4 0-3 4 1 12 Childs 23 1-4 4-5 0-0 4 4 7 Scott 13 3-6 0-2 0-0 3 0 6 Camby 23 5-11 1-2 3-12 0 2 11 Dudley 12 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 26-34 11-40 19 26 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 2-3, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-2, Scott 0-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Ewing, Camby). Turnovers: 12 (Childs 3, Houston 3, Thomas 3, Ward 2, Ewing). Steals: 7 (Ward 4, Childs 2, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Toronto 22 20 17 26 - 85 New York 21 22 29 23 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:37 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (K Willis (ejected), 9:37 2nd). A: 19,763. T: 2:15. Officials: Steve Javie, Jim Clark, Gary Benson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- New York Knicks' fans were happy to see Charles Oakley back in the building he called home for 10 seasons, but equally enthralled to witness the continued improvement of the player who took his place, Marcus Camby.

Camby posted his first double-double with his new team, totaling 11 points and 12 rebounds, as the Knicks used an 11-0 third-quarter run to pull away from returning hero Oakley and the Toronto Raptors, 95-85.

"I knew we were playing Toronto with Oak(ley) in the Garden and I was just ready from the moment I saw the schedule," Camby said. "I'm happy it's over so I can focus on the rest of the season."

Tonight was the first meeting between these clubs since an offseason trade sent the popular Oakley to Toronto in exchange for Camby. The night began with a standing ovation for Oakley during introductions.

A video tribute at halftime drew the loudest ovation for Oakley, who also was cheered lustily as he entered the dressing room after the final buzzer.

"It was great for the fans," said Oakley, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. "They showed that they really respected what I did for them over the 10 years here in New York."

Oakley may have felt a little too at home in the first quarter, when he walked to the wrong bench after a timeout. He realized his error and walked back to join his new teammates.

"It was one of those things when you're on the court and into the game," said Oakley. "I'm so used to going that way."

Allan Houston led six players in double figures with 20 points and Patrick Ewing added 16 for New York, which has reeled off four straight victories since opening the season with consecutive losses.

"It felt really good," added Camby. "Especially going out there and getting the win. We have been on a roll of late -- four in a row. Tonight, we executed well down the stretch."

Oakley hit an 11-foot jumper 42 seconds into the third quarter to pull the Raptors within 46-44. The Knicks followed with a decisive spurt to put the contest out of reach.

Larry Johnson began the 11-0 run with a 3-pointer and Charlie Ward's layup capped it, giving New York a 57-44 bulge with 8:58 to go. Ward also sank a pair of technical free throws during the stretch, as he drew an elbow to the throat from Toronto forward Kevin Willis, who was subsequently ejected with 9:37 remaining in the period.

"It was just an unfortunate situation," Willis said. "I was in rebounding position and I think he tried to block me out. In doing so, he grabbed my arm and my first reaction is to swing and get him from trying to tie me up. My arm went back and he was there."

Johnson scored 13 points and Ward 12 for the Knicks, who have won four of the last five meetings between the teams.

Rookie Vince Carter collected 17 points and Doug Christie added 16 for the Raptors, who have lost four straight.

"I just tried to go out and play, but it was different playing on this team," added Oakley. "I am willing to work with it. We are not there yet as a team. I am trying to fit in and do what we have to do to get this team winning. That's my No. 1 goal right now."

New York failed in its bid to become the first team in the history of the league to hold three straight opponents below 70 points since the inception of the 24-second shot clock. Last season's Indiana Pacers and the 1994-95 Cleveland Cavaliers are the only other clubs to accomplish the feat in back-to-back contests.

Reggie Slater scored 12 points for Toronto, which shot 43 percent (28-of-65) and lost the battle on the boards, 40-32.

Kurt Thomas scored 10 points -- all in the first quarter -- for the Knicks, who shot 46 percent (32-of-70) and forced 15 turnovers to remain unbeaten since the loss of injured swingman Latrell Sprewell.

"It was ugly, but we got the win," said Ewing. "That's the bottom line. You want to get as many wins as you can when you are meshing and we are still meshing right now."

The Raptors made a final run at the Knicks midway through the fourth quarter. Trailing 79-68 after a short jumper by Houston, ex-Knicks John Thomas and John Wallace made consecutive baskets before Carter drained a pair from the line to pull the Raptors within 79-74 with 6:14 to go.

But Ewing blunted the rally with an 11-footer in the lane on New York's ensuing trip downcourt.

"It was weird," responded Ewing when asked what it was like to compete against his teammate of 10 seasons. "We chit-chatted for a minute then he tried to take my head off. But that's the nature of the business. Here today and gone tomorrow. We miss him and we miss John (Starks). I was sorry to see them go. The (crowd) showed a lot of class and I'm sure he appreciated it."

Houston nailed a 13-footer with 1:57 remaining that opened a 91-79 cushion, and the Knicks equalled their biggest lead of the night when Chris Childs made a pair of free throws with one minute remaining that extended the margin to 95-81.

"We have to work on our mental toughness," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "They were relentless with their gameplan. Either Allan Houston was shooting on the perimeter or they just threw it in to Patrick."

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