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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 27 19 17 19 82 TORONTO 28 21 27 17 93 FINAL


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LA CLIPPERS (82) AT TORONTO (93)

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

NESBY F 12 1-1 4-4 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 7 TAYLOR F 33 5-11 4-5 2 1 3 0 5 0 7 14 OLOWOKANDI C 27 0-6 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 1 DOUGLAS G 35 0-4 2-2 0 1 1 6 2 3 1 2 PIATKOWSKI G 26 5-12 2-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 15 MARTIN 13 1-4 0-1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 3 MURRAY 30 4-12 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 1 2 11 ROGERS 24 5-10 4-5 3 4 7 1 2 1 1 15 SMITH 17 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 7 WRIGHT 23 3-5 1-2 4 5 9 1 3 1 1 7 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-70 20-25 14 20 34 19 22 9 17 82 (.386) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

CARTER F 30 10-11 5-7 1 1 2 3 5 1 3 26 OAKLEY F 34 1-5 2-2 5 6 11 4 3 2 3 4 THOMAS C 27 2-4 2-2 4 2 6 1 3 2 0 6 CHRISTIE G 35 6-14 3-4 1 0 1 3 2 3 3 15 A WILLIAMS G 20 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 5 1 1 0 8 BROWN 29 3-13 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 1 7 MCGRADY 29 2-7 6-7 5 7 12 4 2 1 2 10 STEWART 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 WALLACE 12 3-4 1-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 7 K WILLIS 21 4-7 2-2 2 6 8 3 1 0 3 10 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-71 23-29 18 26 44 28 22 11 18 93 (.479) (.793) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 27 19 17 19 - 82 TORONTO 28 21 27 17 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - OLOWOKANDI 3, MURRAY 2. TORONTO - THOMAS 2, WALLACE 2, CARTER, CHRISTIE, MCGRADY, K WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 8-14 (.571), NESBY 1-1, DOUGLAS 0-2, PIATKOWSKI 3-3, MARTIN 1-1, MURRAY 1-4, ROGERS 1-1, SMITH 1-2. TORONTO 2-11 (.182), CARTER 1-1, CHRISTIE 0-3, BROWN 1-7. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - PIATKOWSKI, TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TONY BROTHERS, LUIS GRILLO. A - 18,839. T - 2:09.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 12 1-1 4-4 0-0 3 4 7 Taylor 33 5-11 4-5 2-3 0 5 14 Olowokandi 27 0-6 1-2 2-3 0 1 1 Douglas 35 0-4 2-2 0-1 6 2 2 Piatkowski 26 5-12 2-2 1-4 2 1 15 Martin 13 1-4 0-1 0-1 1 0 3 Murray 30 4-12 2-2 2-5 1 2 11 Rogers 24 5-10 4-5 3-7 1 2 15 Smith 17 3-5 0-0 0-1 4 2 7 Wright 23 3-5 1-2 4-9 1 3 7 Closs DNP - coach's decision Skinner DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-70 20-25 14-34 19 22 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Nesby 1-1, Douglas 0-2, Piatkowski 3-3, Martin 1-1, Murray 1-4, Rogers 1-1, Smith 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Olowokandi 3, Murray 2). Turnovers: 19 (Taylor 7, Murray 2, Douglas, Martin, Nesby, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Rogers, Smith, Wright). Steals: 9 (Douglas 3, Martin, Murray, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Rogers, Wright).

TORONTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 30 10-11 5-7 1-2 3 5 26 Oakley 34 1-5 2-2 5-11 4 3 4 Thomas 27 2-4 2-2 4-6 1 3 6 Christie 35 6-14 3-4 1-1 3 2 15 A Williams 20 3-6 2-2 0-2 5 1 8 Brown 29 3-13 0-0 0-1 5 1 7 Mcgrady 29 2-7 6-7 5-12 4 2 10 Stewart 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Wallace 12 3-4 1-3 0-1 0 2 7 K Willis 21 4-7 2-2 2-8 3 1 10 Marks DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 23-29 18-44 28 22 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Carter 1-1, Christie 0-3, Brown 1-7). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Thomas 2, Wallace 2, Carter, Christie, Mcgrady, K Willis). Turnovers: 18 (Carter 3, Christie 3, K Willis 3, Oakley 3, Mcgrady 2, Wallace 2, Brown, Stewart). Steals: 11 (Christie 3, Oakley 2, Thomas 2, A Williams, Brown, Carter, Mcgrady). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 27 19 17 19 - 82 Toronto 28 21 27 17 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Piatkowski, 3:42 4th). Toronto 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 11:02 2nd, 11:50 4th, 3:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,839. T: 2:09. Officials: Hugh Evans, Tony Brothers, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Rookie Vince Carter scored five of his 26 points during a key 11-2 run as the Toronto Raptors matched the longest winning streak in franchise history with a 93-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Doug Christie contributed 15 points and Kevin Willis returned from a three-game absence to add 10 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who are riding a four-game winning streak for the first time since January 21-29, 1998.

That winning streak was about the only highlight from last season for Toronto, which ended the campaign with just 16 wins.

"It's amazing to me the talent they have and they only have one win," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "We had to get their bench stopped, that's what we wanted to focus on. We had to recognize that 3-pointers are more important to this team than others and we got it stopped."

A 19-foot jumper by Lamond Murray with 1:44 left in the first half gave the Clippers a 46-45 advantage. Tracy McGrady hit a pair of free throws to give Toronto the lead for good and Christie made it 56-48 just over 2 1/2 minutes into the second half with an 18-foot jumper from the right sideline.

Eric Piatkowski and Rodney Rogers netted 15 points apiece for Los Angeles, which dropped its 20th straight road game. The Clippers are 0-12 away from home this season and winless in an opponents' building since a 107-102 victory in Golden State on March 17, 1998.

"We had numerous opportunities to make a good basketball plays when they doubled our post, but we shot when we should have passed and passed when we should have shot," said Clippers coach Chris Ford, whose team has one just once in 22 games this season. "We need to make basketball decisions. You have to have instinct and make basketball decisions."

Following McGrady's free throws, Alvin Williams hit a short jumper from the left sideline to give the Raptors a 49-46 halftime advantage. Carter opened the third quarter with a jumper, hit two free throws, and after a driving layup by the Clippers' Maurice Taylor, connected on the second of two from the line to make it 54-48.

"Our enemy has been the third quarter," said Carter. "We came out tonight with some fire like we wanted to win this game. This is another game we had to win. The more wins we get, the more confidence we gain."

Carter, who fell two points shy of his season high, shot 10-of-11 from the field for Toronto, which connected on 48 percent (34-of-71). McGrady had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Charles Oakley pulled down 11 boards as the Raptors built a 44-34 edge on the boards.

"I am double trouble right now," added Carter. "My shots have been falling. I'm confident to shoot the ball. I let it go and they went in."

Two free throws by Taylor with 6:32 left in the third quarter brought the Clippers within 60-55, but Toronto scored the next seven points as Carter completed a three-point play and nailed a jumper and Willis tipped in McGrady's miss to make it 67-55 with 3:58 left in the period.

Willis had been sidelined since March 13 with a sprained left shoulder.

Toronto took a 76-63 lead into the fourth period before the Clippers fought back within 85-78 on a 3-pointer by Piatkowski. Oakley and Dee Brown hit jumpers and Oakley made two free throws to push the lead to 91-78 with 1:56 to play.

"They are a talented team and they played us close the entire game," said McGrady. "I told my cousin (Carter) to step it up. The defense stepped up and this team was trying to come in and take us out. We played great defense and made them force their shots."

Taylor scored 14 points, Murray 11 and Lorenzen Wright grabbed nine rebounds for the Clippers, who shot just 39 percent (27-of-70) despite connecting on 8-of-14 from beyond the arc. Los Angeles committed 19 turnovers leading to 22 points for the Raptors.

"This is very difficult for everyone," said Clippers guard Sherman Douglas, who had two points and six assists. "We make mental mistakes, we have to learn how to win basketball games. We can't accept losing."

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