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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 16 22 16 21 6 81 TORONTO 20 18 15 22 10 85 FINAL IN 1ST OT


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NEW YORK (81) AT TORONTO (85) - FINAL IN OT

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

JOHNSON F 26 2-9 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 5 THOMAS F 17 3-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 2 1 6 EWING C 43 6-13 9-13 3 12 15 0 4 1 5 21 HOUSTON G 38 7-15 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 1 4 17 WARD G 34 1-4 0-0 1 6 7 6 2 1 4 3 SPREWELL 41 3-11 2-6 1 4 5 5 1 1 1 9 CAMBY 24 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 1 6 1 3 6 CHILDS 35 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 5 3 0 0 12 DUDLEY 7 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 30-76 16-25 10 34 44 21 24 8 19 81 (.395) (.640) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(12 PTS)

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

CARTER F 42 7-24 9-12 5 7 12 2 1 2 3 23 OAKLEY F 38 1-4 2-4 6 6 12 4 5 2 1 4 THOMAS C 22 6-9 1-1 3 5 8 0 4 1 0 13 CHRISTIE G 33 5-19 1-2 4 6 10 2 1 1 4 12 A WILLIAMS G 16 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 5 MCGRADY 22 2-10 0-0 6 3 9 1 0 0 2 4 STEWART 19 2-3 2-2 4 1 5 0 3 0 0 6 BROWN 37 4-14 0-1 1 4 5 2 0 3 4 12 WALLACE 28 2-11 1-2 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 5 SLATER 8 0-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION K WILLIS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT SHOULDER

TOTALS 265 31-102 17-26 31 34 65 14 17 11 16 85 (.304) (.654) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

NEW YORK 16 22 16 21 6 - 81 TORONTO 20 18 15 22 10 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 5, CAMBY 3, HOUSTON, WARD, SPREWELL, CHILDS. TORONTO - CARTER 4, WALLACE 3, MCGRADY 2, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-14 (.357), JOHNSON 0-3, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-3, SPREWELL 1-3, CHILDS 2-3. TORONTO 6-16 (.375), CARTER 0-2, CHRISTIE 1-3, A WILLIAMS 1-1, MCGRADY 0-2, BROWN 4-8. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, JOHNSON, TORONTO - WALLACE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES. A - 19,266. T - 2:46.


Box Score

NEW YORK (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 26 2-9 1-2 0-1 2 2 5 Thomas 17 3-8 0-0 2-5 0 2 6 Ewing 43 6-13 9-13 3-15 0 4 21 Houston 38 7-15 2-2 2-3 2 2 17 Ward 34 1-4 0-0 1-7 6 2 3 Sprewell 41 3-11 2-6 1-5 5 1 9 Camby 24 2-4 2-2 1-4 1 6 6 Childs 35 5-9 0-0 0-2 5 3 12 Dudley 7 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 30-76 16-25 10-44 21 24 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Johnson 0-3, Houston 1-2, Ward 1-3, Sprewell 1-3, Childs 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 12 (Ewing 5, Camby 3, Houston, Ward, Sprewell, Childs). Turnovers: 22 (Ewing 5, Houston 4, Ward 4, Camby 3, Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Thomas 2, Camby, Dudley, Ewing, Houston, Sprewell, Ward).

TORONTO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 42 7-24 9-12 5-12 2 1 23 Oakley 38 1-4 2-4 6-12 4 5 4 Thomas 22 6-9 1-1 3-8 0 4 13 Christie 33 5-19 1-2 4-10 2 1 12 A Williams 16 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 5 Mcgrady 22 2-10 0-0 6-9 1 0 4 Stewart 19 2-3 2-2 4-5 0 3 6 Brown 37 4-14 0-1 1-5 2 0 12 Wallace 28 2-11 1-2 1-1 2 2 5 Slater 8 0-3 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Marks DNP - coach's decision K Willis DNP - sprained left shoulder _______________________________________________ TOTALS 26531-102 17-26 31-65 14 17 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.304, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Carter 0-2, Christie 1-3, A Williams 1-1, Mcgrady 0-2, Brown 4-8). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 10 (Carter 4, Wallace 3, Mcgrady 2, Brown). Turnovers: 19 (Brown 4, Christie 4, Carter 3, A Williams 2, Mcgrady 2, Oakley). Steals: 11 (Brown 3, Carter 2, Oakley 2, A Williams, Christie, Thomas, Wallace). _________________________________________________ New York 16 22 16 21 6 - 81 Toronto 20 18 15 22 10 - 85 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense, 0:53 3rd; Johnson, 1:23 4th). Toronto 1 (Wallace, 1:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,266. T: 2:46. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Joe Derosa, David Jones.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Rookie Vince Carter helped the Toronto Raptors extend the longest winning streak in franchise history by ending a losing streak against the New York Knicks that had lasted the franchise's history.

Carter collected 23 points and 12 rebounds and had four clutch free throws and an offensive rebound in overtime, leading the Raptors to an 85-81 win over the Knicks, their fifth straight victory.

The Raptors surpassed their previous longest winning streak of four, established from January 21-29, 1998. They improved to 7-2 in the new Air Canada Centre with their fifth straight home win.

"We're on a streak and gaining confidence, espcially to beat a team like the Knicks," Carter said. "That's a whole lot of confidence for us. It's like a dream as a rookie to come in and help a team that wasn't doing well last year and turn the team around."

It also was Toronto's first home win against New York. Since entering the NBA in 1995, the Raptors had lost six home games to the Knicks, who blew a seven-point lead in the final five-plus minutes of regulation and fell to 11-2 in the all-time series.

"It's new for my young guys and it's the first time they been in a game like this," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "Our young guys kept getting on the glass to give us a chance. Other teams are finding out that we got young legs."

"We haven't made significant shots at the end of the game," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We were prepared and played real hard, but it was our inability just to finish."

Patrick Ewing had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, but he missed crucial free throws late in regulation and overtime. Ewing returned Saturday against Boston after missing nearly all of the last seven games with left Achilles tendinitis.

Knicks forward Marcus Camby returned to Toronto for the first time and was soundly booed. Camby, who was dealt to New York last June for Charles Oakley, had six points and four rebounds.

"I just wish we got the win and everything would've been complete," Canby said. "It was different. I didn't deserve it. In the two years I was here, I wasn't wanting to leave."

After a basket by New York's Latrell Sprewell opened overtime, Carter made four straight free throws to give Toronto the lead for good at 79-77 with 3:18 remaining.

Sprewell missed a pair of free throws and Doug Christie made a jumper to widen the lead to four points. Larry Johnson split a pair of foul shots to cut the deficit to 81-78 but Oakley made his only basket of the game with 50 seconds to go.

Ewing scored and was fouled with 39 seconds left. But he missed a free throw that could have pulled the Knicks within a basket. On Toronto's next possession, Carter rebounded Dee Brown's miss and dribbled along the baseline and away from traffic, killing the clock. Oakley was fouled and made two free throws to seal it.

"Oak played like Oak," Ewing said. "He made a big shot at the end to put them up by five and then he hit his free throws. He did a good job of rebounding all night long."

Former Knick John Thomas scored 13 points and Christie and Brown added 12 apiece for the Raptors, who shot just 30 percent (31-of-102) but held a 65-44 rebounding advantage. Oakley also had 12 rebounds and Christie grabbed 10.

"It's a big win for us, to win five in a row," Thomas said. "It was kind of a ugly game from the standpoint of there was a lot of missed shots. Guys are working hard on crashing the boards and getting us second shots."

Allan Houston scored 17 points and Chris Childs added 12 for the Knicks, who shot 39.5 percent (30-of-76) and committed 22 turnovers. New York made just 2-of-7 free throws in overtime.

"Our inability to rebound and our missed free throw were the difference," Van Gundy said. "When we do those things we win. Our defense was great we played with great energy. It's disappointing to have the lead, but we couldn't make our free throws."

Ewing's jumper with 5:21 left in the fourth quarter gave New York a 72-65 lead. Christie made a 3-pointer and Camby scored for the Knicks' last basket of regulation with 4:03 remaining.

The Raptors scored the next seven points, capped by a free throw by Carter for a 75-74 lead with 1:43 left. Ewing could have given the Knicks the lead, but he went 1-of-2 from the line with 45 seconds to go.

Carter, who was 7-of-24 from the field, missed a jumper and a drive on Toronto's final fourth-quarter possession. New York had a chance to win, but Brown made a steal and Carter nearly banked in a 65-footer at the horn.

"It's just one game, (but) I can sense a little bit of a rivalry here," Camby said. "There was a lot of trash talk and things you don't normally see. But we played them again real soon and I'm looking forward to it."

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