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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 21 25 19 28 93 SAN ANTONIO 23 24 23 21 91 FINAL


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TORONTO (93) AT SAN ANTONIO (91)

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

CARTER F 37 6-19 2-2 1 4 5 3 2 1 2 14 OAKLEY F 38 5-9 3-4 4 3 7 5 5 0 0 13 K WILLIS C 32 4-15 3-4 2 5 7 1 5 4 1 11 CHRISTIE G 39 5-11 3-4 1 4 5 5 3 2 3 13 A WILLIAMS G 17 2-4 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 7 MCGRADY 13 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 BROWN 30 8-13 2-2 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 23 THOMAS 15 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 2 0 2 WALLACE 15 4-7 2-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 10 STEWART 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - WIFE GIVING BIRTH

TOTALS 240 35-81 17-22 12 25 37 19 25 9 8 93 (.432) (.773) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

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

ELLIOTT F 41 6-10 2-3 0 5 5 3 2 0 0 18 DUNCAN F 38 2-7 1-2 2 10 12 0 5 0 6 5 ROBINSON C 41 8-14 8-13 8 8 16 1 2 1 6 24 JOHNSON G 36 6-13 7-8 0 1 1 11 1 0 2 19 ELIE G 30 4-10 1-1 2 1 3 3 3 1 2 9 JACKSON 12 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 7 DANIELS 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 PERDUE 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J KERSEY 13 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 4 ROSE 11 0-1 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 3 S KERR 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAZE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-67 24-33 15 28 43 22 19 4 19 91 (.463) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(29 PTS)

TORONTO 21 25 19 28 - 93 SAN ANTONIO 23 24 23 21 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CARTER, CHRISTIE, MCGRADY, WALLACE. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, DUNCAN 3, PERDUE, J KERSEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-13 (.462), CARTER 0-2, CHRISTIE 0-1, A WILLIAMS 1-1, BROWN 5-9. SAN ANTONIO 5-10 (.500), ELLIOTT 4-4, ELIE 0-2, JACKSON 1-3, DANIELS 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, MARK WUNDERLICH, BILL KENNEDY. A - 16,290. T - 2:23.


Box Score

TORONTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 37 6-19 2-2 1-5 3 2 14 Oakley 38 5-9 3-4 4-7 5 5 13 K Willis 32 4-15 3-4 2-7 1 5 11 Christie 39 5-11 3-4 1-5 5 3 13 A Williams 17 2-4 2-2 1-2 1 0 7 Mcgrady 13 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Brown 30 8-13 2-2 0-4 3 3 23 Thomas 15 1-3 0-0 2-2 1 3 2 Wallace 15 4-7 2-4 1-3 0 1 10 Stewart 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Marks DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - wife giving birth _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 17-22 12-37 19 25 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Carter 0-2, Christie 0-1, A Williams 1-1, Brown 5-9). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Carter, Christie, Mcgrady, Wallace). Turnovers: 9 (Christie 3, Carter 2, Brown, K Willis, Mcgrady). Steals: 9 (K Willis 4, Christie 2, Thomas 2, Carter).

SAN ANTONIO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elliott 41 6-10 2-3 0-5 3 2 18 Duncan 38 2-7 1-2 2-12 0 5 5 Robinson 41 8-14 8-13 8-16 1 2 24 Johnson 36 6-13 7-8 0-1 11 1 19 Elie 30 4-10 1-1 2-3 3 3 9 Jackson 12 2-5 2-2 1-2 0 0 7 Daniels 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 Perdue 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Kersey 13 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 Rose 11 0-1 3-4 1-2 0 2 3 S Kerr 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gaze DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 24-33 15-43 22 19 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Elliott 4-4, Elie 0-2, Jackson 1-3, Daniels 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Robinson 4, Duncan 3, Perdue, J Kersey). Turnovers: 22 (Duncan 6, Robinson 6, Elie 2, Jackson 2, Johnson 2, Rose). Steals: 4 (Daniels, Elie, Jackson, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Toronto 21 25 19 28 - 93 San Antonio 23 24 23 21 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (Duncan, 8:23 3rd; Head Coach Popovich, 8:23 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (Oakley, 1:26 3rd). A: 16,290. T: 2:23. Officials: Joe Forte, Mark Wunderlich, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The legend of Vince Carter continues to grow.

The heralded rookie swingman shook off one of his worst performances of the season to hit the game's key basket as the surprising Toronto Raptors edged the San Antonio Spurs, 93-91.

After going 3-for-13 from the field over the first three periods, Carter righted the ship in the fourth, scoring eight of his 14 points. His final basket came with 17 seconds left and gave Toronto a 91-89 edge.

"In the huddle Coach (Butch Carter) drew up the play and told everybody where to go, then he said 'get it to Vince and he'll win the game for us.' He said 'it's up to you.' I was surprised because I had been struggling. It was a great game, a great win, over a great team. It should give us a lot of confidence."

"He's a special rookie," said teammate Kevin Willis. "He's like a Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and those kind of you guys. There's no doubt he's for real. He keeps his head and wants the ball in those kinds of situations. He got it and put it down."

After Willis and Doug Christie sank free throws around two by Avery Johnson, the Spurs had a last chance to knot the contest in the final seconds. But Sean Elliott got tangled up just beyond the 3-point arc and never got off a shot.

Dee Brown led Toronto with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Charles Oakley added 13. The Raptors (13-14) have won seven of their last nine games and posted only their second win in seven all-time meetings with the Spurs.

David Robinson had 24 points and 16 rebounds for San Antonio but frontcourt mate and 1998 Rookie of the Year Tim Duncan had one of his worst games of the season with five points in 38 minutes.

"I played horribly tonight," Duncan said. "I made some bad decisions. ... I played horribly. ... I could never get in good position down there. I thought we executed well down the stretch, but Vince Carter hit a big shot for them."

Carter, who leads the Raptors at 17.5 points per game, is the early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors. He has been especially strong of late, averaging 23.1 points per contest over the last seven games, including a career-high 32 points in a loss to Houston on Thursday.

Despite missing 10 of his first 13 shots, Carter stepped up in the fourth quarter. Elliott drained a long 3-pointer with 5:35 to go that put San Antonio ahead 82-77. Willis hit two free throws 45 seconds later and added a 16-footer that brought the Raptors within 82-81.

Christie sank two from the line with 2:47 left to give Toronto an 83-82 edge. Elliott answered with a three-point play but Oakley buried a 16-footer to knot the contest with 96 seconds remaining.

Carter then took over, sinking an 11-footer from the left baseline. Duncan made one free throw but missed his second opportunity and Carter grabbed the rebound. With the defense keying on him, Carter found Christie along along the right baseline and he drained a 19-footer to extend the lead to 89-86.

Undaunted, Elliott knotted the contest with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 35 seconds to go. After a timeout, Carter worked his way free and calmly sank a 16-footer to give Toronto the lead for good. After a miss by Mario Elie, Willis made one free throw with 8.8 seconds left.

In an attempt to prevent the tying 3-pointer, Toronto fouled Johnson, who made both attempts with 5.7 seconds to go. Christie was fouled on the inbounds pass and made 1-of-2 from the line with 4.4 seconds left. With a chance to tie, Elliott dribbled down the center of the court, got to the top of the 3-point arc but was fronted by Brown and never got the shot off.

"Carter did a real good job on the last two possessions," said Butch Carter. "I knew they were going to double-team him. So on the first possession we got the ball to him and when he drew the double he threw it to Doug and Christie hit the shot. Then on the last possession the double-team never came."

San Antonio made 5-of-10 3-point attempts, held a 43-37 rebounding edge and blocked nine shots but was done in by 19 turnovers.

Toronto shot just 43 percent (35-of-81) from the field but committed just eight turnovers.

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