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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 24 21 12 21 78 TORONTO 27 24 23 17 91 FINAL


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CHICAGO (78) AT TORONTO (91)

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

C BENJAMIN F 22 1-11 4-6 2 1 3 0 2 1 1 6 BRYANT F 35 5-12 3-8 4 5 9 1 4 2 4 13 SIMPKINS C 32 3-7 5-6 3 5 8 1 3 1 4 11 BARRY G 36 6-10 2-2 2 5 7 4 2 2 2 17 LARUE G 24 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 BOOTH 21 1-10 0-0 1 6 7 3 3 1 0 2 CARR 12 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 DAVID 20 4-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 1 8 JONES 24 3-10 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 7 WENNINGTON 14 0-4 4-4 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 4 BROWN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE KUKOC DNP - LUMBAR STRAIN

TOTALS 240 27-80 20-28 12 28 40 16 21 9 15 78 (.338) (.714) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

CARTER F 38 10-19 2-4 1 4 5 3 4 1 1 22 OAKLEY F 35 3-3 0-0 2 11 13 3 3 3 1 6 K WILLIS C 25 3-8 2-2 0 4 4 0 3 0 4 8 CHRISTIE G 41 6-14 8-9 0 1 1 6 2 3 1 20 A WILLIAMS G 16 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 1 0 0 BROWN 30 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 2 10 MCGRADY 20 2-4 6-8 0 5 5 5 2 1 3 10 STEWART 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 THOMAS 21 4-7 3-6 0 5 5 0 3 1 0 11 WALLACE 11 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 3 4 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 34-70 21-29 6 35 41 26 24 10 16 91 (.486) (.724) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

CHICAGO 24 21 12 21 - 78 TORONTO 27 24 23 17 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BARRY, BRYANT. TORONTO - CARTER 6, OAKLEY 3, K WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-13 (.308), BARRY 3-6, LARUE 0-2, CARR 0-2, JONES 1-3. TORONTO 2-9 (.222), CHRISTIE 0-3, BROWN 2-4, MCGRADY 0-1, THOMAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - A WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: RODNEY MOTT, (EDDIE F. RUSH, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 18,461. T - 2:07.


Box Score

CHICAGO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Benjamin 22 1-11 4-6 2-3 0 2 6 Bryant 35 5-12 3-8 4-9 1 4 13 Simpkins 32 3-7 5-6 3-8 1 3 11 Barry 36 6-10 2-2 2-7 4 2 17 Larue 24 3-7 2-2 0-0 2 0 8 Booth 21 1-10 0-0 1-7 3 3 2 Carr 12 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 David 20 4-4 0-0 0-4 0 1 8 Jones 24 3-10 0-0 0-0 4 1 7 Wennington 14 0-4 4-4 0-1 0 3 4 Brown DNP - sprained right ankle Kukoc DNP - lumbar strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-80 20-28 12-40 16 21 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Barry 3-6, Larue 0-2, Carr 0-2, Jones 1-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Barry, Bryant). Turnovers: 16 (Bryant 4, Simpkins 4, Barry 2, C Benjamin, Carr, David, Jones, Wennington). Steals: 9 (Barry 2, Bryant 2, Booth, C Benjamin, David, Simpkins, Wennington).

TORONTO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 38 10-19 2-4 1-5 3 4 22 Oakley 35 3-3 0-0 2-13 3 3 6 K Willis 25 3-8 2-2 0-4 0 3 8 Christie 41 6-14 8-9 0-1 6 2 20 A Williams 16 0-2 0-0 0-2 5 1 0 Brown 30 4-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 10 Mcgrady 20 2-4 6-8 0-5 5 2 10 Stewart 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Thomas 21 4-7 3-6 0-5 0 3 11 Wallace 11 2-4 0-0 2-3 1 2 4 Marks DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 21-29 6-41 26 24 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Christie 0-3, Brown 2-4, Mcgrady 0-1, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (Carter 6, Oakley 3, K Willis). Turnovers: 16 (K Willis 4, Mcgrady 3, Wallace 3, Brown 2, Carter, Christie, Oakley, Stewart). Steals: 10 (Christie 3, Oakley 3, A Williams, Carter, Mcgrady, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Chicago 24 21 12 21 - 78 Toronto 27 24 23 17 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (A Williams, 6:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Simpkins, 0:54 2nd). A: 18,461. T: 2:07. Officials: Rodney Mott, (eddie F. Rush, Tommy Nunez.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Rookie Vince Carter continues to bring fans out of their seats while keeping the Toronto Raptors in the playoff race.

Carter scored 22 points, including a spectacular windmill dunk that gave the Raptors the lead for good, as they reached .500 with their eighth victory in 10 games, a 91-78 victory over the slumping Chicago Bulls.

"It's not often a rookie gets to step up and help his team, regardless of how many veterans you have," said Carter, who also blocked six shots. "I'm just filling a role like everybody else on this team. And my role is to get baskets and stop somebody when I can. I have to step up my game and I think everybody around me has stepped their games up as well."

Carter's breakaway dunk was part of a 10-2 burst that closed the first half and gave Toronto a 51-45 lead. The Raptors shut down the Bulls in the third period, holding the NBA's worst offensive team without a basket for nearly eight minutes.

Doug Christie added 20 points for the Raptors (14-14), who are one game behind Cleveland in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has been above .500 just twice in its history -- following a win in its first NBA game in 1995 and after beating Boston in this year's opener.

"It's special because of all the things that we have been through at Toronto," Christie said. "More than anything now, we just have to focus on what our goals are. I think our goal is to ultimately make the playoffs and to really make something out of Toronto basketball."

"The first part of the season when we started 1-5, we were just trying to learn the system and each other," said Raptors guard Dee Brown, who scored 10 points. "Since that time, we've been playing plus-.500 ball. It really shows how much we have grown as a team."

Brent Barry scored 17 points for the Bulls, who were without leading scorer Toni Kukoc and starting guards Randy Brown and Ron Harper and lost for the seventh time in nine games. Kukoc remained in Chicago with a lower back strain and Brown sat out with a sprained right ankle. Harper is on the injured list.

"It was tough today because Toronto is playing very well right now," Barry said. "They're out there with a lot of confidence. You can just see it in their young guys and it's really good for them. But we still have to go out and battle and try to hold our opponents down."

The Bulls entered this week with a 12-1 all-time mark against the Raptors but have lost twice to Toronto in the last six days.

Chicago trailed Toronto 27-6 at one point in Tuesday's 113-90 loss but was within 27-24 after one quarter today. Barry scored seven points in an 11-2 second-quarter burst, and two free throws by Dickey Simpkins gave the Bulls a 43-41 lead with 3:18 left in the first half.

The Raptors responded with their decisive run. Carter and John Thomas scored four points each, giving Toronto a 51-45 halftime lead.

A basket by Mark Bryant opened the third quarter and closed the deficit to four points, but Chicago did not score from the field for another 7:51. Carter scored five points in the period, which ended with Toronto holding a 74-57 advantage.

The Bulls, who made just 4-of-21 shots in the third quarter, closed to 84-74 with 3:30 remaining on a layup by rookie Corey Benjamin, who made just 1-of-11 shots. But Brown made a layup, Bryant missed two free throws and Carter converted a three-point play for an 89-74 bulge with 1:31 left.

"I feel very confident," Carter said. "I feel that I can go out there and just do the job for my team, regardless of who we're playing or who's defending me. My team believes in me and I believe in myself."

Thomas scored 11 points and Tracy McGrady added 10 for Toronto, which shot 49 percent (34-of-70) from the field and held a 41-40 rebounding edge. Charles Oakley grabbed 13 rebounds.

Bryant had 13 points and nine rebounds and Simpkins added 11 and eight for the Bulls, who shot just 34 percent (27-of-80).

"We played a team that has been playing very well, Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "It was too much Carter and too much Christie for us. They posted them, they isolated them on the wings, they were terrific in terms of finishing and we didn't counter very well."

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