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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 23 24 21 19 87 TORONTO 18 30 21 19 88 FINAL


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INDIANA (87) AT TORONTO (88)

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

D DAVIS F 25 5-9 2-7 3 5 8 0 0 0 2 12 MULLIN F 31 4-9 1-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 0 10 SMITS C 27 7-15 0-0 4 4 8 2 1 1 0 14 JACKSON G 24 3-10 0-0 0 5 5 5 2 0 1 7 MILLER G 35 6-12 1-2 0 5 5 2 0 0 1 16 BEST 24 3-9 1-1 1 2 3 9 1 1 1 8 A DAVIS 25 1-6 2-4 2 7 9 2 3 0 3 4 HARRINGTON 17 2-7 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 0 2 4 HOIBERG 13 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 PERKINS 19 4-7 0-1 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 10 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 36-88 7-17 17 35 52 23 14 2 11 87 (.409) (.412) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

CARTER F 41 13-22 5-5 4 7 11 6 3 2 1 31 OAKLEY F 37 2-8 0-0 2 6 8 4 4 2 2 4 K WILLIS C 31 4-12 2-2 2 7 9 1 2 1 0 10 CHRISTIE G 34 6-14 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 14 A WILLIAMS G 21 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 8 2 2 0 4 BROWN 26 1-7 4-4 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 7 MCGRADY 19 1-3 1-2 0 3 3 1 1 2 1 3 SLATER 2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 THOMAS 15 3-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 7 WALLACE 14 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 8 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-84 15-17 11 30 41 26 20 9 6 88 (.429) (.882) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 6(8 PTS)

INDIANA 23 24 21 19 - 87 TORONTO 18 30 21 19 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, MILLER, A DAVIS. TORONTO - CARTER 2, WALLACE 2, OAKLEY, K WILLIS, MCGRADY, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 8-20 (.400), MULLIN 1-4, JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 3-6, BEST 1-2, HARRINGTON 0-1, HOIBERG 0-2, PERKINS 2-3. TORONTO 1-10 (.100), CARTER 0-1, CHRISTIE 0-1, A WILLIAMS 0-1, BROWN 1-7. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JIM CAPERS, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,666. T - 1:59.


Box Score

INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 25 5-9 2-7 3-8 0 0 12 Mullin 31 4-9 1-2 2-5 2 2 10 Smits 27 7-15 0-0 4-8 2 1 14 Jackson 24 3-10 0-0 0-5 5 2 7 Miller 35 6-12 1-2 0-5 2 0 16 Best 24 3-9 1-1 1-3 9 1 8 A Davis 25 1-6 2-4 2-9 2 3 4 Harrington 17 2-7 0-0 3-4 0 2 4 Hoiberg 13 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Perkins 19 4-7 0-1 1-2 1 2 10 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-88 7-17 17-52 23 14 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.412. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Mullin 1-4, Jackson 1-2, Miller 3-6, Best 1-2, Harrington 0-1, Hoiberg 0-2, Perkins 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (D Davis 2, Miller, A Davis). Turnovers: 12 (A Davis 3, D Davis 2, Harrington 2, Best, Hoiberg, Jackson, Miller). Steals: 2 (Best, Smits).

TORONTO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 41 13-22 5-5 4-11 6 3 31 Oakley 37 2-8 0-0 2-8 4 4 4 K Willis 31 4-12 2-2 2-9 1 2 10 Christie 34 6-14 2-2 1-2 1 2 14 A Williams 21 2-5 0-0 1-2 8 2 4 Brown 26 1-7 4-4 0-1 5 0 7 Mcgrady 19 1-3 1-2 0-3 1 1 3 Slater 2 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Thomas 15 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 2 7 Wallace 14 4-8 0-0 0-1 0 3 8 Marks DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 15-17 11-41 26 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Carter 0-1, Christie 0-1, A Williams 0-1, Brown 1-7). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Carter 2, Wallace 2, Oakley, K Willis, Mcgrady, Brown). Turnovers: 6 (Oakley 2, Brown, Carter, Christie, Mcgrady). Steals: 9 (A Williams 2, Carter 2, Mcgrady 2, Oakley 2, K Willis). ____________________________________________ Indiana 23 24 21 19 - 87 Toronto 18 30 21 19 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,666. T: 1:59. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jim Capers, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- After passing .500, Toronto Raptors rookie Vince Carter never wanted to see it again.

Carter scored his team's final six points and had a tip-in with 18 seconds to play as the Raptors moved two games over .500 for the first time in franchise history with an 88-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

The win moved Toronto to 16-14 and also marked the first time in team history the Raptors beat Indiana, ending a 13-game losing streak to the Pacers. In its fourth season in the NBA, Toronto has defeated every NBA team at least once.

"We didn't worry as much as Indiana was doing and just concentrated on playing Raptor basketball," said Raptors swingman Doug Christie. "This game was like a playoff game, and each game we've been playing seems to have more intensity than the last one."

Named NBA Rookie of the Month for March earlier in the day, Carter scored 14 of Toronto's 19 fourth-quarter points. On the game-winner, he followed his own miss after getting a hand on the miss of a shot by Charles Oakley.

"Down the stretch, coach told me to do what I do best," said Carter. "He has shown a lot of faith in me and believes what I can do as a player. This one goes down as my biggest memory in the pros as it comes against a team that a lot of people think can win the title."

Carter finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Raptors, who also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to seven games. They are 9-2 at the Air Canada Centre and 10-4 overall at home.

Christie added 14 points and Kevin Willis 10 for Toronto, which has won four straight overall and is one shy of matching its franchise record in that category, established March 15-21.

"Toronto is a different team than the team we played in February; there's no comparison," said Pacers forward Chris Mullin. "Toronto is probably playing the best ball in the league right now."

Reggie Miller scored 16 points and Rik Smits added 14 for the Pacers, who have lost three straight games, all by one point. Their last four losses have been one-point games and they have dropped their last six by a combined 14 points.

"We should've had the stops on defense down the stretch, but we just didn't do it," said Pacers coach Larry Bird. "Lately, we can't make the big play at either end."

Smits had a chance to win the game but missed a wide-open 15-footer right before time expired. Indiana played without guard Jalen Rose, who was suspended for fighting with Knicks center Patrick Ewing on Tuesday.

"It was a great look, I was wide open," said Smits. "I couldn't get it done. I don't know if I was looking at the defender or what."

Indiana opened its largest lead of the fourth quarter at 74-69 with 9:18 left on a 3-pointer by Sam Perkins. Carter had eight of Toronto's next nine points and gave the Raptors a 78-77 lead with 4:53 left on a 21-footer.

The Pacers took an 82-80 lead on a jumper by Smits, but Oakley tied the game with 2:34 to play. The Raptors forced a shot-clock violation on Indiana's next possession and Carter gave them an 84-82 lead with a 15-footer over Reggie Miller with 1:10 to go. Carter nearly lost his dribble on the play as he slipped to the court, but was able to get up and nail the jumper on the right baseline.

"Vince Carter is real aggressive and real athletic," said Mullin. "When he's hot, they keep going to him. He's been doing it night in and night out. He's an incredible player."

Smits answered with a nine-footer, but Carter stormed into the lane and spun in a reverse layup to give Toronto another two-point lead. The Pacers grabbed an 87-86 lead with 34 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Travis Best, setting up Carter's heroics.

The Raptors shot 43 percent (36-of-84) from the field and made just six turnovers. Carter made 13-of-22 shots and Alvin Williams and Dee Brown combined for 13 assists.

Pacers point guard Mark Jackson, who was not expected to play due to the death of his father, contributed seven points and five rebounds but was 3-of-10 from the field. Indiana had a 52-41 edge on the boards but made just 7-of-17 free throws.

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