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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 11 31 17 19 78 PHILADELPHIA 17 20 29 30 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 19, VINCE CARTER 12, JOHN WALLACE 11 PHI - LARRY HUGHES 22, ALLEN IVERSON 20, MATT GEIGER 18

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 10, VINCE CARTER 8 PHI - MATT GEIGER 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - DEE BROWN 4, CHARLES OAKLEY 4 PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 17,474


Extended Box

TORONTO (78) AT PHILADELPHIA (96)

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

CARTER F 35 3-14 6-8 2 6 8 3 3 1 3 12 OAKLEY F 31 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 4 4 0 2 10 K WILLIS C 33 2-5 4-4 2 8 10 1 6 1 3 8 CHRISTIE G 41 6-14 4-4 0 5 5 3 3 3 2 19 A WILLIAMS G 19 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 6 BROWN 26 2-8 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 0 2 6 MCGRADY 16 2-4 0-4 2 3 5 1 4 0 4 5 SLATER 5 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 STEWART 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 THOMAS 15 0-0 0-4 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 WALLACE 14 2-6 7-8 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 11 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-68 22-34 9 32 41 19 29 5 19 78 (.368) (.647) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

GRANT F 24 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 0 2 2 RATLIFF F 37 3-7 9-14 5 2 7 2 2 0 2 15 GEIGER C 38 8-16 2-4 4 4 8 2 5 2 1 18 IVERSON G 45 9-25 1-2 1 4 5 4 1 2 3 20 SNOW G 32 1-4 2-4 1 6 7 7 5 1 2 4 HONEYCUTT 9 0-2 4-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 4 HUGHES 19 6-9 10-10 1 2 3 1 3 2 1 22 MAHORN 11 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 2 MCKIE 21 4-7 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 4 2 9 MOHAMMED 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OVERTON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HILL DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 33-78 28-38 15 28 43 23 27 11 14 96 (.423) (.737) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

TORONTO 11 31 17 19 - 78 PHILADELPHIA 17 20 29 30 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OAKLEY, CARTER, WALLACE. PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER, RATLIFF, HUGHES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-16 (.375), CHRISTIE 3-8, BROWN 2-7, MCGRADY 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 2-8 (.250), GEIGER 0-1, IVERSON 1-5, HUGHES 0-1, MCKIE 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GEORGE TOLIVER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 17,474. T - 2:23.


Box Score

TORONTO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 35 3-14 6-8 2-8 3 3 12 Oakley 31 5-11 0-0 1-4 4 4 10 K Willis 33 2-5 4-4 2-10 1 6 8 Christie 41 6-14 4-4 0-5 3 3 19 A Williams 19 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 6 Brown 26 2-8 0-0 0-4 4 0 6 Mcgrady 16 2-4 0-4 2-5 1 4 5 Slater 5 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 Stewart 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Thomas 15 0-0 0-4 2-3 0 3 0 Wallace 14 2-6 7-8 0-0 0 1 11 Marks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-68 22-34 9-41 19 29 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Christie 3-8, Brown 2-7, Mcgrady 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Oakley, Carter, Wallace). Turnovers: 19 (Mcgrady 4, Carter 3, K Willis 3, A Williams 2, Brown 2, Christie 2, Oakley 2, Wallace). Steals: 5 (Christie 3, Carter, K Willis).

PHILADELPHIA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 24 1-5 0-0 1-5 3 1 2 Ratliff 37 3-7 9-14 5-7 2 2 15 Geiger 38 8-16 2-4 4-8 2 5 18 Iverson 45 9-25 1-2 1-5 4 1 20 Snow 32 1-4 2-4 1-7 7 5 4 Honeycutt 9 0-2 4-4 0-1 0 3 4 Hughes 19 6-9 10-10 1-3 1 3 22 Mahorn 11 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 Mckie 21 4-7 0-0 1-5 4 4 9 Mohammed 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Overton 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hill DNP - not with team - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 28-38 15-43 23 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Geiger 0-1, Iverson 1-5, Hughes 0-1, Mckie 1-1). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 3 (Geiger, Ratliff, Hughes). Turnovers: 14 (Iverson 3, Grant 2, Mckie 2, Ratliff 2, Snow 2, Geiger, Honeycutt, Hughes). Steals: 11 (Mckie 4, Geiger 2, Hughes 2, Iverson 2, Snow). ____________________________________________ Toronto 11 31 17 19 - 78 Philadelphia 17 20 29 30 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,474. T: 2:23. Officials: Dick Bavetta, George Toliver, Scott Foster.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Philadelphia native Aaron McKie watched the frustrations of 76ers basketball while playing collegiately at nearby Temple. Now he's trying to end those frustrations as the 76ers make their push for the playoffs.

McKie had five points and four assists in a decisive third-quarter run as Philadelphia posted a critical bounce-back victory over the Toronto Raptors, 96-78, in a battle for Eastern Conference playoff position.

Coming off Tuesday's humbling 91-72 setback at New York, the Sixers, who have not reached the postseason since 1991 -- McKie's sophomore season at Temple, struggled for the first 30 minutes and trailed 53-45 with 5:52 to play in the third quarter.

But McKie, who entered at the six-minute mark, took over the offense as Philadelphia embarked on a 21-6 run to close the period. The Sixers held the Raptors without a basket for a 10:16 span bridging the third and fourth quarters.

"That's us. That's our identity," said McKie about the team's defense. "We know we're not going to stop everybody on every team. We just want to try to contest every shot, keep guys in front of us, box out and get rebounds. Do all the small things and make those guys work like we had to do in the first half."

Rookie Larry Hughes scored six of his season-high 22 points in the spurt for the Sixers, who moved back within one-half game of the seventh-place Knicks. Philadelphia remained tied with Cleveland for the final playoff spot in the East.

"I've been in many playoff races," said Sixers center Matt Geiger, who had 18 points. "I've been in the fourth spot and trying to hold that home court advantage. So we've got to stay focused and don't get down when we lose a game. Try to stay positive and don't let last night's performance affect tonight's."

Doug Christie scored 19 points and rookie Vince Carter added 12 for Toronto, which has lost five straight games on the heels of a franchise-record six-game winning streak. The Raptors are 10th in the East, 1 1/2 games behind the Sixers.

"Forget about the playoffs. Let's worry about trying to get a win, and start a winning streak," said Raptors forward Charles Oakley. "I don't think we stuck with the game plan and we need to play tough night in and night out. This is a gut check for us."

Toronto took advantage of horrendous shooting in the second quarter by Philadelphia, which went 3-of-16. Dee Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 12-0 run as the Raptors grabbed a 38-32 lead with 2:14 left in the first half. They held a 42-37 lead at intermission as the Sixers made just 9-of-41 (22 percent) shots in the first half.

Oakley's 20-footer gave the Raptors a 53-45 lead, matching their largest of the game. McKie fed Geiger for a 16-footer and Hughes threw down a dunk in transition 28 seconds apart. Geiger had a dunk of his own and McKie set up Hughes for a lay-in as Philadelphia drew even, 53-53, with 3:46 to go.

Carter had two free throws before Theo Ratliff and McKie had layups to give the Sixers the lead for good, 57-55. Allen Iverson and Rick Mahorn had jumpers around two free throws by John Wallace before McKie fed Hughes for a lay-in and nailed a 3-pointer around two foul shots by Christie, lifting Philadelphia to a 66-59 lead after three quarters.

"We just came out a little more aggressive," said McKie. "We were trying to make things happen. On the defensive end, we feel as though if we create turnovers, it'll create easy baskets for us at the offensive end."

The Sixers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter as baskets by McKie, Iverson and Hughes pushed the margin to 72-59 with 10:01 to play. The Raptors, who missed 10 straight shots in the 10:16 span, failed to close within single digits and trailed 94-72 with 1:43 to play on a layup by Iverson.

Hughes, who played only 19 minutes, was 6-of-9 from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws for Philadelphia. Iverson finished with 20 points on 9-of-25 shooting as the Sixers shot 42 percent (33-of-78) from the field and scored 16 points off 19 Raptors turnovers.

"I think we got easier looks, closer to the basket," said Hughes. "In the first half, we were geting a lot of open jump shots and weren't making them. In the second half, we got a lot of layups, shot some free throws, put some pressure on the defense."

Carter was just 3-of-14 from the field for Toronto, which made only 37 percent (25-of-68). The Raptors scored 31 points in the second quarter and only 47 in the other three.

"Tonight's game was a tough one," said Carter. "We need to up our intensity as a team and move on from here. I think other teams in the league look at us differently now but we need to consistently bring our `A' game."

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