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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 24 16 20 27 87 TORONTO 19 25 25 27 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - DANNY FERRY 22, MITCHELL BUTLER 21, JOHNNY NEWMAN 18 TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 26, TRACY MCGRADY 15, VINCE CARTER 14

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - DANNY FERRY 8, CEDRIC HENDERSON 8 TOR - JOHN THOMAS 11, CHARLES OAKLEY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - EARL BOYKINS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 7, TRACY MCGRADY 7

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (87) AT TORONTO (96)

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

FERRY F 41 9-13 1-2 1 7 8 3 4 1 1 22 HENDERSON F 38 4-13 0-0 2 6 8 5 2 3 1 8 DECLERCQ C 32 1-2 7-8 2 2 4 1 3 3 3 9 BUTLER G 37 8-16 2-2 0 4 4 5 2 2 4 21 SURA G 9 3-8 1-1 2 1 3 0 0 0 2 7 BOYKINS 34 1-10 0-0 1 1 2 7 0 2 2 2 NEWMAN 26 7-12 3-4 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 18 STACK 23 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 1 2 0 1 0 ANDERSON DNP - FLU BLOUNT DNP - INJURED LEFT KNEE KEMP DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT PERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 33-74 14-17 11 22 33 24 17 12 16 87 (.446) (.824) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

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

CARTER F 27 6-14 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 2 14 OAKLEY F 40 6-9 0-0 2 5 7 7 3 0 3 12 THOMAS C 28 4-8 2-2 6 5 11 1 2 1 2 10 CHRISTIE G 40 8-17 6-6 3 2 5 6 2 4 5 26 A WILLIAMS G 26 2-8 0-0 3 2 5 5 2 2 1 4 BROWN 17 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 KNIGHT 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 MCGRADY 32 5-10 5-5 1 5 6 7 1 3 3 15 STEWART 3 0-0 1-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 WALLACE 14 4-9 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 10 K WILLIS 6 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 19-23 19 26 45 31 14 11 18 96 (.462) (.826) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(25 PTS)

CLEVELAND 24 16 20 27 - 87 TORONTO 19 25 25 27 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, DECLERCQ 2, FERRY, NEWMAN, BUTLER, STACK. TORONTO - CHRISTIE 2, CARTER 2, THOMAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 7-20 (.350), FERRY 3-4, HENDERSON 0-1, BUTLER 3-5, SURA 0-4, BOYKINS 0-2, NEWMAN 1-4. TORONTO 5-10 (.500), CARTER 1-1, CHRISTIE 4-7, A WILLIAMS 0-1, BROWN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, JIM CAPERS, STEVE JAVIE. A - 19,800. T - 2:08.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ferry 41 9-13 1-2 1-8 3 4 22 Henderson 38 4-13 0-0 2-8 5 2 8 Declercq 32 1-2 7-8 2-4 1 3 9 Butler 37 8-16 2-2 0-4 5 2 21 Sura 9 3-8 1-1 2-3 0 0 7 Boykins 34 1-10 0-0 1-2 7 0 2 Newman 26 7-12 3-4 0-1 2 4 18 Stack 23 0-0 0-0 3-3 1 2 0 Anderson DNP - flu Blount DNP - injured left knee Kemp DNP - sprained left foot Person DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 14-17 11-33 24 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Ferry 3-4, Henderson 0-1, Butler 3-5, Sura 0-4, Boykins 0-2, Newman 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Henderson 2, Declercq 2, Ferry, Newman, Butler, Stack). Turnovers: 16 (Butler 4, Declercq 3, Boykins 2, Newman 2, Sura 2, Ferry, Henderson, Stack). Steals: 12 (Declercq 3, Henderson 3, Boykins 2, Butler 2, Ferry, Newman).

TORONTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 27 6-14 1-2 1-4 2 1 14 Oakley 40 6-9 0-0 2-7 7 3 12 Thomas 28 4-8 2-2 6-11 1 2 10 Christie 40 8-17 6-6 3-5 6 2 26 A Williams 26 2-8 0-0 3-5 5 2 4 Brown 17 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Knight 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Mcgrady 32 5-10 5-5 1-6 7 1 15 Stewart 3 0-0 1-4 0-1 0 1 1 Wallace 14 4-9 2-2 2-4 1 1 10 K Willis 6 0-1 2-2 1-1 0 0 2 Slater DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 19-23 19-45 31 14 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Carter 1-1, Christie 4-7, A Williams 0-1, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Christie 2, Carter 2, Thomas 2). Turnovers: 18 (Christie 5, Mcgrady 3, Oakley 3, Carter 2, Knight 2, Thomas 2, A Williams). Steals: 11 (Christie 4, Mcgrady 3, A Williams 2, Carter, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 24 16 20 27 - 87 Toronto 19 25 25 27 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:08. Officials: Bennie Adams, Jim Capers, Steve Javie.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Doug Christie scored 26 points, including six during a key spurt in the third quarter, as the Toronto Raptors closed out the best season in franchise history with a 96-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Raptors went on a 16-2 run from the final 1:43 of the second quarter into the first five minutes of the third period. Charles Oakley started the spree with a short jumper and rookie Vince Carter it with a basket at the 7:58 mark to give the Raptors a 56-40 advantage. Oakley fueled the run with eight points while Christie had six on two 3-pointers.

Carter, the likely Rookie of the Year, scored 14 points before leaving with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter. He suffered a sprained right shoulder after falling on it following a miss of a short jumper.

"This year I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot," said Carter. "The season went quick and I learned to play hard and to do the things that I know I can do."

Tracy McGrady scored 15 points for Toronto, which snapped a six-game losing streak to finish at 23-27. The .460 winning percentage is by far the best in the four-year history of the franchise.

"I've done my best to sell this franchise to the best of my abilities and I will continue to do that as long as I'm here," said Toronto coach Butch Carter. "We will finish with the third-worst record in the conference, so we have a ways to go."

"We need to start believing we can do it (make the playoffs) and that is something to build on," Vince Carter said. "Being a rookie and help to change a NBA team is something special, now I have to learn to be a leader."

The Raptors finished 14-11 at home and 13-9 since moving into the new Air Canada Centre on February 21.

Danny Ferry paced Cleveland with 22 points and Mitchell Butler added 21. The Cavaliers, who missed three key starters due to injuries, lost 10 of their final 11 games to finish 22-28.

"I've never played when we were down to seven players. Maybe nine or 10, but never seven," said Cleveland guard Johnny Newman. "It had something to do with our season. Some guys need to be taken care of more so than others. These guys play hard every game. I hope it carries over to next season."

Toronto had 30 fast-break points to 19 for Cleveland and held a 45-33 rebounding edge.

"I'm happy with the effort," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "We kept hanging in. We couldn't get stops when we needed them and they got 19 offensive rebounds."

Both teams battled for a playoff spot until the last week of the season and split their four meetings.

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