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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 35 30 23 24 112 NEW JERSEY 29 21 19 23 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 26, KEVIN WILLIS 20, TRACY MCGRADY 16 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 25, LUCIOUS HARRIS 19, KEITH VAN HORN 16

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 9, KEITH VAN HORN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 4, ALVIN WILLIAMS 3 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 3, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 15,517


Extended Box

TORONTO (112) AT NEW JERSEY (92)

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

CHRISTIE F 23 4-9 2-2 2 0 2 1 2 1 1 12 OAKLEY F 25 1-4 0-0 2 7 9 2 4 0 1 2 DAVIS C 21 5-11 2-2 3 5 8 0 3 0 0 12 CARTER G 29 11-17 4-7 3 2 5 1 3 3 2 26 A WILLIAMS G 16 1-4 3-4 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 5 MCGRADY 32 6-14 3-4 1 8 9 4 3 0 3 16 K WILLIS 28 8-12 4-6 5 4 9 1 5 1 0 20 THOMAS 18 4-6 1-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 9 BOGUES 25 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 4 CURRY 19 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 6 STEWART 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 RADOJEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-87 21-29 19 33 52 18 29 5 12 112 (.506) (.724) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

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

BURRELL F 19 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 3 VAN HORN F 39 7-17 2-3 3 5 8 2 2 0 1 16 FEICK C 35 2-7 5-5 4 5 9 1 3 0 0 9 GILL G 20 0-6 1-4 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 MARBURY G 38 10-26 5-6 0 1 1 3 2 1 3 25 MCILVAINE 15 1-4 0-0 4 2 6 0 4 0 2 2 HARRIS 28 7-13 4-4 1 3 4 1 1 2 0 19 NEWMAN 17 1-2 4-4 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 6 G MURESAN 12 4-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 9 DOUGLAS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 PERRY 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-89 22-28 13 25 38 10 23 5 8 92 (.382) (.786) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

TORONTO 35 30 23 24 - 112 NEW JERSEY 29 21 19 23 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MCGRADY 2, CHRISTIE, K WILLIS. NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 4, VAN HORN 2, GILL, HARRIS, MARBURY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-7 (.429), CHRISTIE 2-3, CARTER 0-1, A WILLIAMS 0-1, MCGRADY 1-1, CURRY 0-1. NEW JERSEY 2-9 (.222), BURRELL 1-4, MARBURY 0-4, HARRIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - K WILLIS. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, HANK ARMSTRONG, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 15,517. T - 2:10.


Box Score

TORONTO (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Christie 23 4-9 2-2 2-2 1 2 12 Oakley 25 1-4 0-0 2-9 2 4 2 Davis 21 5-11 2-2 3-8 0 3 12 Carter 29 11-17 4-7 3-5 1 3 26 A Williams 16 1-4 3-4 1-3 3 1 5 Mcgrady 32 6-14 3-4 1-9 4 3 16 K Willis 28 8-12 4-6 5-9 1 5 20 Thomas 18 4-6 1-2 0-2 2 3 9 Bogues 25 1-3 2-2 1-2 2 3 4 Curry 19 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 2 6 Stewart 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Radojevic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-87 21-29 19-52 18 29 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Christie 2-3, Carter 0-1, A Williams 0-1, Mcgrady 1-1, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcgrady 2, Christie, K Willis). Turnovers: 13 (Mcgrady 3, A Williams 2, Carter 2, Stewart 2, Christie, Curry, Oakley). Steals: 5 (Carter 3, Christie, K Willis).

NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 19 1-4 0-0 0-4 0 2 3 Van Horn 39 7-17 2-3 3-8 2 2 16 Feick 35 2-7 5-5 4-9 1 3 9 Gill 20 0-6 1-4 0-2 1 2 1 Marbury 38 10-26 5-6 0-1 3 2 25 Mcilvaine 15 1-4 0-0 4-6 0 4 2 Harris 28 7-13 4-4 1-4 1 1 19 Newman 17 1-2 4-4 0-1 0 4 6 G Muresan 12 4-5 1-2 1-3 0 2 9 Douglas 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Perry 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Cage DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 22-28 13-38 10 23 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Burrell 1-4, Marbury 0-4, Harris 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Mcilvaine 4, Van Horn 2, Gill, Harris, Marbury). Turnovers: 9 (Marbury 3, Mcilvaine 2, Douglas, Perry, Van Horn). Steals: 5 (Gill 2, Harris 2, Marbury). ____________________________________________ Toronto 35 30 23 24 - 112 New Jersey 29 21 19 23 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (K Willis, 8:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,517. T: 2:10. Officials: Hugh Evans, Hank Armstrong, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The NBA team featuring several budding young stars and a few solid veterans that was strutting its stuff at Continental Airlines Arena was not the New Jersey Nets.

As the New Jersey faithful looked on in dismay, reigning Rookie of the Year Vince Carter scored 26 points in 29 minutes to lead the promising Toronto Raptors to a 112-92 thrashing of the already struggling Nets.

Carter was 11-of-17 from the floor and dazzled the disappointed crowd with several highlight reel layups and dunks while helping his club post its second straight victory. Backcourt mate Doug Christie, who averaged 24 points in Toronto's first two games, collected 12 and nine rebounds tonight.

"We were just executing and when you execute, someone is going to be open," Carter said. "I was open, the guys were open and it makes the game easier when you run the plays correctly and play defense."

Fifteen-year veteran Kevin Willis scored six of his 20 points off the bench to begin the second quarter as the Raptors (2-1) opened a 41-29 cushion and never looked back.

"We have a lot of young talent and the roles aren't totally defined or understood," Willis said. "The key thing is the defense. You play good team defense and once that happens, the offense takes care of itself. We have enough offensive players."

"We didn't have to extend guys tonight," Toronto coach Butch Carter added. "Maybe we are jelling as a team. But last year we were 18-12 and we took that for granted."

It appears to be getting late very early for New Jersey, which suffered through a dismal 16-34 campaign last year after being touted as a sure playoff contender.

"I think psychologically, for whatever reason, this is not a relaxed team," New Jersey coach Don Casey said. "Our goal now is to re-establish ourselves from square one."

"I told the players to get disappointed," he added. "But you can't get despondent. They're clearly out of sync. That's our job, my job, to get them back into sync. Worry is not a good word. I think concern, yes, deep concern."

Stephon Marbury continued to ignore his point guard duties in pursuit of points. He scored 25 points on 10-of-26 shooting, handing out only three assists to go with three turnovers. Marbury has taken a whopping 85 shots in New Jersey's three losses.

"We can't put all the scoring on Steph," Nets guard Kendall Gill said. "Somebody else has got to do it too. I blame myself for that. Also, defensively, I wasn't myself tonight either. I feel terrible right now. Tonight was very bad. This was one of the worst losses since I've been here. Maybe this will serve a purpose and get us going to play harder."

Crowd favorite Gheorghe Muresan drew the biggest cheers as the 7-7 center scored nine points during garbage time, which began in the third quarter. The Nets have lost their opening three games for the third time in six seasons.

"The good thing is that Gheorghe got everyone excited, including us," Casey said.

Toronto took an 8-7 lead in the all-time series, giving it more victories against the Nets than any other franchise.

Carter's thunderous dunk with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter gave Toronto a 75-55 lead, but New Jersey showed some life by responding with a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 77-62.

The Raptors once again took the game by the throat, reeling off the next seven points. Carter capped the burst with another slam to make it 84-62 with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter.

Second-year forward Tracy McGrady had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Toronto, which shot 51 percent (44-of-87) and held a commanding 52-38 advantage on the boards.

"Guys have got to realize they will not get the minutes they always want," said Raptors veteran forward Charles Oakley, who grabbed nine boards. "But as long as we win, it is all fun and joy. We've got a lot of weapons. Our defense leads our offense and we need the deep bench because of the rule changes."

Lucious Harris collected 19 points off the bench and Keith Van Horn added 16 and eight rebounds for the Nets, who committed only nine turnovers but shot just 38 percent (34-of-89).

New Jersey center Jamie Feick played despite a broken nose, collecting nine points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. But Feick questioned the effort put forward by the rest of his teammates.

"We've got to talk and have a long meeting (Saturday) to figure out what's wrong," he said. "We have played three tough teams; Toronto is a tough team. They have scorers and big, strong guys inside. Last year, we played with energy and passion and dove around for balls. This year we're missing something and we've got to figure it out."

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