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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 26 27 17 23 93 PHOENIX 22 25 26 21 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 19, KEVIN WILLIS 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 17, TOM GUGLIOTTA 16, JASON KIDD 16

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 7, JASON KIDD 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 5, DEE BROWN 5 PHO - JASON KIDD 15, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 3

ATT: 18,718


Extended Box

TORONTO (93) AT PHOENIX (94)

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

CARTER F 31 9-23 0-0 3 4 7 4 4 0 3 19 OAKLEY F 27 3-6 0-0 2 4 6 5 4 1 2 6 DAVIS C 42 4-9 4-4 4 3 7 2 3 0 4 12 BROWN G 23 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 1 1 12 CHRISTIE G 25 3-10 4-6 0 2 2 2 2 1 3 10 MCGRADY 27 4-10 1-2 0 2 2 3 5 1 2 9 BOGUES 22 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 4 K WILLIS 25 7-13 2-2 2 5 7 2 0 2 0 16 CURRY 18 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 1 2 5 STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-89 11-14 12 28 40 28 25 7 17 93 (.427) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 34 7-14 2-4 1 2 3 1 2 0 5 16 MARION F 18 1-7 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 1 1 2 LONGLEY C 15 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 1 3 2 HARDAWAY G 30 6-10 4-4 1 6 7 3 4 1 2 17 KIDD G 45 4-13 8-8 2 5 7 15 3 2 1 16 O MILLER 23 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 8 ROBINSON 23 4-9 3-4 2 1 3 2 5 0 2 11 DAY 8 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 LIVINGSTON 3 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 ROGERS 29 6-10 0-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 4 14 CHAPMAN 12 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 4 WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 19-24 11 31 42 25 23 9 21 94 (.474) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(31 PTS)

TORONTO 26 27 17 23 - 93 PHOENIX 22 25 26 21 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - NONE. PHOENIX - MARION 4, GUGLIOTTA 2, KIDD, ROGERS, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-16 (.375), CARTER 1-4, BROWN 4-7, CHRISTIE 0-1, MCGRADY 0-1, CURRY 1-3. PHOENIX 3-13 (.231), HARDAWAY 1-3, KIDD 0-3, ROBINSON 0-1, DAY 0-1, ROGERS 2-4, CHAPMAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, GREG WILLARD, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,718. T - 2:16.


Box Score

TORONTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 31 9-23 0-0 3-7 4 4 19 Oakley 27 3-6 0-0 2-6 5 4 6 Davis 42 4-9 4-4 4-7 2 3 12 Brown 23 4-8 0-0 0-2 5 4 12 Christie 25 3-10 4-6 0-2 2 2 10 Mcgrady 27 4-10 1-2 0-2 3 5 9 Bogues 22 2-3 0-0 1-3 2 2 4 K Willis 25 7-13 2-2 2-7 2 0 16 Curry 18 2-7 0-0 0-4 3 1 5 Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-89 11-14 12-40 28 25 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Carter 1-4, Brown 4-7, Christie 0-1, Mcgrady 0-1, Curry 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 17 (Davis 4, Carter 3, Christie 3, Curry 2, Mcgrady 2, Oakley 2, Brown). Steals: 7 (K Willis 2, Brown, Christie, Curry, Mcgrady, Oakley).

PHOENIX (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 34 7-14 2-4 1-3 1 2 16 Marion 18 1-7 0-0 1-6 0 1 2 Longley 15 1-2 0-0 2-4 2 1 2 Hardaway 30 6-10 4-4 1-7 3 4 17 Kidd 45 4-13 8-8 2-7 15 3 16 O Miller 23 4-6 0-0 0-3 1 2 8 Robinson 23 4-9 3-4 2-3 2 5 11 Day 8 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Livingston 3 0-0 2-2 1-1 0 0 2 Rogers 29 6-10 0-2 1-5 1 3 14 Chapman 12 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 19-24 11-42 25 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Hardaway 1-3, Kidd 0-3, Robinson 0-1, Day 0-1, Rogers 2-4, Chapman 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Marion 4, Gugliotta 2, Kidd, Rogers, Longley). Turnovers: 21 (Gugliotta 5, Rogers 4, Longley 3, Hardaway 2, O Miller 2, Robinson 2, Chapman, Kidd, Marion). Steals: 9 (Kidd 2, Chapman, Day, Hardaway, Longley, Marion, O Miller, Rogers). ____________________________________________ Toronto 26 27 17 23 - 93 Phoenix 22 25 26 21 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,718. T: 2:16. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Greg Willard, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Toronto Raptors guard Doug Christie left the door open by missing a pair of crucial free throws with 5.1 seconds to play and Phoenix Suns guard Jason Kidd walked through it -- literally.

Kidd received a gift call from officials after getting hung up in the lane, enabling him to sink a pair of free throws with 1.3 left as the Suns rallied for their fourth straight victory, 94-93, over Toronto.

"What a way to lose the game," Christie said. "We had one of our best free-throw shooters at the line and they just didn't go in. I don't remember the last time I missed two in a row. It's been a long time."

"Obviously, we were very fortunate to win," Phoenix coach Danny Ainge said.

Kidd scored 16 points and handed out a season-high 15 assists for the Suns, who denied the Raptors a chance to move a team-record five games over .500.

Toronto appeared to have matters well in hand after Vince Carter knocked down a 17-footer with 1:22 to play, giving the Raptors a 93-86 cushion.

But Kidd made four free throws and backcourt mate Penny Hardaway sank a nine-footer to cut the deficit to 93-92 with 14 seconds to play. Forced to foul, Phoenix put Christie on the line with five seconds remaining and the 78 percent free-throw shooter clanged a pair off the rim.

"Every once in a while I miss one. For God's sake, I missed both of them," Christie said. "When I got fouled I said, `Thank God, I'm gonna knock these down.' The first one I thought was good but rattled out. The second one I thought was good, too, but it went right. I couldn't believe it."

The Suns set up Kidd on the ensuing inbounds and the cagey point guard dribbled down the left sideline before going baseline into a trio of defenders. Kidd took several steps and appeared to have nowhere to go when officials blew a whistle on forward Antonio Davis, who appeared to make incidental contact with the out-of-control point guard.

"Antonio fouled me," Kidd said. "My first option was I was going to shoot the jump shot, 'cause I knew Christie didn't want me to get to the basket. But in those situations, you've got to take the ball to the basket. And if you get fouled, you make your free throws."

"It seems to me we're not even in that position if we make two of the last three plays that we had," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "It was just one little play at the end."

Kidd calmly stepped to the line and made his free throws. Vince Carter missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Raptors were denied their third straight win.

Hardaway scored 17 points and Tom Gugliotta added 16 for Phoenix, which improved to 6-1 at home.

"We gave the lead back in the middle of the fourth quarter and we fought back," Gugliotta said. "Any win is good, but to come back like this showed a lot."

Carter finished with 19 points for Toronto, which slipped to 3-2 on the road. Davis and Dee Brown had 12 points apiece for the Raptors, who shot 42 percent (38-of-89) and scored 30 points off 21 turnovers.

Kevin Willis scored six of his 15 points for Toronto during a 13-2 burst to open the fourth quarter. Dell Curry capped the run with his specialty, a 3-pointer that gave the Raptors an 83-75 advantage with 8:02 to play.

Rodney Rogers contributed 14 points off the bench and backup forward Cliff Robinson added 11 for Phoenix, which shot 47 percent (36-of-76) and held a 42-41 advantage on the boards. The Suns showed their superiority inside by outscoring the Raptors in the paint, 46-26.

Kidd and Hardaway grabbed seven rebounds apiece for the Suns, who also held a 16-8 edge in second-chance points.

Christie finished with 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting. He buried his first four free-throw attempts before missing the most important ones of the night.

"Doug is a good free-throw shooter," Butch Carter said. "I told him I won so many games with him, it's just the nature of the beast. We should have been in a better position in the fourth quarter, down the stretch."

The game featured 10 lead changes and five ties. The Raptors held a 26-22 lead after one quarter and opened a 53-47 bulge at halftime.

But Carter scored eight points in the third period as Toronto closed within 73-70 entering the final quarter.

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