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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 29 27 17 27 100 UTAH 21 32 18 16 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 18, TRACY MCGRADY 17, DOUG CHRISTIE 15 UTH - KARL MALONE 24, JOHN STOCKTON 16, JEFF HORNACEK 10


Extended Box

TORONTO (100) AT UTAH (87)

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

CARTER F 41 9-19 0-1 1 3 4 4 3 0 3 18 OAKLEY F 31 2-3 6-6 2 7 9 3 4 1 3 10 DAVIS C 31 1-3 3-4 3 5 8 2 2 0 3 5 BROWN G 24 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 5 CHRISTIE G 25 4-13 7-10 1 4 5 1 3 1 3 15 MCGRADY 24 7-11 3-4 0 4 4 3 3 2 2 17 A WILLIAMS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 K WILLIS 21 3-4 4-4 5 4 9 2 3 0 2 10 BOGUES 20 1-3 6-6 1 3 4 2 1 0 1 8 CURRY 20 4-8 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 12 STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-69 31-37 13 33 46 21 22 5 17 100 (.478) (.838) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(8 PTS)

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

MALONE F 37 8-23 8-12 4 9 13 3 3 0 3 24 RUSSELL F 37 2-8 2-6 2 4 6 0 4 3 0 6 OSTERTAG C 18 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2 HORNACEK G 31 4-13 4-4 1 0 1 2 3 0 2 12 STOCKTON G 25 8-13 0-0 1 2 3 8 2 0 2 16 POLYNICE 14 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 4 EISLEY 24 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 9 CHILCUTT 10 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 2 VAUGHN 16 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 2 0 4 PADGETT 12 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 2 KEEFE 16 3-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 1 1 6 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-88 14-22 14 22 36 23 26 7 10 87 (.398) (.636) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

TORONTO 29 27 17 27 - 100 UTAH 21 32 18 16 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OAKLEY, CHRISTIE. UTAH - PADGETT, POLYNICE, KEEFE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-12 (.250), BROWN 1-3, CHRISTIE 0-3, CURRY 2-6. UTAH 3-14 (.214), RUSSELL 0-3, STOCKTON 0-2, EISLEY 3-6, CHILCUTT 0-2, PADGETT 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - HEAD COACH CARTER, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, UTAH - OSTERTAG. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DEREK RICHARDSON, BILL SPOONER. A - 19,771. T - 2:09.


Box Score

TORONTO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 41 9-19 0-1 1-4 4 3 18 Oakley 31 2-3 6-6 2-9 3 4 10 Davis 31 1-3 3-4 3-8 2 2 5 Brown 24 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 3 5 Christie 25 4-13 7-10 1-5 1 3 15 Mcgrady 24 7-11 3-4 0-4 3 3 17 A Williams 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 K Willis 21 3-4 4-4 5-9 2 3 10 Bogues 20 1-3 6-6 1-4 2 1 8 Curry 20 4-8 2-2 0-3 1 0 12 Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 31-37 13-46 21 22 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.838. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Brown 1-3, Christie 0-3, Curry 2-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Oakley, Christie). Turnovers: 17 (Carter 3, Christie 3, Davis 3, Oakley 3, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2, Bogues). Steals: 5 (Mcgrady 2, Christie, Curry, Oakley).

UTAH (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 8-23 8-12 4-13 3 3 24 Russell 37 2-8 2-6 2-6 0 4 6 Ostertag 18 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 Hornacek 31 4-13 4-4 1-1 2 3 12 Stockton 25 8-13 0-0 1-3 8 2 16 Polynice 14 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 Eisley 24 3-9 0-0 0-0 2 2 9 Chilcutt 10 1-4 0-0 1-1 2 1 2 Vaughn 16 2-5 0-0 0-2 3 0 4 Padgett 12 1-2 0-0 1-2 2 2 2 Keefe 16 3-4 0-0 2-4 0 4 6 Lewis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-88 14-22 14-36 23 26 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Russell 0-3, Stockton 0-2, Eisley 3-6, Chilcutt 0-2, Padgett 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Padgett, Polynice, Keefe). Turnovers: 10 (Malone 3, Hornacek 2, Stockton 2, Eisley, Keefe, Ostertag). Steals: 7 (Russell 3, Vaughn 2, Keefe, Ostertag). ____________________________________________ Toronto 29 27 17 27 - 100 Utah 21 32 18 16 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (Head Coach Carter, 8:47 1st; Illegal Defense, 7:28 1st). Utah 1 (Ostertag, 10:27 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,771. T: 2:09. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Derek Richardson, Bill Spooner.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan can't be very happy.

Sloan criticized his club after a listless performance Wednesday at the Staples Center, then watched them fade down the stretch tonight and suffer consecutive setbacks for the first time this season with a 100-87 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Sloan questioned his club's desire after a 90-82 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in which Utah scored a season-low 29 first-half points. He even suggested that his club had a "list of excuses" for their poor play.

Tonight, Utah did not fall apart until the second half when it managed just 18 third-quarter points before being outscored 27-16 over the final 12 minutes.

"We didn't have the energy evidently in the second half because they controlled pretty much every thing that was going on," Sloan said. "But it's really sad when you see guys come out there and hustle sticks out like a sore thumb."

Vince Carter scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who snapped out of a two-game funk by posting their second win in seven meetings with the Jazz.

"Tonight's game was really a team effort," Carter said. "We got good play from everyone when I was getting off to a slow start. It was a really good team effort at time when we really needed one."

Tracy McGrady scored 17 points off the bench for Toronto, which opened the final period with a decisive 10-2 run to open an 83-73 cushion.

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone collected 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz. Malone moved within four points of Michael Jordan (29,276) for third place on the all-time scoring list.

The night got off to a good enough start for the Jazz as they opened a 19-11 lead with 4:27 left in the first quarter behind nine points by Malone. But Toronto reeled off 18 of the next 20 points to silence the Delta Center and take a 29-21 lead into the second quarter.

Doug Christie scored 15 points, Dell Curry had 12 and Charles Oakley and Kevin Willis added 10 apiece for Toronto, which recovered nicely from Wednesday's 109-84 blowout loss at Denver.

"After kind of letting down in Phoenix and then going into Denver and catching them on four days rest, this was really big for us," Christie said. "We have a certain amount of goals we set for ourselves and we really needed to get one tonight and to come in here and beat the Jazz is really big for us."

John Stockton had 16 points and eight assists and Jeff Hornacek had 12 for Utah, which shot 40 percent (35-of-88) and was outscored by a whopping 31-14 margin at the line.

"Well, we're just not playing very well," Stockton said. "That's pretty obvious. I think execution would breed enthusiasm. But what comes first, the chicken or the egg? We didn't have that answer tonight."

Malone appeared to be the only Utah player interested in drawing contact, going 8-of-12 at the stripe. His teammates were just 6-of-10.

The Raptors shot 48 percent (33-of-69) and held a 46-36 advantage on the boards.

The Jazz did challenge in the second and third quarters and pulled within 73-71 entering the fourth period. But Carter made a 22-footer and Willis followed with a hook shot in the lane to make it 77-71 with just under nine minutes to play.

"Well, we just couldn't contain them," Sloan said. "We couldn't execute anything, we took tough shots. When you don't execute and you just try to score to get yourself going, I think that's what we've done the past couple of games -- come out and just take shots."

Olden Polynice answered with a short jumper, but Carter framed Curry's layup with a pair of 21-footers to open an 83-73 bulge with 6:04 remaining.

"I'm sorry guys, I don't want to say something I'll be sorry for later," Polynice told the media. "So if you'll excuse me, I really don't have any comment on tonight's performance."

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