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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 14 28 18 20 80 TORONTO 16 26 21 24 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 26, CHRIS CARR 13, RANDY BROWN 11 TOR - VINCE CARTER 26, CHARLES OAKLEY 14, TRACY MCGRADY 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - RON ARTEST 8, DICKEY SIMPKINS 8 TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 15, ANTONIO DAVIS 12

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - RON ARTEST 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 7, TRACY MCGRADY 5

ATT: 18,232


Extended Box

CHICAGO (80) AT TORONTO (87)

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

ARTEST F 32 2-11 1-3 2 6 8 5 2 1 2 5 BRAND F 42 12-17 2-2 2 5 7 4 4 1 9 26 SIMPKINS C 34 0-6 2-6 3 5 8 3 5 0 1 2 BROWN G 38 5-11 1-2 0 5 5 4 1 1 2 11 HAWKINS G 31 1-5 2-2 1 1 2 2 5 0 2 4 CARR 27 5-11 0-0 1 5 6 3 1 1 4 13 MALONEY 16 4-6 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 9 PERDUE 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ANSTEY 14 5-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 10 HOIBERG DNP - STRAINED RIGHT QUADRICEP RUFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STARKS DNP - TENDINITIS LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-74 8-15 11 27 38 26 20 7 22 80 (.459) (.533) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(20 PTS)

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

CARTER F 38 10-19 4-4 0 1 1 3 3 3 3 26 OAKLEY F 37 7-13 0-0 0 6 6 3 4 3 1 14 DAVIS C 32 2-8 3-6 4 8 12 0 4 0 3 7 CHRISTIE G 36 3-9 0-0 0 8 8 7 0 2 1 7 MCGRADY G 38 4-15 5-7 10 5 15 5 2 2 2 13 THOMAS 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BROWN 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 K WILLIS 17 2-6 0-0 5 0 5 0 4 2 2 4 CURRY 8 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 BOGUES 21 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 8 A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-85 12-17 19 29 48 24 20 12 16 87 (.412) (.706) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 14 28 18 20 - 80 TORONTO 16 26 21 24 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - SIMPKINS 3, ANSTEY 2. TORONTO - CHRISTIE 7, DAVIS 3, OAKLEY 2, K WILLIS 2, MCGRADY 2, CARTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-6 (.667), HAWKINS 0-1, CARR 3-4, MALONEY 1-1. TORONTO 5-17 (.294), CARTER 2-5, CHRISTIE 1-6, MCGRADY 0-1, BROWN 0-2, CURRY 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOM WASHINGTON, JIM CAPERS, HUE HOLLINS. A - 18,232. T - 2:14.


Box Score

CHICAGO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 32 2-11 1-3 2-8 5 2 5 Brand 42 12-17 2-2 2-7 4 4 26 Simpkins 34 0-6 2-6 3-8 3 5 2 Brown 38 5-11 1-2 0-5 4 1 11 Hawkins 31 1-5 2-2 1-2 2 5 4 Carr 27 5-11 0-0 1-6 3 1 13 Maloney 16 4-6 0-0 1-1 3 0 9 Perdue 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Anstey 14 5-6 0-0 1-1 1 2 10 Hoiberg DNP - strained right quadricep Ruffin DNP - coach's decision Starks DNP - tendinitis left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 8-15 11-38 26 20 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Hawkins 0-1, Carr 3-4, Maloney 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Simpkins 3, Anstey 2). Turnovers: 22 (Brand 9, Carr 4, Artest 2, Brown 2, Hawkins 2, Anstey, Maloney, Simpkins). Steals: 7 (Maloney 2, Anstey, Artest, Brand, Brown, Carr).

TORONTO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 38 10-19 4-4 0-1 3 3 26 Oakley 37 7-13 0-0 0-6 3 4 14 Davis 32 2-8 3-6 4-12 0 4 7 Christie 36 3-9 0-0 0-8 7 0 7 Mcgrady 38 4-15 5-7 10-15 5 2 13 Thomas 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Brown 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 K Willis 17 2-6 0-0 5-5 0 4 4 Curry 8 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 0 8 Bogues 21 4-6 0-0 0-0 4 1 8 A Williams DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-85 12-17 19-48 24 20 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Carter 2-5, Christie 1-6, Mcgrady 0-1, Brown 0-2, Curry 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 17 (Christie 7, Davis 3, Oakley 2, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2, Carter). Turnovers: 16 (Carter 3, Davis 3, Bogues 2, Brown 2, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2, Christie, Oakley). Steals: 12 (Carter 3, Oakley 3, Christie 2, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2). ____________________________________________ Chicago 14 28 18 20 - 80 Toronto 16 26 21 24 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,232. T: 2:14. Officials: Tom Washington, Jim Capers, Hue Hollins.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- One game removed from his nationally televised virtuoso performance, superstar Vince Carter was less spectacular but effective enough to lead the Toronto Raptors to an 87-80 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Carter, who had an NBA season-high 51 points in Sunday's 103-102 triumph over Phoenix on NBC, scored 26 on 10-of-19 shooting tonight. No other Toronto player had more than three baskets as Carter took center stage against the Suns, but the 6-7 All-Star forward received plenty of help from his teammates in holding off the Bulls.

"My objective is never to carry the load. I just want to play well and help the team win," Carter said. "I'm not trying to score 50 points, but it happens sometimes. Tonight is good enough for me. That's two wins in a row and that's what's important. We need to win as many games as possible as we head toward the playoffs."

Budding third-year forward Tracy McGrady scored 13 points and matched a career high with 15 rebounds and veteran Charles Oakley added 14 points for the Raptors, who matched a franchise record with their 30th win. Toronto also won 30 games during the 1996-97 season.

"We wanted to get 30 wins by the end of February, so now we move on to further goals," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "It only means something if we finish it off with something more. The old barriers are no good for us. The new barrier is to be a consistent team, night in and night out."

"It feels great," McGrady added. "My first season here was a disaster, but now we're winning and everyone feels good when you're winning. It's been a big turnaround but we need to keep growing. We can't stop here. We really haven't accomplished anything."

Doug Christie had seven points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a career-best seven blocked shots for the Raptors, who set a club mark with their 19th home win.

Rookie sensation Elton Brand kept Chicago within striking distance throughout, but Carter rose over the defense for one of his spectacular dunks with 36 seconds left to cap the scoring, sealing the Raptors' third win in four games.

"I'm playing my butt off to help get this franchise a winning attitude," Carter said. "We have a lot of guys with playoff experience who know what it takes and they're showing us young guys."

Toronto currently is sixth in the Eastern Conference and aiming for its first playoff appearance.

"We really needed this win," Carter said. "We need to be on the same page because this is crunch time and we need to secure ourselves a comfortable spot in the playoffs."

Brand, a possible candidate to follow Carter as the NBA's Rookie of the Year, scored 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting for the Bulls, who have lost five in a row and slipped to 4-24 on the road.

"Toronto is an extremely talented team with a couple of star quality players," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said.

Chicago rookie Ron Artest managed just five points and misfired on 9-of-11 shots for the Bulls, who were without reserve shooting guard John Starks due to left knee tendinitis.

Chris Carr scored 13 points, Randy Brown 11 and Chris Anstey 10 for Chicago, which faltered under Toronto's pressure in the fourth quarter.

Brown hit a 20-footer and Brand made a layup to give the Bulls a 73-69 lead with 6:50 to play. But Antonio Davis made two free throws and Carter put Toronto back ahead with a 24-footer.

Brand answered with a 14-footer to give Chicago its last lead, 75-74, with 5:17 left.

Toronto's tenacious defense forced three turnovers while McGrady made a short jumper, Davis a follow shot, Oakley a 17-footer from the right side and Carter two free throws to make it 82-75 with 1:47 remaining.

"I think we had two travels and two three-second calls when they came hard at us," Brand said. "I didn't see the trap all game, but there it was. It was tough to get out of. We had a chance to win, but we're not winning games."

Davis had seven points and 12 boards and Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry added eight points apiece for the Raptors, who shot 41 percent (35-of-85), held a 48-38 advantage on the boards and forced 22 turnovers.

Chicago shot 46 percent (34-of-74).

"With six minutes to go, they threw the trap at us and took us out of our defense," Brown said. "We missed a couple of free throws and Toronto threw on the trap at the Right time. I hate moral victories, but we're definitely getting better."

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