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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 22 19 31 96 BOSTON 22 18 26 28 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 28, DOUG CHRISTIE 21, TRACY MCGRADY 18 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 27, PAUL PIERCE 22, KENNY ANDERSON 20

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 11, ANTONIO DAVIS 9 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 6, DOUG CHRISTIE 5 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 17,198


Extended Box

TORONTO (96) AT BOSTON (94)

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

CARTER F 41 11-23 3-4 1 4 5 4 3 0 3 28 OAKLEY F 35 2-9 2-2 2 2 4 0 5 2 2 6 DAVIS C 36 1-4 6-8 4 5 9 1 5 1 3 8 CHRISTIE G 26 6-14 7-8 1 2 3 5 2 4 0 21 MCGRADY G 42 7-17 3-3 6 5 11 6 4 2 2 18 BOGUES 19 1-7 1-2 1 6 7 3 0 1 0 3 THOMAS 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 K WILLIS 15 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 4 8 CURRY 13 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 4 WORKMAN 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-85 22-27 15 30 45 21 30 12 17 96 (.400) (.815) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(11 PTS)

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

FORTSON F 19 1-6 4-5 4 4 8 1 2 1 1 6 WALKER F 43 12-21 2-3 5 3 8 4 2 2 6 27 POTAPENKO C 27 3-7 2-8 3 8 11 2 3 0 2 8 ANDERSON G 33 8-17 4-5 0 4 4 6 5 0 3 20 PIERCE G 41 9-17 3-4 2 3 5 4 2 3 3 22 GRIFFIN 31 1-6 2-4 1 5 6 2 3 5 1 4 BATTIE 10 0-2 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 0 1 0 OVERTON 15 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 CHEANEY 7 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 MCCARTY 14 1-2 1-2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 3 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION E WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-86 18-31 21 30 51 21 24 11 17 94 (.430) (.581) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

TORONTO 24 22 19 31 - 96 BOSTON 22 18 26 28 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MCGRADY 2, CHRISTIE 2. BOSTON - WALKER, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-14 (.429), CARTER 3-4, CHRISTIE 2-5, MCGRADY 1-1, BOGUES 0-2, CURRY 0-2. BOSTON 2-10 (.200), WALKER 1-2, ANDERSON 0-1, PIERCE 1-3, GRIFFIN 0-1, OVERTON 0-2, CHEANEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - K WILLIS, BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 17,198. T - 2:24.


Box Score

TORONTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 41 11-23 3-4 1-5 4 3 28 Oakley 35 2-9 2-2 2-4 0 5 6 Davis 36 1-4 6-8 4-9 1 5 8 Christie 26 6-14 7-8 1-3 5 2 21 Mcgrady 42 7-17 3-3 6-11 6 4 18 Bogues 19 1-7 1-2 1-7 3 0 3 Thomas 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 4 0 K Willis 15 4-6 0-0 0-2 0 5 8 Curry 13 2-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Workman 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 22-27 15-45 21 30 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Carter 3-4, Christie 2-5, Mcgrady 1-1, Bogues 0-2, Curry 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcgrady 2, Christie 2). Turnovers: 17 (K Willis 4, Carter 3, Davis 3, Mcgrady 2, Oakley 2, Workman 2, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Christie 4, Mcgrady 2, Oakley 2, Workman 2, Bogues, Davis).

BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 19 1-6 4-5 4-8 1 2 6 Walker 43 12-21 2-3 5-8 4 2 27 Potapenko 27 3-7 2-8 3-11 2 3 8 Anderson 33 8-17 4-5 0-4 6 5 20 Pierce 41 9-17 3-4 2-5 4 2 22 Griffin 31 1-6 2-4 1-6 2 3 4 Battie 10 0-2 0-0 3-5 0 2 0 Overton 15 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Cheaney 7 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Mccarty 14 1-2 1-2 2-2 1 1 3 Ellison DNP - coach's decision E Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 18-31 21-51 21 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.581. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Walker 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Pierce 1-3, Griffin 0-1, Overton 0-2, Cheaney 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Walker, Potapenko). Turnovers: 17 (Walker 6, Anderson 3, Pierce 3, Potapenko 2, Battie, Fortson, Griffin). Steals: 11 (Griffin 5, Pierce 3, Walker 2, Fortson). ____________________________________________ Toronto 24 22 19 31 - 96 Boston 22 18 26 28 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (K Willis, 5:16 2nd). Boston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:03 2nd, 4:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,198. T: 2:24. Officials: Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Vince Carter has an outside game, too.

Carter nailed a 3-pointer falling out of bounds as time expired, lifting the Toronto Raptors to their franchise-record 31st win, a 96-94 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Seconds before his dramatic shot, Carter had a potential go-ahead finger roll spin off the rim. Boston's Vitaly Potapenko grabbed the rebound and was fouled but he missed both free throws with 3.5 seconds left.

Following a timeout, Carter redeemed himself. He took the inbounds pass on the right wing and launched a 3-pointer over rookie Adrian Griffin that swished through as the horn sounded.

"We really feel lucky," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "We just felt lucky Vitaly missed the free throw and our guy made the shot."

One of the game's most exciting players and winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend, Carter just added to his brilliant week. On Sunday, he scored an NBA season-high and career-best 51 points in a 103-102 victory over Phoenix.

"I didn't worry about the time left," Carter said. "I knew once I looked up at the clock I had time and it was a great feeling when it went through. Fifty one points the other day is behind me. A game like this means just as much, to hit a shot like that."

"I know Oaks (Charles Oakley) has been around players like Michael Jordan but I don't think anybody else in this room has watched what Vince has done this week," Carter's cousin and teammate Tracy McGrady said. "I know it's new for me."

Carter scored 28 points for the Raptors (31-25), who surpassed their previous best win total, established in the 1996-97 season when they went 30-52.

Antoine Walker scored 27 points and Paul Pierce 22 for Boston, which has dropped four straight home games and six of seven overall.

Following another tough loss, Boston coach Rick Pitino was frustrated and referred to some past Celtics greats in his postgame tirade.

"We've played hard the whole year. We're going to be positive even with this loss," he said. You (media) and some of the fans are the people being negative. Larry Bird is not going to walk through that door, fans. Neither is Kevin McHale or Robert Parish. If you expect them to walk through that door, they are going to be gray and old. I'm tired of the negativity in this town, it (stinks).

"I've been around when Jim Rice was booed, I've been around when (Carl) Yastrzemski was booed. It makes the greatest city in the world lousy. We'll play Toronto on Friday. We'll just do it without Bird, McHale and Parish."

It was tight throughout much of the contest but the Celtics did manage to take their biggest lead, 74-67, with 9:06 left on a dunk by Walker.

However, the Raptors battled back and took an 89-87 lead with 1:40 remaining on a 3-pointer by Carter. Kenny Anderson, who scored 20 points, answered with a three-point play to put Boston back in front.

Doug Christie converted a driving layup to put the Raptors ahead before Potapenko made two free throws. Charles Oakley made two foul shots for Toronto before Anderson hit a 16-footer, giving Boston a 94-93 lead with 23 seconds left.

Potapenko's two misses in the waning seconds illustrated the problems the Celtics had from the line. They made just 58 percent (18-of-31) of their free throws.

Carter made 11-of-23 shots, including 3-of-4 3-pointers. McGrady also had a big game, collecting 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Boston shot 43 percent (37-of-86) while Toronto finished at 40 percent (34-of-85). The Celtics also held a 51-45 rebounding advantage.

Toronto led by as many as eight points in the first half and was in front, 46-40 at the break behind 16 points from Carter.

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