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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 31 19 28 21 99 SEATTLE 17 30 25 25 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 34, TRACY MCGRADY 19, DOUG CHRISTIE 13 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 28, GARY PAYTON 22, HORACE GRANT 13

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 13, VINCE CARTER 9 SEA - HORACE GRANT 12, RASHARD LEWIS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 6, CHARLES OAKLEY 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, BRENT BARRY 4

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

TORONTO (99) AT SEATTLE (97)

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

CARTER F 42 11-22 11-12 4 5 9 4 5 0 2 34 OAKLEY F 41 3-6 0-0 0 6 6 5 6 0 3 7 DAVIS C 13 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 2 CHRISTIE G 40 4-11 3-3 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 13 MCGRADY G 37 7-11 5-9 0 6 6 6 5 1 3 19 K WILLIS 31 4-10 1-1 4 9 13 1 2 0 0 9 CURRY 8 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 BOGUES 16 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 3 BROWN 7 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 A WILLIAMS 5 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-82 23-29 10 36 46 23 24 4 12 99 (.427) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

MCCOY F 8 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 PATTERSON F 34 5-8 1-2 3 2 5 3 5 0 0 11 GRANT C 46 4-9 5-6 4 8 12 0 2 1 1 13 B BARRY G 31 3-8 0-0 0 6 6 4 6 1 1 8 PAYTON G 48 8-23 5-10 2 8 10 10 0 2 3 22 FOSTER 5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 LEWIS 37 14-27 0-0 5 6 11 3 3 0 2 28 MAXWELL 23 4-13 3-3 1 2 3 1 5 0 1 11 DAVIS 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 2 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BAKER DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-95 14-21 16 34 50 21 26 5 9 97 (.421) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

TORONTO 31 19 28 21 - 99 SEATTLE 17 30 25 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OAKLEY 2, MCGRADY, CARTER. SEATTLE - GRANT, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-19 (.316), CARTER 1-5, OAKLEY 1-1, CHRISTIE 2-6, CURRY 1-2, BOGUES 0-1, BROWN 1-3, A WILLIAMS 0-1. SEATTLE 3-20 (.150), B BARRY 2-6, PAYTON 1-5, LEWIS 0-3, MAXWELL 0-6. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, ED F RUSH, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,072. T - 2:42.


Box Score

TORONTO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 42 11-22 11-12 4-9 4 5 34 Oakley 41 3-6 0-0 0-6 5 6 7 Davis 13 1-4 0-0 0-4 2 1 2 Christie 40 4-11 3-3 0-3 2 3 13 Mcgrady 37 7-11 5-9 0-6 6 5 19 K Willis 31 4-10 1-1 4-13 1 2 9 Curry 8 2-7 0-0 2-3 0 0 5 Bogues 16 1-5 1-2 0-0 3 1 3 Brown 7 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 A Williams 5 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Thomas DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 23-29 10-46 23 24 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Carter 1-5, Oakley 1-1, Christie 2-6, Curry 1-2, Bogues 0-1, Brown 1-3, A Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Oakley 2, Mcgrady, Carter). Turnovers: 12 (Mcgrady 3, Oakley 3, Carter 2, Christie 2, Bogues, Brown). Steals: 4 (Bogues 2, Christie, Mcgrady).

SEATTLE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccoy 8 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Patterson 34 5-8 1-2 3-5 3 5 11 Grant 46 4-9 5-6 4-12 0 2 13 B Barry 31 3-8 0-0 0-6 4 6 8 Payton 48 8-23 5-10 2-10 10 0 22 Foster 5 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Lewis 37 14-27 0-0 5-11 3 3 28 Maxwell 23 4-13 3-3 1-3 1 5 11 Davis 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Baker DNP - strained left hamstring Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-95 14-21 16-50 21 26 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-20, .150 (B Barry 2-6, Payton 1-5, Lewis 0-3, Maxwell 0-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Grant, Mccoy). Turnovers: 9 (Payton 3, Lewis 2, B Barry, Foster, Grant, Maxwell). Steals: 5 (Payton 2, B Barry, Davis, Grant). ____________________________________________ Toronto 31 19 28 21 - 99 Seattle 17 30 25 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:22 2nd). Seattle 1 (Head Coach P Westphal (ejected), 6:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:42. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Ed F Rush, Tom Washington.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- With the opposing coaches refusing to wear microphones, superstars Vince Carter and Gary Payton made sure their game was something to see, if not hear.

Carter outdueled Payton and gave the Toronto Raptors a 99-97 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in a regionally televised game that saw both coaches ignore NBA orders.

Both Toronto coach Butch Carter and Seattle coach Paul Westphal risked $100,000 fines against their teams by refusing to wear microphones designed to enhance NBC's telecast. Both men said they would pay any fine themselves.

"I'm out there competing," Westphal said. "I'm talking to my players, the coaches about the referees. It ties my hands on communication and identifying problems. I have to worry about what happens to that tape down the road or who hears it in the truck and tells somebody what I said.

"It's nobody's business. I think it's a very ill-advised policy. I'd like to be able to do my job and I can't do it with that kind of setup. The NBA has done so many good things for basketball. They can make a mistake once in a while."

Carter scored 34 points, including an emphatic slam with 28 seconds to play that gave the Raptors a 98-95 lead. Payton, who recorded his ninth career triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, answered with two free throws with 22 seconds remaining.

Payton had a chance to put the SuperSonics ahead but missed a driving layup over Carter with seven seconds left. Seattle had one more chance after Muggsy Bogues went 1-of-2 from the line with 3.7 seconds to go but Toronto's Doug Christie stepped in front of Emanual Davis' inbounds pass and the Raptors prevented a final shot as the buzzer sounded.

"We made (Carter) earn most of his points," Westphal said. "He's a sensational talent and if you make him make tough shots, that's all you can really do. Despite everything else, we could have won the game. It came right down to the end and we could have gone out with a win, so it's real disappointing."

Tracy McGrady scored 19 points and Christie had 13 for Toronto, which completed a 4-1 road trip with its eighth win in nine games, continuing to solidify its chances of a first trip to the playoffs. At 16-15, the Raptors are the only team in the Eastern Conference above .500 on the road.

"Defense wins games," Carter said. "We've been playing and winning some close games and that's good for us. It's good for our confidence when we can beat Seattle on their home floor because they have a tough team. It's good for us to come out of this road trip 4-1. You can just feel it. Everyone's really excited, we really accomplished something these eight days."

Rashard Lewis scored 28 points off the bench for the Sonics, who were without their coach after a heated exhange with officials midway through the third quarter. Seattle was also without power forward Vin Baker due to a strained left hamstring.

"We were lucky they were playing without Vin Baker," Butch Carter said. "You don't get very many opportunities to play good teams without all their people."

If Westphal was worried about "big brother" before the game, he may now have a full-blown conspiracy theory against the NBA. He was ejected after arguing a questionable call in the third quarter and watched from the locker room as his team lost.

Ruben Patterson was called for a foul on Carter in the lane after the Raptors forward banged into him while trying to post up. Westphal immediately launched into tirade along the sidelines and was sent off the floor moments later.

"Usually, it takes two (technicals) to get ejected," Westphal said. "I wanted to get a technical, they were used to calling a lot of fouls on us, so I thought one more wouldn't hurt. But I was surprised they kicked me out."

Horace Grant had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Patterson and Vernon Maxwell added 11 points apiece for the Sonics, who shot 42 percent (40-of-95), held a 50-46 rebounding edge and commmitted just nine turnovers. Seattle was outscored, 23-14, at the line.

"Against a team like Toronto, whose a very talented team and one of the best teams in the East, we just dug ourselves a big hole and we didn't play aggressive defense there in the first half," Grant said. "It was just too much to overcome."

Carter came out smoking, burying 4-of-6 shots and four free throws for 13 points in the opening period, staking the Raptors to a 31-17 lead.

But Payton responded with eight points in the second quarter and Seattle closed to 50-47 at the half. Carter outscored Payton, 8-6, in the third period, helping the Raptors open a 78-72 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Payton made a driving layup and sank an eight-footer to draw Seattle even at 82-82 with 8:18 to play. But McGrady hit a jumper and Dell Curry knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 87-82 with 5:59 remaining. Carter's follow shot with 3:42 left gave Toronto a 90-84 cushion before Seattle crawled back in.

Patterson made consecutive layups, Payton added one of his own and Lewis' basket drew the Sonics within 96-95 with 40 seconds left.

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