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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 11 16 20 24 71 TORONTO 28 19 22 17 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 16, KURT THOMAS 11, MARCUS CAMBY 11 TOR - VINCE CARTER 34, ANTONIO DAVIS 17, TRACY MCGRADY 11

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 12, KURT THOMAS 10 TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 5, RICK BRUNSON 4 TOR - VINCE CARTER 6, TYRONE BOGUES 6

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

NEW YORK (71) AT TORONTO (86)

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

L JOHNSON F 27 2-4 2-3 1 3 4 1 1 0 3 6 SPREWELL F 31 3-13 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 6 EWING C 23 6-12 4-6 3 2 5 0 4 0 2 16 HOUSTON G 28 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 3 10 WARD G 21 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 0 THOMAS 28 4-10 3-4 2 8 10 1 2 1 1 11 CAMBY 26 5-9 1-4 5 7 12 0 3 0 4 11 CHILDS 20 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 2 BRUNSON 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 2 WALLACE 9 0-2 1-2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 WINGATE 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 LANG 6 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 30-74 11-19 14 35 49 19 22 1 18 71 (.405) (.579) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

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

CARTER F 34 14-19 3-4 0 5 5 6 3 2 2 34 OAKLEY F 32 3-9 0-0 0 7 7 3 5 1 0 6 DAVIS C 36 8-13 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 17 BOGUES G 35 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 1 0 2 MCGRADY G 35 5-15 0-1 5 4 9 2 2 2 1 11 CURRY 17 3-9 3-3 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 10 K WILLIS 27 1-8 4-4 2 5 7 0 3 0 1 6 BROWN 13 0-9 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 STEWART 7 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 THOMAS 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 A WILLIAMS 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 CHRISTIE DNP - BRUISED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-88 11-14 9 29 38 23 19 6 5 86 (.398) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 5(0 PTS)

NEW YORK 11 16 20 24 - 71 TORONTO 28 19 22 17 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD 2, CAMBY 2, EWING 2, SPREWELL, LANG, CHILDS, THOMAS. TORONTO - CARTER 3, MCGRADY 3, DAVIS 3, K WILLIS 3, OAKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 0-2 (.000), L JOHNSON 0-1, WALLACE 0-1. TORONTO 5-19 (.263), CARTER 3-5, OAKLEY 0-3, BOGUES 0-1, MCGRADY 1-2, CURRY 1-3, BROWN 0-5. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS, TORONTO - OAKLEY. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, NOLAN FINE, JOE DEROSA. A - 19,800. T - 2:15.


Box Score

NEW YORK (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 27 2-4 2-3 1-4 1 1 6 Sprewell 31 3-13 0-0 1-2 1 4 6 Ewing 23 6-12 4-6 3-5 0 4 16 Houston 28 5-11 0-0 0-1 5 1 10 Ward 21 0-1 0-0 1-3 3 1 0 Thomas 28 4-10 3-4 2-10 1 2 11 Camby 26 5-9 1-4 5-12 0 3 11 Childs 20 1-4 0-0 0-4 3 3 2 Brunson 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 4 2 2 Wallace 9 0-2 1-2 0-4 0 0 1 Wingate 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Lang 6 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 11-19 14-49 19 22 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 0-2, .000 (L Johnson 0-1, Wallace 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 10 (Ward 2, Camby 2, Ewing 2, Sprewell, Lang, Childs, Thomas). Turnovers: 19 (Camby 4, Houston 3, L Johnson 3, Brunson 2, Ewing 2, Childs, Sprewell, Thomas, Wingate). Steals: 1 (Thomas).

TORONTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 34 14-19 3-4 0-5 6 3 34 Oakley 32 3-9 0-0 0-7 3 5 6 Davis 36 8-13 1-2 0-3 0 2 17 Bogues 35 1-3 0-0 0-2 6 0 2 Mcgrady 35 5-15 0-1 5-9 2 2 11 Curry 17 3-9 3-3 1-1 2 1 10 K Willis 27 1-8 4-4 2-7 0 3 6 Brown 13 0-9 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Stewart 7 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 3 0 Thomas 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 A Williams 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Christie DNP - bruised right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-88 11-14 9-38 23 19 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Carter 3-5, Oakley 0-3, Bogues 0-1, Mcgrady 1-2, Curry 1-3, Brown 0-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 13 (Carter 3, Mcgrady 3, Davis 3, K Willis 3, Oakley). Turnovers: 5 (Carter 2, Davis, K Willis, Mcgrady). Steals: 6 (Carter 2, Mcgrady 2, Bogues, Oakley). ____________________________________________ New York 11 16 20 24 - 71 Toronto 28 19 22 17 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Thomas, 4:31 4th). Toronto 1 (Oakley, 4:31 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:15. Officials: Hugh Evans, Nolan Fine, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors sent the New York Knicks a resounding postseason message.

Carter scored 34 points and the Raptors put on a near-flawless performance, leading from start to finish and embarrassing the Knicks, 86-71, in a potential Eastern Conference first-round playoff series preview.

Carter was unconscious from the floor, burying 14-of-19 shots to go with six assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes as the Raptors manhandled the defending Eastern Conference champions, taking the season series, 3-1.

"It's not just stopping me, it's the team," Carter said. "Antonio (Davis) got us started early. He gave everybody the chance to get it going. We needed this win for our confidence and I'm proud of each guy on this team. We're playing together. We're talking and we understand what needs to be done. If one man gets beat people are rotating over."

New York's only win in the series came at Madison Square Garden on December 22, when Patrick Ewing hit a shot with 21 seconds remaining to give the Knicks a 91-90 victory.

"I'm disappointed, we have to play better," Ewing said. "They've kicked our butts the last three times. They played with a lot of confidence tonight. We have to do a better job of shutting them down and scoring ourselves. We have to compete."

Currently seeded third and sixth respectively, the Knicks and Raptors would face off in the playoffs if neither team is able to upgrade its position over the season's final three games.

"They have handled us three straight times it's my fault I haven't given them a good plan," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I don't have them ready to meet the physical challenge. I haven't made it crystal clear what we need to do against these guys. In case we play them you'd like to have as much time as you can to prepare, but that isn't the case."

Antonio Davis scored 10 points in the first quarter when Toronto raced to a 28-11 lead. The Knicks did not recover and trailed 47-27 at the half. The first quarter and halftime point totals were the lowest allowed by Toronto this season.

"I hope we're getting inside their head," Davis said. "We will need that edge because they are a different team in the playoffs. This is the best stretch of overall defense so far."

Davis scored 17 points and Tracy McGrady added 11 and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who did not yield a single point off five turnovers while collecting 16 off 19 giveaways by New York.

Ewing scored 16 points and Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby added 11 each for the Knicks, who remained just one game behind Miami for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Heat suffered a 105-101 loss at Eastern Conference-leading Indiana on Friday.

Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell, New York's top two scorers, combined for just 16 points on 8-of-24 shooting. The Knicks shot 40.5 percent (30-of-74) and held a 49-38 advantage on the boards.

"It's no secret they've dominated us this year," Sprewell said. "If we face them in the playoffs we have to come up with something. It's good that we were able to play this game so late in the season. It'll still be fresh in our minds. They have a right to feel confident but we get to start with two games at the Garden. If we play Knick ball we can beat everyone in the East. We weren't sharp tonight."

"A lot of credit has to go to Tracy and Vince," Davis said. "For stepping up and making sure Allan and Latrell didn't have good games. We just want to force Ewing to take shots with Oak (Charles Oakley) on him. His quick hands give us a chance of getting the basketball."

Dell Curry scored 10 points off the bench for the Raptors, who shot just 40 percent (35-of-88) and were without starting guard Doug Christie due to a bruised right ankle.

McGrady, Davis and Oakley opened the contest with consecutive jumpers and the Raptors never looked back, opening a 28-11 cushion on Curry's three free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

New York went 5-of-16 from the floor over the first 12 minutes, while the Raptors buried 12-of-21 shots.

Things did not get much better in the second period for the Knicks, who made 7-of-18 shots to fall behind by 20 points at intermission. New York managed a season-low eight third-quarter points during a 91-70 loss here on February 15.

The Knicks were unable to cut into the deficit in the third period, falling behind 69-47 entering the fourth quarter when Carter knocked down a 19-footer with 5.7 seconds remaining.

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