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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 33 16 17 25 91 BOSTON 13 29 26 25 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 33, ANTONIO DAVIS 11, MORRIS PETERSON 10 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 30, ANTOINE WALKER 20, KENNY ANDERSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 10, CHARLES OAKLEY 9 BOS - TONY BATTIE 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - MARK JACKSON 12, CHARLES OAKLEY 4 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 7, PAUL PIERCE 4

ATT: 17,464


Extended Box

TORONTO (91) AT BOSTON (93)

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

OAKLEY F 40 1-8 4-4 3 6 9 4 2 2 2 6 C WILLIAMSON F 15 2-4 3-4 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 7 A DAVIS C 25 3-4 5-6 2 8 10 0 5 0 0 11 CARTER G 44 13-25 5-6 0 4 4 2 4 0 6 33 JACKSON G 33 3-7 2-2 2 5 7 12 1 0 5 8 PETERSON 20 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 2 1 10 K WILLIS 23 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 2 A WILLIAMS 23 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 8 K DAVID 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 CURRY 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 4 BOGUES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 19-22 9 31 40 22 27 7 19 91 (.430) (.864) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

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

WALKER F 35 8-20 2-2 3 4 7 1 3 0 6 20 E WILLIAMS F 12 1-3 0-1 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 BATTIE C 33 4-9 1-2 4 6 10 0 2 2 0 9 ANDERSON G 33 3-12 4-5 0 2 2 7 2 3 1 11 PIERCE G 41 10-19 7-11 1 6 7 4 5 1 4 30 BROWN 12 2-3 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 3 0 6 CARR 9 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 5 POTAPENKO 7 0-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 STITH 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 6 GRIFFIN 19 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 2 0 4 MOISO 11 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 BLOUNT 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 34-82 17-25 13 29 42 15 26 13 15 93 (.415) (.680) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

TORONTO 33 16 17 25 - 91 BOSTON 13 29 26 25 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - A DAVIS 3, A WILLIAMS, CARTER, C WILLIAMSON. BOSTON - GRIFFIN, MOISO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 4-15 (.267), OAKLEY 0-1, CARTER 2-5, JACKSON 0-2, PETERSON 2-4, A WILLIAMS 0-2, CURRY 0-1. BOSTON 8-15 (.533), WALKER 2-4, E WILLIAMS 0-1, ANDERSON 1-4, PIERCE 3-4, STITH 2-2. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, HANK ARMSTRONG, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,464. T - 2:13.


Box Score

TORONTO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 40 1-8 4-4 3-9 4 2 6 C Williamson 15 2-4 3-4 0-1 0 3 7 A Davis 25 3-4 5-6 2-10 0 5 11 Carter 44 13-25 5-6 0-4 2 4 33 Jackson 33 3-7 2-2 2-7 12 1 8 Peterson 20 4-10 0-0 0-1 1 3 10 K Willis 23 1-5 0-0 1-4 0 3 2 A Williams 23 4-10 0-0 0-2 2 1 8 K David 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Curry 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 Bogues DNP - sore right knee Corbin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 19-22 9-40 22 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Oakley 0-1, Carter 2-5, Jackson 0-2, Peterson 2-4, A Williams 0-2, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (A Davis 3, A Williams, Carter, C Williamson). Turnovers: 19 (Carter 6, Jackson 5, A Williams 2, C Williamson 2, Oakley 2, K David, Peterson). Steals: 7 (Oakley 2, Peterson 2, A Williams, C Williamson, Curry).

BOSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 35 8-20 2-2 3-7 1 3 20 E Williams 12 1-3 0-1 0-3 0 0 2 Battie 33 4-9 1-2 4-10 0 2 9 Anderson 33 3-12 4-5 0-2 7 2 11 Pierce 41 10-19 7-11 1-7 4 5 30 Brown 12 2-3 2-2 1-1 1 2 6 Carr 9 2-2 1-2 1-2 0 3 5 Potapenko 7 0-6 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Stith 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 Griffin 19 2-2 0-0 0-4 1 2 4 Moiso 11 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Blount 8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 17-25 13-42 15 26 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Walker 2-4, E Williams 0-1, Anderson 1-4, Pierce 3-4, Stith 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Griffin, Moiso). Turnovers: 15 (Walker 6, Pierce 4, Anderson, Carr, E Williams, Moiso, Potapenko). Steals: 13 (Anderson 3, Brown 3, Battie 2, Griffin 2, Moiso, Pierce, Stith). ____________________________________________ Toronto 33 16 17 25 - 91 Boston 13 29 26 25 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:43 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,464. T: 2:13. Officials: Don Vaden, Hank Armstrong, Tom Washington.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics took Vince Carter's best shot and even gave the high-flying superstar an extra one before escaping with a 93-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Pierce helped the Celtics overcome a dreadful first quarter and a 21-point first-half deficit with 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting. But it was his two missed free throws with 29 seconds to play that left open the door for Carter.

The 6-7 scoring machine had 33 points on 13-of-25 shooting and the FleetCenter must have had a sense of impending doom when the Raptors came down on their ensuing possession.

On March 1, Carter hit an improbable 3-pointer at the buzzer while falling out of bounds to stun the fans here, handing the Celtics an improbable 96-94 loss. Tonight, Boston did its best to protect a 91-88 lead, making sure Carter did not get the ball in his hands.

But after Dell Curry missed a potential tying 3-pointer, the Celtics were unable to gather the rebound and Carter ran down the ball with time winding down and fired up a 28-footer with four seconds left that clanged off the rim.

"I wanted to miss those two free throws on purpose so I could make it exciting for the fans down the stretch," Pierce joked. "And yeah, I did think back to last year and Carter hitting that shot. But this time he didn't and I was breathing a sigh of relief."

"Vince was in a different position than last year. A 3-pointer wouldn't have beat us tonight, it would have just tied it," said Boston forward Antoine Walker, who scored 20 points.

Adrian Griffin, who hit an eight-foot jumper to give Boston a three-point lead before Pierce's missed free throws, grabbed the rebound, sealing Boston's second straight win.

"Last year is in the past," Carter said. "That had no impact on what happened. I just didn't hit the shot. You're not always going to make big shots. I got as good a look as I could but it didn't fall."

"We don't win this game last year," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We didn't have the defense last year to do what we did tonight. The defensive intensity is what got us back into the game and held the lead once we got it."

"We're a different team than we were last year," Pierce added. "I don't think we win this game last year, either. I think coach is right about the intensity. It's just different this year."

The Raptors fell to 0-3 for the first time in the six-year history of the franchise.

Everybody's expecting us to be frustrated about our start and be upset," Carter said. "We're not happy but we're not frustrated. There's a long, long way to go and a lot of basketball to be played."

Antonio Davis had 11 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Morris Peterson added 10 points off the bench for Toronto, which shot 43 percent (34-of-79) and committed 19 turnovers.

Carter scored 14 first-quarter points as the Raptors opened a comfortable 33-13 lead after 12 minutes. But Boston turned up the defense in the second quarter and Pierce led a spirited comeback.

The 6-6 guard hit a pair of free throws, an 18-footer, two more from the line and connected from 18 and 20 feet in the final minute of the first half as Boston closed to 49-42 at intermission.

Trailing by nine points early in the third period, the Celtics got two free throws from Kenny Anderson, a 3-pointer by Pierce and a 25-footer from Anderson to get within 55-54 with 7:40 left.

Carter responded with a 20-footer and Pierce did him one better, knocking down a 25-footer that forged a 57-57 tie and set up a see-saw battle over the final 18 minutes.

"They turned up the pressure on us in that second quarter and we just kept turning the ball over time after time," Toronto guard Alvin Williams said. "We weren't good with the ball and we couldn't keep them from scoring."

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