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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 23 16 22 18 79 NEW YORK 21 19 12 23 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 25, MARK JACKSON 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 20, LARRY JOHNSON 11, ALLAN HOUSTON 10

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 18, VINCE CARTER 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 9, LARRY JOHNSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - MARK JACKSON 8, VINCE CARTER 5 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 4, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

TORONTO (79) AT NEW YORK (75)

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

OAKLEY F 41 4-13 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 12 C WILLIAMSON F 34 5-9 2-4 1 4 5 2 4 1 3 12 A DAVIS C 40 2-11 2-5 5 13 18 0 1 0 2 6 CARTER G 46 11-23 3-3 3 4 7 5 4 2 1 25 JACKSON G 41 5-9 2-4 2 2 4 8 0 3 2 14 PETERSON 10 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 2 K WILLIS 16 4-7 0-2 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 8 A WILLIAMS 12 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION CURRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION K DAVID DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-77 13-22 11 30 41 19 13 9 13 79 (.403) (.591) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 38 5-9 0-0 1 7 8 4 4 0 6 11 SPREWELL F 45 9-19 1-2 0 5 5 1 3 3 2 20 CAMBY C 31 2-5 0-0 1 8 9 1 0 0 0 4 CHILDS G 30 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 7 HOUSTON G 20 5-11 0-0 0 3 3 2 6 1 3 10 THOMAS 27 4-6 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 1 2 8 RICE 34 3-12 2-3 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 9 STRICKLAND 15 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 6 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WARD DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 33-73 5-7 4 36 40 14 24 5 17 75 (.452) (.714) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(11 PTS)

TORONTO 23 16 22 18 - 79 NEW YORK 21 19 12 23 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - A DAVIS. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, CHILDS, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 4-14 (.286), OAKLEY 2-4, CARTER 0-3, JACKSON 2-5, PETERSON 0-1, A WILLIAMS 0-1. NEW YORK 4-13 (.308), L JOHNSON 1-4, SPREWELL 1-2, CHILDS 1-1, HOUSTON 0-1, RICE 1-4, STRICKLAND 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - K WILLIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, OAKLEY, NEW YORK - CHILDS, L JOHNSON, HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY, THOMAS. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, GREG WILLARD, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


Box Score

TORONTO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 41 4-13 2-2 0-3 2 1 12 C Williamson 34 5-9 2-4 1-5 2 4 12 A Davis 40 2-11 2-5 5-18 0 1 6 Carter 46 11-23 3-3 3-7 5 4 25 Jackson 41 5-9 2-4 2-4 8 0 14 Peterson 10 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 K Willis 16 4-7 0-2 0-4 0 0 8 A Williams 12 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Corbin DNP - coach's decision Curry DNP - coach's decision K David DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 13-22 11-41 19 13 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.591. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Oakley 2-4, Carter 0-3, Jackson 2-5, Peterson 0-1, A Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (A Davis). Turnovers: 14 (C Williamson 3, A Davis 2, A Williams 2, Jackson 2, Carter, K Willis, Oakley, Peterson). Steals: 9 (Jackson 3, Carter 2, Peterson 2, C Williamson, Oakley).

NEW YORK (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 38 5-9 0-0 1-8 4 4 11 Sprewell 45 9-19 1-2 0-5 1 3 20 Camby 31 2-5 0-0 1-9 1 0 4 Childs 30 3-5 0-0 0-4 2 3 7 Houston 20 5-11 0-0 0-3 2 6 10 Thomas 27 4-6 0-0 1-7 0 4 8 Rice 34 3-12 2-3 1-2 2 3 9 Strickland 15 2-6 2-2 0-2 2 1 6 Knight DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Ward DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 5-7 4-40 14 24 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (L Johnson 1-4, Sprewell 1-2, Childs 1-1, Houston 0-1, Rice 1-4, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Childs, Thomas). Turnovers: 18 (L Johnson 6, Houston 3, Sprewell 2, Strickland 2, Thomas 2, Childs, Rice). Steals: 5 (Sprewell 3, Houston, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Toronto 23 16 22 18 - 79 New York 21 19 12 23 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 4 (K Willis, 0:53 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 6:36 3rd, 5:05 4th; Oakley, 5:40 4th). New York 4 (Childs, 0:53 2nd; L Johnson, 0:21 2nd; Head Coach J Van Gundy, 0:57 3rd; Thomas, 5:40 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Bob Delaney, Greg Willard, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Vince Carter should have gotten bonus points for degree of difficulty.

Fighting double-teams all day, Carter scored 25 points and made tough shots on consecutive possessions down the stretch, giving the Toronto Raptors a 79-75 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Knicks came in as the second-best defensive team in the NBA, allowing an average of 84.2 points per contest. They did a solid job on Carter, holding him well below his league-leading average of 30.2 per game and scoreless in the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter.

Carter, who made 11-of-23 shots, drove the right baseline, leaped back into the lane away from a double-teaming Marcus Camby and threw in a banker as he fell away from the basket, tying the game with 2 1/2 minutes to go.

"Like my momma always told me, `Take what the defense gives you,'" Carter said. "I was just trying get in between guys and make a play."

The teams traded empty possessions and Sprewell missed a turnaround jumper. This time, Carter attacked Sprewell from the top of the circle, driving hard into the lane with a spin dribble and throwing in a line-drive jumper from about 12 feet, giving Toronto a 77-75 lead with 1:18 left.

"I looked at the shot as miss," Carter admitted. "When I let it go, it didn't feel good."

"When they needed baskets, he stepped it up for them," Sprewell said. "There's nothing you can do about those athletic and acrobatic shots."

It was good enough for the Raptors, who survived a frantic final minute and won their third straight road game. Carter added seven rebounds and five assists as Toronto won at New York for the fourth straight season.

"I enjoy big games. I enjoy pressure situations," Carter said. "I just try my hardest not to get rattled and I think that is something that I can be good at. Guys trust that I am going to make the right decision, whether it's to pass the ball or to put it in."

"He can miss two or three but then when you need a big one and open the floor for him, he'll make it happen," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We set a couple of situations for him -- on the top, on the side -- and he delivered."

A pair of former Knicks played big roles as Mark Jackson collected 14 points and eight assists and Charles Oakley scored 12 points, all in the second half. Antonio Davis grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds for Toronto, which has won the last four regular-season meetings between the clubs.

Sprewell scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the banged-up Knicks, who have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak. Larry Johnson scored 11 points and Allan Houston added 10 but fouled out in the third quarter.

New York was without point guard Charlie Ward and reserve centers Luc Longley and Felton Spencer, all out with sore knees. Camby returned from a three-game absence due to a sprained ankle and Sprewell played despite a respiratory infection.

"I felt a little winded, but nothing I couldn't play through," said Sprewell, who outdueled Carter in the first round of last season's playoffs, when the Knicks swept the Raptors.

After Carter gave Toronto the lead, Glen Rice and Sprewell missed open jumpers on consecutive possessions. Jackson dribbled upcourt but threw a lazy cross-court pass that was corraled by Sprewell with 20 seconds left.

"Terrible play," said Jackson, a 15-year veteran. "I was trying to move the ball and take time off the clock."

Rice had an open 3-pointer from the left corner but missed and Oakley was fouled on the rebound. His two free throws sealed it with 4.8 seconds to play.

"The shot felt good when it left my hands," Rice said. "I'll take that look any day. I'm upset with myself."

Oakley was scoreless in the first half but made a pair of 3-pointers around a jumper for the first eight points of a 10-0 burst in the third quarter. A reverse layup by Corliss Williamson, who scored 12 points, capped the run and gave Toronto its biggest lead at 59-48 with 2:11 to go.

"It ain't how you start, it's how you finish," said Oakley, who had been struggling with his shot. "Lenny told me to keep shooting. They told me to take those extra shots, even if I go 1-for-12 or 2-for-13."

Houston had sat down with his fifth foul at the 8:18 mark but returned with 1:23 to go. He was gone for good 26 seconds later as Jackson took him into the low post and drew a foul.

"I just wanted to to try and put pressure on him," Jackson said. "I didn't want him just out there, standing around. I wanted to go right after him."

"I'm surprised at a few calls," said Houston, an All-Star guard. "It felt like I was a rookie all over again -- getting no respect. It shouldn't be that way but it happens."

Erick Strickland replaced Houston and teamed with Sprewell to spark the Knicks in the fourth quarter. His transition layup completed a 9-0 burst that featured five points by Sprewell and gave New York a 65-65 tie with 7:36 left. There were five lead changes and two ties thereafter.

Carter scored 16 points in the first half, which ended with the Knicks holding a 40-39 lead.

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