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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 27 18 20 24 89 TORONTO 29 24 21 27 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 31, RON ARTEST 20, COREY BENJAMIN 14 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 18, MORRIS PETERSON 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 11, MARK JACKSON 11

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - RON MERCER 4, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 TOR - MARK JACKSON 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

CHICAGO (89) AT TORONTO (101)

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

BRAND F 43 14-26 3-4 3 6 9 2 5 0 2 31 MERCER F 34 4-13 2-2 1 4 5 4 4 0 2 10 TARLAC C 20 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 6 0 1 2 ARTEST G 38 6-13 8-9 3 5 8 2 5 1 2 20 HOIBERG G 12 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 RUFFIN 30 1-3 0-2 2 6 8 2 3 0 1 2 C BENJAMIN 29 6-12 0-0 1 0 1 1 6 1 2 14 GUYTON 6 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 EL AMIN 10 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 CRAWFORD 18 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 3 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION FIZER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-84 13-17 12 27 39 14 32 5 13 89 (.429) (.765) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 36 7-10 0-0 3 8 11 0 2 1 0 16 C WILLIAMSON F 17 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 6 A DAVIS C 32 5-7 8-12 2 6 8 0 4 0 1 18 CARTER G 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON G 39 2-11 6-8 2 9 11 11 1 2 1 11 CURRY 20 5-12 0-2 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 11 PETERSON 29 5-8 8-10 2 2 4 2 2 1 1 18 K WILLIS 26 6-12 4-4 3 6 9 2 4 1 3 16 A WILLIAMS 27 1-9 3-4 1 0 1 3 4 0 1 5 CORBIN 11 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 K DAVID DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 31-42 14 34 48 22 21 6 10 101 (.429) (.738) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

CHICAGO 27 18 20 24 - 89 TORONTO 29 24 21 27 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - RUFFIN 2, TARLAC 2, C BENJAMIN, CRAWFORD. TORONTO - A DAVIS 5, OAKLEY 2, K WILLIS, C WILLIAMSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-12 (.333), HOIBERG 1-2, C BENJAMIN 2-6, GUYTON 0-1, EL AMIN 0-2, CRAWFORD 1-1. TORONTO 4-12 (.333), OAKLEY 2-2, JACKSON 1-3, CURRY 1-5, PETERSON 0-1, A WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HANK ARMSTRONG, JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES. A - 19,800. T - 2:13.


Box Score

CHICAGO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 43 14-26 3-4 3-9 2 5 31 Mercer 34 4-13 2-2 1-5 4 4 10 Tarlac 20 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 6 2 Artest 38 6-13 8-9 3-8 2 5 20 Hoiberg 12 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 7 Ruffin 30 1-3 0-2 2-8 2 3 2 C Benjamin 29 6-12 0-0 1-1 1 6 14 Guyton 6 0-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 El Amin 10 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Crawford 18 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Fizer DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 13-17 12-39 14 32 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Hoiberg 1-2, C Benjamin 2-6, Guyton 0-1, El Amin 0-2, Crawford 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Ruffin 2, Tarlac 2, C Benjamin, Crawford). Turnovers: 13 (Artest 2, Brand 2, C Benjamin 2, Mercer 2, El Amin, Guyton, Hoiberg, Ruffin, Tarlac). Steals: 5 (Artest, C Benjamin, Crawford, El Amin, Hoiberg).

TORONTO (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 36 7-10 0-0 3-11 0 2 16 C Williamson 17 2-5 2-2 1-3 1 4 6 A Davis 32 5-7 8-12 2-8 0 4 18 Carter 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson 39 2-11 6-8 2-11 11 1 11 Curry 20 5-12 0-2 0-0 3 0 11 Peterson 29 5-8 8-10 2-4 2 2 18 K Willis 26 6-12 4-4 3-9 2 4 16 A Williams 27 1-9 3-4 1-1 3 4 5 Corbin 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 K David DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 31-42 14-48 22 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.738. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Oakley 2-2, Jackson 1-3, Curry 1-5, Peterson 0-1, A Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (A Davis 5, Oakley 2, K Willis, C Williamson). Turnovers: 11 (K Willis 3, Curry 2, A Davis, A Williams, C Williamson, Jackson, Peterson). Steals: 6 (Jackson 2, Curry, K Willis, Oakley, Peterson). ____________________________________________ Chicago 27 18 20 24 - 89 Toronto 29 24 21 27 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:13. Officials: Hank Armstrong, Joe Derosa, David Jones.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Vince Carter is not hurting nearly as badly as the Chicago Bulls.

Carter's early departure with a twisted left knee did not help the Bulls, who completed an 0-7 road trip with a 101-89 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

The NBA's leading scorer at 29.8 points per game, Carter rose for a jumper just under three minutes into the contest and landed awkwardly. The high-flying swingman left the floor but returned to the bench in a suit and cheered on the team to its third straight win.

"I was stepping back to shoot," Carter said. "As I planted, the knee gave out. I just felt the pain in my knee, a sharp throbbing pain. I knew something wasn't right.

"I wanted to stay and support the team. I wanted to go back in and give it a shot but they told me to rest."

With Carter looking on, the Bulls put on another awful display. The NBA's worst team never led with Carter on the sidelines and suffered its eighth straight loss overall and to Toronto.

The rest of the Raptors picked up the slack for their injured superstar. Sharpshooter Dell Curry, who did not play Saturday at New York, came on and scored 11 points. Rookie swingman Morris Peterson also helped with a season-high 18 points.

"Vince is our main guy," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Some other guys had to step up and we showed a lot of character. The bench picked it up and gave us good minutes. Morris is being aggressive and I love his game."

Toronto also got some veteran leadership from point guard Mark Jackson, who posted his 17th career triple-double with 11 points, rebounds and assists.

"We realized we were missing our guy and we had guys step up and make plays today," Jackson said. "It's a big win and hopefully Vince will be back soon."

"Mark Jackson really knows how to play -- pure fundamentals," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said.

Frontcourt veterans Antonio Davis and Charles Oakley stepped up as well. Davis had 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and Oakley collected 16, 11 and two.

Elton Brand scored a season-high 31 points and Ron Artest added 20 for the Bulls, who lost by an average of more than 15 points during their trip and have dropped 12 straight road games dating to April 2 of last season.

The Raptors led 10-4 when Carter was injured. The Bulls tied it four times thereafter but trailed 29-27 after one period and did not get any closer.

"He waved me off when I tried to help him up," Artest said. "He looked like he was in a lot of pain.

In the second period, Kevin Willis scored 10 points and Peterson added seven as Toronto led by as many as 12 points before settling for a 53-45 lead.

"It was a definite confidence-booster but I have to give credit to the veterans who found me out there and controlled the game," Peterson said. "Mark did a great job tonight. He knows how to lead and win. He knew we didn't have Vince so he found other guys. I've learned a lot playing wth him."

A jumper by Artest closed the deficit to 55-53 with 7:03 to play in the third quarter and the teams traded baskets before the Raptors took control with a 13-5 run. Oakley's 3-pointer made it 72-62 with 1:20 remaining.

"Oakley had two threes against the Knicks yesterday and two against us," Brand said. "They have guys with years and years of experience who know how to get to the line and how to get open."

"It's good to see Oak knock down some shots," Jackson said. "That makes us all better."

Chicago made one final surge, pulling within 86-81 on Brand's three-point play with 4:52 left. Davis answered with a follow dunk and Willis threw in a hook, quickly rebuilding the lead to nine points with less than four minutes to go.

Willis added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who held a 48-39 edge on the boards and made 31-of-42 free throws.

Corey Benjamin scored 14 points and Ron Mercer added 10 for the Bulls, who were 13-of-17 from the line. Both teams shot 43 percent from the field.

Bulls guard Fred Hoiberg injured his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Chicago also was without rookie forward Marcus Fizer, who sat out with a sprained right ankle.

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