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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 22 26 21 21 90 CHICAGO 19 26 18 17 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 15, ALVIN WILLIAMS 15, THREE PLAYERS WITH 12 CHI - RON MERCER 23, ELTON BRAND 19, RON ARTEST 13

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 14, ANTONIO DAVIS 12 CHI - ELTON BRAND 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - MARK JACKSON 12, ALVIN WILLIAMS 5 CHI - FRED HOIBERG 8, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 22,497


Extended Box

TORONTO (90) AT CHICAGO (80)

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

OAKLEY F 37 4-10 2-2 2 12 14 2 5 2 0 10 PETERSON F 30 5-10 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 2 1 12 A DAVIS C 41 6-17 3-5 5 7 12 1 3 0 1 15 JACKSON G 34 6-11 0-0 1 1 2 12 1 1 2 12 A WILLIAMS G 41 6-11 3-3 2 1 3 5 1 2 2 15 CURRY 18 4-12 3-3 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 12 CLARK 17 4-13 1-2 8 3 11 0 4 0 1 9 MURRAY 13 1-5 3-4 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 5 BOGUES 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 CARTER DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILLIAMSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-90 16-20 20 30 50 22 18 8 10 90 (.400) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 32 4-9 5-6 0 3 3 1 3 2 3 13 HOIBERG F 35 3-8 0-0 0 5 5 8 3 1 4 8 BRAND C 44 6-13 7-8 2 7 9 1 5 3 5 19 DREW G 18 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 5 MERCER G 48 9-16 5-6 0 3 3 3 1 0 1 23 MILLER 23 1-6 0-0 3 3 6 3 3 0 1 2 CRAWFORD 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 FIZER 22 3-6 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 1 6 EL AMIN 9 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-67 17-20 6 28 34 26 19 7 16 80 (.448) (.850) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

TORONTO 22 26 21 21 - 90 CHICAGO 19 26 18 17 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OAKLEY, A DAVIS. CHICAGO - BRAND 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 2-10 (.200), PETERSON 1-1, JACKSON 0-4, A WILLIAMS 0-1, CURRY 1-2, MURRAY 0-1, BOGUES 0-1. CHICAGO 3-6 (.500), ARTEST 0-1, HOIBERG 2-3, DREW 1-1, MILLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JIM CLARK, JIM KINSEY. A - 22,497. T - 2:04.


Box Score

TORONTO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 37 4-10 2-2 2-14 2 5 10 Peterson 30 5-10 1-1 1-2 0 2 12 A Davis 41 6-17 3-5 5-12 1 3 15 Jackson 34 6-11 0-0 1-2 12 1 12 A Williams 41 6-11 3-3 2-3 5 1 15 Curry 18 4-12 3-3 1-3 0 0 12 Clark 17 4-13 1-2 8-11 0 4 9 Murray 13 1-5 3-4 0-2 0 2 5 Bogues 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Carter DNP - sore left knee M Stewart DNP - coach's decision C Williamson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 16-20 20-50 22 18 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Peterson 1-1, Jackson 0-4, A Williams 0-1, Curry 1-2, Murray 0-1, Bogues 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Oakley, A Davis). Turnovers: 11 (A Williams 2, Jackson 2, Murray 2, A Davis, Bogues, Clark, Peterson). Steals: 8 (A Williams 2, Oakley 2, Peterson 2, Curry, Jackson).

CHICAGO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 32 4-9 5-6 0-3 1 3 13 Hoiberg 35 3-8 0-0 0-5 8 3 8 Brand 44 6-13 7-8 2-9 1 5 19 Drew 18 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 5 Mercer 48 9-16 5-6 0-3 3 1 23 Miller 23 1-6 0-0 3-6 3 3 2 Crawford 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 Fizer 22 3-6 0-0 0-6 1 2 6 El Amin 9 1-4 0-0 1-1 3 0 2 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Tarlac DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 17-20 6-34 26 19 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Artest 0-1, Hoiberg 2-3, Drew 1-1, Miller 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Brand 4). Turnovers: 16 (Brand 5, Hoiberg 4, Artest 3, Drew, Fizer, Mercer, Miller). Steals: 7 (Brand 3, Artest 2, Drew, Hoiberg). ____________________________________________ Toronto 22 26 21 21 - 90 Chicago 19 26 18 17 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:28 4th, 3:09 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,497. T: 2:04. Officials: Dan Crawford, Jim Clark, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Toronto Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens could afford to give his best player the night off against the league's worst team.

Vince Carter rested a strained left knee while Antonio Davis and Alvin Williams led a balanced offensive attack, lifting the Raptors to a 90-80 victory over the floundering Chicago Bulls, who dropped their 11th straight game.

With Carter sidelined, the Raptors featured six players in double figures. Davis and Williams scored 15 points apiece and Keon Clark added nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench as Toronto completed its four-game road trip at 2-2.

"We picked this game, knowing that we could get some valuable rest for Vince," Wilkens admitted. "But I told all the other players before the game that everyone had to step up."

The Raptors were without Carter for the second half of a 101-89 triumph over the Bulls on November 26, once again due to a knee strain, and did not seem to miss their superstar on Saturday.

Chicago trailed the entire second half but pulled within 79-74 on a free throw by Elton Brand with 4:39 to play. Williams hit a technical free throw after an illegal defense call and Davis converted a three-point play as Toronto opened an 83-74 cushion with just under three minutes left.

Point guard Mark Jackson orchestrated Toronto's attack, scoring 12 points and handing out 12 assists. Charles Oakley, Davis and Clark combined to grab 37 rebounds, helping Toronto to a commanding 50-34 advantage on the boards.

"Without Vince in there, we definitely did not look at it as a night off," Davis said. "We shot lousy. Luckily, we got strong efforts from everybody hitting the offensive boards. I think the Bulls felt a fit of frustrating, knowing we weren't shooting well but maintaining our lead."

Ron Mercer scored 23 points and Brand added 19 for the Bulls, who extended their league season-high losing streak and fell to 0-3 against Toronto this season.

"We have to find a way to give Mercer and Brand some offensive help," Chicago forward Fred Hoiberg said. "They can't play complete games like that every single night without wearing down."

Chicago is winless since Brand hit a buzzer-beating jumper to upend the Washington Wizards, 98-96, on January 4.

"We just have to try to keep learning from these losses," Brand said. "We don't feel that they're minor victories but without a veteran presence going late into our games, us young guys have to learn how to control games ourselves and keep our composure."

Carter missed his sixth game. Williams and Jackson are the only Raptors to play in all 44 games this season.

Rookie Morris Peterson and veteran Dell Curry scored 12 points apiece and Oakley added 10 and 14 boards for the Raptors, who shot 40 percent (36-of-90) and controlled the offensive glass, 20-6.

"Our guys certainly stepped up tonight on the boards, and did a fantastic job of controlling the game there," Wilkens said. "Even though we didn't shoot well, we were able to control the game with our offensive boards."

Ron Artest scored 13 points for the Bulls, who shot 45 percent (30-of-67) and yielded 20 points off turnovers.

Brand hit a pair of free throws to give Chicago its last lead, 45-44, with 51 seconds left in the first half. Peterson and Jackson responded with consecutive baskets as Toronto took a 48-45 lead into the half.

Chicago remained within striking distance throughout the second half, due mostly to Toronto's 17-of-41 shooting after intermission.

Hoiberg buried a 3-pointer to again shave the deficit to five with just over a minute left. But Jackson scored two baskets in the final 40 seconds to seal Toronto's eighth win in 12 games.

Jackson and Williams combined to make 12-of-22 shots.

"They had very good guard play tonight without Carter," Hoiberg said. "They had a nice flow, which helped them maintain their lead."

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