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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 18 22 19 23 82 TORONTO 22 24 25 23 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 17, BRIAN GRANT 16, ANTHONY MASON 13 TOR - VINCE CARTER 27, ANTONIO DAVIS 25, CHARLES OAKLEY 15

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 7, ANTHONY CARTER 6 TOR - VINCE CARTER 8, CHRIS CHILDS 6

ATT: 20,104


Extended Box

MIAMI (82) AT TORONTO (94)

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

BOWEN F 25 0-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 0 MASON F 40 5-16 3-5 2 6 8 1 2 1 4 13 GRANT C 32 7-17 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 1 0 16 HARDAWAY G 18 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 5 1 0 1 7 MAJERLE G 30 1-4 0-0 0 8 8 0 2 0 0 3 MOURNING 22 3-8 3-6 3 3 6 0 2 0 2 9 CARTER 32 8-11 0-0 0 1 1 6 2 1 2 17 JONES 27 3-10 3-3 1 7 8 7 1 2 1 11 GREEN 9 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 HOUSE 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 DAVIS 1 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-82 11-16 9 35 44 20 17 5 12 82 (.402) (.688) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 31 6-15 3-3 1 8 9 5 4 0 1 15 PETERSON F 24 3-11 0-0 3 1 4 2 1 1 2 6 A DAVIS C 39 11-21 3-6 8 5 13 3 2 0 1 25 CARTER G 44 10-21 6-7 2 3 5 8 1 2 2 27 A WILLIAMS G 31 4-10 2-2 2 7 9 5 2 2 1 11 CLARK 11 0-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 0 CHILDS 30 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 6 2 0 0 4 CURRY 12 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 J WILLIAMS 18 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 1 1 4 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-93 14-18 19 32 51 29 20 6 10 94 (.419) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

MIAMI 18 22 19 23 - 82 TORONTO 22 24 25 23 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 3, MAJERLE, JONES. TORONTO - CARTER 3, A DAVIS 2, CLARK 2, PETERSON, J WILLIAMS, A WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-14 (.357), BOWEN 0-2, HARDAWAY 1-2, MAJERLE 1-3, CARTER 1-2, JONES 2-5. TORONTO 2-10 (.200), PETERSON 0-3, CARTER 1-4, A WILLIAMS 1-1, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MOURNING, CARTER, TORONTO - CHILDS. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 20,104. T - 2:04.


Box Score

MIAMI (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 25 0-5 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Mason 40 5-16 3-5 2-8 1 2 13 Grant 32 7-17 2-2 1-5 0 2 16 Hardaway 18 3-6 0-0 1-4 5 1 7 Majerle 30 1-4 0-0 0-8 0 2 3 Mourning 22 3-8 3-6 3-6 0 2 9 Carter 32 8-11 0-0 0-1 6 2 17 Jones 27 3-10 3-3 1-8 7 1 11 Green 9 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 House 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Davis 1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 11-16 9-44 20 17 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Bowen 0-2, Hardaway 1-2, Majerle 1-3, Carter 1-2, Jones 2-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 3, Majerle, Jones). Turnovers: 13 (Mason 4, Bowen 2, Carter 2, Mourning 2, Hardaway, Jones). Steals: 5 (Jones 2, Carter, Grant, Mason).

TORONTO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 31 6-15 3-3 1-9 5 4 15 Peterson 24 3-11 0-0 3-4 2 1 6 A Davis 39 11-21 3-6 8-13 3 2 25 Carter 44 10-21 6-7 2-5 8 1 27 A Williams 31 4-10 2-2 2-9 5 2 11 Clark 11 0-5 0-0 1-3 0 3 0 Childs 30 2-5 0-0 1-4 6 2 4 Curry 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 J Williams 18 2-3 0-0 1-4 0 4 4 Montross DNP - coach's decision Murray DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-93 14-18 19-51 29 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Peterson 0-3, Carter 1-4, A Williams 1-1, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Carter 3, A Davis 2, Clark 2, Peterson, J Williams, A Williams). Turnovers: 10 (Carter 2, Peterson 2, A Davis, A Williams, Clark, Curry, J Williams, Oakley). Steals: 6 (A Williams 2, Carter 2, J Williams, Peterson). ____________________________________________ Miami 18 22 19 23 - 82 Toronto 22 24 25 23 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Mourning, 12:00 2nd; Carter, 4:21 3rd). Toronto 1 (Childs, 12:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,104. T: 2:04. Officials: Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- With the NBA playoffs a week away, the Toronto Raptors are red-hot at the right time.

Vince Carter scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and added eight assists as the Toronto Raptors pulled away for a 94-82 victory over the Miami Heat.

Reaching 5,000 career points in his 204th game, Carter had nine during the Raptors' 11-0 run over a 3:21 span. That gave Toronto its biggest lead at 92-75 with 2:58 left and it cruised to its ninth win in 11 games.

"Tonight I tried to take the shots that came my way and in the fourth quarter they were falling," Carter said. "To beat a team like Miami, at this point, gives us confidence heading towards the playoffs. Our defense down the stretch limited them to one shot."

Toronto remained two games behind New York for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Antonio Davis contributed 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors matched their top win total in franchise history with their 45th victory.

Miami's Anthony Carter came off the bench to score 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The point guard sank a 3-pointer early in the final quarter to spark a 12-4 run that cut the deficit to 77-71 with 8:44 left. But he could not stop the Heat's five-game winning streak from coming to an end.

"Toronto simply played better," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "They worked harder, were more intense and focused. For us, we were out of synch, didn't top them and were just soft. We didn't play to their level. It was disappointing."

Losing on the road for the first time in four outings, Miami's lead over New York for the third seed in the East was reduced to one game.

"There was no sense of urgency," said Heat center Alonzo Mourning, who had nine points and six rebounds off the bench in his 10th game since returning from a kidney disorder. "We can't stumble into the playoffs. We need to go in strong, positive and winning. Tonight we gave up too many easy baskets."

Mourning made his return March 27 against the Raptors. The six-time All-Star also had nine points and six rebounds in a losing effort.

The Raptors finished the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 46-40 advantage into the locker room. But Toronto was intent on not squandering this contest, having led by 17 points at halftime Wednesday against Detroit only falter in the final 24 minutes. The Raptors held on this time for their seventh home win in their last eight games.

"It's good that we were able to regroup after a game like Wednesday and play well against a tough team tonight," Davis said. "We are stepping up and facing challenges. It shows that we are becoming a better defensive team."

Entering the contest fifth in the NBA at 27.8 points per game, Carter hit a 3-pointer in front of the Heat bench to give the Raptors an 84-75 lead and start the game-winning run with 6:19 left.

Carter rewarded Jerome Williams for his energy and hustle plays not reflected in his four-point, four-rebound performance. The All-Star guard fed Williams for a slam dunk as Toronto moved its advantage into double figures.

"We were getting after loose balls," Williams said. "Antonio was pounding it inside, Oak was hitting his shot and Vince really stepped it up in the fourth quarter."

Backup point guard Chris Childs collected one of his six assists the next time down the court, finding Carter for a 20-foot jump shot from the right sideline and giving the Raptors an 88-75 lead with 4:36 remaining.

After Brian Grant failed to convert a layup and Eddie Jones missed a shot for the Heat, Carter grabbed the rebound and finished the run move with a jumper from the left corner.

"We didn't execute our defense," Jones said. "We've got three more games to get our game right."

The ensuing timeout failed to reverse Miami's fortunes. After Anthony Mason committed an offensive foul, Carter capped Toronto's 11-point explosion, hitting the shot to give the Raptors 17-point lead with 2:58 left.

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