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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 19 24 17 84 NEW JERSEY 24 18 22 22 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 27, VINCE CARTER 21, DELL CURRY 8 NJN - KENYON MARTIN 16, JASON KIDD 15, LUCIOUS HARRIS 13

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 13, JEROME WILLIAMS 13, MICHAEL STEWART 7 NJN - JASON KIDD 11, KENYON MARTIN 10, KEITH VAN HORN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 4, ALVIN WILLIAMS 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 NJN - JASON KIDD 6, KEITH VAN HORN 3, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 1

ATT: 16,105


Extended Box

TORONTO (84) AT NEW JERSEY (86)

TORONTO

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

J WILLIAMS F 26 2-7 0-1 5 8 13 0 3 3 1 4 A DAVIS F 40 9-16 9-9 4 9 13 2 3 0 3 27 K CLARK C 22 1-3 1-2 2 4 6 2 5 0 4 3 V CARTER G 39 6-23 8-8 3 2 5 4 4 0 3 21 A WILLIAMS G 33 3-9 0-2 2 1 3 3 1 1 0 6 M PETERSON 12 2-6 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 H OLAJUWON 13 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 2 1 5 D CURRY 19 1-5 5-5 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 8 C CHILDS 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 M STEWART 18 1-2 2-2 3 4 7 1 5 0 1 4 E MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-81 26-33 19 33 52 15 29 9 15 84 (.346) (.788) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS)

NEW JERSEY

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

K VAN HORN F 26 3-10 2-4 1 5 6 3 1 0 0 8 K MARTIN F 43 7-14 2-5 3 7 10 1 5 2 2 16 A WILLIAMS C 21 3-3 2-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 1 8 K KITTLES G 29 3-10 1-1 0 2 2 1 4 0 4 7 J KIDD G 41 3-18 9-9 2 9 11 6 2 3 1 15 L HARRIS 26 6-9 0-0 1 0 1 1 6 0 2 13 R JEFFERSON 23 1-6 6-8 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 8 J COLLINS 28 5-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 4 0 3 11 A JOHNSON 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D MARSHALL DNP - COACH'S DECISION B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SCALABRINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-77 23-31 13 29 42 14 28 6 15 86 (.403) (.742) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15 (13 PTS)

TORONTO 24 19 24 17 - 84 NEW JERSEY 24 18 22 22 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - A DAVIS, J WILLIAMS, K CLARK. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 4, J COLLINS 2, J KIDD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 2-8 (.250), V CARTER 1-3, A WILLIAMS 0- 1, M PETERSON 0-1, D CURRY 1-1, C CHILDS 0-2. NEW JERSEY 1-12 (.083), K VAN HORN 0-2, K KITTLES 0-2, J KIDD 0-6, L HARRIS 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: TORONTO 1 (C CHILDS, 0:12 2ND). OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, GEORGE TOLIVER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 16,105. T - 2:32.


Box Score

TORONTO (84)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Williams 26 2-7 0-1 5-13 0 3 4 A Davis 40 9-16 9-9 4-13 2 3 27 K Clark 22 1-3 1-2 2-6 2 5 3 V Carter 39 6-23 8-8 3-5 4 4 21 A Williams 33 3-9 0-2 2-3 3 1 6 M Peterson 12 2-6 0-2 0-0 0 1 4 H Olajuwon 13 2-5 1-2 0-2 0 3 5 D Curry 19 1-5 5-5 0-2 1 1 8 C Childs 18 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 M Stewart 18 1-2 2-2 3-7 1 5 4 E Montross DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Jackson DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-81 26-33 19-52 15 29 84 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.346, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (V Carter 1-3, A Williams 0-1, M Peterson 0-1, D Curry 1-1, C Childs 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (A Davis, J Williams, K Clark). Turnovers:15 (K Clark 4, A Davis 3, V Carter 3, C Childs 2, H Olajuwon, J Williams, M Stewart). Steals: 9 (J Williams 3, H Olajuwon 2, C Childs 2, D Curry, A Williams).

NEW JERSEY (86)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Van Horn 26 3-10 2-4 1-6 3 1 8 K Martin 43 7-14 2-5 3-10 1 5 16 A Williams 21 3-3 2-2 2-5 1 4 8 K Kittles 29 3-10 1-1 0-2 1 4 7 J Kidd 41 3-18 9-9 2-11 6 2 15 L Harris 26 6-9 0-0 1-1 1 6 13 R Jefferson 23 1-6 6-8 2-3 1 2 8 J Collins 28 5-6 1-2 2-4 0 4 11 A Johnson 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Marshall DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Scalabrine DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 23-31 13-42 14 28 86 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (K Van Horn 0-2, K Kittles 0-2, J Kidd 0-6, L Harris 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:7 (K Martin 4, J Collins 2, J Kidd). Turnovers:15 (K Kittles 4, J Collins 3, L Harris 2, K Martin 2, R Jefferson 2, J Kidd, A Williams). Steals: 6 (J Kidd 3, K Martin 2, R Jefferson).

------------------------------------------- TORONTO 24 19 24 17 - 84 NEW JERSEY 24 18 22 22 - 86 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (C Childs, 0:12 2n). A: 16,105. T: 2:32. Officials: Don Vaden, George Toliver, Scott Foster.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Kenyon Martin tipped in Jason Kidd's miss with three-tenths of a second left as the New Jersey Nets ended a season-high four-game losing streak with an 86-84 victory over the reeling Toronto Raptors.

After Vince Carter banked in a shot in traffic to give Toronto a 79-77 lead with 81 seconds left, Lucious Harris responded with the Nets' only 3-pointer of the game and followed a miss by Kidd to give New Jersey an 82-79 edge with 28 seconds to go.

Antonio Davis and Kidd each made a pair of free throws, the last two leaving the Nets with an 84-81 lead and 12 seconds to play.

But Harris fouled Dell Curry as he attempted a 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds to go and Curry sank all three free throws to tie it.

"I was hollering at Scott (referee Scott Foster) that it wasn't a foul, but I knew it was," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "He hit him on the wrist. The only thing went on in my mind was what we were going to run for the game-winner. I knew Dell Curry was going to make all three of them, he is such a great shooter. He has been in this league too long."

After a timeout, Kidd received the ensuing inbounds pass, dribbled into the lane, executed a spin move and got off a shot in the paint that hit the front of the rim. But Martin skied over Alvin Williams to tip in the rebound.

Chris Childs missed everything with a desperation 3-point attempt from well beyond half court.

"They have nothing to hang their heads about," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "They played really hard and we were right there. We made some good decisions down the stretch. We missed four free throws that hurt us a little bit, and of course Kenyon Martin got a big rebound. We dropped in to help penetration and the ball came right to him."

Kidd made just 3-of-18 shots but scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds and six assists for New Jersey, which returned from a winless four-game western road trip.

"This is a game that could have gone either way," Kidd said. "Even before the free throws by Curry, it could have gone either way. The guys kept fighting and we came out with a big win."

Martin added 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds and Harris chipped in 13 points for the Nets, who shot just 40 percent (31-of-77).

"The ball was not bouncing our way for four games," Harris said. "Tonight it tried to bounce the other way, but then K-Mart got a big basket for us."

Davis had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Carter scored 21 points on 6-of-23 shooting. The Raptors connected at 35 percent (28-of-81) and lost for the 15th time in 16 games.

Neither team held a double-digit advantage in the contest. Both teams led by six points in the first half, which ended with Toronto ahead, 43-42.

New Jersey took a 56-47 lead on a layup by Keith Van Horn with 6:43 to go in the third quarter, but Toronto went on a 22-8 run into the final period to surge in front, 69-64.

Kidd scored the game's next seven points to give New Jersey a 71-69 lead with 9:12 to go, and neither team led by more than three points thereafter.

New Jersey (40-23) has a four-game lead over Detroit, Milwaukee and Boston atop the Eastern Conference. It is the first time the Nets have won 40 games since they went 43-39 in 1997-98. It's also the latest date in team history they have been in first place.

Toronto (30-36) is in 11th place in the East, a half-game behind Washington and one in back of surging Miami.

"I would say it is one of the biggest (wins), something that was definitely needed and something that we had to have," Scott said. "We were playing against a team that was fighting for their lives, so you knew they were going to bring everything they had."

Paced by Davis and Jerome Williams, who had 13 rebounds apiece, the Raptors won the battle of the boards, 52-42.

"We got outrebounded and still find a way to win," Scott said. "That is what it is all about. We found a way tonight to gut it out and get a `W.' That is the most important thing."

"You are not just going to get anything," Davis said. "From this point on, we are going to have to go out there and take it. We can't sit back and allow things to happen to us and expect everything to fall into our laps. It is obvious that if we had any kind of luck or thing were supposed to go our way, they would be going our way right now. They are just not."

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