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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     TORONTO          23   18   19   25    85   
     BOSTON           27   17   23   23    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   TOR - VINCE CARTER 18, ANTONIO DAVIS 13, 
                      JEROME WILLIAMS 12
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 22, J.R. BREMER 20, ERIC 
                      WILLIAMS 18

HIGH REBOUND:   TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 14, JEROME WILLIAMS 10, 
                      MORRIS PETERSON 8
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 11, KEDRICK BROWN 6, J.R.
                      BREMER 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   TOR - RAFER ALSTON 7, ANTONIO DAVIS 5, MORRIS 
                      PETERSON 4
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, J.R. BREMER 5, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 3

         ATT:   18,624

Box Score

TORONTO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Williams 37 6-12 0-4 6-10 1 1 12 M Peterson 37 3-10 3-4 2-8 4 1 11 A Davis 40 5-10 3-4 8-14 5 4 13 V Carter 34 5-18 6-6 1-4 2 4 18 A Williams 33 5-14 0-0 1-3 2 2 11 R Alston 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 7 2 5 M Bradley 14 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 2 4 V Lenard 25 3-11 4-4 0-5 0 2 11 M Baston 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 18-24 18-46 21 20 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (M Peterson 2-4, V Carter 2-6, A Williams 1-2, R Alston 1-2, V Lenard 1-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:6 (M Bradley 3, A Davis, J Williams, V Carter). Turnovers:13 (A Davis 4, V Lenard 2, A Williams 2, V Carter 2, J Williams, R Alston, M Peterson). Steals: 6 (J Williams 2, M Peterson 2, V Lenard, R Alston). BOSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 41 9-28 4-6 4-11 9 1 22 E Williams 29 6-12 6-6 1-4 1 2 18 T Battie 17 3-5 0-0 1-3 0 4 6 K Brown 23 1-4 0-0 1-6 1 3 2 J Bremer 36 7-10 1-2 0-6 5 1 20 M Blount 23 4-5 0-0 2-3 0 2 8 T Delk 26 3-5 3-5 0-0 2 2 11 W Mccarty 30 0-5 1-2 0-3 3 1 1 G Long 15 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 3 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 15-21 11-40 22 19 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (A Walker 0-4, K Brown 0-2, J Bremer 5-7, T Delk 2-3, W Mccarty 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (G Long, M Blount, J Bremer). Turnovers:8 (A Walker 5, T Delk 2, J Bremer). Steals: 9 (E Williams 3, T Delk 2, T Battie, M Blount, K Brown, J Bremer). ------------------------------------------- TORONTO 23 18 19 25 - 85 BOSTON 27 17 23 23 - 90 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Toronto - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:24 2nd). Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 11:23 2nd; G Long, 1:48 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:19. Officials: Greg Willard, Pat Fraher, Ron Garretson.


Extended Box

TORONTO (85) AT BOSTON (90) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J WILLIAMS F 37 6-12 0-4 6 4 10 1 1 2 1 12 M PETERSON F 37 3-10 3-4 2 6 8 4 1 2 1 11 A DAVIS C 40 5-10 3-4 8 6 14 5 4 0 4 13 V CARTER G 34 5-18 6-6 1 3 4 2 4 0 2 18 A WILLIAMS G 33 5-14 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 11 R ALSTON 15 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 7 2 1 1 5 M BRADLEY 14 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 4 V LENARD 25 3-11 4-4 0 5 5 0 2 1 2 11 M BASTON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 30-82 18-24 18 28 46 21 20 6 13 85 (.366) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13 (9 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 41 9-28 4-6 4 7 11 9 1 0 5 22 E WILLIAMS F 29 6-12 6-6 1 3 4 1 2 3 0 18 T BATTIE C 17 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 1 0 6 K BROWN G 23 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 3 1 0 2 J BREMER G 36 7-10 1-2 0 6 6 5 1 1 1 20 M BLOUNT 23 4-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 8 T DELK 26 3-5 3-5 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 11 W MCCARTY 30 0-5 1-2 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 1 G LONG 15 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 34-76 15-21 11 29 40 22 19 9 8 90 (.447) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8 (10 PTS) TORONTO 23 18 19 25 - 85 BOSTON 27 17 23 23 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - M BRADLEY 3, A DAVIS, J WILLIAMS, V CARTER. BOSTON - G LONG, M BLOUNT, J BREMER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 7-16 (.438), M PETERSON 2-4, V CARTER 2- 6, A WILLIAMS 1-2, R ALSTON 1-2, V LENARD 1-2. BOSTON 7-18 (.389), A WALKER 0-4, K BROWN 0-2, J BREMER 5-7, T DELK 2-3, W MCCARTY 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: TORONTO - DEFENSIVE THREE. BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, G LONG. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, PAT FRAHER, RON GARRETSON. A - 18,624. T - 2:19.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics were missing Paul Pierce for the first time in more than three years. Fellow All-Star Antoine Walker had no problem picking up the slack. Walker collected 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and hit a key basket down the stretch as the Celtics edged the Toronto Raptors, 90-85 in the front end of a home-and-home series. Rookie J.R. Bremer added 20 points and Eric Williams 18 for the Celtics, who remained one-half game behind Philadelphia for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics had lost three of their previous five contests. "Without Paul being there, we didn't know what we were going to do in the full-court as far as scoring, but everybody stepped up," Williams said. Pierce, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, sat out the contest after slipping on a patch of ice at his home and straining his lower back. He had played in 257 straight games - the third-longest actice streak in the league - since missing a game at Orlando on January 26, 2000. "We needed everybody to step up tonight," said Bremer, who made 7-of-10 shots, including 5-of-7 from the arc. "And everybody did a great job stepping up. Luckily my shot came back tonight." "It was just one of those nights," Raptors forward Jerome Williams said. "They were trying to pound the ball down low in terms of getting Eric Williams the ball, (and) he did a great job for them. But Bremer was really able to step it up. He was able to make the open three and put pressure on the outside. So whenever you get into that continuity, with your offense going inside and out, it's going to be a tough night to play defense." The Celtics scored the last seven points of the third quarter and the first four of the fourth to take a 71-60 lead. They led by 12 points midway through the second half before Toronto closed to 87-85 on a 3-pointer by Alvin Williams with 38 seconds left. But Walker countered with a step-back jumper with 18 seconds to play, and after Voshon Lenard missed a jumper, Tony Delk capped the scoring by hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 14 seconds left. "Yeah, it was a big shot, but it was about team tonight," Walker said. "We wanted to get some movement on the offensive end, we wanted everybody to be aggressive. It is tough to make up 35 percent of our offense, which comes from Paul." Boston shot 45 percent (34-of-76) from the field and limited Toronto to 37 percent (30-of-82). The Raptors are just 2-20 when shooting below 40 percent. "I didn't think our intensity defensively was up to a high level, then it finally got there," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "But you've got to have that defensive intensity all game long, otherwise it takes all the energy out of you. Then that energy is going to be spent somewhere else. It came down to the end when we had some good looks, and couldn't convert." "We played great half-court defense," Eric Williams said. "We got our hands on the ball and that's what our team does. Paul was out and we knew we had to pick it up on the defensive end." Vince Carter scored 18 points but had just five after halftime for Toronto, which has lost four of six since a four-game winning streak. Antonio Davis added 13 points and 14 rebounds and Jerome Williams 12 and 10 for the Raptors, who host the Celtics at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday. Carter left the game with 1:27 remaining after Walker collided with the back of his neck as they dived on the floor for a loose ball. He did not return. "If (Vince) hadn't gotten hurt there, we had some momentum, and we score, then all of a sudden it's real different," Wilkens said. "It was a very tough point in the game to lose him." "The left side (of the neck) is sore," Carter said. "I just tried to get back up. The pain was so excruciating."


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