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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     TORONTO          24   21   25   28    98   
     MIAMI            22   33   25   27    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   TOR - VINCE CARTER 30, ALVIN WILLIAMS 15, 
                      JELANI MCCOY 10
                MIA - CARON BUTLER 22, MALIK ALLEN 18, RASUAL 
                      BUTLER 18

HIGH REBOUND:   TOR - JEROME WILLIAMS 9, MAMADOU N'DIAYE 7, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 6
                MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, VLADIMIR STEPANIA 9, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

HIGH ASSISTS:   TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 7, RAFER ALSTON 4, VINCE 
                      CARTER 2
                MIA - TRAVIS BEST 8, ANTHONY CARTER 6, CARON 
                      BUTLER 3

         ATT:   14,492

Box Score

TORONTO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Williams 19 3-5 1-3 3-9 0 2 7 C Jefferies 17 3-6 0-0 0-0 0 2 8 M N'diaye 26 4-6 0-2 1-7 0 3 8 A Williams 35 5-9 4-4 0-2 7 2 15 V Carter 35 13-23 4-6 2-6 2 1 30 M Peterson 28 3-9 0-0 1-2 1 3 6 M Bradley 29 4-5 0-3 3-6 1 0 8 R Alston 13 0-4 0-0 0-1 4 0 0 V Lenard 17 3-10 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 J McCoy 21 4-5 2-2 1-4 1 1 10 L Hunter DNP - SORE BACK A Davis DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE M Baston DNP - PERSONAL REASONS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-82 11-20 11-38 17 16 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.512, FT-.550. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (C Jefferies 2-2, A Williams 1-3, V Carter 0-2, M Peterson 0-1, V Lenard 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (J McCoy, V Carter, C Jefferies). Turnovers:18 (J Williams 3, M Peterson 3, C Jefferies 3, V Lenard 2, J McCoy 2, V Carter 2, A Williams, M Bradley, M N'diaye). Steals: 7 (J Williams 2, A Williams, V Carter, M N'diaye, M Peterson, C Jefferies). MIAMI (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 34 8-15 5-6 0-3 3 5 22 B Grant 24 5-8 2-2 2-10 2 4 12 V Stepania 24 1-4 0-2 2-9 1 4 2 A Carter 26 0-3 0-0 0-3 6 3 0 R Butler 31 7-13 0-0 0-2 2 1 18 M Allen 26 9-15 0-0 1-2 0 0 18 M James 11 2-2 1-2 0-1 2 0 6 S Lampley 20 4-7 3-4 0-2 2 3 11 T Best 22 3-6 3-3 0-2 8 1 9 K Johnson 15 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 L Ellis 7 2-4 1-2 0-1 0 0 5 E House DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 15-21 5-36 26 22 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (C Butler 1-2, R Butler 4-8, M James 1-1, S Lampley 0-1, T Best 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (M Allen, R Butler, K Johnson). Turnovers:13 (A Carter 3, T Best 2, C Butler 2, R Butler 2, B Grant, M James, S Lampley, V Stepania). Steals: 8 (T Best 2, R Butler 2, C Butler 2, M James, M Allen). ------------------------------------------- TORONTO 24 21 25 28 - 98 MIAMI 22 33 25 27 - 107 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Toronto - 2 (Defensive Three, 5:10 3rd; V Lenard, 10:24 4th). Miami - 1 (COACH Riley, 7:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,492. T: 2:08. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Ed Malloy, Joe Derosa.


Extended Box

TORONTO (98) AT MIAMI (107) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J WILLIAMS F 19 3-5 1-3 3 6 9 0 2 2 3 7 C JEFFERIES F 17 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 8 M N'DIAYE C 26 4-6 0-2 1 6 7 0 3 1 1 8 A WILLIAMS G 35 5-9 4-4 0 2 2 7 2 1 1 15 V CARTER G 35 13-23 4-6 2 4 6 2 1 1 2 30 M PETERSON 28 3-9 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 3 6 M BRADLEY 29 4-5 0-3 3 3 6 1 0 0 1 8 R ALSTON 13 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 V LENARD 17 3-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 6 J MCCOY 21 4-5 2-2 1 3 4 1 1 0 2 10 L HUNTER DNP - SORE BACK A DAVIS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE M BASTON DNP - PERSONAL REASONS TOTALS 240 42-82 11-20 11 27 38 17 16 7 18 98 (.512) (.550) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20 (18 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 34 8-15 5-6 0 3 3 3 5 2 2 22 B GRANT F 24 5-8 2-2 2 8 10 2 4 0 1 12 V STEPANIA C 24 1-4 0-2 2 7 9 1 4 0 1 2 A CARTER G 26 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 6 3 0 3 0 R BUTLER G 31 7-13 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 18 M ALLEN 26 9-15 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 18 M JAMES 11 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 6 S LAMPLEY 20 4-7 3-4 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 11 T BEST 22 3-6 3-3 0 2 2 8 1 2 2 9 K JOHNSON 15 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 L ELLIS 7 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 E HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 43-80 15-21 5 31 36 26 22 8 13 107 (.538) (.714) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) TORONTO 24 21 25 28 - 98 MIAMI 22 33 25 27 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - J MCCOY, V CARTER, C JEFFERIES. MIAMI - M ALLEN, R BUTLER, K JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-10 (.300), C JEFFERIES 2-2, A WILLIAMS 1- 3, V CARTER 0-2, M PETERSON 0-1, V LENARD 0-2. MIAMI 6-13 (.462), C BUTLER 1- 2, R BUTLER 4-8, M JAMES 1-1, S LAMPLEY 0-1, T BEST 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: TORONTO - DEFENSIVE THREE, V LENARD. MIAMI - COACH RILEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, ED MALLOY, JOE DEROSA. A - 14,492. T - 2:08.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Caron Butler scored 22 points and fellow rookie Rasual Butler added 18 as the Miami Heat snapped a six-game home losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Malik Allen contributed 18 points off the bench and Brian Grant had 12 and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who halted a four-game overall with just their second win in 10 contests. "Of all the things that have gone wrong this year, the inability to at least play .500 at home or to be more consistent at home, to raise the level of energy or effort at home regardless of who comes in, that's been the disappointing thing," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "Somewhere along the way, we have to try to get back home-court advantage. This building has not been one that has been intimidating to anyone. It used to be. We'd always win 30 to 33 games at home, but it has been difficult for us." Vince Carter scored 30 points, but Toronto dropped its sixth straight road game. The Raptors played without starting center Antonio Davis, who suffered a bruised right knee in Wednesday's win over Atlanta. "Our big stud, Antonio, was out tonight," Carter said. "He brings a presence, so I wasn't too sure how they were going to play our low post game defensively." Miami tied a season high with 33 points in the second quarter and took a 55-45 lead into halftime. The Heat still owned a 10-point cushion after the third period but held off a late charge by the Raptors for their first home win since a 93-83 triumph over Washington on March 4. "We never recovered from that (second quarter)," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkins said. "Overall, we did not play that badly, but when you put yourself in a hole, it is difficult to get out." The Raptors committed eight of their 20 turnovers in the second period. "Turnovers definitely hurt us tonight," said forward Jerome Williams, who had nine rebounds and seven points in 19 minutes. "You have to take care of the ball throughout the game. We were careless in the post at times and they took advantage of slapping at the ball." Caron Butler's driving layup gave Miami a 93-74 lead with 8:08 left in the fourth, but Toronto closed within five points on a 3-pointer by Carter with 2:01 to go. But Chris Jeffries was called for charging moments later, effectively ending the comeback attempt. "The foul at the end was a momentum-killer," Wilkens said. "We had the momentum really going. We made a steal and got the ball back. That call really hurt us." Rasual Butler hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to push the Heat's advantage to 10 points in the final minute. "When I was on the bench you could see that they were gaining a little bit of momentum, I knew the game wasn't over," Rasual Butler said. "It's not my job to shoot the ball, but I got a couple good looks. We were confident in our game and we just came out to get a win." "Just a good win for us," Riley added. "I thought we played well from the standpoint of energy and running. We probably had as many points as we've had all year in transition and opened up the lead. Got a little careless and Vince tried to take over, but we made some plays at the end to solidify the win." Rookie Sean Lampley scored 11 points and Travis Best had nine and eight assists as Miami received a season-high 53 points from its reserves. The Heat shot 54 percent (43-of-80) from the field, including 8-of-13 from 3-point range. Alvin Williams collected 15 points and Jelani McCoy chipped in 10 for the Raptors, who clicked at 51 percent (42-of-82) from the field.


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