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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         25   15   12   34    86   
     TORONTO          32   18   21   24    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 24, SHANDON ANDERSON 14, 
                      KURT THOMAS 11
                TOR - VINCE CARTER 28, ALVIN WILLIAMS 17, 
                      MORRIS PETERSON 13

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, KURT THOMAS 9,
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 5
                TOR - MICHAEL BRADLEY 11, JELANI MCCOY 10, 
                      VINCE CARTER 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - CHARLIE WARD 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                TOR - VINCE CARTER 6, ALVIN WILLIAMS 5, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   19,800

Box Score

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 31 1-4 1-2 0-1 1 2 4 O Harrington 22 4-8 0-0 1-3 3 1 8 K Thomas 39 3-13 5-7 2-9 3 3 11 A Houston 44 9-23 1-1 0-5 0 1 24 H Eisley 25 2-4 4-4 0-1 3 2 9 C Ward 23 3-8 2-2 0-3 4 2 10 S Anderson 21 3-7 6-8 1-1 1 4 14 C Weatherspoon 26 1-3 0-1 3-10 1 0 2 M Doleac 9 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 2 4 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-72 21-27 7-34 16 17 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 11-27, .407 (L Sprewell 1-2, A Houston 5-10, H Eisley 1-3, C Ward 2-7, S Anderson 2-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (C Weatherspoon 3, C Ward). Turnovers:13 (H Eisley 4, A Houston 3, O Harrington 2, C Ward, M Doleac, L Sprewell, C Weatherspoon). Steals: 6 (C Ward 3, C Weatherspoon, K Thomas, S Anderson). TORONTO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Peterson 32 5-7 0-0 0-1 2 1 13 J Williams 27 0-1 1-2 1-7 1 6 1 M Bradley 40 6-11 0-2 2-11 2 4 12 V Carter 40 12-20 2-2 4-9 6 2 28 A Williams 32 6-11 4-8 0-5 5 3 17 R Alston 16 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 J McCoy 29 5-11 0-0 3-10 2 4 10 V Lenard 24 3-11 4-5 0-2 0 3 10 L Hunter DNP - SORE LOWER BACK A Davis DNP - GROIN INJURY M N'diaye DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Baston DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Jefferies DNP - ILLNESS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 11-19 10-47 20 24 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (M Peterson 3-3, V Carter 2-4, A Williams 1-3, R Alston 0-1, V Lenard 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (V Carter 3, M Bradley). Turnovers:14 (A Williams 3, V Carter 3, J McCoy 2, M Peterson 2, V Lenard, J Williams, M Bradley, R Alston). Steals: 7 (A Williams 2, V Carter 2, J Williams, R Alston, J McCoy). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 25 15 12 34 - 86 TORONTO 32 18 21 24 - 95 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:05. Officials: Anthony Jordan, Jack Nies, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (86) AT TORONTO (95) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 31 1-4 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 O HARRINGTON F 22 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 8 K THOMAS C 39 3-13 5-7 2 7 9 3 3 1 0 11 A HOUSTON G 44 9-23 1-1 0 5 5 0 1 0 3 24 H EISLEY G 25 2-4 4-4 0 1 1 3 2 0 4 9 C WARD 23 3-8 2-2 0 3 3 4 2 3 1 10 S ANDERSON 21 3-7 6-8 1 0 1 1 4 1 0 14 C WEATHERSPOON 26 1-3 0-1 3 7 10 1 0 1 1 2 M DOLEAC 9 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION F WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-72 21-27 7 27 34 16 17 6 13 86 (.375) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (15 PTS) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M PETERSON F 32 5-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 13 J WILLIAMS F 27 0-1 1-2 1 6 7 1 6 1 1 1 M BRADLEY C 40 6-11 0-2 2 9 11 2 4 0 1 12 V CARTER G 40 12-20 2-2 4 5 9 6 2 2 3 28 A WILLIAMS G 32 6-11 4-8 0 5 5 5 3 2 3 17 R ALSTON 16 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 4 J MCCOY 29 5-11 0-0 3 7 10 2 4 1 2 10 V LENARD 24 3-11 4-5 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 10 L HUNTER DNP - SORE LOWER BACK A DAVIS DNP - GROIN INJURY M N'DIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BASTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION C JEFFERIES DNP - ILLNESS TOTALS 240 39-77 11-19 10 37 47 20 24 7 14 95 (.506) (.579) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) NEW YORK 25 15 12 34 - 86 TORONTO 32 18 21 24 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON 3, C WARD. TORONTO - V CARTER 3, M BRADLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 11-27 (.407), L SPREWELL 1-2, A HOUSTON 5- 10, H EISLEY 1-3, C WARD 2-7, S ANDERSON 2-5. TORONTO 6-13 (.462), M PETERSON 3-3, V CARTER 2-4, A WILLIAMS 1-3, R ALSTON 0-1, V LENARD 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, JACK NIES, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,800. T - 2:05.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks lost again, and Lenny Wilkens still is not the NBA's losingest coach. Vince Carter scored 28 points and Alvin Williams had 12 of his 17 in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors dealt the playoff hopes of the New York Knicks another serious blow with a 95-86 victory. Allan Houston scored 24 points for the Knicks (32-42), who lost their third straight game. They are 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, three games behind the Washington Wizards for the eighth and final playoff berth. Washington plays at Denver on Sunday night. "I'm more disappointed than anything that we didn't fight for what was at stake," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "This was a big game and we didn't come up and fight. "I have no excuses to offer and our players don't have any excuses. We had to play for tonight and we didn't show up." The Knicks trailed by 19 points after three quarters but used a 16-5 run to cut the deficit to 78-74 on a 3-pointer by Houston with 6:19 left. But the Knicks had run out of gas. Carter followed with a basket and Williams stole a pass from Houston and went in for a layup to make it 82-74. New York got no closer than six points thereafter. "We made runs and every time they made runs, they hit big shots or got loose balls," said Knicks forward Othella Harrington, who scored eight points. "We needed this game and we lost it. We needed this game." Toronto won for just the third time in the last 13 games. Toronto coach Wilkens remained at 1,105 losses, one away from Bill Fitch's all-time record. Wilkens already is the NBA's all-time winningest coach with 1,290. The Knicks had no answer for Carter, who added nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks. "He defended, he made some big shots and then down the stretch he blocked a couple of shots and made it real difficult for Houston to get to the basket," Wilkens said. "He had a tremendous game, I thought." The Raptors led 50-40 at halftime and built the lead to 71-52 on a tip-in by Jelani McCoy and a layup by Carter in the final minute of the third quarter. Toronto snapped a seven-game losing streak against New York, which made just 3-of-15 shots in the third quarter. Kurt Thomas of the Knicks had nine rebounds but made just 3-of-13 shots and finished with 11 points. "I couldn't hit a shot out there," Thomas said. "We dug ourselves into a hole, but we fought back. At this point, you can't be in that situation." Latrell Sprewell scored just four points and did not play in the fourth quarter, when the Knicks made their late run. With Toronto's Antonio Davis sidelined due to a sore groin, Michael Bradley started at center and had 12 points and 11 rebounds. "He played really well," Carter said of Bradley. "His confidence on offense was there. It was a great all-around game. He's really communicating and letting everyone know where to be." McCoy also was effective in the middle, collecting 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks closed to 86-80 on a pair of free throws by Charlie Ward with 2:38 left. But Williams ended any chance of a another comeback with a 3-pointer. Carter made it a 10-point game with a fadeaway jumper with 1:39 to go. The Raptors shot a sizzling 59.5 percent in the first half with Morris Peterson and Bradley each scoring 13 points. "We know that they're vying for a playoff spot, but we're trying to get wins and finish the season strong," said Peterson, who had all of his points in the first half. "I feel good, especially (with beating) a rival trying to make a playoff run. That was in the back of our mind." Toronto took its biggest lead of the first half when a dunk by Carter with two minutes left made it 48-36.


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