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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 27 18 15 19 79 NEW YORK 29 32 29 18 108 FINAL


Box Score

TORONTO (79) AT NEW YORK (108)

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

MCGRADY F 29 2-7 2-2 0 7 7 2 2 0 2 7 WALLACE F 21 3-11 4-4 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 10 CAMBY C 25 1-9 2-2 3 3 6 1 3 0 1 4 CHRISTIE G 25 6-10 1-2 1 6 7 2 3 2 5 14 BILLUPS G 30 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 3 WILLIAMS 25 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 SLATER 23 1-3 6-9 0 6 6 0 4 1 0 8 BROWN 25 3-12 4-4 1 5 6 4 1 2 1 11 TRENT 19 4-10 5-7 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 13 THOMAS 18 3-5 1-2 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 7 GARNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 25-76 25-32 9 32 41 12 21 8 14 79 (.329) (.781) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(22 PTS)

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

MILLS F 35 7-13 5-5 2 8 10 5 3 0 2 21 JOHNSON F 30 12-20 2-2 4 3 7 1 2 0 0 26 OAKLEY C 33 2-11 0-0 5 8 13 4 3 0 2 4 HOUSTON G 33 6-14 2-2 2 3 5 5 4 2 1 14 WARD G 28 4-9 0-0 0 5 5 4 0 5 2 9 STARKS 15 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 12 CHILDS 25 5-7 3-7 2 5 7 5 2 0 2 13 B WILLIAMS 23 2-6 1-1 2 2 4 0 2 0 3 5 H WILLIAMS 10 2-4 0-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 4 BOWIE 8 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 CUMMINGS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 45-96 13-19 20 39 59 25 19 8 13 108 (.469) (.684) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

TORONTO 27 18 15 19 - 79 NEW YORK 29 32 29 18 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CAMBY 2, WALLACE, CHRISTIE. NEW YORK - MILLS, OAKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 4-19 (.211), MCGRADY 1-3, CHRISTIE 1-3, BILLUPS 1-5, BROWN 1-7, TRENT 0-1. NEW YORK 5-9 (.556), MILLS 2-2, HOUSTON 0-2, WARD 1-1, STARKS 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:00.


Agate Box Score

TORONTO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 29 2-7 2-2 0-7 2 2 7 Wallace 21 3-11 4-4 2-2 0 0 10 Camby 25 1-9 2-2 3-6 1 3 4 Christie 25 6-10 1-2 1-7 2 3 14 Billups 30 1-7 0-0 0-3 2 2 3 Williams 25 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Slater 23 1-3 6-9 0-6 0 4 8 Brown 25 3-12 4-4 1-6 4 1 11 Trent 19 4-10 5-7 1-2 0 2 13 Thomas 18 3-5 1-2 1-1 0 3 7 Garner DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - strained lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-76 25-32 9-41 12 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.329, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Mcgrady 1-3, Christie 1-3, Billups 1-5, Brown 1-7, Trent 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Wallace, Christie). Turnovers: 14 (Christie 5, Mcgrady 2, Thomas 2, Billups, Brown, Camby, Trent, Wallace). Steals: 8 (Brown 2, Christie 2, Billups, Slater, Thomas, Trent).

NEW YORK (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 35 7-13 5-5 2-10 5 3 21 Johnson 30 12-20 2-2 4-7 1 2 26 Oakley 33 2-11 0-0 5-13 4 3 4 Houston 33 6-14 2-2 2-5 5 4 14 Ward 28 4-9 0-0 0-5 4 0 9 Starks 15 5-9 0-0 0-3 1 1 12 Childs 25 5-7 3-7 2-7 5 2 13 B Williams 23 2-6 1-1 2-4 0 2 5 H Williams 10 2-4 0-2 1-3 0 1 4 Bowie 8 0-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Cummings DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-96 13-19 20-59 25 19 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Mills 2-2, Houston 0-2, Ward 1-1, Starks 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Mills, Oakley). Turnovers: 14 (B Williams 3, Childs 2, Mills 2, Oakley 2, Ward 2, H Williams, Houston). Steals: 8 (Ward 5, Houston 2, H Williams). ____________________________________________ Toronto 27 18 15 19 - 79 New York 29 32 29 18 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:00. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson.


Game Recap

The New York Knicks clinched their 11th consecutive playoff berth, using three big spurts to rout the Toronto Raptors, 108-79, as Larry Johnson shook off a sprained ankle to score 26 points.

"If this wasn't a must game and we were more healthy, then I wouldn't have played," Johnson said. "Playing hurt is not a new thing to me. I have had continuous back problems and some nagging injuries. We really needed this one and I had to do what I had to do."

Relying on team defense and clutch scoring from Allan Houston, the Knicks (43-38) compensated for the absence of All-Star center Patrick Ewing, who suffered a dislocated wrist in late December and has not played since.

"Sometimes we look good, sometimes we look bad, throwing the ball all over the place," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "For the most part, this team has been a group for the last 55 games."

The Knicks are in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference bracket for the second time since 1991, one-half game ahead of the eighth-place New Jersey Nets. However, if the Knicks can win at Chicago on Saturday night, they can clinch seventh place and avoid the two-time defending champion Bulls in the first round.

Chris Mills added 21 points and 10 rebounds for New York, which had lost seven of its last nine games but found the right foe in Toronto (16-64). The Raptors did beat the Knicks earlier this season, but that is their only victory in 11 all-time meetings.

"Tonight we knew what we had to do," Mills said. "Tonight was a must game. If I had opportunities, I had to be a little selfish and take the shots."

Johnson, who has been bothered all season by a sprained left ankle, was considered doubtful for the last two games of the season. But he started despite the injury and shot 12-of-20 from the field, adding seven rebounds.

"I can't spring and push off," Johnson said. "Running straight is no problem. When I'm trying to slow down, stop, cut and jump, that's what I can't do right now. I was just trying not to think about it and go. I want to do what I can for the team."

"The thing I like about Larry, he has a tremendous responsibility to his team and his teammates and his coaches," Van Gundy said. "And just to go out there tonight and play as well as he did was terrific."

Former Knick Doug Christie scored 14 points and Gary Trent added 13 for Toronto, which has lost 14 of 15 overall.

"We were soft. We were absolutely, positively soft," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "We let the Knicks score 56 points in the paint. That is really inexcusable."

A layup by Christie gave the Raptors their last lead at 27-26 with 35 seconds left in the opening quarter, but Buck Williams had a three-point play to end the period and start an 8-0 burst. John Starks made a three-pointer and Johnson had a layup to give the Knicks a 34-27 advantage less than a minute into the second quarter.

Christie's drive cut the deficit to 45-39 with 6:24 left in the period, but Starks outscored Toronto for the rest of the first half, contributing seven to a 16-6 run that closed the quarter and gave the Knicks a 61-45 bulge. Johnson scored 17 points in the first 24 minutes.

"When Larry Johnson has two bad ankles and has his season average at halftime, we are exposed," Carter said. "We came to their turf and they took a stand and as a group we collectively ran."

Christie opened the second half with a hoop, but the Raptors went scoreless for four minutes as the Knicks put together a game-breaking 16-2 run. Houston scored six points and Johnson five, and a jumper by Houston capped it at 77-49 with 5:45 left in the third quarter.

A drive by Starks closed the third quarter and gave New York its largest lead at 90-58.

Houston scored 14 points, Chris Childs added 13 and Starks 12 for the Knicks, who shot 47 percent (45-of-96) from the field and held a huge 59-41 rebounding advantage. Charles Oakley pulled down 13 rebounds and New York made 5-of-9 three-pointers.

Dee Brown scored 11 points and former Knick John Wallace added 10 for the Raptors, who shot under 33 percent (25-of-76), including just 4-of-19 from behind the arc. Toronto had just 12 assists.

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