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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 30 27 22 103 BOSTON 24 23 23 22 92 FINAL


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TORONTO (103) AT BOSTON (92)

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

CARTER F 31 5-11 6-8 1 2 3 2 3 2 1 16 OAKLEY F 38 1-7 2-2 2 7 9 4 4 1 0 4 K WILLIS C 40 11-21 6-7 5 11 16 2 5 1 5 28 CHRISTIE G 37 8-20 8-8 3 4 7 1 2 2 1 27 A WILLIAMS G 31 2-6 0-0 3 1 4 6 3 3 1 4 BROWN 32 3-13 1-2 0 3 3 2 2 2 1 7 SLATER 18 1-4 2-2 3 2 5 0 4 0 3 4 MCGRADY 13 4-7 5-6 5 2 7 0 0 1 3 13 BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CUNNINGHAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 30-35 22 32 54 17 23 12 15 103 (.393) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

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

WALKER F 41 9-18 3-5 2 5 7 1 3 0 3 21 PIERCE F 39 7-14 3-6 0 9 9 5 4 2 1 19 BATTIE C 19 2-2 3-4 1 1 2 1 6 0 2 7 MERCER G 22 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 ANDERSON G 32 3-11 2-2 0 4 4 7 0 1 1 8 RILEY 27 4-7 1-2 5 6 11 1 1 0 3 9 BOWEN 18 1-3 0-2 2 0 2 2 4 1 2 3 BARROS 16 5-9 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 2 3 13 MCCARTY 7 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 MINOR 9 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 5 SCHINTZIUS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 GARNETT 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 DECLERCQ DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 14-23 13 27 40 20 25 6 19 92 (.432) (.609) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(25 PTS)

TORONTO 24 30 27 22 - 103 BOSTON 24 23 23 22 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CARTER, OAKLEY, CHRISTIE, MCGRADY. BOSTON - PIERCE 4, MERCER 2, RILEY, SCHINTZIUS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-10 (.300), CARTER 0-1, K WILLIS 0-1, CHRISTIE 3-6, BROWN 0-2. BOSTON 8-17 (.471), PIERCE 2-4, ANDERSON 0-2, BOWEN 1-3, BARROS 3-3, MCCARTY 0-1, MINOR 1-2, GARNETT 1-2. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - CHRISTIE, OAKLEY, BOSTON - ANDERSON, BARROS. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 17,892. T - 2:19.


Box Score

TORONTO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 31 5-11 6-8 1-3 2 3 16 Oakley 38 1-7 2-2 2-9 4 4 4 K Willis 40 11-21 6-7 5-16 2 5 28 Christie 37 8-20 8-8 3-7 1 2 27 A Williams 31 2-6 0-0 3-4 6 3 4 Brown 32 3-13 1-2 0-3 2 2 7 Slater 18 1-4 2-2 3-5 0 4 4 Mcgrady 13 4-7 5-6 5-7 0 0 13 Baker DNP - coach's decision Cunningham DNP - coach's decision Marks DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 30-35 22-54 17 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Carter 0-1, K Willis 0-1, Christie 3-6, Brown 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Carter, Oakley, Christie, Mcgrady). Turnovers: 16 (K Willis 5, Mcgrady 3, Slater 3, A Williams, Brown, Carter, Christie). Steals: 12 (A Williams 3, Brown 2, Carter 2, Christie 2, K Willis, Mcgrady, Oakley).

BOSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 41 9-18 3-5 2-7 1 3 21 Pierce 39 7-14 3-6 0-9 5 4 19 Battie 19 2-2 3-4 1-2 1 6 7 Mercer 22 2-8 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 Anderson 32 3-11 2-2 0-4 7 0 8 Riley 27 4-7 1-2 5-11 1 1 9 Bowen 18 1-3 0-2 2-2 2 4 3 Barros 16 5-9 0-0 1-1 2 0 13 Mccarty 7 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Minor 9 1-4 2-2 1-2 0 2 5 Schintzius 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Garnett 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Declercq DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 14-23 13-40 20 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Pierce 2-4, Anderson 0-2, Bowen 1-3, Barros 3-3, Mccarty 0-1, Minor 1-2, Garnett 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Pierce 4, Mercer 2, Riley, Schintzius). Turnovers: 20 (Barros 3, Riley 3, Walker 3, Battie 2, Bowen 2, Anderson, Garnett, Mccarty, Minor, Pierce, Schintzius). Steals: 6 (Barros 2, Pierce 2, Anderson, Bowen). ____________________________________________ Toronto 24 30 27 22 - 103 Boston 24 23 23 22 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (Christie, 7:33 3rd; Oakley, 11:08 4th). Boston 2 (Anderson, 7:33 3rd; Barros, 11:08 4th). Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (A Williams, 10:30 4th). A: 17,892. T: 2:19. Officials: Joe Crawford, George Toliver, Scott Foster.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Kevin Willis was acquired in the offseason to provide veteran leadership. It took him one game to lead the Toronto Raptors to victory.

Willis paid immediate dividends, collecting 28 points and 16 rebounds, as the Raptors surprised the Boston Celtics, 103-92, in the season opener for both teams.

Boston defeated Toronto in all three meetings last year and handled the Raptors twice in the preseason by a combined 39 points.

"I wasn't at all concerned last week about how hard we would play tonight," Willis said. "The big concern was how would we come together. We told the team this week not to worry about the scores (during the preseason). Tonight we showed why. Our transition game was very strong."

Doug Christie added 27 points for Toronto, which is rebuilding after a nightmare 1997-98 campaign. The Raptors went through an ownership change, saw general manager Isiah Thomas and star point guard Damon Stoudamire depart and endured a 16-66 record, the worst in the Eastern Conference.

"I got myself open in the third quarter and started knocking down some shots," Christie said. "That was good for my confidence. We had a good inside-outside game going in that second half and our transition game really got us going."

Boston's Antoine Walker scored 21 points but just four in the second half. Rookie Paul Pierce tallied 17 of his 19 in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter.

Trailing 32-29 early in the second period, Toronto took control with a 25-9 run, opening a 54-41 lead on Alvin Williams' layup with 1:32 remaining. Greg Minor and Dana Barros hit consecutive three-pointers in the final 30 seconds to bring the Celtics within 54-47 at the half.

After Toronto scored the first five points of the second half, Pierce made two straight three-pointers to cut Toronto's lead to 62-55 with 8:44 left in the third quarter. But Willis got free for a pair of dunks and a layup, pushing the advantage to 68-56 with 7:55 remaining in the period.

The Celtics, one of the better conditioned teams in the league last season, got no closer than seven points in the final quarter.

"We had a real strong presence inside," said Toronto forward Charles Oakley, who scored just four points in his Raptors' debut. "Kevin and I stressed all week about the importance of maintaining your cool and not worrying about preseason and focusing on the regular season."

The Raptors shot just 34 percent in the first half, including 0-of-5 from three-point range, but made 20-of-22 foul shots and converted 11 Boston turnovers into 16 points. Toronto finished 30-of-35 from the line and outrebounded the Celtics, 54-40.

Toronto outscored Boston, 52-34, in the paint and 21-3 in fast-break points.

"Obviously, they outworked us inside," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "They had a clear advantage there. Unfortunately, they also beat us down the court."

"We didn't have too many second-chance opportunities," Walker added. "We have to do a better job tomorrow. Fortunately, we don't have too long to think about this one."

Rookie Vince Carter added 16 points for the Raptors, while Tracy McGrady contributed 13 off the bench.

Boston made a number of runs in the second half, pulling within 87-80 on Walker's jumper with 7:16 left. But Toronto put the contest away with a 10-0 run, opening a 97-80 cushion on Christie's three-pointer with 4:52 remaining.

Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach and coach Rick Pitino addressed the crowd in pregame comments. Boston players were booed off the court by the fans who remained until the end.

Center Dwayne Schintzius, signed by Boston as a free agent, made a fashion statement with dyed blond hair, a clear green mask and tattoos on both arms.

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