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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 15 27 17 26 85 TORONTO 26 20 14 27 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 28, ROD STRICKLAND 16, JUWAN HOWARD 12 TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 22, VINCE CARTER 18, DOUG CHRISTIE 14


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (85) AT TORONTO (87)

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

HOWARD F 40 5-16 2-2 3 7 10 5 5 2 2 12 THORPE F 35 2-5 0-0 3 8 11 4 3 2 2 4 DAVIS C 12 4-6 2-3 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 10 RICHMOND G 41 8-21 10-11 1 3 4 3 3 2 4 28 STRICKLAND G 41 5-12 6-10 2 3 5 5 2 1 3 16 CHEANEY 27 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 10 LEGLER 8 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 MCINNIS 7 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 WALLACE 28 0-4 2-4 2 7 9 1 3 1 3 2 C WHITNEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 COKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-77 23-32 12 30 42 20 24 9 16 85 (.390) (.719) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 39 3-6 2-2 2 7 9 4 3 1 1 8 THOMAS F 26 1-5 0-0 3 5 8 2 4 1 0 2 K WILLIS C 35 7-14 8-8 5 6 11 1 4 0 0 22 CARTER G 38 8-17 2-4 0 1 1 4 1 1 2 18 CHRISTIE G 27 5-16 3-4 0 4 4 4 3 2 5 14 BROWN 31 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 4 2 11 MCGRADY 19 1-7 1-2 2 3 5 2 1 1 1 3 STEWART 6 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 WALLACE 14 2-7 3-4 1 1 2 2 2 0 4 7 A WILLIAMS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-83 21-26 14 31 45 22 22 10 15 87 (.373) (.808) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

WASHINGTON 15 27 17 26 - 85 TORONTO 26 20 14 27 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WALLACE 3, THORPE 2, RICHMOND 2, STRICKLAND 2. TORONTO - MCGRADY 3, K WILLIS 3, WALLACE 2, CARTER, OAKLEY, STEWART. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-11 (.182), RICHMOND 2-10, STRICKLAND 0-1. TORONTO 4-9 (.444), CHRISTIE 1-1, BROWN 3-8. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - K WILLIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, MARK WUNDERLICH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 18,929. T - 2:32.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 40 5-16 2-2 3-10 5 5 12 Thorpe 35 2-5 0-0 3-11 4 3 4 Davis 12 4-6 2-3 0-0 0 5 10 Richmond 41 8-21 10-11 1-4 3 3 28 Strickland 41 5-12 6-10 2-5 5 2 16 Cheaney 27 5-10 0-0 0-1 1 2 10 Legler 8 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Mcinnis 7 0-0 1-2 0-0 1 1 1 Wallace 28 0-4 2-4 2-9 1 3 2 C Whitney 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Coker DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 23-32 12-42 20 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Richmond 2-10, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 9 (Wallace 3, Thorpe 2, Richmond 2, Strickland 2). Turnovers: 17 (Richmond 4, Strickland 3, Wallace 3, Cheaney 2, Howard 2, Thorpe 2). Steals: 9 (Howard 2, Richmond 2, Thorpe 2, Cheaney, Strickland, Wallace).

TORONTO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 39 3-6 2-2 2-9 4 3 8 Thomas 26 1-5 0-0 3-8 2 4 2 K Willis 35 7-14 8-8 5-11 1 4 22 Carter 38 8-17 2-4 0-1 4 1 18 Christie 27 5-16 3-4 0-4 4 3 14 Brown 31 4-10 0-0 0-3 2 2 11 Mcgrady 19 1-7 1-2 2-5 2 1 3 Stewart 6 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Wallace 14 2-7 3-4 1-2 2 2 7 A Williams 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Marks DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-83 21-26 14-45 22 22 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Christie 1-1, Brown 3-8). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 11 (Mcgrady 3, K Willis 3, Wallace 2, Carter, Oakley, Stewart). Turnovers: 15 (Christie 5, Wallace 4, Brown 2, Carter 2, Mcgrady, Oakley). Steals: 10 (Brown 4, Christie 2, Carter, Mcgrady, Oakley, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Washington 15 27 17 26 - 85 Toronto 26 20 14 27 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (K Willis, 6:54 3rd; Illegal Defense, 5:56 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,929. T: 2:32. Officials: Hugh Evans, Mark Wunderlich, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Kevin Willis' follow shot with 18 seconds left and rookie Vince Carter's defense on Mitch Richmond in the final minute helped the Toronto Raptors pull out an 87-85 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Richmond drilled a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to give Washington its first lead since the first quarter, 83-82. But the Raptors could have trailed by even more if not for Carter's strip of Richmond on the prior possession as the Wizards guard tried to drive to the basket.

"Today I had the opportunity to show my defense," Carter said. "I just stayed in front of him, played good defense and that's the bottom line. He's tough and he has a knack for scoring. I just wanted to stay in front of him and make him shoot over my head."

Doug Christie missed a short baseline jumper for the Raptors, but Willis grabbed his 11th rebound of the game and put up a floater that fell through to put Toronto back on top.

"I watched the flight of the ball and I positioned myself to get the ball and put the ball back up," Willis said. "I was in the right place at the right time."

The Wizards again put the ball in the hands of Richmond, who scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. Unable to drive past Carter, Richmond lofted a shot from the right wing that missed the rim with 10 seconds left.

"My release wasn't right," Richmond said. "Carter jumped so high in front of me."

"The most important thing about Vince is how he can perform 1-on-1," said Toronto coach Butch Carter. "To beat Washington, Vince has to guard Mitch Richmond."

Christie made two free throws, pushing Toronto's advantage to three points, and Butch Carter had his team foul Rod Strickland before Washington could attempt a tying 3-pointer. Strickland made both free throws with 4.8 seconds to play and Christie was sent back to the line.

He made the first of his two attempts and the ball was knocked out of bounds with four-tenths of a second left. Otis Thorpe's desperation inbounds pass was intercepted as the Raptors held on.

Willis scored 22 points, Vince Carter 18 and Christie 14 for the Raptors, who tied a team record with their fifth straight win. Toronto also won its eighth straight at the Air Canada Centre, improving to 10-2 overall at the new arena.

"Every game counts and we don't underestimate anybody," Vince Carter said.

The Raptors scored only 14 points in the third quarter but led 60-59 entering the final period. They scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, taking an eight-point advantage when Tracy McGrady made the first of two free throws with 9:41 left.

But that was as big as the lead got as the Wizards hung around, thanks to Richmond. He scored 10 of Washington's next 12 points and drove for a layup with just over six minutes left that cut the deficit to 73-69.

Vince Carter netted six of Toronto's next seven points, but Calbert Cheaney hit two baskets to keep Washington close and it was 79-76 with 3:22 to play after Richmond drained a 3-pointer from the right wing. Carter made the second of two free throws, but Otis Thorpe scored on a tip-in and Richmond's fallaway forced an 80-80 tie with 1:41 left.

Charles Oakley made two free throws as Toronto regained the lead, but Richmond, only 2-of-10 from beyond the arc, drilled a 3-pointer to make it 83-82.

"It was a well-fought game," Richmond said. "Every time we made a run, they matched it. We came back and gave ourselves opportunities to win. The ball didn't bounce our way."

Richmond finished 8-of-21 from the floor and contributed four rebounds and three assists for the Wizards, who connected on 39 percent (30-of-77) from 3-point range and were 23-of-32 from the foul line. Thorpe had 11 rebounds and Juwan Howard 10 to go with 12 points for Washington.

"We shot 32 percent in the first half and we were down by four," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "We felt good. Our Achilles' heel was making a couple of stops. Mitch Richmond and Rod Strickland did it again. But we couldn't get possession. That was the difference in my opinion. It was possessions down the stretch."

The Raptors overcame a 37 percent (31-of-83) shooting performance by holding a 45-42 rebounding advantage, scoring 16 second-chance points off 14 offensive boards and going 21-of-26 from the foul line.

"I was concerned about keeping Washington off the sideline and getting us to the foul line," Butch Carter said. "The good part is when Vince makes plays. Then that leaves someone loose. We were able to use Vince as a decoy today."

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