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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 16 22 20 24 82 TORONTO 28 22 29 18 97 FINAL


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PHILADELPHIA (82) AT TORONTO (97)

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

LYNCH F 32 1-8 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 3 2 2 RATLIFF F 28 5-9 2-2 2 2 4 0 5 0 1 12 GEIGER C 46 9-14 2-2 4 5 9 2 4 1 2 20 MCKIE G 32 3-11 3-4 1 2 3 6 0 3 3 9 SNOW G 34 5-10 7-10 0 2 2 5 4 2 4 17 GRANT 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HONEYCUTT 10 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 6 HUGHES 30 4-11 1-2 4 2 6 1 2 1 4 10 MOHAMMED 7 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 2 2 OVERTON 12 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 HILL DNP - FRACTURED TOE IVERSON DNP - BRUISED RIGHT THIGH

TOTALS 240 32-82 15-20 18 17 35 16 18 12 19 82 (.390) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

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

CARTER F 30 7-11 6-6 1 2 3 2 5 2 1 20 OAKLEY F 32 3-3 0-0 0 6 6 4 0 3 4 6 K WILLIS C 40 5-11 4-4 3 8 11 4 4 0 3 14 CHRISTIE G 36 7-13 4-4 1 3 4 4 4 3 5 22 A WILLIAMS G 32 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 2 3 7 BROWN 25 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 14 MCGRADY 24 4-5 1-2 1 5 6 3 1 1 2 9 STEWART 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WALLACE 10 2-6 1-2 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 5 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-66 16-18 7 28 35 23 19 12 20 97 (.545) (.889) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22(17 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 16 22 20 24 - 82 TORONTO 28 22 29 18 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER 2, LYNCH, RATLIFF. TORONTO - CARTER 3, CHRISTIE 2, MCGRADY 2, K WILLIS 2, OAKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-10 (.300), LYNCH 0-1, MCKIE 0-2, HONEYCUTT 2-4, HUGHES 1-2, OVERTON 0-1. TORONTO 9-16 (.563), CHRISTIE 4-7, A WILLIAMS 1-2, BROWN 4-7. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, KEN MAUER, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 18,462. T - 2:06.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 32 1-8 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 Ratliff 28 5-9 2-2 2-4 0 5 12 Geiger 46 9-14 2-2 4-9 2 4 20 Mckie 32 3-11 3-4 1-3 6 0 9 Snow 34 5-10 7-10 0-2 5 4 17 Grant 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Honeycutt 10 2-7 0-0 2-4 1 1 6 Hughes 30 4-11 1-2 4-6 1 2 10 Mohammed 7 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Overton 12 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Hill DNP - fractured toe Iverson DNP - bruised right thigh _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-82 15-20 18-35 16 18 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Lynch 0-1, Mckie 0-2, Honeycutt 2-4, Hughes 1-2, Overton 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Geiger 2, Lynch, Ratliff). Turnovers: 19 (Hughes 4, Snow 4, Mckie 3, Geiger 2, Lynch 2, Mohammed 2, Honeycutt, Ratliff). Steals: 12 (Lynch 3, Mckie 3, Snow 2, Geiger, Honeycutt, Hughes, Overton).

TORONTO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 30 7-11 6-6 1-3 2 5 20 Oakley 32 3-3 0-0 0-6 4 0 6 K Willis 40 5-11 4-4 3-11 4 4 14 Christie 36 7-13 4-4 1-4 4 4 22 A Williams 32 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 1 7 Brown 25 5-9 0-0 0-2 2 2 14 Mcgrady 24 4-5 1-2 1-6 3 1 9 Stewart 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wallace 10 2-6 1-2 1-2 2 2 5 Marks DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-66 16-18 7-35 23 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.545, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Christie 4-7, A Williams 1-2, Brown 4-7). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Carter 3, Christie 2, Mcgrady 2, K Willis 2, Oakley). Turnovers: 22 (Christie 5, Oakley 4, A Williams 3, K Willis 3, Brown 2, Mcgrady 2, Carter). Steals: 12 (Christie 3, Oakley 3, A Williams 2, Carter 2, Brown, Mcgrady). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 16 22 20 24 - 82 Toronto 28 22 29 18 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,462. T: 2:06. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ken Mauer, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Raptors recorded a team-record sixth consecutive win and their ninth straight at the Air Canada Centre, taking advantage of Allen Iverson's absence to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, 97-82.

The Raptors (18-14), who have won 12 of their last 14, are four games over .500 for the first time in team history. If the season ended today, they would make the playoffs for the first time as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They are one-half game ahead of New York.

"You want to get as far above .500 as you can and it's important for us to play well," said Toronto coach Butch Carter. "I try to warn them of the fine line between confidence and cockiness. I don't care about the (playoff) spot. That's irrelevant. You have to look to stay within your parameters."

Toronto's nine-game winning streak in the new arena is the best home run in club history. The Raptors are 11-2 overall at the venue.

"The goal is to establish a homecourt atmosphere," added Carter. "We still have to face them two more times. I'm glad we got a win."

Playing without Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, the 76ers trailed by 21 points in the opening moments of the second half, by as many as 26 in the fourth quarter and lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Iverson did not make the trip because of a quadricep contusion, but there remains some question surrounding the injury. After sitting on the bench for most of the first half of Friday's loss to Cleveland, Iverson was about to check in when he exchanged words with coach Larry Brown. Iverson immediately went back to the bench, where he stayed for the rest of the contest.

"We missed Allen Iverson and Tyrone Hill (toe fracture) both," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "I didn't approach tonight's game any different without Iverson."

Doug Christie scored 22 points and drilled a 3-pointer with 8:17 left in the third quarter that gave Toronto a 59-38 advantage. Philadelphia got within 86-73 midway through the fourth, but the Raptors scored six of the next eight points to put away the contest.

Matt Geiger netted 20 points and Eric Snow added a career-high 17 in Iverson's absence for Philadelphia.

"Toronto is a much better team than in the past," Geiger said. "We've got our work cut out ahead to keep up to them from the playoffs. Win or lose, they are all playoff games from here on in. It's do or die. Two weeks ago we were in fourth or fifth place and now we're in eighth or ninth. We've got to look in side ourselves."

Toronto built a 28-16 advantage after 12 minutes and led by 16 in the early moments of the second quarter. The 76ers slowly fought back and were within 48-38 when Larry Hughes connected on a 3-pointer with 1:40 left in the half. But John Wallace's running jumper began an 11-0 run that continued after the break.

Alvin Williams began the scoring in the second half with a 22-foot jumper, Kevin Willis followed with a 12-footer and Charles Oakley, playing in his 1000th career game, added a jumper from 20 feet. Christie capped the spurt with his 3-pointer and the Raptors had complete control of the game.

"We're just glad to get the win. It's just one more than 999," Oakley said of his historic night. "We'll just keep going and see what happens next. I'm just glad we're playing well."

Toronto's biggest lead of the game came with 10:42 remaining, when Tracy McGrady threw down a dunk to make it 86-60. But the 76ers scored the next 13 points and fought within 13 points when Snow connected on a pair of free throws.

Vince Carter hit a 13-foot jumper for Toronto, and after a layup by Snow, Carter hit two free throws and Christie nailed a jumper to push the lead to 92-75 with 4:41 and the Raptors cruised down the stretch.

"Sometimes you have to utilize your options," Vince Carter said. "If they double-team, we kick it out to our shooters. We settled down, played good defense and gave them only one shot. We're getting other teams' respect and you know they will have to play good to beat us, especially at home."

Willis had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Dee Brown contributed 14 points for Toronto, which shot 55 percent (36-of-66) and was 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. The teams fought to a 35-35 tie but the Raptors turned 19 Philadelphia turnovers into 21 points.

Geiger had nine rebounds and Theo Ratliff scored 12 points for the 76ers, who connected on just 39 percent (32-of-82) of their field goals.

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