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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 27 18 25 23 93 NEW YORK 13 20 29 28 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 21, KEVIN WILLIS 17, DOUG CHRISTIE 15 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 17, LARRY JOHNSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, LATRELL SPREWELL 6

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 6, VINCE CARTER 5 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

TORONTO (93) AT NEW YORK (90)

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

CARTER F 35 6-15 7-9 1 5 6 5 3 2 1 21 OAKLEY F 34 5-5 2-2 3 4 7 6 5 1 4 12 K WILLIS C 36 6-10 5-7 3 7 10 2 2 0 3 17 CHRISTIE G 37 5-13 5-6 1 3 4 4 3 0 2 15 A WILLIAMS G 21 3-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 7 BROWN 29 2-9 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 1 2 6 MCGRADY 10 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 2 THOMAS 22 2-2 0-0 1 6 7 0 3 0 2 4 WALLACE 16 3-5 3-4 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-67 23-30 12 26 38 24 20 5 16 93 (.493) (.767) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 29 6-9 2-2 3 1 4 2 5 1 1 15 THOMAS F 22 4-6 2-5 3 0 3 1 4 0 1 10 EWING C 37 4-12 6-8 1 8 9 1 3 0 2 14 HOUSTON G 40 5-14 5-6 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 17 WARD G 29 1-5 1-2 0 3 3 6 2 1 0 4 CAMBY 20 0-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 3 1 0 CHILDS 20 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 5 DUDLEY 5 1-2 1-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 SPREWELL 38 10-19 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 2 1 22 B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 19-27 13 21 34 17 24 7 10 90 (.429) (.704) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

TORONTO 27 18 25 23 - 93 NEW YORK 13 20 29 28 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - K WILLIS 2, THOMAS. NEW YORK - EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 4-14 (.286), CARTER 2-2, CHRISTIE 0-3, BROWN 2-9. NEW YORK 5-18 (.278), JOHNSON 1-3, HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 1-5, CHILDS 1-3, SPREWELL 0-4. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, RON OLESIAK, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,763. T - 2:25.


Box Score

TORONTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 35 6-15 7-9 1-6 5 3 21 Oakley 34 5-5 2-2 3-7 6 5 12 K Willis 36 6-10 5-7 3-10 2 2 17 Christie 37 5-13 5-6 1-4 4 3 15 A Williams 21 3-4 1-2 0-0 2 3 7 Brown 29 2-9 0-0 1-1 3 0 6 Mcgrady 10 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Thomas 22 2-2 0-0 1-7 0 3 4 Wallace 16 3-5 3-4 1-1 1 1 9 Marks DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-67 23-30 12-38 24 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Carter 2-2, Christie 0-3, Brown 2-9). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (K Willis 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Oakley 4, K Willis 3, Brown 2, Christie 2, Thomas 2, A Williams, Carter, Mcgrady). Steals: 5 (Carter 2, Brown, Mcgrady, Oakley).

NEW YORK (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 29 6-9 2-2 3-4 2 5 15 Thomas 22 4-6 2-5 3-3 1 4 10 Ewing 37 4-12 6-8 1-9 1 3 14 Houston 40 5-14 5-6 0-3 3 1 17 Ward 29 1-5 1-2 0-3 6 2 4 Camby 20 0-5 0-0 3-4 0 3 0 Childs 20 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 Dudley 5 1-2 1-2 2-2 0 1 3 Sprewell 38 10-19 2-2 1-6 1 3 22 B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 19-27 13-34 17 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Johnson 1-3, Houston 2-3, Ward 1-5, Childs 1-3, Sprewell 0-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Ewing). Turnovers: 11 (Childs 2, Ewing 2, Houston 2, Camby, Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Camby 3, Sprewell 2, Johnson, Ward). ____________________________________________ Toronto 27 18 25 23 - 93 New York 13 20 29 28 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:25. Officials: Hugh Evans, Ron Olesiak, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Rookie sensation Vince Carter scored 21 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final 71 seconds, as the Toronto Raptors snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a crucial 93-90 victory over the slumping New York Knicks.

The Raptors nearly squandered a 21-point second-quarter lead but Carter would not allow them. After a free throw by Patrick Ewing pulled the Knicks within 84-81, Carter drilled a 3-pointer with 1:11 to go.

Allan Houston responded with a 3-pointer to halve the deficit, but Carter made another 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play. Known more for his high-flying drives and dunks, Carter was just 12-of-44 from beyond the arc before tonight.

"They were open. So I just took it," Carter said. "I have a lot of confidence in myself. I might not be the greatest 3-point shooter but it was open. After the first one went down, I felt really good taking the second one."

New York's Chris Childs sank a 3-pointer but Kevin Willis sealed it with two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.

Willis had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors (19-20), who won for the first time since April 4 against Philadelphia. Toronto remained tied with Charlotte and moved within one game of New York (21-20), which is ninth in the Eastern Conference.

"The team played together and did a very good job when the double-team came," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "They found the open guy and it is amazing when you are doing that, the guys start to get comfortable when the ball is swung to the weak side and we make the open shot."

The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, which the Raptors never have done and the Knicks have not failed to do since 1987. Should the teams finish tied for the eighth spot, the Raptors would get it because they took two of three games from New York this season.

"There's definitely a sense of urgency," said Ewing, who had 14 points and nine rebounds. "We have nine games left and we have to win the majority if we hope to be in the playoffs. We have to play better. We have to play the way we are capable of playing.

"That's the frustration about this season. We feel we have the people to beat any team, but we are not performing to that level. Forget the talking, we just have to go out there and get the job done."

Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points off the bench and Houston added 17 for the Knicks, who dug themselves an early hole and never quite got out of it. New York has lost three in a row.

"Our start was inexcusable," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We played from behind the whole game. And coming off last night, that's what we talked about. We can't have a hangover or a carryover going into the game. But we obviously did."

Carter and former Knick Charles Oakley scored six points apiece in the first period as Toronto raced to a 27-13 lead. The Raptors shot 61 percent (11-of-18) from the field while holding the Knicks to 25 percent (5-of-20).

"I have no explanation," Ewing added. "We didn't come out with the fire that we need."

A 3-pointer by Dee Brown capped a 7-0 burst that opened the second quarter and gave Toronto its largest lead at 34-13 with 10:28 left. New York whittled the deficit to 45-33 at halftime.

The Knicks started strongly in the second half and Ewing's two free throws cut the margin to 54-50 with 6:50 to go. Carter scored four points in a 9-2 spurt capped by another 3-pointer by Brown for a 63-52 advantage with 4:51 left.

New York was within 70-62 entering the fourth quarter and Larry Johnson scored five points in an 11-2 run early in the period. A jumper by Sprewell cut the deficit to 76-75 with 5:53 to play but the Knicks never took the lead down the stretch.

Another former Knick, Doug Christie, and Oakley scored 15 and 12 points, respectively. Toronto shot 49 percent (33-of-67) and held a 38-34 edge in rebounds. Brown made 2-of-9 shots, all from behind the arc.

Johnson scored 15 points for the Knicks, who shot 43 percent (33-of-77) and created 17 turnovers leading to 22 points.

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