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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 24 21 22 20 87 TORONTO 43 32 23 18 116 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - JOHNNY NEWMAN 22, STEPHON MARBURY 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 TOR - VINCE CARTER 24, DOUG CHRISTIE 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - JAMIE FEICK 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 10, CHARLES OAKLEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 6, ELLIOT PERRY 4 TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 12, ANTONIO DAVIS 4

ATT: 18,677


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (87) AT TORONTO (116)

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

GILL F 21 5-13 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 10 VAN HORN F 28 6-13 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 0 1 12 MCILVAINE C 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 KITTLES G 21 1-5 1-2 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 4 MARBURY G 31 5-15 6-6 0 2 2 6 1 1 3 18 FEICK 33 5-11 2-3 6 6 12 1 3 0 0 12 BURRELL 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 CAGE 25 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 1 0 0 HARRIS 27 1-6 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 4 NEWMAN 24 9-15 2-3 1 4 5 1 2 1 2 22 DOUGLAS 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 PERRY 9 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 3

TOTALS 240 34-85 14-18 12 23 35 22 21 5 16 87 (.400) (.778) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(29 PTS)

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

CARTER F 36 9-20 4-5 3 3 6 2 2 2 1 24 OAKLEY F 22 3-3 2-2 4 5 9 3 3 2 0 8 DAVIS C 27 6-8 3-3 1 4 5 4 2 0 1 15 CHRISTIE G 23 8-18 0-0 2 1 3 3 2 3 0 20 A WILLIAMS G 28 1-6 4-4 1 2 3 12 2 3 0 6 K WILLIS 25 6-9 2-3 3 7 10 0 2 0 2 14 BOGUES 24 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 0 1 4 MCGRADY 25 6-8 3-6 2 3 5 3 1 0 3 15 CURRY 11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 STEWART 12 2-5 2-2 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 6 THOMAS 7 1-3 0-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 BROWN DNP - LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 45-90 20-27 19 32 51 30 21 11 9 116 (.500) (.741) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 24 21 22 20 - 87 TORONTO 43 32 23 18 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - KITTLES 3, MARBURY, VAN HORN, CAGE, FEICK, GILL. TORONTO - MCGRADY 4, DAVIS 3, CARTER 2, K WILLIS 2, BOGUES, STEWART. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-19 (.263), GILL 0-1, VAN HORN 0-2, KITTLES 1-3, MARBURY 2-7, BURRELL 0-2, HARRIS 0-1, NEWMAN 2-3. TORONTO 6-12 (.500), CARTER 2-2, CHRISTIE 4-9, CURRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, JOE DEROSA, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,677. T - 2:01.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 21 5-13 0-0 2-3 0 3 10 Van Horn 28 6-13 0-0 2-4 2 1 12 Mcilvaine 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Kittles 21 1-5 1-2 0-2 3 2 4 Marbury 31 5-15 6-6 0-2 6 1 18 Feick 33 5-11 2-3 6-12 1 3 12 Burrell 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Cage 25 0-0 0-0 1-5 2 5 0 Harris 27 1-6 2-2 0-2 1 2 4 Newman 24 9-15 2-3 1-5 1 2 22 Douglas 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Perry 9 1-3 1-2 0-0 4 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 14-18 12-35 22 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Gill 0-1, Van Horn 0-2, Kittles 1-3, Marbury 2-7, Burrell 0-2, Harris 0-1, Newman 2-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 8 (Kittles 3, Marbury, Van Horn, Cage, Feick, Gill). Turnovers: 16 (Perry 4, Marbury 3, Douglas 2, Gill 2, Newman 2, Kittles, Mcilvaine, Van Horn). Steals: 5 (Cage, Douglas, Harris, Marbury, Newman).

TORONTO (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 36 9-20 4-5 3-6 2 2 24 Oakley 22 3-3 2-2 4-9 3 3 8 Davis 27 6-8 3-3 1-5 4 2 15 Christie 23 8-18 0-0 2-3 3 2 20 A Williams 28 1-6 4-4 1-3 12 2 6 K Willis 25 6-9 2-3 3-10 0 2 14 Bogues 24 2-7 0-0 0-3 2 3 4 Mcgrady 25 6-8 3-6 2-5 3 1 15 Curry 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Stewart 12 2-5 2-2 3-5 0 2 6 Thomas 7 1-3 0-2 0-1 0 2 2 Brown DNP - left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-90 20-27 19-51 30 21 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Carter 2-2, Christie 4-9, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 13 (Mcgrady 4, Davis 3, Carter 2, K Willis 2, Bogues, Stewart). Turnovers: 9 (Mcgrady 3, K Willis 2, Bogues, Carter, Curry, Davis). Steals: 11 (A Williams 3, Christie 3, Carter 2, Oakley 2, Curry). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 24 21 22 20 - 87 Toronto 43 32 23 18 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,677. T: 2:01. Officials: Luis Grillo, Joe Derosa, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Raptors celebrated coach Butch Carter's three-year contract extension with an early knockout.

After learning that Carter signed a deal through the 2002-03 season, the Raptors exploded for a season-high 43 points in the first quarter and coasted to a 116-87 rout of the New Jersey Nets.

Toronto raced to a 43-23 first-quarter lead and did not let up in the second period, extending its cushion to 75-45 at halftime, which resulted in extended garbage time in the second half.

"This is totally refreshing," Carter said. "We made shots and our defensive intensity was different."

Vince Carter scored 24 points for the Raptors, who won for just the second in seven games and fell just short of franchise marks for points in a quarter and half.

Toronto set the team records against the Nets on January 11, 1997 with 48 points in the first quarter and 79 in the first half.

"A blowout is always good for us because it gives us confidence," Vince Carter said. "It feels good because of the drought we've been in and the shooting slump we've been in. A game like this lets you run your plays more fluently."

Alvin Williams had a career-high 12 assists for the Raptors, including a franchise-record eight in the first quarter, when Toronto shot 64 percent (18-of-28) from the field. The Raptors made 12-of-22 shots in the second period and finished the half at 65 percent.

"When you make your shots, make your passes and play good team defense, everyone looks a lot better," Williams said. "We really wanted to step up the intensity tonight."

Doug Christie returned after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury to add 20 points for Toronto, which cooled off with only 23 points in the third quarter and took a 98-67 lead into the final 12 minutes.

"I held Doug back until he was ready," Butch Carter said. "He got Kerry (Kittles) stopped and he gave us somebody else to post up, other than Vincent and Antonio (Davis)."

"Doug is an addition at both ends of the court," Vince Carter added. "It's good to have everybody back healthy. We know we are very capable and hopefully this is the start of something good for us."

Toronto threatened its record for most lopsided win, opening a 116-79 lead on a basket by John Thomas with 2:38 remaining. The Raptors' biggest win in franchise history was a 120-84 victory over Portland on January 28, 1997.

The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for New Jersey, which has gone 6-3 since its 2-15 start. The Nets also suffered a 112-92 home loss to the Raptors on November 5.

"We have to face the fact that the first half was terrible," New Jersey coach Don Casey said. "We got into such a deep hole that the whole second half we spent trying to get out. I don't know what happened to us. Toronto had a lot going. They were in such a comfort zone."

New Jersey center Jim McIlvaine suffered a mild concussion in the first quarter and did not return. After being taken to Toronto Western Hospital for observation, he was able to rejoin the Nets on their plane trip home.

Toronto's Dee Brown missed the game with a left knee injury.

The Nets took their only lead at 7-6 on Kittles' 3-pointer with 9:37 to play in the first quarter, but Toronto ripped off an 11-2 spurt and grabbed a 17-9 edge on Christie's driving layup with 6:58 left in the quarter.

A 20-6 burst gave Toronto a 41-21 cushion on two foul shots by Kevin Willis with 37 seconds left in the first period and the Raptors cruised from there.

"There's no excuse for it," said New Jersey guard Stephon Marbury, who added 18 points. "We've won eight games, not 15 in a row. We beat teams who were coming off four games in five nights or teams who were struggling. We haven't beaten a contender, someone who's on the way to the playoffs."

Tracy McGrady and Davis added 15 points apiece for Toronto, which shot 50 percent (45-of-90) from the field.

Keith Van Horn and Jaime Feick each added 12 for the Nets.

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