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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 31 14 17 28 90 NEW YORK 23 25 22 21 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 36, ANTONIO DAVIS 12, DOUG CHRISTIE 11 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 25, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, JOHN WALLACE 14

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 17, CHARLES OAKLEY 12 NYK - KURT THOMAS 10, MARCUS CAMBY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 4, TYRONE BOGUES 4 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

TORONTO (90) AT NEW YORK (91)

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

CARTER F 40 13-25 10-13 0 7 7 1 5 2 2 36 OAKLEY F 34 2-8 2-2 4 8 12 2 5 1 3 6 DAVIS C 37 5-15 2-7 7 10 17 0 2 0 3 12 CHRISTIE G 32 5-14 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 2 1 11 A WILLIAMS G 20 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 6 MCGRADY 24 3-8 4-6 1 4 5 3 3 1 2 10 BOGUES 28 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 5 K WILLIS 20 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 4 THOMAS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 CURRY 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-86 19-30 12 38 50 17 23 11 12 90 (.407) (.633) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(8 PTS)

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

CAMBY F 33 1-4 4-4 0 9 9 4 2 0 0 6 L JOHNSON F 18 2-8 3-3 0 3 3 2 4 1 1 7 EWING C 33 3-5 2-6 0 8 8 1 3 0 2 8 HOUSTON G 37 7-15 1-2 0 1 1 5 2 1 3 18 SPREWELL G 35 11-21 1-4 1 3 4 3 4 0 3 25 WARD 35 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 5 THOMAS 21 4-9 0-0 4 6 10 0 4 1 1 8 WALLACE 19 6-9 2-3 0 3 3 1 2 0 3 14 DUDLEY 9 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 CHILDS DNP - LOWER BACK PAIN LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 13-22 6 36 42 21 23 4 15 91 (.456) (.591) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

TORONTO 31 14 17 28 - 90 NEW YORK 23 25 22 21 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MCGRADY, CARTER. NEW YORK - EWING 3, CAMBY 2, WARD, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 1-10 (.100), CARTER 0-2, CHRISTIE 1-6, A WILLIAMS 0-1, CURRY 0-1. NEW YORK 6-14 (.429), HOUSTON 3-7, SPREWELL 2-3, WARD 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, JIM CAPERS, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,763. T - 2:29.


Box Score

TORONTO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 40 13-25 10-13 0-7 1 5 36 Oakley 34 2-8 2-2 4-12 2 5 6 Davis 37 5-15 2-7 7-17 0 2 12 Christie 32 5-14 0-0 0-3 4 2 11 A Williams 20 3-8 0-0 0-3 3 3 6 Mcgrady 24 3-8 4-6 1-5 3 3 10 Bogues 28 2-3 1-2 0-0 4 1 5 K Willis 20 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 4 Thomas 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Curry 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Brown DNP - sore left knee Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-86 19-30 12-50 17 23 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Carter 0-2, Christie 1-6, A Williams 0-1, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Mcgrady, Carter). Turnovers: 13 (Davis 3, Oakley 3, Carter 2, Mcgrady 2, A Williams, Christie). Steals: 11 (Bogues 2, Carter 2, Christie 2, A Williams, K Willis, Mcgrady, Oakley, Thomas).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 33 1-4 4-4 0-9 4 2 6 L Johnson 18 2-8 3-3 0-3 2 4 7 Ewing 33 3-5 2-6 0-8 1 3 8 Houston 37 7-15 1-2 0-1 5 2 18 Sprewell 35 11-21 1-4 1-4 3 4 25 Ward 35 2-8 0-0 0-2 4 1 5 Thomas 21 4-9 0-0 4-10 0 4 8 Wallace 19 6-9 2-3 0-3 1 2 14 Dudley 9 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Childs DNP - lower back pain Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 13-22 6-42 21 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.591. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Houston 3-7, Sprewell 2-3, Ward 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Ewing 3, Camby 2, Ward, Wallace). Turnovers: 15 (Houston 3, Sprewell 3, Wallace 3, Ewing 2, Ward 2, L Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Houston, L Johnson, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Toronto 31 14 17 28 - 90 New York 23 25 22 21 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:29. Officials: Ken Mauer, Jim Capers, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing hit his biggest shot of the season, helping the New York Knicks avoid a humiliating defeat.

Ewing's jumper with 21 seconds to play put New York ahead to stay after it had blown a big fourth-quarter lead and the Knicks held on for a 91-90 victory over a resilient Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors.

Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy received praise for starting Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell in the same backcourt earlier this week, but he may want to think about having a true point guard on the floor during the game's closing moments.

The Knicks squandered a 15-point fourth-quarter lead and looked lost on offense down the stretch with 6-11 forward Marcus Camby bringing the ball upcourt during crucial possessions.

Carter caught fire down the stretch, scoring 18 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter. He had nine during a 15-2 run that forged an 86-86 tie with 41 seconds to play.

"We weren't here tonight as a team," Carter said. "We let it slip. We got down a little too far. We had the energy, but it wasn't enough in the end. We have to come out strong in both halves. We have to stay consistent in all four quarters, then we will be a better team."

Ewing, who missed a potential winning shot at the end of regulation in Monday's overtime win over Charlotte, hit a patented turnaround jumper from the foul line over Antonio Davis to put New York ahead to stay, 88-86, with 21 seconds left.

"They were playing me single coverage on that one," Ewing said. "The play was, I think, to go to Allan (Houston). And then they denied Spree the ball. They brought it over to me and I made my move. I guess it was tough, but I wanted it. I always want it, especially in that situation."

"The ball found it's way into my hands and I just made my play," added Ewing, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds. "I thought I had a good shot and I took it."

The Knicks did have some tense moments before the buzzer as Sprewell, who scored 25 points, missed a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds left before Doug Christie's desperation half-court bomb clanged off the rim as time expired.

"I got going a little bit, got going in a rythym," Sprewell said. "It felt pretty good. I had to do whatever I could to help the team. (Carter) was the man tonight. We didn't have anybody to lock him down. He was going early and got going late. When a guy is as talented as he is and goes on a roll, it's difficult to stop him."

Allan Houston scored 18 points and John Wallace added 14 off the bench for New York, which improved to 9-3 at home and has won seven of its last eight overall.

"We have to make sure we know what it feels like to win, but at the same time, the next step for us, if we want to go from a good team to a great team is to sustain leads," Houston said. "That's where we are going to continue to improve."

Davis had 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four of five.

"I have to give our guys a lot of credit," Davis said. "For us playing as bad as we did, we found a way to get back in the game. When you look back, you have to be a little bit pleased because we had played so bad the past couple of games in the third quarter. We're trying to find a way of putting it all together."

New York leads the all-time series, 12-3.

With reserve point guard Chris Childs on the injured list, starter Charlie Ward coming off the bench and third-string playmaker Rick Brunson on the injured list, the Knicks were already shorthanded at the point.

Van Gundy used his larger lineup to beat the conference-leading Hornets on Monday and appeared wise in using the same starting five again this evening until the fourth-quarter collapse.

"I'm a little concerned about the defensive intensity level that they displayed," Van Gundy said of the revamped lineup. "I will have to see if we will keep the lineup against Indiana (on Saturday)."

Ward finished with five points and four assists in 35 minutes. He had a dreadful fourth-quarter peformance, committing a foul, a turnover and missing two 3-pointers in a three-minute stretch before Van Gundy replaced him with Larry Johnson with 2:12 to play and the Knicks clinging to an 84-82 lead.

Camby hit a 16-footer, but Carter responded with a jumper and a driving dunk to knot the game with 41 seconds left. But Ewing made his nine-footer and Johnson made two free throws before Davis' slam cut the deficit to two with 4.5 seconds remaining.

"We got the wins, but they weren't the type of wins we wanted," Camby said. "We had a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter tonight and it went down to the final shot. We have to learn how to close out teams. We dug ourselves into a hole and had to dig ourselves out."

After Sprewell missed 1-of-2 at the line, Carter finally misfired on a potential 3-pointer with 11 seconds to play.

"I was probably a little too open. It was one of the more often shots I had tonight," Carter said. "I guess I had too much time to think about it and I missed it."

The Raptors ran out to a 31-23 first-quarter lead behind 12 points by Carter, but the Knicks responded with a 25-14 second quarter to take a 48-45 lead at the half.

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