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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 30 20 20 24 94 CHARLOTTE 28 20 40 27 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 24, DOUG CHRISTIE 14, ANTONIO DAVIS 13 CHA - EDDIE JONES 25, DERRICK COLEMAN 24, ELDEN CAMPBELL 23

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - MICHAEL STEWART 8, ANTONIO DAVIS 7 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 11, ELDEN CAMPBELL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 6, TYRONE BOGUES 5 CHA - DAVID WESLEY 9, EDDIE JONES 4

ATT: 20,278


Extended Box

TORONTO (94) AT CHARLOTTE (115)

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

CARTER F 29 11-22 2-2 2 3 5 6 4 1 3 24 DAVIS F 36 4-11 5-5 1 6 7 1 5 0 2 13 STEWART C 21 1-2 2-4 4 4 8 0 4 0 0 4 CHRISTIE G 30 5-13 3-4 2 2 4 4 5 1 1 14 A WILLIAMS G 17 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 K WILLIS 31 5-15 1-2 4 2 6 0 5 1 2 11 BOGUES 29 3-7 0-0 2 1 3 5 1 1 1 6 MCGRADY 22 4-7 1-2 1 4 5 4 4 0 2 9 THOMAS 18 5-6 1-5 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 11 LANG 6 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 MARKS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OAKLEY DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 39-90 15-24 18 24 42 20 36 5 12 94 (.433) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 41 8-16 6-9 2 9 11 3 2 0 3 24 MASON F 45 3-8 8-10 1 5 6 2 3 0 0 14 CAMPBELL C 31 8-11 7-11 2 5 7 2 2 1 1 23 JONES G 43 7-13 10-14 0 6 6 4 4 5 3 25 WESLEY G 34 3-7 2-2 0 3 3 9 3 0 3 9 MILLER 15 1-4 4-4 3 2 5 1 5 0 1 6 ROBINSON 6 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 B DAVIS 16 1-3 3-3 2 1 3 3 1 1 2 5 R DAVIS 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 HAWKINS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-68 41-55 10 32 42 27 22 7 13 115 (.515) (.745) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

TORONTO 30 20 20 24 - 94 CHARLOTTE 28 20 40 27 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CARTER, DAVIS, STEWART, K WILLIS. CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN 2, CAMPBELL 2, MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 1-6 (.167), CARTER 0-3, CHRISTIE 1-2, A WILLIAMS 0-1. CHARLOTTE 4-9 (.444), COLEMAN 2-4, JONES 1-3, WESLEY 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - HEAD COACH SILAS, MASON. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, NOLAN FINE, SCOTT WALL. A - 20,278. T - 2:26.


Box Score

TORONTO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 29 11-22 2-2 2-5 6 4 24 Davis 36 4-11 5-5 1-7 1 5 13 Stewart 21 1-2 2-4 4-8 0 4 4 Christie 30 5-13 3-4 2-4 4 5 14 A Williams 17 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 K Willis 31 5-15 1-2 4-6 0 5 11 Bogues 29 3-7 0-0 2-3 5 1 6 Mcgrady 22 4-7 1-2 1-5 4 4 9 Thomas 18 5-6 1-5 2-3 0 5 11 Lang 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Marks 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Oakley DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-90 15-24 18-42 20 36 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Carter 0-3, Christie 1-2, A Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Carter, Davis, Stewart, K Willis). Turnovers: 13 (Carter 3, Davis 2, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2, A Williams, Bogues, Christie). Steals: 5 (A Williams, Bogues, Carter, Christie, K Willis).

CHARLOTTE (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 41 8-16 6-9 2-11 3 2 24 Mason 45 3-8 8-10 1-6 2 3 14 Campbell 31 8-11 7-11 2-7 2 2 23 Jones 43 7-13 10-14 0-6 4 4 25 Wesley 34 3-7 2-2 0-3 9 3 9 Miller 15 1-4 4-4 3-5 1 5 6 Robinson 6 2-2 1-2 0-1 1 0 5 B Davis 16 1-3 3-3 2-3 3 1 5 R Davis 8 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Hawkins 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-68 41-55 10-42 27 22 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.745. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Coleman 2-4, Jones 1-3, Wesley 1-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Coleman 2, Campbell 2, Mason). Turnovers: 15 (Coleman 3, Jones 3, Wesley 3, B Davis 2, Campbell, Miller). Steals: 7 (Jones 5, B Davis, Campbell). ____________________________________________ Toronto 30 20 20 24 - 94 Charlotte 28 20 40 27 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 2 (Head Coach Silas, 1:16 3rd; Mason, 1:16 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,278. T: 2:26. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Nolan Fine, Scott Wall.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Playing their first home game since the tragic death of Bobby Phills, the Charlotte Hornets brought down the house.

Derrick Coleman scored 13 of his 24 points in the third quarter, when the Hornets blew away the Toronto Raptors, snapping a season-high seven-game losing streak with a 115-94 triumph on an emotional night at the Charlotte Coliseum.

"Tonight was really special for us," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "We've faced a lot of adversity in the last couple of weeks. I'm proud that we won this game."

After attending Phills' funeral in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, the Hornets looked slugglish at the start tonight, falling behind 50-38 with 4:05 left in the first half. But Charlotte closed the half with 10-0 run to pull within two points before embarrassing the Raptors after the break.

Coleman fueled a 15-0 burst to start the third quarter and the run continued as Charlotte opened a 79-58 lead with 4:05 left. The Hornets outscored Toronto, 40-20, during the 12-minute stretch. The crowd of 20,278 had been subdued for much of the night but stood as one to salute the Hornets as they walked off the floor at the end of the period.

Eddie Jones scored 25 points and Elden Campbell added 23 for the Hornets, who canceled home games against Chicago and New York last week after Phills was killed in a three-vehicle accident here on Wednesday. The victory was Charlotte's first since a 109-105 home win over Milwaukee on December 29. It also was the first time in which the Hornets scored 100 points since that triumph.

"We just wanted to come out and get a victory by starting fast," Campbell said. "It hasn't been difficult to get back into the game, it's been difficult when we're away from the game. It definitely seemed like they were stuck for a while. We turned the game around in the third quarter and they couldn't recover. We made some adjustments in our game plan at halftime and it worked."

Phills was remembered with a city-wide moment of silence before tonight's contest and his No. 13 jersey was draped over a chair with a basketball holding it in place during a pregame ceremony that featured a video tribute and brief comments from team chaplain Charles Mack.

"We'll never ever forget Bobby," Silas said. "He meant so much to us. But I expect our guys to be professional, play hard and win. I expect us to display the character."

Vince Carter shook off a bruised right knee and scored 24 points for Toronto, which has lost five of seven and four in a row on the road.

"It's an emotional time for the Hornets," said former Charlotte guard Mugsy Bogues. "This is a game they wanted to get and build on. They accomplished that tonight."

"I don't know why this is happening," Toronto forward Antonio Davis added. "I don't know why we are in this so-called funk. But we have to turn it around."

Carter scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Raptors jumped out to a 30-28 lead. Doug Christie had 14 points, Antonio Davis 13 and Kevin Willis and John Thomas added 11 apiece off the bench for the Raptors, who used a 20-10 run to open a 12-point bulge with just over four minutes left in the half.

Anthony Mason scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half, including a 15-footer that started Charlotte's decisive run. Jones, Mason and Brad Miller combined to make eight straight free throws as the Hornets closed within 50-48 at halftime.

"Just stepping on the court is a big step, but especially on the court without Bobby," Mason said. "It's very emotional. The tribute to start the game was again emotional, it was very deep. I'm probably a little stronger than most when it comes to this. I've had close people pass away. Bobby would have wanted us to come out and play hard. We knew we'd get back on track. This team has a lot of character and showed a lot of heart tonight."

"We have to play day-to-day, whether we win games or lose games. It's tough," Jones added. "We clamped down on defense, the shots started going in and we started to get easy buckets in transition. We had to work for every little thing we got tonight. We're definitely trying to get back, get our minds on basketball. The first few games are definitely the toughest."

Coleman put Charlotte ahead to stay when he opened the second half with a 25-footer. He followed with a three-point play and Mason made a layup to up the advantage to 56-50 with 10:54 left in the third quarter.

Rookie Baron Davis and Jones converted back-to-back three-point plays and Mason made 1-of-2 at the line to stretch the margin to 63-50, capping a 25-0 run with 9:10 remaining in the period. The run was one shy of the team record for consecutive points scored, established against Cleveland on April 23, 1995.

Coleman's dunk with 4:30 left ended a subsequent 16-8 burst that put the Hornets in command at 79-58.

David Wesley had nine points and nine assists for Charlotte, which shot 52 percent (35-of-68) and scored 21 points off turnovers. The Hornets outscored Toronto, 48-32, in the paint and 17-9 on the break.

Charlotte improved to 14-2 at home and avenged a 109-99 loss at Toronto on November 7.

The Raptors shot 43 percent (39-of-90) and battled to a 42-42 standoff on the boards.

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