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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 26 27 22 15 90 BOSTON 26 23 13 32 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 20, ANTONIO DAVIS 14, TRACY MCGRADY 14 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 30, ANTOINE WALKER 19, KENNY ANDERSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 10, ANTONIO DAVIS 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, VITALY POTAPENKO 12

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 5, TYRONE BOGUES 5 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,124


Extended Box

TORONTO (90) AT BOSTON (94)

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

CARTER F 39 8-28 3-4 4 3 7 4 4 1 3 20 OAKLEY F 40 4-7 2-2 1 9 10 3 5 3 3 10 DAVIS C 34 5-9 4-5 3 5 8 1 5 1 3 14 CHRISTIE G 32 4-10 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 2 1 11 A WILLIAMS G 28 5-10 2-2 0 3 3 5 1 0 1 13 K WILLIS 18 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 2 3 2 MCGRADY 18 6-10 2-3 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 14 BOGUES 29 2-5 2-3 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 6 THOMAS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 15-19 10 32 42 22 24 9 15 90 (.432) (.789) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 42 10-22 6-7 0 7 7 3 4 4 7 30 WALKER F 45 9-19 1-3 4 8 12 8 2 1 2 19 POTAPENKO C 28 2-7 4-6 7 5 12 2 4 0 1 8 ANDERSON G 32 4-12 4-8 2 5 7 3 4 2 1 13 CHEANEY G 25 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 8 BATTIE 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 MCCARTY 20 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 0 4 BARROS 16 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 FORTSON 14 2-4 2-4 5 2 7 1 3 0 0 6 WILLIAMS 8 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 OVERTON 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-84 20-32 20 34 54 21 22 9 12 94 (.393) (.625) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

TORONTO 26 27 22 15 - 90 BOSTON 26 23 13 32 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - DAVIS 4, CHRISTIE, OAKLEY. BOSTON - PIERCE 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 5-14 (.357), CARTER 1-2, OAKLEY 0-1, CHRISTIE 3-7, A WILLIAMS 1-3, MCGRADY 0-1. BOSTON 8-24 (.333), PIERCE 4-10, WALKER 0-2, POTAPENKO 0-1, ANDERSON 1-5, CHEANEY 2-2, MCCARTY 1-4. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - DAVIS, BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, POTAPENKO. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, BILL SPOONER, KEVIN FEHR. A - 16,124. T - 2:19.


Box Score

TORONTO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 39 8-28 3-4 4-7 4 4 20 Oakley 40 4-7 2-2 1-10 3 5 10 Davis 34 5-9 4-5 3-8 1 5 14 Christie 32 4-10 0-0 1-5 3 2 11 A Williams 28 5-10 2-2 0-3 5 1 13 K Willis 18 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Mcgrady 18 6-10 2-3 0-4 0 3 14 Bogues 29 2-5 2-3 0-1 5 1 6 Thomas 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Marks DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 15-19 10-42 22 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Carter 1-2, Oakley 0-1, Christie 3-7, A Williams 1-3, Mcgrady 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Davis 4, Christie, Oakley). Turnovers: 15 (Carter 3, Davis 3, K Willis 3, Oakley 3, A Williams, Christie, Mcgrady). Steals: 9 (Oakley 3, Christie 2, K Willis 2, Carter, Davis).

BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 42 10-22 6-7 0-7 3 4 30 Walker 45 9-19 1-3 4-12 8 2 19 Potapenko 28 2-7 4-6 7-12 2 4 8 Anderson 32 4-12 4-8 2-7 3 4 13 Cheaney 25 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 8 Battie 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mccarty 20 1-5 1-2 1-3 3 3 4 Barros 16 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 Fortson 14 2-4 2-4 5-7 1 3 6 Williams 8 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Overton 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-84 20-32 20-54 21 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 8-24, .333 (Pierce 4-10, Walker 0-2, Potapenko 0-1, Anderson 1-5, Cheaney 2-2, Mccarty 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce 3). Turnovers: 12 (Pierce 7, Walker 2, Anderson, Barros, Potapenko). Steals: 9 (Pierce 4, Anderson 2, Barros, Battie, Walker). ____________________________________________ Toronto 26 27 22 15 - 90 Boston 26 23 13 32 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Davis, 6:11 3rd). Boston 2 (Illegal Defense, 6:49 2nd; Potapenko, 6:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,124. T: 2:19. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Bill Spooner, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- For the second straight game, Paul Pierce took over in the fourth quarter.

Pierce scored half his 30 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining, as the Boston Celtics closed the game with a 16-1 run for a dramatic 94-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Selected 10th overall in the 1998 draft, Pierce also had a big fourth quarter on Monday, when he scored 18 of his career-high 34 points in a victory at Washington.

Antonio Davis converted a layup with 4:31 remaining to give the Raptors an 89-78 advantage.

Calbert Cheaney came off the bench to score eight points in a 14-0 spurt that Pierce capped with a 3-pointer from just to the left of the top of the key, giving the Celtics a 92-89 lead.

"It was a huge game, an emotional win for me," Pierce said. "Once I saw the opportunity, I took the shot. For me to hit that shot at the end was really something for me."

Following a timeout, the Celtics elected to foul Vince Carter, who sank 1-of-2 free throws. Pierce grabbed the miss and made both free throws to seal the victory.

Matched up against Carter most of the night, Pierce connected on 10-of-22 shots and also finished with seven assists.

"I don't like it when it's a head-to-head battle," added Pierce. "I wasn't trying to go 1-on-1 with him."

Antoine Walker collected 19 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Boston, which has won three straight games for the first time since opening the season 3-0.

"The obvious heroes of the game were Calbert Cheaney, his defense and shot and Paul Pierce," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "But I can't tell you how well Antoine Walker played because he played as cerebral as you want."

Carter, selected five picks ahead of Pierce, finished with 20 points to lead Toronto. But he struggled from the field, making just 8-of-28 shots, including 3-of-14 in the second half.

"Any game you lose is tough but they got the job done in the fourth and we didn't," Carter said. "I missed a lot of shots."

Toronto has dropped three straight and six of its last eight games.

"We have talent but not that much talent," Raptors forward Charles Oakley said. "I think sometimes people give us too much credit. There's nothing to feel good about this team right now. We have a lot of work to do. We are not an elite team. We are not near an elite team and tonight shows that."

Cheaney, who was held scoreless in the first three quarters, made a layup and 3-pointer to start the decisive burst and closed the deficit to six with 3:06 left.

Vitaly Potapenko hit 1-of-2 two free throws, Walker a driving layup and Cheaney a 3-pointer from the right corner to tie it, 89-89, with 51 seconds to go. The Raptors could not find the basket over the final 4:31, missing seven shots.

Holding a four-point halftime lead, the Raptors used a 16-4 spurt to start the third quarter to take their biggest lead at 69-53 with 6:08 left in the period on Alvin Williams' layup. Toronto held a 75-62 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

Boston struggled the entire third quarter from the floor and did not get its first basket until 5:26 left in the period, a layup by Kenny Anderson. The Celtics went just 3-of-17 from the field in the quarter and also struggled from the line, going 7-of-16.

Anderson added 13 points and seven assists for the Celtics, who won despite shooting just 39 percent (33-of-84). Boston did manage a 54-42 rebounding advantage, including a 20-10 edge on the offensive boards.

Tracy McGrady added 14 points for Toronto, which shot 43 percent (35-of-81).

"It's not frustrating frankly," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "Historically since I've been in Toronto I think we were 38-4 going into the fourth quarter. We did again (have the lead) but the ball just bounced the wrong way."

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