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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 17 30 32 23 102 TORONTO 23 30 23 27 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 28, RODNEY ROGERS 28, CLIFF ROBINSON 12 TOR - VINCE CARTER 51, TRACY MCGRADY 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 11, VINCE CARTER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 7, TRACY MCGRADY 4

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

PHOENIX (102) AT TORONTO (103)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 38 3-8 5-6 1 6 7 4 5 1 3 11 ROBINSON F 25 4-12 4-7 2 2 4 0 5 1 2 12 LONGLEY C 18 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 2 4 2 HARDAWAY G 42 10-17 5-7 1 0 1 5 5 2 1 28 KIDD G 40 3-6 3-4 0 4 4 4 2 1 5 9 ROGERS 36 10-15 4-5 2 3 5 3 4 3 3 28 MARION 22 4-7 2-2 1 3 4 1 1 1 0 10 LIVINGSTON 8 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 1 2 2 CHAPMAN 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 23-31 9 22 31 23 27 13 20 102 (.493) (.742) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

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

CARTER F 43 17-32 13-13 5 4 9 1 5 3 5 51 OAKLEY F 28 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 4 6 DAVIS C 36 1-5 7-8 1 10 11 1 2 1 1 9 CHRISTIE G 33 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 7 3 2 3 5 MCGRADY G 35 3-10 9-12 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 15 BROWN 9 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 13 2-2 2-2 2 1 3 0 4 0 0 6 K WILLIS 19 2-7 5-6 3 3 6 1 3 1 0 9 CURRY 12 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 BOGUES 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 0 A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-75 38-43 14 28 42 22 26 13 18 103 (.400) (.884) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

PHOENIX 17 30 32 23 - 102 TORONTO 23 30 23 27 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MARION 6, ROBINSON 2, HARDAWAY. TORONTO - MCGRADY 3, OAKLEY, K WILLIS, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-14 (.500), ROBINSON 0-2, HARDAWAY 3-4, KIDD 0-1, ROGERS 4-5, MARION 0-1, CHAPMAN 0-1. TORONTO 5-17 (.294), CARTER 4-8, OAKLEY 0-1, CHRISTIE 1-3, BROWN 0-3, CURRY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, LEROY RICHARDSON, DICK BAVETTA. A - 19,800. T - 2:34.


Box Score

PHOENIX (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 38 3-8 5-6 1-7 4 5 11 Robinson 25 4-12 4-7 2-4 0 5 12 Longley 18 1-3 0-0 1-5 1 1 2 Hardaway 42 10-17 5-7 1-1 5 5 28 Kidd 40 3-6 3-4 0-4 4 2 9 Rogers 36 10-15 4-5 2-5 3 4 28 Marion 22 4-7 2-2 1-4 1 1 10 Livingston 8 1-3 0-0 1-1 3 1 2 Chapman 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 0 Bailey DNP - coach's decision Blount DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 23-31 9-31 23 27 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Robinson 0-2, Hardaway 3-4, Kidd 0-1, Rogers 4-5, Marion 0-1, Chapman 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Marion 6, Robinson 2, Hardaway). Turnovers: 21 (Kidd 5, Longley 4, Gugliotta 3, Rogers 3, Livingston 2, Robinson 2, Hardaway). Steals: 13 (Rogers 3, Hardaway 2, Longley 2, Chapman, Gugliotta, Kidd, Livingston, Marion, Robinson).

TORONTO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 43 17-32 13-13 5-9 1 5 51 Oakley 28 3-6 0-0 0-1 3 3 6 Davis 36 1-5 7-8 1-11 1 2 9 Christie 33 1-5 2-2 0-3 7 3 5 Mcgrady 35 3-10 9-12 2-5 4 3 15 Brown 9 0-5 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Thomas 13 2-2 2-2 2-3 0 4 6 K Willis 19 2-7 5-6 3-6 1 3 9 Curry 12 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 Bogues 12 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 3 0 A Williams DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 38-43 14-42 22 26 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.884. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Carter 4-8, Oakley 0-1, Christie 1-3, Brown 0-3, Curry 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcgrady 3, Oakley, K Willis, Thomas). Turnovers: 20 (Carter 5, Oakley 4, Christie 3, Mcgrady 3, Bogues, Curry, Davis). Steals: 13 (Mcgrady 4, Carter 3, Christie 2, Bogues, Davis, K Willis, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 17 30 32 23 - 102 Toronto 23 30 23 27 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:34. Officials: Bennie Adams, Leroy Richardson, Dick Bavetta.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- NBC knew exactly what it was doing when it cleared the national stage for Toronto Raptors superstar Vince Carter.

After the network shifted its Sunday afternoon schedule to give Carter exclusive coverage, the high-flying forward put on a show worthy of its own time slot. He scored an NBA season-high 51 points as the Raptors held on for a 103-102 win over the co-starring Phoenix Suns.

Carter, whose mother was in attendance, knocked down 17-of-32 shots, all 13 of his free throws and surpassed his career-best and team-record 47-point effort against Milwaukee here on January 14.

"I didn't show it, but inside I was very excited," Carter said. "I need some time to let it sink in. It's special for (my mother) to be here and witness all 51 of them. I know she's excited, probably moreso than me. When I put the last basket in, for 51, I felt like a little kid inside. I looked at my mom and she almost jumped right out of her seat."

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson and the Suns' Cliff Robinson had 50-point games earlier this season.

"The young legend grows," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "There was no one more surprised than me by what he did today. I told him before the game not to embarrass himself out there. Tonight epitomized what the kid is supposed to do. He drove to the basket more and got fouled more. The most impressive part is that Vince lets his teammates get involved when he's having such a great game."

The 6-7, 215-pounder and reigning Rookie of the Year also grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals in 43 minutes. He even dominated the commercial breaks as national affiliates rolled his Gatorade spots.

"We need to learn how to win the game with the spotlight on us, and that's what today was about," Vince Carter said.

Carter often is mentioned as the heir to fellow North Carolina alumnus Michael Jordan's throne as the league's most exciting player. He displayed a variety of spectacular dunks and off-balance jumpers, thrilling the crowd at the sold-out Air Canada Centre as well as millions watching at home.

"It was a good coming-out party for Vince on NBC," Phoenix point guard Jason Kidd said. "We tried to contain him. He could score 70, but as long as we had a chance to win, that would be fine."

Jordan surpassed the 50-point mark 38 times in his illustrious career.

Tracy McGrady, Carter's distant cousin, scored 15 points for Toronto, which snapped a three-game home losing streak and earned a split in the season series with Phoenix.

"You're excited that you're on national television, but you've got to concentrate on playing the ball we've been playing and not show off. That's what we did today," McGrady said. "Vince was unstoppable. When a guy is that hot, you've got to keep feeding him."

Penny Hardaway and Rodney Rogers each scored 28 points for the Suns, who have dropped consecutive games since a season-high eight-game winning streak.

"Vince Carter is very good. I don't know if I've seen a game where only one guy on the team makes more than three field goals," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said.

"You try to make (Carter) take hard shots and more than half of his were tough," Hardaway added.

Rogers buried a 3-pointer to pull Phoenix within one with 39 seconds left and after Doug Christie misfired on a 15-footer on Toronto's ensuing possession, Carter's mother and the rest of the crowd braced themselves for a potentially disastrous ending.

But Rogers dribbled off Toronto forward Charles Oakley's foot with time winding down and Christie picked up the loose ball as the buzzer sounded, preserving Carter's day in the spotlight.

"The most important thing is that we found a way to win," Carter said. "Everyone will see the highlights and see the 51 points, but that was a big stop by Oakley at the end."

Carter, who entered the contest averaging 24.8 points, got off to a solid start with 10 in the first quarter, helping the Raptors to a 23-17 lead.

But the second period was when Carter indicated this may be a special day. After sitting out the first 2 1/2 minutes and going scoreless midway through the quarter, he took over the final six minutes.

In a 4 1/2-minute span, Carter dunked, buried a 3-pointer, made two free throws, hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc and added two more dunks to give Toronto a 53-44 lead with 1:08 left before halftime.

Phoenix closed wihtin 57-55 early in the second half, but Carter converted a three-point play, powered home an alley-oop feed from McGrady and sank a 3-pointer to keep Toronto in front, 62-57, with 7:32 to go in the third quarter.

Carter took another breather midway through the period and the Suns took advantage of his absence, rallying for 74-72 lead on Rogers' layup with 2:16 remaining. But Carter returned late in the third and again took over in the fourth period.

He hit back-to-back jumpers to put Toronto ahead, 84-82, with 9:24 to play and made four free throws to open a 94-86 cushion with 5:38 remaining.

Carter committed his fifth foul with 1:55 left and the Raptors holding a 99-93 lead. Rogers quickly knocked down a 3-pointer to halve the deficit, but Carter again had the answer, making two free throws and driving past a pair of defenders for a layup to make it 103-99 with less than a minute to go.

"Vince Carter had a very good game," Robinson said. "He's more than a dunker, fans may get caught up in that. He hit tough shots and jumper. You've got to keep going to him, and they did. If we made that last basket, it would have been a nice 50 points with an `L.'"

Robinson scored 12 points, Tom Gugliotta 11 and rookie Shawn Marion added 10 off the bench for the Suns, who shot 49 percent (36-of-73), going 7-of-14 from 3-point range.

Antonio Davis had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 40 percent (30-of-75), held a 42-31 advantage on the boards and forced 21 turnovers.

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