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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 20 26 24 24 94 VANCOUVER 28 19 23 22 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 28, DELL CURRY 16, CHARLES OAKLEY 14 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 22, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 22, MICHAEL DICKERSON 20

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 10, VINCE CARTER 9 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 14, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - TYRONE BOGUES 7, DOUG CHRISTIE 6 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 8, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 5

ATT: 19,193


Extended Box

TORONTO (94) AT VANCOUVER (92)

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

CARTER F 43 11-21 6-9 3 6 9 4 6 2 4 28 OAKLEY F 37 7-15 0-0 1 3 4 3 5 2 2 14 DAVIS C 27 4-9 1-2 1 5 6 0 5 0 0 9 CHRISTIE G 34 2-6 2-2 1 4 5 6 2 1 0 6 MCGRADY G 35 5-15 2-2 3 7 10 4 3 0 1 12 THOMAS 8 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 BOGUES 23 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 7 2 0 0 5 K WILLIS 16 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 0 2 2 BROWN 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CURRY 14 6-7 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 16 A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-84 13-19 11 32 43 24 29 8 9 94 (.464) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(7 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 46 8-19 5-9 3 11 14 5 5 0 2 22 HARRINGTON F 41 9-14 4-7 4 6 10 2 4 0 3 22 LONG C 28 3-5 4-4 1 8 9 0 2 0 1 10 BIBBY G 46 3-15 3-4 0 5 5 8 1 1 1 11 DICKERSON G 41 6-12 6-6 2 1 3 4 3 1 3 20 SCOTT 23 1-4 1-1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 3 WEST 12 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 EKEZIE 1 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PALACIO 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 25-35 11 32 43 22 19 5 11 92 (.419) (.714) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

TORONTO 20 26 24 24 - 94 VANCOUVER 28 19 23 22 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MCGRADY 3, CARTER 2, OAKLEY 2, CHRISTIE. VANCOUVER - BIBBY 2, ABDUR-RAHIM, DICKERSON, HARRINGTON, SCOTT, LONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-10 (.300), CARTER 0-2, OAKLEY 0-1, CHRISTIE 0-1, BOGUES 0-1, BROWN 0-1, CURRY 3-4. VANCOUVER 5-14 (.357), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-3, BIBBY 2-5, DICKERSON 2-4, SCOTT 0-2. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - CARTER, OAKLEY, VANCOUVER - BIBBY. OFFICIALS: TIM DONAGHY, TOMMY NUNEZ, STEVE JAVIE. A - 19,193. T - 2:27.


Box Score

TORONTO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 43 11-21 6-9 3-9 4 6 28 Oakley 37 7-15 0-0 1-4 3 5 14 Davis 27 4-9 1-2 1-6 0 5 9 Christie 34 2-6 2-2 1-5 6 2 6 Mcgrady 35 5-15 2-2 3-10 4 3 12 Thomas 8 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Bogues 23 2-4 1-2 0-3 7 2 5 K Willis 16 1-4 0-0 1-4 0 6 2 Brown 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Curry 14 6-7 1-2 0-1 0 0 16 A Williams DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 13-19 11-43 24 29 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Carter 0-2, Oakley 0-1, Christie 0-1, Bogues 0-1, Brown 0-1, Curry 3-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcgrady 3, Carter 2, Oakley 2, Christie). Turnovers: 9 (Carter 4, K Willis 2, Oakley 2, Mcgrady). Steals: 8 (Carter 2, Curry 2, Oakley 2, Christie, Thomas).

VANCOUVER (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 46 8-19 5-9 3-14 5 5 22 Harrington 41 9-14 4-7 4-10 2 4 22 Long 28 3-5 4-4 1-9 0 2 10 Bibby 46 3-15 3-4 0-5 8 1 11 Dickerson 41 6-12 6-6 2-3 4 3 20 Scott 23 1-4 1-1 1-2 1 1 3 West 12 1-3 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 Ekezie 1 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Palacio 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lopez DNP - coach's decision Parks DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 25-35 11-43 22 19 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Abdur-rahim 1-3, Bibby 2-5, Dickerson 2-4, Scott 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Bibby 2, Abdur-rahim, Dickerson, Harrington, Scott, Long). Turnovers: 11 (Dickerson 3, Harrington 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby, Long, Scott). Steals: 5 (Scott 2, Bibby, Dickerson, Palacio). ____________________________________________ Toronto 20 26 24 24 - 94 Vancouver 28 19 23 22 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (Carter, 4:39 2nd; Oakley, 6:35 3rd). Vancouver 1 (Bibby, 6:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,193. T: 2:27. Officials: Tim Donaghy, Tommy Nunez, Steve Javie.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Having already established himself as the NBA's new leading man, Toronto Raptors forward Vince Carter made sure he didn't play second fiddle in Canada today.

Carter scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a clutch jumper down the stretch, as the Raptors posted their fifth straight win by holding off the feisty Vancouver Grizzlies, 94-92.

Carter buried 11-of-21 shots, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out four assists. His nine-footer in traffic with 18 seconds to play gave Toronto a 92-88 lead and helped the Raptors to a 5-4 edge in the all-time series between the Canadian rivals.

"It's a great rivalry and I enjoy playing in it," Carter said. "It's important for us to win these games.

"This was my first time playing here. I knew it was going to be loud and alive and it lived up to its name. It was a good game to play in."

Carter finished off a remarkable week that started with last Sunday's NBA season-high 51-point performance and featured a buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointer against Boston on Tuesday.

The victory avenged a 107-97 home loss to the Grizzlies on January 9 and moved the Raptors a franchise-record eight games over .500 while denying Vancouver its club record-tying 19th victory of the season.

Carter fouled out with 15 seconds left and the Grizzlies nearly gave the first sellout crowd at GM Place this season an extra session. But Mike Bibby's potential tying layup at the buzzer rolled off the front of the rim, sending Vancouver to its fourth straight loss.

"I just missed the layup," Bibby said. "I thought Muggsy (Bogues) was going to come up underneath me, but I just left it short. I will have another chance like that some time."

"We needed to win," Carter said. "They came out and beat our butts, we wanted to steal the win and that's what it was, a steal. We weren't playing as well as we could, but we fought hard just to get the win tonight."

Dell Curry scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench for Toronto, which moved into a fourth-place tie with idle Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Othella Harrington scored 22 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who missed 5-of-8 free throws over the final four minutes.

"(The rivalry) is building into something special," Abdur-Rahim said. "Both teams are getting better and we're competing and playing hard. They're a much better team, we're a much better team."

Vancouver ran out to a 28-20 first-quarter lead, but Carter and the Raptors came storming back in the second. The 6-7 forward sandwiched a jumper between two layups to cut the deficit to 39-36 with 5:05 remaining in the half and Toronto closed within a point at the break, 47-46, on Curry's 16-footer at the buzzer.

Carter gave the Raptors a 49-47 lead with a driving dunk less than two minutes into the second half, but did not make another basket until crunch time. He snapped an 82-82 tie with 4:28 to play, finishing a fast break with an acrobatic reverse slam that brought the pro-Grizzlies crowd of 19,193 to its feet.

"I was getting (energy) from everywhere," Carter said. "I wasn't rushing and I was just playing hard, letting the game come to me. And that's what I've done lately. Sooner or later, I was going to get the shots that I wanted or the shots we wanted as a team."

Abdur-Rahim, Vancouver's star forward, answered with a dunk, but Carter made two free throws and a five-footer to give Toronto an 88-85 lead with 2:48 remaining. After Abdur-Rahim missed a 3-pointer, Carter again thrilled the crowd with another thunderous slam off a feed from Bogues, opening a five-point lead with 2:13 left.

"In the crunch time when it really counted, they were looking for me and I was just trying to make it happen if I could," Carter said.

Michael Dickerson made a layup and Abdur-Rahim drew a charge on Carter but misfired on 1-of-2 from the line as Vancouver drew within 90-88 with 38 seconds remaining. Carter hit his runner to increase the lead to four, but picked up his sixth foul, sending Abdur-Rahim to line again with 15 seconds to go.

Abdur-Rahim again missed 1-of-2 and Bogues did the same on Toronto's ensuing trip, giving the Raptors a 93-89 lead with 12 seconds left. Abdur-Rahim gave the Grizzlies a chance by draining a 3-pointer with six seconds left and when Curry missed 1-of-2 free throws with 4.5 ticks remaining, the Grizzlies had one last chance to tie or win it.

"Our rivalries are in the East, those games are extremely important to us," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "I think (Abdur-Rahim and Carter) are two young players that want to show each other that they're good players. But I think that they respect each other a lot. Shareef is a great player, but we have a better supporting cast for our guy than Shareef has."

With no timeouts remaining, Bibby caught the inbounds pass and dribbled through the defense before taking off from just inside the foul line. He extended his right arm toward the basket, but left his layup a few inches short as the buzzer sounded.

Dickerson scored 20 points, Bibby 11 and Grant Long added 10 for Vancouver, which shot 42 percent (31-of-74) and battled the Raptors to a 43-43 draw on the boards.

Charles Oakley scored 14 points and Tracy McGrady added 12 and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which shot 46 percent (39-of-84) and yielded only seven points off nine turnovers.

"We have 24 more games to go. Today was a good game and hopefully it will get us on a roll," said Oakley.

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