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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 24 23 23 21 91 TORONTO 25 22 20 28 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - BEN WALLACE 14, CHUCKY ATKINS 14, MONTY WILLIAMS 12 TOR - VINCE CARTER 30, DOUG CHRISTIE 22, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - MICHAEL DOLEAC 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 13, CHARLES OAKLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 7, CHARLES OAKLEY 5

ATT: 19,985


Extended Box

ORLANDO (91) AT TORONTO (95)

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

OUTLAW F 20 3-3 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 1 3 7 WALLACE F 24 6-8 2-4 1 6 7 1 1 2 0 14 AMAECHI C 27 4-5 3-5 3 2 5 4 3 0 7 11 D ARMSTRONG G 33 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 0 3 6 MERCER G 35 5-17 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 2 10 ATKINS 20 6-14 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 14 WILLIAMS 26 6-9 0-0 1 6 7 4 4 1 0 12 P GARRITY 20 2-12 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 5 JOHNSON 11 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 DOLEAC 21 4-7 0-0 3 7 10 1 3 0 0 8 MAGGETTE 3 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-82 7-13 12 34 46 24 27 4 19 91 (.488) (.538) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

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

CARTER F 37 10-21 9-13 2 4 6 2 3 1 2 30 OAKLEY F 33 2-12 3-4 3 5 8 5 2 3 3 7 THOMAS C 17 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 2 CHRISTIE G 33 6-13 9-9 0 4 4 7 3 5 1 22 MCGRADY G 40 3-12 5-6 6 7 13 4 2 1 2 11 K WILLIS 31 5-11 0-0 2 5 7 2 4 1 0 10 CURRY 20 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 11 BOGUES 22 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 2 WORKMAN 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 DAVIS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT CALF STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 26-32 14 27 41 22 21 14 9 95 (.398) (.813) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

ORLANDO 24 23 23 21 - 91 TORONTO 25 22 20 28 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - WALLACE 4, OUTLAW 3, AMAECHI. TORONTO - MCGRADY 2, CARTER 2, CHRISTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-7 (.571), D ARMSTRONG 2-2, ATKINS 1-3, P GARRITY 1-2. TORONTO 3-13 (.231), CARTER 1-6, CHRISTIE 1-3, CURRY 1-4. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - HEAD COACH RIVERS. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, KEN MAUER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,985. T - 2:26.


Box Score

ORLANDO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 20 3-3 1-2 1-4 2 4 7 Wallace 24 6-8 2-4 1-7 1 1 14 Amaechi 27 4-5 3-5 3-5 4 3 11 D Armstrong 33 2-4 0-0 0-3 6 2 6 Mercer 35 5-17 0-0 1-4 2 2 10 Atkins 20 6-14 1-2 0-2 4 2 14 Williams 26 6-9 0-0 1-7 4 4 12 P Garrity 20 2-12 0-0 0-1 0 5 5 Johnson 11 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Doleac 21 4-7 0-0 3-10 1 3 8 Maggette 3 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-82 7-13 12-46 24 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (D Armstrong 2-2, Atkins 1-3, P Garrity 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Wallace 4, Outlaw 3, Amaechi). Turnovers: 20 (Amaechi 7, D Armstrong 3, Outlaw 3, Maggette 2, Mercer 2, Atkins, P Garrity). Steals: 4 (Wallace 2, Outlaw, Williams).

TORONTO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 37 10-21 9-13 2-6 2 3 30 Oakley 33 2-12 3-4 3-8 5 2 7 Thomas 17 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 Christie 33 6-13 9-9 0-4 7 3 22 Mcgrady 40 3-12 5-6 6-13 4 2 11 K Willis 31 5-11 0-0 2-7 2 4 10 Curry 20 5-8 0-0 0-0 1 1 11 Bogues 22 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Workman 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Davis DNP - bruised right calf Stewart DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 26-32 14-41 22 21 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Carter 1-6, Christie 1-3, Curry 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcgrady 2, Carter 2, Christie). Turnovers: 11 (Oakley 3, Carter 2, Mcgrady 2, Christie, Thomas). Steals: 14 (Christie 5, Oakley 3, Bogues 2, Carter, K Willis, Mcgrady, Workman). ____________________________________________ Orlando 24 23 23 21 - 91 Toronto 25 22 20 28 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Head Coach Rivers, 6:45 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,985. T: 2:26. Officials: David Jones, Ken Mauer, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- John Amaechi missed two crucial free throws with 10 seconds remaining, enabling Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors to hold on for a 95-91 victory and dealing the Orlando Magic a damaging loss in their pursuit of a playoff spot.

With the Magic trailing 91-90, Amaechi was fouled by Toronto forward Charles Oakley while trying to rebound teammate Ron Mercer's miss.

Amaechi, a 76 percent free-throw shooter, had his first attempt hit off the back of the rim and bound out and his second came off the front of the rim. He tracked down the rebound but Raptors guard Doug Christie knocked the ball loose and made two free throws to give Toronto a three-point lead with 6.1 seconds to play.

The loss dropped the Magic (31-35) one-half game behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"Every game counts for us right now. We came in and played hard, it just didn't work out for us," Mercer said. "It just wasn't there tonight. This will not break our season. We still have games to win. But we have to win on the road."

Carter scored 30 points and electrified the record crowd of 19,985 at the Air Canada Centre by scoring 18 straight Raptors points in the third quarter. He hit the go-ahead basket during a 12-2 run that gave Toronto an 89-83 lead with 2:36 left.

But Orlando came storming back with a 7-0 burst, capped by Amaechi's dunk with 1:37 left that gave the Magic a 90-89 lead. Kevin Willis answered with a layup to put the Raptors in front for good with 43 seconds remaining.

Christie scored 22 points for Toronto, which remained two games ahead of fifth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference standings.

"It wasn't pretty but our execution was good down the stretch, especially defensively and we found a way to win," Carter said. "The crowd was great and they're getting excited about the playoffs."

Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins scored 14 points apiece and Monty Williams added 12 for Orlando, which shot 49 percent (40-of-82), held a 46-41 advantage on the boards but yielded 21 points off turnovers.

The Magic held a whopping 54-22 advantage in points in the paint but were outscored 26-7 at the line. Carter finished 10-of-21 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line while the Magic made just 7-of-13 at the stripe.

"What do you tell a team when (the officials) don't have the nerve to make the call? We got screwed by the refs down the stretch," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "They may as well have been wearing Raptors jerseys and cheering for Vince Carter. The bottom line is, we have a bunch of guys with no names. John Amaechi gets the rebound at the end of the game, the Raptors clearly go over his back, no foul. If that was Vince Carter, you know he would have been at the line."

"These games make your season," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "If Doc had a few of these, they would be in a better position. We have been fortunate to get these wins. Vince made most of his jump shots and each time he went to the basket, he got hammered. We're just finding ways to win and these last few games have been hard to coach. I would like to see a knockout blow in the first or third quarter."

The game featured 17 lead changes and eight ties and seemed to turn in Toronto's favor when Carter brought the crowd to its feet with a running jumper that put the Raptors in front, 82-81, with 5:01 to play.

Christie made two free throws and hit a 16-footer before Oakley's free throw made it 89-83 with 2:36 remaining. But Pat Garrity sank a 26-footer and Atkins made a driving layup before feeding Amaechi for a dunk with 1:37 to go.

Willis grabbed the rebound of McGrady's miss and went up strong to put Toronto ahead, 91-90, with 43 seconds left.

"We missed some free throws down the stretch, but we still had a chance to win," Garrity said. "We have to rebound from this game by going to practice and working hard to forget it and prepare hard for the next game."

Dell Curry and McGrady scored 11 points apiece and McGrady grabbed 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 40 percent (33-of-83) and committed just 11 turnovers.

Carter had only nine points at the half on 3-of-5 shooting but caught fire in the third quarter. He missed a 19-footer on his first shot but was unconscious thereafter, sinking five straight jumpers before missing from 15 feet with 5:13 left in the quarter.

Carter made a running jumper, was good from 18 feet and buried four more from the line.

"I was just putting the ball in the hole," Carter said. "Eighteen? Wow, that's a lot of scoring. I have to make the jump shot to free myself up for penetration. I'm trying to be patient and take what they give me."

Toronto entered the final period trailing, 70-67.

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