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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 25 26 16 17 84 TORONTO 14 27 20 24 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 24, CHRIS CARR 15, BJ ARMSTRONG 14 TOR - VINCE CARTER 25, ANTONIO DAVIS 17, TRACY MCGRADY 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - MICHAEL RUFFIN 10, ELTON BRAND 9 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 9, TRACY MCGRADY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - CHRIS CARR 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 TOR - TRACY MCGRADY 5, DOUG CHRISTIE 3

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

CHICAGO (84) AT TORONTO (85)

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

BRAND F 41 9-17 6-8 2 7 9 3 3 0 3 24 HOIBERG F 34 1-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 0 2 1 2 RUFFIN C 42 2-3 2-4 5 5 10 0 5 0 4 6 HAWKINS G 27 1-8 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 4 MALONEY G 24 3-7 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 9 CARR 29 6-13 3-3 0 7 7 4 2 2 3 15 ARMSTRONG 24 7-11 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 14 C BENJAMIN 6 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 ANSTEY 11 3-4 2-3 3 0 3 0 5 0 1 8 PERDUE 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ARTEST DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SIMPKINS DNP - INFLAMMED RIGHT ACHILLES

TOTALS 240 32-72 18-23 13 28 41 14 22 7 17 84 (.444) (.783) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

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

CARTER F 39 9-16 6-7 0 4 4 2 3 3 3 25 OAKLEY F 26 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 1 2 2 DAVIS C 26 6-8 5-5 4 5 9 0 5 0 2 17 CHRISTIE G 21 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 2 1 5 MCGRADY G 41 5-14 2-2 4 3 7 5 2 2 1 13 BOGUES 26 3-10 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 6 K WILLIS 23 2-6 3-4 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 7 CURRY 22 2-10 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 5 STEWART 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 BROWN 13 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 5 THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 16-18 11 25 36 14 24 9 14 85 (.410) (.889) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

CHICAGO 25 26 16 17 - 84 TORONTO 14 27 20 24 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - RUFFIN 2, BRAND, ARMSTRONG, CARR, ANSTEY. TORONTO - CARTER 4, CHRISTIE, MCGRADY, DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-14 (.143), HOIBERG 0-2, HAWKINS 0-3, MALONEY 2-4, CARR 0-3, ARMSTRONG 0-1, C BENJAMIN 0-1. TORONTO 5-20 (.250), CARTER 1-3, OAKLEY 0-1, CHRISTIE 1-2, MCGRADY 1-2, BOGUES 0-3, CURRY 1-6, BROWN 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, LEROY RICHARDSON, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,800. T - 2:26.


Box Score

CHICAGO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 41 9-17 6-8 2-9 3 3 24 Hoiberg 34 1-7 0-0 1-4 3 0 2 Ruffin 42 2-3 2-4 5-10 0 5 6 Hawkins 27 1-8 2-2 2-4 0 3 4 Maloney 24 3-7 1-1 0-1 1 1 9 Carr 29 6-13 3-3 0-7 4 2 15 Armstrong 24 7-11 0-0 0-2 2 1 14 C Benjamin 6 0-1 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 Anstey 11 3-4 2-3 3-3 0 5 8 Perdue 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Artest DNP - sprained right ankle Simpkins DNP - inflammed right achilles _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 18-23 13-41 14 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Hoiberg 0-2, Hawkins 0-3, Maloney 2-4, Carr 0-3, Armstrong 0-1, C Benjamin 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Ruffin 2, Brand, Armstrong, Carr, Anstey). Turnovers: 19 (Ruffin 4, Armstrong 3, Brand 3, Carr 3, Anstey, Hawkins, Hoiberg, Maloney). Steals: 7 (Carr 2, Hoiberg 2, Maloney 2, Hawkins).

TORONTO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 39 9-16 6-7 0-4 2 3 25 Oakley 26 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 3 2 Davis 26 6-8 5-5 4-9 0 5 17 Christie 21 2-4 0-0 1-4 3 1 5 Mcgrady 41 5-14 2-2 4-7 5 2 13 Bogues 26 3-10 0-0 1-2 1 3 6 K Willis 23 2-6 3-4 1-2 0 3 7 Curry 22 2-10 0-0 0-4 1 2 5 Stewart 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brown 13 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 5 Thomas DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 16-18 11-36 14 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Carter 1-3, Oakley 0-1, Christie 1-2, Mcgrady 1-2, Bogues 0-3, Curry 1-6, Brown 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Carter 4, Christie, Mcgrady, Davis). Turnovers: 14 (Carter 3, Curry 2, Davis 2, K Willis 2, Oakley 2, Christie, Mcgrady, Stewart). Steals: 9 (Carter 3, Christie 2, Mcgrady 2, Brown, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Chicago 25 26 16 17 - 84 Toronto 14 27 20 24 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:26. Officials: Terry Durham, Leroy Richardson, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Less than a week away from their first playoff appearance ever, the Toronto Raptors were nearly humbled by the Eastern Conference's worst team.

Dee Brown's 3-pointer with 11.5 seconds to play capped a furious 18-3 closing run as the Raptors erased a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit and escaped with a thrilling 85-84 victory over the feisty Chicago Bulls.

Vince Carter scored 25 points for Toronto and had a potential tying layup fall off the rim with less than 15 seconds to play. But Tracy McGrady grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to Brown, who buried a 24-footer to put Toronto ahead to stay.

"I like being in that situation," Brown said. "It's a playoff atmosphere, you have to hit big shots. Tracy found me and those are the kind of shots you dream of. We came out a little sluggish, we knew Chicago would come out and play hard. In the fourth quarter, we finally played some defense and got some big stops, which gave us a chance to come back."

"I knew Vince's shot was going to be short," McGrady said. "I saw Dee in the corner and I hit him with the pass and he made the shot. It was a big shot. We learned today not to take anyone for granted. We need to keep playing hard right into the playoffs."

The Bulls tried to answer, but B.J. Armstrong dribbled off his foot and Chris Carr's desperation 34-footer missed at the buzzer.

Toronto was coming off one of its most impressive wins of the season, a wire-to-wire 86-71 rout of the New York Knicks on Friday. The Raptors are sixth in the East and likely will face the third-seeded Knicks when the postseason begins later this week.

"This is a big win for us," Carter said. "We really wanted to win it for the fans. It was a great comeback win. Everyone stepped it up when we needed to. We have to play better come playoffs. But we showed who we are in the second half."

But Toronto did not look interested today, falling behind 76-61 with 9:22 to play before waking up. Armstrong's 19-footer with 6:42 left gave Chicago an 81-67 bulge, but McGrady made two free throws, Antonio Davis converted a three-point play and the Raptors were off and running.

Davis made two free throws, Brown hit a 21-footer and Davis added a layup to cut the margin to 81-78 with 1:54 remaining.

Chris Anstey made a free throw for Chicago before McGrady and Armstrong exchanged baskets. Davis hit two more from the line before Carter stole the ball from Fred Hoiberg to set up Toronto's final basket.

Davis finished with 17 points and McGrady 13 for the Raptors, who have won six in a row against the Bulls and completed their first-ever season series sweep against them.

"We were fortunate enough to get the win," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "And that's the way we need to look at it. This guarantees us the sixth spot and that's pretty good."

Rookie sensation Elton Brand had 24 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which has lost four of five.

"Tonight we should have won," Brand said. "It was a tough finish. Dee Brown stepped up and hit that three. For 3 1/2 quarters, it was our game. We even built it back up in the fourth, but couldn't hold them off."

Carr scored 15 points and Armstrong 14 off the bench for the Bulls, who shot 44 percent (32-of-72) and held a 41-36 rebounding advantage. The Bulls yielded 21 points off turnovers while collecting just 11 off Raptors giveaways.

Chicago put the Raptors down early, racing out to a 25-14 lead after one period behind 10 points from Brand, who is a frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year honors.

The Raptors remaining within striking distance, 51-41, at the half and appeared poised to take control in the third period when McGrady buried a 3-pointer to forge a 57-57 tie with 5:27 left.

But Armstrong hit a 20-footer to spark a 19-4 burst that Anstey capped on a follow shot with 9:22 to play, giving Chicago a seemingly safe 15-point bulge.

"They did a terrific job with the pressure the last seven or eight minutes and we didn't handle it very well," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "It was a good move by Butch, putting two big guys on Hoiberg for the last inbounds play."

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