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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 19 18 15 16 68 TORONTO 20 19 19 12 70 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 18, KURT THOMAS 12, GLEN RICE 10 TOR - VINCE CARTER 24, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 16, CHARLES OAKLEY 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 13, KURT THOMAS 10 TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 11, ANTONIO DAVIS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 6, LATRELL SPREWELL 3 TOR - MARK JACKSON 7, ALVIN WILLIAMS 5

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

NEW YORK (68) AT TORONTO (70)

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

L JOHNSON F 17 0-4 4-4 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 RICE F 34 4-12 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 10 CAMBY C 38 2-6 1-3 4 9 13 2 2 4 0 5 HOUSTON G 38 4-14 1-1 0 2 2 1 0 1 6 9 SPREWELL G 40 7-16 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 0 5 18 THOMAS 29 6-10 0-0 4 6 10 0 3 1 1 12 CHILDS 32 4-9 0-0 0 4 4 6 4 2 2 8 LONGLEY 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-73 9-12 8 28 36 13 16 9 15 68 (.384) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 39 6-11 2-2 2 9 11 4 5 2 3 14 C WILLIAMSON F 31 8-15 0-0 3 6 9 1 5 0 3 16 A DAVIS C 40 1-8 3-4 6 4 10 2 1 0 0 5 CARTER G 44 8-22 6-8 3 5 8 2 0 4 3 24 JACKSON G 36 1-9 1-2 1 3 4 7 2 4 4 4 PETERSON 17 1-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 2 A WILLIAMS 15 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 1 2 2 K WILLIS 18 0-6 3-4 3 3 6 0 2 1 2 3 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION CURRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION K DAVID DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-81 15-20 20 35 55 22 17 12 18 70 (.321) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 19 18 15 16 - 68 TORONTO 20 19 19 12 - 70

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, CHILDS 2, SPREWELL, L JOHNSON, THOMAS, LONGLEY. TORONTO - A DAVIS 4, C WILLIAMSON 2, PETERSON 2, K WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-9 (.333), L JOHNSON 0-2, RICE 1-3, HOUSTON 0-2, SPREWELL 2-2. TORONTO 3-15 (.200), OAKLEY 0-2, CARTER 2-4, JACKSON 1-7, PETERSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY, CHILDS. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, RASHAN MICHEL, JIM CAPERS. A - 19,800. T - 2:16.


Box Score

NEW YORK (68) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 17 0-4 4-4 0-0 1 1 4 Rice 34 4-12 1-2 0-3 0 2 10 Camby 38 2-6 1-3 4-13 2 2 5 Houston 38 4-14 1-1 0-2 1 0 9 Sprewell 40 7-16 2-2 0-3 3 2 18 Thomas 29 6-10 0-0 4-10 0 3 12 Childs 32 4-9 0-0 0-4 6 4 8 Longley 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 9-12 8-36 13 16 68 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (L Johnson 0-2, Rice 1-3, Houston 0-2, Sprewell 2-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Camby 4, Childs 2, Sprewell, L Johnson, Thomas, Longley). Turnovers: 15 (Houston 6, Sprewell 5, Childs 2, L Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 9 (Camby 4, Childs 2, Houston, Rice, Thomas).

TORONTO (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 39 6-11 2-2 2-11 4 5 14 C Williamson 31 8-15 0-0 3-9 1 5 16 A Davis 40 1-8 3-4 6-10 2 1 5 Carter 44 8-22 6-8 3-8 2 0 24 Jackson 36 1-9 1-2 1-4 7 2 4 Peterson 17 1-5 0-0 2-5 1 1 2 A Williams 15 1-5 0-0 0-2 5 1 2 K Willis 18 0-6 3-4 3-6 0 2 3 Corbin DNP - coach's decision Curry DNP - coach's decision K David DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-81 15-20 20-55 22 17 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.321, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Oakley 0-2, Carter 2-4, Jackson 1-7, Peterson 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (A Davis 4, C Williamson 2, Peterson 2, K Willis). Turnovers: 19 (Jackson 4, C Williamson 3, Carter 3, Oakley 3, A Williams 2, K Willis 2, Peterson). Steals: 12 (Carter 4, Jackson 4, Oakley 2, A Williams, K Willis). ____________________________________________ New York 19 18 15 16 - 68 Toronto 20 19 19 12 - 70 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 9:31 3rd; Childs, 3:20 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:16. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Rashan Michel, Jim Capers.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Maybe Toronto Raptors forward Charles Oakley knew what he was talking about when he said the New York Knicks did not have any "warriors."

Allan Houston missed four shots and committed a turnover in the last four minutes as the Knicks squandered a six-point lead and watched helplessly as Oakley's Raptors rallied for a 70-68 victory behind 24 points by Vince Carter.

Following a 79-75 victory on November 25 at Madison Square Garden, Oakley lambasted his former club as a team that lacked the toughness that made it a perennial Eastern Conference contender.

"We might not be as athletic, but we have a lot more guys who understand how to play and win," Oakley said.

New York seemed poised to answer that insult tonight, overcoming a 10-point third-quarter deficit and taking a 66-60 lead on Latrell Sprewell's 20-footer with 4:53 to play.

But the Knicks fell apart soon after and Oakley started the Raptors' comeback by knocking down a short jumper. He made two more free throws while Houston missed three straight jumpers.

"I had some good looks, I just didn't make them," Houston said. "I've got to make better plays. I was struggling tonight mentally. Some nights can be like that."

Carter made two from the line to pull Toronto within 68-67 with 1:24 left and the superstar swingman stole the ball from Houston on New York's ensuing possession. Sprewell caught up with and fouled Carter, but the All-Star responded by sinking both free throws and made 1-of-2 with four seconds to go to cap the scoring.

"We went out there and beat the hell out of each other," Carter said. "It's a great battle when these teams get together. There are no easy shots for anyone. The most important thing was we came together as a unit and we executed as a team."

Houston and the Knicks had one final chance, but his 24-footer clanged off the rim at the buzzer, sending New York to its fifth loss in the last six regular-season meetings with Toronto.

"We had a hand in their face all night," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Houston couldn't get by Corliss (Williamson), so he had to shoot over him. We played good defense down the stretch and hit some free throws."

The Knicks swept Oakley, Carter and the Raptors in three games in the first round of last season's Eastern Conference playoffs.

Williamson scored 16 points and Oakley added 14 and 11 boards for Toronto, which held a commanding 55-36 rebounding advantage. The Knicks were without power forward Larry Johnson in the second half due to a sprained right knee.

"I thought we competed hard defensively, but we got beat badly under the boards," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Our offense was sub-standard. We had two turnovers in the last minute and a half, and that's a killer. We didn't do enough to win this game."

Sprewell scored 18 points, but it was Houston's nine-point, 4-of-14 shooting performance that left the Knicks without an answer for Carter, who had 15 points second-half points.

"Guys are frustrated and disappointed," Sprewell said. "They played better than us in the last three minutes. We did an excellent job defensively. It was a low-scoring game, the way we wanted it to be. We just couldn't execute down the stretch."

Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby, players who took the brunt of Oakley's criticism, combined for 17 points and 23 rebounds, but neither was a factor down the stretch. New York shot 38 percent (28-of-73) and yielded 19 points off turnovers in scoring the fewest points ever by a Toronto opponent.

The Raptors shot just 32 percent (26-of-81) but outscored the Knicks, 22-12, on the break and 15-9 at the line.

Oakley and the Raptors were poised to put away the Knicks early. His 20-footer with 6:14 left in the third quarter gave Toronto a 51-41 lead.

Glen Rice hit a 3-pointer and a free throw and Camby followed with a basket as New York snuck back into contention. A layup by Williamson with just under a minute left in the period gave Toronto a 10-point advantage, but New York rallied again.

Luc Longley and Chris Childs closed the third quarter with consecutive baskets and Thomas and Sprewell combined for eight points early in the final period as New York took a 61-60 lead with 8:46 to play.

Houston followed with a jumper and an 18-footer and Sprewell's 20-footer gave the Knicks a six-point cushion before Oakley's jumper ended the Raptors' 6 1/2-minute scoring drought.

New York held an opponent under 100 points for a team-record 17th straight game.

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