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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 20 23 28 98 TORONTO 30 26 28 26 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 39, ANTOINE WALKER 17, CHRIS CARR 11 TOR - VINCE CARTER 29, CHARLES OAKLEY 18, MORRIS PETERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 7, ANTOINE WALKER 5 TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 12, ANTONIO DAVIS 12

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, KENNY ANDERSON 6 TOR - MARK JACKSON 8, CHARLES OAKLEY 6

ATT: 18,521


Extended Box

BOSTON (98) AT TORONTO (110)

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

PIERCE F 40 12-21 13-16 1 3 4 3 2 3 1 39 WALKER F 37 6-18 2-2 1 4 5 7 2 1 4 17 BLOUNT C 16 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 ANDERSON G 32 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 6 2 1 2 8 STITH G 25 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 7 E WILLIAMS 27 1-4 4-4 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 7 POTAPENKO 31 2-7 0-0 2 5 7 4 3 3 2 4 PALACIO 16 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 3 CARR 9 3-5 4-4 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 11 MCCARTY 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 BROWN DNP - HYPER-EXTENDED LEFT KNEE MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-73 23-28 4 26 30 24 18 8 12 98 (.452) (.821) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(19 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 42 9-16 0-0 0 12 12 6 4 2 2 18 PETERSON F 32 5-8 3-4 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 15 A DAVIS C 29 5-10 3-5 5 7 12 0 1 0 3 13 CARTER G 30 10-17 7-8 1 3 4 4 5 0 0 29 JACKSON G 31 1-7 1-1 0 2 2 8 0 1 1 3 A WILLIAMS 30 6-8 0-0 1 2 3 5 2 1 1 12 MURRAY 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 CLARK 22 3-4 3-5 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 9 CURRY 12 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 7 NDIAYE 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILLIAMSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-81 17-23 9 34 43 28 21 5 11 110 (.543) (.739) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

BOSTON 27 20 23 28 - 98 TORONTO 30 26 28 26 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2, ANDERSON, PIERCE. TORONTO - CLARK 3, A DAVIS 3, JACKSON, OAKLEY, MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-22 (.409), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 3-8, ANDERSON 0-1, STITH 1-2, E WILLIAMS 1-2, PALACIO 1-1, CARR 1-2, MCCARTY 0-1. TORONTO 5-9 (.556), PETERSON 2-3, CARTER 2-2, JACKSON 0-1, MURRAY 0-1, CURRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, RON GARRETSON, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,521. T - 2:10.


Box Score

BOSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 40 12-21 13-16 1-4 3 2 39 Walker 37 6-18 2-2 1-5 7 2 17 Blount 16 1-2 0-2 0-1 0 2 2 Anderson 32 4-7 0-0 0-1 6 2 8 Stith 25 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 2 7 E Williams 27 1-4 4-4 0-3 0 3 7 Potapenko 31 2-7 0-0 2-7 4 3 4 Palacio 16 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 3 Carr 9 3-5 4-4 0-2 0 0 11 Mccarty 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Brown DNP - hyper-extended left knee Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 23-28 4-30 24 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Pierce 2-5, Walker 3-8, Anderson 0-1, Stith 1-2, E Williams 1-2, Palacio 1-1, Carr 1-2, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Walker 2, Anderson, Pierce). Turnovers: 12 (Walker 4, Anderson 2, Potapenko 2, Carr, E Williams, Mccarty, Pierce). Steals: 8 (Pierce 3, Potapenko 3, Anderson, Walker).

TORONTO (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 42 9-16 0-0 0-12 6 4 18 Peterson 32 5-8 3-4 0-3 1 2 15 A Davis 29 5-10 3-5 5-12 0 1 13 Carter 30 10-17 7-8 1-4 4 5 29 Jackson 31 1-7 1-1 0-2 8 0 3 A Williams 30 6-8 0-0 1-3 5 2 12 Murray 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Clark 22 3-4 3-5 1-5 3 3 9 Curry 12 3-6 0-0 1-2 1 1 7 Ndiaye 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Stewart DNP - coach's decision C Williamson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-81 17-23 9-43 28 21 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Peterson 2-3, Carter 2-2, Jackson 0-1, Murray 0-1, Curry 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 9 (Clark 3, A Davis 3, Jackson, Oakley, Murray). Turnovers: 11 (A Davis 3, Clark 2, Oakley 2, Peterson 2, A Williams, Jackson). Steals: 5 (Oakley 2, A Williams, Jackson, Peterson). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 20 23 28 - 98 Toronto 30 26 28 26 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:25 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,521. T: 2:10. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- NBA commissioner David Stern will be happy to know that Vince Carter's left knee is looking just fine.

Playing through a strained left knee, Carter scored 29 points in 30 minutes to lead the Toronto Raptors to an easy 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics, who had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.

With superstars like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant questionable for Sunday's All-Star Game in Washington, Stern must have been worried about the condition of one of the game's most spectacular players for one of the league's showcase events.

But Carter was his usual high-flying self on Monday, hitting 10-of-17 shots, 7-of-8 free throws, handing out four assists and grabbing four rebounds.

"Vince felt good, real lively," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He rode the stationary bike to keep loose when he was sitting out."

"You do what you have to do and if they think it will work, I'm all for it," Carter said of staying lose on the bike. "I was trying to make something happen by taking the ball to the basket."

The 6-7 forward, who failed to finish Saturday's loss against Minnesota, helped Toronto build an 84-70 bulge entering the fourth quarter. Carter was able to rest comfortably on the bench with a towel draped over his head while his teammates finished the Celtics off for the third straight time.

"There is no question, I'm definitely playing (in the All-Star Game)," Carter said.

After a 93-91 loss to the Celtics on November 3, the Raptors have won the remaining three contests in the season series by a combined 63 points.

"We couldn't make the stops that we have in the last six games," Boston forward Antoine Walker said. "They had our number this year and luckily we don't play them again for the rest of the season. We're anxious to bounce back. We understand our mistakes better now than before."

Charles Oakley had 18 points and 12 rebounds and rookie Morris Peterson added 15 points for Toronto, which snapped a two-game skid.

"I'm happy when we play good defense and win," Oakley said. "We want to win seven or eight in a row and make some space in the East. To do that, we have to buckle down and play hard. My shots were falling tonight."

Paul Pierce scored 39 points for the Celtics, who slipped to 9-5 under interim coach Jim O'Brien.

"Vince (Carter) has the quickest first step I've ever seen," O'Brien said. "He's a great player and he looked healthy tonight. We didn't have an answer defensively tonight."

Pierce hit 12-of-21 shots but did not get enough help from frontcourt mate Walker, who was 6-of-18 from the floor for 17 points. Chris Carr was the only other Boston player in double figures with 11 points off the bench.

"That team really relies on Pierce and Walker and anytime you can stop one of them, it forces other guys to step up and they couldn't do that tonight," Toronto forward Antonio Davis said.

Davis scored 13 points and Alvin Williams added 12 for Toronto, which shot 54 percent (44-of-81), held a 43-30 rebounding advantage and scored 19 points off turnovers. The Raptors yielded just seven points off giveaways.

Boston shot 45 percent (33-of-73) and outscored Toronto, 23-17, at the line.

Carter and Pierce dueled for most of the first half, but the Raptors pulled away for good late in the second quarter. With his team clinging to a 43-39 lead midway through the period, Carter drilled a pair of jumpers around a 24-footer by Peterson and Oakley followed with a 17-footer that made it 52-39 with 3:24 remaining.

Pierce made back-to-back jumpers 3 1/2 minutes into the third quarter to shave the deficit to 63-58. But Carter hit a jumper and two free throws, Peterson added two from the line and Carter scored again to make it 71-60 with 6:02 left in the period.

The Raptors host Denver on Thursday and Stern will most likely have his fingers crossed that Carter comes out of that contest unscathed.

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