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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 26 31 23 31 111 NEW JERSEY 26 32 29 26 113 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 39, MORRIS PETERSON 17, MARK JACKSON 16 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 35, KEITH VAN HORN 28, LUCIOUS HARRIS 16

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 8, JAMIE FEICK 6

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - MARK JACKSON 7, CHARLES OAKLEY 6 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 14, KENYON MARTIN 4

ATT: 15,475


Extended Box

TORONTO (111) AT NEW JERSEY (113)

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

OAKLEY F 36 3-11 0-0 1 4 5 6 2 0 2 6 PETERSON F 29 7-14 0-2 6 3 9 1 1 1 0 17 A DAVIS C 36 2-4 7-8 1 9 10 3 3 1 2 11 CARTER G 45 15-32 7-12 3 6 9 4 5 2 0 39 JACKSON G 34 6-10 2-2 1 2 3 7 3 0 1 16 CLARK 23 2-5 3-3 4 4 8 1 5 0 3 7 CURRY 15 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 7 A WILLIAMS 22 2-5 4-4 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 8 MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION NDIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILLIAMSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-87 23-31 16 31 47 26 22 5 11 111 (.460) (.742) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 35 7-16 1-2 0 5 5 4 5 0 3 15 VAN HORN F 36 10-16 3-4 0 8 8 1 2 0 2 28 ESCHMEYER C 20 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 1 4 1 0 1 HARRIS G 37 5-8 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 16 S MARBURY G 44 10-19 11-14 0 2 2 14 1 1 3 35 WILLIAMS 28 5-6 1-2 1 4 5 0 3 2 1 11 NEWMAN 16 1-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 FEICK 12 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 0 1 1 1 0 JACKSON 12 2-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 5 DOUGLAS DNP - PERSONAL REASONS SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-79 20-28 7 30 37 20 26 7 11 113 (.506) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

TORONTO 26 31 23 31 - 111 NEW JERSEY 26 32 29 26 - 113

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CLARK 3, A DAVIS. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 2, VAN HORN, WILLIAMS, HARRIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 8-20 (.400), OAKLEY 0-1, PETERSON 3-4, CARTER 2-6, JACKSON 2-5, CURRY 1-4. NEW JERSEY 13-20 (.650), VAN HORN 5-8, HARRIS 4-4, S MARBURY 4-7, NEWMAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - CLARK. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, GEORGE TOLIVER, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 15,475. T - 2:12.


Box Score

TORONTO (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 36 3-11 0-0 1-5 6 2 6 Peterson 29 7-14 0-2 6-9 1 1 17 A Davis 36 2-4 7-8 1-10 3 3 11 Carter 45 15-32 7-12 3-9 4 5 39 Jackson 34 6-10 2-2 1-3 7 3 16 Clark 23 2-5 3-3 4-8 1 5 7 Curry 15 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 2 7 A Williams 22 2-5 4-4 0-3 3 1 8 Murray DNP - coach's decision Ndiaye DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision C Williamson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 23-31 16-47 26 22 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Oakley 0-1, Peterson 3-4, Carter 2-6, Jackson 2-5, Curry 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Clark 3, A Davis). Turnovers: 11 (Clark 3, A Davis 2, Curry 2, Oakley 2, A Williams, Jackson). Steals: 5 (Carter 2, A Davis, A Williams, Peterson).

NEW JERSEY (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 35 7-16 1-2 0-5 4 5 15 Van Horn 36 10-16 3-4 0-8 1 2 28 Eschmeyer 20 0-1 1-2 1-4 1 4 1 Harris 37 5-8 2-2 2-4 0 3 16 S Marbury 44 10-19 11-14 0-2 14 1 35 Williams 28 5-6 1-2 1-5 0 3 11 Newman 16 1-7 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Feick 12 0-1 0-0 2-6 0 1 0 Jackson 12 2-5 1-2 1-3 0 3 5 Douglas DNP - personal reasons Samake DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 20-28 7-37 20 26 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 13-20, .650 (Van Horn 5-8, Harris 4-4, S Marbury 4-7, Newman 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (K Martin 2, Van Horn, Williams, Harris). Turnovers: 12 (K Martin 3, S Marbury 3, Van Horn 2, Feick, Jackson, Williams). Steals: 7 (Newman 2, Williams 2, Eschmeyer, Feick, S Marbury). ____________________________________________ Toronto 26 31 23 31 - 111 New Jersey 26 32 29 26 - 113 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Clark, 0:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,475. T: 2:12. Officials: Bob Delaney, George Toliver, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- For the New Jersey Nets, it was shades of their horrific loss against the Boston Celtics on December 28.

But Vince Carter bailed out New Jersey by missing a foul shot with 3.3 seconds left and the Nets held on for a 113-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors after nearly squandering a 13-point lead in the final eight minutes.

The Nets appeared to be in control, taking a 112-108 lead with 12 seconds left on two foul shots by Stephon Marbury, who scored 35 points. But Carter, who scored 39, dunked just two seconds later and deflected rookie Kenyon Martin's inbounds pass to teammate Mark Jackson.

Carter got back the ball and was fouled by Martin as he started driving to the basket. He gave the Nets a scare by hitting a jumper but the officials ruled it came after the foul was called. Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens disagreed, feeling Carter was fouled while attempting the shot.

"The official said Vince was fouled before the shot," Wilkens said."He never put the ball back down after he was fouled so how could it have not been called unless it was before he got the ball?"

Carter could have tied it from the line but missed the first free throw. Instead of deliberately missing the second shot, he hit it, bringing the Raptors within a point.

Keith Van Horn made 1-of-2 from the line with 2.2 seconds left before Jackson's desperation jumper from the right corner came up short at the buzzer.

"We won, that's the most important thing," said Marbury, who hit 10-of-19 shots, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. "We came out, we played with energy but we both were bad defensively. Neither team played defense until the end, but we got it done and that's the most important thing."

On December 28 against Boston, the Nets also held a four-point lead in the waning seconds, botched an inbounds pass and lost on Milt Palacio's wild 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"Obviously, it's a big win for us," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "Vince Carter is a great player. I thought Kenyon Martin did a real good job on him all night long. Vince hit some big shots toward the end and we almost let it get away. But again, we kept our composure and continued to play well and got some free throws from Steph and Keith."

It did not appear that this one would go down to the wire as Marbury scored seven straight points in a 46-second span early in the fourth period to give New Jersey a 99-86 lead with 8:26 left.

"That's not the way we want to play," Carter said. "We want to be in the game from the beginning and not have to fight from 11 down to try to get back in at the end."

Marbury, who also handed out 14 assists, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as he had Carter went head-to-head. After Keon Clark's dunk pulled Toronto within 92-86, the Nets' point guard appeared to put away the contest during an explosive stretch.

"It was sort of an uphill battle," Wilkens said. "I thought we finally started to switch and play defense and fight them a little harder, but you can't `have to fight' uphill the whole game. We just weren't playing how we should have been playing."

Marbury started his burst with two foul shots with 9:12 left. Following a defensive stop, Marbury scored on a driving layup, then stole the inbounds pass and drilled a 3-pointer to make it 99-86 with 8:26 to go.

"Playing against anybody is a lot of fun, but playing against Vince is always spectacular," Marbury said. "He brings so much creativity to the game that everyone wants to see what he's going to do."

But the Raptors reeled off 10 straight points to tie it, 104-104, on Carter's 3-pointer with 2:51 left. Martin answered with a pair of turnaround jumpers, giving the Nets a 108-104 lead with 1:43 remaining.

After a hook by Toronto's Antonio Davis, Keith Van Horn hit a running 12-footer in the lane to make it 110-106 with 1:07 left.

Van Horn scored a season-high 28 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

Lucious Harris scored 16 points and Aaron Williams added 11 off the bench for the Nets who shot 51 percent (40-of-79) from the field, including a sizzling 13-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Rookie Morris Peterson contributed 17 and Jackson 16 for the Raptors. Toronto shot 46 percent (40-of-87) and made 8-of-20 3-pointers.

"I think he's (Peterson) been a help for the team," Carter said. "It's not about me, it's about the team. By inserting him into the starting lineup, he gives us more scoring. You can see tonight he shot the ball extremely well from three."

The Raptors went up, 63-62, on Charles Oakley's layup with 9:35 left in the third quarter -- their first lead since Carter's 28-footer opened the scoring 19 seconds into the contest. New Jersey took an 87-80 advantage into the final period.

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