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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 30 21 20 24 95 CHARLOTTE 23 34 36 18 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 23, KEON CLARK 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 27, DAVID WESLEY 26, ELDEN CAMPBELL 14

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - KEON CLARK 6, ANTONIO DAVIS 6 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 9, ELDEN CAMPBELL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 CHA - BARON DAVIS 11, DAVID WESLEY 7

ATT: 15,746 Extended Box TORONTO (95) AT CHARLOTTE (111) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === OAKLEY F 29 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 5 0 0 1 2 PETERSON F 17 5-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 12 A DAVIS C 35 3-7 6-6 2 4 6 2 3 0 2 12 CARTER G 35 8-17 4-5 2 0 2 3 1 0 3 23 A WILLIAMS G 36 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 9 1 1 2 5 J WILLIAMS 10 2-5 3-3 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 7 CHILDS 18 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 5 6 0 6 2 CLARK 23 5-12 3-4 1 5 6 1 2 1 0 13 MURRAY 11 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 CURRY 16 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 11 MONTROSS 8 1-2 1-1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 3 M STEWART 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 TOTALS 240 34-81 17-19 9 21 30 28 19 6 15 95 (.420) (.895) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === BROWN F 30 4-9 2-2 2 4 6 2 1 2 1 10 MASHBURN F 33 12-21 3-3 2 7 9 5 2 0 2 27 CAMPBELL C 33 4-9 6-6 1 7 8 0 3 2 1 14 DAVIS G 43 3-9 1-2 3 2 5 11 0 0 2 9 WESLEY G 41 9-14 5-5 1 1 2 7 1 3 4 26 MAGLOIRE 15 3-4 1-2 1 3 4 1 5 1 3 7 ROBINSON 23 5-9 3-3 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 13 THORPE 18 2-4 1-2 2 3 5 2 4 0 2 5 NAILON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 HAWKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION RECASNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-79 22-25 12 28 40 30 17 10 16 111 (.532) (.880) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS) TORONTO 30 21 20 24 - 95 CHARLOTTE 23 34 36 18 - 111 BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - OAKLEY, A DAVIS, PETERSON, CLARK. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 2, BROWN, THORPE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 10-20 (.500), PETERSON 2-2, CARTER 3-5, A WILLIAMS 1-5, CHILDS 0-1, MURRAY 1-1, CURRY 3-6. CHARLOTTE 5-12 (.417), MASHBURN 0-1, DAVIS 2-6, WESLEY 3-5. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - CHILDS, CHARLOTTE - MAGLOIRE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, BOB DELANEY, RODNEY MOTT. A - 15,746. T - 2:04.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- After a slow start, the Charlotte Hornets shot like they have been playing.

Jamal Mashburn scored 27 points and fueled a decisive third-quarter run as the Hornets remained red-hot with a 111-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Having won 12 of their last 14 games entering the contest, the Hornets started slowly, trailing by as many as 12 points and shooting only 39 percent (9-of-23) from the field in the first quarter.

But the Hornets got things going in the second period, shooting 62 percent (13-of-21) and turning a seven-point deficit into a 57-51 advantage.

Mashburn came alive in the third quarter, scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting as Charlotte opened a comfortable 92-71 cushion entering the final period.

"Mash was nothing short of sensational. He came up big in the third quarter," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "They were doubling and we kicked the ball to him."

Charlotte shot 70 percent (14-of-20) in the third quarter and finished at 53 percent (42-of-79) overall.

"Early on, we weren't in sync," Silas said. "In the second and third quarters, we picked it up. I was satisfied with our effort."

"We started out fine. We made some shots early, but our defense went to sleep on us," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You have to give them a lot of credit. Mash played great for them. He got off to a good start. Once a player of his caliber gets off, he's tough to stop."

Raptors forward Charles Oakley criticized his team afterward.

"We didn't have a clue on defense tonight," he said. "We didn't do anything as a team. We're playing with a lot of friendship with other teams, letting guys get to the basket untouched. Since the All-Star break we haven't beaten good teams with good records except for New York. We just beat the sorry teams to make our record look good."

David Wesley added 26 points and Elden Campbell 14 and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who moved four games in front of third-place Toronto in the Central Division. Charlotte remained 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Milwaukee.

Since the All-Star break, the Hornets have posted an NBA-best 14-3 record.

Vince Carter scored 23 points -- all in the first three quarters -- for Toronto, which has dropped five of eight following a five-game winning streak.

Fueled by Carter, who scored 13 points in the first quarter, the Raptors built an early lead and led for most of the first half before the Hornets got things going near the end of the second quarter.

Wesley drilled a 3-pointer to give the Hornets the lead for good, 54-51, and Baron Davis and Campbell combined to make three free throws for a six-point advantage at the break.

Eddie Robinson gave the Hornets a lift off the bench in the second quarter, scoring 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He finished with 13 points to lead Charlotte's bench, which was outscored by Toronto's reserves, 41-25.

Using his size to his advantage in the third quarter, the 6-8 Mashburn scored on a variety of post-up moves to help Charlotte increase the lead.

Mashburn's first four baskets came on post-up moves or jumpers that triggered a 30-10 surge that started the period that gave the Hornets an 87-61 advantage with 2:40 left in the quarter. He had 14 points in the burst.

"Mash is a guy who demands double-teams. He carried us through the third quarter," Wesley said.

While Mashburn was excelling, Carter was having a quiet period for the Raptors. The electrifying Carter, who played collegiately at North Carolina, had five points in the quarter while attempting just four shots.

Dell Curry, a former Hornet, was the main offensive threat for the Raptors in the third quarter, when he scored eight of his 11 points.

Charlotte made sure its big third quarter would not go to waste as it led by as many as 22 points in the final period. The Raptors got as close as 108-95 with just over 90 seconds remaining.

Keon Clark added 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 42 percent (34-of-81) and were outrebounded, 40-30.

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