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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 28 16 27 16 87 PHOENIX 18 21 21 21 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 31, MORRIS PETERSON 16, ALVIN WILLIAMS 12 PHO - SHAWN MARION 24, STEPHON MARBURY 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 12, VINCE CARTER 8 PHO - SHAWN MARION 10, RODNEY ROGERS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 11, PENNY HARDAWAY 5

ATT: 14,823


Extended Box

TORONTO (87) AT PHOENIX (81)

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

A DAVIS F 42 2-9 1-2 1 6 7 1 1 2 1 5 PETERSON F 42 6-15 2-2 3 4 7 4 2 2 4 16 OLAJUWON C 28 5-10 0-2 4 8 12 1 2 1 2 10 CARTER G 48 12-21 3-6 2 6 8 3 4 1 5 31 A WILLIAMS G 36 5-12 1-2 1 4 5 7 1 3 2 12 CHILDS 17 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 4 3 0 3 4 CLARK 18 1-5 2-4 4 3 7 0 5 0 3 4 CURRY 9 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 ARROYO DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 10-20 15 33 48 20 18 10 20 87 (.430) (.500) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 22 3-8 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 1 0 6 SH MARION F 44 10-21 4-5 3 7 10 1 0 1 1 24 VOSKUHL C 11 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 4 HARDAWAY G 38 5-19 0-0 0 5 5 5 3 1 5 10 ST MARBURY G 43 8-18 3-5 1 2 3 11 3 3 8 19 MAJERLE 13 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 3 TSAKALIDIS 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 ROGERS 29 5-9 0-0 3 4 7 2 1 1 0 10 OUTLAW 32 2-3 1-1 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 5 T DELK DNP - RIGHT CALF STRAIN FORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-84 8-11 10 28 38 19 16 10 18 81 (.429) (.727) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(11 PTS)

TORONTO 28 16 27 16 - 87 PHOENIX 18 21 21 21 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - A DAVIS 2, CLARK 2, CARTER, A WILLIAMS, PETERSON. PHOENIX - OUTLAW 3, SH MARION, VOSKUHL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 9-24 (.375), PETERSON 2-7, CARTER 4-10, A WILLIAMS 1-4, CHILDS 1-1, CURRY 1-2. PHOENIX 1-10 (.100), SH MARION 0-1, HARDAWAY 0-2, ST MARBURY 0-3, MAJERLE 1-4. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - DEFENSIVE THREE, PHOENIX - TOR, ROGERS. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,823. T - 2:12.


Box Score

TORONTO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Davis 42 2-9 1-2 1-7 1 1 5 Peterson 42 6-15 2-2 3-7 4 2 16 Olajuwon 28 5-10 0-2 4-12 1 2 10 Carter 48 12-21 3-6 2-8 3 4 31 A Williams 36 5-12 1-2 1-5 7 1 12 Childs 17 1-2 1-2 0-2 4 3 4 Clark 18 1-5 2-4 4-7 0 5 4 Curry 9 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Arroyo DNP - coach's decision Bradley DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision Murray DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 10-20 15-48 20 18 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 9-24, .375 (Peterson 2-7, Carter 4-10, A Williams 1-4, Childs 1-1, Curry 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (A Davis 2, Clark 2, Carter, A Williams, Peterson). Turnovers: 20 (Carter 5, Peterson 4, Childs 3, Clark 3, A Williams 2, Olajuwon 2, A Davis). Steals: 10 (A Williams 3, A Davis 2, Peterson 2, Carter, Curry, Olajuwon).

PHOENIX (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 22 3-8 0-0 0-5 0 4 6 Sh Marion 44 10-21 4-5 3-10 1 0 24 Voskuhl 11 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Hardaway 38 5-19 0-0 0-5 5 3 10 St Marbury 43 8-18 3-5 1-3 11 3 19 Majerle 13 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Tsakalidis 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Rogers 29 5-9 0-0 3-7 2 1 10 Outlaw 32 2-3 1-1 2-4 0 2 5 T Delk DNP - right calf strain Ford DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 8-11 10-38 19 16 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Sh Marion 0-1, Hardaway 0-2, St Marbury 0-3, Majerle 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Outlaw 3, Sh Marion, Voskuhl). Turnovers: 18 (St Marbury 8, Hardaway 5, Voskuhl 3, Outlaw, Sh Marion). Steals: 10 (Majerle 3, St Marbury 3, Gugliotta, Hardaway, Rogers, Sh Marion). ____________________________________________ Toronto 28 16 27 16 - 87 Phoenix 18 21 21 21 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Defensive Three, 2:00 3rd). Phoenix 2 (Tor, 5:30 3rd; Rogers, 3:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,823. T: 2:12. Officials: Hue Hollins, Monty Mccutchen, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Vince Carter made four 3-pointers and scored 31 points as the Toronto Raptors held off the Phoenix Suns, 87-81, in the finale of a season-high six-game road trip.

Carter has earned most of his acclaim for highlight reel dunks as a 39 percent career perimeter shooter. But he is shooting 42 percent (33-of-79) from 3-point range this season.

Carter's final 3-pointer came with 9:10 left in the fourth and put the Raptors ahead, 80-66. After a series of swift passes along the perimeter, he spotted up from the left side against Phoenix's matchup zone.

It was Carter's second big night from 3-point range during the road trip. He opened the trip with eight 3-pointers in a blowout victory on November 10 at Utah.

"The most important thing is that we should be proud of ourselves because we survived," Carter said. "I mean 3-3 is great, but 4-2 is better. We showed that we can bring it to these West Coast teams and make it happen. I think it was a chance to show where we are and where we want to be."

"When we swing the ball we have to penetrate, and then if we have to set and pitch it, and that's really how you get shots," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens added. "They got a lot of shots, but we never got ourselves out of the game. It was a collective effort tonight."

But the Raptors nearly fell apart, going 8:10 without a point, as the Suns went on a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to 80-79 with just over a minute to play. Shawn Marion and Stephon Marbury combined for nine points during the burst.

But Alvin Williams nailed a 16-footer to end the Raptors' drought with a minute left. He finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

"Just shooting it, it was a situation where Chris (Childs) penetrated and got me a good look, and that was it," Williams said. "I just made the shot. They switched up and gave us two different looks.

"In the first half, they pressed and then they got back in the game. And then in the fourth quarter, when they went into the zone, we just had to adjust to it. And I think we did a good job of adjusting to their press early."

Before Williams' shot, the Raptors were just 3-of-17 in the fourth quarter.

"I think he has been a little impatient with himself and we are going to keep encouraging him to let it come to him a little bit and to pick opportunites for the shots," Wilkens said. "He hit some big ones tonight and you have to love what he does. He works hard. He defends. He will pass it. He will rebound it and he will push it up, so I think the shot will fall into place eventually."

Marbury scored 19 points, but he and Penny Hardaway missed 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds to complete the Suns' 1-of-10 effort from the arc.

Morris Peterson made a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to seal the victory.

"It was a tough game for us," Marbury said. "We fought so hard to get back into the game. We had to put a lot of energy and effort into getting back into the game. We stayed with it, but Vince Carter hit some big shots and we missed some big shots, shots that we would take over and over again."

Toronto's largest lead was 19 points following Hakeem Olajuwon's follow shot midawy through the third quarter.

Like he has done before, Phoenix coach Scott Skiles switched to a matchup zone, a move that sparked a 16-6 outburst. It reduced the deficit to 68-60 before Dell Curry nailed a 3-pointer as time expired in the period.

"The game started kind of slow and everybody wasn't into it like we need to," Marion said. "We got lulled to sleep out there a little bit in the first quarter, but once we got it going, we started doing everything right."

Carter has scored 163 points in his last four games against the Suns, including 51 on February 27, 2000.

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