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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      TORONTO          22   25   23   16    86   
      NEW JERSEY       16   26   25   21    88      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   TOR - VINCE CARTER 22, CHRIS BOSH 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 13
                NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 26, ERIC WILLIAMS 12, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

Box Score

TORONTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Rose 33 2-11 4-4 0-4 1 2 8 C Bosh 33 5-11 5-5 0-5 1 1 15 L Woods 17 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 V Carter 29 7-14 6-8 0-0 1 5 22 R Alston 40 3-9 2-2 0-5 8 2 11 M Peterson 14 0-5 1-2 0-4 0 2 1 D Marshall 31 5-11 2-4 2-9 2 1 13 M Bonner 15 1-6 0-0 3-6 1 2 2 L Murray 16 5-7 0-0 1-2 1 2 13 M Palacio 12 0-1 1-2 0-0 4 1 1 J Moiso DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Araujo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-78 21-27 6-36 20 19 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (J Rose 0-1, V Carter 2-2, R Alston 3-6, M Peterson 0-2, D Marshall 1-4, L Murray 3-4). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:6 (C Bosh 2, D Marshall, L Murray, V Carter, L Woods). Turnovers:12 (L Murray 3, V Carter 3, J Rose 2, R Alston 2, M Palacio, L Woods). Steals: 9 (V Carter 3, J Rose, R Alston, M Bonner, C Bosh, M Palacio, D Marshall). NEW JERSEY (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 35 4-12 4-6 2-8 2 3 12 J Collins 30 3-10 0-0 3-8 1 5 6 A Mourning 27 5-12 0-1 5-10 1 4 10 R Jefferson 40 8-16 10-12 2-9 8 4 26 J Kidd 21 4-6 0-0 1-6 3 1 10 T Best 25 3-13 0-0 0-2 3 2 6 B Scalabrine 18 3-4 0-0 2-5 4 2 7 R Buford 16 2-9 0-0 1-3 1 0 4 N Krstic 17 1-5 1-1 2-9 3 3 3 J Vaughn 10 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 4 A Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-91 15-20 19-61 26 26 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (E Williams 0-2, J Kidd 2-2, T Best 0-1, B Scalabrine 1-1, R Buford 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:4 (A Mourning 2, J Collins, N Krstic). Turnovers:15 (J Kidd 6, A Mourning 3, R Jefferson 2, E Williams, J Vaughn, J Collins, B Scalabrine). Steals: 8 (E Williams 2, J Kidd, T Best, J Vaughn, R Buford, B Scalabrine, N Krstic). ------------------------------------------- TORONTO 22 25 23 16 - 86 NEW JERSEY 16 26 25 21 - 88 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,227. T: 2:10. Officials: Dan Crawford, Violet Palmer, Zak Zarba.


Extended Box

TORONTO (86) AT NEW JERSEY (88) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J ROSE F 33 2-11 4-4 0 4 4 1 2 1 2 8 C BOSH F 33 5-11 5-5 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 15 L WOODS C 17 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 V CARTER G 29 7-14 6-8 0 0 0 1 5 3 3 22 R ALSTON G 40 3-9 2-2 0 5 5 8 2 1 2 11 M PETERSON 14 0-5 1-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 1 D MARSHALL 31 5-11 2-4 2 7 9 2 1 1 0 13 M BONNER 15 1-6 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 1 0 2 L MURRAY 16 5-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 13 M PALACIO 12 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 1 J MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION R ARAUJO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-78 21-27 6 30 36 20 19 9 12 86 (.359) (.778) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12 (13 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E WILLIAMS F 35 4-12 4-6 2 6 8 2 3 2 1 12 J COLLINS F 30 3-10 0-0 3 5 8 1 5 0 1 6 A MOURNING C 27 5-12 0-1 5 5 10 1 4 0 3 10 R JEFFERSON G 40 8-16 10-12 2 7 9 8 4 0 2 26 J KIDD G 21 4-6 0-0 1 5 6 3 1 1 6 10 T BEST 25 3-13 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 6 B SCALABRINE 18 3-4 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 1 1 7 R BUFORD 16 2-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 4 N KRSTIC 17 1-5 1-1 2 7 9 3 3 1 0 3 J VAUGHN 10 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 4 A WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-91 15-20 19 42 61 26 26 8 15 88 (.385) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (12 PTS) TORONTO 22 25 23 16 - 86 NEW JERSEY 16 26 25 21 - 88 BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - C BOSH 2, D MARSHALL, L MURRAY, V CARTER, L WOODS. NEW JERSEY - A MOURNING 2, J COLLINS, N KRSTIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 9-19 (.474), J ROSE 0-1, V CARTER 2-2, R ALSTON 3- 6, M PETERSON 0-2, D MARSHALL 1-4, L MURRAY 3-4. NEW JERSEY 3-7 (. 429), E WILLIAMS 0-2, J KIDD 2-2, T BEST 0-1, B SCALABRINE 1-1, R BUFORD 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, VIOLET PALMER, ZAK ZARBA. A - 11,227. T - 2:10.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - After a slow start resulting from an eight-month layoff, Jason Kidd looked like the answer to all of the New Jersey Nets' problems. Kidd buried a game-tying 3-pointer with 1:54 to go and assisted on Richard Jefferson's go-ahead floater with 7.1 seconds left as the Nets rallied for an 88-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the season debut of their superstar point guard. The Nets floundered with just four wins in their first 16 games without Kidd, who has been recovering from offseason knee surgery, but showed renewed vigor with their leader back on the floor. It wasn't pretty early, however, as Kidd committed five turnovers in the first half, misfiring on a number of fast-break passes. "My home run pass is a little rusty," said Kidd, who scored his first points on a jumper from the left elbow midway through the second quarter. "I felt great after I hit that first shot. I had a couple of great practices and I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be." Kidd was limited to 21 minutes, returning to the game for good with 5:54 left and the Nets facing a 78-73 deficit. New Jersey had sliced it to 84-81 before Kidd tied it with his second 3-pointer of the game from the top of the arc. New Jersey grabbed four offensive rebounds on the same possession in the final 36 seconds before Kidd fed Jefferson, who drove from the left wing and buried a floater over Donyell Marshall to give the Nets the lead. Kidd guarded Toronto's Vince Carter on the final possession and things continued to go his way. Carter beat Kidd badly off the dribble but had his layup rattle around the rim and bounce out as time expired. "I thought for sure it was going in," said Carter, who scored 22 points despite being a game-time decision due to food poisoning. "As I turned around and went to the bench I saw Richard Jefferson holding the ball, but it wasn't under the basket." "I wanted to guard him," Kidd said. "We knew where the ball was going to go. I thought he was going to try to win the game with a 3-pointer. I figured if he drove past me and made the shot, we would go into overtime and try and win it." Jefferson nearly had a triple-double with 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Kidd finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. "I don't know any other human being that could stay out for eight months and have knee surgery and play like that," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "He was hitting pressure shots and made the game-winning pass." "It's been eight months, but he hasn't been sitting around," Nets center Alonzo Mourning said. "He's been working on his game. None of what he did out there surprised me because he's done those things before." New Jersey grabbed a season-high 61 rebounds - including 19 on the offensive end - compared to just 36 for Toronto. Mourning had 10 rebounds, Nenad Krstic added a career-high nine and Eric Williams and Jason Collins has eight apiece. "That was probably the most grand thing that will jump out at you from the start sheet," Raptors guard Jalen Rose said. "Anytime you lose the battle of the boards two to one, that's more possessions and more opportunities to go to the basket." The Raptors tied a season high with nine 3-pointers and controlled the game most of the way - trailing only once in the first 45 minutes - before falling apart. They have lost four straight games and are just 2-11 on the road. "We find ways to lose games," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "It should not have come down to that last Vince Carter shot. We had the game the whole way. We just have to make a little extra effort."


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