Sunday , Jan , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Carter’s last-second shot sinks Raptors

=== Carter’s last-second shot sinks Raptors ===

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 42 points against his
former team, and buried a three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left, to lift the New
Jersey Nets to their 10th straight win, 105-104 over the Toronto Raptors at
the Air Canada Centre.

Carter scored 24 in the final quarter. He also had 10 rebounds and shot 18-
of-35 from the field. Jason Kidd added 22 points, six rebounds and 15 assists
in the win.

“The atmosphere, the emotion, the hostility in the arena, it was a fun game to
play in,” said Carter. “It felt like game seven of the playoffs.”

After Carter knocked down a pair of shots from the charity strip to cut the
New Jersey deficit to 103-102 with 10 seconds remaining, Jose Calderon hit
only 1-of-2 free throws on the other end. Carter then connected on a a deep
three from the left wing to give the Nets the victory. Toronto’s final
inbounds pass went awry.

“(Carter’s) been off the charts and there is no better place for him to make a
big shot than here,” said Kidd. “Tonight we go shorthanded, losing R.J.
(Richard Jefferson) two minutes into the game and everybody stepped up and
pitched in to help.”

New Jersey played most of the game without Jefferson, who logged only two-
plus minutes because of back spasms.

Chris Bosh netted 27 points with seven rebounds for the Raptors, who saw their
season-best five-game winning streak come to an end. Mike James added 26
points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the loss.

Toronto’s Morris Peterson saw his day come to an end just before the
conclusion of the second quarter. After receiving a technical for arguing with
a referee, Peterson and Carter later exchanged slaps and Peterson was called
for his second technical foul. However, the referees did not see Carter’s slap
and he was not hit with a technical.

“During different times of the game, Vince might try to horseplay around and
it’s unfortunate what happened,” said Peterson. “It wasn’t anything where we
were fighting or anything out there on the court. (The referee) didn’t see
what happened first. He didn’t see Vince put his hands across my face, so I
did that same thing back and I end up getting caught.”

“I don’t know what to say about (the ejection),” said Carter. “Mo Pete and I
are always having a good time. Mr. Javie (the referee), I guess he turned at
the wrong time and felt like (Mo) had punched me in the face or whatever…I
hate for it to happen that way.”

The Raptors started the fourth frame hot, scoring the first seven points to go
up 80-76. Toronto later extended to an 84-79 edge, but Carter’s basket with
6:44 left later tied the contest at 86-86.

Four straight points by the Raptors made it a 90-86 contest and Bosh later
netted four straight points of his own to extended Toronto to a 98-90 edge.

A three-pointer by Kidd and a layup by Carter pulled New Jersey to within
three at 98-95. However, James answered with a three-pointer with 1:01
remaining to put Toronto ahead six.

Carter then netted the next five points of the game for a 101-100 game before
the exciting finish.

Toronto netted the first six points of the third to go ahead 57-48, but a
basket by Nenad Krstic later pulled New Jersey to within 59-57 with 7:29
remaining in the third.

Carter later capped a 7-0 Nets run that tied the contest at 68-68 and New
Jersey scored eight of the last 11 points of the third to lead 76-73 heading
into the fourth.

Toronto held a 21-14 lead in the first, but the Nets closed out the frame on a
15-2 run to hold a 29-23 advantage going into the second.

The Raptors battled back to tie the contest at 35-35 midway through the second
and Toronto later opened up a 47-40 edge with 2:35 remaining. The Raptors went
into the break up three at 51-48.

Game Notes

Carter’s 24 points tied for most allowed by the Raptors since Chicago’s Jamal
Crawford netted 24 against Toronto on April 11, 2004. Carter also hit nine
field goals during the frame, the most allowed by Toronto in a
quarter…Krstic finished with 16 points and eight rebounds…Jalen Rose
netted 15 points for Toronto…New Jersey improved to 17-0 this season when
leading after three quarters…The Nets hit just 12-of-21 of their free
throws.

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