Carter erupts for 43 points as Raptors fly past Hawks

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

ATLANTA -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points, the 11th 40-point game of his career and his first in nearly a year, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 107-98 Satuday night.

Voshon Lenard added 23 for Toronto, while Antonio Davis added 13 and Alvin Williams 10.

Glenn Robinson led Atlanta with 29, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 22 and Theo Ratliff had a season-high 20.

Carter finished 16-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers, to set a Philips Arena scoring record for an opponent. It was his first 40-point game since a 43-point outing at Houston on March 5, 2002. His career high is 51 against Phoenix on Jan. 27, 2000.

Grizzlies 115, Cavaliers 89

CLEVELAND -- Pau Gasol scored 27 points, Mike Miller added 21 and the Memphis Grizzlies rolled to their most lopsided win this season.

Memphis came within one point of the most lopsided win in the franchise's eight-year history.

Stromile Swift added 20 points -- 14 on dunks -- as the Grizzlies got their 20th win and improved to 10-10 this season against Eastern Conference teams.

Nuggets 98, Heat 92

MIAMI -- Rookie Junior Harrington scored a career-high 19 points and Nene Hilario added 16 as the Denver Nuggets snapped a 14-game losing streak.

The Nuggets also ended a 16-game road losing streak dating back to Jan. 3 with the franchise's first victory in Miami since 1994.

Denver bounced back after scoring only nine points in the first quarter, tallying at least 28 in the each of the next three quarters. A 12-0 run late in the fourth quarter cemented the rare win.

Juwan Howard had 12 points and eight rebounds, and reserve Shammond Williams scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Rasual Butler led the Heat with 22 points.

Mavericks 101, Jazz 77

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki's 21 points and Adrian Griffin's 16 led Dallas' rout.

Michael Finley had 14 points, Steve Nash added 12 and Shawn Bradley contributed 11 points and six rebounds for the Mavericks, who stretched their winning streak to four games.

Dallas led by 28 points after the third quarter, allowing coach Don Nelson to rest his starters. The Mavericks were in front by as many as 33 in a ragged fourth quarter.

Karl Malone's 16 points and 11 each from Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Arroyo paced the Jazz, who've lost five of their last seven.

Rockets 83, Nets 71

HOUSTON -- Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Steve Francis had 17 as the Houston Rockets took advantage of a record-low first half by the New Jersey Nets.

The Nets lost for the fourth straight time and for the seventh time in eight games.

New Jersey scored eight points in the second quarter and 24 in the first half, both franchise lows. The Nets finished at 36 percent from the field. Jason Kidd, the team's leading scorer, shot only 3-for-12 for six points.

Yao Ming added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets and Glen Rice scored 12 off the bench.

Clippers 103, Bulls 97

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Clippers ended an eight-game skid -- their longest losing streak of the season -- and gave Dennis Johnson his first victory as their head coach.

Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Quentin Richardson added 21.

Jalen Rose scored 30 points and Eddy Curry added 26 for Chicago, which has lost four of five.

Bucks 138, Warriors 133, OT

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell made five free throws in the final 18 seconds of overtime after Gary Payton made a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to force overtime.

Payton scored 28 points, his most since joining Milwaukee nine games ago. Cassell finished with 28 points and 13 assists.

The Bucks rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 9:38 of regulation.

Antawn Jamison led Golden State with 40 points. Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and Troy Murphy had a career-high 22 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 94, Pacers 80

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers easily defeated struggling Indiana.

The Pacers have won just one of their last 10 games and have lost eight straight on the road -- but they're still atop the Central Division with Detroit.

Pacers forward Ron Artest was called for a flagrant foul on Bonzi Wells early in the second quarter. If the NBA upholds the foul, Artest -- who went into the game with five flagrant foul points -- will be suspended for Sunday night's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 25 points.

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