Raptors top Nets for season's first road win

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Morris Peterson's free throw with 0.8 seconds left Saturday gave the Toronto Raptors an 81-80 victory over the New Jersey Nets, who were without Jason Kidd.

The Raptors let a double-digit lead evaporate but recovered for their first road win in six tries this season.

Vince Carter finished with 21 points and nine assists, and he beat Kenyon Martin on a jump ball with 3.1 seconds to play.

Martin scored 26 points and the teammate with whom he feuded in practice Thursday, Alonzo Mourning, poured in a season-high 15. But it wasn't enough for a Nets team without its leader, Kidd, who has a sore left knee.

Hawks 92, Cavaliers 83

ATLANTA Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 26 points, the Hawks held LeBron James to 3-for-16 shooting and Atlanta sent Cleveland to its 29th straight road loss.

Jason Terry added 19 points for the Hawks, who had lost three of four.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers, who fell to 0-8 away from home this season.

James, who finished with 15 points after hitting nine of 10 free throws, was 1-for-12 from the floor after his 6-foot leaner bounced hard off the backboard with Atlanta leading 73-66 early in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Cleveland coach Paul Silas and reserve guard Ira Newble got into a heated argument that spilled into the hallway. Neither would comment on what it was about.

Knicks 99, 76ers 88

NEW YORK Shandon Anderson replaced the injured Allan Houston in the starting lineup and scored 20 points in New York's victory over Philadelphia.

Anderson reached 20 points for only the fourth time in his three seasons with the Knicks, providing a much-needed offensive boost on a night when Keith Van Horn also sat out because of an injury.

Howard Eisley added 17 points and nine assists, making five of the Knicks' 10 3-pointers. Charlie Ward scored 18, making four 3s, and Kurt Thomas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the Knicks' most lopsided victory of the season.

Allen Iverson scored 27 for Philadelphia, which remained in first place in the Atlantic Division despite a .500 record (7-7).

Timberwolves 103, Clippers 91

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, and Minnesota overcame an impressive performance by Quentin Richardson to beat Los Angeles.

Richardson led the Clippers with a career-high 36 points on 12-for-19 shooting to keep Los Angeles within striking distance. But Garnett took over in the fourth quarter, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and hitting buckets.

Garnett, who went 14-for-19 on the night, finished with eight points and seven rebounds in the fourth.

Sam Cassell had 18 points and eight assists and Latrell Sprewell added 14 points for Minnesota.

Mavericks 115, Nuggets 101

DALLAS Antoine Walker scored seven of his season-high 25 points during a decisive third-quarter run and Dallas overcame a sluggish start for a victory over Denver.

Antawn Jamison had a season-best 26 points, and Steve Nash added 18 points and eight assists for Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki recovered from a three-point first half to score 19 points and 11 rebounds to help the Mavericks win their third straight and fifth in six games.

Walker also had 14 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots.

Andre Miller had 22 points and Jon Barry 20 for the Nuggets, who had won four of their previous five.

Suns 100, Heat 98

PHOENIX Amare Stoudemire scored 24 points and Joe Johnson hit three key 3-pointers to help Phoenix win its third straight game.

It was the first time this season the Suns scored 100 points after setting a franchise record by going their first 11 games without reaching triple-digits in points.

The victory evened the Suns' record at 6-6, the third time they've reached .500 this season, but they have yet to surpass it.

Rookie Dwyane Wade had a season-high 27, Lamar Odom had 24, including 17 in the second half, and Eddie Jones 22 for the Heat, who fell to 3-11 in ending their five-game West Coast trip. They are 1-9 overall on the road.

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