Carter leads Nets to 10th straight victory

TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter stuck it to his former fans -- then

called it his greatest shot ever.

Carter made a fadeaway 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left and

finished with 42 points against his old team Sunday, leading New

Jersey past the Toronto Raptors 105-104 for the Nets' 10th straight


Carter scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and was booed

every time he touched the ball, but he silenced the crowd with his

spectacular winning shot. After Toronto's Jose Calderon missed his

second free throw, Carter hit a 3-pointer from about 4 feet beyond

the arc. Jason Kidd leapt into his arms after the shot.

"That's definitely number one," Carter said. "The atmosphere,

the emotion, the hostility in the arena, it was a fun game."

New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank told Carter to go for two points

and the tie, but Carter wanted no part of that.

"I said, 'Coach, I'm going for the win," Carter said. "And

it went in."

Toronto led by eight with 2 minutes left and six with a minute

to go, but Carter rallied his team with one clutch shot after


He scored New Jersey's last 12 points. The six-time All-Star

spent six-plus seasons in Toronto.

"To stick a dagger in their heart right when they thought they

were going to win it, it don't get no better than that. That's

sweet revenge," New Jersey's Lamond Murray said.

Kidd added 22 points and 15 assists for the Nets, who are on

their longest winning streak since a franchise-record 14-game run

from Jan. 25 to Feb. 24, 2004. Carter has powered the streak,

topping 30 points seven times during the span after doing so only

twice in his first 20 games.

"He's been off the charts," Kidd said. "And there is no

better place for him to make a big shot."

Chris Bosh had 27 points for the Raptors, who won their previous

five games. New Jersey's Richard Jefferson played only 2 minutes

because of back spasms.

Toronto's Morris Peterson was ejected for slapping Carter in the

face. Peterson got a technical for arguing a no-call late in the

first half. About a minute later, Carter playfully slapped his

ex-teammate in the face. Peterson, clearly annoyed, then slapped


Official Steve Javie didn't see Carter's slap, but he saw

Peterson's and gave him his second technical. An irate Peterson

tossed his jersey into the stands before leaving.

Peterson would have guarded Carter had he not been tossed.

"It's just unfortunate. I couldn't be out there in the fourth

quarter, it probably would have made a difference," Peterson said.

Carter said he would pay Peterson's fine for receiving the


"I felt bad," Carter said. "It was far from what they assumed

it to be."

The Raptors received five technicals, but the Nets missed four

of the free throws.

Carter also scored nine straight points during another stretch

of the fourth. He shot 18-for-35 and had 10 rebounds.

"He just made a great shot," Toronto's Mike James said. "We

were in his face and he was almost off-balance. It rattled in. It

could have gone either way."

Game notes
Carter had 39 points in a victory at Toronto on April 15.

... The Raptors had won three straight at home after a 1-12 start.

... None of the players Toronto acquired from New Jersey in the

Carter trade played for the Raptors.