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."
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.
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