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Carter soars with 43 in Toronto win

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March 9, 2003

ATLANTA -- For the first time in a year, Vince Carter reached the 40-point plateau.

Carter scored a season-high 43, the 11th 40-point game of his career, as the Raptors defeated the Hawks 107-98 Saturday night.

Carter was 16-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. It was his first 40-point game since scoring 43 at Houston on March 5, 2002.

"This was not my best game," Carter said. "Just because I scored the most points doesn't make it my best game. I played to be effective, not to see how many points I could score. When you win, it all comes together."

The Raptors had lost three of five coming in.

Voshon Lenard added 23 for Toronto. Glenn Robinson led Atlanta with 29.

Earlier in the day, the Hawks said center Nazr Mohammed will have surgery on his right foot and miss the rest of the season.

BUCKS 138, WARRIORS 133 (OT): Sam Cassell made five free throws in the final 18 seconds to lead host Milwaukee to a comeback victory. Gary Payton hit a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to force overtime. He scored 28, his most since joining Milwaukee nine games ago. Cassell scored 28 and had 13 assists. The Bucks rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 9:38 of regulation.

MAVERICKS 101, JAZZ 77: Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 and Adrian Griffin added 16 as host Dallas won its fourth straight. Dallas led by 28 after the third quarter, allowing coach Don Nelson to rest his starters. Karl Malone scored 16 to lead Utah, which has lost five of seven.

NUGGETS 98, HEAT 92: Rookie Junior Harrington scored a career-high 19 and Nene Hilario added 16 as Denver snapped a 14-game losing streak. A 12-0 run late in the fourth sealed the win, Denver's first in Miami since 1994.

GRIZZLIES 115, CAVALIERS 89: Pau Gasol scored 27, Mike Miller added 21 and visiting Memphis rolled to its most lopsided win this season. Cleveland lost its sixth straight and its 12th in 13. Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 15, but 14 came in the first quarter.

ROCKETS 83, NETS 71: Cuttino Mobley scored 18 and Steve Francis had 17 as host Houston took advantage of a record-low first half by New Jersey. The Nets lost their fourth straight and their seventh in eight games. New Jersey scored eight in the second quarter and 24 in the first half, both franchise lows.

CLIPPERS 103, BULLS 97: Visiting Los Angeles ended an eight-game skid -- its longest losing streak of the season -- and gave Dennis Johnson his first victory as coach. Corey Maggette scored 25, and Quentin Richardson added 21.

BLAZERS 94, PACERS 80: Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and 14 rebounds for host Portland. Indiana forward Ron Artest was called for a flagrant foul in the second quarter, and he will be suspended for tonight's game against the Kings if the league upholds the foul.

CELTICS: Guard Bimbo Coles, who was waived by the Cavaliers last month, signed. Coles, 34 and in his 13th season, was on Cleveland's injured list this season with a bruised left quadriceps.

In other news, league vice president Stu Jackson said referee Hue Hollins followed procedure when he allowed Friday night's game between the Celtics and Clippers to continue after police determined Mace or pepper spray was released as a prank.

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