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Raptors get best of Kidd-less Nets

By Wire services
Published November 23, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Raptors finally found a team they could beat on the road: the struggling Nets, who were without Jason Kidd.

Morris Peterson's free throw with 0.8 seconds left gave Toronto an 81-80 victory over New Jersey on Saturday after squandering a 20-point second-half lead.

The Raptors improved to 1-5 away from home.

"I think everybody was making a big deal of it," said Vince Carter, who had 21 points and nine assists. "It was a great win, more than anything. We're excited that we're able to win with all the controversy going around. It would be easy for this team to lose focus."

Carter beat Kenyon Martin on a jump ball with 3.1 seconds to play that led to Peterson's free throw.

Kidd sat out with a bruised left knee. He hopes a week of resting it will allow him to play Tuesday.

HAWKS 92, CAVALIERS 83: Atlanta held LeBron James to 3-for-16 shooting and sent Cleveland to its 29th consecutive road loss. Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 26 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 on the road this season. After the game, Cleveland coach Paul Silas and reserve Ira Newble got into a heated argument. Neither would say why he was angry.

KNICKS 99, 76ERS 88: Shandon Anderson replaced the injured Allan Houston in the starting lineup and scored 20 for host New York. Keith Van Horn also sat out because of an injury. Howard Eisley added 17 points and nine assists, making five of his team's 10 3-pointers, in the Knicks' most lopsided victory of the season. Houston sat out because of a sore lower back, which he said was causing tingling in his feet. It was the first time since April 2, 2002 - a span of 103 consecutive games - he was sidelined.

WOLVES 103, CLIPPERS 91: Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 30 and grabbed 19 rebounds, and host Minnesota overcame an impressive performance by Quentin Richardson. He led Los Angeles with a career-high 36 points on 12-for-19 shooting to keep the Clippers within striking distance. But Garnett took over in the fourth quarter, finishing it with eight points and seven rebounds.

MAVERICKS 115, NUGGETS 101: Antoine Walker scored seven of his season-high 25 during a decisive third-quarter run, and host Dallas overcame a sluggish start to win its third straight and fifth in six games. The score was tied at 77 when Walker hit a 4-footer in the lane to give the Mavericks the lead for good.

SUNS 100, HEAT 98: Amare Stoudemire scored 24 and Joe Johnson hit three key 3-pointers to help host Phoenix win its third straight. It was the first time this season the Suns scored 100 after setting a franchise record by going their first 11 games without reaching triple digits. Rookie Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 27, Lamar Odom had 24, including 17 in the second half, and Eddie Jones 22 for Miami, which fell to 3-11 in ending its five-game West Coast trip.

JAZZ: Point guard Carlos Arroyo could be out two weeks with a sprained ankle, but DeShawn Stevenson is not expected to miss time despite leaving Friday's game on a stretcher.

LAKERS: Shaquille O'Neal missed practice because of a strained right calf. Team spokeswoman Alison Bogli said O'Neal received treatment and is listed as day to day.

[Last modified November 23, 2003, 01:46:45]


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