Carter's hot hand leads to another Magic loss

Associated Press
Published December 22, 2005

ORLANDO - Vince Carter scored 32 and Richard Jefferson added 18 to lead the New Jersey Nets over the Magic 96-85 Wednesday night. It was New Jersey's fourth straight win and Orlando's third straight loss.

Jameer Nelson scored seven in a 13-2 Magic run that produced a 77-76 lead with 8:25 left in the game. But Carter made two free throws and an alley-oop to give the Nets an 81-77 lead.

Grant Hill, in his fourth game back from surgery Oct. 31, had 16 points, as did Steve Francis.

RAPTORS 94, ROCKETS 81: Morris Peterson scored 18 and helped hold Tracy McGrady to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting after he had averaged 27 in host Houston's previous nine games. It was Toronto's fifth win in six December road games.

SIXERS 111, WARRIORS 100: Allen Iverson scored 38, Chris Webber added 27 and host Philadelphia won for the sixth time in seven games. Golden State lost its third straight on the road.

PACERS 97, CLIPPERS 75: Stephen Jackson scored 24 and Jamaal Tinsley had 17 and eight assists as host Indiana swept the season series. Elton Brand had 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead Los Angeles, which lost for the fifth time in the last six games after starting 14-5.

SPURS 109, KNICKS 96: Michael Finley scored 19 and visiting San Antonio handed New York its seventh straight loss.

CELTICS 101, JAZZ 89: Paul Pierce scored 30 and Ricky Davis added 20 to spur host Boston.

WOLVES 88, HORNETS 69: Wally Szczerbiak scored 21 to help host Minnesota end a four-game losing streak. New Orleans posted a season low in points.

GRIZZLIES 89, BLAZERS 79: Pau Gasol scored 26 and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Memphis handed Portland its fifth loss in six games.

WIZARDS 116, NUGGETS 110: Gilbert Arenas scored 36 as visiting Washington snapped a three-game losing streak. Denver's Carmelo Anthony scored 29, his average the past 10 games.

A heated Kobe gets hot

LOS ANGELES - Spurred by an annoying defeat two nights earlier in which he scored 24, Kobe Bryant amassed a career-high 62 in just three quarters Tuesday night, leading the Lakers to a 112-90 win over Dallas.

"I was so frustrated from the last loss that I just tried to will us to victory," Bryant said. "Even if they were going to send two guys at me, I was going to attack them and let them know I was coming after them and just send a message."

When Bryant left the game, he had outscored the Mavs 62-61.