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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 27, 2000


Raptors win but lose Carter

TORONTO -- When the Raptors' Vince Carter went down with an injury, his teammates stepped up.

Carter, the league's leading scorer, strained his left thigh in the first quarter Sunday and did not return. But Mark Jackson registered a triple double and six Raptors scored in double figures as Toronto beat the Chicago Bulls 101-89.

Carter, averaging 29.8 points, felt a twinge on a fadeaway jumper 3:09 into the game. He will be re-evaluated today.

"I was stepping back to shoot and, as I planted, the knee gave out," Carter said. "I knew something wasn't right. It's the top of my knee."

Toronto beat Chicago for the eighth straight time.

"I wanted to go back and give it a shot and let the pain tell me, but our guys were playing well out there," Carter said. "It was weird (to be on the bench), but this is something I'm continuing to do and that's to be a leader. Even if that means from the sideline on what I see instead of on the court."

Carter, who was scoreless, hasn't missed a game during his three-year career and holds the franchise record of appearing in 145 straight games.

"Vince is our main guy, but other people have to step up and that's what they did," coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We played smart and took advantage of certain mismatches."

Jackson had 11 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, scoring his final two points on free throws with 8.4 seconds left for his 17th career triple double.

Rookie Morris Peterson had a season-high 18 points. Antonio Davis also had 18, and Charles Oakley and Kevin Willis each contributed 16.

"We realized that we were missing our guy. We had guys that stepped up and made plays," said Jackson, who got some ribbing from injured teammate and local radio fill-in Muggsy Bogues when he missed a free throw with 22 seconds left while sitting on nine points. "Muggs made me aware that I was close (to a triple double) and he stayed on me. When I went to the line and missed one, I knew I wouldn't hear the end of it."

Toronto won its third straight game. Chicago, which got a season-high 31 points from Elton Brand, has lost eight in a row.

GRIZZLIES 98, CELTICS 87: Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 27 points and 21 rebounds, and Mike Bibby scored 13 with 12 assists as Vancouver snapped a seven-game losing streak. Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Antoine Walker had 18 for host Boston.

Abdur-Rahim had 19 points and nine rebounds at halftime, then was scoreless in the second until Boston had cut a 15-point deficit to two, 86-84, on Pierce's steal and basket with 4:30 left.

Abdur-Rahim hit a fadeaway jumper with 2:41 left in the game for his first points of the second half to make it 90-85. After Pierce sank two free throws, Abdur-Rahim matched them.

Grant Long hit a pull-up jumper, then Abdur-Rahim added two more free throws. He made the final basket with 31 seconds left to seal Vancouver's first victory since Nov. 8.

JAZZ 94, PISTONS 79: Karl Malone scored 24 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as visiting Utah won its third straight.

The game was the 1,271st of Jazz guard John Stockton's career. Stockton broke John Havilcek's record for most games with one team. Stockton scored one point and had 15 assists in 31 minutes.

Jerry Stackhouse led Detroit with 37 points. Stackhouse scored 25 in the first half and helped forge a tie at 42 at halftime.

Utah held a 63-61 lead late in the third, but Detroit scored six unanswered points for a four-point lead after three quarters.

Utah scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and took the lead on Jacque Vaughn's three-pointer. A three-pointer by Russell gave the Jazz a 79-72 lead with 6:08 left.

Detroit missed 10 of its first 11 shots in the fourth and committed eight turnovers in the first nine minutes of the quarter as Utah built an 11-point lead.

Around the league

NBC CHANGES: NBC Sports is moving Ahmad Rashad from reporter to studio host, replacing Hannah Storm. The change comes because Storm is due to give birth about a month after the network's NBA coverage starts Dec. 25, the Associated Press reported.

Storm has been host of the network's basketball coverage since the start of the 1997-98 season. She joined NBC from CNN in 1992.

Rashad, who joined NBC in 1983 after an 11-year NFL career, became the lead courtside reporter in 1990 when the network began televising games.

MAGIC: Trying to do something about the growing number of empty seats at TD Waterhouse Centre, the Magic is offering a four-pack package for the Milwaukee game. The deal includes four tickets, four hot dogs and sodas and four post-game layup coupons for $85.

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