Carter scores 20 as Nets beat Raptors

December 15, 2008 7:01:25 PM PST
Vince Carter had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 21 points, and the New Jersey Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Devin Harris added 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Brook Lopez finished with 10 for the Nets.

Carter scored a season-high 39 points in a 129-127 overtime victory at Toronto on Nov. 21, but had only three points and shot a career-worst 0-for-13 against his former team as the Raptors beat the Nets 101-79 last Friday.

Chris Bosh and Jason Kapono each scored 17 for Toronto. Jose Calderon added 15 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 12 for the Raptors, who have lost seven of nine.

Jamario Moon and Andrea Bargnani each had 10 points for Toronto.

The Raptors closed the third with an 11-4 run to take a 70-63 lead into the final quarter, only to watch their lead, and the game, slip away as their shooting suddenly went stone cold.

Bargnani opened the fourth with two free throws, pushing the lead to nine points, but the Raptors missed 14 straight field goal attempts to start the period.

At the other end, Harris scored nine consecutive points to tie the game, and a layup by Lopez gave the Nets a 74-72 lead with 7:12 remaining.

Calderon finally ended the shooting drought on a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:35 left, Toronto's first field goal since Calderon's layup with a minute left in the third.

Bosh's 3-pointer with 58 seconds left cut it to 91-86, but Calderon missed a 3 on the next possession, allowing the Nets to seal it from the free throw line.

New Jersey had to call two timeouts within the first four minutes as Toronto built leads of 9-0 and 16-2. Nine points from Carter and seven from Anderson helped the Nets cut the gap to 28-20 after one quarter.

After shooting 9-for-16 in the first, Toronto slumped to 6-for-15 in the second, and a running dunk by Anderson with 1:14 left in the half tied it at 43. It was 46-all at the half.

Calderon made both of his free throws and has made 60 straight dating back to last season.

Notes: Toronto, which lost at home to New Orleans on Sunday, played back-to-back home games for the first time since April 19 and 20, 1999. ... Bosh picked up a technical foul for arguing a non-call in the second, and Toronto coach Jay Triano got one for arguing in the fourth. ... Jake Voskuhl, who signed with Toronto on Sunday, dressed but did not play.