Carter shows rare pride after 42-point showing


TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter usually shrugs off his heroics. On Friday night, however, he told the truth.

Carter scored 42 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds
left in overtime, as the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets
98-96 Friday night.

"They are all special. I'm not going to lie to you," Carter said. "I had a game-winning 3-pointer against Boston. That was one of my first. I had one against the Clippers, and they've all been the same way, all 3-point shots."

Carter also tied a career-high with 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost their previous two games.

"Other than a triple-overtime game against Sacramento last year, this is one of the best games I've played in," Carter said. "This was fun."

Nick Van Exel scored all 27 of his points in the second half and overtime for the Nuggets, who have lost seven of eight.

George McCloud's off-balance 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in
overtime gave Denver a 94-93 lead. Carter followed with a driving
layup, but Ryan Bowen made a short jumper with 5.4 seconds left,
giving Denver a one-point lead.

Carter then made his long 3-pointer, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

"Vince does big things at big times," Toronto's Keon Clark
said. "He stepped up and got us a 'W'. If it wasn't for his ability we would have had a loss."

Denver's Raef LaFrentz missed an alley-oop layup at the buzzer.

"Vince hit some awfully tough shots, you have to tip your hat to him," LaFrentz said.

The Nuggets led by three as Van Exel scored Denver's last seven points of the fourth, but McCloud fouled Carter as he attempted a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left.

Carter made all three of his free throws to send the game into overtime.

"Their whole bench was talking," Carter said. "It was just a funny situation. I was able to laugh and make them (laugh)."

Van Exel went 0-for-4 for the Nuggets in the first half, but then made five 3-pointers in the second half.

"He just pulled out trick shots," Carter said. "You can't get mad at our guys because he just found a way to put the ball in the hole."

Carter scored 18 points and Keon Clark had 12 as the Raptors led
48-36 at halftime. Carter finished the half with a steal and
windmill dunk at the buzzer.

Game notes
Carter also had six assists and five steals. ... Toronto's
Antonio Davis missed his second straight game with a swollen left
knee. He is listed as day-to-day. Clark started in place of Davis.
... Toronto's Hakeem Olajuwon's shoe slipped off just before he
received a pass in the third quarter. ... Carter scored 40 or more
points for the eighth time in his career.