Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Thursday, December 13th
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Hornets104
Game 2: Saturday, January 19th
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Hornets89
Game 3: Wednesday, February 20th
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Raptors77
Game 4: Tuesday, April 9th
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Raptors84

Raptors 90

(12-11, 6-7 away)

Hornets 104

(11-11, 3-5 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, December 13, 2001

    Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 24 18 25 2390
    CHA 40 22 23 19104

    Top Performers

    Toronto: V. Carter 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Charlotte: B. Davis 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 15 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hornets hang on to end five-game home skid

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- First they collided and fell sprawling to the floor. Then they went dunk for dunk in a brief exhibition that showcased two of the NBA's young stars.

    Vince Carter

    AP

    Vince Carter scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half, but the Raptors couldn't recover from a huge early deficit.

    When it was over, Baron Davis and Vince Carter exchanged praise for one another, but Davis came out ahead with 17 points, a career-high 15 assists and a Charlotte victory, 104-90 over the slumping Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.

    "Baron Davis is an All-Star and he did what he was supposed to do," Carter said.

    Davis was left momentarily speechless when told of Carter's assessment.

    "That's something coming from him, one of the best players in the league," Davis said.

    It was hardly a lovefest during the first quarter, when the two knocked each other to the floor in a pile of arms and legs while chasing after a loose ball. Carter got the worst of it, setting the theme for the night.

    Carter was slow to get up and appeared to injure his left wrist in the fall -- he had it taped it halftime -- and his touch was off the next 20 minutes.

    But he eventually found it again, scoring 21 of his 31 points in the second half while helping the Raptors cut a 29-point deficit to nine, 93-82 with 6:45 to go.

    That's the closest the Raptors got, as Elden Campbell dunked twice and David Wesley hit a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.

    "The points don't matter, that's not what I'm out there for," Carter said. "We fight when we're down 20 or 30, but I'd like to see us fight when we're up 10 or five of three or even down one -- when we need to."

    Carter showed his usual flash and briefly engaged in a first-half dunking contest with Davis, who had a pair of one-handed dunks, spinning past Carter and slamming the second one down over him.

    But Carter got all the style points, especially on a two-handed reverse alley-oop that wowed the fans who came out to see the former North Carolina Tar Heel.

    "You always get up to play against the best guys in the league, especially someone like him because you know he's going to bring it," Davis said. "But I wasn't trying to out-dunk him, I'm not fool enough to think I can beat him at that."

    After the exhibition, Carter and the Raptors played little defense in losing for the fifth time in six games. It was also Toronto's eighth consecutive loss in the Charlotte Coliseum, helping the Hornets snap their five-game home losing streak.

    "We wanted to come home and give our fans something to cheer about," said Campbell.

    Lee Nailon scored 19 points for the Hornets before he was ejected for drawing his second technical during the fourth quarter. Campbell added 18, Wesley had 16 and P.J. Brown scored 13.

    Alvin Williams scored 21 for the Raptors and Keon Clark added 14.

    The Hornets led 85-67 at the end of the third quarter and appeared to be on their way to an easy win. But Carter scored 12 points and twice cut Charlotte's lead to nine.

    He hit his second 3-pointer of the game to cut the score to 89-78, but Nailon answered with two free throws and a jumper for Charlotte.

    Carter then scored on consecutive possessions, the first on a flying one-handed dunk of Clark's miss, then an open jumper that cut Charlotte's lead to 93-82.

    "The effort to come back was there, but unfortunately it's never enough when you're that far behind," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It was too much to overcome."

    Game notes
    Carter hit Toronto's first 3-pointer of the game with 10:14 to play, continuing the Raptors streak of at least a contest to 226 straight, the longest streak in the NBA. Toronto shot just 3-for-11 from 3-point range. ... The Hornets shot 76 percent in the first quarter en route to a 40-point effort, a season-high for points in a period and just shy of the franchise record 44 first-quarter points the Hornets scored in a 1992 game. ... The Raptors have failed to score 100 or more points in 13 of their past 15 games. ... Campbell made his first five shots and finished 8-for-12.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    CHA
    Points 90 104
    FGM-FGA 37-87 (.425) 41-82 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 3-11 (.273) 7-13 (.538)
    FTM-FTA 13-21 (.619) 15-17 (.882)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-36 15-48
    Assists 21 32
    Turnovers 11 18
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 8 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (2/0) 16 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Charlotte
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 31
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 15
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0