Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/31

Game 1: Wednesday, October 31st
Game 2: Sunday, December 23rd
Game 3: Friday, March 8th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 27th

Heat 76

(5-20, 2-9 away)

Raptors 83

(15-12, 8-5 home)

    3:00 PM ET, December 23, 2001

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 20 14 17 2576
    TOR 21 22 22 1883

    Top Performers

    Mia: E. Jones 11 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Tor: V. Carter 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Raptors' win overshadowed by Albeck's stroke

    Vince Carter

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors played with heavy hearts after watching assistant coach Stan Albeck suffer a stroke before their game against the Miami Heat.

    Vince Carter had 27 points and 10 rebounds Sunday, leading the Raptors to their third straight victory with an 83-76 victory over the Heat.

    Toronto played about 30 minutes after Albeck was taken to a hospital. He was carried off on a stretcher and given oxygen.

    "It was a touchy situation. We had to play a game still, but you want to be right there and give him support," Carter said. "I wanted to go out there and get one for him because he believes in us. We're praying for him. It's a tough thing to see when it's somebody close to the family."

    Carter said some of his teammates ran for help as Albeck turned red and couldn't talk just before a pregame meeting.

    "He sat over at Eric Montross' locker and he just didn't look well," Carter said. "He was turning red. He wasn't talking. He was just sitting there. Some of the guys were making sure he was OK, and half the guys were running in either direction looking for the doctor."

    Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said Albeck had a stroke and was being evaluated. Wilkens had no further information.

    Miami began the game on a 8-2 run as the Raptors missed their first nine shots before Carter made a layup, two jumpers and a 3-pointer.

    "It was hard to focus out there," Toronto's Morris Peterson said. "We're praying for Stan. He is a big part of this team. He's always smiling and joking around. I look forward to coming to practice because you know he's going to say something funny."

    Jim Jackson had a team-high 12 points for the Heat, who have lost 18 of 21 games. The Heat, who shot 39 percent, entered the game averaging a league-low 82.7 points a game.

    The only team in the league with a worse record than the Heat (5-20) is the Chicago Bulls (4-20).

    "We can't seem to generate enough offense," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "It was the fourth consecutive game we shot less than 40 percent."

    Miami's Mike James thinks the Heat still can make the playoffs.

    "Even though were playing bad we are not that far from the eighth seed in the playoffs because everyone in the league is playing bad right now," James said. "We just have to get on a run."

    Antonio Davis added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have not lost since calling a players-only meeting following a four-game losing streak.

    Miami center Alonzo Mourning had just nine points in 24 minutes. Mourning played just five minutes in the second half.

    The Raptors, who led by nine at halftime, started the third quarter on a 12-4 run. Carter's jumper, and Alvin Williams' jumper gave Toronto a 65-49 lead with 32 seconds left in the quarter.

    Chris Gatling's two free throws narrowed Toronto's lead to 10 with 9:03 left in the fourth.

    But Davis had a dunk, Williams made a 3-pointer and Dell Curry sank two free throws, giving Toronto a 74-57 lead with just over eight minutes remaining.

    Keon Clark's jumper gave Toronto a 19-point lead with 4:38 remaining.

    Carter scored 16 points and Curry had 10 as the Raptors led 43-34 at halftime. Curry, who finished with 12 points, hit consecutive 3-pointers during a 12-3 run in the second quarter.

    Game notes
    Toronto center Hakeem Olajuwon remains day to day with a swollen toe. ... The Heat beat the Raptors in their season opener. ... Albeck, 70, spent seven years as a head coach in the NBA, beginning with Cleveland (1979-80), then moving to San Antonio (1980-83), New Jersey (1983-85) and Chicago (1985-86), compiling a 307-265 record during that time. He is in his second season as Wilkens' top assistant in Toronto. He was the lead assistant to Wilkens for four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (1996-2000).

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 83
    FGM-FGA 28-72 (.389) 34-81 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 18-27 (.667) 11-15 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-43 12-47
    Assists 17 21
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 14 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (2/0) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 11
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1