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Raptors' win overshadowed by Albeck's stroke

12/23/2001

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).