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Raptors limit Duncan to 6-for-29 shooting

2/8/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors' latest victory came at a high price.

Keon Clark scored six of his 17 points in overtime as the Raptors overcame the loss of Vince Carter to an injury and beat the San Antonio Spurs 80-74 Thursday night.

Carter, the leading vote-getter for the NBA All-Star Game for the third straight year, will miss Sunday's All-Star game and at least four Raptor games with a left quadriceps strain.

Carter was injured while driving to the basket with 1:31 left in the second quarter. He is expected to be sidelined at least 10 days.

"He reaggravated his left quad tendon," Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard said. "That is similar to the injury he had last year."

Carter missed seven games, including five straight, last season because of the injury.

LaBumbard said Stu Jackson, the NBA's Senior Vice President of
Basketball Operations, excused Carter from All-Star Weekend.

Carter, who went to the hospital, will stay in Toronto over the
weekend to receive treatment. The Raptors will wait until next week
to decide whether or not to place Carter on the injured list.

Carter had 13 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes in the
Raptors' victory over the Spurs.

"They played like a wounded animal," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "I have to give them a lot of credit."

Alvin Williams shot 5-for-6 from the line in overtime for the
Raptors, who shot 33 percent. San Antonio shot 24 percent.

"This was definitely a team effort," Clark said. "We have to play defense like we did tonight. If they can't shoot, they can't score."

Clark, guarded by Steve Smith, made a layup and a jumper, giving Toronto 73-67 lead with 1:29 remaining in overtime.

Two free throws by Williams made it 75-67 with 33 seconds left.

After San Antonio's Terry Porter made a 3-pointer, Williams
stepped out of bounds, giving San Antonio the ball.

Duncan followed with a three-point play, narrowing Toronto's
lead to two with 27 seconds left, but Williams made two more free
throws.

San Antonio's David Robinson then converted one of two. Williams
countered by making one of two.

Clark then made hit two free throws to give Toronto an 80-74
lead with 1.7 seconds left.

"Once Vince and Dell Curry went down, they made a great game of it," Duncan said.

Duncan had 22 points on 6-for-29 shooting from the field.

"It was probably the worst game of my career," Duncan said. "This one's on me."

Clark added 12 rebounds and Antonio Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

A tip-in by Smith pushed San Antonio's lead to three points with
one minute remaining in regulation. Chris Childs tied it with a
3-pointer with 44 seconds left.

"I thought Childs' shot was the turning point," Popovich said.
"He showed a lot of guts."

Duncan followed with two free throws with 25 seconds left, but
Childs tied it again with a layup with 15 seconds remaining.

Smith missed a 3-pointer with a 0.5 seconds left.

Duncan, 1-for-10 from the field in the first half, shot 6-for-7
from the line as the Spurs built a 39-33 halftime lead.

San Antonio shot 28 percent, while Toronto shot 29 percent in
the first half.

Carter's injury was the latest for a Toronto lineup already hit
hard by injures. The Raptors are without Hakeem Olajuwon (right
quad strain), Morris Peterson (fractured index finger) Jerome
Williams (sprained right ankle), Tracy Murray (sprained left ankle) and Curry, who left in the second quarter with a strained left calf.

"I'm looking forward to the break," Davis said. "For the guys who are banged up it's coming at a good time."

Game notes
Robinson finished with 16 rebounds and 14 points. ... The
Raptors are 3-0 in overtime this season. ... The Spurs went
2-for-16 from the field in overtime.