Vince Carter had 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead
the Raptors to an 89-76 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
Carter went 14-for-22 from the field for the Raptors, who
improved to 4-0 at home and 4-2 for the season.
"We've had two back-to-backs on the road and we really haven't
responded to it," said Carter, whose team is averaging 58 points
on the road.
"We have to bring the same focus and killer mentality like we
do here. I'm hoping a game like this -- that was complete on both
ends of the court -- will carry over."
Milt Palacio added 14 points and six assists, and Jerome
Williams had 13 rebounds.
Andre Miller had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for
the Nuggets, who shot just 35 percent. Rookie Carmelo Anthony had
"They are a great defensive team," Denver's Jon Barry said.
"Give them credit."
Carter scored 14 points in the third quarter, including a
four-point play that gave Toronto a nine-point lead.
He assisted on Lamond Murray's layup and Chris Bosh's dunk
before making a driving one-handed jumper, giving Toronto an 84-73
lead with 2:15 left.
Carter also assisted on Morris Peterson's 3-pointer, which gave
Toronto a 87-75 lead with 1:08 remaining.
The 87th point gave fans a free slice of pizza. The Raptors had
to score 100 points in years past for fans to get free pizza, but
the marketing staff wised up and lowered the pizza threshold for
the low-scoring Raptors.
New Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill said he was disappointed in his
players for the first time after Friday's 86-60 loss to Washington.
The Raptors scored just four points in the second quarter and
entered Sunday's game averaging an NBA-low 73 points a game.
"Vince played an outstanding game all around," O'Neill said.
"He was really good defensively and I thought he did a good job on
"He kept things alive, and that's what you want your superstar
to do every night. You want him to control the game in a lot of
Carter also tightened his defense on Miller, who went scoreless
in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets missed 12 of their first 13
shots and trailed by as many as 17 points in the first quarter.
Carter had 12 points during the run.
Miller helped cut the lead to five with 12 points, five rebounds
and three assists in the second quarter.
Notes: The Raptors activated guard Rick Brunson from the injured
list Sunday. The Raptors needed another point guard because starter
Alvin Williams' sore left ankle has limited him to 20 minutes a
game. To make room, forward Chris Jefferies was put on the injured
list with a lower back strain. ... Denver's Voshon Lenard missed
the game with a sprained left ankle. ... A fan won a van by making
a 3-pointer during a timeout in the third.