Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Portland
overcame a big game from Carter in an 83-80 victory Tuesday night.
Carter scored 19 of his 33 points in the first half for the
Raptors, who shot just 41.4 percent from the field.
"Vince is really tough to guard," said Bonzi Wells, who was
assigned to Carter most of the game. "We guarded everybody else."
The Raptors got little scoring other than from Carter. Chris
Bosh had 12 points and Michael Curry added 10.
"It was a grind-it-out game," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks
said. "We're going to be playing these games, just grinding them
Portland has won four out of five at home, while the Raptors
have lost all three of their road games.
Carter hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds to narrow the lead to
82-80. The Raptors fouled Jeff McInnis, who made one of two free
throws. Toronto got the rebound and called timeout with a chance to
win, but the final shot went to Lamond Murray, with Carter on the
floor as a decoy.
Murray missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
"There is nothing wrong with being a decoy," Carter said. "I
got us the there and we were one shot away."
The Blazers exploited a considerable size advantage down low.
Curry, a 6-foot-5 small forward, was matched up on Wallace, who had
a 5-inch advantage. The Blazers outscored the Raptors in the paint,
38-22. Portland outrebounded Toronto 45-29.
Portland led 46-40 at the half and opened up a double-digit lead
in the third. Antonio Davis made a 14-footer to get the Raptors to
64-59 at 2:21 in the third quarter.
Carter, who missed 39 games last season and was on the injured
list three times, has made a strong comeback. He had 34 points, 10
rebounds and six assists in Toronto's win over Denver on Sunday.
Wells and Jeff McInnis each had 11 points for the Blazers.
The Blazers had just 16 first-quarter points, a season low.
... Randolph had his fourth double-double in seven games.